BEST of the Portland Indie Wine Fest: Seven of Hearts winemaker Byron Dooley is inspired!

luminoushillsinkWEB.jpgThe 2010 Portland Independent Wine Festival that took place on May 8 is a very manageable tour de force that promotes hand crafted artisanal wines and winemakers. This is the second post on the festival which focuses on Byron Dooley, the enthusiastic and innovative winemaker and owner of the Seven of Hearts brand. [ed. pen and ink drawing above captures Dooley’s Luminous Hills vineyard by Yamhill artist Terry Peasley] (more…)

BEST Wine Festival on the West Coast – PIWF!

PIWFbeautyWEB.jpgWine Festivals are a staple of the “wine industry”. Regions use them to promote their odd varietals which hopefully brings attention and sales to growers and wineries. Festivals are especially important when a region has the misfortune of being situated adjacent to Napa or Sonoma such as it is for the Anderson Valley where California’s best Pinot Noir is grown.

Oregon’s Willamette Valley does not have this problem having been branded as one of the superior regions in the world for growing Pinot Noir nearly 25 years ago when Domaine Drouhin set up shop in the Dundee Hills. n_will_mapWEB.jpgThese days only forgotten regions in Oregon such as Umpqua vie for recognition like “Oregon’s oldest wine growing region”. (more…)