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Newport Seafood & Wine Festival

Date: Thu, Feb 24, 2011 Winery Blogs

We've waited an entire year for the Newport Seafood & Wine Festival and finally...finally it's here! Tomorrow at 2pm, the doors will open for this festive event featuring some of the area’s finest chefs, restaurants and amazing Northwest wines. Kudos to Sarah Kammerer, our Off-Site Events Coordinator and her staff for hosting our fabulous booth that will include wine tastings and photos by Spotlight Photography.

Three of our Pinot Noir wines will be available for tastes and bottle purchase along with our other varietals. For those of you who requested we bring them along, we listened and will have in tow our oh-so-cool "Willamette Dammit" T-shirts for purchase. So drop by and say hello!
Details about the event, parking and more are available on the website listed below:


Theme: "Hollywood & Vine – Take 34"

Day Festival Hours Admission Fee
Friday, Feb 25 2 pm - 9 pm $10
Saturday, Feb 26 10 am - 6 pm $15
Sunday, Feb 27 10 am - 4 pm $5

Safe travels and hope to see you in Newport!

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2010 Grapestomp Winners!

Date: Tue, Sep 14, 2010 Winery Blogs

Congratulations to Jay Schwandt and Sheena Darling, winners of the 2010 Grape Stomp Competition. This was their first time participating in the event and they are looking forward to representing Willamette Valley Vineyards in the World Competition in Santa Rosa, CA on October 2nd and 3rd.
Good Luck!

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Mrs. Oregon Stomps! Stomp for Yourself this Sept. 11-12th!

Date: Fri, Sep 10, 2010 Winery Blogs

Mrs. Oregon 2009, Joelle, (stomper) teamed up with our Founder/President, Jim Bernau, (swabbie) atlast year'sOregon Grape Stomp.Wewere all veryimpressed with her stomping abilities and think she should add a new act to her talent segment- Grape Stomping!

Stomp for yourself this weekend September 11-12th from 11 a.m.- 6 p.m.!

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Date: Thu, Sep 9, 2010 Winery Blogs

Thanks to Denis Newman who took this beautiful photo from from our Estate Tasting Room deck over Labor Day weekend. Keep your fingers crossed that this good weather continues for Grape Stomp this weekend...

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Kids Stomp! Come see it live Sept. 12th!

Date: Wed, Sep 8, 2010 Winery Blogs

The first ever Kids Stomp took place atlast year's Grape Stomp and Harvest Celebration. Watch how hard these adorable kids worked to make grape juice and come see the action live at this year's event. Kid Stomp will take place Saturday the 11th at 4 p.m. and Sunday the 12th at 3 p.m. Reservations are encouraged for Kid Stomp (503-588-9463) but some spots will be kept for walk-ins. Get there early to get your name on the list! Suitable for kids ages 5 to 15. Adults may partner with kids.

Grape Stomp runs all weekend from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

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First Wednesday - Back to School!

Date: Tue, Aug 31, 2010 Winery Blogs

Please join us this upcoming Wednesday, September 1st for First Wednesday atTravel Salem (181 High Street in downtown Salem)from 5- 8 p.m. We welcome children of all ages back to school with activities inside and outside the Travel Café. Don’t worry parents – we have special treats for you too.

• Salem Public Library’s master storyteller will be reading stories inside a special story tent.

• Trexler Farm & Cafe will be serving food samples and showing an array of their gift items.

• Hey Handyman will present preventive home maintenance tips and visitors can enter a drawing for a multi-purpose fire extinguisher for their home.

• Willamette Humane Society (WHS) will be sharing information for spay and neuter clinics. Visitors can enter a drawing for a $25 gift certificate to Davenport's Den - the WHS pet products store.

• Tigress Books (formerly Tea Party Bookshop) - book signing by Jessica Maxwell for her book "Roll Around Heaven: An All True Accidental Spiritual Adventure.” Books $15 at signing.

• Rogue will be promoting a selection of their locally made beers.

• Willamette Valley Vineyards will be showcasing their wonderful sustainable wines. Wine tasting and Riedel wine glass for only $5.00. Also, receive 20% discount on all bottles purchased at the Travel Café. (Tasting fee waived for purchases over $30. Stemware not included.)

181 High St. NE
Salem, Oregon 97301

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Le Tour de Pinot visits WVV

Date: Wed, Aug 25, 2010 Winery Blogs

The Oregon Wine Blog organized a Le Tour de Pinot this summer and held their final stage

LastSaturday, August 21,was Stage5 of The Oregon Wine Blog's Le Tour de Pinot!

They road a challenging course up the winery (including our massive hill) and were greeted by Wende fora tour and wine tasting.

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It's time for the Oregon Grape Stomp Championship and Harvest Celebration!

Date: Tue, Aug 24, 2010 Winery Blogs

It's our 20th Annual Oregon Grape Stomp Championships and Harvest Celebration this September 11th & 12th, 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. Make a reservation for a stomping time for your team of two: one stomper and one swabbie. Battle it out together- the team who produces the most juice wins a trip for two to compete in the World Grape Stomping Championship in Santa Rosa, California!

This is surely one of our most fun events of the year with live music, food, and wine. There will be a children's stomp each day as well as a costume contest for all ages.

Adult admission is $5 and includes a free Riedel wine glass and tasting. Admission is complimentary for Wine Club members and children. Additional $10 per team to stomp. Please call to make your reservation today 1-800-344-9463.

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Spend Labor Day at the Wine Center

Date: Fri, Aug 20, 2010 Winery Blogs

Come join us Labor Day Weekend at the Willamette Valley Vineyards Wine Center in historic McMinnville:

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Creamy Chardonnay Mushroom Soup

Date: Wed, Aug 18, 2010 Winery Blogs

Ginger Sanders no longer needs an introduction. The creative recipes incorporating our wines speak for themselves. Here is her latest one featuring our 2008 Dijon Clone Chardonnay. More of her recipes are linked to at the bottom of this post. Enjoy!


Soup in the middle of the summer that isn't a cold soup seems a little nuts but I was looking for something to make with a really nice Chardonnay sent to me by Willamette Valley Vineyards to play with. This struck me as perfect and it was.

My husband and I ate the whole batch, which was supposed to be the appetizer, for dinner. We were stuffed and happy.

Creamy mushroom soups have a long history in America. The Campbell Soup Company began producing its "Cream of Mushroom Soup" in 1934, the same year that they introduced "Chicken with Noodles", however, soups based on Italian and French cream sauces have been around for hundreds of years.

If you have never made your own creamy mushroom soup from scratch, I highly recommend it. It's much better than the canned version. If you live in Oregon you can even hunt your own mushrooms (but only if you know what you are doing.)

Creamy Chardonnay Mushroom Soup

4 ounces fresh shiitake mushrooms

4 ounces Portobello mushrooms

6 cups of water

1 tbsp olive oil

1 stick plus 1 tablespoon butter

1/2 cup onion-chopped

1/2 carrot, chopped

1 sprig fresh thyme plus 1 tsp minced thyme leaves, divided

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

1 cup chopped leeks, white and light green parts

2 tbsp flour

1/2 cup chardonnay wine

1/2 cup half-and-half

1/2 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup minced flat-leaf parsley
1/2 tsp smoked paprika

Start by cleaning the mushrooms. Don't wash them. Wipe them with a dry paper towel or use a soft brush.

Separate the stems. Don’t toss them as these will go into making the stock. Trim off any bad parts and coarsely chop the stems.

Slice the mushroom caps into to bite-sized pieces. Set aside.

Now to make the stock. Put the olive oil and 1 tablespoon of the butter in a large pot and heat it up.

Add the onion, carrot, the sprig of thyme and the chopped mushroom stems, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper.

Cook on medium-low heat for 15 minutes, until the vegetables nice and translucent.

To the pot, add 6 cups water and bring to a boil then reduce the heat, and simmer uncovered for 30 minutes.

Next strain, keeping the liquid. This should leave you with about 4 1/2 cups of stock. If not, add some more water.

In another large pot, heat the stick of butter and add the leeks.

Cook over low heat for 15 to 20 minutes, until the leeks start to brown.
Add the mushroom caps and cook for 10 minutes or so until they are brown and tender.
Add the flour and cook for 1 minute.
Next add the wine and stir for another minute or so scraping the bottom of the pot.
Add the mushroom stock, minced thyme leaves, 1 1/2 tsp salt, and 1 tsp pepper, smoked paprika and bring to a boil.
Reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
Add the half-and-half, cream, and parsley.
Stir and set aside to cool a little.
Take about 1/3 of the soup and put it in the blender and puree.
Return it to the pot with the rest of the soup and reheat but do not let it boil.

Here are more of Ginger's recipes from 365 Days of Cooking with Alcohol:

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Griffin Creek gets better with age

Date: Wed, Aug 18, 2010 Winery Blogs

Our Griffin Creek Wines got a nice feature in today's Medford Mail Tribune. Due to the popularity of the wines, most of them are only available in our Wine Club, but as you'll read, we plan to increase production ofthem in future vintages.

Griffin Creek gets better with age

August 18, 2010 By Cleve Twitchell

I still remember that evening in Jacksonville. Attending Vintage, the wine-and-food event held for a number of years on the Britt stage, I encountered a wonderful merlot.

Pouring it was Joe Dobbes, winemaker at Willamette Valley Vineyards near Salem. But the label was not Willamette Valley; it was Griffin Creek — wines made at Willamette but with grapes grown by Don and Traute Moore of the Rogue Valley.

Fast-forward more than a decade. Those upscale Griffin Creek wines are still around and still made from grapes grown at the Moores' vineyards in the Rogue Valley.

They're still made at Willamette Valley, where Forrest Klaffke is winemaker. He succeeded Dobbes some years ago.

Dobbes is still around. He makes wines for himself (Wines by Joe) and a number of other clients, including the Moores and their new label, South Stage Cellars.

Now, Griffin Creek has five excellent, new reds out.

My favorite of the group is the 2007 Cabernet Franc ($38), a beautiful, classy, smooth wine that holds up well for two or three days after opening. I also really like the 2008 Grenache ($38), pleasantly juicy. It also holds up well for several days. The two most expensive wines of this group seem to taste the best, but the others are not far behind.

The 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon ($35) has classic cabernet flavor. And the 2007 Merlot ($30) is rich and elegant although it loses a little after a couple of days. The 2007 Syrah ($35) has a hint of cocoa flavor and is definitely different. For me, quality declined on day two but then got better on days three and four.

How was the Griffin Creek label born? Traute Moore recalls that she and Don had just returned from Italy. "We saw and had photographed the mythical gryphon on a number of buildings, and the gryphon is said to be able to turn the sun's rays into gold, which is a very good metaphor for wine," she says. Also, they have a vineyard on Griffin Creek, and Dobbes has a son named Griffin.

More Griffin Creek wines can be expected.

"Willamette is increasing their grape order from us this year by a substantial amount," says Traute Moore, "so there will be a lot more of our Southern Oregon grapes going into Griffin Creek wines that will be sold in northern Oregon and elsewhere in the country, which certainly enhances the reputation of our area."

Griffin Creek wines often are available for tasting at South Stage Cellars, 125 S. Third St., Jacksonville.

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Grow • Gather - A Dinner Celebrating Sustainability

Date: Wed, Aug 18, 2010 Winery Blogs

A dinner like this only comes around once every 100 years.

On Saturday, August 28, a five-course dinner for 400 guests will take place to celebrate Lake Oswego's centennial onthe historic Luscher Farm. Enjoy an incredible meal incorporating the bounty fromthe farmprepared by the culinary experts from:
  • Tucci
  • Five Spice
  • Terrace Kitchen
  • The Stafford
  • Gourmet Productions
  • Gubanc’s
  • Zeppo

We will be pairing our delicious and sustainable wines to complement the mouth-watering menu, along with Bergstrom, J. Christopher, Oswego Hills, and Sokol Blosser.

Tickets are$100 each. Limitedseating. Purchase tickets onlineor by phone at 503-675-2549. Proceeds from the event will benefit Lake OswegoSchool District's new sustainability fund, a resource that will help teachers promote and incorportate sustainable principles, practices and lessons into their cirriculum. For more information visit: http://www.lakeoswego100.com/events/grow&gather.html.

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Winemaker Dinner at Weatherford's this Wednesday!

Date: Mon, Aug 16, 2010 Winery Blogs

Please join our winemaker, Don Crank, for a fabulous five-course winemaker's dinner at Weatherford's Grand Lodge on Wednesday, August 18th at 7 p.m. We will be tasting through five wines including our newly released 2008 Estate Pinot Noir paired with Pepper Crusted Beef Tenderloin with Pinot Noir Glaze. This will surely be a wonderful dining experience.

Tickets are $55 per person in advance or $60 the day of the event. For reservations please call Weatherford's at 503.723.9253. Weatherford's Grand Lodge is located at 602 7th Street in Oregon City.

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