Cole Danehower—wine writer, James Beard award winner and great friend of Northwest wine—had it right: Great Wine = (Place + Plant) x People. Few places in the world maximize that equation the way Oregon does. It’s not just our perfect location—the languid summer days, breezes sweeping in from the Pacific, primordial soils making vines struggle and develop complex flavors. And it’s not just that we’ve invested in decades of painstaking research about which grapes thrive best in which areas, under what conditions. It’s that our winemakers, despite their successes, have never rested on their laurels. They welcome feedback and collaborate to share advances, but always maintain a fierce independence, determined to make distinct wines that reflect their land, their grapes, what this year has brought. Wine enthusiasts recognize quality when they taste it, and in Oregon that quality comes from hand-tended vines, small-scale production and thoughtful winemakers dedicated to their craft.


Oregon wine is on a roll. According to Nielsen data, Oregon wine domestic sales increased 17% last year. Eric Asimov of The New York Times must have felt that same momentum when he recently wrote, “Oregon is right now the single most exciting winemaking area in the United States.”

Why is this little wine region, just 1% of the total US wine production, making such a big impression across the country?

On April 24 in Los Angeles, Pacific Northwest-based Masters, Bree Boskov MW and Chris Tanghe MS offered a multi-faceted presentation and discussion on the AVAs, varieties and business of wine in the Willamette Valley and beyond. Watch Mastering Oregon to walk away with a stronger understanding of:

  • Oregon’s strong selling points in the competitive American wine market
  • The diverse geology of Oregon
  • The key factors contributing to Oregon’s climate and climate’s impact on wine production
  • Varietal diversity by region


On April 10, 2018, Bree Boskov MW of the Oregon Wine Board presented an Oregon Wine Master Class webinar. Topics spanned the climate, soils and AVAs of Oregon as well as key selling points. Watch the recording and download the presentation for a comprehensive look into what makes Oregon wine unique.


GuildSomm has produced an hour-long podcast and ten minute video featuring an educational overview of each winegrowing region in Oregon. Listen and watch for interviews with key producers across the state, including David Adelsheim and Lynn Penner-Ash of the Willamette Valley, Brian McCormick and Steven Thompson of the Colombia Gorge, Earl Jones of the Umpqua Valley, and Bill Steele from the Applegate Valley.

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