Merry Christmas!

We are looking forward to celebrating Christmas a little early with our son and daughter-in-law in New Orleans next week and can't wait to see them. They have an itinerary loaded with activities for us - including dinner at Saffron, NOLA's best restaurant of 2017, where Dave, our son happens to work! I am sure it will involve a glass or two of wine and I might just take a bottle or two of Willamette Valley wine to share with Louisiana folk. 

If you need signed copies of Willamette Valley Wineries to tuck into your holiday packages give me a call or send an email. I'd be proud to sign them and even wrap them to put under the tree!

 

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Barb

Arcadia Publishing has released Barbara Smith Randall’s “Willamette Valley Wineries”

Arcadia Publishing has released Barbara Smith Randall’s “Willamette Valley Wineries,” a pictorial history of the Willamette Valley wine industry. The book illustrates the challenges, hardships and ultimate success of the Willamette Valley wineries. 

Despite its short, 50 year history, Oregon’s Willamette Valley was named Wine Region of the Year in 2016 by Wine Enthusiast magazine, besting Champagne, France; Crete, Greece and Sonoma, California. Credit for the award can be traced to the pioneer winemakers, a small group of dreamers who - through grit and determination – succeeded in growing grapes where it was considered impossible. Wine has been made in Oregon since the mid-1800s, but it was not until 1965 that winemaking began in earnest in the region. That year, David and Diana Lett planted 3,000 pinot noir vines on a carefully selected south-facing slope. Others joined the adventure, and through collaboration and a passion for making the best wine possible, the Willamette Valley’s wine industry was born. 

Randall shares the history through photographs and stories from winemakers and their families, as well as the resources at Linfield College’s Oregon Wine History Archives in McMinnville, Ore.