CHEERS TO WILLAMETTE VALLEY WINE: An Intimate Look at Our Local Vineyards and Vintners

If I have learned anything from working behind the wine bar, it is that the Willamette Valley’s wine industry is still quite the mystery to locals, and that’s okay—there is still so much to learn about the wine experience, especially within our own Willamette Valley AVAs (American Viticultural Areas). And as we prepare to settle into the holiday season, surrounding ourselves with good food and good company, we seek to find the perfect wine to pair with our special gatherings…. Which begs the series of questions: “Should I buy local wine? Or buy the usual standby at the grocery store? Is it good? What IS good?” This very conundrum opens up a Pandora’s box of frequently-wondered questions…often left unanswered. And thus, nothing really changes in the industry and the world continues to orbit around the sun. However, I had the pleasure of interviewing some of our local wineries and wine experts to spread some unknown nuggets of knowledge by answering some common questions during this wine-centric time of year. Let’s start with the popular question, “Why should I buy local wine?” First things first: it is absolutely crucial to support local businesses. Period. If we put our hard-earned money back into our local community, our economy will strengthen and grow. Secondly, the people who work in our local vineyards are the salt of the earth; they work extremely hard...

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