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Willamette Valley Vineyards

Christine Collier
 
August 9, 2018 | Christine Collier

2016 Estate Pinot Noir is Certified Vegan!


We're excited to share that our 2016 Estate Pinot Noir is now Certified Vegan! According to Vegan.org, there are only seven other wineries in the country besides Willamette Valley Vineyards that have gone through the rigorous steps to carry Certified Vegan products.
 
“Staying true to the Oregon wine industry's leadership in truth-in-labeling practices, we want to be as transparent as possible with the production methods of our wines," explained Winery Director Christine Clair. "Oregon has enacted the strictest regulations of any state with regards to declaration of grape origin and varietal to ensure the integrity and quality of Oregon wine. It is in our winery's culture and values to extend this to our production methods,” Clair continued. “Consumers are increasingly inquisitive about the source of their food and beverage, so we wanted to make it easy for them to make an informed decision that fits their dietary and lifestyle goals.”
 
In addition to being Certified Vegan, the 2016 Estate Pinot Noir was made using sustainable practices. All of our Estate vineyards are L.I.V.E (Low Input Viticulture & Enology) and Salmon-Safe certified; our corks are Forest Stewardship Council® certified, and the Estate is 100% wind and solar powered.
 
The 2016 vintage has already won several accolades, including a rating of 90 points by Wine Enthusiast.
 


 
What does it mean to be "Vegan Certified?"
To be approved for Vegan Certification, a product must meet several standards. In summary, it cannot contain meat, fish, fowl, animal by-products, eggs, milk, honey, insects, products from insects or sugar filtered with bone char. It may not contain or be sourced from leather, fur, silk, feathers, down, bone, horn, shell, wool, cashmere, shearling, angora, animal skin, suede or mohair. There are also strict regulations for zero involvement in animal testing for any ingredient or processing step and GMO’s are not allowed. Assurance that equipment coming into contact with animal products is thoroughly sanitized must also be approved. In terms of winemaking specifically, the product may not be filtered, defoamed or clarified with any animal products, such as egg whites, gelatin, fish or milk derived proteins. Finally, any fertilizers used during the grape growing process may not contain any animal products.
 
More about the 2016 Estate Pinot Noir
The 2016 Estate Pinot Noir expresses the terroir of our three vineyards — the original planting by Founder Jim Bernau in the Salem Hills, Tualatin Estate planted by Oregon wine pioneer Bill Fuller in the foothills of the Coastal Range and Elton planted by Dick and Betty O'Brien in the Eola-Amity Hills.
 
This wine exemplifies the "Oregon style" opening with aromas of raspberry, black currant, dried herbs and black pepper to create an elegant bouquet. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied with a silky mouthfeel and flavors of cherry, blackberry, bergamot, anise and earth. Exceptionally balanced with velvety tannins, lively acidity and a lingering finish.
 
Purchase a bottle online, find it in stores or visit one of our tasting rooms.
 
Will you certify any other wines?
We are in the process of certifying additional wines, including our Whole Cluster Pinot Noir and Whole Cluster Rosé of Pinot Noir.
 
Cheers,
 

 

  Christine Clair
  Winery Director

 

 

Time Posted: Aug 9, 2018 at 11:00 AM
Christine Collier
 
April 24, 2018 | Christine Collier

Dancing with the Salem Stars - Supporting our Community

Over the years we have been dedicated to supporting our community by giving back to numerous non-profits and charities every year. This includes, but not limited to, donating tours and tastings as auction items for local non-profits and working with ¡Salud! to provide access to healthcare for Oregon's seasonal vineyard workers and their families.

Last month, I received an invitation to continue our support of the community by participating in Dancing with the Salem Stars, an annual fundraiser to raise money and awareness for the historic Elsinore Theatre. I must admit, I was a little apprehensive at first, but between my wonderful professional dance partner and the support from Willamette Valley Vineyards staff, family and friends, it became one of my most memorable experiences. On the night of the event, audience members voted for their favorite act and I was honored to be voted first place, winning the coveted Mirrorball Trophy.

Last Thursday, at our "Game of Clones" Pairings Wine Dinner, Lead Winery Ambassador Kacie Copeland unveiled a new display in our Estate Tasting Room prominently featuring the Mirrorball Trophy. Immediately following the unveiling, I surprised guests by performing the winning dance to the Game of Thrones theme song with Executive Director and Owner Mark Lowes of Corvallis-based Utah Ballroom Dance Company. Below you'll find pictures from this memorable event. 

I hope you will visit us soon to view the new display in person, and join us for an upcoming Pairings Wine Dinner.

Cheers,


Christine Clair
Winery Director




 

 

Time Posted: Apr 24, 2018 at 1:00 PM
Christine Collier
 
January 26, 2017 | Christine Collier

Celebrate Oregon Crab Month

At Willamette Valley Vineyards we love to celebrate the bounty the Oregon brings us, especially in January during Oregon Crab Month. Our Pinot Gris, when matched with seafood, enhances the flavor of the dish. We believe it is the seafood wine.

We were honored when our Pinot Gris was recognized by Wine Enthusiast Magazine who named our 2015 vintage as Editor’s Choice and awarded it with a 90-point rating.

For our 20th straight year we are celebrating Oregon Crab Month with our Mo’s Crab & Chowder Festival, January 28th and 29th, at our Estate Tasting Room from 11 am - 6 pm. This tradition brings us the flavors of the Oregon Coast by offering Mo’s world-famous steaming chowder bowls, fresh Oregon coast Dungeness crab and other seafood selections which pairs perfectly with our Pinot Gris.

Mo's Crab and Chowder Festival
 
Friday, January 27th from 2 - 9 pm
Wine Club Members and Owners Kickoff Party
Wine Tasting | Live Music | Mo's Menu
$10 for Wine Club Members, Owners and their guests only
"Buy a case, get a crab!"

Saturday, January 28th from 11 am - 6 pm
Wine Tasting | Live Music | Mo's Menu | Owner's Lounge
$15, $10 for Wine Club Members, Owners and their guests
"Buy a case, get a crab!"

Sunday, January 29th from 11 am - 6 pm
Wine Tasting | Live Music | Mo's Menu | Owner's Lounge
$15, $10 for Wine Club Members, Owners and their guests
"Buy a case, get a crab!"

Enjoy this wonderful pairing at home, with our delicious recipe - Creamy Oregon Dungeness Crab Cakes. 

Time Posted: Jan 26, 2017 at 11:40 AM
Founded in 1983 by Oregon native Jim Bernau with the dream of creating world-class Pinot Noir,
Willamette Valley Vineyards has grown from a bold idea into one of the region’s leading wineries, earning the title “One of America’s Great Pinot Noir Producers” from Wine Enthusiast Magazine


 

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