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Charles Humble, Oregon Wine Center
Oregon Sets Date For April 2013 Vintage Oregon Tasting
Second annual event in Portland to kick off Oregon Wine Month
The 2013 event also gets a new name –Vintage Oregon. The tasting will be held at the Left Bank Annex in Northeast Portland.
“Last year’s event helped us launch Oregon wine month in an exciting way for consumers and our industry,” said Michael Donovan, chairman of the Oregon Wine Board, which represents the state’s 450 wineries and 850 vineyards. “The format of the event will encourage exploration of our diverse industry not only at the tasting, but throughout Oregon wine month and during the year ahead.”
The name of the event has been changed to provide an enhanced platform for representation of the states rapidly growing wine industry while encouraging Oregonians to explore its diversity. Vintage Oregon will present an extensive selection of Oregon wine while exposing wine enthusiasts to the breadth of the state’s wine regions and varietals produced there.
Restaurants from Oregon, all using locally sourced products, will be featured at Vintage Oregon, including several from the Superior Cellar Award program. Superior Cellars is partnership between OWB and the Oregon Wine Press that recognizes restaurants that offer outstanding selections of Oregon wines on their menus. OWB has confirmed that the Oregon Beef Council and Oregon Trawl Commission as sponsors for the event.
During Oregon Wine Month, wine retailers and restaurants throughout the state will be celebrating and promoting the Oregon wine industry, which contributes nearly $3 billion to the state’s economy annually. The month culminates with the annual winery open houses on Memorial Day Weekend when most wineries in the state are open for public tastings.
The Oregon Wine Board (OWB) is a semi-independent Oregon state agency managing marketing, research and education initiatives that support and advance the Oregon wine and wine grape industry. The Board works on behalf of all Oregon wineries and independent growers throughout the state’s diverse winegrowing regions.