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Ryan Collins
August 19, 2011 | Ryan Collins

Columbia Gorge

Probably one of my favorite place in Oregon is the Columbia Gorge. The fast flowing rivers, the dramatic cliffs, water falls and the forever blue sky’s never cease to take my breath away. As you drive east from Portland the landscape changes from dense conifer to woodland forest then to semi arid scrubland.  Continue »

Time Posted: Aug 19, 2011 at 1:34 PM
Bill Hatcher
August 18, 2011 | Bill Hatcher

Cult and Culture

Every year, The Wall Street Journal features a contest called Winning Workplaces to highlight outstanding small companies. When one reads profiles of the winners, the criteria for selection focus on such things as training, a hands-on work ethic, wellness programs, open book policies and sustainability. Rarely, if ever, is the overall culture addressed.  Continue »

Time Posted: Aug 18, 2011 at 12:10 PM
A to Z Wineworks
August 17, 2011 | A to Z Wineworks

But ours goes to eleven- The tenuous role of alcohol in wine

He Said: LADY BRACKNELL- "The chin a little higher, dear. Style largely depends on the way the chin is worn. They are worn very high, at present."... She Said: Simply because something has always been a certain way doesn't mean that it should be that way.  Continue »

Time Posted: Aug 17, 2011 at 11:42 AM
Ryan Collins
August 16, 2011 | Ryan Collins

Grape Berry Development

I’m going to give you a brief update on berry development to date here in Oregon.  Continue »

Time Posted: Aug 16, 2011 at 1:30 PM
A to Z Wineworks
August 10, 2011 | A to Z Wineworks

California Pinot Noir is like…

He Said: Largely becoming irrelevant. Don't get me wrong, there are some ground breaking, supremely talented Pinot producers in California that have done a world of good for the grape the world over, but I believe it is overwhelmingly going to their heads.... She Said: Unfortunately, that just isn't the case. On the global scale California Pinot Noir is as relevant today as it has always been. The reasons are simple: marketing, celebrity, and the American palate.  Continue »

Time Posted: Aug 10, 2011 at 11:44 AM
A to Z Wineworks
August 3, 2011 | A to Z Wineworks

Opening the book on closures in wine: turning the screw

He Said: So allow yourself the indulgence of doing something with ceremony and purpose. Cut the foil, remove the cork, wipe clean the bottle opening, pour, admire, breathe of the aromas, sip, splash, savor and relish in the delights of a job well done.... She Said: The perception has long been that screwcaps equal bad wine, and although there are certainly some cheap wines under screwtop, there are also most certainly some cheap wines bottled under cork. So why use them? One main reason: quality.  Continue »

Time Posted: Aug 3, 2011 at 11:48 AM
Bill Hatcher
July 28, 2011 | Bill Hatcher

Return on Ideas

In the 70’s, Harvard Business School professor, William E. Fruhan, advanced the postulate that the single, overriding obligation of a business is maximization of shareholder wealth. Under this theory, the corporation is not responsible for social or environmental costs beyond those incurred as a result of unavoidable regulation or those that can somehow be justified as increasing the return on capital. As the corporation is supposed to be socially agnostic, discretionary investments are choices left to be made by shareholders with their returns.  Continue »

Time Posted: Jul 28, 2011 at 12:12 PM
Ryan Collins
July 6, 2011 | Ryan Collins


July first rolled around and so has summer! The temperatures have been consistently in the 80’s for the last 6 days bringing flowering with it!  Continue »

Time Posted: Jul 6, 2011 at 1:26 PM
Ryan Collins
May 26, 2011 | Ryan Collins

Growth and Cover Crops

Budbreak finished about 2 weeks ago and we are starting to see some leaves unfold and inflorescence becoming visible.  Continue »

Time Posted: May 26, 2011 at 1:11 PM
A to Z Wineworks
May 25, 2011 | A to Z Wineworks

AVA’s: How many is too many?

He Said: There are currently 199 American Viticultural Areas approved in the US by the TTB, with many more seemingly on the way. 112 of those AVA's are located in winemaking mega-state, California. This is enough until something significant changes.... She Said: While I do think that there is some snobbery and certainly no shortage of marketing involved in the distinction of AVAs, I also think that the regional (and sub-regional) breakdown of winegrowing areas is a practice that can, and should, continue.  Continue »

Time Posted: May 25, 2011 at 11:53 AM