The Willamette Valley Wineries Association invites you to its first Willamette Valley Masterclass of 2019 on Wednesday, February 27 from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at The Line Hotel in Los Angeles. This trade and media only event is a deep-dive into the Wines of the Willamette Valley led by renowned wine educator and writer, Elaine Brown. This sit-down tasting will feature ten wines from various producers, varieties, and vintages. In addition, attendees will be able to taste a larger selection of Willamette Valley wines in a walk-around format without producers present.
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About the Willamette Valley Wineries Association
The mission of the Willamette Valley Wineries Association is to promote, enhance and protect the prestige of Willamette Valley wines and to support our members and community. The WVWA organizes annual wine trade activations including Oregon Pinot Camp, Willamette: The Pinot Noir Auction and Pinot in the City, in addition to education programs at various events. More at willamettewines.com.
About the Willamette Valley
The Willamette Valley, Oregon’s leading wine region, has two-thirds of the state’s wineries and vineyards and is home to more than 500 wineries. It is recognized as one of the premier Pinot noir producing areas in the world.
The Willamette Valley is a large and varied appellation that includes seven nested appellations: Chehalem Mountains, Dundee Hills, Eola-Amity Hills, McMinnville, Ribbon Ridge, Yamhill-Carlton, and the newly-recogned Van Duzer Corridor.
Buffered from Pacific storms on the west by the Coast Range, the valley follows the Willamette River north to south for more than a hundred miles from the Columbia River near Portland to just south of Eugene. To the east, the Cascade Range draws the boundary between the Willamette Valley’s misty, cool climate and the drier, more extreme climate of eastern Oregon.
At its widest point, this long, broad valley spans sixty miles. Overall, the climate boasts a long, gentle growing season – warm summers with cool evenings; bursts of Indian summer into fall; mild winters followed by long springs. In ideal years the maritime climate provides the best conditions possible for growing the cool-climate grape variety for which Oregon is best known: Pinot noir. In lesser years, fall weather can be tricky, causing winemakers to pull their hair. By this measure the Willamette Valley compares favorably with the Burgundy and Alsace regions of France. And, like it or not, the often finicky Willamette Valley climate is the promised land for Pinot noir in America. Wineries also produce Pinot gris, Pinot blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling, Melon, Gewürztraminer, sparkling wine, Sauvignon Blanc and some Syrah, Cabernet, and Merlot among other lesser-known varieties.
The Willamette Valley is a popular tourist destination, with the area boasting a luxury destination resort, several high-end inns and many delightful bed & breakfasts. The valley also offers a long list of fine dining restaurants. An additional advantage for the wine tourist is the proximity of the wineries to Portland. From Portland, tourists can visit the Willamette Valley winery of their choice in anywhere from 45 minutes to two hours.
About Elaine Brown
Elaine Chukan Brown serves as the American Specialist at JancisRobinson.com, a contributing writer with Wine & Spirits Magazine, and a speaker at events worldwide. Her work has been featured in World of Fine Wine, Decanter, Robb Report, MensHealth.com, GuildSomm.com, Wine Business Monthly, San Francisco Magazine, Alquimie and Noble Rot, among others. She also contributed to the recent multi-award winning 4th edition of the Oxford Companion to Wine. Blessed with travel, and a wealth of in-depth time with vintners from around the world, she uses WakawakaWineReviews.com to share more of the story.
Brown is known for having created illustrated tasting notes, which have been described by @KermitLynchWine as “a new standard in wine reviews.” Since, such illustrated tasting notes have become a creative new alternative for beer and spirits as well. Hawk Wakawaka Wine Reviews has been rated among the world’s leading wine blogs recommended by Food & Wine Magazine, The New York Times, Saveur Magazine, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Portland Times, The Daily Beast and The Style Caster, among others.
As a celebrated speaker, she has been a keynote and led seminars about wine, writing, and inspiration around the world. Such speaking engagements have included, among others, ProWein, The Women in Wine Leadership Symposium, Pinot Noir NZ, Texsom, the UC Davis Viticulture & Enology Program, The Central Otago Pinot Noir Celebration, and the International Pinot Noir Celebration.
Wine & Spirits selected her as one of fifty Master’s of Place to feature in their Autumn 2016 special edition. In 2015 she was awarded the Frank Prial Fellowship by the Napa Valley Wine Writer Symposium for her work in both The World of Fine Wine, and Wine & Spirits Magazine. Food & Wine Magazine named her as one of the world’s top wine blogs in their “Guide to the Digital Wine Universe.” She has been named by Imbibe Magazine as an Imbibe 75 “Person to Watch,” a Grape Collective Top-25 person to follow on Instagram, and a finalist for the Saveur MagazineBest Food Blog Awards in both 2014 and 2015. She has also been a finalist for eight Wine Blog Awards in four years.