December News Briefs
Deck the Hills
This holiday season, members of the Dundee Hills Winegrowers Association (DHWA) have come together to “Deck the Hills.”
The Dundee Hills, often referred to as the Red Hills because of its unique Jory soil, will have a special connotation this year as wineries, vineyards, restaurants and retailers welcome visitors and guests with holiday lights, wine barrel art, special holiday wine packages and exciting promotions through Dec. 25.
“We see lots of visitors during the summer and fall, but the holiday months are a great time to come out, taste the wines, and go home with some great additions to the holiday table,” said Donna Morris, DHWA board member.
To kick off the special promotion, participating members created barrel art for an online silent auction that occurred over Thanksgiving Weekend, the official start of the holiday season. Proceeds of the sales were donated to ¡Salud!, an organization that provides healthcare services to Oregon’s vineyard workers and their families.
Because wine is an ideal holiday gift, DHWA created a special six-bottle holiday wine carrier perfect for displaying and gifting your purchases.
More details on participating members and their holiday packages can be found at www.dundeehills.org.
Passport to Sip 47
Oregon Route 47, running straight through the heart of the northern Willamette Valley, invites you to participate in a passport event, Dec. 1–Feb. 28.
Enter for a chance to win goodies from the following participating businesses: A Blooming Hill Vineyard, ADEA Wine, Apolloni Vineyards, Bull Run Cider, Cana’s Feast Winery, David Hill Winery, Kookoolan Farms & World Meadery, McMenamins Grand Lodge, Montinore Estate, One Horse Tavern, Patton Valley Vineyard, Quail Run Creamery, SakéOne, Stag Hollow Vineyard, Tualatin Estate, Urban Decanter and Zippy’s Pizza.
For more information, visit www.sip47.com.
This holiday season, there is a gift both wineries and wine lovers will want to add to their lists: candles made by Bella Bevanda.
Most people know that outside perfume aromas taint the tasting experience, so why would a winery want these candles?
Owned by Jennifer Humphrey, Bella Bevanda is candle company based in Camas, Wash., repurposing used wine bottles from wineries. She collects them, cleans them, cuts them, sands the edges and fills with high-quality organic soy wax — scented or unscented — all the while maintaining the original label. She then resells them to the wineries for sale in their tasting rooms. Extras she sells on her Etsy.com page.
Bella Bevanda candles are a great marketing product for the winery and an earth-friendly gift for anyone who loves wine and the ambiance of a glowing flame.
For more information, please visit www.facebook.com/bellabevanda.
¡Salud! Sets Record
¡Salud!, The Oregon Pinot Noir Wine Auction, held Nov. 8–9, raised $710,000. Other donations and sponsorship contributions brought this year’s total to $900,000.
Initiated by the Oregon wine community and Tuality Healthcare, ¡Salud! provides Oregon’s seasonal vineyard workers and their families with access to healthcare services.
Since its inception in 1991, more than $10 million has been raised for the program, which is the only one of its kind in the country.
Friday’s special tasting and Big Board Auction at Domain Drouhin Oregon raised a record amount for limited cases of exclusive 2012 Oregon Pinot Noirs crafted by the 43 wineries that comprise the Vintners Circle.