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Oregon Pinot Gris is getting its Gris On, Once More

Oregon Pinot Gris is once more Getting its Gris on, with a statewide tasting to celebrate this varietal wine.

Oregon, Get Your Gris On!™ is wine and food nibble tasting event for consumers and is happening at wineries that want to join the fun, on Saturday and Sunday, September 27 and 28, 2014.

The second largest grape variety being grown in the state of Oregon continues to be Pinot Gris, and Oregon wineries continue to want to build on the strengths of this grape variety:
STRENGTHS of Oregon Pinot Gris

Oregon is an perfect appellation, for place of origin
Pinot Gris a perfect partner for Oregon Pinot Noir lovers
The hallmarks of this variety are purity of fruit, acidity, and brightness
It’s an extremely aromatic variety
Price works well in restaurants for their by-the-glass program
Pinot Gris is an excellent wine for seafood, fish, and certain cheese
Oregon Pinot Gris’ palate texture is full and long, versus the Pinot Grigio style
It’s a perfect “entry” wine for tasting room customers

As a result, an Oregon Pinot Gris weekend has been created, and consumers can, for the second year in a row, get ready for “Get Your Gris On!™” fun.

So far, the following wineries are committed to Getting Their Gris On!

Christopher Bridge
Naked Winery Hood River
Naked Winery Bend
Oak Knoll Winery
Pudding River

If you’re an Oregon Winery and want to Get Your Gris On, on September 27 and 28, please just send an Email to me at and I’ll list you, too.

Update from Our Oregon Pinot Gris Producers This November

Here’s a November update from our Oregon producer friends… I mostly wanted to know what harvest was like for them, even though some are still finishing up on harvest. This is why, I know, that the following wine companies were so busy they couldn’t participate in this survey. More from these guys later…

Apolloni Vineyards
Christopher Bridge Cellars & Satori Springs Estate
Pudding River Wine Cellars
Terrapin Cellars

From those with a bit of breathing space…

Airlie Winery ~ Mary Olson, Owner ~ We just finished barreling down the last of the Pinot and there always is a big sigh of relief. Ah, the calm after the storm. Our winemaker Elizabeth Clark says this is the first time she really can step back and evaluate what’s now in tank and barrel, and the report is good. The Pinot is showing great red fruit notes balanced with nice acidity and tannins and the whites, still fermenting, fill the winery with scents of pineapple, pear and orange blossom. We’re making our first Estate Pinot blanc this year, genetic cousin of Pinot gris, and we’re looking forward comparing the wines. While our production was a little lower than expected, the birds certainly found us this year; the quality was high, due to timely sprays and judicious thinning of troubled fruit.

David Hill Vineyards and Winery ~ Jason Bull, Winemaker ~ The Pinot Gris from the Estate property this year is showing wonderful potential. Our first pick was on the 27th of September and the second on the 4th of October. Both of these wines are either still going through or have just finished a long, slow, fermentation process, almost 30 days. In the end both batches will be blended together [...]

Oregon, Get your Gris On!™ ~ Will you be there to be Foursquare?

Oregon, Get your Gris On!™ is coming right along….

On August 17 and 18, 2013, each winery below will be focused on their Oregon Pinot Gris…Oregon’s Other Pinot, with an Oregon Get Your Gris On!™ day.
Oregon, Get your Gris On!™ ~ Will you be there to be Foursquare?

Airlie Winery ~ Will be pouring the 09, 10, 11 PGs as a vertical. Winemaker Elizabeth Clark will be at the winery for questions. Not usually there, this is a real treat.
Apolloni Vineyards ~ We’re definitely doing something special for this weekend including discussion of the differences in style between Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio, showing both of these wines, and the tasting in our new beautiful barrel cave.
Christopher Bridge and Santori Springs Vineyard ~ Pouring two distinctly different current vintages of our Estate Pinot Gris from 2011 and 2012. If “wild tropical and exuberant” fits your style of attributes for Pinot Gris, we have the wines!
David Hill Winery ~ We’re delighted to be part of this weekend celebrating Oregon Pinot Gris, and exactly what we’ll be doing will be determined shortly.
Naked Wines ~ Vertical Tasting of our 08, 09, 10 and 11 Vintages from the Willamette Valley and Rogue Valley paired with Pacific Northwest Artisan Cheeses. We expect share with our guests the different flavor profiles that are expressed in the fruit of these very different growing regions e.g. we love the fruitiness of Rogue Valley fruit while we treasure the minerality of our Willamette Valley fruit.
Oak Knoll Winery ~ We’ll doing a vertical tasting of our Oregon Pinot Gris, and pairing it with a cheese tasting of “House of Castello” fine cheeses.
Phelps Creek Vineyards ~ We’ll be showcasing our [...]