Oregon Pinot Gris Symposium

Get Your Gris On™, Oregon!

Oregon, Get Your Gris On!™ is an event that’s a result of the 2013 Oregon Pinot Gris Symposium, sponsored by Oak Knoll Winery. Oak Knoll is the leader in the Oregon Pinot Gris movement, and took to heart what wine writer Paul Gregutt has had to say for the last three years… “You need to have a tasting event for the people, if this is ever going to become ‘Oregon’s Other Pinot.'”

This year’s focus was “What the marketing efforts for Oregon Pinot Gris should cohesively be.”

Because Oregon Pinot Gris is now beginning to gather national awareness, and the effort to increase understanding continued with the Third Annual Oregon Pinot Gris Symposium on June 13, at Oak Knoll, many of those who attended the symposium were ready to just move forward. So, with the blessings of Oak Knoll Winery’s Greg Lint, I quickly organized an August weekend to celebrate. It will be held on August 17 and 18, 2013, at each winery who wants to focus their day on Oregon Pinot Gris…Oregon’s Other Pinot.

Everyone has been jazzed about doing something, but the initiative had yet to take off with an official sponsor. (Someone has got to hire someone else to get it rolling, right?) This year Oak Knoll is just continuing with its efforts to help the Oregon Wine Industry promotion, by extending its Symposium to also have this follow-up Get Your Gris On!™ statewide tasting, for those who want to join in the promotion.

To date, the leaders of the movement:

A Blooming Hill ~ Our next Wine Club party is the 18th and our 2012 Pinot Gris is one of the selections! We’ll be making it very festive.
Airlie Winery ~ We’ll be pouring the [...]

Third Annual Oregon Pinot Gris Symposium is announced by Oak Knoll Winery

The Third Annual Oregon Pinot Gris Symposium is announced by Oak Knoll Winery, as Oregon Pinot Gris continues to gather national awareness and the effort for understanding it continues. The Third Annual Oregon Pinot Gris Symposium will be held on Thursday, June 13, 2013 at Oak Knoll Winery.

Holiday White Wine ~ Oregon Pinot Gris is a perfect match for holiday foods

The range of flavors from Oregon Pinot Gris is similar, I’ve personally found, to California Petite Sirahs… The range being huge!

It’s a winemaker’s palate; and I’m not referring to a wine palate, I’m referring to an artist’s palate. Just as an artist begins his or her oil painting by filling the palate with all of the colors available for that piece of art, so do Oregon Pinot Gris winemakers use a diverse range of shades…

Most have said, during the first two of Oak Knoll Winery’s Oregon Pinot Gris Symposium, that viticulture is not playing a major role in the variety’s flavors. Terroir seems to be the same throughout the northern part of Oregon, where most Pinot Gris is crafted. They’ve even discussed in which direction the vines are facing for sun exposure. It seems that in most years – having the amount of rain they do, which is similar to France’s Burgundy region – placement of the vines’ facement isn’t the issue.

The real affecting factor: when Oregon Pinot Gris gets into the hands of their winemakers, the use of an artist’s palate exerts the most influence.

The next important information is to state which Oregon winemakers do what to influence the flavors of their Pinot Gris. Here’s our general guide:

Airlie Winery

Stainless Steel Fermentation
No Malolactic Fermentation
Alcohol: 12.9%

Apolloni Vineyards

Stainless Steel Fermentation
No Malolactic Fermentation
Made in the traditional style of an Italian Pinot Grigio
Sugar at harvest: 20.5° Brix
pH: 3.15
Alcohol: 13.1%

Christopher Bridge Cellars & Satori Springs Estate

Stainless Steel Fermentation

Most of the wine doesn’t go through Malolactic Fermentation

David Hill Winery

Stainless Steel Fermentation
Brix at harvest: 21.5 and 24
Residual Sugar: 1.0%
TA: 0.78
pH: 3.21
Alcohol: 12.5%

Oak Knoll Winery

Stainless Steel Fermentation
No Malolactic Fermentation