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Introducing Cidre 2020

We thought 2020 would be an excellent year to embark on a new fermentation endeavor: making traditional cider from Alan Foster’s legendary White Oak cider orchard. The result is a dry cider with a round fruity body that dances on your tongue with apple tannins and a liesy finish and a nose filled with aromas of apple blossom and roses! 

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White Oak Orchard and Vineyard

Alan Foster, owner of White Oak Orchard in the Ribbon Ridge AVA, planted one of the finest cider apple and pear orchards in Western America in 1989. More recently he added 2 acres of Pinot noir and about 1 acre of the noble Nebbiolo grape variety which we use in our Ribbon Ridge Pinot noir and Nebbiolo blend.  Read on to hear about our newest project using Alan’s fruit.

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Fire and Wine Part 3

At this point in late January 2021, we are thrilled to  report that not a single lot of wine, either red or white, has been affected with smoke taint from the fires last fall. We are looking at low alcohol, intensely fruity, delicious wines coming out of the 2020 vintage, though in smaller quantities than is typical.

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Introducing our Fall Releases

We have just released one of the best vintages in our Oregon experience! 2018 was a vintage of extraordinary acidity and perfect Autumn weather and we think the wines are exquisite.

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Fire and Wine: Part 2

Now that fermentations have finished, we can truly assess whether smoke exposure has affected our wines. Due to a well-timed drenching rainstorm, careful winemaking techniques and a crop consisting of small clusters, we are happy to report that our finished wines are free of smoke taint!

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Fire and Wine

Our vineyards were edging relatively close to ripeness as smoke from the fires in the Cascade foothills hit the Willamette Valley on Sept 8. So we waited anxiously as the sun disappeared and the air cooled and the grape vines went into a kind of dormancy. Thankfully, on the night of September 17th an epic storm out of the North Pacific finally came rolling in with thunder and lightening and what turned out to be a massive amount of rain which helped extinguish the fires and renew our hopes for the coming vintage.

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FIELD GRAFTING AT CLOS ELECTRIQUE

Armed with a You Tube video, 2 grafting knives, and advice from an old hand at grafting apples, we learned a field grafting process called t-budding. By grafting scion wood from our stellar Clos Electrique Pinot noir clones onto inferior Dijon clone vines, we will harvest an entire new vineyard block of kick-ass old red Burgundy in just two years!

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Life in the Vineyard During the Time of Covid

Walking out in the vineyard these days reminds me that life carries on in spite of what is going on for the “two leggeds”

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The Path to Cameron Wines

On the occasion of our 35th anniversary, I thought it would be interesting to document the path that led to Cameron wines. Here is part 1 in a 3-part series which explains the inspiration for Clos Electrique Blanc.

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a 100% tariff will devastate the wine industry

Sales of our wine literally rides on the coattails of French wine sales. If a 100% tariff is levied, it will devastate us like nothing seen since Prohibition.

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