VOLUME 9, ISSUE 24
May 5, 2013
ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE:
Cork Dork Etude: Inspired Wines of the Carneros the Gardener: Got Organic Grapes? Bravium: Relish the Acidity Rivers-Marie: 2010 & 2011 Reflect the Challenges of Farming on the Edge Dunstan Wines from Durell Vineyard Foursight Wines: Family Excels with Pinot COBB Wines: No Wine Before Its Time Sips of Pinot: Wines Tasted Recently Rosé and Chardonnay: Recently Sampled Wines Pinot Briefs
Olsen Family Vineyards
The Olsen family has farmed in the Willamette Valley for five generations. Currently, Roger and Jamie Olsen are at the helm of Olsen Agriculture which has 11,000 acres of farmland between Portland and Eugene. The Olsen's major crop is grass seed, but they also grow blueberries, landscape trees and plants, peppermint, filberts, and grapes. 450 acres are planted to grapevines in five distinct vineyards managed by Dean Underwood. The vineyards are planted almost exclusively to Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris (about 50/50).
Winemaker Bill Kremer, most recently the winemaker for King Estate Winery, joined Olsen Family Vineyards in 2008 and is in charge of making Viridian's flagship Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. The name Viridian means a color about halfway between the blue skies of Oregon and the green, growing vines. The two wines are very inexpensive and are sold on the website.
A new winery facility is planned at Mulkey Hill Vineyard near the corporate business offices. A tasting room is open in Newberg.
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