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Even if you never drive past a vineyard, it's easy to spot evidence of a growing wine industry in Oregon. 

Just check out the "Oregon" racks in the wine section of the grocery store. 

The Southern Oregon University Research Center--SOURCE--recently completed a Wine & Vineyard Census, commissioned by the Oregon Wine Board.

Eva Skuratowicz and Rikki Pritzlaff are the researchers.

Loving Wine, For Beginners

Jun 27, 2017
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Marissa Ross is fond of wine, you might learn from the picture. 

There are several iterations of that pose, with different outfits and wines and backdrops.  One thing stays the same: Marissa writes about wine and has few qualifications to do so. 

Think of her as writing wine-for-dummies blogs and books.  One book, anyway, called Wine. All The Time: The Casual Guide to Confident Drinking

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Some of us know wine really well and insist on the best in our bottles... and some of us are content to drink it out of boxes. 

Bianca Bosker started in the latter category, and moved to the former.  Her intense interest in wine and the people who serve it led her to quit her job in journalism and go full-bore into wine. 

The result is the book Cork Dork: A Wine-fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters and Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me to Live for Taste

The Geology Of Terroir In Wine

Mar 8, 2017
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The explosion of the wine industry in our part of the world has introduced some new terms to everyday language.  "Terroir," for example. 

If you read it quickly, it conjures up images of horror films. 

But it's not "terror," just a term to indicate the way wines from different vineyards taste different, due to soil and other conditions.  Like rocks. 

Geologist Scott Burns, emeritus at Portland State University, is well-versed on what goes on below that affects the grapes above. 

An Unwelcome Ingredient In Wine

Apr 13, 2016
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The herbicide glyphosate is better known by its commercial name, Roundup. 

By any name, it has many critics, including the organization Moms Across America

MAA recently tested ten California wines for evidence of glyphosate, and found it in all ten--even in a wine from an organic vineyard.   The wines came from Napa, Sonoma, and Mendocino counties.

No Whining In The Vineyards: Grape Crop Great

Oct 6, 2014
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It was not a good summer for water availability. 

And it was a terrible year for fires. 

But the drought and heat were not all bad for all living things.  Take wine grapes, for example. 

In fact, take a lot of them, because they appear to be quite abundant this year. 

Southern Oregon University climatologist Gregory Jones joins us. 

Small Wineries Team Up For Big Impact

Feb 28, 2014
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When you're a small winery seeking a big impact, it helps to have friends.  But OTHER wineries?

That's the tale of the collective calling itself Bear Creek Boutique Wineries. 

Counting California's Record Grape Harvest

Feb 25, 2014
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It takes a while to compile the numbers from California's massive wine grape harvest. 

But here goes: 2013 was a record year, even better than 2012.  The crush records recently compiled show 4.23 Million tons of grapes, for a total crop value of more than $3 Billion. 

Wine Industry Grows Quickly In Southern Oregon

Dec 5, 2013
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From former pear orchards, a bounty of wine. 

Many of the same Southern Oregon agricultural plots that were once home to pear orchards are now home to vineyards growing wine grapes. 

In (Scholarly) Pursuit Of Wine

Oct 24, 2013
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First it was fun, then it was business, then it was education… and now it's an exchange program. 

The rapid growth of the wine industry in Southern Oregon led to the creation of the Southern Oregon Wine Institute at Umpqua Community College.