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The Umpqua Valley is famous for its natural beauty and world renowned fishing. It is also an important viticultural region in Oregon. The Umpqua Valley not only separates the Willamette Valley AVA to the north and the Rogue Valley AVA to the south, but also represents the median of Oregon’s climate.

The region is cooler than the Rogue Valley and distinctly warmer than the Willamette Valley to the north. Bordered to the east by the Cascade Mountains and the west by the Coastal Mountain Range, the valley is cooled by Pacific breezes flowing along the Umpqua River. Vineyards are mostly found below 1,000 feet and are planted to Pinot Noir, with smaller amounts of Pinot Gris, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Riesling and a scattering of French American hybrids. A vineyard’s proximity to the Coast Range can greatly affect its terroir, making generalizations about the region difficult. The region recently gained a sub-appellation, when the TTB granted AVA status to the Red Hills of Douglas County.

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Tempranillo

    History of the grape: Origins of Tempranillo are murky. It could be indigenous to the Spanish countryside, or it coul...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

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  • Pazo San Mauro Albariño Rías Baixas 2009

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    Peaches and apricot aromas with a hint of sweetness and some green apple grace the nose. It's still quite dry, with good steely texture and wooded flavors providing a complex palate that I would love to have with food. Read More

    Wine review by mark


  • Brandborg Pinot Noir Umpqua Valley Bench Lands 2007

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    With autumnal accents of dried herb and campfire helping to frame the floral, strawberry toned fruit, this smells enticing. On the palate this is cool and fresh with excellent purity and richness that incorporates a touch of leafiness into a package of crunchy red, wild strawberry fruit that leads to a solid, fresh finish. Definitely a bit on th... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Torii Mor Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Olalla 2008

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    Smoky on the nose with hints of dried meats, teriyaki, and even a slight undertone of ketchup. Very savory and dried smelling. On the palate this is big and rich with big, ripe tannins supporting blackberry and black currant fruit tones. The acidity remains refreshing ans the tannins savory and firm through the mid-palate and the powerful finish... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Girardet Pinot Noir Umpqua Valley Barrel Select 2008

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    Orange blossom jasmine tea is the prevalent flavor here. Read More

    Wine review by aronowm2


  • Abacela Syrah Southern Oregon 2001

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    No written review

    Wine review by Piscator


  • Abacela Tempranillo Umpqua Valley Umpqua Cuvée 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by Piscator


  • Girardet Baco Noir Umpqua Valley 2008

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    This one is for all the wine geeks out there. Good luck finding this varietal anywhere. Tastes like a Loire Cab franc mixed with a Chianti. I fear that I should have waited to open this, but I couldn't resist as I have never had Baco noir. Great pairing for pizza. Read More

    Wine review by aronowm2


  • Girardet Red Blend Umpqua Valley Grand Rouge 2007

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    Interesting little experiment. 14 different grapes. Doesn't really work all that well. Tastes like a sum of different french wines that are just not my style. Great bright nose that doesn't live up on the palate. I am not disappointed that I tried it though. Definitely breaks the mold amongst West coast red blends. Read More

    Wine review by aronowm2


  • Girardet Pinot Gris Umpqua Valley 2008

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    Another great value from Giradet. Lots of bright fruits such as honeydew and pear. Great sipper or pairing with cheeses. I had it with crunchy beer battered fish filets and roasted potatoes. Read More

    Wine review by aronowm2


  • Girardet Chardonnay Umpqua Valley Blend 2008

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    Exceptional QPR. Tastes like a $40 Napa Chardonnay. A little more sugar though and I would confuse this with a dessert wine. Read More

    Wine review by aronowm2


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