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Accomplished another long-standing goal: having a feature film screen at our local indie theater. And we shared the marquee with a Woody Allen flick, no less. Our opening night, Friday, August 22, sold out quickly, and Jim Day of Panache Cellars and Mary Olson of Airlie Winery were both on hand for the Q&A and […]

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We’re starting a Twitter campaign around the #winemovie tag to encourage wine and film enthusiasts to come up with their perfect movie/vino combination. To help start things off, we’ve been asking all of the winemakers and filmmakers we’ve met and worked with while rolling out American Wine Story about their recommended pairings. We’ve had some fascinating suggestions, […]

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After four years, seven states, seventy interviews, three name changes and what seems like an endless process, we’re finally nearing the home stretch. Now we’ve got a rough edit of the film and we’re raising some finishing funds to help us launch the film in 2014.

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While making this documentary, we accumulated so many more stories than we can use in one feature documentary, so we’ll be posting clips from time to time that help show off the amazing personalities we met along the way. Mary Olson of Airlie Winery in Monmouth, Oregon is someone who always makes you feel at […]

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We’ve been following the story of Jim Day for a few years now. He started out making his wine in borrowed corners of Corvallis-area wineries. He had his garage bonded as a storage facility last year, and now it’s a full-fledged production facility. If you drive past this unassuming garage in a suburban neighborhood, you […]

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Tad Seestedt of Ransom Wines & Spirits was told that he was crazy when he talked of leaving New York City and heading to Oregon without knowing a soul, with a vague notion of returning to an agricultural lifestyle in the wine industry. But after three years of planning, he headed west in 1993, and […]

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We recently spoke with wine writer Katherine Cole to help us frame some of the larger themes in our current documentary project. She took some time away from her current book project to meet us at the Southeast Wine Collective, an urban winery that fosters some up-and-coming winemakers in an urban space that borders the […]

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Our latest interview for the documentary took us to the technical side of winemaking. Elizabeth Clark didn’t set out be a winemaker. A lifelong wanderer with a background in Math and Russian, she’s almost surprised to have found herself in the wine industry since 2000. After working for a catering company in Oregon’s wine country, she […]

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A trip to Arizona wine country is full of contrasts. You climb out of a valley baking at 117 degrees, where massive dust storms swallow mountains, and you round a bend and see a sign welcoming you to Arizona wine country, rolling green pastures in all directions and nightly monsoons slipping over the mountains to drop curtains of rain on vineyards, delaying the harvest.

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For some fascinating perspective on Oregon’s past, present and future, we turned to Lisa Shara Hall, a wine industry writer and a senior editor for Wine Business Monthly. On Saturday, Lisa shared thoughts on the challenges that new winemakers face as they enter the business in a saturated market during an economic downturn, and also […]

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When it comes to independent coverage of the world’s most captivating beverage, nobody has been doing it better, longer, and with as much enthusiasm as the guys from Grape Radio. They’ve been podcasting since it first came out, recording interviews and videos with sommeliers, wine writers, vignerons from around the world and just about every rockstar […]

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The right way to make wine for Scott Paul Wright is through the gentle handling of Pinot Noir grapes and minimalist intervention. This includes avoiding some of the modern techniques like killing the wild yeast and using lab cultures, extended maceration, cold soaks and additions and subtractions of acids and enzymes. You’d think that this […]

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Through the help of a friend we created French subtitles for our first teaser. Through our social networks we’ve already received a inquiries and interest from folks in France and Spain, and we hope to build as wide an audience as possible for a project in which we try to capture what’s unique about the […]

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Kegan was the first out of the gates with a summary of our trip to Sonoma wine country. Here’s his take on our adventures as we took the long way down to talk to some fascinating wine people. Just for kicks we’ll be offering different edits from members of the crew.

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Here’s a different cut of our experiences on our recent foray into Northern California wine country. We visited Sonoma and interviewed folks at three different wineries. We decided to each edit our own take on the trip. Kegan rolled his behind the scenes piece out a couple weeks ago. Here’s another version. The sound is […]

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