April 28, 2012
The Willamette Valley, the historical heart of the Oregon wine industry, was once thought to be too cool for grape growing, and ever since those earliest days, its climate has been its defining feature — wines known for finesse, even when notions of finesse went underappreciated. But critical attitudes are moving away from the "bigger is better" mind set, and the last two vintages, 2010 and 2011, among the coolest climate years on record, are likely to yield some of the valley's most ethereal reds.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 14, 1997 |
Tucked away among forested hillsides just beyond Portland's suburbia, Oregon wineries are beginning to get the world's attention. In the 35 years since the first growers to brave the Willamette Valley's mud discovered that it is an ideal place to grow pinot noir, about 120 wineries have set down roots. Last year, $90 million worth of Oregon wine was sold, as far away as Europe, Japan and Australia.
April 11, 1993 |
THERE ARE TIMES WHEN A PANTY GIRDLE can be a girl's best friend. For Julie Williamson, the moment came one afternoon in 1969, not long after the smart, ambitious, 29-year-old legal secretary had gone to work for Bob Packwood in the freshman senator's Portland office. She was alone talking on the telephone when her 36-year-old employer strode in and kissed her on the back of the neck.
August 2, 1990 |
California's new gasoline tax went into effect Wednesday with few apparent hitches, drawing resigned grumbles from motorists as nearly 12,000 service stations across the state began collecting an extra nickel for each gallon of gas they sell. Spot reports from service stations and dealer associations throughout Southern California and the rest of the state indicated that most motorists came prepared to pay more for gas when they pulled up to the pumps throughout the day Wednesday.
March 12, 2002 |
The Bush administration announced an agreement Monday to withdraw "critical habitat" designations for 19 species of threatened and endangered salmon and steelhead in California, Oregon, Washington and Idaho. Builders said the administration's action would remove a significant deterrent to construction in many areas of the four states.
April 25, 1997 |
In one of the most far-reaching decisions ever made under the controversial federal law protecting endangered species, the Clinton administration will declare the Northern California coho salmon a creature threatened with extinction, administration officials said Thursday.