While Pudding River is celebrating 10 years in the Oregon Wine industry, this may not seem like very much time to the rest of the wine world, but in Oregon, it’s a true benchmark for this young wine region. The Oregon wine industry is really young, as compared to other regions in the world. I believe being 10 years old in Oregon is quite an accomplishment and worth a mention.
My fascination with a few wine companies in Oregon is that they’ve seen the light. A few of them want change… that being recognized as a one-trick-pony state for Pinot Noir is good of a marketing concept as one would think… As they try to sell their wines outside of the state, convincing the rest of the country that they make more than Pinot Noir.
If the state had more of a more diversified portfolio, wholesalers might be more interested in what they have to offer. Excellent cool weather crops are part of their landscape in the northern part of the state, and some really delicious warmer climate grapes exist in the southern part of the state.
In northern Oregon, the terroir is excellent for cool weather white grapes like Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, and Riesling.
In Southern Oregon, big, delicious reds reign supreme. Case in point, Spangler Vineyards. Proprietor and winemaker Pat Spangler has long been a member of PS I Love You. Pat makes outstanding Petite Sirah. Who would think Oregon for Petite Sirah? I would, because I have firsthand experience with it existing, through Pat’s efforts. Pat’s motto is “Big Bold Reds from Southern Oregon!” He means it, and so he should.
So, for Pudding River Wine Cellars… Being one of the members of the Oregon Pinot Gris group, I recently received their information and was delighted to see that they’ve reached that all important 10 year benchmark. I’m also willing to support the efforts of the “new age wine companies” in Oregon… Like all new comers, they’ve got the innovation to blow a breath of fresh air – some call it a vision – into the future of that wine industry.
Pudding River’s benchmark: It was 10 years this past April, when they arrived in Oregon and planted their estate vineyard of Pinot Noir, along the Pudding River. During the past Memorial Day weekend, they held an open house and celebrated with a wine tasting. They paired hors d’oeurvres with each wine, which was specifically created to complement their wine offerings. Pudding River is now open every day, from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., through December 31.
New Pudding River Releases for 2014
“We reopened this year in March and released our 2010 Estate Pinot Noir and our limited offering of Syrah port-styled dessert wine. Since the initial release, our 2010 Estate Pinot Noir was awarded a “Gold Medal” in the Pinot Noir category; and “Best Red Wine of Show” at the Astoria Warrenton Crab, Seafood, & Wine Festival. [What a special honor and great way to celebrate their tenth year in the business.]
“We have been busy bottling our spring release white wines from the 2013 vintage. Our Riesling, Pinot Gris, Viognier, and Stainless Steel Fermented Chardonnay are now ready for release and will be served in our tasting room…”
Pudding River Awards
“We are starting the season with three Gold Medals draped on our wines.
- 2010 Pudding River Pinot Noir ~ Gold Medal and Best of Show in Astoria
- 2011 Pudding River Syrah ~ Gold Medal at the Newport Seafood and Wine Festival
- 2011 Pudding River Reserve Pinot Noir ~ Gold Medal at the Savor NW competition held in Cannon Beach
Pudding River Web Site Update
We are currently updating our website. Most of the varieties of wines listed there we have, but vintages and prices have not been updated. Additionally we have our port-style Syrah dessert wine which we sell only from our tasting room and is currently priced at $40 per 375ml. Please call us to place an order or inquire about pricing.
Where to Find Pudding River Wines
Since wholesalers don’t help to build brands, small business proprietors are like the Little Red Hens of the wine industry. They plant it, they grow it, they harvest it, they make it into wine, they bottle it and age it, and then they have to sell it. To have this many placements is a feat unto itself, and worthy of mention; because this is what one has to do, if you’ve just started a winery.
Portland Wine Merchants – Portland
Elenis Philoxenia – Portland
The Korkage – Hillsdale
Fred Meyer – Hillsboro, Sunset
Fred Meyer – Johnson Creek
Fred Meyer – Oregon City
Capers Wine Bar – PDX Airport
Sellwood Market – Sellwood
Market of Choice – West Linn
Nature’s Country Store – Damascus
Roth’s Fresh Markets
Santiam Wine Company
Crush – Monmouth
Latitude One – Dallas
Wine Styles – Corvallis
Pudding River Upcoming Events
Here are the events that we’ll be doing in the next few months.
Date, Event, Location
- June 7, Surfcrest Market ~ Cannon Beach, OR
- June 14, The Wine Place ~ Yachats, OR
- June 28, Festival of Arts and Wine Mt. ~ Angel, OR
- July 5, Wine Shack ~ Cannon Beach, OR
- July 26, Oregon First City ~ Oregon City, OR