Archive for the Tag 'Willamette Valley'


Wine of the Week ~ Sokol Blosser of Dayton Oregon

On one of our trips to Oregon, to visit with the Oak Knoll Winery Boys (Greg Lint and Jeff Herinckx), Jose and I were taken to Sokol Blosser Winery, to see what it’s like. We got there just at closing, so we didn’t get to taste. But the winery… Oh, so lovely to see, as […]


There’s something so visceral about a new client ~ Aberrant Cellars

Aberrant Cellars, a Willamette Valley wine producer… Hello Pinot Noir and Pursuing the Profound ab·er·rant ˈabərənt,əˈberənt/ adjective: aberrant departing from an accepted standard. Biology diverging from the normal type. This was the birth of Aberrant Cellars… This is brand is a combination of old world, new world, and some modern attitude. From his Website: Introducing: […]


Second Annual ~ 2012 Oregon Pinot Gris Symposium ~ Presented by Oak Knoll Winery

Thursday, June 7, 2012, 8:30 a.m. The best and brightest talent in Oregon is once again gathering to discuss the potential of Oregon’s Pinot Gris, putting Oregon on the map as “the Pinot state” (both Gris and Noir), at Oak Knoll Winery. My friend and president of Oak Knoll Winery Greg Lint travels the United States […]


Cool weather could be an advantage to this year’s Oregon wine vintage

Carefully watching Oregon’s weather isn’t a pastime. I’m keeping up with what’s happening to our Willamette Valley client Oak Knoll Winery and its neighbors [Image: Patty Skinkis] Just getting a press release from Oregon State University giving me up-to-the-minute info about their 2011 growing season, therefore, was a fascinating read. Then I realized, this is […]


First Steps in Winemaking & Real Cidermaking On a Small Scale

Two new books have arrived, as we head into the last quarter of the year and the holiday gift giving season. But, these two are even more seasonal. This is the season to ferment, and these books are right on cue. Both are from Fox Chapel Publishing, celebrating their 20th Anniversary (1991 – 2011). [I […]


Arcachon France is the Inspiration for Arcachon Wines

Arcachon Cellars is a new brand just introduced by Oak Knoll Winery. According to Greg Lint, president of Oak Knoll, “Arcachon is a region in Bordeaux France. Our founder is Ron Vuylsteke. Ron’s grandfather Leonard Vuylsteke began his winemaking career in Arcachon before he immigrating to the United States. We wanted to create a brand […]


The 10 keys for any publicist

What it takes to develop the craft: Excellent oral communicator Both oral and written. Love to read, learn, and listen A writer’s writer Otherwise, how are you going to get the attention of any professional writers? Personable Because it’s all about sincerely making new friends, and keeping them. Well versed in psychology Make sure that […]


Beran Vineyards, Willamette Valley, Oregon

During my recent trip to Oregon, dear friend Greg Lint (president of Oak Knoll Winery) wanted Jose and me to meet one of his sources for their lovely Pinot Noir grapes, and to see the vineyard where the fruit was being grown. Greg arranged a meeting with Bill and Sharon Beran, of Beran Vineyards. Bill […]


Lessons in Oregon, Beginning with The Early Pioneers at Oak Knoll Winery

There’s nothing more stimulating and inspiring, as a wine publicist, than visiting a client. When it’s in another state, the experiences are intensified, because it’s not a day-trip into another valley, it’s a plane ride away. This means that it’s going to involve a week of my life, which becomes totally focused. In this case, […]


Jeff Herinckx, Winemaker for Oak Knoll Winery

[Winemaker Jeff Herinckx] Starting tomorrow, winemaker Jeff Herinckx of Oak Knoll Winery will have a monthly posting on this blog. Each month Jeff and my partner Jose Diaz have a conversation about what’s happening at Oak Knoll Winery, which is Jeff’s Winemaker Journal recording. That means that each month I’m also reading what’s happening at […]