Sunset Magazine has featured out 2016 Rosé in a feature on Rosé wines that are “easy going down – and easy on the wallet.” Sunset is tapping into a nationwide craze for pink wines that’s not just about summer weather, but about people discovering how interesting and affordable rosé wines can be.
“As the weather warms up,wine-shop shelves get increasingly rosier, with rows of bottles in hues from the palest blush to vibrant salmon. When it comes to warm-weather drinking, pink is definitely the new white…”
Among Sunsets picks is our 2016 Pinot Noir Rosé, described as “Rose petals and stones; vibrant strawberry and lemon.” Read the full article in the May 2017 issue of the magazine, page 98, or at sunset.com
We’ve been featured on Grant’s Getaways! Grant McOmie is one of Oregon’s favorite travel journalists and we are honored to be included on this feature on the Oregon Wine Country Electric Vehicle Byway, otherwise known as Plug & Pinot.
A lot has been happening this spring! Here’s what’s been going on at Elk Cove over the past three months.
In the Vineyard:
We officially have 100% budbreak. We’re still about 2 weeks behind our average year so we anticipate a later harvest than in 2016. On a warm day this time of year you can almost watch the vines grow, they’ll gain an inch or more in height in 24 hours!
Travis and the vineyard crew have planted an additional 10 acres of Pinot Noir (Adam’s favorite Dijon clone 777) at Mount Richmond Vineyard. We still have a bit more room for planting at Mount Richmond. This is our largest vineyard site just outside the town of Yamhill, Oregon.
We’ve been mowing or disking in our cover crops. These grasses and legumes help us retain soil moisture, balance soil fertility and prevent erosion.
In the Winery
Winemakers Heather and Adam are tasting every single barrel in the cellar, some more than once! We can laugh about what a cushy job this is, but it’s real work trying to maintain your palate all day. Heather says peppy music is essential. They are choosing blends for each of our Single Vineyard Pinot Noirs as well as our Willamette Valley Pinot Noir.
We recently hosted members of our Roosevelt Club for our Spring Dinner. Chef Jessica Hansen of the Kitchen at Middleground Farms did a great job with the menu and Kari and Katherine presented Roosevelt magnums to 12 members who’ve been in our Wine Club for 10 years or longer.
Katherine, Elissa and the Tasting Room crew are gearing up for Summer. Oregon has such beautiful weather in June, July and August so we expect a lot of visitors in the coming months. We’re especially excited about our collaborative event with the Portland Opera, Opera in the Vineyard as well as our sister winery Pike Road Wine’s Eclipse Party.
Happy New Year! We have some introductions to make!
Fall 2016 saw the departure of Direct Sales Manager, John Bellncula who left to pursue his career in wine in a climate conducive to his passion for skiing in Colorado.
While the DTC Team buckled down for a busy holiday season, we searched for the right person to lead them as Direct Sales Manager. We were pleased to find Katherine Stalmann, a seasoned Oregon wine industry veteran with over 10+ years’ experience combined at Adelsheim and Bergstrom wineries. We are excited to welcome Katherine to the team!
On the Distribution side, we’re excited to announce the promotion of Todd Stewart, Sales Manager (USA) to Director of National Sales. Todd has been an advocate of ECV wines for over a decade, first on the Distributor side and then as one of our ECV Sales Managers covering over 20 markets for Elk Cove. Many of you know Todd and his tireless efforts to build the Elk Cove brand around the country. He’ll also support Elk Cove’s other Distribution Sales Managers. Please join us in congratulating Todd!
Claire Cunningham has moved to Port Townsend, Washington to be with her fiancée. We’re excited for Claire and the happy life changes she is making. Her markets have shifted to our other Managers and they’ll be reaching out to you shortly. I’m happy to announce that we have created a new role for her as our Corporate Sales Manager. We hope with this focus Claire can find more opportunities for both Elk Cove and Pike Road around the nation.
This shift obviously left a hole so we searched for another valuable Distribution Sales Manager. Please join us in welcoming Cam Christie to the Elk Cove family! Cameron Christie is a recent Portland transplant and hails from the frigid, wind-swept Canadian prairies (you can’t make him go back). He spent a decade working in wine starting in the Caribbean, then working harvest in Burgundy and then on to London where he managed retail operations for Uncorked Wine Merchants, one of the most acclaimed independent wine merchants in the UK. After a few years in London, he moved to San Francisco to work in sales for Bacio Divino Cellars (Napa), first taking over the CA market, and then expanding into business development across the US and internationally. Most recently, Cam managed a team of eight specialists across Northern California for Moet-Hennessy’s Champagne Portfolio. In his spare time he enjoys cooking, cycling, hiking, camping, film and literary fiction.
One final addition: we have a newly created position for the entire Sales Team, a Sales Coordinator who will be the ‘glue’ that holds all these moving pieces together. Please join us in welcoming Margaret Popenoe to this position. Previously, she was a Tasting Room Associate at our Pike Road Tasting Room. Margaret has an extensive background in the service/hospitality industry with over 16 years’ experience as a server, caterer, barista, yacht stewardess and tasting room manager.
We’re excited to have some new talented people join our team and we hope you all embrace them as well! Wishing you all a very Happy New Year!
The Willamette Valley was named Region of the Year by the 2016 Wine Star awards:
“The vintners who first explored the valley’s potential were pioneers. There was no history to build upon, no grapes to purchase to produce wines while they waited for new vineyards to bear fruit. Only one of the first dozen or so vintners had any agricultural experience.” -Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast Magazine
That person with the agricultural experience would be Pat Campbell, who grew up on a pear orchard and founded Elk Cove Vineyards with husband Joe Campbell in 1974. It’s incredible to think that 40+ year’s later, this region would beat out contenders in classic wine regions around the globe for this prestigious award. Congratulations to everyone whose hard work has made the Willamette Valley AVA what it is today. Cheers!
Check out all the Wine Star award winners at winemag.com
In their largest blind tasting ever, Portland’s had 12 local wine experts evaluate more than 1,200 bottles to discover the state’s best wines. You can peruse the complete results here. Our 2014 Mount Richmond Pinot Noir made the list, coming in at #42:
“Plum and nectarine. Black cherry. Big and robust. Pair with: grass-fed-beef burgers” – Portland Monthly, October 2016
Portland Monthly Magazine is a great source for what to eat, drink and do in the greater Portland Area and is found at the checkout stands and by subscription. This review will post in the October 2016 issue of the magazine.
Curious about the Yamhill-Carlton AVA and the winemakers who make this beautiful place their home?
Here’s a video from a few years back that tells the story. Jump to 1:45 if you’d like to see Elk Cove Winemaker Adam Campbell speaking on how strong community is one of the things that makes our region so special. This theme runs throughout the video for good reason. It’s the people that make this place what it is. And the gorgeous vineyards, lots of those are featured here as well!
Fifty top Oregon wineries join together to host Pinot Camp, the ultimate opportunity for members of the wine trade to meet the faces behind the labels while exploring the Willamette Valley’s stunning wine country. In 2016 Elk Cove hosted viticulture workshops and a panel of Oregon winegrowers, including our own winemaker/owner Adam Campbell and vineyard manager Travis Watson.
The first ever Willamette: The Pinot Noir Barrel Auction was a huge success, bringing in $476,000 to support the Willamette Valley Wineries Association. The funds will be used to promote our Willamette Valley wineries, including Elk Cove! Read more about the auction here.
This trade only event started on Friday with sub-AVA specific events. Elk Cove co-hosted an event with our neighbors at Big Table Farm, a great winery to add to your itinerary when you visit Elk Cove (they’re by reservation only so call ahead).
We are thrilled that our long-time friends at Zupan’s “paddled up” and won our 10-case lot of 2014 Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir! Here’s a description of this special wine made with Shea fruit:
A ten case lot of Elk Cove single vineyard Pinot noir made from Shea Vineyard fruit.
We have a longstanding relationship with Dick Shea and have been making wine from
this five-acre block of Dijon 777 on the east side of the Shea property for ten years.
We produce a small amount of Shea Pinot noir each year for our wine club with
limited availability in our tasting room, so this is a unique opportunity.
Shea Vineyard is renowned for big, concentrated dark fruit character.
Elk Cove’s take on Shea tends to be less aggressive with ripe but refined tannins
for a more up-front red-fruit profile.
Elk Cove’s delicate Pinot noir fruit undergoes gentle handling through our gravity
flow system. This allows us to achieve the elegance, texture, and luscious quality that
are the hallmarks of exquisite Pinot noir. This Shea lot was fermented in two small,
temperature controlled steel tanks, one entirely destemmed and the other 90% whole-cluster.
Hand punched down twice daily then aged in barrel for 10 months in 35% new French Oak.
Brilliant red with refined jasmine tea and triple berry aromatics. Delicately concentrated and
juicy on the palate with loads of red cherry fruit leading to a lengthy finish of refined tannins.
“That Oregon, with its wet weather and short summers, could ever be famous for wine was in doubt until as recently as 30 years ago, when it began to receive international acclaim. Today the Willamette Valley is the epicenter of a world-class wine region famous for some of the country’s best Pinot Noir.
Elk Cove is one of Oregon’s pioneering wineries, established by the Campbell family back in the 1970s in the foothills of the Coastal Range (which also provides the mountain views out the windows). The wine has reached new heights under second generation Adam Campbell…”
We are proud to have made this list, there are so many great places to visit here in the Willamette Valley. Check out the whole list at foodandwine.com
Elk Cove’s founders, Pat and Joe Campbell were honored as “Legacy Winemakers” at the 2015 ¡Salud! Auction. An influential Oregon winemaker or pioneer has been the recipient of this award each year since 2007.
Thank you to everyone who participated and supported this year’s ¡Salud! The Oregon Pinot Noir Auction. Together we raised a record breaking $800,000 to support Oregon’s seasonal vineyard workers and their families. This year we donated an Elk Cove VIP Experience package that included a bubbly tasting at the peak of our Mount Richmond Vineyard and a private dinner for eight people at Elk Cove Vineyards prepared and hosted by Pat and Joe Campbell.
¡Salud! is a unique collaboration between Oregon winemakers and healthcare professionals that has provided access to healthcare services for Oregon’s seasonal vineyard workers and their families for over 24 years. Learn more about it at salud.org. There’s also a great interview with Tuality Healthcare Foundation manager Maria McCandless in MyWineTribe that is worth a read.