Organisations join forces

16 May, 2008

The Oregon Wine Board and the Washington Wine Commission are teaming up again on an 80sq m stand split between the two state s' wineries.

The stand will host a short, informal seminar on sustainable winemaking in Oregon and Why Washington is the Perfect Climate for Wine at 3.30pm and 4pm on May 20 and 21.

Oregon wineries on the stand will be A to Z Wineworks, Bergstrom, Chehalem, Cristom, Elk Cove, Firesteed, Maysara, Montinore, Sokol Blosser, Willamette Valley Vineyards and Viridian, several of which are exhibiting for the first time. Washington wineries include Badger Mountain, Desert Wind, Gordon Brothers, Hedges Family Estate, L'Ecole No 41, Powers Winery, Precept Brands, Sainte Michelle Wine Estates, and Woodward Canyon. Pacific Rim Winemakers and Seven Hills Winery are exhibiting on the stand

for the first time.

Ted Farthing, executive director of the Oregon Wine Board, will be at the fair, as will export manager Katie Stoll and Washington Wine Commission export manager Lily Huynh.

Farthing says: "Despite limited supplies, the Oregon wine industry remains dedicated to allocating increasing lots of wine for the critical UK market. Adventurous wine lovers have reacted positively to our recent offerings, and at current currency exchange rates, now's the time to introduce even more Oregon brands." Washington Wine Commission executive director Robin Pollard adds: "We have seen a significant increase in sales and awareness of Washington wines as a result of last year's participation at the fair and expect nothing less this year. The UK continues to be a very important market for us and we appreciate the support we have received to date from the wine trade." Stand F50

Stratford's Wine Agencies is showcasing the latest addition to its portfolio, Sainte Michelle Wine Estates, which owns more than a third of all vineyard land in Washington State and produces more than 60% of the state's output. Wines from the Columbia Crest, Snoqualmie, Northstar and sparkling Domaine Sainte Michelle ranges will be on taste. Look out for Snoqualmie's organic Naked series. Erath wines from Oregon will also be at Stratford's stand. International sales vice president Al Portney and Columbia Crest winemaker Ray Einberger will

talk visitors through the ranges. Stand F22

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