We are excited to share a new book, The Wines, and Wineries of Oregon’s Willamette Valley with our readers. Both authors Nick Wise and Julie Wise recently moved to Portland, Oregon, after falling in love with the Willamette Valley last year.
“We discovered that a particular bottle, tasted at just the right moment, could alter the course of a career. We like to compare it to falling in love — the first time is truly unforgettable.”– Nick Wise and Linda Sunshine
Following the success of their books Celebrity Vineyards (2013) and California Celebrity Vineyards (2016), authors Nick Wise and Linda Sunshine have turned their attention to Oregon’s Willamette Valley to reveal the fascinating tale of how this region went from farming nuts and Christmas trees to cultivating the elusive Pinot Noir grape, elevating the region’s profile and establishing itself as a billion-dollar wine empire in less than 50 years. Today Oregon is recognized as one of the world’s premier producers of Pinot Noir wines, and Chardonnay is reported to be next. Some think of Willamette Valley as the new Napa, others think of it as America’s Burgundy.
During their travels, the authors visited more than 20 outstanding wineries, interviewing the winemakers and experiencing phenomenal private barrel and bottle tastings, which they documented in detail. In addition to the stories behind some of the valley’s most influential and important winemakers, the book contains extensive tasting notes, hotel and restaurant recommendations for a locals-approved tour of the valley, along with a map of all the featured wineries. This book is written with the wine enthusiast in mind but will be captivating for sommeliers and wine newbies, alike, and anyone interested in discovering the many wineries, winemakers, histories, and stories of the Willamette Valley.
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About the Authors:
Nick Wise was born in NYC in 1969 and moved with his family to the UK when he was two. After graduating from Tufts University, he began writing books on popular culture and earned a bachelors in wine at the Wine and Spirit Education Trust in London, all the while working with various historic English wine and spirit companies including John Armit and Fuller, Smith and Turner. In 2003 he founded a corporate champagne company called casevalue.com, which worked closely with organizations such as LVMH, Bollinger, and many others in the champagne trade. The company was sold in 2011. Since then, he has since authored Celebrity Vineyards (Welcome Books, 2013) and co-authored California Celebrity Vineyards (Overlook-Omnibus, 2016). He currently lives in London and Portland, Oregon with his wife, Julie, and his Parson Russell Terrier, Lily.
Linda Sunshine is the co-author of California Celebrity Vineyards and author of more than 50 books, including The New York Times bestseller Plain Jane Works Out. She has written extensively about Hollywood and the making of feature films. She lives in Los Angeles.
Julie Wise grew up in Beaune in Burgundy, France, and worked for ten years in French gastronomy and wine. This project brings together her passion for photography and interest in enology.
Download The Guide to Willamette Valley Wineries. Includes a map and lists places to stay, eat and shop while in the area.
Credits: Wines and Wineries of Oregon’s Willamette Valley: from Pinot Noir to Chardonnay. Text © Nick Wise & Linda Sunshine; photographs © Julie Wise; Overlook/Omnibus