The 2016 Event

The fifth annual Oregon Chardonnay Celebration takes place Saturday, February 27, 2016 at The Allison Inn & Spa in Newberg, Oregon. The Celebration educates both industry members and consumers about the varietal in a non-competitive environment. The event begins with a seated topical seminar and tasting followed by the Grand Tasting, a walkaround sampling of over 40 Oregon producers, one of the region’s largest varietal-specific tastings. Attendees have a choice of participating in both the seminar and Grand Tasting or the Grand Tasting only.

Formerly known as The Oregon Chardonnay Symposium, the Oregon Chardonnay Celebration delves deep into what makes Oregon Chardonnay unique, each year focusing on different aspects of the varietal and its place in the state. Bringing together both pioneers and the current generation of Oregon producers, the Oregon Chardonnay Celebration provides a lense through which we can view the past, present, and future of Oregon Chardonnay.


1 - 3 p.m.

Each year, the technical panel brings together Oregon Chardonnay pioneers and top producers in a seated seminar to discuss a particular topic in depth and taste examples illustrating the perspective of each panelist. Expect thoughtful conversation, humorous quips, and contrasting points of view as each panelist shares their perspective.

Case Study: Interpreting Chardonnay
It’s often been said that wine is made in the vineyard. While vineyard management is critical to a wine’s quality, how does the winemaker fit into the picture? From picking date to bottling, their decisions create an indelible influence on the finished wine. Join Elaine Brown of Hawk Wakawaka Wine Reviews and as she leads a focused discussion with Thomas Bachelder, Bachelder,  Joe Dobbes, Dobbes Family Estate, Marcus Goodfellow, Goodfellow Family Cellars, and Brian Marcy, Big Table Farm as they each discuss their interpretation of Durant Vineyard’s 2014 chardonnay, all made from a single block of clone 96 fruit. Grower Paul Durant will be on hand to add his perspective and share a fifth wine, made by Isabel Dutarte for Durant Vineyards.

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Chardonnay Grand Tasting

The Oregon Experience

3 - 5 p.m.

More than 40 Oregon vintners* pour their Chardonnays, encompassing the breadth and depth of the state’s production. Showcasing a wide variety of styles, production methods, and terroirs, the Chardonnay Grand Tasting allows guests a comprehensive tasting experience.

* See list of participating wineries

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February 27, 2016 • The Allison Inn & Spa

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