Boosters for the airport held a "Come Fly with Me" fund-raiser Saturday night with tickets starting at $150 a person.
Taste the best of the Willamette Valley as 15+ wineries pour in one location! Sip as you feast on a beautiful meal, and seize your opportunity to bid on unique and one-of-a-kind auction packages.The effort has attracted formal support from the Oregon Wine Board and Willamette Valley Wineries Association in addition to the individual wineries that were pouring for the dinner and auction.
Proceeds from the event go to further the effort to restore commercial air service to the Salem Airport.
|Do the wineries really think things through?|
Before Chehalem Winery was sold, they published very good notes on the changes. About the 2017 vintage they wrote:
The warmest vintages we’ve ever seen in the Willamette Valley over our more than 50 years of grapegrowing are the last five. Period.It might be more accurate to say "We lived in a bona fide cool climate." Past tense. The style of the wines has changed, and soon the grapes themselves will change in existing vineyards. Maybe new plantings will occur at higher elevation or otherwise cooler places, but the established vineyards won't grow cool climate Pinot Noir grapes any more.
We live in a bona fide cool climate here in the Willamette Valley. It’s why our wines have a great acid backbone that gives the wines a brightness of fruit and makes them perfect for aging and ideal with food. UC-Davis’ Winkler classified warmth and coolness by accumulating the recorded heat by growing season for the world’s wine regions. The Willamette Valley is designated Region One, the coolest, in company with Germany, Champagne and Burgundy.
But, we are warming and the progression has been steady, with 1961-1990 heat summations of 1970 annual degree-days increasing to an average 2208 in the 1997-2012 period, and further to 2651 degree-days 2013-2017—or an increase in growing season heat of 35% over the life of our industry. Cool Region One ends at 2500 degree-days, meaning we’re now firmly in Region Two based on the last five years.
There are Region Two vineyard areas in Australia, Portugal, Spain, and Italy, for example. They and the wines they produce are so different from the vineyards and wines of Germany, Champagne, and Burgundy. Pinot is in peril.
I know the wineries want more tourism and the customers that represents, and that local people who can spend $150 and more at an auction have discretionary income and wine cellars, but inviting more greenhouse gas emissions is self-negating, and the wineries should rethink this.
See previous notes on wine here.