Just as Oregon's wine industry is looking toward the future after selling more than 2 million cases of wine last year, Linfield College wants to collect some of its past.
The college in McMinnville, where the annual International Pinot Noir Celebration is held, is asking for contributions to the Oregon Wine History Archive. If you have documents, photos or maps from the early days to the present, please consider donating them so they can be preserved and made available to researchers and the public. Contact Linfield College archivist Rachael Woody at email@example.com or 503-883-2734.
Documents and oral histories from the collection were used in the one-hour documentary "Grapes of Place" (watch it at www.opb.org/programs/oregonexperience/programs/player/39-Oregon-Wine-Grapes-of-Place).
Perhaps Valley View Winery has documents. The Wisnovskys sell Pioneer Label Merlot with a label inspired by the first one used by Peter Britt in the 1800s and reproduced by Valley View Winery founder Frank Wisnovsky in 1976.
And while we're still talking about collectibles, we can thank Will Brown, a retired physician living in Ashland who served as winemaker for Agate Ridge Vineyard, cellar rat at RoxyAnn Winery and consultant at Red Lily Vineyards, for donating the extensive wine library at Southern Oregon University's Hannon Library.
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