Wine Down Eugene: 100th Edition!

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Wine Down Eugene March 6-12

child pic of me with wine
100 weeks seems so long ago… (Julia in 1974: my parents must have had a premonition)

Wow, this is the 100th issue of Wine Down Eugene! For a total of 100 weeks, I’ve been bringing the readers of Eugene Daily News a weekly listing of wine related happenings and events at local shops, restaurants, bars and wineries. From Eugene to Cottage Grove and Oakridge to Yachats, Wine Down Eugene is the ultimate go-to list of events for wine enthusiasts seeking fun in the South Willamette Valley.

Looking back at the very first Wine Down Eugene , I only listed places that were having special events. For the week of April 11-19, 2011, just seven bars and three wineries appeared on the list. It was a very simple beginning to what is now a list of of over 60 wine related listings topped by a story of what I’ve been doing and where I’ve been going in the world of wine.

From issue number 1 all the way to 100, so many great things have happened. WineJulia.com was launched in February 2012, and just six months later was awarded Best New Wine Blog of 2012 from the prestigious Wine Blog Awards, I became a Mentor on the world’s largest and longest running wine related social network, Snooth.com, where I represent the Willamette Valley and Southern Oregon, and I’ve written wine articles in a few magazines and publications. One of the greatest perks about all of this wine writing is that I receive hundreds of samples of wine – not just from Oregon, but from all over the world, so I always have fresh content and my palate continues to be educated by new flavors, aromas and varietals.

Silcox Hut and Snowcat
The Snowcat that took us up Mt. Hood to a winemakers dinner at the historic Silcox Hut – one of many great events. | photo: Iwalani Carr

The best perk of all is being invited to join in on incredible wine events in Oregon and around the world. I’ve attended many outstanding wine events and dinners, and I’m heading to New York City in just two weeks to attend the first Snooth People’s Voice Wine Awards. I’ll also be attending my first IPNC (International Pinot Noir Celebration) this summer, and planning a Fall trip to Virginia wine country. It’s been a wonderful journey filled with incredible adventures, outstanding wine and ambrosial food.

And It all started with Wine Down Eugene.

With the success of Wine Down Eugene, we are in the process of working on implementing a similar listing come June 1, for our neighboring wine region to the south: Umpqua Valley. Umpqua Valley is home to stellar wines that range in varietals from cool climate Pinot Noirs and Rieslings to warm climate Tempranillos and Cabernet Sauvignons. There are many excellent wineries and award-winning wines coming out of Umpqua Valley, and for the many wine lovers in Lane County, a visit to the Umpqua Valley is most certainly inevitable.

I’m looking forward to bringing you 100 more weeks of Wine Down Eugene; in addition to, the summer launch of Wine Down Umpqua. Cheers, and thanks for reading!

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