Ignite! is a speaking program where presenters speak for five minutes using 20 slides that automatically forward every 15 seconds. The motto is “enlighten us, but make it quick”. I decided that this year, I would try to participate at the Wine Bloggers’ Conference version. It is entitled, How Wine Made America.
Here is my attempt (luckily I didn’t spontaneously combust!)
It is summer, the weather has been miserable here in the midwest so it is time to decamp to more favorable climes. And what place is the best to take off for when you are looking for cooler weather? The Pacific Northwest, of course!
Actually, it is time for this year’s Wine Bloggers’ Conference and this year it will be in breezy Portland, Oregon. Well, in Portland Oregon, anyway. Apparently the temperatures will be not so breezy, but rather about 102. Hahah. The jokes on me!
So I am busily re-arranging my wardrobe for the trip and thought I would start showing off my maps of Oregon viticultural areas.
There are about 16 different AVAs in Oregon, so I am going to tackle them alphabetically (‘ya gotta chose something!). This means that we will start with the Applegate Valley AVA.
Located in southern Oregon and part of the Southern Oregon AVA and Rogue Valley AVA, this appellation is relatively small with only about 400 acres planted in vines. Historically, it is important as it is where some of the earliest vineyards in the state were planted and home to the first commercial winery there. It is currently home to six wineries and is planted mainly with Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot and Syrah.