THEY BELIEVED IT WAS a path to a bright future, pioneers who, some 50 years ago, moved to Oregon and planted Pinot Noir and other grape varietals not usually found in that state.
Never mind others told them those varietals were not meant for Oregon’s soil and climate, that they would never flourish in that northwestern state, that their idea was a cul-de-sac in failure. These early wine enthusiasts took no heed. They began to arrive in the 1960s. By the early 1970s, there were five established wineries in Oregon. Today the state boasts 700-plus wineries, and together they sell more than 3.5 million cases of wine a year.
Many came as families; others had children during their early years as vintners. Now the second generation runs a number of these pioneer family-owned wineries, among them Elk Cove, Ponzi and Sokol Blosser.
Pat and Joe Campbell began Elk Cove Vineyards in 1974. Now their daughter Anna is the winery’s creative director and their son Adam is the winemaker. Nancy and Dick Ponzi moved to Oregon in the late 1960s and began Ponzi Vineyards in 1970; their daughters now run the winery. Anna Maria Ponzi serves as president and director of sales, with Luisa Ponzi as the winemaker. Bill Blosser and Susan Sokol Blosser started their winery in 1971, now headed by their children, co-presidents Alison and Alex. All three wineries list among those founded in Oregon’s Willamette Valley.
This second generation of winemakers call themselves, appropriately, the Second Generation Vintners. And to celebrate the importance to Oregon’s wine history of continuously family-owned and -operated wineries, the three joined together to create the Second Generation Vintners’ Oregon Originals Pinot Noir Cuvée, known for short as 2GV. The wine blends the grapes of all three wineries, each coming from a different kind of soil, each winery having made and aged its own wine and then contributed it to the final blend. This beautiful, rich, well-balanced, silky-textured wine offers forward fruit flavors and brims with the aromas and pleasures of a fine Pinot Noir ($100). Did someone say Oregon could not make fine Pinot Noir? Try 2GV.
Vail Resorts opted to close all 37 resorts early in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, but the mountain resort operator also wanted to give back to the community in the face of this adversity. The excess perishable food from the various properties was donated to 30 local food banks, schools and community organizations in the communities where Vail Resorts employees live, work and play. Fruit, vegetables, cheese, juice, granola bars and more went to mountain communities from Colorado and Vermont to British Columbia.
Finding a beachfront Punta Cana all-inclusive resort for all ages can be daunting when you want to take home great memories with loved ones but also experience a sophisticated escape. Now, you can have both thanks to a new resort: Finest Punta Cana.
The airline industry responds to the COVID-19 pandemic with updates on cancellations, route capacity reductions and rebooking policies. Here’s an update.
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The city took its name from Athena, goddess of wisdom, strategy and war, and protector of the city. The financial, political and administrative center of the country and an all-powerful city-state in antiquity, Athens is a major center of culture. A visit to the first-ever museum dedicated to Byzantium, a stroll around the National Garden and a trip to the Olympeion archaeological site will take you back through time.
While we may be physically restricted as to where we travel, that doesn’t stop the wandering spirit from feeling the need to explore. With the rise of virtual tourism, we can do just that — explore, but from home.
Data analytics and consumer intelligence company J.D. Power conducted a survey on the response of the travel industry to the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey of 1,633 business and leisure travelers in the past year was conducted March 12–13. In general, those surveyed have faith in the travel industry and are satisfied with the industry’s response to the pandemic thus far.
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As a result of travel restrictions and drastic reductions in flights worldwide, Munich Airport is suffering from decreases in nearly every area of its operations. Take-offs and landings reached a low last week, with traffic plummeting to less than 10 percent of the number year over year. Passenger traffic is at 5 percent of last year’s level.