Paul Gregutt, who previously reviewed Oregon wines for 23 years at Wine Enthusiast, has set out independently with his own media entity called www.paulgwine.com. He is asking for Oregon winemakers to please ship him current and upcoming releases.
“While setting out on a completely independent path I will continue to focus on the wines of Oregon. But I will also be able to compare and evaluate them in relation to the wines of Washington, California and other important wine-producing regions, as I did during my years as the Seattle Times wine columnist. I will be able to cover all of Oregon, including the essential coverage of the Rocks District sub-AVA of the Walla Walla Valley AVA. I will be able to cover wines from both sides of the shared AVAs that Oregon has with Washington and Idaho.
I will continue to taste regularly and post up notes and reviews and specific recommendations. But not scores. I believe it is time for wineries to find better ways to promote their wines than just listing the highest numbers they can find from the myriad of options. For those wineries who have never sent wines to me because they objected to scores, my door is now open and I welcome the opportunity to connect.
Along with wine reviews and recommendations this website will feature industry news and discussions on topics such as closures, regenerative farming, proposed AVAs, misleading and vague terms… the list is a long one. The intent is to encourage dialogue….”
Please ship current and upcoming releases to:
230 West Street
Waitsburg, WA 99361
Two bottles are recommended.
Please include all price and technical information.
All wines will be tasted and I am happy to provide feedback. Wines featured on www.paulgwine.com or on my paulgwine Instagram posts will include photos and links to your website. There is no charge for any of this coverage. Paul’s contact info remains the same at firstname.lastname@example.org
On a related note, Sean P. Sullivan is now Contributing Editor for Wine Enthusiast, covering Oregon and Canada wines, in addition to his current responsibilities of reviewing Washington and Idaho wines. He writes:
“I am truly excited for the opportunity to cover the Pacific Northwest and Canada in full….Let me start by saying that I have a great admiration for Oregon wines and winemakers. I have tasted and enjoyed the state’s wines for many years. In fact, some of my earliest wine inspirations two decades ago came from Oregon. I also briefly reviewed Southern Oregon wines for Wine Enthusiast from 2013 to 2014, and I covered Oregon wine as part of my beat as Northwest correspondent for Vineyard & Winery Management magazine from 2013 to 2017. I have spent a good deal of time in the state with winegrowers. I am excited to spend more time there in the coming years and to focus on the region, its producers, and its wines more intently. I firmly believe Oregon is making some of the highest quality wines in the world and that the region has accomplished as much as any American wine region. It will be an honor to cover all parts of the state the state, to review the wines, and to help tell the story…”
Carl Giavanti says
Congrats on this, Paul. Looking forward to supporting your new endeavor!