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From John, May 4th, 2016

Chambers Street Wines, August 2016:  Cameron Winery:  Oregon’s Prince of Pinot

“Ask any Oregon wine insider about great winemakers and the name John Paul Cameron comes up in hushed and reverent tones.  His eponymous Cameron Winery has been around since 1984, but its legendary status often does not resonate outside Oregon because of the very limited distribution of these wines. Moreover, his fanatical attention to the farming and the winemaking leaves little time for marketing and fancy wine dinners among his devoted followers….”

Modern Farmer, December, 2015:
The Benefits of Dry-Farming Wine — For the Palate and the Planet

“John Paul, who owns Cameron Winery, and Russ Raney, the founder of nearby Evesham Wood, practice what’s known as dry farming—they rely on natural precipitation alone for their vines. By 2004, the two had become so troubled by the ongoing irrigation trend that they founded the Deep Roots Coalition to challenge it…”


 

Portland Monthly, September, 2015:
One Winemaker’s Answer to the Drought: Stop Watering

Cameron Winery’s John Paul, founder of the Deep Roots Coalition and longtime advocate of dry farming, isn’t worried about this summer’s heat waves…”


 

Oregon Wine Press, May, 2015:
End of the Clones – Chardonnay Symposium focuses on site selection

“Chardonnay can be a wine that ‘nudges you to a place of nostalgia or panic.’ These words from Bethel Heights’ Mimi Casteel might be the most compelling spoken at the fourth annual Oregon Chardonnay Symposium held March 14, which included Jason Lett of The Eyrie Vineyards, John Paul of Cameron Winery, Craig Williams of X Novo Vineyards and Thomas Bachelder of Bachelder Wines. Is this a challenge, goal or a call to action? The message is as much a puzzle as Oregon Chardonnay itself…”


 

Vine Stories: Cameron Winery

“Learn how John Paul leverages the power of cover crops, patience in the cellar, and a trusted chicken tractor to help him produce some of the finest Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in the Willamette Valley.”

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A Wee Rant About “Natural Wines”

I am a bit perplexed by the popularity of a relatively new genre of wine: “Natural Wines”. In my opinion, this is a narrow and arbitrary classification meant to suit the marketing needs of whoever is using it. When I see a cloudy wine and am told “Oh this is a natural wine”, I am compelled to retort “I can’t think of anything more natural than gravity…maybe the winemaker should have waited to rack his wine for bottling!” And when one encounters a wine which is either oxidized or smells of fingernail polish remover or has been brutalized by a lactic acid bacteria infection, sure these are “natural processes” but they also emanate from poor winemaking practices.

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Water Stress in Oregon!?

2016 was an extremely dry and warm vintage. Because of water stress, the berries were smaller and crop smaller than usual. However, a beneficient rain in early September re-hydrated the fruit and the result is a cellar of very concentrated and wonderfully balanced wines. Get ready for a brilliant 2016 vintage of small production down the road!

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Arrivederci Dear Guido

Guido, our 18 year old Tuxedoed cat, quietly passed away on August 18. For 17 vintages, Guido was our constant companion in the cellar, in the vineyard, in the yurt.

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