1) Oregon Wine
The history of winemaking in Oregon is steeped in legends so well-known they've become gospel, but reality is even more fascinating. Discover the truth about who opened the state's first commercial winery and the real origin of Willamette Valley's famed Pinot Noir. Learn about Portland's daring Italian Americans, who kept home wineries during Prohibition, and the flourishing agriculture that contributed to the popularity of fruit wine. From the nineteenth-century...
Early Oregon fur traders concocted a type of distilled beverage known as Blue Ruin, used in commerce with local Native Americans. Drawn by the abundant summer harvests of the Willamette Valley, distillers put down roots in the nineteenth century. Because of Oregon's early sunset on legal liquor production in 1916 four years before national Prohibition hundreds of illicit stills popped up across the state. Residents of Portland remained well supplied,...