Oregon winemaker graces cover of 'Wine Spectator' magazine

CARLTON, Ore. -- An Oregon winery hit the big time, making the cover of a national wine magazine.

Ken Wright of Ken Wright Cellars is on the cover of this month's "Wine Spectator" magazine.

But the winemaker admits he would much rather talk about the industry than the cover.

When we asked him to show us the article, he did so only after our urging.

"It feels a little weird to pick up something with your image on it," Wright said.

But Wright will admit this is a pretty big deal.

Not only is his image on the cover of this month's Wine Spectator, a ten-page article inside is dedicated to his winery and his commitment to his community.

It's an honor Wright believes highlights not just his wine, but pinot noir wines across the region.

"It's a great recognition for Oregon," said Wright. "We have a tremendous industry that has come so far so fast, mainly because we have this variety, pinot noir, who truly loves this place."

Wright started making wine in the Oregon in the mid '80s.

Since then, he has grown into one of the region's most respected winemakers, helping bring the Willamette Valley into the international spotlight when it comes to pinot noir.

The most recent numbers show Oregon's wine industry contributes more than $3 billion a year to the state's economy.


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