Here's shocking news, friends: I'm having a baby next week.
I am not giving birth to a human baby, but a literary baby. My pictorial history on the Willamette Valley wine industry will be released by Arcadia Publishing July 10, and we're having a series of launch parties to celebrate. Consider this your personal invitation to attend any or all of them!
Arcadia wanted to capture the history in photo form, and to accommodate the request, I gathered photos from personal collections from Willamette Valley winery pioneers and those who joined the industry later, plus used the extensive archives at Linfield College's Oregon Wine History Archive. I wanted the book to be used like a family photo album. You know, the album you looked through with your grandmother as she told you the details of the people and events captured in the photos. It was the best way to learn family lore, and that's how I wanted readers to learn the history of the Willamette Valley wine industry.
The title of the book is simply "Willamette Valley Wineries," and it is written under my full name, Barbara Smith Randall. Don't be confused: It's still me, Barb Randall.
Originally, the plan was to use all black-and-white photos, but since the industry began in the mid-1960s, color film was the new thing of the day. I collected hundreds of photos, most of which have not been published before, and since the book is only about 100 pages, many of those photos didn't get used. At the launch parties you will get to see some of those photos and hear the tales that go with them.
Here's the lineup of launch events:6 p.m. July 11, Lake Theater and Cafe, 106 N. State St., Lake Oswego. Doors open at 6 p.m., so you can get seats and order food and beverages. I'll make a presentation at 7 p.m. and personalize books.
4:30-6:30 p.m. July 12, Chuckie Pies, 430 Fifth St., Lake Oswego. Like rosé wine? So do Lisa Shaw Ryan and I. Lisa invites you to discover your favorite Italian rose at this blind tasting of rosés, plus enjoy Chuckie Pies' gourmet pizzas, anna discussion of the book. You get all that fun and a signed copy of the book for $40. Reserve a seat online at http://tinyurl.com/ChuckiePie or call 503-342-6207. July 17, 6-8 p.m. Southeast Wine Collective, 2425 S.E. 35th Place, Portland. This event features a discussion of the book, plus an opportunity to meet my friends Tom Monroe and Kate Norris, owners and winemakers at Division Winemaking Co., and founders of Southeast Wine Collective.
Tom and Kate were listed on Wine Enthusiast's 40 Under 40 List for 2016, a list of 40 people younger than 40 who are influencing what we drink. They will pour wines from Division Winemaking Company, Cristom Vineyards, The Eyrie Vineyards, St. Innocent Winery and Walter Scott Wines. Cost is $38 and includes a signed book. Sign up online at http://tinyurl.com/SEWINEBARBRANDALL.
Signings and other presentations are scheduled throughout the summer and fall; view the whole schedule online at barbara-randall.squarespace.com.
You can order the book on Amazon.com or through Arcadia Publishing at arcadiapublishing.com.
I would be delighted to present information about the book to your book group, wine club or other organization. Contact me via the website above.
Enough about me.
Summer is a perfect time to get out and enjoy Oregon's wine country. Pack a picnic and go have a wine adventure!
Bon appetit! Make eating an adventure!