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Auction, a fundraiser for Willamettee Valley Wineries Association, set for April 4 at Allison Inn & Spa

David Millman, managing director of Domaine Drouhin Oregon winery near Dundee, has been named chairman of the fifth-annual Willamette: The Pinot Noir Auction, set for April 4 at the Allison Inn and Spa in Newberg.SUBMITTED PHOTO - David Millman will serve as
chairman of Willamette: The Pinot Noir Auction on April 4 at the Allison Inn & Spa.

Millman has, according to a press release, taken a prominant role in promoting Willamette Valley wines in the United States and abroad since joining the Domaine Drouhin team in 2005. He has served as board president of both the International Pinot Noir Celebration in McMinnville and the Oregon Pinot Camp. Prior to venturing west, he enjoyed a 20-year stint in the music industry as head of publicity for I.R.S. Records and Giant Records, then opened his own public relations firm.

"This is an incredibly exciting moment for Willamette pinot noir," he said. "Interest has never been higher and this auction is a dream opportunity to come, meet the producers, understand the 2018 vintage and see the very best (the area) has to offer. Some of the top retailers and restaurateurs in the world have come back every single year."

The auction, open only to members of the wine trade and the media, will feature more than 100 one-of-a-kind lots of Willamette Valley pinot noir from the 2018 vintage made in small quantities of five, 10 or 20 cases, according to a press release. Since its inception the auction has raised a total of $3.23 million that has gone to support the marketing and education initiatives of the Willamette Valley Wineries Association. The 2018 auction raised nearly $1.1 million and foretold a 12.4 percent uptick in sales of Oregon wines in 2018, easily outdistancing overall industry growth of 1.5 percent last year. Pinot noir sales increased 15.1 percent last year, compared to 2.5 percent industrywide.

"Simply put, people are excited about Oregon and pinot noir," Millman said.

Wine industry folk interested in attending the auction should visit willamettewines.auction.

Arts & Leisure briefs

George Fox will host Miller at Hymn Festival Concert

The George Fox University Department of Music will host its Organ Hymn Festival Concert at 6 p.m. Oct. 20 in Bauman Auditorium on the campus of the Newberg school. The event will feature renowned organist Dan Miller, product manager at Rodgers Instruments Co., a leading organ builder.

General admission tickets are $10. They are available online at georgefox.edu/concerts or at the university box office by calling 503-554-3844.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the GFU Auxiliary's student scholarship fund.

Blacksmith dem slated for Sunday at historical society

McMINNVILLE –The Yamhill County Historical Society will hold a presentation titled "Blacksmithing Today" from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Yamhill Valley Heritage Center, 11275 S.W. Durham Lane. The event will begin with a potluck lunch at 1 p.m.

Blacksmithing instructor Ike Bay will share the history of the craft, as well as the purpose and use of the blacksmith shop at the heritage center. For more information, call or text 503-434-0490.


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