Karl Klooster

Features Editor Karl Klooster focuses on people, local history and wines.


The Cork: Don't be mis-lead by crystal wine glasses

Minimizing the health risks of those gorgeous glasses

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Willamina residents, from left, Mary Jane Hollinger, Bob Hollinger, Ila Skyberg, Margery Kendall, Meredith Kendall-Schaefer, Gary Brooks and Charlyn Pranger stand in
front of the old Galloping Goose.

The will in Willamina

Karl Klooster Klooster is the News-Register's regional editor and wine columnist. > See his column When you negotiate the westbound bend of the Sheridan-Willamina Highway, also known as ...

Carolyn Wells-Kramer photo##Doug Frost hoists his fists in the air after being recognized as the emcee of the Oregon Wine Symposium Awards Dinner. Frost is an American Master of Wine and a Master Sommelier, one of only three people in the world to claim both titles.

Symposium spells progress

Annual event underscores wine industry success Anyone who wants to discover what’s what with Oregon wine should attend the annual Oregon Wine Symposium. This event serves as the showcase for an ...

Courtesy K & M Wines##The K & M 2012 Pinot Noir Reserve Alchemy Vineyard was awarded best in show honors for this year s McMinnville Wine & Food Classic.

SIP! Wine Awards 2015

The 22nd annual McMinnville Wine and Food Classic is still two weeks away, but the kickoff for this always popular event, set for March 13-15 at The Evergreen Space Museum, took place a month ago. On ...

Karl Klooster/News-RegisterPatrons enjoy wine and food at Chapter 24 during its Spanish-style Valentine’s Day festivities, which included salsa dancing.

Wine so fine, my Valentine

Oregon wineries aim for the heart

Marcus Larson/News-RegisterCarlton community leaders meeting at Barrel 47 Restaurant: from left to right, Carol Fredrick, Charan Cline, Kevin Martin, Kathie Oriet, Chad Olsen, Karen Wright, Ken Wright, Amber Horne and Scott Bernards.

Great little town on the go

It wasn’t too many years ago that the economic engines driving the city of Carlton were wheat fields, hazelnut orchards, landscaping nurseries, grazing lands and timber stands. Even though they ...

Submitted photoThe original mural, by Ohio artist Cathie Bleck, at the Chapter 24 tasting room in Dundee was inspired by the Missoula Floods.

Chapter 24 writ large

High-end Dundee winery releases new $300 wine

Submitted photoNearly $480,000 have been raised by Oregonians purchasing a Wine Country license plate for their vehicles.

Placing plates’ profits

Wine Country license plate program still in limbo

Marcus Larson/News-RegisterSheriff’s office civil deputy Tammy Runyon reads from a list of recently foreclosed houses that she, required by law, must auction on the courthouse steps.

On the courthouse steps

Significant increase in sheriff’s sales since real estate calamity hit in 2008 

Marcus Larson/News-RegisterWith their Hyland Estates tasting room as backdrop, NW Wine Company’s Laurent Montalieu discusses the industry.

Montalieu conveys his view

Bordeaux-born winemaker embraces Willamette Valley

Marcus Larson/News-RegisterFrank Messina, a trumpet maestro for 65 years, plays his 1966 Martin trumpet, the same type of horn his mentor Al Hirt used.

Music Man plays swan song

Frank Messina retiring as Yamhill-Carlton High School band leader

Marcus Larson/News-RegisterDr. George Siegfried discusses X-rays taken of an elderly patient that shows his backbone out of alignment, aggravated by a recent fall.

Local practice nears 100 years of tradition

Chiropractor is third to carry forward local lineage that began in 1921

Being Bob, book four

Native son has had a long and colorful run

Marcus Larson/News-RegisterThe Eola Hills Wine Cellars tasting room at Third and Evans streets features antique furnishings and decor items that can be enjoyed while sipping in comfort.

All within a three-block walk

Wine sipping aplenty along McMinnville’s main street

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