Karl Klooster

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


Matthew Bailey photo##Auctioneer Steve Talbot stands by as YCTC volunteer Keyandra Jochim selects the winning raffle ticket during Saturday’s Flavors of Carlton event.

All in Flavor: Y-C event shatters record

The 12th annual Flavors of Carlton, held Saturday at Ken Wright Cellars, proved a resounding success. It raised three times as much as any of its predecessors for Yamhill-Carlton Together Cares, which ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Knudsen Vineyards managing director Page Knudsen-Cowles discusses the just-released
2013 Dundee Hills chardonnay during a luncheon at the Knudsen Cabin.

The Cork: Knudsen releases its first chardonnay

After more than four decades of involvement in the wine industry, I am always delighted to spend time with younger wine professionals who are representing the industry well. If there’s any field ...

2014 vintage biggest yet, but how big is big?

Total annual Oregon wine production is the starting point from which wine professionals gauge trends influencing the industry over the previous year. In 1981, Oregon State University began chronicling ...

Submitted photo##Prince Lorenzo puts finishing touches on a portrait of his namesake, de’Medici family patriarch Lorenzo il Magnifico.

Roll out the royal carpet

On Saturday, an heir to one of the wealthiest, most powerful and influential family dynasties ever to emerge in Western Europe will visit our proudly plebeian Oregon valley. Prince Lorenzo Maria Raimondo ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##A group of Sheridan supporters gathered recently around the table at the Sheridan Museum of History. From left to right: Marianne Thomson, Marty Shaw, Donna Hulett, Sue Adamson, Viamae McKnight, Jane Hensley, Emilie Molloy, Dick Jordan, Bob White and Marilyn Levy.

Sheridan stays solid

As with many pioneering Oregon communities, the West Valley city of Sheridan, platted in 1866 and incorporated in 1880, thrived during the heyday of horse-drawn cultivation and transportation. In fact, ...

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 

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