By Molly • Molly Walker • 

Foley Wines buys Four Graces

Foley Family Wines, based in Healdsburg, Calif., has purchased The Four Graces, located in the Dundee Hills. Four Graces produces world-class Oregon pinot noir, pinot gris and pinot blanc.

Foley Family Wines has a portfolio of more than 15 wine estates in the United States and New Zealand. But this is its first in Oregon.

Founding vintner Bill Foley, who entered the wine business in 1996, said, “I’ve had my eye on Oregon for a long time. I’m a big fan of pinot noir, and the Dundee, Oregon, region produces some of the best. The Four Graces’ incredible estate grown wines are an exciting addition to Foley Family Wines.”

In addition to the business, the purchase includes the 54-acre Black Family Estate Vineyard, located in the Dundee Hills AVA; the 41-acre Doe Ridge Estate Vineyard, located in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA; and the winery’s tasting room.

The Four Graces was founded by Steven and Paula Marie Black. They named it after their four daughters.

International Wine Associates of Healdsburg represented The Four Graces in the transaction. Terms were not released.



The vintage Brooks Street House, a luxury retreat located at the corner of Brooks Street and Three Mile Lane in McMinnville, is now available as a vacation rental.

Owner Bob Emrick said he spent 10 months having it painstakingly renovated under the direction of interior designer Kim Morris and contractor Travis Amerson, and is pleased with the results. He said it features three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a wrap-around porch and a gourmet kitchen, along with flat-screen TV sets, free wi-fi, a barbecue, a gas fireplace, a built-in fire pit and more.

For more information, visit



A Drive 4 UR Community test drive day, sponsored by Chuck Colvin Auto Center, is set to run 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at the test track at the Yamhill County Fairgrounds, 2070 N.E. Lafayette Ave.

During the event, Ford will donate $20 for every test drive taken, up to $6,000, to the local FFA organization. For more information, call 503-472-6124.



The McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce has several upcoming events.

Women in Business, featuring “Formulas For Fabulous Fundraisers,” is set for 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. today at the Willamette Valley Wine Center, 300 N.E. Third St. It runs $10 for members and $12 for non-members.

Business After Hours is set for 5:15 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Hillside Retirement Communities, 300 Hillside Park Way. It runs $5 for members, $10 for non-members.

The lunch and learn program “Human Resources Management: Some Not So Secret Ways to Succeed,” presented by Virlena Crosley and John McKeegan, is set for noon Wednesday, April 16, at Oregon Mutual Insurance, 400 N.E. Baker St. It runs $20 for members, $30 for non-members, including lunch.

For more information, e-mail or call 503-472-6196.



The Ruddick/Wood restaurant, located at 720 E. First St. in Newberg, plans to open a new 56-seat dining room on Tuesday, April 15.

The facility has been created in a remodeled 1921 auto shop. It features booth, banquet and table seating, plus a six-seat chef’s counter with views of the open kitchen and wood-fired grill.

Lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch will be served in the new space. With its advent, the adjacent R/W Tavern, opened in November by Paul Losch and Kyle Lattimer, will reduce its meal service to dinner only.

The restaurant has a commitment to locally sourced products and fresh seasonal fare. The enterprise benefited from a $25,000 Kickstarter campaign conducted successfully last fall.



Storrs Smokehouse, a barbecue restaurant, recently opened at 310 E. First St. in Newberg. It is open Thursday through Monday.

It is a new venture for Allen Routt and Jessica Bagley, owners of The Painted Lady dinner house. Loal Stahlnecker is serving as chef and pitmaster.



“Elegance,” a product of the Kookoolan World Meadery in Yamhill, claimed a silver medal in the semi-sweet traditional mead category at Mazer Cup International, the world’s largest mead competition. Held in Boulder, Colo., the event attracted 350 commercial mead entries from all over the world.

Mead, also called honeywine, consists of alcohol fermented from honey.

Kookoolan Farms carries more than 120 meads from the U.S. and abroad, in addition to its own offerings.

It features a tasting room on its site at 15173 Highway 47. For more information, call 503-730-7535 or e-mail



Twelve Wine has opened a new tasting room at 214 W. Main St. in Carlton. It is open Friday through Sunday.

The small, family-owned winery formerly operated a tasting room in downtown McMinnville. The vineyard is located in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA.



The McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce has a greeters set for 8 to 9 a.m. Friday at Citizens Bank, 455 N.E. Baker St. 

Newberg’s Chehalem Valley Chamber of Commerce has one for the Camellia Festival scheduled for 8 to 9 a.m. Friday at the Chehalem Cultural Center, 415 E. Sheridan Road.

Molly Walker, the News-Register’s business editor, can be reached at or 503-687-1272.

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