By NR Staff • 

Winery founder to interview wine writer

The free program, to focus on Oregon’s wine industry, is set for 7:30 p.m. in Room 222 at T.J. Day Hall.

Cole writes “Wine Notes” for The Oregonian. She also contributes to Portland’s MIX Magazine and periodically to various national magazines.

In her 2011 book, “Voodoo Vintners: Oregon’s Astonishing Biodynamic Winegrowers,” she examines the motives of Oregon winegrowers embracing a style of farming far beyond merely organic. These vintners plant according to the position of the moon and stars, she said, and use raw materials on their property to nourish their grape crops, in a belief that biodynamic winegrowing results in the truest form of terroir and the purest pinot noir.

“Some of these maxims might sound unusual to us, but the fact is that humans have been raising crops this way since the dawn of civilization,” she said.

The book was nominated for a Louis Roederer International Wine Writers’ Award. Her second book, “Complete Wine Selector: How to Choose the Right Wine Every Time,” will be published internationally this summer.

Cole also produced “Oregon Wine, the App,” which helps wine lovers explore wineries throughout the state by geographic region, or helps them plan wine tours that range from the “Eco-Geeky” to the “Cult.” It offers “Wine Geek Notes” and information about what makes each winery unique.

She holds degrees from Harvard University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She has studied with the International Sommelier Guild and has taught journalism Portland State University.

From 1975 to 1992, Tunnell served as a correspondent for CBS News, covering the world from Europe, the Middle East and the U.S. He won or shared Emmy Awards for his coverage of the aborted U.S. mission to rescue the hostages in Iran in 1980, the Middle East Peace Initiative in 1978 to 1982, and the 1988 destruction of Pan Am Flight 103 by a terrorist bomb.

He also covered the first Gulf War and the Islamic revolution in Iran, among other historic events.

Tunnell developed an interest in wine while reporting from Germany and France. When he returned to his native Oregon, he bought a 40-acre farm near Newberg and founded the all-organic Brick House Vineyards and Wine Company.

In 2005, he took it a step further and made Brick House one of only a handful of Oregon wineries achieving biodynamic certification.

The former reporter received a master’s degree in journalism at Columbia University and an honorary doctoral degree from Linfield College in 2005. He serves on the Linfield Board of Trustees and the Oregon Wine Board. He formerly chaired the board of directors for Oregon Public Broadcasting and served as vice president of the Demeter Biodynamic Trade Association.

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