Maritime Market on Bald Head Island

June 29 2012

Maritime Market on Bald Head Island invites you to a dinner featuring King Estate Wines. Proceeds to go to the Maritime Market.

RSVP to Maritime Market – (910) 457-7450

Registration for the King Estate 2012 Tower Club Summer BBQ Now Open

June 26 2012

Register for the 2012 King Estate Summer BBQ
Registration is now open for one of our most popular  Tower Club events of the year. Reservations are required and this event will sell out so members are encouraged to register ASAP.

This year’s member-only BBQ, taking place on Friday, July 27th at 6:00 PM, pays tribute to regional BBQ specialties from different parts of the country. The buffet menu features Pacific Northwest salmon, Carolina pulled pork, Texas tri-tip and, as a nod to the King family roots, Kansas City BBQ ribs.

2012 Oregon Growing Season Update for the 1st Week of June

June 25 2012

King Estate Oregon Growing Season Update 2012 First Week of June
During the growing season, our winemakers venture beyond the 470 acres of our organic estate vineyard to make the rounds all over Oregon and Washington wine country. They do this throughout the summer, visiting the 40+ vineyards that grow grapes for our wines.

On a recent trip the first week of June, winemakers visited our grower partners in Silverton and the Northern Willamette Valley to check in on vine growth. We work closely with vineyard managers from the start to ensure their vines yield the best possible fruit when it comes time for harvest. Getting the best wine in the bottle, and subsequently into your glass, is an effort that starts long before the first buds break on the vine.

Growth slowed down slightly with the cooler weather we had the first week of June. Things are looking very good and are still easily ahead of last year. The weather forecast for the upcoming week is looking even better. Bring on the summer sun!

- Jeff Kandarian, Director of Winemaking & Viticulture

People Say…

June 20 2012

People say the nicest things about King Estate

Welcome to the second edition of People say…. We’ve rounded up links to recent articles, blog posts, and social media mentions about King Estate, as well as subjects we find interesting. Have something you think we should share? Drop us a line on Facebook, tweet us @kingestate, or just send a message using the contact form.  Here are the links for this edition of People say

King Estate Announces Landmark Deal with Fjord Line of Norway

June 18 2012

King Estate and Fjord Line strike deal to bring Oregon Wine to Europe

King Estate Winery and Fjord Line of Norway have entered into a landmark agreement to carry a number of King Estate wines aboard the Norweigan company’s ships in both restaurants and duty free shops. The agreement will also likely lead to King Estate wines being sold in a select group of duty free shops throughout Europe. These duty free shop are operated by G Heinemann.

Ed King, King Estate CEO and Co-Founder, summed up the significance of this landmark deal with the following statement:

This signals the acceptance of Oregon wines at the highest level of global audience, a European customer that is sophisticated and demanding. Oregon has taken another step up.

Wine Dinner at Hammock Beach Resort

June 12 2012

Join us for a special dinner featuring King Estate wine at the Hammock Beach Resort. Coastal Sales Manager Randy Ford will be in attendance.

Restaurant AVA Wine Dinner

June 05 2012

Restaurant AVA in Rockwall, Texas will be hosting a wine dinner featuring King Estate wine.

Edward J. King Jr. Aug 8, 1921 – Jun 3, 2012

June 04 2012

Edward J King Jr. 1921-2012, Co-Founder of King Estate Passes
Edward J. King Jr. was a true American success story. From humble beginnings on a dust bowl era wheat farm in Jetmore, Kansas he went on to become a leader in the avionics industry, and to co-found King Estate Winery with his son Ed King III and other family. His obituary is below. Friends and loved ones that would like to leave a comment for Ed Jr. and his family are encouraged to do so at the bottom of this post, below the gallery.

Thank you,

The King Family

Edward J. King, Jr. was born on his parents’ farm near Jetmore, Kansas on August 8, 1921. His parents were Edward and Winifred King. His family included a brother and three sisters. He attended a one room school house, often on his horse Ned.

King graduated from Hodgeman County Community High School and attended Dodge City Junior College before enrolling as an engineering student at Kansas State University. He graduated from Kansas State in 1943 and went to work as an engineer, working for several companies before founding Communications Accessories Company in 1948. In 1955, King sold the company to Collins Radio Corporation and continued to work for Collins until 1959, when he founded King Radio Corporation.

King Radio started in Ed King’s basement, and then moved into a farmhouse in a Kansas City suburb, Lenexa, Kansas. King Radio sales rose along with the growth in the general aviation market and the great success of King Radio products. Employment at King Radio rose into the thousands, and its products were widely accepted for all general aviation aircraft.

In 1985, Ed King, Jr. sold King Radio to Allied Signal/Bendix Aerospace and retired, only to join with his son, also named Ed King, and other family members, to found King Estate Winery in 1991. While Ed King, Jr. enjoyed a bountiful retirement, King Estate Winery has met with wide success, establishing the wines of Oregon across the U.S. The family’s entrepreneurial spirit and dedication to excellence are exemplified by the life of Ed King , Jr.

King is survived by his wife of 32 years, Carolyn G. King, his son Ed King (Jodee), daughter Shelley King Theis, son William King, daughter Shannon Young, son Ronald Innes (Michelle) and granddaughters, grandsons, and a great grandson. He is predeceased by his brother and sisters, his wife Mary Jo McHargue King, daughter Ann Katherine King, grandson Michael Lane Thomas.

From his high school class motto at Hodgeman County, Kansas: “Deeds, not words.” And so he lived his life.