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Two Winemakers Battle 'Iron Chef' Style

Date: Wed, May 30, 2012 Wine Tasting Wine Business

Winemakers Herb Quady of Quady North Winery and Rob Folin of Folin Cellars battle it out "Iron Chef" style this Saturday, June 2nd at 2 pm at Folin Cellars in Gold Hill.

Will Rob have home court advantage? Will Herb crush the competition with his meat-centric pal?

Herb Quady and Chef Neil Clooney from Smithfields in Ashland and Rob Folin and Chef Chad Smith of Elements in Medford will go head-to-head in a 3-course cook off. Each of the 3 rounds will include a basket of mystery ingredients from which the team will have to create a culinary masterpiece in a set time frame. A panel of judges will be drawn from the audience to judge each course. Winner takes all.

Admission is $25 for Folin Cellars or Quady North Wine Club Members and $30 for General Public. Entry includes gourmet charcuterie and cheeses and 2 glasses of wine. Space is limited to the first 100 guests.

Get your ticket here!

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Wine Country's Biggest Weekend

Date: Thu, May 24, 2012 Wine Tasting Wine Business

Jumpstart your summer with a Memorial Day Weekend of vines, wines and and creating good times courtesy of Southern Oregon's top winery destinations.

The long weekend is one of the best of the year to visit and one of your last chances of the year to celebrate Oregon Wine Month. Many of the wineries will be featuring new releases, live music, food service and winemaker meet & greets.

In addition, on Saturday, the wineries of the Rogue Valley, will be teaming up to host their bi-annual Roam the Rogue. Tickets are on sale for $29 and include a commemorative wine glass, tasting and food pairings at the nine participating wineries.

TheOregon Wine Presshas done the exhaustive task of compiling and publishing a comprehensive guide to the area's top events. Use it as your resource for stress-free planning.

SOUTHERN OREGON MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND GUIDE

Oregon Wine Press

Applegate

Devitt WineryMay 28 (noon to 5 p.m.) Outdoor venue, free wine tasting and music. No fee.
11412 Highway 238, Applegate
541-899-7511
www.devittwinery.com

Ashland

Weisinger’s of Ashland
May 25–28 (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Wine sale all weekend long and music on the deck on Sunday. No fee. Club members get additional discounts.
3150 Siskiyou Boulevard, Ashland
541-488-5989
www.weisingers.com

Bonanza

12 Ranch WinesMay 26–28 (noon to 5 p.m.) Join us for our annual open house at the winery. No fee.
4550 Burgdorf Road, Bonanza
541-545-1204
www.12ranchwines.com

Central Point

Ledger David CellarsMay 26 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Roam the Rogue. Come join us as each of the Rogue Valley winemakers introduce their newest wines and share their creative inspiration while pairing delicious appetizers with wines from each of these wineries: Agate Ridge Vineyard, Cliff Creek Cellars, Crater Lake Cellars, Daisy Creek Vineyard, Del Rio Vineyard, Folin Cellars, LaBrasseur Winery, Ledger David Cellars, RoxyAnn Winery. Fee: $29 (includes a commemorative Riedel glass; plus delicious appetizers and wine tasting at all nine participating wineries).
245A N. Front Street, Central Point
541-664-2218
www.ledgerdavid.com

Eagle Point

Agate Ridge Vineyard
May 26–28 (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Open house, new releases, appetizers, live music, great wine and more. Part of Roam the Rogue Passport Tour: May 26. Fee: $29 (Roam the Rogue Passport Tour; wine flight: $3 to $5).
1098 Nick Young Road, Eagle Point
541-830-3050
www.agateridgevineyard.com
LaBrasseur WineryMay 26 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Roam the Rogue. Come join us as each of the Rogue Valley winemakers introduce their newest wines and share their creative inspiration while pairing delicious appetizers with wines from each of these wineries: Agate Ridge Vineyard, Cliff Creek Cellars, Crater Lake Cellars, Daisy Creek Vineyard, Del Rio Vineyard, Folin Cellars, LaBrasseur Winery, Ledger David Cellars, RoxyAnn Winery. Fee: $29 (includes a commemorative Riedel glass; plus delicious appetizers and wine tasting at all nine participating wineries).
2444 Cobleigh Road, Eagle Point
541-865-3648
www.labrasseurvineyard.com

Elkton

Bradley VineyardsMay 25–28 (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Come join us for our season opening. We will have wine, and appetizers. We hope to see new as well as returning friends. Play some lawn games, enjoy the fire pit. No fee. (includes appetizers).
1000 Azalea Drive, Elkton
541 584 2888
www.bradleyvineyards.com
Brandborg Vineyard & WineryMay 26–28 (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.) New Alsatian wine releases. Stock up for the summer. Fee: $5 (refundable with wine purchase) (includes all available wines and appetizers).
345 First Street, Elkton
541-584-2870
www.brandborgwine.com

Gold Hill

Cliff Creek CellarsMay 26–28 (noon to 5 p.m.) Enjoy five Cliff Creek Wines with a variety of food pairings. Join us to celebrate the release of our 2011 Marsanne Rousanne all weekend long. Part of Roam the Rogue Passport Tour: May 26. Fee: $10 (Sun.–Mon.) Roam the Rogue Passport (Saturday only): $29.
1015 McDonough Road, Gold Hill
541-855-5330
www.cliffcreek.com
Del Rio Vineyards & WineryMay 26 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Come join us as each of the Upper Rogue Valley winemakers introduce their newest wines and share their creative inspiration while pairing delicious appetizers with some of the best wines from each of the nine participating wineries. This is a self-guided tour. Fee: $29 (includes a commemorative Riedel glass; plus delicious appetizers and wine tasting at all 9 participating wineries).
52 N. River Road, Gold Hill
541-855-2062
www.delriovineyards.com
Folin CellarsMay 26 (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.); May 27–28 (noon to 5 p.m.) Join Folin Cellars at our estate winery and tasting room. Enjoy gourmet hors d’oeuvres and sample current releases of Viognier, Tempranillo and Syrah. Plus don’t miss what may be your only chance to taste and purchase limited-production wines. Come early to ensure availability. Saturday join us for the “Roam the Rogue” Passport Tour, a collaborative effort from the wineries of the Upper Rogue. Fee: $5 ($29 for Roam the Rogue) (includes tasting of current releases).
9200 Ramsey Road, Gold Hill
541-855-2018
www.folincellars.com

Grants Pass

Troon VineyardMay 26–27 (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.) Start summer with Troon Vineyard for a weekend of wine country fun. Come taste new wine releases poured by our knowledgeable and friendly staff, experience our Troon to Table lunch service on Saturday and Sunday from 12-5:30 pm, listen to live music by LEFT in the back grove, join in on a friendly game of bocce ball in our courts and take in the scenic views. Fee: Standard fees ($6 waived with two-bottle purchase)
1475 Kubli Road, Grants Pass
541-846-9900
www.troonvineyard.com

Jacksonville

Daisy Creek VineyardMay 26 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Roam the Rogue. Come join us as each of the Rogue Valley winemakers introduce their newest wines and share their creative inspiration while pairing delicious appetizers with wines from each of these wineries: Agate Ridge Vineyard, Cliff Creek Cellars, Crater Lake Cellars, Daisy Creek Vineyard, Del Rio Vineyard, Folin Cellars, LaBrasseur Winery, Ledger David Cellars, RoxyAnn Winery. Fee: $29 (includes a commemorative Riedel glass; plus delicious appetizers and wine tasting at all nine participating wineries).
675 Shafer Lane, Jacksonville
541-899-8329
www.daisycreekwine.com
Quady North WineryMay 26–27 (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.) Taste through a flight of five of our locally produced wines from the Applegate and Rogue Valley AVAs. We will be featuring two new releases: 2011 Syrah/Grenache Rosé and 2011 Pistoleta, a white Rhone-style blend. Fee: $5 (refundable with bottle purchase) (includes flight of five wines).
255 E. California Street, Jacksonville
541-702-2123
www.quadynorth.com

Medford

DANCIN VineyardsMay 25–26, 28 (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.); May 27 (1 to 5 p.m.) DANCIN will be open Memorial Day Weekend, pouring two 2010 Pinot Noirs and three Chardonnays. The wines are made from both Southern Oregon and Dundee Hills fruit. Alongside the wines, guests can sample Dan’s Sicilian family pizza recipe, baked in the tasting room’s wood-fired pizza oven made in France.
4554 South Stage Road, Medford
541-245-1133
www.dancinvineyards.com
RoxyAnn WineryMay 26 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Roam the Rogue. Come join us as each of the Rogue Valley winemakers introduce their newest wines and share their creative inspiration while pairing delicious appetizers with wines from each of these wineries: Agate Ridge Vineyard, Cliff Creek Cellars, Crater Lake Cellars, Daisy Creek Vineyard, Del Rio Vineyard, Folin Cellars, LaBrasseur Winery, Ledger David Cellars, RoxyAnn Winery. Fee: $29 (includes a commemorative Riedel glass; plus delicious appetizers and wine tasting at all nine participating wineries).
3285 Hillcrest Road, Medford
541-776-2315
www.roxyann.com

Oakland

Sienna Ridge EstateMay 25–28 (noon to 6 p.m.) We will have great pairings to go with our award-winning wines. Saturday, we will have music and dancing on the deck. Award will go to the best dance couple. Fun, fun, fun all four days. Fee: $3 (cover for band).
1876 John Long Road, Oakland
541-849-3300
www.siennaridgeestate.com

Roseburg

AbacelaMay 26–28 (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Join us for our annual Memorial Day Open House in Southern Oregon’s beautiful Umpqua Valley. Enjoy wine tasting, live music and more. Fee: $15 (half price for club members) Fee Includes wine tasting, tapas, logo glass and live music.
12500 Lookingglass Road, Roseburg
541-679-6642
www.abacela.com
Delfino VineyardsMay 26 (5 to 8 p.m.) Join in the celebration of our 10-year anniversary. Toe-tapping, traditional Celtic music by the Irish Créme Band and their arsenal of Irish instruments. Includes wine tasting, several new releases, door prizes and a barbecue dinner available to purchase. Come and enjoy beautiful lake and mountain views, fabulous wines, awesome music and a summer sunset over Delfino Vineyards. Fee: $5; $10 (includes logo glass, music, wine tasting, door prizes).
3829 Colonial Road, Roseburg
541-673-7575
www.delfinovineyards.com
GirardetMay 26–28 (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Join us for a great weekend. Members save 25 percent off all purchases. Everyone save 20 percent off case purchases. No fee.
895 Reston Road, Roseburg
541-679-7252
www.girardetwine.com
Melrose VineyardsMay 26 (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Join us for our 10th Anniversary and Memorial Day Celebration. Fee: $10; $10 (barbecue). Fee includes live music by The Other Brothers and logo glass.
885 Melqua Road, Roseburg
541-672-6080
www.melrosevineyards.com
Pyrenees Vineyard & Cellars|May 26–28 (noon to 5 p.m.) Come on out to enjoy beautiful scenery, great wines paired with palatable foods, your own logo glass and music. Fee: $15 (includes food and wine pairings, logo glass, music).
707 Hess Lane, Roseburg
541-863-7797
www.pyreneesvineyard.com
Reustle-Prayer Rock VineyardsMay 26 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Join us in our underground cave for a sit-down wine and appetizer tasting, ncluding our 2010 Grenache paired with sliders on Umpqua’s famous Lighthouse cheese bread. Then, take the party outside on our patio overlooking the vineyards to enjoy a bottle of award-winning wine and music from Flashback. Fee: $10 (no fee for club members; includes brief tour, and sit-down tasting with food pairings).
960 Cal Henry Road, Roseburg
541-459-6060
www.reustlevineyards.com
Spangler VineyardsMay 26–28 (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Join us Memorial Weekend for special wine sales. Fee: $5 (reserve wine tasting fee).
491 Winery Lane, Roseburg
541-679-9654
www.spanglervineyards.com

Ruch

Fiasco WineryMay 26–28 (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Have you ever wished you could fly like a bird? Do you have a bucket list? Are you ready for some excitement in your life? Fiasco Winery owner Dave Palmer has 35 years of aviation experience; hang gliders, sailplane, USAF military and commercial international airline careers. Our winery is one hour to take-off from Woodrat Mountain, site of the 2012 US National Paragliding Championships and has a “landing zone” at the winery. “Live the dream.” Fee: 175 (includes Tandem Hang Glider or Tandem Paraglider rides from Fiasco Winery with certified and handsome pilots).
8035 Highway 238, Ruch
541-261-3645
www.fiascowinery.com

Shady Cove

Crater Lake CellarsMay 26 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Roam the Rogue. Come join us as each of the Rogue Valley winemakers introduce their newest wines and share their creative inspiration while pairing delicious appetizers with wines from each of these wineries: Agate Ridge Vineyard, Cliff Creek Cellars, Crater Lake Cellars, Daisy Creek Vineyard, Del Rio Vineyard, Folin Cellars, LaBrasseur Winery, Ledger David Cellars, RoxyAnn Winery. Fee: $29 (includes a commemorative Reidel glass; plus delicious appetizers and wine tasting at all 9 participating wineries).
21882 Highway 62, Shady Cove
541-878-4200
www.craterlakecellars.com

Talent

Trium WineMay 28 (11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.) Join us for a spring cleaning case sale. No fee. (includes cheese tasting).
7112 Rapp Lane, Talent
541-535-4015
www.triumwine.com

Umpqua

Henry Estate WineryMay 26–28 (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Wine tasting, music local vendors showing and selling their products, and food available for purchase. Fee: $5 (carload) Food is extra.
687 Hubbard Creek Road, Umpqua
541-459-5120
www.henryestate.com

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Del Rio 2012 Summer Concert Series

Date: Sun, May 20, 2012 Wine Tasting Wine Business

Del Rio Vineyards is looking forward to hosting their second annual Summer Concert Series. For 2012 they are offering a fun lineup featuring local talent. From the rock-n-roll of the Roadsters to the country honky tonk of Jef Fretwell & The Detractors, they have a variety of music scheduled. Join them on Friday evenings; bring a blanket and a picnic dinner; and enjoy their beautiful grounds. Wine will be available for purchase by the glass or bottle. Admission is $7.50 for the public and $5.00 for Del Rio wine club members.

JUNE

June 15th - The Roadsters - 6-9 pm ** Central Point Rotary Benefit Concert
Cost: $30/person, $50/couple
Pinot for Polio fundraiser - All admission money raised will be donated to the Rotary International Polio Eradication Program along with $2 from every bottle of Pinot sold. The Roadsters are an energetic and interactive band whose strong male and female vocals capture the best in classic and contemporary country as well as vintage rock.

June 22nd - Jef Fretwell & The Detractors - 6-9 pm
Classic country with a little rock, a bit of folk and some serious guitar pickin'. Three guys who love playing music, The Detractors will make you laugh and dance.

JULY

July 6th - The Rogue Suspects - 6-9 pm
There are so many reasons to love these Rogues. They are one of Southern Oregon's favorite local bands and offer a culmination of agonizingly amazing talent.

July 20th - Apropos Musique - 6-9 pm
Hailing from Eugene, Apropos Musique offers a unique blend of country, rock and blues. Upbeat and feel-good music wrapped within superb songwriting.

AUGUST

August 3rd - The Blue Valentines - 6-9 pm
The Blue Valentines are a five-piece rock'n roll band. Bouncing between powerful leads and balanced haromnies, they offer vocal variety reminiscent of Fleetwood Mac.

August 17th- Mercy - 6-9 pm
Mercy covers classic soul, R&B, rock and blues pumping fresh new life into them with the extraordinary vocals of Lynda Morrison.

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Young Rogues in the Rogue Valley

Date: Tue, May 15, 2012 Wine Tasting Wine Business


The Northwest Wine Anthem featured the wines and efforts of God King Slave Wines today on their site. For those of you that don't know, that would be the efforts of Chris Jiron and myself. It was incredibly neat to wake up to the facebook alert below and article. It ranks among the best feelings since becoming an entrepreneur.



Young Rogues in the Rogue Valley; God King Slave Wines

They say that in youth, everything seems possible. The youngest wine-making operation in Oregon right now believes just that. Christine Collier and winemaker Chris Jiron have taken their sense of possibility and theircommitmentto the wines of Oregon to the state's southern reaches. They hope in their loyalty to this part of the state and in the creation of their own label,God King Slave wines, that both the region and their wine can become an important part of the Oregon wine conversation.

Read the full articlehere!

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OPB Documentary Chronicles Oregon Wine Pioneers

Date: Wed, May 9, 2012 Wine Tasting Wine Business

If you are like me and missed last night's Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) Oregon Experience documentary on the making of the Oregon wine industry, you are in luck, because there are alternative opportunities to watch it. The hour-long program is described by The Oregon Wine Board as possibly being, "the consummate piece on the history of the wine industry." It follows the paths of the pioneers and tells the story in their own words, not to mention offering some breathtaking video footage.


The next airing dates include:

  • Thursday, May 10th at 1 am
  • Sunday, May 13th at 11 pm
  • Tuesday, May 15th at 4 am

For those of us that sleep, you can also stream the program on your computer and smartphone or watch the embedded video below.

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Applegate UnCorked Spring Barrel Tour 2012

Date: Wed, May 9, 2012 Wine Tasting Wine Business

The wineries of the Applegate Valley would like to remind you that their UnCorked Spring Barrel Tour is quickly approaching and tickets are selling at record speed. Last Fall, the event sold out with over 500 guests invited into the cellars to sample a barrel tasting and food and wine pairing at each stop.

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Two Southern Oregon Wines Earn 2012 Oyster Award

Date: Sun, May 6, 2012 Wine Tasting Wine Business



After three tiers of judging wines, Foris Vineyards 2010 Pinot Blanc and Brandborg Winery 2010 Pinot Gris were selected as one of 10 West Coast wines awarded the coveted, "Oyster Award,"at the Pacific Coast Oyster Wine Competition as a best mate for oysters.


Sponsored by Taylor Shellfish Farms, wineries were invited to submit their best "oyster wine," typically dry, crisp, clean-finishing white wines. Over one hundred entries were judged blind with Kumamoto oysters. Judges chew the oyster well, smell and taste the wine and then look for a finish that doesn't get in the way of the next oyster, referred to as the "bliss factor."


Final judgings were held April 24th at the Water Grill in Los Angeles, April 25th at Kuleto's in San Francisco and April 26th at Anthony's HomePort in Seattle. Scores from the 25 judges in the three cities were combined to select the top ten 2012 winners.

Ted Gerber, founder and winemaker at Foris noted, “Pinot Blanc is a variety that realizes its full potential when grown in cool climates and on thin soils. We have found the perfect match at our estate vineyards here in the Illinois Valley of Southern Oregon’s Rogue Valley Appellation.” The Foris 2010 Pinot Blanc has a nice juicy feel with flavors in the realm of Bartlett pear and Golden Delicious apples over an underlying thread of mineral on a clean, lively, dry finish. $14.00, 825 cases produced.

The Brandborg Pinot Gris is ferment cool in tank to preserve the fresh floral, herbal and tropical notes and refreshing acidity. The aromas are a lush combination of golden apples, pineapple and guava with spice notes of jasmine highlighted by white pepper and sage. The wine finishes bone dry and yet the fruit and texture suggest a continuing sweet fruit impression. $16.00, 547 cases produced.

You needn't tell me that a man who doesn't love oysters and good wines has got a soul, or a stomach either. He's simply got the instinct for being unhappy." - Hector Hugh Munro, Scottish writer

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May is Oregon Wine Month!

Date: Sun, May 6, 2012 Wine Tasting Wine Business


It’s official! May has been declared by Governor John Kitzhaber as Oregon Wine Month. Why does Oregon wine need its own month?
The Oregon wine industry is a major economic driver, according to the governor, contributing $2.7 billion annually to the state’s economy and clocking in as the state’s leading value-added agricultural segment. Oregon ranks third in the United States for wine production behind California and Washington. This should be celebrated!
It is also a great avenue to introduce more people to Oregon wines. Major retailers like Safeway, Albertsons, Fred Meyer, New Seasons and Whole Foods are on board with in-store displays and promotions nationwide. Independently-owned wine and specialty shops are hosting Oregon wine focused tastings and educational events.
In addition, it is getting the word out to residents to “Drink Local.” The Oregon Wine Press and Oregon Wine Board have partnered up to help consumers find restaurants that strongly advocate Oregon wine. They created a “Superior Cellar Award” for restaurants that feature diverse and broad selections of Oregon wines. Visit the award winners in our backyard:
38 Central, Medford
Amuse, Ashland
Chateaulin, Ashland
Elements Tapas, Medford
Jacksonville Inn, Jacksonville
Lark’s, Ashland
Madrone Kitchen, Shady Cove
Pomodori, Medford
Steamboat Inn, Idleyld Park
The Winchester Inn, Ashland
It is simple to join in on the celebration. Order Oregon when you are dining out, organize an Oregon tasting with your friends or take an afternoon to visit Oregon wineries. For a collective list of wine events in Southern Oregon check out our Events Page!

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UnWine'd Unfolds with Success

Date: Tue, May 1, 2012 Wine Tasting Wine Business

Oregon showed its might Sunday with 100 producers coming together to proudly kick off May's Oregon Wine Month with the inaugural UnWine'd event. It has been decades since the Oregon Wine Board has sponsored a collective tasting and with over 800 attendees, I'd say it was a massive success. Not only was the two-story Left Bank Annex full of wine enthusiasts, it was also full of excitement for the quality andcreativitycoming from our state.

The response for Southern Oregon wines was overwhelming popular. I manned the Southern Oregon Winery Association table for an hour and my hook to bring people in was "Which Southern Oregon wines have you enjoyed today?" Everyone had answers! And the twitter-verse was going crazy too:







Here are some photos of the afternoon:

The crowd in on the top-floor tasting wineries H-Z
Michael Donovan pours RoxyAnn Wines

Carole Stevens shows off Folin Cellars Tempranillo
Bob Denman chats with attendees about his Slagle Creek Wines
The Brandborg's pour a vast line up of wines from the Umpqua Valley
Mike Wisnovsky from Valley View Winery shares and explains Viognier
Nora and Scott from Kriselle Cellars debut their wines in Portland
Craig from Del Rio Vineyards
Herb & Meloney Quady pour the new Pistoletta and Rosé along with
their Syrah and Cabernet Franc. A very popular table!
The Oregon Wine Board really hosted a great event and I'd like to thank the whole staff for their efforts. Now, let's keep the momentum alive and celebrate Oregon wines!

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I hope...

Date: Sat, Apr 28, 2012 Wine Tasting Wine Business

... to see a lot of you at tomorrow's UnWine'd event that kicks off Oregon Wine Month!

Left Bank Annex, Portland
3-6 pm

www.unwined.oregonwine.org/

Recap to follow.

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Hitting the Sand to Spread the Southern Oregon Story

Date: Sun, Apr 22, 2012 Wine Tasting Wine Business

Cooperatively spreading the word about the Southern Oregon wine region, eight Southern Oregon wineries traveled down to Dana Point, California to participate in the two-day California Wine Festival.

Abacela
Bridgeview Vineyards
Cliff Creek Cellars
Melrose Vineyards
Pyrenees Vineyard & Cellar
RoxyAnn Winery
Troon Vineyard
Valley View Winery

With a Friday evening "Sunset Rare and Reserve Wine Tasting," wineries were asked to pour 2-3 library or exclusive offerings to an intimate crowd of wineaficionadosat the Dana Point Yacht Club. Wines included Abacela's 2005 Paramour Gran Reserva and Troon Vineyard's 2008 Zinfandel Reserve.


The following afternoon 2,000-3,000 guests flocked to the grassy, palm-lined "Beachside Wine Festival" for unlimited tasting of Californian fine wines with Southern Oregon being the highlighted guest region. RoxyAnn Winery showcased their 92-point Viognier and signature Pinot Gris and Claret while Cliff Creek Cellars displayed a variety of big reds.


"The event was made by Oregon being there. People came back again and again saying we had the best wines as a collective group," describesChris Martin, Vintner of Troon Vineyard.

Earl Jones of Abacela, relayed the same sentiments.

Mark Wisnovsky of Valley View Winery was pleasantly surprised with how open attendees were to trying new regions and varietals, even if they couldn't pronounce the Viognier (vee-own-yay) and Tempranillo (tem-prah-nee-yoh) he poured. Plus, he said not one person was surprised that in Oregon we produce Cabernet Sauvignon, too. He said consumers didn't know a lot about Oregon wine, but they knew it had a good reputation.

Mark further explains, "We wouldn't have poured at this festival alone. It is too difficult to stand out. It took a group effort, not just a single producer."

Many of these wineries have secured California distribution and are working to gainrecognitionof their wines in this huge market.

Mark Wisnovsky, Valley View Winery & Chris Martin, Troon Vineyard
Michael Donovan, RoxyAnn Winery
Line up of guests at the Abacela tent

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Earth Day Recycling at Del Rio

Date: Thu, Apr 19, 2012 Wine Tasting Wine Business


Friday, April 20th - Sunday, April 22nd


You are invited tostop by the tasting room and participate in Del Rio's glass recycling program. They welcome any empty wine bottles.For customers who bring in their empty bottles this weekend they will offer a 15% discount on any wine purchases.This is also a stackable discount for current wine club members. Discount applies to wine only.

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Roam the Rogue Spring Passport Tour

Date: Mon, Apr 9, 2012 Wine Tasting Wine Business


The wineries of the Upper Rogue invite you to their biannual Roam the Rogue Passport Tour. The spring event will be held 10 am - 5 pm on May 26th, the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend, the weekend that kicks off the peak season.

This year nine wineries will be participating - Agate Ridge Vineyard, Cliff Creek Cellars, Crater Lake Cellars, Daisy Creek Vineyards, Del Rio Vineyards, Folin Cellars, LaBrasseur Vineyard, Ledger David Cellars and RoxyAnn Winery.

The Roam the Rogue tour is a self-guided exploration of the Upper Rogue, from the hills of Shady Cove, along the Rogue River, to the peak of RoxyAnn in Medford. Each winery will be highlighting two of their wines as well as food pairings.

Tickets are $29 per person and include a commemorative Riedel glass along with tour map and passport. All tickets must be purchased prior to the event through their website www.roamtherogue.com.

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Backyard Golf with Pyrenees Sauvignon Blanc

Date: Sat, Apr 7, 2012 Wine Tasting Wine Business

On a sunny April afternoon it is nice to enjoy a crisp white wine and some relaxing backyard golf.

The wine of choice was the 2010 Pyrenees Sauvignon Blanc. A wine that I noticed had been winning its fair share of gold medals at statewide competitions and that I was very curious to try since Sauvignon Blanc is one of my favorite white varietals (and you don't find a lot of it in Southern Oregon right now).

The wine has a vibrant citrus (tangerine) nose that opens up to the slightest bit of gooseberry after a few minutes. A light-medium bodied white with impeccably balanced acidity that keeps your palate wanting more (oh, I needed to share this bottle?). This is a very good example of the varietal and I continue to be impressed by Terry Brandborg's (who makes the Pyrenees wines) white wines.

A versatile wine for food pairing as I could see it complimenting sushi, thai or indian cuisine very well. This would also be a wine that would be very pleasant with goat cheese.

$20





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