SOUTHERN OREGON

WINE SCENE
Fall Winter 2016

LIVING BETWEEN THE VINES

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6 / VINEYARD VIP's
Since all great wines start in the vineyard,
discover what three local vineyard
managers do and how their unique styles
influence your favorite wines.

8 / SOARING TO NEW HEIGHTS
Take an enjoyable ride and hear about
Ross & Jen Allen’s big plans for their new
winery facility opening this fall at 2Hawk
Winery in East Medford.

10 / BUDDING DEVELOPMENT
If you’ve always imagined building your
dream home surrounded by vineyards,
now is the perfect time at the Vineyards at
Stage Pass near Jacksonville!

12 / LOOK WHAT'S ON TAP
Learn why local restaurants are serving
more wines by the glass—from kegs—
and why the movement is great for
wineries, the environment and consumers.

Photo at Ledger David vineyard by Marc Salvatore

CONTENTS / FALL WINTER 2016

It’s the perfect time of year to get out there and
“fall” in love with Southern Oregon’s eclectic array
of wineries and discover something new!
REGIONAL MAPS
Rogue Valley..........................14
Upper Rogue..........................27
Jacksonville............................30
Applegate Valley....................38
Umpqua Valley.......................48
Southern Oregon....................49
20 / A PERFECT PEAR
In addition to fine wines, EdenVale Winery
is now using its estate pear crop to craft
pear cider…maximizing the use of its
farmland and winery facility.

46 / A FOODIE FIRST
A delectable new discovery awaits you
in the Applegate Valley as Wooldridge
Creek Winery becomes the first combined
Winery/Creamery/Charcuterie in Oregon.

14-48 / WINERY DIRECTORY
Rogue Valley..........................14-25
Upper Rogue..........................27-29
Jacksonville............................30-37
Applegate Valley....................38-47
Umpqua Valley.......................48
48 / TASTING TERMS

50 / A GRAPE'S JOURNEY: BOTTLING & LABELING
In our continuing story, learn what happens when our in-barrel wines hit the
bottling & labeling lines and discover factual features of your favorite label.
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SOUTHERN OREGON WINE SCENE
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Whitman Parker
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Andrea Di Muzio Yancey
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EDITOR'S LETTER / READING BETWEEN THE VINES
Here at Wine Scene, our mission is bringing you a contentrich, wine-only publication that reflects this exciting time
in Southern Oregon wine history. Showcasing our premier
wineries and telling the stories of those behind the labels is
an honor…and fun!
This Fall/Winter issue is no exception. Here, you’ll meet
farmers, winemakers, vineyard managers, winery owners and
others…all using their unique talent to put Southern Oregon
on the global wine map.
Packed with interesting features, winery directory listings
and the best road maps, Wine Scene is the best resource to
help navigate this amazing wine region. Plus, it’ll help you
better-understand why Southern Oregon has garnered so
much attention and acclaim from wine writers, judges, travel
writers, and most importantly, readers like you.
Much of the recent growth in our wine industry is being
led by down-to-earth winery owners with an entrepreneurial

spirit. And many of them are investing heavily in the future
of their wineries. Recent examples abound, including,
Del Rio Vineyards’ expansion of its plantings at Birdseye
Ranch, newly-opened tasting rooms at Cowhorn Vineyards,
Pebblestone Cellars and Pallet Wine Co., to be followed by
the opening of Irvine Vineyards’ new tasting room in January
2017. This impressive list also includes the construction of a
new, state-of-the-art winery at 2Hawk, added winemaking
and crush capacity at Schmidt Family Vineyards,
revitalization of farmland with production of pear cider at
EdenVale Winery, new culinary offerings at Wooldridge
Creek Winery, and a unique, vineyard housing opportunity
at DANCIN Vineyards.
Cheers to discovering our wonderful wineries and to
Living Between the Vines!

Whitman Parker

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OUR CONTRIBUTORS
Retired Naval Officer MJ Daspit moved from San Diego, CA with
husband Gary Greksouk to Ashland in 2004, where she began
a second career as a writer. Daspit’s published works include
the pictorial history ROGUE VALLEY WINE, co-authored with
winemaker Eric Weisinger (Arcadia Publishing, 2011) and a
historical novel, LUCY LIED (Fireship Press, 2014).

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ABOUT THE COVER:
2Hawk Vineyard & Winery owners Ross
& Jen Allen tour their vineyards as their
new winery in the distance awaits this
year’s harvest! Photo by David Gibb.

PHOTOGRAPHERS

Food and lifestyle writer Sarah Lemon gathers inspiration
from cooking, gardening and exploring all things epicurean in
her native Oregon. She frequently contributes articles to the
Mail Tribune newspaper, which also hosts her blog, The Whole
Dish. She has represented Southern Oregon as an ambassador
for Travel Oregon, and often serves as a judge for the region’s
various culinary competitions and festivals.

For Steven Addington, photography has been a lifelong passion,
cultivated during his family’s travels across the United States
and Europe. Specializing in capturing people and events, his
unique style and exceptional ability captures the essence of the
moment. Steven’s work has been featured in many articles and
magazines from coast to coast.

With a 30-year career in marketing, “Capiche” owner Chris Cook
focuses on the region’s growing wine industry. Combining
expertise in branding with her passion for entrepreneurship,
she helps smaller wineries find their audience. When not skiing
or hiking, you’ll probably find her in a tasting room doing
“research.”

David Gibb has been active in photography for over 30 years,
offering professional photography services for commercial,
business and portrait needs. He operates David Gibb
Photography & Design from his studio in historic downtown
Jacksonville, Oregon. All photos by David Gibb in this publication
are ©David Gibb Photography, dgibbphoto.com.

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VINEYARD MANAGERS: Randy Gold, Herb Quady and Chris Hubert

Photo by DAVID GIBB

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VIP'S OF THE VINEYARD
by MJ DASPIT
2016 Has been a watershed year in the history of the local wine industry. Wine
Enthusiast designated Southern Oregon one of the world’s top ten regions for wine
tourism. In a slew of prestigious competitions, Southern Oregon wineries captured
unprecedented numbers of awards. Ashland was the site of the state’s first Oregon
Tempranillo Celebration. Considering this new-found prominence, you might well
ask “Why now?”
As with all things wine, the answer lies largely in the vineyard. Wine Scene caught
up with three regional professional vineyard managers—Randy Gold of Pacific
Crest Vineyard Management, Herb Quady of Applegate Vineyard Management and
Chris Hubert of Results Partners, a division of Oregon Vineyard Supply—to talk
about how their influence has helped grow the reputation of our region. Here’s what
these pros had to say.
The business of growing is growing. Statistics compiled through 2014 by the
Southern Oregon University Research Center show an increase of planted vineyard
acreage in Southern Oregon of over 18% compared to 14% statewide. Gold, Quady
and Hubert agree there has been no slowing of the vineyard expansion boom
through 2016.
Proven viticultural practices have been standardized. Randy Gold, whose
experience in Rogue Valley viticulture dates from 1982, noted vineyards today are
being planted with closer rows and vine spacing, usually 1,500 but as many as 1,800
vines to the acre. Modern plantings often include frost protection and high-tech
irrigation systems. “A few vineyards have self-starting frost protection systems that
are activated by temperature sensors,” Gold added. “For everybody else who doesn’t
have frost protection, there’s not much to talk about except to say your prayers that
night. Dick Troon’s method of frost protection was to have a glass of scotch and
go to bed.” A pioneer Applegate Valley grower, Troon planted his first blocks of
Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon in 1972.
Professional growers have nurtured a dedicated workforce. One fact of
Southern Oregon viticulture that has not changed over the years is that nearly all
of it, apart from mowing, spraying and hedging, is done by hand. With the cordon
(the horizontal “arms” coming off the trunk of the vine) set at only 30” off the
ground, the work is back-breaking.
The need for reliable labor led Quady into the vineyard management business.
“Local kids from the old communes would work on vineyards… owners would ask
them to do things and the workers wouldn’t show up. There wasn’t a professional
network of vineyard workers.” Quady was quick to spot a business opportunity, also
noting that spreading costs over several vineyards helped rationalize the purchase
of expensive farming equipment.
Quady’s first step toward the goal of having a flexible labor force to deploy among
several vineyards was to become a farm labor contractor. “Once you hire your
workers out, you’re a farm labor contractor and you need to get that license and
bond. It’s a time-consuming, labor-intensive process requiring a lot of paperwork,
a test, and lots of insurance.” Many requirements are set up as labor protections,
Quady added. “The bond is required to make sure you don’t get paid for a job and
then stiff the laborers. It ensures employees have a source for recouping unpaid
wages. Also you have to maintain appropriate liability, workers compensation, and
vehicle insurance.”

Vineyard managers channel information on best practices. Chris Hubert
joined Don and Traute Moore’s Quail Run Vineyards in 2003 after extensive
vineyard management experience in Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino. He noted,
“When I first came here, we brought in professionals from around the world.
People in Oregon have always strived to educate themselves, do what’s best for
the grape and the environment, and produce the best quality fruit that they can.
I’ve seen a transition over the last 12 years—now California is buying fruit from
Southern Oregon. People are recognizing we can grow world-class fruit that makes
world-class wine.”
Herb Quady described professional vineyard mangers as “middle people”
communicating with growers and Oregon State University horticulturalists.
“75% of vineyard issues we can look at and address. For the other 25% we can
appropriately phrase a question and then understand the remediation. So for 30plus clients, we can take two or three issues concerning disease, pests or nutrition
to OSU. I sit on the board of the Oregon Wine Research Institute. Randy Gold
chaired the local LIVE (a sustainable growing practice/designation) group. Chris is
often involved in discussions with OSU on the technical side of things.”
Collaboration with owners is key. Randy Gold explained, “When I start with a
potential client, I ask them, ‘What do you really want to do? Is this just landscaping,
do you want to be a grower, do you want to have a label, a winery?’ I start there and
work back. It makes a lot of difference—what they plant, how much they plant.”
Herb Quady added, “There’s no substitute for clients walking their own
vineyards, taking an active interest by keeping an eye on things like irrigation,
pests, and diseases. When you go to a doctor you have to be aware of your own
symptoms or the doctor can’t help you. Owners also need to pay attention to
diversification of varieties and costs, have realistic profit expectations and realize
the vineyard crews are human and they’re working hard but they’re not miracle
workers.”
Chris Hubert expressed the working relationship as a “triangle,” with client, farm
workers and the company as the three points and the vineyard manager in the
middle. “The vineyard manager has a delicate role to play balancing the interests
of employees, clients and the company. It calls for humility and making tough
decisions. Sometimes you have to tell your employees we’re not going to work
today, because it’s too wet or too cold and our output is not going to be acceptable
to the client. At the same time, we have to make our company profitable, so there
may be days we work a little harder to provide the job for the client, days when
we ask a little more from our employees. You have to have a balance. The vineyard
business has to be sustainable on so many levels. Everybody needs to win.”

"Dick Troon’s method of frost
protection was to have a glass of
scotch and go to bed.”

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2Hawk / Soaring to New Heights
by CHRIS COOK

Photos by DAVID GIBB

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It’s 8pm and the late afternoon winds have died down. Ross and Jen Allen ride
the perimeter of their east Medford vineyard on horseback. And while that
sounds quite romantic—as does owning a vineyard—the Allens are all business.
They are laser-focused on developing 2Hawk into a world-class winery.

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he fact is, just hours ago, Ross was in the middle of the vines on his vineyardmodel John Deere tractor, checking the progress he and his vineyard workers
have made in preparation of harvest. “I’m really happy with how the vines look this
year. It’s because of the constant attention we’ve been giving them—every day—and
all by hand.”
This, their third harvest since purchasing 2Hawk, will be especially meaningful.
This harvest’s bounty will be 100 percent processed in their brand new, state-of-theart winery, built onsite.
But let’s back up. The truth is that the Allens weren't in the market for a vineyard
or winery when they were house hunting in the area. But they fell in love with the
Tuscan-style home nestled back in the vineyard.
"We looked at the big picture and the opportunity," Jen said. "We knew the
Southern Oregon wine scene was up-and-coming. And we saw potential for
expansion and improvement."
They are well positioned to make this happen. As they evaluated their talents
and experience, it seemed like it could work. A third generation farmer, Ross
grew up in the Central Valley of California. On his family’s west Fresno County
farm, Ross grew sugar beets, garlic, cotton and more. Today, Ross is still involved
in the Central Valley with his successful 1,400-acre almond and pistachio farm
in Coalinga. With this background, Ross is embracing the challenges a vineyard
brings and is wielding his unique knowledge and innovative farming techniques at
the Rogue Valley vineyard.
“Ross’s success comes from a combination of experience, constant research and
natural intuition,” says Jen. “No one in southern Oregon is using the techniques and
tools that Ross is using—especially related to irrigation and vineyard management.
We are much attuned to our environment, taking a natural approach to farming.
Our pest and vermin control is natural—using resident barn owls, ladybugs,
jackrabbits and our namesake red-tailed hawks. In the spring, you can see
Ross getting off his tractor to move the killdeer bird nests out of harm’s way—
underneath a vine trellis instead of in the vineyard row—as they nest in the rocky
soil and eat vineyard bugs.”
A native of Humboldt County, Calif., Jen’s background is strong in customer
service and business operations. To enhance her team, Jen hired Holly Andreson,
with 18 years’ experience at Rombauer Vineyards, as retail and business
development manager.
“We view this operation as a three-legged stool,” Ross says. “It takes expertise
in farming, hospitality and winemaking to succeed. Jen and I have the first two
covered, and that’s why we hired Kiley Evans as our winemaker. He makes up the
third leg of the stool and puts us on a strong foundation.”
Evans is UC Davis-educated with a 6-year history at Abacela Winery, along with
winemaking experience at Agate Ridge Vineyard, Ledger David Cellars and several
other area wineries. He was happy to return to the Rogue Valley after 3 ½ years
making wine in North Carolina.
“It’s a dream job,” Evans says. “Ross has given me carte blanche in designing a
new winery—I’m like a kid in a candy store! There will be things you won’t see
anywhere related to safety, production and labs. It’s coming together quickly.”
2Hawk is bringing crushing and winemaking operations, previously handled by
Pallet Wine Co., in-house this fall. S&B James Construction Management Co. is
the design/build contractor for the 14,000-square-foot winery off Campbell Road,
south of the 2Hawk tasting room on North Phoenix Road. "This will give us greater
quality control and personal input where we can really fine-tune the style of wine,"
said Ross.
With 23.5 acres currently planted, there is room onsite to expand to 30 total acres
of vines. The first block, containing tempranillo and viognier, was planted earlier
this decade. The second block is tempranillo but only every other row was planted,
which the Allens filled in 2014 with more tempranillo. Existing, poor-quality

chardonnay vines were removed and replanted with Wente and Robert Young
clones. Pinot noir, malbec, grenache, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, merlot,
sauvignon blanc, muscat, and additional chardonnay were planted in 2015. The
new plantings will allow the 2016 vintage to be 100 percent estate grown.
2Hawk produced slightly more than 1,000 cases last year. The new winery will be
capable of producing 10,000 cases, or about what can be grown on the property.
The multi-million dollar winery will be powered by a first-in-the-valley solar
array, and will have dedicated presses and processing lines for luxury-quality white
and red wines featuring the most innovative de-stemming technology available.
It will feature a state-of-the-art laboratory and will rely on sustainable, low
impact methods for energy conservation, including a gravity-flow crush pad and
small batch fermentations to minimize temperature control needs.
“The initial 50-kilowatt solar panels will produce 100 percent of the energy
needed in the winery,” Evans said. “As production expands, it will probably supply
about 70 percent of the energy needed.”
As the vineyard and winery take shape in the way Ross and Jen envision, perhaps
the horseback rides at dusk can take on more of a romantic feel. But for now, there’s
work to be done, and Ross and Jen are up for it. In a T-shirt sporting the letters
E-I-E-I-O, Ross says, “I don’t come to work wearing loafers and slacks—never have,
and I love it that way.”

l-r: Kiley Evans, Holly Andreson, and owners, Jen and Ross Allen

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Dan Marca and Stephen Gambee

Budding Development at Stage Pass
A new upscale housing development at the entrance to historic Jacksonville now
presents a unique opportunity for those interested in living within the environs
of a vineyard setting. The Vineyards at Stage Pass project represents a vision by
Stephen Gambee, CEO of Stage Pass Development, Inc. to create a very special
lifestyle experience on the family’s legacy property. The vineyard-themed concept is
part of the Planned Use Development approved some years ago. The plan evolved
over many years while Stephen visited DANCIN Vineyards and met owners Dan
and Cindy Marca. In 2014, Stage Pass Development purchased land adjacent to
DANCIN and added it to its holdings. Shortly thereafter, Dan approached Stephen
about possibly planting a portion of that newly acquired land with grape vines, to
significantly expand DANCIN’s availability of estate-quality fruit.
The Vineyards at Stage Pass will offer residential lots located in an enclave just
west of the main entrance to DANCIN Vineyards on South Stage Road. Gambee
noted that, “The development involves 3 separate clusters of estate lots. Phase 1
called, The Vineyards, is comprised of 10 lots from 2-3.3 acres. Phase 2, called The
Highlands, will offer 14 lots, to be released at a future date along with Phase 3, The
Terraces, offering 3 lots. The Stage Pass project is platted on a portion of the family’s
holdings on the east boundary of Jacksonville. A portion of the site was formerly
operated as South Stage Landfill. As a Planned Use Development, only a fraction
of the acreage will be dedicated to housing, with a majority, including the landfill
reclamation area, providing permanent open space, surrounded by vineyards and
forest and bisected by hiking and walking trails.
By late November, after a final plat map and infrastructure improvements are
complete, Gambee says lot prices will be available for The Vineyards. Because
homeowners will be able to work with their own designer, architect and
homebuilder, the look and feel of the area will be upscale and unique. The housing
area will be serviced by Pacific Power electric, Avista natural gas, Charter cable
and high speed data, and water provided by community wells, which are already
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by WHITMAN PARKER

in-place. A to-be-built stately stone-columned entrance will be gated and accessible
from a new street off South Stage Road called, “Stage Pass Road.” If all goes
according to schedule, Gambee says the first lot purchasers may break ground as
soon as April 2017.
Thanks to a unique concept brought to fruition by Gambee, 4 of the 10 lots at
The Vineyards at Stage Pass are partially planted with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay
wine grapes. “This is a once in a lifetime chance to literally live amongst the vines,”
Gambee excitedly notes. “With 4 of the lots encompassing 3 acres of planted vines,
homeowners will be given an option to purchase grapes grown on their own land…
and have Dan harvest, custom crush and bottle one’s very own estate wine label for
them!” says Gambee. The concept is believed to be the first of its kind in the state of
Oregon. For those not building on lots abutting the vineyard, they’ll be treated to
DANCIN vineyard views surrounding their home as well as to views of Quail Run
Vineyards, directly east of The Vineyards.
At present, the DANCIN Vineyards footprint encompasses 27 acres, all planted
to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes. “An added benefit to working together,” says
Dan Marca, “is that our vineyard is now able to grow more estate grapes on the
very same soil types, within the same unique terroir as our original plantings…and
knowing that all of our fruit will be of the same consistent quality is very important
to DANCIN.” The contiguous nature of having all vineyard plantings sited on
similarly sited properties as the tasting room and winery operations, is yet another
benefit, according to Marca.
Stephen Gambee notes, “Dan’s attention to detail and passion for customer
service is what caught my attention and is in complete alignment with our
company philosophy…for homeowners, the experience of building a custom home
at The Vineyards at Stage Pass will be on-par with enjoying your time at DANCIN.”
For more information on the Vineyards at Stage Pass, please visit StagePassOregon.com.

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WINES BY THE GLASS

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ines flow as freely from kegs throughout Southern Oregon as they have from
bottles. And the trend is picking up speed.
“It’s something new, and it’s a story,” says Rachel Koning, marketing coordinator
for the new Common Block Brewing Co. in downtown Medford.
Southern Oregon’s story of wines by the glass—poured from kegs—began in
2009 at Ashland’s Standing Stone Brewing Co. Supplied by Wooldridge Creek in
Grants Pass, kegged wines were such a boon to winery, restaurant and consumer
alike that the concept became a cornerstone of Common Block, the sister enterprise
of Standing Stone.
“We’re not planning on having any bottles at all,” says Koning, explaining that
wines will have dedicated tap lines, alongside craft beers and ciders at Common
Block, which projected an autumn 2016 opening.
More of the region’s restaurants are tapping the potential of kegged wines, the
majority produced by nearby wineries. Benefits of bypassing bottling include
reductions in cost and waste, savings in space and fuel and outlets for offering
limited-edition vintages on more fluid wine lists. Plus, kegs give smaller, lesser-known
wineries a vehicle for bringing wine out of their tasting rooms and into dining rooms.
“The beer people figured this out a long time ago,” says Greg Paneitz, winemaker
and partner at Wooldridge Creek. “Really, once someone begins to put wine in
kegs, they don’t go back.”
Paneitz has never looked back as his winery’s restaurant accounts grew in seven
years from singular status with Standing Stone to approximately 50 throughout the
state. Previously challenged to wholesale its wines, Wooldridge Creek increased
annual production from 50 cases, says Paneitz, to the keg equivalent of 2,000 cases.
“The volume skyrocketed.”
Falling costs characterize keg-wine programs, say restaurateurs and winemakers.
Wineries slash their bills for bottles, corks, labels and foils. And transporting
larger quantities of wine in kegs conserves considerable fuel. Both of these savings
simultaneously shrink the carbon footprints of wineries and restaurants.
“One of the biggest things is just that waste-reduction standpoint,” says Koning.
In its first year of furnishing Standing Stone’s wines in 15-gallon, reusable kegs,
Wooldridge Creek eliminated nearly five tons of glass from its operation. Delivery,
a 65-mile round trip, shifted to once every four to six weeks, instead of each week.
The back seat of a standard-sized passenger car can easily accommodate a keg
containing the same volume as six, much bulkier, cases of wine.
“It’s the least expensive way for a small winery to get wine out there,” says Sandi
Garoutte, co-owner of Rosella’s Vineyard & Winery in Grants Pass.
Fewer expenses for wineries and restaurants engender more competitive pricing.
Southern Oregon wines on tap can be had for as little as $5 per glass. Rarely do
glass prices locally rise above $8 for keg wine.
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Wines on tap at Kaleidoscope Pizzeria & Pub in Medford
Tim Tidball Photography
“There are a lot of placements when you can start to be that $6.50 ‘house’ pour,”
says Kara Olmo, partner in Wooldridge Creek. “We replaced Beringer.”
In addition to Wooldridge Creek and Rosella’s, prominent players in the local
keg-wine arena are Brandborg, EdenVale, Misty Oaks, Quady North, Valley
View and Rock Point by Del Rio Vineyards. Among the region’s restaurants
with thriving keg-wine programs are Medford’s Kaleidoscope Pizzeria & Pub
and Pomodori Bistro & Wine Bar, Grants Pass’ Climate City Brewing Co. and
Jacksonville’s Bella Union.
“It’s kind of a no-brainer, really,” says Christian Hamilton, co-owner of Bella
Union, which offers four wines on tap. “There’s really no waste … somebody
sending it back because it’s bad,” he adds.
Better quality control comes with kegging wines, say winemakers and
restaurateurs. Unlike a permeable cork, a keg’s pressurized hose seals wine against
oxygen, which degrades the beverage. Oxidation happens much more rapidly in
opened bottles of wine, which first forfeit their fruit characteristics.
“When you open it, the clock starts ticking,” says Paneitz.
Not everyone in the industry agrees, however, that kegs hold the advantage over
wine’s traditional packaging.
“Wines do get better in the bottle,” says Eric Weisinger, whose Ashland winery
kegs only for Jacksonville’s Britt Festivals.
Otherwise, Weisinger Family Winery remains “sort of traditionalists,” says the
winemaker and general manager, even as the 27-year-old estate develops new
private labels. When Ashland restaurateur Tom Beam commissioned house wine
for his Pie + Vine, bottling was an essential element. A sealed, 750-milliliter bottle
is the ideal vessel for delivering house wine, along with Pie + Vine’s wood-fired
pizza, to customers’ homes.
“It’s another way to put your brand out there,” says Weisinger, Beam's winemaker.
At Pie + Vine, the house wine label—“Vine + Yard”—represents proprietors’
personal involvement in cultivating local wine culture. Frustrated by grooming an
acre of useless lawn at his Ashland home, Beam decided to plant his yard in pinot
gris vines, which were expected to produce about 1,000 pounds of fruit this fall.
The variety, says Beam, is Pie + Vine’s top seller amid “a ton of glass pours.”
By-the-glass sales are perhaps most popular locally in Ashland, where play-goers
gravitate to smaller portions, says Beam. So he’s keeping kegs as an option for Pie +
Vine, which has space for both red and white tap lines.
It’s evident, says Paneitz, that anyone who isn’t making and serving kegged wine
is certainly contemplating it.
“To be relevant today, you pretty much have to do it.”

Congratulations to the 2016 Oregon Wine Experience
BEST OF SHOW medal winners!
Shown here from left to right: Dick and Pat Ellis of Pebblestone Cellars for their 2015 Viognier,
Bryan and Sunny Wilson of Cuckoo's Nest Cellars for their 2015 Fizzé, Early Muscat,
and Joe and Suzi Ginet of Plaisance Ranch for their 2013 Syrah.
For more 2016 Oregon Wine Competition results, please see page 26.
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ROGUE VALLEY

ROGUE VALLEY

Rogue
Creamery

Kaleidoscope

CENTRAL POINT

MEDFORD

Caprice Vineyards / Pg 31
970 Old Stage Road
Central Point OR 97502

2Hawk Vineyard & Winery / Pg 19
2335 N Phoenix Road
Medford OR 97504

Ledger David Cellars / Pg 18
245 N Front Street
Central Point OR 97502

EdenVale Winery / Pg 21
2310 Voorhies Road
Medford OR 97501
RoxyAnn Winery / Pg 22
3285 Hillcrest Road
Medford OR 97504

Bambu
Larks
Elements

TALENT
Paschal Winery & Vineyard / Pg 24
1122 Suncrest Road
Talent OR 97540

See page 30
for a detailed
map of
Jacksonville

Pebblestone Cellars / Pg 25
1670 Pioneer Road
Talent OR 97540
StoneRiver Vineyard / Pg 25
2178 Pioneer Road
Talent OR 97540

ASHLAND
Belle Fiore Winery / Pg 15
100 Belle Fiore Lane
Ashland OR 97520

Pony
Espresso
Loft Brasserie

Larks

Enoteca Wine Tasting & Bistro / Pg 16
17 North Main Street
Ashland OR 97520
Grizzly Peak Winery / Pg 17
1600 E Nevada Street
Ashland OR 97520
Weisinger Family Winery / Pg 17
3150 Siskiyou Boulevard
Ashland OR 97520
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BELLE FIORE WINERY

BRASSERIE & BAR

BELLE FIORE WINERY is a place of
unparalleled elegance. A classical French
chateau with state-of-the-art winery, the
Italianate Wine Pavilion surrounded by
vineyards on the slopes above Emigrant
Creek—Belle Fiore’s landscaping, architecture
and décor are nothing short of eye-popping.

Belle Fiore Winery
100 Belle Fiore Lane
Ashland OR 97520
541-552-4900
bellefiorewine.com

Belle Fiore offers a wide selection of
thoughtfully-crafted wines. Their talented
winemaking team has won numerous medals
for many wines including Best in Class for
Pinot Noir and Best of Show for their 2012
Numinos Bordeaux blend, as well as recentlyawarded gold medals for Cabernet Sauvignon
and Teroldego. They currently make 8,000 cases
of artisanal wines a year from the estate’s fifteen
different varietals.

Hours:*
Wednesday & Sunday, noon-8pm
Thursday-Saturday, noon-9pm

Wine aficionados will not want to miss Belle
Fiore’s Bordeaux, Burgundy and Rhone vintages
or such unusual gems as Montepulciano,
Teroldego, Verdejo, and Caprettone.

*Please check our website for
current hours as they may change
with the seasons.

In addition to wines of exceptional quality,
Belle Fiore offers live music Wednesday
through Sunday, wine-food pairings, special
events, art exhibits, and exclusive winemaker
dinners. Of interest to local artists and art
lovers, the Artist Series Annual Wine Label
Competition opens in January, providing
Southern Oregon artists an opportunity to
create a label for Belle Fiore’s “Belle Arte” label.
For those seeking the perfect venue for a
private party, wedding or event, there’s no more
sumptuous or welcoming spot! Belle Fiore is an
extraordinary, must-see gem in the Rogue Valley!

Opt to try the French menu on the
terrace at the intimate Loft Brasserie.
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ENOTECA WINE TASTING & BISTRO

ENOTECA is EdenVale Winery’s second
tasting room, located in the center of
Ashland’s bustling Plaza scene. The friendly
staff and award-winning wines await you in a
comfortable and quiet “get-away nook.” The
warm and casual atmosphere is the perfect
setting to taste EdenVale’s many Rogue Valley
wines and explore the vineyards of Southern
Oregon in your glass. Edenvale produces wines
that are handcrafted—barrel- and bottle-aged—
using sustainable methods, while supporting
local families and farmers in the Rogue Valley.

Enoteca Wine Tasting & Bistro
17 North Main Street
Ashland OR 97520
541-482-3377
edenvalleyorchards.com
Hours:
Sunday-Wednesday, 1-7pm
Thursday-Saturday, noon-8pm
Varietals:
Cabernet Sauvignon
Chardonnay
Grenache
Malbec
Merlot
Pinot Gris
Pinot Noir
Syrah
Tempranillo
Viognier

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Enoteca offers light-fare menu items such
as cheese boards and spreadables and the
friendly staff can also help you find the perfect
restaurant for lunch or dinner, help map-out
your tour of local wineries or just engage in
good conversation.
Enoteca also hosts colorful local musicians on
1st and 3rd Friday nights, community classes
and more. As a member of the Ashland Gallery
Association, they curate an ever-changing array
of work by local artists. Offering one of the
best “people watching” views on the Plaza, the
upstairs sitting room is a great place to host a
meeting, study, or just spend time relaxing with
a glass of wine in the perfect chair!

Grizzly Peak Winery
1600 E Nevada Street
Ashland OR 97520
541-482-5700
grizzlypeakwinery.com
Hours:
April thru October,
Thursday-Sunday, noon-4pm
November thru March,
Saturday & Sunday, noon-4pm
Varietals:
Cab Franc
Cabernet Sauvignon
Chardonnay
Malbec
Marsanne
Merlot
Pinot Gris
Pinot Noir
Roussanne
Syrah
Tempranillo
Viognier

WEISINGER FAMILY WINERY

GRIZZLY PEAK WINERY is nestled on a
protected mountain slope just minutes from
downtown Ashland. The high-elevation site
produces top-quality wine grapes and provides
visitors incomparable vistas and an intimate
tasting room experience. Year-round, the
estate grounds feature magnificent gardens and
established oak trees, offering the perfect place
to take a leisurely stroll. Established in 1998
by Al and Virginia Silbowitz, wine offerings
have grown to include Pinot Noir, Merlot,
Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc,
Tempranillo, Syrah, Pinot Gris, Viognier,
Chardonnay and several blends. Recently,
the 2013 Tempranillo and 2013 Viognier
won gold and silver medals at the 2016 San
Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, the
2014 Viognier won Gold and 2013 Syrah won
Silver at this year's Savor Northwest, the 2012
Cabernet Sauvignon took Double Gold at the
Cascadia Wine Competition and the 2013
Malbec took Double Gold and Best of Class at
the Women’s International Wine Competition.
Al and Virginia’s wine-savvy daughter, Naomi
Fuerte, presides in the tasting room, the perfect
spot for sipping wines with friends. For those
planning events, Grizzly Peak offers several
indoor event spaces, suitable for fundraisers,
cultural events, private parties, weddings
and more! Check the website for details and
availability. No matter the time of year, Grizzly
Peak is the perfect spot!

WEISINGER FAMILY WINERY is the
first wine tasting spot northbound visitors
entering Oregon on Interstate 5 encounter
after descending the Siskiyou Summit—and
there could be no better beginning to Rogue
Valley wine country. With a list including cool
climate, dry Gewürztraminer and Pinot Noir
along with Bordeaux, Spanish and Rhône
varietals, Weisinger offers wine tourists a taste
of the region’s diversity at their very first stop.
The list now includes a Double-Gold medal
winning 2015 Chardonnay and 2013 Malbec at
the 2016 Oregon Wine Experience!

Weisinger Family Winery
3150 Siskiyou Boulevard
Ashland OR 97520
541-488-5989
weisingers.com
Hours:
October-April,
Wednesday-Sunday, 11am-5pm
Monday & Tuesday by
Appointment
May-September,
Daily, 11am-6pm
Wines:
Bordeaux Blends
Cabernet Sauvignon
Chardonnay
Dry Gewurztraminer
Malbec
Pinot Noir
Rosé
Sauvignon Blanc
Syrah
Tempranillo
Viognier

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GRIZZLY PEAK WINERY

Weisinger wines are made by secondgeneration winemaker Eric Weisinger, whose
resumé includes experience in California’s
Russian River, New Zealand and Australia.
Besides award-winning wines, visitors will
enjoy relaxing on the tasting room deck with
a nosh plate, taking in beautiful views of the
estate vineyard and the rugged Cascade Range
in the distance.
In support of the community, Weisinger offers
a full slate of cultural events. Each month the
work of a different local artist is displayed in
the tasting room and local authors read at
"Friday Words & Wine." Weisinger Family
Winery may be the first stop on your winery
itinerary, but it’s the last one you’ll forget.

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LEDGER DAVID CELLARS

Ledger David Cellars
245 N Front Street
Central Point OR 97502
541-664-2218
ledgerdavid.com
Hours:
Daily, noon-5pm
Varietals:
Cabernet Franc
Chardonnay
Chenin Blanc
Malbec
Malvasia Bianca
Petit Verdot
Sangiovese
Sauvignon Blanc
Syrah
Tempranillo
Viognier

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LEDGER DAVID CELLARS’ Central Point
venue, dubbed “Le Petit Tasting Room,” is
located between the world-renowned Rogue
Creamery and equally-famous Lillie Belle
Chocolates. Amid these culinary stars, Ledger
David shines brightly, recently burnishing
its reputation for premium estate wines with
several of its vintage reds earning top awards.
The 2013 Tempranillo earned 92 points from
Richard Jennings in Cellar Tracker, the 2013
Syrah won Double Gold and the 2013 Cabernet
Franc took Gold in the 2016 Oregon Wine
Awards. The Gold/Best of Class, earned for
the Cabernet Franc at the 2016 Cascadia Wine
Competition, is placing Ledger David Cabernet
Franc on the "stellar" map.
Wine Press Northwest notes that Ledger David,
“… is gaining a reputation as a top Rogue
Valley producer,” while Great Northwest Wine
adds, “The 2013 Cabernet Franc takes center
stage, opening with aromas of mild oak,
vanilla and Bing cherry (that) lead to flavors
of dried herbs, blueberry…and a hint of cocoa
powder…backed by remarkable acidity and
mild tannins, making this a classic example of
Northwest Cabernet Franc.”
Ledger David fruit comes from the VarnerTraul Vineyard planted in 2007 to Chenin
Blanc, Malvasia Bianca, Viognier, Chardonnay,
Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Franc, Syrah,
Malbec, Sangiovese, Tempranillo and Petit
Verdot. With so many stellar selections on its
list, it’s no wonder Ledger David’s label was
designed around an artist’s conception of three
stars of Orion’s belt.

2HAWK owners Ross and Jen Allen say
raising the bar on wine quality is equally
important as creating a memorable guest
experience. They are doing both. Ross brings
30+ years of farming experience to his vineyard
management using sustainable practices and
cutting-edge technology to maximize fruit
quality. Jen’s expertise—customer service and
business management—ensures that each
visitor enters as a guest, leaves as a friend, and
returns regularly to experience the exceptional
estate tasting room and panoramic views of Mt.
Ashland and the Rogue Valley.

2Hawk Vineyard & Winery
2335 N Phoenix Road
Medford OR 97504
541-779-WINE
2hawkwinery.com
Hours:
Monday-Sunday, 1-7pm

ROGUE VALLEY

2HAWK VINEYARD & WINERY

We Love Local Wine!

The Allens have earned more than 15 medals in
wine competitions in 2016 and the tasting room
was voted one of the best places to visit in the
Rogue Valley. A new, state-of-the-art winery
will crush its first harvest this autumn, bringing
2Hawk’s winemaking into precise focus,
defining it as an industry leader.
Experience the tasting room’s rustic charm,
engaging staff, and the variety of small plate
options that add a gourmand touch to any
wine tasting. Sit by the outdoor fire pit, play
bocce or simply enjoy a fine wine. Wine makes
every moment an occasion. Take yours to new
heights at 2Hawk.

Varietals:
Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Sauvignon
Chardonnay
Grenache
Malbec
Merlot
Muscat
Pinot Noir
Sauvignon Blanc
Tempranillo
Viognier

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Photos by DAVID GIBB

Ashley Campanella
at Eden Valley Orchards.

Wine & Cider... a Perfect Pear
Pears are prominent players in Eden Valley Orchards’ past. Yet the future of each
year’s crop faced uncertainty.
“Pears just really don’t sell,” says Ashley Campanella, winemaker for the Medford
estate’s EdenVale label.
Raising the profile of pears—and preserving the fruit—entailed treating them
much like the property’s 14 varieties of wine grapes. Pressing the pears’ juice,
fermenting it and bottling the bubbly beverage affords EdenVale’s tasting room its
first alternative to wine and Southern Oregon with its first alcoholic pear cider.
“This really, truly is a wine,” says Campanella. “It’s a pear wine that’s carbonated.
You ferment it just like a wine and finish it just like a wine.”
Pressed from the 2015 harvest, about 1,200 gallons of pear juice produced 900 cases
of cider slated for release this autumn. About 80 percent of those are 375-milliliter
half bottles, screen-printed with a green pear and superimposed window.
The “Pear House” label provides a delicious glimpse of Eden Valley Orchards’
130-year history as the region’s first commercial pear orchard and a vantage on the
fruit’s viability in the modern agricultural era. The value that pear juice gains when
converted into cider ensures the crop’s sustainability, says Campanella. Although
800 acres of pears during Eden Valley’s heyday have shrunk to a mere seven acres,
the remaining trees are costly to maintain, she says.
“The pears are a part of our history… history we love.”
Consumers likely will love the cider’s low alcohol content—about 6.9 percent—in
addition to its carbonation. While many pear ciders on the market actually are
apple ciders with a bit of pear juice, Pear House is “pure pear straight from our
trees,” says Campanella.
Eden Valley’s Seckels—scarce in Southern Oregon, but celebrated in culinary
circles—mingle in the Pear House recipe with Comice, D’Anjou, Bosc and Bartlett
varieties, all grown organically in the estate’s “experimental” orchard. Completely
fermenting the cider until only trace sugars remain distinguishes Pear House from
mainstream brands that often contain added juice or sweeteners.
“When you taste it, it does taste dry,” says Campanella.
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This European-style of cider-making is helping to define a new American trend.
Commonly marketed to beer drinkers who don’t want all of grain’s gluten, craft
ciders are on the rise. Their recent popularity also could be a backlash against heavilyhopped beers, says Chris Dennett, owner of Beerworks in Medford and Jacksonville.
“There’s probably not enough Old World ciders available,” says Dennett, whose
shop stocks Southern Oregon’s largest selection of ciders, about 40 different types
from around the state and farther afield.
Most high-quality American ciders come in 22-ounce bottles, like beers. But
a 750-millliliter cider likely will entice more wine drinkers, says Dennett, who
expanded Beerworks in June to Jacksonville, where customers also can choose from
several Southern Oregon wines by the glass. Beerworks is one of the locations that
Eden Valley planned to approach with Pear
House, says Campanella.
“We’d love to see it in restaurants,” she says,
explaining that 375-milliliter bottles should
promote the cider’s sales in food service.
The majority of Pear House purchases will be
from the EdenVale tasting room and for special
events on the property, says Campanella.
Priced at $14 per half bottle and $28 for the
standard 750 milliliters, the cider constitutes
the quickest release on the estate, where red
wines age as long as eight years, she says.
The Pear House project bore yet another
kind of fruit. Carbonating cider coaxed
Campanella to create EdenVale’s first sparkling
wines—white and rosé blends anticipated for
release next summer.
“It’s an exciting time to get into cider,” says
the winemaker.

EdenVale Winery
2310 Voorhies Road
Medford OR 97501
541-512-2955 x2
edenvalleyorchards.com
Hours:
Sunday-Thursday, 11am-6pm
Friday-Saturday, 11am-7pm
Varietals:
Cabernet Sauvignon
Chardonnay
Grenache
Malbec
Merlot
Pinot Gris
Pinot Noir
Syrah
Tempranillo
Viognier

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EDENVALE WINERY

EDENVALE WINERY is the Rogue Valley’s
most unique winery and destination facility,
just-off Hwy 99 between Ashland and
Jacksonville. The winery is located on the oldest
commercial orchard land in Oregon, nestled
on the valley floor with breathtaking views
of the Siskiyou Mountains and surrounded
by orchards and vineyards. The Eden Valley
Orchards’ property takes you back to an
era of gracious hospitality with the on-site
1890’s Voorhies Mansion and formal gardens,
complimented by heritage pear trees and a
demonstration vineyard. The estate is the perfect
place to taste barrel- and bottle-aged wines,
handcrafted by winemaker Ashley Campanella
including, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah,
Tempranillo, Merlot, Grenache, Pinot Noir,
Chardonnay, Viognier, Pinot Gris and various
blends. Her 2008 Tempranillo just won DoubleGold at the 2016 Oregon Wine Experience!
By recently revitalizing pear-producing
acreage, EdenVale is committed to sustainable
agriculture, historic preservation, and
agricultural education in the heart of Southern
Oregon’s wine country. This fall, EdenVale
proudly introduces a new line of hard pear
cider, extending the use of its winemaking
facilities for the production of local and
sustainable agricultural products.

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indoor and outdoor private event spaces, the
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weddings and celebrations. EdenVale is truly a
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ROXYANN WINERY

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ROXYANN WINERY was originally the pear
growing and packing operation known as
Hillcrest Orchard. But Jack Day, grandson of
the Seattle businessman who became owner
and manager of Hillcrest in 1908, had other
ideas. Day planted wine grapes on 20 acres of
the south-facing slope of RoxyAnn Peak where
shallow clay soils are perfect for Bordeaux
varietals. With the first harvest in 2001,
RoxyAnn Winery was born.

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RoxyAnn Winery
3283 Hillcrest Road
Medford OR 97504
541-776-2315
roxyann.com
Hours:
Monday-Thursday, noon-7pm
Friday,11am-9pm
Saturday & Sunday, 11am-7pm
Varietals:
Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Sauvignon
Chardonnay
Claret
Malbec
Merlot
Pinot Gris
Pinot Noir
Sauvignon Blanc
Syrah
Tempranillo
Viognier

Today the RoxyAnn estate vineyard runs to 70
acres from which the winery produces 15,000
cases of award-winning Claret, Pinot Gris,
Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon,
Cabernet Franc, Tempranillo, Viognier, Syrah,
Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay. Recently, their
2012 Claret was awarded Double-Gold at the
2016 Oregon Wine Experience! Many of the
original Hillcrest Orchard buildings, added
to the National Register of Historic Places in
1984, are still used by the winery. Visitors will
enjoy the warm, old-fashioned atmosphere
of the tasting room featuring premium
estate wines and gourmet items. The quaint
setting notwithstanding, RoxyAnn adheres
to enlightened sustainable farming practices
and employs state-of-the-art methods in wine
production, supporting preservation of the
natural surroundings while ensuring the finest
fruit and superior wines. The tasting room is
open seven days a week.

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PASCHAL WINERY & VINEYARD

An Expansive Selection
Sharing a bottle of wine with friends
and family is truly one of life’s simple
pleasures. At Ray’s Food Place we have
an expansive wine selection which
includes high quality, hand-selected
local and regional wines. Explore our
stunning variety of wines today!

PASCHAL WINERY AND VINEYARD was
started in 1990 by Roy Paschal and has evolved
into an enterprise that reflects the love of his
family for their beautiful 13-acre estate and the
handcrafted artisan wines that bear the Paschal
label. Visitors to the Italianate tasting room will
enjoy a wide range of crowd-pleasing red and
white Rogue Valley varietals and blends made
to the Paschal family’s exacting specifications.

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Paschal Winery & Vineyard
1122 Suncrest Road
Talent OR 97540
541-535-7957
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Hours:
Daily, noon-6pm
Varietals:
Pinot Gris
Pinot Noir
Viognier
Blends

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The tasting room also offers magnificent
vistas of the vineyard and pear orchard, the
Cascade foothills and the Siskiyou peaks. The
perfect setting for private parties, weddings and
meetings, event spaces, including a heated patio,
are available throughout the year, rain or shine.
Not-to-be-missed are a variety of special
winery happenings such as the Cork ‘n’ Fork
Dinners on Wednesday evenings, with menus
catered by a local restaurant and live music
provided by a variety of local artists. Paschal
also hosts art openings, concerts and regular
wine and food pairings. If you can’t get enough
in one afternoon or evening, then you may
book into the estate guest cottage, a luxury
villa with three suites, each with private bath,
and all the amenities from gourmet kitchen to
Jacuzzi to massage chair.

Pebblestone Cellars
New Tasting Room, Fall 2016
1670 Pioneer Road
Talent OR 97540
541-512-1704 or 541-512-1655
pebblestonecellars.com
Hours:
April-November,
Daily except Tuesdays, noon-5pm
December-March,
please see website
Varietals:
Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Sauvignon
Melange (our bordeaux blend)
Merlot
Pinot Gris
Rose of Syrah
Syrah
Tempranillo
Viognier
Varietals Coming in 2017
Albariño
Malbec

PEBBLESTONE CELLARS is entering a new
phase, as the oldest vines on the Ellis Vineyards
estate approach twenty years of age. A new
logo, consisting of an old vine planted in the
rocky soils of an ancient alluvial fan, reflects
the mature character of the vineyard. It also
marks the evolution of the enterprise Dick and
Pat Ellis began when they started producing
estate wines in 2004. By 2006, those wines
were on the market as Pebblestone Cellars and
the Ellises were holding tastings on their back
porch. Next came the opening of the cottage
tasting room on Camp Baker Road in 2010.
This year will see the opening of a newlyconstructed tasting room situated on the south
end of the property with exquisite views of
Wagner Butte and Mount Ashland. The vineyard
has also expanded over the last two years to
include Malbec, Albariño, and Grenache.
Amid the changes, what has remained constant
is the superior quality of the wines: reds of
distinction aged 18 to 20 months in French oak
and award-winning whites including the 2014
Viognier that won Best of Class at the 2016
San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
and Best of Show at the 2015 Oregon Wine
Experience, along with their 2015 Viognier that
won Best of Show at the 2016 Oregon Wine
Experience! Dick and Pat hope to have the new
tasting room open on the Pioneer Road side of
the vineyard by November.

StoneRiver Vineyard
2178 Pioneer Road
Talent OR 97540
541-864-9234
stonerivervineyard.com
Hours:
May-October,
Wednesday-Monday, Noon-6pm
Closed Tuesday
November-April,
Saturday & Sunday, noon-5pm
Varietals:
Chardonnay
Crimson Blend
Grenache
Pinot Gris
Rosé
Syrah
Viognier

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STONERIVER VINEYARD

PEBBLESTONE CELLARS

STONERIVER VINEYARD is easy to get to and
is a place you'll instantly fall in love with. The
tasting room and vineyards are just minutes
from Ashland and Medford in the foothills
west of I-5. Set in a gorgeous country setting,
the vineyard is less than 3 miles from the
Talent and Phoenix exits (21 & 24). The tasting
room is housed in a converted, old wood
barn, which for most of the last century, was
used as a country store for Pioneer Orchards,
well-known locally for its outstanding peaches,
apples and cherries. If you are visiting for
the first time, you'll be pleasantly surprised
at how warm and comfy an old barn can be.
Owner Virginia Lange has done a superb job
of creating a tasting room that fits her belief
that the tasting environment is as important to
the tasting experience as the outstanding wines
they produce. To add to this special experience,
Virginia has included a juke box loaded
with 50's and 60's favorites, a regulation-size
shuffleboard, and even a player piano!
StoneRiver has 35 acres planted to 13 varietals.
Wines currently available include: Syrah, Rosé,
Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Grenache, Crimson
Blend and Viognier. Seven new wines will be
available this fall—Petite Sirah, Tempranillo,
Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Roussane, and
Amethyst—a red blend.

New Varietals Coming Soon:
Amethyst (a red blend)
Cabernet Franc
Pinot Noir
Petite Sirah
Roussane
Tempranillo

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oregon wine competition

2016 results

join the party

Best of Show
White – Pebblestone Cellars 2015 Viognier – $22
Winemaker – Bryan Wilson
Red – Plaisance Ranch 2013 Syrah – $30
Winemaker – Joe Ginet
Other - Cuckoo’s Nest Cellars 2015 Fizzé, Early Muscat – $15
Winemaker – Bryan Wilson

Double Gold Medal

Requires unanimous gold medal scores by all three judges on a panel
Winemaker and retail price listed with each medalist
Abacela 2015 Albariño, Andrew Wenzl –$21
Brandborg Vineyard and Winery 2013 Love Puppets Pinot Noir, Terry Brandborg – $32
Edenvale 2008 Tempranillo, Ashley Campanella – $65
Ermisch Family Cellars 2014 Erendira’s Rise Pinot Noir, Kirk Ermisch & Robert Brittan – $35
Irvine Family Vineyards 2014 Pinot Noir, Robert Brittan & Herb Quady & Brian Gruber – $35
Plaisance Ranch 2013 Carménère, Joe Ginet – $30
Quady North 2015 Pistoleta White Blend, Herb Quady & Brian Gruber – $20
Red Lily Vineyards 2014 Night School Red Dessert, Rachael Martin – $32
Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards 2014 Syrah Winemaker’s Reserve, Stephen Reustle – $39
RoxyAnn Winery 2012 Claret, Kent Barthman & John Quinones – $26
Season Cellars 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, Scott & Jennifer Henry – $23
Silvan Ridge Winery 2013 Malbec, JP Valot – $22
Weisinger Family Winery 2015 Chardonnay, Eric Weisinger – $32
Weisinger Family Winery 2013 Malbec, Eric Weisinger – $28

Gold Medal

Winemaker and retail price listed with each medalist
Abacela 2013 Garnacha, Andrew Wenzl – $29
Abacela 2015 Blanco Dulce White Dessert, Andrew Wenzl – $30
Belle Fiore Winery 2013 Belle Esprit Teroldego, Kathe Kiagas – $38
Cat Man Cellars 2014 Tempranillo, Ted Johnson & Dennis Grant & Marlene Grant – $26
Cuckoo’s Nest Cellars 2015 Aromatíque White Blend, Bryan Wilson – $15
Cuckoo’s Nest Cellars 2013 Two Birds Red Blend, Bryan Wilson – $15
Daisy Creek Vineyard 2013 Malbec, Brian Denner – $30
Deer Creek Vineyards 2014 Pinot Noir, Herb Quady & Brian Gruber – $19
Del Rio 2013 Syrah, Jean-Michel Jussiame – $35
Eliana Wines 2013 Tempranillo, Steve Anderson – $26
Foris Vineyards 2014 Cedar Ranch Pinot Noir, Bryan Wilson – $35
Grizzly Peak Winery 2014 Viognier, Linda Donovan – $22
Halliday Hill Vineyard 2014 Pinot Noir, Doug Tunnell – $45
Hellgate Cellars 2014 Syrah, Herb Quady & Brian Gruber – $35
Hellgate Cellars 2014 Hellgate Red Red Blend, Chris Graves – $19
Marchesi Vineyards 2014 Solimano Red Blend, Franco Marchesi – $34
Pebblestone Cellars 2012 Cabernet Franc, Bryan Wilson – $25
Pebblestone Cellars 2012 Tempranillo, Rachael Martin – $30
Plaisance Ranch 2013 Mondeusé, Joe Ginet – $30
Quady North 2013 Flagship Syrah, Herb Quady & Brian Gruber – $65
RoxyAnn Winery 2012 Merlot, Kent Berthman & John Quinones – $26
Silvan Ridge Winery 2015 Early Muscat Semi-Sparkling, JP Valot – $15
Slagle Creek Vineyards 2013 Late Harvest Gewürztraminer, Steve Anderson – $20
Soléna Estate 2014 Grande Cuvée Pinot Noir, Laurent Montalieu – $28
Tesoaria Vineyard & Winery 2015 Vermentino Secco, John Olson – $27
Visit www.theoregonwineexperience.com to
Triple Oak Vineyard 2014 Red Oak Red Blend, Terry Brandborg – $19
view a complete list including
Troon Vineyard 2014 Longue Carabine White Blend, Steve Hall – $34
Silver Medal winners.
Troon Vineyard 2013 Malbec, Steve Hall – $29

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UPPER ROGUE

GOLD HILL

UPPER ROGUE

Del Rio Vineyards / Pg 28
52 N River Road
Gold Hill OR 97525

EAGLE POINT
Agate Ridge Vineyard / Pg 28
1098 Nick Young Road
Eagle Point OR 97524

WHITE CITY
Kriselle Cellars / PG 29
12956 Modoc Road
White City OR 97503

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DEL RIO VINEYARDS

UPPER ROGUE

AGATE RIDGE VINEYARD

Agate Ridge Vineyard
1098 Nick Young Road
Eagle Point OR 97524
541-830-3050
agateridgevineyard.com
Winter Hours:
Friday, Saturday & Sunday,
11am-5pm, starting in November
Varietals:
Cabernet Sauvignon
Malbec
Petite Sirah
Pinot Noir
Primitivo
Syrah

AGATE RIDGE VINEYARD was founded by
the Kinderman Family in 2002 with visions of
family farming, land preservation and pursuing
a passion for wine. Located on 126 acres
featuring an iconic 105-year-old farmhouse
tasting room, the family carefully selected a
southern-facing slope to plant 30 acres to 17
varietals. With spectacular mountain views,
Agate Ridge hosts a variety of fun events during
the year including the music series, “Rockin at
the Ridge,” “Bonfire Fridays,” vineyard dinners,
plein air art classes, and celebrations. See the
website for a full list of winery events.
Taking pride in producing exclusively-estate
wines, winemaker Matt Cates alongside the
family has total creative control from vine to
wine. The unique microclimate and volcanic
soils provide the foundation for the caliber of
fruit that allows Agate Ridge to have produced
highly-esteemed, award-winning wine for over
a decade. Several wines that recently medaled
at the 2015 San Francisco Chronicle Wine
Competition include a 2012 Viognier (Double
Gold), 2013 Semillon Sauvignon Blanc (Gold)
and a 2010 Black Sticky Dessert Wine.

Pinot Gris
Sauvignon Blanc
Viognier

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Del Rio Vineyards
52 N River Road
Gold Hill OR 97525
541-855-2062
delriovineyards.com
Hours:
Winter Hours, Daily, 11am-5pm
Varietals:
Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Sauvignon
Chardonnay
Claret
Malbec
Merlot
Muscat
Pinot Gris
Pinot Noir
Syrah
Viognier

DEL RIO VINEYARDS is both a place deeply
rooted in history and a winery reflecting the
latest in viticulture and enology. The tasting
room was built in 1864 and served for many
years as the Rock Point Stage Hotel. The parcel
of land that comprises one of the largest winegrowing operations in the Rogue Valley was a
payment to the original owner for his service
in the Rogue Indian Wars. The big red building
displaying the Del Rio name that today houses
the winery began as the fruit packinghouse
of Del Rio Orchards. In 2016, the vineyard
acquired nearby Birdseye Ranch, rich in history
and fertile land for additional acres to be
planted to grapes in 2017.
Similarly, Del Rio’s estate Cabernet Sauvignon,
Chardonnay, Malbec, Merlot, Muscat, Pinot
Gris, Pinot Noir, Syrah, and Viognier reflect
the time-honored traditions of Old World
winemaking blended with New World
innovation by winemaker Jean-Michel
Jussiaume. The 2015 Rosé recently awarded
a Gold Medal from the Sunset Magazine
International Wine Competition.
Fall and winter are exciting times at Del
Rio! In September, come out for 2.5 mile
vineyard hikes every Wednesday and Sunday
at 9:30am. For the fifth year, the month of
October is “Drink Pink” month, dedicated to
breast cancer awareness. $5 from each Rose
Jolee “bundle sale” is donated to Asante for
Mammography Screening and Education. The
Thanksgiving Weekend Open House Black
Friday features $100 “mystery cases.” The
Winter Wine Event in January offers gourmet
bites from local chefs, logo wine glasses and,
of course, superb Del Rio wines.

KRISELLE CELLARS
SOUTHERN OREGON WINERY TOURS

The way wine country should be.

Simple &
Authentic
UPPER ROGUE

KRISELLE CELLARS is all about inspiration.
The 30-acre vineyard and tasting room are
sited just outside town on a south-facing slope
overlooking the ranchland between the Upper
Table Rock Plateau and the Rogue River.
The vineyard is comprised of alluvial soils
studded with round river stones that inspire the
wine label with its embossed silver wine bottle
emerging from the soil, expressing Kriselle
Cellars’ dedication to the land.

Kriselle Cellars
12956 Modoc Road
White City OR 97503
541-830-VINO (8466)
krisellecellars.com
Hours:
Summer Hours, Daily,
11am-5:30pm, with some
extended evening hours
Winter Hours, WednesdaySunday, 11am-5:30 pm
Check our website or Facebook
page for updates
Varietals:
Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Sauvignon
Malbec
Red Blends (Di'tani and S/CS)
Rosé
Sangiovese
Sauvignon Blanc
Tempranillo
Viognier

Kriselle Cellars' owner and winemaker, Scott
Steingraber, produces award-winning varietals
and distinctive blends including Cabernet
Sauvignon, Tempranillo, Malbec, Sauvignon
Blanc, Sangiovese, Cabernet Franc, and Viognier.
Be sure and also explore Kriselle Cellars' notable
red blends—their 2013 Di’tani recently received a
Gold medal at the 2016 San Francisco Chronicle
Wine Competition and the S/CS a Sangiovese/
Cabernet Sauvignon blend received a Gold
medal at the 2016 Cascadia Wine Competition.
The tasting room crowning the hill overlooking
the vineyard takes inspiration from the Grand
Lodge-style construction and features a soaring
roofline and windows on all sides affording
breathtaking views. A great-room fireplace and
outdoor fire-pit keep the atmosphere warm and
inviting in all weather.

With over 127 vineyards and 35 tasting rooms
you’ll want Wine Hopper Tours to show you
the best the region has to offer.

Travel with Kriselle Cellars to Bordeaux wine
country in France! AmaWaterways has selected
Kriselle Cellars for their featured winery for
an upscale river cruise in Spring 2017. Visit
their webpage for more information and details
about this opportunity, upcoming events and
wine releases at krisellecellars.com.

Daily wine tours of the Applegate Wineries.
Departing from Ashland, Medford and Jacksonville.

www.WineHopperTours.com

855.550.WINE

TOURS START AT $55 PER PERSON

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APPLEGATE ROGUE

B U I L D I N G C O M PA N Y

JACKSONVILLE

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Oregon Smoked Salmon Festival. Both provide goal-oriented, wrap-around suppor t ser vices
throughout Southern Oregon to homeless children and their families. The purpose is to bring
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JACKSONVILLE
Caprice Vineyards / Pg 31
970 Old Stage Road
Central Point OR 97502
Daisy Creek Vineyard / Pg 32
675 Shafer Lane
Jacksonville OR 97530
Back Porch
Bar & Grill
Pony
Espresso
Bella Union
Jville Inn

Frau Kemmling
Schoolhaus Brewhaus

DANCIN Vineyards & Winery / Pg 34
4477 South Stage Road
Medford OR 97501
(One mile East of downtown Jacksonville)
Quady North / Pg 35
255 California Street
Jacksonville OR 97530
South Stage Cellars / Pg 36
125 South Third Street
Jacksonville OR 97530

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CAPRICE VINEYARDS

BROKER

SANDY J. BROWN

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Caprice Vineyards
970 Old Stage Road
Central Point OR 97502
541-499-0449
capricevineyards.com
Hours:
March-December,
Thursday-Monday, noon-5pm
Closed Tuesday & Wednesday
January & February,
Saturday & Sunday, noon-5pm
Varietals:
Blush
Cabernet Sauvignon
Chardonnay
Claret
Gewurztraminer
Port
Viognier

Inside the tasting room or outside on the patio,
visitors may enjoy Caprice wines accompanied
by snack plates of assorted meats, cheeses,
olives and crackers. You’ll also want to browse
the boutique featuring a selection of unique
and beautiful alpaca fiber sweaters, hats, gloves,
scarves and hand-spun yarns—great for holiday
shopping. For hands-on fabric craft enthusiasts,
Caprice offers fiber arts classes and displays
of spinning, weaving, knitting and felting. See
the website for details. Into fall, a weekly live
music series, "Music Under the Arbor," offersup talented, local musicians performing under
Caprice’s vine-covered arbor.
And of course, animal lovers will want to visit
the alpacas.

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JACKSONVILLE

CAPRICE VINEYARDS AND ALPACA FARM
became home to Jim and Jeanne Davidian and
their alpacas in 2004 when they moved their
Riverside, California ranching operation to a
property outside Jacksonville that happened to
include a 7-acre vineyard. Since bottling their
first 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon, offerings have
expanded to include Chardonnay, Viognier,
Gewurztraminer and Claret—all made in
small quantities with special attention to the
character of estate fruit produced by vines
nearly thirty years old.

DAISY CREEK VINEYARD

élan guest suites & gallery

DAISY CREEK VINEYARD owners Russ and
Margaret Lyon came to Jacksonville in 1994
looking for a place similar to the Northern
Rhone Valley’s famous Côte Rotie, (roasted
slope) the perfect place to grow Syrah and
Viognier. On a 23-acre tract where fortuneseekers once panned Daisy Creek for gold,
the Lyons planted a couple of acres of vines.
Thanks in large part to the mineral-laden soils
washed down from the Siskiyou Mountains by
the creek, and in larger part to the hard work
of the couple tending the vines, the fruit they’re
growing turned-out to be good—really good.

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Daisy Creek Vineyard
675 Shafer Lane
Jacksonville OR 97530
541-899-8329
daisycreekwine.com
Hours:
May-October,
Thursday-Sunday, noon-5pm
November-April, Closed
Varietals:
Whites:
Double Play Blend
Marsanne
Riesling
Roussanne
Triple Play Blend
Viognier
Reds:
Lyon Red Blend
Malbec
Merlot
Petit Verdot

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Today the vineyard occupies over half of
the property and produces eight wine grape
varietals that include Viognier, Marsanne,
Roussanne, Riesling white wines, and Malbec,
Syrah, Merlot and Petit Verdot.
Virtually all the single vintage varietals have
won medals at prestigious competitions
including the San Francisco Chronicle
Wine Competition, Sunriver Sunfest, Savor
Northwest, Greatest of the Grape and the
Oregon Wine Experience.
The Lyons are delighted to offer visitors a
tasting and might even point-out the location
of the remains of a slurry mine, a reminder of
the old-timers who came seeking gold. Most
of them never found any. Margaret and Russ
certainly did.

“One of the Top 10 WineThe
Destinations
in the World!
Heart of Southern
Oregon” Wine Country
Wine Enthusiast Magazine

It takes a lot of good beer to make great wine.
- Brian O’Donnell,

Belle Pente Winemaker

• Historic Small Town
• Shops, eateries and lodging
with character
• 50 wineries within 30 minutes

The perfect end to a day
in the Applegate Valley
JACKSONVILLE

525 Bigham Knoll Drive, Jacksonville
www.theschoolhaus.com
541.899.1000

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DANCIN VINEYARDS

Findthe
the
Find
Perfect Gift
Perfect
Gift
Cookware, Gadgets
and

DANCIN is a love story. It’s the marriage of
science and art. The pairing of fine wines with
delicious food, and the sincere passion of Dan
and Cindy.

Gifts You
Can’t Find
Cookware,
Gadgets
and
Anywhere
Else.
Gifts You Can’t Find
Anywhere Else.

JACKSONVILLE

OPEN DAILY

Within a year of their storybook meeting
in 1995, Dan and Cindy (DANCIN) began
researching wine and viticulture at UC Davis.
Twelve years later, they discovered a perfect
plot of land nestled in the forested foothills of
Southern Oregon, just outside of the gold rush
community of Jacksonville. With its northwest
facing slope, it would become the perfect terroir
for growing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay with a
sense of place.

COOKING & WINE...A PERFECT BLEND

Pony Espresso Café
The perfect place to begin your
wine country adventure.

DANCIN Vineyards & Winery
4477 South Stage Road
Medford OR 97501
541-245-1133
dancinvineyards.com
Hours:
October-April:
Thursday-Sunday, noon-7pm

Breakfast and lunch all day, everyday.
Perfect picnic: wraps, sandwiches, soups, salads.
Fresh, from scratch cooking and baked goods.
Draft beer, kombucha, local wines, great coffee.
Beautifully remodeled deck seating.
Convenient drive-thru pick up.
Also in Ashland.
545 N. 5th St. | Jacksonville
Open everyday until 5pm 541-899-3757
www.ponyespressojville.com
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May-September:
Thursday-Sunday, noon-8pm
Or by appointment
Varietals:
Chardonnay
Barbera
Pinot Noir
Port
Syrah

Planted to seven distinct clones of Pinot Noir
and four different clones of Chardonnay,
the vineyards are meticulously maintained,
making every effort to achieve vine balance.
At the point of perfect ripeness, each cluster
is hand-harvested and sorted, first in the
vineyard, and then twice more on the crush
pad. Their limited-production, exquisite Pinot
Noirs, Chardonnays and other varietals are
hand-crafted in their gravity-flow winery,
using minimalist, old-world techniques that
complement the practices in the vineyard.
Situated just minutes from Ashland, Medford
and Jacksonville, the Tasting Room is the
perfect setting to drink in the views of the Table
Rocks, Mt McLoughlin and the Rogue Valley
while savoring award-winning, estate-grown
wines along with artisan wood-fired pizzas and
much more… all served tableside!

QUADY NORTH

QUADY NORTH’s Jacksonville tasting room is
located in a charming brick building, reckoned
by some to be the old telephone exchange, at
the corner of 5th and California Streets. The
modest premises belie the big wines inside.

Winter/Spring Hours:
Thursday-Sunday, 11am-6pm
(Begin Labor Day)
Summer/Fall Hours:
Thursday-Monday,11am-7pm
(Begin Memorial Day)
Varietals:
Cabernet Franc
Grenache
Marsanne
Merlot
Muscat
Port
Rousanne
Syrah
Viognier

Jacksonville Company
Where style meets elegance.

JACKSONVILLE

Quady North
255 California Street
Jacksonville OR 97530
541-702-2123
quadynorth.com

Quady North is the name of Herb Quady’s
Applegate Valley wine venture, a scion of his
parents’ Fresno area Quady Winery. Quady
North is known for big, bold Bordeaux and
Rhone varietals. After working as Assistant
Winemaker at the California Central Coast
Bonny Doon Vineyard, Quady came to Oregon
to found his own brand, convinced that the
truly-compelling wines were being made from
grapes grown in cooler areas. In 2005, the
family planted their first 15 acres of Syrah,
Cabernet Franc and Viognier on an Applegate
Valley hillside. Today there are eight vineyards,
with two in the Rogue Valley, and the list of
varietals has expanded to include Grenache,
Marsanne, Rousanne, and Merlot. Quady
North is committed to producing small lot,
minimally-handled wines sourced primarily
from the estate. The focus remains premium
Viognier, Cabernet Franc and Syrah, what Herb
Quady calls his “love triangle.” Quady North
recently won three gold medals at the Oregon
Wine Awards as well as a Double Gold "Best of
Class" at the Cascadia Wine Competition.

155 West California Street • Jacksonville
www.jacksonvillecompany.com

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Congratulations!

SOUTH STAGE CELLARS

Restaurant & Saloon
RestaurantAwarded...
& Saloon
The 2016 Oregon Wine A-List
Voted... By The Readers of

Southern Oregon Magazine
“The Most Popular Business in Jacksonville”

Award for its
Commitment to Oregon Wines

SOUTH STAGE CELLARS is housed in a
charming, historic building with a magical,
expansive, shaded wine garden, making the
perfect place to enjoy a dazzling array of
fine wines made by a number of outstanding
Oregon winemakers. Don and Traute Moore of
Quail Run Vineyards are among the pioneers
of Southern Oregon’s grape industry. Over 25
years ago, they introduced many new varieties
of wine grapes from around the world while
their vineyards increased to include 18 different
sites throughout the Rogue Valley.

Join us at the Bella !

Extensive Wine List Featuring Local Wines All Available By The Glass!

JACKSONVILLE

Christian , Jerry and Tom
Located in Downtown Jacksonville Gateway to the Southern Oregon Wine Region
541 899 -1770 www.bellau.com 170 West California St., Jacksonville, Oregon

Come uncork and unwind...

South Stage Cellars
125 South Third Street
Jacksonville OR 97530
541-899-9120
southstagecellars.com
Hours: Open 7 days a week*,
Mon, Tues, Thurs & Sunday, 1-7pm
Wed, Friday & Saturday, 1-8pm
*Closed Mondays, January-April.

Located in the heart of historic Jacksonville.
245 N 5th St. Jacksonville OR
97530 (541) 899-0255

Book online @ www.magnolia-inn.com
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Some of our 28 Varietals:
Albariño
Cabernet Sauvignon
Chardonnay
Malbec
Petit Sirah
Pinot Noir
Riesling
Sangiovese
Sauv Blanc
Syrah
Tempranillo
Viognier

Second generation, son and owner, Michael
Moore, now manages the vineyard operations.
He continues to expand and improve Quail
Run Vineyards through numerous viticultural
experiments and innovations, providing
sustainably-grown LIVE certified grapes
for their estate label and over 30 wineries
throughout Oregon.
The “South Stage Cellars” label offers 28
varieties of award-winning wines. Labels
from other Oregon wineries are also available
on-site, all made exclusively from Quail Run
fruit. The wonderful variety of wine flavors can
be accompanied by gourmet cheese, sausage or
smoked salmon plates, available daily. SSC offers
twice-a-week dinners, live music and unique
wine education programs throughout the year.
Whatever your pleasure, you’ll find the tasting
room staff warm and well-informed, the
ambience informal and friendly, and the wines
incomparable.

Live. Work. Play.
Restaurant • Lodging • Wine Shop
175 E California Street • Jacksonville
541-899-1900

Realize your Dreams
with this Turnkey Boutique,
Winery/Vineyard & Alpaca Farm

Located on the edge of Historic Jacksonville, Oregon




13.8 acres w/7 acres of grapes
Full tasting room and event areas
Lg shop, wine storage & equipment
Includes award-winning wine
inventory

• Irrigation rights and pond
• Alpaca farm and products available
• 4 BR, 3 BA home w/ in-ground pool
• 75 mature fruit and walnut trees
www.capricevineyards.com

David Pfrimmer

$1,217,000

Principal Broker, Accredited Buyers Agent
Certified Residential Marketing Specialist
Cell: (541)

326-6262

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Van Vleet Jacksonville • 505 N. 5th St,
Jacksonville, OR 97530
541-899-2000

The Jacksonville Inn Wine Shop
was rated by GQ Magazine as
one of the “Top 50 in America.”

Let Liza and her experienced staff assist
you in selecting the perfect wine from
our selection of over 2,000 labels.

JACKSONVILLE

pfrimmer@windermere.com

Discover
The Wine Shop
at The Inn

WillowCreek
Jacksonville

There’s TWO sides to every store...discover more!

Great selection of
Native American
Jewelry!

• Jewelry
• Unique Gifts
• Souvenirs

115 W California Street • 541.899.5590 • WillowCreekJacksonville.com
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APPLEGATE VALLEY

GRANTS PASS SIDE
Rosella's Vineyard & Winery / Pg 43
184 Missouri Flat Road
Grants Pass OR 97527

Schultz Wines / Pg 44
755 Slagle Creek Rd
Grants Pass OR 97527

Schmidt Family Vineyards / Pg 43
330 Kubli Road
Grants Pass OR 97527

Serra Vineyards / Pg 44
222 Missouri Flat Road
Grants Pass OR 97527
Troon Vineyard / Pg 45
1475 Kubli Road
Grants Pass OR 97527

APPLEGATE VALLEY

Wooldridge Creek Winery
& CrushPad Creamery / Pg 47
818 Slagle Creek Road
Grants Pass OR 97527

Vineyard & Winery

JACKSONVILLE SIDE
Devitt Winery & Vineyards / Pg 40
11412 Hwy 238
Jacksonville OR 97530

Honeysuckle Cafe

Fiasco Winery / Pg 41
8035 Hwy 238
Jacksonville OR 97530
Longsword Vineyard / Pg 41
8555 Hwy 238
Jacksonville OR 97530
Red Lily Vineyards / Pg 42
11777 Hwy. 238
Jacksonville OR 97530
Valley View Winery / Pg 42
1000 Upper Applegate Road
Jacksonville OR 97530
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©Jacksonville Publishing LLC 2016

where agriculture
meets artistry
Join us for our Fall
Uncorked Barrel Tour

Sunday, Nov. 20 - 11am to 5pm
Enjoy 17 wineries, appetizers, tastings and fun at this
self-paced wine tour event. Tickets are $49 each and
include a commemorative Wine Trail wine glass.Visit
our website for tickets and more information.

Distinctive from land to glass.

Plan your trip @

www.applegatewinetrail.com

APPLEGATE VALLEY

From lush valley floors to steep, terraced hillsides, vineyards are planted
on all kinds of topography in countless wine regions around the world.
While wine country is always picturesque, few settings are as strikingly
beautiful as the Applegate Valley in Southern Oregon. In what Sunset
Magazine called “Wine country the way it should be,” here you’ll
find a group of 17 unique wineries producing a diverse array of
outstanding wines.

DEVITT WINERY

Breakfast All Day Sundays

DEVITT WINERY began as the logical answer
to a sticky problem. In 2003, Jim Devitt had
harvested a bumper crop of grapes from his
vineyard; the only fly in the ointment was there
was no home for his grapes. Having owned
and operated Pope Valley Winery in the Napa
Valley during the 1970s and '80s, the solution
was to build a winery and return to the wine
business. So Devitt Winery in the Applegate
Valley was born.
Today the vineyard that originally consisted
of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet
Sauvignon has flourished to further include,
Pinot Noir, Tempranillo, Syrah, and Viognier.

the

With the addition of grandson Brendon Butler
to the winemaking team, a new generation
has joined the family winery, ensuring the
continuation of quality winemaking.

Very Best
APPLEGATE VALLEY

Places to Stay

Devitt Winery & Vineyards
11412 Hwy 238
Jacksonville OR 97530
541-899-7511
devittwinery.com
Hours:
Daily, noon-5pm

Check-out our website for wine tasting packages:

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Varietals:
Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Sauvignon
Merlot
Pinot Noir
Syrah
Tempranillo
Viognier

At Devitt Winery there is no pretension, or
frills. Visitors will find a fine wine experience
that harkens back to the days of the small wine
producers. For the Devitt’s it’s about growing
exceptional fruit and making extraordinary
wine and having a sense of humor in the
bargain. So don’t be surprised that the wine list
includes a Rosato called, “The Butler Did It,” a
dessert wine dubbed, “When Pigs Fly, Le Petit
Oink” or in tribute to a deceased pet, “Aggie
Dog Red.” Despite names that are occasionally
silly, the Devitt standard for wines of exceptional
quality is quite serious…but also fun.

FIASCO WINERY/JACKSONVILLE VINEYARDS

LONGSWORD VINEYARD

FIASCO WINERY/JACKSONVILLE
VINEYARDS is a family-owned, boutique
vineyard and winery located just 8 miles west of
historic Jacksonville. After twenty years of travel
abroad, owners Dave and Pamela Palmer returned
to Southern Oregon to build their vision of a
"village vineyard and winery.”

LONGSWORD VINEYARD offers an idyllic
Southern Oregon wine-tasting experience
and prides itself on creating unique, complex,
and enjoyable wines that truly capture what
the Southern Oregon wine scene is all about.
Family-owned, operated, and farmed, every
LongSword Vineyard wine has been lovingly
tended to by winemaker Matthew Sorensen and
his niece, Kate, who runs the tasting room and
wine club. Both Matt and Kate love chatting
with guests and strive to create a fun, informal,
and welcoming atmosphere.

After building the vineyard, cellars and winery
on their historic 1897 Matney homestead estate,
they turned their attention to building their Fiasco
Winery tasting room, located just a short distance
away. At both locations, you’ll find them enjoying
the fruits of their labor with guests and friends
who stop by to fill their "Fiascos,” while enjoying
award-winning wines and sharing their genuine
love of the Applegate Valley.

Hours:
October-April,
Saturday & Sunday, noon-5pm
May-September,
Wednesday-Sunday, 11am-5pm
CLOSED January
Varietals:
Cabernet Sauvignon
Merlot
Sangiovese
Syrah
Zinfandel

Soirees at their estate vineyard are eagerly
anticipated events, enjoyed by their fortunate and
savvy Fiasco Wine Club members. Jacksonville
Vineyards is also home and hangar for Dave's
"Vineyard Airfield," a registered, grass airstrip.
Those interested in experiencing Southern
Oregon's most picturesque views of the Applegate
Valley are encouraged to call about sightseeing
flights with pilot Palmer, departing from local
airports throughout the year.

LongSword Vineyard
8555 Hwy 238
Jacksonville OR 97530
541-899-1746
LongSwordVineyard.com
Hours:
Daily, noon-5pm
Harvest Festival & Pumpkin Chuckin',
Sunday, October 23rd, noon-4pm

The LongSword Vineyard family invites locals,
travelers, newcomers, and old friends alike to
come enjoy all they have to offer.

Varietals:
Chardonnay
Dolcetto
Gerwurtztraminer
Merlot
Sparkling Chardonnay
Sparkling Rosé
Zinfandel

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APPLEGATE VALLEY

Fiasco Winery/Jacksonville Vineyards
W
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8035
Hwy
Applegate Valley
Jacksonville OR
97530
Oregon
541-261-3645
jacksonvillevineyards.com

Fiasco Winery is noteworthy for its hospitality
and for its big, bold handcrafted wines
including, “Buckaroo Red,” “Super Tuscan
Italia,” “Sangiovese Shepherd,” “Fattoria Bianco,”
“Monsieur Matney,” and others.

In addition to its outstanding small-batch
wines, LongSword Vineyard offers a wonderful
sanctuary from the outside world. Nestled
in the heart of the Applegate Valley, guests
will enjoy stunning panoramic views of the
surrounding mountains, beautifully framed
by thirteen acres of open, natural beauty.
Guests are often greeted by the many residents
of the LongSword Vineyard farm, including
four Pilgrim geese, 28 Plymouth Barred Rock
chickens, 3 Baby Doll Southdown sheep, and
the owners’ three dogs, Zoey, Lola, and Rogue.
Additionally, as the official landing zone for the
Rogue Valley Hang Gliding and Paragliding
Association, LongSword’s guests are often lucky
enough to see hang gliders and paragliders land
right in front of the tasting room patio.

RED LILY VINEYARDS

VALLEY VIEW WINERY

VALLEY VIEW is an iconic name in the Rogue
Valley. Not only is it the name of Peter Britt’s
original Jacksonville winery, circa 1858, but it
also came to be the name of the first modern
winery in the Rogue Valley. Founded by Frank
and Ann Wisnovsky, Valley View was bonded in
1978. Using fruit from his Applegate Valley estate,
planted in 1972, Wisnovsky made Bordeaux
varietals up until his death in 1980 when Valley
View operations were passed on to Ann and sons.

RED LILY VINEYARDS is a boutique, familyowned winery in the beautiful Applegate Valley,
specializing in classic Spanish wines, including
Tempranillo and Verdejo. Red Lily is named for
Bolander’s Lily, a rare species of red lily growing
in the nearby Siskiyou Mountains, and for the
owner’s daughter, Lily.
Red Lily’s winery and tasting room are located
in an idyllic setting on the banks of the
Applegate River with an amazing riverside
beach, the site of their popular summer concert
series featuring rising local musical artists.

APPLEGATE VALLEY

Red Lily features a rustic-chic tasting room, an
outdoor patio with gorgeous views of the valley,
a historic 80-year-old pole barn, expansive
grounds with lush grass areas dotted with picnic
tables, and charming indoor nooks where you
can relax and enjoy fabulous wines and food
offerings no matter the time of year or weather.

Red Lily Vineyards
11777 Hwy 238
Jacksonville OR 97530
541-846-6800
redlilyvineyards.com

Red Lily offers an array of Spanish-inspired
wines, including their flagship Red Lily
Tempranillo (2012 vintage Double Gold at 2016
San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition).
The signature white wine is the Stargazer
Verdejo—verdejo is a Spanish white grape
relatively unknown in the U.S. that produces
amazingly complex and layered wines. For
something different, try the 2014 Night School
port-style dessert wine, a Double Gold winner
at the 2016 Oregon Wine Experience.

Hours:
Daily, 11am-5pm
Varietals:
Graciano
Grenache
Tempranillo
Verdejo
Dessert Wines

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Valley View Winery
1000 Upper Applegate Road
Jacksonville OR 97530
541-899-8468
valleyviewwinery.com
Hours:
Daily, 11am-5pm
Varietals:
Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Sauvignon
Chardonnay
Pinot Noir
Riesling
Syrah
Tempranillo
Viognier

The thirty-seven-year-old winery is now
operated by Mark and Michael Wisnovsky.
The vineyard has more than doubled in size
since the original planting and now includes
Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc,
Tempranillo, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc,
Rousanne, Chardonnay and Syrah. Wines have
been made by UC Davis-trained enologist John
F. Guerrero since 1985. Wines offered at the
Applegate Valley Wine Pavilion in Ruch include
Rogue Valley red and white blends, as well as
Chardonnay, Viognier, Syrah, Tempranillo,
Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet
Franc and a Port-style dessert wine bottled
under the premium Anna Maria label.

ROSELLA'S VINEYARD & WINERY

ROSELLA’S VINEYARD & WINERY is situated
on the Missouri Flat where some of the oldest
vines in the Applegate Valley are found, a
region known for big reds, among them
award-winning Zin. The small lot production
of Rosella’s is true to this tradition. Rosella’s
owner and winemaker Rex Garoutte specializes
in robust Cabernet and Zinfandel, as well as big
red blends, all one hundred percent estate fruit.
In addition to producing wines under his own
label, he handcrafts specialty-blends for local
restaurants, including the house reds served at
Medford’s Pomodori and Porter’s.

Rosella's Vineyard & Winery
184 Missouri Flat Road
Grants Pass OR 97527
541-846-6372
rosellasvineyard.com
Hours:
Daily, 11am-5pm
Varietals:
Cabernet Sauvignon
Merlot
Zinfandel
Red wine Blend - Merlot,
Cabernet Sauvignon, & Zinfandel
White wine blend - Chardonnay
& Viognier
Dessert wines

The bright and cozy tasting room invites
customers to pull up a stool and join in the
conversation with Rex or Sandi. If enjoying a
warm afternoon is your goal, Rosella’s outside
seating with vineyard and Grayback Mountain
views makes for a relaxing experience. Rosella’s
is also home to Spretzels, the spicy pretzel snack
available for tasting and purchase.

SCHMIDT FAMILY VINEYARDS was
established by Cal and Judy Schmidt on the 75acre Bennett Ranch in the Missouri Flat section
of the Applegate Valley. Since 2004, their wines
have received numerous awards including Gold
for their 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon at the 2016
San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition as
well as a 90-point rating for their 2102 Syrah
and 2013 Chardonnay.

Schmidt Family Vineyards
330 Kubli Road
Grants Pass OR 97527
541-846-9985
sfvineyards.com
Hours:
Daily, noon-5pm, all year
Fridays, noon-8pm, through
October (weather permitting)
Varietals:
Albarino
Barbera
Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Sauvignon
Chardonnay
Malbec
Merlot
Pinot Gris
Pinot Noir
Riesling
Roussanne
Sauvignon Blanc
Syrah
Vermentino
Viognier
Zinfandel

A visit to the winery is an experience for
all the senses—picture a classic craftsman
structure nestled in sumptuous gardens against
magnificent mountain vistas and you almost
have it. You’ll marvel at the casually-elegant
tasting room, with its soaring ceilings, stone
fireplace and expansive windows that let the
outdoors inside. And, in the new barrel room
mercantile, find featured wines for sale along
with a selection of artisan clothing, jewelry,
wine accessories and more.
With two tasting rooms, delightful covered
stone patio and lush lawn areas, relax with a
glass of award-winning wine while enjoying
an antipasto plate or pizza or calzone from the
outdoor wood-fired pizza oven. This fall and
winter, mark your calendars for the Annual
Harvest Party, with a shrimp & crab buffet and
live music, a Thanksgiving Open House and
the annual Holiday Open House in December.
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APPLEGATE VALLEY

When you order a glass of Rosella’s at a
restaurant, it probably came from a keg.
Rosella’s takes pride in the fact that their kegged
wines are the same wines that go into the bottle.
If you’re planning a wedding or a large party
and need wine, then come to the tasting room
to find the wines you want. Rex can help you
with details.

SCHMIDT FAMILY VINEYARDS

SCHULTZ WINES

SERRA VINEYARDS

APPLEGATE VALLEY

SCHULTZ WINES is the label associated with
Glory Oaks Vineyard & Farm, a new venue in
the Applegate Valley. Glory Oaks is a long way
from Baton Rouge, Louisiana where owners
Greg and Debbie Schultz took their first steps
toward becoming viticulturists. Their journey
began with a few classes on wine at Louisiana
State University that sparked a tasting trip to
Southern Oregon. It was love at first sight. Greg
and Debbie were enchanted by the beauty of
the land, the friendliness of the people, and
the opportunities in the wine industry. Schultz
Wines was established in 2010 and their wines
have been made by Linda Donovan and her
talented team at Pallet Wine Company ever since.

Schultz Wines
755 Slagle Creek Rd
Grants Pass OR 97527
541-414-8448
schultzwines.com
Hours:
September-May,
Saturday & Sunday, noon-5pm
and by appointment
As a family business, we have
occasional closures. Please check our
website or Facebook page for details.
Varietals:
Chardonnay
Merlot
Pinot Gris
Pinot Noir
Syrah
Tempranillo Dessert Wine
Viognier

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The first bottling of Schultz Wine was a 2010
Chardonnay that won a gold medal at the 2011
World of Wine competition. Not long after,
while hiking the Enchanted Forest Trail, they
found a “for sale” sign on the property that
would become Glory Oaks. Tempranillo and
Malbec are now planted and the existing ranch
house has been converted into a tasting room
offering stunning views of the vineyard and
valley. The tasting room offers Pinot Noir, with
fruit sourced from the Willamette Valley, and
Merlot, Chardonnay, Viognier, Syrah, Pinot
Gris and red dessert wine with fruit sourced
from the Applegate Valley. Bring a picnic
lunch and enjoy deck-seating with views of the
surrounding hills and valleys, and the sounds of
birds and the creek. It’s the perfect pairing—a
great story and fine wines!

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SERRA VINEYARDS winery & tasting
room sits on an 80-acre estate located on the
Applegate Valley's famed Kubli Bench. With
over 30 acres under vine, Krissa and Scott
Fernandes annually produce 1000+ cases
of wine showcasing estate-grown Viognier,
Pinot Noir, Tempranillo, Malbec, Cabernet
Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Syrah.
The result, as expressed by the array of medals
Serra Vineyards wines receive from both
national and international wine competitions
throughout the year, is a flight of medalwinning wines for all of our guests! Recently,
Serra won “best of class” medals for their 2011
Pinot Noir and 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon at the
Seattle Wine Competition.

Serra Vineyards
222 Missouri Flat Road
Grants Pass OR 97527
541-846-9223
serravineyards.com
Hours:
Daily, 11am-5pm
Varietals:
Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Sauvignon
Malbec
Merlot
Pinot Noir
Tempranillo
Syrah
Viognier

Open 7 days-a-week, year-round, Serra
Vineyards is a picnic, pet and family-friendly
destination with legendary views of the
vineyards below and the infinite, surrounding
mountain ranges. Serra Vineyards boasts one
of the most spectacular settings in Southern
Oregon and one of the nicest patio decks in
the Applegate Valley! Offering something
for everyone, come enjoy our local artisan
marketplace, local craft brews and regular
foodie flights & instant picnic menu!
As Serra Vineyards is a must-see on your
winery tour, we invite you to come experience
our award-winning wines enhanced by true
Southern Oregon hospitality.

TROON VINEYARD

TROON VINEYARD is an historic vineyard
still on the cutting edge of winemaking. Planted
in the Applegate Valley in 1972 by Southern
Oregon wine pioneer Dick Troon, today they
are still pioneers in search of the finest varieties
for our region. Troon’s goal is producing worldclass wines, which in the last year, have received
dozens of 90+ point reviews from wine critics
across the country.
The Troon Vineyard is surrounded by the
majestic Siskiyou Mountains and the pristine
beauty of the Applegate Valley. They focus
on naturally-produced wines using natural
yeast fermentations and winemaking without
additives from certified sustainable LIVE and
Salmon Safe vineyards. Everything at Troon
is dedicated to making truly memorable and
exciting wines.

Hours:
Daily, 11am-5pm
Appointments not required,
except for large groups.

In addition to stunning views from the tasting
room, you can relax and picnic on the patio
or in the garden, featuring a bocce ball court
and other games. You can also create your own
light picnic from their picnic bar. Troon’s goal is
creating a warm and welcoming experience for
all guests.

APPLEGATE VALLEY

Troon Vineyard
1475 Kubli Road
Grants Pass OR 97527
541-846-9900
troonvineyard.com

While many people first visit Troon for the
incredible views, be assured that your second
visit will be for the incredible wines.

Varietals:
Vermentino
Tannat
Malbec
Syrah
Sangiovese
Tempranillo
Zinfandel
Creative Co-Ferments

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Chef Gillian Gifford, with winery partners
Greg Paneitz and Kara Olmo

by SARAH LEMON

APPLEGATE VALLEY

Wooldridge Creek: Oregon’s First Winery / Creamery / Charcuterie
Fermenting cheeses, meats and other foods is a natural extension of winemaking
at Wooldridge Creek.
“That’s been a perfect fit,” says winery partner Kara Olmo, whose small-batch
goat cheeses emerged in 2015 as cultured companions for Wooldridge Creek’s 12
varietals. “We wanted to have something to accompany our wine.”
Meats cured in styles of the Old World—“charcuterie” in French, “salumi” in
Italian—lend more flavor to Wooldridge Creek’s wine-tasting experience. Patés,
terrines, salami and duck prosciutto made on the Grants Pass estate compose a
sumptuous spread with cheeses and assorted sweet and salty morsels. This “chef ’s
board” can be procured in the tasting room for $20. A cheese platter costs $10.
“I didn’t like the idea of using the products that were made elsewhere,” says
Olmo, who brings formal culinary training to Wooldridge Creek, where her
husband, Greg Paneitz, is winemaker. “All the veggies are from here; we’re sourcing
our meats locally.”
Southern Oregon Fine Meats in Medford furnishes the raw materials. Chef Gillian
Gifford transforms pork, poultry and organ meats into finely-textured, deftlyseasoned, savory delicacies, using generations-old recipes she acquired in Portugal.
“The whole thing is supposed to enhance the wine experience,” says Gifford, who
serves as a consultant for Wooldridge Creek, founded in 1978 by Ted and Mary
Warrick, who remain part owners.
Spices are carefully chosen for Wooldridge Creek charcuterie, says Gifford,
to ensure their aromas won’t overshadow the wine. Overly sweet or astringent
ingredients don’t make Gifford’s grade, either.
“I can’t smoke anything.”
Making charcuterie in 25-pound batches once or twice per week just meets
tasting-room demand. While cheeses from Olmo’s CrushPad Creamery are
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available for retail purchase, confining charcuterie to on-farm sales permits
its production in a mobile kitchen that is not subject to regulation by the U.S.
Department of Agriculture, says Olmo. A champion of preserving farmland but
also boosting agriculture’s appeal to customers, Olmo underwent a rigorous process
to license CrushPad as Oregon’s first joint creamery and winery.
“We get to use some recipes that are really traditional,” says Olmo, explaining
that there’s no need to extend the cheeses’ shelf life because they’re consumed
within such a short time of manufacture. Soft, spreadable chevre with sea salt and
herbs, as well as chewy curds, are CrushPad mainstays, supplemented with bloomyand washed-rind recipes, all of which are pasteurized.
“Some of the goat cheese is dunked in wine,” says Olmo.
Wooldridge Creek cheeses and charcuterie pique customers’ interest, along
with their appetites, says Olmo. An ancient form of food preservation, fermenting
dairy and meats is chemically and biologically akin to the secondary fermentation
of wine, she says. The similarities sometimes can be surprising, she adds, even to
people with enology education and backgrounds.
“People are really curious.”
Overall impressions of the charcuterie, says Gifford, owe much to customers’
experiences and inherent tastes. The unadulterated unctuousness of chicken liver
paté challenges some palates, she says, while others “basically lick the dish.”
Whole hams and salted, air-cured beef, known in Italian as “bresaola,” are items
that Gifford and Olmo plan to offer in coming months. The prominence of hearty
red wines in colder weather will prompt earthier seasonings, such as coriander and
paprika, in the winery’s charcuterie, says Olmo.
The Wooldridge Creek tasting room is open from 11am to 5pm daily at 818
Slagle Creek Road in the Applegate Valley.

WOOLDRIDGE CREEK WINERY & CRUSHPAD CREAMERY

WOOLDRIDGE CREEK WINERY &
CRUSHPAD CREAMERY is home to a winery,
vineyard, a creamery…and now a charcuterie!
And, it’s a story about a place, a partnership
and a plan. The place is a hillside vineyard deep
in the Applegate Valley winegrowing region
of Southern Oregon. The partnership arose
between the couple who planted the vineyard
back in 1977 and the couple who wanted to
add a winery to that vineyard. The plan came
together in 2005 when the winery was built
and Wooldridge Creek vineyard became
Wooldridge Creek Vineyard and Winery.

Hours:
Daily, 11am-5pm
Varietals:
Cabernet
Chardonnay
Gewurztraminer
Malbec
Merlot
Pinot Noir
Riesling
Sauvignon
Syrah
Tempranillo
Viognier
Zinfandel

APPLEGATE VALLEY

Wooldridge Creek Winery
& CrushPad Creamery
818 Slagle Creek Road
Grants Pass OR 97527
541-846-6364
wcwinery.com

The great thing is this: the formation of the
Wooldridge Creek team has stood the test of
time. It continues to make sense and make
exceptional vintages. The original 18-acre
vineyard has expanded to 56, planted to
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc,
Syrah, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Viognier,
Gewurztraminer, Zinfandel, Malbec, Riesling and
Tempranillo. The two couples are still committed
to the vision that brought them together. And the
plan has succeeded beyond belief.
The sustainably-designed winery offers
unparalleled mountain and valley views—the
perfect spot to gather with friends. Today, visitors
can now sample cheeses from Wooldridge
Creek’s CrushPad Creamery AND the newlyopened charcuterie…the first combined winery/
creamery/charcuterie in Oregon!

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Tasting Terms: Harvest & Crush
While you’re out enjoying your favorite vineyards’
offerings this Fall & Winter, these harvest-themed terms
will come in handy!
Brix: A measurement of the sugar content of
grapes, indicating the degree of the grapes'
ripeness at harvest. Most wine grapes are
harvested at between 21 and 25 Brix. For an
alcohol conversion level, multiply the stated
Brix by .55.
Chaptalization: The addition of sugar to juice
before and/or during fermentation, to boost
sugar levels in under-ripe grapes and alcohol
levels in the subsequent wines.
Canopy: The parts of the grapevine above
ground including shoots and leaves.
Clone: A group of vines originating from a
single, individual plant propagated asexually
from a single source. Clones are selected for
the unique qualities of the grapes and wines
they yield, such as flavor, productivity and
adaptability to growing conditions.
Crush: The time during harvest season when
the grapes are picked and crushed.
Early Harvest: Denotes a wine made from
early-harvested grapes, usually lower than
average in alcohol content or sweetness.
Fermentation: The process by which yeast
converts sugar into alcohol and carbon dioxide
and turns grape juice into wine.
Field Blend: When a vineyard is planted to
several varieties harvested together to produce
a single wine.
Filtering: The process of removing particles
from wine after fermentation. Most wines,
unless otherwise labeled, are filtered for both
clarity and stability.
Green Harvest: The trimming of unripe
grapes to decrease crop yields, thereby
improving the concentration of the remaining
bunches.
Late Harvest: On labels, indicates that a
wine was made from grapes picked later than
normal and at a higher sugar (Brix) level than
normal.

UMPQUA VALLEY

Lees: Sediment remaining in a barrel or tank
during and after fermentation.
Maceration: During fermentation, the
steeping of the grape skins and solids in the
wine, where alcohol acts as a solvent to extract
color, tannin and aroma from the skins.
MOG: Material other than grape.
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Must: The unfermented juice of grapes
extracted by crushing or pressing.
Passerillage: French term for leaving grapes
on the vine past normal harvest so they dry-up
and concentrate their flavors.
Pip: Grape seeds.
Press Wine: The juice extracted under
pressure after pressing for white wines and
after fermentation for reds. Press wine has
more flavor and aroma, deeper color and often
more tannins than free-run juice.
Racking: The practice of moving wine by
hose from one container to another, leaving
sediment behind for purposes of aeration or
clarification.
Ripeness: The point when a grape has
achieved a sufficient balance of sugars and
acids.
Scion: A producer vine and the part of a vine
that is grafted onto rootstock and from which
wine grapes will be harvested.
Tannin: The mouth-puckering substance
found mostly in red wines derived primarily
from grape skins, seeds and stems, but also
from oak barrels. Tannin acts as a natural
preservative that helps wine age and develop.
Veraison: The stage in the annual growth
cycle of a grapevine where the grapes ripen
and change color.
Vine Density: The number of vines per acre.
Vintage Date: Indicates the year that a wine
was made. In order to carry a vintage date
in the United States, a wine must come from
grapes that are at least 95 percent from the
stated calendar year.
Viticultural Area: A legally-defined grapegrowing area distinguished by geographical
features, climate, soil, elevation, history and
other definable boundaries.
Vintner-Grown: Wine from a winery-owned
vineyard situated outside the winery's
delimited viticultural area.
Yeast: Micro-organisms that produce the
enzymes which convert sugar to alcohol and
are necessary for the fermentation of grape
juice into wine.
Yield: The quantity of fruit a parcel of land
renders after a harvest.

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Winery Info & Pairings / Pgs 27-29
MAP / Pg 30
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A Grape's Journey / BOTTLING & LABELING
by MJ DASPIT

Photo: Richard Krieger

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fter “vinification,” the conversion of grape juice into wine via fermentation,
the next step on the grape’s journey is the bottling line. Some wineries have
their own bottling equipment; others use mobile bottling services, a bottling
line contained in the trailer of a semi-truck. Either way, wine that starts out in a stainless
or oak tank will end up in bottles, sealed, labeled and packed twelve to the case.
Wine bottles come in three basic varieties. The tall, thin, flute-shaped bottle
of green glass known as “Rhine- or Alsatian-style” originated in regions near the
Franco-German border. Southern Oregon winemakers commonly use this type
of bottle for Gewürztraminer and Riesling. A clear glass version may also be used
for rosé. The high shouldered, straight-sided bottle is synonymous with Bordeaux
wines. You’ll find red Bordeaux varietals such as Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Franc
and Cabernet Sauvignon in the dark green bottle of this type. For the white
Bordeaux, Sauvignon Blanc, the winemaker may choose either a clear or green
Bordeaux bottle. For Burgundies, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, or Rhône varietals
such as Syrah, a gently-sloped, soft shouldered green bottle of a larger diameter
than the Bordeaux is typically used. A “Champagne” bottle is a Burgundy
bottle on steroids, with heavier, thicker glass to withstand the pressure of the
effervescent wine.
Both Bordeaux- and Burgundy-style bottles traditionally feature a depression in
the bottom known as a “punt.” The punt is a stylistic feature that originated when
bottles were handmade, using a pontil rod that was attached to the bottom of the
bottle to help turn it while being blown. If the rod had simply been broken off the
finished bottle, leaving an uneven “scar,” the bottle would have been unstable due to
the unevenness of the bottom. To avoid this, the bottom of the bottle was pushed in
before the pontil rod was detached, forming the punt.
Winemakers often channel wine from the tank to the bottling line using a
gravity-feed arrangement to minimize agitation incidental to pumping that can
damage delicate vintages. The filling apparatus of the bottling line incorporates a
jet of nitrogen gas that blows out any dust that may have settled in the empty bottle
and also displaces harmful oxygen before the bottle is filled with wine.
The filled bottle passes down the line to the sealing apparatus where it will be
corked, topped with a metal screw cap, or closed with a glass stopper known by the
commercial name “Vinoseal.” If a cork is used, either natural or synthetic, a slight
suction is created at the neck of the bottle before the cork is pushed in to keep it
securely inserted. Cork closures are finished with a capsule, a covering that encases
the top couple of inches of the bottle. Capsules, also known as “foils,” were once
made of lead but today are commonly tin, aluminum, or plastic.
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Front and back labels are applied at the last station on the bottling line. Label
requirements for wines sold in the US are set by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and
Trade Bureau (TTB). The front label will typically show:
• brand name—commonly the name of the winery
• appellation or growing region—in the United States, this would be the American
Viticultural Area (AVA) where the grapes used to make the wine were grown
• type of wine—this may denote a varietal designation, a generic blend, or a
proprietary blend
• vintage—the year the grapes were harvested
Back label information usually includes:
• government warnings—these include disclaimers about sulfites used in the
processing of the wine and warnings concerning consumption of alcohol by
pregnant women and people operating machinery or driving
• volume of contents—the usual bottle size is 750 ml
• alcohol by volume—expressed as a percentage, the range for table wine is
7%-14%, with 1.5% variation allowed; thus, if the label says the wine is 12.5%
alcohol, it may legally be from 11% to 14%
• winemaker’s descriptors—these may include information on the vineyard where
the grapes were grown, the weather conditions that influenced the vintage, and
tasting notes
Some states, including Oregon, add requirements with respect to varietal
designation that exceed those imposed federally. Under Oregon Liquor Control
Commission (OLCC) rules, a wine is a blend if it contains less than 75% of a
single varietal. A wine that is 75% Viognier and 25% Marsanne can be labeled
“Viognier,” but a wine that is 60% Viognier, 25% Marsanne and 15% Rousanne
would be labeled as a “blend.” Oregon Pinot Noir carries more stringent label
requirements than other varietals. It must be 90% Pinot Noir to bear the varietal
designation and 95% from a single Oregon AVA to carry that area designation.
Thus, a label that reads “Southern Oregon Pinot Noir” must be 95% Pinot Noir
grown in Southern Oregon.
With labeling complete, the wine is boxed in case lots and warehoused until the
date set by the winemaker for release. Bottle aging is considered necessary to allow
the effects of “bottle shock” to dissipate, resulting from the absorption of oxygen
during the bottling process.
Once bottled, our wine needs to be stored and then released, the next step in the
grape’s journey as it makes the trip from winery to consumer. Stay tuned.

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