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WINE SCENE
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In our continuing story, “Legacy,” meet five A renaissance in the Applegate Valley With 30 tasting rooms set amidst stunning Join Dyson and Susan Demara of the
more Southern Oregon wine families and is underway as new owners bring new scenery, touring one of Oregon’s first and Umpqua Valley’s famed HillCrest Winery
discover how winemaking is becoming a life, talent and vitality to the former most-established wine regions is a must in celebrating the 50th anniversary of
family tradition. Bridgeview tasting room and vineyards. for anyone who appreciates fine wine. bottling Pinot Noir in Oregon.

23 / HAPPY CAMPERS 24 / PASSPORT PLEASURE 42 / BOUNTY ON BRITT HILL 52 / WINE COUNTRY CHEF
This year’s SOMM Camp attracted an Tour local wineries on the Bear Creek Wine Southern Oregon’s most-popular outdoor For brothers Gabriel & Jonoah Murphy of
impressive list of 15 sommeliers to the Trail like a pro and discover the hidden music venue is now home to some of its Jacksonville's famed Gogi's Restaurant,
Umpqua Valley wine region for four days benefits of the convenient, money-saving most-celebrated chefs, serving-up fast fare serving locally-sourced food is as natural
of tours, talks, tastings and treats. Passport program. alongside local wines. as serving locally-crafted wines.

CONTENTS / SUMMER 2017
Summer is the perfect time to get out and
explore the wine scene and discover truly
unique wineries and the fascinating people
behind your favorite labels!
REGIONAL MAPS 14-62 / WINERY DIRECTORIES
Umpqua Valley.......................16 Umpqua Valley.......................14-23
64 / OF WINE & SONG 66 / OWE 2017 Rogue Valley..........................26 Rogue Valley..........................25-37
For those searching for a more relaxed Get an inside peek at this year’s Oregon Upper Rogue..........................39 Upper Rogue..........................39-41
social scene, live music at wineries is music Wine Experience, a must-attend event Jacksonville............................46 Jacksonville............................42-52
to their ears, blending fine wines and featuring the finest wines from the entire Applegate Valley....................54 Applegate Valley....................54-62
beautiful settings with song. state of Oregon! Southern Oregon....................63

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Viticultural Area, with detailed information on some of the you’ll meet five established winery families who’ve made Jacksonville OR 97530
oldest and most-respected wineries in the state. their mark and are also planning for the future.
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had the privilege of getting to know dozens of industry bottling Pinot Noir in Oregon, find-out what’s new with wine facebook/southernoregonwinescene
professionals, dedicated to excellence in the glass. & food on Britt Hill, hear about the winery/music scene, get
Winemakers and vineyard managers, in particular, are an insider’s view of this summer’s Oregon Wine Experience, ABOUT THE COVER: Vivian McAleavey
an optimistic bunch. With each harvest there are many learn about the recent Sommelier Camp, and learn why a captured the essence of “family”
unknowns: Will my hard work pay off? Will the wine live up wine trail passport is a must-have! for our continuing story, “Legacy:
to expectations and hopes? Increasingly, I’m pleased that the As always, thanks for taking Wine Scene along and cheers Deep Family Roots,” in this delightful
answer is a resounding “yes,” as wine drinkers like you and to Living Between the Vines! photo of winemaker Herb Quady
me support local brands as the wine writers and professional touring his Applegate vineyard with
judges also take notice with more accolades and awards. Whitman Parker daughter, Serafina.

OUR CONTRIBUTORS
Retired Naval Officer MJ Daspit moved from San Diego, CA with With a 30-year career in marketing, “Capiche” owner Chris Cook
husband Gary Greksouk to Ashland in 2004, where she began focuses on the region’s growing wine industry. Combining
a second career as a writer. Daspit’s published works include expertise in branding with her passion for entrepreneurship,
the pictorial history ROGUE VALLEY WINE, co-authored with she helps smaller wineries find their audience. When not
winemaker Eric Weisinger (Arcadia Publishing, 2011) and a gardening or hiking, you’ll probably find her in a tasting room
historical novel, LUCY LIED (Fireship Press, 2014). doing “research.”

Food and lifestyle writer Sarah Lemon gathers inspiration After practicing law for 25 years, Kevin Breck decided to take
from cooking, gardening and exploring all things epicurean in life in a different direction. Currently enrolled in the Viticulture
her native Oregon. She frequently contributes articles to the and Enology program at Southern Oregon Wine Institute, Kevin
Mail Tribune newspaper, which also hosts her blog, The Whole hopes to finally put his love of wine to good use by becoming a
Dish. She has represented Southern Oregon as an ambassador winemaker. Kevin is a freelance wine writer and writes the Eno-
for Travel Oregon, and often serves as a judge for the region’s Files wine column for the Mail Tribune.
various culinary competitions and festivals.

For Steven Addington, photography has been a lifelong passion, After decades of documenting her life with a camera, Vivian
cultivated during his family’s travels across the United States McAleavey shifted to photography as an art form after her
and Europe. Specializing in capturing people and events, his children were grown and gone. An avid nature lover and
unique style and exceptional ability captures the essence of the traveler, she seeks places of magic where her lens can capture
moment. Steven’s work has been featured in many articles and nature's ability to comfort and inspire. Her camera of choice is an
magazines from coast to coast. Olympus OMD EM1 mirrorless four-thirds camera.

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Southern Oregon is Subaru Country

From the river to the tasting room, Subaru makes getting there half the fun!
Test drive one today at:

RECIPIENT
2016

3103 Biddle Road • Medford, OR • 541-245-2000
LEGACY: DEEP FAMILY ROOTS
by MJ DASPIT

Our “Legacy” series continues with
the stories of five wineries that show
what’s possible when sons, daughters
and nieces work side-by-side with their
elders—and vice versa.
At Abacela Winery in the Umpqua Valley,
Ashland’s Grizzly Peak Winery, and
the Applegate Valley’s Schmidt Family
Vineyards, Quady North Vineyard and
LongSword Vineyard, having multiple
generations of family in the business
means much more than just additional
sets of hands.
By bringing new generations into the
Southern Oregon wine scene, these
families do so much more than just
expand their work force—they grow
in talent and enthusiasm and they
perpetuate life between the vines.
To which we say, “Salute!”

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ABACELA WINERY
Greg, Hilda, Hanna and Earl Jones

Abacela is the result of a family’s deliberate search for the best place in the United had already started families by the time the vineyard got started, but each provided
States to grow Tempranillo. Earl and Hilda Jones were so intrigued by this Iberian support for the venture. “Initially there was a lot of excitement,” Greg recalls, “but
variety that they conducted a far-reaching search to find the location and climate also a little of, Are you really serious, dad?”
to grow Tempranillo. That search also helped launch their son Greg’s academic Greg remembers an early trip out to Oregon to visit the vineyard site with his
career. Greg describes Earl’s interest saying, “My dad was a very successful medical father and grandfather. “My father wanted to show his dad the land and what
researcher and doctor but he’d grown up on a farm. I think there was some of the he was going to do.” As they approached the property, Earl proudly pointed out
farm boy still in him in the late 80’s/early 90’s when he really started pursuing the the beautiful landscape of rolling hills to his father. His father, a farmer from
idea of growing grapes and making wine. It was his determination to do this right the Midwest, who thought of good land as fertile flatland, responded, “Earl, are
that pushed my interests into wine climatology and helped me expand my research you crazy?” However, after the three of them toured the property and discussed
to the industry worldwide.” the potential, all three generations saw the vision. But Greg continued some
The story of this family collaboration, that resulted in an esteemed Southern cautiousness and recalls asking Earl one day, “What if you come out here and put
Oregon label and launched Greg on a path to become an internationally-known all this effort into it and the wine isn’t great, just kind of okay?” Greg still hears
viticultural and wine climatologist, has appeared many times in print, but some about this nearly 25 years later!
details may still be little known. For starters, the entire Jones clan has been involved Whatever doubts once existed have been erased over the years as Earl and Hilda’s
in one way or another. In addition to Greg, there are four sisters in the family and dream became a reality with four generations providing the hard work, love and
their birthdates span five decades from the 1950’s to the 1990’s. The two youngest support to make it happen. Twenty-two years and a big pile of wine awards later,
children, Hanna and Meredith, both under ten when the family moved to the you’d have to say ‘crazy’ really works for this family!
Umpqua Valley, took part in planting Abacela’s first vines. The two elder sisters
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Naomi Fuerte, Al Silbowitz, Virginia Silbowitz, Sarah Silbowitz,
Marlon Bianca, and Deborah Silbowitz.

GRIZZLY PEAK WINERY
“Serendipity” is a word Grizzly Peak Winery owner Al Silbowitz often uses to Naomi Fuerte, the smiling face that greets visitors at the estate tasting room,
describe how he and wife, Virginia, got into the wine business. What began as has been at Grizzly Peak from its earliest days. She remembers planting those
a planting of a few hundred vines for use by home winemaker Ron Stringfield first vines and dealing with drip irrigation issues that forced her to take laundry
grew into a fifteen-acre vineyard without that goal ever having been established to the laundromat in Ashland to conserve all available water for vineyard uses.
beforehand. Nevertheless, the evolution of their home into an established winery— Fortunately, the former owners of the property had applied for water rights under
one that hosts theatrical plays, musical performances and cultural community the jurisdiction of the Talent Irrigation District. The water right was granted to
events—seems right, given the family’s history. “My family on my father’s side, Grizzly Peak, allowing for its expansion and for the wash to be done at home.
going back to their years in Russia, operated an inn and had a contract to provide For four years, daughter Sarah Silbowitz has been a member of the winery staff
beer for the Russian Army,” Al explains. “As a child of five or six, my father at Linda Donovan’s Pallet Wine Company in Medford. She performs chemical
remembered his older brothers taking him along when they went to the local army analysis of wines at the custom crush facility where Grizzly Peak vintages are made.
base to deliver big barrels of beer for the soldiers.” A third daughter, Deborah, is a nurse at Asante Ashland Community Hospital. Al
That was over a hundred years ago. Today, as full participants in Southern jokes, “We haven’t yet had the need to incorporate nursing into our business model,
Oregon’s modern hospitality industry, it seems that the family, including daughters but she’s a part of it.” Deborah lives with her partner on the estate along with their
Naomi and Sarah, has returned to its roots. eight-month-old son who represents the next generation of the Grizzly Peak family.
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Duncan, Spencer, Jesse and Rene Brons(Schmidt),
Cal and Judy Schmidt

SCHMIDT FAMILY VINEYARDS
In 2000 when Cal and Judy Schmidt first purchased the 75-acre Bennett Ranch, a brother Spencer also joined the winery, using his skills in the customer service side
lot of manual labor was needed to transform the property into what would become of the business. Spencer is the chef behind the tasting room menu and special event
Schmidt Family Vineyards. Fortunately, Cal and Judy had family members eager to dinners for as many as 100 guests. Youngest brother Jesse decided to join the Marine
pitch in, including grandsons, Duncan, Spencer and Jesse, who were still in school Corps, but just recently returned upon completing his enlistment to take on the job of
at the time. All spent weekends helping tear down fences and farm structures, distribution, marketing Schmidt wines to restaurants and other retail outlets.
preparing the property for the planting of the vines. With the help of the boys, the But who represents the generation between founding father Cal and grandsons
first blocks of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah were planted only a year later. Duncan, Spencer and Jesse? That would be the boys’ mother Rene Brons, who
Afterwards, a winery and tasting room needed to be built. joined the winery in 2008. Rene was working in the medical field as a phlebotomist
Eldest grandson Duncan, who had grown up around Cal’s cabinetry and when her father asked her to join the winery staff, principally working on the
woodworking business, was eager to take on the construction task. Having analysis of wines for alcohol content, residual sugar and acidity, a job requiring her
completed high school, he and his brother, Spencer, executed architectural plans lab skills. “My dad said it isn’t blood, but it’s red,” Rene recalls with a smile. Today,
under the supervision of their grandfather. Together, they created the winery Rene shares the title of co-winemaker with Cal and Duncan and also manages the
and the lofty craftsman-style tasting room that is one of the scenic gems of the tasting room—which goes to show, at Schmidt Family Vineyards, there really is a
Applegate Valley. Once construction was done, Duncan continued to work with family behind the label.
his grandfather in the winery, learning the craft of winemaking on the job. Middle
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Standing near the Cabernet Franc at Mae's Vineyard,
Consuelo Holguin, Margaux Mae, Herb, Meloney,
and Serafina Quady.

QUADY NORTH C Matteo Photography

Herb Quady was born in 1975, the year his father Andrew, a newly-minted parcel was the best land for a vineyard. Herb and Andrew together did all the initial
graduate of the enology program at UC Davis, produced his first vintage under his planning—choosing varietals, GPS mapping and vineyard layout. The whole family,
own label. Andrew and Herb’s mother Laurel went on to establish a thriving winery including Meloney’s mother, Consuelo Holguin, and her husband Daniel, pitched
in Madera, California, specializing in dessert wines, most famously the proprietary in to plant. Meloney was the original ranch manager.
brand “Essensia” made from the Orange Muscat grape. Herb was involved in Herb left Troon to produce his own wines, releasing his first Quady North vintages
every aspect of the winery operation from an early age, but went off to college to in 2007. Meloney is the creator of Quady North’s distinctive labels. Consuelo,
major in political science with the objective of eventually going to law school. At bilingual in English and Spanish, started by translating working instructions to
UC Santa Cruz he met Meloney, a fine arts student who would become his wife. Hispanic vineyard crews and eventually coordinated all the vineyard work. Quady’s
Instead of going to law school, Herb wound up at Fresno State University to study vineyard management company was created when neighboring vineyard owners
winemaking. “I kind of got to know how things worked and reality set in,” Herb wanted to hire out the crew. Today, Consuelo is the crew leader at Applegate Vineyard
explains. After school, the couple moved to Madera to work in the family winery. Management, coordinating work for about 440 acres of clients’ vineyards. Herb’s
Then came the move to Oregon where Herb became the winemaker at Troon seventeen-year-old daughter, Margaux, is adept at everything from driving a tractor
Vineyard. “I got interested in the wine business because it was what my family did, to lab chemistry. Even seven-year-old Serafina, born the day the Quadys planted
but I wanted to do my own thing and realized I could do that by making a different Cabernet Franc in a vineyard they named for her, is “in the middle of every harvest.”
type of wine.” While Herb was at Troon making table wines, he and his parents In 2014, Herb and partners added Barrel 42, a custom crush winery, to the
started talking about establishing a family winery in Oregon. They envisioned business, again with the help of his family. “Everybody always helped in different
fifteen acres, but wound up with a hundred in the Applegate Valley, because that ways—and they still do.”
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Kate Vangeloff and Matt Sorenson

LONGSWORD VINEYARD
When Matt Sorensen first acquired a ten-acre vineyard in the Applegate Valley in and wine club and doing all the marketing for the business. She also assists Matt
1999, his niece, Kate Vangeloff, was in eighth-grade in Indianapolis. It wasn’t until in the vineyard and winery. After nearly two years at LongSword does it still feel
ten years later that Kate got to know the property Matt called “LongSword.” “I had like a dream job? “Oh, yeah. It’s so incredible to get the opportunity to build up a
an early twenties, I don’t know what to do with my life kind of moment and spent business that’s totally family-owned, really put your own stamp on it. From bud-
the summer farming with him.” Though Kate fell in love with her uncle’s Southern break in the vineyard all the way to bottling in the winery, I’m involved at every
Oregon lifestyle, the vines and the wine, she moved to Chicago in the fall and step. What’s really cool about LongSword is that you’re getting a product that we
took a job with a theater as assistant director of marketing. But she kept thoughts had our hands on the entire time.”
of the vineyard as, “this dreamy option in the background.” Six years later when For Matt, the infusion of Kate’s youthful enthusiasm is inspiring. He jokes, “It’s
she realized that her theater job wouldn’t accommodate professional growth, she always, Hurry up, you’re slowing us down!” Seriously, he continues, “She’s the future
decided to take the plunge and try something new. “My husband and I got married, of LongSword, so my job is to give her everything I know and to help her out. Then
turned thirty and moved to the west coast.” she can take the baton and run with it from there.”
As a performance major in college, whose ambition was to be an operatic
mezzo soprano, Kate now finds herself managing the LongSword tasting room
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Augustino Estate's New Take
on Old Bridgeview
by CHRIS COOK

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"We want people to come as friends and leave as family."
Visitors to the Applegate Valley will notice something different this summer. “That’s what Reggie does,” Debbie intimated. “He takes a property that would
The historic Bridgeview tasting room on North Applegate Road has been restored scare most people away, and makes it into something spectacular.”
and is once again a functioning tasting room—but not for Bridgeview. Augustino After that project, Reggie decided he wanted something smaller with a tasting
Estate owners Reggie Boltz and Debbie Spencer purchased the property in January room on site. Bridgeview founder Bob Kerivan, a close friend, had passed away two
and are featuring their Estate wines at the newly renovated, warm and welcoming, years earlier and Bridgeview management was focused on its main operations in
western-motif tasting room and patio. Cave Junction. It made sense for Reggie to become the new owner.
Central to the tasting room experience is the antique player piano. It evokes the “There was an appeal with this property that we could add varietals that we can’t
feeling Reggie remembers growing up. “My grandfather Augustino had a player grow in our Illinois Valley vineyards,” Reggie explained.
piano at his lakefront cabin in northern California—and always a barrel of wine in And having two tasting room locations has its benefits. “We love being on the
the basement,” Reggie recalls with a smile. (Reggie was born an Augustino and took Applegate Valley Wine Trail,” Debbie said. “It’s such a well-known and traveled
his stepfather’s last name at a young age.) “The place was always full of friends and wine trail, we are hoping that visitors to our Applegate tasting room become
family—Italian style—and bursting at the seams. Our tasting room has the same enamored with our wines and decide to venture to the Illinois Valley Wine Trail to
welcoming, friends and family atmosphere.” our Rockin’ R Ranch Treeloon.”
“In keeping with our Italian tradition,” Reggie says, “we want people to come as “We are happy to be building relationships with the other wineries in the
friends and leave as family. It happens all the time and we love that.” valley. People have been very welcoming and helpful. They understand what an
Augustino’s neighbors have welcomed them to the neighborhood. "It's good undertaking this is and they appreciate what we are doing,” Debbie explained. “In
for the wine trail to have a nice, new tasting room with quality wines. This brings the process of restoring and renovating the property, we found things that no one
the number up to 18 wineries," said Joe Ginet, president of the Applegate Wine knew were even there. We found an entire tractor under a berry bush!”
Trail and owner of Plaisance Ranch. "And it's a relief for the neighbors to have the “We are very excited to have Augustino opening down the road from us. We've
property cleaned-up and the vines healthy again." been watching their ongoing improvements with great anticipation, and are really
Restoring the historic Bridgeview property in the Applegate Valley was partly happy to welcome them,” said Greg and Debbie Schultz of Schultz Wines.
a labor of love and partly a challenge Reggie couldn’t pass up. And this wasn’t his “Reggie Boltz has a vision for the future that to many would seem unattainable.
first rodeo. With a career as a land developer and contractor, five years ago, Reggie It may have seemed a folly to take over stewardship of not only the Bridgeview
bought the 300-acre Krouse Ranch in the Applegate, which was left unattended for tasting room but also its extensive vineyards, but it’s been a privilege to watch the
seven years prior. He restored the vineyards and transformed the eyesore before vine health return under Reggie's careful eye and his ‘spare-no-expense’ philosophy
selling it. “It had been such a mess that the County called to thank me for cleaning of doing things right. The Augustino tasting room will be a popular stop on the
it up,” Reggie said. “I hauled out truckloads of garbage and turned it into a clean Applegate Wine Trail…people will be excited to see the old Bridgeview tasting
canvas for the next person.” room restored,” exclaimed Liz Wan, assistant winemaker at nearby Serra Vineyards.

Debbie Spencer

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DISCOVER THE UMPQUA VALLEY
UMPQUA VALLEY

Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards
Photo by Larry Turner

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UMPQUA VALLEY
Located just 97 miles north of Medford, the
Umpqua Valley is home to many of Southern
Oregon’s most-celebrated and award-
winning wineries and some of the state’s most
picturesque scenery. With the city of Roseburg
anchoring the region, the Umpqua Valley offers
30 wineries, ready to share their liquid treasures!
Stretching 65 miles from end-to-end and 25
miles across, the valley is dominated by gently
rolling hillsides and smaller inter-connected
mountain ranges, earning it the nickname, the
“Hundred Valleys of the Umpqua.”
In a word, the grape growing climate is “diverse,”
and includes several micro-climate zones. The
Umpqua Valley is drier and warmer than the
Willamette Valley to the north and cooler than
the Rogue and Applegate Valley’s to the south,
resulting in an amazing array of fruit that’s
crafted into must-taste wines.
In addition to wine, outdoor enthusiasts will
discover some of the best fishing, boating,
rafting and hiking in the state of Oregon.
The famed Umpqua River, which flows from
northeast of Roseburg to Winchester Bay
on the Oregon Coast, provides 111 miles of
breathtaking scenery as well as a watershed that
supports a variety of agricultural production,
not the least of which is wine grapes.
Learn more at umpquavalleywineries.org

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BRANDBORG WINES ABACELA WINERY

UMPQUA VALLEY
BRANDBORG is a “must-see” on your winery ABACELA WINERY's story reads like a
tour if you’re a serious lover of Pinot Noir. fairytale; Earl and Hilda Jones loved Spain’s
Brandborg is located in Elkton on Highway 38, Tempranillo wines so much that in 1992 they
the most scenic route to the central Oregon changed careers to take on the challenge of
Coast. The maritime climate of Elkton is what crafting an equally fine American wine.
drew Terry and Sue Brandborg to Oregon The Jones’ took an entirely different
some 15 years ago, to grow what they call the approach, climate-site matching their beloved
“Coolest, Cool Climate Varietals.” Brandborg’s Tempranillo to a theoretically ideal location in
2012 Ferris Wheel Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir Oregon; although Tempranillo had never been
and Gewurztraminer both won platinum commercially planted outside California.
medals in Wine Press Northwest’s year-end peer
judging of 2014 gold medal wines, making They moved cross-country and six years later
Brandborg its selection as 2015 Oregon Winery stunned not only their new neighbors, but the
of the Year. entire wine world by producing America’s first
world-class Tempranillo.
Brandborg also produces award-winning
Pinot Gris, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, as well Their trailblazing success with Tempranillo and
as rosé of pinot noir and white pinot noir. several other grape varieties (e.g. Albariño)
Terry Brandborg, a self-taught winemaker, inspired new plantings and production of
had founded his prior brand in 1986 to fulfill these wines in the Pacific Northwest and across
a passion for making cool climate whites and America. In 2013, Abacela was recognized as the
Abacela Winery “Oregon Winery of the Year” and in 2015 the
pinot noir.
12500 Lookingglass Road Oregon Wine Industry awarded the Jones’ its
In addition to stellar wines, the tasting room
Brandborg Wines Roseburg OR 97471 highest honor, the Lifetime Achievement Award.
at Brandborg—open daily, year-round—offers
345 1st Street visitors musical and social events, guest-chef 541-679-6642 Visitors to Abacela’s beautiful Vine & Wine
Elkton OR 97436 dinners, a family-friendly picnic patio, wood- abacela.com Center can taste a full range of these wines
541-584-2870 fired pizza and RV parking. The Brandborgs including Albariño, Grenache, Malbec, Tinta
brandborgwine.com and the friendly staff look forward to sharing Summer Hours: Amarela, Syrah, Viognier, Tannat, Muscat and
their wines with you! Daily, 11am-6pm Port in addition to the famous Tempranillo that
started it all. Learn more about the Jones family
Summer Hours: Fridays, until 7pm
in our "Legacy" series on page 7.
Daily, 11am-5pm
(except major holidays) Varietals:
Albariño
Varietals: Grenache
Gewürztraminer Malbec
Pinot Gris Muscat
Pinot Noir Port
Riesling Syrah
Sauvignon Blanc Tannat
Scarlet Rosé (very limited Tempranillo
production) Viognier

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COOPER RIDGE VINEYARD DELFINO VINEYARDS & WINERY
UMPQUA VALLEY

COOPER RIDGE VINEYARD can best be DELFINO VINEYARDS & WINERY offers a
described as “breathtaking and panoramic.” superb collection of estate wines including an
Guests can’t say enough about the view from award-winning Tempranillo, Syrah, Zinfandel,
the tiered patio, the initial inspiration for Cabernet, Merlot and Dolcetto. In addition
Cooper Ridge owners Robin and Lesa Ray to to the pleasures of the tasting room, guests
build their winery and tasting room on the are invited to share their beautiful 160 acre
ridgeline 150 feet above the North Umpqua property. Explore the vineyard either on your
River. It’s the perfect spot to sample their own or on a private guided tour. Attend the
award-winning artisanal estate wines. lakeside SummerFest musical events. Hike,
Visitors will especially not want to miss tasting picnic or just relax and enjoy the ambiance.
the 2015 Viognier that won “Best of Class” With so much to see and do, you may not want
at the 2017 SavorNW wine competition or to leave. And you don’t have to. Extend your
the 2015 Riesling that won a “People’s Choice visit at Delfino’s delightful vineyard cottage,
Award” at the 2017 Greatest of the Grape. But a one-bedroom luxury accommodation
truly, you’ll want to try all seven estate varietals featuring a queen-sized bed, full bath and
paired with choices from the small plates menu separate living room with beautiful antiques,
such as chili peanuts with dried cherries, a fireplace, satellite TV, spa robes, Wi-Fi, hot
Cooper Ridge Vineyard cheese and charcuterie plate, or bread and tub and lap pool. Your stay includes a bottle
1389 Old Garden Valley Road crackers served with olive tapenade and house- of fine wine and a cheese plate upon arrival,
Roseburg OR 97471 made roasted vegetable hummus. complimentary tasting at the winery and the
Besides relaxing with a glass and a nosh, option of either a full pantry breakfast you
541-671-2373 prepare yourself with farm-fresh ingredients
cooperridgevineyard.com Cooper Ridge offers a slate of summertime Delfino Vineyards & Winery
events including Sunday Music on the Deck or a continental breakfast basket prepared by
featuring a catered barbeque, Cigar and Port
3829 Colonial Road your hosts and delivered to your door.
Hours: Roseburg OR 97471
Night, and the Winemaker Education Series for Delfino is the perfect home base for day trips
April-December, those keen on enology. There’s even a luxury 541-673-7575 to dozens of Umpqua Valley wineries, Crater
Thursday-Sunday, noon to 7pm guest house available to wine club members delfinovineyards.com Lake, the Oregon Coast, Wildlife Safari or
Closed January for overnight stays. Whatever your winery the Oregon Caves— and the perfect spot to
February & March, pleasure, one visit to Cooper Ridge Vineyard Hours: unwind afterward!
Friday, Saturday & Sunday, will have you coming back again and again. Daily, 11am-5pm
noon to 5pm (except major holidays)

Varietals: Varietals:
Grüner Veltliner Cabernet Sauvignon
Merlot Dolcetto
Pinot Noir Merlot
Riesling Müller Thurgau
Syrah Syrah
Tempranillo Tempranillo
Viognier Zinfandel

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GIRARDET VINEYARD & WINERY HILLCREST WINERY & DISTILLERY

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GIRARDET VINEYARDS is like no other HILLCREST, as acknowledged by a 2011
winery in the region. Girardet’s vines are dry- resolution of the Oregon Legislature, has the
farmed, an old-world practice that produces distinction of being Oregon’s oldest estate
low yields of small, intensely-flavored grapes. winery and the birthplace of Oregon Pinot
The winemaking style is Old World, too. Marc Noir. Founded by Richard Sommer, "Father
Girardet, second-generation winemaker, crafts of Oregon Wine" in 1961, the dry-farmed
wines with a distinctly European flavor using vineyard in the Umpqua Valley was sold in 2003
100% estate-grown fruit processed in small to Dyson and Susan DeMara. After a career in
lots with wild yeast fermentation. He uses only production at Pine Ridge and Robert Mondavi
neutral oak for extended barrel aging, achieving and work in Europe, South America and Asia,
highly integrated, polished wines. Dyson came to HillCrest determined to preserve
Girardet wines are not the usual suspects. How the tradition of old vine estate Pinot Noir, and
created vintages acclaimed for their varietal
often have you come across Baco Noir, Seyval Hillcrest Winery & Distillery
Blanc, Sangiovese, and Riesling at one winery excellence as well as their historical significance.
240 Vineyard Lane
with production of only 4,000 cases? Small, But HillCrest is so much more than its history.
yes, but Girardet can hold its own with the big
Roseburg OR 97471
The tasting room housed in an unassuming
boys. Most recent awards include two Gold 541-673-3709 board and batten winery showcases an
Girardet Vineyard & Winery Medals from the 2017 San Francisco Chronicle hillcrestvineyard.com international selection of wines made by
895 Reston Road Wine Competition for the 2013 Bush Vine Dyson at partner wineries in the Mosel Valley
Roseburg OR 97471 Tempranillo and 2015 Estate Grown Riesling. Hours: of Germany; Priorato, Spain; Roussillon,
541-679-7252 Those who find their way to Girardet will come Daily, 11am-5pm France; Sicily, Italy and Burgenland, Austria.
away from the tasting room with a unique In recognition of his international reputation,
girardetwine.com Varietals: Dyson was one of only 15 winemakers in the
winery experience, one that won’t be duplicated
at the next stop on your Southern Oregon Barbera world—the only one from North America—
Hours: selected to present their wines at the 900th
Daily, 11am-5pm winery tour—or anywhere, for that matter. Cabernet Franc
anniversary of Klosterneuberg, the world’s
What makes Girardet Vineyards a winery like Cabernet Sauvignon oldest winery located in Vienna, Austria.
Varietals: no other? You’ll find the answer in your glass. Carignan
Visitors to the tasting room at HillCrest will
Baco Noir Chardonnay likely find Dyson DeMara, the irrepressible
Barbera Gewürztraminer winemaker, in the house, as eager to pour his
Cabernet Sauvignon Grenache wines for them as for the master class tasting
Chardonnay Malbec gala at Klosterneuberg.
Pinot Gris Merlot
Pinot Noir Pinot Blanc
Riesling Pinot Noir
Sangiovese Riesling
Seyval Blanc Sankt Laurent
Syrah Syrah
Tempranillo Tempranillo
Teroldego Teroldego

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of Oregon Pinot Noir
by MJ DASPIT

T his year marks the 50th-anniversary of the first commercially-
released vintage of Pinot Noir in Oregon. Only 200 cases were made
by the Umpqua Valley’s Richard Sommer from his HillCrest estate grapes
harvested in 1967. Of those 200 cases, only one case remains, carefully
preserved by present HillCrest owners Dyson and Susan DeMara.
As officially commemorated by Oregon House Resolution 4-A in 2011,
Sommer was the first to plant Pinot Noir in Oregon in 1961. DeMara, who
acquired HillCrest from Sommer in 2003, explains that Sommer propagated
cuttings obtained in 1959 from Louis Martini’s famous Stanley Ranch,
previously known as Talcoa Vineyard, the first vineyard planted in Napa
Valley. Two years later, after the vines had rooted, Sommer transplanted
them to establish his vineyard. The House Resolution goes on to credit
Sommer with being the first in Oregon to use stainless steel tanks for
fermentation, an innovation he introduced in 1963, and the first to bottle a
commercial Pinot Noir in 1967.
What do we know about the quality of Sommer’s 1967 Pinot Noir? The
fruit was not of a specific clone. Clone notation was not in use at that time;
rather, different strains of fruit were distinguished by “selection,” a term used
to denote plant material sourced from random vines of a great vineyard. “It’s
like a bouquet of different flowers versus a single flower,” DeMara explains.
Sommer’s fruit was of Stanley Ranch’s highly-prized “Martini” selection.
DeMara relates a story told by the founder of the legendary Oregon wine
distributor, Henny-Hinsdale, who dropped into the HillCrest tasting room
over Thanksgiving weekend, 2016. “This man is about 75-years-old. He and
his wife walk into the tasting room and he says, I’m Mr. Hinsdale. I said, Oh
my God, of Henny-Hinsdale? You’re a legend! Hinsdale was the distributor
for Sommer, David Lett and Charles Coury as well as for the French house
Domaine Drouhin, a prominent Burgundy producer. Hinsdale asked Robert
Drouhin if he’d be willing to do a tasting of some new Oregon wines that
he repped. So in 1970, Hinsdale had a tasting at his house and all those
gentlemen were there. Drouhin said the ’67 Pinot he tasted from HillCrest
was the first American Pinot Noir that tasted like Burgundy to him. He said
the wine tasted like Monthelie and that’s what made him decide to come to
Oregon over California.” Domaine Drouhin Oregon was indeed established
in the Dundee Hills in 1987.
DeMara remembers his own first encounter with Sommer’s 1967 Pinot.
He came across some bottles a few years back when cleaning-out an old egg
barn. Sitting on the tailgate of a pickup truck to taste the wine, DeMara was
amazed that it was still very drinkable, still showing some fruit.
So how will HillCrest Pinot Noir show at 50? DeMara plans to open a
bottle with a few invited guests this fall at the start of harvest at HillCrest.
“I’d like to keep as much of the ’67 vintage as I can for the future. But having
said that, I’d also like to commemorate the significance of what Richard
Sommer did for Oregon and American wine. We’ll christen the harvest and
then have a very special dinner.”
To mark this special anniversary year, the 2017 HillCrest Pinot Noir will
have the original label that Sommer’s pioneering 1967 Pinot Noir wore. A
charity auction of one of the famous 1967 bottles is also in the works. How
much will a connoisseur pay to add such a unique bottle to his collection?
That remains to be seen. As Dyson says, “It’s an amazing thing today to
have one of only 12 bottles of the first Oregon Pinot Noir ever commercially
produced in Oregon.”

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PAUL O'BRIEN WINERY REUSTLE-PRAYER ROCK VINEYARDS

UMPQUA VALLEY
PAUL O’BRIEN has been Roseburg’s first and
only urban winery since 2012. This winelovers’
downtown oasis is the brainchild of Dyson
DeMara of HillCrest Winery and long-time
friend and Mondavi associate Scott Kelley.
The two combined their winemaking skills,
enthusiasm and middle names to launch their
unique winery in the historic Hansen Chevrolet
building. The repurposed structure showcases
old brick, a real zinc bar and an industrial-chic REUSTLE-PRAYER ROCK VINEYARDS has
decor that visitors will find comfortable for any garnered serious attention from critics and
size crowd. Passing through the winery on the numerous national and international awards
way to the tasting room offers a fascinating look ever since the Riverside International Wine
at unusual winemaking equipment such as large Competition recognized it as their “2010 Small
format oak tanks, concrete fermenters, and Winery of the Year.” The latest recognition,
Paul O'Brien Winery basket presses. being designated as the “2017 Pacific Northwest
609 SE Pine Street The wine list at Paul O’Brien includes a variety Winery of the Year,” is a staggering achievement
Roseburg OR 97470 of Tempranillos and Pinot Noirs from the Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards for a winery that started with Stephen Reustle’s
purchase of 200 acres in the Umpqua Valley
541-673-2280 Umpqua Valley and Elkton AVA’s as well as 960 Cal Henry Road
Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc done in the classic in 2001. Reustle located his vineyard blocks
paulobrienwines.com Roseburg OR 97471 on cool sites, perfect for his award-winning
Burgundy-style, both dry and Alsatian-style
541-459-6060 wines including Pinot Noir, Riesling, Syrah, and
Hours: Rieslings and a delightful, dry Sangiovese Rosé.
You’ll also find a great selection of picnic items reustlevineyards.com Grüner Veltliner, an Austrian grape he was the
Daily, 11am-5pm first in the US to produce commercially.
including gourmet cheeses and charcuterie. With
over twenty wineries within thirty minutes and Hours: Reustle’s exquisite vintages are matched by a
Varietals: Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm
with Crater Lake an easy day trip, Paul O’Brien spectacular estate with vistas of vine-clad hills
Cabernet Sauvignon is truly a gateway wine center, the perfect place and a pond featuring dock houses available
Chardonnay to start your exploration of the north end of the Varietals: to wine club members who want to relax with
Gewürztraminer exciting Southern Oregon region. Grenache the view. The winery and tasting cave, with its
Grenache Grüner Vetliner ceiling reproduction of Michelangelo’s Creation
Merlot Malbec of Adam, are equally stunning.
Moscato Merlot See for yourself why Wine Press Northwest calls
Petite Sirah Muscat Reustle-Prayer Rock one of the top ten “all-time
winningest wineries” in the history of the Pacific
Pinot Noir Pinot Gris Northwest Winery of the Year Competition.
Riesling Pinot Noir
Sangiovese Riesling
Sauvignon Blanc Sauvignon Blanc
Syrah Syrah
Tannat Tempranillo
Tempranillo Viognier

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SPANGLER VINEYARDS HENRY ESTATE WINERY
UMPQUA VALLEY

SPANGLER VINEYARDS owner, grower and HENRY ESTATE wines are made under the
winemaker for twenty-eight years, Pat Spangler guiding principal that “great wine is grown in
bought his Roseburg estate and winery in the vineyard.” But exactly what does that mean?
2004. After spending three years in northern It starts with our vineyard founder Scott Henry
California looking for vineyard property, he was III. An aeronautical engineer before getting into
attracted by the Umpqua Valley’s rural character. the wine business, Henry designed a new trellis
He found a special site with some of the oldest system tailored to optimize grape ripening in the
vines in the region and never looked back. Umpqua Valley—and throughout the world in
Applying techniques of modern viticulture to regions with similar ripening conditions.
these nearly fifty year old, dry-farmed, own- We also have three generations of a family who
Spangler Vineyards rooted vines, Spangler maintains crop yields at care deeply about crafting fine wines. Whether
491 Winery Lane only one ton per acre. The result is an intensely- it’s the Pinot Noir that has achieved a national
Roseburg OR 97471 flavored estate reserve Cabernet Sauvignon that Henry Estate Winery
market niche or the summer blend called
541-679-9654 was sought-out by connoisseurs long before 687 Hubbard Creek Road “Veraison,” made especially to please Oregon
​spanglervineyards.com
Southern Oregon was recognized as an up-and- Umpqua OR 97486 customers, Henry Estate wines reflect the
coming wine region. 541-459-5120 highest standards of excellence.
Hours: In addition to this special estate Cab, Spangler henryestate.com But at Henry Estate, winemaking is also about
Daily, 11am-5pm offers a selection of reds including multiple enjoying wine with friends. A favorite annual
Closed major holidays
award-winning Cabernet Franc, Petite Sirah, Hours: event is the Country Crawdad Blues Festival
Petit Verdot and Zinfandel, varietals that you Daily, 11am-5pm featuring crawdads, wine, Cajun music with
won’t find at most Southern Oregon wineries. face-painting, a petting zoo and bounce
Varietals:
You also won’t find them for sale at your Varietals: houses for kids. The festival supports children’s
Alicante Bouschet favorite restaurant or wine shop. Spangler’s
Cabernet Franc Gewürztraminer healthcare needs through the Sarah Beavers
small lot annual production of only 3,000 cases Mercy Foundation Partners Fund, along
Cabernet Sauvignon is for direct sale through the tasting room only. Müller-Thurgau
with being just plain fun. Don’t miss “Henry
Carménère Pinot Gris
Spangler Vineyards is just off I-5 at exit 119 and Goes Wine,” a decades-long tradition that is a
Chardonnay open daily year-round. Stop in and visit with Pinot Noir thank you to Henry Estate’s loyal customers.
Claret Pat's beloved Akita’s while sampling some wine! You’ll want to check out all the Henry Estate
For the wine lover who seeks-out uncommon offerings—above all, the wine!
Dolcetto red varietals, Spangler Vineyards should be
Malbec at the top of your list of must-visit Southern
Mourvèdre Oregon wineries!
Petit Verdot
Petite Sirah
Sangiovese
Tempranillo
Viognier
Zinfandel
Almond Sparkling Wine
Raspberry Sparkling Wine

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UMPQUA VALLEY
by KEVIN BRECK

Sensational SOMM Camp
Recently, 15 sommeliers from Oregon, Washington, California and Colorado Amanda Cannon, Wine Director at Q Restaurant & Bar in Portland, described her
arrived in Roseburg to attend the Umpqua Valley 2017 SOMM Camp. Unlike most experience saying, “Umpqua Valley wine camp exceeded my expectations. I went into
of the camps that you’ve attended, this camp did not feature lanyard making or the weekend knowing I would have fun and learn a lot, but left feeling connected to
s’mores. This camp featured WINE. Lots of wine. Created by The SOMM Journal, the Umpqua Valley. Wineries always treat their guests well, but in this case, we were
SOMM Camps bring certified sommeliers to different winegrowing regions of the treated like family. It was amazing to see how the community banded together to
world to experience the terroir of the place, and to meet local winemakers and share their stories and passion for the region. The Umpqua Valley has more to offer
winegrowers. Organized by the “Big Three:” Abacela Winery, Brandborg Vineyard than wine, it has beautiful scenery, amazing food, and even better people.”
& Winery, and Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards, the event gave the Somms a unique
opportunity to meet with scions of the Umpqua Valley wine industry, in particular
Earl Jones, Terry Brandborg, and Stephen Reustle.
Over the ensuing four days, campers sipped almost countless wines from nine
Umpqua Valley vineyards and wineries, toured much of the region, and enjoyed
gourmet meals featuring locally-sourced ingredients. Here are some of the highlights:
True Kitchen + Bar
“Voted the #1 Fine Dining Restaurant in Douglas Co.”
Climatologist Greg Jones gave an overview of the region’s unique climate and
terroir. Jones explained that Southern Oregon is unique among winegrowing
regions in number of varieties that grow here (70), in the length of its growing
season (175 days from bud break to harvest) and in its 32° diurnal temperature
swings in August and September. Stephen Reustle noted, “Cold nights preserve
acidity in the grapes, while hot summer days enhance aromatics in the wine.”
Campers participated in a blind tasting billed, “Umpqua vs. the World,” featuring
six blind flights: Gewürztraminer, Grüner Veltliner, Albariño, Pinot Noir, Syrah,
and Tempranillo. Each flight included three wines made by one of the Big Three;
the fourth was a European “sleeper.” Campers had to decide which ones were not
made in the Umpqua. The best score was four out of six.
The Somms also visited the 550 acre Blue Heron Vineyards, the largest
vineyard in Douglas County. Vineyard managers Teal and Taylor Stone provided
a short explanation of vineyard operations, and gave the sommeliers an
opportunity to try their hands at shoot thinning.
Based on their comments, the Somms enjoyed their time in the Umpqua
Valley. Mike Pickering, Sommelier for the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina,
has a special connection to Brandborg: he shared a bottle of 2006 Brandborg
Pinot Noir with his bride-to-be on their first date. Pickering described his
experience, saying “I love visiting ‘under the radar’ regions like Umpqua because
there isn’t any pretense; the experience is a lot more welcoming than, say, going
to Napa. To really be able to pick the winemaker’s brain about on-site location,
terroir, and wine making techniques shows that there is a lot of talent in the area,
and I can’t wait to watch the area evolve.”
Shelby Peterson is Wine and Beverage Director at the C Lazy U Dude Ranch
in Granby, Colorado. During the summer, she hosts wine tastings every Monday.
Serving new american cuisine, local wine, and craft cocktails.
She plans to share her experience in the Umpqua Valley and will feature as many 629 SE Main Street • Roseburg • 541-900-1000
wines as she can.
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PASSPORT TO PLEASURE
by CHRIS COOK

Bear Creek Wine Trail
A
re you looking to get a taste of all that the Rogue Valley Vineyards, you’ll find owners Dan Marca behind the tasting
Treasure on has to offer? Pull out your Bear Creek Wine Trail
Passport and follow the wine trail from Central Point
bar and Cindy, his wife, directing service on their patio,
picnic area and in the piazza—all with views of the Table
the Trail: through Medford, Phoenix and Talent to Ashland. With 12
wineries participating, you may decide to use your passport
Rocks, Mt. McLoughlin and the Jacksonville foothills. It’s
no wonder DANCIN was named Wine Press NW Oregon
over several days. Not a problem as you have one year from Winery of the Year.
date of purchase to visit all the participating wineries! At Trium Wines, Medford residents Samantha Rasmussen
• Weisinger Family Winery
I caught up with Central Point residents Sue and Lin Mainolfi and Jennifer Brown were enjoying the view—as well as the
10,000 resident bees buzz from a at Grizzly Peak Winery on a Saturday afternoon. They were wines—while using their passports for the first time. “It’s really
glass hive in the tasting room to the buying their second passport of the year. “We use it when friends economical,” Samantha commented. “We will use the passport
vineyard…can you spot the queen? come to town,” Sue explained. “We already know what we like, so over a few weekends. It gets you out and about, and it’s easy
our friends use the pass to taste and we order a glass of wine.” because it’s all mapped-out and includes hours of operation.”
• Dana Campbell Vineyards
Grizzly Peak tasting room manager Naomi Fuerte In the old peach orchard farmstand converted to tasting
Try the Vionillo—a delicious blend of appreciates that the passport “gets people around to all the room, a group of ten friends were enjoying the homey
Viognier and Tempranillo. wineries—especially the more-hidden, less-trafficked places. ambiance, shuffleboard and free jukebox while tasting
• RoxyAnn Winery They get a sampling of everything in the valley.” StoneRiver Vineyards’ wines. Local resident Theresa Hodges
The passport idea was conceived five years ago, shortly said, “It’s fun to get together with friends and go wine tasting.
Built in 1900 as a barn, The Honor Barn after the Bear Creek Wine Trail was formed. The members We buy passports in multiples and go wine tasting every
tasting room is on the National Register were looking for a way to engage both local and visiting month. We usually hit five wineries one day and then five
of Historic Places. wine enthusiasts in the area. “We were just starting out more another. We like it here at StoneRiver—they’re friendly
• Ledger David Cellars and needed a way to create traffic to our tasting rooms,” and it’s old-school with the couches and games.”
Pebblestone owner Dick Ellis explained. “Back then, there Jason Johnson, from Phoenix, Oregon said, “Using the
“Le Petit Tasting Room” is located between were just eight of us and now there are twelve wineries on passport helps me remember just how great the Southern Oregon
the world-renowned Rogue Creamery and the trail.” You will often find Ellis and his wife, Pat, behind wines are. I’ve been to Napa, Sonoma, Willamette and other wine
Lillie Belle Farms Artisan Chocolates. the bar in their spacious new tasting room with spectacular regions, and the wines from our region stand up well.”
views of Mt. Ashland and Wagner Butte. Find out for yourself how well our Southern Oregon wines
• Aurora Vines
Close owner involvement is something you will find at stand up and why we’re winning so many prestigious medals
Feels like you are in a tree house sitting most of the Bear Creek wineries. For example, at DANCIN and competitions. Your passport to pleasure awaits!
on one of the four outdoor decks.
• Paschal Winery • Passports are $30 and good for one year from date of purchase.
Cork ‘n’ Fork Wednesday $10 dinners. • Passport holders receive three tastes at each of the 12 wineries on the Bear Creek Wine Trail
• Belle Fiore Winery and 10% off bottle purchases.
Weekend winery chateau tours. • Buy your passport at any participating tasting room.

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Your 2017 Passport to Southern Oregon

ROGUE VALLEY
Wine Country is Now Available!
Passports can be purchased at any of these conveniently located wineries.

For $30 your passport includes:
*A free tasting trio at all 12 wineries along the trail
*10% Discount for bottle purchases on day of visit
*A full year from date of purchase to explore your passport wineries!
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David
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Central Vines
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Wines Vineyards
7 Grizzly Peak 11
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BELLE FIORE WINERY

ROGUE VALLEY
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 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 recently-
awarded 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.
Wine aficionados will not want to miss Belle R E S TA U R A N T & B A R
Belle Fiore Winery Fiore’s Bordeaux, Burgundy and Rhone vintages
100 Belle Fiore Lane or such unusual gems as Montepulciano,
Ashland OR 97520 Teroldego, Verdejo, and Caprettone.
541-552-4900 In addition to wines of exceptional quality,
bellefiorewine.com Belle Fiore offers live music Wednesday
through Sunday, wine-food pairings, special
Hours:* events, art exhibits, and exclusive winemaker
Wednesday-Sunday, noon-8pm dinners. Of interest to local artists and art
lovers, the Artist Series Annual Wine Label
*Seasonal hours subject to change. Competition opens in January, providing
Southern Oregon artists an opportunity to
Please see website for details. 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 Opt to try the French menu on the
extraordinary, must-see gem in the Rogue Valley!
terrace at the intimate Loft Brasserie
— Wine Enthusiast magazine

OPEN 7 DAYS
DINNER 5:30–9 PM | LUNCH 11:30 AM–2 PM | LOUNGE 5–10 PM
18 CALLE GUANAJUATO • ASHLAND • 541 482 1116 • LOFTASHLAND.COM

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ELIANA WINES

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ROGUE VALLEY

restaurant
ELIANA WINES is the label of Brian and
Carien Jordaan. Brian, a one-time commercial
grower of roses, adapted his “soft-handed”
horticultural technique to his wine grapes.
Since 2008, Brian and his family have tended
Belle Vista Vineyard in the Pompadour
Bluff area east of Ashland planted to Merlot,
Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon.
The vines, now nearly twenty years-old, have
yielded exquisite fruit under Jordaan’s care.

Eliana Wines Since 2011, Jordaan has added Tempranillo
to his wine list of exquisite Bordeaux varietals
158 Gaerky Creek Road and blends. From Thistlecroft Vineyard, a
Ashland OR 97520

PEERLESS
close neighbor to Belle Vista, the Tempranillo
541-690-4350 is a lush mélange of aromas and flavors
elianawines.com featuring ripe strawberry and dark cherry
notes. Made in very limited lots, Eliana wines
hotel restaurant bar Summer Hours: reflect a unique terroir, earning gold at the
Tuesday-Saturday, noon-5pm 2017 San Francisco Chronicle and 2016
Oregon Wine Experience competitions.
Varietals: The best way to try Eliana is to stop by the
Bordeaux Blend tasting room, where Brian and Carien love
Cabernet Franc sharing their elegant wines with visitors. The
intimate indoor wine bar offers cozy warmth
Cabernet Sauvignon
while the outdoor seating offers incomparable
Merlot vistas of the vineyard with the Siskiyou
Tempranillo

PEERLESS
Mountains and Pilot Rock in the distance.

restaurant & bar
“Ashland’s Peerless Experience!”
Fine Wines & Inspired Cocktails
Small Plates & Gourmet Entrées
Happy Hour 5-6PM
BYOB Wednesday (free wine corkage)

265 4th Street, Ashland, OR

PEERLESS
Open Tues—Sat. at 5pm
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ENOTECA WINE TASTING & BISTRO

“We feel so fortunate to be living this
amazing Southern Oregon lifestyle!”

ROGUE VALLEY
Enoteca Wine Tasting & Bistro ENOTECA is EdenVale Winery’s second tasting
17 North Main Street room, located in the historic Granite Building
in the center of Ashland’s bustling Plaza scene.
Ashland OR 97520
541-482-3377 The friendly staff and award-winning wines
await you in a comfortable and quiet “get-away
edenvalleyorchards.com nook.” The warm and casual atmosphere is
the perfect setting to taste EdenVale’s many
Hours: Rogue Valley wines and explore the vineyards
Monday-Thursday, 1-7pm of Southern Oregon in your glass. Edenvale
Friday & Saturday, 1-8pm produces wines that are handcrafted—barrel- and
Sunday, 1-6pm bottle-aged—using sustainable methods, while
supporting local families and farmers in the
Varietals: Rogue Valley. We also produce organic hard pear
Cabernet Sauvignon cider from heritage trees on our estate facility.
Chardonnay Enoteca offers light-fare menu items such as
cheese boards and spreadables. The friendly
Justin Donovan Broker, GRI
Grenache Cell 541-890-6673 • 541-482-0044 ext 109
staff can also help you find the perfect
Malbec Justin.AshlandHomes@gmail.com
restaurant for lunch or dinner, help map-out
Merlot your tour of local wineries or just engage
Pinot Gris in good conversation. Enoteca also hosts Michaela Donovan Broker, GRI
Pinot Noir colorful local musicians on 1st Friday nights, 541-482-0044 ext 113
Syrah community classes and more. As a member of Michaela.AshlandHomes@gmail.com
the Ashland Gallery Association, they curate
Tempranillo
an ever-changing array of work by local artists.
Viognier Offering one of the best people watching views
on the Plaza, the upstairs sitting room is a great We are Justin and Michaela Donovan,
place to host a meeting, study, or just spend time real estate brokers with Ashland Homes Real
relaxing with a glass of wine in the perfect chair! Estate, here in beautiful Southern Oregon.
With well over 25 years of combined real estate
experience, we continue to work hard on your behalf,
striving for excellence and overall client satisfaction.
Please give us a call so we can put our experience
to work for you.

Office Website: www.Ashland-Homes.com

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GRIZZLY PEAK WINERY IRVINE & ROBERTS FAMILY VINEYARDS
ROGUE VALLEY

GRIZZLY PEAK WINERY is nestled on a IRVINE & ROBERTS FAMILY VINEYARDS
protected mountain slope just minutes from is a small family winery owned by Doug and
downtown Ashland. The high-elevation site Dionne Irvine and Kelly & Duane Roberts that
produces top-quality wine grapes and provides practices sustainable farming and produces
visitors incomparable vistas and an intimate ultra-premium Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in
tasting room experience. Year-round, the this special setting five minutes from the heart
estate grounds feature magnificent gardens and of downtown Ashland.
established oak trees, offering the perfect place The 2,200 foot elevation vineyard is blessed with
to take a leisurely stroll. Established in 1998 distinctive soils, climate, and an east-facing slope
by Al and Virginia Silbowitz, wine offerings that yields wines with extraordinary balance,
have grown to include Pinot Noir, Merlot, flavor and elegance. The Irvine and Roberts
Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, families believe great wines come from great soil,
Tempranillo, Syrah, Pinot Gris, Viognier, so they strive to be conscientious stewards of the
Grizzly Peak Winery Chardonnay and several blends.
Irvine & Roberts Family Vineyards land, protecting vineyard soils through practices
1600 E Nevada Street At the 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine that are certified sustainable by LIVE.
1614 Emigrant Creek Road
Ashland OR 97520 Competition, the 2015 Pinot Gris took Double
Ashland OR 97520 Managing Director, Michael Donovan will
541-482-5700 Gold, the 2015 Viognier took Gold, and the be leading the team when they open their
2013 took a Silver medal. Other recent awards 541-482-9383
grizzlypeakwinery.com new tasting room and winery for the summer
include Gold for the 2014 Viognier and Silver irvinerobertsvineyards.com season in the upper Emigrant Creek Valley in
Hours: for the 2013 Syrah at Savor Northwest, Double late June 2017.
Gold for the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon at the Hours: Opening in June 2017
April thru October, Overlooking the expansive vineyards, the new
Cascadia Wine Competition and Double Gold Wednesday-Sunday, 11am-5pm
Thursday-Sunday, noon-4pm and Best of Class at the Women’s International tasting room features exquisite examples of Pinot
and by appointment Noir and Chardonnay with focused food pairings
Wine Competition for the 2013 Malbec.
November thru March, in a relaxed atmosphere. With a stunning tasting
Al and Virginia’s wine-savvy daughter, Naomi Varietals:
Saturday & Sunday, noon-4pm bar, fireplace, cozy chairs and couches, you will
Fuerte, presides in the tasting room, the perfect Chardonnay feel right at home. Ample outdoor seating and
Varietals: spot for sipping wines with friends. For those Pinot Noir floor-to-ceiling windows will welcome guests
planning events, Grizzly Peak offers several with breathtaking vineyard views while tasting
Cab Franc indoor and outdoor event spaces, suitable for
Cabernet Sauvignon world-class wine from the Rogue Valley.
fundraisers, cultural events, private parties,
Chardonnay weddings and more! Check the website for
Malbec details and availability. From June 30 through
Marsanne September 1, be sure and catch their Friday night
outdoor summer concert series on the lawn!
Merlot
Pinot Gris Learn more in "Legacy," on page 8.
Pinot Noir
Roussanne
Syrah
Tempranillo
Viognier

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WEISINGER FAMILY WINERY

Beautiful Historic Ashland Bed & Breakfast Built in 1883
 Luxurious Accommodations & Spacious Common Areas
 Delicious Gourmet Breakfasts & Afternoon Cookies
 Special Occasion, Romance & eatre Packages Plus Wine Tastings

ROGUE VALLEY
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 (Located Downtown & Only 2 Blocks from Oregon Shakespeare Festival)
along with Bordeaux, Spanish and Rhône
153 Oak St, Ashland OR
varietals, Weisinger offers wine tourists a 800.808.9749
taste of the region’s diversity at their very first www.McCallHouse.com
stop. The list now includes a Double-Gold
Weisinger Family Winery medal winning 2015 Chardonnay and 2013
Estate Pinot Noir from the 2016 Wine Press
3150 Siskiyou Boulevard Northwest Platinum Competition.

Pony Espresso Café
Ashland OR 97520
Weisinger wines are made by second-generation
541-488-5989 winemaker Eric Weisinger, whose resumé
weisingers.com includes experience in California’s Russian The perfect place to begin your
Hours:
River, New Zealand and Australia. Besides
award-winning wines, visitors will enjoy relaxing
wine country adventure.
May-September, on the tasting room deck with a nosh plate,
Daily, 11am-6pm taking in beautiful views of the estate vineyard
and the rugged Cascade Range in the distance.
October-April, In support of the community each month, the
Wednesday-Sunday, 11am-5pm work of a local artist is displayed in the tasting
room. The winery also offers lodging at their
Monday & Tuesday by newly-renovated vineyard cottage. Weisinger
Appointment Family Winery may be the first stop on your
winery itinerary, but it’s the last one you’ll forget.
Wines:
Bordeaux Blends
Cabernet Sauvignon
Chardonnay
Dry Gewürztraminer Breakfast and lunch all day, everyday. Perfect picnic:
Malbec wraps, sandwiches, soups, salads. Fresh, from
Pinot Noir scratch cooking and baked goods. Kombucha, Cold
Rosé Brew, artisan coffee and espresso. Plentiful outdoor
Sauvignon Blanc seating and centrally located in downtown Ashland
Syrah with private parking. Call ahead or grab and go!
Tempranillo Also in Jacksonville.
Viognier
175 Lithia Way, Ashland Open everyday until 5pm 541-482-2583
www.ponyespressojville.com

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LEDGER DAVID CELLARS
ROGUE VALLEY

LEDGER DAVID CELLARS’ Central Point
venue, dubbed “Le Petit Tasting Room,” is
located between the world-renowned Rogue
Enjoy the area’s LARGEST Creamery and equally-famous Lillie Belle
Chocolates. Amid these culinary stars, Ledger
Southern Oregon Wine List David shines brightly, burnishing its reputation
for premium estate wines with several of
Ledger David Cellars
Offering Wine Flights. Banquet space now available for 245 N Front Street
its vintage wines earning top awards. Most
private parties. recently, Ledger David garnered six medals
Central Point OR 97502 at the 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine
541-664-2218 Competition including Golds for both their
ledgerdavid.com 2015 Sauvignon Blanc and 2014 Petit Verdot.
Other award winners included Sangiovese,
Hours: Cabernet Franc Reserve, Tempranillo and their
Daily, noon-5pm signature red blend, Orion’s Nebula.
With a 2016 Gold/Best of Class and now a
Varietals: Double Gold award from the Cascadia Wine
Cabernet Franc Competition for their Cabernet Franc, this
Elements TapasChardonnay
Bar & Lounge is Medford’s varietal continues to place Ledger David on
the “stellar” map. In August 2016, Wine Press
first tapas bar,Chenin
and ourBlanc
philosophy is really Northwest noted that Ledger David “…is gaining
Malbec
quite simple: take the best local ingredients, a reputation as a top Rogue Valley producer.”
Malvasia Bianca
make wonderful Southern Oregon has been home to the Ledger
Petitfood, and pair it with a
Verdot David family for nine generations, and while
great drink. Sangiovese their wines might be in the stars, their feet are
Sauvignon Blanc planted firmly on the ground. Their focus is
Located on the corner of FRONT and Syrah on producing single vineyard estate wines and
edgy white & red blends from their vineyard in
MAIN Streets in OldTown Medford. Tempranillo
Talent, planted in 2007. With so many stellar
Viognier selections on its list, it’s no wonder Ledger
541.779.0135 | w w w . e l e m e n t s m e d f o r d . c o m David’s label was designed around an artist’s
conception of three stars of Orion’s belt.
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2HAWK VINEYARD & WINERY

ROGUE VALLEY
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 farming
experience to his vineyard management using
sustainable practices and a blend of tradition
and 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 awe-inspiring views of
Mt. Ashland and the Rogue Valley.
The Allens’ vision has resulted in 24 medals in
wine competitions in 2016 and the tasting room
being voted as one of the best places to visit in
the Rogue Valley. A new, state-of-the-art winery
is bringing 2Hawk’s winemaking into precise
focus to define it as an industry leader.
Experience 2Hawk’s rustic charm, engaging
2Hawk Vineyard & Winery staff and the variety of small plate options that
2335 N Phoenix Road add a gourmand touch to any wine tasting. Sit
by the outdoor fire pit, play bocce or simply
Medford OR 97504 enjoy a fine wine. Wine makes every moment an
541-779-WINE occasion. Take yours to new heights at 2Hawk.
2hawkwinery.com
Hours:
Daily, 1-7pm
Varietals:
Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Sauvignon
Chardonnay
Grenache
Malbec
Pinot Noir
Sauvignon Blanc
Tempranillo
Viognier

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EDENVALE WINERY ROXYANN WINERY
ROGUE VALLEY

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.
Today the RoxyAnn estate vineyard runs to 70
EDENVALE WINERY is the Rogue Valley’s acres from which the winery produces 15,000
most unique winery and destination facility, cases of award-winning Claret, Pinot Gris,
just off Highway 99 between Ashland and Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon,
Jacksonville. The winery is located on the Cabernet Franc, Tempranillo, Viognier, Syrah,
oldest commercial orchard in Oregon, with RoxyAnn Winery
Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay. Recently, their
breathtaking views of the Siskiyou Mountains 3283 Hillcrest Road 2012 Claret was awarded Double-Gold at the
and surrounded by orchards and vineyards. Medford OR 97504 2016 Oregon Wine Experience! Many of the
EdenVale Winery The Eden Valley Orchards’ property takes you 541-776-2315 original Hillcrest Orchard buildings, added
back to an era of gracious hospitality with the to the National Register of Historic Places in
2310 Voorhies Road roxyann.com
on-site 1890’s Voorhies Mansion and formal 1984, are still used by the winery. Visitors will
Medford OR 97501 gardens, complimented by heritage pear trees
Hours: enjoy the warm, old-fashioned atmosphere
541-512-2955 x2 and a demonstration vineyard. The estate is of the tasting room featuring premium
edenvalleyorchards.com the perfect place to taste barrel- and bottle- Monday-Thursday, noon-7pm
estate wines and gourmet items. The quaint
aged wines, handcrafted by winemaker Ashley Friday,11am-9pm setting notwithstanding, RoxyAnn adheres
Hours: Campanella. Her 2008 Tempranillo was recently Saturday & Sunday, 11am-7pm to enlightened sustainable farming practices
Sunday-Thursday, 11am-6pm awarded Double-Gold at the 2016 Oregon Wine and employs state-of-the-art methods in wine
Friday-Saturday, 11am-7pm Experience! And, at the 2016 San Francisco Varietals: production, supporting preservation of the
Chronicle Wine Competition, her 2008 Syrah Cabernet Franc natural surroundings while ensuring the finest
Varietals: won Double-Gold along with Silver for her 2015 fruit and superior wines. The tasting room is
Cabernet Sauvignon
Midsummer Cuvee and 2014 Dry Rosé. open seven days a week.
Cabernet Sauvignon Chardonnay
Chardonnay Using its pear-producing acreage, EdenVale
Claret
introduced a new line of hard pear cider,
Grenache produced in their winemaking facilities and Malbec
Malbec available for tasting in the historic Carriage Merlot
Merlot House tasting room this season. Pinot Gris
Pinot Gris EdenVale features the Rogue Valley’s most Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir prestigious indoor and outdoor public and Sauvignon Blanc
Syrah private event spaces, the perfect venue for Syrah
private parties, weddings and celebrations. With
Tempranillo Tempranillo
beautiful park-like grounds, spring and summer
Viognier are the perfect time to enjoy a picnic and an Viognier
array of music festivals, symphony concerts and
weekly dance and dining activities.
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AURORA VINES PEBBLESTONE CELLARS
ROGUE VALLEY

AURORA VINES is your ideal winery PEBBLESTONE CELLARS is entering a new
experience if you crave delicious sips in an phase, as the oldest vines on the Ellis Vineyards
atmosphere as cordial and comfortable as your estate approach twenty years of age and the new
own living room. As you enter the tasting tasting room is open. A new logo, consisting
room, with its sun-bright floral decor and light of an old vine planted in the rocky soils of an
wood tones, you’ll feel your mood lift even ancient alluvial fan, reflects the mature character
before you taste the luscious vintages owner of the vineyard. It also marks the evolution of
and consummate hostess, Vicki Nickerson the enterprise Dick and Pat Ellis began when
has to offer. The Aurora Vines wine list of they started producing estate wines in 2004.
Rogue Valley favorites includes Pinot Noir By 2006, those wines were on the market as
made expertly by Bryan Wilson of DANCIN Pebblestone Cellars and the Ellises were holding
Vineyards and Tempranillo by Chris Graves of Pebblestone Cellars tastings on their back porch.
Naumes Crush & Fermentation. New Tasting Room Their spacious new Tasting Room on Pioneer
In addition to the intimate tasting room, there 1670 Pioneer Road Road is situated on the south end of the
is a large, airy deck where visitors can enjoy Talent OR 97540 property where visitors may enjoy views
a view of the surrounding 87-acre mountain 541-512-1655 of Wagner Butte and Mount Ashland. The
estate while tasting the fruit in the glass. The vineyard plantings have expanded over the last
twenty-five-year-old vines of Aguila Vineyard, pebblestonecellars.wine three years to now include Malbec, Albariño
source of Aurora Vines most popular vintages, and Grenache.
Aurora Vines surround a rustic antique barn, a classic
Hours:
April-November, Amid the changes, what has remained constant
2287 Pioneer Road structure that will inspire visitors to grab their is the superior quality of Pebblestone wines. For
Talent OR 97540 cameras. A member winery of the Bear Creek Daily except Tuesdays, noon-5pm over ten years, they have produced well-balanced,
Wine Trail, Aurora Vines is just minutes from aromatic whites and structured red wines of
541-897-0592 Ashland, Medford and Jacksonville and a host December, see website distinction. Recent accolades include “Best of
auroravines.com of Southern Oregon’s major attractions. But you Show” awards for their Viognier at the 2013,
may just want to linger on the deck to soak in January-March,
Hours: 2015 and 2016 Oregon Wine Experience. And, at
the beautiful setting and the wonderful wine. Weekends, noon-5pm the San Francisco Wine Competition, they were
May-October, awarded “Best of Class” for Viognier in 2016 and
Thursday-Sunday, 1-5pm Varietals: “Double Gold” for Tempranillo in 2017.
Albariño
November-March Cab Franc
Saturday & Sunday, 1-5pm Cabernet Sauvignon
or by appointment Grenache Rosé
Malbec
Varietals: Mélange-Bordeaux Blend
Pinot Gris Merlot
Pinot Noir Pinot Gris
Syrah Syrah
Tempranillo Tempranillo
Viognier Viognier

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TRIUM

ROGUE VALLEY
13447 HWY 238, JACKSONVILLE
Applegate River Frontage & Water Rights
TRIUM is a Latin term meaning, “of the three,” $
2,000,000
reflective of the classic Bordeaux varietals,
Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Top Realtor in
Franc, that comprise Trium’s flagship wine, Top 1% Award Over
U.S. by Real
Growers’ Cuve’e. The Trium label, with its for $51 Million Sold
reproduction of a sixteenth-century woodcut Trends, Wall
John L. Scott in 2016
depicting a vineyard worker, speaks to the hard Street Journal
work in the vineyard that pays off in the glass and
Top 100 Most Best of the Best
to the owners’ dedication and uncompromising John L. Scott
standards from planting to bottling. Influential in the
STAR Award Mail Tribune
Since 2003, the Lotspeich family has selected Realtors
part of the harvest from their 17-acre Pheasant
Vineyard for Trium wines, a boutique label
of no more than one thousand cases per year.
Trium Trium’s flagship vintage is Growers’ Cuvée, a
7112 Rapp Lane proprietary Bordeaux blend that has regularly
garnered awards since its first bottling.
Talent OR 97540
541-535-4015 Visitors to the estate tasting room, a pleasant
nook perched at the top of the hill overlooking
​triumwines.com the vines, will likely meet Laura Lotspeich. A
typical member of a wine-producing family,
Hours:
Laura is part agricultural worker and part
April 1-October 30th, connoisseur, equally at home driving a tractor
Thursday-Monday, 11am-5:30pm or describing the palate notes of a vintage in the
glass. It only takes one sip of Trium to discover
Varietals: how well this family does it all.
Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Sauvignon
Merlot
Pinot Gris
Rosé
Viognier

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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 wine-
growing operations in the Rogue Valley was a
payment to the original owner for his service
AGATE RIDGE VINEYARD was founded by
in the Rogue Indian Wars. The big red building
the Kinderman Family in 2002 with visions of
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displaying the Del Rio name that today houses
family farming, land preservation and pursuing
the winery began as the fruit packinghouse of
a passion for wine. Located on 126 acres
Del Rio Orchards.
featuring an iconic 105-year-old farmhouse
tasting room, the family carefully selected a Del Rio’s estate Cabernet Sauvignon,
southern-facing slope to plant 30 acres to 17 Chardonnay, Malbec, Merlot, Muscat, Pinot
varietals. With spectacular mountain views, Gris, Pinot Noir, Syrah, and Viognier reflect
Agate Ridge hosts a variety of fun events during the time-honored traditions of Old World
the year including Bonfire Fridays, Summer Del Rio Vineyards winemaking blended with New World
Concerts, vineyard dinners, plein air art classes, 52 N River Road innovation by winemaker Jean-Michel
Agate Ridge Vineyard and celebrations. See the website for a full list of Gold Hill OR 97525 Jussiaume. In addition to several 2017 San
1098 Nick Young Road winery events. 541-855-2062 Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition medals,
Eagle Point OR 97524 the NV Jolee Rose’ recently captured “Best of
Taking pride in producing exclusively-estate delriovineyards.com Class” at the “Rose’ Today” wine competition.
541-830-3050 wines, winemaker Matt Cates alongside the
agateridgevineyard.com family has total creative control from vine to Hours: 2017 has been an exciting year with the
wine. The unique microclimate and volcanic Summer Hours, Daily, 11am-6pm planting of 160 acres on the new Birdseye
Hours: soils provide the foundation for the caliber of Ranch property and launching an elegant new
begin June 15th and run through look. The first wine to dawn the new label is
fruit that allows Agate Ridge to have produced
Daily, noon-6pm September 15th the 2016 Estate-Grown Grenache Rosé! This
highly-esteemed, award-winning wine for over
May-October a decade. Several wines that recently medaled at summer, join Del Rio’s celebration of Oregon
the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Varietals: wine with their highly-popular summer concert
Varietals: include a 2012 Viognier (Double Gold), 2013 Cabernet Franc series and weekly music at the tasting room.
Cabernet Sauvignon Semillon Sauvignon Blanc (Gold) and a 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Malbec Black Sticky Dessert Wine. Chardonnay
Petite Sirah Claret
Pinot Noir Malbec
Primitivo Merlot
Syrah Muscat
Pinot Gris
Pinot Gris Pinot Noir
Sauvignon Blanc Syrah
Viognier Viognier

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KRISELLE CELLARS
Oregon’s #1 Cultural
and Historical Attraction
Conveniently Located in Central Point!

ROGUE DISCOVERY
Tours
KRISELLE CELLARS is all about inspiration.
The 30-acre vineyard and tasting room are
sited 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 Our exhilarating Discovery Tour along the Upper
emerging from the soil, expressing Kriselle Rogue awards up close views of wildlife while

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Cellars’ dedication to the land. taking in the stunning natural beauty of
The tasting room crowning the hill and the iconic Table Rock monuments.
overlooking the vineyard is in Grand Lodge-
style and features a soaring roofline and Along with Native American and early
breathtaking views. A great-room fireplace and settler river history, celebrity retreats,
Kriselle Cellars outdoor fire-pit keep the atmosphere warm and river island exploration, and thrilling
12956 Modoc Road inviting any time of year.
360’s, you won’t believe how fun
White City OR 97503
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Kriselle Cellars' owner and winemaker, Scott
Steingraber, produces award-winning varietals
learning can be!
krisellecellars.com and distinctive blends including Cabernet
Sauvignon, Tempranillo, Malbec, Sauvignon Why Drive to Grants Pass When This
Summer Hours: Blanc, Sangiovese, Cabernet Franc, and Viognier. Fantastic Adventure Is Right Here in The Rogue Valley!
Daily, 11am-5:30pm Be sure and explore Kriselle Cellars' award-
New Hands-On Activities - Great For All Ages!
winning wines: their Viognier recently received
June 15-Sept 15, Thursdays & a Double Gold in both the Oregon Wine Awards
Fridays until 7pm, with live music and San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competitions.
on the patio Thursdays, 5-7pm Kriselle Cellars welcomes you to enjoy a
sampling of their food and wine pairing
Check our website or Facebook options. Cheese plates are available with your
page for updates wine experience daily, and on Saturdays and
Sundays, you can savor one of the wood-fired
Varietals: pizzas, crafted to complement their wines. Live
Cabernet Franc music is offered throughout the spring and
Cabernet Sauvignon summer and is a great addition to the offerings
at Kriselle Cellars—check the website and
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by SARAH LEMON

Wine, Food & Music at Britt Hill
Britt Festivals adds local restaurant and wine offerings

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scending the Britt Festival hill, concertgoers this summer can expect higher- Reinforcing its reputation for red, rather than rotating varietals, Weisinger Family
caliber food to pair with fine Southern Oregon wines. Winery will keg 2015 Tempranillo for Britt. With Back Porch’s pulled-pork sandwich,
“The response was just overwhelming,” says Donna Briggs, president the wine is “the bomb!” says winemaker and general manager Eric Weisinger.
and chief executive officer of Britt Music & Arts Festival. “There’s gonna be “The fat in a pulled-pork sandwich just calls for something big and red.”
something for everybody.” More subtle, Folin Cellars’ 2014 Pinot Noir complements leaner meats, such as
From burgers and sliders to tacos and burritos, from Turkish-style kebabs to grilled chicken by Peruvian Point and the vendor’s quinoa salad, says winemaker
Peruvian fare, the new concessions menu at Britt offers specialties prepared by four Rob Folin. The vegetarian dish is among the handful of lighter, more healthful
of the region’s casual eateries, two of which are food trucks. items that concessionaires will supply, says Kemmling. Her establishment
“Food trucks — they crank out some of the best food in the valley,” says Briggs. contributed a kale-lentil salad while Back Porch and Fired Up respectively added a
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Peruvian Point earned a berth in Britt’s new custom-designed, commercial “fiesta” salad and “redwood” burrito, both meatless.
kitchen while Fired Up Gourmet claimed a parking spot on the hill’s expanded Tacos from both Back Porch and Fired Up are preferred partners for 2016
food court. The two join Back Porch Bar & Grill and Schoolhaus Brewhaus, both of Primoris Chenin Blanc from Ledger David Cellars, owned by David Traul and Lena
Jacksonville, in the much-anticipated reinvention of Britt concessions. Varner. The unoaked white, says Traul, cools the burn of chipotle, featured in Back
Prices on the revamped menu range from $4 to $14. Patrons still are permitted to Porch’s ranch dressing and Fired Up’s aioli.
bring their own picnic onto the Britt grounds, says Briggs. And when the hottest commodity is live music on the hill, Britt’s got wine and
Whether the vantage is a blanket, lawn chair or reserved section, Britt’s venue food to fill the bill.
calls for artisan bratwurst, schnitzel sandwiches and lamb and beef kebabs, says From l-r: Blu Collins–Back Porch Bar & Grill, Hilary Kemmling–Schoolhaus
Hilary Kemmling, chef and general manager of the Schoolhaus Brewhaus. Hearty Brewhaus, Donna Briggs–Britt Festival CEO, Christian Ainzuain–Peruvian Point,
meats and fried foods suggest a lighter wine, such as Quady North’s 2016 Steel-Ox Cody Diehl–Fired Up Gourmet, and in front, Jamie Collins–Back Porch Bar & Grill.
Viognier, offered with four other local labels on tap.
“I think it’s really natural that we be a part of it,” says winemaker Herb Quady,
whose flagship tasting room is a Jacksonville destination.
Britt has diversified wine service over the past few years by showcasing five
wineries on tap. As varietals rotate from year to year, patrons taste the depth and
breadth of Southern Oregon grapes.
A new red blend crafted exclusively for Britt and available only on the hill comes
courtesy of EdenVale Winery. Winemaker Ashley Campanella says she plans to
evoke pioneering vintner Peter Britt’s introduction in the late 1800s of grapes from
California, originally from Spain, to Southern Oregon.
“The red will go with almost all the foods that will be up there,” she says.
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DAISY CREEK VINEYARD

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 fortune-
seekers 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.
Today the vineyard occupies over half of
the property and produces eight wine grape
Daisy Creek Vineyard varietals that include Viognier, Marsanne,
675 Shafer Lane Roussanne, Riesling white wines, and Malbec, It takes a lot of good beer to make great wine.
Jacksonville OR 97530 Syrah, Merlot and Petit Verdot. - Brian O’Donnell, Belle Pente Winemaker
541-899-8329 Virtually all the single vintage varietals have
daisycreekwine.com won medals at prestigious competitions
including the San Francisco Chronicle
Hours: Wine Competition, Sunriver Sunfest, Savor
May-October, Northwest, Greatest of the Grape and the

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Thursday-Sunday, noon-5pm Oregon Wine Experience.
November-April, Closed The Lyons are delighted to offer visitors a
tasting and might even point-out the location
Varietals: of the remains of a slurry mine, a reminder of
Whites: the old-timers who came seeking gold. Most
of them never found any. Margaret and Russ
Double Play Blend certainly did.
Marsanne
Riesling
Roussanne
Triple Play Blend
Viognier
Reds: The perfect end to a day
Lyon Red Blend in the Applegate Valley
Malbec
525 Bigham Knoll Drive, Jacksonville
Merlot www.theschoolhaus.com
Petit Verdot 541.899.1000

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DANCIN VINEYARDS & WINERY

DANCIN is a love story. It’s the marriage of
2017 Oregon Winery of the Year science and art. The pairing of fine wines with
-Wine Press Northwest Magazine delicious food, and the sincere passion of Dan
and Cindy.
Within a year of their storybook meeting
in 1995, Dan and Cindy (DANCIN) began
researching wine and viticulture at UC Davis.
Jacksonville Company
Twelve years later, they discovered a perfect plot of Where style meets elegance.
land nestled in the forested foothills of Southern 155 West California Street • Jacksonville
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of Jacksonville. With its northwest facing slope,
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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
DANCIN Vineyards & Winery vineyard, and then twice more on the crush
4477 South Stage Road pad. Their limited-production, exquisite Pinot
Medford OR 97501 Noirs, Chardonnays and other varietals are
541-245-1133 hand-crafted in their gravity-flow winery,

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complement the practices in the vineyard.
Hours: Situated just minutes from Ashland, Medford
May-September: and Jacksonville, the Tasting Room is the
Thursday-Sunday, noon-8pm perfect setting to drink in the views of the Table
Rocks, Mt McLoughlin and the Rogue Valley
October-April: while savoring award-winning, estate-grown
wines along with artisan wood-fired pizzas and
Thursday-Sunday, noon-7pm much more… all served tableside!
Or by appointment
Varietals:
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Pinot Noir
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Syrah

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QUADY NORTH
Private Creekside Cottage
In Jacksonville

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.
Quady North is the name of Herb Quady’s
Applegate Valley wine venture, a scion of his
parents’ Fresno area Quady Winery. Quady
Book your Wine Country stay now! North is known for big, bold Bordeaux and
205 W. D St. Jacksonville | www.standishcottage.com 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
Quady North grapes grown in cooler areas. In 2005, the
255 California Street family planted their first 15 acres of Syrah,
Jacksonville OR 97530 Cabernet Franc and Viognier on an Applegate
Valley hillside. Today there are eight vineyards,
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Marsanne, Rousanne, and Merlot. Quady
North is committed to producing small lot,
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Wednesday-Sunday, 11am-7pm from the estate. The focus remains premium
Monday, noon-5pm Viognier, Cabernet Franc and Syrah, what
Herb Quady calls his “love triangle.” Quady
Labor Day-Memorial Day North, now entering their 10th vintage, recently
There’s TWO sides to every store...discover more!
Wednesday-Sunday, 11am-6pm received several 90+ point scores from leading
publications such as Vinous, Wine Advocate,
Monday, noon-5pm Wine Enthusiast and more. Learn more about the
Quady story in “Legacy” on page 10 of this issue.
Varietals:
Cabernet Franc
Grenache
Marsanne
Great selection of • Jewelry
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Port
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Syrah
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the Moore family, among the pioneers of the
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WINE COUNTRY CHEF
by SARAH LEMON

élan guest suites & gallery Gogi’s Keeps it Fresh, Local & Real
pure panache! Keeping ingredients close to home is at the heart of celebrated Jacksonville
restaurant, Gogi’s.
“Food is so abundant in this valley,” says chef and owner Gabriel Murphy,
pictured here on the right. “Everything grows here.”
{541} 899 8000 Two acres of vegetable garden, orchard and grapevines on the Jacksonville property
245 west main street, jacksonville of Murphy’s brother and co-owner, Jonoah Murphy, furnish a hearty helping of fresh,
in-season produce for Gogi’s. Cultivation will be even closer at hand this summer.
(one block to britt)
“This year, I’m gonna kick it up a notch,” says Gabriel Murphy.
elanguestsuites.com Planter boxes perched on the West Main Street building’s balcony will boast
tomatoes, eggplant and strawberries, says Murphy. They join pots arrayed in
aromatic herbs beckoning diners to the restaurant’s front entrance.
“It’s beautiful,” says Murphy.” And it’s cool to see the cooks out there picking the
herbs before service.”
Southern Oregon’s natural beauty and quality of life compelled Murphy
Fine dining a decade ago to put down roots as a restaurateur after years of traveling. A
culinary internship in Italy also acquainted him with French and German
in the heart of cooking techniques and traditions. He brought those influences back to the West
Coast, where he worked in several California kitchens and opened two Eugene
wine country establishments before returning home to share his gourmet passion.
“I was really trying to do the whole romantic, food-family thing.”
Recalling late-1800s and early-1900s romance, Gogi’s had attained status as
one of the region’s fine-dining mainstays more than a decade before the Murphys
purchased it in 2007. Growing along with the brothers’ reputation for fine wine and
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cuisine, the family garden has supplied Gogi’s since their first year at the helm.
“As business has grown, we’ve increased the size of the garden each year,” says
Gabriel Murphy.
On the same time line, Murphy says, Southern Oregon wines increased in number
and variety. From albarino to zinfandel, Oregon wines dominate the Gogi’s list. The
majority hail from the nearby Applegate Valley, Bear Creek and Upper Rogue areas.
“We get new, local wines every year,” says Murphy.
Bold reds from the Applegate’s Plaisance Ranch intensify braised lamb shanks’
deep savor, says Jonoah Murphy, who manages the Gogi’s dining room and beverage
service. The rich and sweet notes of salmon with strawberry-balsamic syrup are
balanced by crisp sauvignon blanc from Kriselle Cellars of the Upper Rogue, he says.
Local wines aside, ingredients’ provenance isn’t prominent on the Gogi’s menu, and
the business website makes a modest mention of the Murphy farm. Acknowledging that
small-scale agriculture in the service of a single restaurant isn’t necessarily cost-effective,
Gabriel Murphy says they do it for the “same reason you bake your own bread.”

Gogi’s Restaurant
Likewise, foods fresh from the farm need no introduction, like salad greens
plucked from the Murphy garden that are vibrant all the way to the plate. Succulent
summer tomatoes star in Gogi’s dishes year-round once kitchen staff dry, can,
Dinner~Wednesday-Sunday 5-9p freeze and steep them in oil. Radishes fermented as kimchi are one example of “a
Sunday Brunch~10a-1p 235 W Main Street, Jacksonville
Reservations: 541-899-8699 www.gogisrestaurant.com lot of pickling” that accents Murphy’s house-made sausage and other specialties.
“It’s romantic to just say we grew this,” he says. “It’s more real.”
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where agriculture
meets artistry

Distinctive from land to glass.
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 18 unique wineries producing a diverse array of
outstanding wines.

Plan your trip @ www.applegatewinetrail.com

APPLEGATE VALLEY
DEVITT WINERY LONGSWORD VINEYARD

DEVITT WINERY was founded in 2003 LONGSWORD VINEYARD offers an
by James (Jim) Devitt, with the intention of unforgettable slice of Southern Oregon
supplementing his retirement. Not wanting to wine culture. Family-owned, operated,
get fully involved in the wine business, he opted and farmed, they specialize in small-batch,
at first for growing grapes. The winery soon unique wines that are as complex as they are
followed when Jim couldn't find a buyer for his enjoyable. The LongSword family prides itself
grapes and his wife, Sue, uttered those fateful on serving exceptional wines in a relaxed,
words: "We'll build a winery when pigs fly!" informal atmosphere that speaks to both wine
After Jim's death in January 2017, Grandson aficionados and wine novices alike.
Brendon Butler took over the day-to-day task Located in the heart of the Applegate Valley,
of running Devitt Winery. Brendon has had stunning panoramic views of the surrounding
ten years of on-the-job training as Jim's intern, Cascade and Siskiyou mountain ranges abound,
supplemented with enology classes at Umpqua enhancing a truly delightful wine tasting
Community College and U.C. Davis. experience. Summer is an exciting time when
The vineyard focuses on Pinot Noir, the warm air heralds the return of the many
Viognier, Syrah, Cab Franc and Merlot. paragliders and hang gliders who take flight
Devitt Winery also includes experimental from Woodrat Mountain and land in front of
blocs, used primarily for blends and starting LongSword Vineyard the tasting room, providing wonderful live
new plants. The wines are aged in-barrel to entertainment. Longer days also provide ample
8555 Hwy 238 opportunities to meet the many animals that
produce a pleasant mouth feel with full-body Jacksonville OR 97530
characteristics. Visitors to the tasting room will call LongSword home, including a flock of 28
find bottles of all vintages ready to take home 541-899-1746 Plymouth barred rock chickens, four Pilgrim
and enjoy. LongSwordVineyard.com geese, and three resident Babydoll Southdown
Devitt Winery & Vineyards rams: Hawking, Einstein, and Newton.
11412 Hwy 238 In keeping with family tradition, Sue Devitt is Hours:
keeping a watchful eye out to make sure the LongSword is excited to release two new
Jacksonville OR 97530 Devitt label standards are maintained, while
Daily, noon-5pm varietals this summer, including a deliciously-
541-899-7511 keeping it small and still having fun! peachy Viognier and wonderful joven-style
devittwinery.com June 17th, Rat Race National Tempranillo. In June, paraglider fans won’t
Paragliding Competition want to miss the annual, National Rat Race
Hours: Opening Day Competition, June 17-24. Learn more about the
Daily, noon-5pm LongSword story in “Legacy,” on page 11.
Varietals:
Varietals: Chardonnay
Cabernet Franc Gerwürtztraminer
Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot
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Merlot Sparkling Chardonnay
Pinot Noir Sparkling Rosé
Syrah Syrah
Tempranillo Viognier
Viognier Tempranillo

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RED LILY VINEYARDS VALLEY VIEW WINERY

RED LILY VINEYARDS is a boutique, family- VALLEY VIEW is an iconic name in the Rogue
owned winery in the beautiful Applegate Valley, Valley. Not only is it the name of Peter Britt’s
specializing in classic Spanish wines, including original Jacksonville winery, circa 1858, but
Tempranillo and Verdejo. Red Lily is named for it also became the name of the first modern
Bolander’s Lily, a rare species of red lily growing winery in the Rogue Valley. Founded by Frank
in the nearby Siskiyou Mountains, and for the and Ann Wisnovsky, Valley View first made
owner’s daughter, Lily. wine in 1976. Using fruit from his Applegate
Valley estate, planted in 1972, Wisnovsky made
Red Lily’s winery and tasting room are located
Bordeaux varietals up until his death in 1980
in an idyllic setting on the banks of the
when Valley View operations were passed on to
Applegate River with an amazing riverside
Ann and sons.
beach, the site of their popular summer concert
series featuring rising local musical artists. The winery, celebrating its fortieth anniversary,
is now operated by Mark and Michael
Red Lily features a rustic-chic tasting room, an
Wisnovsky. The vineyard has more than
outdoor patio with gorgeous views of the valley,
doubled in size since the original planting and
a historic 80-year-old pole barn, expansive
now includes Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon,
grounds with lush grass areas dotted with picnic
Pinot noir, Tempranillo, Viognier, Malbec
tables, and charming indoor nooks where you
and Syrah. Wines have been made by UC
can relax and enjoy fabulous wines and food
Davis-trained enologist John F. Guerrero since
offerings no matter the time of year or weather.
1985. Wines offered at the Applegate Valley
Red Lily offers an array of Spanish-inspired wines, Wine Pavilion in Ruch include Rogue Valley
Red Lily Vineyards including their flagship Red Lily Tempranillo red and white blends, as well as Chardonnay,
(2012 vintage DOUBLE GOLD at 2016 San Valley View Winery Viognier, Syrah, Tempranillo, Pinot Noir,
11777 Hwy 238
Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition). 1000 Upper Applegate Road Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, several
Jacksonville OR 97530 The signature white wine is the Stargazer Jacksonville OR 97530 dessert wines and a Port-style wine bottled
541-846-6800 Verdejo—verdejo is a Spanish white grape under the premium Anna Maria label. Visitors
541-899-8468
redlilyvineyards.com relatively unknown in the U.S. that produces are encouraged to bring a picnic and enjoy
amazingly complex and layered wines. For valleyviewwinery.com fine wines and some of the best views of the
Hours: something different, try the 2014 Night School Applegate Valley from the tasting room, patios
port-style dessert wine, a DOUBLE GOLD Hours:
May-October, and expansive lawn areas.
winner at the 2016 Oregon Wine Experience. Daily, 11am-5pm
Daily, 11am-5pm
Varietals:
November-April,
Cabernet Franc
Thursday-Sunday, 11am-5pm
Cabernet Sauvignon
Varietals: Chardonnay APPLEGATE VALLEY
Graciano Pinot Noir
Grenache Riesling
Tempranillo Syrah
Verdejo Tempranillo
Dessert Wines Viognier

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AUGUSTINO ESTATE SCHMIDT FAMILY VINEYARDS

AUGUSTINO APPLEGATE is the second SCHMIDT FAMILY VINEYARDS was
tasting venue of Augustino Estate, the label that established by Cal and Judy Schmidt on the
recently made a splash with the debut of its 75-acre Bennett Ranch in the Missouri Flat
Illinois Valley tree house tasting room. Owners section of the Applegate Valley. In addition to
Reggie Boltz and Debbie Spencer are opening a Luxe award as the best family-owned winery
Augustino Applegate just in-time for the kick- in Oregon, notable recent awards include
off of summer wine touring through one of Double Gold medals for the 2013 Tempranillo,
Southern Oregon’s liveliest viticultural areas. Schmidt Family Vineyards 2012 Malbec & Merlot and Gold for the 2014
Known for Pinot Noir and sparkling wines 330 Kubli Road Albariño from Wine Press Northwest. At the 2017
made from Rock’n R Ranch fruit, Augustino Grants Pass OR 97527 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, the
Estate is bringing its special brand of ranch chic 541-846-9985 2014 Reserve Chardonnay took Double Gold
to the big red barn on North Applegate Road. and the 2015 Viognier took Silver.
sfvineyards.com
A landmark familiar to wine country A visit to the winery is a must—picture a classic
sojourners, the beautiful, historic red barn has Hours: craftsman structure nestled in sumptuous
had an extensive make-over. The tasting room Daily, noon-5pm, all year gardens against magnificent mountain vistas
now features upscale country appointments and you almost have it. You’ll marvel at the
and even a player piano. The adjoining 65-acre including Kitchen casually-elegant main tasting room, with
vineyard has received lots of TLC and will be in soaring ceilings, stone fireplace and expansive
production this year. Look for new selections
Friday Extended Hours, windows that let the outdoors inside. In the
including Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay and Pinot noon-8pm, Music from 5-8pm, barrel room mercantile, find wines for sale
Port appearing on the Augustino Estate wine Kitchen is open noon-7:30pm along with a selection of artisan clothing,
list. The transformation of the property will jewelry, wine accessories and more.
continue with a new patio, fire pits, manicured Varietals & Blends: With two tasting rooms, covered stone patios
Augustino Estate grounds and even a path down to the Applegate Albariño and lush gardens, relax with a glass of wine while
(at old Bridgeview Tasting Room) River for those who feel like strolling. All of Barbera enjoying an antipasto plate or pizza or calzone
16995 N Applegate Road this, and great wines to sip and savor. Learn
Cabernet Franc from the outdoor wood-fired pizza oven. All
more on page 12. summer-long, enjoy Friday Night Music Nights
Grants Pass OR 97527 Cabernet Sauvignon
541-846-1881 with live music until 8pm. Learn more about the
Chardonnay Schmidt story in “Legacy,” on page 9.
augustinoestate.com Malbec
Merlot
Hours:
Pinot Gris
Thursday-Sunday, 11am-5pm
Pinot Noir
Varietals: Riesling
Cabernet Sauvignon Rosés
Sauvignon Blanc
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Chardonnay
Pinot Grigio Syrah
Pinot Noir Vermentino
Pinot Port Viognier
Syrah Zinfandel

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SCHULTZ WINES SERRA VINEYARDS

SCHULTZ WINES is the label associated with SERRA VINEYARDS winery & tasting
Glory Oaks Vineyard & Farm, one of the newer room sits on an 80-acre estate located on the
venues in the Applegate Valley. Glory Oaks Applegate Valley's famed Kubli Bench. With
is a long way from Baton Rouge, Louisiana over 30 acres under vine, Krissa and Scott
where owners Greg and Debbie Schultz took Fernandes annually produce 1000+ cases
their first steps toward becoming viticulturists. of wine showcasing estate-grown Viognier,
Their journey began with a few classes on wine Pinot Noir, Tempranillo, Malbec, Cabernet
at LSU that sparked a tasting trip to Southern Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Syrah.
Oregon, where it was love at first sight. Greg The result, as expressed by the array of medals
and Debbie were enchanted by the beauty of Serra Vineyards wines receive from both
the land, the friendliness of the people, and the national and international wine competitions
opportunities in the wine industry. Schultz Wines throughout the year, is a flight of medal-
was established in 2010 and their wines have been winning wines for all of our guests! Recently,
made by Linda Donovan and her talented team at Serra won Gold for their 2014 Tempranillo
Pallet Wine Company ever since. at the 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine
The first bottling of Schultz Wine was a 2010 Competition and “best of class” medals for
Chardonnay and not long after, they purchased their 2011 Pinot Noir and 2012 Cabernet
the property that would become Glory Oaks. Sauvignon at the Seattle Wine Competition.
Tempranillo and Malbec are now planted and Open 7 days-a-week, year-round, Serra
the existing ranch house has been converted Vineyards is a picnic, pet and family-friendly
into a tasting room offering stunning views of destination with legendary views of the
Schultz Glory Oaks
the vineyard and valley. Their solar-powered vineyards below and the infinite, surrounding
755 Slagle Creek Rd tasting room offers Pinot Noir, with fruit Serra Vineyards mountain ranges. Serra Vineyards boasts one
Grants Pass OR 97527 sourced from the Willamette Valley, and 222 Missouri Flat Road of the most spectacular settings in Southern
541-414-8448 Merlot, Chardonnay, Viognier, Syrah, Pinot Grants Pass OR 97527 Oregon and one of the nicest patio decks in
schultzwines.com Gris and red dessert wine with fruit sourced the Applegate Valley! Offering something
541-846-9223
from the Applegate Valley. This summer, bring for everyone, come enjoy our local artisan
a picnic lunch and enjoy deck-seating with serravineyards.com marketplace, local craft brews and regular
Hours:
Saturday & Sunday, noon-5pm views of the surrounding hills and valleys, foodie flights & instant picnic menu!
and the sounds of birds and the creek. It’s the Hours:
and by appointment As Serra Vineyards is a must-see on your
perfect pairing—a great story and fine wines! Daily, 11am-5pm
winery tour, we invite you to come experience
Varietals: Varietals: our award-winning wines enhanced by true
Chardonnay Southern Oregon hospitality.
Cabernet Franc
Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon
Pinot Gris Malbec
Pinot Noir
APPLEGATE VALLEY
Merlot
Syrah Pinot Noir
Tempranillo Dessert Wine Tempranillo
Tempranillo Rosé (coming in 2017) Syrah
Viognier Viognier

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SOLORO VINEYARD TROON VINEYARD

SOLORO VINEYARD owners June and Tim TROON VINEYARD is an historic vineyard
Navarro originally bought their Applegate Valley still on the cutting edge of winemaking. Planted
property for a cattle ranch but decided to retire in the Applegate Valley in 1972 by Southern
the cows and plant a vineyard instead. As lovers Oregon wine pioneer Dick Troon, today they
of Rhone varietals, they’re so glad they did! are still pioneers in search of the finest varieties
Surrounded by Spencer, Roundtop and Eagle for our region. Troon’s goal is producing world-
Mountains, the sun-bathed slope that became class wines, which in the last year have received
Soloro (“sun gold”) Vineyard is perfect for dozens of 90+ point reviews from wine critics
Grenache Noir, Syrah, Marsanne, Rousanne across the country.
Soloro Vineyard and Viognier. The lush fruit of Soloro The Troon Vineyard is surrounded by the
9110 N. Applegate Road produces award-winning vintages, such as the majestic Siskiyou Mountains and the pristine
Grants Pass OR 97527 ever-popular Thunderegg Cut, a Marsanne- beauty of the Applegate Valley. They focus
Rousanne blend, and Solitaire, a 100% estate on naturally-produced wines using natural
541-862-2693
Viognier. Crafted by Linda Donovan of yeast fermentations and winemaking without
solorovineyard.com Medford’s Pallet Wine Company and Steve additives from certified sustainable LIVE and
Anderson of Eola Hills in the Willamette Valley, Salmon Safe vineyards. Everything at Troon
Hours: with unique labels designed by Josh Bradley, is dedicated to making truly memorable and
Saturday & Sunday, noon to 5pm, Soloro wines have won gold and silver medals exciting wines.
April thru November UnCorked at the Newport Seafood and Wine Festival, the In addition to stunning views from the tasting
Closed at harvest Oregon Wine Experience and SavorNW. Troon Vineyard
room, you can relax and picnic on the patio
Visitors to Soloro will find a warm welcome in
1475 Kubli Road or in the garden, featuring a bocce ball court
Varietals: the tasting room overlooking the vines along Grants Pass OR 97527 and other games. You can also create your own
Grenache with ample room to picnic and sip on the 541-846-9900 light picnic from their picnic bar. Troon’s goal
Marsanne patio and lawn. Soloro is a stop on this year’s troonvineyard.com is creating a warm and welcoming experience
Roussanne self-guided tour of Applegate Valley wineries, for all guests.
Syrah
Applegate Uncorked. Be sure to stop by and Hours: While many people first visit Troon for the
chat with June and Tim. Expect a down-to- Daily, 11am-5pm incredible views, be assured that your second
Viognier earth, casual atmosphere and exceptional visit will be for the incredible wines.
wines—perhaps an unexpected combination, Appointments not required,
but one sure to delight sun-loving wine lovers.
except for large groups.
Varietals:
Vermentino
Tannat
Malbec
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Syrah
Sangiovese
Tempranillo
Zinfandel
Creative Co-Ferments

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WOOLDRIDGE CREEK WINERY & CRUSHPAD CREAMERY PLAISANCE RANCH VINEYARD & WINERY

WOOLDRIDGE CREEK WINERY & PLAISANCE RANCH traces its roots to a
CRUSHPAD CREAMERY is home to a winery, pioneering French vintner, Joseph Ginet, who
vineyard, a creamery…and now a charcuterie! established a vineyard on Sterling Creek outside
as an aperitif.
originated. Enjoy this elegant wine with all foods or
the Savoie region of France where the Ginet family
variety Mondeusé. It is the major red grape grown in
colored, heavy bodied wine is made from the grape
wine with all foods or as an aperitif.This brilliantly
where the Ginet family originated. Enjoy this elegant
red grape grown in the Savoie region of France
from the grape variety Mondeusé. It is the major
This brilliantly colored, heavy bodied wine is made
And, it’s a story about a place, a partnership VINTAGE 2014 Jacksonville in the 1890’s called “Plaisance
and a plan. The place is a hillside vineyard deep Orchards.” Along with selling grapes and grape
www.plaisanceranch.com

in the Applegate Valley winegrowing region Mondeuse plant starts, he produced various orchard fruits.
of Southern Oregon. The partnership arose In 1998, a third-generation, Joe Ginet, grandson
between the couple who planted the vineyard of Joseph, with help from cousins from Savoie,
back in 1977 and the couple who wanted to France, established the modern-day vineyard
add a winery to that vineyard. The plan came in the Williams Valley, planting 18 varieties and
together in 2005 when the winery was built
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Plaisance Ranch six rootstocks on 17 acres.
and Wooldridge Creek vineyard became 16955 Water Gap Rd.
Wooldridge Creek Vineyard and Winery. A winery with such a heritage could hardly be
Williams OR 97544 ordinary, evidenced by the slew of accolades
The great thing is this: the formation of
541-846-7175 in 2016. Accolades include three consecutive
the Wooldridge Creek team has stood the years of 90+ ratings from “The Wine Spectator.”
test of time. It continues to make sense and plaisanceranch.com
Wooldridge Creek Winery Plaisance Ranch also earned 91 points in the
make exceptional vintages. The original 18- “Wine Enthusiast,” took #5 on the Seattle
& CrushPad Creamery acre vineyard has expanded to 56, planted to Hours:
Daily, noon-6pm Times’ Top 50 Wines of the Pacific Northwest,
818 Slagle Creek Road Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and captured a silver, two double golds and best
Grants Pass OR 97527 Syrah, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Viognier, Closed Tuesdays of show at the 2016 Oregon Wine Experience.
Gewürztraminer, Zinfandel, Malbec, Riesling and
541-846-6364 Tempranillo. The two couples are still committed Join our email list for information Winemaker Joe Ginet and his wife Suzi
wcwinery.com to the vision that brought them together. And the on our 2017 "Wine Down" events welcome visitors to their tasting room to taste
plan has succeeded beyond belief. wines produced according to family tradition.
Hours: on June 23, July 28, August 18, and They also produce certified organic grass-fed
The sustainably-designed winery offers September 29! beef, so don’t be surprised if you leave with a
Daily, 11am-5pm unparalleled mountain and valley views—the few pounds of premium beef in addition to a
perfect spot to gather with friends. Today, Varietals: few bottles of exquisite wine.
Varietals:
visitors can now sample cheeses and salami Cabernet Franc
Cabernet made on-site, making it the first combined Plaisance Ranch’s “Wine Downs” run from
Chardonnay winery, creamery & charcuterie in Oregon!
Carménère Spring through Fall, including one on June
Gewürztraminer Chardonnay 23, July 28, August 18 and September 29…
Merlot featuring wine, music, food and of course, fun!
Malbec
Merlot Mondeuse
Pinot Noir Mourvèdre
Riesling Petite Sirah
Petite Verdot
APPLEGATE VALLEY
Sauvignon
Syrah Pinot Noir
Tempranillo Ranch Red
Viognier Sauvignon Blanc
Zinfandel Syrah
Tempranillo
Viognier
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AUGUSTINO ESTATE & VINEYARD

Breakfast All Day Sundays

AUGUSTINO ESTATE is one of the newest
tasting rooms to open. Located in O'Brien,
just west of Grants Pass in the Illinois Valley,
Augustino Estate is unlike any tasting room in
Southern Oregon. Surrounded by mountains
and bordered by a rushing river, Augustino’s
location offers a place to enjoy one of the most
unique tasting experiences anywhere on the
West Coast.
The new 1500 square foot “Treeloon” tasting
room—a combination tree house/tasting room
perched in the tree tops, offers guests a magical
location from which to relax and enjoy one

Local wine and local beef, of the region’s most incredible settings with
stunning views. The Treeloon was recently
a natural pairing. showcased on a 2016 episode of the DIY
network’s hit show, “The Treehouse Guys!”
Augustino Estate & Vineyard The Augustino family’s 350-acre Rock’n R Ranch
320 Brown Road has grown to include the new tasting room,
O’Brien OR 97534 50 acres of vineyard plantings, a wedding and
special events venue, a Tipi Village, and an
541-596-2818 8-acre private lake with lakeside bar. Overnight
augustinoestate.com cabin rentals will also be available in the near
future, making for the perfect wine tasting get-
Hours: away destination in the Illinois Valley! And, it’s
Thursday-Sunday, 11am-5pm just a short drive away from majestic Redwood
or by appointment forests, several rivers and the Oregon/California
Coast, making this a must-visit wine tasting
New Applegate location at destination for anyone interested in tasting fine
Local, Natural, Grass-Fed, old Bridgeview Tasting Room wines in an exquisite, natural setting.
Grain-Finished, Angus Cross BEEF 16995 N Applegate Road
USDA Certified from our Family Ranch in the Applegate Valley Grants Pass OR 97527

STEAKS • RIBS • ROASTS • GROUND BEEF Varietals:
Cattle Ranch - Raising home-grown, natural, Cabernet Sauvignon
APPLEGATE VALLEY

Angus crossbred beef, directly to your plate. Celebration White Blend
Chardonnay
Find us at the Farmers Market! Pinot Grigio
• Medford - Thursday & Saturday Pinot Noir
• Jacksonville - Sunday Syrah
Or call or email to order 541-899-8295 or pksalant@aol.com
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❶ ROGUE VALLEY MAP / Pg 26
Winery Info & Pairings / Pgs 25-37

❷ UPPER ROGUE MAP / Pg 39
Winery Info & Pairings / Pgs 39-41

❸ JACKSONVILLE MAP / Pg 46
Winery Info & Pairings / Pgs 42-52

❹ APPLEGATE VALLEY MAP / Pg 54
Winery Info & Pairings / Pgs 54-62

❺ ❺ UMPQUA VALLEY MAP / Pg 16
Winery Info & Pairings / Pgs 14-23



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APPLEGATE VALLEY

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Wine Country Sipping & Supping
by SARAH LEMON

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S ipping and supping to sounds of live music at vineyards and tasting rooms is
Southern Oregon’s alternative to a night (or day) on the town.
“You can relax and not hop from one place to another,” says Porscha Schiller,
marketing director and tasting-room manager for South Stage Cellars.
The Jacksonville tasting room is among dozens locally that headline food infused
with live music. Wine ’n’ Dine Wednesdays and Sip ’n’ Supper Saturdays bring
specialties from Jacksonville’s C St. Bistro and Medford’s Pomodori Ristorante to
tables at South Stage for just $10 per plate. Musical acts whet patrons’ appetites at
the one-stop hot spot for eating, drinking and enjoying a show.
“We also support artists—we never take a commission,” says Schiller. “That
provides art, wine, food and music—how do you go wrong with that?”
Such collaborations hit the right note for numerous local wineries and tasting
rooms. The region’s diverse field of musicians—eager to play lower-key venues earlier
in the evening—give small-scale concerts all summer where wine sets the stage.
“Vineyards and wineries are generally pretty places with more positive energy,”
says Jeff Kloetzel. “I’ve never seen a fist-fight at a winery.”
Playing bars for twenty years in Hawaii, Kloetzel renounced that scene when he
relocated to Southern Oregon in 2010. He says he’s since seen the number of local
tasting rooms more than double, and he’s played guitar and sung at almost all of
them at least once.
“That’s certainly been a real blessing to the local music world,” he says. “It’s sort of
been a perfect storm for this valley.”
The broad base of local talent warrants more than one show, usually from 6 to
8pm, per week at many wineries during their busy season. Schedules typically are
posted to winery websites and social-media pages, along with information about
food vendors, including locally-operated food trucks.
The lineup, says RoxyAnn’s tasting room manager and events coordinator Brenda
Walden-Pine, can fulfill customers’ expectations for the entire evening or function
as the launch pad for more fun.
“It’s a great place for friends to meet up and not be out so late.”
Live music at RoxyAnn took root at an erstwhile farmers market before
expanding into a Friday evening concert series. After several spates of inclement
weather prompted musicians to move into the property’s barn, Walden-Pine
realized the potential for year-round gigs.
“It kind of exploded from there,” she says. “It kind of became band-central.” Jeff Kloetzel
Friday nights at RoxyAnn from June through September draw 200 to 300 people,
most of whom are eager to dance. Wednesday evenings welcome slower-paced,
softer-toned soloists and, once per quarter, karaoke is popular with families.
The laid-back ambiance, admittedly, appeals to adults middle-aged and older and
also to kids, say tasting-room staff. Yet Schiller says she serves 20-somethings in
increasing numbers, whose wine appreciation also is on the rise.
“They’re kind of slowing down on the cocktails,” she says, adding that changing
demographics likely will propel the local music scene toward still more genres.
“We have this huge spectrum of music.”
Guitarist and vocalist Liz Jones agrees: “We have everything from flamenco to
jazz to folk to bluegrass.”
On the "playful eclectic side," Jones’ three-piece band, Savanna, performs almost
exclusively at wineries, most regularly at Belle Fiore, DANCIN and Wooldridge
Creek. She also plays as a duo at Paschal Winery and Weisinger Family Winery
and solo at Caprice Vineyards. Liz admits that her absolute favorite gigs are as a
trio with Savanna bandmates Anna Christensen on percussion and vocals and Bob
Rawlings on upright bass and vocals.
“Wineries seem to love our brand of tasteful, popular music that pleases
everyone," she adds. "Live music brings a very present, vibrant energy…it's a real
win-win for musicians and wineries."
The success of musicians, says Al Silbowitz of Grizzly Peak, often strikes a
stronger chord than wine sales. Crowds as large as 400 gather on Friday evenings,
all summer-long for concerts in the Ashland estate’s oak grove. Organizers
follow the city’s noise ordinance, comply with music-industry copyright laws and
compensate bands appropriately, says Silbowitz.
“Somebody has to be able to help musicians support themselves.”
Jones and Kloetzel both credit wineries with nurturing more musical talent that, Savanna with Liz Jones (far right)
in turn, enhances the region’s quality of life.
“I think the wine and music pairing,” says Kloetzel, “is such a natural thing.”
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Oregon Wine Experience®
Schedule of Events: by CHRIS COOK

Oregon Wine Competition®
August 5-6
• Open to all Oregon wines using
100% Oregon grapes
• The premier wine competition with
six renowned judges reviewing up
to 300 wines
• Two-day competition to determine
Best of Show, Double Gold, Gold and
Silver Medal winners Photo Bob Perlson
Oregon Wine University
August 12-24
• Classes on various aspects of wine Experiencing Oregon Wine at its Finest
appreciation and wine production The Oregon Wine Experience®—it’s everything Oregon!

F
Medal Celebration rom your journey to the Bigham Knoll site in The Oregon Wine Competition® is the pivot point for
Wednesday, August 23 Jacksonville to the atmosphere in and around the all OWE events. OWE guests will be among the first to
• Kick-off event of the Oregon Wine festively-appointed event tents, you will experience all enjoy the award-winning wines as they are poured at all the
Experience® the best that Oregon has to offer. “It’s the people, the food, week’s events! The events celebrate the breadth and depth of
• Exquisite wine and culinary the wines, the views, the breeze—creating an atmosphere of Oregon’s excellent wines along with featuring some of the
celebration with Best of Show and joy, fun, connectivity,” Floyd Harmon, Asante Foundation state’s best culinary experiences.
award-winning wines accented executive director, exclaims. “There’s no other wine festival Oregon Wine Competition® assembles a new panel of
with culinary delights of this scale, quality and variety in the country that features judges each year, both to extend its reach and to get new
• Announcement of competition Oregon’s finest wines.” perspectives on the entries. “We want to introduce as
results and winner recognition Oregon Wine Experience® (OWE) activities take place many experts to the quality and level of Oregon wines,”
through August, in and around Jacksonville, culminating Competition Chairman Bruce Nicholson explained. “We
Ultimate Vintner Dinners Aug. 21-27 with the Medal Celebration, Founders’ Barrel like to have a fresh crew each time, so we have judges return
Thursday & Friday, August 24 & 25 Auction, Miracle Auction and Salmon Bake, and Grand to their states or areas and spread the word or write about
• Small and intimate vintner dinners Tasting. Last year’s festivities drew more than 2,500 people Oregon wine.”
hosted by winery owners at their and Asante Foundation raised $1.5 million over the last By having new palates in the mix, past vintages don’t influence
winery or home—Unique, multi- three years for Children’s Miracle Network and other future results. “It makes judging slightly more independent,”
course culinary and wine experience Asante healthcare programs that include no-cost patient Nicholson said. Overall, he said, they aim for a balance of
• Special features and amenities family housing, cancer compassion funds, educational credentialed industry masters and influential wine writers.
offered by event hosts classes and more. “We want an equal number of technical masters and master
This year marks the 15th annual wine competition, sommeliers with writers and industry experts. A sort of left-
Founders’ Barrel Auction and wines from all of Oregon can compete. The Oregon brain/right-brain combination, so that it’s balanced,” he said.
Friday, August 25 Wine Competition® provides an excellent opportunity for Oregon wineries can submit up to five wines—making the
• Barrel tasting and auction of custom winemakers to have a panel of six nationally-renowned selections the best of the best.
crush and wine futures experts judge their wines. All wines entered into the Humble beginnings in 2002 aimed to drum up exposure
• Culinary delights to enjoy while competition are to be produced from 100% Oregon AVA for local wines and sell more wine grapes. Founders Joe
bidding grapes and be commercially available. Ginet of Plaisance Ranch, Cal Schmidt, of Schmidt Family
Medals Awarded: Vineyards and Lee Mankin of Carpenter Hill Vineyard have
Miracle Auction and Salmon Bake • Silver and Gold medals to the best wines, regardless of seen the event take on global proportions. (Mankin, before
Saturday, August 26 classification his untimely death in March 2016.)
• Upscale food, entertainment, and • Double Gold medals to wines receiving Gold Medal Master of Wine Tim Hanni, a 2016 judge, proclaimed,
tastings from award-winning scores from all judges on a panel “The wines are world-class. Really, really good. I would say
wineries • Best of Show Award is given to the top wine in each don’t miss it.”
• Specially prepared salmon bake of three categories: White, Red and Other (Blush, For more information and to buy tickets, visit www.
dinner Sparkling, and Dessert). theoregonwineexperiece.com or call 541-789-5025.
• High-end live and silent auctions

Grand Tasting
Sunday August 27 Oregon Wine Competition® Judges
• Community tasting featuring more Linda Murphy, West Coast correspondent for Decanter Magazine
than 68 Oregon wineries Mary Gorman-McAdams, Master of Wine, Bordeaux Wine Council's market adviser for the U.S. and Canada
• Food and entertainment offerings Eric Degerman, President/CEO of GreatNorthwestWine.com
• Silent auction and raffle
Tim McNally, Executive editor and founder of Gulf Coast Wine + Dine Online
Barbara Philip, Master of Wine, category manager for BC Liquor Stores
theoregonwineexperience.com D.C. Flynt, Master of Wine, president/owner of MACH Flynt Inc.

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