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CONTENTS / FALL WINTER 2017
This fall and winter, there’s nothing more
fun and authentic than exploring the wine
scene and discovering something new!

58 / INDUSTRY NEWS
REGIONAL MAPS 19-56 / WINERY DIRECTORIES
12 / WINE COUNTRY B&B'S 14 / GRAPE IN YOUR GLASS Rogue Valley..........................19 Rogue Valley..........................19-31
At Southern Oregon’s finest hotels and MJ Daspit opens our eyes to Southern Upper Rogue..........................33 Upper Rogue..........................33-35
B&B’s, a guest’s most valuable resource is a Oregon wineries that are planting lesser- Jacksonville............................38 Jacksonville............................36-45
proprietor who knows the “inn’s” and outs known grapes—like Montepulciano, Applegate Valley....................46 Applegate Valley....................46-53
of the local wine scene. at Ashland’s Belle Fiore Winery. Umpqua Valley.......................54 Umpqua Valley.......................54-56

17 / WINE COUNTRY CHEF 32 / DE-VINE COUPLES 39 / NAMASTE IN THE VINES 57 / SCHOOL OF WINE
Jeremy and Jacqueline Vidalo’s focus on Matt and Ashley Cates of Agate Ridge With incredible scenery and natural Kevin Breck, a student at the Southern
fine food and local wines at their famed Vineyards met and married thanks to their surroundings, DANCIN Vineyards outside Oregon Wine Institute in the Umpqua
Ashland Loft Restaurant has resulted in the shared passion for travel, education and Jacksonville is the perfect spot to get on a Valley, takes us back to school to learn
perfect pairing. family ties in the wine industry. yoga mat…and taste a little wine. what it takes to become a winemaker.

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experience, our Southern Oregon wineries also offer the unique dining experience. And, in “Pouring Partners,” Chris sowinescene.com
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who’ve tended, picked and bottled the very grapes in your the benefit of the industry and wine consumers.
Local photographer Debra Thornton
glass. Unlike other wine regions, the Southern Oregon wine As always, thanks for taking Wine Scene along on your
captured our cover image during
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room reservations months or years in advance.
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experience is at the heart of the wine scene and extends

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 a 20-year career in social work, leadership, and staff
cultivated during his family’s travels across the United States development, Tiffany Grimes created Evolutionary Consulting.
and Europe. Specializing in capturing people and events, his Using neuroscience, she blends emotional intelligence, resiliency,
unique style and exceptional ability captures the essence of the and mindfulness into life coaching services, transformational
moment. Steven’s work has been featured in many articles and retreats, and organizational trainings. Her work includes writing
magazines from coast to coast. projects for local and national publications, based from her
Jacksonville home where she travels the hiking and wine trails.

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Ashland Wine Cellar owners
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Jacksonville Inn Wine Shop
Photo by Melissa Ghiglieri

It may seem as though wine shops are in competition with wine tasting
rooms—both selling the same product. In fact, it’s just the opposite. They
have a collaborative relationship that is flourishing in Southern Oregon.

A shland Wine Cellar owners Lisa and Brian Dunagan say they spend a lot of
time helping visitors to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival decide which local
wineries to visit. “I like to think of our wine shop as a resource to promote
Southern Oregon wineries,” Brian said. Oregon’s oldest independently-owned
enlarged its wine section, which opened just two years ago. Owner Chuck Horton
has effusive enthusiasm and a large selection of Southern Oregon wines. “When
people ask me which tasting room to visit, I tell them to visit them all! Wine is the
future of our economy—we’re not selling lumber anymore,” he said.
wine shop, the Ashland Wine Cellar has weekly tastings with local winery reps and On “Wine Wednesdays,” Chuck enjoys seeing his customers meet the winery
always has flights of wine and wines by the glass available. owners who come to provide tastings. “It gets people interested in the wineries and
It’s a gathering place for tourists and locals alike. During my recent visit to the then they go out and visit the tasting rooms.”
Ashland Wine Cellar, I ran into local resident, Bobby Townsend, and three friends At the Harry & David Country Village store in Medford, you can find local
enjoying a glass of wine and chatting with the Dunagans. “There’s nowhere locally gourmet foods and produce, delightful treats and one of the largest wine and
like this place—a great mix of wines from Southern Oregon and around the world. beer selections in Southern Oregon. Wine Sales Manager Scott Zagar stocks
I can get expert advice on wines and tasting rooms,” Bobby said. approximately 40 percent of his wine inventory from Southern Oregon and 50
When the Jacksonville Inn’s wine shop opened in 1982, there were only a handful percent from Oregon. Approaching sales of $1 million per year in wine, Scott says
of wineries in Southern Oregon. Owner Jerry Evans remembers that while Valley that he has the largest selection of wines in Southern Oregon.
View Winery was fairly new and just down the road, he had to drive to Portland to With approximately a third of Scott’s customers visiting the area as tourists, Scott
find a decent selection of wine to stock his shop and adjoining restaurant. Today, has a great opportunity to direct people to local wineries. “We get a lot of support
he sells upwards of 2,000 different wines—about one quarter from Southern from the local wineries—they are in here doing tastings every Friday, Saturday and
Oregon. Having bought the Jacksonville Inn and Restaurant in 1976, Evans says Sunday. We want to support them as much as possible,” he says.
he has visitors from all around the world, especially California. They come for the With more than 120 wineries in the region, visitors can look to local wine
Britt Music and Art Festival and lately for the wine, given the recent wine region shops for advice on which to visit and can talk with the knowledgeable staff about
recognition by Forbes and Wine Enthusiast. which wineries specialize in their favorites. Our visitors find that from Albariño to
Head over to Medford from Jacksonville and you will find two other well-stocked Viognier, Southern Oregon wineries have something for everyone.
and well-staffed wine shops. Spirits World, which also sells hard alcohol, recently
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Bordeaux, France

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Cruising Bordeaux
with Kriselle Cellars
by MJ DASPIT

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Call it kismet. The owner of an upscale travel company affiliated with a premier
river cruise line joins the wine club of a top-drawer Southern Oregon winery. In
casual conversation with winery management, he proposes an intriguing idea:
taking that winery’s Bordeaux varietals and tasting them side-by-side with their
Many Umpqua, Rogue and Applegate Valley wineries produce locally-grown
Bordeaux, giving the wines a Southern Oregon spin.
Along with 25 cases of Kriselle vintages specifically chosen for cruise events,
Steingraber provided wine education through onboard lectures and tastings that
French counterparts—in Bordeaux. explored Bordeaux and Southern Oregon as distinct places with distinct terroir.
That’s how Kriselle Cellars’ Director Nora Lancaster explains the genesis of a “We discussed the differences in the wines while tasting side-by-side. The French
seven-night Kriselle Cellars cruise for wine lovers aboard the AmaWaterways wines used for comparison weren’t just from the region in general but from the
luxury vessel AmaDolce on the rivers of Bordeaux. Through the agency of Foy very neighborhoods the ship was transiting—you’d look out the lounge windows
Renfro of Journey To and Fro Travel in Ashland, Kriselle partnered with the cruise at vines as far as the eye could see—and a few castles.” Kriselle’s ripe characteristics
line in virtually every aspect of the itinerary. “That means we sent our wines from showed through slightly fuller body, richer fruit flavors and abundant natural
Southern Oregon over to the wine capital of the world and featured them on a acidity. The French wines showed a softer expression consistent with the classic
cruise hosted by Kriselle’s owner/winemaker Scott Steingraber. We first promoted earth/mineral highlights for which Old World wines are prized.
it to our Cellar Society, (Kriselle Cellars’ wine club) then to the public and garnered Besides a total immersion wine experience, the cruise featured what Lancaster
a group of wine enthusiasts from New York, Washington State and Texas as well as describes as “food so beautifully presented you had to take a picture—I could hardly
the Rogue Valley—all coming as affiliates of Kriselle Cellars.” bear to stick a fork in.” The traditionally-trained French chef onboard created a wine
Considered by many to be the world’s greatest wine-producing region, Bordeaux pairing dinner featuring Kriselle vintages. “We loved the creamy brie and gruyere

Continued
occupies an area of southwestern France associated with the Gironde and soup they made to go with Di’tani, our proprietary Bordeaux blend. They were kind
Dordogne Rivers and renowned for Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, enough to share the recipe which we brought back for our Cellar Society.”
Malbec, Petit Verdot, Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon. Bordeaux is also the name
of the principal city of this region and a generic term for the varietals listed above.
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Sauternes Vineyards

Citadel in Blaye Vineyard in Bourg Bell Tower in Saint Emilion Scott hosting tasting session

E Each day featured multiple shore excursions including hikes geared to various
exertion levels, biking or vehicular tours, and wine tastings. One stop even
offered a visit to prehistoric caves. “Wine tourism is different in Bordeaux,”
Lancaster points out. “It’s largely by appointment only, but many chateaux have
a nice relationship with AmaWaterways and would do special things and make
accommodations for our passengers. This opened-up doors that would have been
closed if we were on our own.”
Ashore in Côte de Bourg, Scott Steingraber shared Kriselle wines with locals at
a village wine party. He found many, especially the younger generation, were in
tune with the world of wine outside their borders and well-versed in Oregon wine
production. Only occasionally did he need to explain US west coast geography and
Kriselle’s place in it.
Medford residents and Kriselle Cellar Society members Rosie and Dave Donnelly
Village of Saint Emilion Bicycles at the ready on AmaDolce took the cruise with no prior experience of Bordeaux. They loved discovering this
world-renowned wine region while spending time with Kriselle comrades. Most
memorable for Rosie was Saint-Émilion, with its limestone buildings and enormous
underground spaces created when building blocks were carved out. Below a 53-meter
bell-tower is the subterranean Monolithic Church, built over 300 years, beginning
in the 9th century by successive generations of monks. For Dave, a highlight was
the wisteria-clad Chateau de la Rivière in Fronsac, a splendid limestone structure
with immense caves devoted to wine storage. When tasting the French and Oregon
Bordeaux varietals side-by-side, the couple purposely did so without knowing which
was which, and found they preferred the product of their local winery.
Lancaster sums up the Bordeaux experience, noting, “We enjoyed this
exploration immensely. The journey was bountiful in flavor, robust in experience
and enriching in kinship.” It proved so rewarding that Kriselle Cellars will be
hosting another AmaWaterways wine cruise in August 2018—seven nights on the

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YOUR WINE COUNTRY
CONCIERGE by SARAH LEMON

In the Southern Oregon wine scene, innkeepers and hoteliers often play a that’s only a portion of the other wineries that we recommend to guests…from
significant role helping their guests navigate wine country. Ashland, Medford and into to the Upper Rogue areas,” Kerr says.
Perched at the Applegate Valley Wine Trail’s threshold, Jacksonville bed and Maps in Southern Oregon Wine Scene, along with its detailed winery profiles,
breakfast owners revel in their responsibility to promote the wine appellation just often are inkeepers’ go-to reference guide for guests. Kerr says the publication
west of their town. essentially comprises several dozen brochures within its pages.
“We live here; we are passionate about the area,” says Karolina Wyszynska “It’s really easy for people to take along with them.”
Lavagnino, director of sales and marketing for Neuman Hotel Group. “It’s an Once guests find their bearings around the wine region, Kerr usually poses three
authentic love for the region.” questions: What have they heard about the area? What kinds of wines interest
Southern Oregon’s authenticity, says Jamie Kerr, lures no small number of wine them? Have they previously tasted anything from the region? Reneau says she calls
enthusiasts away from California’s Napa and Sonoma valleys in search of “hidden to confirm wineries’ hours of operations, or encourages guests to check before
gems.” Southern Oregon, adds Lavagnino, is poised to outshine better-known wine embarking on a tasting tour.
regions that have become “commercialized.” And Southern Oregon’s unspoiled “Most innkeepers work as a concierge,” says Linda Kilcollins, a former bed-and-
wine country, both say, delivers plenty of new discoveries. breakfast owner in Redding, California, who’s stayed several times at TouVelle
“Most people express surprise at how much variety there is,” says Kerr, who House to taste wine and attend the Southern Oregon Lavender Festival. Kilcollins
operates Jacksonville’s TouVelle House Bed & Breakfast. credits Kerr with steering her toward Valley View Winery and Red Lily Vineyards,
Variety doesn’t just describe the grapes grown in Southern Oregon. From both of which produce tempranillo, her favorite varietal.
luxuriously-appointed estates to rustic ranches, wineries offer a setting and For guests whose journeys may take them from the Redwoods to Crater Lake,
ambiance for any taste. Kerr and boutique hotel owner Cherie Reneau both laud Kerr says she recommends “wine in either direction.” Options have become more
DANCIN Vineyards for its breathtaking views just a stone’s throw from downtown numerous over the years and “ballooned” in the past five, says Reneau.
Jacksonville. Industry publications recently singled-out the winery as the best, not “Huge progress!” agrees Lavagnino. “You have a winery on every corner,
only in Southern Oregon, but the entire state. including urban wineries.”
“People can go there and just chill for an hour or two,” says Reneau, who co-owns Increased visibility for wineries also arises at gala events, such as Oregon Wine
Jacksonville’s Elan Guest Suites & Art Gallery. Experience, a weeklong education, appreciation and fundraising effort each August
DANCIN’s gourmet pizzas, salads and antipasti encourage visitors to linger in Jacksonville. Kerr touts exposure that comes with international journalists and
longer, say Kerr and Reneau. Widening their culinary appeal, more and more travel writers “popping” into town. Working as volunteer event staff, Neuman Hotel
wineries, including Wooldridge Creek Vineyard & Winery and Schmidt Family Group employees gain more knowledge of the local wine industry, says Lavagnino,
Vineyards in the Applegate, serve house-made cheese, charcuterie, sandwiches whose company plans to reopen Jacksonville’s historic Nunan Estate in spring or
and burgers. Winery atmospheres run the gamut, from Wooldridge Creek’s summer 2018. “Field trips,” she says, acquaint the hotel group’s staff with what’s in
sustainable design features with its recycled steel trusses and reclaimed wood to “our backyard.”
Schmidt Family’s lush gardens and expansive lawns to Red Lily Vineyards’ peerless That intimate knowledge of the wine scene confers hoteliers and innkeepers
riverfront appointment. with status as wine stewards, tour organizers and even managers of their own on-
“You could spend weeks and still not cover all of it — there are so many now,” site wine tastings. It’s a level of service that entices guests like Kilcollins to small,
says Reneau. “In that 20-mile corridor, there are as many vineyards and wineries,” locally-owned accommodations.
she says of Highway 238, the primary driving route through the Applegate. “And “Whether it’s food or wine, they play a big part.”

Neuman Hotel Group's Ashland Springs Hotel TouVelle House Bed & Breakfast
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TheBelle
Grape In Your Glass
Fiore’s Montepulciano
by MJ DASPIT

Belle Fiore Winemaker
Heather Nenow

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Because of Southern Oregon’s many niche vineyard environments, around 70
different varieties of wine grapes grow here. Of those, Pinot Noir is the most
prevalent with 2,584 planted acres per the latest Oregon Vineyard and Winery
Census Report. This series focuses on lesser-known grapes grown in our region and
Rather than trying to emulate Italian Montepulcianos, Nenow applies a variety of
techniques to create “as much complexity as I can, because I think that makes the
most interesting wine.” Nenow will ferment in five or six separate batches using a
different yeast strain for each, producing several completely different wines. “What
their varietal wines—selections that you may not recognize among your favorite I focus on is different yeast strains, some that will help stabilize color, some that will
go-to vintages. Among the locally seldom seen is Montepulciano, an Italian red help create volume and body, some that will help create more tannin extraction.”
wine grape found at Ashland’s Belle Fiore Winery. She then considers cooperage. “As much as you can, you barrel them down
In Italy, Montepulciano is known as what the French term a vin ordinaire, a good separately, at least initially. Different barrels are going to contribute very different
value wine made for immediate and routine consumption rather than cellaring. qualities based on the forest the oak originated from, grain tightness, the type of
The wine of this grape is typically deeply colored with rich blackberry fruit and toast and the coopers. So it’s looking at what does this wine lack, what does it need,
peppery notes. It does not typically have the tannin structure required for aging, what is going to bring out the best in it. I select cooperage to fill in those gaps.”
a trait that makes it easily drinkable early, but lacking in complexity. It is widely Nenow blends the different versions of the varietal to achieve the wine that will
cultivated in Italy but associated principally with Abruzzo, a region on the Adriatic go into the bottle. “Usually it’s not one of the variations that’s a silver bullet, it’s
coast of the boot, due east of Rome. Oddly, the grape is conspicuously absent from them coming together that creates complexity, balance and volume.”
the vineyards surrounding the town of Montepulciano, located a bit to the north in The end result is about 125 cases of a very popular wine. “People just love it with
Tuscany where Sangiovese predominates. food. It has that bright acidity that pairs really well with a wide variety of cuisine. It
Winemaker Heather Nenow, a veteran of Napa, Sonoma and Washington’s sells out really quickly, so we just planted another acre and a half.” The vines of the
Columbia Valley, has presided over Belle Fiore’s production for just over a year. She new block went into the ground in mid-June and with the 2020 vintage should add
spoke to Wine Scene about the path that led her to Southern Oregon, her approach yet another level of complexity to Belle Fiore’s multi-faceted Montepulciano.
to winemaking in general and her take on Montepulciano.
“Most of my early career was in the foothills doing small scale winemaking—100
tons. Then after about ten years I jumped to really large scale—100,000 tons—
working for Constellation in Lodi. Small scale winemaking allowed me to focus
on yeast strains and barrels and doing lots of trials and tinkering. Large scale gave
me a totally different appreciation for the wine industry—you see a lot more of the
business side of it and you’re faced with a lot more winemaking challenges because
you’re dealing with fruit that’s not as hand cared-for in much larger vineyards. Then
I went to Gallo up in Washington and went from 100,000 tons to 4,000. I loved
being up in Washington… I loved the amazing fruit quality.”
Of the wine industry of Southern Oregon she says, “It reminds me a lot of the
Sierra foothills in terms of the diversity of microclimates. I’m confident this place
can make world-class wines. Like in Washington, it’s hard to find vineyards that
don’t produce excellent fruit. There’s a lot of variation though, so wines of the same
varietal can be very stylistically different. I’ve just been very impressed.”
She has experience working in Italy but not with Montepulciano. “I worked
in Friuli which is in the very most northeastern part of Italy,” she explains. “It’s
more of a cool climate area. I worked mostly with whites but I did spend quite a
bit of time in Tuscany and in the town of Montepulciano, but that’s not where the
grape is from, so I had never worked with the grape until I came here.” At Belle
Fiore the fruit from a small block of just over an acre is used to create a Southern
Oregon Montepulciano that differs significantly from its Old World expression,
showing “really good acidity and a lot of depth. Here we’re getting incredible tannin
structure and volume.”
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WINE COUNTRY CHEF
LOCAL WINES ELEVATE LOFT
Little-known varietals hailing from Basque Country and Uruguay confirm Loft’s
by SARAH LEMON list as unconventional. But the “wow” factor can be found in such local wines as a
Brandborg Vineyard & Winery 2015 Pinot Gris, which Vidalo describes as “amazing.”
“I’ve never had anything from Brandborg that wasn’t stellar.”
With hints of stone fruit, the dry white produced in Elkton enhances Loft’s
seafood selections, escargot and salt-cod fritters, says Vidalo. Oysters, in particular,
have no better accompaniment than a glass of local sauvignon blanc from Kriselle
Cellars or Simple Machine, she says. And the latter’s “fantastic” grenache, a beloved
French varietal, is light enough to pair with the classic Provencal seafood stew,
bouillebaisse, says Vidalo.
Regional French cookery inspires many of Loft’s theme dinners, including last
spring’s celebration of Lyonnaise cuisine at South Stage Cellars in Jacksonville. Fifty
diners typically partake in each multicourse event, paired with the hosting winery’s
vintages, says Vidalo. Selling out special theme dinners in their restaurant, the
Vidalos decided to collaborate with local wineries about three years ago.
“It’s more on the map now,” says Vidalo of the region’s number of wineries and
tasting rooms.
For its culinary tour of Lyon, Loft paired house-made pork sausage baked in
brioche with South Stage Cellars’ 2012 Grenache. Bold South Stage 2011 Syrah
played up the deep savor of lamb shanks braised for seven hours. Pear custard cake
furnished a smooth canvas for the lively South Stage 2014 Semi-Sparkling Muscat.
Jeremy and Jacqueline Vidalo “It was phenomenal,” says Vidalo. “It was so much fun.”
A light-hearted warmth characterizes the Loft experience in its second-story
dining room and lounge on Calle Guanajuato, just off the Ashland Plaza. Vidalo
AS ASHLAND’S LOFT RESTAURANT has come of age, so too has the region’s says she prides herself on hiring front-of-the-house staff for their positive attitudes,
wine industry, says Jacqueline Vidalo. rather than lengthy resumes. The etiquette of fine-dining service, says Vidalo, can
Vidalo and husband Jeremy Vidalo were in their early 20s in 2008, when they be learned much more easily than the art of connecting well with customers.
founded their French-inspired bistro. He grew up in a family of Southern Oregon “We want really friendly service, nothing pretentious,” she says. “You need to get
restaurateurs. She had managed Ashland’s much-lauded Lela’s Café. Together, the the locals in.”
couple had just enough experience, coupled with youthful energy, to attain success At Loft, locals and visitors alike are in for wines that elevate approachable fare.
where so many eateries failed amid the economic recession.
“Everything was closing in Ashland when we opened,” recalls Jacqueline Vidalo.
“We were stupid young.”
Although she learned about wine while managing Lela’s list, Vidalo says she was
largely unaware of Southern Oregon labels, making Old World bottles a natural fit
with Loft’s European sensibilities. But as Loft fine-tuned its identity — shifting from
“American Brasserie” to “French-American Bistro” — wine selections also became
more identifiable to local customers, says Vidalo.
“Just recently, I’ve felt like the wines in Southern Oregon have really taken off,”
she says. “Now I have more local wines on my list than ever before.”
An Ashland fixture for decades, Weisinger Family Winery’s pinot noir pairs with
almost any Loft entrée, from salmon to pasta, says Vidalo, adding that the 2014
vintage is among her favorite labels on offer.
“I’ve always had a lot of respect for her wine knowledge,” says Weisinger’s winemaker
and general manager Eric Weisinger. “I’ll just ask her ‘What should I have?’ ”

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BELLE FIORE WINERY

PEERLESS
ROGUE VALLEY

hotel restaurant bar

PEERLESS
restaurant & bar
“Ashland’s Peerless Experience!”
Fine Wines & Inspired Cocktails
Small Plates & Gourmet Entrées
Happy Hour 5-6pm & 8pm-close
BYOB Wednesday (free wine corkage)

265 4th Street, Ashland, OR

PEERLESS
Open Tues—Sat. at 5pm
541-488-6067 peerlessrestaurant.com

hotel restaurant bar BELLE FIORE WINERY is a place of
unparalleled elegance. A classical French chateau
with state-of-the-art winery, the Italianate
Wine Pavilion surrounded by vineyards on the
slopes above Emigrant Creek—Belle Fiore’s
landscaping, architecture and décor are nothing
short of eye-popping.
Each year, Belle Fiore crafts 8,000 cases of
Belle Fiore Winery
thoughtfully-crafted, artisanal wines. Their
100 Belle Fiore Lane talented winemaking team has won numerous
Ashland OR 97520 medals for many wines including Best in
541-552-4900 Class for Pinot Noir and Best of Show for their
bellefiorewine.com Bordeaux blends as well as for their Syrah and
Riesling. Wine aficionados will not want to miss
Hours:* the Bordeaux, Burgundy and Rhone vintages or
such unusual gems as Montepulciano, Teroldego,
Wednesday & Sunday, noon-8pm
DAGOBA Organic Chocolate Verdejo, and Caprettone.
Thursday-Saturday, noon-9pm
supports the One for All Live music nightly, 6-8pm Be sure and read more about their winemaker,
Heather Nenow, in “The Grape in Your Glass,”
Cacao Project, a non-profit
on page 14.
fund that helps strengthen *Hours subject to change, please
check website. Belle Fiore offers live music Wednesday
cacao communities by through Sunday, wine-food pairings, special
advancing women. events, art exhibits, and exclusive winemaker
dinners. For interested artists, their Artist
Series Annual Wine Label Competition
opens in January, providing area artists an
opportunity to create a label for Belle Fiore’s
“Belle Arte” label.
For anyone seeking the perfect venue for a
private party, wedding or event, there’s no more
sumptuous or welcoming spot! Belle Fiore is an
extraordinary, must-see gem in the Rogue Valley!
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EDENVALE WINERY @ ASHLAND

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

EDENVALE WINERY @ ASHLAND is the
second tasting room for EdenVale Winery,
conveniently located in the center of Ashland’s
EdenVale Winery @ Ashland downtown Plaza. The lively tasting room is on
17 North Main Street the main level of the historic Granite Building,
Ashland OR 97520 a retail condominium, featuring top-rated
541-482-3377 restaurants, Loft, Granite Tap House and the
newest, Ex Nihilo. The tasting room is the
edenvalleyorchards.com perfect place to relax between plays or as a great
stop on your way to dinner. EdenVale is within
Fall Hours:
walking distance of most downtown hotels,
September-October, making getting around and taking in all that
Monday-Thursday, 1-7pm Ashland has offer, easy and enjoyable.
Friday & Saturday, 1-8pm EdenVale offers a wide selection of hand-
Sunday, 1-6pm crafted, barrel- and bottle-aged wines, all
crafted from Rogue Valley grapes by the tasting Justin Donovan Broker, GRI
Winter Hours: flight or glass/bottle. They also offer a light, Cell 541-890-6673 • 541-482-0044 ext 109
November-March, bistro-style menu to pair with wines, making Justin.AshlandHomes@gmail.com
Sunday-Thursday, 1-6pm lingering and people watching from the second-
Friday & Saturday, 1-8pm level lounge a great alternative activity. Michaela Donovan Broker, GRI
This unique and urban-chic tasting room is 541-482-0044 ext 113
First Friday Artwalk & Live Music part of the larger EdenVale wine experience. Michaela.AshlandHomes@gmail.com
Wine Down Wednesdays: Half The winery and hospitality center is located
between Ashland and Jacksonville just off
flights waive with the purchase of
Hwy 99 and South Stage Road in Medford (see
a glass or bottle page 27). Both facilities offer premium wines, We are Justin and Michaela Donovan,
Make Monday Work: 2-for-1 but deliver very different experiences. Enjoy real estate brokers with Ashland Homes Real
glasses of wine. concierge-level service at either location with Estate, here in beautiful Southern Oregon.
knowledgeable staff, all of whom are happy to
Varietals: help assist with and enhance your Southern With well over 25 years of combined real estate
Oregon visitor experience. experience, we continue to work hard on your behalf,
Cabernet Sauvignon
striving for excellence and overall client satisfaction.
Chardonnay
Grenache Please give us a call so we can put our experience
to work for you.
Malbec
Merlot
Pinot Gris
Pinot Noir
Syrah
Tempranillo
Viognier Office Website: www.Ashland-Homes.com

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GRIZZLY PEAK WINERY

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H O M E K I T C H E N C U I S I N E

EXPLORING OREGON WINES HAS
NEVER BEEN SO EASY!
Seasonally changed menus. GRIZZLY PEAK WINERY is nestled on a
Locally sourced ingredients. protected mountain slope just minutes from
Farm-to-table comfort food. downtown Ashland. The high-elevation site
produces top-quality wine grapes and provides
Two locations - Ashland & Medford. visitors incomparable vistas and an intimate
tasting room experience. The estate grounds
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feature magnificent gardens and established
oak trees, offering the perfect place to take a
2017 OREGON WINE PROGRAM leisurely stroll. In fall and winter, the winery
OF THE YEAR WINNER proudly hosts intimate, indoor concerts
featuring musicians touring the west coast.
Established in 1998 by Al and Virginia
Silbowitz, wine offerings have grown to
Grizzly Peak Winery
include Pinot Noir, Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet
1600 E Nevada Street Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Tempranillo,
Ashland OR 97520 Syrah, Pinot Gris, Viognier, Chardonnay and
541-482-5700 several blends.
grizzlypeakwinery.com Recent awards include Double Gold/ Best
of Class at the Women’s International Wine
Hours: Competition for the 2013 Rogue Rouge,
April thru October, Double Gold/Best of Class for the 2014 Syrah
Thursday-Sunday, noon-4pm at the Indy International Wine Competition,
and Gold for the 2014 Reserve Malbec at the
November thru March, Oregon Wine Awards. The 2015 Syrah Rosé
Saturday & Sunday, noon-4pm just scored 91 points by Wine Enthusiast, which
called it “one of the most powerful rosés you
Varietals: will encounter in Oregon!”
Cab Franc Al and Virginia’s wine-savvy daughter, Naomi
Cabernet Sauvignon Fuerte, presides in the tasting room, the perfect
spot for sipping wines with friends. For those
Chardonnay planning events, Grizzly Peak offers several
Malbec indoor and outdoor event spaces, suitable for
Marsanne fundraisers, cultural events, private parties,
Merlot weddings and more! Check the website for
Pinot Gris details and availability.
Pinot Noir
Roussanne
Syrah
Tempranillo
Viognier

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IRVINE & ROBERTS VINEYARDS

ROGUE VALLEY
Oregon’s Oldest Wine Shop

Oregon Wines WINE TASTINGS
Great Old World Wine Selection Every Thursday:
Champagne, Ports, Dessert Wines 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
IRVINE & ROBERTS VINEYARDS is a small First Friday Tastings:
Wines by the Glass
family winery owned by Doug and Dionne 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Wine Flights and Food Pairings
Irvine and Duane and Kelly Roberts that
practices sustainable farming and produces Expanded Humidor with Fine Cigars
ultra-premium Pinot noir and Chardonnay in Wine and Cigar Accessories
this special setting five minutes from the heart Imported Beer and Micro Brews
of downtown Ashland. Sake
The 2,200 foot elevation vineyard is blessed
with distinctive soils, climate, and an east- 38 Lithia Way, Ashland, Oregon • 541-488-2111
facing slope that yields wines that are focused
and extraordinarily expressive of our grape
varietals. The Irvine and Roberts families
believe great wine comes from great soil, so
they strive to be conscientious stewards of
the land, protecting vineyard soils through
practices that are certified sustainable by LIVE.
Pony Espresso Café
Vince Vidrine was recently named Winemaker The perfect place to begin your
for Irvine & Roberts Vineyards. Most wine country adventure.
Irvine & Roberts Vineyards recently, he was the Associate Winemaker at
1614 Emigrant Creek Road critically acclaimed Domaine Serene Winery
Ashland OR 97520 in the Willamette Valley. Previously, he was
Assistant Winemaker for Brittan Vineyards
541-482-9383
and Winderlea Wines in McMinnville. An
irvinerobertsvineyards.com ambitious winemaker with extensive experience,
Vince is focused on producing Pinot noir and
Fall/Winter Hours: Chardonnay at the highest level of quality.
Wednesday-Sunday, 11am-6pm
Overlooking the expansive vineyards, the
Varietals: new tasting room features exquisite examples
of Pinot noir and Chardonnay with focused
Chardonnay food pairings in a relaxed atmosphere. With a
Pinot Noir stunning tasting bar, fireplace, cozy chairs and
couches, you will feel right at home. Ample
outdoor seating and floor-to-ceiling windows Breakfast and lunch all day, everyday. Perfect picnic:
will welcome guests with breathtaking vineyard wraps, sandwiches, soups, salads. Fresh, from
views while tasting world-class wine from the
Rogue Valley.
scratch cooking and baked goods. Kombucha, Cold
Brew, artisan coffee and espresso. Plentiful outdoor
seating and centrally located in downtown Ashland
with private parking. Call ahead or grab and go!
Also in Jacksonville.
175 Lithia Way, Ashland Open everyday until 5pm 541-482-2583
www.ponyespressojville.com

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WEISINGER FAMILY WINERY LEDGER DAVID CELLARS
ROGUE VALLEY

WEISINGER FAMILY WINERY is the first LEDGER DAVID CELLARS’ Central Point
wine tasting room visitors entering Oregon venue, dubbed “Le Petit Tasting Room,” is
on Interstate 5 encounter after descending located between the world-renowned Rogue
the Siskiyou Summit—and there could be Creamery and equally-famous Lillie Belle
no better beginning to Rogue Valley wine Chocolates. Amid these culinary stars, Ledger
country. With a list including cool climate, David shines brightly, burnishing its reputation
dry Gewürztraminer and Pinot Noir along for premium estate wines with several of
with Bordeaux, Spanish and Rhône varietals, its vintage wines earning top awards. Most
Weisinger offers a taste of the region’s diversity recently, Ledger David garnered six medals
at their very first stop. Recently, the 2013 Estate at the 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine
Tempranillo won Gold and the 2014 Malbec Competition including Golds for both their
Weisinger Family Winery took Silver at the 2017 San Francisco Chronicle 2015 Sauvignon Blanc and 2014 Petit Verdot.
International Wine Competition. Other award winners included Sangiovese,
3150 Siskiyou Boulevard Cabernet Franc Reserve, Tempranillo and their
Ashland OR 97520 Weisinger wines are made by second-generation
signature red blend, Orion’s Nebula.
winemaker Eric Weisinger, whose resumé
541-488-5989 includes experience in California’s Russian River, Most recently, Ledger David garnered high
weisingers.com New Zealand and Australia. Whether inside the praise from The Pour Fool (Nearly Speechless
spacious tasting room or relaxing on the tasting in Seattle) which said, "Ledger David Cellars...
Hours: room deck with a nosh plate and glass of award- Ledger David Cellars completely rewrites what you know about
October-April, winning wine, enjoy beautiful views of the estate 245 N Front Street their region...the most exciting, memorable,
Wednesday-Sunday, 11am-5pm vineyard and the rugged Cascade Range in the Central Point OR 97502 engrossing, game-changing...wine in years."
Monday & Tuesday distance. In support of the local arts scene, the Southern Oregon has been home to the Ledger
work of a local artist is displayed in the tasting
541-664-2218
by Appointment David family for nine generations, and while
room each month. ledgerdavid.com
their wines might be in the stars, their feet are
May-September, Be sure and ask about the winery’s newly- Hours: planted firmly on the ground. Their focus is
Daily, 11am-6pm renovated vineyard cottage and the exciting on producing single-vineyard estate wines and
Rhine River Cruise, July 9-16, 2018, hosted
Daily, noon-5pm edgy white & red blends from their vineyard in
Wines: by Eric and Julie Weisinger aboard the Talent, planted in 2007. With so many stellar
Varietals: selections on its list, it’s no wonder Ledger
AmaKristina (see page 11).
Bordeaux Blends Cabernet Franc David’s label was designed around an artist’s
Cabernet Sauvignon Chardonnay conception of three stars of Orion’s belt.
Chardonnay Chenin Blanc
Dry Gewürztraminer Malbec
Malbec Malvasia Bianca
Pinot Noir Petit Verdot
Rosé Sangiovese
Sauvignon Blanc Sauvignon Blanc
Syrah Syrah
Tempranillo Tempranillo
Viognier Viognier

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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, 13 so far in 2017
Enjoy the area’s LARGEST including a Double Gold, and the tasting room
being voted as one of the best places to visit in
Southern Oregon Wine List the Rogue Valley. A new, state-of-the-art winery
is bringing 2Hawk’s winemaking into precise
Offering Wine Flights. Banquet space now available for focus to define it as an industry leader.
private parties. 2Hawk Vineyard & Winery Experience 2Hawk’s rustic charm, engaging
2335 N Phoenix Road staff and the variety of small plate options that
add a gourmand touch to any wine tasting. Stay
Medford OR 97504 warm by the outdoor fire pit or get cozy inside
541-779-WINE and simply enjoy a fine wine. Wine makes every
2hawk.wine moment an occasion. Take yours to new heights
at 2Hawk.
Hours:
Daily, 1-7pm
Elements Tapas Bar & Lounge is Medford’s
Varietals:
first tapas bar,Malbec
and our philosophy is really
Tempranillo
quite simple: take the best local ingredients,
Grenache
make wonderful food, and pair it with a
Pinot Noir
great drink. Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Sauvignon
Located on the corner of FRONT and Sauvignon Blanc
MAIN Streets in OldTown Medford. Chardonnay
Viognier
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EDENVALE WINERY

ROGUE VALLEY
NAUMES CRUSH & FERMENTATION is Southern Oregon’s premier
custom crush wine processing facility.
EDENVALE WINERY is one of the Rogue
Valley’s most unique winery and destination ARE YOU A COMMERCIAL GROWER OR WINERY?
facilities, located just-off Hwy 99 between WE PROVIDE
Ashland and Jacksonville. The winery is • Full-service winemaking • Onsite cold storage
sited on the oldest commercial orchard land • Advanced lab analysis • Multiple support services
in Oregon, nestled on the valley floor with
Visit us for a private tour and
breathtaking views of the Siskiyou Mountains consultation! Contact head winemaker
and surrounded by orchards and vineyards. The Chris Graves at 541-608-1721 or
Eden Valley Orchards property takes you back cgraves@naumescf.com • naumescf.com
to an era of gracious hospitality with the on-site
1890’s Voorhies Mansion and formal gardens,
complimented by heritage pear trees and a

– Coming Soon! –
EdenVale Winery demonstration vineyard. The estate is the perfect
2310 Voorhies Road place to taste barrel- and bottle-aged wines,
Medford OR 97501 handcrafted by winemaker Ashley Campanella.
541-512-2955 x2 In addition to her fine line of EdenVale
edenvalleyorchards.com wines, Ashely produced her first hard cider
from the estate orchard in the fall of 2016.
Fall Hours: Eden Valley Orchards Pear House Cider was
quickly rewarded with numerous prestigious
September-October,
international medals in 2017 with the release
Sunday-Thursday, 11am-6pm of its estate-grown, fresh-pressed, organic hard
Friday & Saturday, 11am-7pm cider. The estate-grown pears are pressed within
hours of harvest, preserving the delicate and
Winter Hours: delicious flavors of Rogue Valley pears. No
November-March, additions or concentrated flavors are allowed.
Sunday-Thursday, 11am-5pm Cider is available at the Medford or Ashland
tasting rooms—by the glass or by the bottle. We’re proud to announce the release of our first wines!
Friday & Saturday, 11am-6pm
The EdenVale property offers multiple indoor and
Varietals: outdoor private event spaces, the perfect venues
Cabernet Sauvignon for events, weddings and celebrations. Upcoming
Chardonnay events include an October “Frights or Flights”
costume party, a Thanksgiving Open House,
Grenache (Nov. 24-25) and December’s Ports & Pairings.
Malbec
Merlot
Pinot Gris ur 100-year journey embodies a proud agricultural heritage and a
Pinot Noir deep commitment to quality and integrity. Our wines celebrate three
Syrah generations of sustainable growing and our most important priorities—

Salute!
family, friends and farming. Enjoy this exceptional wine experience from
Tempranillo the foothills of the Rogue Valley in Oregon.
Viognier Please visit naumescf.com to check our availability. Our tasting room will be open in 2019.

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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
acres from which the winery produces 15,000
cases of award-winning Claret, Pinot Gris,
Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon,
Cabernet Franc, Tempranillo, Viognier, Syrah,
RoxyAnn Winery
Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay. Recently, their
3283 Hillcrest Road 2012 Claret was awarded Double-Gold at the
Medford OR 97504 2016 Oregon Wine Experience! Many of the
541-776-2315 original Hillcrest Orchard buildings, added
roxyann.com to the National Register of Historic Places in
1984, are still used by the winery. Visitors will
Hours: enjoy the warm, old-fashioned atmosphere
Monday-Thursday, noon-7pm of the tasting room featuring premium
estate wines and gourmet items. The quaint
Friday, 11am-9pm setting notwithstanding, RoxyAnn adheres
Saturday & Sunday, 11am-7pm to enlightened sustainable farming practices
and employs state-of-the-art methods in wine
Varietals: production, supporting preservation of the
Cabernet Franc natural surroundings while ensuring the finest
Cabernet Sauvignon fruit and superior wines. The tasting room is
Chardonnay open seven days a week.
Claret
Malbec
Merlot
Pinot Gris
Pinot Noir
Sauvignon Blanc
Syrah
Tempranillo
Viognier

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AURORA VINES PASCHAL WINERY & VINEYARD
ROGUE VALLEY

AURORA VINES is your ideal winery PASCHAL WINERY AND VINEYARD was
experience if you crave delicious sips in an started in 1990 by Roy Paschal and reflects
atmosphere as cordial and comfortable as your the love for his family and for the beautifully-
own living room. As you enter the tasting handcrafted artisan wines that bear the Paschal
room, with its sun-bright floral decor and light family label. When visiting, be sure and take
wood tones, you’ll feel your mood lift even notice of 5 new acres planted to Tempranillo,
before you taste the luscious vintages owner Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon plus expanded
and consummate hostess, Vicki Nickerson Pinot Noir and Syrah plantings.
has to offer. The Aurora Vines wine list of Visitors to the Italianate tasting room will
Rogue Valley favorites includes Pinot Noir enjoy a wide range of crowd-pleasing varietals
made expertly by Bryan Wilson of DANCIN and blends made to the Paschal family’s
Vineyards and Tempranillo by Chris Graves of
Paschal Winery & Vineyard
1122 Suncrest Road exacting specifications.
Naumes Crush & Fermentation.
Talent OR 97540 The tasting room also offers magnificent vistas
In addition to the intimate tasting room, there of the vineyard and pear orchard, the Cascade
is a large, airy deck where visitors can enjoy 541-535-7957
foothills and the Siskiyou peaks. Paschal is the
a view of the surrounding 87-acre mountain ​paschalwinery.com perfect setting for private parties, weddings and
estate while tasting the fruit in the glass. The meetings, event spaces, including an outdoor
twenty-five-year-old vines of Aguila Vineyard, Hours: heated patio, all available throughout the year,
source of Aurora Vines most popular vintages, Daily, noon-6pm rain or shine.
Aurora Vines surround a rustic antique barn, a classic
structure that will inspire visitors to grab their Varietals: Not-to-be-missed are a variety of special winery
2287 Pioneer Road
cameras. A member winery of the Bear Creek happenings such as the Cork ‘n’ Fork Dinners
Talent OR 97540 Cabernet Sauvignon on Wednesday evenings, with menus catered
Wine Trail, Aurora Vines is just minutes from
541-897-0592 Ashland, Medford and Jacksonville and a host
Malbec by a number of local restaurants. Paschal also
auroravines.com of Southern Oregon’s major attractions. But you Pinot Gris hosts art openings, concerts and regular wine
may just want to linger on the deck to soak in Pinot Noir and food pairings. If you can’t get enough in
Hours: the beautiful setting and the wonderful wine. Tempranillo one afternoon or evening, you can book the
May-October, estate Dream Cottage, a luxury apartment
Viognier overlooking the vineyards offering stunning
Thursday-Sunday, 1-5pm Blends sunset views and amenities including a spa-like
November-March bathroom with Jacuzzi tub, fully-furnished
kitchen, massage chair and more!
Saturday & Sunday, 1-5pm
or by appointment
Varietals:
Pinot Gris
Pinot Noir
Syrah
Tempranillo
Viognier

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PEBBLESTONE CELLARS

ROGUE VALLEY
PEBBLESTONE CELLARS is entering a new
phase, as the oldest vines on the Ellis Vineyards
estate approach twenty years of age and the new
tasting room is open. A new logo, consisting
of an old vine planted in the rocky soils of an
ancient alluvial fan, reflects the mature character
of the vineyard. It also marks the evolution of
the enterprise Dick and Pat Ellis began when
they started producing estate wines in 2004.
Pebblestone Cellars By 2006, those wines were on the market as
New Tasting Room Pebblestone Cellars and the Ellises were holding
1670 Pioneer Road tastings on their back porch.
Talent OR 97540 Their spacious new Tasting Room is the perfect
place to enjoy stunning views of Wagner Butte
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De-Vine Couples
Matt & Ashley Cates

by KEVIN BRECK

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lthough wine was in his blood, Agate Ridge’s Matt Cates didn’t set out to be Both Matt and Ashley were offered full-time jobs at Kim Crawford. But then
a winemaker. After growing up in the Lake Tahoe region with a sommelier Mother Kim called. She needed help in the vineyard; it was time to come home.
and spirits distributor father, Matt began his adulthood building cabinets Matt joined Agate Ridge in 2013 as the Viticulturist, where he worked with
and furniture for Private Escapes, a timeshare company for the rich. The company then-winemaker Brian Denner. Ashley also came on board as the Marketing
bought and rehabbed timeshares around the world. Matt’s job was to fly to those and Sales Director. Matt became Head Winemaker in 2014 when Brian moved
destinations and to bring the units up to snuff, enabling him to live anywhere. In to another winery.
2007, drawn by memories of summer vacations in Oregon, he moved to Eugene. Like many winemakers, Matt believes that making good wine begins in the
While there and still working for Private Escapes, Matt opened Quack Attack vineyard. He wryly observes that you while you can make great wine with great
Carpet Cleaning. When the markets crashed in 2008, Private Escapes closed and grapes, you can also “make bad wine with great grapes.” Matt’s philosophy is to “let
Matt found himself in Eugene “scrubbing carpets” full time. More importantly, the fruit speak for itself,” and “not to screw it up in the winery.” Any winemaker will
Matt found love in Eugene when he met Ashley, his future wife. readily admit that while making wine is fun, selling wine is really hard. That’s where
Ashley also had wine in her veins. In 2001, Ashley’s grandfather, Don Ashley comes in. Matt says that, “being married to the sales side gives me a unique
Kinderman, and Ashley’s mother Kim Kinderman, purchased the Agate Ridge perspective on what the public likes.”
Vineyard property in Eagle Point. Fast-forward to 2011, by which time the fun Agate Ridge entered five wines in this year’s Oregon Wine Experience, all entirely
had gone out of cleaning carpets for Matt. On drives up and down I-5 to visit Matt’s, from vine to bottle. When asked which of the five he’s particularly excited about,
Ashley Kinderman, Matt noticed a billboard south of Roseburg advertising the he cheerfully admitted that whichever wine medals will be his favorite. (And when the
winemaking program at the Southern Oregon Wine Institute. At Kim’s urging, Matt esteemed panel of judges awarded Matt with not only one but two silver medals for his
enrolled and was immediately hooked. 2016 Sauvignon Blanc and 2016 Pinot Gris, he ended up with two favorites!)
Matt supplemented his book learning by working as a cellar hand at King In addition to producing Agate Ridge’s first production wines and second label
Estate. Then in 2012, Matt and Ashley had the opportunity to go to Spain, where dubbed “Weeknight Wines,” Matt has partnered with high school buddy and
Matt worked the fall harvest at Dominio de Cair in Aranda de Duero. When the sommelier Derek Defalco to create the “Apis” label, (“apis” is “bee” in Latin) a
Spanish harvest wrapped up, Matt and Ashley returned to Agate Ridge, where limited-production Pinot Noir using Agate Ridge fruit. Based in California, Apis
Matt worked in the vineyard. Matt and Ashley were married in August under the will be sold in a small number of San Francisco restaurants.
big oak tree in the vineyard. Although Matt and Ashley’s future at Agate Ridge is uncertain, (Don
A few months later, Kim Crawford Winery in Marlborough, New Zealand hired Kinderman died recently and the vineyard is for sale) all hope that a new owner
Matt and Ashley to work the harvest. This was winemaking on an industrial scale: will continue the family brand. No matter where they may be working in the
during harvest, Kim Crawford used 7, 25 ton presses to process 50 tons of grapes future, Matt and Ashley Cates have established themselves as leaders in the
per hour, 24 hours a day, for four to five weeks. Southern Oregon wine world.
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AGATE RIDGE VINEYARD CLIFF CREEK CELLARS AT THE VINEYARD
UPPER ROGUE

AGATE RIDGE VINEYARD was founded by CLIFF CREEK CELLARS’ tasting room is
the Kinderman Family in 2002 with visions of located right in the middle of the vines where
family farming, land preservation and pursuing you can enjoy all they have to offer. Visitors can
a passion for wine. Located on 126 acres expect to be wowed by world-class wines and a
featuring an iconic 106-year-old farmhouse wonderful staff in a rustic and charming setting.
tasting room, the family carefully selected a The vineyard, “Sam’s Valley Vineyard,” is planted
southern-facing slope to plant 30 acres to 17 with almost 70 acres of vines as part of the
varietals. With spectacular mountain views, Garvin family farm. Varietals currently grown on
Agate Ridge hosts a variety of fun events during the property include, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet
the year including Bonfire Fridays, concerts, Cliff Creek Cellars at the Vineyard
Sauvignon, Merlot, Sangiovese and Syrah.
vineyard dinners, and harvest celebrations. 1015 McDonough Road
Follow them on social media for current Gold Hill OR 97525 Cliff Creek’s most recent accolades are
updates on events and news! impressive with a Double Gold for the 2013
541-855-5330
Cabernet Sauvignon at the Oregon Wine
Taking pride in producing exclusively-estate cliffcreek.com Awards, Gold for the 2011 Claret at the San
wines, winemaker Matt Cates alongside the Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, and
family has total creative control from vine to Hours: a 90 points plus “Editor’s Choice” for the 2015
wine. (See a feature on Matt on page 32 of this Thursday-Monday, noon-5pm Red Red Wine from Wine Enthusiast.
issue.) The unique microclimate and volcanic
Agate Ridge Vineyard soils provide the foundation for the caliber of Don’t miss their year-round upcoming events,
Mention "Wine Scene" for these
fruit that allows Agate Ridge to have produced including the 2017 Annual Harvest Party on
1098 Nick Young Road Weekday Specials: October 7th (tickets required), release of new
highly-esteemed, award-winning wine for over
Eagle Point OR 97524 (Offers expire March 31, 2018) vintages for Sangiovese and Super Tuscan
a decade. Several wines that recently medaled at
541-830-3050 the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition in November and the December 2nd & 3rd
agateridgevineyard.com include a 2012 Viognier (Double Gold), 2013
Thursdays–2 for 1 tastings Celebration of Giving. In 2018, you can attend
Semillon Sauvignon Blanc (Gold) and a 2010 Fridays–10% off 3 or more bottles and judge at the Meatloaf Competition to be
Hours: Black Sticky Dessert Wine. Mondays–Complimentary cheese held in January and in February, mark your
October-April, Friday, Saturday plate with purchase of 6 bottles calendar for a Syrah Vertical. Since dates may
change, please visit the website!
& Sunday, noon-5pm
Varietals:
Varietals: Cabernet Franc
B O N F I R E F R I D A Y S
Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Sauvignon
Malbec Merlot
Petite Sirah Sangiovese
Pinot Noir Syrah
Primitivo OCTOBER 13TH & 27TH Blends offered:
Syrah Claret
NOVEMBER 10TH & 24TH
Pink Pink Wine (rosé)
Pinot Gris FEBRUARY2ND & 16TH Red Red Wine (table blend)
Sauvignon Blanc Super Tuscan
Viognier MARCH 2ND & 16TH White White Wine (table blend)

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DEL RIO VINEYARDS KRISELLE CELLARS

UPPER ROGUE
DEL RIO VINEYARDS is both a place deeply KRISELLE CELLARS is all about inspiration.
rooted in history and a winery reflecting the The 30-acre vineyard and tasting room are sited
latest in viticulture and enology. The tasting on a south-facing slope overlooking the ranchland
room was built in 1864 and served for many between the Upper Table Rock Plateau and the
years as the Rock Point Stage Hotel. The parcel Rogue River. The vineyard is comprised of alluvial
of land that comprises one of the largest wine- soils studded with round river stones that inspire
growing operations in the Rogue Valley was a Kriselle Cellars the wine label with its embossed silver wine bottle
payment to the original owner for his service 12956 Modoc Road emerging from the soil, expressing Kriselle Cellars’
in the Rogue Indian Wars. The big red building White City OR 97503 dedication to the land.
displaying the Del Rio name that today houses
541-830-VINO (8466) The tasting room crowning the hill and
the winery began as the fruit packinghouse of overlooking the vineyard is in Grand Lodge-
Del Rio Orchards. krisellecellars.com
style and features a soaring roofline and
Del Rio’s estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Hours: breathtaking views. An indoor great-room
Chardonnay, Malbec, Merlot, Muscat, Pinot fireplace and outdoor fire-pit keep the
Open Daily, 11am-5:30pm
Gris, Pinot Noir, Syrah and Viognier, reflect atmosphere warm and inviting any time of year.
the time-honored traditions of Old World January-March, Closed Monday
Kriselle Cellars' owner and winemaker, Scott
winemaking blended with New World innovation and Tuesday
Steingraber, produces award-winning varietals
by winemaker Jean-Michel Jussiaume. See website for seasonal hours and distinctive blends including Cabernet
Del Rio Vineyards Fall and winter are exciting times at Del Rio! Sauvignon, Tempranillo, Malbec, Sangiovese,
52 N River Road In September, come out for 2.5 mile vineyard Fall/Winter events: Cabernet Franc, and Viognier and 2016
Gold Hill OR 97525 hikes every Wednesday and Sunday at 9:30am. Harvest Celebration in October Sauvignon Blanc, which was just awarded 90
541-855-2062 For the sixth year, the month of October is Thanksgiving Open House points from Wine Enthusiast.
“Drink Pink” month, dedicated to breast Weekend Kriselle Cellars welcomes you to enjoy food and
delriovineyards.com cancer awareness, with $5 from each Rose
International Tempranillo wine pairing options. Cheese plates are available
Jolee “bundle sale” donated to Asante for daily, and on weekends, savor a wood-fired
Hours: mammography screening and education. The Celebration in November
Winter Hours, Daily, 11am-5pm pizza, crafted to complement the wines.
Thanksgiving Weekend Open House Black Holiday Celebrations and new
Friday features $100 “mystery cases.” The wine releases Read about Kriselle Cellars’ recent Bordeaux
Varietals: Winter Wine Event in January offers gourmet River cruise on page 8.
February Wine and Chocolate
Cabernet Franc bites from local chefs, logo wine glasses and,
Valentine's Celebration
Cabernet Sauvignon of course, superb Del Rio wines.
Chardonnay Varietals:
Claret Cabernet Franc
Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon
Merlot Malbec
Muscat Red Blends (Di'tani and S/CS)
Pinot Gris Sangiovese
Pinot Noir Sauvignon Blanc
Syrah Tempranillo
Viognier Viognier

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125 S. Third Street
Jacksonville, OR 97530 www.JacksonvilleWineries.com
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Pour Yourself Into Yoga
Exploring the growing trend of yoga
at Southern Oregon wineries
by TIFFANY GRIMES

Lori Grable at DANCIN
Vineyards & Winery 4061 Livingston Rd, Central Point
Outside Jacksonville’s West Hills
Overlooking the Rogue Valley

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The morning air is cool while the sun gently warms the surrounding vineyards. A $
1,500,000
dozen yoga mats face a breathtaking view featuring Rogue Valley geological gems—
Upper and Lower Table Rocks and Mt. McLoughlin. Lori Grable, of Lori Grable Yoga, Top Realtor in
Top 1% Award Over
welcomes everyone to DANCIN Vineyards for her monthly yoga class. There, Jill U.S. by Real
Townsley, a regular attendee says, “Practicing yoga outside in a beautiful environment for $51 Million Sold
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just enriches the whole experience. The sounds, sights, weather, the scents...all of it John L. Scott in 2016
just seems to turn up the volume on the time on your mat. It's like watching your Street Journal
favorite movie in black and white and then watching it again in vivid Technicolor.” Top 100 Most Best of the Best
Following the 60-minute yoga practice, participants enjoy wine tasting with a John L. Scott in the
food pairing. Dan Marca, owner of DANCIN Vineyards notes, “We’re all about Influential
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tranquility and hospitality. As you enter the estate and drive alongside the vines Realtors
with views of the majestic hillsides, you can't help but transition to a place where
the pace slows down a bit. Soon, the elegant piazza is in view where you practice
the art of yoga, followed by a sampling of wines, which were grown and naturally
made just steps away, accompanied by a locally-inspired culinary bite, as you drink
in the views and ambiance!”
Although yoga retreats aren’t new to the valley, hosting them at wineries is a
somewhat new idea. Prior to closing their tasting room this year, Trium Winery
in Talent was one of the very first to offer on-site yoga classes. For Ashland-area
yoga enthusiasts, Belle Fiore Winery has planned yoga events this fall and is hoping
they become regular monthly events as is the case at DANCIN. Also new this fall,
Grable will be hosting one-day mindfulness yoga retreats at EdenVale Winery
starting in late September.
With options for single sessions or full-day retreats, and beginner to expert
level yoga, Southern Oregon offers it all. Grable says, “I love that yoga at wineries
attracts a blend of seasoned yoga practitioners along with students who have
never practiced. Some regularly attend monthly sessions while others come as an
occasional treat. In the past, there have been couples that meet their friends at the
events, women who come from nearby towns for a day out with friends, and even
parents who bring their teenagers, who enjoy a non-alcoholic beverage!”
Having completed her yoga class at DANCIN, Townsley sips her wine and reflects,
“Practicing yoga together with others provides a sense of community, connection
and play. That fun, communal spirit just naturally carries over when sitting down
together for a wine tasting. The whole experience becomes a social event full of good
conversation with old and new friends in the most perfect spot imaginable!”
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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.
Twelve years later, they discovered a perfect plot of
land nestled in the forested foothills of Southern
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Oregon, just outside of the gold rush community
of Jacksonville. With its northwest facing slope,
it would become the perfect terroir for growing
Pinot Noir and Chardonnay with a sense of place.
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,
dancinvineyards.com using minimalist, old-world techniques that
complement the practices in the vineyard.
Hours: Situated just minutes from Ashland, Medford
October-April: and Jacksonville, the Tasting Room is the
Thursday-Sunday, noon-7pm perfect setting to drink in the views of the Table
Rocks, Mt McLoughlin and the Rogue Valley
May-September: while savoring award-winning, estate-grown
wines along with artisan wood-fired pizzas and
Thursday-Sunday, noon-8pm much more… all served tableside!
Or by appointment
Varietals:
Chardonnay
Barbera
Pinot Noir
Port
Syrah

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

Sharing a bottle of wine with friends and
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QUADY NORTH

175 E California Street • Jacksonville
541-899-1900

“ONE OF AMERICA’S
TOP 50 BEST RETAIL
QUADY NORTH’s Jacksonville tasting room is WINE SHOPS”
located in a charming brick building, reckoned GQ Magazine
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

Over 2,000 wines!
Applegate Valley wine venture, a scion of his
parents’ Fresno area Quady Winery. Quady
North is known for big, bold Bordeaux and

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Rhone varietals. After working as Assistant The Wine Shop at The Inn
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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with two in the Rogue Valley, and the list of
quadynorth.com varietals has expanded to include Grenache,
Marsanne, Rousanne, and Merlot. Quady
Hours: North is committed to producing small lot,
Labor Day-Memorial Day minimally-handled wines sourced primarily
Wednesday-Sunday, 11am-6pm from the estate. The focus remains premium
Monday, noon-5pm Viognier, Cabernet Franc and Syrah, what
Herb Quady calls his “love triangle.” Quady
Memorial Day-Labor Day North, now entering their 10th vintage, recently
Wednesday-Sunday, 11am-7pm received several 90+ point scores from leading
publications such as Vinous, Wine Advocate,
Monday, noon-5pm Wine Enthusiast and more.
Varietals:
Cabernet Franc
Grenache
Marsanne
Merlot
Muscat
Port
Rousanne
Syrah
Viognier

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grapes grown on 17 Quail Run vineyard sites
Saturday Sip 'n Supper, 6-8pm
Private Creekside Cottage Winter/Spring Hours:
scattered around the Rogue Valley. Each site
provides a different terroir that enables the
Moore family, among the pioneers of the
In Jacksonville Closed in January Southern Oregon wine industry, to introduce
February-April, many new grapes and wines to the region.
Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, 1-8pm On a weekly basis, the tasting room features
Thursday & Sunday, 1-7pm live music and dinners, catered by great local
Closed Monday & Tuesday restaurants along with special educational
events. Now, using the new “Wine Food & Music
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where agriculture
meets artistry

Join us for our Fall
Uncorked Barrel Tour
Sunday, Nov. 19 - 11am to 5pm
Enjoy 18 wineries, appetizers, tastings and fun at this
self-paced wine tour event. Tickets are $49 each and
include a commemorative Wine Trail wine glass.Visit
our website for tickets and more information.

Distinctive from land to glass.
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
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 wine
supplementing his retirement. Not wanting to culture by serving unique wines of quality
get fully involved in the wine business, he opted and distinction in a fun, relaxed atmosphere.
at first for growing grapes. The winery soon Specializing in small-batch wines that
followed when Jim couldn't find a buyer for his are as approachable as they are enjoyable,
grapes and his wife, Sue, uttered those fateful every LongSword wine has been crafted by
words: "We'll build a winery when pigs fly!" winemaker Matt Sorensen and his niece, Kate,
After Jim's death in January 2017, grandson who also runs the tasting room and wine club.
Brendon Butler took over the day-to-day tasks Located in the heart of the Applegate
of running Devitt Winery. Brendon has had Valley, the LongSword tasting room affords
ten years of on-the-job training as Jim's intern, stunning panoramic views of the surrounding
supplemented with enology classes at Umpqua mountains, which become even more dramatic
Community College and U.C. Davis. in the cooler months as the leaves change.
The vineyard focuses on Pinot Noir, LongSword Vineyard LongSword also offers several other delights
Viognier, Syrah, Cab Franc and Merlot. 8555 Hwy 238 including a host of free-range farm animals
Devitt Winery also includes experimental who call LongSword home including a flock
Jacksonville OR 97530
blocs, used primarily for blends and starting of 28 Plymouth Barred Rock Chickens, four
541-899-1746 pilgrim geese, three Baby Doll Southdown
new plants. The wines are aged in-barrel to
produce a pleasant mouth feel with full-body
LongSwordVineyard.com rams, and the owners' dogs—Rogue & Zoey.
characteristics. Visitors to the tasting room will Some guests are even lucky enough to see
Hours: hanggliders and paragliders launch off nearby
find bottles of all vintages ready to take home
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and enjoy. Daily, noon-5pm Woodrat Mountain and land right in front of
Devitt Winery & Vineyards the tasting room!
11412 Hwy 238 In keeping with family tradition, Sue Devitt is Paraglider Star Thistle Fly-In
keeping a watchful eye out to make sure the LongSword is excited to be releasing new
Jacksonville OR 97530 Saturday, September 9, 2017 varietals and new vintages of old favorites,
Devitt label standards are maintained, while
541-899-7511 keeping it small and still having fun! including a new, full-bodied Cabernet Franc
Harvest Festival & Pumpkin Chuckin' in the fall and a new vintage of their renowned
sldevitt1@yahoo.com
Saturday, October 7, 2017 "Invitation" Chardonnay. Fall also brings the
Hours: 3rd-annual Harvest Festival, featuring new
Varietals: wines, live music, pumpkin painting, and, most
Daily, noon-5pm
Cabernet Franc importantly, pumpkin chuckin'—a ridiculously
Varietals: Chardonnay fun activity in which one uses a sling shot to
hurl pumpkins into LongSword's back field.
Cabernet Franc Gerwürtztraminer
Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot
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 and sitting area.
The winery, celebrating its fortieth anniversary,
Red Lily features a rustic-chic tasting room,
is now operated by Mark and Michael
an outdoor patio with gorgeous views of
Wisnovsky. The vineyard has more than
the valley, a historic 80-year-old pole barn,
doubled in size since the original planting and
expansive grounds with lush grass areas dotted
now includes Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon,
with picnic tables, and charming indoor nooks
Pinot noir, Tempranillo, Viognier, Malbec
where you can relax and enjoy fabulous wines
and Syrah. Wines have been made by UC
and food offerings no matter the time of year
Davis-trained enologist John F. Guerrero since
or weather.
1985. Wines offered at the Applegate Valley
Red Lily offers an array of Spanish-inspired Wine Pavilion in Ruch include Rogue Valley
Red Lily Vineyards wines, including their flagship Red Lily red and white blends, as well as Chardonnay,
Tempranillo The signature white wine is the Valley View Winery

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11777 Hwy 238 Viognier, Syrah, Tempranillo, Pinot Noir,
Stargazer Verdejo—verdejo is a Spanish white 1000 Upper Applegate Road Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, several
Jacksonville OR 97530 grape relatively unknown in the U.S. that Jacksonville OR 97530 dessert wines and a Port-style wine bottled
541-846-6800 produces amazingly complex and layered under the premium Anna Maria label. Visitors
541-899-8468
redlilyvineyards.com wines. For something different, try the 2014 are encouraged to bring a picnic and enjoy
Night School port-style dessert wine, a valleyviewwinery.com fine wines and some of the best views of the
Hours: DOUBLE GOLD winner at the 2016 Oregon Applegate Valley from the tasting room, patios
Wine Experience. Hours:
May-October, and expansive lawn areas.
Daily, 11am-5pm
Daily, 11am-5pm
Varietals:
November-April,
Cabernet Franc
Thursday-Sunday, 11am-5pm
Cabernet Sauvignon
Varietals: Chardonnay
Graciano Pinot Noir
Grenache Riesling
Tempranillo Syrah
Verdejo Tempranillo
Dessert Wines Viognier

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AUGUSTINO ESTATE & VINEYARD SCHMIDT FAMILY VINEYARDS

AUGUSTINO APPLEGATE is the second SCHMIDT FAMILY VINEYARDS was
tasting venue of Augustino Estate, the label established by Cal and Judy Schmidt on the
that recently made a splash with the debut of 75-acre Bennett Ranch in the Missouri Flat
its Illinois Valley tree house tasting room. Ever section of the Applegate Valley. In addition to
since owners Reggie Boltz and Debbie Spencer a Luxe award as the best family-owned winery
opened Augustino Applegate in early Summer, in Oregon, notable recent awards include
2017, guests have been delighted with the Double Gold medals for the 2013 Tempranillo,
newest Applegate venue. Known for Pinot Noir Schmidt Family Vineyards 2012 Malbec & Merlot and Gold for the 2014
and semi-sparkling Celebration white wine 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 Hours: craftsman structure nestled in sumptuous
tasting room has had an extensive make-over Daily, noon-5pm, all year gardens against magnificent mountain vistas
with upscale country appointments and even and you almost have it. You’ll marvel at the
a player piano. Future plans for the property including Kitchen recently expanded, casually-elegant main
include a new patio, fire pits, manicured tasting room, with soaring ceilings, stone
grounds and even a path down to the Applegate
See our website or join our fireplace and expansive windows that let the
River for those who feel like strolling! The email list for event updates outdoors inside. In the spacious barrel room
adjoining 65-acre vineyard is now in full and wine releases mercantile, find wines for sale along with a
production for the Fall 2017 harvest. In the selection of artisan clothing, jewelry, wine
Varietals & Blends:
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tasting room, look for new wine selections accessories and more.
Augustino Estate & Vineyard including Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay and Pinot Albariño With two tasting rooms, covered stone patios
16995 N Applegate Road Port appearing on the Augustino Estate wine list. Barbera and lush gardens, relax indoors or outside with
Grants Pass OR 97527 Cabernet Franc a glass of wine while enjoying an antipasto
541-846-1881 Cabernet Sauvignon plate, pizza, calzone or other fare from the
augustinoestate.com outdoor wood-fired pizza oven. Any time of
Chardonnay year is the perfect time for a visit.
Malbec
Hours:
Merlot
Thursday-Sunday, 11am-5pm
Pinot Gris
Varietals: Pinot Noir
Cabernet Sauvignon Riesling
Celebration White Blend Rosés
Chardonnay Sauvignon Blanc
Pinot Grigio Syrah
Pinot Noir Vermentino
Pinot Port Viognier
Syrah Zinfandel

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SCHULTZ WINES SERRA VINEYARDS

SCHULTZ GLORY OAKS Vineyard & Farm SERRA VINEYARDS winery & tasting
is one of the newer venues in the Applegate room sits on an 80-acre estate located on the
Valley. Owners Greg and Debbie Schultz took Applegate Valley's famed Kubli Bench. With
their first steps toward becoming viticulturists over 30 acres under vine, Krissa and Scott
while living in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Their Fernandes annually produce 1000+ cases
journey began with a few classes on wine at LSU of wine showcasing estate-grown Viognier,
that sparked a tasting trip to Southern Oregon, Pinot Noir, Tempranillo, Malbec, Cabernet
where it was love at first sight. Greg and Debbie Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Syrah.
were enchanted by the beauty of the land, the The result, as expressed by the array of medals
friendliness of the people, and the opportunities Serra Vineyards wines receive from both
in the wine industry. Schultz Wines was national and international wine competitions
established in 2010 and their wines have been throughout the year, is a flight of medal-
made by Linda Donovan and her talented team winning wines for all of our guests! Recently,
at Pallet Wine Company ever since. Serra won Gold for their 2014 Tempranillo
The first bottling of Schultz Wine was a 2010 at the 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine
Chardonnay and not long after, they purchased Competition and “best of class” medals for
the property that would become Glory Oaks. their 2011 Pinot Noir and 2012 Cabernet
Tempranillo, Malbec, and most recently Petit Sauvignon at the Seattle Wine Competition.
Verdot and Viognier 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 solar-powered tasting room, offering destination with legendary views of the
Schultz Glory Oaks
stunning views of the vineyard and valley. vineyards below and the infinite, surrounding
755 Slagle Creek Rd Serra Vineyards

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They offer Pinot Noir with fruit sourced from mountain ranges. Serra Vineyards boasts one
Grants Pass OR 97527 the Willamette Valley, and Merlot, Chardonnay, 222 Missouri Flat Road of the most spectacular settings in Southern
541-414-8448 Viognier, Syrah, Pinot Gris and red dessert wine Grants Pass OR 97527 Oregon and one of the nicest patio decks in
schultzwines.com with fruit sourced from the Applegate Valley. the Applegate Valley! Offering something
541-846-9223
New this fall is their estate Tempranillo Rosé! for everyone, come enjoy our local artisan
Bring 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, and foodie flights & instant picnic menu!
the sounds of birds and the creek. It’s the perfect Hours:
and by appointment As Serra Vineyards is a must-see on your
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 Merlot
Syrah Pinot Noir
Tempranillo Dessert Wine Tempranillo
Tempranillo Rosé Syrah
Viognier Viognier

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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
And, it’s a story about a place, a partnership Jacksonville in the 1890’s called “Plaisance
and a plan. The place is a hillside vineyard deep Orchards.” Along with selling grapes and grape
in the Applegate Valley winegrowing region 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 Plaisance Ranch six rootstocks on 17 acres of the 210 acre ranch.
and Wooldridge Creek vineyard became
Wooldridge Creek Vineyard and Winery.
16955 Water Gap Rd. 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 in 2016. Accolades include three consecutive
the Wooldridge Creek team has stood the
541-846-7175
plaisanceranch.com years of 90+ ratings from Wine Spectator.
test of time. It continues to make sense and Plaisance Ranch also earned 91 points in Wine
Wooldridge Creek Winery make exceptional vintages. The original 18-
Hours: Enthusiast, took #5 on the Seattle Times’ Top 50
& CrushPad Creamery acre vineyard has expanded to 56, planted to Wines of the Pacific Northwest, and captured a
818 Slagle Creek Road Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, November-February: silver, two double golds and best of show at the
Grants Pass OR 97527 Syrah, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Viognier, Friday thru Monday, noon-5pm 2016 Oregon Wine Experience.
Gewürztraminer, Zinfandel, Malbec, Riesling and
541-846-6364 Winemaker Joe Ginet and his wife Suzi
Tempranillo. The two couples are still committed March-October:
wcwinery.com welcome visitors to their tasting room to taste
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to the vision that brought them together. And the Daily, noon-6pm, Closed Tuesdays
plan has succeeded beyond belief. wines produced according to family tradition.
Hours: They also produce certified organic grass-fed
The sustainably-designed winery offers Varietals:
Daily, 11am-5pm beef, so don’t be surprised if you leave with a
unparalleled mountain and valley views—the Cabernet Franc few pounds of premium beef in addition to a
perfect spot to gather with friends. Today, Carménère few bottles of exquisite wine.
Varietals:
visitors can now sample cheeses and salami
Cabernet Chardonnay The ranch offers a unique Southern Oregon
made on-site, making it the first combined
Chardonnay winery, creamery & charcuterie in Oregon! Malbec experience. After all, Plaisance means “with
Gewürztraminer Merlot great pleasure!”
Malbec Mondeuse
Merlot Mourvèdre
Pinot Noir Persan - coming soon!
Riesling Petite Sirah
Sauvignon Petite Verdot
Syrah Pinot Noir
Tempranillo Ranch Red
Viognier Sauvignon Blanc
Zinfandel Syrah
Tempranillo
Viognier
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AUGUSTINO ESTATE & VINEYARD

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 unique 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
of the region’s most incredible settings with
stunning views. The "Treeloon" was recently
showcased on a 2016 episode of the DIY
Augustino Estate & Vineyard network’s hit show, “The Treehouse Guys!”
400 Brown Road The Augustino family’s 400-acre Rock’n R
O’Brien OR 97534 Ranch has grown to include the new tasting
room, 50 acres of vineyard plantings, a wedding
541-596-2818 and special events venue, a Tipi Village, and an
augustinoestate.com 8-acre private lake with lakeside bar. Overnight

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cabin rentals will also be available in the near
Hours: future, making for the perfect wine tasting get-
Thursday-Sunday, 11am-5pm away destination in the Illinois Valley! And, it’s
or by appointment just a short drive away from majestic Redwood
forests, several rivers and the Oregon/California
New Applegate location at Coast, making this a must-visit wine tasting
old Bridgeview Tasting Room destination for anyone interested in tasting fine
16995 N Applegate Road wines in an exquisite, natural setting.
Grants Pass OR 97527
Varietals:
Cabernet Sauvignon
Celebration White Blend
Chardonnay
Pinot Grigio
Pinot Noir
Pinot Port
Syrah

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COOPER RIDGE VINEYARD

HISTORICALLY
DELICIOUS.
Modern Cuisine
Wood-Fire Pizza
Extensive Wine List
Premium Cocktails
Craft Brews
Bourbon Bar

COOPER RIDGE VINEYARD can best be
described as “breathtaking and panoramic.”
Photo: McFarland Productions
Guests can’t say enough about the view from
the tiered patio, the initial inspiration for
Cooper Ridge owners Robin and Lesa Ray to
build their winery and tasting room on the
ridgeline 150 feet above the North Umpqua
River. It’s the perfect spot to sample their
award-winning artisanal estate wines.
Visitors will especially not want to miss tasting 1851 SE Stephens St., Roseburg | 541.580.0600 | parrotthouse1891.com
the newly-released, award-winning 2014 Pinot
Noir, 2014 Tempranillo, 2014 Merlot, Merrill-
Ann Red Blend or the 2016 Grüner Veltliner.
But truly, you’ll want to try all seven estate
varietals paired with choices from the small
plates menu such as chili peanuts with dried
cherries, a cheese and charcuterie plate, or
Cooper Ridge Vineyard bread and crackers served with olive tapenade
1389 Old Garden Valley Road and house-made roasted vegetable hummus.
Roseburg OR 97471 Besides relaxing with a glass and a nosh,
541-671-2373 Cooper Ridge offers a slate of events including
cooperridgevineyard.com Cigar and Port Night, Holiday Open Houses,
Women’s Wine Wednesdays, Sunday Music on
Hours: the Deck and the Winemaker Education Series
April-December, for those keen on enology. There’s even a luxury
Thursday-Sunday, noon to 7pm guest house available to wine club members
for overnight stays. Whatever your winery
Closed January. pleasure, one visit to Cooper Ridge Vineyard
will have you coming back again and again.
Serving new American
February & March, cuisine, local wine,
Friday-Sunday, noon to 5pm and craft cocktails.
Varietals:
Grüner Veltliner
Merlot
Pinot Noir
“Voted the #1
UMPQUA VALLEY

Riesling
Fine Dining
Syrah Restaurant in
Tempranillo Douglas Co.”
Viognier
629 SE Main Street • Roseburg
541-900-1000
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REUSTLE-PRAYER ROCK VINEYARDS HENRY ESTATE WINERY

HENRY ESTATE wines are made under the
guiding principal that “great wine is grown in
the vineyard.” But exactly what does that mean?
It starts with our vineyard founder Scott Henry
III. An aeronautical engineer before getting into
the wine business, Henry designed a new trellis
system tailored to optimize grape ripening in
the Umpqua Valley—and throughout the world
in regions with similar ripening conditions.
REUSTLE-PRAYER ROCK VINEYARDS has
garnered serious attention from critics and We also have three generations of a family who
numerous national and international awards care deeply about crafting fine wines. Whether
ever since the Riverside International Wine it’s the Müller Thurgau, which continues to
Competition recognized it as their “2010 Small garner gold medals, or the award-winning Pinot
Winery of the Year.” The latest recognition, Gris with aromas of tropical fruit, Henry Estate
being designated as the “2017 Pacific Northwest wines reflect the highest standards of excellence.
Winery of the Year,” is a staggering achievement Henry Estate Winery But at Henry Estate, winemaking is also
Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards for a winery that started with Stephen Reustle’s about enjoying wine with friends. The “Henry
687 Hubbard Creek Road
purchase of 200 acres in the Umpqua Valley Goes Paint” event is a hit with everyone who
960 Cal Henry Road Umpqua OR 97486
in 2001. Reustle located his vineyard blocks attends! What’s more fun than sipping wine
Roseburg OR 97471 on cool sites, perfect for his award-winning 541-459-5120 while learning stroke-by-stroke how to paint
541-459-6060 wines including Pinot Noir, Riesling, Syrah, and henryestate.com your creation on canvas? And be sure to mark
reustlevineyards.com Grüner Veltliner, an Austrian grape he was the your calendar for the Annual Thanksgiving
first in the US to produce commercially. Hours: Weekend, featuring live music, food, great
Hours: Reustle’s exquisite vintages are matched by a Daily, 11am-5pm specials and custom gift packs! You’ll want
Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm spectacular estate with vistas of vine-clad hills (Closed Thanksgiving day, to check out all the Henry Estate events and
and a pond featuring dock houses available offerings—but above all, the wine!
Christmas day, New Year's day
Varietals: to wine club members who want to relax with and Superbowl Sunday)
Grenache the view. The winery and tasting cave, with its
Grüner Vetliner ceiling reproduction of Michelangelo’s Creation
of Adam, are equally stunning. Thanksgiving Open House,
Malbec
See for yourself why Wine Press Northwest calls November 24-26, 2017
Merlot
Reustle-Prayer Rock one of the top ten “all-time Henry Goes Art, TBA
Muscat
winningest wineries” in the history of the Pacific Easter in the Umpqua,
Pinot Gris Northwest Winery of the Year Competition. April 1, 2018
Pinot Noir
Riesling Varietals:
UMPQUA VALLEY

Sauvignon Blanc Gewürztraminer
Syrah Müller-Thurgau
Tempranillo Pinot Gris
Viognier Pinot Noir

56 SOUTHERN OREGON WINE SCENE / FALL WINTER 2017
SO(WI), You Want to Become
a Winemaker
by KEVIN BRECK

W hen visiting your favorite tasting room, did you ever think to yourself, “I’d
like to learn how to make wine?” Well, my friend, if that’s the case, the
Southern Oregon Wine Institute (SOWI) might just be just the place for you!
Because I’m always happiest when talking about myself (just ask Mrs. Breck), let
In the winery, classes follow the grapes
from harvest to crush to fermentation to
barreling to bottling. With students as
willing labor, SOWI produces between 250-500 cases of its own wines, including
me tell you about my experience as a “recovering” lawyer and winemaker in-training. some award-winners. This past spring, my class riddled, disgorged and bottled
My wife and I moved to the Rogue Valley in 2015. After practicing law for 25 SOWI’s first-ever sparkling Riesling.
years, first in Detroit and most recently in Spokane, I decided it was time to do SOWI also has an international connection via a relationship with San Gabriel
something completely different. For most of those 25 years, I’d harbored a secret Escuela de Enologia, a viticulture & enology college in Aranda de Duero, Spain.
desire to become a winemaker. After all, I certainly drank enough of it; I might as Through this relationship, graduate Matt Cates, now Winemaker at Agate Ridge
well learn how to make it! But I’d always assumed this would remain nothing more Vineyards (see my profile of Matt on page 32 of this issue) and your intrepid
than a pipe dream, or wine dream, as it were. Then fate intervened. Upon moving reporter, were able to work different harvests at Dominio de Cair in Aranda.
here, I joined the Rotary Club and promptly began racking up a spotty attendance Perhaps the chief impediment for aspiring winemakers is the monumental capital
record. One day, while reading a summary of the previous meeting’s events which cost involved of building a winery. SOWI’s solution: a Winery Incubator that
I had missed, I learned that the featured speaker was Chris Lake, the then-Director permits impecunious entrepreneurs to make wine and to build their brand without
of something called the “Southern Oregon Wine Institute.” Within two weeks, I’d going broke in the process.
visited the campus and enrolled in the program. This winemaker in-training graduates in December at which time the hunt for
Created in 2008 and located on the Umpqua Community College campus in a job begins. Here’s hoping that prospective employers prefer their employees like
Roseburg, SOWI was the first viticulture & enology (vines & wines) program in they prefer their wine: with some age on them!
Oregon outside the Willamette Valley. In addition to first-rate classrooms and labs,
SOWI also boasts a state-of-the-art winery, with the ability to make 3,000 cases of
wine per year. The facility also includes a 2-acre working vineyard, with additional
acreage in the works.
Geared toward the nontraditional student, SOWI offers a number of different
academic paths. There’s a two-year degree track resulting in a Viticulture &
Enology AAS—this was my choice. There’s also a one-year certificate in Viticulture
and Pathway Certificate for a Wine Marketing Assistant.
The programs are structured for distance learning. Weekly homework
assignments and quizzes are conducted online and each class includes a lab
component, which meets on campus four or five times each semester. For me, this
hands-on learning component represents the most valuable part of the program.
In order to get students hands-on experience, SOWI partners with local
vineyards and wineries, which generously let students handle, mishandle and
manhandle their vines and equipment. I’ve bottled at Melrose Vineyards and
learned that the question is not whether the line will break down, but rather when
and how often it will break down! Jim Delfino of Delfino Vineyards & Winery
fearlessly permits pruner-wielding students loose on his vines. Other vineyards let
students study the effects of various diseases like Phylloxera, Powdery Mildew, and
Eutypa Dieback. The program also includes a work-study component (330 hours
For more information on SOWI:
for the AAS degree). www.umpqua.edu/sowi or call 541-440-SOWI (7694)
SOUTHERN OREGON WINE SCENE / FALL WINTER 2017 57
Southern Oregon Wine Industry Updates
Irvine & Roberts Vineyards Has New Winemaker, Winery and Tasting Room
Vince Vidrine has taken the reins as Winemaker. Owners Doug & Dionne Irvine and Duane & Kelly Roberts
brought Vidrine to the Rogue Valley where the winery specializes in complex, balanced and elegant Pinot
Noir and Chardonnay. Most recently, Vince was the Associate Winemaker at critically acclaimed Domaine
Serene Winery in the Willamette Valley, Oregon. “I’m delighted we were able to add someone with Vince’s
Irvine & Roberts Winemaker Vince Vidrine range of winemaking experience to our team,” said Irvine and Roberts’ Managing Director, Michael Donovan,
adding that, “The appointment was the culmination of a five-month search which screened candidates from
around the world to find the best person who shared our deep passion for making world-class Pinot Noir
and Chardonnay.” Vidrine’s educational background includes earning a degree from Oregon State University,
where he was the first student to graduate from OSU with a degree in Enology and Viticulture. He joined the
team just in time for the opening of the new tasting room and winery in July.

Ashley Campanella’s Pear Cider Wins Gold
EdenVale Winery winemaker Ashley Campanella scored big with her new line of pear ciders at the
recent Portland International Cider Cup, held in June. She took home a gold medal for her “Eden Valley
Orchard Pear House Cider,” one of only eight gold medals awarded from over 165 entrants from the
EdenVale Winemaker Ashley Campanella Pacific Northwest and British Columbia. What makes the award even more remarkable is that this was her
first vintage! All fruit was sourced from the orchards at the historic Voorhies Mansion site, enabling her
to utilize her on-site winemaking facilities and further utilize the farmland. In addition to the Portland
victory, her pear cider also received a Silver medal at the Great Lakes International Cider and Perry
Competition, where more than 1200 ciders were submitted from around the world.

Greg Jones Leaves SOU for Linfield College
After 20 years at Southern Oregon University, Professor Greg Jones is the new director of Linfield College’s wine
education program. Wine Business Monthly named Jones a Top 50 Wine Industry Leaders for his work as one of
the wine world’s leading climate researchers. Linfield offers an interdisciplinary liberal arts degree in wine studies
and is working toward a wine and sustainable systems major. Jones took over August 15, replacing founding
Greg Jones director Ellen Brittan who returned to Brittan Vineyards to work alongside her winemaking husband. Jones is
considered the ideal choice for the post and one of the most highly respected scientists in the field today. Jones,
who shares his latest research with winemakers, growers and fellow scientists from around the world, has vast
knowledge of wine, science, government regulations and bureaucracy. Although industry insiders say it’s a loss
for Southern Oregon, having Greg in-state is the next best scenario.

South Stage Cellars Introduces Online Ordering
South Stage Cellars, located in downtown Jacksonville, is making it easier for guests to pre-order food,
wine and even reserve a table. Now, advance reservations and orders may be placed via a link on their
website (southstagecellars.com). Using the “Dinner & Appetizer Reservations” link will enable patrons to
pre-pay, and even leave a gratuity, all in-advance. The new program was introduced in July, according to
South Stage Cellars Tasting Room Porscha Schiller, Tasting Room and Events Coordinator. Each week, the popular wine tasting room offers
an array of events, from musicians to art shows to educational events. Schiller notes that, “Our mission is
to do everything possible to provide our guests with the best experience and customer service possible.”

Trium Tasting Room Closes
After 30 years, Laura Lotspeich, the owner of Trium Wines, a well-respected wine brand, decided to retire
and leave her children to take over the vineyard operations. The tasting room on Rapp Road in Talent has
closed, providing time for her to travel and spend more time enjoying life. The family-owned Pheasant Hill
Vineyard will continue selling fruit to top wineries and to be owned and operated by the next generation
under the direction of her youngest son, Dustin Lotspeich. After her husband, Kurt, passed away, Laura
noted, “Without his partnership, the winery has lost some of the allure…this industry requires a passion
Trium Wines Owner Laura Lotspeich for and an obsession with quality and unrelenting care. It is time for me to pass the torch on and enjoy the
results of our years of following that obsession.”

Simple Machine Opens Tasting Room
Well-known winemaker Brian Denner and his life/business partner Clea Arthur have opened a new tasting
room to showcase their brand, “Simple Machine” in Talent at 717 S. Pacific Highway. Since moving to the
Rogue Valley in 2010, Denner has worked for Pallet Wine, Agate Ridge Winery and DANCIN Vineyards.
With a background in business and banking, Clea Arthur will oversee the new tasting room operations
as well as the relocation of the Simple Machine winemaking facilities to the Talent site. Open noon-6pm,
Wednesday through Sunday, the new tasting room is bright and airy with high ceilings and polished
concrete floors. Denner will continue producing small lots of syrah, grenache, pinot noir, viognier and
Simple Machine Tasting Room sauvignon blanc, with all fruit sourced from the Applegate and Rogue Valleys.
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