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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Parks Uncorked June 26th, 2015

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Tuesday, April 07, 2015

12th Annual Grape Expectations Event, May 7th 2015

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Saturday, August 24, 2013

World of Wine Results for 2013


Christy Canterbury, MW
Peter Marks, MW
Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan, MW

Best of Show

White Wine – Pebblestone Cellars 2012 Viognier
Red Wine – Spangler 2010 Claret
Other Wine – Cuckoo’s Nest Cellars 2012 Fizzé

Double Gold Medal (6)

(Requires unanimous gold medal scores by all three judges.)

Cuckoo’s Nest Cellars 2012 Pinot Gris
Daisy Creek 2010 Malbec
Foris Vineyards Winery 2012 Pinot Blanc
Irvine Vineyards 2009 Pinot Noir
Jaxon Vineyards 2011 Grenache
Quady North 2009 4,2a Syrah

Gold Medal (7)

Folin Cellars 2010 Petite Sirah
Kriselle Cellars 2010 Tempranillo
Quady North 2012
RoxyAnn Winery 2009 Merlot
Serra Vineyards 2010 Pinot Noir
Serra Vineyards 2008 Bendock Estate Pinot Noir
Soloro Vineyard 2011 Solitaire Reserve Viognier

Silver Medal (69)

Abacela Estate Vineyards 2012 Viognier
Abacela Estate Vineyards 2009 Malbec Reserve
Agate Ridge Vineyard 2009 Petite Sirah
Bridgeview Vineyards 2012 Viognier
Cliff Creek Cellars 2009 Sangiovese
Cliff Creek Cellars 2007 Claret
Cuckoo’s Nest Cellars 2012
Daisy Creek 2012 Marsanne
Daisy Creek 2010 Syrah
Del Rio Vineyards 2011 Viognier
Del Rio Vineyards 2011 Pinot Noir
Del Rio Vineyards 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
Foris Vineyards 2011 Riesling
Foris Vineyards 2011 Maple Ranch Pinot Noir
Girardet Wine Cellars 2011 Old Vine Baco Noir
Girardet Wine Cellars 2011 Baco Noir
Irvine Vineyards 2010 Pinot Noir
Jaxon Vineyards 2011
Jaxon Vineyards 2011 Tempranillo
Kriselle Cellars 2012 Viognier
Kriselle Cellars 2012 Sauvignon Blanc
Kriselle Cellars 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
LaBrasseur Vineyard 2011
Ethan Cole
Ledger David 2010 Tempranillo
Misty Oaks Vineyard 2012 Julio’s Hill Pinot Gris
Paschal Winery & Vineyard 2012 Viognier
Pebblestone Cellars 2012 Pinot Gris
Pebblestone Cellars 2008
Pebblestone Cellars 2009 Cabernet Franc
Pebblestone Cellars 2009 Syrah
Plaisance Ranch 2011 Viognier
Plaisance Ranch 2011 Pinot Noir
Plaisance Ranch 2010
Rouge Prestige
Plaisance Ranch 2010 Syrah
Quady North 2012 Steelhead Run Viognier
Quady North 2011 GSM
Quady North 2008 Syrah
Red Lily Vineyards 2012 Lily Girl Rosé
Red Lily Vineyards 2009 Red Lily Tempranillo
RoxyAnn Winery 2009 Claret
RoxyAnn Winery 2009 Tempranillo
Sarah Powell Wines 2008 Pinot Noir
Schmidt Family Vineyards 2012 Albariño
Schmidt Family Vineyards 2012 Chardonnay
Schmidt Family Vineyards 2012
Doce Nectar
Schmidt Family Vineyards 2010 Malbec
Schmidt Family Vineyards 2010 Merlot Reserve
Schmidt Family Vineyards 2010 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Schultz Wines 2011 Mission Viognier
Serra Vineyards 2012
Rosa Marie
Serra Vineyards 2010 Merlot
Slagle Creek Vineyards 2011 Syrah Dessert
Slagle Creek Vineyards Claret NV
Soloro Vineyard 2011
Thunderegg Cut
South Stage Cellars 2011 Albariño
South Stage Cellars 2010 Pinot Noir
Spangler Vineyards 2010 Cabernet Franc
StoneRiver 2004 Red Velvet Merlot
StoneRiver 2003 Syrah
TeSóAria Vineyard & Winery 2012 Vermentino
TeSóAria Vineyard & Winery 2011
Bull’s Blood
Trium Wines 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Troon Vineyard 2011 Chardonnay
Troon Vineyard 2011 Insomnia Port
Troon Vineyard 2010 Syrah Reserve
Valley View Winery 2011 Anna Maria Viognier
Valley View Winery 2009 Anna Maria Chardonnay
Valley View Winery 2012 Anna Maria Sauvignon Blanc
Valley View Winery 2008 Anna Maria Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc
(Note from OWG, these are from the WOW website)

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Friday, August 23, 2013

Foris World WIne Press Release

Wines by Bryan Wilson Wow MS Judges at WOW!


It is impressive that earlier this month the Southern Oregon World of Wine Competition (WOW) was judged by three Masters of Wine. There were 179 Southern Oregon wines entered by 46 wineries and several wineries received multiple medals, six being the most awarded to one brand.


But what's even more impressive was that a total of twelve wines crafted by Winemaker, Bryan Wilson, were awarded medals including two of the three "Best of Show" and two "Double Gold". It is also important to note Wilson's versatile ability as a winemaker - his twelve medal winning wines represented nine different varietals!


Wilson has been the winemaker at Foris Vineyards since 2008 and also crafts wine under his own label, Cuckoo's Nest Cellars. In addition, he makes wines for Pebblestone Cellars and made the 2008 Bendock Estate Pinot Noir for Serra Vineyards.


The prestigious Master of Wine (MW) title is bestowed by the Institute of Masters of Wine in London and is considered the highest level of achievement in the wine industry. Thus, it wouldn't be surprising if this year's internationally known MW judges didn't realize that they were recognizing the talent of one winemaker, in particular. In any case, there is no doubt Wilson is one of Oregon's best. And humble, too. When asked about his medal winning wines, he noted, "I think it is a testament to the quality of grapes being grown here in the Rogue Valley as our competition continues to attract high profile judges.” 


There are only thirty Masters of Wine in the United States and in the past four years ten have judged the WOW Competition including this year's judges: Christy Canterbury, MW, author, speaker and wine judge from New York; Peter Marks, MW, Vice President of Education for Constellation Vineyards; and Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan, MW, author of The One Minute Wine Master: Discover 10 Wines You'll Like in 60 Second or Less.


2013 World of Wine Competition medals awarded to wines crafted by Bryan Wilson:


Best of Show . . .  . . Pebblestone Cellars 2012 Viognier

                                   Cuckoo's Nest Cellars 2012 Fizzé

Double Gold . . . . .  Cuckoo's Nest Cellars 2012 Pinot Gris

                                   Foris Vineyards 2012 Pinot Blanc

Gold . . . . . . . . . . . .  Serra Vineyards 2008 Bendock Estate Pinot Noir

Silver . . . . . . . . . . .   Cuckoo's Nest  Cellars 2012 Aromatique

                                   Foris Vineyards 2011 Riesling

                                   Foris Vineyards 2011 Maple Ranch Pinot Noir

                                   Pebblestone Cellars 2012 Pinot Gris

                                   Pebblestone Cellars 2008 Mélange

                                   Pebblestone Cellars 2009 Cabernet Franc

                                   Pebblestone Cellars 2009 Syrah

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Newly Designated Elkton AVA Bottles Its First Vintage

Newly Designated Elkton AVA Bottles Its First Vintage

(Click Here for the Press Release in Adobe)

Elkton, Oregon, April 17th, 2013:
History was made on a chilly April morning in Elkton Oregon as The 2012 Oregon Riesling from Brandborg Winery became the first wine ever to be bottled with the new Elkton AVA on its label.

Elkton earned designation as an American Viticulture Area (AVA) from the federal government earlier this year to distinguish itself as a grape growing region ideal for growing high quality Riesling and other cool climate wine grapes.

The grapes used for the historic Brandborg Riesling were sourced from Elkton grower John Bradley of Bradley Vineyards. The vines were planted in 1983, at a time when Bradley says he never dreamed Elkton would be designated as its own AVA. “But attitudes change,” says Bradley, “and all these years later, here we are. The Brandborgs have such a reputation for exceptional Riesling, adds Bradley. “It's appropriate their wine is Elkton's Dirst bottling.”

Winemaker Terry Brandborg praises Bradley Vineyards as an “excellent source” of quality Riesling and he is very pleased with Elkton's Kirst ofKicial vintage. He describes his 2012 Oregon Riesling as a “medium dry wine with bright fresh fruit, minerality, crisp palate cleansing acidity and a long, dry Dinish.” 550 cases are being bottled for distribution both locally and throughout the United States. “We ship to 22 markets” says Brandborg, “including Virginia/Washington D.C., New York City and Wisconsin.” Now, all those markets will start seeing wines labeled with the new Elkton AVA.

For more information or to purchase the 2012 Oregon Brandborg Riesling with the Elkton label, please visit

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Friday, April 05, 2013

Soroptimist International 10th Annual Grape Expectations

The 10th Annual

Grape Expectations

A wine and food tasting event benefitting local women’s and children’s charities

Hosted by

Soroptimist International Rogue Valley Sunrise

Thursday, May 9, 2013
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
at The Imperial Event Center
40 N. Front Street, Medford

Grape Expectations Flyer

Grape Expectations Raffle Flyer



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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Vintage Sale - Talent's Paschal Winery and Vineyard plans to close by the end of the year unless buyer comes forward


Vintage sale

Talent's Paschal Winery and Vineyard plans to close by the end of the year unless buyer comes forward



Paschal Winery and Vineyard in Talent will close in December unless a buyer can be found. It’s one of a handful of vineyard properties for sale throughout Southern Oregon. Mail Tribune / Jamie Lusch

November 28, 2012



By Janet Eastman

Mail Tribune

When Paschal Winery and Vineyard opened its doors to the public 11 years ago, guitarist Ed Dunsavage performed to a crowd of wine drinkers happily welcoming a third tasting room to the Bear Creek Valley.

Today, after organizing 100 concerts that attracted about 6,000 people to Paschal's Italian-style building, Dunsavage is lamenting that his next two musical events may be the last for a long time.

The 13-acre property alongside Interstate 5 in Talent has been for sale since October 2011, and owner Donna Tenuta is shutting the doors by the end of the year unless she finds a buyer.

Recently, she dropped the asking price from $2.15 million to $1.7 million, according to listing agent Cheryl Conway of RE/MAX Commercial Brokers in Medford.

Conway says she has exhausted her search for a buyer among local wine producers and now is focused on someone from out of the state.

There are a handful of vineyard properties for sale in the region, ranging from the $1 million, 50-acre Windridge Vineyard in Cave Junction to the $5 million, 61-acre O'Neill Vineyard in the Applegate.

Both are listed by Sheri Wytcherley of Oregon Ranch and Home, who says Californians selling their wine-country holdings are interested in being "forerunners" in Oregon's developing wine industry.

Real estate agent Dan Maymar of John L. Scott in Ashland is marketing a $1.24 million, 87-acre vineyard property on East Hill Drive in Ashland to "people who are considering moving to Ashland and who like wine."

After almost three years on the market, an 89-acre vineyard property in Grants Pass sold in August for $550,000, a fraction of its original asking price.

Land, vines and possibly even a winery are only a part of the enormous expense of establishing a wine label and a successful tasting room, say experts.

Linda Donovan of Pallet Wine Co. in Medford, who serves as a winemaker and consultant for dozens of local wine producers, says it can take 10 years to see a return on an investment.

"You're waiting for grapes and brand recognition, and you're working the whole time and money's going out," she says. "A lot of people aren't prepared for that. And then there are other outside factors. Things happen that you don't expect, like illness, a stock market crash or a bad growing season."

Tenuta and her husband, Ron, purchased Paschal with its 4 acres of vines, a tasting room and residence for $1.15 million in August 2009. Ron Tenuta served as the winemaker for the renamed Paschal/Tenuta Winery until August 2011, when he died of cancer.

"Wine was his passion," says Donovan, who bottled some of his wine from the 2010 vintage. "Ron loved the Italian varietals and being in the vineyard and the winery."

Industry professionals Chris Hubert, Eric Weisinger and John Quinones also chipped in to help finish Paschal's wines and maintain the property's merlot, pinot noir, pinot gris, chardonnay and syrah vines.

This fall, Donovan crushed Paschal's grapes to sell as bulk wine. There wasn't a harvest in 2011 because of mildew attacking the grapes.

After the Tenutas bought the property, they remodeled the 3,500-square-foot residence and updated the 4,000-square-foot tasting room. "If it weren't for his untimely death," says Donovan, "they could have made it."

Robert Trottmann, who has worked for Weisinger's of Ashland since 2006 and soon will work for another Bear Creek winery, Ledger David Cellars in Talent, says, "It would be wonderful for a loving force of power and energetic people to buy (Paschal) and take it soaring."

Dunsavage, who played in the tasting room every Saturday the first year and then for special occasions, also is hoping that someone with deep resources buys Paschal's soon.

"The space is intimate and very welcoming for the audience as well as the performers," says Dunsavage, who also is the director of the Siskiyou Institute, a nonprofit arts organization that has held about 20 concerts a year in the tasting room and on the grounds.

"The view from the winery is one of the best in the valley and people love to come up early before a show and bring a picnic dinner," he says. "People have told me it reminds them of a mini Britt Festival."

The Siskiyou Institute has two final performances scheduled at the tasting room.

On Saturday, Dec. 8, Dunsavage will present composer Dmitri Matheny and the Jazz Noir Project. On Sunday, Dec. 16, Dunsavage will perform with vocalist Leslie Kendall in the annual Jazzy Holiday Fundraiser to benefit the Siskiyou Institute Artists-In-Schools Project, where Rogue Valley musicians hold workshops in schools.

During the spring and fall, Dunsavage can hold shows in the Old Siskiyou Barn near Emigrant Lake. But it will be hard to replace Paschal's tasting room as a musical venue.

"If it isn't sold by the end of December, then it most likely won't be opening again until it sells," Dunsavage emailed his fans. "We are keeping our fingers crossed."

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Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Applegate Feast Event July 15th

News Release

INFORMATION:      Christine Collier, Applegate Valley Oregon Vintner’s Association 541.846.9900


Applegate Feast Event


Grants Pass, Ore.- June 5, 2012- Join 10 wineries of the Applegate Valley for a celebration of local wine and food to benefit the Applegate Food Pantry on July 14th from 11 am – 5 pm.


Participating wineries will be partnering with a local farmer or food purveyor to showcase the flavors of the valley. A selection of partnerships include Wooldridge Creek Winery featuring Applegate Artisan Breads to make fresh pizzas, Valley View Winery pairing Salant Family Ranch naturally-raised beef with their bold red wines, Plaisance Ranch serving up Mama Terra Creamery cheese and Troon Vineyard highlighting Barking Moon Farms produce. Guests will enjoy the day sipping and sampling at your own pace.


Participating Wineries:

Cricket Hill Winery

Devitt Winery

Longsword Vineyards

Plaisance Ranch

Rosella’s Winery

Schmidt Family Vineyards

Soloro Vineyards

Troon Vineyard

Valley View Winery

Wooldridge Creek Winery


The event hopes to bring funds to the food pantry and awareness to the local food and wine community of the Applegate Valley.


Tickets are $25 and include complimentary wine tasting and food pairing at all participating wineries. To purchase please visit All ticket proceeds benefitting the Applegate Food Pantry and their efforts to prevent hunger in the community.

Wine Type: Wine Event Notice
Posted By: Ted Weldon @ 6:10:25 PM


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Monday, January 02, 2012

Rose Bowl Day, Go Ducks, Ducks Win

Ducks Win!!!

Go, Fight, Win then Wine,
Go Ducks

Posted By: Oregon Wine Geeks  @ 10:04:08 AM


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Thursday, November 03, 2011

11/2/2011 On the Wire, News, Events, & Tidbits from the Web


Latest from the Oregon Wine Geeks

2008 Spangler Vineyard Cabernet Franc
2008 Sokol Blosser Pinot Noir Dundee Hills
2008 Cubanisimo Vineyards Pinot Noir
2006 Trium Wines Growers Cuvée
NV Triple Oak Vineyard Red Oak Red Table Wine
2008 LaVelle Vineyards Trilogy
2006 Triple Oak Vineyard Pinot Noir
2008 Girardet Pinot Noir Barrel Select
2008 Brandborg Pinot Noir Bench Lands
2007 Heydon Road Syrah
2009 J. Dann Wine Cellars Rouge
Oregon Wine Geeks Buyers Guids Updated

The Geek Note 10/24/2011
Average Wine Costs, Merrill Cellars, Tasting to do list.

Geeks thinking about tasting rooms

Oregon wine Geeks Espouse what makes a great tasting room

Ashland 5th Annual Food & Wine Classic
November 4th – 6th, 2011

Wine Advocate released the scores on the 2009 vintage


'A miracle harvest'
Greg Stiles,

A tale of three vineyards
Janet Eastman

Upper Rogue Wine Trail Second Saturday Event
Nov 12th 10AM-5PM

Applegate Valley UnCorked Event
Nov 20th 11AM-5PM

Celebrating Southern Oregon Wines in Portland
General Public Tasting Sunday Nov. 12th 4-7PM
at the Portland Art Museum


Nov 3rd 6-7:3 PM
Wine Tasting & Poetry Fundraiser, My Coffee
Nov 12th 12-4 PM
Wine Club
Paramour Tasting

Agate Ridge Vineyard
Nov 4th 5-8PM
Local Night with Pete Herzog
Nov 10th 5-7 PM
Tapas Thursday food and wine pairing!
Nov 11th  5-8PM
Local Night with Angelfire

EdenVale Wine
Nov 11th   6PM-7PM @Enoteca in Ashland
Dec 21st  6PM-7PM @Enoteca in Ashland
Taste Rogue Reservations Recommended

Troon Vineyard
Nov 11th  6-8 PM
Dinner with Tim


Posted By: Oregon Wine Geeks @ 9:18:52 AM


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