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On Saturday the Oregon Wine Geeks and the Oregon wine goddess (that would be Sandi) got a chance to be wine makers for a day as part of the Ambassador Club Day event that Folin Cellars holds for its wine club members. The event was held at Folin Cellars in the Rogue Valley on the winery crush pad with wine and blending equipment for wine club members and guests to experiment with wine blending. We were to take four different varietals: Syrah, Tempranillo , Mouvedre, and Petite Syrah and create a blend.
We were given all the equipment we would need to blend these varietals in any manner we chose, but needed to keep strict track of the percentages of what went into our blend. The blends were then submitted to Rob Folin to choose the next Ambassador's Cuvee. We needed to make sure and create 40ml of our blends and Rob promised to tease anyone who couldn't add or calculate percentages. This seemingly simple task was very interesting and thought provoking: different amounts of these wines provided an amazing array of different effects. This was no simple task! This proved to be quite an education in just one of the many facets of making wine.
Posted By: Tim Morton @ 8:31:31 PM
During a small trip through the Rogue Valley tasting wine on Sunday, we learned that Aurora winery was open, so we made a bee line for the winery.
We were greeted by Lilly a friendly dog that's just a year old, followed by Vicki Nickerson who is the owner of Aurora Winery (and Lilly).
We had the tasting on Ms. Nicrkerson's porch, with a beautiful view of vineyards and the valley and treated to a wonderful spread of strawberries, crackers, cheeses and a tasting of three wines: two Merlot and one Pinot Gris.
The Pinot Gris was made by A to Z with Vicki's grapes, and the Merlot were two vintages from 2004 and 2005 respectively.
The 2004 was nicely aged with good structure...so much so that I couldn't live without a couple of bottles, tasting notes will be forthcoming.
I highly recommend a visit to Aurora, Vicki is a wonderful hostess! The hours are in flux a bit so it would be best to call ahead for now:
2275 Pioneer Rd. Talent
(541) 535-5287 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Located on a picturesque 87 acre mountain estate in an area rich in scenery and wildlife. Come enjoy our Bordeaux style Merlots and a unique tasting experience from our deck overlooking our upper valley vineyard.
Hours: By Appointment (One Day in Advance)
Posted By: Tim Morton @ 10:02:12 AM
These are the wines that we tasted Roaming the Rogue last weekend. If you spot any errors let us know. Daisy Creek/Madrone Mountain:
Agate Ridge Vineyard:
2010 Weekend White
2009 Viognier Barrel Fermented
Crater Lake Cellars:
2009 Riesling (sweet)
2009 Riesling (Dry)
2006 Merlot "29" ,(Oregon Wine Geek Pick)
NV Fire House Red #4
2010 Marsanne Roussane
2007 Cabernet Sauvignon
Folin Cellars, (Ambassadors Tasting):
2008 Petite Sirah
2005 Tempranillo Reserve, (Oregon Wine Geek Pick)
Folin Cellars, (Regular Tasting)
2009 Estate Viognier
2007 Estate Syrah
Del Rio Vineyards:
2009 Pinot Gris
NV Rose Jolee
2008 Lyon Red
2009 Starthistle Cuvee, (Oregon Wine Geek Pick)
2005 Mundo Novo
Roxy Ann Winery:
2008 Honor Barn Red
2009 Pinot Gris
Daisy Creek/Madrone Mountain:
Posted By: Oregon Wine Geeks @ 10:18:52 AM
The entire Oregon Wine Geek crew stopped at Pebblestone Cellars today to pick up their allocation and Sample the Cabernet Franc Vertical they are pouring in the tasting room this weekend. The vertical is the 05, 06 and 07 Pebblestone Cab Franc. The 2007, a gold winner at the SF Chronicle this year, is available for purchase, the others are library wines and unavailable. The juxtaposition of the vintages is interesting and well worth a stop to give it a try. The wine club allocations also includes an excellent 2009 Pinot Gris.
Posted By: Oregon Wine Geek @ 5:21:13 PM
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