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Sunday, May 15, 2011

A trip to Jacksonville

A small tasting run turned into an adventure!
We spent the day starting at Eden Vale who had a great flight of their Pinot Noir offerings.
There was a 2004 , a 2005 reserve and a 2006 reserve to compare. a very interesting experience.

We then ran off to Jacksonville to find that there is a new Umpqua tasting room in Jacksonville across from the Quady North Tasting room that currently features two wineries:
Bradley Vineyards and River's Edge Winery.
We had a tasting of Pinot Gris, Riesling and a selection of four Pinot Noirs from each winemaker for each of 2007 and 2008.

We then went to Jacksonville Mercantile who just happen to have a bottle of Portuguese wine called Carta (no, not Port, just a good inexpensive table wine) open that was so good, I had to buy a bottle.
In the back of the store, if you can tear yourself away from the pastas, vinegars, and spreads is a small wine rack, in that wine rack are wines from winemakers I had not heard of! A new discovery!

I had to buy a selection of these wines and some of the spreads - a particular one that is a truffle but my mouth says is caviar.

Then off to South Stage Cellars for a bit of education from Larry who is a fountain of information about wine and viticulture. A fun tasting with wonderful wines - Sandi liked the Petite Syrah, while I was drawn to the Merlot of all things.

We finished with a dinner at the Jacksonville Inn, I had the Sturgeon which was amazing, and Sandi hasn't let me have any of the baby back ribs as of this writing.

Posted By: Oregon Wine Geek @ 6:53:30 PM


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Monday, May 09, 2011

A visit through the Illinois Valley

This weekend’s sojourn was from the coast back to the Illinois valley. It was hard to find open tasting rooms this weekend, but having found them, we were in for a treat!

The star of the tour and an absolutely must visit is the Foris tasting room, it sits off of highway 46 (the caves highway) out of Cave Junction and from Medford, is quite a drive, but well worth it! It is just off the Holland Loop Road.

Foris has an exceptional set of fine wines. We tasted more than 14 wines – be prepared to drink a lot wine when coming to Foris, I have always found Foris’ whites to be very good, some of my favorite Oregon whites, but this tasting their reds we exceptional (see tasting notes). If you are heading over to Cave Junction a small side trip is well worth the stop.

Happy Trails!

Posted By: Oregon Wine Geek @ 7:40:02 PM


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Sunday, April 24, 2011

A trip around the Rogue

We took a small wine tasting trip around the Rogue valley yesterday, tasting wine with some friends and their out of town guests.
The highlights were, as usual Pebblestone and Folin.
Pebblestone's Viognier remains one of my favorite wines, but today they were sharing their "just in the bottle, no label yet" syrah Rose'.  It was a delightful wine, full bodied and well balanced, I look for this to be an outstanding Rose' and has me thinking we might need a Rose' tasting.

Folin's tasting room was busy, but not crowded, Steve does an exemplary job of not only describing the wines but making the entire event fun!
He took us and our guests (8 in all) down into the cellar room and we all learned more about wine making. Fantastic!
The wines are outstanding and the hit of the day was Folin's self described "gateway wine" Passive Aggressive, which is an inexpensive, very approachable wine.  Tasting notes soon!



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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

OWG slips quietly through the Applegate Valley


Todays tasting trip was a run through the Applegate from Jacksonville to Grants Pass.  Tim the Oregon Wine Geeks CIO, (Chief Imbibing Officer), and myself jumped into Prius and hit the road. 

Our first stop was at Longsword/Fly High Vineyards Tasting room.  We had a nice flight of wines, in fact two wine were free and then the next 3 for  $5 dollars, buy a bottle and the tasting is free. Both Tim and I liked the 2009 Barnstormer’s Red Tempranillo, 2008 Touché Rosé and the 2009 Accolade Semi-Sparkling Chardonnay

Back in the electric blue hybrid and we shot down to Troon Vineyards and had a whole flight there in Troons comfortable tasting room.  We both decided the best wine here was the  2008 Troon Vineyard Limited Reserve I.  With a large percentage of Cabernet France this is a big bold wine, with great legs and age-ability. 

The last stop of the day was Schimdt Family Vineyards with its wonderful grounds and tasting room.  We had a flight of four wines today with the 2008 Merlot showing best, with a nice nose, full body a very nice merlot.  The Cabernet was also quite good.

Well what a nice afternoon, had we been out and about on Thursday more tasting rooms would have been open and we would have stopped at several others. 


Ted Oregon Wine Geeks Chief Imagineer.

Schmidt Family Cinyard
Schmidt Family Vineyards

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