Medford Wine Examiner, Janet Eastman, keeps us up-to-date in the progress of Footstone Jive Winery. "The beleaguered but unstoppable wine producer" has a new home and trial dates set for October.
A forlorn, shadow-gray building on Medford’s industrial Fir Street is now the home to the much ballyhooed Footstone Jive wine operation. It’s a far cry from Canadian businessman Steve de Jaray’s original vision of opening a high-volume winery with an intoxicatingly entertaining wine bar and steamy distillery on Jacksonville’s tourist-luring main street.
Read the full article here.
Sep 30, 2010
Sep 29, 2010
- October 2nd, 1-4 p.m.- Troon Vineyard is hosting their annual Harvest Festival. Friendly pumpkin carving, grape stomping and cork launching competitions (can you beat the world record of 177 ft. 9 inches?) will be held with musical entertainment by the blues and fiddle band, Missing Pieces. The 2009 Druid's Fluid will be released and there will be a Bagpipe Barrel Room Tour (I'm most interested in finding out what this is about). Party is complimentary, regular tasting fees apply. More information.
- October 2nd, 5:30 p.m. - Dinner in the Vines at Agate Ridge Vineyard. Sit amongst the bountiful vines while enjoying a seasonal menu prepared by Farm to Fork using fresh local produce. Each of the 5 gourmet courses will be paired with an award-winning Agate Ridge estate wine. Experience a remarkable artisan meal in the company of friends. $75. More information.
- October 9th, 11 a.m.- 5 p.m.- The Upper Rogue Valley Wineries invite you to a Harvest Celebration with grape stomping, tractor rides, and pumpkin painting for the kids. The Upper Rogue Wine & Farm Tour includes Agate Ridge Vineyard, Cliff Creek Cellars, Crater Lake Cellars, Del Rio Vineyards, Folin Cellars, and LaBrasseur Vineyard. Event is complimentary.
Attention winery & vineyard representatives! I'm going to update the master calendar of Southern Oregon wine events ASAP and would love your help. Please email me with your events and details. ~ Thanks, Christine
Sep 28, 2010
Tom Wark of Fermentation writes:
The House Judiciary Committee will hold hearings on H.R. 5034, known to some as the "Wholesaler Protection Act, on Wednesday, September 29 at 11:00am Eastern Time.
The hearings will be streamed live via the House Judiciary website at this URL:
The bill, now in its second iteration thanks in large part to the extraordinary and nearly universal condemnation of its effects and intent, is opposed by producers of beer, wine and spirits,, opposed by beverage importers and opposed by wine retailers. In addition, a number of public policy groups have come out opposed to the bill. It appears that within the wine industry only alcohol wholesalers support the bill. It happens that they also wrote the bill and if it passes would fine themselves in a position to further stifle competition and alcohol distribution reforms that aren't entirely favorable to them.
To read his full article outlining the potential impact of the passage of the act, visit here.
Sep 20, 2010
This Friday night (5:30-8 p.m.) at Allyson's in Ashland they will be featuring 6 Oregon wines with food pairings for only $10. Awesome deal. Here is the line-up:
- Willamette Valley Vineyards Dijon Clone Chardonnay- my personal favorite out of all of their white wines plus it carries the OCSW (Oregon Sustainable Certified Wine) logo
- Abacela Grenache Rosé- proving rosé season is not over!
- Foris Vineyards Pinot Noir- it will be fun to compare a Southern Oregon pinot with the following
- The Four Graces Pinot Noir
- Passive Agressive- a fabulous Syrah/Petite Sirah/Tempranillo blend made by Folin Cellars
- Del Rio Vineyards Claret- which recently received 90 points by Wine Spectator
Allyson's Kitchen is located on 115 East Main Street in Ashland.
Sep 17, 2010
Last night we wandered over to the Quady North Tasting Room in Jacksonville to attend their Thursday Night Mixer. Zoe was the mixologist crafting up two unique cocktails from Quady Palomino Fino Sherry and Quady North Rosé. Recipes included in the videos.
Sherry, Mint & Cucumber Cocktail
Strawberry Basil Rosé
Sep 10, 2010
Girls: This is your Day!
Time: 11 am - 5:00 pm
Escape to the Upper Rogue this Saturday and enjoy some Girl Time! At each Upper Rogue location, enjoy the following themes:
Crater Lake Cellars: A little bit Cheezy. Come taste all kinds of cheese, both local and distant. Enjoy pairing them to our wonderful award winning wines.
Del Rio Vineyards: Creative Cupcakes: Enjoy making a creative cupcake, with all kinds of pretty options, and pair it with Del Rio wines.
Agate Ridge Vineyard: Shopping Advent. Local Artisans showing off their wares.
Labrassier Vineyard: Chocolate Treats. Enjoy chocolate paired with our newest Upper Rogue wineries' wines.
Cliff Creek Vineyards: Spa Day. Enjoy wine while being pampered with a hand or foot massage.
Folin Cellars: Olive Oil. Wine and olive oil dipping....what more can a girl ask for?
Complimentary... Come One, Come All...
P.S.- Men are welcome too....wineries don't discriminate!
Sep 8, 2010
OregonWine.com has proudly debuted a section dedicated to Southern Oregon wines. Here are three new pages of stories, recommendations and travel tips featuring:
- 5 Superb Southern Oregon White Wines
- Winemaker's Notes: Rob Folin on Tempranillo
- Bill Steele of Cowhorn Wines
- Herb Quady of Quady North
- Seared Scallops with Del Rio Vineyards Chardonnay
- Drink local at these six restaurants
- Lodging and attraction recommendations
Sep 7, 2010
Thrive's Eat Local Challenge Week starts this Friday, September 10th and will run through Sunday, September 19th- although hopefully you will be motivated to continue incorporating more and more local foods into your diet year round. It is a fun-filled week celebrating the delicious bounty of locally-grown food in the Rogue Valley. By taking the challenge and participating in the week's events, we will all learn about our "food shed" and nurture our valley's agricultural economy.
When you take the challenge, you are making a difference in preserving our local agriculture system. Not only does local food mean better taste and more nutritional value, but supporting family farmers builds a stronger local economy, and lightens the ecological costs of long-distance food transportation.
There are four levels of the challenge that you can sign up for:
- A Supreme Locavore- All food consumed during the week will be grown, raised or produced within 200 miles (I even agree to give up coffee, chocolate and non-local spices).
- Locavore- All foods consumed during the week will be grown, raised or produced within 200 miles (but I still want my coffee, chocolate and non-local spices).
- Taster- All food consumed during the one meal per day throughout the week will be grown, raised or produced within 200 miles.
- Sampler- All foods that I consume during two meals throughout the week will be grown, raised or produced with 200 miles.
There are an abundance of events scheduled throughout the week centered on being a locavore: