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Every once in a while we like to do something really fun and special. This time we decided to collaborate with Tamarack Cellars of Walla Walla to host a dinner featuring Tamarack’s winemaker Danny Gordon and a great lineup of wines. Although Saturday night is a busy in the restaurant, we decided that it is worth clearing the decks in order to do something really great.We will feature seven wines paired with six spectacular courses prepared by Janet. As a special treat, noted jazz guitarist Dan Balmer will be on hand to serenade us while we eat and quaff. Danny
The organization of AVA’s (American Viticultural Areas) in Southern Oregon is a little confusing. The Southern Oregon AVA was created in 2004 as a “super-AVA”, incorporating both the Rogue Valley and Umqua Valley AVA’s. Applegate Valley is a sub-AVA of the Rogue. Umqua Valley also has its own sub-AVA, the little known “Red Hill Douglas County, Oregon AVA”, which was clearly named by a committee.
For our current series we have selected two wines from Cowhorn Vineyard: a 2007 Syrah and a 2009 Grenache Rose. Cowhorn is a relatively young winery that has achieved remarkable success given their youth, … Read the rest »
On Friday, March 26th and April 2nd, we are featuring a selection of four wines from Tuscany that Janet will be pairing with some really great food. Four courses, four wines, $40, for goodness sake, don’t miss it.
We will start with a 2008 Vernacciadi San Gimignano by SanQuirico. This wine is crisp, dry, and refreshing with perfect acidity.
Next we’ll try a CastellodiBossi 2005 Chianti Classico made from 100% Sangiovese grapes. This juicy Chianti offers fruit, tannins and body that reach an elegant balance that carries through to the lingering finish. It’s the … Read the rest »
It seems only natural that we begin this series with Bergevin Lane Vineyards from Walla Walla. Annette Bergevin and Amber Lane are a couple of spirited, fun-loving, irreverent cute chics who make great wine. (As anybody can tell by meeting Janet, David is a big fan of cute chics.) Together with their winemaker Steffan Jorgenson, who brings a world of experience to his craft, Bergevin Lane practice a somewhat restrained style, coaxing extraordinary elegance from their wines. Bergevin Lane Vineyards is a sister stream in the world of wine to the Bethany’s … Read the rest »
A New Age of Women Winemakers
Quintessential Spanish Excellence
Tempranillo by Alejandro Fernandez
October 23rd & 30th we are moving from Multi-Generational Wineries to Multi-Generational Families Making Wine, and beginning with a focus on Women Winemakers. Alejandro Fernandez has turned over the job of making wine to his daughter Eva.
Previously we have featured Spanish wines because of the excellent value they afford. While the wines produced from Tempranillo grapes by Alejandro Fernandez are not inexpensive, they are nonetheless true to this theme. These are truly great wines.
Because we are working with a single varietal, Janet must be especially … Read the rest »
Abacela Winemaker Dinner
Dine and Visit with Earl and Hilda Jones
Mark your calendar and make your reservation now to join us on Friday August 7th. Winemaker/owners Earl and Hilda Jones will be with us to feature the Iberian wines that have made Abacela famous. You will hear the stories of how the Jones family changed careers to pursue a dream and ended up selecting the Umpqua Valley for their vineyard. Since their initial Tempranillo planting in 1995, Earl and Hilda have broadened their focus and built a 60-acre vineyard growing over 20 winegrape varieties and a winery producing … Read the rest »
Southern Oregon Wines
There are scads of wineries in Southern Oregon. The website for Southern Oregon Wineries Association (www.sowa.org) boasts 48 member wineries. One of our favorites among these is Abacela (www.abacela.com). So we are continuing our Southern Oregon exploration on Friday, July 10th by featuring this truly great winery.
As usual, we will greet guests beginning at 6:30 and seat at 7:00 pm. and begin at 7. The cost is $25.00.
Call (503) 614-0267 or use the form below to make your reservation.
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Wine tasting happens at our Table every Friday night. Seating is limited to 14 participants. We typically serve four light courses paired with five or six wines. The cost is $20 to $30 depending on the wine. It’s usually just $20.
It’s always fun, always entertaining and usually educational. If Ron Grasty is on hand it is sure to be educational but these days he is often preoccupied distributing wine and promoting his new book, “The Wine Puzzle”. Click here to check out TheWinePuzzle.com.
In June we are exploring Summer Food & Wine. Try a great Rose with some Gazpacho. … Read the rest »
We Surrender! Wine tasting is being moved back to Friday night.
When we asked our customers how they felt about moving the wine tastings from Fridays to Thursday night we got about a 50/50 response. Since we made the move to Thursday a much higher percentage of our customers have voted with their feet. We have had a couple of great Thursday tastings, usually when attendance is augmented by a large group. But attendance overall has been pretty meager. Our Friday tastings were filling up the house.