Sunset Magazine — Local’s Guide to So. Oregon Wine Country
Sunset Magazine article speaks to wine lovers. It still seems to be the best kept secret how rich in variety, and varietals, Southern Oregon wine country is.
The 2015 Sunset article explores three river valley growing areas with over 150 micro-climates. That equates to lots of variety and lots of wines from which to choose.
2015 Ashland Farmers Market Opens
Always fun, the Ashland Farmers market, also called Rogue Valley Growers and Crafters Market, provides a wide selection of locally grown fruits and vegetables. As well as herbs, plants, soaps and crafts. Music and food booths add to the festive feel.
8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the National Guard Armory on 1420 E. Main Street
Indigo Creek does Rogue Valley on Tap brewery tour
Last weekend, friends and I went on a brewery tour conducted by Indigo Creek Outfitters. They don’t just do rivers! They are growing into an adventure company.
We really enjoyed the “Rogue Valley on Tap” tasting tour. It was great to discover some of the local well-crafted beer. All four breweries are in the Rogue Valley and easy driving distance from the Chanticleer. Speaking of driving, I recommend Indigo Creek tours, because they drive and you taste!
It was especially wonderful to met a couple of the brewery owners and get a personalized tour of their operations. There’s nothing like talking with people who are masters of their craft, and who love to share their knowledge and passion for it.
The first stop was Opposition Brewing Company. Here is where you get BIG beers. Be they brews with huge hop presence, big malt backbones, or prominent and unique flavor profiles, they brew beers that are approachable, but with the character necessary to challenge the mundane. Opposition offers a consistent selection of quality, small-batch, beers as well as rotating specialties. As they brew weekly, you’re guaranteed some of the freshest beer on tap in the Rogue Valley.
Walkabout Brewing Company was established in 1997 in Central Point, Oregon by founder and head brewer, Ross Litton. Why “walkabout” for a company name? Well when you hear Ross talk you know … you can take the boy out of Perth Australia, but you can’t take the Aussie out of the boy — even after 21 years in Southern Oregon. Walkabout brews have been available primarily in Southern Oregon, however lately distribution has been expanded to include Portland, Salem, Eugene and Corvallis.
Bricktowne’s restaurant and brewery is located in downtown historic Medford directly across from the Craterian Theater. They have an extensive lunch and dinner menu but are best known for their incredible craft beers. Bricktowne boasts some of the best beer in the valley, and with their selection of 11 beers they really have something for everyone. Click here to visit their website.
Swing Tree Brewing Company is a family-owned and operated Brewery Tap House, located in Ashland Oregon, that opened in the November of 2013. Swing Tree is a place for family and friends to come together for great company and an exceptional pint. The centerpiece of the Swing Tree experience is its hand-crafted, artisan ales and lagers. Click here to visit their website.
Beer Tasting Tours by Indigo Creek Outfitters
Want the insider’s sip on some local Rogue Valley nano– and micro-breweries? Go with Indigo Creek Outfitters visit 4 places with snacks and flights.
Interested? For more information, here’s the link
Many guests ask me what is an AVA — American Viticultural Area. What kinds of soils and climates Southern Oregon wine region has. So here’s a little write up to answer those questions.
Monday, March 4th, I attended Southern Oregon Visitors Association’s annual marketing symposium. On the panel about Southern Oregon Wines, I heard Earl from Abacela Wineries explain the “Three Ps” as the answer to why people come to Southern Oregon for the wines. He claims people are escaping from Portland, Precipitation and Pinot!
As most of my guests come from California, (nearly 50%!), I think my visitors are escaping the Three Cs: California, Crowds, and Cabernet!
For more information on our local wines in the Rogue Valley!
Troon Vineyard was named ‘Top 10 Hottest Brands’ of 2012 by Wine Business Monthly in the February 2013 publication.
“The award was started to recognize high growth small brands (under 100,000 cases annual production), but has transitioned into recognizing interesting winery leaders in a region” says Cyril Penn, Editor of Wine Business Monthly.
For Saturday afternoon fun, Medford Brewery Tours
My friend Will, of Indigo Creek Outfitter fame, has brewed up a great afternoon outing this winter … Medford Brewery Tours!
Beer lovers who are visiting Ashland should check out this tour.
Every Saturday leaving from Ashland at 1pm, visit at least 3 breweries. On tap for the tour are: Opposition Beer, Bricktowne, Portal, Southern Oregon, and Walkabout brewing companies.
While on the Medford Brewery Tours, meet the brewers, taste their brew craft, and nibble snacks at Bricktowne Brewing Company along the way.
For more information go to Indigo Creek Outfitter’s website …
Premier Rogue Valley wine festival “World of Wine Festival” turns 10!
World of Wine Festival is: four days of wine, food and more; 60-plus wineries, expanded clinics, culminating with the Grand Tasting event!
The festival promotes not just the fabulous wines of Southern Oregon, but all of Southern Oregon by creating an exciting and unique event that ties together local businesses and the community.
For more information about the World of Wine Festival in the Rogue Valley.
Last year’s festival was very successful, with 85% of Southern Oregon wineries attending! Vintners and growers came from all over Southern Oregon and expressed their delight in the activities, and their desire to return this year.