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Dancin Vineyard


Dancin Vineyard

Dancin Vineyard was our first stop on a brief day trip with friends. The plan was to taste at Dancin, and then have lunch in Jacksonville. The vineyard was so inviting and they serve food! So we thought: we’re here, let’s do it!

We all enjoyed the venue, with umbrella covered tables, surrounded by amazingly manicured grape vines. The menu offered a nice selection of pizzas and salads. My friends enjoyed the Chardonnays very much — apparently one of Dancin’s speciality.

Dancin Vineyard has a whole line up of entertainment and events, including a First Saturday Yoga event. For information on their “Happenings” go to their website.

Dancin Vineyard

Old and new friends together eating and tasting at Dancin.

 

Sampling cheese and wine at Dancin Vineyard

Sampling cheese and wine at Dancin Vineyard

The counter at which we were dining had a metal side panel (at knee level) with a pretty cutout design. I thought it might have potential for an “arty” image, especially with a wine glass perch in front. Below is the result of my experiment.

Dancin Vineyard

Dancin Vineyard.  Photo by Ellen Campbell

While the group finished their sipping, I took a stroll about where I discovered the chicken coop. It’s huge! The chicken were very calm and were a bit sleepy in the heat.

Dancin Vineyard Chicken Coop

Chicken Coop

Sign on Dancin Vineyard chicken coop

Sign on the chicken coop

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Bishop Mayfield at Grizzly Peak Winery 7/28/17


Bishop Mayfield plays at the Grizzly Peak Winery

Bishop Mayfield

Bishop Mayfield

Bishop Mayfield, a New York City native, has been singing since the age of 5. Since 1966, Bishop has been a regular fixture in the jazz scene up and down California and Canada.
He has jammed with, or opened for, such greats as Albert Collins, B.B. King, Al Wilson, Martha Reeves & The Vandella’s, Tower Of Power, Jr. Walker & The Allstars, Charlie Musslewhite, Ike & Tina Turner, Milo. Sugar Pie Desantos, John Lee Hooker, Willie Littlefield, Big Brother & the Holding Company, and many more.
He has also co-produced many West African Drum & Dance performances, workshops, and benefits. Recently he has been in the Monterey area as the lead singer for Red Beans & Rice. He has performed in numerous churches. And is just as comfortable singing Gospel as he is singing Funk, Jazz, or Blues.

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Grizzly Peak Winery

Friday July 28, 2017, 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Gates Open at 5:30 pm
Food Truck on Site: Ooblies Waffle Truck
Admission $6
Limited seating, tables and chairs welcome
Please, no pets or outside alcohol

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3 Fiddlers 3 Traditions at Grizzly Peak Winery


3 Fiddlers 3 Traditions at Grizzly Peak Winery

3 Fiddlers 3 Traditions

3 Fiddlers 3 Traditions

Monday, April 10, 2017 at 7:00PM to 9:00PM

About 3 Fiddlers 3 Traditions

We are three fiddlers from three very different backgrounds – Danish, American, and Native American – who love to play together. Though our band features only one instrument, our show is truly diverse! Every culture brings its own voice to the fiddle – in the Métis style you’ll hear the a hint of Native American drumming, in the Danish, a happy polka party, and in the old-time American, a bit of blues and syncopated rhythms. You’ll hear the fiddle in its purest form, unaccompanied, as we each do a short solo set and talk about the music. Together, we play in duets and trios, using only fiddles for accompaniment. We also feature a few tunes on the 5-string medieval fiddle (“vielle”). Most of our music is traditional, but we have a few distinctive originals as well.

Sample their music here.

Admission $15
Doors open at 6:30

Location: Grizzly Peak Winery
1600 E. Nevada St.
Ashland OR 97520 United States
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Martin Gershwitz at Grizzly Peak Winery


Martin Gershwitz Plays at Grizzly Peak Winery

Martin Gershwitz

Martin Gershwitz

Location: Grizzly Peak Winery
Date:  April 4th
Time:  7pm
Admission:  $15

Martin Gerschwitz is a classically trained, German born, keyboard master who began his career performing music with big German Orchestras before going on to touring with the likes of Eric Burdon and the Animals, Iron Butterfly, Meat Loaf, Lita Ford, and many more.

He has perfected his own style utilizing both his classical background and rock influence that make his music, and his shows, a very versatile, unique, and delightful experience.

Learn more about Martin at his website

Grizzly Peak Winery

Nestled on the slopes of Grizzly Peak, just north of, and a few minutes from, downtown Ashland, Oregon. This family-owned and community-focused winery grows their own grapes with care and to make their wines with love of the craft. They produce the highest quality hand-crafted wines made from carefully tended grapes grown by them in their own estate vineyard.

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Mary Orlin Wine and Food Writer on Southern Oregon Wines


Five Southern Oregon wine tasting Stops, a San Jose, Mercury News article

Mary Orlin a well known wine and food writer identifies five Southern Oregon wine tasting stops
Here’s yet another article on Southern Oregon wine region, comparing here to the Willamette Valley wines.
The article suggests 5 wineries starting in West Medford at Dancin. Going into Jacksonville to stop at Quady North (one of my favorites). Then out in the Applegate Valley to visit Plaisance Ranch, Schmidt Family Vineyards, and Serra Vineyards. All doable in an afternoon from the Chanticleer Inn Bed and Breakfast in Ashland Oregon.

In the barrel room at Plaisance Ranch

In the barrel room at Plaisance Ranch

About Mary Orlin

Orlin is the wine and food writer for the Bay Area News Group and a James Beard Award and Emmy award-winning journalist, Certified Sommelier and WSET Advanced certified wine professional and frequent wine judge. Prior to 2014, Mary contributed to local and national wine publications, and produced the wine TV show “In Wine Country” on NBC for nine seasons. Mary’s journalism career began at CNN in Atlanta. Mary Orlin @winefashionista

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Once Again: Rogue, Applegate Valleys Make a List


Wine Travel Writers Are Discovering Southern Oregon

In the last few years, on a fairly regular basis, Southern Oregon wine region is making the wine travel writers lists. One of the latest “The Top 12 Underrated Wine Regions To Visit In 2017: A Month-By-Month Guide” by Lauren Mowery, a contributor to Forbes Magazine.

Why?, you might ask, are international travel writers raving about this area? Well, because Southern Oregon is truly remarkable and very distinct from the Pinot Noir heavy wine region in northern Oregon.

It’s all about geography and diversity: for many decades this region has been globally recognized for its bio-diversity by biologists, and now wine makers are discovering that geographic diversity translates to good wine making. Three mountains ranges cross this region, Cascades, Klamath, and Siskiyou, forming highly diverse terrain, multiple micro-climates, and a number of fertile river valleys. Each mountain range unique in geology adds to the diversity of the terroir.

Southern Oregon wine region has the most diverse growing conditions in the world. More kinds of grapes thrive here than any other wine growing region. A few years ago there were a little over 60 wineries, now there are over 150 offering over 70 different varieties of wine in 5 distinct regions.

Travel writers Cabernet Franc ready to pick!

Cabernet Franc ready to pick! Photo by Ellen Campbell

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Upper Rogue Wine Trail


Upper Rogue Wine Trail

Last weekend friends and I did a wonderful wine tasting foray on the Upper Rogue Wine Trail. An alternative to the Applegate Valley wines, with equally beautiful country, and interesting wines.

We went to three wineries: Del Rio Vineyards, Folin Cellars, and Kriselle Cellars. The tour plan was to taste three out of the six wineries on the Upper Rogue Wine Trail, and then end up at the Rogue Creamery cheese and Lillie Belle chocolate tasting rooms in Central Point. However, we took our sweet time sipping and relishing the wines, and we ran out of time. This only means we need to do the Wine Trail all over again, and try the other three wineries, and see if we can fit in the chocolate and cheese!

The consensus was …

The wine tasters in the group preferred Folin Cellars‘ wines. The pouring room is stunningly elegant with lovely surrounding gardens.

Folin logo on the tasting room wall

Folin Logo

 

Folin tasting room

Wine tasting with dear friends. They tasted and I sniffed and drove — great team work!

Kriselle Cellars has great pizza, fabulous patio with beautiful views. Operating for just 4 years, Kriselle’s wines, while good now, will surely improve.

Kriselle's Grand Entrance

Kriselle’s Grand Entrance

Rainbow over Kriselle's Vineyard

Rainbow over Kriselle’s Vineyard

Del Rio Vineyards had lovely wines, friendly staff, and a quaint historic building for their tasting room.

Del Rio Winery

Del Rio Vineyards

Locations: The Upper Rogue Wine Trail is about 35 minutes from the inn. Most of the wineries branch off Rt 234 running east-west just north of the Table Rock formations between Gold Hill (at I-5 Exit 43) and Butte Falls. www.upperrougewinetrail.com

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Cabernet Franc Trellis on the Upper Rogue Trail

Cabernet Franc Trellis

Cabernet Franc ready to pick!

Cabernet Franc ready to pick!

Sippin' wine on Kriselle's patio -- looking cool in those shades

Sippin’ wine on Kriselle’s patio — looking cool in those shades

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Life-Uncorked! on Southern Oregon Wines


Life-Uncorked! Reviews Southern Oregon Wines

Life-Uncorked

Life-Uncorked

Life-Uncorked — web-based blog magazine — writes a great article providing a wonderful list of some of the best wineries in Southern Oregon. All of these wineries are within easy driving distance from the Chanticleer Inn.

Southern Oregon: An Emerging, Exciting Wine Destination

by Susan Montgomery

When you think about Oregon wines, what comes to mind first?  Is it the Willamette Valley? If so, think again. Think the Rogue Valley, 230 miles south of Willamette around Medford, where you can find some of the best wines in the country—wines that are certainly comparable in quality to the wonderful Willamette wines—not just Pinot Noirs, but also Tempranillos, Chardonnays, Syrahs, Viogniers, Malbecs, Cab Francs and more.

Medford is easily accessible, too, about 30 miles from the California and Oregon border.

The microclimates and varied terrain (high and low, mountains, valleys, deserts and rivers) of this beautiful area are conducive to nurturing a wide range of varietals. While the area was virtually undiscovered a few years ago, it is now emerging on the radar of many wine connoisseurs. At least 150 wineries are currently thriving in the area and more are coming on board all the time. But for visitors, the region is still a very desirable wine destination with its boutique, welcoming, mostly family-run wineries in picturesque settings, and most with reasonable tasting room and wine prices.

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Ashland Farmers Market Opens March 1, 2016


Rogue Valley Growers and Crafters Market Opens for the 2016 Season on March 1!

Ashland Farmers Market

Ashland Farmer’s Market

Ashland Farmers Market has been serving up fresh produce, specialty foods, and unique hand-made crafts to southern Oregon since 1987.

The Rogue Valley Growers & Crafters Market consists of over 200 local members, many of whom are local to Jackson County (the town of Ashland is in Jackson County). To be included in the market, all items for sale must be locally prepared, grown, or crafted by the vendor.

Come to the Ashland Farmers Market to shop, chat, and commune with local farmers who deliver food straight from their fields to you; and with crafters who make sundry handmade art and tools.

At the Ashland Farmers market there will be:

  • Freshly harvested salad greens and organically grown fruits and vegetables.
  • Colorful in season flowers, plants in pots, and garden starts
  • An array of prepared foods and baked goods, sustainably grown, harvested and made: such as meats, cheeses, breads, sandwiches, soups, salsa, pasta, pickles, honey and other goodies.
  • A wide selection of unique, locally handcrafted, many totally sustainable, items for home and garden, including woodwork, pottery, homemade soaps and bath items, dried flower arrangements, quality metal artwork and jewelry.
  • Occasional Chef demonstrations
  • Live music played by locals
  • Master Gardeners table after May

Ashland Farmers Market Details:

Locations: The Market comes twice a week: the more expansive market is on Tuesday at the National Guard Armory; the smaller market right in downtown on Saturdays. The Saturday market is convenient to the Chanticleer Inn, guests can just stroll down the hill. The Tuesday market is a short drive on East Main Street. Both locations will take debit and credit cards.

What’s local? Everything produced at the market is as local as it can be! Rogue Valley Growers & Crafters Market is limited to growers, producers and crafters within 3 Southern Oregon counties: Jackson, Josephine, and Siskiyou. Some of the crafters and vendors may source materials and ingredients outside of our valley. Be sure to ask individual vendors about sources of their ingredients, and why they have chosen them.

Organic or Not Organic? Not all products found at the market are organic. Individual vendors decide how they will grow, produce and/or source their products. However the Rogue Valley Growers & Crafters Market organization gives preference to vendors that operate organically locally within the Rogue Valley. All vendors will advertise what is organic and what is not.

TUESDAYS
8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Ashland Market
National Guard Armory
1420 E. Main Street
March – November

SATURDAYS
8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Ashland Saturday Market
Oak Street in the Heart of Downtown
May – October

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Wine Enthusiast Names Ashland Wine Travel Destination


Wine Enthusiast

Tasting Room at Red Lily

Wine Enthusiast, a wine and travel magazine lists Ashland in their top ten wine travel destinations for 2016

Wine Enthusiast magazine’s annual list spanned the world and at least 4 continents, Southern Oregon wines finally got on the list. Southern Oregon has 100s of wineries between Roseburg and Ashland, with 5 AVAs.

Apart from the abundance of fine dining, great lodging, and the performing arts, Ashland is centrally located and surrounded by vineyards and wineries.

 

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