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A Sweet Afternoon :: Honey Tasting, Book Signing & Wine Tasting


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Join us at TERRA FIRMA GIFT on Saturday, 12 October for “A Sweet Afternoon” featuring honey tastings with Bee Girl Sarah Red-Laird, mead tasting from Honeywood Winery and a book signing of The Honeylicker Angel with Jacksonville author Anna Elkins.
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12 October, 2013, 2-5 pm
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Honey Tasting
Bee Girl Sarah Red-Laird will give tastings of her local honey while also sharing information about how to preserve our vital honey bees.
Book Signing
Jacksonville author Anna Elkins will be signing her novel, The Honeylicker Angel.
The story brims with beekeeping, honey, mead, and fear transformed to love.
Wine Tasting
“Smooth as honey… aged in wood” was the line that inspired the name of this Oregon winery. Taste its delightful honey mead and enjoy the sweet goodness.
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Buy Oregon crafted spirits, wine and beer!

Oregon Distilleries have made the grade!  We are now part of the “Buy Oregon” campaign started by Ed King of King Estates Winery in Eugene.  Check it out and support your local craft liquor producers that are your local businesses who create living wage jobs and . . .  keep the money in Oregon!  These spirits, wines, and beers are some of the best in the World!


Be Prepared for Fun at Cheese Festival!

JCO, aka Janice O was one of the many loyal fans having a ball at the 9th Annual Rogue Creamery Cheese Festival on 3.16.13.  She so eloquently stated: “O-N gin & vodka make Southern Oregon more perfect than it already was.  How lucky are we to have a world class product in our own back yard!”
Do Not miss the 10th annual Cheese fest next year!  It is such a fun crowd and loads of great cheese, wine, spirits, cupcakes, chocolate, and more.  Our lovely volunteers, Diane, April, Hannah, and Eileen made the day fly by!

Oregon Chocolate Festival March 1-3, 2013

Salisha, pre-eminent Mixologist at LARKS Restaurant at the Ashland Springs Hotel did her handy work and infused Organic Nation vodka with vanilla bean and concocted a tasty Martini also including Rogue’s Chocolate Stout and Umpqua’s Vanilla Ice Cream.  Besides being tasty, it was a fun time.  Diane got to get behind the bar at LARKS and tell a little bit about the story behind Cascade Peak Spirits and Organic Nation. You can check out the love story in an article featured in Artisan Spirits magazine “Love at first Sip”.

ORGANIC NATION wins the Gold!

Cascade Peak Spirits Distillery, home of ORGANIC NATION has done it again and more!  both our certified organic vodka and gin won Gold medals at the third annual GOOD FOOD AWARDS competition for artisan food and beverage producers throughout the U.S.  This competition is the brain child of the famous Alice Waters of the internationally renowned Chez Panisse restaurant in Berkeley, CA.  It honors crafters of chocolate, charcuterie, pickles, preserves, convections, cheese, coffee, beer and SPIRITS!
We are proud to be the top Gold Medal winners amongst the quality artisan producers that won this year.  In order to receive the Gold Medal distinction, you have to be certified organic, which of course, we are!

I was fortunate enough to meet Alice and get a hug, made my day! Along with being given the honor to receive the Spirits Category awards for the other nine distilleries.  I gave a 3.09 minute speech that validated and rewarded all of the Micro-Distilleries for crafting more palatable quality spirits.

OldField makes it to Ethiopia

Our good friend Eric Poole, went to Ethiopia at the end of February to help his doctor friend, Matt with this incredible project, Cure Blindness in Ethiopia and he took a bottle of OldField Rye Whiskey clear around the world!!
Go EP!  running with Haile Gebrselassie and solving world blindness!

O-N our way to New York

ORGANIC NATION gin and vodka will be available in New York in April with Athenee Distributors!  Athenee’s mission is to support small producers, small vineyards, small businesses and create sustainability while doing so.  Their supportive mission really matched our Saving the Planet One Martini At A Time!
And we all know how those New Yorkers are:  Progressive, knowledgeable locavores who are demand quality and have disposable income.  The ultimate LOHAS consumer “Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability”, who make purchasing decisions based on their values.
So ask for ORGANIC NATION if you live in NYC, visit or know someone who does.  Word of mouth & grass roots movement is very powerful!   

Welcome Oregon’s Newest AVA, Elkton!

Elkton Oregon became the state’s newest American Viticultural Area after receiving approval from the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau this week. The new Elkton Oregon AVA is entirely contained within the Umpqua Valley AVA, which is entirely within the Southern Oregon AVA. Oregon has a total of 17 AVAs.

By gaining AVA status, winegrowers and winemakers within the Elkton Oregon AVA can better describe the origin of their wines and consumers can better identify wines they may purchase. The TTB ruling is effective March 7, 2013. The AVA may be referred to as Elkton Oregon or Elkton OR.

The newest Oregon AVA is the fulfillment of wine pioneer Ken Thomason’s dream of growing world class cool climate Pinot noir and white grapes near the small town of Elkton, which has a population of 170. Thomason began planting grapes in 1972 on a west facing bench two miles east of Elkton at a site now owned by Mike and Vonnie Landt of Rivers Edge Winery.

The climate in Elkton is quite different from the prevailing perceptions of the surrounding areas. Southern Oregon is most often thought of as warmer and drier than winegrowing areas farther north in the Willamette Valley.

Due to its location on the Umpqua River and only 36 miles from the Pacific Ocean, the geography allows for a strong marine influence with daily sea breezes and fog penetrating into the Umpqua River Valley. This gives Elkton its unique climate – cool, maritime and temperate – which is ideal for the varieties that Thomason originally planted.

The local group which mounted the effort for the AVA’s approval called out Greg Jones of Southern Oregon University for his efforts in preparing and submitting the successful petition for AVA status to TTB.

Troon Vineyard Named One of the Top 10 Hottest Wine Brands by Wine Business Monthly

Troon Vineyard has been named one of the “Top 10 Hot Brands” in America. The well respected industry publication Wine Business Monthly announced the list in its February 2013 issue. This prestigious award is perhaps the most impressive accolade this 41 year old boutique winery has received. Other past Oregon winery recipients include Willamette Valley Vineyards, Domain Drouhin, Abacela Winery, A to Z Wineworks, Willakenzie Estate and Wine by Joe. 

Right-click here to download pictures. To help protect your privacy, Outlook prevented automatic download of this picture from the Internet. A celebration was held in conjunction with the annual Unified Wine and Grape Symposium in Sacramento, California on Tuesday, January 29th to reveal the top ten list. Cyril Penn, Editor of Wine Business Monthly, took some time to comment on the meaning and thought behind this award. “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.”

Right-click here to download pictures. To help protect your privacy, Outlook prevented automatic download of this picture from the Internet. Vermentino Bottle ShotHe went on to comment specifically that Troon Vineyard’s inclusion was based on:
  • Being a pioneer in an up-and-coming wine region
  • Focusing on an unknown varietal for the American market [Vermentino]
  • Being subjected to an editors’ tasting panel
Chris Martin, who is entering his 10th year of ownership of this now 41 year old vineyard, said “We couldn’t be more excited. This is the culmination of the hard work and countless hours that our team has put in over the last couple years and most importantly a validation of Mr. Troon’s decision to plant vines on our site over 40 years ago.” He went on to say, “It has been my job and honor to continue the legacy of pioneering new and interesting programs and varietals in the Applegate Valley and in Southern Oregon.  We look forward to this being a spring board to even greater things as we look to introduce our wine in more new market in 2013 and beyond.”

Mr. Martin decided to plant Vementino in 2007 after discovering it on a trip through Italy years ago. “I loved it for its freshness, low alcohol and food friendliness” said Martin. “At first, people discouraged me from planting it, but I really felt after tasting some nice releases from the Paso Robles area, that it could work well here. To me it is most exciting to have the opportunity to create the benchmark wine for a varietal. That is our goal with Vermentino.”

Wine Spectator Recognition

Harvey Steiman, the Oregon reviewer for the Wine Spectator recently wrote these highly encouraging words about the Southern Oregon wine region.

From a regional standpoint, Southern Oregon’s rapidly advancing wine growing region also received recognition from Steiman. He said producers from the south are starting to push the traditional boundaries of Oregon’s primarily Pinot noir culture. He noted that the wines from Southern Oregon “hold true to the same style that Oregon Pinot noirs have established: relatively light, lively with acidity and focused on clarity of flavor. Someday these Rogue Valley releases might even challenge Pinot noir for prominence in the state.”