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Reminder: Poets & Painters Workshop Nov 11 - Register Now!!

Poets & Painters & Pie workshop with Anna Elkins and Mindy Carpenter at Pennington Farms, Applegate Vallte Valley, November 11, 2017

Hello creative friend! I hope this finds you very well on this cozy fall day. 🍁🍂 I’m writing today to let you know that the next Poets & Painters (& Pie) Workshop is coming up right around the corner. Last one of 2017…hope you can join us! This time it’s at the charming historic Pennington Farms Bakery in the Applegate. This is a fun inspiring day of writing & painting, pie indulging & coffee sipping. Anna Elkins leads you through a freestyle writing & poetry exercise (hint: it will involve pie) & I will guide us through a still life painting of…you guessed it, pie, seasonal flora & vintage props. If you haven’t been to Pennington Farms, the entire surrounding is a painting waiting to happen. Inspiration everywhere! And workshop promise: you will leave with a finished painting. ❤️🎨 Please email: [email protected] to hold your spot. Treat yourself to a

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Lavender Festival Artist Opportunity

Lavender farm in the Applegate Valley of southern Oregon, painted by Silvia Trujillo. "Lavender Fields Forever" is the name of the farm and it is a quaint spot where Ms. Trujillo will be teaching an upcoming workshop with watercolorist Elaine Frenett

Artists – Check Out this Lavender Festival Artist Opportunity!

“Lavender Fields Forever” Plein air oil painting by Silvia Trujillo, 2014

The 4th annual Southern Oregon Lavender Festival will be held in the Applegate Valley on June 24, 25 & 26, 2016. Four lavender farms and the OSU Lavender Demonstration Garden participate as sites on the Lavender Festival Tour. At Lavender Fields Forever, we are planning to add several new vendors to our festival experience this year to keep things fresh for our customers and hope that you might help us identify new vendors interested in selling their wares at the festival.

We had about 2,000 customers over the festival weekend last year. Each year the number of visitors has increased 20 – 30%. Our customers are primarily women from 21 to 101 but we get a lot of male visitors too, especially for our distilling demonstrations. The

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Art Day at Red Lily Vineyard

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Applegate ON SITE: Class with Elaine Frenett and Silvia Trujillo

Applegate On Site, Announcement of tam=ndem-taught plein air class with Elaine frenett and Silvia Trujillo

Applegate ON SITE ~ two workshops, two sites & two instructors Silvia Trujillo (yes, she’s back!), oil & acrylics, and Elaine Frenett, watercolor, will lead these two classes. Both Silvia and Elaine have over 40 yrs. combined professional/teaching experience as Oregon/California artists and delight in sharing along the creative path. Paint the picturesque “Lavender Fields Forever” farm, with lavender at it’s brilliant peak and then, the rolling hills with the dazzling vistas of Valley View Winery. Each session will guide you gently through an outdoor painting intro, separate demos by each instructor in their media and then, ample time for individuals to develop their own unique paintings. A friendly share will close the gathering. There are optional and additional lavender distillation, vintage car viewing and wine sampling possibilities for you too. Won’t you come celebrate summer in the Applegate Valley with us? Where: Lavender Fields Forever Farm, Saturday, July

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Morning After Winter Storm

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18″ x 24″ plein air oil painting on canvas of the view of the Applegate Valley from my studio. Original available.

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Announcements from Metal Artist Cheryl D. Garcia ~ Congrats for winning Southern Oregon Magazine's

The Great Metal Works Metal Art by Cheryl D. Garcia May 15th, 2013

“Awakening” at Red Lily

Explore the depth and quality of light through the medium of metal with “Awakening“, a new collection of fine metal art by Cheryl D. Garcia debuting at Red Lily for one day only. The rich color and curving metal of these “Awakening” works complement Cheryl’s ten foot tall “Bolander’s Lily” sculpture and twelve foot bottle tree both on permanent display on the Red Lily grounds. The artist will be available to discuss her current work as well as the history of her giant sculptures during this event on Sunday, May 19th 2013 from 11 – 5 PM.

Corresponding with the Applegate Valley Uncorked barrel tasting and food pairing, the artist’s reception will feature appetizers and wine tasting.

Red Lily, 11777 Hwy 238 between Ruch and Applegate. [Red Lily’s website]

 

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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.

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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…

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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.”

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Southern Oregon Wineries Producing Powerful Tempranillo and Malbec — Signature Grapes of the Future?

From this morning’s Wine Business daily report

Southern Oregon Wineries Producing Powerful Tempranillo and Malbec — Signature Grapes of the Future?

by Dr. Liz Thach, MW


Though most people think “pinot noir” when asked to name an Oregon grape varietal, in the hotter and sunnier southern half of the state, wineries are producing powerful tempranillos, malbecs and other big reds. They are also grappling with the issue of whether or not they should proclaim a signature grape or two – much like their northern wine neighbors in the Willamette Valley have done with chardonnay and pinot noir.

The AVA’s of Southern Oregon

Southern Oregon (www.sorwa.org) is home to 70 – 80 wineries including virtual wine brands. Part of the issue is that the region includes 3 diverse AVA’s which produce 26 different grape varietals, ranging from gewürztraminer and riesling in the slightly cooler Umpqua Valley AVA near the town of Roseburg and massive syrahs and malbecs in the warmer Rogue and Applegate Valley AVA’s near Medford. There is also a possibility of a fourth AVA in the cooler Illinois Valley near Grant’s Pass.

The Pros and Cons of Identifying Regional Signature Grapes

When I visited Southern Oregon last week to participate in the judging of over 180 wines in their World of Wine Festival, I encountered much controversy over identifying a signature grape. “We enjoy being diverse,” said one winemaker. “We don’t want to be known for just producing one or two key varietals. We don’t want to be ‘fenced’ in.”

However, others disagreed. “I think we need some signature grapes to help differentiate ourselves as a region.” And “We make some massive red wines, and are getting some good press on our tempranillo. I think tempranillo should be one of our signature grapes.”

From a wine judging perspective, tempranillo does have a good shot at becoming a signature grape for this region. Not only did it win “Best of Show Red” this year, but in previous years as well. The tempranillos we tasted were massive with huge chalky tannins, dark fruit, complex spice notes, and a very long finish. Definitely not the medium-bodied fruity “crianzas” coming out of Spain, but a different wine altogether. And with summer temperatures hovering near 100 for up to three weeks at a time, it makes sense that Southern Oregon is able to ripen Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Petite Syrah, and Malbec to such impressive lengths.

In terms of white wines, Rhone varietals are doing well with some excellent blends of viognier, roussanne, and marsanne. At the same time, an albarino won the “Best of Show White” this year, causing some people to wonder out loud: “Perhaps we should focus on Spanish varietals as our signature grapes.” Interestingly, both of the Best of Show wines came from the same small producer, Schmidt Family Vineyards (http://sfvineyards.com/) located in the Applegate Valley.

From a wine marketing strategy, it is recommended that wine regions focus on what they do well, and therefore should select one to three signature grapes. This is usually heavily dictated by terroir and what Mother Nature will allow them to grow well. The benefits are the region becomes known for producing exceptional wines in a specific category, versus a wide variety of wines that may just be average or mediocre – the danger of following a muddled strategy. However, once wine critics, sommeliers, and tourists start flocking to a region to sample its famous signature varietals, there is no reason that a smart and creative winemaker can’t also pull out some unique varietals and wow them with something different.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Dr. Liz Thach, MW is the Korbel Scholar and a wine business professor at Sonoma State University in California. She can be reached at [email protected]

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