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A Taste of Ashland 2013

17 Galleries, 17 Wineries, 17 Restaurants, One delicious art experience!

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Ashland, Ore. – In its twenty-fourth year, the Ashland Gallery Association’s signature fund-raising event is A Taste of Ashland. This annual walking tour of Ashland galleries pairs local restaurants and regional wineries to create Ashland’s most delicious art experience. In 2013 A Taste of Ashland is on Saturday and Sunday, April 27th and 28th from noon to 4p.m. Foodies and wine connoisseurs from all along the west coast follow a map to 17 galleries, to discover Ashland’s best restaurants and the region’s best wines. For a complete list of pairings go to

“A Taste of Ashland” is the ultimate Ashland experience!” says Jeff Jones, Event Coordinator. “Tasters get to stroll leisurely through the quaint town of Ashland all afternoon, experiencing the best of Ashland art, food and wine, then

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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 Hosts at Wine Bloggers’ Conference

It was a weekend of tweeting, facebook-ing, blogging… and drinking as 370 participants flocked to Portland, Oregon this past weekend for the fifth annual Wine Bloggers’ Conference. While the attendees had packed daytime itineraries with vineyard…

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Portland Monthly Magazine: 5 Questions for God King Slave Wines

Chris & Christine of God King Slave Wines

Here is an excerpt from Portland Monthly Magazine’s recent feature: 

5 Questions for God King Slave Wines’ Christine Collier

One of Southern Oregon’s freshest stars shares how young winemakers are carving their place into Oregon’s wine industry one vintage at a time.
As Oregon’s wine industry grows, innovation comes from all directions. Winemakers with decades of experience shake things up with new production techniques or new varietals, assistant winemakers at successful wineries branch off to create their own labels, and young winemakers bring a new level of commitment to taking our state’s industry in new, exciting directions.

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May is Oregon Wine Month!

It’s official! May has been declared by Governor John Kitzhaber as Oregon Wine Month. Why does Oregon wine need its own month?
The Oregon wine industry is a major economic driver, according to the governor, contributing $2.7 billion annually to the state’s economy and clocking in as the state’s leading value-added agricultural segment. Oregon ranks third in the United States for wine production behind California and Washington. This should be celebrated!
It is also a great avenue to introduce more people to Oregon wines. Major retailers like Safeway, Albertsons, Fred Meyer, New Seasons and Whole Foods are on board with in-store displays and promotions nationwide. Independently-owned wine and specialty shops are hosting Oregon wine focused tastings and educational events.
In addition, it is getting the word out to residents to “Drink Local.” The Oregon Wine Press and Oregon Wine Board have partnered up to help consumers find restaurants that strongly advocate Oregon wine. They created a “Superior Cellar Award” for restaurants that feature diverse and broad selections of Oregon wines. Visit the award winners in our backyard:
38 Central, Medford
Amuse, Ashland
Chateaulin, Ashland
Elements Tapas, Medford
Jacksonville Inn, Jacksonville
Lark’s, Ashland
Madrone Kitchen, Shady Cove
Pomodori, Medford
Steamboat Inn, Idleyld Park
The Winchester Inn, Ashland
It is simple to join in on the celebration. Order Oregon when you are dining out, organize an Oregon tasting with your friends or take an afternoon to visit Oregon wineries. For a collective list of wine events in Southern Oregon check out our Events Page

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UnWine’d Unfolds with Success

Oregon showed its might Sunday with 100 producers coming together to proudly kick off May’s Oregon Wine Month with the inaugural UnWine’d event. It has been decades since the Oregon Wine Board has sponsored a collective tasting and with over 800 attendees, I’d say it was a massive success. Not only was the two-story Left Bank Annex full of wine enthusiasts, it was also full of excitement for the quality and creativity coming from our state. 
The response for Southern Oregon wines was overwhelming popular. I manned the Southern Oregon Winery Association table for an hour and my hook to bring people in was “Which Southern Oregon wines have you enjoyed today?” Everyone had answers! And the twitter-verse was going crazy too: 

Here are some photos of the afternoon: 
The crowd in on the top-floor tasting wineries H-Z
Michael Donovan pours RoxyAnn Wines

Carole Stevens shows off Folin Cellars Tempranillo
Bob Denman chats with attendees about his Slagle Creek Wines
The Brandborg’s pour a vast line up of wines from the Umpqua Valley
Mike Wisnovsky from Valley View Winery shares and explains Viognier
Nora and Scott from Kriselle Cellars debut their wines in Portland
Craig from Del Rio Vineyards 
Herb & Meloney Quady pour the new Pistoletta and Rosé along with
 their Syrah and Cabernet Franc. A very popular table!
The Oregon Wine Board really hosted a great event and I’d like to thank the whole staff for their efforts. Now, let’s keep the momentum alive and celebrate Oregon wines! 

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Un’Wined – Celebrate Oregon Wine – April 29th

Oregon Wine Board’s new logoMARK YOUR CALENDARS!As reported in January, Governor Kitzhaber signed a proclamation designating May as Oregon Wine Month. To kick off the month’s festivities, the Oregon Wine Board will be hosting a grand tasting, Unwine’d:…

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2012 Newport Seafood and Wine Festival and Competition

It wouldn’t be winter on the coast without the Newport Seafood & Wine Festival. Wine pouring, glasses breaking, bone-chilling temperatures – what is not to love? It’s Oregon’s largest seafood and wine event with over 70 Pacific Northwest wineries p…

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How Oregon Wineries View Themselves

During the Oregon Wine Industry Symposium’s Wednesday morning session titled “Oregon in the Eyes of the World,” former Oregon Wine Board Chairman and A-Z Wineworks Proprietor, Sam Tannahill, spoke the adjectives of how Oregon wineries view themselves, …

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Britt Receives $125k Grant

Congratulations to the Britt Festivals! Last year’s expansion of Southern Oregon wines by keg and bottle was a fantastic partnership and way to promote local wines. Cheers to nights on the Hill!Britt Festivals is pleased to announce the receipt of a $1…

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