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I painted this and the previous painting (“Bucolic”) during a plein air painters’ gathering at Paschal Winery in Talent, Oregon. It was a fine summer’s day; after a recent rain, everything is very green at the moment. Using a palette knife, I was able to bring both detail and a sense of movement to the […]

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RoxyAnn Oak

I painted this as a demo for a plein air workshop at RoxyAnn Vineyards. Everything comes to life with the texture created by the palette knife. Oil on 12″x12″ canvas SOLD © “Copyright” 2013 Silvia Trujillo The post RoxyAnn Oak appeared fir…

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Bridgeview Winery I

Bridgeview Winery, oil painting by Silvia Trujillo

The first one of the day (plein air painting) at this lovely vineyard. Bridgeview makes some of my favorite wines; listed as the “Blue Moon” label. 8″x10″ oil on canvas $300 © “Copyright” 2013 Silvia Trujillo All rights reserved

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Bridgeview Winery III

Plein air painted on a warm summer day near Cave Junction, OR. Nice winery, nice views! oil on stretched canvas 10″x8″ $300 – SOLD © “Copyright” 2013 Silvia Trujillo All rights reserved

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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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California Vineyard

This one was painted from a photo I took a while back. I’ve painted the image before but this time wanted to work with a different color scheme. By using a warmer and more muted palette for the vines and tree I was able to punch up the color in the sky to create the look […]

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Wooldridge Winery

Wooldridge Winery, by Silvia Trujillo

Late Summer and the leaves are beggining to turn. The lush greens of Oregon still prevail long into Autumn though. 8″x10″ Oil $300© “Copyright” 2012 Silvia Trujillo All rights reserved

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Valley View Winery IV

Painted the vineyard on a day when the smoke in the air was somewhat dense, especially on the south facing hills where there was a large forest fire in Northern California. Very atmospheric! SOLD

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