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The Southern Oregon World of Wine is the premier wine event for Southern Oregon and now it is also the premier fundraising event in support of local medical care at Asante. New this year the funds raised during the Southern Oregon World of Wine will go to Children’s Miracle Network and other programs supported by Asante Foundation to help ensure when your family needs them Asante will be there with the finest medical care in a compassionate manner.

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Two Southern Oregon Wines Earn 2012 Oyster Award

After three tiers of judging wines, Foris Vineyards 2010 Pinot Blanc and Brandborg Winery 2010 Pinot Gris were selected as one of 10 West Coast wines awarded the coveted, “Oyster Award,”at the Pacific Coast Oyster Wine Competition as a best mate for oysters. 

Sponsored by Taylor Shellfish Farms, wineries were invited to submit their best “oyster wine,” typically dry, crisp, clean-finishing white wines. Over one hundred entries were judged blind with Kumamoto oysters. Judges chew the oyster well, smell and taste the wine and then look for a finish that doesn’t get in the way of the next oyster, referred to as the “bliss factor.” 

Final judgings were held April 24th at the Water Grill in Los Angeles, April 25th at Kuleto’s in San Francisco and April 26th at Anthony’s HomePort in Seattle. Scores from the 25 judges in the three cities were combined to select the top ten 2012 winners. 

Ted Gerber, founder and winemaker at Foris noted, “Pinot Blanc is a variety that realizes its full potential when grown in cool climates and on thin soils.  We have found the perfect match at our estate vineyards here in the Illinois Valley of Southern Oregon’s Rogue Valley Appellation.” The Foris 2010 Pinot Blanc has a nice juicy feel with flavors in the realm of Bartlett pear and Golden Delicious apples over an underlying thread of mineral on a clean, lively, dry finish. $14.00, 825 cases produced. 

The Brandborg Pinot Gris is ferment cool in tank to preserve the fresh floral, herbal and tropical notes and refreshing acidity. The aromas are a lush combination of golden apples, pineapple and guava with spice notes of jasmine highlighted by white pepper and sage. The wine finishes bone dry and yet the fruit and texture suggest a continuing sweet fruit impression. $16.00, 547 cases produced.

You needn’t tell me that a man who doesn’t love oysters and good wines has got a soul, or a stomach either. He’s simply got the instinct for being unhappy.” – Hector Hugh Munro, Scottish writer

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"Greatest of the Grape" Winners Announced

The distinctive wines of the Umpqua Valley and Southern Oregon were the celebrated stars of Saturday’s “Greatest of the Grape” wine and food extravaganza held at Seven Feathers Casino Resort.Sponsored by the Umpqua Valley Winegrowers Association, the g…

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SF Chronicle’s Top 100 Wines of 2011 – Great Showing from Pacific Northwest

Congratulations to our northerly Pacific Northwest neighbors for their great representation on the San Francisco Chronicle’s Top 100 wines of 2011!The publication even noted:”Certainly we have great bottles here from bigger names. But once again, many …

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2011 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Results!

The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition broke records with 4.913 entires in 2010 and now in 2011, it continues to uphold the title of “Largest Competition of American Wines in the World” with a staggering number of entries, 5,050 from 23 states. W…

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