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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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Valley View Winery II

Valley View winery II This was painted with a little bit of abstraction in mind. A departure of the one I did last year that was more realistic. The vineyard is in the beautiful Applegate Valley 10″x 8″ oil on canvas $300 © “Copyr…

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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 ( 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 ( 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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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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2012 World of Wine Festival Wine Competition Results

2012 Southern Oregon World of Wine Festival Wine Competition

 There were a record 19 GOLD medals and 82 SILVER medals awarded this year.
Best of Show – White Wine

Schmidt Family Vineyards 2011 Albariño

Best of Show – Red Wine

Schmidt Family Vineyards 2009 Tempranillo

Best of Show – Other Wine

Quady North 2011 Rosé



Abacela Winery 2009 Estate Grown Port

Brandborg Vineyard and Winery 2011 Gewürtztraminer

Ledger David 2010 Orion’s Nebula

Pebblestone Cellars 2008 Syrah

Pebblestone Cellars 2011 Pinot Gris

Schmidt Family Vineyards 2011 Albariño

Schmidt Family Vineyards 2009 Tempranillo

Quady North 2011 Rosé

Quady North 2009 Arsenal


Abacela Winery 2009 Estate Grown Malbec

Abacela Winery 2011 Estate Grown Grenache Rosé

Bridgeview Vineyard and Winery 2010 Black Beauty Tempranillo

Cuckoo’s Nest Cellars 2011 Aromatíque

Del Rio Vineyards 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon

Delfino Vineyards 2010 Tempranillo

Foris Vineyards and Winery 2008 Cabernet Franc – Siskiyou Terrace

Kriselle Cellars 2009 Tempranillo

Pebblestone Cellars 2011 Viognier

Slagle Creek Vineyard 2008 Syrah



Abacela Winery 2007 Reserve Tempranillo

Agate Ridge Vineyard 2008 Estate Bottled Petite Sirah

Agate Ridge Vineyard 2009 Estate Bottled Syrah

Agate Ridge Vineyard 2011 Weeknight White

Brandborg Vineyard and Winery 2008 Love Puppets Pinot Noir

Brandborg Vineyard and Winery 2009 Riesling

Bridgeview Vineyard and Winery 2009 Blue Moon Pinot Noir

Bridgeview Vineyard and Winery 2009 Black Beauty Syrah

Caprice Vineyards 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon

Carpenter Hill Vineyard 2009 Petite Sirah

Cliff Creek Cellars 2006 Claret

Cliff Creek Cellars 2008 Merlot

Cliff Creek Cellars 2006 Estate Grown Syrah

Cuckoo’s Nest Cellars 2011 Pinot Gris

Cuckoo’s Nest Cellars 2009 Two Birds

Daisy Creek Vineyard 2009 Malbec

Del Rio Vineyards 2010 Claret

Delfino Vineyards 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon

Delfino Vineyards 2010 Syrah

Folin Cellars 2008 Syrah

Foris Vineyards and Winery 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon

Foris Vineyards and Winery 2010 Pinot Blanc

Grizzly Peak Winery & Vineyards 2010 Malbec

Henry Estate Winery 2010 Müller Thurgau

Kriselle Cellars 2009 Cabernet Franc

Kriselle Cellars 2010 Viognier

LaBrasseur Vineyard 2010 Ethan Cole

LaBrasseur Vineyard 2011 Riesling

LaBrasseur Vineyard 2010 Syrah

Ledger David 2010 Chardonnay

Ledger David 2010 Sangiovese

Fly High and Longsword Vineyards 2010 Invitation Chardonnay

Misty Oaks Vineyard 2011 Julio’s Hill Pinot Gris

Misty Oaks Vineyard 2009 Stuckagain Heights Pinot Noir

Misty Oaks Vineyard 2008 Gobblers Knob Red Blend

Belle Fiore Winery 2009 Monte Fiore Cabernet Franc

Belle Fiore Winery 2009 Monte Fiore Syrah

Pebblestone Cellars 2008 Cabernet Franc

Pebblestone Cellars 2008 Merlot

Plaisance Ranch 2010 Ranch Red

Pyrenees Vineyard & Cellars 2011 Sémillon

Quady North 2008 Syrah – Steelhead Run Vineyard

Quady North 2009 Syrah – Mae’s Vineyard

Quady North 2011 Pistoleta

Red Lily Vineyards 2007 Tempranillo

Rocky Knoll Vineyard 2008 Dunbar Red

RoxyAnn Winery 2009 Cabernet Franc

RoxyAnn Winery 2011 Pinot Gris

RoxyAnn Winery 2009 Sky Hill Red

RoxyAnn Winery 2009 Syrah

Schmidt Family Vineyards 2009 Malbec

Schmidt Family Vineyards 2009 Merlot

Schmidt Family Vineyards 2009 Mighty Mac Red

Schmidt Family Vineyards 2009 Syrah

Schmidt Family Vineyards 2011 Viognier

Schmidt Family Vineyards 2011 Roussanne

Schultz Wines 2010 BlessedMerlot

Serra Vineyards 2007 Bendock Estate

Serra Vineyards 2011 Rosa Marie Rosé

Slagle Creek Vineyard 2009 Estate Merlot

Slagle Creek Vineyard 2008 Estate Reserve Red

Slagle Creek Vineyard 2009 Pini Tempranillo

Slagle Creek Vineyard 2010 Clover

Soloro Vineyard 2010 Blood Stain

Soloro Vineyard 2007 Grenache

Soloro Vineyard 2010 Syrah

Soloro Vineyard 2010 Thunderegg Cut

South Stage Cellars 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon

South Stage Cellars 2009 Grenache

South Stage Cellars 2008 Alchemy

Spangler Vineyards 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve

Spangler Vineyards 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Reserve

Spangler Vineyards 2010 Petite Sirah

Tesóaria Vineyard & Winery 2010 Éponyme

Tesóaria Vineyard & Winery 2011 Dolcetto

Trium Wines 2007 Growers’ Cuvée

Troon Vineyard 2009 Old Vine Meritage

Troon Vineyard 2010 Chardonnay

Troon Vineyard 2010 Insomnia Port

Troon Vineyard 2008 Syrah Reserve

Troon Vineyard 2011 Foundation ’72 Vermentino

Troon Vineyard 2010 Kubli Bench Zinfandel

2012 World of Wine Judges Panel

Traci Dutton serves as the Sommelier in the Wine Spectator Greystone Restaurant at the Culinary Institute of America. With the goal of creating The Ultimate California Wine Cellar to be housed in the former Christian Brothers winery, the wine list has won awards and gathered national recognition for the extensive representation of wines from throughout the state, with a special emphasis on Greystone’s Napa neighbors. Ms. Dutton worked in New York City for 14 years and came to California with vast experience in fine dining beverage service and international wine buying. She specialized in Italian wines with her first Sommelier position at Andiamo! and then immersed herself in French wines (though unfortunately, not literally) by joining the top notch service team at the 3 star Montrachet, under the direction of Daniel Johnnes. Ms. Dutton worked as a consultant for several other restaurants in New York at various times specializing in mixology, beer, organic wines and the wines of the northeastern United States. In addition to her work at the CIA, Traci has judged the Dallas Morning New Wine Competition and the LA County Fair “Wines of the World” Competition, two of the largest competitions in the country. She has spoken on marketing at UC Davis, Sonoma State University and the Wine Industry Financial Symposium. Her special interest is in passing on the belief that most wine should be for everyday drinking and to continue to find places which produce “labors of love” that speak to a need for day to day civilized living.
Shery MoranoSheri Sauter Morano, MW found her interest in wine initially sparked during a trip to Italy when she was 17. She began her formal wine education at the International Wine Center in New York City in 1997 following graduation from Duke University, where she majored in Medieval and Renaissance Studies and Classical Studies. At the IWC, where she later became an instructor, Sheri completed the Intermediate Certificate in 1998 and the Advanced Certificate in 1999. In October of 2000, she became one of the youngest Americans to complete the Diploma and the following year passed the Certified Wine Educator (CWE) exam designed by the Society of Wine Educators to promote higher standards among wine educators in the United States. In November 2003, Sheri earned the title Master of Wine. Sheri is an independent wine educator, writer and judge, as well as a consultant with Strategic Insights, a full-service marketing research firm. From 2004 through 2011, Sheri also served as the spokesperson for the Wines of France campaign in the United States. She is currently in the process of establishing the Triangle Wine School in the Raleigh-Durham, NC area in order to offer the Wine and Spirits Education Trust certifications to local trade professionals. An experienced wine judge, Sheri has judged at competitions in the US, the UK and Argentina. Sheri resides in Chapel Hill, North Carolina with her husband, son, and an assortment of cats and dogs. In her spare time she enjoys running, gardening, traveling and cooking.
Liz ThachDr. Liz Thach, MW (pronounced “tosh”) is a management and wine business professor at Sonoma State University in the Wine Business Institute where she teaches in both the undergraduate and Wine MBA programs. In addition, she has 15 years of executive and management level experience at Fortune 500 companies and has done consulting and research projects for more than 30 different wineries. Liz’s passion is wine, and she has visited most of the major wine regions of the world and more than 25 countries. In addition, she has published over 90 articles and 5 wine textbooks, including Wine – A Global Business and Wine Marketing & Sales. A fifth generation Californian, Liz finished her Ph.D. at Texas A&M and now lives on Sonoma Mountain where she tends a small hobby vineyard and makes garagiste wine. She also works as a wine judge in various competitions, and has served on many non-profit wine boards. Liz obtained the distinction of Master of Wine (MW) in May of 2011.

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World of Wine Gears Up For Multi-Day Festival

The World of Wine Festival is celebrating 10 years this August 22nd-25th in historic Jacksonville at the Bigham Knoll campus. Taking place under a grand tent, the festival will feature the largest tasting of Southern Oregon wines in one place and delic…

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Yoga on the Vine

Moving Into Harmony and Folin Cellars are delighted to offer Yoga on the Vine. With Folin’s lush Estate Vineyard and the beautiful Rogue Valley as the backdrop, Shawn Flot will guide you in an hour of gentle Hatha Yoga. This will be followed by a …

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