By CARRIE WYNKOOP
To be honest, it’s kind of a dream job, owning a wine club. This summer, I spent a month driving the hills and valleys of Southern Oregon looking for great wine. And you know what? I discovered some extraordinary ones there.
Yes, Oregon is the land of Pinot Noir, but there is so much more to our extraordinary state. I met with more than two dozen winemakers during my time in Southern Oregon, from Roseburg to Ashland, and Elkton to Eagle Point. And while I did enjoy quite a few Pinot Noirs — yes, Southern Oregon Pinot! — what impressed me most was the huge range of other varietals — Tempranillo, Syrah, Viognier, Marsanne Roussanne and more.
The Southern Oregon wine community has really come into its own over the past few years, recognizing what it’s good at and weeding out what it isn’t. Stunning landscapes, gloriously warm weather and a laid-back vibe among winemakers — and no traffic — make this region one of my favorite places to visit.
But as always, the best part of my job at Cellar 503 is meeting the people behind these glorious wines and hearing their stories. Each winemaker arrives at this profession along a different path, but they are united in their passion for their craft.
The following are just a few of the gems I’ve discovered.Read the full report on OregonWinePress.com >
01 November 15 Recreation | Hiking
by MARK FREEMAN
MEDFORD, ORE. — A late October hike along the stretch of the Sterling Mine Ditch Trail between Wolf Gap and Bear Gulch offers more than a testament to the fall colors of Southern Oregon.
The oak leaves are now popping neon splashes of browns and rusty reds on ridge after ridge after ridge all the way to the Red Buttes of Northern California.
"That's got some gorgeous views of the ridges around the Little Applegate and beyond," says Hope Robertson of the Siskiyou Upland Trails Association, which works on the trail. "And the colors of the oak woodlands are just gorgeous."
This sliver of the Sterling Mine Ditch Trail is one of five fall hikes that highlight the turning flora and returning fauna of Southern Oregon — including the spawning fall chinook salmon of the Rogue River Basin.Read the full report in The Olympian >
01 November 15 In the News
by MADELINE LOOTENS
Sure, it’s a bit of a trek, but the Chef Showdown is worth the travel. Look forward to a weekend of food demos, live entertainment and sizzling competition. Friday-night ticket holders can sip, savor and socialize at the Meet the Chefs event.Read the full report in Seattle Magazine >