Wednesday Wine Events-Summer 2014

2014 Jen's Garden presents...
Wednesday Wine Events every Wednesday through the Summer. We have a great line up of some amazing wineries and guests coming to spend an evening with us in Sisters. Most of these events have been priced at $80.00 per person and includes a 5 course tasting menu paired with five incredible wines. M0re information will be added as we get closer to the event. If you have any questions, please call 541-549-2699.

Location: Jen's Garden
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Cost: $80.00 per person
Seating Limited
July 16 : Anam Cara Cellars-
The words Anam Cara are Celtic for "friend of my soul" and represent rare friendships that transcend time and distance. To Nick and his family, they also symbolize the long journey we have taken to make wine. Each of their wines are from the vineyard they live on and planted themselves. Enjoy with good friends over a memorable meal. In 2001, the family came to Oregon, purchasing a rundown walnut, plum and filbert orchard which was to become the home of Nicholas Vineyard and Anam Cara Cellars wines. Nick and Sheila continue to farm the vineyard assisted occasionally by their son Mark, a post grad student at Syracuse University, and daughter Heather, a recent biochemistry graduate from Seattle University. Their two dogs, Buck and Missy welcome visitors and help keep the vineyard gopher free.
July 23: Reustle Vineyard-
Stephen and Gloria Reustle moved to California from the greater New York city area to spend a year exploring wine regions that could grow world-class wine. Focusing first on the Sonoma Coast. In 2001, Stephen ended up purchasing 200 acres in the Umpqua Valley of Oregon for its climate, right soils, water access, and steep south-facing slopes... at first sight, it reminded him of the Burgundian hillsides in France.

Winemaking began in 2004 using only fruit grown from the estate. At first, winemaking began in the "carriage house" aka three-car garage. But soon the operation grew to need its own facility and in 2008 the new winery and wine cave were built. All of the hard work and expense paid off big in 2010 when the Riverside International Wine Competition recognized Reustle – Prayer Rock Vineyards as their 2010 Small Winery of the Year. This achievement was due to the diversity of wines entered into the competition, 9 of which received silver or better, and three awarded the highest medal of honor “Chairman's Gold”. 

July 24: Spring Valley Vineyards-
The land that the Corkrum, Derby, and Elvin families farm today is rich with history dating back to the mid 1800’s, when current vineyard owner Shari Corkrum Derby’s grandfather Uriah Corkrum began farming in the area.
Uriah experienced success farming in the 1880’s but unfortunately lost everything in the first great depression of 1893. He persevered though and acquired the land now known as Spring Valley in 1910.
In 1993, Shari and Dean Derby planted the first grapes at Spring Valley. The first vintage of Estate grown and bottled Spring Valley Vineyard wines were produced with the 1999 vintage. The Derbys’ son Devin Corkrum Derby served as winemaker until his untimely death in 2004. Devin’s assistant and friend Serge Laville took over as winemaker and continues the legacy of Spring Valley Vineyard.
July 30 : Ken Wright Cellars-
Located in rural Carlton, Oregon, Ken Wright Cellars is devoted to showcasing the inherent quality of selected vineyard sites. With a clarity and breadth that is unequaled by other varieties, we believe Pinot noir best expresses the character of these sites. Rather than stamping wine with a varietal trademark, Pinot noir is the ultimate vehicle for conveying the aroma, flavor and texture of the location in which it is grown.

Ken's dedication and passion for vinticulture has placed him at the forefront of quality. Best known for his Pinot Noirs, his Pinot Blanc and Chardonnay should not be overlooked, the same can be said for his Tyrus Evan wines. His ability to extract the terrior in his wines creates the essences of the Willamette Valley and the Northwest.

August 6: St. Innocent Winery-
St. Innocent Winery was founded in 1988 by Mark Vlossak who continues to be winemaker and President. They produce small lots of handmade, vineyard-designated wine from some of the best sites in the Willamette Valley. Since their founding, they have grown from 600 cases their first year to their current production of 8-10,000 cases, yet each wine is still handcrafted in the very same manner. Year after year, St. Innocent Winery has received recognition throughout the country and around the world for its outstanding Pinot noir, beautifully crafted white wines, and fair pricing.

By marrying tradition with innovation, combining old world attention to detail with cutting edge inspiration, Mark creates wines that reflect their terroir, the specific qualities of the vintage, and his vision of wine's place in life: to complement and extend the pleasure of food. "Here, here! I will toast to that!", TR

August 13: EIEIO-
Every year I look forward to working with Jay. He is a great winemaker matched with a great personality to entertain and inform. This is a wine event not to be missed!

EIEIO & Company's first vintage was in 1998 with a mere 200 case production.  What began as a purely négociant pursuit has grown into a fully bonded 1,800 case operation.  To date, EIEIO & Company produces Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, but it is unlikely that you will find mention of the wines in any wine publications.  The winery is motivated by the attainability of the best possible wine not by competitions, ratings, trends, or publicity.

August 20: Lady Hill Winery-
There was a time when “Oregon Country” meant the entire Pacific Northwest. Running north from the border of California and taking in what is now Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and British Columbia, “The Northwest” was one vast contiguous territory.
As a wine region, it still is.
With Northwest roots going back five generations, family-owned Lady Hill Winery makes hand-crafted wines from grapes grown only at the region’s finest vineyards and by the most experienced winegrowers—no matter where they are in the Northwest. Wine grapes, after all, know no borders.
Carefully fashioned with a love for the region, respect for the heritage of the land, and a commitment to preserve it for future generations, Lady Hill wines express the authentic spirit of the True Northwest.
Jerry and Elaine Owen invite you to take your own True Northwest journey through the varying expressions of Lady Hill wines.

August 27 : Et Fille-
Back again this year! Et Fille Wines is a small, family-run, Oregon winery specializing in premium boutique pinot noir and viognier wines.  Et Fille, which means "and daughter", honors the hand-in-hand, father and daughter team of Howard Mozeico and Jessica Mozeico-Blair that makes these wines.  They are passionate about the differences in wine characteristics based on the soil type of the vineyard.  Howard and Jessica personally touch the grape clusters, fermenters, barrels, and bottles that eventually become their wine.  They deal in small lots of grapes, small fermentation lots and small oak barrels.

September 3: Stoller Vineyards -
Stoller Family Estate sits on one of the most sought after sites in the Dundee Hills. Because of the quality of their grapes, their wines produced have gained both a local and national reputation for their balance and complexity. They proudly share their passion for Oregon Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
Originally a turkey farm for some 40 years, The Stoller property was planted with its first vines in 1995. They planted otheir first 20 acres -- 10 to Chardonnay and 10 to Pinot Noir, and have continued to grow since. The vineyard currently has 180 acres under vine, the majority of which is planted to Pinot Noir.