Friday, May 27, 2011

Sunshine, Good Times and Fine Wine

Greetings from Van Duzer Vineyards!
  Sunshine, Good Times and Fine Wine  
Just right for warm weather- Our 2010 Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir Rosé

Van Duzer proudly introduces two wines exceptional for their levels of concentration, clarity and purpose. The 2010 Estate Pinot Gris and 2010
Pinot Noir Rose’ are the first wines produced from start to finish by new winemaker Jerry D. Murray.

Drawing on his winemaking experiences in Germany, New Zealand and Oregon, Murray has crafted a couple of refreshing wines that have won the hearts of wine writers and reviewers. Van Duzer’s 2010 Pinot Gris was
named an “Oyster Wine” by the panel of judges assembled for the Pacific Coast Oyster Wine competition. And our 2010 Rose’ has been called “one of the great joys of the wine world” (Ben Bodenstein,
and “a superstar, highly allocated Rose of Pinot Noir” (

The wines’ debut at the Van Duzer wine club party on May 7 was memorable for the delightful ways that the dry-style wines celebrate warmer weather
and lighter fare. Learn more about the  2010 Pinot Noir Rosé and
2010 Estate Pinot Gris.
2010 Pinot Gris & 2010 Pinot Noir Rosé
  Spend your Memorial Weekend with Van Duzer Vineyards!  -$10 tastings including our  -2010 Rose and Pinot Gris  -Nosh on delectable treats by Chef de Cuisine  -Pack a picnic and bask in our breathtaking views  -Sample treats by a local chocolatier, cheesemaker and breadmaker

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  Free Shipping + 10% Case Discount! Order a full or mixed case by July 1, 2011 & enjoy FREE ground shipping & 10% case discount! For online orders,  use code SPRING at checkout. WINE CLUB MEMBERS SAVE 20% ON FULL AND MIXED CASE PURCHASES + FREE CASE SHIPPING.  
Activity never slows in the vineyard

From pruning to tying to new clones, Vineyard Operations Manager Rebecca Sweet reports on what most consider a sleepy time of year. Learn more. 
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  What's cookin' good lookin'?
Cabana El Ray Mojo Gris Marinated Pork Tenderloin
  Flagpole joins 2008 block designate lineup  
  Patrons of this Delray Beach favorite restaurant are often seen on the
Atlantic Avenue patio sipping Van Duzer Estate Pinot Gris. This recipe
includes some Gris in a tasty Latino Caribbean marinade.

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With its release in
May, Van Duzer’s Flagpole Block contributes its distinctive profile to the winery’s se
lection of2008 small lot releases.Named for the flagpole that
marks the en
try to Van Duzer Vineyards, the steep block is known for producing concentrated black and red fruit and Wädenswil-derived earthy notes on an age-worthy structure. Learn more. 
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Summer kicked off early at the winery with the release of the 2010 spring wines and there are many fun events planned throughout our good weather. Mark your calendar and make your plans to be a part of these fun events.

Stop by any time! The tasting room is open 11-5, seven days a week.

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Left Coast Cellars


Cheers ,

This summer is all about being outside, we just hope Mother Nature cooperates with our grand plans. We spotted more than 35 species of birds during our Birdathon hike and our vibrantly colored feathered friends are frequently seen around the tasting room for your enjoyment.

New this year, every weekend throughout the summer we will be firing up the barbecue on our newly remodeled patio and to get vacation season off to a strong start, our
Events Calendar is stacked with special events.


TR staffMemorial Day Weekend Open House
Saturday, May 28 through Monday, May 30; 11 am–5 pm
It's time once again for our Passport Tasting! Savor side-by-side tastings of the new and current releases of our award-winning Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc and Chardonnay, nibble on delicious bites from our cafe menu, snap up some great bargains and dance to live music from the Danny Wold Jazz Trio. (Our new logo tees--also available in black--pictured on our staff at the right will also be available for purchase).
$10, includes free logo glass
(complimentary admission for Left Fielder Wine Club members and 3 guests)

For the first time our Cafe will also be open, so after your tasting tour we invite you to relax at the Tasting Room and enjoy a Mt. Angel Sausage Co. Bratwurst hot off the barbecue, a snack selection from our new deli case or perhaps a glass of wine.

Summer Hours start June 3!
Fri & Sat, 11 am-7 pm; Sun-Thu, 11 am-5 pm
Please join us this summer for...
Casual Friday
Relax and enjoy the beautiful outdoors while we barbecue on the patio every Friday.
Live Music Saturday
Live entertainment on our patio every Saturday from 3 pm- 6pm.
Sat. June 11 - Randy Byrnes (piano)
Sat. June 18 - Stearns & Son (guitar)
More artists to be announced, check our calendar at or

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Perrydale Fire Truck Fundraising BBQ
Sat, June 4, 5pm–8pm
We are kicking off the summer season at Left Coast Cellars with a fundraising barbecue to assist our neighbors in Perrydale with the purchase of a new Fire Truck. This family-freindly event will feature live music from Michael Balok, silent auction and raffles. Our goal is to raise $5,000 for our community. we hope you can help us.
Donated items include: MAK barbecue grill, all-natural grass-fed beef, one night getaway at Kelty Estate Bed & Breakfast, Hamsa Healing Massage session, wines from Wine By Joe, Firesteed Cellars, Illahee Vineyards, Johan Vineyards, Bethel Heights, Honeywood and Van Duzer, Kettle Chips, Private Tour and Wine Tasting at Chateau Bianca, 6 weeks of Farm-fresh Eggs from Fields of Hope Farm,     home-baked goods, gift certificates from local businesses, and gift baskets from Wild Carrot Herbals, Starbucks and Great Harvest.
Co-sponsors include Golden Valley Brewing, Mt. Angel Sausage Co.
$15 minimum donation, includes dinner and a beverage (wine, beer or non-alcoholic)

Wine Club Summer Barbecue - June 10
June is right around the corner and so is our much anticipated Summer Wine Club Release. Club members receive 3 bottles each of our 2009 Left Bank Pinot Blanc (Double Gold, Oregon Wine Awards 2011) and 2009 Rose of Pinot Noir (only 70 cases produced) for $84.15.
($99 value; shipping not included, if applicable)

We have added a special offer to celebrate winning Top of our Class at the Oregon Wine Awards; we LOVE this white wine, and know you will too! Add 6 more bottles of 2009 Pinot Blanc for $170 total ($207 value).
Club members will receive separate email notifications regarding Summer Wine Club purchase and the opportunity to opt in for the full case upgrade.

Friday, June 10; 6 pm–8 pm - Exclusively for our Left Fielder Wine Club members and their guests, this barbecue in our Tree House Pavilion celebrates the official release of our Summer Sippers. Please RSVP to no later than 12 pm on Wednesday, June 8.

If you aren't currently a Left Fielder Wine Club member you can get all the details and sign up online.

red-wine-glassEach month we offer a Six-Pack of wine for $99, and our May $99 Six-Pack Special is a great way to stock your cellar, at a terrific $26 savings!

You can also download our May Recipe of the Month, Carolynn's Tapenade and Gorgonzola Spread.

Cheers! And if you have ANY questions, please ask!

Ivy S. Hover

Office Manager and Tech Guru
Left Coast Cellars
4225 N Pacific Hwy. (99W)
Rickreall, OR 97371
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Tasting Room - 128 W Main St, Carlton, OR 97111         (503) 851-3689
May 2011
Memorial Day Tasting, Music and more!
We are now open daily from Noon-5pm at our wine shop in Carlton.  Take a break, visit Carlton for a leisurely lunch and afternoon of good tastes.
This weekend we would love to share with you our new release of the 2009 Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir at our tasting room in Carlton.  This bold and beautiful wine pairs well with your steaks on the barbeque!  We will prepare Willamette Valley cheeses and Skipanon Smoked Salmon dip to meld with the flavors of our wines. We will also extend a 15% discount on 3 bottle sales of this wine throughout the weekend. We will put out the spread Friday through Monday.  On Sunday we will have a musician to further the ambiance.  John Harr will be playing soft sounds on his guitar from 2-5pm.
Thank you, friends, for enjoying our first WildAire across America toast from coast to coast and Friday Night Forums. On the west coast we barbequed a lamb, on the east coast salmon and a roast were consumed. But the best part is connecting with friends. I love you all!

Our big of event for June is a scavenger hunt.  28 businesses are sponsoring this event, with prizes, discounts and fun!
***************************************************************************** Carlton Quest  City-Wide Scavenger Hunt
June 11-12, 11-5pm, the Town of Carlton, OR
Come join the fun on the weekend of June 11th -12th from 11am-5pm in Carlton, Oregon.  A scavenger hunt with a small town Carlton theme will be hosted by over 25 Carlton businesses, with a portion of the proceeds going to support Carlton Together Cares. Prizes include wine, service coupons and other great donations from each of the participating businesses, in total worth over $700! We’ve got tickets for sale, so come see us! Or you can purchase tickets online at


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COWHORN Grapevine

Biodyanmic Rhone-style Wines • Applegate Valley • Oregon
Spiral 36

Summer Sauv

Cowhorn & Upper Five partner to produce Loire-style white under cooperative label.

2010 COWHORN Spiral 36

Coming soon to an ice bucket near you is our first-ever Sauvignon Blanc, a delicious, crisp white akin to a Sancerre from France's Loire Valley. We are releasing just 144 cases, mostly around the State of Jefferson and a bit beyond to fill a few Bay Area requests.
Upper Five is the Rogue Wine Country's only other certified organic vineyard making them a perfect partner for Cowhorn. Located at an elevation of 1,920 feet, Terry Sullivan grew these delicious grapes on the rolling slopes above Talent, Oregon. We put them through the same natural fermentation process at our Applegate Valley winery as our Biodynamic® estate wines.
The launch of this new label marks the first time that Cowhorn has purchased grapes or produced wine outside of our signature Rhône-style. We hope that history remembers the fruits of our labor as much for the partnership as the final product. We were pleasantly surprised. If only we had produced more...

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COWHORN 2009 Grenache 80

92-points Plush

Sunset and Wine Enthusiast discover our first Reserve Syrah.

COWHORN 2008 Reserve Syrah
We just received word that our 2008 Reserve Syrah, our first reserve, was awarded 92 points by the editors at Wine Enthusiast. We also just learned that it has been nominated for the Sunset Western Wine Awards. Needless to say, there was much "Woohoo-ing" from our team.
Laurie Daniel at the San Jose Mercury News tasted the 2008 Reserve Syrah at Hospice du Rhône in Paso Robles, and returned home to tell her readers that it "is plump and lively with flavors of blackberry, blueberry, a note of roasted coffee and firm structure."
We made this first reserve in the Old World tradition. First, we selected our six best barrels for blending. Then, we let them age together for an additional six month before bottling. The result is a red that is definitely darker and more plush than our past Syrahs, while still holding its own as a soft, smooth palate pleaser.
There are less than 100 left.

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Cowhorn gives your used wine bottles a second lease on life.

In our ongoing quest to close the loop on as many aspects of our farm and winery as possible, Cowhorn is happy to introduce a new upcycling partner located right here in the green state of Oregon. Rebootle creates one of a kind, handmade, casual glassware for the eco-conscious consumer that is functional, beautiful, and dishwasher safe.

Located in Forest Grove, Rebootle aims to make a big difference on the carbon footprint of the Oregon wine business by giving landfill-bound bottles a second lease on life. With the help of Salem-based Agri-Plas, we recently shipped our first 5,000 bottles to Rebootle, and would like to say a special thank you to our friends at Wine Bottle Renew in Lodi, California for the inspiration to keep collecting bottles and the Applegate Lodge for bringing back such a huge haul.

We hear that our first shipment of used bottles is actually being transformed into glass tiles for a new building in Portland. Remember to bring your used Cowhorn bottles back when you visit the estate.

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COWHORN Tasting Room


Four wines twice a year direct to your door


We streamlined Club COWHORN to give you more value, and ship wines during the optimum times between the Rogue Wine Country's hard winters and hot summers.

Club members get first dibs on new releases, last-chance notices before sell-outs, and 15 percent off on all additional purchases. A case here and a case there, and it starts to add up.

To keep it simple, we'll bill once annually, send just one renewal reminder, and ship in May and November, generally milder months that make for safer transit temperatures.

To make the wine club a win/win, 2011 members receive eight wines at $242 plus shipping, securing you savings and first access to limited-production new releases. We get the security and pleasure of personally knowing as many of our customers as possible.

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Fave Rosé

2009 COWHORN Rose

Callahans Lodge to serve sold-out Rosé for first pairing at Local Favorites Winemaker's Dinner.

Many thanks to Casey and the culinary crew over at Callahan's Mountain Lodge for including our now sold-out 2009 Rosé in their upcoming Local Favorites Winemaker's Dinner on Friday, June 3rd at 6:30 pm.
Casey gave us a sneak peak at their mouth-watering menu that includes duck salad, roasted quail and lavender cheddar torts. The Cowhorn course will feature fresh AA-grade tuna tartare cubed and flavored with lemon, lime and horseradish zest, and served on a microgreen salad tossed in a rose hip walnut oil vinaigrette...a match made in Heaven.
The Cowhorn wine dinner at Callahan's last year was one of the best, and we can confirm that they are serving some of the last known bottles of our most recent Rosé.
Wine writer Paul Gregutt recently reported in the Seattle Times that Cowhorn was his "favorite" Oregon Rosé. He went on to write, "The wine was fresh, tart and intense, with racy fruit flavors of cranberry and wild cherry, hints of orange liqueur, and a dusting of cinnamon spice. It developed intriguing grace notes while holding up beautifully over the course of a long evening."
Our next Rosé release isn't until 2012, so savor each sip. This five course feast is only $65 per person including gratuity, and reservations are required. To save your seats, call Callahan's on 541.482.1299. Stay in the lodge and receive 20% off their regular rates including tax and breakfast. Sounds like a wonderful one-night staycation!

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Free Farm Tours

Saturdays at 11am through June only!

Cowhorn Master Plan

If you’re wondering what being Biodynamic is really all about and why it produces such amazing food and wine, this June is your opportunity to see how it all works together here on our 117-acre Applegate Valley Estate. Every Saturday at 11am through at least June, we invite you to come out for a free farm tour, no appointment necessary. Tasting appointments are still required for the rest of the weekend.
Cowhorn is a perennial polyculture that is master planned around wildlife habitat, biodiversity, soil types, and even our farm equipment. Unlike conventional commercial farms, everything at Cowhorn is designed to work with the flow of nature. Our short Saturday morning walking tours will give you a great overview of going from bud to bottle the Biodynamic way.

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Cowhorn Asparagus

COWHORN Tasting Notes Contest

Wine Barrel

Asparagus season

It's Asparagus Season here in the Applegate Valley, when the sweetest sprigs in the Rogue break ground in their 2-acre patch between the forest and our vineyard. With over 15,000 plants, of the Purple Passion and Jersey Knight varieties, we expect to pick about 125,000 spears this year weighing in at around 8,000 pounds. Rogue locals will find Cowhorn Asparagus available at the Ashland Co-op, Shop 'n Kart, and on the menu at New Sammy's Cowboy Bistro.

Win a night on the town

Love musing on your favorite wines? We do too. Discover your inner wine writer and win a night at the Ashland Springs Hotel in a contest designed to give us a taste of your translation of our Biodynamic Rhône-style wines. Try your pen at writing the poetic prose of a carefully crafted paragraph describing one, or all, of our current releases. Multiple musings will improve your odds of winning this wonderful one-night getaway for two.

Barrels of fun for sale

From bistro tables to bird houses, used wine barrels offer a super stylish way to reduce, reuse and recycle.  This year, we expect to have about to 30 barrels available for purchase for $35 each, or two for $50. Such a deal! Barrels are available on a first come, first serve basis. So if you know you want one (or two), please be sure to say so when you make your appointment for a tasting and tour of the estate. And if you’re inspired to send us photos of your barrel’s new life as an ice chest or a dog house, we’d love to see them.

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