The Jacksonville and Applegate Valley wine scene

Wine Press Northwest Names DANCIN Vineyards “Oregon Winery of the Year”

MEDFORD, ORE – March 16, 2017: DANCIN Vineyards,, an ultra-premium producer of Pinot noir, Chardonnay, Syrah, Barbera and Port-style wines near Jacksonville, Ore., is Wine Press Northwest magazine’s 2017 “Oregon Winery of the Year.”

Veteran wine writer Eric Degerman noted in his story out this week: “One key to DANCIN’s growth has been […]

By | March 16th, 2017|Now, The Wine Scene|3 Comments

New Executive Director of Travel Southern Oregon

Local Business Leader Takes Helm of Regional Tourism Board

(MEDFORD, OR) — Travel Southern Oregon, the regional destination marketing organization based in Medford, Oregon has hired local business owner Brad Niva as their new executive director. Niva comes to the organization with over 20 years in the tourism industry and most recently owner of two successful […]

By | March 20th, 2017|Now, The Wine Scene|1 Comment

Wooldridge Creek: Oregon’s First Winery / Creamery / Charcuterie – by Sarah Lemon

Fermenting cheeses, meats and other foods is a natural extension of winemaking at Wooldridge Creek.

“That’s been a perfect fit,” says winery partner Kara Olmo, whose small-batch goat cheeses emerged in 2015 as cultured companions for Wooldridge Creek’s 12 varietals. “We wanted to have something to accompany our wine.”

Meats cured in styles of the Old World—“charcuterie” […]

By | March 3rd, 2017|Now, The Wine Scene|0 Comments

Must have for spring: Del Rio Vineyard Estate launches 2016 Grenache Rosé

GOLD HILL, OR – 2/6/2017 – Don’t let the snow and cold weather be deceiving, it is time to think Rosé! Del Rio Vineyard Estate released its 2016 Grenache Rosé to the trade on January 30th. Shipped the last week of January, our Grenache Rosé will be among the first to bloom this 2017 rosé […]

By | February 6th, 2017|Now, The Wine Scene|0 Comments

Ledger David Brings Home Six San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Medals

Specializing in single-vineyard estate wines, Ledger David wins Gold Medals for both 2015 Sauvignon Blanc and 2014 Petit Verdot

(Central Point, Ore.) – Despite our current local chilly temperatures, Ledger David Cellars brings the heat with six medaling wines from warm vintages at the prestigious 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Both the 2015 Sauvignon Blanc […]

By | January 14th, 2017|Now, The Wine Scene|0 Comments

Travel Southern Oregon Appoints Interim Executive Director

Kerrie Walters to lead organization

MEDFORD, ORE. – Kerrie Walters, a longtime leader in Oregon tourism marketing, has been named interim executive director of Travel Southern Oregon. She assumed her new duties this month.

Walters now guides the regional destination marketing organization while its board of directors searches for a permanent replacement for Executive Director Carolyn […]

By | January 16th, 2017|Now, The Wine Scene|0 Comments

Discover Oregon Wines at a 2017 A-List Award-Winning Restaurant

Program recognizes restaurants that feature a diversity of Oregon wines, varieties and regions

PORTLAND, Jan. 3, 2017 — Larks Home Kitchen Cuisine, with locations in Ashland and Medford, Ore., was named the 2017 Wine Program of the Year today by the Oregon Wine Press and the Oregon Wine Board as part of the 2017 Oregon Wine […]

By | January 3rd, 2017|The Wine Scene|0 Comments

Wine & Cider… a Perfect Pear – by Sarah Lemon

Pears are prominent players in Eden Valley Orchards’ past. Yet the future of each year’s crop faced uncertainty.

“Pears just really don’t sell,” says Ashley Campanella, winemaker for the Medford estate’s EdenVale label.

Raising the profile of pears—and preserving the fruit—entailed treating them much like the property’s 14 varieties of wine grapes. Pressing the pears’ juice, fermenting […]

By | November 30th, 2016|Now, The Wine Scene|0 Comments

Russ and Margaret Lyon: Enjoying a Third Career and Aging Well – by Mike McClain

Sensational Seniors – October 2016

Because Jacksonville is replete with “Sensational Seniors,” I only needed to walk to the end of Shafer Lane to interview my good friends and neighbors, Russ and Margaret Lyon, of the well-known Daisy Creek Vineyard, for this column.

Their life story is one of determination and overcoming obstacles, while maintaining a finely-tuned […]

By | October 5th, 2016|Featured Stories, Sensational Seniors, The Wine Scene|1 Comment

2016 Oregon Wine Competition Winners Announced

JACKSONVILLE, OREGON–The Oregon Wine Competition awards were announced Wednesday, August 24 at 6 p.m. at the Oregon Wine Experience in Jacksonville, Oregon, with Best of Show awards going to Cuckoo’s Nest Cellars, Pebblestone Cellars, and Plaisance Ranch.

All of the award-winning wines will be available at the Grand Tasting on Sunday, August 28, 2016 from 2 […]

By | August 25th, 2016|Now, The Wine Scene|0 Comments

New Housing Development Budding at Stage Pass – by Whitman Parker


A new upscale housing development at the entrance to historic Jacksonville now presents a unique opportunity for those interested in living within the environs of a vineyard setting. The Vineyards at Stage Pass project represents a vision by Stephen Gambee, CEO of Stage Pass Development, Inc. to create […]

By | August 19th, 2016|News Flow, Now, The Wine Scene|2 Comments

DANCIN Vineyards Names Tim Keller as Chef

MEDFORD, ORE – August 1, 2016: DANCIN Vineyards, an ultra-premium producer of Pinot noir, Chardonnay, Syrah, Barbera and Port in Southern Oregon, announces the appointment of Chef Tim Keller. Alongside Chef Cindy Marca, he will oversee all culinary activities of the winery on August 4.

In selecting Keller, co-owner Dan Marca said, “We have collaborated with […]

By | August 2nd, 2016|Now, The Wine Scene|0 Comments

9th Soroptimist Wine Walk for Women’s Health is September 25

The 9th Soroptimist Wine Walk for Women’s Health will be held on Sunday, September 25, 2016, beginning at 1:00 p.m. The cost is $35 per person with preregistration, $40 at the door.

The scenic 3.5 mile walk will be at Del Rio Vineyard and Winery in Gold Hill Oregon, featuring wine tasting of six vineyards: Cliff […]

By | July 8th, 2016|Now, The Wine Scene|0 Comments

Exciting New Wine Bar Promotes Local Art during Grants Pass, First Friday Art Walks

New Napa Wine has opened a wine bar in Grants Pass, Oregon. The new venue features a selection of Southern Oregon wines paired with art, food, music, comedy, and other fun, educational events.

Grants Pass, OR – In 2010, Sunset magazine named Southern Oregon the “New Napa” because it beckons the visitor back to the intrigue […]

By | June 21st, 2016|Now, The Wine Scene|0 Comments

From Grapes to Wine in the Applegate Valley

From Grapes to Wine in the Applegate Valley

Ruch, Oregon (April 26, 2016) – Hear from expert Winemakers, Rachael Martin and Steve Hall, on Saturday, May 14, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m., as they explain what it takes to create the great wines of the Applegate Valley. They will be presenting in the Community Meeting Room of […]

By | April 26th, 2016|The Wine Scene|0 Comments

Preview Ledger David’s Newest 2015 Wine Vintage and Premiere Super Tuscan Red Blend this Memorial Day Weekend

Ledger David Cellars will roll up the overhead doors to its urban-elegant ‘Le Petit Tasting Room’ in Central Point for those looking to taste and purchase the winery’s newest wine releases over the three-day holiday weekend.

By | April 22nd, 2016|Now, The Wine Scene|0 Comments

The Hills are Alive with the Sound of Music at Wells Land Vineyard

The Applegate Valley has a unique, new vineyard to add to its flourishing wine industry. Wells Land Vineyard is located outside Jacksonville in the village of Ruch at 118 Hamilton Road. Replete with picturesque valley views and a beautiful mountain range, Wells Land make the perfect backdrop for weddings and wine tasting. What’s been created […]

By | March 29th, 2016|Now, The Wine Scene|1 Comment

Clink! A Taste of Oregon Wine exhibit to visit Medford, Oregon

Medford, Ore. – March 8, 2016– Celebrate the wonders of Oregon wine and the people who make it possible in Clink! A Taste of Oregon Wine, a traveling exhibition curated by the Oregon Historical Society in collaboration with local history organizations and industry leaders. This unique, engaging exhibition, which will be on display at Southern […]

Oregon Wine Competition® Announces Impressive Set of Judges, Becomes Statewide Competition

MEDFORD, Ore.–The Oregon Wine Experience® is pleased to announce that a panel of six exceptional judges has been finalized for this year’s Oregon Wine Competition® to be held August 6-7, 2016. These nationally renowned experts herald a significant change in the competition. Previously restricted to wines made with 100 percent Southern Oregon AVA grapes, this […]

By | March 4th, 2016|Now, The Wine Scene|0 Comments

Experienced Wine and Culinary Director to Join DANCIN Vineyards

DANCIN Vineyards (, announces the appointment of Juliana Marca as their General Manager. She assumes her duties on March 1.

“Juliana’s approach to wine, culinary and hospitality is consistent with our philosophy of providing the best possible experience for our guests,” said DANCIN co-owner Dan Marca. “Her attention to detail, knowledge and passion for […]

By | February 22nd, 2016|Now, The Wine Scene|0 Comments

A Big Month for Southern Oregon Wine

The New Year in the Southern Oregon wine industry got off to a splendid start thanks to international acclaim and attention from Wine Enthusiast Magazine and the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition!

Wine Enthusiast Magazine, one of the world’s premier and most-respected magazines on the subject, named Ashland, Oregon one of its “10 Best Wine Travel […]

By | January 27th, 2016|Now, The Wine Scene|0 Comments

Around The World with South Stage Cellars in 2016

This winter, take a 6-week, palette-pleasing trip around the world from the comfort of South Stage Cellars’ first-class tasting room in historic Jacksonville. Enjoy unique wine flavors paired with regional food from six different wine regions around the world, and learn about their unique history and culture.

On this “trip,” you won’t have to pack any […]

By | January 16th, 2016|Now, The Wine Scene|0 Comments

New Face Leading Wine Shop at Jacksonville Inn!

The iconic Jacksonville Inn Wine Shop, which offers one of the most extensive selections of wine in the Pacific Northwest, now boasts one of the most dynamic and knowledgeable shop managers in the industry—Liza Jussiaume.

Liza (37) and her husband, Jean-Michel (40) are no strangers to Southern Oregon wine fans—she’s held a variety of marketing and […]

By | November 23rd, 2015|Now, The Wine Scene|0 Comments

2015 Oregon Harvest Report from The Oregon Wine Board

Vintage Delivers Exceptional Fruit Quality

Once again, the Oregon wine industry experienced another extraordinary, nearly ideal growing season. The 2015 vintage began with warm weather conditions in the winter that continued throughout spring and summer. Yet, light scattered showers in late August and a return to normalcy in September gave a break to what was an […]

By | November 5th, 2015|The Wine Scene|0 Comments

The Moores of Quail Run – by MJ Daspit

A Tale of Accident and Opportunity – from Southern Oregon Wine Scene Fall Winter 2015 issue

The story of how Don and Traute Moore came to establish the largest wine-growing operation in Southern Oregon begins with a broken car window that kept them in Ashland waiting for a new piece of glass. And being curious, they […]

By | October 26th, 2015|The Wine Scene|0 Comments

Thanksgiving Weekend 2015 – Open House at Ledger David Cellars

Elevate your holiday with artisan wines, fresh gourmet pizza and live music at Le Petit Tasting Room in Central Point

(Central Point, Ore.) – Elevate your holiday with Ledger David Cellars at their annual Thanksgiving Weekend Open House event, Nov. 27-29 from 12 to 5 p.m. at Le Petit Tasting Room in Central Point.

Listen to the […]

By | October 25th, 2015|Event Calendar, Now, The Wine Scene|0 Comments

Applegate Valley Fall 2015 Uncorked Tour is November 22

Enjoy 17 wineries, appetizers, tastings and fun at this self-paced wine tour event.

Tickets are $49 each and include a commemorative Wine Trail wine glass. 17 wineries in the Applegate participate in this fun, self-guided tour. You pick your starting location, but you’re free to visit any number of the wineries on the Trail. Each winery […]

By | October 23rd, 2015|The Wine Scene|0 Comments

The Grapes of Wrap – by Sarah Lemon

Workers’ cheerful chitchat mimics the chirp of birds greeting a new day at Cowhorn Vineyard & Garden.

Wielding long-handled knives overhead, the three men shear off swaths of Viognier vines, which fall unheeded onto the weeds between rows. This midsummer manicure sheds more sunlight on the fruit, encouraging it to ripen.

A few rows away, pickers’ pace […]

By | October 6th, 2015|The Wine Scene|0 Comments

Harvest-time Weather Projections from SOU Professor Greg Jones

Summer 2015 Weather and Climate Summary and Forecast, September 1, 2015

Relief … while August continued warmer than normal (see below), a change in the circulation over the Pacific and western North America ushered in an early taste of fall during the last week of the month that has continued through the first week of September. […]

By | September 5th, 2015|Now, The Wine Scene|0 Comments

First Wine Grapes Arrive at New Naumes Crush

Medford, Ore. – September 3, 2015 – Naumes Crush and Fermentation (, Southern Oregon’s newest and most modern custom crush winery, this week processed its first grapes. Well-known grower Terry Sullivan, owner of Upper Five Vineyard in Talent, Ore., brought in the first lot, a Sauvignon blanc.

“After a year of planning and construction, it […]

By | September 3rd, 2015|The Wine Scene|0 Comments

Jacksonville Wine Cruise is September 20

Back by popular demand, the Jacksonville Oregon Winery Association (JOWA) is sponsoring a Fall Wine Cruise on Sunday, September 20, 2015 from noon to 6:00pm. There are only a limited number of tickets for sale, ($25 per/person) so be sure and get yours now – tickets are only available online at Your ticket includes […]

By | August 27th, 2015|News, Now, The Wine Scene|0 Comments

2015 Oregon Wine Experience Medalists Announced

Belle Fiore, Pebblestone, and Red Lily win Best of Show honors

The 2015 Oregon Wine Experience announced this evening the winners of its wine competition, which featured 224 wines from 50 wineries. Best of Show honors went to Pebblestone Cellars for its 2014 Viognier, to Belle Fiore Winery for its 2012 “Numinos” red Bordeaux blend, and […]

By | August 21st, 2015|Now, The Wine Scene|0 Comments

Explore Wine Country on a Wine Tour – by Paula Bandy

Many people ask, Why take a wine tour? Can’t I just drive myself? With 80+ registered wineries throughout the Southern Oregon AVA (American Viticultural Area), the better question to ask is, Where do I want to go and who do I trust to get me there and back? A designated driver is always a good […]

By | July 30th, 2015|Now, The Wine Scene|0 Comments

Oregon Wine Experience: Southern Oregon’s Newest Destination Wine Event – by Paula Bandy

For many of us living in Southern Oregon, we have always known the area was destined for great things. The natural beauty of the landscape, the spirit of place and solidarity of community are the heart of our quality of life. It is what brings people here and keeps most from leaving. And until recently, […]

By | July 29th, 2015|Now, The Wine Scene|0 Comments

August 2015 Book Talks & Wine at South Stage Cellars

Book Talks & Wine at South Stage Cellars takes place on Thursday, August 20, from 6:00-8:00pm at the Tasting Room at 125 South 3rd Street. Local mystery author and actor Clive Rosengren will read from his latest whodunit, Red Desert. A monthly event featuring authors from The State of Jefferson, Book Talks & Wine at […]

By | July 29th, 2015|Event News, Now, The Wine Scene|0 Comments

2015 furnARTure Event is September 20 at Valley View Winery!

Join us at the 6th Annual furnARTure event on Sunday, September 20th at Valley View Winery, for a fun-filled afternoon of art, hors d’oeuvres, wine and live music.

furnARTure, is the signature event supporting The Studio at Living Opportunities. It is a benefit auction featuring the work of local and regional artists who have transformed recycled […]

John Michael Champagne Cellars Bubbling with New Events

John Michael Champagne Cellars, established in 1991, the second winery open to the public in the Applegate Valley, has moved its tasting room to its winery site at 14225 Humbug Creek Road, Applegate, Oregon. The winery features gourmet organic, local, non-GMO and gluten-free foods that pair well with their award-winning champagnes and still wines. The […]

By | July 24th, 2015|The Wine Scene|0 Comments

July Book Talks & Wine at South Stage Cellars

Book Talks & Wine at South Stage Cellars takes place on Thursday, July 16, from 6:00-8:00pm at the Tasting Room at 125 South 3rd Street. Local author and linguistics professor Edwin Battistella will read from his book Sorry About That; The Language of Public Apology. A monthly event featuring authors from The State of Jefferson, […]

By | July 7th, 2015|The Wine Scene|0 Comments

DANCIN Vineyards Begins Construction of its Campus-Style Gravity Flow Winery Facility

Utilizing the naturally cascading topography of its estate, DANCIN Vineyards has begun construction of its new gravity-flow winery in Southern Oregon, which is scheduled to be completed for harvest 2015. Comprised of two distinct structures, set eight to ten feet into the naturally cooling earth and positioned at varying elevations, it is the culmination of […]

By | July 6th, 2015|Now, The Wine Scene|0 Comments

July ATA Loop-Route Hike at Red Lily Vineyards

Applegate Trails Association is proud to announce a $10,000 grant award from REI to build the East ART, the first section of the non-motorized Applegate Ridge Trail envisioned from Cathedral Hills in Grants Pass to Jacksonville. We are so excited!

So the organization is thriving, not only with trail building but with hiking on existing trails. […]

By | July 3rd, 2015|Now, The Wine Scene, Trail Talk|0 Comments

Major Winemaking Facility to Open in S. Oregon

Naumes Custom Crush and Fermentation will support fast-growing industry

Medford, Ore. – July 2, 2015 – Naumes Crush and Fermentation ( is Southern Oregon’s newest and most modern wine processing facility. The 23,000-s.f. structure, designed to be easily expanded, is set to open August 1.

Located at 1311 N. Central Ave. near downtown Medford, Naumes Crush […]

By | July 2nd, 2015|Now, The Wine Scene|0 Comments

One COOL Conversation with Greg Jones – by MJ Daspit

Article from the Summer 2015 issue of Southern Oregon Wine Scene Magazine

The glass of wine you’re drinking right now was influenced by many factors…from the grower to the wine maker to arguably the most important aspect of terroir…CLIMATE!

Having a conversation with viticultural climatologist Greg Jones is much like drinking a glass of premium wine. With […]

By | June 30th, 2015|The Wine Scene|0 Comments

Jacksonville Publishing Introduces NEW Southern Oregon Wine Scene Magazine!

Jacksonville Publishing has expanded with the launch of a new, wine-only publication, Southern Oregon Wine Scene. The new 44-page magazine covers the Southern Oregon wine region stretching from the Umpqua Valley to Ashland. “It’s the first publication of its kind in Southern Oregon that is 100% dedicated to our burgeoning wine scene,” says Jacksonville Review […]

By | June 29th, 2015|Now, The Wine Scene|0 Comments

Advisory Committee Named for Wine Country License Plate Programs

MEDFORD – Travel Southern Oregon (TSO) today announced the formation of an advisory committee for the Oregon Wine Country License Plate programs. The committee will provide insight to the TSO board for the disbursement of funds — generated by the net proceeds from the sale of these specialty plates, via a program administered by Travel […]

By | June 25th, 2015|The Wine Scene|0 Comments

2015 Origins Farm-to-Table Dinner at Hanley Farm with Chef Kristen Lyon and Valley View Winery

Enjoy a unique dining experience at Hanley Farm – ORIGINS-2015 Farm-to-Table Gourmet Dinner.

Kristen Lyon, noted Jacksonville Chef, prepares the 4-course dinner using fresh salad greens and vegetables grown on the farm. Dinner includes sample wine parings and winemaker cocktail hour, featuring wines from Valley View Winery; historic Hanley House tours; and historical presentation, Today’s Farming/Farmers […]

By | June 19th, 2015|News, The Wine Scene|0 Comments

June Book Talks & Wine at South Stage Cellars

This month, Book Talks and Wine at South Stage Cellars takes place on Thursday, June 18, from 6:00-8:00pm at the Tasting Room at 125 South Third Street. Local author and culinary maven Tod Davies will read from her book Jam Today Too.

Warm, conversational, and exquisitely practical, Davies returns to the Jam Today series with Jam […]

By | June 16th, 2015|Now, The Wine Scene|0 Comments

Rogue Valley Symphony Returns to EdenVale Summer 2015

The Rogue Valley Symphony will return to EdenVale Winery for two outdoor summer concerts this year.  June 19, 2015 is the first Summer Series concert featuring oboist Gabe Young.  Music Director Martin Majkut called Gabe “an exceptionally talented musician and a thoughtful young artist.”  This performance will feature Gabe Young on Benedetto Marcello’s Oboe Concerto […]

Brews, Burgers & Bluegrass to Benefit THRIVE on June 13th!

8 Hours! 4 Bands! 5 Unique Burgers! 26 Southern Oregon Microbrews!

Medford, OR – Tap into the best of the Rogue Valley’s food, drink and music at the third annual Brews, Burgers & Bluegrass as THRIVE kicks off Medford Beer Week: 12-8pm Saturday June 13 at beautiful Eden Valley Orchards. This family-friendly event is brought to […]

By | May 28th, 2015|Now, The Wine Scene|0 Comments

CrushPad Creamery Opens at Wooldridge Creek Winery

This June, CrushPad Creamery, Oregon’s first joint creamery and winery will open in the Applegate Valley at Wooldridge Creek Winery, located at 818 Slagle Creek Road. Wooldridge Creek Winery is jointly owned by Greg Paneitz, his wife Kara Olmo (in photo above) and Ted and Mary Warrick.

Kara will serve as CrushPad’s cheesemaker while her husband, […]

By | May 27th, 2015|Now, The Wine Scene|0 Comments

Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend with Ledger David Cellars

Enjoy gold award-winning single vineyard wines, live music and BBQ bites at the Artisan Corridor in Central Point

(Central Point, Ore.) – Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend with Ledger David Cellars May 23-25 from 12-5pm at Le Petit Tasting Room in Central Point’s Artisan Corridor – a trifecta of the region’s most award-winning cheese, wine and chocolate.

Enjoy […]

By | May 21st, 2015|Now, The Wine Scene|0 Comments