Friday, July 27, 2018

Abbelone Sundays

This weekend at Abbelone
Friday: CLOSED
Saturday: CLOSED
Sunday: OPEN 1-7pm
Sundays at Abbelone!
Fill your Sunday with cheese boards, wine tastings, sunshine and cornhole tournaments with your favorite people and puppies.
Abbelone Sky private event! Saturday, August 4th 6-9:30pm. Tickets below👇
Abbelone cheese board.
Abbelone Sky!
🍷🎥Movie in the Vineyard schedule.🎥🍷
We are open occasionally Friday nights for Movie in the Vineyard, and Saturday's are reserved for private events only.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

WestSide Warehouse District Block Party

You're invited to the 5th annual
WestSide Warehouse District Block Party

This year's WestSide Warehouse District Block Party has an amazing lineup of music, food trucks and (of course) your favorite beverages from Noble Estate Vineyard and Winery, J. Scott CellarsCrescendo SpiritsClaim 52 Brewing and Viking Braggot Company

2018 Music Line Up:

Food Trucks:
Pillage Pizza

Guest Vendors: 
Pink Buffalo Racing with Wine Pong
Synergy Therapeutics with Chair Massage
Coconut Bliss with cold treats that are the "Evolution of Ice Cream"
Elizabeth Elder with Henna Designs

Held in the 500 block of Commercial Street in West Eugene (between J. Scott Cellars and Noble Estate Urban). This is a 21+ event. $10 Entry
J. Scott Cellars Winery
520 Commercial St., Unit G
FRIDAY, July 27, 1-9: Friday WineDown at J. Scott Cellars urban warehouse winery. Enjoy delicious wine from our extensive menu along with the folk R&B voice of the very talented,Jesse Meade (5:30-8:30) Gourmet pizza available from our neighbors at Viking Braggot Com
Bay Front Tasting Room
146 SW Bay Blvd.
Newport, Oregon 97365

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Carlton Cellars News

Message in a Bottle - The Carlton Cellars Newsletter
 - Coming Events -

Summer Appreciation Days
Saturday August 4th - 11am-5pm
Saturday August 18th - 11am-5pm
New this year, we decided to have a couple of appreciation days for our wine club and general public. This is not a wine club pick up, but rather a couple days of fun lined up in honor of our wine club members. Here are just a few things that will be available on both days.
 Additional 10% off of our regular club discounts
Wetmore Quality Dogs Food Cart 
Special sneak peek at the 2017 Seven Devils Pinot Noir
 Multiple contests and raffles for awesome prizes

Open to the public
Saturday August 4th - 11am-5pm
Saturday August 18th - 11am-5pm

Willamette Cornhole Tourney 

You are invited to the Summer Wine Country Cornhole series presented by Varnum Vintners. The series of four social events is each hosted by a different winery across the Willamette Valley. Admission to these events is $20 and is accompanied by a wine flight and food. Each event will feature a casual tournament as well as pick-up games and is a perfect opportunity to learn how to play the game and practice. Advanced Tickets are recommended, but are not required to attend the event. Discounted tickets for Wine Club Members are available.

Tickets and more information available on

Sunday July 8th - 5:30pm
Solena Estate
Sunday August 5th - 5:30pm
Carlton Cellars
Sunday August 26th - 5:30pm
Furioso Vineyards

Oregon Wine Experience 
Each August, thousands of people gather together for one of the biggest wine and culinary celebrations in Oregon. The Oregon Wine Experience® is a week-long event featuring extraordinary Oregon wines, amazing culinary creations, and one of a kind experiences! Over the course of seven days, guests have the opportunity to explore, learn, and indulge in all the beauty and bounty that Southern Oregon offers.
Held at the historic Bigham Knoll Campus in Jacksonville, as well as at winery and restaurant venues around the region, this year’s festival is destined to be the biggest and best yet. Whether you choose to attend just one day or stay for the whole week, Oregon Wine Experience® is an essential wine event like none other in the state.

Thursday August 23rd - 5:30pm - 9:30pm
Medal Celebration
Friday August 24th - 12pm - 4pm
Founders' Barrel Auction
Saturday August 25th - 4:30pm - 10pm 
Miracle Auction and Salmon Bake
Sunday August 26h - 2pm - 5pm
Grand Tasting
Tickets and more information available on

Oregon Wine Country
Half-Marathon & Expo
Hosted in Yamhill County in the heart of the Willamette Valley, participants rave about the small-town charm, incredible sunrise views, scenic course, great wines, and post-race Wine & Music Festival. This is the perfect Labor Day Weekend run-cation! 
Registration for this popular event is limited to 2,500 runners due to our commitment to minimize the impact in this beautiful area and to provide our guests with a quality destination running experience. Secure your spot now!
You can also join the Carlton Cellars Crew team! Join the fun with others on the Crew and compete for team and individual prizes! Discounts available for team registration. Crew members will recieve a special gift bag. Contact the tasting room for more details.

Saturday September 1st - 12pm - 5pm
Race Expo 
The Expo is where runners:
– Pick up race packet, personalized bib, timing chip, and technical race shirt*
– Meet exhibitors and race sponsors
– Shop for exclusive Wine Country Half Marathon apparel and gifts at our merchandise boutique
* Runners Photo ID is required to pick up your race bib and shirt. You may designate another person to pick up your race packet but a copy of YOUR photo ID will be required.
We will also be featuring Cream Northwest Gourmet Ice Cream!

Saturday September 2nd - 9:30am - 12pm 
Wine & Music Festival 

Once you cross the finish line, the celebration gets underway with the Post Race Wine and Music Festival in the heart of the Carlton! There will be over 20 wineries and Lagunitas Brewing Company pouring at the event, along with live music! The Awards ceremony will take place at 10:30am so be sure to stick around and enjoy the fun. This event is open to guests so bring your friends and family to celebrate with you.
For guests to take part in the wine tasting, runners may pre-purchase a wine glass during registration or through Race Extras. Up to 3 additional wine glasses may be purchased for guests.
Guest Wine Tasting Fee: $30 (includes glass)
A stub on your race bib will indicate how many wine glasses you have purchased (so please do not lose or alter your race bib). Once you cross the finish line go to the wine glass tent to pick up your wristband and wine glass. If you purchased a glass for guests they must accompany you to receive their wine glass. Be prepared to show ID for proof of age, if asked.
Registration and additional information available at

See you in Carlton!
— Dave & Robin, owner-winemakers,
     and the rest of the Carlton Cellars Crew

Monday, May 14, 2018

A 2012 Pinot Noir with Lots Left

A lot of the 2012 Pinot Noirs I have tasted are starting to lose a bit of what made '12 such a great year, almost as good as '08 but tonight I joined my wife in tasting a wine that surprised us both, Bennett's Lucky Seven 2012 made exclusively with 777 Pinot Noir grapes. Bold would be an understatement. This wine was so tannic they did not release it!
Now? Amazingly big and yet elegant. Huge unsweetened black fruits and cocoa on the nose with a surprising smoothness in the mouth. The tannins have developed into long chain molecules and move to the back of the mouth and the acid balance is very good.
Hints of leather, blackberry jam, gooseberry and a pleasant smokiness put this wine at; Collect! Drink now through 2028.
It stood up to heavy spices.
I would pair this with roasted vegetables like carrot and eggplant plus any roasted dark meat.
Bennet Vineyards and Wine Company is located at 

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Sidetracked: A Journey Gloriously Interrupted

This morning I decided I would go and redo my tasting notes for the Walnut Ridge post (coming) and was on my way out West 11th passing Fern Ridge Reservoir when I saw a Sarver sign. I had been meaning to go out there and for some reason today was the day. I turned off and wandered up the hill till I saw the sign. Stuck me as funny: the next person down the road with a gate has a hand done "Sarver" sign on an arrow pointing on down the road. I turned up the driveway to the winery and had to stop and take a picture. I know everyone loves the big full, lush vineyards hanging with fruit and sun-dappled leaves, but for me, THIS is the best time of year. In the days before "Bud Breck" there is a sense of anticipation, of tension, in the air. The vines have been storing up all this energy since the fall and are about to let loose!

 When I got up to the winery I was greeted by Django Winehart, who is really in charge. 

 I sat down at the tasting bar and introduced myself to Cookie, who is the manager of the tasting room and has a very keen nose for wines.

I decided to start with the whites.
The Pinot Gris was soft and pretty due to barrel aging. It had hints of coffee and toast above the cut apple on the nose and much like most of the southern valley's Gris still has the fresh bright fruits swirling about.
I was pleased with a bit softer apple, almost like applesauce before it is fully cooked and spiced. Lovely wine.
Next came the Reisling. My taste for wine grew up in Germany beginning in 1975 so I know the smell of an outstanding Reisling. That diesel smell that comes from perfectly made wine is a signature. You KNOW you are going to have a taste treat when you even get a hint of that smell. This wine had that smell and was just delightful! It was not overly sweet and had a soft mouthfeel with a long aftertaste of apple and cooked pineapple with none of the burnt notes or dripping sweetness. I highly recommend this wine, and DO NOT LET THE SMALL PUT YOU OFF!!! This wine should be drunk now but you can keep this one down for a while.
I just can't get over how great the Rose' is! The flavors of bright red fruit and crisp berry nearly leap out of the glass, and the color is bright as light through a ruby. When you come you have to try this one.
One of the wonderful things about Oregon wine tasting rooms is the person behind the counter.  Can you imagine fielding questions all day from "Do all these wines come from the same grape?" "How come the Pinot Gris grapes are not white?" Why does this smell like gasoline?" while putting up with perfumes and cigarette smoke and trying to help people taste the wines?
Thanks too all very much for working so hard in the tasting rooms!

Chris, the owner and winemaker, was in from working on the road and was kind enough to take me on a tour of the winery. 
The estate grown grapes are mostly whites save for the Pinot Noir. They get red grapes from Southern Oregon and Eastern Washington and produce some outstanding wines.
Black rubies in a glass.
I was lucky enough to barrel taste the Malbec just out of MLF so it had just a hint of carbonation. So smooth and delightfully rich with shades of strawberry and plum over a solid tannic base. The grapes come from the Umpqua Valley and from what I have seen are doing very well there. Now we don't have to go all the way to Argentina for a good Malbec!
 Do you think Syrah is a dark grape? Wait till you hold your glass of Malbec up to the light and see nothing! Now I know what I am going to use for the next eclipse.

We walked to the back and I saw steel barrels among the wood. I had never seen, or at least never noticed them before in any barrel rooms I had visited. They are just for storage and settling but the look kind of cool among the oak.

Back in the tasting room, people had started arriving for an afternoon visit. There were a few tourists, some locals who seemed more family than customers but still bought wine. 

I had the cheese of the day, an English Cotswold with fig and apricot along with bread fresh from the oven, sliced apple, and green olives.
The view from up here is one of the most beautiful you will ever see, and a perfect way to spend an afternoon with friends is to pick a slightly overcast, drizzly day and sip your wines while you watch the landscape change as the light plays over it.