Wednesday, March 25, 2015


Eugene Winery/Tasting Room
520 Commercial St., Unit G
HOURS:  Fridays, 4-9 pm & Saturdays, 1-9 pm

FRIDAY, March 274-9 pm:  Friday Winedown and time to relax after a long work week!  Sip a glass of wine and enjoy pop Indie music from the group, Cool Bay, 5-8 pm!  Food truck onsite is Bacon Nation.

SATURDAY, March 281-9 pm:   
Sip N'Saturday with $5/glasses of wine all day is a great time to bring your friends and relax with a glass of award winning wine.
   Don't forget, if you haven't already purchased your tickets, please do so for tonight's"White Rhones of Spring" Wine Class (details below).

FRIDAY, April 34-9 pm:  Friday Winedown and we are bringing in singer/songwriter,  Mr. John Shipe to entertain you with some very special music he refers to as "freeform Americana"! Food truck onsite tonight and light bites available in the Tasting Room.

SATURDAY, April 41-9 pm:  Today is the date of the Westside Warehouse District Scavenger Hunt (4-9 pm), and we are really excited about this event!  You and your friends will love solving the clues as you enjoy west Eugene breweries, wineries and even an organic spirits stop!  Free transportation available between locations.  (details below)


Saturday, March 28 from 6-8 pm
"White Rhones of Spring" Wine Class

Join winemaker, Jonathan Oberlander, at J. Scott Cellars urban winery for a fun and educational evening exploring "Rhone Whites of Spring".  Wine tasted and discussed will include; Viognier, Marsanne, Roussanne & Grenache Blanc.
 $30 pp includes wine tasting and light bites. Special pricing for club members.  Call Vicki Piva at 541-232-4225 to reserve space. 


Click on the individual websites for details
Saturday, April 44-9 pm

No tickets required for this event, just start the Scavenger Hunt by picking up your clue card at any of five locations in west Eugene.  Participating players are J. Scott Cellars, Viking BraggotNoble Estate UrbanClaim 52 Brewing and Crescendo Organic Spirits.  Free transportation is available between the locations.  Turn in your clue card at your last stop and you might win one of six prizes - including a special Grand Prize!

Here at J. Scott Cellars, music will be provided by the very talented Mr. Jeremy Pruitt, and oh-so-yummy food will be available for purchase from Sammitch food truck!

(Please note, date of event changed to 04/18)
Saturday, April 185:30-8:30 pm
J. Scott Cellars Eugene Tasting Room

A three hour social painting event hosted by Celeste Jacobi of Creatrix Realms. 16 X 20 canvas and all supplies included.  $5/glasses of wine all night to help fuel your creativity! Only 10 spaces available, so get your tickets now!

Tickets, $40 pp - Vino & Vines Paint Party 
504 Hwy. 101

Friday:  1-6 pm
Saturday:  12-6 pm
Sunday:  12-5 pm

9 Rocks Vodka

Though wine is my focus most of the time I occasionally sip clear and not so clear spirits. The liquor store on Division in the Fred Meyer complex was having a tasting the other day and I was treated to a sip of a very fine Vodka, 9 Rocks
When people think about vodka most think it all tastes the same. Far from true. Each one has its own subtle difference depending on what it is made from, potato,corn, grain, or any ingredient with sugar and starch that can be effected by yeast.
From Vodka Facts
Vegetables or Grains - Although original vodka was made from potatoes, this versatile drink can be produced from virtually any fermentable ingredients that are filled with starch or sugar. The most popular source for fermentation is wheat, rye or corn.
Water - Water can have significant effect to the final flavor of vodka, especially if distiller decides not to make "neutral tasting" drink. Underground natural water is often filled with various minerals collected from the rocks and ground.
Malt meal - To enable transformation of starch into sugar, some grains and vegetables require presence of this ingredient.
Yeast - This very important ingredient is essential for the process of fermentation. It transforms present sugar into alcohol. This process can however create liquid with only 14% alcohol volume.
Flavor Additives - At the end of the production process, distiller can choose to put any number of flavor additives in his drink. Most popular flavors range from herbs, grasses, spices to fruit essences.
9 Rocks uses grain and they get water from a spring above Spray, Oregon. 
The flavor is really perfect and has none of the burn one might expect. Worth a try next time you are in the mood.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Wine and Music at Marshanne Landing

“Buen Sonido”
Sunday March 29th 3 PM

The good sounds highlighting music and composers of Latin America bring an exciting feel to a spring afternoon at MarshAnne Landing.   Asculta’s talented musicians lead by clarinetist Daniel Cathey includes Megan Naxer (flute), Joey Hartman (bassoon), Clara Terrell (oboe), and Chris Mudd (French horn).  The program features:

                        Lalo Schifrin:              La Nouvelle Orleans
                        Astor Piazzolla:          Liber Tango (arr. Scott)
                        Arturo Marquez:        Danza del Mediodia
                        Miguel del Aguila:     Wind Quintet No. 2

The program opens with sounds of the bustling French Quarter, Mardi Gras and more, followed by spirited tango sounds of Argentina, a midday dance and concludes with primitive ritualistic sounds, Caribbean dance, and far away sounds from the Middle East.

Due to limited seating advanced reservations only-contact the winery at 541-459-7998
Admission $30 includes abundant appetizers.
MarshAnne Landing Winery, 175 Hogan Rd, Oakland OR 9746

Friday, March 20, 2015

Rain or Shine Passport

Next month, please join us for the annual spring wine tasting event at Anne Amie Vineyards, where the wines of the Yamhill-Carlton AVA (American Viticulture Area) featuring over 30 wineries from the AVA.

We will be pouring our 2012 WildAire Cellars Pinot Noir from Shea Vineyard, which just received a 94 point score from the Wine Enthusiast. 

Jean Driscoll
Rain or Shine Passport 

For March and April, WildAire Cellars is participating in a new passport deal.

You can enjoy this deal called Rain or Shine!  The passport is effective for March and April and with it discounts to over 30 winery tasting experiences!

The Rain or Shine Passports can be purchased here.

You can choose between three levels of passport: 
The Sophisticated Fox - $100
The Eager Beaver - $50
The Savvy Squirrel - $25

Each level has a different set of discounts but allow you two months to enjoy Oregon Wine Country at your leisure.

Our winery is participating as an appointment only winery, so give us a call.


Brooks' SundaySommelier Series

 Dear Friends,
This Sunday, March 22 we are launching our very FIRST Sommelier Sunday Series event!!
A year ago, we furthered our commitment to education being part of everything that we do.  That is when we hired Jess Pierce.  Jess has designed the program for our SundaySommelier Series.
Jess is a graduate of the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo, Italy with a Master's degree in Food Culture and Communications; Human Ecology and Sustainability.  She is also a certified sommelier.
On Sunday from 1-3, Jess will guide you through our single vineyard pinots and rieslings while Cheesemonger, Sarah Munly, will pair the wines with exquisite cheeses.  You will leave with an understanding of how to pair cheese and wine.  It is going to be great!

Where: Brooks Winery- 21101 SE Cherry Blossom Lane, Amity, OR 97101
When: 1:00-3:00 PM
Price: $50
Click here to purchase your seat. Space is limited to the first 20.  We look forward to seeing you Sunday!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Cowhorn's new Reserve Viognier!

We are excited to introduce our firstReserve Viognier

In addition to ideal growing conditions, 2013 was a vintage of maturity for our vineyards.  Enthused by the high quality of our Viognier, and in the traditional manner of a reserve bottling, we hand-selected four barrels that expressed particularly lush and opulent characteristics.  These barrels were then blended together to create our very first Reserve Viognier.  Today, we are offering you access to this special wine:

2013 Reserve Viognier
$50 per bottle (Club Price $42.50)
Only 100 cases produced

Email your order to
or call the office at 541-899-6876

Your purchases can be shipped, or picked up at our release party
(please see below for details)

2013 Reserve Viognier Release Event

Saturday, March 21 from 11 to 4

Join us to celebrate the launch of our first Reserve Viognier.  We will be pouring a special Viognier flight, including our new 2013 Reserve Viognier.  We will also have a mixed flight of Cowhorn wines available for your enjoyment.

Tasting fees for this event are $20 per person, and are waived for Club Members and individuals making a four bottle purchase.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Go West tasting in London Praises Illahe Vineyards

Wines of West Coast U.S.A.
That's the wines of California, Washington State and Oregon. This has been an big growth market of late, as people turn their backs on overpriced Bordeaux and Burgundy. The West Coast of the USA has looked far better value for great Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. That's not to say there are not plenty of other grape varieties thriving from these regions.
Whilst still not what you would call 'inexpensive', they do offer far more bang for your buck than the more illustrious French appellations. That said many of these wines are not trying to emulate their European contemporaries. They are proudly of their place, reflecting their own terroirs and wine making philosophies.
I spent the day mostly assessing wines not readily available in the U.K. (being fairly familiar with what is available), and I was very impressed, espescially with the wines of Oregon but each region had something special to offer. Here are my favourites.

Winery of The Day
Illahe Vineyards, Willamette Valley, Oregon.
Every wine from this producer was a star. I am desperately trying to find them an importer. We need them in the U.K.
Viognier 2014.
Sublimely Vibrant and rather flirty. All that you'd want your viognier to taste of. Ripe white peach, a hint of apricot and florally perfumed. Just enough acidity to give it a back bone and a lovely dry finish. I'd drink it now. No need to age it.
Estate Pinot Gris 2013
Pleasantly surprising levels of complexity for a Pinot Gris. Flavours of pear and peach but also an earthy, savoury back drop that gives this wine more depth than one might expect.  It finishes fresh, with minerality and good acidity.
Pinot Noir 2013
A beautifully simple, eminently drinkable Pinot Noir. Vibrant red cherry and raspberry fruit on both the nose and on the palate. Clean as a whistle, fresh as a daisy and pretty as a picture.
Pinot Noir 'Percheron' 2012
Tremendous. Aromas of black cherry, french polish and a touch of vanilla. On the palate the is deep black cherry and raspberry fruit and vanilla with glorious mouth feel due to the fantastic balanced tannin and wonderful acidity. The finish is lightly spiced and has a mineral quality.
Pinot Noir 'Project 1899' 2012
Made without the use of electricity or machinery. Hand harvested, transported to the winery by horse and cart, hand destemmed, foot crushed and no temperature control.
All this gives us an oustanding wine. Dense flavours of damson, strawberry and liquorice. Plump, rounded tannin and a great juicy, lengthy finish. Incredible wine.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015


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Eugene Winery/Tasting Room
520 Commercial St., Unit G
HOURS:  Fridays, 4-9 pm & Saturdays, 1-9 pm

FRIDAY, March 13, 4-9 pm:  Friday Winedown and one of our favorite performers is back tonight from 5-8 pm!  Don't miss the very enjoyable sound of Brendan Curran.  Food truck onsite is Buzz Burger.

SATURDAY, March 14, 1-9 pm:  
Sip N'Saturday with $5/glasses of wine all day is a great time to bring your friends and relax with a glass of award winning wine.

FRIDAY, March 20, 4-9 pm:  It's a special Friday Winedown with the Captain and Yachtsman Wine Club Release happening as well as Friday Winedown.  We are bringing in singer/songwriter,  Mr. John Shipe to entertain you with some very special music he refers to as "freeform Americana"! Food truck tonight is Sammitch.

Saturday, March 21, 1-9 pm:  Sip N'Saturday with $5/glasses of wine all day is a great time to bring your friends and relax with a glass of award winning wine.



Visit the beautiful Oregon Coast this weekend for Savor Cannon Beach. Jonathan will be pouring wine at a couple of events and you will also find him at Wayfarer Restaurant on Saturday (3/14) for the wine walk!

-SIP McMinnville-

If you're not in the mood for the coast than how about a trip to McMinnville for the big SIP Classic.  Set inside the Evergreen Space Museum, this fun event features a large number of wineries, great food, music and culinary demos. Visit the website for details.

-Market of Choice-
Eugene - Delta Oaks
1060 Green Acres Road

In-store wine tasting from 3-6 pm

-Portland Women's Expo-

In Portland?  Visit us at the Portland Women's Expo inside the Oregon Convention Center.  One day, and over 400 exhibitors from 10 am to 6 pm.


Click on the individual websites for details and/or tickets
April 4, 4-9 pm

April 11, 5:30-8:30
J. Scott Cellars Eugene Tasting Room
504 Hwy. 101

Friday:  1-6 pm
Saturday:  12-6 pm
Sunday:  12-5 pm

Friday, January 23, 2015


Sunday February 8th, 3PM:  Chamber Music Amici,
CMA, one of the Northwest’s premier chamber ensembles, brings an exciting afternoon to the intimate setting at MarshAnne Landing Winery.  The performance features:
Mozart-Quintet in G minor for 2 violas
Turina-Piano Quartet
Dvorak-Waltzes for String Quartet
Performers for the afternoon include Victor Steinhardt (piano), Steven Pologe (cello), Kathryn Lucktenberg and Leslie Straka (viola), and Lisa McWhorter and Searmi Park (violin).
Sunday March 29th, 3 PM:  Asculta!  Woodwind Quintet
Asculta! will perform “Buon Sonido!” an exciting concert highlighting music of Latin America.
Lalo Schifrin: La Nouvelle Orleans
Astor Piazzolla: Liber Tango (arr. Jeff Scott)
Arturo Márquez: Danza del Mediodia
Roberto Sierra: Essays
Sunday May 10th, 3PM, Alexander Schwarzkopf
Pianist, composer and teacher Alexander Schwarzkopf returns to MarshAnne Landing on Mother’s Day for a delightful afternoon of extraordinary piano composition.
            Chopin-Ballade No.1
            Brahms-Sonata No.2
Saturday June 13th or June 20th (??) 7 PM, Tenor Extraordinaire David Gustafson
This concert will feature a passionate and stunning evening of some of operas most challenging arias.   The date of the concert has not yet been finalized.
Admission $30 includes abundant appetizers are provided.  Reservations 541-459-7998

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