Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Clive Pursehouse's Article about Gypsy Danacer

Here is a recent article on Gypsy Dancer that is well worth reading:
Gary Andrus was, from what I've read, a giant of the American wine scene. I never had the chance to meet him. In 1978 he founded Napa Valley's Pine Ridge Vineyards, and then in 1993 he founded one of the biggest names in the Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, particularly as the Valley developed it's reputation, in Archery Summit. Gary gained a reputation for focus, concentration and pushing the boundaries to see what was possible. He died of health complications in 2009.

Andrus was a Willamette Valley pioneer pushing the region on it's professionalism. Advocating for the region's quality and boldly establishing price points that reflected the quality of the wine being produced there.  Gary focused on clone selection and was a big proponent of whole cluster fermentation and the use of sometimes ample new oak. His wines at Archery Summit were known for being bold, extracted and with structure that was built to age. Read the rest here

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

MarshAnne Landing presents Colin Ross

Colin Ross , a great jazz blues performer, singer song writer with deep American roots will be joined by Bryan Jenkins, percussionist extraordinaire, in a rollicking evening of blues and boogie, liquid 12 string guitar, greasy Delta slide, virtuosic free style piano technique, and wry lyrics!.
We hope you and your friends can come enjoy this jammer create with ease and joy another one-of-a-kind down home evening of entertainment!!!  The performance will take place out on the deck at MarshAnne Landing with great views of the vineyard and valleys afar. 
Abundant appetizers (complimentary), tables and chairs set close to the performer, and estate wines from MarshAnne Landing will add to your evening’s enjoyment.
Due to limited seating, reservations are required.  Admission $25  includes appetizers.
MarshAnne Landing 541-459-7998: 175 Hogan Rd, Oakland OR 97462, just off I-5 exit 142.

Friday, August 15, 2014

A La Main Wines Released

"A La Main", the new label from Rebecca Pittock Shouldis, has made it to the shelves. In Eugene it is in stock at Sundance and Route5 and will be at Market of Choice Delta Oaks next week.I made the label image by taking a photo of her kid's hands with the Syrah being poured through them in to the barrel, the made an etching. The label was made by CCL Label.
The wines are a cool climate Syrah from '10 and an Applegate Valley Viognier from '11. Both are just spectacular!

Monday, August 11, 2014




Saturday August 16th, 7:30 PM

Please join us for an impressive fun filled evening of beautiful singing, ensembles and drama when artists from Eugene Opera Artist Mentor Program bring their voices to the elegant setting found at MarshAnne Landing Winery. The talents of new and returning singers will change our stage into an evening of magic. The program will include works by Mozart, Menotti, Donizetti, and others.


Due to limited seating, advanced reservations are required.
Admission $30 includes abundant appetizers

MarshAnne Landing: 541-459-7998
175 Hogan Rd, Oakland OR, 97462

Friday, August 1, 2014

Tamara Belgard's Story About Wine Labels in 1859 Magazine

Rebecca Pittock-Shouldis | Ghost Hill Cellars, á La Main Wines

This wine has been released and is on shelves up Portland way and will be in Eugene soon at Market of Choice Delta Oaks and at Sundance.
As is the case with many winemakers I’ve interviewed, Rebecca Pittock-Shouldis describes her entrance into the world of winemaking as “serendipitous.” She also phrased it as “a crazy series of events.” Her career life began as an Oregon National Guard Aviation Technician. How she came to make wines of grace and beauty is a whole different story. Pittock-Shouldis is able to utilize many of the skills that made her a great aviation technician in her winemaking—such as reverse engineering and the ability to learn from experience. But it’s in winemaking that she seems to have honed her artistic skills. “Wine is a catalyst. It creates a spark that creates the memories and experiences of our lives. Wine seems to tie it all together,” she says. In wine she found her passion. Making wines that become an integral part of people’s lives is what she most enjoys about what she does.
Pittock-Shouldis still serves in the Guard once a month. She’s also a mother of two and is busy creating her own brand, á La Main Wines (translation: To be done by hand), a selection of Rhône-style wines that will launch later this spring. Pittock-Shouldis has also been on a quest to revive the old Gypsy Dancer wines, a brand that disappeared after the untimely death of the Gypsy Dancer winemaker Gary Andrus. This revival is more of a stretch for Pittock-Shouldis—not only her own personality into the wines, but to create a different style of wine, like Andrus would have made.

Though Pittock-Shouldis loves Pinot noir (and in my humble opinion, her Ghost Hill Cellars Pinots are some of the best in the Willamette Valley), what truly inspires her are Rhône-style wines, including syrah and viognier—wines she’s now making with fruit from Dukes Family Vineyard. The new á La Main label showcases a piece of art by Robert Canaga featuring her two childrens’ hands with grape juice flowing between them. One look at her label and it’s easy to appreciate not only the strength, but the passion, dedication, love and allure.

Read the whole article here.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

SIRI VIK IN CONCERT at MarshAnne Landing Winery

Greg and Fran hope you can join them for a fabulous evening of Cabaret songs when the amazing voice of Siri Vik presents La Vie Boheme at MarshAnne Landing!!

Siri Vik Mix promo
MarshAnne Landing Winery
Saturday August 9th 7:30 PM

The incomparable voice and theater of Siri Vik returns with a revue of favorites from her one-woman cabaret concerts.   Joining Siri is pianist and arranger Dario LaPoma.  Early jazz, Piaf chanson, German theater music of Kurt Weil, timeless standards as well as modern pop covers will provide a multi-colored intimate evening full of atmosphere.  Siri’s stories will bridge the distance between us and music of other times and other places.
Come “Like” Siri in another wonderful concert at MarshAnne Landing!
Due to limited seating , advanced reservations are required. 
Admission $30 includes abundant appetizers.  541-459-7998

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Terrific Article by Katherine Cole

 Katherine Cole  just wrote a great article about second acts in both life and wine:
Is there anything more tantalizing than a personal reinvention narrative? We can't resist tales of tarnished playboys polishing off their images. And we can't help but cheer (or leer?) when our favorite musician, actor, comedian, porn star or pro wrestler breaks into politics.
The wine industry is a stage cluttered with second acts. For aging TV stars and quarterbacks, a vanity wine label is de rigueur these days. As for hands-on winemakers, their backgrounds tend to run the gamut. I can think of vintners who came to Oregon wine from the forest service, modern dance, sculptor, ceramics and engineering, just off the top of my head.
And, of course, the Venn diagram between winery ownership and past careers in finance or medicine is awfully thick in the middle. Where in Portland, "Where did you move here from?" is standard-issue cocktail conversation, its wine-country equivalent is, "What did you used to do?" Read the entire article here
A La Main
 I had the honor of creating the label for A La Main, one of the wines she talks about along with Elizabeth Chambers Cellar, Silvan Ridge, Ghost Hill Cellars, and Gypsy Dancer.

Monday, July 28, 2014

IPNC Does it Again!

It was a very pleasant day at IPNC. Got to see lots of friends from the wine industry, Bethany Ford and Lowell Ford from Illahe Vineyards, Maria Czamanske Stuart of R. Stuart & Co. Winery and Wine Bar, Melissa Burr of Stoller Family Estate, Scott Wright of Scott Paul, Carol Girard of Benton-Lane Winery Sue and Terry Brandborg of Brandborg Winery and many many more. The tasting was again eye opening, proving what I have known from years of watching and tasting the wines of Oregon as they developed a very specific character of their own, laughingly referred to as Oregundian...The California wines, with the exception of couple of the higher elevation north coast wines, were all one note wines, blessed by the sun with bright fruit and little else. The German (Weingut Dr. Heger, Villa Wolf ), Argentine (Bodega Chacra), and Italian (J. Hofstatter) wines, while all VERY different, were a good measure of how this wonderful grape can play in all kind of fields and still win. So many great wines! I wish there were a way to decant prior to the tastings as I know that after a few more minutes in the air, given time to awake, these wine would put smiles on many more faces. All the food was wonderful and I was pleased to see the people from RYE there with cold soup and hand made chocolate treats. RYE is next to the Gallery at the Watershed where I am curator.
If you love Pinot Noir or just want to know more about it, IPNC is the place to go.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Tom Bergeron Brasil Band

Tom Bergeron Brasil Band
MarshAnne Landing Winery
7:30 PM Saturday July 19
Come enjoy a summer evening of traditional and contemporary sambas, bossa novas, and original tunes.  The sextet consists of master saxophonist Tom Bergeron; singer and native of Rio de Janeiro Rosi Bergeron; pianist Cassion Vianna- also from Rio; guitarist Don Latarski; bassist Page Hundemer; and Portland based drummer Jason Palmer.
Brasil Band plays an eclectic range of Brazilian styles: the virtuosic instrumental choro that was popular in the early 20th Century, the romantic song-samb from the 30's and 40's, the sultry bossa nova, lively contemporary hits, original compostions, and the shake your booty style samba popular today in Rio's trendy Lapa district.  Bergeron's 40+ years of research and performance of Brazilian music promises a great evening from a different time and place!
The performance will take place on the deck overlooking the vineyard and the valley beyond.
Admission $25 includes abundant appetizers.  The audience is encouraged to arrive 30 minutes prior to the concert in order to sample wine, appetizers, and meet and greet other concert goers.
Reservations are required due to limited seating.  Information and tickets: 541-459-7998

Very FINE Wine

One of Oregon's best winemakers is still selling her '07 and '10 1789 Pinot noir. This wine is so amazingly good that I am very surprised there is any left but she is a one person operation and has no time for advertizing and PR.
Her own words: I have been a French woman winemaker for 28 years.
After studying winemaking for 5 years at the University of Bourgogne, France, I then worked for 12 years at Joseph Drouhin in Beaune Burgundy France.
In 1993 I started making wine in Oregon and commuted back and forth many times per year between Oregon and France.
I am currently the winemaker for De Ponte Cellars in the Dundee Hills, Oregon and have been since their first vintage in 2001.

1789 is my first label and 2007 the first release.
The name comes from the French Revolution.
The wine is the symbol of my personal revolution:
the move of my family from the South of France to the Oregon Wine Country.

I am really proud of this new child
and hope you will enjoy the wine as much as I enjoyed making it.
Isabelle Dutartre 


Do yourself a huge favor and go to her site, read about the wines, and order at least one of the '07 Pinot noir. You will thank me. Click here for her site.

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