Friday, February 26, 2016

Happy Friday Everyone!

    This week we have Jerry Zybach back in the tasting room for an evening of traditional acoustic blues and some not so traditional oldies. Jerry has been playing the Eugene scene for well over 20 years, appearing on stages with a wide variety of acts from bluegrass/old country to classic down home blues and rock. Jerry will be kicking the music off at 6 as per usual, but you may want to come a little early to secure your seat.

    Friday and Saturday we're happy to say Dana's dishin' out another fabulous meal. This week, grilled chicken enchiladas topped with your choice of a roasted tomatillo or mild chipotle sauce, served with Spanish rice, spicy black beans, and a side salad with an avocado cilantro lime dressing. Yum! Service begins at 4pmFriday and throughout the day Saturday

    Open mic sign up begins at 5 pm on Saturday evening. Bring your axe, fiddle, kazoo, and sing us a ditty or two.

  The Sarver Crew

Willamette Valley Vineyards at The Joel Palmer House

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Willamette Valley Vineyards

The innovative menu at The Joel Palmer House features wild mushrooms and Oregon truffles, which pair perfectly with Oregon Pinot Noir.
Please join me at The Joel Palmer House on March 18th at 6:30 pm for a wine pairing dinner. The custom five-course meal will be prepared by acclaimed Chef Christopher Czarnecki to pair with our latest wine releases.

We will be featuring our Elton Chardonnay and Elton Pinot Noir to honor Dick and Betty O'Brien, Founders of Elton Vineyard, who are joining us for this dinner. The full menu and wine pairings are listed below.

The cost to attend is $95 per person and includes food, wine pairings and service. Seating is very limited. Please call the restaurant at503.864.2995 for reservations.

Warm Regards,
Jim Bernau

Scallop and Foie Gras Cotton Candy Lollipop

2014 Pinot Blanc
Salmon Tartare with a Mango Yolk over Roasted Beet Toast Points

Second Course
2013 Elton Chardonnay
Shrimp Listonez with Truffle and Meyer Lemon Emulsion

Third Course

2014 Estate Pinot Noir
Tenderloin of Camel with Maine Lobster Ravioli

Fourth Course
2012 Elton Pinot Noir
Rabbit and Sweetbread Dodine Basted in Pinot Noir Demi-Glaze

Fifth Course
2012 Quinta Reserva Pinot Noir Port-Style 
Trio of Poached Pears with a Foie Gras and Port Mousse

The Joel Palmer House
600 Ferry Street, Dayton Oregon 97114

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Wooldridge Creek 2014 Sparkling Brut Ready to Taste!

Our newest Sparkling Brut is ready! 

The Wooldridge Creek 2014 Sparkling Brut is a blanc de blanc (sparkling Chardonnay) crafted from Chardonnay that was barrel-aged in French oak for two years. It is a complex, zesty sparkling wine with notes of pineapple, pear and toasted marshmallow.

The retail price is $38 per bottle.
The per bottle price for Wine Club members who receive three bottles per quarterly Wine Club release is $28.50 (25% off retail).
The per bottle price for Wine Club members who receive six bottles per quarterly Wine Club release is $26.60 (30% off retail).
There is an additional 5% off the retail price for case purchases.

FREE SHIPPING on orders of 6 bottles or more.

To order, please reply to this email, including permission to bill the credit card on file, or give us a call at 541-846-6364.
For additional information about the winery and upcoming Wine Club events, please visit our website at or our Facebook page.


Kara Olmo, Winemaker
Wooldridge Creek Winery
phone: 541-846-6364
Wooldridge Creek Winery, 818 Slagle Creek Road, Grants Pass, OR 97527

March into Spring at Youngberg Hill

March right into Spring!

2 for 1 Getaway
Easter Wine Hunt
March 11-13 – Sip
For more information on upcoming events,visit our calendar

Tasting Room Open Daily

Last Chance!
2 for 1 Inn Getaway

Wine country is calling and it’s time to pamper yourself with a 2 day getaway.

Click here for details.

Easter Wine Hunt
Sunday March 27th

Join us for a fun Adult Only Easter Wine Hunt. This event will take place at 1PM. Hop on by and have some fun! Advanced reservations required. Space is limited.
RSVP required

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

This Weekend: Newport Wine and Seafood (in that order)

William Rose Wines at the Newport Seafood & Wine Festival

Catch Mark and Sasha representing William Rose Wines at the Newport Seafood & Wine Fest this weekend at the South Beach Marina in Newport! You can taste the whole William Rose line up plus wines from dozens of other Oregon wineries, and, of course, cuisine from all over the region.  The festival runs this Thursday throughSunday. Cheers!

Featured William Rose Wines will include:

'13 Sémillon-Sauvingon Blanc
'14 Prohibition Rosé
'15 Müller-Thurgau
'12 Gewürztraminer
'13 WV Pinot Noir
'14 Oregon Pinot Noir
'11 Syrah
'12 Merlot
'15 NeoPinotTeric
Introducing 3A 2013 Pinot Noir
We have officially turned the page on 3A's (Cyndi Rae Vineyard) first vintage! You knew and loved their 2012 Pinot Noir in all its quaffable and pocket-friendly glory.  Now it's time to roll into the 2013 vintage, which happens also to be easy-drinking and even easier on the pocket book! 3A 2013 Pinot Noir is faintly pigmented, light in body, but highly structured with beautiful acid balance and soft tannins.  Ringing in at $6 a glass and $15 a bottle, it's hard to beat.  This wine will be sure to fly out the door, so be sure to catch it while it lasts! 
This Week at OWL

Monday LAB open 12-8pm
                 Da Nang Vietnamese Eatery  Soup Bar - 12-2, 5-8pm

TuesdayLAB open 12-8pm
                 Da Nang Vietnamese Eatery  Soup Bar - 12-2, 5-8pm

WednesdayLAB open 12-8pm
                     Da Nang Vietnamese Eatery  11-2, 5-8pm

LAB open - 12-8pm
                       "Categorically Correct" Trivia Night with Elliot Martínez 6:30-8! 
                  Da Nang Vietnamese Eatery  11-2, 5-8pm

Friday: LAB open 12-10pm
              Satori Bob 7-9pm
                  Da Nang - 11-2, 5-8pm

LAB open 12-8pm
                  Da Nang - 11-2, 5-8pm

Sunday: LAB open 12-6pm
                 Da Nang - 12-2, 4-6pm
We are open daily
12-8pm Monday-Thursday & Saturday12-10pm Friday12-6pm Sunday


Sunday, February 21, 2016

A taste of the '13 Pinot Noir from 3A

Last night I had the pleasure of tasting a local wineries fare, a 2013 Pinot Noir from 3A Winery at Oregon Wine LAB. Winemaker Randy Rasmussen, 
a pharmacist by profession, was there introducing the new vintage.

His first release, a '12 Pinot Noir, is bold and has "Drink NOW" written all over it. Big fruit wine from a year when winemakers in Oregon could trip and fall down and make great wines. Over the last year it has been fascinating to taste the slow and subtle migration from fruit forward taste to a more cloven divide between bold forward fruit and long, complex flavors on the finish.
Interesting to experience the change.

Now we get to the '13: Very light, smooth, almost rose' in character yet it has just enough tannins and acid to make this one both drinkable now (chilled and paired with spicy foods, as we did last night) or put down for a few years to let those long chain molecules form.
I plan on getting 6 bottles and labeling them with a "drink on" dates and seeing if I am right.
I did the same thing with some of the more diminished '07s, going around Oregon chasing the post offs at small backwoods stores in search of some gems. I got a mixed case of Pheasant Valley Winery's '07, Chehalem "3 Vineyards", and a few bottles of random, small wineries for an average of $7.00 a bottle. I still have a few '07s yet to open but the ones opened so far have been stunning!
I have the same opinion of the '11s and 13's. Time will tell.

At $15 a bottle at Oregon Wine LAB you really can't go wrong either way.

Stop in and try some, and while you are there enjoy the last week of my large abstract oil paintings and "Women in Stone" in the upstairs meeting room.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Pfeiffer Crab Feast!

 Pfeiffer Crab Feast!
We Bring the Bibs. 
You Bring the Appetite!

Just Imagine...
A table piled high with Dungeness crab, potatoes, 
and corn on the cob. Served best with beer on tap or 
a cold bottle of Pinot Gris.

Saturday, February 27th 2-5 pm
$30 Wine Club Members // $40 General

Purchase tickets here or call us at 541.998.2828

Very Exciting News!

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Willamette Valley Vineyards

Over 500 new Founders joined us for the Groundbreaking Celebration at Elton Winery in 2015.

You are invited to the Groundbreaking & SeVein Celebration at our new Pambrun Vineyard on Sunday, May 15th at 1:30 pm at the future vineyard site in  the Walla Walla Valley AVA above Milton-Freewater, Oregon. We are asking Founders to bring their families and their shovels for the historic group photograph and the opportunity to plant a Cabernet Sauvignon vine in the vineyard. Our Consulting Winemaker Jon Meuret, the Pambrun family, Architect Joe Chauncy of Boxwood and the SeVein Managing Partners will also be in attendance. This event is complimentary and open to Shareholders, prospective Shareholders and their families.

Plant a Cabernet Sauvignon vine at the Groundbreaking & SeVein Celebration on May 15th.

In addition to this event, we will also be hosting a Winemaker's Dinner on Saturday, May 14th at 6:30 pm at the Marcus Whitman Hotel featuring Willamette Valley Vineyards and local Walla Walla wines paired with four-courses from The Marc's Executive Chef. Tickets are $75 per person and seating is limited. Reservations are on a first-come, first-serve basis, so please understand this will sell out early. We look forward to sharing a meal, stories and a dance floor with our Shareholders.

We anticipate many of you will be traveling in to participate. We have included accommodation recommendations below and encourage you to book your reservations soon, since May is such a busy time in the Walla Walla Valley. We have also included recommendations of other Tasting Room destinations to visit on your trip.

To make your reservations to attend the Groundbreaking & SeVein Celebration visit usonline. To make a reservation for our Winemaker's Dinner please click here or call 503-588-9463. Please find the driving map below to the vineyard site.

Thank you for your continued support!

Warm Regards,

Jim Bernau
Willamette Valley Vineyards
Accommodation Recommendations

Marcus Whitman Hotel
6 West Rose St. Walla Walla, WA 99362
Rates range from $159 - $229 per night. Breakfast is included for all in-house guests.
For reservations, please call 1-866-826-9422 and mention Willamette Valley Vineyards.

Courtyard by Marriott

550 West Rose St. Walla Walla, WA 99362
Rates range from $139 - $179 per night. Limited rooms remain.
For reservations, please call 509-876-8100.

Walla Walla also features a vast number of AirBnB and VRBO rentals along with other hotel options listed on

Activity Recommendations

We invite you to visit the following wineries for a tasting. The leaders of these wineries have provided the vision for SeVein, a world-class vineyard cluster in the Walla Walla Valley, that led us towards the creation of Pambrun. We thank them for their support.

Maison Bleue Winery 
20 North 2nd Avenue Walla Walla, WA 99362
Open Thursday - Sunday from 11 am - 5 pm
Owned by Pambrun Consulting Winemaker Jon Meuret, the winery is dedicated to terroir-driven wines from the Walla Walla Valley. Focused on Rhone varieties with European sensibility with a controlled New World opulence.

FIGGINS Wine Studio
2900 Melrose Street
Walla Walla, WA 99362
Seated Tastings by appointment only. To secure an appointment, click here, or call509.522.7808. Tasting fee $10 per guest.
FIGGINS, a new project from winemaker and SeVein Managing Partner, Chris Figgins, known for his winemaking at Leonetti Cellar. FIGGINS is a single-site, estate-grown, Bordeaux blend with the ultimate goal - to elevate "the site" through the wine.
229 E Main Street
Walla Walla, WA 99362
Private Tastings by appointment only. Call 509-525-3334 for
For former NFL quarterback Drew Bledsoe, owning a winery has been a longtime aspiration that would allow him to combine his passion for fine wine and his love of the Walla Walla Valley.

Pepper Bridge Winery1704 J.B. George Road Walla Walla, WA 99362
Open daily 10 am - 4 pm
Pepper Bridge Winery is a three-family owned and operated winery producing exquisitely well-balanced and distinctive Bordeaux-style wines for more than 15 years. Led by Norm McKibben, a founding father of Walla Walla's wine industry, and SeVein Managing Partner.
Amavi Winery3796 Peppers Bridge Road Walla Walla, WA 99362
Open daily 10 am - 4 pm
A sister winery to Pepper Bridge Winery, sharing the same owners, winemaker, Jean-Francois Pellet, and estate vineyards, the winery focuses on approachable Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon.

L'Ecole No. 41

41 Lowden School Road
Lowden, WA 99360
Open daily 10 am - 5 pm, $10 tasting fee refundable with purchase
L'Ecole No. 41 is a second generation, family-owned artisan winery located in the historic Frenchtown School depicted on their label. SeVein Managing Partner, Marty Clubb is Managing Winemaker and co-owner with his wife Megan. Their 2011 Ferguson red blend, sourced from the SeVein vineyard, earned the top award for Bordeaux varieties at the prestigous Decanter World Wine Awards.

MarshAnne Chamber Players 2015-16 Inaugural Season

MarshAnne Chamber Players 
2015-16 Inaugural Season 

Contact: Searmi Park

Tickets available now

The MarshAnne Chamber Players was formed by Eugene Symphony Concertmaster Searmi Park and MarshAnne Landing Winery owners Greg and Fran Cramer.  This new group features Oregon's finest classical musicians playing chamber works of lesser-known instrument combinations.  Their second concert of the season includes Scherzo for Violin and Piano by Brahms, and Franz Strauss' Nocturno for French horn and piano.  The program closes with the beautiful trio in E flat major for violin, French horn, and piano by Brahms.

Violinist Searmi Park joins two renowned artists for this exquisite program, both of whom are professors at the University of Oregon: piano soloist Alexandre Dossin, and Lydia Van Dreel on French horn.  



MarshAnne Chamber Players second set of concerts in their 2015-16 inaugural season 

Searmi Park violin
Lydia Van Dreel French horn 
Alexandre Dossin piano

When and Where: 
MarshAnne Landing Winery 
Oakland OR 

Wildish Community Theater

MarshAnne Landing Winery
$40 including wine and reception 

Wildish Theater
$25 adults, $10 students