Harvest is finally winding down at Airlie (almost a month later than last year.) It's time to change gears and let visions of holiday tablescapes dance in our heads! We also need to pause and remember how difficult this year has been for the entire west coast wine industry - especially our friends and neighbours in California - and be thankful that we are all here for each other when needed. The fires in Oregon, Washington and California put unprecedented pressure on firefighters in all three states who selflessly joined forces to salvage as much as humanly possible. So this year be sure to raise a glass to all those who came together to make the 2017 vintage a possibility. Salud!
Holiday Schedule 2017
Airlie's has annual Pre-Thanksgiving Weekend Open House and Thanksgiving Weekend Open House are just around the corner. Make sure you mark your calendars - you don't want to miss this! If you do however, we are going to stay open a little later this year, right up through Sunday, December 24th. The winery will be open regular hours - Thursday through Monday from 12 - 5pm.
Keep your eyes peeled for our End of Vintage Case Sale email!
Thanksgiving Open House Weekends
Pre-Thanksgiving Weekend Open House: November 18 – 19 * 12 – 5pm Fee: $10
Thanksgiving Weekend Open House: November 24 -26 * 12 – 5pm Fee: $10
Mary will serve delicious house-made hor d' oeuvres for you to enjoy with your 6 tastes from our extensive award-winning wine list. We have many possibilities that are perfect partners for your Thanksgiving gathering or use this opportunity to work on your holiday gift list. Mary is one of Santa's best helpers!
We will roll out several new releases for you to taste at the Open House.
2016 Dry Riesling - 93pts Wine Enthusiast $20
Kim has been chomping at the bit to release this wine after we received this stunning award - just in time to grace your holiday table. Deliciously dry and ready to pair with all your holiday fare!
2014 Pinot noir - Willamette Valley
This lovely Pinot will be on every red wine lover's wish list. Have plenty on hand for holiday parties and visiting with friends.
2016 Late Harvest Gewürztraminer $35
Well balanced dessert in a glass, notes of honey, apricot, Asian pear and spicy rose. Full bodied with a velvety finish.
We are pleased to offer our Wine Club members a special holiday selection of Wooldridge Creek wines. We've raided the cellar and picked out the best wines to accompany your seasonal feasts. This fun sampling includes wines for every aspect of your celebration, from appetizers to dessert!
Take advantage of this special for your own enjoyment, or surprise your friends and family and order as a gift, with free shipping included.
Holiday Gift Pack Member Price $175 with free shipping Retail $238
2015 Sparkling Chardonnay
2011 Warrick White Reserve
2010 Warrick Red Reserve
Oso Frio dessert wine
To order, please reply to this email or call us at 541-846-6364. We suggest ordering early due to limited availability of some of the wines, and also to ensure that boxes arrive at their destination before the holidays.
Harvest has winded down, and we're looking forward to the holidays here at Iris. Thanksgiving is a special time in our tasting room as we roast chestnuts from our orchard each year. Nothing feels like the holiday season more than "chestnuts roasting on an open fire." Richard and Pamela fell in love with roasted chestnuts on the streets of Paris while living in Europe, and we're happy to continue this tradition at Iris each year. We also have a fantastic case special this month, logo'd merchandise, and holiday gift packs available. We hope you'll be able to visit us this autumn!
Annual Thanksgiving Weekend Chestnut Roasting
Join us for our annual Thanksgiving tradition of roasting chestnuts from or own and other local orchards. We’ll be offering cones of freshly roasted chestnuts for $5 with wine pairing recommendations from noon until six the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday following Thanksgiving. Enjoy a relaxed setting with stunning views and roasted chestnuts to keep you warm and toasty. Visit our event page for more information and updates. Cheers!
November Case Special
We're offering a 50% discount on cases of our 2015 Willamette Valley Chardonnay in lieu of our usual monthly 3-Pack. Enjoy a case of this beautiful Chardonnay for only $132 - a $132 savings! This wine pairs great with your Thanksgiving turkey or is a perfect holiday gift.
Holiday Gift Pack This Holiday Season, give the gift of Iris wine! We're pairing splits of our '14 Chalice Chardonnay, '14 Oregon Pinot Noir, and '15 Oregon Pinot Gris with three amazing shortbreads from Café Maison and jar of Marionberry Jam. We have a different gift pack for each varietal ranging in price from $42 - $50. All gift packs will be packaged with confetti. Stop by our tasting room and get a jump start on your holiday shopping!
Iris Merchandise Makes a Great Gift!
Looking for holiday gift ideas? We have some great merchandise in our tasting room for the Iris fan in your household. We're featuring the following items this holiday season:
Unisex T-Shirts - $20
Ladies' T-shirts - $25
Hoodies - $50
Logo'd Stemwear - $10
Hat - $25
Vintage Hat - $20
Visit our tasting room and get yours while supplies last!
November Trellis Club Release Our next Trellis Club Release isNovember 18th, and we're excited to release these wines to our members:
2015 Aroha Tempranillo
2015 Chalice Chardonnay
2015 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
Members will receive these three new releases for $67.20. If you're not a Trellis Club Member, join today!
Looking for more gift ideas? Our winemaker, Aaron, has handcrafted these beautiful wooden boxes for our Areté Sparkling Rosé and Areté Chardonnay. The box is free when you order 3 bottles of Chardonnay or 6 bottles of Rosé. We have limited quantities, so visit our tasting room and get yours before they're gone!
I would like to invite you to tour South Africa in October of 2018 with Carien and I. These photos are all from my own albums of my trip in 2014 so don't expect too much. They will give to you an idea of what you're in for. Above is a view from the top of Table Mountain in Cape Town, we will take a cable car to the summit (If possible we will do a sunset from this peak). The itinerary looks something like this: Land in Cape Town October 25th.
3 Nights in a game park a few hours north of Cape Town. Relax, get acclimated, drink a gin and tonic by the pool. 5 game drives included with a professional guide. I believe there is a horseback safari or a quad bike safari possibility. Free access to spa facilities. Massage and services are extra.
4 Nights at Franschhoek/Stellenbosch a famous wine region. Here we will visit some wineries. Summit Table Mountain, tour Robin Island, Kirstenbosch Gardens. Lunch at a winery and 2 more wineries daily. Great dinners every evening. Not forgetting a night at the waterfront.
3 Nights at Hermanus. Southern wright whale tour on the ocean. Great wineries (private tour with a premier Pinot and Chardonnay producer). Perhaps a surprise or two still to be determined.
4 Nights at Thula Thula wildlife sanctuary. We fly to Durban or Richards Bay, another fantastic wildlife sanctuary. The author of "The Elephant Whisperer" build and developed this sanctuary. Here we will spend 4 beautiful nights. Zulu Dancers, Afro cuisine, game viewing and one or two relaxing days before the return to the Home Land from Durban International airport.
This trip is limited to 10 couples. The cost is $6900 per person. Airfare, transfers, accommodation, daily activities and wine tastings, also include 3 meals a day and drinks with meals. Excludes tips and your bar tab. Prices are beyond my control and may change (Airfare is the only hot potato and prices will be finalized as soon as possible) I do not expect to exceed this budget. This is quoted at today's exchange rate.
There is an extended trip that I am passionately working on and that is a visit to my ex-home country Zimbabwe. Here we will spend 3 nights at the great Victoria Falls. We will take a Booze cruise up the Zambezi, take a day of game viewing. For the adventurous, a trip of a lifetime, white water rafting on some of the most treacherous waters in the world. Yes, this will be a guided expedition.
Let me know with a quick text to let me know if you are interested and I will start a list and waiting list. Once I finalize airfare I will call and request deposits. (541) 690 4350 Please leave your name, if you would like to make the extended trip, and if you would prefer to fly first class so I can quote the upgrade.
Love giraffe in the wild.
La Petite Fermé is booked a year out and we have reservations.
This is a winery that has incredible art and statues. Last time I was here they had one of the largest diamonds in the world on display.
All the food at this winery is grown onsite and is organic!
Vergelegen winery. One of the oldest wineries in South Africa. Founded in 1700.