Dear One and All (aka the Roxy Regulars!!),
Time again for another edition of The Winemakers Corner (the delirious version)!! YEA!!
It’s that time of year again when we The Production Staff (“the artesians”) work our secret skills to make that wonderful elixir you all seem to enjoy so much. Unfortunately this year Mother Nature is working against us to make our job a little harder. But we have the strength of our commitment, Gods love, and a little magic (aka Chemistry) make everything work out fine.
We have seen the wettest September in recent history and a seemingly early Fall in October. While this is delaying our getting through the Crush, it hasn’t impacted our grapes so far. And if it eventually does, we have our magic wands (no we don’t post pictures!) to make everything Okey Dokey. With our combined DECADES of experience we will march ever valiantly forward into history! Wow, that felt good to get off of my chest!! Actually an old mentor (a legend in the Industry) once told me that the sign of good winemaker was to be able to make good wines in a bad year. I’m NOT SAYING this will be a bad year, but the press always has an opinion.
We are currently about half way done with the Vintage and are just looking for a few sunny (warm?) days to push us into being able to bring in the rest of the harvest at optimal maturity levels. One good aspect of the year seems to be that we are seeing some phenologically (ok, chemically/sensorally, I get to use a BIG word sometimes! My parents did pay for my degrees after all. Ha!) mature fruit at lower sugar levels than “normal”. This should translate out to the wines having slightly lower alcohol levels than we have averaged lately. So you will be able to drink more with less negative effects!! Yeah! OK, I might be grasping for a Silver Lining there, but ya gotta try!!
So if you are leaving late from the Tasting Room and see us still working on the Crush Pad try not to rub it in too
much, OK? Remember we are doing what we do to make you Happy!! Ha!
From the Winemakers Bunker,
Who am I??? Oh yeah, K
Who Invented Wine?
Since wine goes back thousands of years, it’s really impossible to pinpoint who invented wine. You can, however, isolate various stories about the origins of wine.
Winners! Oregon Wine Experience 2019 Medal Celebration
We would like to thank the Oregon Wine Experience for awarding RoxyAnn Winery the following medals for our wine; 2015 Petite Sirah GOLD, 2016 Claret SILVER, 2016 Malbec SILVER, 2018 Viognier SILVER.
Congratulations to our winemakers Kent Barthman and Fred Mihm and owner Chad Day.
Southern Oregon’s BEST of the BEST 2019
We made it! Thank you for your nomination as the “Best Southern Oregon Winery.” Voting will begin August 5th and only the top 5 nominated businesses will move on to the final round.
RoxyAnn Winery Voted Best Glass of Red & White Wine
Best of Medford 2019 “BEST Glass of Red & White Wine” Southern Oregon Magazine. Thank you to all that voted.
RoxyAnn Vintage Wine Discovery
Whenever I shop, I always visit the wine section. This past weekend I stopped in the Ruch Market. To my surprise, there were 3 bottles of 2011 Syrah and 6 bottles of 2014 Claret.
Also, while out to dinner at Callahan’s Lodge, our tasting room specialist, Stacey, discovered a nice selection of 2014 RoxyAnn Cabernet Sauvignon and 2016 Viognier.
UPDATE — Winco has 10 bottles of 2014 RoxyAnn Cabernet Sauvignon (double gold winner Oregon Wine Experience 2018).
We are currently sold out of the four vintages in the tasting room. So, the next time you are en route to the Applegate, driving to Hilt, or grocery shopping stop by the Ruch Market, Callahan’s Lodge, and/or Winco.
Southern Oregon — WineEnthusiast’s Top 10 Travel Destinations
We all know the story of Oregon wine no longer begins and ends with Willamette Valley Pinot Noir. Southern Oregon has been hailed by WineEnthusiast as one of “The 10 Best Travel Destinations” in the world!
Not listed in the article are three of my favorite Southern Oregon wine events; The Annual JPR Wine Tasting Event & Auction, A Taste of Ashland, and The Oregon Wine Experience.
By the way, if you are wondering who is toasting a glass of bubbles in the “Where to Dine” section, it is our very own Steven Addington. It was an incredible evening of amazing food and wine spent with Eric & Julie Weisinger and friends at The Loft in downtown Ashland.
The Cottage at Hillcrest Orchard
This historic little cottage boasts an incredible location for wine tasting and gorgeous views. Located on the grounds of the 250 acre Hillcrest Orchard Estate and RoxyAnn Winery, The Cottage will not disappoint for your next getaway!
Enjoy a complimentary wine tasting or glass of wine at the RoxyAnn Tasting Room.
“This place is a rare find for all the right reasons! Easily one of the coolest Airbnbs that I’ve stayed at. I arrived on a Friday night just in time for the live band and food truck by the tasting room. Barbara provided all the information and made sure everything was taken care of during my short stay. Make sure you get there early to taste some wine (the Malbec was my favorite). The staff is super friendly and the room is filled with witty wine quotes. Will definitely stay here again next time! PS. do NOT leave this place without getting a few bottles of wine =).”
“Terry and Barbara’s cottage was great! We went after harvest and the grounds are still beautiful. The staff in the tasting room was super friendly and even helped explain some of the wines to novice drinkers. We will definitely book this place again for our next journey through the area. Tastefully remodeled and comfortable all around!”
Southern Oregon Wines Love to Fly FREE!
The Oregon Wines Fly Free program allows Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan members to check one case of wine at no cost on their return flight departing from one of four Oregon airports, as well as Walla Walla, Washington. As a bonus, inbound visitors can receive complimentary tastings at any participating winery by showing their Alaska Airlines boarding passes within a week of arrival.
Membership in Alaska Airlines’ award-winning Mileage Plan is free.