September 20, 2011

Folin Cellars

Six of us stopped in to this tasting room in downtown Carlton before dinner at Cana's Feast this past Saturday night.  Wow, what a treat of mostly Southern Oregon wines, and one local Pinot Noir (Ken Wright, winemaker on the Pinot). We were treated with great hospitality by our pourer, Carole Stevens (pictured), who even stayed open a bit later for us.  I wanted to buy all the wines (wish I could afford to do that!) but purchased one that was unique and different, and a varietal I have never heard of called Mouvedre at $34/ bottle.  I would have brought the Syrah, too, but think my friends picked up that one and another (so we will get together again for a Folin Cellars tasting).  Their main winery is located in Gold Hills, Oregon, just off I-5 near Grants Pass. They feature Tempranillos, Syrahs, Grenaches and Viogniers.  Definately stop in as think they have very tasty and bold wines.  When you like them all, I believe that says something about the winemaker.  We will be back.  Thanks Carole again for such super service!  Kristen & Dan

September 6, 2011

Colene Clemens Vineyards

This is a beautiful newer winery established in 2010.  It is a drive to get there on a long gravel road, so bring a picnic lunch with you and enjoy the views (there is nice seating overlooking rolling hills).  We visited on Labor Day weekend, and they were just pouring two Pinot Noirs which is all they have at the moment (I was a little disappointed after the drive, but surely they will have more in the future!).  If you are out tasting at Trisaetum winery then this drive to Colene Clemens is maybe another 10-15 mintues from them, so perhaps take in those two at the same time.  Kristen   

September 5, 2011

Trisaetum (tris-say-tum)

Dan and I visited this beautiful winery and art gallery over the 2011 Labor Day weekend.  We were first time visitors, but many of our guests have tasted here (Linda often recommends them!).  We were greeted by the owners parents, gracious and welcoming (a family run winery), and then off to taste six wonderful wines, mainly Reislings and Pinot noirs.  We first met Greg McClellan near the "cave" barrels, one winemaker raised in and around the wineries of France, and who had a hand in the making of the Reislings. Both Reislings were excellent, and my favorite was the 2010 Coast Range Medium-Dry. Then off to taste Pinot noirs; their 2009 Trisae was tops for me out of them all.  On the upper level we viewed the beautiful paintings by the owner and  winemaker, James Frey (pictured).  Not only is this winery amazing outside surrounded by lush vineyards on all sides, but the gallery inside with walls of paintings are a must see as James mixes his vineyard's soil into some of his works--fascinating.  Our favorite winery of the three we visited this weekend, and we will continue to recommend it to others.  Kristen