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Star of 'Friday the 13th' unveils wine label at Valley View Winery tonight

Date: Fri, Aug 13, 2010 Wine Tasting Wine Business

You just never know what you'll find in Southern Oregon...

'Crystal Lake' returns — on wine bottle
Star of 'Friday the 13th' unveils it in Applegate tonight

ByChris Conrad
Mail Tribune
The original Final Girl pulled a mauled and blood-caked hockey mask from an old box Thursday and proudly displayed it in Valley View Winery's otherwise cheery tasting room.
Scrawled across the relic is the signature of every actor who donned the iconic mask in the "Friday the 13th" film series.


Valley View Winery will screen the original "Friday the 13th" tonight at 7 p.m. to celebrate the film's 30th anniversary and the release of Crystal Lake wine. The festivities begin at 7 p.m. at the winery, 1000 Upper Applegate Road. Adrienne King, the star of the film, will be on hand to greet guests and introduce Crystal Lake wine, her private label.
She will answer questions from the audience at 8:30 p.m. and the movie will start at 9 p.m.
Admission is $10, $5 for Valley View Wine Club members. Popcorn will be provided; guests are encouraged to bring picnics and blankets. Applegate Fire District 9 will sell hot dogs and cold drinks. No outside alcohol is permitted. Wine and beer will be available for purchase.
Visit Crystal Lake wines on Facebook at http://tiny.cc/q1r71
Adrienne King, the star of the first cult classic, placed the mask beside her artwork, which features eerie snapshots of her character just before a young Jason Voorhees tears out of Crystal Lake and drags her under the surface during the film's final sequence.
"You'd think I'd have this mask under protective glass," she said while pointing out the names of the various actors who portrayed the maniacal killer over the years. "God, these guys are great."
After 11 sequels — give or take a remake or two — and countless television and comic book tie-ins, you'd think there was nothing new to add to the "Friday the 13th" mythos.
Yet, the horror of Crystal Lake has returned once again — on a bottle of high-end wine.
"This combines all my passions," King said. "My acting, my artwork and wine."
King is promoting Crystal Lake wine, named after the spot where Jason slaughtered armies of sex-obsessed teenagers for three decades.
Valley View Winery will host a showing of the original "Friday the 13th" tonight — which just so happens to be Friday the 13th — to celebrate the new vintage and the 30th anniversary of the film's release. A showing of the slasher classic will accompany a fan meet-and-greet with King. The proceeds will benefit Applegate Valley Fire District 9.
King played Alice in the first film, the heroine who uses her wits and toughness to turn the tables on Mrs. Voorhees, who picks off Crystal Lake campers in retribution for her son's death at the lake years before.
King dealt the final blow to Mrs. Voorhees with a machete, which became one of horror's most celebrated beheadings. The coup de grace was preceded by a knock-down, drag-out brawl between King and actress Betsy Palmer.
"I just remember us going at it," King said. "She was really driving my head in the sand at one point. That wasn't fake blood in the end, it was real."
The 1980 film was shot on a chump-change budget and went on to become one of the most profitable movies in history.
At the time the crew, which included a young Kevin Bacon, had no clue they were creating film archetypes still relevant today.
"We didn't have the terms 'slasher film' and 'Final Girl' back then," King said. "We were creating something new."
King appeared briefly in the sequel and then shied away from acting for decades after a terrifying brush with a stalker in the 1980s. She recently starred in a sci-fi/horror film "Walking Distance" which won praise at the Dallas International Film Festival.
"I thought I was retired, but the fans resurrected me from the dead," she said.
Recently, she has popped up at horror conventions across the country. She found Alice is very much in demand with three generations of "Friday the 13th" fans.
"I get poignant letters from fans who say Alice helped them deal with tragic things in their lives," King said. "At conventions they sometimes will talk to me at length about how the character helped them conquer their fear."
King credit's Alice's everyday girl looks and demeanor for her popularity.
"She wasn't the sexy one, she wasn't the pretty one," King said. "Those characters died, but it was Alice who found a way to survive. She's a little off-center and I think a lot of people see themselves in her."
King and her husband escaped Los Angeles for the Rogue Valley in July 2005. At the time King wanted to focus on her artwork, but eventually took a job in Valley View Winery's tasting room.
She lives in the Applegate close to fellow cult film hero Bruce Campbell.
"I love going to the conventions, but I find it hard to leave the Rogue Valley," she said. "We love it here."
Crystal Lake wine sells for $20 a bottle and includes a personalized autograph with each bottle.
Valley View Winery co-owner Michael Wisnovsky said the business has been besieged by calls from fans around the world.
"These are people who normally wouldn't know about our wine," Wisnovsky said. "We have had people call back to ask for additional bottles because they are surprised that it's actually good wine."
Spooky Empire's Ultimate Horror Weekend, which is Florida's largest horror convention, had adopted Crystal Lake wine as it's official vintage during its October event.
"The wine is only going to get more popular," King said. "Just like these movies."

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Southern Oregon's Big Reds in Pinot Country this weekend!

Date: Thu, Aug 12, 2010 Wine Tasting Wine Business

Another weekend of "Be where we will be!"

This weekend Troon Vineyard and Cliff Creek Cellars are shutting down Kutch Street and hosting a block party in Carlton! We will be celebrating Southern Oregon's big red varietals in Pinot Country with food by RibSlayer BBQ (their name alone hooked me) and live music from 2-7 p.m.

Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door and include two flights of wines from Troon and Cliff Creek, logo glass and food. Bring 2 cans of non-perishable food and save $5 at the door. Call 503.852.0089 for tickets.

SeaPort Airlines will be in attendance raffling off a free roundtrip ticket. Entry for the raffle will be for attendees of the party who've purchased a SeaPort Airlines wine tray at the event of which a portion will be donated to the Oregon Food Bank.

See you there!

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My Favorite Comment about Footstone Jive Winery's latest actions

Date: Tue, Aug 10, 2010 Wine Tasting Wine Business

I recently received this comment in response to Steve deJaray's, Founder of the hopefully non-existent Footstone Jive Winery, latest actions by one of his past investors. I think it is spot on. Sadly...

What Steve has done now is gone in the back door. More than one way to skin a cat... This is what he does and exactly what was expected. He is a smart, smart guy and he will always find another way when he want's something. He has gone to Alan DeBoer and made a deal and sold himself to DeBoer. DeBoer loves him. Steve is a very charming guy. That's exactly how he gets away with so much. What Steve has done is brought in muscle, huge muscle. The OLCC can't say no to DeBoer as a high profile, wealthy car dealer, community contributor, employer, land baron, wine country advocate, political advocate, etc., etc., etc. If they said no to DeBoer, he would have them for lunch and not even choke, and they know it. The OLCC shouldn't even bother at this point with an application but rather just prepare Steve's license right away and drive it over as fast as they can and deliver it to Steve by hand along with a full written apology for any inconvenience. Also, now that DeBoer is in, all DeBoer's friends' will come running with their check books because they won't want to miss out on DeBoer's newly discovered excellent financial prospect because they all know that everything DeBoer touches turns to gold.... Steve knew exactly what he was doing. (DeBoer just doesn't know what Steve is really doing, "a fool and his money") With Steve, nothing is ever what it seems...

In case you are unfamiliar with Alan DeBoer, he is a board member of the Southern Oregon Historical Society, former Ashland mayor and owner of several car dealerships.

To read the latest article of Footstone Jive's progress, go here to read Janet Eastman's article:http://www.southernoregonwineblog.com/2010/08/next-footstep-for-footstone-jive.html

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Folin Cellars Celebrates One Year this Saturday!

Date: Thu, Aug 5, 2010 Wine Tasting Wine Business

Be where we will be this Saturday!

Wasn't it just yesterday that Rob was making wine in his garage? It is hard to believe that is has been a year since Folin Cellars opened the doors to their new winery and tasting room! Celebrate their one year anniversary this Saturday, August 7th from 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. at their Estate Winery & Tasting Room in Gold Hill. We'll be enjoying an afternoon under the tent on the front lawn with food catered by the Jacksonville Inn, live musical entertainment, wine tasting of current releases and some surprise wines. $15 per person, $10 for Ambassador Club Members.

We hope to see you there!

Here is a brief video tour we took on our first trip to Folin:

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Southern Oregon Winery Profiles

Date: Wed, Aug 4, 2010 Wine Tasting Wine Business

Have you been reading these Southern Oregon winery profiles the World of Wine Festival has been posting? So far there have been 9 of them, but they plan to post all of this year's participating wineries (46) in time for their festival on August 28th. It has been very interesting reading the unique stories that make up the Southern Oregon region.

Here is the link:http://worldofwinefestival.com/news/
(scroll down below the introduction post).

Just thought you should know!

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Two of Oregon's Highest-Regarded Winemakers Using Southern Oregon Grapes

Date: Mon, Aug 2, 2010 Wine Tasting Wine Business

About a month ago (my oh my this summer is flying by) Chris and I went on a weekend getaway to Willamette Valley wine country. We found ourselves spending most of our days discovering Carlton. A piece of Southern Oregon (or should I say a whole slab?) can be found in this quaint town. I had known about the three Southern Oregon wineries that have planted Tasting Rooms- Folin Cellars, Cliff Creek Wines and Troon Vineyard, but I was unfamiliar with how many other wineries were using grapes sourced from Southern Oregon to make some phenomenal wines.

We started our tasting at The Depot, a restored train station, now home to Tryus Evan, the small-production label made from warm-weather grapes by Ken Wright, the legendary Pinot Noir master.Tryus Evan, named after Wright's two sons (their middle names), sources grapes from Red Mountain, Walla Walla and Southern Oregon to craft a Chardonnay, Viognier, two Clarets, two Syrahs and I've heard rumors of a Malbec and Cab Franc. It was a pleasure to taste the Clarets and Syrahs side-by-side to really experience the differences of the wines. How often do you get that chance? With wines made by the same winemaker? Rarely, if ever. All four wines were bold, intensely fruit-forward with long finishes. At that time on that day, I enjoyed the Claret from Southern Oregon over the one from Red Mountain, but preferred the Walla Walla Syrah over the Southern Oregon, but all were exceptional. The Del Rio Claret was one of my most memorable wines of the weekend, if not the year.

After hitting a few other Pinot Producers around the city, we stopped in to visit Solena Estates Carlton Tasting Room. I had no idea that Laurant Montalieu produced warm weather varietals or that they featured them at their Carlton Tasting Room, a very pleasant surprise, and reason to choose it over the Estate (not discounting the beauty of the Estate at all). It was fun to see Lynnette, Solena's Carlton Tasting Room Manager, again who we met a few weeks back at the Wine Bloggers' Conference. We started the flight off with a Pinot Gris that was unlike any Pinot Gris I have ever tasted. This Pinot Gris, a blend of Rogue Valley and Willamette Valley fruit, was a Pinot Gris renaissance. Pinot Gris typically does not make my white wine of choice list. I'm under the mindset that its entry is misleading, to just fall flat in the middle, and a good one can pick it back up in the finish. This was a superstar Pinot Gris with tropical and citrus nose and flavors, high acidity and a long finish. We continued on to try a mix of Laurent's Pinot Noirs (all delicious) then returned to the warmer-climate varietals with the 2006 Wooldridge Creek Vineyard Merlot and 2005 Wooldridge Creek Vineyard Zinfandel. The Zin was jammy and soft, another wine highlight of the weekend.

Southern Oregon should be flattered that two of the highest-regarded winemakers in Oregon have chosen to expand their offerings by using its fruit.

Other Willamette Valley wineries producing wines from Southern Oregon fruit are Penner-Ash (Viognier and Syrah from Folin Vineyard and Del Rio Vineyards), Genius Loci (Syrah from Folin Vineyard), and Wildaire Cellars (Tempranillo from Folin Vineyard).

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Cowhorn's Spirl 36 "one of Oregon's finest dry white wines"

Date: Mon, Aug 2, 2010 Wine Tasting Wine Business

The Oregonian's Matt Kramer recently wrote an article titled, "Two blends go far beyond the average" featuring Cowhorn Winery's Spiral 36 White Blend. Here is an excerpt from the piece:

When you talk to winemakers, many of them -- most, even -- love making blended wines. It allows them to exercise, if not artistry (it is just wine, after all), then a certain amount of exacting craft. Not surprisingly, many are called to the business of blending, but relatively few are among the chosen who can pull it off to a high luster.

The two wines to follow achieve such a blending standard.
Cowhorn Spiral 36 White Table Wine "Applegate Valley" 2009 -- You can make a pretty strong case that the hardest wines to find -- at a palatable price, anyway -- are distinctive dry white wines. We're awash in too many dry white wines that are, well, stupid.
This is why when you taste a dry white that might be described as "intelligent," you're delighted. Cowhorn Spiral 36 White Table Wine 2009 from southern Oregon's Applegate Valley is more than intelligent -- it's in the near-genius category.
What Cowhorn Spiral 36 White Table Wine 2009 has that makes it so exceptional is a successful melding of three grape varieties into a dry white wine of distinctive character and superb finesse.

A Rhône-inspired blend of viognier (34 percent), marsanne (33 percent) and roussanne (33 percent), the first thing that strikes you is the color: It's pale lemon with a slightly greenish cast.
When you stick your nose in the glass what wafts up is a come-hither array of scents that includes minerals, hay, citrus, peaches, mango, melon and a subtle spiciness. That last note is from the viognier grape, famous for its spicy scent.

This blend is seamless, a rare accomplishment. All of the grape varieties were fermented together, and the wine saw no malolactic fermentation, which insures a bright, refreshing acidity. Although the wine has some oak aging (23 percent new French oak), there's no apparent oakiness. This is very deft winemaking.

Cowhorn Spiral 36 White Table Wine 2009 is a dense, substantial, beautifully balanced dry white wine (from biodynamically grown grapes, by the way) that is characterful enough to serve with white meats such as pork or poultry, as well as grilled salmon and ripe, strong cheeses. Only 400 cases were made. Bottom line: This is one of Oregon's finest dry white wines, bar none. Get it while you can. $21.95. (Distributor is Casa Bruno.)

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The next footstep for Footstone Jive

Date: Sun, Aug 1, 2010 Wine Tasting Wine Business

This article was written by Janet Eastman and posted to her Medford Wine Examiner page on July 31st:

The next footstep for Footstone Jive
Cautiously, Canadian businessman Steven de Jaray continues his plans to openFootstone Jivewinery in Jackson County. It just won’t be in Jacksonville, where city council members thumbed-down an endorsement of de Jaray’s liquor license application in June.
But inroads are being made for Footstone Jive to open on Alan DeBoer’s land on South Stage Road just outside Jacksonville city limits. Groundwork has started and two reclaimed buildings, which were once part of the gym at Ashland High School, will be erected on the roadside site.
An employee answering the Footstone Jive phone Friday said de Jaray is very excited about making an announcement about the new site. But he’s waiting, said employee Dana Keller, until “all the Ts are crossed and the Is dotted,” so he’s not caught blindsided by critics, as he was the last time he attempted to open a winery and distillery. “He was really shocked by the way he was treated,” she said.
Jacksonville city council members and residents voiced concern over de Jaray’s past and present seriouslegal issuesin Vancouver, B.C.
DeBoer confirmed that he was finalizing a lease with de Jaray. DeBoer said he’s had “intriguing conversations” with de Jaray and believes Footstone Jive will benefit the county.
“What he’s attempting to do will make a huge impact on Southern Oregon wine and be very profitable for the region,” DeBoer said Friday. “He is a dreamer and visionary. I’m amazed when I walk through a vineyard with him. He is very knowledgeable.”
De Jaray hasn’t return a message left on his cell phone Friday at noon asking for a comment.
DeBoer said he is “moving as fast as we can to get regulatory approval.” In the meantime, he’s preparing the property, drilling a well and erecting the two gym structures, which are 60-by-48 feet and 60-by-110 feet.
The winery “will make a great entrance to Jacksonville,” said DeBoer, who is a board member of the Southern Oregon Historical Society, former Ashland mayor and owner of several car dealerships: Town & Country Chevrolet in Ashland and Airport Chevrolet Cadillac and Dollar Buick GMC in Medford. “I’m enthralled with the whole idea.”
Footstone Jive will not face the restrictions of occupying a historic building in a tightly preserved city. Footstone’s Keller said, “We will have room to build out there.”
She continued: “It’s a beautiful location and we’re excited about the prospects of it. But we want to lay low until it’s 100% finalized.”
In the past, wine producers wanting to open tasting rooms in agricultural zones have struggled to get approval from the county planning department. Senate Bill 1055 allows wineries in exclusive farm use zones to host events – dinners, concerts, weddings, charity auctions and political fundraisers – and sell off-site merchandise – other people’s wines, catered foods, gift and craft items.
Currently, Quail Run Vineyard leases 20 acres of DeBoer’s property and has contracted to supply the grapes to Dobbes Family Estate Winery in Dundee.
Once the property lease is signed, de Jaray will have a business address in which to complete his application to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission.
As for Redmen's Hall, the brick landmark on the corner of California and Third Street in Jacksonville that de Jaray hoped to occupy, there will be a tenant after all. LodeStar, operated by Bobbi Ferguson, will offer local wines, craft beers, coffee, espresso, small food plates and a lending library with books, games and newspapers. Ferguson, who owns the Sea Star Bar and Grill in Gold Beach, expects to open by Aug. 15. More to come.

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Why Abacela Albariño is a 'Top Pick'

Date: Fri, Jul 30, 2010 Wine Tasting Wine Business

Abacela in Sunset MagazineSunset Magazine has named the 2009 Abacela Albariño as a 'Top Pick.' What makes a 'Top Pick'? Complex aromas? Bright acidity? A lingering finish? Yes. Yes. Yes. But, here is what also makes it a 'Top Pick':

Five Reasons why Abacela's Albariño is a 'Top Pick':

1. You couldn't think of a more perfect pairing for seafood. Fish, scallops, crab, oysters- this wine can take it all. (It is also an easy choice for chicken and salads).

2. Since it is so versatile, opt for it when choosing a white wine at a restaurant. A common challenge when selecting a bottle for the table is to coordinate the wine to compliment the multiple dishes ordered. This wine won't take on a steak, but it can definitely handle fresh, lighter fare.

3. Albariño has been such a popular wine for Abacela that last year the Tasting Room ran out of this precious gem before the 2009 was released. Lucky for us, Abacela has found more of its gorgeous slopes to cover in Albariño vines.

4. It is easy to find on the shelf. Don't discount this perk. Though its leisurely to strolling through your local wine shop's selection, there are times when a quick trip to the store is necessary. You'll value the bright yellow cap.

5. It's unique. Isn't it fun to try new varietals? Or introduce your friends to something besides Pinot Gris and Chardonnay? This is your ticket.

The 2009 Abacela Albariño ($18) can be found at many bottle shops, wine retailers and fine-dining restaurants in Oregon.

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Wine: Are locapours hitting their stride?

Date: Tue, Jul 27, 2010 Wine Tasting Wine Business

Originally published by Dave McIntyre on July 15, 2010 in The Washington Post
Wine: Are locapours hitting their stride?

The "drink local" movement is gaining steam. When my buddy Jeff Siegel, aka The Wine Curmudgeon, received a press release last week touting a dinner with cookbook author Diana Kennedy to be held next month at the Modern Museum of Modern Art in Fort Worth, he immediately asked the organizers if Texas or Mexican wines would be among the "carefully selected" wines for the Mexican menu. The museum's chef emailed him that although the menu had not been finalized, Texas wines would be involved.

In April, the Park Hyatt in Washington added a Virginia winery to its Masters of Food and Wine program after I criticized the all-California selection for an event touting regional Mid-Atlantic agriculture. The Lettuce Entertainment restaurant group did the same for a Chesapeake Bay-themed dinner at their Wildfire restaurant in Tyson's Corner, scheduled for July 27. Once I inquired about it, they quickly lined up Barboursville Vineyards as a co-sponsor and featured winery for the dinner.

The message is getting some big media play, too. Jon Bonne wrote about "justifying local wine" in the San Francisco Chronicle -- "local" meaning California, of course. And Steve Heimoff, a senior editor and very distinguished wine writer with Wine Enthusiast magazine, recently blogged about a plea from a vintner for wine lovers to support their local wineries to help them through hard times. Of course, Heimoff lives in California wine country, and "local" for him also means California wine, but the message translates. The vintner Heimoff cited was Oded Shakked of Longboard Vineyards, who criticized restaurants for touting their local produce but ignoring local wines.

And that is precisely the message Todd Kliman eloquently espouses in a withering essay posted last week on The Daily Beast. In "The Locavore Wine Hypocrisy," Kliman takes on some of the most famous restaurants in the country for talking a good local game on their menus and not following through on their wine lists.

If these are heady days for the local cheesemaker, butcher, and farmer, they're head-scratching days for the local vintner, who has been largely shut out of the feel-good foodie fad. If the wine lists at the country's most prominent locavore restaurants tell us anything, it's that "what grows together, goes together" - the mantra of the movement - is meant to refer to what's on the plate, not what's in the glass. Local and regional wines are seldom to be found.
Kliman, the food and wine editor of The Washingtonian magazine and author of the new book, The Wild Vine, rips apart the most common excuse for ignoring local wines: that they are too expensive and better values abound from California. Chefs are willing to pay extra for organic eggs from chickens just up the road, he points out. And sommeliers are supposed to align their wine lists with the chef's menu, even if it means a little extra work to suss out the better wines from the area. But many somms seem unwilling to take a chance on local wines that don't seem trendy.

"The idealism of their mission statements notwithstanding, what locavore restaurants are telling us is that quality matters much less than cachet when it comes to assembling a wine list - the perception that a given product is the best, most exquisite example in its class," Kliman writes.

Maybe once local wines gain a little more cachet, the sommeliers will wake up. What's interesting to me, however, is that momentum for local wine is coming from writers -- bloggers, especially -- and consumers, rather than retailers or sommeliers. When I eat out, I want my sommelier to be taking chances and to seek out unusual wines. Even if they come from just up the road.

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Wine Dinner Under the Stars at Del Rio Vineyards

Date: Fri, Jul 23, 2010 Wine Tasting Wine Business

This year marks Del Rio Vineyards' third annual Dinner Under the Stars Wine Dinner. The menu will be prepared by the Jacksonville Inn. The five course meal is sure to be a hit, as each wine has been selected with care to offer the best possible dining experience. Tickets are on sale now and are available online or you can purchase though their Tasting Room.


Presented by Del Rio Vineyards
Jacksonville Inn - Platon Mantheakis

House Cured Salmon “Caneloni”
with Lemon-Chive Cream Fraiche and
Crispy Potato
2008 Chardonnay

Compressed Watermelon Salad
with Aged Balsamic, Pickled Red Onions, Greek Feta and Chef’s Garden Micro Basil
2009 Rose Jolee

Chipotle Barbeque Baby Back Ribs
with Grilled Seven Oaks Farm Corn and Baby Arugula
2007 Claret

Cracked Black Pepper Crusted Filet of Beef
with a Wild Mushroom Brandy Sauce, Sautéed Potato Pearls and Baby Carrots
2008 Petite Syrah

Rogue Creamery Bleu Cheese Gelato with a Cherry-Apricot Salad and Chef’s Garden Micro Lemon Mint
2006 Syrah Port

When: Saturday August 14th, 2010
Where: Del Rio Vineyards Park
Time: 7pm
Tickets: $75 - Click here to purchase

For more information contact Del Rio at (541)855.2062 or taste@delriovineyards.com.

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The Beautiful Truth

Date: Tue, Jul 20, 2010 Wine Tasting Wine Business

I originally wrote this for my personal blog, but discovered it had value to share with Southern Oregon wine enthusiasts as well. We have many organizations in the Rogue and Umpqua Valley focusing on sustainable food production and education. Chris and I attended the inaugural Farm-to-Fork dinner back in early June and it has been amazing to see that program spread so quickly by selling out multiple dinners each month highlighting local farms and wineries. We also stumbled upon Jeff Weissler of Conscious Wine, headquartered out of Ashland,at the Wine Bloggers' Conference and it has been very fascinating following his "4 principles."

In addition, it is inspiring to see our wineries take action in sustainable agriculture with many having LIVE certified vineyard and winemaking practices, farming biodynamically like Cowhorn Winery, implementing a refillable bottle program like Troon's Trifecta Thursdays, or completing theCarbon Neutral Challengelike Abacela.

The purpose of the post is just to mindfully chose your food and wine, because there are so many great examples of positive change right in our own region.

"The blueprint for our future, cancer, is a bio-code gone wrong, and it's delighted by what we do to feed it." - The Beautiful Truth

Last night I watched an eye-opening documentary calledThe Beautiful Truth(thanks to Netflix), which centers around theGerson Therapyof healing your body through natural foods. The film discusses many food-related topics such as MSG, aspartame, mercury in dental practices, genetically-modified foods, and fluoride additions to our water supply that are all legal and all carcinogens.

MSG is marketed as a flavor enhancer and added to more processed foods than you'd like to hear. It has been studied numerously with results indicating it causes brain damage, endocrine disorders, retinal degeneration, behavior disorders, learning disabilities, reproductive disorders, obesity and more. Notice MSG isn't labeled on our foods? There is an organization combatting that problem,Truth in Labeling.

The dangers of aspartame poisoning have been a well guarded secret since the 1980s.Aspartame is a true toxin. No other food can be provided as a comparison to the toxic nature of NutraSweet. Upon closer examination, the available research revealed that the manufacturer (Monsanto) and the FDA are manipulating the public into thinking that aspartame is safe. It is not. There areover 92 different health side effects association with aspartame consumption. Watching this segment almost made me throw-up considering I am a huge Diet Coke addict- I'm switching to home-brewed iced tea, which will also lower my carbon-footprint of plastic bottles. It will not be easy, but it will be worth it.

There are over 1,000 tons of mercury in American's mouths thanks to the American Dental Association. Mercury is the most poisonous non-radioactive metal and it was used as fillings. Although it is not currently in use, it is not being removed either. It has been proven that dental hygienists suffer from very high rates of infertility. It is scary to think that the air quality at the dentist office could be toxic with mercury and not regulated.

Isn't it crazy that large pesticide/herbicide companies now control a majority of food supply? Well, to clarify, processed food supply. Monsanto and ConAgra are just two of the companies that are monopolizing seeds through patents (which should be illegal) and genetically altering non-toxic foods into becoming toxic. Corn, soy and cotton are among the most genetically-modified crops.

A doctor researched dental hygiene among native cultures and found no cases of tooth-decay until the cultures were exposed to processed foods like refined sugar and white flour. We now add fluoride to our water supplies, yet ingested fluoride has never proven to prevent cavities, only topical fluoride. Cities like Juneau, Alaska are now repealing the practice.

It was an eerie feeling watching and learning that our food is contaminated to the point it is killing us. I have seen it before in documentaries like Food, Inc., but I have never seen it compared to disease this significantly. I understand it is a documentary making a point, but the point is evident everywhere. The cure for many of our most-threatening illnesses is to mindfully eat sustainably/organic/non-toxic foods. There is simply to much money to be made by the food and drug corporations and to too much money used to steer politicians into not taking action. It is horrifying to think about.

At times I get anxiety going to the grocery store because it seems like there is nothing to eat. It's not true, it just takes more preparation, awareness, and sadly, money, to find. It helps to shop at a farmers' markets or stores that focus on natural and organic options. Our mindsets have to change from quick and ready to slow and thoughtful food decisions. There are many useful sites to find a farmers' market near you, likeLocal Harvest.

The Beautiful Truth left with a message of hope. There are solutions and cures already available, we just have to use them.

I'll leave you with the trailer to the movie. It would be a wise-spent hour and a half:

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Troon Vineyard Introduces New Bottle-Your-Own Program

Date: Wed, Jul 14, 2010 Wine Tasting Wine Business

If you are a regular and thoughtful wine drinker you realize that although wine may be one of the most natural alcoholic beverages, it is not without carbon inputs and emissions. Whether it's the cork versus screw cap debate, or the recently popular keg programs, it makes sense to work towards a clean(er) conscience, both environmentally and economically.

Trifecta is a brand made by Troon Vineyard’s sister company, Applegate Wine Company, to be both earth and pocketbook friendly. The Trifecta wines are sourced from all over Oregon. The current over supply of varietals like Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris, combined with historically high pricing, lead to the first bottling of Trifecta Pinot Noir in 2007. The goal was for the consumer to be able to enjoy a quality glass of Oregon Pinot at a reasonable price in a restaurant. The evolution of this program came in the form of kegs in 2010, which allows for 25 bottles worth of wine to be poured by the glass without the excess packaging, cutting both cost and waste.

It is important to recycle to minimize the amount of trash going into our landfills. But, recycling isn’t the greenest approach, as it does require a significant amount of energy to break down materials which can result in large amounts of pollution. In addition, environmentally friendly products should be financially accessible, and not over priced just because they have an association with being green.

After putting their heads together, Team Troon came up with yet another way for Trifecta to be offered in an eco-friendly fashion – by reusing bottles. Now, every Thursday will be you will be able to reuse your clean wine bottles and refill them straight from the Trifecta dispenser, time and time again. If you’re planning to drink a wine straight away, why waste all of the packaging provided to ensure the wine ages when you could drink it fresh from the source, save money and be green all at the same time?
It is great to see a winery putting the "growler" approach to good use!

Here’s how it works:

Bring in (or purchase one from us) a clean wine bottle, any bottle will do – screw tops are accepted as well.

Use our filling station to refill, label, and cork your used bottle, with your choice of the Trifecta Red Blend, or the Trifecta Pinot Gris.

Your first bottle is $15, every bottle you bring back to refill you can do so for only $10 a bottle.

For more information on Trifecta Thursday’s at Troon please stop by the Tasting Room at 1475 Kubli Rd. in Grants Pass or call 541.846.9900.

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Roseburg Plans Contribution to Wine Institute

Date: Tue, Jul 13, 2010 Wine Tasting Wine Business

Reported by Inka Bajandas of The News-Review:

The city of Roseburg plans to use revenue earned from motel and hotel taxes to invest $100,000 in Umpqua Community College's Southern Oregon Wine Institute, based on discussion at Monday night's Roseburg City Council meeting.

UCC on July 1 asked the city of Roseburg to contribute the money to a capital campaign for the Southern Oregon Wine Institute's Danny Lang Teaching, Learning and Event Center. In response, the Roseburg Economic Development Commission recommended the city set aside $10,000 in economic development funds for each of the next five years for a total of $50,000 for the center.

The remaining $50,000 of the investment would probably be contributed through funds appropriated from the Roseburg Visitors and Convention Commission, said City Manager Eric Swanson. Both contributions come from money raised through hotel and motel taxes, he said.

Lee Paterson, president and director of the UCC foundation board, gave a presentation to the Roseburg City Council Monday evening outlining the viticulture center's economic impact on the city. Paterson, who is also chairman of the capital campaign for the center, said development of Southern Oregon's wine industry is the greatest economic opportunity since the initial rise of the timber industry. And Roseburg will be right at the center of it all, said Dennis O'Neill, UCC foundation board president.

“No city stands to gain as much in this as the city of Roseburg,” he said. “This building will be right in your area.”

City councilors responded favorably to the proposal, agreeing that it would be a worthwhile investment.

“In some ways, it's a small amount of funds that will provide a tremendous amount of benefit to our community,” City Councilor Mike Baker said.

Read more about the Southern Oregon Wine Institutes in my previous post.

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