Entries by Ashland Wine Cellar

We’re Two Years Old!

It is hard to believe that it has been two years since we took the plunge and bought the Ashland Wine Cellar.  Yes, on April 1, April Fools’ Day, we will have owned the Ashland Wine Cellar for that long! It has been a fast and furious learning curve for us and we’ve loved every […]

A VISIT WITH THE “KING”

On a recent Friday evening I had the opportunity to taste twelve wines from the Piedmont region of Italy.  I was fortunate enough to be with several local winemakers, a few wily veterans of the wine industry, and a few of us still getting our feet wet in the wonderful world of wine.  Our focus […]

A HOLIDAY SURPRISE AT THE ASHLAND WINE CELLAR

As we move into the holiday season we have again taken a step forward to improve the Ashland Wine Cellar.  Cheryl Garvey has joined us and will be working at the Cellar Tuesday through Friday, and some Saturdays through the holiday season. Cheryl has over 25 years of experience in the wine industry including working […]

Fall Survival Guide

The Labor Day holiday is behind us. The kids are back-to-school and need rides to and from soccer, ballet, and piano lessons, etc. Then there’s your boss, who returned from vacation full of new plans for office efficiency and greater productivity. It’s enough to make the lazy days of summer seem all but a distant […]

Oregon’s Other Pinots

Pinot Noir remains the state’s unrivaled king, but Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc are noble relatives that fill a different, more quaffable, role.  Almost since the beginning, Pinot Noir has been Oregon’s claim to fame—it’s now an internationally known calling card. It has also stood apart, isolated and alone. For Willamette Valley winemakers, that has […]

Summertime is Rosé Time

Whether it’s rosé, rosado (Spain), rosato (Italy) or “blush” – these terms all refer to pink wine. This pink shade can range from a soft, subtle hue to a vibrant, hot pink, depending on the grape used and how long the grape skins were in contact with the juice. Rosés can be made in a […]

Summertime is Rosé Time

Whether you call it Champagne, bubbly, or shimmer wine, sparkling wine is a delicious, invigorating treat. The carbonated beverage is made all over the world, and can be far more complex than the simple sparkler used for wedding toasts. For your next special occasion, treat yourself to a new kind of bubbly, reaching around the […]

Champagne & Bubbles

Whether you call it Champagne, bubbly, or shimmer wine, sparkling wine is a delicious, invigorating treat. The carbonated beverage is made all over the world, and can be far more complex than the simple sparkler used for wedding toasts. For your next special occasion, treat yourself to a new kind of bubbly, reaching around the […]

Love Sauvignon Blanc? Try White Bordeaux

The grapes of White Bordeaux include Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Muscadelle. There are a few other less-known varieties used in White Bordeaux such as Colombard and Ugni Blanc (the grape used in Cognac), but most White Bordeaux are made of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc. Bordeaux, France is where Sauvignon Blanc originated and it’s very old, […]

Is Decanting or Aerating Wine Necessary?

What is the difference between decanting and using an aerator? They are essentially the same thing.  By pouring your wine into the decanter and letting it breathe you are exposing more of the wine to air than you would by leaving it in an open bottle.  When you pour your red wine thru an aerator you are […]

Your Local Wine Shop

We have had many friends and customers ask why we bought the Ashland Wine Cellar.  Our story is not what most people would expect. In December 2011 our fate was sealed as Lisa and Lorn discussed the idea of us taking over the Ashland Wine Cellar while we were there to purchase some holiday wine.  […]