Entries by Enoteca

MAY IS OREGON WINE MONTH

Did you know that Oregon wineries number over 600!?! Wineries stretching from the Willamette Valley, to the Umpqua Valley, and east to the Rogue Valley will be participating in the month-long celebration. To honor this billion dollar industry and its brilliant winemakers, many wineries will have special promotions, activities, and tastings to commemorate this ancient […]

Speaking the Language

The wine world can be an intimidating place full of wine terminology, weird behavior, and a lot of big words.  Today I am going to walk you through some questions that come up in our tasting room in hopes to make your next tasting experience a little less awkward and intimidating and a bit more […]

Tempranillo: The Background of a Southern Oregon Staple

Tempranillo is becoming a varietal that is showing up more and more in the vineyards and cellars of Southern Oregon Wineries. But how much do you really know about this up-and-coming Rogue (and Umpqua) Valley varietal? Today I will try to give some insight into the varietal that is stealing the hearts of red wine […]

Embrace the Blend

Wine blends have gotten a bad rap over the years. Terms such as bottom of the barrel or wine leftovers come to mind. Though this may be the case in certain wine blends, it is not how the majority of winemakers view these wines. In fact, some of the world’s most prestigious and expensive wines […]

All about Winter Gløgg

With the changing of the weather and fall in the air, I can’t think of a better way to warm up than with a comforting cup of gløgg in my hands. What is gløgg, you ask? It is mulled wine, a warm beverage made with red wine, various spices and fruit. It can also be […]

Summer is for Sangria

As we continue through this inferno we are calling summer, our palates are changing as we look for something refreshing and thirst quenching to soothe us from the sun. When the day threatens us with triple digit temperatures, I turn to my dear friend, Sangria, to beat the heat. Sangria, a wine cocktail of sorts, […]

Bring on the Red Wine, Leave the Headache Behind

By Ellen Sutton, CS, Wine Sales Director – Edenvale Winery Over the years, we as wine consumers have been groomed to believe that sulfites have the enemy causing harm through red wine headaches.  We have been convinced they are unnatural, unnecessary and have been plaguing red wine lovers for years.   However, when we take […]

Summer Music Events Brought to You by EdenVale Winery

Both EdenVale locations are the proud hosts to a great variety of southern Oregon duos and bands this summer. The chockfull events calendar has a little something for everyone – including jazz, blues, rock, indie, and salsa. Light appetizers available at both locations; wine, beer and soft drinks also for sale. Check out the list […]

Oregon Wine Month

Fun fact: the whole month of May is Oregon Wine Month! Stretching from the Willamette Valley, to the Umpqua Valley, and back down here to the Rogue Valley, there will be over 600 wineries participating in this month-long celebration of wine. What a way to celebrate! To honor this billion dollar industry, and its brilliant […]

Enoteca – Chilled Wines for Your Spring Fever

Chilled Wines for Your Spring Fever by Sydney Mayfield I’ve been having Spring Fever, lately. The flowers are blooming, the trees are returning to a healthy green color, and the temperatures are rising. These longer sunny days are perfect for enjoying a glass of wine on the porch to conclude the day. What kind of […]

Women in Winemaking

Women’s History Month in the United States grew from a weeklong celebration of women’s contributions to culture, history, and society. In 1980, President Carter issued the original proclamation. In 1987, the National Women’s History Project successfully petitioned Congress to expand the event to the entire month of March. Nearly 10 percent of Oregon’s winemakers are […]

The Science of Bottle Aging Wine

Why is it that some wines can be enjoyed a few months after bottling, while others need time to mature and improve? The answer is kind of complicated! Every batch of wine contains its own unique blend of acids, sugars, minerals, tannins, etc. that determine how the wine will taste when it is young and […]

All About Winter Gløgg

It’s chilly outside and I can’t think of a better way to warm up than with a steaming hot cup of gløgg in my hands. What is gløgg, you ask? It is mulled wine, a warm beverage made with red wine, various spices and fruit. It can also be made non-alcoholic. Gløgg is the Norwegian […]

What to Serve With the Bird

It’s November and Thanksgiving is quickly approaching; there is no better time to start preparing the menu for your get-togethers than now. It will take careful consideration to plan your meal and select complementary wines. The big question is – which wines complement the variety of dishes that present themselves on Thanksgiving Day? With turkey, […]

What Goes on in a Wine Competition?

Each year, vintners and winery personnel eagerly await the results of annual wine competitions, where their wines will be sniffed, swirled, tasted and hopefully given top awards and a shiny new medal.   These competitions range from regional wine and food festivals with few entrants to international competitions with thousands of competitors.  To better understand […]

The Local Pour – Weeknights with Wine

Rather than a restaurant or bar in town, music seekers are opting for more spacious venues with beautiful views and a luxurious atmosphere to enjoy live musical performances. And local wineries are happy to provide the perfect setting for their desires.  In the past, winery tasting rooms have hosted day time events or evening soirées […]

Wine Allergies: Sulfites vs. Histamines

by Erin Winsper, Assistant to the winemaker at EdenVale Winery As a chemist in the wine industry, tasters often ask me about the cause of wine related allergies, particularly from reds.  Since my son has food allergies, I had always had a personal interest in the cause of allergies.  However, it wasn’t until this past […]

The Local Pour: The Dos and Don’ts of Wine and Food Festivals

The start of spring marks an important time for wine aficionados in Southern Oregon— festival season has begun!  With the warmer weather, come wine and food shows throughout Oregon where visitors can taste, eat and drink some of the region’s best products.  Whether it is a weekend long event like The Oregon Chocolate Festival or […]

The Local Pour: Bottle Notes to Impress

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and many couples are planning to celebrate the occasion with an elegant dinner out or a romantic night at home.  And nothing says romance more than a savoring a special bottle of wine together in the glowing candle light.   Whatever you choose to do this Valentine’s Day, consider […]

The Local Pour: Nice Legs

What does it mean when people say a wine has “legs”? In wine, “legs” refer to the way that wine swirled in a glass runs down the inside surface. Fill a wine glass one quarter full and gently move the glass in a circular motion so that the wine swirls up the sides. Hold the […]

The Local Pour: Harvest at EdenVale Winery

Tourist season might be coming to an end in the Rogue Valley but for all the local wineries the busy season is just beginning.  Harvest is here, and that means picking, sorting, crushing, and fermenting grapes. Harvest typically begins in the middle of September, when the wine grapes have reached an ideal sugar content on […]

How to BYO-Wine

How to graciously bring a bottle almost anywhere By Kaycee Wegener Staring at a wine list while your server patiently waits for your selection can prove to be a daunting task for many people.  Rather than making a guess on a wine you’re unsure about, how about bringing your own bottle from home, ensuring you’ll […]

Are you a Locavore?

Living in Ashland, you’re probably no stranger to the term “local”.  Local is an idea that reverberates throughout the Rogue Valley– buy local, eat local, drink local.   And Southern Oregon wineries fit perfectly into this mantra. As both an agricultural and a food product, wine plays into two industries that benefit most from local support.  […]

Are you a Locavore?

Living in Ashland you’re probably no stranger to the term “local”.  Local is an idea that reverberates throughout the Rogue Valley- buy local, eat local, drink local.   And Southern Oregon wineries fit perfectly into this mantra. As both an agricultural and a food product, wine plays into two industries that benefit most from local support.  […]

The Secret Guide to Wine Tasting

When you visit EdenVale Enoteca, or any of Southern Oregon’s many wine tasting rooms, we don’t expect everyone to be a wine expert.  After all, learning more about wine and what we do is why you’re here! But there are a few unwritten rules of tasting that might be helpful on your next outing.  These […]

EdenVale Winery Welcomes New Wine Growlers in Oregon

In early April, Gov. John Kitzhaber signed a bill that allows licensed wine retailers to sell up to two gallons of wine in reusable containers called growlers.  Wine stored in kegs, similar to beer kegs, will soon be popping in restaurants, grocery stores and wine tasting rooms to support the new wine growler program. EdenVale […]

Sangria Splashes into Summer

Reminiscent of warm Spanish nights, Southern Oregon celebrates its Mediterranean climate this summer with specially crafted Sangria wine from EdenVale Winery.  Sangria is a fruity drink made with red wine and fresh fruits, and typically requires drinkers to make their own recipe at home.  This year, EdenVale Winery brings bottled Sangria to Southern Oregon for […]

The Local Pour – Wine News from Ashland’s Enoteca

As spring approaches southern Oregon, we welcome the warmer weather and fresh fish that comes with April and the peak of Oregon’s Spring Chinook salmon season.   And what better way to celebrate Oregon’s seasonal fare than to compliment the fresh flavors of spring Chinook salmon with local wines from southern Oregon? At Enoteca, we recommend […]