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 minute of it! With every twist and turn we increase our own knowledge of wine; we are definitely growing into our “new shoes,” and boy, are they feeling comfortable now! We have been so fortunate along the way with support from friends, customers, professionals in the wine industry, restaurateurs, (and even the competition). Many thanks to all.
When we took over the shop we had some definite ideas on where we wanted to take it, and we are almost there. We’ve given the wine shop a new look – floors, lighting, and, well…still some other ideas in the works – so stay tuned! We are adding lots of new inventory, with new price points, regions, and varietals represented. We have tastings every Thursday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm at no charge; these are listed on our Facebook page, or sign up for our mailing list at firstname.lastname@example.org to get reminders e-mailed to you.
Our inventory of Southern Oregon wines in expanding every week, and our selection of Willamette Valley Pinot Noirs is approaching 100. Our selection of imported wines is steadily improving and increasing as we ardently search for the best wines we can find in each category. Pricing is competitive and we pride ourselves in providing you with exceptional service. We “live it” and are here to help you get what you need when you need it.
I say we above, as it is now – We. Lisa and I have added Cheryl Garvey (former wine buyer for Shop ‘N Kart) to help us manage the daily operations of the shop. Already the inventory in the shop has grown and become more focused. She’s putting us on the “fast track;” with her vast experience the shop is transforming weekly – and quickly! In addition to the great specialty wines we carry, Cheryl is searching out and finding the best value wines out there.
To celebrate all of this, and our Two Year Anniversary, we will be hosting a special wine tasting on Saturday, April 5. MARK YOUR CALENDARS! LOTS OF GREAT FOOD AND WINE. NO CHARGE. Ron from Galaxy Wine Company will be here to help us pour, as well as a local winery or two. Noon ‘til 6pm. That’s all I’m going to say for now – we’ve got to keep a little surprise for you! Come by to check out the changes we’ve made and to reacquaint yourself with the Ashland Wine Cellar. Hope to see you soon!
Brian & Lisa Dunagan
Ashland Wine Cellar