Upcoming Events with Anam Cara Cellars
Just once a year! TWO wineries, TWO delicious crab munchies, and FOUR generous tastes of Chardonnay. What can be better? Visit Anam Cara for fresh Dungeness crab claws with "fixings" and both Unoaked and Reserve Chardonnay, then head to our friends at Chehalem for the new release of 2015 Ian's Reserve alongside the 2016 INOX Chardonnay. Both paired courtesy of Becca Richards, Stoller Vineyard's culinary director and executive chef.
Tickets are just $35, or $30 for Club Members of either winery.
To guarantee your claws, purchase tickets here or call 503-537-9150 to purchase directly from Anam Cara Cellars. Either option works!
Anna Matzinger of Matzinger Davies - one of Oregon's top cult wineries - will be our guest today.
Anna spent the last 14 years working for Archery Summit where she rose to winemaker and co-general manager and helped lead the organization to the place it now holds as a premier producer of Willamette Valley Pinot Noir. While there she worked to articulate the unique style, personality and distinction of the Estate vineyards, garnered numerous accolades and helped steward and nurture both winery and brand in its growth as a producer of world class wines.
Michael Davies, a New Zealander by birth (and inclination) is the winemaker for both REXHILL Vineyards and A to Z Wineworks. He has held this position since 2006 and brings to it his unique form of intensity, precision and sincerity. Prior to that he managed the vineyards and assisted in winemaking for five years at Chehalem winery after completing a post graduate diploma from Lincoln University and gaining experience through numerous vintages in both Northern and Southern Hemispheres.
They established the Matzinger Davies Wine Company in 2006 with the intention of producing wines with a resonant voice speaking to their geographic origin, varietal typicity and season. Authenticity, vibrancy and integrity should be their calling cards.
One flight includes the wines of both Matzinger Davies, and Anam Cara. $15 tasting waived with two-bottle purchase. Complimentary for Club Members.
Meet Tabitha and be among the first to enjoy her book "Eats of Eden". Following the reception and reading, copies will be available for autograph.
Tabitha Blankenbiller was raised in a small town on Mt. Rainier's plateau and currently lives in Hubbard, Oregon. She graduated from the Pacific University MFA program, and EATS OF EDEN is her first book. Her essays have been featured or are forthcoming in a number of journals including Tin House, The Rumpus, Bustle, and Catapult, and have been nominated for the Pushcart and Best of the Net awards.
No charge to attend, wines by the glass, beer and soft drinks are available for purchase.
Cyler Varnum of Varnum Vintners returns for a Second Saturday guest winemaker spot. His wines are always a hit, so if you missed him last year, this is a great chance to taste his new vintages. One tasting fee includes wines from both wineries.
Excited to be selected as one of four Featured Wineries for the new "Battle of the PInots" tonight. Join us for a fun and informative evening, with great wines from winery friends Chehalem, Lange and Laurel Ridge.
The beneficiary is a nonprofit youth performing arts organization: the Oregon Crusaders.
Details and tickets here.
This is Trent's second Guest Winemaker appearance. When he joined us last year, he brought his block buster Napa Cabernets. He's promised us another Napa Cab today, alongside his new Oregon releases. The $15 tasting fee includes wines from both Moffett and Anam Cara.
Trent is a second-generation vintner with an inherent passion for winemaking. He grew up i teh Napa Valley, farming during his summers, winemaking, and fully learning the ins and outs of the family wine business, Livingston Vineyards.
Over the past 20 years Trent has had the privilege of working with some of the most talented and distinguished winemakers in the Napa Valley starting with Randy Dunn of Dunn Vineyards, John Kongsgaard, Marco Digiulio, Greg Graham of Rombauer and currently Jennifer Rue, as well as his own parents, Diane and John Livingston. In 2000, he travelled to New Zealand’s South Island to work a harvest with Grant Taylor, one of the South Island’s leading winemakers.
Trent currently produces three different labels, Moffett Vineyards, his heritage label that delivers classic limited production batches, Screenplay Wines, his spirited and cutting edge blends and C&T Cellars, his casual and accessible label.
Brand new winery "PROJECT M" is the vision of owners Meg and Jerry Murray. That vision has been clarified and refined over their combined 30 years of professional experience in winemaking, marketing and sales.
At PROJECT M, Meg and Jjerry believe: Wines made with intention are not "objects" but experiences. Those experiences add to the quality of our lives. That such lives create a better world.
Be among the first to taste and acquire these wines! One tasting fee includes wines from Project M as well as Anam Cara.
Matt Driscoll joins us today as our Second Saturday "Homeless" winemaker - a friend without a tasting room of their own. Big scoring wines poured by the man himself. Here's a great opportunity to meet Matt and sample his wines. Your $15 flight includes wines from both Anam Cara and Wildaire.
Tiny production wines from an urban winemaker in the big city of Portland! Rodger will bring his 2017 Gruner Veltliner - 80 cases - (possibly the first time anyone has poured a Gruner here), as well as his charming 2017 Rose of Cabernet Franc - 25 cases - and the great 2015 Tempranillo - perhaps 40 cases.
Rodger's interest in wine turned into a love of wine which turned into an intense curiosity about everything that goes into the production of premium wines. After the ‘aha’ moment at a barrel tasting at Washington State’s Kiona winery many years ago, he took up studies through Washington State University’s extension campus in Prosser, WA on both viticulture and enology, the science of wine winemaking.
Volunteer time at Davenlore winery (Prosser, WA) through the Wazzu programs spread out over several years, as well as a short stint at Montinore (Forest Grove, OR) on weekends during the 2012 harvest season were precursors to a harvest internship at Enso winery in 2013 in Portland, Oregon that turned into a position as cellar master and assistant winemaker, a position he still holds today.
Lisa Burner and her husband, Mike moved from Wisconsin to Oregon in 1991 and settled in the Chehalem Valley outside of Newberg in 1999 where they continue to live with their son, Sam. Fishery scientists by trade, the Burners became inspired by the beautiful settings and high quality wines of the region and, in 2011, Lisa completed the Chemeketa Wine Studies Program and was awarded the Winemaking Associate of Applied Science Degree.
She worked at some of the North Willamette Valley’s top wineries including Stoller Family Estate, Adelsheim Vineyard, Dobbes Family Estate, and Shea Wine Cellars before crafting her first Pinot noir in the Burner garage in 2014. Building on the success of the 2014 garagiste vintage, Lisa and Mike joined the family of winemakers at Day Camp in Dundee, Oregon in 2015.
Photographed here are Mike Burner and the couple's son, Sam.
No one ever said winemakeing was easy! Meet hands on winemaker Willy Gianopulos of Freja in the Chehalem Mountains.
The name Freja is both a tribute to both the majestic Burgundy region of France where great Pinot Noir has its origins and to the Scandinavian nomads who first settled this area.
In Norse mythology, Freja is a goddess of love and fertility, the patron of crops and birth, the symbol of sensuality. Freja is peacemaker and the bride of fallen heroes. At times she rode Odin’s famous horse Sleipner (depicted on the front label). In Teutonic mythology, she was fused with the goddess Frigg. Friday is named for her.
So, do Willy's Pinots match up? Join us and samples these extraordinary wines for yourself. The $15 tasting includes wines from both Anam Cara and Freja.
One of the Willamette Valley's most exciting winemakers joins us as our "homeless" guest without a tasting room of his own. Jesús' story is remarkable, and his breathtaking Pinots wines reflect his story.
With the idea of learning a little bit of English, Jesús Guillén arrived in Oregon in 2002 with a degree in Computer Systems Engineering from Universidad Autonoma de Chihuahua in hand. Having a passing interest in wine, he began to explore, visiting vineyards and tasting rooms. Sampling many wines helped develop his palate and increased his appreciation for finer examples. After completing two terms of study in English, Jesus had to decide if he would like to stay in the United States with his father and family or return to Mexico.
As he pondered the decision, he happened to taste two of his “epiphany” wines: 1999 Archery Summit Arcus Estate and 1999 Adelsheim Elizabeth’s Reserve. These two wines forged in him a desire to remain in Oregon and pursue a career in wine and attempt to make wines of comparable quality. It was a scary decision at first. He didn’t know anything about winemaking and his English – let alone the language of wine – was not as polished as it would need to be. At the time, the goal seemed almost impossible.
Guillén‘s wine career began as a vineyard worker for Patricia Green Cellars and later for White Rose Estate, alongside his father. The owner of White Rose Estate saw his interest in wine, and offered him a job in the cellar. There he met consulting winemaker Mark Vlossak, who became one of his mentors. By 2004, Jesus had become he cellar master for White Rose. In 2006, an opportunity arose for him to make a wine under his own label. During that hot growing season, White Rose was farming a block from neighboring Vista Hills vineyard that had suffered a severe mole infestation, damaging approximately 1,300 vines. As harvest approached, the owners decided not to harvest the fruit from the vines, just rip them out and replant. Instead, the owner allowed Jesus to vinify the final harvest of those damaged vines.
The wine turned out so well that the owners of Vista Hills offered Jesus an ongoing contract to buy grapes for his own label. His relationship with Vista Hills vineyard continues today.
By the great vintage year of 2008, Jesus became the head winemaker at White Rose Estate. Two of his wines from this his first vintage earned 2 of the top 5 scores from The Wine Advocate. Just one year later, one of Jesus’ 2009 vintage Pinot Noirs attained a 96 point score in The Wine Advocate – one of Oregon’s all time highest scores in that publication.
While continuing as White Rose Estate’s head winemaker, Jesus has been growing Guillen Family Wines. As of 2014, production stood at 460 cases. To the great Vista Hills vineyard in the Dundee Hills, he added new vineyards to his lineup, including Meredith Mitchell in McMinnville, and Flânerie on Ribbon Ridge. He also received fruit from Domingo vineyard, a vineyard named after his grandfather that his father planted at the foot of the Dundee Hills.
Jesus uses old world minimal manipulation techniques to make his wines, including the use of whole cluster fermentation with indigenous yeasts and also sur-lie aging. His is a detail-oriented approach that focuses on making wine that inspires an evocative experience, by achieving a high level of complexity and harmony.
Back by popular demand! Welcome John Derthik who will pour his impressive Walla Walla big reds: the 2014 Malbec, 2014 Syrah, and 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon. Those in the know are familiar with John's wines and their outstanding value. Swing by and collect some of his warming winter wines while you can. He brings extra cases but always seems to sell out!
One $15 tasting fee includes wines from Lujon and Anam Cara, waived with a two-bottle purchase.
Participate in an intimate, seated tasting of Library Pinot noirs which closely matched the growing season and Harvest conditions for the 2017 wines. In this guided, open-discussion format, we'll learn how the wines have evolved over the years, and taste barrel samples of the infant 2017 Pinot noir to project how age will mellow and transform the wine. It's a great lesson in ageability, AVA characteristics and more.
Wines will be paired with hors d'oeuvres.
Times: 12:00-1:30 and 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Cost: $50/person, or $30/person for Wine Club Members
RSVPs required: call 503-537-9150 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet Stephen Hagen, the fascinating farmer behind his Antiquum brand. Here's a rare opportunity to collect a few of his incredible wines for your cellar.
In Stephen's words: "Some folks tell me I am crazy. I grow wine differently. They say my methods are slow, difficult, and simply too much work. I say, life is work. It’s a gift to have work you love.
"Some do not see how the use of draft horses, grazing livestock and poultry in the vineyard, or infinite hours of meticulous hand labor can create a wine that is more unique, intense and full of life. I don’t understand how it couldn’t.
"I often say my wines are made cluster by cluster. Growing wine one cluster at a time is a mentality, and a different one at that. It means starting small and staying small. It means countless hours of work that can only be done by hand. Going slower. It means that many times a season I personally touch, inspect, admire and yes, love every single beautiful cluster. It means rigid culling without regard to my pocketbook.
"This attention to detail is inspired by love for my life’s work. I am not a landowner overseeing the operations of a vineyard. I am the operations and a part of Antiquum Farm."
Talented young artist Christine Joy has returned from a painting sojourn in Europe where she created Paris, Giverny, Florence, Assisi, Orvieto, Rome, and beautiful hilltop towns of Pienza and Montepulciano.
Meet Christine and see her large collection of commissioned oil paintings and 18 watercolors, all of which were painted on site in Europe. Artist talk at 4:00 pm, sharing stories and thoughts behind the paintings.
There is no charge to attend, and wines will be available by the glass.
It's all here tonight... local vendors bring gifts for everyone on your list - including LuLaRoe, Arbonne, Fat Man Candy Company, Healing Hummingbird, Daily Ranch Soap Kitchen and Savvy Minerals. We'll have scarves, soaps, chocolates, candles, wood crafts, fine art, skin care, wreaths, make up, essential oils, jewelry, eats, mulled cider and of course wine. Relax with a glass of Pinot Noir as you peruse the wares, and leave totally stress free after a chair massage!
Club Members are invited to a special party hosted by Nick and Sheila Nicholas. Wines in their Fall release will be shared alongside Wild Mushroom Risotto by Chef Christoper Czarnecki of the famed Joel Palmer House Restaurant. Classical guitarist Mario Diaz. No cost for members, guests are $20.
Originally scheduled for 10/21 and postponed because of weather.
Paint the vineyard's glorious Fall foliage alongside guest artist Christine Joy! Your $48 ticket includes a glass of wine to encourage your creativity, and all you need for your masterpiece including the canvas, paint, brushes and easel. Lunch time pizzas available as well as additional wine. Space is limited to 25 people and reservations are required by calling (503) 537-9150 or email to email@example.com
This event was inspired by the stunning landscapes Christine shared in our tasting room gallery earlier this year. Find examples of her work at http://www.christinejoypaintings.com/
Join us for a special fundraiser at Newberg's Allison Inn and Spa to help our friends in California wine country recover from the devastating fires. Wineries and top restaurants join forces to raise funds for Napa, Sonoma and the surrounding counties. Stroll throughout the hotel property enjoying wine from local wineries, eatables from nearby restaurants and creative culinary guests all while listening to music from some of the area’s finest talent. Vine to vine we are all one Wine Country; Help us help California because Oregon Cares!
A $125.00 per person minimum donation is requested, $100.00 of which is tax deductible and will be donated directly to the following relief organizations:
NAPA VALLEY COMMUNITY DISASTER RELIEF FUND
SONOMA COUNTY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION RESILIENCE FUND
MENDOCINO COUNTY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION DISASTER FUND
Tickets at the door. Information at: https://www.oregon-cares.org/
Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you this weekend!
The very best wines and cheeses start with the finest quality ingredients. At Anam Cara, it's the grapes from a beautiful hillside vineyard in the Chehalem Mountains, and with TMK it's the herd of happy milking "Cow-lebrities" at this family-owned and operated creamery.
Join us for a perfect wine and cheese pairing, taste six wines and several great cheeses, including a special aged cheddar in a wine brine of Anam Cara Pinot Noir and a delicious Queso Blanco.
Featured cheeses will be available for purchase on the day, directly from TMK.
This special wine and cheese pairing is just $15, waived with a two-bottle wine purchase.
Inspired by our friends at Portland's greatest cheese restaurant, The Melting Pot! We've recreated some of their wonderful recipes for a unique wine and cheese pairing. This special selection of four Anam Cara wines, plus two fondue samplers is just $20 per person (Wine Club $10) applied to two-bottle wine purchase.
Originally planned for Labor Day Weekend, this day in the vineyard has been moved to Saturday, September 9 because of the heat. Join us for Informal, educational vineyard tours on the half-hour and grape tastings of different varietals as we approach Harvest 2017. Educational and informative vineyard walks will take place on the 1/2 hour.
Cost: $10 (includes snacks and wine tastes of the featured vines)
Additional wines by the glass and chilled soft drinks will be available as well as tamales for an additional charge. Friendly pets welcome! One day only, 11:00-5:00 p.m.
Address for GPS: 22222 SW Nicholas View Drive, Sherwood.
Take Garland Road exit off 99W and follow signs.
Not planning to join the crowds for the eclipse? We're viewing this historic event in the big wide skies above our vineyard in the Chehalem Mountains, sipping on wine cocktails, and enjoying breakfast pizzas! Disclaimer: we are on the edge of the eclipse path but still expect 99% totality. Email us to save a spot: firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet brand new Dad Tim Malone who pours his outstanding Timothy Malone Wines as our "homeless" Guest Winemaker this week. Malone Wines is a small, family-owned and operated local winery specializing in Pinot Noir and aromatic white wines that are reflective of this beautiful wine growing region. Tim is known for his minimal intervention winemaking practices that result in authentic wines that are reflective of a time and place.
Today's tasting flight includes wines from both Anam Cara and Malone.
Wine Club Members Star Party in the Vineyard!
The fascinating and spell-binding Jim Todd, Director of Space Science Education at OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry) will bring his high-powered telescopes and knowledgeable volunteers.
OMSI galaxy experts will guide us through stars and planets after we've feasted on an incredible Native American Salmon Bake, with salmon perfectly roasted over an oak fire pit.
This event is SOLD OUT and currently has a waiting list. Contact us at 503-537-9150 or email@example.com for status and further information.
No wine event on the planet rivals IPNC! While we are not featured this year (wineries take turns) we'll be there to taste a spectacular collection of Burgundies, and Pinots from Oregon and around the world. A few tickets remain for this bacchanalia of wonderful wines, superb cuisine, unique vineyard and winery visits and so much more. Join us if you possibly can!
Here are a few words on the Grand Seminar: The French Adventurers
Burgundians Making Pinot Noir in Oregon “On a splendid morning of July 1987, in the hills of Dundee, my father looked at me and said ‘let’s try to make wine here, I believe in this place’. In 30 years the journey has been as challenging as it has been a fascinating adventure.” – Véronique Boss-Drouhin
In more recent years, emissaries from Maison Louis Jadot, Domaine des Comtes Lafon, Méo-Camuzet, and Domaine Marc Roy have decided to put down their roots in Oregon as well. Join moderator Eric Asimov of The New York Times, and savor examples of their Oregon wine as they share tales of their adventures here in the New World.
... and one of the "University of Pinot Noir" topics:
THE IMPACT OF VINTAGE IN BURGUNDY Join Allen Meadows, along with Chisa Bize, Mathilde Grivot, and Etienne de Montille, in an exploration of how a growing season impacts the finished wine. Each winemaker has chosen two distinct vintages to share with you to compare and contrast. Learn from the winemakers how vintage characteristics contributed to the finished wine, and how each vintage offers up something new by imparting a personality of its own.
Meet Eugene artist Robert Canaga at the Tasting Room Gallery and enjoy his spectacular canvases.
From the artist: "An artist commits part of the soul to their work, but this is not a subtractive process for me. I grow when I put these images out into the world. I gain knowledge of myself when I complete a painting, so each work leads to the next like completing a puzzle.
I’m a purist when it comes to color; I carry precise colors in my mind’s eye. The windows of my studio do not reveal the surrounding landscape, because I deliberately decided not to be influenced by the external. I’m fascinated by color frequencies and how those frequencies relate to each other.
I work from glimpses of nature, vineyards, and other land forms.
Several times in my life, I’ve been very close to my own death. These experiences, and my art, taught me to fully stand in the moment, where there is no time, and everything happens at once.
Our "Homeless" Guest Winemaker is Chris Baker who pours his own Ancient Cellars wines. One tasting includes wines from both Anam Cara and Ancient Cellars. Join us for this rare opportunity to meet Chris and taste his wines!
11:00-5:00 p.m. (open until 7:00 today)
A favorite event! Wine Club members are invited to join us in the vineyard for an informative overview of the 2017 vintage to date. Then you'll be given a task to complete at your own pace. Learn what it takes to nurture a vineyard towards harvest, and the many steps we take at this critical stage of winemaking
We'll follow with a BBQ lunch, accompanied by a well-earned glass or two of wine! This is a complimentary event for Club members, with a nominal $25 charge for their guests. RSVPs necessary to 503-537-9150 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Summer Solstice means it's definitely Rosé time! Join us at this cool downtown Seattle wine bar to enjoy some of the Northwest's prettiest wines - including a few rare bottles of our charming 2016 Rosé of Pinot Noir - accompanied by Mr.WEST-style hotdogs and cheeses curated to pair with rosés. For tickets, call 206.900.WEST
It's a unique wine pairing ... Oregon Pinot Noir and Tamales! Join us for this fun tasting and you'll be surprised how different vintages complement the handmade pork, chicken or vegetarian tamales handmade for us by Beaverton's Tamale Queen, Perfecta Jimenez. Relax outside on our new wine patio, or in the tasting room surrounded by Robert Canaga's dramatic paintings. Tasting includes three vintages of Nicholas Vineyard Pinot Noirs and a sample of Tamale. Complimentary for Dad, or $20 for his guests. Additional Tamales will be available for purchase and the special tasting will end when they are all gone!
Open until 7:00 p.m. Saturday, 5:00 p.m. Sunday.
Each second Saturday of the month, we host a "homeless" winemaker: a friend making terrific wines, but without a tasting room of their own. In June, we welcome back Matt Driscoll with his high-scoring Pinots and great whites. Your $15 tasting flight includes wines from both Anam Cara and Wildaire.