Tips for Everyone #1

1. Try a wine from a region you are not familiar with
2. Try a grape that you are not familiar with or try a grape you know that is grown in a completely different region than what you are used to
3. Don’t go for the ‘big name’ producers just based on the name
4. Don’t rely on the ratings from the wine magazines. If you want to buy it, do so and try it.
5. Never buy the least expensive wine on a restaurant wine list. You find the greater values in the $60-$90 range
6. Share all your wine ‘discovery’ and knowledge with your friends

Featured Vineyard/Farm

Crater Lake Cellars

21882 Highway 62 (view map)
Shady Cove, OR 97539
Phone: 541-878-4200

“We’re the little winery on your way to the great Oregon Outdoors.”

At Crater Lake Cellars, we are producers of hand picked and hand crafted wines, from the Southern Oregon appellation. Each of our wines are produced in small case lots, hand picked, hand sorted and lovingly babysat to fruition. Our Cellar 2004, 2005 and 2006 vintages which included Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Grenache, Gewürztraminer, Muscat, Syrah, Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. We are currently pouring sixteen wines, from Dry to Sweet, Reds and Whites. We are confident in satisfy one’s taste. In 2007, we look forward to harvesting many new varieties from our Eagle Point vineyard including: Viognier, Tinta Cao, Nebbiolo and Mouvedre. Additionally, in years to come our young planting, will yield Tempranillo, Cabernet Franc, Dolcetto, Malbec and Grenache.

Southern Oregon’s climate is our biggest asset. Warm days and cool nights during the late summer and early fall while the grapes ripen, aids in production of brilliant color, excellent flavors and bright acidity. The almost rain free summer helps preserve fruit quality. The combination of latitude, altitude and marine influence ensure we have planted grapes in a world-class climate.

Returning home to the Rogue Valley after careers that took us to Alaska and Mississippi, we (Steve and Mary Gardner) decided to follow our dream of running a small family style winery and vineyard. Planting our first vines in 2000, Eagle Point Vineyards was born. In 2004 our first vintage began fermenting and our tasting room was opened in November of 2005 in downtown Shady Cove. We utilized the old “Fire District #4” Fire hall as our winery and tasting room. This building is nestled in the middle of the bustling highway town of Shady Cove, which is surrounded by the mighty Rogue River.

Postcards from the Winery:

In addition to being an enjoyable wine, each bottle provides a memorable postcard of your recent visit or event. From labels featuring the Eagle Point Vineyard during different seasons, to Crater Lake views, to local waterfalls, and Mt McLaughlin views, each postcard focuses on the beautiful “area” surrounding our vineyard and winery. Two young barn owls are shown on our back labels and considered our “vineyard security”; protecting our crops from little varmints. Our vineyard barn is the home for a new crop of barn owls each spring. On one of our labels, the “Wood House White” is a postcard of the local 1870 house located near our vineyard and includes the history of the home. Our winery donates $2.00 from each bottle sold to the house’s preservation.

Cellar Notables:

2005 Syrah: A bronze medal winner at the 2007 Oregon Seafood and Wine Festival, this Syrah was grown in the foothills of Talent, Oregon at 1800’characteristic of being a very cool site of deep red clay and moderate to high vigor. The fruit was picked at the end of October and mid November at 25 brix, 0.7+ TA. With an intense spiciness of black pepper in the nose and at first taste, this wine follows with a slight black fruit and a smooth finish of excellent quenching acidity. The Label shows the Eagle Point Vineyard Barn on a frozen January morning.

2005 Pinot Noir: Wow, we love this complex wine. Grown in the Applegate on a cool to cold site on a gravel filled stream bottom, this moderate vigor site fills with cold each evening preserving flavor and acidity. The grapes were fermented cool (80 degree max) in shallow fermenting bins and punched regularly each day. (Punching pushes the skin into the juice after fermentation begins and aids in removing color and flavors from the skins and also helps to prevent unwanted flavors from developing.)

The wine’s nose opens with a balanced tea leaf and thyme spice. Upon first taste a brilliant black cherry fruit reveals itself without overwhelming the wonderful spiciness. A few minutes exposure to air revels a delicious orange peel nose with gracious tannins and acid. A lovely balance and good finish keeps you coming back for more.

The label showcases the Terpening Family 1949 Golden Anniversary Packard in front of the Eagle Point Antelope Creek Covered Bridge. This Packard recently toured the United States logging 10,500 miles on it’s original engine. Like this classic car, our Pinot Noir will age beautifully and be cherished on special occasions. Very limited production, which is scheduled for release in June 2007.

Finding Crater Lake Cellars:

Crater Lake Cellars is housed in the Old “District 4 Fire Hall”. We can be found at 21882 Hwy 62 Building B, nestled between the 76 Station and Bel Di’s, a fine river front dining establishment. With the Edgewater Inn across the street and the Rogue River RV Park next door, we are a great place to escape. Within walking distance to fine dining, river guide services, gift shops, and the Rogue River, one can easily enjoy a get-a way to the Upper Rogue. Highway 62 is also known, as the Crater Lake Highway and is the main road linking Medford, and I-5 with Crater Lake; Oregon’s only national park. Highway 62 also links up with the Highway 97, the main route to Bend. Some of the great places to visit and things to do while in the Upper Rogue include hiking, Lost Creek Lake recreation, fishing and rafting the Rogue River, camping, snowmobiling, and exploring the area for waterfalls, wildlife, and volcanic aftermath from Crater Lake.

Tasting Room:

Tasting Room Hours:
11:00 am – 5:30 pm

Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years and Easter. Extended hours available.

Tasting Room features:

  • Local products,
  • Winery tours,
  • Barrel tasting,
  • Child friendly
  • Picnic lunch menu/espresso available.

Upcoming Events:

August 11 - What’s My Wine??
Sample the Secret, Mystery wine at each location. Test your ability to detect “wine” traits. Each location will provide prizes for correct guesses. Get all 5 sites right? Get an “Upper Rogue Ex-pert Wine Taster” prize. Lot’s of events occurring in the Upper Rogue this weekend including the Shady Cove River Art Walk.

September 8 - Wine, Dine, Step back in Time
Porch Sipping Wines: Visit historical sites and wineries and sample foods from Upper Rogue Dining establishments. Start at any location and get a map. Focusing on great "Porch Sipping Wines" and "after a long day dining".

October 13 - Harvest Celebration
Coordinating with the Oregon Wine and Farm Tour, each of the Upper Rogue Sites will be celebrating the Fruits of their labor. Come visit the vineyards and farms and see us in full harvest operation. Fun harvest events will be occurring at each site.

November 10 - Women who Wine
Come meet the Women behind the wine, the vineyards and the Flour Mill. See how each of our individual talents, entrepreneurial spirit and passions have contributed to our agricultural based business. Vote on your favorite “Women Choice” wine at each site, and overall “Upper Rogue Women’s Choice” wine.

December 8 - Share the Joy, Bring a Toy
Come celebrate the holidays with us. We’ll all be in holdiay spirit showcasing wines and wonderful local gift ideas. A great day to build gift baskets. Bring an unwrapped toy to be given to local Upper Rogue Children.

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