On Buying Wine:

The key is to find a wine shop where you feel comfortable-both physically and in being able to communicate with the owner or salesperson there. Tell him or her, "I don't care about wines with big names; I'm interested in smaller producers." Buy an assorted case (to get the normal 10-15% case discount), and make notes when you try each wine-day, food, impression, whether you liked or didn't like it. Then go back to the same store and the same salesperson, and tell her what you liked and didn't like. This gives her a better idea of your palate, and should yield better recommendations.

Featured Vineyard/Farm

Troon Vineyard


1475 Kubli Road (view map)
Grants Pass, OR 97527
Phone: 541-776-6536

Troon Vineyard is an internationally recognized, award winning, boutique winery, with a team dedicated to the pursuit of "good times and fine wines." Located in the viticultural heart of the Applegate Valley, the winery and vineyard are set on a beautiful 98 acre property with breathtaking panoramic views. Troon Vineyard is situated about half way between Grants Pass and Jacksonville (approximately 20 minutes from either location).

Established in 1972 by founder and southern Oregon grape growing pioneer Dick Troon, the winery is now owned and operated by the Martin family. With an incredible new tasting room and winery completed in summer 2005, this is the preeminent facility in southern Oregon. Reminiscent of a French villa, this multi-building complex has some distinctly contemporary influences. Details like copper gutters, tile roofs, and extensive cedar work, serve to accentuate some of the traditional aspects. Inside you will find hand-scraped hickory floors, granite countertops, and a commercial kitchen, leaving no doubt that attention to detail is important to us. With unique experiences like providing accompanying hors d'oeuvres for tasting, brunches throughout the summer, winemaker's dinners, cooking classes and numerous other events throughout the year, this is a can't miss stop.

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