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.

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Taste the Eugene-Medford connection
By Cleve Twitchell
    Silvan Ridge-Hinman Vineyards may be located near Eugene, but it has strong Rogue Valley connections.
Local tempranillo wins again
By Cleve Twitchell / Mail Tribune
    A tempranillo from Medford and a syrah from the Applegate Valley have won the top awards at this year's Greatest of the Grape. Judges singled out EdenVale's 2003 Tempranillo and Valley View's Anna Maria Syrah for their platinum medals.
South Stage Cellars: Moore grapes
Cleve Twitchell
    Don and Traute Moore are known for growing the grapes used in many award-winning wines. They've been doing it for years.

Featured Article

Three Rules For Choosing The Right Dinner Wine

RULE NO 1: Drink the wine that you like.

Sounds obvious, doesn't it? Sometimes, however, we get so caught up in what is the right wine and what is the wrong wine that we forget the most important thing: we have taste! We have our own individual taste and love drinking the wine we love to drink. Sure, certain wines traditionally match certain foods and flavours, but ultimately you are the judge of what you like to drink, no matter what the enologists say!

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