Itâ€™s almost here: that fabulous, frenetic, and fun-filled season known as harvest.
Letâ€™s face itâ€¦wineries that produce their own fruit are farmers, and thereâ€™s nothing like harvest season to drive that point home. With one eye on the weather and the other on the vines, ourÂ winemaker will deduce the perfect moment to pick this yearâ€™s vintage. That â€śmomentâ€ť is actually many different moments, as it varies by varietal and location in the vineyard. Some of it is subjective, and some of it is science. It is, nonetheless, one of the most important decisions in a process of crucial choices.
As farmers, we are really supportive of our neighboring producers and purveyors, whether theyâ€™re growing grapes or green beans. Â The Rogue Valley is fertile land, and weâ€™re fortunate to be surrounded by a bounty of luscious products that are grown and/or produced here. In our Applegate Valley tasting room weâ€™ve put together a few of our favorites which are now available in our marketplace.
Pennington Farms is iconic Applegate Valley. Known for the exquisite jams and syrups derived from their berry fields and fruit trees, this is a family farm at its finest. When we can keep them in stock, youâ€™ll find a selection of jarred deliciousnessâ€¦right now weâ€™ve got Luster Berry, Strawberry Rhubarb, and Plum Marmalade.
Salinity Salts is the final word on finishing salts. Every cook will tell you that salt is the most important ingredient, but all salts are not created equal. This local company has a line of exquisite products (and an awesome website: www.salinitysalts.com), and weâ€™re proud to feature several types including the Black Garlic and Lemon Ginger.
Kiaâ€™s Kitchen Gourmet Mustards puts Frenchâ€™s to shame. Locally handcrafted in a number of creative flavors and combinations, this is a small operation that deserves to go big, and Troon is the exclusive winery outlet for their products. Try the Lemon Pineapple or Â Cucumber Dill, and watch for custom vinegars made from Troon Zinfandel and Druidâ€™s Fluid to be available this fall.
Shibui Finishing Sauce is made by a talented chef from Talent, just a few miles down the road. Made from aged Italian Balsamic, this is a finishing sauce for meats and vegetables that would pair perfectly with our 2012 Foundation â€™72 Zinfandel , by the wayâ€¦
And for the non-consumable variety of goodies, we are now carrying local lavender products for home and body from Lavender Fields Forever. Â Though youâ€™re never supposed to wear fragrance while tasting wine, youâ€™ll want to take some of this lovely lavender home.
We invite you to join us at the winery â€“ the summer season is still in full swing and weâ€™re in a mad dash toward harvest. Have a glass of wine on our patio or sample a flight in the tasting room. While youâ€™re here, pick up a few items and support your local farmer â€“ including us!