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.
Upcoming Events with Anam Cara Cellars
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.
Brand new winery "PROJECT M" is the vision of owners Jerry and Meg 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 Jerry 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.
Awww! Newberg Animal Shelter will bring adorable kittens for adoption on Saturday from 1:00-3:00 p.m., and we'll also welcome back the spellbinding Tabitha Blankenbiller to sign copies of her first collection of essays "Eats of Eden, a Foudoir." The patio will be open each day, and we have a charming new 90-point Rosé of Pinot Noir to share. New Spring release flight, and a Reserve Library Pinot Noir flight of six wines each receiving over 90 points by the Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast, Vinous or Wine Advocate.
Help us help others: Bring wrapped soaps and sample toothpastes, as well as no-longer-loved legos to the tasting room. They will find their way to our local women's shelter and the Edward's Elementary School's Lego Robotics Club.
On Memorial Day we honor members of the military who lost their lives while serving. We are pleased to offer a 10% discount on all purchases to veterans and current members of the armed forces, in addition to complimentary tastings.
Flights: $15 or $25
Open Saturday: 11:00-7:00 p.m.
Sunday and Monday: 11:00-5:00 p.m.
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 in the 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.
Gracing the Gallery through the summer are the lovely Florals and Yamhill landscapes by local artist Kimberly Chai. Meet Kim today and enjoy her art.
Born and raised on the Hawaiian island of Oahu, Kim is an artist, an educator, a freelance textile designer, and former patisserie cook who has been a resident of Newberg for 3 years. In moving to Oregon, Kim brought her handmade soap business Daily Ranch Soap Kitchen. "Daily Ranch" is an anagram of Kim's and her husband David's last names: Chai and Landry. Kim makes olive oil and cocoa butter soaps, goat milk soaps, coconut milk soaps, and solid lotion bars. As a textile designer, Kim has produced many designs for menâ€™s aloha (Hawaiian) shirts using the relief printmaking process. She also has a line of hand printed clothing, paper bead jewelry, scarves, and hats, under the label Chai DESIGNS.
All club members are invited to our complimentary pick up party - even if you have your wines in hand already! Taste the wines in your collection and purchase 2016 Futures at special discount.
Each Spring, we enjoy lamb stew by a great chef whose only direction is to create a stew that is Pinot-Friendly (and gluten free), and each year we have a new interpretation. This weekend, we look forward to a spectacular stew by Chef Dario Pisoni of Agrivino.
Music (Sat: 11:30-2:30) by Jesse Meade, a singer-songwriter living in Eugene. He accompanies himself with his own finger-style, acoustic guitar playing while performing both original material and an array of cover songs. His influences include musicians like Ray Charles, Hank Williams, Chuck Willis, Elizabeth Cotten, Otis Redding, Jimmie Rodgers, Aretha Franklin, Percy Mayfield, John Hurt, Sam Cooke, Patsy Cline, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Fats Domino, and Dinah Washington.
Donations: We are collecting sample soaps and toiletries for our local women's shelter. Also any no-longer-loved Lego pieces for the Edwards Elementary School's after class robotics. Thank you
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.
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.
Willamette Valley "insiders" are huge fans of this outstanding, unique restaurant! Chef Dario of Carlton's Agrivino will work his magic with a five-course menu perfectly paired with the wines of Anam Cara Cellars .
Zuppa: Pappa al Peperone (Velvety roasted bell peppers & tomato soup with bread)
2012 Dry Riesling from Library
Antipasti: Porchetta (Thinly shaved homemade roasted Porchetta served with arugula & Balsamic Reduction) 2011 Pinot Noir Wädenswil
Primi: Lasagne (Handmade authentic Dario's Lasagne) 2012 Pinot Noir Reserve Estate
Secondi: Spezzatino di Cinghiale (Slowly wine-braised wild boar stew served on Polenta Taragna) 2014 Pinot Noir Mark VIII
Dessert: Crostatineall 'Albicocca (Homemade Italian pie crust filled with apricot jam) 2013 Gewürztraminer
Wine Pairing Dinner - $90 Gratuities not included.
Reservations only via Opentable – Late cancellation or non-show fee will apply
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.
Eats of Eden is a trip into the memory, into the stomach, and into the heart of every woman. These essays of tasty bites, writing, coming-of-age, family, sex, self-esteem—and above all, overcoming personal odds to live your best life—are complete with mouth-watering recipes and memories that will change your relationship with food forever. From self-identity to love affairs with the sinking of the Titanic to cheese snobbery to reconciling the unanswered questions of a lost friendship, the home-loving socialite at the heart of this memoir dishes and dines on fashion, feminism, fabulousness, and food.
Eats of Eden follows a year of attempting to write a novel, and the daily life, occasional revelations and passions that feed, distract, complicate, and enrich that process—in the author’s case, constant detours into the kitchen. It’s a book about writing, eating, and surviving in the modern west, from literary hustling at the Doug Fir Lounge, to waiting for life-altering emails around a stew-cooking campfire at Crater Lake.
Tabitha 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.
Sláinte! Weekend festivities include Corned Beef Sliders here at Anam Cara. Also Irish munchies at our friends Owen Roe Winery and Fairsing Vineyard. Complimentary for our lucky Club Members, and just a wee bit o' green for the rest of you. 11:00-5:00 Saturday and Sunday (until 4:00 p.m. at Owen Roe).
Owen Roe Address: 2761 E 9th St, Newberg, OR 97132
Fairsing Address: 20881 NE Laughlin Road, Yamhill, OR 97148
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.
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!
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: email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.