Jesús Guillén is Guest Winemaker
Feb
10
11:00 AM11:00

Jesús Guillén is Guest Winemaker

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.

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Matzinger Davies are today's Guest Winemakers
Mar
10
11:00 AM11:00

Matzinger Davies are today's Guest Winemakers

Anna Matzinger of Matzinger Davies - one of Oregon's top cult wineries - will be our guest today.

Anna Matzinger 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.

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Jan
13
11:00 AM11:00

Second Saturday Guest Winemaker is Lujon

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. 

 

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Vintage Tasting
Dec
16
12:00 PM12:00

Vintage Tasting

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: info@anamcaracellars.com
 

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Guest Winemaker is Antiquum Farm
Dec
9
11:00 AM11:00

Guest Winemaker is Antiquum Farm

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."

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Artist Reception: Christine Joy
Dec
3
2:00 PM14:00

Artist Reception: Christine Joy

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.

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Holiday Sip and Shop!
Nov
30
5:00 PM17:00

Holiday Sip and Shop!

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! 

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Wine Club Pick Up Party
Nov
4
11:00 AM11:00

Wine Club Pick Up Party

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.

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Vineyard Paint Day: New Date!
Oct
28
11:00 AM11:00

Vineyard Paint Day: New Date!

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 events@anamcaracellars.com

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/

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ORegon CAres
Oct
22
11:00 AM11:00

ORegon CAres

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!

 

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Oregon Cheese Month: Artisan Cheeses from Canby
Sep
23
11:00 AM11:00

Oregon Cheese Month: Artisan Cheeses from Canby

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.

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Oregon Cheese Month: Fondue Party!
Sep
16
11:00 AM11:00

Oregon Cheese Month: Fondue Party!

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.

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NEW DATE! Annual Vineyard Open House
Sep
9
11:00 AM11:00

NEW DATE! Annual Vineyard Open House

Originally planned for Labor Day Weekend, this day in the vineyard has been moved to Saturday, September 9 because of the heat. Join us for Informal, educational vineyard tours on the half-hour and grape tastings of different varietals as we approach Harvest 2017. Educational and informative vineyard walks will take place on the 1/2 hour.
Cost: $10 (includes snacks and wine tastes of the featured vines)
Additional wines by the glass and chilled soft drinks will be available as well as tamales for an additional charge. Friendly pets welcome!  One day only, 11:00-5:00 p.m. 
Address for GPS: 22222 SW Nicholas View Drive, Sherwood. 
Take Garland Road exit off 99W and follow signs.

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Eclipse Brunch in the Vineyard: SOLD OUT
Aug
21
8:30 AM08:30

Eclipse Brunch in the Vineyard: SOLD OUT

Not planning to join the crowds for the eclipse? We're viewing this historic event in the big wide skies above our vineyard in the Chehalem Mountains, sipping on wine cocktails, and enjoying breakfast pizzas! Disclaimer: we are on the edge of the eclipse path but still expect 99% totality. Email us to save a spot: eclipse@anamcaracellars.com

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Timothy Malone: Guest Winemaker
Aug
12
11:00 AM11:00

Timothy Malone: Guest Winemaker

Meet brand new Dad Tim Malone who pours his outstanding Timothy Malone Wines as our "homeless" Guest Winemaker this week. Malone Wines is a small, family-owned and operated local winery specializing in Pinot Noir and aromatic white wines that are reflective of this beautiful wine growing region. Tim is known for his minimal intervention winemaking practices that result in authentic wines that are reflective of a time and place.

Today's tasting flight includes wines from both Anam Cara and Malone.

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Wine Club Dinner and Star Party at the Vineyard
Aug
5
6:30 PM18:30

Wine Club Dinner and Star Party at the Vineyard

Wine Club Members Star Party in the Vineyard!

The fascinating and spell-binding Jim Todd, Director of Space Science Education at OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry) will bring his high-powered telescopes and knowledgeable volunteers. 

OMSI galaxy experts will guide us through stars and planets after we've feasted on an incredible Native American Salmon Bake, with salmon perfectly roasted over an oak fire pit. 

This event is SOLD OUT and currently has a waiting list. Contact us at 503-537-9150 or info@anamcaracellars.com for status and further information.

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International Pinot Noir Celebration
Jul
28
to Jul 30

International Pinot Noir Celebration

No wine event on the planet rivals IPNC! While we are not featured this year (wineries take turns) we'll be there to taste a spectacular collection of Burgundies, and Pinots from Oregon and around the world. A few tickets remain for this bacchanalia of wonderful wines, superb cuisine, unique vineyard and winery visits and so much more. Join us if you possibly can!

Here are a few words on the Grand Seminar:  The French Adventurers

Burgundians Making Pinot Noir in Oregon  “On a splendid morning of July 1987, in the hills of Dundee, my father looked at me and said ‘let’s try to make wine here, I believe in this place’. In 30 years the journey has been as challenging as it has been a fascinating adventure.” – Véronique Boss-Drouhin

In more recent years, emissaries from Maison Louis Jadot, Domaine des Comtes Lafon, Méo-Camuzet, and Domaine Marc Roy have decided to put down their roots in Oregon as well. Join moderator Eric Asimov of The New York Times, and savor examples of their Oregon wine as they share tales of their adventures here in the New World.

... and one of the "University of Pinot Noir" topics:
THE IMPACT OF VINTAGE IN BURGUNDY  Join Allen Meadows, along with Chisa Bize, Mathilde Grivot, and Etienne de Montille, in an exploration of how a growing season impacts the finished wine. Each winemaker has chosen two distinct vintages to share with you to compare and contrast. Learn from the winemakers how vintage characteristics contributed to the finished wine, and how each vintage offers up something new by imparting a personality of its own.

 

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Robert Canaga Artist Reception
Jul
8
12:00 PM12:00

Robert Canaga Artist Reception

Meet Eugene artist Robert Canaga at the Tasting Room Gallery and enjoy his spectacular canvases. 
From the artist:  "An artist commits part of the soul to their work, but this is not a subtractive process for me. I grow when I put these images out into the world. I gain knowledge of myself when I complete a painting, so each work leads to the next like completing a puzzle.
I’m a purist when it comes to color; I carry precise colors in my mind’s eye. The windows of my studio do not reveal the surrounding landscape, because I deliberately decided not to be influenced by the external. I’m fascinated by color frequencies and how those frequencies relate to each other.

I work from glimpses of nature, vineyards, and other land forms.

Several times in my life, I’ve been very close to my own death. These experiences, and my art, taught me to fully stand in the moment, where there is no time, and everything happens at once.

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Vineyard "Work Party"
Jun
25
10:00 AM10:00

Vineyard "Work Party"

A favorite event! Wine Club members are invited to join us in the vineyard for an informative overview of the 2017 vintage to date. Then you'll be given a task to complete at your own pace. Learn what it takes to nurture a vineyard towards harvest, and the many steps we take at this critical stage of winemaking

We'll follow with a BBQ lunch, accompanied by a well-earned glass or two of wine! This is a complimentary event for Club members, with a nominal $25 charge for their guests. RSVPs necessary to 503-537-9150 or wineclub@anamcaracellars.com

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Rosé Party at Mr WEST, Seattle
Jun
20
5:00 PM17:00

Rosé Party at Mr WEST, Seattle

Summer Solstice means it's definitely Rosé time! Join us at this cool downtown Seattle wine bar to enjoy some of the Northwest's prettiest wines - including a few rare bottles of our charming 2016 Rosé of Pinot Noir - accompanied by Mr.WEST-style hotdogs and cheeses curated to pair with rosés. For tickets, call 206.900.WEST

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Jun
17
to Jun 18

Pinot and Tamales for Dad!

It's a unique wine pairing ... Oregon Pinot Noir and Tamales! Join us for this fun tasting and you'll be surprised how different vintages complement the handmade pork, chicken or vegetarian tamales handmade for us by Beaverton's Tamale Queen, Perfecta Jimenez. Relax outside on our new wine patio, or in the tasting room surrounded by Robert Canaga's dramatic paintings. Tasting includes three vintages of Nicholas Vineyard Pinot Noirs and a sample of Tamale. Complimentary for Dad, or $20 for his guests.  Additional Tamales will be available for purchase and the special tasting will end when they are all gone!

 

Open until 7:00 p.m. Saturday, 5:00 p.m. Sunday.

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Memorial Weekend Events
May
27
to May 29

Memorial Weekend Events

Patio Party! Enjoy our Newberg wine patio with al fresco wines and hors d'oeuvres. New Spring releases include Rosé and Riesling, 2015 Pinot Noir Futures and special Reserve flight. Charcuterie and Oregon cheese plates available, music, art exhibit and more.

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Seattle: Taste Oregon
May
21
1:00 PM13:00

Seattle: Taste Oregon

Join us and 34 other premium Oregon wineries at this exciting tasting in the SODO area of Seattle. This event is a fundraiser for OASSIS OREGON and a collaboration with Seattle Uncorked

Wineries include: Anam Cara, Anderson Family Vineyard, Bjornson Vineyard, Brigadoon, Cana’s Feast Winery, Cathedral Ridge Winery, Chehelem, Coeur de Terre Vineyard, Coria Estates, Del Rio Vineyards, Elevee Wines, Eyrie Vineyards, Foris Vineyards, Hyland Estates, J. Scott Cellars, Le Cadeau Vineyard, Left Coast Cellars, Patricia Green Cellars, Rocky Point Cellars, Solena Estate, Sokol Blosser, Strangeland Winery, Vanduzer Vineyards, Willamette Valley Vineyards, Willful Wine Co and Youngberg Hill

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