• Holiday Cheers

    These local wines can be enjoyed at home or make the perfect gift
  • Uncorking a bottle of wine pours on the holiday cheer — particularly if the label is local.
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  • Uncorking a bottle of wine pours on the holiday cheer — particularly if the label is local.
    We've packaged this guide to giving local wine from our biweekly feature Southern Oregon Wine of the Week. From single-varietal reds and whites to blends, there's a wine listed here for every palate. Most have been vetted by industry experts and can be purchased online.
    Ranging in price from $14 to $36, these wines won't break your shopping budget. A gift of wine fills the bill for those "has-everything" recipients, and it's one-size-fits-all.
    With a dozen to choose, there are plenty to enjoy in the weeks to come. Call it the oenophile's version of "The Twelve Days of Christmas."
    Ledger David 2010 Tempranillo
    Vineyard: Varner-Traul Vineyards in Talent
    Winemaker: Kiley Evans
    Recognition: Featured in the October issue of Sunset magazine as one of the region's top "Wines to Try" and earned a silver medal at the Southern Oregon World of Wine competition.
    Price: $28
    Purchase at: www.ledgerdavid.com
    Pairs with: Fire-roasted leg of wild boar, grilled Madeira-tamarind-glazed rack of lamb, Rogue Creamery Crater Lake Blue cheese.
    Tasting notes: Opens with aromas of clove and cinnamon, followed by sweet, black-cherry fruit on the palate and supple tannins.
    South Stage Cellars 2010 Pinot Noir
    Vineyard: Fortmiller Vineyard in Talent
    Winemaker: Linda Donovan
    Recognition: Silver medal in the 2013 San Francisco Chronicle International Competition
    Price: $28
    Purchase: By calling the tasting room at 541-899-9120
    Pairs with: Salmon, turkey, chicken, pork, mushrooms, mustards
    Tasting notes: Everything a pinot noir should be with a soft cherry flavor and lightly spiced, earthy finish. Special French clones deliver gentle tannins that convey depth and elegance.
    Jaxon Vineyards 2011 Grenache
    Vineyards: Jaxon Vineyards Estate
    Winemaker: Rob Folin
    Recognition: Southern Oregon World of Wine double gold
    Price: $36
    Purchase at: www.jaxonvineyards.com
    Pairs with: Turkey, quail, braised lamb shanks, roast pork, stuffed mushrooms, lentil stew, ratatouille and eggplant dishes, mild cheddars, macaroni and cheese.
    Tasting notes: Refined, with roasted plum and juicy raspberry accented by fragrant spice and earth. The mineral-infused finish is long and stylish.
    RoxyAnn 2009 Tempranillo
    Vineyard: RoxyAnn Estate Vineyards in Medford
    Winemaker: John Quinones
    Recognition: 90 points from Wine Spectator
    Price: $26
    Purchase at: www.roxyann.com
    Pairs with: Grilled rib-eye steak, moussaka, paella with chorizo, chicken, shrimp or a bacon burger
    Tasting notes: Tempranillo is one of Southern Oregon's most distinctive varietals. This wine is 77 percent tempranillo, 12 percent syrah and 11 percent cabernet sauvignon. It has black cherry flavors and spice and floral scents wrapping a polished frame of firm tannins with a mineral, grilled-plum and blackberry finish.
    2010 Simple Machine "Leverage"
    Vineyard: Crater View Vineyard in Jacksonville
    Winemaker: Brian Denner
    Recognition: 90 points from Wine Spectator
    Price: $20
    Purchase at: www.simplemachinewine.com
    Pairs with: Fresh crab, manchego cheese, olive-based pasta dishes
    Tasting notes: This Rhone-style white blend was bottled unfined and unfiltered to retain character and body. The nose opens with white-peach and pineapple aromas. The palate shows ripe peach and tropical-fruit flavors.
    2011 Upper Five Tempranillo
    Vineyard: Upper Five certified-organic vineyard in Talent
    Winemaker: Terry Sullivan
    Recognition: The 2010 Tempranillo received 90 points from Wine Spectator
    Price: $28
    Purchase: By calling the winemaker at 541-285-8359
    Pairs with: Paella, smoked or cured meats such as Spanish chorizo, charbroiled meats, molé.
    Tasting notes: Despite a cool growing season, the tempranillo came in very ripe, resulting in full fruit flavors with fine but present tannins. Dark-cherry, black-currant and a hint of plum dominate.
    2012 Quady North Pistoleta
    Vineyards: Roussanne, marsanne and viognier grapes were grown at Crater View, Mae's and O'Neill vineyards in the Applegate Valley
    Winemaker: Herb Quady
    Recognition: The 2011 Pistoleta earned 90 points from Wine Spectator
    Price: $19
    Purchase at: www.quadynorth.com
    Pairs with: Shellfish, fresh crab, simple pastas, Asian cuisine, mild cheeses
    Tasting notes: Crisp with 12.5 percent alcohol, this Rhone-style white blend has citrus aromas and flavors with hints of stone fruit.
    Kriselle Cellars 2010 Di'tani
    Vineyards: Various Rogue Valley AVAs
    Winemaker: Scott Steingraber
    Price: $25
    Purchase at: www.krisellecellars.com
    Pairs with: Grilled meats, aged cheeses, paellas
    Tasting notes: This rich, full-bodied red (50 percent cabernet franc, 17 percent cabernet sauvignon, 17 percent malbec and 16 percent tempranillo) with bright acidity has sweet oak, cocoa and white-pepper aromas with notes of red cherry, raspberry and currant.
    Ledger David 2010 Orion's Nebula red blend
    Vineyard: Cabernet franc, malbec, petit verdot and syrah were grown at Varner-Traul Vineyards in Talent
    Winemaker: John Quinones
    Recognition: Double gold at 2012 World of Wine and gold at 2013 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
    Price: $30
    Purchase at: www.ledgerdavid.com
    Pairs with: Panini with Rogue Creamery Oregonzola and prosciutto; grilled rib-eye, barbecue pork ribs, duck breast.
    Tasting notes: Black cherry, cedar, vanilla nose.
    Brandborg Vineyard & Winery 2009 Bench Lands Pinot Noir
    Vineyards: Bench-land vineyards in Elkton AVA
    Winemaker: Terry Brandborg
    Price: $22
    Purchase at: www.brandborgwines.com
    Recognition: Recent vintages received San Francisco Chronicle medals
    Pairs with: The wine's bit of tannin holds up to red sauces while it's smooth enough for salmon, plush enough for wild-mushroom risotto and has the acid for grilled game hens stuffed with lemon, garlic and rosemary.
    Tasting notes: The garnet-colored pinot noir has aromas of earth, Bing cherries, crushed, dried tea roses, pomegranate and blackberry candy and flavors of sweet-cherry fruit and spice with a subtle smokiness.
    Folin Cellars 2009 Estate Tempranillo
    Vineyard: Folin Vineyards in Gold Hill
    Winemaker: Rob Folin
    Price: $30
    Purchase at: www. folincellars.com.
    Pairs with: Wild mushrooms, root vegetables, truffles, risotto, meatloaf, crab bisque, Yukon Gold potato hash with chanterelles, acorn squash and shallots.
    Tasting notes: Bright, lively wine with aromas of fresh pomegranate juice and tart pie cherries and flavors of maraschino cherries intertwined with a rich cola component. Subtle oak leads the way to a viscous and lingering finish.
    Foris Vineyards Winery 2012 Pinot Blanc
    Vineyards: Foris Vineyards Gerber, Maple Ranch, Cedar Ranch
    Winemaker: Bryan Wilson
    Recognition: Southern Oregon World of Wine double gold, Wine Enthusiast 88 points
    Price: $14
    Purchase at: www.foriswine.com
    Pairs with: Roasted turkey or chicken
    Tasting notes: This vintage is a little more plump than most Foris pinot blancs and with aromas of Granny Smith apple, fresh figs and almond paste. There is less minerality and more spice, high-note fruit and a fuller body.
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