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Tasting Notes: Wine — Ledger David Cellars

Ledger David Cellars

Lena Varner and David Traul of Ledger David Cellars are hosting intimate wine dinners at their European-style tasting room.

A few weeks ago, a crab-centric meal was paired with wine made from chenin blanc grapes grown in France and at the couple's 15-acre vineyard in Talent.

The theme for the Jan. 28 dinner ($50) is Spain, with five courses of tapas, barrel tasting of the 2010 Reserve Tempranillo and flamenco music by Grant Ruiz.

Wednesday through Sunday, the tasting room in Central Point offers 2010 Sangiovese Rose ($18), 2009 Princeps Chenin Blanc ($20) and 2010 Primoris Chenin Blanc ($20) with Rogue Creamery lavender cheddar cheese and Lillie Belle Farms chocolate.

Soup from Pomodori Ristorante and live music are highlights on Friday nights.

Contact 541-664-2218 or www.ledgerdavid.com.

AWARDS: Many Rogue Valley wineries entered the 2012 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, the world's largest American wine contest, and some claimed braggable medals.

Ashland-based Velocity Wine Cellars won a bronze medal for Gus Janeway's 2008 Malbec ($24). Janeway's other label, William Augustus, received a gold medal for its 2010 Viognier-Marsanne ($16) and bronze for its 2008 Cabernet Franc ($24). The wines are in shops and restaurants or at www.velocitycellars.com.

The judges anointed Del Rio Vineyards 2010 Viognier ($20) and Pebblestone Cellars 2010 Pinot Gris ($15) Best in Class. Cuckoo's Nest Cellars 2010 Pinot Gris ($15) received double gold.

The judges also applauded Agate Ridge Vineyard, Cliff Creek Cellars, Daisy Creek Vineyard, RoxyAnn Winery and South Stage Cellars. For a complete list of winners, go to www.winejudging.com.

— Janet Eastman