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Paula Bandy

Spring sparkles, and so does wine

“Give me a bowl of wine. In this I bury all unkindness.” — William Shakespeare Now that bud break has occurred in the vineyards, we delight in the flo...

A brief timeline of Southern Oregon wine

This week we’re going to take a look at some of the important dates in the history of wine in Southern Oregon. 1840s — Settlers plant wine grapes in Oregon terr...

New City Center Wine District ready to pop

The first — and currently the only — urban winery in downtown Medford combines passion and purpose as it expands into the new City Center Wine District. The ful...

Linda Donovan does what she loves

In The Urban Cork, to the soundtrack of her shiny black Lab, Shamrock, and his squeaky toy, Linda Donovan and I sat down for a sipping conversation about winema...

Women of wine go way back in time

It’s been speculated by historians, anthropologists and archaeologists that wine was probably first discovered by a woman — likely by mistake when a container o...

Gardens and wine are winning blend

Southern Oregon is known for sweeping mountain vistas, often with vineyards nestled into the hillsides, or rows of grapes striping the landscapes of the valleys...

Patience pays off at Trium

In 2003 Trium Wines opened its tasting room atop a hill overlooking the Rogue Valley. Trium, founded by Laura and Kurt Lotspeich, and two other families, was on...

Amber and amphora

“Super fun, food friendly and pairs well with just about anything,” is how Joe Chepolis, winemaker and co-owner/founder of Sound & Vision Wine Co. describes the...

Each glass of wine is a one-time event

Some of my favorite memories involve wine, but sometimes the wine itself is not as important as the story it creates, or the memories we keep. Often it’s more a...

Celebrating wine in 2022

As my second year of slinging wine words rolls around, I just want to say thanks to all of you who read Through the Grapevine. To those of you who have reached...

Pitcher perfect winter wine cocktails

Wine is not just for wine glasses. It can fill a cocktail glass with a deliciously festive, pleasingly refreshing and artful spirit. When using wine as a base f...

Cheers to local women in wine

Recently I spent an evening in support of women in wine. The happy hour began with a tasting of local women-made wines. The night slipped easily into conversat...

Carménère has its day

A while back I spent a memorable evening in a wine garden with a friend. We started early and lingered late, enjoying the darkness and quiet of a closed winery ...

Rogue Italians gaining ground

While Oregon in general is known for Rhône- and Bordeaux-style wines, Italian varietals are up and coming, especially in the warmer wine lands of Southern Orego...

Time for Hallowine

On a recent autumn afternoon, while relaxing on the deck of Weisinger Family Winery and tasting their deeply earthy and luscious reds, I was inspired to write t...

Dancin’ goes dry

2021 was Dancin’ Vineyards’ first full year of dry farming. They almost made it last year, but in the first week of September there was a heat spell and they ne...

Wine with a view

The indigo mountains of Southern Oregon deepen their violet hues in the fall, creating a dramatic backdrop for the shimmering mustard yellows, peppery reds and ...

Troon goes beyond biodynamics

Rudolph Steiner, an Austrian philosopher, first proposed biodynamics in 1924. Based on holistic and symbiotic practices, biodynamics took the early 20th century...

Parsing the many facets of pinot noir

People all over the globe are sipping a liquid jewel of the wine world, because Aug. 18 is International Pinot Noir Day. The pinot noir grape produces a heavily...