Red Lily Vineyards quest to create the perfect Oregon Tempranillo written by Carrie Wynkoop of Cellar 503 For Rachael Martin, winemaker and co-owner of Red Lily Vineyards, winemaking is truly a family affair. Rachael’s husband, Les, worked in the hospitality industry for years, and on their frequent travels to Europe they fell in love with Spanish Tempranillo. When they found the future home of Red Lily just outside of Jacksonville, they knew what would come next. In 2004, they planted their first Tempranillo grapes, and shortly thereafter Rachael, Les and their two kids moved to the small town. Growing the Tempranillo Red Lily Vineyards—named for the rare red flower found in the neighboring Siskiyou Mountains—opened in 2011 and focuses on the Tempranillo grape, which grows beautifully in Southern Oregon. Their wines reflect their passion for Tempranillo as well as their passion for family. They’ve named wines after their children including…
Potatoes have a bad reputation.
Once the kings of sustenance and preservers of civilizations, potatoes in modern society have been viewed as starchy carbs that aren’t good for us. Potatoes have been used and abused as the vehicle for bright and shiny things—French fries with ketchup, mashed potatoes with gravy, chips and dip.
Oregon is not one to drop the ball where beer is concerned. For those of German descent, who have ever been to Germany or who just like to drink good beer, you meet the requisite criteria to attend Oktoberfest this September. Festival tents will go up anywhere in the state where there is beer, especially in Portland and Bend. But, for my bier money, I’m heading to Mount Angel. Time to pull out the lederhosen and practice saying, “Prost!”