Oregon: Applegate Valley's "Eye Openingly Good" Wines

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applegatevalley.jpgBy Courtney Cochran

I was utterly charmed by Rhône-inspired pours from southern Oregon's new Cowhorn Wine at a Biodynamic® tasting in San Francisco earlier this year.  I reviewed all of my favs from the event here for Wine Country, though I must say that Cowhorn stuck out for its gorgeous packaging and branding (checking out the website is a must!) that - along with the winery's excellent pours - set the spot apart as one positioned to put not only über green wines but also the Applegate region itself on the vinous map.
cowhorn.jpgApplegate Ascending
Stretching 50 miles north from the California border to the Rogue River, Applegate Valley is a warmer area than much of Oregon's wine producing regions, which means Rhône-style wines such as Syrah and Viognier are at home there.  One of just about 10 wineries that currently call the region home, Cowhorn is part of the Applegate Valley Wine Trail, an affiliation of the area's vintners that open their doors to visitors and host events throughout the year.  Visitors can expect warm, unaffected Oregon hospitality alongside spectacular sightings of the Applegate and Rogue rivers, the great western wilderness and wildlife such as raptors - which are known to perch protectively over vineyards.

With its flair for things good and green, Applegate looks to be a region on the rise.

Cowhorn Vineyard & Garden  * 1665 Eastside Road, Jacksonville, OR 97530 * (541) 899-6876

For more information on the Applegate Valley wineries, go to:
www.southernoregon.org
www.applegatewinetrail.com

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