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Liz Kelly-Campanale
September 2, 2016 | Newsletters | Liz Kelly-Campanale

Fall 2016 Newsletter


Edgefield Winery Newsletter
Fall Wine Club Shipment & Pick-Up Party

Fall Wine Club selections will be available starting September 19 at Edgefield Winery or Anderson School Market in Bothell. Or join us for the Pick-Up Party:

Fall Wine Club Tasting & Pick Up Party
Saturday, September 24 at Edgefield Winery from 1 p.m. ‘til 4 p.m.

Just let us know if you’re coming to the party! RSVP by September 19 to

Members also get a Wine Club Discount in Portland at the Kennedy School Gift Shop as well as the 23rd Avenue Bottle Shop – anytime!

Interested in joining the fun? Club members get a 15% discount on our wines (20% for purchases of 12 or more bottles), complimentary tastings in our tasting room, invitations to member-only events, discounts on tickets to wine events, and priority access to new and limited releases. The wines can be shipped to you directly or picked up. Gift memberships are also available. Details at

This month's selections:
Gateway Club
Gateway Club

• 2015 White Rabbit
• 2015 Riesling, Elhanan Vineyard
• 2013 Black Rabbit Red
• 2014 Zinfandel, Volcano Ridge Vineyard
Red Shed Club
Red Shed Club

Two bottles each:
• 2013 Black Rabbit Red
• 2014 Zinfandel, Volcano Ridge Vineyard
White Rabbit Club
White Rabbit Club

Two bottles each:
• 2015 White Rabbit
• 2015 Riesling, Elhanan Vineyard
What's Happening in the Vineyard

Grapevines are deciduous, woody perennial plants that follow an annual cycle of growth, fruiting, and dormancy. This year, we’re following the cycle of growth in our Poor Farm Estate vineyard at Edgefield.

Throughout the last few months, the grapes have gone from small, hard green berries to plump, juicy grapes. In the last few weeks before ripeness, the grapes go through a process known as véraison, where the berries change color and begin to soften and accumulate sugar.
During the following weeks, sugar, pigments, and other flavor compounds increase, while organic acids decrease and change forms. Shoot growth slows or stops, and the bark of green shoots begins to turn brown and woody (a process called lignification). Once the grapes reach peak ripeness, it’s time to harvest.
Black Rabbit Red
The Origin of Black Rabbit Red

The black rabbit is the fabled mascot of Edgefield, where our winery and vineyards are located in Troutdale, Oregon. Legend has it that when Mike and Brian McMenamin were touring the property in the early 1990s, considering whether or not to purchase the dilapidated, run-down, overgrown estate, a cute little black rabbit popped up, hippity-hopped across their path and scurried off into the blackberry brambles.

It was a fortuitous sign, one might say – and it made the perfect mascot for our flagship wine. Since its inception in 1995, the sourcing has shifted from Southern Oregon to the Columbia Valley, but the spirit of our Bordeaux-inspired blend has remained true. Raise a glass to the original bunny and enjoy this smooth, easy-drinking wine.
Harvest Cake with Grapes and Sangiovese Syrup

In honor of the grape harvest, try this Italian-inspired cake. You can use seeded wine grapes or seedless table grapes:
Harvest Cake
View Recipe

Upcoming Tastings & Events
Where we’ll be hosting and/or pouring if you’d like to get tickets and join us:

12th Annual Moveable Feast at Edgefield
Thursday, September 8 at 7 p.m.Buy Tickets
Overnight package, use code: MOVEABLE

Edgefield Harvest Vintners Dinner
Thursday, October 13 at 7 p.m. | Buy Tickets 
*Special pricing available for Wine Club members.
Email for additional details.
Overnight package, use code: HARVEST

Any Port in the Storm
A Twilight Port Tasting at Edgefield 
Saturday, November 19 at 6 p.m. | Buy Tickets
*Special pricing available for Wine Club members.
Email for additional details.

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