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Liz Kelly-Campanale
March 21, 2016 | Newsletters | Liz Kelly-Campanale

Spring 2016 Newsletter

Celebration of Syrah
15th Annual 
Celebration of Syrah

Friday and Saturday, April 8 & 9

McMenamins Edgefield Winery presents its 15th Annual Celebration of Syrah, a revelry of wine, food and fun. Winemakers from the Pacific Northwest and beyond will showcase Syrahs, which are bold, inky-colored reds, made from a grape originated in France's Rhone Valley. 

Friday, April 8 at 6:30 p.m. 
Viognier Reception & Gourmet Syrah Dinner $105 | BUY TICKETS
Note: Only a few tickets remain

Saturday, April 9 at 11:30 a.m. 
Tour du Rhone Lunch $65 | BUY TICKETS

Saturday, April 9 at 4 p.m.
Grand Syrah Tasting & Benefit Silent Auction $45 | BUY TICKETS 
($30 for Wine Club members. Email for additional details.)

McMenamins 15th Annual Celebration of Syrah
McMenamins celebrates Syrah and Rhône varietals, featuring Northwest Winemakers at the 15th Annual Celebration of Syrah. Food pairings created by Executive Chef Chris Rattaro of the Black Rabbit Restaurant at Edgefield in Troutdale, OR. Music by Skip vonKuske, *with permission.
Wine Club Pick Up Event
Saturday, April 9
1 p.m. ‘til 4 p.m.
Edgefield Winery

Join us for a members-only reception and pick up your spring wine club selection. Space is limited, so RSVP via email by April 6 to
…and on the same afternoon at Edgefield, Wine Club members enjoy a $15 discount on admission to: The Annual Celebration of Syrah’s Grand Tasting & Benefit Auction! Email for more details!

The Spring Wine Club selections:
Gateway Club
Gateway Club

• 2013 Syrah
• 2015 Viognier
• 2015 Roussanne
• 2013 Cuvée de L’Abri Rouge
Red Shed Club

Two bottles each:
• 2013 Syrah
• 2013 Cuvée de L’Abri Rouge
White Rabbit Club
White Rabbit Club

• 2015 Roussanne
• 2015 Umbrella Jimmy Rosé
• 2015 Viognier
(Two Bottles)
Edgefield Wine Club

Join the Edgefield Wine Club

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 direct or picked up at the Edgefield Tasting Room. Gift memberships are also available. For more information visit


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 here at Edgefield.

Spring is an important time for grapevines. After a winter marked by dormancy and pruning, the vines are beginning to wake up and show signs of life.

As the temperatures rise, buds formed during the previous year’s growth cycle begin to swell, then burst, a phenomenon known as bud break. Each bud will produce a fruiting shoot. The timing of bud break is important because it represents the start of the growing season, which affects the timing of the harvest.

In Oregon, bud break occurs around the end of April. Over the next few weeks, the shoots will grow rapidly, building the canopy that will turn sunlight into vital energy for the spring and summer months.

Varietal Spotlight
Varietal Spotlight: Grenache

The star of our Cuvée de L’Abri Rouge, Grenache is the most widely planted grape in the Rhône Valley and one of the most widely planted varieties in the world. Originally from Spain, Grenache requires a long, hot growing season to reach ripeness, yet it is a delicate grape that’s light in color with spicy aromatics and soft berry flavors on the palate. It is perhaps best known as the star grape of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, where it is often blended with Syrah (for color and spice) and Mourvèdre (for structure and elegance), along with other permitted varietals. The Cuvée de L’Abri Rouge is made in homage to this tradition, a blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, and Cinsault.
Spring Food Wine Pairing
Spring Food and Wine Pairing:
2013 Cuvée de L’Abri Rouge

Our Cuvée de L’Abri Rouge has an intriguing nose of lavender, strawberry, honey and rose petal, which gives way to black raspberry, dark cherry, leather and a hint of cedar on the palate with soft, round tannins. This medium-bodied wine is still in its infancy, and will benefit from aeration and/or decanting to help it open up. Pair it with a simple meat dish such as rack of lamb, or this traditional French cassoulet: Recipe

More Upcoming Events
Where we’ll be hosting or pouring!

Cider Rite of Spring * Tiffany Center in downtown Portland
Saturday, March 19, noon ‘til 5 p.m.

Meet Your Maker Syrah Tasting * McMenamins 23rd Avenue Bottle Shop
Thursday, March 31, 5 p.m. ‘til 8 p.m.

Black Rabbit Red’s 21st Birthday * All McMenamins locations
Saturday, April 2, all day

More on Social Media
For updates and more, look for us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram!
@edgefieldwinery and @edgefieldcider

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