Ledger David Cellars – Vineyard and Winery in Southern Oregon

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Summer Primoris Wine Club Event

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Join Ledger David Cellars for our summer Primoris Wine Club pick up party June 10-12 at Le Petit Tasting Room. Celebrate the release of Ledger David’s newest wines including our 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, 2013 Sublimus – our Premiere Super Tuscan, and our ever-popular 2013 Sangiovese. Enjoy these wines with Mamma Mia’s wood-fire oven pizza from noon to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Looking forward to private wine club hours? We’re staying open a little late on Friday and Saturday just for wine club members! Enjoy wines paired with small Italian bites from 6-8pm both Friday and Saturday.

*An RSVP is kindly requested for the private hours Friday and Saturday from 6-8pm, so that we can arrange for enough tasty fare for all.

Private Wine Club Hours: Fri. & Sat. | June 10 & 11 | 6-8pm
Wines paired with small Italian bites. * RSVP kindly requested.

General Hours: Sat. & Sun. | June 11 & 12 | Noon-5pm
Wine tasting with Mamma Mia’s wood-fire oven pizza.

Summer Wine Club Shipments Include:
3-Bottle Members
2015 Sauvignon Blanc (1), 2013 Sangiovese (1) & 2013 Sublimus (1)
Reds Only: 2013 Sangiovese (1), 2013 Sublimus (1) & 2013 Tempranillo (1)
Whites Only: 2015 Sauvignon Blanc (1), 2015 Primoris (1), 2015 Chardonnay (1)

6-Bottle Members
2015 Sauvignon Blanc (2), 2013 Sangiovese (2), 2013 Sublimus (2)
Reds Only: 2013 Sangiovese (2), 2013 Sublimus (2) & 2013 Tempranillo (2)
Whites Only: 2015 Sauvignon Blanc (2), 2015 Primoris (2), 2015 Chardonnay (2)

12-Bottle Members
2015 Sauvignon Blanc (3), 2013 Sangiovese (3), 2013 Sublimus (3), & 2013 Tempranillo (3)
Reds Only: 2013 Sangiovese (3), 2013 Sublimus (3), 2013 Tempranillo (3) & 2013 Cabernet Franc (3)
Whites Only: 2015 Sauvignon Blanc (3), 2015 Primoris (3), 2015 Chardonnay (3) & 2015 Viognier (3)

Please let us know if your billing information has changed. Call the tasting room at (541) 664-2218 or email [email protected] and Heather Davis would be delighted to update your payment information before processing your wine club order. You can also now update your credit card online with our secure wine club form.

We will be processing orders on Monday, June 6. As a reminder, 3-bottle members receive a 15% discount, 6-bottle members 20% and 12-bottle members 25% discount on all wine club selections.

If you are unable to join us during this event weekend, your wine club selections will be available after Monday, June 13 at the tasting room in Central Point (next to the Rogue Creamery) any time during regular hours.

2013 Cabernet Franc Wins Gold, Best of Show at 2016 Cascadia Wine Competition

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A reflection on our journey with Cabernet Franc thus far; a lesson in sunshine.

Aeterna lux solis. Eternal sunshine or sunshine eternal. The Cabernet Franc grape requires eternal sunshine to grow and develop complex flavors. Complex Cabernet Franc wine brings sunshine eternal to those who covet the grape.


Gold, Best of Class
2016 Cascadia Wine Competition

Just recently, our 4th vintage (2013 Cabernet Franc) earned a Gold, Best of Class distinction at the Cascadia Wine Competition. In their March 2016 article, “Top Wines from 2016 Cascadia Wine Competition,” Great Northwest Wine declares the award winning vintage “…a superb example of Cabernet Franc.” The magazine goes on to say, “…this winery is gaining a reputation as a top Rogue Valley producer.”

Now, it’s time to reflect for a moment, and thank the editors for recognizing this varietal and the quality of the fruit and wine that we are working toward producing from our estate vineyard. To be recognized is humbling, as there are many great producers here in southern Oregon. Still, we are doing our part to make wines that reflect the terroir of our cooler locale, in a warm region. A site with multiple microclimates and varying degrees of elevation and fruit orientation on our 26 acres of land.

Here’s a glimpse into the path that lead to our 2013 Cabernet Franc. Producing this wine required complex, detail oriented, hands-on involvement from selecting varietals to specific clones, to vineyard practices with early leaf-thinning and multiple passes to thin grapes at veraison and 80% color change. We worked with experts in the industry including Greg Jones, PhD, Randy Gold, Pacific Crest Vineyard Services, Marcus Buchanan from OSU extension, Martin Mochizuki, from Napa based Mochizuki and Associates, and heeded the advice of winemakers Linda Donovan, John Quinones, and Herb Quady – who is very familiar with the Cabernet Franc in our vineyard and is becoming known as an expert for this varietal. In the vineyard, we watch, we listen to the experts, we walk, we taste, we farm, we wait, we taste again, we harvest, and then we wait again.

Our first 2010 vintage Cabernet Franc won silver at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine awards. Future vintages continued to garner awards at the Chronicle, with our 2011 also earning the “Champion” title in SIP Magazine’s 2014 Best of the Northwest wine awards. In the industry, it means something to see your name listed next to Ledson and Quady North in wine competitions. The effort that goes into producing exceptional Cabernet Franc fruit results in some personal bias toward that from your own estate, so third party reviews validate that feeling of successful farming of this grape in southern Oregon.

Farming complex, full flavored fruit sometimes equates to taking risks. Allowing the fruit adequate hang time to develop. This was especially needed in the cooler 10 and 11 seasons. Sometimes we wait to harvest Cabernet Franc late into October or into early November. Several extra days of sunshine on the Cabernet Franc clones can make a significant difference in complex flavor development. So rather than harvest Cabernet Franc when the flavors are “nearly there” in early October, we wait. And in southern Oregon that often means the risk of rain and/or frost.

Despite longer hang-time, cooler evenings at our site allow the Cabernet Franc fruit to maintain its acid, allowing for a more balanced wine. As the tasting notes from Great Northwest Wine describe, “…aromas of mild oak, vanilla, and Bing cherry lead to flavors of dried herbs, blueberry and a hint of cocoa powder. Everything is backed by remarkable acidity and mild tannins – making this a classic example of Northwest Cabernet Franc.”

Beyond the reviews and most important for the Ledger David family, we love to share this wine and enjoy the reaction as we pour the 2013 Cabernet Franc in our tasting room. Sharing our Cabernet Franc with those who have a similar affinity as we do for this grape is rewarding on a daily basis. We love to share the sunshine.

Cheers, to Aeterna lux solis.

I’d be amiss if I didn’t note… a very small lot of 2013 Cabernet Franc Reserve is aging in the cellar as we speak. Our first reserve vintage. Wine Club members and those who purchased futures at our winter Vintner Dinner series got a sneak preview and a taste of the Sunshine to come.

Thom Kah Kai Soup paired with 2015 Ledger David Sauvignon Blanc

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Robert’s simple riff on Thom Kah Kai Soup paired with 2015 Ledger David Cellars Sauvignon Blanc
Serves 4

This coconut milk based classic Thai soup with its citrus notes and spice pairs beautifully with our 2015 Sauvignon Blanc. I have slightly modified the classic recipe to make it easier to find the ingredients without having to find an Asian grocery; though we have one in Medford where you can source all the classic ingredients. This is fast, healthy and delicious.

3 cups chicken broth
8 slices of ginger root (peeled)
1 large stalk of lemon grass cut into 2 inch pieces (for flavor only – don’t eat it)
Strips of peel from 1 small lime
2 cans of coconut milk (14 oz each)
1 lb. boneless chicken breasts cut into bite size pieces
¼ cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
2-1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
2-1/2 tablespoons Thai fish sauce (add more to taste if you like)
½ lb. mushrooms (your choice – I like cremini’s) sliced thin
5 medium jalapeño chilies (de-seeded and sliced and chopped thinly)

Put the chicken broth, ginger and lemon grass in a stock pot. Add the lime peel strips. Bring this to a low boil for one minute and add the coconut milk. Stir in the chicken and brown sugar. Add the chilies and mushrooms. Cook until the mushrooms and the chicken are tender and cooked through but not overly done.

Serve with a side of jasmine rice and 2015 Ledger David Cellars Sauvignon Blanc.


Preview Ledger David’s Newest 2015 Wine Vintage and Premiere Super Tuscan Red Blend this Memorial Day Weekend

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By Regina Vaccari

Urban-Elegant Tasting Room Offers Open-Air Wine Tasting Experience in Southern Oregon’s Popular Artisan Corridor

wine_rose_yellowflower_no_vintageLedger David Cellars will roll up the overhead doors to our urban-elegant ‘Le Petit Tasting Room’ for those looking to taste and purchase the newest wine releases this Memorial Day Weekend. Featured wines include the bright and aromatic 2015 Sangiovese Rosé and a barrel tasting and future sales of 2013 Sublimus – our first vintage Super Tuscan.

Join us Saturday, May 28 through Monday, May 30. Hours are noon-5pm. On Sunday and Monday, guests can also enjoy gourmet specialty pizza fresh from Mamma Mia’s wood fire oven.

“Memorial Day Weekend is an exciting time as it’s traditionally the ‘official’ start of wine tasting season,” says owner Lena Varner. “It’s a chance for regional wineries to showcase white and rosé wines made with fruit picked in the fall and bottled in the spring.”

In addition to the release of our 2015 Sangiovese Rosé, Ledger David will also offer barrel tastings and future sales of our first 2013 Super Tuscan, a blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.

“Ledger David’s focus is producing premium red blends and award-winning single varietal wines,” says Varner. “While blends are often made from a vineyards’ excess fruit, Ledger David winery uses its best wine grapes from each vintage to produce bold and complex blends.”

Looking forward to sharing these Italian-style wines made with Amore!

More Info
Nestled between the Rogue Creamery and Lille Belle Farms Gourmet Chocolates—Ledger David’s Le Petit Tasting Room completes the trifecta of world class wine, cheese and chocolate in Southern Oregon’s premier Artisan Corridor. Indulge in our unique wine tasting experience. Just 2 miles off I-5, left on exit 35. Open daily, noon to 5pm. For more information, visit www.ledgerdavid.com or call (541) 664-2218.