The People’s Coast Classic: 363 Glorious miles down the Oregon Coast
by Robert Trottmann
The back story. It was late winter 1998, my daughter was 7 and my son was 2. I had just bought a new touring bicycle and was determined to soon ride my new bike down the Oregon coast from Astoria to Brookings. It is now a not so soon 17 years later, my daughter is newly married, my son just went to his first high school homecoming dance Saturday night and from September 8-14, I was finally able to realize my dream of bicycling the most beautiful coast in the world. And I did it on that very same bicycle.
Day 1. After spending the first night in the Astoria High School football field, made famous in the movie The Goonies (check it out), I awoke early dawn September 8 in a dew soaked tent so excited to get rolling down the Coast. With a full dose of coffee and breakfast at the Maritime Museum and the requisite fanfare and photos of the riders, some 45 plus cyclists and our support staff headed Southwest in a long stream out of Astoria with the first stop 25 miles ahead in Seaside with the day to end in Tillamook 68 miles down Highway 101. The day was sunny and simply perfect.
Landing in Tillamook I set up my tent and grabbed a beer, graciously provided by the Rogue Brewery, and headed to our mobile shower truck for one of the best soakings I have ever had. The wonderful David Gremmels of the Rogue Creamery had in the meantime arranged for me to get a massage at the mobile massage tent! This is not the roughing it, solo ride, I had planned on doing 17 years ago. Oh no, this was pure biking, camping, eating and drinking fun like it should be. I didn’t even have to carry my gear! Really, this was my version of a week at a mobile Ritz Carlton.
Day 2 meant the longest day of riding starting out climbing and descending the 3 capes out of Tillamook head. Cloudy to start, the day cleared with little wind and more perfect weather. Just magnificent! Onto Newport and a gala dinner with Ledger David wines, plenty of amazing Rogue Creamery Cheeses, organic fruits and vegetables, and fresh line caught tuna. All this inside the incredible Oregon Coast Aquarium, which I encourage everyone to visit.
The following morning I rode back into Newport and explored a bit of the historic Nye Beach neighborhood, had a double shot of espresso and then headed back the Rogue Brewery under the bridge for lunch and a brewery tour headed up by the brew master John Maier, who was also riding with us. John was my off and on riding companion. He is a true gentleman and makes some really fine beers! The afternoon was perfect as we headed down the next leg of our adventure and the shortest distance of riding for the week. A short and beautiful 25 miles ended in the lovely town of Yachats.
Camping in Yachats was windy and chilly but dinner in the shelter house was cozy and supplied with delicious Ledger David Cellars wine making for some very happy riders. Late in the evening, shenanigans ensued with the incredibly high energy Bill Bloxum’s bike being suspended in the rafters by our illustrious support staff. Hilarious! It’s important to note that Bill’s company F.C. Bloxom generously supplied all our produce and fruit for the ride.
The Yachats to North Bend ride was a long 73 miles and I have to say lonely, which ironically, was part of the whole trip. The riders were spread out far apart each day giving plenty of time to be alone with ones thoughts. Not a bad thing. The bridge into North Bend is high and scary. Lots of wind and our support crew shuttled a lot of us. I hadn’t been in a car all week and wasn’t about to do that regardless of wind and fear. So I walked across with my bike. The camping in the North Bend baseball fields was the least desirable site of the ride. As I rode into the ball field I noticed that the outfield where many riders had already set up camp was lush with taller green grass. It looked like it was being well watered. The infield was dry and the grass was short. In my delirium of the day’s ride I just thought, hmmm I’ll set up my tent behind the pitcher’s mound where it was dry, thinking to myself “ what if the sprinklers come on at night.” They did. Everyone to a rider, except me were soaked. Completely soaked. Hours went by in the darkness, with support staff and a maintenance man trying to get the water shut off. The next morning it was a mini Katrina. Sprinklers shoot up, rain falls down, and rain flies aren’t made for that. It was bad. The great part was the way everyone handled the event. Lots of laughter and good spirits about the whole thing. A testimony to the quality people I rode with all week. Incredible people!
Day 5 was a solid 69 mile ride, mostly gray skies but the grandeur of the Southern Oregon Coast made of up for the clouds. Bandon was a welcome rest stop and Port Orford showed that it is an up and coming little destination with a new restaurant and really fine new art gallery. A short ride out of Port Orford and past Humbug mountain put us into our final campsite of Arizona Beach. It’s a funky little spot of State Park with an outdated motor inn. Worth visiting. Lots of bear scat and a resident bull elk added to the whacky charm of the place. Our final night of camping was a bit melancholy for me as the trip was coming to an end.
Day 6 meant 45 miles of incredible riding on the South Coast. The night before there was talk of the next days “climb”. I guess I was thinking too much about it. The ride from Arizona Beach into Gold Beach was mostly pastoral and I was thinking this isn’t so bad, until I left Gold Beach. The world changed. I was climbing. And climbing and climbing. It wasn’t ending. I was on the “back” side of Cape San Sebastian. It was my version of hell. It didn’t seem to end. When I reached the top, it was all fog. All I could see was the sign for the cape and the trees right in front of me. For those who have seen it on a clear day, you know how high you are above the ocean. It is incredible. On this day it was pea soup. I cried, got back on my bike and flew down, down, down the hill like a free fall. It felt like floating in a dream.
I arrived in Brookings at the back of the pack at Azalea Park near the Chetco River to cheering and a medal and hugs and smiles all around. A quick lunch and I gathered my gear, put my bike in the back of my escorts, Ryan and Jen’s scout vehicle and was whisked away back to the Rogue Valley. My ride was over.
I am changed by this. I had a dream that I didn’t give up on. I had so much support from my family, Lena and David, David Gremmels and so many others. Ledger David Cellars sponsored this for me and I am forever, beyond all words, grateful.
There is so much more I’d love to share about this adventure, so please come by the tasting room and lets visit!
Grilled Pears with Rogue Creamery Oregonzola Blue Cheese, Walnuts & Spicy Mustard Vinaigrette
By Robert Trottmann
For the Vinaigrette
1 large shallot, minced
1 large garlic clove, minced
2 teaspoons Dijon Mustard
2 tablespoons Stone Ground Spicy Mustard
2 tablespoons honey
¼ cup sherry vinegar or red wine vinegar
¾ cup olive oil
Season with salt and pepper to taste
For the Pears
2 Ripe Southern Oregon Bosc Pears
¼ cup Walnut pieces (chopped)
¼ cup Rogue Creamery Oregonzola Blue Cheese
1 tablespoon local honey
For the Salad
4 cups Mesclun Salad mix
You can either grill the pears on your grill or use a cast iron griddle with ridges on the stove top.
Make the vinaigrette. In a food processor or blender chop/pulse the shallots, garlic, both mustards and vinegar until incorporated. Add the olive oil and blend until the oil is emulsified.
Grill the pears. Cut the pears in half, core them and brush all surfaces with a light oil like walnut or hazelnut. You can slice a small piece off the back side of the pear to keep it from rolling but this isn’t necessary as the pears will rest on the greens just fine. Grill the pears cut face down. Cover and cook until heated through and nice grill marks appear…about 10 minutes.
In the meantime, toast the walnuts in a cast iron skillet on medium heat until toasted, about 5 minutes. Pour the warm toasted walnuts into a small bowl and add the crumbled Oregonzola Blue cheese and the honey. Stir lightly to incorporate.
On four plates place equal amounts of the mesclun mix and drizzle lightly with the vinaigrette.
When the pears are nicely grilled turn them over and place an equal amount of the walnut and cheese mixture onto each pear and place the pears on the beds of greens.
Serve warm. Enjoy with Ledger David Primoris Chenin Blanc for a perfect pairing!
First Vintage 2010 Tempranillo Featured in Sunset Magazine
Ledger David Cellars is very excited to release our first vintage of award winning 2010 Tempranillo! Grapes are sourced from our estate vineyard located in the Wagner Creek Sub-basin in Talent, Oregon (Rogue Valley AVA) with an average elevation of 1900 ft.
The 2010 vintage was a bit challenging with a cooler season that set the harvest date back to October 22nd for optimum ripeness and flavor from 3rd leaf vines. The wine was beautifully custom crafted by B. Kiley Evans at Agate Ridge making just 247 cases of this gem.
This wine was featured in the October Sunset Magazine and was a silver medal winner at the 2013 World of Wine Festival here in southern Oregon. Aromas of clove, cinnamon and coffee followed by black cherry fruit and supple ripe tannins support a pleasing long finish.
Taste this and other estate wines at our Le Petit Tasting room in Central Point (open Oct.-April, Thurs. thru Mon., noon-5pm; May-Sept., daily noon-5pm.) next to the Rogue Creamery and Lillie Belle Farms Chocolate. Visit www.ledgerdavid.com for more information on purchasing our wines or to find out how you can join the Primoris Wine Club!
Robert Rides 363 Miles in People’s Coast Classic
Ledger David’s own Robert Trottmann and members of the Rogue Creamery’s Team Nellie Green will join dozens of cyclists on a 363-mile bike ride next month. The People’s Coast Classic is set for Sept. 8-14 and takes biking enthusiasts on an eight-day journey from Astoria to Brookings. Its main goal – to raise awareness and fundraising dollars for the Arthritis Foundation.
For Robert, the biking will be a breeze. The bigger task? Raise $2,500 for the Foundation. To support the cause, Ledger David Cellars is donating 5 percent of all wine sales during the month of August to help Robert meet this ambitious fundraising goal.
Stop by the tasting room daily, noon-5pm for a selection of estate wines and show your support!
Visit Robert’s personal fundraising page here to learn more.
Discount Tickets Available to Primoris Wine Club Members
Planning on attending this year’s World of Wine Festival on August 24 in Jacksonville? Use this promotional code and get $10 off your ticket price. Visit the event website and enter promotional code: LEDGER to get your special rate.
Look for Ledger David at this and other events throughout the summer. Here’s what’s coming up next:
July 26, 5-6pm – Wine Tasting at the Plaza Inn in Ashland
Aug. 9, 6-8pm – Pre-Show Pouring at the Yuja Wang Concert featuring Britt Classical Sponsor Ledger David Cellars
Aug. 9, 6-8pm – Pre-Show Pouring at Britt Classical Augustin Hadelich / Britt Orchestra Concert
Aug. 24, 6-9pm – World of Wine Festival Grand Tasting Event
Aug. 31, Sept. 1 – 11-6pm – Taste of Harry & David
Scallops with Grapefruit and Bacon with Ledger David Sauvignon Blanc
Scallops with Grapefruit and Bacon with Ledger David Sauvignon Blanc
A tangy, buttery white wine and grapefruit sauce with smoky bacon is the perfect accompaniment to sweet sea scallops.
1 large grapefruit
3 ounces slab bacon, cut into 1-by- 1/4-inch matchsticks
1 1/4 pounds sea scallops (about 20)
1/4 cup minced onion
1/2 cup Ledger David Cellars Sauvignon Blanc
2 tablespoons drained capers
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Peel the grapefruit and set aside ½ the sections. Squeeze and strain the remaining to get three tablespoons of juice. Cook bacon on moderate heat till crisp. Pour off all but 1 tablespoon of bacon fat. Season scallops with salt and pepper. Cook in skillet on moderately high heat until just brown. Add onions and cook an additional 3 minutes. Transfer to plate. Add wine and grapefruit juice to skillet and bring to a simmer over moderate heat. Cook liquid scraping up any bacon bits. Strain liquid into heatproof cup and then return to skillet. Add capers and butter to liquid and cook until sauce is thickened, 2-3 minutes. Add scallops back into the skillet, turn them to coat in the sauce. Add grapefruit sections and bacon and serve immediately over a bed of field greens.
Ledger David wines show well at 2013 San Francisco Chronicle Competition
Ledger David Cellars Awarded Five Medals for Five Wines!
Ledger David Cellars is welcoming the new year with good reason to raise our wine glasses. So, what are we so excited about?
This was our first year to participate in the San Francisco Wine Chronicle National competition, and every wine we entered medaled!
Gold: 2010 Orion’s Nebula
Silver: 2010 Cabernet Franc, 2011 Primoris (Chenin Blanc), 2011 Viognier
Bronze: 2011 Sauvignon Blanc
We are excited to see many of our first vintage wines winning awards! It is amazing to be listed next to other reputable wineries from across the nation. Heather Hamlin summed it up well, when she said, “Seeing Ledger David next to Ledson on the list for Cabernet Franc silver awards really hit home. Lena and I are both big fans of Ledson Cabernet Franc!” The gold-winning wine will be poured at a public tasting on February 16 at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco.
Four of the award winning wines (Primoris, Sauvignon Blanc, Orion’s Nebula and Cabernet Franc) are currently available at le petit tasting room in Central Point. The 2011 Viognier will be released to wine club members this Spring or Summer.
Cheers! The Ledger David Family
38 Central’s Mousseline of Crab with Ledger David Viognier
38 Central’s Mousseline of Crab & Rogue Creamery TouVelle Cheese with Ledger David Viognier
- 1 Cup Crab Meat (picked through to remove shell)
- 1/2 Cup Ledger David Viognier
- 1 Tsp Fresh Lemon Juice
- 2 Egg Whites
- 3/4 Cup Whipping Cream, Stiff Peak
- Pinch Sea Salt
- 1/2 tsp Paprika
- 1/2 tsp Fresh Ground Pepper
- 1/4 tsp Fresh grated Nutmeg
- 1 tblsp Chives, Chopped
- 1/2 cup TouVelle Cheese Mornay Sauce (see below)
If Live Crab, Poach in 1/2 cup water & 1/2 Cup Ledger David Viognier & Lemon Juice, reserve poaching liquid.
Put bowl of mixer in freezer for 10 min to chill down, add egg whites and pulse on high until egg whites start to stiffen. Add crab, lemon juice and 2 tblsp Ledger David Viognier and pulse 3-4 times to mix. Put crab puree in cold bowl and fold Mornay Sauce into crab until mixed. add salt pepper and spices, then add cold Stiffly whipped cream a spoonful at a time again folding into the crab mix (The Mousseline should be consistency of soft mashed potatoes, if it separates, stop and chill everything for at least 20 mins, then continue to add whipped cream) cover and again chill for 10 min. Put a shallow pan on heat with 1/2 cup Ledger David Viognier & 1/2cup water (or reserved poaching liquid) bring to simmer and form quenelles of the Crab Mousse using 2 spoons, drop these into liquid and poach for 2 min. Remove to a grate to drain, place on toast or cracker to serve. Drizzle with lemongrass oil or Lemon and Olive Oil ~ serve with Ledger David Viognier.
- TouVelle Cheese Mornay Sauce
- 3 tblsp Flour
- 2 tblsp Butter
- Pinch Salt
- Pinch Nutmeg
- Pinch White Pepper
- 2 oz grated TouVelle Cheese
- 1 1/2 cups warm whole Milk
Melt butter in heavy pan, add flour and stir and cook on med-high heat stirring constantly until the roux is medium yellow and frothy. With a whisk, add milk slowly. Continue to whisk until sauce starts to thicken. Add spices and continue to stir on low heat for 3 more minutes. Add cheese and stir until
A Perfect Port Pairing
by Robert Trottmann
The Assignment: To pair Ledger David Cellars 2010 Tempranillo Port with Rogue Creamery Oregonzola, and Lilli Belle’s Bean to Bar “PURPLE HAZE” 75% Cacao Chocolate.
Folks, this is rough. I’ve been asked to do some real heavy hauling here with this unusual pairing. Stick with me, it’s worth it.
First, the “Procurement” of materials: It’s the spring of 2013, and Lena lets me in on our Blogging schedule for the next few months. My work assignment (call it what you want) is to “analyze” the pairing of sweet and savory treats supplied by our neighbors The Rogue Creamery and LilliBelle Chocolates, teamed up with our 2010 Tempranillo Port for our April blog post. Mind you, I am game for this challenge in spite of the fact it’s going to be my weekend…remember folks this is work. How many people in this world work for someone who tells you that part of your work assignment is to go grab a wedge of world class cheese, a bar of world class chocolate and a bottle world class dessert wine and then go through the exercise of describing your experience tasting these together and sharing your thoughts on the experience? Am I in heaven? Yes, or at least pretty close.
When I finally get down working it’s Sunday afternoon, partly cloudy in the Applegate Valley where I live and I have to tell you with the sunshine, 50 degrees is simply perfect for what I am about to undertake.
The first order of business is to take some pictures of the booty I’ve carefully hauled home for my “work”. This creative endeavor was pleasure enough without even tasting the loot. I’ve shared a few of the photos with you here to further tempt you into a taste of this trio. The real delight though is in the tasting.
Now that the pictures, are taken it was time to put these three singularly excellent treats together to see what happens. First, the flat bread for me is just a vehicle and any neutral cracker with a nice thinness and crunch would be fine. The Oregonzola is my current favorite from the Rogue Creamery, though that is like picking your favorite color when you’re a painter. It has a wonderful sweetness and softness that shines with the chocolate and the wine. The Purple Haze Bean to Bar with 75% cacao is dark yet soft and velvety. The Tempranillo Port has notes of vanilla, spice, cedar and leather that balance so well with the cheese and chocolate. This unlikely pairing is a wonderful surprise.
Visiting Southern Oregon Wine Country
by Regina Vaccari
When my husband, Mike and I moved our family from the Las Vegas desert to Southern Oregon in the fall of 2010, we felt like we’d just hit the jackpot. Outdoor enthusiasts, we moved here to be closer to trees and this little thing called water. But we’re foodies, too. So, we braced ourselves as we set out on our own little Oregon Trail for a simpler lifestyle. We figured leaving Las Vegas – known for some of the best fine dining in the world – for more outdoor and cultural opportunities was an even trade. Once we got settled, we did some exploring and decided that yes, in Southern Oregon, we truly had found heaven on earth. World class culture, outdoor adventure opportunities and a burgeoning wine region. Wow. Our only problem now is that we never want to leave! We feign to family members and friends that it’s just “hard to get a flight” back to Vegas. But, really – it’s because frankly we’d rather stay here.
Having served as the marketing and public relations coordinator for the Southern Oregon Winery Association before taking my post as marketing director at Ledger David Cellars, I’ve got a little insight into the area’s wine region. When people ask me where they should go if they’re planning a trip to Southern Oregon wine country, here’s what I tell them.The Southern Oregon AVA (American Viticulture Area) was established in 2004 and is comprised of the Rogue Valley, Applegate Valley, Umpqua Valley and Elkton sub-AVAs. The soil in each of the sub-AVAs varies based on location, which influences the wines that are produced in each area.
The Rogue Valley AVA, established in 1991 is considered one of the hottest growing regions in Oregon. Its soils range from sandy loam to hard clay. Optimal wine grapes for this growing region include Chenin and Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Gris, Malbec and Syrah. The Applegate, Illinois, and Bear Creek Valleys are all considered sub-sections of the Rogue Valley.The Bear Creek Boutique Wineries (www.bearcreekwineries.com) are all located off of the I-5 corridor, near Ashland. This group of wineries gets together for its Grape Expectations wine tasting event in June and is a perfect reason to extend your stay after attending a performance at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
If you’re planning a trip down the Rogue River or up to Crater Lake, you’ll want to schedule your jaunt around Upper Rogue Wine Trail’s (upperroguewinetrail.com) spring or fall passport tours. Tickets are only $29 per person and include a commemorative Reidel glass; plus small bites and wine tasting at all nine participating wineries. The Applegate Valley AVA, established in 2001 is warmer and drier than the neighboring Illinois Valley but not as warm as the Bear Valley area, which follows the I-5 corridor. The Applegate Valley is home to Bordelaise varieties such as Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Chardonnay. The Applegate Valley Wine Trail (www.applegatewinetrail.com) is made up of nearly 20 wineries and hosts two “Applegate Uncorked!” events each year in the spring and the fall. Tickets are $39 each and include a commemorative Wine Trail wine glass. Book-end your wine tour with a night in Jacksonville at the Britt Festivals – the Pac Northwest’s premier outdoor summer concert series – and you’ll want to move here, too!
The Umpqua Valley AVA, established in 1984 and is Oregon’s oldest viticulture region. The region is considerably colder than the Rogue Valley. The climate lends itself to Rhone varietals like Syrah, Viognier, Grenache, Spanish Tempranillo, Albarino and Graciano. The Umpqua Valley Wineries Association (www.umpquavalleywineries.org) hosts two barrel tours a year and a larger, annual event in March called Greatest of the Grape. The event is held at Seven Feathers resort in Canyonville. Dubbed “Oregon’s Oldest Wine Event,” Greatest of the Grape offers the chance to savor the region’s top wineries and restaurants all in one night. Tickets cost $75.The Elkton AVA, established in 2013 and is Southern Oregon’s newest official wine region. The Elkton AVA is considered a sub-AVA of the Umpqua Valley. Its cooler, marine temps support claims that in Elkton, “Pinot Noir is King.” Although its own AVA, most of the six wineries within this region participate in the larger, Umpqua Valley Wineries Association (www.umpquavalleywineries.org) events.
And if you only have time for just one stop, you’ll know where to find me. Ledger David Cellars’ Le Petit Tasting Room, of course! We’re located in the Artisan Corridor just off I-5, nestled between the World Famous Rogue Creamery and Lillie Belle Chocolates at 245 North Front Street in Central Point. We pair award-winning wines with gourmet cheeses daily. Taste six wines for $5 and choose from unique varietals including the Rogue Valley’s only Chenin Blanc, Primoris and our double-gold award-winning red blend, Orion’s Nebula. Our wines are made from only the highest quality estate grapes at our Rogue Valley vineyard in Talent. Visit www.ledgerdavid.com or call (541) 664-2218 or just stop by! We’re open April thru September, daily noon to 5 p.m. and October thru March, Mon. – Thurs., noon – 5 p.m.For more info about the Southern Oregon wine region, visit the Southern Oregon Winery Association (www.sorwa.org).
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