Along with the enthusiasm and hospitality of the winery owners, two additional elements are contributing to a flourishing winemaking panorama in Southern Oregon: the tempranillo grape and wine clubs.
“They had a tasting in France,” Winiarski's wife told him one day toward the end of May in 1976. “We won.” “That's nice,” he said.
There are wine drinkers who enjoy La Spinetta and Sine Qua Non; I used to be that guy. But for wine lovers just beginning a collection, I would offer advice that I wish someone had offered me years ago.
When you put a lot of great vineyards making expensive wines in a tiny hilltop region, some conflict will inevitably result — especially when the wine is a long-aged red wine that has been chronicled for over 450 years.