Southern Oregon Winery
Earns ’Best Red in NW’
By Fred Delkin
July '09 -- Pinot Noir propelled Oregon's northern WillametteValley into international recognition
as a wine region. Now winemaker activity in southern Oregon is earning awards for wines crafted from other red grape varietals. Quady North's 2006 Syrah "Flagship" was judged "best wine produced in the Pacific Northwest" at the 14th staging of the Northwest Wine Summit. This wine will be available at retailers this month. Herb Quady came to the Applegate Valley near Grants pass in 2003 and became the winemaker for Troon Vineyard. He learned his trade from his parents, Andrew and Laurel, who founded the Quady winery in Madera CA some 30 years ago and produce dessert wines for an international market.
The family purchased property in 2005 for Quady North, with Herb in charge. They planted 15 acres of Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Viognier, now expanded to 25 acres of estate vineyards. A tasting room has been opened in Carlton to attract northern Oregonian traffic. The winery HQ and tasting room are located in Jacksonville on highway 238 (www.quadynorth.com)
Wines now available from Quady North include a Viognier white, Syrah, Cabernet Franc and a newly released Rose' blend. The Northwest Wine Summit's recent staging at Timberline Lodge had a panel of judges prominent in the international wine community (www.vinochallenge.com). Tops in the white wine category was Willamette Valley's Arcane Cellars' '08 Riesling...a dry concoction. Eola Hills of Rickreall placed atop the fortified wine category with its '02 LBV Cabernet Port. The newly established David Lett Award for Pinot Noir excellence went to Willamette Valley's Styring Vineyards for a '06 Wit Reserve Pinot Noir.
Oregon producers earning Golds included Abacela's '06 Umpqua Tempranillo, Abiqua Wind '07early Muscat, Amity for '07 Pinot Blanc & '06 Pinot Noir reserve, Benton Lane '06 Pinot Noir, Caxrwel Hill '07 estate Pinot Noir, Carlton Hill f'06 Pinot Noir, Christopher Bridge '07 Pinot Noir, Dusted Valley '07 Pinot Noir, Eastburn '07 Pinot Noir, Eola Hills '06 Syrah, Henry Estate '07 Umpqua Pinot Noir & '05 barrel select Pinot Noir, High Pass '06 Pinot Noir, Lindsay Cellars '06 Pinot Noir, Seufert '07 Pinot Noir and Spangler '08 southern Oregon Chardonnay.
The sheer volume of wines tasted (almost 500) from Oregon, Washington, Idaho and British Columbia was enough to daunt those swallowing in the 3-day Northwest Summit. In addition to the Gold recipients, Silver and Bronze medals were also passed about.
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