Monday, March 19, 2012

The first day of spring! - Our Spring release letter

We hope you are all well and enjoying first signs of spring - I took this photo to celebrate this morning : ) ! -

We are very excited to be reaching out to you with lots of good things happening here at Big Table Farm.

We participated in some great events in the last few months and have met so many amazing folks! The Oregon Truffle Festival, Cochon 555, Classic Wines Auction Dinner with DOC, an amazing winemaker dinner with Anne Amie and next week we head off to Atlanta to see all our good friends there and participate in the High Museum Auction!

Our sincere thanks to all for the enthusiasm for our wines and support of our project, it means so much to us.

We have a couple of big announcements!!

First - The Laughing Pig Rose is back! This is a wine that is only made when the vintage calls for it. You all have been asking for it now for a while as we didn't make any in 2010. The Laughing Pig Rose will most likely go quickly, I'd recommend stocking up early (although we are limiting you to one case per customer due to the demand.)

We are also very excited to announce the 2009 Syrah! The 2008 has been sold out for a while and again there's a bit of pent up demand for this beauty.

Last but not least, we have spent the last month or so setting up our web site to now accept purchases of our wines online! Now you can log in and quickly and easily order your big table farm wines with out calling us at the farm and never getting through because Brian is in the winery and I'm out messing with my draft horses.

2011 - Laughing Pig Rose - As in past vintages this Rose separates itself from most by being barrel fermented to dryness with malolactic fermentation completed. The barrel fermentation and sur lie aging give underlying complexity to the rich fruit on the nose. Aromatics of strawberry, toast and a little spice lead you into a rich mouth feel. The fruit lingers on the finish while your mouth waters slightly from a pleasing core of acidity. Enjoy!

2009 Syrah – White Hawk Vineyard - 
2009 was a beautiful long vintage, creating an opulent wine that still has wonderful balance, structure and acidity. Brian again increased the whole cluster this year which only amplified the nose. This wine will age beautifully but is drinking very well right now. All natural ferments 30% New French oak and elevage of 22 months made this wine what it is. You are greeted with a color that has become a signature of this wine - INK! Rich blackberry fruit cinnamon and tar great you. The pallet has great depth and balance while still retaining purity through it's long finish. The label - I got a little carried away this year and had the idea to spread the design over two bottles so same wine just had a little fun with the label - doing my best to make Brian crazy. We received a little more fruit and have almost 201 cases.

We also have the 2010 Resonance Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2010 Willamette valley Pinot Noir and 2010 Brooks Vineyard Riesling to offer you as part of this release.

On the Farm

We have 4 new calves expected this spring - For those of you who come out for memorial day weekend you should get to see some sweet fuzzy babies! They will swell our herd to 12 cows. All the other animals are thriving, the bees have stuck their little antennae out for a couple of the extra warm spring days and the baby chicks and pigs will start arriving in April! The chickens have been laying like crazy. I'll be participating in my annual plowing competition with my draft horses in McMinnville again this year and have been busy getting them fit for that and for summer work on our farm. Brian will of course tell you my horses smell and they are useless until he starts spreading the first of the manure from our compost piles on his garden, then he'll tell me I can keep them for one more year. The garden just keeps getting better thanks to Brian. We have been enjoying lots of winter greens and the dry stores of beans and potatoes along side of all the canned bounty. That man of mine really keeps us fed. We will be doing some work on our house this spring and summer - so next time you come out for a visit it may not be pink! : )

Our deep thanks to you for all your enthusiasm for our wines and farm projects, we look forward to hearing from you! – cheers! Brian and Clare

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'living the dream'

If I had a dollar every time I heard folks say you guys are 'living the dream' I'd be able to plant vineyard and fence the back 40 : ) ... but at some point you just have to pause and think damn this is pretty darn good what we have going here.. yeah lots of work etc etc.. but at the end of the day the wine, food, art and farming life suits us just fine... as very well said in this very nice article written by Tiffany Stevens - thank you Tiffany!

the article 'living the dream'

Love this photo she took of Brian a rare site of him with one of my horses! : )

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

todays painting...

the same chicken different palette... : ) I had fun with this one...

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

been working the boys!

I've been getting the boys out come rain (like today) or shine on the tire at least twice a week to do our best to be ready for the spring plowing ... save the date for April 14th !! in McMinnville at the heritage museum - I'll post all the info as we get closer...

April 14, 2012
10 am—4 pm
Largest Gathering of Draft Horses & Mules in Oregon to compete in plowing competition

a back log of paintings all in one post...

These first three are part of my white on white series (having a bit of fun with the third one : )

and the last one a white chicken on a decidedly NOT white back ground...

Thursday, March 8, 2012

A Sneak Peek at the 2011 Rose!

We will be releasing the laughing pig rose in about 2 weeks BUT we bottled one very special case early !! yup by hand for this VERY special event = cochon 555! -- It's kind of a favorite of mine I got to be a judge the first year they came to town and we have poured Big table farm wines at the event since year one!

for those of you how havent' heard of it it's a Culinary Competition and Tasting Event -- It's a great time and features five chefs, five pigs, five winemakers. The Portland event challenges five local chefs to prepare a menu created from heritage breed pigs, nose-to-tail, for an audience of pork-loving epicureans.

2012 Portland competing chefs include Jason Barwikowski of Woodsman Tavern, Vitaly Paley of Paley's Place, Naomi Pomeroy of BEAST Restaurant, Adam Sappington of The Country Cat, and Rita Jia You of Lucky Strike.

Sunday, March 11th
4 pm VIP opening; 5 pm general admission

THE ORIGINAL - 300 Southwest 6th Avenue Portland

$125 per person for general admission; $200 for VIP (including a welcome cocktail from The King's Ginger, HamaHama Oysters, tastings from Anne Amie, Buty, Big Table Farm, Chehalem, The Cheese Bar, Double Mountain Brewery, The Meadow and Domaine Serene paired with Iberico De Bellota by Fermin). Available at

the morning chores part II

we've been having stunning weather - it's been 65 degrees and sunny and everyone is enjoying the rays!!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

morning chores

the weather was beautiful today -- thought I'd take you with me on morning chores...

todays painting

having fun with the white on white ... this one is called egg and salt

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Sunday, March 4, 2012

art auction

I participated in a live paint at an art auction it was pretty fun to see a bunch of my piers and produce a painting in one hour (that's after I have the sketch done and everything is ready set to paint : ) so at 5:45 I started and at 7pm I was putting it in the frame.. I was pleased with the results as was the happy buyer that took it home... : ) a fun evening for sure...

sorry for the low quality photos my i phone is not as good as my regular camera...

Friday, March 2, 2012