Sunday, April 28, 2013

a saturday evening...

It's been pretty dang busy around here - with lots of tastings and visitors...while nice to visit and meet so many folks I treasure the brief moments when the farm is quiet and it's just me and the animals... 

Brian went off on an errand this evening after our last afternoon appointment at the farm and I got to hang out with all the critters and just be quiet... it was lovley.... so I took these photos to share the quiet moment Saturday evening...... 

Levi has the right idea... 



Here are also some shots of the bees -- which are making the most of the gorgeous weather we are having! --- I was able to catch  a wild swarm Friday morning and they seem to be acclimating to there new home at big table farm so keep your fingers crossed that they stick... : )

 oh and last but not least the baby chicks arrived this week too!!  : ) 

so cute!!

Monday, April 22, 2013

snow in april

It's just beautiful here right now -- all the fruit trees have there party dresses on...

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The Laughing Pig Rosé is back!

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The good news is Summer is almost here and the 2012 Laughing pig rose is ready to ship to you!!  We bottled last Sunday with the help of some great friends! It has a floral nose of rose petals and orange blossoms, rich pallet of strawberry and tart cherry that linger into a crisp finish. Great as a sipper by itself, but as always dry rose never has a problem accompanying a wide variety of fare.  This is the first wine of the 2012 vintage you've already been hearing great things about. We made the 2012 rose with 50% Saigné that was placed on top of an equal amount of fruit and allowed to soak and slowly start to ferment for several days. This was then pressed and transferred to neutral barrels.  As we have always done, the 2012 LPR was fermented to dryness with malolatic complete and bottled unfined and unfiltered. The color of this rose is particularly beautiful with a great balance of lush fruit and a little spice which leads you into a rich mouth feel. A beautiful and balanced wine!

The bad news….. only 54 cases bottled.


2012 Rose of Pinot Noir - Laughing Pig Rose
54 Cases Produced

Don't drag your hoove’s on this wine, with such a limited amount this year please make sure you buy some now so come august when you really want some it will be close at hand!

From our table to yours, Cheers! Brian and Clare 

Sunday, April 14, 2013

another great day!

Saturday was a great day the morning started with a 7am martial arts training class at which I got invited to test for my black belt this June!!  I'm super excited about that ..and have still much work to do to prepare... then on that high from there I went to the plowing competition where I got to play with some of my favorite girl friends and horses all day!!! - big thanks to Duane for loaning me his team!!

a day spent behind a team is a great day!!!

and these last photos are just for the sake of silliness : )

Wednesday, April 10, 2013


Go 'deep' with some of Oregon's rising star Chardonnay producers!


This event will feature a panel discussion about the signature style of Oregon chardonnay and each producer’s style for winemaking along with a technical tasting

The Oregon Olive Mill at Red Ridge Farms
5510 NE Breyman Orchard Road
Dayton, OR 97114

Saturday, May 4, 2013
1-3 p.m. Panel Discussion and Technical Tasting
3:30 p.m. Expanded Tasting
The Oregon Olive Mill at Red Ridge Farms
5510 NE Breyman Orchard Road
Dayton, OR 97114

Oregon Chardonnay is garnering national attention, taking center stage in the New York Times article “Oregon Chardonnay Speaks Up” last year and mentions in February’s Sunset Magazine article, “The Great White” and it doesn’t show signs of slowing down. The second Oregon Chardonnay Symposium on Saturday, May 4 at Red ...Ridge Farms will showcase a new wave of smaller producers and set out to define their signature style of N. Willamette Valley Oregon chardonnay. The event will begin with an educational and interactive panel discussion, featuring eight artisan producers and nationally renowned wine writers. The discussion will include a technical tasting of very limited production chardonnays from the panelists.

Participating Wineries
Arterberry Maresh
Big Table Farms
Division Winemaking Company
Durant Vineyards
Walter Scott

Participating Media
Katherine Cole, wine columnist for The Oregonian and author of Voodoo Vintners: Oregon's Astonishing Biodynamic Winegrowers
Paul Gregutt, “Wine Adviser” columnist for The Seattle Times and NW editor of Wine Enthusiast Magazine.
W. Blake Gray, author of the Gray Report blog, winner of the 2012 Wine Blog Awards for Best Industry Blog and columnist for, will also be participating in the event.

A walk-around tasting at the Durant Vineyards Tasting Room, will follow the panel discussion, featuring wines from the participating wineries along with charcuterie plates accompanied by Oregon Olive Mill olive oils. Participants will be provided with seminar notes, tasting notes and logo wineglass. There are 60 tickets available for the event and cost $60 each. Reservations are required and can be made by calling Red Ridge Farms at 503-864-8502.

Panel Discussion Topics:
• Each winery will define their signature style of N. Willamette Valley Oregon chardonnay
• Drive and influence of each producer
• Visions
• Oak regiments
• Vineyard sources, soil and climatic influences
• Winemaking practices
• What does the future hold for Oregon chardonnay

Monday, April 8, 2013

the 2012 laughing pig is bottled!!

We hand bottled and labeled 54 cases of Laughing pig rose on Sunday - Huge thanks to the help of Lester, Michele and Eric !! Thanks So much for your enthusiasm, great attitude and general awesomeness!!!  

The official release will be in one week! as soon as any bottle shock has passed - those pigs are sensitive you know... : )   This is the first of the 2012's you will see - I love this wine as you can see it has beautiful color that reflects the rich fruit on the pallet.
happy spring everyone... : )