Winter Weather Impact at Iris January 19 2017
As the thaw continues here in the Southern Willamette Valley, we here at Iris would like to share some winter scenes and news from our vineyard.
The ice storm in mid-December left us with many trees and limbs to remove from our roadway. Thanks to our hardworking vineyard staff, we were able to open the road and tasting room quickly following. Our crew is continuing to make repairs to the deer fence surrounding the fields. It saw much damage from fallen trees and limbs. The vineyard itself weathered the ice storm without problem. The unpruned vines did not break under the weight of the ice as they are well supported by our high- tensile trellis. The trellis is designed to carry a heavy load. It must support the vines’ canopy of leaves in the summer breezes as well as the weight of multiple tons per acre of grapes.
We experienced some lower than average temperatures in the past week. The Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Gris vines we farm are dormant for the winter season. While dormant, they are not damaged by cold until temperatures fall below 5 degrees. We believe that we are safe thus far. In the next week, our vineyard manager will spend time in the field, dissecting dormant buds to double check that they are alive and ready for the 2017 vintage. If we discover some spotty damage, we will adjust our pruning strategy to compensate.
Our vineyard crew is getting started pruning the vineyard. We will be working on this important and labor intensive job until March. Stay tuned for more.
Thank you to our patient tasting room customers for your understanding as we have been forced to close a number of days recently. The roads out to the vineyard and our driveway had been unsafe for our staff and customers to make it out to Lorane, but we are happy that safe access has been restored. We all are keeping our fingers crossed that this Oregon rain continues to fall in liquid form!
Riddling Sparkling Rose' January 10 2017
We have a very special upcoming release at Iris: Sparkling Rose’! In order to bring this limited-edition release to you, this wine is currently in the riddling stage of sparkling winemaking.
Over the course of the riddling stage, the dead yeast cells and other sediment formed as a by-product from the fermentation stage collects in the neck of each bottle. The goal is to achieve a crystal-clear wine. Not only does the riddling process remove the sediment from the wine, but it also helps create its unique texture and complex bouquet. The longer the wine sits in the riddling stage, the more complex and bubbly it becomes.What is riddling? Riddling is an age-old technique that involves rotating tilted bottles to remove sediment created from the fermentation stage. During this stage, the bottles are placed on a riddling rack with their necks down and gradually rotated in 1/8 to ¼ turn increments, both clockwise and counterclockwise. The average riddling process consists of about 25 turns over 4-6 weeks while the steepness of each inverted bottle increases from 45 degrees to 60.
After the riddling process, the sediment must be disgorged from the bottles. To do this, each bottle is placed in a sub-zero solution for a few minutes to form an ice plug made of the sediment deposits in the neck. The cap is then removed and the pressure within the bottle shoots out the ice plug with the frozen sediment trapped inside it.
Stay tued for the release date of this very special varietal (an Iris first!), and follow its process on our social media channels!
Cooking with Iris Trellis Club March 20 2015
We are excited to announce the first cooking demonstration in our beautiful tasting room kitchen. Mark your calendars for Sunday, March 29th from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM. Tickets are very limited, so please make your reservation by calling Jennifer, our event coordinator, at 541-520-4868.
Price per reservation is $50, including a glass of Iris Vineyards wine. Chef Brendan is preparing an appetizer, main course, and a dessert to enjoy. His restaurant, Belly, is one of the best in Eugene, and we are excited to have him share his culinary skills with our Trellis Club members.
If you are not a member but would like to attend this event, joining the Trellis Club is easy! In addition to special events, you also receive a discount on our wines, as well as four wine shipments per year. We hope to see you at this one of a kind event!
Eye on Iris February 16 2015
We'd like to introduce our new video blog series, "Eye on Iris." Arpad Walker, our vineyard manager, will provide periodic updates and information on our vineyard. We hope you enjoy!
WINE + CHOCOLATE= A Perfect Pair! February 02 2015
Join us at the vineyard tasting room for an informative and delicious wine and chocolate tasting with Chocolatier Shane Tracey. Chef Shane will be educating us on single origin chocolates and pairing our lovely wines with unique and interesting chocolate flavors. We will be pairing chocolates with our 2012 Chardonnay, 2012 Reserve Pinot Noir and 2012 Syrah.
Chocolate will be available for purchase all day, but Chef Shane and the wine and chocolate presentation will happen from 3:00-5:00 P.M.
This exclusive wine and chocolate flight will be $3 for Trellis Club members and $8 for the general public.
Please RSVP for the session with Chef Shane by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope to see you there!
Black Friday Chestnut Roasting Party November 24 2014
In what we hope will be an annual tradition, Richard will be roasting chestnuts on Friday afternoon (Black Friday). The chestnuts are harvested from an orchard onsite and are quite delicious! We will also be releasing a new vintage, an After Dinner Chardonnay, which we are excited to share. We hope you’ll join us for this festive afternoon as we kick off the holiday season!
We will also be open on Wednesday in case you need to get some wine prior to Thanksgiving, and we’ll have extended hours all weekend. Of course, we’re closed Thanksgiving Day to spend time with family on the holiday. Below are some photos from our last Trellis Club Party where Richard fired up the chestnut roaster for our members. Cheers and Happy Holidays!
Holiday Food Drive November 12 2014
As we enter this holiday season, Iris Vineyards and other local area wineries are holding a food drive in partnership with the Oregon Food Bank, Food for Lane County and Willamette Valley Wineries. Willamette Valley wineries ranked food and hunger causes as a high priority for donations in the past year. Long-term unemployment, persistent underemployment, and the high cost of food, gas, utilities, and rent are forcing more and more people to seek emergency food. The Oregon Food Bank and its statewide network (which includes Food for Lane County) are able to provide meals and groceries to families, children, seniors, and those who are disabled.
Our collective goal is 200,000 pounds of food, and we would appreciate your support! You can participate by visiting our tasting room with non-perishable food items or with a cash donation. A list of most wanted foods is available, and you can also donate directly to the Oregon Food Bank or Food for Lane County on their websites. The food drive will run the entire month of November and end December 22nd.
In addition, all participating wineries have offered a prize for your participation! You will be entered for the prize when you visit with your donation. Iris’ contribution is a complimentary tasting for eight people; an $80 value! Prizes will be complied and winners will be announced at the end of the drive. We appreciate your support in helping to provide food security throughout our region!
“It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s…” a drone! November 03 2014
On a beautiful autumn Sunday, Iris Vineyards was fortunate enough to be able to host a drone owning guest who was onsite to fly the drone around the property. While not quite superman, this Phantom Quadcopter captured spectacular views of the vineyard, tasting room, and surrounding terrain. Below are some of the beautiful aerial photos captured during the flight:
The above shot captures Iris’ vineyard and the landscape to the east.
The tasting room is seen from a bird’s eye view and is the leftmost building in the picture above. The patio expands to the right, with Pamela and Richard's house being the structure at the top of the photo.
A direct shot of the front of our tasting room, trellis, and the vineyard expanding in the foreground.
The forestland to the west of the vineyard is pictured in the above shot.
Looking northwest, you see our tasting room, patio, vineyards, and forestland.
It was an exciting day to be at the vineyard! We hope you enjoy the photos and are able to visit us for a glass of wine and amazing “ground level” views.
Trellis Club Release and Chestnut Roasting Party October 29 2014
Fall is in the air, and we would like to celebrate the season with our Trellis Club Members! In addition to our vineyard, we have a chestnut orchard onsite where chestnuts are harvested annually. This year, in conjunction with our holiday Trellis Club distribution, Richard (Iris Vineyards’ owner) will be roasting chestnuts and offering them to Trellis Club members when wine is picked up at our tasting room. Members are invited to join us Sunday, November 16th, from noon until 5:00 PM to pick-up the holiday wine distribution and celebrate autumn with us!
If you are not a member of our Trellis Club, we encourage you to join as there is still time to receive the holiday shipment. Of course, the event is open to everyone; however, members receive discounts on a three bottle selection, as well as complimentary roasted chestnuts during the Pickup Party. Also, for this shipment members will be able to select any three bottles of their choosing from our currently released vintages. We look forward to toasting autumn, our Trellis Club Members, and of course Iris Vineyards’ award-winning wines at this event!
Welcome to Our New Website! August 27 2014
Thank you for visiting Iris Vineyards! We hope you enjoy our newly re-designed website. Here, you'll find our most recent news, information on our wines, history, and staff, as well as purchase our wine or sign up for our wine club. Our new site is much easier to use and we hope you like the look! Check back often for updates, specials, and events. And, of course, we hope to see you at our newly opened tasting room. Cheers!