Field Notes

from winemaker Leah


September 1, 2023

According to Wikipedia: “A gap year, also known as a sabbatical year, is a period of time when students take […]

COOKBOOK NOOK / The Garden Chef

August 12, 2023

My greatest passions extend winemaking. Nourishment has been the cog in the purpose wheel for me for as long as […]

CF & FOOD / the ultimate pizza wine

August 6, 2023

Summertime brings me the best memories of chewy, bubbly, Neapolitan pizza – especially when reminiscing about my travels to Italy […]

2015: Vintage of Dreams

July 20, 2023

Photo: Me back in 2016 staging the 2015 red wine barrels to prepare blends for bottling. Every vintner has an […]

WE GET YOU / wine motivations

June 30, 2023

Some producers may never learn what truly motivates their customers. In our defense, we often get stuck in a loop […]

Geology:   From the Stars to the Seas to Your Glass

June 11, 2023

Map of Limestone Deposits in Jackson County, Oregon from 1880 – Oregon Historical Society One of my hobbies is learning […]

PRO-TIP / how to determine a wine’s aging potential

May 30, 2023

The aging potential of a wine is influenced by several factors, and assessing it involves considering various aspects of the […]

A Whirlwind Story for the Ages

May 24, 2023

Let me share a once-in-a-lifetime story.  As many of you probably already know, aside from being a winemaker, I am […]

TOOLS WE LOVE / for wine collectors

May 16, 2023

FEATURE: Üllo Wine Purifier After writing my last post on Decanting Older Wines, I promised to review a tool that […]

PRO-TIP / decanting older wines

May 1, 2023

HOW TO AVOID COMMON MISTAKES & DISASTERS There’s nothing worse than opening up a special, rare, older bottle of wine […]

Why You Should Join Our Collector’s List

April 24, 2023

(AND JUST SO YOU KNOW… A COLLECTOR’S LIST IS NOT A WINE CLUB) A wine club and a collector’s list […]

Happy World Malbec Day!

April 17, 2023

WORLD MALBEC DAY is on Monday, April 17th and this is our eighth year celebrating! While we are a Cabernet […]

PRO-TIP / for new wine collectors

April 10, 2023

THE COMMON STAGES OF WINE COLLECTING The journey from not drinking wine, to occasionally drinking wine, to obsessing over wine […]

TOOLS WE LOVE / for wine collectors

April 4, 2023

FEATURE: VinGardeValise® by FlyWithWine Image borrowed from FlyWithMe, Instagram, August 2022 One of the biggest challenges for wine consumers who […]

5 Mistakes All Wine Collectors Make

March 27, 2023

Wine collecting is a hobby enjoyed by many around the world. Whether it’s for personal consumption or investment purposes, collecting […]

Why I Never Enter Wine Competitions & Pulled the Plug on Submitting My Wines for Scores:

March 22, 2023

CULTIVATING A MARKETING PROGRAM THAT IGNORES THE “COMPETITION” OUT THERE I have never entered my wine in a wine competition. […]

Various shades of rose wine. Flat-lay of rose wine in different colors in glasses and spring blossom flowers over marble background, top view. Wine shop, bar, tasting, seasonal wine list concept

PRO-TIP / for new wine collectors

March 17, 2023

HOW TO MAKE BETTER WINE PURCHASE DECISIONS One of the common complaints I hear from my customers and wine club […]

A wooden tray holds 2 bottles of Leah Jørgensen wine (Blanc de Cabernet Franc and Rosé de Cabernet Franc) with a wine glass and decanter of water.

TOOLS WE LOVE / for wine collectors

March 9, 2023

FEATURE: THE DURAND® There’s nothing more disappointing than beginning the ceremony of cutting back the foil then twisting a traditional […]

10 Things Every Wine Collector Should Know

March 1, 2023

The world of wine can be confusing to navigate.  Collecting wine had long been limited to a certain audience considering […]

A row of ripe wine grapes ready for harvest on a hillside vineyard.

Crushed Grape Chronicles

October 10, 2022

We were interviewed by Crushed Grape Chronicles at the Uncommon Wine Festival last July – our conversation was so engaging […]

Leah checks a bunch of grapes during Harvest.

Oral History Interview

August 13, 2018

This “Oral History” interview was filmed a year ago at Corkscrew Wine Bar in Portland, Oregon.  It’s presented by the Oregon […]