The Science of Assessing Aging Potential

I had the urge to be playful about this topic – assessing aging potential. I’m contemplating both the experiences of aging humans and aging wine. That picture (above) was taken about sixteen years ago. At the luminous age of thirty-four, people still thought I was younger. That trend continued well into my forties. My acupuncturist […]

Time Travel: 2012

“FLAT TRACK” CABERNET FRANC Back in 2013, when I was getting ready to bottle my first 100% Cabernet Franc red wine, I decided to do something special to commemorate this inaugural wine. My first vintage was in 2011 and I made just a barrel’s worth of white Cabernet Franc, my signature Blanc de Cabernet Franc. […]

Q & A: WHAT IS ACTUALLY GOING ON?!?

Photo: Leah Jorgensen recycles her wine boxes as part of her regenerative cardboard cover no-till garden. Last week, I had an engaging conversation about regenerative gardening with two herbalists in Eugene, Oregon and it turned into an impromptu interview about all things regenerative, including restructuring my wine business into a regenerative business model and what […]

RESTRUCTURING MY WAY.

In 2011 I came up with an idea. I had a vision for an Oregon wine beyond the state’s love affair with Pinot Noir. There’s no place in America quite like Southern Oregon for growing the best Cabernet Franc in the same echelon as the home of arguably the best Cabernet Franc in the world, […]

PRO-TIP / AGING ROSÉ

Since I’ve studied herbalism and adapted to an herbalist’s lifestyle, I have enjoyed working with roses. From rosebuds, to mature rose petals, to rose hips – Rosa rubiginosa is a magical plant with all kinds of health benefits or Materia Medica. One of the best and easiest ways to utilize rose is to simply dry […]

THE RESTORATION ERA.

Welcome, 2024. This is the official start of a new era for LJC Wine Co., the parent company of Leah Jørgensen Cellars. What marks this era is the restoration of Cabernet Franc as my primary focus, without distraction. While spinning the bottles of my many expressions of Loire-inspired Northwest grown and produced varietals over the […]

CAB FRANC FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Cabernet Franc Day lands on December 4th each year and we believe it’s the perfect occasion (and wine!) to kick off the Holiday Season! Cabernet Franc is certainly lovely year-round. But, there’s just something about this time of year when we pull on a sweater, get cozy by the fire, and enjoy a balanced red […]

REGENERATIVE BUSINESS vs SUSTAINABILITY

As I began my sabbatical year away from processing grapes to wine (yes, I’m still in business, and yes, I am still selling my wine!), I have been working remotely and studying a variety of subjects that interest me and offer profound personal and professional growth. I’m re-learning how to be an entrepreneur, but, more […]

AND SO BEGINS MY GAP YEAR…

According to Wikipedia: “A gap year, also known as a sabbatical year, is a period of time when students take a break from their studies, usually after completing high school or before beginning graduate school. During this time, students engage in a variety of educational and developmental activities, such as traveling, working, volunteering, or taking […]

2015: Vintage of Dreams

Photo: Me back in 2016 staging the 2015 red wine barrels to prepare blends for bottling. Every vintner has an unforgettable vintage.     Tucked away in the hallowed spaces where memory pirouettes and swoons with nostalgia for a special time, place, and moment – there are markers of a great vintage that ripple with such distinction […]