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 […]

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 […]

WE GET YOU / wine motivations

Some producers may never learn what truly motivates their customers. In our defense, we often get stuck in a loop about trying to distinguish the uniqueness of our products, of our branding, and in creating offers in earnest attempts to motivate sales. What happens more often than not, we’re so focused on our businesses and […]

A Whirlwind Story for the Ages

Let me share a once-in-a-lifetime story.  As many of you probably already know, aside from being a winemaker, I am also a writer and a storyteller.  My undergraduate degree was in Literature and Creative Writing.  I also minored in Classics, Art History and Cultural Anthropology because those subjects were centered around human stories, as well.  On the academic […]

PRO-TIP / decanting older wines

HOW TO AVOID COMMON MISTAKES & DISASTERS There’s nothing worse than opening up a special, rare, older bottle of wine that you’ve been waiting to enjoy, and you accidentally dump sediment right into the decanter after you had carefully and earnestly tried to prevent that from happening. That begs the question – how do you […]

Why You Should Join Our Collector’s List

(AND JUST SO YOU KNOW… A COLLECTOR’S LIST IS NOT A WINE CLUB) A wine club and a collector’s list are two different ways to acquire and enjoy wine. A wine club is a membership-based service that delivers a selection of wines to members on a regular basis. The wines are usually selected by a […]