Tuesday, February 23, 2010

March Open House

Del Rio Open House
March 6th & 7th
11am to 5pm

Stop by the Del Rio tasting room to pick up your March wine club order. Enjoy a special treatment in our upstairs ballroom, where you can kick back and relax. Wine tasting and delightful appetizers will be served. Enjoy a taste of the newly released Malbec.


Hot off the Press

The March 2010 Vines & Wines newsletter is now available online for your viewing pleasure.
This month features information on upcoming events, wine club releases, recipes, and more! Click here to read!

Friday, February 19, 2010

2008 Pinot Noir

2008 Del Rio Pinot Noir
*Will be included in the March 2010 Wine Club Release!
Price: $28.00/bottle & $22.40/bottle - Wine Club

Tasting Notes:
This 100 % Pinot Noir shows classic attributes of Pinot Noir from Burgundy with a deep color, cherry, prune, blackberry, and vanilla aromas. The nose gives way to a supple texture with violet flavors, impressive ripe tannins and a long finish. Enjoy it now or cellar for up to three years.

Food Pairing:
The wine will harmoniously accompany your meat and game dishes such as salmon, lamb chops, roast duck and wild mushrooms. Check out the Morel Mushroom recipe on the Recipe Exchange page.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

March Wine Club Releases

Attention Rio Club Members . . . check what is coming to you in March.
March 1st, 2010 marks the special day for the shipping of wine club orders. If you pick up your wine it will also be ready on the 1st. So, what I am I getting in this order you ask?

Rio Club Members
You can expect a red and a white. This time around you will receive the highly anticipated 2008 Pinot Noir and the San Francisco Chronicle Gold Medal winning 2008 Viognier.

Red's Only Members
You will also receive the new 2008 Pinot Noir and accompanying it will be the sold out 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon.

In addition to wine, we have included a packet of seeds to make your spring bloom brighter!

In celebrating the wine club release we would like to invite you all to our March Open House, March 6th and 7th. For more information on upcoming events and happenings at Del Rio check out the calendar of events page on our website.
For more information or questions about the wine club please contact Jennifer at the tasting room, taste@delriovineyards.com.

Stay tuned for wine release notes!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Valentine Wine label

My mom used to say, “The best gifts are homemade.” This year for Valentine’s Day you can create a special gift by designing your own wine label. Our 2008 Rose Jolee looks beautiful with a personalize pink Valentine wine label. You can do this, by downloading the template for free at avery.com. Here you can add a special touch with a personal message to the one you love. Happy Day!Here is the link:http://www.avery.com/avery/en_us/Templates-&-Software/Templates/Labels/Shipping-Labels/Valentine-Wine-Bottle-Label-2-per-sheet_Microsoft-Word.htm?N=4294967207&refchannel=c042fd03ab30a110VgnVCM1000002118140aRCRD

Friday, February 5, 2010

Where to find Del Rio wine

We know you love to stop by the tasting room, but there are plenty of places around the Rogue Valley where you can pick up a bottle of Del Rio wine. Check out the list below. If your favorite restaurant or shop is not on the list, let them know how much you love Del Rio. Let us know where you would like to find our wine and we will work to make it happen.

Planning to eat out. The following restaurants have Del Rio on the menu:


Alex’s Plaza Resaurant

Allyson’s Kitchen


Beau Club/Geppetto’s

Callahan’s Lodge

Chateaulin Francais

Dragonfly Restaurant


Lelas Café

Motif Restaurant and lounge

Oregon Cabaret Theatre

Pasta Piatti

Winchester Inn

Central Point

Matteo’s Italian Restaurant

Gold Hill/Rogue River
River’s Edge Restaurant

Rogue Riviera Supper Club

Ray's Food Place

Foot's Creek Market/Deli

Grants Pass

Blondies’ Bistro

The Brewery


Miranda Mae Café

Morrison Lodge

One-Fifteen Broiler

Sophia’s Italian Kitchen

Summer Jo’s

Taprock Northwest Grill

The Vine Restaurant


38 Central

Four Daughters Irish Pub


Rogue Regency Inn & Suites

Rogue Valley Country Club

Sky House Bar & Grill

Wharf Fresh Seafood


Jacksonville Inn


Bi-Mart in Jacksonville and in Medford on Biddle

Ray’s Food Place in Jacksonville

Sherm’s Food For Less

Fred Meyer South & North

Harry & David Country Store

Tark’s Sentry Market

Shon N Kart – Ashland

Shady Cove Select Market

Market of Choice Ashland

Quality Market

Sherm’s Thunderbird Market

Wine Shops

All about Oregon

Ashland Wine Cellar


Cartwright’s Meat Co.

Gary West Meats

Pacific Wine Club

The Rogue Creamery

History of Rock Point

As the Rock Point bridge renovation project is underway, I thought it would be fitting to share a little bit of history on Del Rio's historic location.

Del Rio History 101

Del Rio began its existence as the small community of Rock Point, founded by J.B. White in the early 1850's. John fought in the Rogue Indian Wars from 1855-1856, serving under Captain William A. Wilkinson. In exchange for his services, he received land. He was appointed as a judge in the Dardanelles precinct in 1857 and two years later established the post office in Rock Point.

J.B. White developed a homestead on the north side of the stage road after the flood of 1861-1862 destroyed the bridge over the Rogue River and his home on the south side of the river. In

1863, John decided to open a store and sold his homestead to L.J. White. The cost of the property and improvements was $2,000. Soon after, L.J. decided to establish his own hotel at the edge of his property. He immediately began work on a new bridge, and in 1864 construction began on the Rock Point Hotel. On February 8, 1865, the hotel opened to the public with a grand ball. L.J. simultaneously established one of the first telegraph stations in the area when the hotel opened.

During the rest of the decade the small community of Rock Point began to flourish. Joining the hotel, and the post office, were homes, Abram Schuly's blacksmith shop, Hoymond and White's store, a saloon and a school. The record books from the Stage Company verify the regular use of the Rock Point Hotel as a stage stop. But with the passage of time, things changed. The Railroad prepared a right of way through the property. Lytte White died on October 28, 1878, and his sons and wife continued to run the stage stop at Rock Point. His son Henry bought out his mother and brothers and renovated the old hotel in 1887. But, by the turn of the century, the hotel had closed and Henry had returned to farming.

The future seemed bleak for the Rock Point Hotel. But, in 1907, it began a new period in its life. F.K. Deuel and others purchased the hotel and surrounding land. The property grew from a one-acre family orchard to an eight hundred acre valley orchard yielding leading varieties of pears, apples, cherries, peaches, apricots, walnuts and filberts. Del Rio Orchards were planted during a rapid period of growth in the Rogue Valley known as the "pear boom". During the 1920's the Rogue Valley Orchards flourished but struggled to stay afloat during the Great Depression. The Orchards revived at the end of World War II.

The Orchard and hotel remained in the Deuel family until 1997 when Lee and Margaret Traynham of California purchased the land. With the change of ownership, thus began a period of resurrection for the property. The Traynhams, realizing the historical significance of the structures, began restoration. This included the Rock Point Hotel, which is one of the oldest structures in Southern Oregon. They also began the transformation of a third generation pear orchard into one of Southern Oregon's premium wine grape vineyards.

Here are a few more fun pictures to look at:

The barn was originally the home of the fruit packing plant. Today is is home to the winery.

Here you can see both the old wooden covered bridge being replaced by the new bridge being built in 1919.

For more information on the bridge renovations please visit the ODOT website. www.oregon.gov/ODOT

Monday, February 1, 2010

Sweet February Savings

Sweet Savings are happening at Del Rio for the month of February - Free shipping for all online orders. Enjoy shopping from the comfort of your own computer. Click Here to visit our online store.

In the spirit of the upcoming holiday our tasting room employee Susie Moore has written a few prose she would like to share. Check out Susie's poem on gift ideas for the special someone in your life. We wish you all a Happy Valentines Day!