I love winter at Saffron Fields. The rain replenishes the wells, vineyard, ponds, and garden left thirsty by the summer sun. The rain can come as a mist that triggers a late morning rainbow or as a morning deluge that opens to blue skies by afternoon. The weather is never frightful, because the tasting room is always warm and the garden view beautiful.
Winter snow accents the Coast Range throughout the season adding glitz to the view. And nothing says glitz like a garden covered with colorful, twinkly holiday lights. It’s no coincidence that my favorite times at the tasting room are when we put up the holiday light display, and then in July when we host one of the valley’s most spectacular fireworks displays.
This winter is particularly special. In addition to having a promising 2022 vintage barreled down, or bottled in the case of our Rose’, we are also introducing our quarterly newsletter. Our newsletter goes beyond routine announcements of releases and events, telling stories of the winery, the grapes, and the players to forge a stronger connection between our members and this special part of planet Earth that we call Saffron Fields Vineyard. In this issue, you can learn about the fabulous work Tony Rynders, our head wine maker did to produce remarkable 2020 Pinot Noirs, and the work he is doing now on the 2022 vintage press, as well as small piece on the origin story of the Oregon Pinot Noir glass.
I hope you enjoy our inaugural newsletter. We’d love to hear your reactions and your ideas for future stories that you’d love to have told.