2010 Harvest Thoughts

Industry Survey

2010 Harvest

RoxyAnn Winemaker John Quinones responded to an industry survey with the Oregon Wine Board. Here is an exert of that survey.

When did harvest start for you? With which varietals?   Oct 4th.  Merlot and Viognier.

When did it end?  Nov 4th.

Please describe the effect that weather had for your harvest.   We had ideal weather through September and the first three weeks of October.   Rain in the last week of October forced us to pick some grapes early (due to the potential for rot), however most of what was left were Bordeaux varietals which had no problem being left out to ripen.  They were picked in November with nicely developed flavors.

How would you describe the fruit composition or flavor profiles of the grapes in general?   Good color, lower than usual tannins, more red fruit character than black fruit.

What was most notable about this year’s harvest?  In 24 years of Winemaking I’ve never picked grapes in November.  It was a challenging season.

What are your initial impressions?   We do have some exceptional lots of nearly every varietal, but there are also some very average ones.  Overall, the consistency is off across the board.

Will 2010 be a grower’s year or a winemaker’s year, and why?   Both – I think they are equally important every year.   One never does well without the other.   This is a year that will showcase the talents and skills sets of both growers and Winemakers.   People that hope things turn out right every year are at a significant disadvantage over the people who understand how to compensate for less than ideal vintages.  This will be a year that will set people apart.


Notes from the RoxyAnn Wine Club Manager


I started at RoxyAnn in 2005 when we were in the “Old Tasting Room”, and became the Wine Club Manager in 2006.  Needless too say it has be a fun, challenging, yet thrilling, ride so far.

The RoxyAnn wine club has seen tremendous growth since its inception.  When I started in 2005, we had 75 members and we had to hang ring up all the sales on a cash register and attach the receipts to the boxes.  In 2006 we upgraded to a POS system, “CRE”, and then its companion software “SmartClub” for the wine club.  This allowed us to run all the credit cards and UPS shipping labels automatically which made it easier to manage the releases as we grew.  This allows our members to stop in and pick up their release, sign for the wine and enjoy.  No fuss, no muss!

photo by Michael D. Davis, Studio D Photography

It is always fun when we do our release parties each quarter.  We usually have 500-600 people show up for food and wine pairing and just general social fun!  It’s a great time to see familiar faces and meet the new ones.

My job, as Wine Club Manager is to ensure each release comes off without a hitch and to ensure great Customer Service as needs, requests and problems arise.  It is a challenging position, but one that I enjoy.  We have started the weekly newsletter emails and I appreciate the feedback we get from our members.  It is such a joy to see our members utilize their membership by visiting us with regularity, taking part in our cooking classes and stopping by to listen to music or watch a movie with us.  The late afternoons are unique in that we are in the city limits and we have regular guests stopping in for a glass or bottle of wine and usually a fruit and cheese plate.  The social aspect of our wine club is surely the most interesting part of membership.

As the club grows, there will be new challenges; we look forward to meeting them head on, while never losing sight of the fact that the Wine Club is the life blood of the Tasting Room.  We value and appreciate our members, as well as our non-member guests, tremendously.  If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, I would love to hear them.  I can be emailed at wineclub@roxyann.com, or by calling 541-776-2315, ext 307.


Joe Spagnualo

Wine Club Manager

NEWSWATCH 12 Did a nice piece on the Southern Oregon Wine Industry

S. Oregon wine industry continues to attract attention…

Source: kdrv.com

By Amy SienickiJuly 8, 2009

MEDFORD, Ore. – Instead of jumping from the Willamette to Napa valleys, wine lovers are now planning Southern Oregon into their trips.

To read the complete article and see the video, please visit…




Viralwines.com recently completed a survey of wineries that have built a fan page on Facebook.

Congratulations … RoxyAnn is within the top 50 wineries!

(A copy of the article can be located on http://www.viralvines.com.)

Mailtribune.com – Lifestyle

Select Mobile Bottlers bottles 2008 Pinot gris

Mobile Bottler Comes to RoxyAnn

We just finished using a mobile bottling trailer from Select Mobile Bottlers of Napa, CA.  The automated line ran great and was a blast to watch.

Mobile bottling give us a chance to bottle in a fast, efficient way, with minimum time elapsing between the first bottle and the last, resulting in a more consistent bottle of wine throughout. Quality is our first and foremost consideration.  The mobile bottling line insures that each bottle of RoxyAnn wine will be consistent from start to finish, resulting in a better wine for you!

In addition, the mobile bottling line allows us to save time, space and money.  The cost of the bottling line is offset by the savings in man-hours (labor), as the line can process in a single day what normally would takes days.

To view the video of the bottling line,

To Play the bottling line video

bottling line video

The Select Mobile Bottling crew did a great job, they made the whole process flow smoothly and effeciently.  Thank you to Leo and his crew!

For more information on the bottling line, please click here-  Select Mobile Bottlers

Select bottling logo

Taste of Medford | The Bulletin

The Bulletin, Bend / Central Oregon News

Taste of Medford

From farm to table, Medford aims to please

By John Gottberg Anderson / For The Bulletin

Published: May 10. 2009 4:00AM PST

Exerts from the article…


Straight from the vine

Of the dozens of wineries in the Rogue Valley, two are virtually within the city limits of Medford.

The 250-acre Hillcrest Orchard that supplies the RoxyAnn Winery is, indeed, surrounded on all sides by residential growth on the east side of the city. First planted in pears in 1897, it was purchased by the Reginald Parsons family in 1908 and now is classified as a “century farm,” one that has been in the same family for more than 100 years. It is now administered by third- and fourth-generation Parsons descendants.

While pears, apples and peaches still grow at Hillcrest (and are brokered to Harry & David), most of the acreage has been turned over to grapes. Since 1997, Bordeaux and Rhone varietals — cabernet sauvignon and franc, Grenache, malbec, merlot, petite verdot, roussanne, syrah and tempranillo — have been grown on southern-facing slopes with great success. The RoxyAnn Winery also obtains chardonnay, pinot gris and viognier grapes from other Rogue vineyards, keeping winemaker John Quinones, formerly of the Napa Valley’s Clos Pegase winery, very busy.

Although RoxyAnn produces 15,000 cases of wine a year, it expects to double that production in another three years, said Managing Director Michael Donovan.

In 2002, Hillcrest’s old horse barn was converted into a tasting room and retail store. Like nearly everything else on the property, it’s on the National Register of Historic Places.


Jack Day retires from Medford Water Commission

RoxyAnn Founder & Owner retires from Medford Water Commission

Although the Medford Water Commission

RoxyAnn founder and owner, Jack Day

RoxyAnn founder and owner, Jack Day

is affiliated with the City of
Medford, it is governed independently.
A five-member board appointed by
Medford’s Mayor and approved by the
City Council, provides oversight for
Commission operations. Over the years,
the Commission has been fortunate to
have many individuals willing to devote
countless volunteer hours to serve multiple
five-year terms on this board.
With the expiration of his latest term,
John (“Jack”) Day recently stepped down
after serving as a board member for
twenty years. During Day’s tenure, the
Commission experienced significant
growth, with the population served
increasing from approximately 77,000
people in 1989 to nearly 130,000 today.
Major projects during his years of service
included construction of the Disinfection
Facility at the Big Butte Springs, and
significant modification and expansion
of the Robert A. Duff Water Treatment
Plant. While on the Board, Mr. Day
personally became an active sponsor of
Water For People, a nonprofit organization
focused on improving drinking
water quality in developing countries
worldwide. Jack Day also served on various
other local boards over many years,
including the school Board for Medford
District 549C.  Day remains active managing
the operation of family-owned
Roxy Ann Winery.

RoxyAnn looks to increase wine production | KDRV


By Amy Sienicki

May 12, 2009

MEDFORD, Ore. – RoxyAnn Winery in Medford has announced plans to nearly double its wine production over the next few years.

RoxyAnn Winery produces about 15,000 cases of wine annually. This year, the winery is looking at new plantings to begin making pinot noir and chardonnay.

“It’s really farming and the new plantings that are going to drive that increase in production. We’ve gone from having about 45 acres of producing vineyard, to by 2011, we’ll have 75 acres,” says RoxyAnn Winery Managing Director Michael Donovan.

Donovan anticipates more wineries popping up in Southern Oregon. He says six years ago, there were only 23 wineries in the region. Now, there are almost 70.

Watch video via RoxyAnn looks to increase wine production | KDRV.

May 29-31 – Science of Wine Ashland Weekend Events

May 29-31 – Science of Wine, Ashland, OR

Science of Wine 2009

Science of Wine 2009

The Science of Wine annual fundraiser supports the educational programs at ScienceWorks.

5:30 p.m.: Exclusive showing of Bottle Shock at the Varsity Theatre

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.: School Bus Wine Tour to RoxyAnn Winery and South Stage Cellars
6:30 p.m.: Science of Wine Gala Event at ScienceWorks Museum. Featuring wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres from more than 14 restaurants and wineries. Live music. Live wine auction.

1 – 5 p.m.: Wine Basics at ScienceWorks. Workshops taught by regional experts on the fundamentals of wine and winemaking at ScienceWorks Museum.

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