Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Linganore Winecellars is a family-owned and operated winery and vineyard nestled on 230 acres of picturesque rolling countryside. The farm was established by Jack and Lucille Aellen in 1971, and the winery opened in 1976. Jack and Lucille used a hand crank crusher and press from Lucille’s father to process six tons of grapes in the first year. By the early ‘80s, Jack and Lucille’s son, Anthony, had taken over the winemaking responsibilities and in 1990, Anthony’s younger brother, Eric, took over the vineyard management. Now, the third generation of Aellens is already hard at work around the winery and getting ready to lead us into the future.
Melding Jack’s German-Swiss winemaking heritage with Lucille’s Italian winemaking roots and ever conscious of our customers’ tastes, Anthony has created a splendid variety of wines, which have won over 200 medals in national and international competitions.
Producing over 30 wines ranging from stylish white and red dinner wines to elegant semi-sweet grape, fruit, and honey wines, our winery enjoys a reputation as a fun place to visit and a relaxed place to sample wines in a casual setting. We welcome visitors 361 days a year to experience a fun-filled afternoon in the country, where winemaking really is a family affair.
Clear Creek Distillery
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Clear Creek Distillery has married classic European brandy making techniques with the finest fruit from Oregon orchards to produce fruit Eau-de-vie, Grappa, and Brandy. We use the traditional European pot still along with techniques learned in Alsace and Switzerland. No colors or flavors are ever added to our brandies. The distinctive “nose,” or initial smell of the brandy in a snifter, is the result of careful fermentation and distillation of perfectly ripe fruit. You will taste only the clear and fiery essence of Oregon’s finest fruits.
Clear Creek’s signature product is the Pear-in-the-bottle. It is our Pear Brandy that made us famous. Besides the Pear Brandy, Clear Creek makes award-winning Kirschwasser, Blue Plum, Mirabelle Plum, Framboise, Douglas Fir, and barrel-aged Apple eaux de vie; a traditional barrel-aged brandy pot-distilled from fine Oregon wines; six varietal grappas; seven liqueurs; and an Oregon Single Malt Whiskey distilled from a fermented mash of peat-malted Scottish barley.
Owner/distiller Steve McCarthy and his brandies are respected internationally, served in the world’s best restaurants and celebrated by connoisseurs everywhere: “In Oregon, Steve McCarthy’s Clear Creek Distillery is producing what many experts feel to be the best fruit brandies…ever made in the U.S.” (The New York Times Magazine, Dec. 8, 1991). Steve McCarthy received Bon Appetit’s American Food & Entertaining Award “Wine and Spirit Professional of the Year” (September, 2001). His spirits continue to be called, “the most extraordinary eaux-de-vie in America, indeed, in the world.” (“The Wine Bible,” by Karen MacNeil, 2001) and “Gorgeous, impeccably pure eaux de vie” (Eric Asimov, The New York Times, August 15, 2007), and he is said to “set new standards among the world’s smaller distilleries” (Jim Murray’s “Whiskey Bible,” 2004).