Labor Day weekend will find wine-tasting rooms set up with glasses for tastes of red, white and rose wines, along with case sales, winery tours, concerts and contests that require keen bocce ball or grape-stomping skills.
Winemaker Linda Donovan has a new tasting room of her own at Valley View Orchard, 1800 N. Valley View Road, Ashland. There, visitors can sample five brands of her wines from 1 to 6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 29 through Sept. 1. Call 541-621-1589 or see www.ldonovanwines.com for information.
Grizzly Peak Winery's tasting room,1600 E. Nevada St., Ashland, will host live music by rock band LOVEBITE, featuring Jeff Pevar and Inger Jorgensen, at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 30. Admission is $8. Pop band Loves It! from Austin, Texas, will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1. Admission is $10. Call 541-482-5700 or see grizzlypeakwinery.com for more information.
Ledger David Cellars' tasting room, 245A N. Front St., Central Point, will be open from noon to 5 p.m. Samples of its 2011 Primoris chenin blanc, 2010 Sangiovese and 2010 Tempranillo — which won a silver medal at the Southern Oregon World of Wine — will be poured. Call 541-664-2218 or see www.ledgerdavid.com.
Pebblestone Cellars' tasting room, 1642 Camp Baker Road, Medford, will be open from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday, with pours of its 2012 pinot gris — which won a WOW silver medal — as well as its 2011 viognier — a WOW gold-medal winner — and its 2008 Melange, a blend of cabernet sauvignon, cab franc and merlot that earned silver medals at WOW and the San Francisco Chronicle competitions. Call 541-512-1655 or see www.pebblestonecellars.com.
In Ashland, Dana Campbell Vineyards, 1320 N. Mountain Ave., will hold a bocce ball tournament. The deadline to sign up as a team is Saturday, Aug. 31. Call 541-482-3798, email firstname.lastname@example.org or see danacampbellvineyards.com for information.
And Weisinger's of Ashland will hold its annual grape stomp competition at 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at 3150 Siskiyou Blvd.
"It can get pretty sticky," says Eric Weisinger, "and it's a whole lot of fun to watch."
There also will be tours of the winery. Call 541-488-5989 or see www.weisingers.com for information.
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