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Labor Day wine sale at Linda Donovan's Ashland tasting room

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Winemaker Linda Donovan is introducing a tasting room staffer and holding a wine sale this Labor Day weekend at her new tasting room at Valley View Orchard, 1800 N. Valley View Road, Ashland.

Wine appreciators can sample five brands of her wines — such as Late Bloomer's 2011 gewürztraminer ($10), Le Jeune Chien's 2011 sauvignon blanc ($15), Long Walk Vineyard's 2010 zinfandel ($25) and 2010 mourvedre ($25) — from 1 to 6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 29 through Sept. 1.

Single and mixed cases are 25 percent off this weekend.

Many of the wines were made from grapes grown within view of the tasting room.

Now working in the tasting room is Gail Summars, who holds a Level 2 certificate in the Court of Master Sommelier program and owned a luxury touring service in Napa Valley and a restaurant in Charleston, S.C.

"Gail and I share a common vision," says Donovan. "She believes the majority of people who visit tasting rooms yearn for wine education in a place where the wine takes center stage."


Thirteen years ago, Donovan and her sister Kathy O'Leary planted 12 acres of syrah, grenache and zinfandel grapevines, and they introduced new varietals to the Rogue Valley: mourvedre, cinsault and carignane.

"I moved to Oregon to plant these vineyards, so it's a place that I'm passionate about it," says Donovan, a University of California at Davis enology graduate who has worked at prestigious California and Oregon wineries. "It's a well-cared-for vineyard."

For more information: Linda Donovan's tasting room at Valley View Orchard, 1800 N. Valley View Road in Ashland, is open from 1 to 6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Call 541-621-1589 or visit www.ldonovanwines.com.

Read the complete story about Linda Donovan's tasting room in the Ashland Daily Tidings: http://www.dailytidings.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20130808/NEWS02/308080301

Read more about Labor Day Weekend wine activities in the Ashland Daily Tidings' Revels section: http://www.dailytidings.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20130829/ENTERTAIN/308290304/-1/ENTERTAIN03

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