Cowhorn Certifies Bee Friendly

March 27, 2012

All the animals love Cowhorn! As you may know, Cowhorn follows the practice of farming with the wild, encouraging habitat for wild creatures to live and work in cooperation with our farming activities. In addition to the eagles, bobcats and big footprints that we see around here, Cowhorn has bees. Perhaps the most sensitive of animals, bees buzz with the harmony of nature. They literally buzz harmony. It is no wonder that they find our Biodynamic farm free of chemicals and hazards, a safe place to live. We have begun learning about bees in the orchard, setting up our first bee structure for mason bees. Once it is in place I’ll send along a picture and report on progress.

– Barbara Steele

The Gras is Coming

These days when I am shopping at the Ashland Food Co-op, I stop by the Produce Office to inquire how their asparagus sales are going. I say “Geoffrey, how are the asparagus sales going? You know I encourage my customers to limit their purchase of asparagus grown in South America asking them to wait a month and buy local.” He looks at me with amusement and moves on. He knows that we could double our production and Rogue Valley Eaters would still buyout Cowhorn asparagus! Thank you to all of you who support us by buying at the Co-op and Shop N’ Kart. As you can see, the fields are ready. So are we!

– Barbara Steele

Almost Home

March 6, 2012

Seeing the 2011 whites cold stabilizing in their tanks gets me thinking about how rewarding it has been to follow these wines from the time that they were beautiful clusters on the vine to where they are at now – almost home in their bottles.

Perhaps selfishly, when I look at these tanks I also think about how badly we need these wines to be released to strengthen our position in the marketplace. As Sales Manager for Cowhorn I meet with restaurateurs, sommeliers and fine wine merchants throughout the state of Oregon on a weekly basis. I’m pleased to report that our wines have been very well received. However, the challenging part of my job is that I currently only have one wine to offer as the others are all sold out (a good problem to have). Think of it this way: what if you were car shopping at the dealership and they only had one model to offer you? I bet the odds of closing the deal would not be in the favor of the car salesperson due to the lack of variety available.

The 2011 Spiral 36, SullivanSteele Sauvignon Blanc and a new Marsanne Roussanne blend will be released this spring, with the Viognier following in the winter. I’m really excited to work with these wines, as I know they will provide Cowhorn opportunities to create new relationships with the regions finest restaurants and wine retailers, while simultaneously strengthening pre-established ones. I’m even more excited about the quality that Bill and the crew were able to achieve from the 2011 vintage. I think it’s safe to say that all of us here at Cowhorn look forward to sharing these wines with you soon!

– Josh Kimball Sales Manager

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.” Aristotle

March 2, 2012

This quote so aptly describes the winter work in the vineyard. Look how the trunks and canes are mirror images of each other. This year, the vines in the older vineyard look graceful and poised, as if they know what is coming. Seemlingly gray and lifeless, they nonetheless express the promise of the full force of nature. When warmth ignites them to action, they will grow 6 inches in a day. Magnificent!

– Barbara Steele