Can You Taste the Tannins in Wine?

“What are tannins, and can you taste them in wine?” We get questions like this fairly often in the 2Hawk Vineyard & Winery tasting room. Found naturally in grapes, tannins are antioxidant polyphenols that impart dryness, astringency, and mouthfeel to wines. They play a crucial role in the winemaking process, starting at harvest and continuing on even as wines age in the bottle.

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What Makes the Rogue Valley Perfect for Wine Growing?

Boasting 180 vineyards spanning over 4,000 acres, Southern Oregon’s Rogue Valley is home to more than 70 different varieties, totaling some 10,000 tons of grapes each year. But what makes the Rogue Valley so special, and why do so many wineries call this region home? Just like a great wine, it’s a careful balance of the right factors.

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Putting the Best Wines in the Bottle

The pursuit of excellence drives our work at 2Hawk. In the winery this time of year, we’re focused on bottling. That means finishing our early-to-bottle white wines from the previous vintage—in this case, 2017—our middle-length barrel-aged reds from 2016, and our final red from 2015. The red wines were blended and returned to barrel over a year ago, so the aromas and flavors have integrated. They are ready for bottling.

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Getting Ready for Spring in the Vineyard

January is a special time in the vineyard. The lull of December begins to give way to the next growing season. It is a time to reflect on the prior season and a time to contemplate the upcoming season.

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Soaring Toward the Future!

2Hawk Vineyard and Winery experienced an incredible shift in 2017. Our growth and momentum has set the stage for even greater things to come in 2018. From continued implementation of cutting-edge technologies in the vineyard, winery, and tasting room to Tesla charging stations, a new website, and ever-improving facilities for our guests, 2017 proved that 2Hawk is indeed soaring.

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Best Holiday Wine Pairings?

Another harvest is over. All of the new wines are in barrel, and it’s time to reflect on how the vintage has taken shape and to give thanks for what Mother Nature provided. One of the most frequent questions I’m asked this time of year is, “What wine pairs well with a special holiday meal?”

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Ramping up Production at the 2Hawk Winery

Harvest and crush—it’s an end and a beginning all rolled into one. It’s the end to the growing season and the beginning of production of this year’s vintage of wine. This autumn, there are smiles all around thanks to increased quantity and superb quality.

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2Hawk Celebrates First Responders with the Release of 9-1-1 Wineand a New Fund

Yesterday was a banner day at 2Hawk. At sunrise, we were harvesting Chardonnay and Tempranillo. Throughout the day, I fielded media interviews about the 9-1-1 wine release, and at 4 pm, I headed to the tasting room to join the winery’s celebration of National First Responders Day. The event honored first responders and opened sales of the new 9-1-1 red blend.

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Bringing out Our Best: 2Hawk Hosts Wine Writers

2Hawk Vineyard & Winery recently had the honor of hosting four wine writers on a tour of Oregon wineries in Portland, Willamette Valley, and Southern Oregon. Arranged by the Oregon Wine Board (OWB), the tour concluded on August 1 with a dinner hosted by 2Hawk. We were joined by our talented colleagues and friends Ruth Garvin, Cliff Creek Cellars; Earl and Hilda Jones, Abacela; and Dyson Demara, Hillcrest Vineyard.

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Wine Tasting with the 2Hawk Vineyard & Winery Staff

A couple times a year, the 2Hawk team visits other local wineries so we can taste other wines and experience the range of hospitality available across southern Oregon. It gives us a sense of what’s going on in the local industry and shows us other places we can recommend our guests visit. Cloudy and cool weather greeted us this summer as we started our outing for a day of wine tasting, food, and fun.

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