The annual Oregon Wine Experience,¬†formerly known as the World of Wine,¬†is being held this week (August 17-23, 2015) at Bigham Knoll in Jacksonville, Oregon. Over 50 southern Oregon Wineries and hundreds of wine lovers participate in a series of events, classes, competitions, dinners and tastings spread out over the week.¬†It is sponsored by the¬†Southern Oregon Winery Association and Asante Foundation, and is a benefit for Children’s Miracle Network and other healthcare programs supported by Asante.
The kickoff event is a first of its kind “barrel auction” where full barrels of wine donated by several wineries are auctioned off after attendees experience¬†a “barrel tasting” directly from the barrels.
Some of our products were front and center¬†at¬†the barrel auction event. ¬†An Oregon Wine Experience logo’d barrel sign is shown prominently displayed at the entrance to the event below. ¬†We also provided a carved and painted sixteenth barrel carving with the name of the winery and the wine for¬†each of the auctioned wine barrels, which was used in the auction to identify the wine being auctioned, and also given to the winning bidder.
Another interesting form of barrel art was on display at the event. ¬†Several artistically painted whole wine barrels from a number of local artists decorated the venue to¬†be auctioned off later in the week. ¬†These barrels were on display in various locations around the Rogue Valley leading up to the event.
For more information on the Oregon Wine Experience and the events see: ¬†www.theoregonwineexperience.com/the-event/
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Wood barrels have been used for centuries to store, and often age or cure, a broad range of food and drink. Today, wood barrels have been replaced by more modern and cost effective containers, with the notable exception of oak barrels for ageing and flavoring wine and whiskey, and more recently, ‚Äúcraft‚ÄĚ beverages including other spirits and beers.