Applegate House Vineyards debuts improbable hit blend
Who in their right mind would blend Albariño with Pinot Noir? The mother of invention didn’t give Jessica Applegate much choice in the matter. The improbable blend turned out to be the most exciting export from Douglas County since Pro Football Hall of Famer Troy Polamalu.
In 2018, Applegate prepared to produce her first Applegate House Vineyards wines. Then she discovered her young Umpqua Valley vineyard yielded enough grapes for just one barrel. Applegate decided to blend the white and red wine grapes. It was a bold move befitting a sixth-generation member of a pioneering family that crossed an ocean and prairie to help settle Oregon.
Applegate’s three-acre vineyard is planted on a southwest-facing slope behind the historic Applegate House. The house has been in the Applegate family since its construction in 1852 by Charles and Melinda Applegate, Jessica’s great-great-great-grandparents.
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