After having a spectacular harvest and open house event, Ken Wright Cellars has much to celebrate this holiday season. We kicked off December by hosting a variety of events for Christmas in Carlton. Families enjoyed taking pictures with Santa at Ken Wright Cellars tasting room and donated nearly 350 pounds of food to the Joseph Storehouse. As the festivities continued, we transformed the winery into a sparkling winter wonderland for the
Father Daughter Winter Waltz, complete with a dance floor, chocolate fountains and limo rides between the towns of Yamhill and Carlton.
A few weeks later the winery undergoes another decorating extravaganza for the Carlton Community Christmas Party. In place of the dance floor, Ken Wright brings in plush lazy boy couches, a portable fireplace and a 20 foot long craft table. Families from the local community come together to enjoy delicious food catered by Chemeketa Community College, are serenaded by musical guest Joni Harms and partake in a comical photo booth with RJ studio.
Left: Ivory Middle: Sarah Right: Jourdan
The Carlton Community Christmas Party is a wonderful event that brings our staff and community members together to celebrate one last time before we ring in the New Year and take our two week holiday break.
From our Family to Yours, Happy Holidays!
Tyrus Evan is Ken Wright Cellars’ warm climate label that sources fruit from three vineyards: Seven Hills, Ceil du Cheval and Del Rio. Seven Hills, in the Walla Walla AVA and Ceil du Cheval, in the Red Mountain AVA are within 50 miles of each other in location. Due to their proximity,it is efficient to visit, sample, and harvest the two sites at the same time. Del Rio, in southern Oregon, is geographically separated from the other two and must logistically be treated as a stand-alone entity. Going forward, because of this inefficiency and in order to streamline operations, Ken Wright Cellars will no longer produce wine from Del Rio. We are saddened to relinquish such an outstanding vineyard, and will miss the relationship with the wonderful family of Rob and Jolee Wallace because of their quality of character. This decision will also have the benefit of creating space at the winery for two new vineyards, Tanager and Bonnie Jean. The Tyrus Evan label will continue to produce wine from Seven Hills and Ceil du Cheval.
Moving forward the Del Rio wines will be sold at a discounted price. The discounted price is not a reflection of quality. The purpose of the discount is to move remaining inventory, encourage glass pours and new accounts and to promote the Tyrus Evan brand with the quality of these Del Rio offerings.
As many of you know, Ken’s sister in law, Susan Crum, is going into the Falconry
business. This is the best practice for bird control in vineyards. Ken Wright Cellars started using this method for the 2012 harvest, and hopes to use Susan and her bird for upcoming harvests. Susan has provided us with her unique story of how she captured her falcon.
Picture courtesy of Susan Crum
According to Susan, “On Oct. 5th, after three months of trapping attempts, a juvenile female American Kestrel was trapped from a clover field on Yamhill Road, just outside Carlton. I know this female, named Lani’Koa (Hawaiian for “Sky Warrior”) is a brave hunter because I saw her chase off two Harriens from the vicinity of my traps (ball and chain with mice inside) just moments before she was snared. Trapped at a weight of 118 grams (4.16 oz), Lani’ is taming down and starting her training to return to free flight.”
Santa flew in early to take pictures at the Ken Wright Cellars tasting room on Saturday, December 1st. Thank you to all of those who came out to celebrate Christmas in Carlton. We collected nearly 350 pounds of non-perishable food items and $40 in cash donations which were donated to the Joseph Storehouse of Carlton. Happy Holidays!