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Tony Rynders Comes Full Circle in Downtown Carlton
by L.M. Archer
Carlton, Ore. – Oregon winemaker Tony Rynders comes full circle with his new winery in downtown Carlton.
The former Carlton Cellars space allows Rynders room to grow, plus a more centralized opportunity to showcase his Tendril Wine Cellars and Child’s Play Wines.
“We view this as a heck of an opportunity,” says Rynders, who moves from Gaston, where he’s operated since 2011. “Our hope is that we can have some set tasting room hours, and have two tiers of exposure, or opportunities, to enjoy our wines.”
The new tasting room opens in time for Willamette Valley Wine Country Thanksgiving. Visitors can expect ‘a la carte’ tastings of Child’s Play Wines, and seated Tendrils Wines tastings by appointment. “We started with our own brand Tendril, back in 2008,” explains Rynders. “It’s a small brand – we’re only about 1000 cases – and we have our signature “five-course meal” Pinot Noirs, offering a very broad range of styles and flavor profiles that highlight the versatility of Pinot Noir.” Child’s Play Wines, on the other hand, proffer a user-friendly price point, playful approach, and creative palate of pours.
The new dig’s decor definitely tends towards ‘Carlton casual.’ In addition to the visitor-friendly tasting room, the 5500 square foot space includes a production area, office, and a front yard area with picnic table. ”Ultimately, we’d love to make it our ‘forever’ home here,” says Rynders.
Curveballs and Cuvées
Ever the innovator, expect a few curveballs among his cuvées, including a 2016 ‘new release’ Pinot Noir. “Part of what we’re doing for Tendril, which is very different,” says Rynders, “is barrel-aging over an extended period of time. I would say that’s very unusual for a Pinot Noir producer.” Tendrils Pinot Noir ‘over-vintages’ for a minimum of 16 months in barrel; two years for Cabernet Sauvignon. READ MORE HERE.
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