If you love adventure, wine, and delicious food in an unforgettable setting, then Wine on the Rogue River is your perfect vacation. Between the Rogue’s exciting Class III waters, stunning landscapes, and indulgent wine and food-filled evenings at camp, you’ll wish you never had to leave.
Vintner: Precept Wine, Pacific Northwest
Chef: Neil Clooney, bird & rye, Ashland, OR
As the Pacific Northwest’s largest, privately held wine producer, Precept Wine has over 30 years of experience in the industry, resulting in more than 800 combined best buys and scores over 90 points. Founded in 2003 by Andrew Browne and Dan Baty, Precept is a world-class wine producer with vineyards in Idaho, Washington, Oregon, and New Mexico.
Chef Neil Clooney is the two-time “Oregon Iron Chef” winner and lover of all things meat. He is the owner of bird & rye restaurant in Ashland, Oregon. One of his favorite riverside meals to prepare is braised beef short ribs with risotto and gremolata, paired with a bold-tasting Syrah or Cabernet. Neil’s menus are locally sourced in the Oregon area, and his farm-to-table offerings provide an extraordinary culinary experience that pairs perfectly with this Wine on the River event.
About This Trip
Spend each day rafting through beautiful Oregon forests, where wildlife abounds, and there’s no shortage of jaw-dropping scenery to marvel at. As you head downriver, you’ll get to explore lush trails that take you to magical places. Perhaps you’ll visit Western novelist Zane Grey’s cabin, or you may hike up to Inspiration Point for an incredible view of Stair Creek Falls and watch other rafters take on the swirling Coffee Pot Rapid. With numerous historical points of interest and fern-lined paths to waterfalls and more, your days on the Rogue are sure to leave you in awe.
After pulling into camp for the day, everyone will unload the rafts, and you can find the perfect spot to set up your tent for the night. Once you’re all settled, the real fun begins as you gather around for an enlightening wine tasting with a representative from Precept Wine, perfectly paired with delectable h’ordeuvres by Chef Neil. As educational as it is fun, you’re sure to gain a deeper appreciation for wine and the passionate people who produce it while you learn about what makes every bottle unique.
While you continue wine tasting or relaxing in camp, Chef Neil will be working with hearty ingredients as he creates masterful dishes you wouldn’t even think possible to prepare in the backcountry. You’ll sit at linen-draped, candlelit tables with your fellow rafters and break bread. The conversation will be flowing, the food and wine will be abundant, and laughter will fill the air. As you head to bed with a satisfied stomach and happy heart, you’ll ponder the memories made that day as the mellifluous river lulls you to sleep.