Andy Phillips grew up in Ashland. At the time, the primary industries were logging and farming, with a focus on pears, not wine. The college (SOU) was also an important part of the community. OSF had a small, almost cult following, and in the early 70s it expanded its season, which had a significant impact on the town.
Andy’s first experience in the world of wine was during his time at the Hungry Woodsman restaurant in Medford. He started as a waiter in 1980 and still remembers the first Southern Oregon wine that caught his attention – a 1978 Hillcrest Riesling from the Umpqua Valley. The vines were already 17 years old and it made quite an impression.
As we continue to explore the food and wine scene of Spain we will dive deeper and deeper into the wines that are produced in and around Jerez de la Frontera, commonly known as Sherry!
On Friday, the 2nd of March, I will have a number of sherries open for those of you that are interested in exploring them with us. We will provide complimentary samples to showcase the entire spectrum of what Sherry has to offer.
Did you know about 90% of wines from the Jerez-Xeres-Sherry DO are dry and that Sherry is the most natural and common pairing with Tapas in Southern Spain?!
Come and join us as we explore and discover.
Here is a great list of 10 facts about Sherry that will open your mind and wet your appetite:
Chef Billy Harto
THE RESTAURATEUR WHO BROUGHT YOU THAI PEPPER, KOBE & BAMBU