New York Times
Something else struck us about these wineries: They were actually welcoming to children. Everywhere we went, there were crayons and coloring books and toy bins. Grassy lawns beckoned families to spread out a picnic blanket, enjoy a wood-fired pizza and stay awhile.
We found one such spot at new Dancin Vineyards, a mile outside Jacksonville, with a prime view of Mount McLoughlin. The affable, apron-clad owner, Dan Marca, and his wife, Cindy, moved here from Sacramento in 1999 (the vineyard’s moniker is a mash-up of their nicknames). Mr. Marca delivered Italian-sausage-stuffed mushrooms and blistered pizzas to our picnic table; our children, tired of coloring, played around a giant black walnut tree and sunny-yellow chicken coop, while we clinked glasses of the 2011 Septette pinot noir, toasting to a wine country that kids and parents can both love.
DANCIN Vineyards has a good pinot, wood-fired pizza, picnic tables — and chickens.
A sip…and a slice at DANCIN Vineyards.
“A new Oregon wine country is rising…for the wine minded traveler, this destination feels almost utopian.” “Wood-fired fig and caramelized onion pizza with a 92 point 2012 Syrah, anyone?” “You’ll vow to ditch crowded tasting room counters forever after a sunny afternoon at this beautiful pastoral setting.”
Dan Marca might be the voice of reason. Marca, who owns Dancin Vineyards in southern Oregon’s Applegate Valley, produces five excellent Chardonnays. Different clones distinguish each blend. Several incorporate both heritage (California) clones and Dijon clones. These Chardonnays mix clones like an artist blends paints into a unique color. The wines provide a glimpse into efforts to establish an Oregon identity for Chardonnay, much like how the state made Pinot Noir its own.
“Each of the clones gives us something specific and desirable,” says Marca. “We harvest them separately and then blend them back together to give us the best wine. “For the longest time, we continually compared ourselves to Burgundy. We are not that, nor are we California. I think our site and those like it have the best of both worlds. We’re not too big and heavy, nor too light and elegant.”
Southern Oregon Magazine
“Southern Oregon’s DANCIN VINEYARDS Takes Its Place Among the World’s Best”
“Jacksonville’s Modern-Day Pinot Pioneer”
Northwest Travel & Life
DANCIN…is all about pinot noir, their specialty. The winery itself includes many different visitor areas, giving you plenty of locales to enjoy your wine on site.