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National Park Inspired Cocktails

We’re celebrating summer with 3 cocktails you can make with our Underwood limited-edition national park cans, in partnership with the National Park Foundation. Whether you just got back from exploring a national park, or are planning a trip, keep these cocktail recipes handy for a fun afternoon of reminiscing or planning. Like the can designs, each cocktail is inspired by the mountains, water ways, and deserts our cans are showcasing.

Underwood Pinot Gris Pinecone Punch

Pinecone Punch

(serves 3)

Ingredients

1 can of Underwood Pinot Gris
1/4 cup dry vermouth
1/3 cup gin
Juice from 1 and a half limes
2 oz pine and satsuma syrup
Extra lime slices for garnish

Directions

Add a few handfuls of ice to a pitcher, then add all the ingredients and stir. Add a few ice cubes to each glass and pour in the punch. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Underwood Rosé Bubbles Sparkling Desert Bird

Sparkling Desert Bird

Ingredients

1.5 oz mezcal
.50 oz aperol
.25oz agave syrup and .75 oz pineapple juice (or 1 oz pineapple gum)
Pinch of salt
Underwood Rosé Bubbles

Directions

Shake all the ingredients except the Rosé Bubbles in a cocktail shaker, strain over ice and top with 1-2 oz of Rosé Bubbles.

Underwood The Bubbles Lakeside Spritz

 

Lakeside Spritz

Ingredients

3 oz of Underwood The Bubbles
1 oz St Germain
Lime juice from 1/2 a lime
1 oz Soda water
Basil and mint

Directions

Add St Germain, lime juice and a few torn herb leaves to a glass. Stir together, add ice and top with The Bubbles and soda water.

Get to know our newest vineyard – Crowe Hill

Union Wine Co. Crowe Vineyard

In the spring of 2021, Union Wine Company purchased Crowe Hill Vineyard which is located just outside of Sheridan, Oregon in the Van Duzer Corridor AVA within the famed Willamette Valley. The property has 207 acres with 95 acres of Pinot Noir planted in 2008 and 2009. In 2022 we planted an additional 30 acres of Pinot Noir.  

Union Wine Co. Crowe Hill Vineyard 

Most of the soils on this property are hazelair, suveer silty, and clay loam. When we acquired the property, the soil had been chemically treated and needed some TLC. To fix this, we stopped using chemical herbicides, invested in mechanical weeding and began using an organic fungicide program during the growing season.  Additionally, we’ve been employing a special formulation of microbes that break down hydrocarbons and are intended to repair the soil from past chemical herbicide use. Our goal is to create more diversity of cover crop species, enhance the vineyard’s biodiversity, and improve overall soil and ecosystem health.  

Our first harvest of Crowe Hill Vineyard grapes was the 2021 vintage. We have used fruit from this vineyard in several of our wines including Kings Ridge Pinot Noir, Underwood Pinot Noir and Underwood Rosé Bubbles. Over the next few years, we plan to add an additional 60 acres of grapes, along with bat boxes, owl boxes, raptor perches, and more, so stay tuned for more exciting projects! 

Union WIne Co. Crowe Hill

The Women of Union Wine Company

Women in Wine Union Wine Company

Here at Union Wine Company, we are proud to have an incredible group of women, not only on our winemaking team but across the company. We’ve been taking some time these past few weeks to recognize all of the women who work for UWC and what we do. We sat down the other day to discuss the challenges facing women in the wine industry and the growth and excitement we have for the future for women in the wine world.

Listen to our conversation on Spotify or Youtube.

Women in Wine Union Wine Comany

Kolby Childers, Joanna Engel, Meredith McGough

Union Wine Company Women in Wine

Cassidi Harris

Union Wine company women in wine

Herisbel Ramirez

Easy Ways to Give Back

Ways to Give Back

The holidays are in full swing and amidst the hustle and bustle of our lives it’s nice to stop for a moment and give back to our communities, especially during a time that can be more stressful for families in need.

Here’s a few easy ways you can help out this season. Sometimes all it takes is one small effort to make a big difference in someone’s holiday.

+ Buy a Meal, Give a Meal

Many grocery stores and food retailers are running programs where you can easily add a meal at check-out, ranging from $5-$10.  Consider this as you do your holiday meal shopping.

Ways to Give Back

+ Food Bank Donation

Most food banks are set up for online donations, making giving back a breeze!

+ DeClutter

Clean out a few items from your kiddos toy box and donate to a local shelter or non-profit, making the holiday a little brighter for another child.

+ Care Packages for the Houseless

Grab a handful of essentials (warm socks, toiletries, water, a snack) and keep a few packages on hand to give out on your daily commute. Chances are you will pass a few houseless neighbors on your drive who could really use these items.

Ways to Give Back

+ Donate Your Miles

Have a bunch of air miles you may not use? Consider donating them to an organization like Make a Wish. Your miles can help give a child with terminal illness the trip of their dreams. https://wish.org/travel

+ Wrap Gifts

Volunteer a couple hours of your time to help wrap gifts for foster children. A quick Google search in your area should provide you with a few options and locations.

Happy Holidays!

Our Newest Collaboration

We’ve been fans of North Drinkware since their launch on Kickstarter in 2015 and have sipped many beverages out of their glasses over the years. One day in the summer of 2020, after one or two of those beverages, we worked up the courage and decided to reach out to see if there might be an opportunity to partner on something creative. Needless to say, they were all-in and hit the ground running with a design unique to their process that captures the essence of Oregon. We’re so excited for you to experience drinking wine out of these hand-made glasses.

The Union Wine Co Glass by North Drinkware

The glass shape is inspired by the everyday drinking glasses found in Spain and the design is meant to capture the essence of Oregon’s natural features through 3D depictions of Mt. Hood and our Willamette Valley wine region, featuring Amity Vineyards, separated by the mighty Willamette River. At 6oz, the glass is a perfect size and celebrates our philosophy that the experience of enjoying your evening pour doesn’t require a stemmed glass. Like our wines, these glasses are hand-made locally in Oregon.

The Union Wine Co Glass by North Drinkware

The Union Wine Co Glass by North Drinkware

Overview of The Union Wine Co Glass by North Drinkware

North Drinkware is known for their premium hand-blown glasses which feature popular mountains in the base of each one, all made in Portland, Oregon. Their deep love of the outdoors inspired the start of the brand and allows everyone to bring the mountains home.

North Drinkware and Union Wine Co. are both proud members of 1% for the Planet and with this partnership, both are donating 1% of sales to Willamette Riverkeepers. Willamette Riverkeeper’s mission is to Protect, Restore, Enjoy. They believe a river with excellent water quality, abundant natural habitat, safe for fishing and recreation is a basic public right.

You can purchase the glasses here. Cheers.

The Union Wine Co Glass by North Drinkware