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Jackalope Wine Cellars 2018 Red Blend

The Craigslist Winemaker

There’s a way you’re supposed to become a winemaker. You’re expected to apprentice in France or Italy, get a graduate degree in oenology, and find a millionaire investor.

Or, if you’re Corey Schuster, you answer an ad on Craigslist for a winery assistant to work on the harvest crew and pour wine in the tasting room.

It’s not as if Corey had nothing better to do. After all, he was making a good living as a civil engineer. But looking for a change, he promised himself that he’d try any job for one day.

When he answered that Craigslist ad, the winery manager asked him what he knew about wine. Corey’s answer: “Not much. But I like drinking it!” His honesty won him the job that day. And his hard work ensured he kept it.

This year Corey moved back to his roots in Portland and is sharing space with another one of our winery partners at their new winery in Southeast and he’s thrilled to be back in the urban wine mecca of Portland. Known for his experimental style, he’s winning fans in Oregon — and more than a few around the world.

The winemaker from Craigslist has found his place. Says Corey, “The wine industry is about community, and a love of the work, something I’d not experienced before.”

Cellar 503 Tasting Notes

Jackalope Wine Cellars, Dundee, Oregon
2018 Red Blend

Ah, Jackalope. Corey’s wines have been a Cellar 503 member favorite since we included him in our very first selection – the “friends and family” selection in December 2014.

Corey is most especially well known for his Cabernet Franc. We’ve featured his red Cab Franc twice and his white Cab Franc once. His rosé of Cab Franc, Cab Sauv, and Grenache was one of the Best of Pour selections in 2019.

And now, we’re featuring Corey’s “playful” red blend that is 75% Cabernet Franc, 12.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 12.5% Merlot. And it is so good.

To be honest, I’m not sure I can write any more perfect tasting notes than what is on the bottle: “peppery, red-fruited, plummy rocks, screams drink all of me!”

According to legend, the only way to catch the mythical jackalope is to entice it with whiskey. But as far as we’re concerned, we’ll stick with the wine!

A Cellar 503 selection in January 2020, Winter Warmers Rogue Valley | Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot