As the sun sets on a hot August evening with the sound of music in the air I enjoy a glass of fine wine and some beautiful scenery. Set deep in the Applegate Valley in Williams, Oregon is Plaisance Ranch. The name is French and the definition closely fits this quaint winery. Plaisance \Plai`sance\: Pleasure, Merriment, kindness. “With Great Pleasure”. Throughout the summer the proprietors, Joe and Susie Ginet hold “Wine Down” events which are every bit the definition of the word Plaisance. On this particular summer evening dozens of people have gathered for music by Swing State, tacos by The Out of the Way Café topped off with homemade brownies and most importantly the wines of Plaisance Ranch.
Like much of the Applegate Valley, Plaisance has changed directions in the past twenty years. Once a dairy farm the Ginet family is now producing wine and although this transition may seem relatively recent the family has been growing wine grapes for generations in France, making this transition from a dairy farm to a vineyard a natural one. Their wines have taken numerous awards, most recently Best of Show in the 2011 World of Wine festival for the Plaisance Ranch 2010 Ginet Rose. The winery lists it’s Predominant Varieties as Tempranillo, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot noir, Syrah, Chardonnay, Pinot gris, Riesling, Cabernet Franc, Viognier and Zinfandel. Many of which were honored with 2010 World of Wine awards.
Plaisance Ranch is located at 16955 Water Gap Road in Williams and is open from Noon – 6PM everyday except Tuesdays. For more information call 541-846-7171 or visit www.plaisanceranch.com. And don’t miss the next “Wine Down” event scheduled for Friday, September 16th from 5:30-8:30 PM. You will be sure to receive a warm greeting, taste some superb wine and enjoy the relaxed beauty of Williams, Oregon. Cheers!