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When I first moved to southern Oregon, I went to a wine tasting party with my sister and a group of her friends. I hadn’t been out of college for more than a few months, which meant I was still in that phase of my life where “expensive” beer was

I’ve always been an above average student.  A solid B- was my general GPA from High School through College. This fact has only been exaggerated now that I’m above the legal drinking limit and can walk to a bar at any time of the day and order a beer. I

It’s a bit of irony that as a child I never liked writing. I have very vivid memories of myself throwing a tantrum on the floor, pleading to my mother to help me write my three (yes, three) sentence synopsis of a news article. I’d do everything in my power

I spend a lot of time drinking. This would sound very worrying to someone like my psychologist father who spends his time listening to alcoholics and people with anxiety problems, but drinking is very much a social part of our world. Book clubs, dates, writing clubs, social hangouts, everything centers

The first thing anyone says when I bring up Grants Pass is that phrase, “It‘s the Climate!” They either say this with a knowing chuckle, or in a sort of sardonic way that makes me wonder if they actually like the climate at all. I had no idea what the

The Rogue Messenger sat down with Kristin Lyon, the proprietor of Jefferson Farm Kitchen, a small cafe and meals-to-go service, with pickup in Jacksonville, and deliveries around the Valley, to talk about her spot in the local food movement.   Rogue Valley Messenger: You’ve been a presence for some years,

Where the Rogue Valley is abundant in wonderful wineries, it is also full of wine bars in trendy downtown locations. The wine bars listed below are perfect if you don’t feel like driving into the country for great wine.   The Rogue Grape: Medford’s newest wine bar opened mid-August on

When I was in college, my friends used to do this thing where they’d all go out and each buy a 5th of Gordon’s vodka and a chaser of choice. They’d all come over my place and I’d switch on the music and invite everyone we knew over for a

I got my degree in History. This does a few things for me. 1. It makes me really excited at parties when people bring up things like the Holy Roman Empire (and consequentially I rapidly kill any conversation). 2. Everyone thinks I’m great at trivia since, apparently, a history degree

  It takes a honey bee her entire life to make one-twelfth of a teaspoonful of honey and more than one weekend for people to learn how she does it. But at the 5th Annual Oregon Honey Festival, children and adults alike can buzz around and learn, taste, participate, and