Derived from the Constatin Brancusi quote, "Create like a God. Command like a King. Work like a Slave." Chris Jiron and Christine Collier are crafting soulful wines in Southern Oregon. Among the youngest winemakers in the state, the two are bringing new energy to the region while discovering their artistry by experimenting with varietals, blends and styles.

Recent Posts

The Oregonian Wine Pick!

Wine writer, Katherine Cole reviews 2009 Syrah - Tempranillo.

Rogue River Rafting and Wine Tour.

Join Chris and Christine for the 2nd annual trip down the Wild and Scenic Rogue River. July 2012.

Young Rogues in the Rogue Valley

Northwest Wine Anthem feature article.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

A Proud Parent

It is so exciting to see your own wine on someone's dinner table. I imagine the feeling is like watching your little one walk for the first time or graduate kindergarten 
(okay... maybe not that significant, but you get my point). 

Amye, my dear friend from high school, was enjoying some Syrah-Tempranillo with pizza night! 

- Christine

Uncle Mitch, CSW

One of the most gut-wrenching moments from visiting family this weekend was when Uncle Mitch swirled, sipped and swallowed our wine. See what this CSW thought of our wine. 

Family is so humbling!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

OregonWineGeeks.com Review

We have our first real "review" (outside of our parents) and it is really cool!

OregonWineGeeks.com had this to say about our 2009 Syrah-Tempranillo:

This unique red from two young winemakers with the label God, King Slave.
  Create like a GOD.
Command like a KING.Work like a SLAVE.- Constantin Brancusi
You should let this young wine breath a moment before going at it.  A light ruby color, lower alcohol red half Syrah and half Tempranillo is elegant and refined.  The nose has a touch of barnyard, subtle black fruit, spicy green pepper, a touch of leather and black pepper.  The mouth feel is full with a sweet fruit and a subtle tannin.  This mayl improve even more over the next year or two but is satisfying and hits the palate just right now.  We had this today at 38 Central, our WINE central on Tuesdays for sup and sip.

Score: 89 
Cost: $ 28

Thursday, August 18, 2011

C St. Bistro announces Wine Release Dinner Menu

Come eat and drink with us and celebrate our inaugural release!
C St. Bistro announced the menu for this Friday & Saturday's wine release dinner! You can't get much fresher than setting the menu after you buy the ingredients from this morning's farmers' market. 

Cornmeal Fried Okra Stuffed with Caramelized Onion/Garlic Chevre and Heirloom Tomato Relish
Watermelon and Sweet Basil Gazpacho with Smoked Halibut Cheek
Troon Vineyard 2010 Dry Riesling
Maple Brined Natural Pork Chop with Cipollini Quinoa, Grilled Red Haven Peach and Balsamic Syrup
God King Slave 2009 Syrah - Tempranillo
Blackberry Cobbler

$45 includes dinner and wine.
We will have bottles and cases available for purchase. 
C St. Bistro is located at 230 E C St. in Jacksonville.
Reservations recommended. 
Call 541.231.7368 or email godkingslavewines@gmail.com. 

Hope to see you there!
- Chris & Christine

Monday, August 15, 2011

God King Slave makes an entrance

Yes, we are making our entrance!

Read Medford Wine Examiner, Janet Eastman's article featuring... us... and don't forget to come celebrate with us this Friday and Saturday, August 19th & 20th, is our official wine release party. C St. Bistro, 5-8 pm, be there. For more information click here. We really, really, really want to see you!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Our #1 Competitor - Chateau Miller

I think we should just withdraw our hat from the ring after watching this video on Chateau Miller.

How could we ever compete with the quality of vineyard sites,  clonal selection, winemaking and market response?

Chris and I came across this hilarious parody tonight and had to share it with you. My tummy still hurts from laughing. 

- Christine Collier (yeah, that's French)

Monday, August 8, 2011

Wine Release Party!

Join us at our favorite local restaurant for a very monumental event. 
- Chris & Christine

Will Row for Wine

Twenty-two bottles of Southern Oregon wine floated the Wild and Scenic portion of the Rogue River this July 20th-22nd. Only empties returned thanks to the guests attending the first annual Rogue River Rafting & Wine Tour hosted by Rogue River Outfitters. 

Guests enjoyed two nights and three days on the river paddling by day and sipping local wines by night. Rogue River Outfitters approached Chris and I to select and present the wines to pair with the evening meals. The wines selected for the trip included Troon Vineyard “The River Guide” Dry Riesling, Quady North Cabernet Franc, Del Rio Vineyards Viognier, Folin Cellars Tempranillo, Abacela Port, and the inaugural release of God King Slave.
It was an incredible collaboration to enjoy the scenery and adventure of the iconic Rogue River with the wines that are produced in this valley. - Chris Jiron

The scenery was beautiful, the wildlife was exciting, the river was thrilling, the food was exceptional, the lodging was comfortable, but the best part was the people, including the guides. We came together and are taking away lifelong memories. Wine has always been such an important tool in bringing people together and building lifelong friendships and this trip was no different. I hope we continue this trip for years to come and are able to share our regional wines in such a unique way. - Christine Collier

Dates for the 2012 Rogue River Rafting & Wine Tour have been set for July 18th-20th. The trip will have 12 paddles open and we would love for you to join us. Please visit the Rogue River Outfitters page for more information and to book your trip. 

Rogue River Outfitters is a second generation family-owned and operated guide and outfitter service. Craig and Tina Hughson truly believe the Rogue River is one of those beautiful world famous rivers that everyone needs to see and experience. They are one of few outfitters on the Rogue providing both rafting and fishing excursions. To learn more about Rogue River Outfitters visit http://www.rogueriveroutfitters.com/ or check out their blog at http://rrorafting.com.