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Since 1997 Ransom Wine Co. & Spirits has been making news. Here are some choice articles and awards from our past!


Ransom Dry Vermouth featured in three articles in June and July

Tasting Table: A Buying Guide to American Vermouth

Serious Eats: The Best American Vermouths

LA Times: New Vermouths are crafted to go solo, mix well and stir memories

Ransom Dry Vermouth earns a Gold Medal from Tasters Guild International

We are pleased to announce that the inaugural batch of The Emerald 1865 Straight American Whiskey has taken home a prestigious Double Gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition

The Emerald wins a Double Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition

We are pleased to announce that the inaugural batch of The Emerald 1865 Straight American Whiskey has taken home a prestigious Double Gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition

Ransom Old Tom Gin receives 5 Stars from F. Paul Pacult's Spirit Journal

Ransom Old Tom Gin - Batch Number 44, Bottle Number 0282

Ransom Spirits; USA ; Sheridan,  OR - ($40; 44% ABV)

Last reviewed in 2010; Batch 13 was rated four stars. Pale gold color; unblemished clarity. I get pleasant notes upfront of juniper/pine, cigar box, new leather, wet sand, cardamom, apple peel; later inhalations detect dried herbs (sage, thyme), dried cranberry, dried pineapple. Entry is acutely citrusy/tropical fruit-like, refereshingly acidic, cleansing, substantial, grainy; midpalate shows off more of the botanicals and dried herbs, plus there's a background note of peppermint that's beguiling. Best batch yet.

Spirits Journal March 2014 Five Stars - Highest Recommendation

Ransom Spirits featured in Imbibe Magazine's Drinker's Guide to the Pacific NW


Oregon was ahead of the craft-distilling curve, and Clear Creek Distillery is widely considered the grandfather of Portland’s distilling scene...

Tad Seestedt followed a similar route, opening Ransom Spirits to make grappa and fruit eaux de vie, along with wine. In 2008, Ransom released an Old Tom Gin, followed by an herbaceous dry vermouth in 2012, and last year Seestedt introduced The Emerald, an Irish-style whiskey.

Clear Creek and Ransom were onlythe beginning...

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Ransom is pleased to announce the launch of Grape and Grain - our Wine  & Spirits Club

At Ransom, we work hard to make products that speak to their literal and figurative roots, and we believe that we have created dynamic, terroir-driven wines and rich, complex craft spirits. We believe that wine and spirits are a celebration of life, deserving of a place on our table each day. Drinking premium quality, handcrafted wine and spirits need not be expensive or pretentious, and both can compliment good food and add to the sense of delight and fulfillment found in gathering to eat and drink. We are excited to share the fruits of our labor with you as a member of our wine club. The Ransom Wine and Spirits Club is a unique opportunity to have our products delivered directly to your door. This is the best way to experience all that Ransom has to offer! Our club offerings ship twice a year in Late Spring & Fall. 

 When you sign up for our club you will receive this exclusive benefits package:

●      Guaranteed allocation of limited production wines and spirits

●      A discount on club shipments and re-orders, as well as a 10% discount on all wine orders.         There is also a 20%  discount on all orders of 12 bottles of wine or more.

●      Discounted shipping on spirits orders.

●      Complimentary tasting for up to four guests at our twice yearly club pick-up receptions

●      Complimentary annual dinner at our farm highlighting our wines and spirits (For Kestrel Club members only)

●      Winemaker and Distiller tasting, production and mixology notes are included in each shipment.

●      A Welcome Gift

Download an enrollment form

Ransom Dry Vermouth featured in the Oregonian's Review of Oregon Vermouths

Ransom Dry Vermouth ($31 for 750 ml; 18.4% ABV)

What it is: Highly regarded Sheridan winemaker/distiller Tad Seestedt has combined his two disciplines to make a dead-serious vermouth from a base of blanc de pinot noir.

Tasting notes: "Goodness, there is a lot going on here!" exclaimed Vickery, finding everything from Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal to anise on the nose. "Oh, man, that is awesome!"

Mixing suggestions: From a bartending perspective, this was Vickery's favorite of the light vermouths for its versatility. He suggested using it in a Glasgow (a Scotch-vermouth cocktail) or in place of Lillet and Absinthe in a Corpse Reviver #2. Available at Barrique Barrel, Hollywood Beverage, Market of Choice, The Meadow, Pastaworks, Pearl Specialty Market & Spirits and Zupan's.

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Old Tom Gin featured in Whiskey Advocate's article on Barrel-aged Gin

"One of the first contemporary entries in the aged gin space came from Ransom Spirits, in Sheridan, Oregon. With Ransom’s Old Tom Gin, distiller Tad Seestedt helped resurrect a “lost” style of gin and in the process helped kick off a new wave of the aged gin category. “The idea was initially to replicate the short amount of time that the gin would have historically spent in barrel during transport over land or sea to its final destination. We also realized afterwards that the barrel aging had an obviously pleasant effect on the gin,” says Tad Seestedt.

Ransom’s Old Tom Gin soon became a darling of the craft spirit world, and it opened the door for more craft spirit companies to follow in the aged gin space. "

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Tommy Klus names The Emerald 1865 one of his Top 5 Whiskeys of the Moment

In Imbibe Magazine:

“This new whiskey from Ransom is made from an old Irish mash bill recipe sourced by David Wondrich and re-created by Ransom founder Tad Seedstedt. In the mash bill you have malted and unmalted barley, malted rye and oats. Distilled in direct fire copper Alembic stills and aged three years in new American oak as well as French oak. This whiskey is on the young side and may benefit from a few more years in the barrel, but it drinks very well and I'd be a happy man to have this in my glass. You could call me biased on this one as I’m an Oregonian, but I think Tad knocked it out of the park.”

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Ransom Dry Vermouth scored 94 Points by Wine Enthusiast

"Made from organic wine and mostly organic botanicals, this straw-colored dry vermouth layers notes of golden raisins, citrus peel, cardamom and vanilla on a base of fresh apple and pear. Recommended for classic cocktails, or to sip alongside a cheese plate."

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Henry du Yore's makes Wine Enthusiast's Top 50 Spirits of 2013

“This Bourbon boasts concentrated caramel aroma. Flavors run to caramel and honey, touched with charred oak and allspice notes. It’s plush and rounded in feel. The soft-wax cap is frustratingly hard to open, but luckily, it’s worth the struggle."

93 Points

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