Southern Oregon is the wine world’s Wild West. There’s a lot of experimentation going on, even though this less heralded region has the oldest history for grape growing in the state (starting in Jacksonville in 1852 with Peter Britt) and there’s success: 120 vineyards, 17 wineries and more than 3,000 acres of planted vines. But a maverick streak runs thick through here. With experimentation, however, come hits, misses and the mediocre. Navigating through the territory requires patience and exploration and a sense of humor, as exhibited by Quail Run Vineyard's vineyard manager Chris Hubert in the photo to the left. Check out the growing number of wine stories in the subpages below. For more of Janet's more than 530 wine stories, visit the Medford Mail Tribune Food section, Ashland Daily Tidings' Revels section, Oregon Wine Press and Medford Wine Examiner