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A Blooming Hill Vineyard … Our Inspiration

Some days, standing at a particular spot in the vineyard where the light spills across the slope of Blooming Hill, it is possible to believe the world has just begun and life is full of promise. The soft sound of a breeze rustling the vines, the warm touch of sun on emerging fruit, sky as far off as anyone can see beyond the hills reminds us that there may be nothing quite so wonderful as the simple pleasures given us by nature. At A Blooming Hill Vineyard, we revel in the gift of working the land every day and that we are rewarded with its simple and elegant bounty.

This is our gift to you in every bottle of A Blooming Hill Vineyard wines.

NEWS! OUR 2011 PINOT NOIR JUST WON ANOTHER GOLD! This one from the Northwest Food and Wine Festival. So exciting! That is a nice companion to the Double Gold from the Oregon Wine Awards.

A Blooming Hill Vineyard

5195 SW Hergert Rd.
Cornelius OR 97113
(503)992-1196
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Open Weekends Noon to 5 PM

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Directions

We are located outside the small towns of Cornelius and Forest Grove, Oregon. If you decide to get directions from the web, we've discovered that most of the sites include a road that is closed: LaFollette Road. Just stay on 10th Avenue to Blooming Fern Hill Road and turn right. Stay on that to the flashing yellow light and turn left onto Hergert Road. A Blooming Hill Vineyard is the first driveway on the right. There's a big sign.

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HOW TO REACH US WHEN IT RAINS ALOT!

We do live in Oregon where rain is a factor….In case the route to A Blooming Hill from Highway 47 is closed at Fern Hill, just stay on Hway 47 to Route 8, which is the next major intersection.  Turn right.  You will go into Cornelius and begin to see Blue Signs to A Blooming Hill.  Just follow the signs….for sticklers, turn right onto 10th Avenue, turn right onto Blooming Fern Hill Road, turn left at the flashing yellow light and we are the first driveway on the right.

We're In The News!

Look! We had Mrs. Oregon 2013 to brunch - here's a great story!


Here's a terrific interview we did in August on the local business show on kuik Hillsboro.


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East Coast Foods Brunch.



April

The Gateway to Spring Month

A little sun, a little rain; a little warmth, a little chill.  Welcome to spring in Oregon!  We have actually started to keep a record of the weather when we do our daily reconciliation in the Tasting Room.  From my days owning a little children’s clothing shop in NYC, I can tell you it makes no difference but, then, the weather wasn’t as unruly as it is here. (Believe it or not!).

We do try to make the Tasting Room inviting regardless of the weather!  There’s a radio program called NorthwestWineNight that broadcasts on radio in parts of Washington, Oregon and Idaho with a little feature they do called What Are You Pouring Now?  It’s a quick two-minute segment where they call a Tasting Room and they called us!   Here’s the link – we are at the 12 minute mark and you can fast-forward to that  - or listen to the entire program.  You can listen on radio or the internet and might become a regular fan!

We are preparing for the real kick-off of the first big event of spring – Wine Trail Weekend.  I know some of you already have your tickets and hope the rest of you will jump in and take advantage.  It’s $45 for the two-days of wine tasting and activities on April 12th and 13th.  If you use our code:  BloomingWT , you get $5 off of your ticket prices.  www.nwvintners.org

April is pretty busy – Chocolate Fantasy on the 11th at Jenkins Estate; Wine Trail here on the 12th and 13th        - Jim is doing wine-making 101 out in the winery for people interested in the process.   Wine served everywhere – and chocolate!

Our popular Wine Club will gather twice during April – on the 20th and the 27th.  We have music both days and, Wine Club member or not, you will certainly be able to hear the music!  Might inspire you to join. And if you are so inspired to find out about it, just click the tab above for the brochure.

We are just bottling our 2013 white wines!  Mingle, our signature white blend, will be available as of April 20th.  Jim always says the wine in made in the vineyard and each year is remarkable in a different way.  Our 2013 Riesling and Blush, for example, will be sweeter wines than we have produced before.  We are excited because this gives us a balanced portfolio of wines with something for every palate.

April is also National Jazz Appreciation Month – I’m sure our musicians will help us appreciate; and National Poetry and Poetry Writing Month!  I can’t resist: 

Roses are red
Violets are blue
When you come out to see us
We’ll serve wine to you.

It is also not too soon to look forward to May.  It is indescribably beautiful out here in May.  The Governor has declared that May is Oregon Wine Month.  Along with celebrating our excellent bounty, we are also celebrating that Oregon has more female winemakers per capita than any other New World wine producing region.  That is pretty wonderful!



THE LATEST NEWS

Big news! Jim's 2011 Pinot Noir took a DOUBLE GOLD in the Oregon Wine Awards. We are so proud.

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Cheers!

Holly



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Jim with the winning wines.

Holly and Jim

We got married in 2006 under a beautiful teahouse that Jim built for us. We've known each other for over 40 years … Holly was a not very good secretary to Jim way back in New York in the television production business. Jim was known as "The Myth" for all he was able to accomplish. He ran a scrappy new company that was involved in such notables as Sesame Street and The Electric Company, many of the Central Park Concerts – from Barbra Streisand to George Shearing. Jim was even business manager for KISS! Holly spent her life raising money for good works and writing.

In 2006, after a lot of life had intervened (ask us, we'll tell you), a mutual friend threw his Cupid's darts and urged us to have lunch. We were both living in the Pacific Northwest by then, although 200 miles apart; Holly - a city girl, Jim - a farm boy. Holly drove down to Oregon, had a lovely lunch, drove home and told Jim he was terrific but geographically undesirable.

Jim was persistent….and, suddenly, there we were standing in a beautiful spot in the Willamette Valley getting married! It really is romantic owning a vineyard! Now we are a wedding destination.

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Award-winning Wines

The Latest News

Our 2011 Pinot Noir has won two wonderful awards – a Double Gold in the Oregon Wine Awards and a Gold in the Northwest Food and Wine Festival!

All Of Our Wines

2012 Chardonnay – Crisp and creamy and yet you can taste the Oregon grape

2012 Pinot Gris – Oregon’s Other Pinot! Ripe pear and melon – our best Gris yet! – Bronze Medal

2012 Pinot Noir – Bold, rich raspberry, tobacco. Very smooth

2011 Pinot Noir – So smooth. Fruit forward and a very long finish.  This is our newest STAR with a Gold and a Double Gold!

2011 Pinot Gris –a fruity wine with delicate tastes of bright sunshine and citrus, luscious pear and with a long, licorice-stick finish.  Serve this versatile wine with salads, fish, chicken.  Great with hors d’oeuvres. – Silver Medal

2011 Riesling –Gold leaf and quartz help to define the minerality in this sweet-earth luscious and dry wine.  Silver Medal

2010 Pinot Noir – The taste of strawberries in chocolate with a smooth, smooth finish.  This is a wine to enjoy now and well into the future.  Here’s what Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar says:  “Bright ruby-red. Spice-accented blackberry, cherry, anise and lavender on the nose. Sweet and plump, with jicy cherry and dark berry flavors lifted by tangy acidity. Finishes on a lively, refreshingly bitter berry skin note, with supple tannins coming on late.”  Three Silver Medals

2009 Pinot Noir –Each year produces a different Pinot. 2009 was a wonderful year of abundant bunches of plump, sweet fruit.  The wine echoes this with a mild cherry/raspberry taste that is smooth to the palate and complements all foods and occasions.  Bronze Medal.

2008 Pinot Noir Reserve – Our first star! This vintage was spectacular all across the Willamette Valley and ours is right up there in the firmament having won four awards. This wonderful 2008 Pinot noir got a really nice review from Burghound, the bible for Burgundy and Pinot noir and 89 points! If you are interested in widening your knowledge of those wines, look at this publication if you don't already: www.burghound.com. Since only subscribers see the reviews, I am quoting it right here:

"A very pretty nose combines notes of red cherry, raspberry and a hint of cranberry that marry into nicely rich and round middle weight flavors that possess good mid-palate concentration with fine volume on the balanced if mildly somber finish that avoids any hint of austerity. This well-made effort is not especially refined but it offers fine depth."