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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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The one you enjoy with wine and we'll happily test it using our wines. We may ask for your permission to include it in the cookbook we're compiling.


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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 OUR FALL COLOR IS PURPLE

This is a lovely time of year in the vineyard and a great time to visit the Pacific Northwest!  Harvest will be early this year, probably beginning around the third week of September.  Colors in the vineyard are more than purple…there is the velvet mauve of the pinot gris, the lovely yellow-greens of the chardonnay and the translucent green of the Riesling.  The vines are lush and beckoning.

Vineyards and wineries give themselves over to the vines during this month … and there is still lots of social tasting activity.  Labor Day Weekend is pretty early so we begin the celebration on Friday, August 29th.  Here’s what’s going on all month:

  • Labor Day Weekend – Friday through Monday, open from 11 AM to 5 PM.  Open house with lovely wines and snacks we’ll serve you.  Saturday, beginning at 2 PM, hear the fabulous jazz of Jack Stern and Bill French on sax, clarinet and piano.  Close your eyes and you’ll be at the Village Vanguard.  Sunday, beginning at 2 PM, get your country on with Buddy Evans, one of our favorites who used to play with Merle and Willie.  Great music, great stories.
  • The 2013 Pinot Noir is DELICIOUS and Jim will fill a carafe for the Tasting Room over Labor Day Weekend for you to taste.  We just bottled it and it won’t be available until November except for this taste preview.
  • Sunday, September 7 – Ron Sabin brings back his lovely baritone to play and sing from 2 PM on to 5.
  • Thursday, September 11 – One of our favorite events and for a sweet cause:  P.S. Girlfriends gathers us together to raise money for Comfort Baskets full of all the pampering goodies women need as they battle cancer.  We’ll be at Bagenstoss Farm in Sherwood pouring wine from 10 AM – 6 PM.  Shop jewelry, toys, accessories, wine; raffle, silent auction, snacks, wine….http://www.psgirlfriends.org/.
  • Sunday, September 14 – Since we love more of a good thing, Buddy Evans is back to sing, beginning at 2 PM.
  • Sunday, September 21 – Ditto so here comes Ron Sabin rounding out September.  Again, beginning at 2 PM.

Harvest is a busy and also fascinating time.  You try to pick the grapes at the moment of perfect ripeness, which is a sliding measure to be sure.  You try to suss out the hazards of fall – migrating robins who thrive on grapes, Northwest weather, catching the grapes at the peak, long hours in the field and on the crush pad.   Since we are a smaller winery, Jim harvests only what he can process in a day.  It’s amazing to see the process since he starts pruning in January, babies his vines and grapes for all those months and then – just like that – they are hand-harvested, hand-transported to be destemmed and crushed or poured into fermenters.  It smells great on the crush pad and it is very exciting to taste that free-run juice for the first time as it comes out of the press.  We’ll have bunches of grapes in the Tasting Room for you to taste.  You’ll be surprised at just how sweet they are!

There are some wonderful places right around us to stay while you visit – McMennamin’s Grand Lodge, the Orenco Hotel – for two.  And if you need a picnic or are planning an event, Reedville Catering is a great choice. 

See you in September … (Can you just hear The Tempos singing that in 1959?  I can … taking me right back to summer crushes and everything that went with endless youth.


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

The 2012 Pinot Noir has won a Silver medal in the New York International Wine Competition. We are very pleased as we believe this is an excellent wine. Over 1000 wins were tasted and less than 30% won medals. There were fourteen Pinot Noirs that won a Silver (none won Gold) and we were one of four from Oregon.

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."