Designs on December
Okay, really no designing has to go into December…it is just naturally beautiful. Our beautiful forest takes on the look of the holiday season and, this year, there is snow on Mt. Hood so it looks just like a storybook drawing of a mountain against a beautiful winter sky. It is often sunny enough during the day to stand outside and be filled with wonder at its presence in the center of our vineyard view.
Indoors, we are happily pouring wine all month! Probably some candy canes will show up and, definitely, the Rosemary Walnuts. They proved to be such a treat and a great palate cleanser than we are sharing the recipe with you right here. Put these out at your holiday parties and you will be a hit. Even the walnut farmer who supplies us asked what we did! Here you are:
Spread out on a baking sheet 1 lb of nuts (almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts….) and bake for about 10 minutes at 350* or until they become fragrant.
Turn them into a bowl and reserve the pan; you will use it soon. Mix together, 2 TBS of melted butter, 1/3 cup of brown sugar, 2 tsps Kosher salt, 3 TBS of chopped, fresh Rosemary. Toss the nuts with this mixture using wooden spoons.
Spread nuts on the baking sheet and let sit for 30 minutes. They won’t taste great before the 30 minutes but after that…Yum!
Lopping is about to begin in the vineyard…Jim will be out there cutting off last year’s growth to make way for 2016. Meanwhile, the 2015 vintage is coming along nicely and the 2014 is a BIG HIT in our Tasting Room. We released the 2014 Pinot Gris and the two Pinot noirs called Gemini and Trouble early in November to great acclaim. The Pinot Gris has definite tastes of honey and Meyer lemons, soothing with a little tang to them. The Pinot noirs, of course, are named for our Wine Dogs. Any concerns about which one people prefer over the other = and any ensuing hurt feelings = have disappeared. They are favored pretty evenly. Whew.
We will be open on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve for your last minute gift and celebration wines! We are also featuring some great books for wine and whiskey lovers:
The Essential Scratch and Sniff Guide to Wine and The Essential Scratch and Sniff Guide to Whiskey. They are both board books, written by one of the world’s 200 master sommeliers and pretty fabulous. Designed to make you an expert and they are an unusual gift.
Spectacular Wineries of Oregon is a just beautiful book in which, yes, A Blooming Hill Vineyard, appears! This is the coffee table book for wine lovers.
Oregon Wine Pioneers by Cila Warncke is the “ultimate insider’s guide to one of the world’s most exciting wine regions”. That would be Oregon, of course. And, yes again, A Blooming Hill Vineyard is featured.
PLUS, we’ve got some clever wine purses that make very interesting gifts.
We ship to 14 states to make your shopping easier. Call us!
And, most important, enjoy this twinkling, glorious time of year. Peace to us all. Be kind to each other.
Holly and Jim
We now ship to fourteen locations. (Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Massachusetts, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Virginia, Washington State, Washington DC.)
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.