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August in the Vineyard
At the beginning of August we all sit back in our beach chairs and think there is still so much lazing time ahead of us … feel that breeze passing over you, smell that lovely cocoanut suntan lotion … and it’s true it is the laziest month of all.
In the vineyard, the vines know nothing of rest at this time of year and are at work becoming wine. Jim helps them by hedging and pulling leaves so all the strength goes into ripening those grapes. We are looking forward to an early harvest, hoping we don’t have the rains of last September! We definitely have veraison in the vineyard. Step through the vines this weekend and look for the purple grapes. It’s been so dry that Jim is thinking of irrigating a bit. Normally, after the first four years, you don’t irrigate but last year and this year were different weather patterns (in case you hadn’t noticed that you were melting in the Pacific Northwest). There are water sensors throughout the vineyard and Jim and Tiara have been checking. Grapes are dry at about 10” and while there is still moisture at about 30”, probably a good idea to let them not gasp.
Here is what is going on at A Blooming Hill Vineyard this month:
- Friday, August 8th, we will be in the Tasting Room as usual but also at Unger Farms from 4-9 PM happily pouring our wines in a beautiful setting – music from 5:30 – 8:30 PM. Ungerfarms.com. Drink wine and also buy the best damn strawberries = Albions = you will ever taste.
- This is the weekend of Canines Uncorked – Saturday, August 9th - and there will be many fetching (in the sense of winsome) dogs to be admired on the patio. We will be joined by Tari Donahue, who is going to be taking pictures of your pups, and Kellee Beaudry who will be helping them create Paw Print cards they can send out to their adoring public with the photos.
Tickets are available at nwvintners.org for this event and all proceeds benefit the Oregon Humane Society. Gemini and Trouble say thank you. Oh, and Cabi – our beautiful youngest horse is home for the summer. She thanks you, too.
- We are really excited about Sunday. August 10th, because we have a FANTASTIC music duo playing jazz on the patio. Honestly, you’ll hear strains of Brubeck and Miles … guitar and sax. Joe and Jack. Be here. 2 – 5 PM.
- August 17th is our Wine Club Party and you can join now or on that day and still get the package we are putting together. There is a sign-up form on this website or just call or email. Or, show up! It will be great music that day, too…Randy Danielson who is a spirited musician, to say the least.
- August 23rd means more great jazz with Joe and Jack.
- August 24th will bring us Artists in the Vineyard. A group of local artists will set up their easels and also have works for sale. Buddy Evans, who used to play with Merle Haggard among other greats and is great himself will be the musical accompaniment for the day.
- August 29th, 30th, 31st is, believe it or not, Labor Day Weekend and a full on party at every vineyard, ours included!
Now, wine stuff.
Did you read Eric Asimov’s August Wine School Zinfandel column?
Yes, it is a love or hate thing. Here’s what Asimov said at the start of his column summarizing the impressions and insights from his readers: “In wine as in all fields, people are drawn toward what they like. Personal taste is a rich, compelling and mysterious force, which must always be respected even if it cannot be entirely explained. Its vagaries are displayed prominently in any discussion of zinfandel, a wine that seems to have a powerful polarizing effect.” Read the entire piece and prepare yourself to learn about Chablis for the next session. Chablis is Chardonnay from Chablis, France. Chardonnay is white Burgundy. Drink them here, too, as they are translated into Pinot Noir, Mingle, Blush and straight-shot Chardonnay.
THE LATEST NEWS
Big news! Jim's 2011 Pinot Noir took a DOUBLE GOLD in the Oregon Wine Awards. We are so proud.
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.