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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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A Blooming Hill Vineyard

5195 SW Hergert Rd.
Cornelius OR 97113
(503)992-1196
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Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5:30 PM
Tuesday - Thursday, by appointment

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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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Below are links to three great videos regarding our Winery

Aerial View of Winery
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Harvesting the Grapes
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A Story of Our Winery
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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.


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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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She Married Into Wine

Holly in interviewed on Northwest Wine Night Radio

We know it doesn’t exactly feel like June…well, maybe for Oregon it feels like June.  Still, let’s play pretend and maybe by the weekend the sun will come out!  Actually, Saturday is supposed to be pretty so we have decided to release our 2017 Riesling this weekend, Riesling being a quintessential summer sipping wine!

2017 was our Tenth Harvest and proved to be a very interesting year…plenty of rain and snow to make the vines vigorous, to say the least; then, the warm, dry summer turned this into our biggest harvest yet!  The result in this wine is an elegant Riesling with tastes of candied tropical fruits to pair with foods that have a bit of spice to them.

Lots to look forward to in June…

Music this Saturday and Sunday, June 2nd and 3rd –

  • Mitch Ward on Saturday.  We think you will really like Mitch and Jolie – here’s a sneak preview  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KqxiOcOul7k
  • Sunday brings us Big Ron.  We KNOW you all love Ron, as we do.
  • Coming up next week is Storytelling on Friday evening, June 8th, at 6:30 PM.  Jim has a great story he is going to tell.  Theme is In Stitches and this story always has me in stitches when I hear it! 
  • Sip and Paint is on Sunday, June 10th.  Register here…it’s a beautiful painting! 
                             Bonsai Buddies

  • Not too soon to think ahead to June 12th, the kick-off for the Hillsboro Tuesday Night Market!  Yay!  We are a sponsor this year and excited to do that.  We have a Guess The Cork contest planned and one of the prizes is an overnight at the Hilton Garden Inn in Beaverton, which is quite beautiful!  Includes breakfast for two…there’s a pool and a hot tub.  Too bad we already know how many corks there are or we could enter!  We pour in the Food Court at the Market…grab dinner and a glass of wine and enjoy the passing parade!
  • Father’s Day is 17th – Bring in your Dad and he tastes free … and gets to enjoy Ron Sabin’s music.
  • SATURDAY, JUNE 23RD is our second annual Amy Weston House Concert beginning at 6 PM.  Amy sings like a meadowlark … almost just like her Mom who made the 40s and 50s famous with the Tommy Dorsey Band.  Tickets are $10…please reserve in advance.
  • Sunday, June 24th we feature Brie Cauz who is a new singer for us.  All we can say is we heard her and said “BOOK HER”!
  • Saturday, June 30th is another new singer for us – Malderine Birmingham – who also got our BOOK HER reaction (This is something like the Golden Button on America’s Got Talent!)

And, now, a little grape education just because all of the activity is in the vineyard at the moment….
The phases of the harvest are just so interesting.  People often ask us what we think the year will be like and, really, we have no idea at this point!  Jim is out there every day exploring what is happening – fast growth, slow growth; early or late bud break; are the vines growing so quickly that they have to be tucked right now or can they wait a few days (and take care of the million other things there are to do on a farm!).

If you take a look at our vines right now, you will see tiny bunches of tiny grapes – no more than a couple of inches long and the berries are the size of, maybe, a pearl on a pin you would use with a pretty corsage.  Not very big.  From now on, they will be depending on the weather to become warmer and the sun strong to move their ripening along until they reach full growth.  At that point, we watch for veraison, the moment when the grapes begin to turn color and ripening begins.  We are so lucky to be situated right where the grapes can ripen all day in the sun and then, late in the afternoon, the cool ocean breezes move through our vineyard, slowing down the ripening process of the day so things happen in good time, not rushed time.

Then the crop size becomes a point of interest.  We want a harvest of prime grapes.  In this case, the bigger may not be better.  There is a lot of thinning that goes on at several stages and cutting off the bunches that are not ripening very fast is a way to do it at this stage.  The best bunches will make the high-quality wine we are looking for.

Jim uses a trellis system called Scot Henry with two fruiting wires and four cordons producing grapes.  He selected this because he felt he could control the light the grapes get in a better way.  He pulls leaves so that they do not filter the light but leave enough shade to prevent sunburn.  It’s a delicate balance; too much shade and you might see mildew.  Not enough shade and you might see sunburn.  Very tricky raising these precious babies.

Just some things to think about as you enjoy the wines in your glass on the patio!

Okay, you know the drill…come and see us, bring a picnic or order a cheese plate, toast the musicians and let them know you appreciate them, enjoy yourselves!  Call us for more information – 503-992-1196!

CHEERS!

Holly and Jim


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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

NEWS! OUR 2014 PINOT NOIR TROUBLE WON GOLD and was an Oregon Wine Press Cellar Select!

We knew the 2014 Pinot Noir was special because it was the first time our vineyard produced two different wines. Until then, the grapes, grown in two separate blocks, produced very similar wine and we just blended everything at bottling. Suddenly, they were different. We believe it is the age of the vines. One block was planted in 2002 and one in 2008. As soon as Jim decided to bottle the two wines, Holly decided to name them TROUBLE AND GEMINI, our two Wine Dogs! People love them. Buy them separately or together.

Our Wines Currently Being Served in the Tasting Room

Also available in our online store.

2016 Mingle – Our lovely, signature white blend of Pinot Gris, Riesling and Chardonnay.  Refreshing and fresh!

2014 Chardonnay – Un-oaked! Pink Grapefruit with good body and a lovely nose.

2016 Pinot Gris – Oregon’s Other Pinot! Full bodied, velvety and soft with tastes of honey and Meyer Lemons.

2016 Riesling - Floral nose, medium-sweet, tastes of delicate key lime pie.

2016 Blush ECIPSE – All of our Blushes have a beautiful color, enough sweetness to bring a smile to your lips yet dry enough for the most sophisticated palate.

PINOTS

2011 Pinot Noir –So smooth. Fruit forward and a very long finish. This is one of our STARs with a Double Gold in the Oregon Wine Awards, a Gold in the Northwest Food and Wine Festival, another Gold in the Pacific Northwest Invitational; and two Silvers – the American Wine Society and the Pinot Noir Shootout in Sonoma!

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

2013 Pinot Noir – a crowd pleaser! Well balanced, fruit forward, excellent flavor and very smooth. Two Gold medals

2014 Pinot Noir GEMINI – SILVER medal! As the star sign, two pleasures: gentle berries uniting with silky richness .

2014 Pinot Noir TROUBLE – Gold medal and an Oregon Wine Press Cellar Select! Vibrant and full of pepper, licorice and spice

2015 Pinot Noir GEMINI – Notes of berry and spice with a bit of orange peel in a silky, smooth wine. Our selected oak profile gives this wine body and character.

2015 Pinot Noir TROUBLE – Tastes from the forest to the sea to lavender fields with tangy pine, sea salt air and sunshine merging on the palate. Again, our oak profile gives this a special dimension.

VXX and XII - Both of these are made entirely from our Pinot Noir grapes and distilled with a brandy made from our wine. VXX is made from our Double Gold 2011 Pinot Noir. It is incredibly smooth with deep, deep berry and raisin flavors in a luxurious wine with decadent elegance. 16% alc. 3% sugar and aged for two years in oak.

XII is made from our 2012 Pinot, a legendary vintage in the Willamette Valley. It aged for over three years in oak and is silky and elegant with dark, rich flavors of berry, chocolate and a bit of cinnamon. 17% alc.,4% sugar

Both of these dessert wines are wonderful complements to fruits and cheeses and to desserts