She Married Into Wine
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!
- 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!
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.