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Harvesting the Grapes
A Story of Our Winery
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We now ship to ten locations. Check out the specifics.
Join Our Long-Distance Wine Club
We are excited to announce a new twist on our very popular Wine Club, available in Seattle on Groupon and, really, to anyone in the ten states we ship to…think about it as a holiday gift! Price includes shipping.
$149 for One-Year Wine Club Membership at A Blooming Hill Vineyard ($250 Value). Members receive three bottles of award-winning wine three times throughout the year. The packages include notes written for each wine, recipes, and food pairing suggestions.
Here's a terrific interview we did in August on the local business show on kuik Hillsboro.
East Coast Foods Brunch.
Summer Half Gone?
NO! Plenty Left.
That said, it is hard to believe that July is over. I put up on Facebook an illustration with a caption that said “I thought getting older would take longer…” and the same sentiment should apply to summer. I thought it would last longer.
Every season has its bounty and we are lucky to fill up each one and have such a good time. Jim finished pulling leaves this week in the vineyard, exposing the ripening grapes to the sun while still protecting them from sunburn. He is waiting for bunch closure – when the berries all swell and make the bunches solid with luscious grapes. It will definitely be an early harvest again!
And while we wait…we have planned many wonderful activities for August beginning with music this weekend – Sunday – great jazz! AND, if you come in the later afternoon, you will get to meet Luke, our 18-month bonus great grandson. Now how can that be?? We haven’t actually met Luke so this will be exciting.
Then, Canines Uncorkednes on August 8th. Picture 50 or so dogs of every breed and dimension, all bringing their people who taste wine while the dogs share their stories – maybe literally since we will have a Pet Communicator on hand to help us bridge the language gap.& ALSO, I will be recording stories about how the dogs came by their names for possible inclusion in a book about how we name our pets – tentative title: Cueball, Eightball, Oddball. Has a certain ring to it!
Jason Perkins and Greg Adams will be here on the 8th, singing for their supper right along with the dogs. Next day, August 9th, Ron Sabin reappears with guitar and great voice.
There is more music all month long:
Saturday, August 15th - Val Blaha sings – lovely, folksong kinda voice
Sunday, August 16th – Ron Sabin
Sunday, August 23rd – Jazz with Jack and Bill
Sunday, August 30th – Jazz with Jack and Bill
Also happening this month, on Friday, August 14th, we are pouring wine at the Vintage Plaza Hotel Cocktail Hour. If you are planning a trip to Portland, think about staying in this beautiful hotel! We will have another open mic storytelling evening on Saturday, August 29th at 6 PM. Bring your stories about Summer Loves and sit around in the Teahouse with us and tell them. We met a woman in the Tasting Room last week who actually came in second in one of the national storytelling events produced by The Moth (OPB Radio, Saturdays 7 PM) and I am SO HOPING she comes here and tells a story.
On August 27th, another great event for this end of the Willamette Valley – Taste of the North. There will be 15 wineries pouring summer wines at the "Orenco Station Plaza from 4-7 PM. Music, tastes, a souvenir glass and food available from local food carts. We will be pouring our 2014 whites/blush and our 2009 Pinot Noir chilled. It is delicious when chilled (also when not).
Finally, cast yourselves into the future onto A Blooming Hill Vineyard’s Wine Cruise in France! Next August 13-20 on a Viking ship, sipping great wines, eating great food, seeing legendary sites all with people who love the same things! Viking Cruises was just voted #1 River Cruise Line by Travel + Leisure readers because they have truly perfected the experiences that they offer. Anyone would fall in love with a European river cruise like this but a wine lover will appreciate it a deeper level. Our friend Terrie Little is putting this together for us and has details posted on this website:
Enough to keep you active all month? We hope so…with plenty of time to just sit and sip. Oh, and one more thing…we’ve just added Virginia and Illinois as states to which we can ship (should have both permits in hand in a couple of weeks….).
Holly and Jim
As of July 1st, we add the state of Nevada to our list of ship to states...that makes lucky 13!
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.