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OUR FALL COLOR IS PURPLE
This is a lovely time of year in the vineyard and a great time to visit the Pacific Northwest! Harvest will be early this year, probably beginning around the third week of September. Colors in the vineyard are more than purple…there is the velvet mauve of the pinot gris, the lovely yellow-greens of the chardonnay and the translucent green of the Riesling. The vines are lush and beckoning.
Vineyards and wineries give themselves over to the vines during this month … and there is still lots of social tasting activity. Labor Day Weekend is pretty early so we begin the celebration on Friday, August 29th. Here’s what’s going on all month:
- Labor Day Weekend – Friday through Monday, open from 11 AM to 5 PM. Open house with lovely wines and snacks we’ll serve you. Saturday, beginning at 2 PM, hear the fabulous jazz of Jack Stern and Bill French on sax, clarinet and piano. Close your eyes and you’ll be at the Village Vanguard. Sunday, beginning at 2 PM, get your country on with Buddy Evans, one of our favorites who used to play with Merle and Willie. Great music, great stories.
- The 2013 Pinot Noir is DELICIOUS and Jim will fill a carafe for the Tasting Room over Labor Day Weekend for you to taste. We just bottled it and it won’t be available until November except for this taste preview.
- Sunday, September 7 – Ron Sabin brings back his lovely baritone to play and sing from 2 PM on to 5.
- Thursday, September 11 – One of our favorite events and for a sweet cause: P.S. Girlfriends gathers us together to raise money for Comfort Baskets full of all the pampering goodies women need as they battle cancer. We’ll be at Bagenstoss Farm in Sherwood pouring wine from 10 AM – 6 PM. Shop jewelry, toys, accessories, wine; raffle, silent auction, snacks, wine….http://www.psgirlfriends.org/.
- Sunday, September 14 – Since we love more of a good thing, Buddy Evans is back to sing, beginning at 2 PM.
- Sunday, September 21 – Ditto so here comes Ron Sabin rounding out September. Again, beginning at 2 PM.
Harvest is a busy and also fascinating time. You try to pick the grapes at the moment of perfect ripeness, which is a sliding measure to be sure. You try to suss out the hazards of fall – migrating robins who thrive on grapes, Northwest weather, catching the grapes at the peak, long hours in the field and on the crush pad. Since we are a smaller winery, Jim harvests only what he can process in a day. It’s amazing to see the process since he starts pruning in January, babies his vines and grapes for all those months and then – just like that – they are hand-harvested, hand-transported to be destemmed and crushed or poured into fermenters. It smells great on the crush pad and it is very exciting to taste that free-run juice for the first time as it comes out of the press. We’ll have bunches of grapes in the Tasting Room for you to taste. You’ll be surprised at just how sweet they are!
There are some wonderful places right around us to stay while you visit – McMennamin’s Grand Lodge, the Orenco Hotel – for two. And if you need a picnic or are planning an event, Reedville Catering is a great choice.
See you in September … (Can you just hear The Tempos singing that in 1959? I can … taking me right back to summer crushes and everything that went with endless youth.
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.