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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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NEWS! OUR 2011 PINOT NOIR JUST WON ANOTHER GOLD! This one from the Northwest Food and Wine Festival. So exciting! That is a nice companion to the Double Gold from the Oregon Wine Awards.

A Blooming Hill Vineyard

5195 SW Hergert Rd.
Cornelius OR 97113
(503)992-1196
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Open Weekends Noon to 5 PM

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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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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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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.


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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 October Activities in the Tasting Room!

We are excited to say that it has been a fantastic harvest and we can now concentrate on the exciting October activities in the Tasting Room!

  • Saturday, Oct. 4th is Harvest Trail, produced by North Willamette Vintners.  Visit many wineries and a sakerie during our harvest season where each of us will teach you something about the process of turning sunshine into wine!  We will demonstrate the process on our crush pad where you will see vats full of Pinot Noir!  For tickets:  nwvintners.org
  • Saturday, Oct. 25th is Jim’s 80th birthday!  He has saved a barrel full of our FABULOUS new 2013 Pinot Noir and is planning on buying the first glass for everyone who comes to celebrate with us that day.  Singing of Happy Birthday expected all day!  Expect party hats and party balloons galore.
  • Friday, October 31st – How lucky and spooky can we get to have Halloween fall on a Friday night.  Our annual party includes baseball card Tarot readings and answers to your most burning questions by Seer Jane.  $13/person…includes a glass of mulled wine, apple bobbing and Halloween inspired treats.  Costumes optional but welcome!       

It is just about the time to start thinking about holiday parties – our lovely big room is a perfect setting with a great fireplace and plenty of wine!  Call us to reserve.

Although I can hardly believe myself that I have seen Holiday stuff hitting the stores already … it really is also about the time to start thinking about holiday gifts so you can get a good head start and enjoy the season without the last-minute frenzy.  We can ship wine to quite a number of states:  New York, California,  Washington, Oregon, Missouri, North Carolina, New Mexico, Washington DC, Florida  and Colorado.  Call me for shipping info.

As you think about the holidays, I should tell you that we serve Riesling and Blush with Thanksgiving turkey.  Turkey really pops with the accompaniment of a dry and perky wine.  I also use two other recipes that dress up a holiday meal:

Scallops in Scallop shells (with a big nod to Nigella Lawson)

Three big scallops or a dozen bay scallops per person

Preheat oven to 400*

Sprinkle about a cup of bread crumbs over the scallops and mix them well to coat and pile them into the shells.  You can use small, oven-safe baking dishes as a nice substitute.  Dot them with a pat of butter.  I splash on some white wine … used Chardonnay the last time.  Salt/pepper and a dash of lime juice is also nice.  Put the shells/dishes on a baking pan and bake them for 20 minutes at 400*.  The edges should be dark.

One Bowl Apple Cake (with a big nod to whoever started this string on FB)

Preheat oven to 350*

Mix 2 eggs, 1 ¾ cups sugar, 2 heaping tsps of cinnamon and ½ cup of oil in a big bowl.  Peel and slice six apples and add to the bowl, mixing as you go so they don’t start to darken.  Mix together 2 cups of flour and 2 teaspoons of baking powder until all the flour has absorbed the wet ingredients.  Pour into a greased 9x13 pan and bake for about 55 minutes.

I made a syrup out of just pressed Chardonnay juice by cooking it down and letting it thicken and then I poured it over the apple cake when I served it.  That was a big hit.  No need to plant and grow an entire vineyard, however; you can warm up your favorite jam and use that!

People always ask us about food and wine pairings and, although we can’t think of a single food that doesn’t benefit from wine (well, maybe cereal), here is a chart that I saw.  It’s a little tricky to follow the wines but has many tempting sounding fall dishes:

There you are.  Happy Fall. 


THE LATEST NEWS

Big news! Jim's 2011 Pinot Noir took a DOUBLE GOLD in the Oregon Wine Awards. We are so proud.

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Cheers!

Holly



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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

The Latest News

The 2012 Pinot Noir has 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 wins 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.

Our 2011 Pinot Noir has won two wonderful awards – a Double Gold in the Oregon Wine Awards and a Gold in the Northwest Food and Wine Festival!


Our Wines Currently Being Served in the Tasting Room

2013 Chardonnay – Crisp and creamy and yet you can taste the Oregon grape, with a lovely softness.

2012 Pinot Gris – Oregon’s Other Pinot! Ripe pear and melon – one of our best Gris yet! – Bronze Medal

2013 Pinot Gris – Lots of citrus, feels like velvet!

2013 Riesling – Semi-sweet start, luscious on the palate, followed by a pink grapefruit pop.

2013 Blush – 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

2013 Pinot Noir – To be officially released in November and already a crowd pleaser in early, stealth tastings!  All bing cherry and then a pause until a wonderful chocolate finish.  Its smoothness is unusual for such a young wine.

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 wins 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.

2011 Pinot Noir – So smooth. Fruit forward and a very long finish.  This is our newest STAR 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!

2010 Pinot Noir – The taste of strawberries in chocolate with a smooth, smooth finish.  This is a wine to enjoy now and well into the future.  Here’s what Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar says:  “Bright ruby-red. Spice-accented blackberry, cherry, anise and lavender on the nose. Sweet and plump, with jicy cherry and dark berry flavors lifted by tangy acidity. Finishes on a lively, refreshingly bitter berry skin note, with supple tannins coming on late.”  Three Silver Medals.

2009 Pinot Noir –Each year produces a different Pinot. 2009 was a wonderful year of abundant bunches of plump, sweet fruit.  The wine echoes this with a mild cherry/raspberry taste that is smooth to the palate and complements all foods and occasions.  We think this one is peaking right now.  Bronze Medal.

2008 Pinot Noir Reserve – Our first star! This vintage was spectacular all across the Willamette Valley and ours is right up there in the firmament having won four awards. This wonderful 2008 Pinot noir got a really nice review from Burghound, the bible for Burgundy and Pinot noir and 89 points! If you are interested in widening your knowledge of those wines, look at this publication if you don't already:. Since only subscribers see the reviews, I am quoting it right here:

"A very pretty nose combines notes of red cherry, raspberry and a hint of cranberry that marry into nicely rich and round middle weight flavors that possess good mid-palate concentration with fine volume on the balanced if mildly somber finish that avoids any hint of austerity. This well-made effort is not especially refined but it offers fine depth."

VXX – Our very special Pinot in the Port-style.  We had four barrels distilled to 160 proof and then blended that back into eight barrels of our Double Gold 2011 Pinot Noir, and raised the sugar with Pinot Noir concentrate.  It is pure Pinot Noir grape and incredibly smooth.  Deep, deep berry and raisin flavors give this a decadent elegance.

Still Available in Limited Quantities

2011 Pinot Gris –a fruity wine with delicate tastes of bright sunshine and citrus, luscious pear and with a long, licorice-stick finish.  Serve this versatile wine with salads, fish, chicken.  Great with hors d’oeuvres. – Silver Medal.

2011 Riesling –Gold leaf and quartz help to define the minerality in this sweet-earth luscious and dry wine.  Silver Medal.

2012 Riesling – This one surprised us by sparkling…available only in the Tasting Room and it must be kept chilled.  Drink it pretty soon after you buy it!  Special $9/bottle price.

2010 Mingle – Still a favorite.  Dry and layered tastes.  Great with hors d’oeuvres.

2012 Blush – A nice dry, Blush.  Both of our Blushes are great complements for Thanksgiving turkey.