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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.

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.

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A Blooming Hill Vineyard

5195 SW Hergert Rd.
Cornelius OR 97113

Open Weekends Noon to 5 PM

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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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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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The one you enjoy with wine and we'll happily test it using our wines. We may ask for your permission to include it in the cookbook we're compiling.

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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Another Perfect Oregon Summer
And we are celebrating!  The 2012 Pinot Noir just won its first medal, a Silver in the NY International Wine Competition.  The Big Apple!  My hometown!   There were over 1000 entries from 30 countries and the judges are all trade buyers.  Only 14 Pinots – and only four from Oregon – took Silvers (and none took a Gold).  Yay!

Up here, people are beginning to talk about the 2012 as developing into something even better than the 2008.  Very exciting.

That is just one of the lovely pleasures in the Willamette Valley.  We get lots of visitors this time of year and it always thrills us to send them home with Oregon wine.  Here’s the rundown for July:

  • Riesling is a perfect summer wine – taste all three of ours and take them home for $33/three. Read a bit about Riesling below.
  • July 12, 19 and 26 – Taste our wines at the Beaverton Farmer’s Market, one of the best in Oregon.
  • July 13th – Skip Farmer and Friends bring music to the Patio
  • July 13, 20 and 27 – Taste our wines at the Orenco Station Farmer’s Market
  • July 20 – Ron Sabin brings his beautiful baritone to the Patio
  • July 31 – Rosé in the City at Oak Knoll where we will be pouring our Blush “Rosey” and Riesling at this annual celebrations of Blushes and Rosés.

And, now, on to one of Summer’s perfect wines, Riesling.  Those of you following Eric Asimov’s Wine School have likely already seen yesterday’s column in which he continued his discussion of dry German Rieslings and included comments from readers.  Plus, it had a very cute illustration!

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This lesson was about dry – trocken – Here’s the link.Rieslings and a couple of comments stood out. Asimov says that small batches grown meticulously and “vinified with painstaking care” make Riesling prosper.  We are definitely a small producer and if you could see the care Jim takes producing wine as I see it, you would understand why that comment resonates.  The other point that made so much sense to me is how well Riesling pairs with food.  One reader served it with braised chicken with rhubarb and it changed the wine for him, sweetness of the wine (even though trocken) balancing the smart-tartness of the rhubarb.

I just used our 2013 Riesling in a recipe I heard about this week on NPR called Atlantic Beach Pie.  I knew I had to try it because I spent one, glorious summer when I was six living near the ocean at Atlantic Beach on Long Island with a family I love and still have in my life.  Check the Food Pairings tab for the recipe.

All goes well in the Vineyard.  Jim and team are pulling leaves and hedging and he is very happy with the way the way the bunches look.  He says they are good sized berries and uniform.  The leaves are a dark green that looks like velvet in the sun.  They look like dancers reaching for the sky


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

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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.

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Award-winning Wines

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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!

All Of Our Wines

2012 Chardonnay – Crisp and creamy and yet you can taste the Oregon grape

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

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

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

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

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.  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."