A Blooming Hill Vineyard
5195 SW Hergert Rd.
Cornelius OR 97113
Open Weekends Noon to 5 PM
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Every weekend is an event! Open noon-5PM, we try to have something fun going on from interesting snacks to a tag sale.
January – We stay open in the winter months (well, we do slack off on Christmas and New Year's….).
February – Indulge in our chocolate fountain for Valentine's Day. You might meet your prince or princess. We serve something cherry for Washington's Birthday and give away little packs of pennies for Mr. Lincoln.
We post information about African-American winemakers in February, Black History Month. Iris Rideau, who is of Creole heritage, was the first African-American female winery owner in the United States. She started Rideau Vineyards in the Santa Ynez Valley, the heart of the Santa Barbara wine country. Few African Americans make wine. In fact, less than five percent of the 6,000 or so wineries in the United States are black owned. All of them are small. African Americans are waking up to wine as a branded commodity. Dave Roberts, former outfielder for of the Boston Red Sox, is launching his label, Red Stitch, this spring.
That is the last thing I will say about that because I – a Yankee fan – don't even like to sell wine to Red Sox fans in my tasting room…..
March – in the windy month, we sometimes get great weather and lots of buds show up and some things even flower. Toward the end of March, there is the chance we will have bottled some of our new whites.
In years when Passover and Easter fall in March, I think I'll bake Passover cake from my dear grandmother's recipe collection; and, invite visitors to color Easter eggs. (We're all kids at heart….) Maybe a few clover will appear for St. Patty's Day. (But no snakes.)
April – repeat of above when Passover and Easter fall in April. Otherwise, we will definitely celebrate Earth Day on the 22nd and maybe do a little lecture on why we use natural cork to help save the earth. This year, we're doing a tag sale and wine tasting on April 9th and 10th!
May – this is the month we got married and so I always make the same chocolate cake I baked for our wedding when I made 16 of them. Plus, all the 500 rhodies and azalea bloom in May, which is almost celebration enough! BUT…there is Memorial Day, another BIG day in the wine industry. We stay open all four days and people mill about and enjoy our beautiful patio. Robert Bernardelli provides the music.
June – It is usually warm enough in June to sit on the patio with a glass of wine. Bring a picnic!
Holly will also be pouring at the Mt. Angel Abbey Wine Festival on June 25th.
The HILLSBORO TUESDAY MARKET PLACE starts on June 14th … Look for us there. We had a great time last year!
July – The Fourth makes us get out and salute! Maybe a beach party….don't know what that would look like yet, but stay tuned. Big Ron Sabin plays on July 9th from 5 PM on.
August – The days are slower and sultry, even in Oregon. Maybe we will have a running game of scrabble set up at the Tasting Room.
September – Labor Day and back to school combine to give people one last grasp of a great summer season. We'll provide the music and wine.
October - Now it gets to be fun! If we are harvesting, you are welcome to volunteer in the winery to pick and crush. You can bob for apples from our orchard and, if it's a good crop, take home a bag full.
Beginning in October, scout out your Doug Fir Christmas Tree for $10 when you buy wine.
We'll have our Antique Horse Buggy out for your holiday photos.
November – Thanksgiving is the BIG wine weekend at the end of the year. We have music and a spread of fabulous hors d'oeuvres and cakes in our big room. A fire in the fireplace and live music fills out the weekend. Christmas trees available for $10 with your wine purchase.
December – Season of warmth and joy. Help us light our Chanukah Menorah and enjoy our Christmas decorations. Take pictures of your kids in our Antique Horse Buggy.
These are ageless wines you can drink right now - or savor in years to come.
I have to brag about Jim a little bit! His wonderful 2008 Pinot noir just 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: www.burghound.com. 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."
2010 Mingle – A white blend of Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Riesling. A balanced white wine that is refreshing and interesting. Perfect with hors d’oeuvres.
2011 Chardonnay – No shrinking violet, this one! It does have hints of another flower – maybe Rosehips? Big, bold and chewy – almost a meal in itself.
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.
WINNER OF A BRONZE MEDAL.
2011 Riesling –Gold leaf and quartz help to define the minerality in this sweet-earth luscious and dry wine.
2011 First Blush –Dry – Fermented like a white wine, First Blush is made from the first grapes of our newest Pinot Noir Block. It is a lovely, light wine, pleasantly dry and sophisticated on the palate.
2011 First Blush – Semi-Sweet – Fermented like a white wine, First Blush is made from the first grapes of our newest Pinot Noir Block. It is a lovely, light wine perfect for casual entertaining.
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. Winner of 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 winner.
2008 Pinot Noir Reserve – Our star! This vintage was spectacular all across the Willamette Valley and ours is right up there in the firmament having won four awards. It is Jim’s first commercial vintage! Quite a good start, we think!