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Willamette Valley Vineyards

Willamette Valley Vineyards
 
August 28, 2017 | Willamette Valley Vineyards

Totality Among the Vines



View of Winery on the eve of the Solar Eclipse
Photo Credit: Janis Miglavs


Guests view the start of the Solar Eclipse. Photo credit: Scott Cassidy


Founder, Jim Bernau with daughter Emi at the admissions booth. Photo credit: Scott Cassidy


Dr. Mark Cheung gives presentation, "The Sun in a New Light." Photo credit: Scott Cassidy


Customers viewing the Solar Eclipse in North Carolina with 2015 Solar Eclipse Pinot Noir.

On Monday August 21st, 2017 over 1,200 guests gathered in the newly constructed Hillyer Amphitheater at the winery, south of Salem to witness the Great American Solar Eclipse as it crossed, in totality over the Willamette Valley.

This was the first coast-to-coast solar eclipse to occur in nearly a century with our vineyard in the direct path, creating an ideal viewing location.

Eclipse viewers filled the amphitheater, toasts of Frizzanté in hand to witness the solar eclipse. As the partial eclipse began at approximately, 9:06 am guests all united in amazement as we reached totality among the vines. Cheers erupted throughout the viewing and at 10:17 am, we all gazed up at the eclipse, which reminded us all at Willamette Valley Vineyards how important the sun is to the growing cycle of our vines.

As the eclipse concluded its path over the Willamette Valley guests celebrated with wine tasting, including sampling the 2015 Solar Eclipse Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, live music, educational seminars hosted by Dr. Mark Cheung, and food pairings. 

Our Solar Eclipse Pinot Noir was sourced from the sub-AVAs in the Willamette Valley. Only 615 cases were produced of this bottle-numbered wine. Our Solar Eclipse Chardonnay was sourced from our three estate vineyards in the Willamette Valley. Only 315 cases were produced of this bottle-numbered wine meant to commemorate this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Thank you for making this truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience!


Total Solar Eclipse over the East Block at Willamette Valley Vineyards. Photo credit: Scott Cassidy



Founder, Jim Bernau with the commemorative bottles of the 2015 Solar Eclipse Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Photo credit: Scott Cassidy

Time Posted: Aug 28, 2017 at 8:41 AM
Willamette Valley Vineyards
 

Summer Daily Pairings Menu

We are excited to present our new Daily Pairings Menu filled with fresh, local summer ingredients that pair perfectly with our latest wine releases. Our Estate Tasting Room is now open daily, 11 am - 6 pm and Thursday - Friday, 11 am - 8 pm until September 8th  Please join us soon!

Caprese Salad

Black Garlic Hummus

Fish Street Tacos

Steelhead with Curried Cauliflower

Mortadella Sandwhich

BBQ Bacon Burger

Grilled Lamb Pita

Summer Harvest
Jar Salad


 Mason Jar Orange
Pot de Créme

Time Posted: Jul 20, 2017 at 9:00 AM
Willamette Valley Vineyards
 

Birds in the Vineyard

Species of Birds Sighted:
26

White-crowned Sparrow: 13
American Goldfinch: 6
House Finch: 5
Song Sparrow: 5
Wilson's Warbler: 4
Chipping Sparrow: 4
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon): 4
European Starling: 3
Spotted Towhee: 3

American Crow: 3
Tree Swallow: 3
Turkey Vulture: 2
Violet-green Swallow: 2
Brewer's Blackbird: 2
Bewick's Wren: 2
Anna's Hummingbird: 1
Northern Flicker: 1
American Kestrel: 1

Pacific-slope Flycatcher: 1
Black-capped Chickadee: 1
Chestnut-backed Chickadee: 1
Red-breasted Nuthatch: 1
House Wren: 1
American Robin: 1
Black-throated Gray Warbler: 1
Western Tanager: 1



 

As the spring sun rises over our Estate vineyard in the Salem Hills, so do 26 different species of wildlife birds! On Sunday, May 7th, the Salem Audubon Society joined us to learn about our sustainability efforts during a Birds & Wine event. Members hiked two miles through the vineyard with Viticulturist, Ashley Lindsay, to identify native species inhabiting our vineyard and our Kestrel nesting boxes. These birds help create a balanced eco-system in our vineyard by controlling pest populations. Each year we introduce new birds from Cascade Raptor Center, which is a nature center and wildlife hospital focused on raptor rehabilitation. 

More information regarding our stewardship efforts can be found here. 

Time Posted: May 11, 2017 at 2:22 PM
Willamette Valley Vineyards
 

New Pairings Menu for Spring

Dungeness Crab


Mustard Braised Pork Medallion

 


 

 

Please join us for a Pairings Wine Dinner, hosted at the Estate every Friday and Saturday evening at 7 pm. Our Winery Chef, DJ MacIntyre, is proud to present local, seasonal dishes that pair perfectly with our classic Oregon wines.

This four course dinner is designed to provide a unique and educational food and wine experience. It's also a great way to celebrate an upcoming birthday or anniversary with someone special.


View Spring Pairing Menu 

             

Ragoût en Coquille                       Quinelle of Chevre

Time Posted: May 8, 2017 at 11:11 AM
Jim Bernau
 
April 25, 2017 | Jim Bernau

A New Look for Whole Cluster!

Years ago, I began experimenting with the variety I love - Pinot Noir. Instead of destemming and crushing the berries, I gently dropped the hand-picked clusters in a chilled fermenter, pushed all the oxygen out with CO2 and sealed the vessel tight. What happened next was magical - the black berries on the stem started swelling up and turning pink. When they burst, they released the most aromatic Pinot Noir. 

We were honored when our Whole Cluster Pinot Noir was recognized by Wine Enthusiast Magazine who named our 2015 vintage as Editor's Choice and awarded it with a 90-point rating. 

In 2016, we created a new look for Whole Cluster. To celebrate this, our winery's culinary team has created a decadent recipe - Pork Ribs with Whole Cluster Pinot Noir Blackberry Barbecue Sauce - shown here. I encourage you to try this recipe and enjoy it with a glass of Whole Cluster Pinot Noir. 

Warm Regards,

Jim Bernau
Founder/Winegrower


Time Posted: Apr 25, 2017 at 10:23 AM
Willamette Valley Vineyards
 

Spring Daily Pairings Menu

We are excited to present our new Daily Pairings menu filled with fresh, local ingredients that pair perfectly with our latest wine releases. Our Estate Tasting Room is open daily from 11 am - 6 pm, serving up delicious food and classic Oregon wines. Our full menu is listed here. We hope to see you soon.

Time Posted: Mar 10, 2017 at 11:15 AM
Christine Collier
 
January 26, 2017 | Christine Collier

Celebrate Oregon Crab Month

At Willamette Valley Vineyards we love to celebrate the bounty the Oregon brings us, especially in January during Oregon Crab Month. Our Pinot Gris, when matched with seafood, enhances the flavor of the dish. We believe it is the seafood wine.

We were honored when our Pinot Gris was recognized by Wine Enthusiast Magazine who named our 2015 vintage as Editor’s Choice and awarded it with a 90-point rating.

For our 20th straight year we are celebrating Oregon Crab Month with our Mo’s Crab & Chowder Festival, January 28th and 29th, at our Estate Tasting Room from 11 am - 6 pm. This tradition brings us the flavors of the Oregon Coast by offering Mo’s world-famous steaming chowder bowls, fresh Oregon coast Dungeness crab and other seafood selections which pairs perfectly with our Pinot Gris.

Mo's Crab and Chowder Festival
 
Friday, January 27th from 2 - 9 pm
Wine Club Members and Owners Kickoff Party
Wine Tasting | Live Music | Mo's Menu
$10 for Wine Club Members, Owners and their guests only
"Buy a case, get a crab!"

Saturday, January 28th from 11 am - 6 pm
Wine Tasting | Live Music | Mo's Menu | Owner's Lounge
$15, $10 for Wine Club Members, Owners and their guests
"Buy a case, get a crab!"

Sunday, January 29th from 11 am - 6 pm
Wine Tasting | Live Music | Mo's Menu | Owner's Lounge
$15, $10 for Wine Club Members, Owners and their guests
"Buy a case, get a crab!"

Enjoy this wonderful pairing at home, with our delicious recipe - Creamy Oregon Dungeness Crab Cakes. 

Time Posted: Jan 26, 2017 at 11:40 AM
Willamette Valley Vineyards
 
January 12, 2017 | Willamette Valley Vineyards

New Pairings Wine Dinner Menu for Winter

Please join us for a Pairings Wine Dinner, hosted at the Estate every Friday and Saturday evening at 7 pm. Our Winery Chef, DJ MacIntyre, is proud to present local, seasonal dishes that pair perfectly with our classic Oregon wines.

This four course dinner is designed to provide a unique and educational food and wine experience. It's also a great way to celebrate an upcoming birthday or anniversary with someone special.


Menu

2013 Chehalem Mountains Pinot Noir, AVA Series

Smoked Steelhead Mousse

with garlic-herb crostini and pickled cucumbers

 

2011 Griffin Creek Merlot

Roast Quail

with potato pavé, smoked tomato coulis, microgreens and 60 degree quail egg

 

2013 Elton Pinot Noir

Moroccan Lamb Loin

with saffron créme quinoa and pomegranate molasses 

 

2015 Estate Chardonnay

NW Apple Tart

with local apples, crisp pie crust and vanille créme

 

Brought to you by:

Winery Chef DJ MacIntyre

Sous Chef Brandon Wall

Time Posted: Jan 12, 2017 at 11:48 AM
Willamette Valley Vineyards
 
October 27, 2016 | Willamette Valley Vineyards

Portland Becomes First 'Salmon-Safe' City

 

 

Dan Kent of Salmon Safe, one of the Northwest's leading advocacy and certification groups for environmental sustainable practices, and our Founder Jim Bernau testified before the Portland City Council yesterday. Their testimony encouraged Portland to become the first city to earn Salmon-Safe certification. 

Portland Major Charlie Hales wrote in a release, "Portland is a city of rivers, and our economic well-being and quality of life is interwoven with the health of the Willamette, Columbia, and connecting watersheds that are home to native-endangered salmon." 

Twenty years ago, several winemakers, including Bernau began working with Kent of Salmon Safe to implement sustainable practices in their vineyards to improve soil health and prevent harmful water run-off damaging to wildlife. This organization has now grown to approx. 350 vineyards from British Columbia to the southern Oregon border committed to protecting our environment through their farming practices. Salmon-Safe also helped inform the development of the Oregon wine industry's LIVE certification program and the two continue to work together to this day.

Time Posted: Oct 27, 2016 at 1:09 PM
Willamette Valley Vineyards
 
September 8, 2016 | Willamette Valley Vineyards

Founder Jim Bernau Nominated for

 

 

We are proud to announce that Willamette Valley Vineyards Founder Jim Bernau is a finalist for "Person of the Year" in the prestigious Wine Star Awards from Wine Enthusiast. In addition, the Willamette Valley has also been nominated as "Wine Region of the Year".

Wine Enthusiast Magazine was founded in 1988 and with 800,000 readers is regarded as the world’s largest periodical devoted exclusively to wine and spirits. They created the Wine Star Awards to honor individuals and companies that have made outstanding achievements in the wine and beverage world.

We are honored to have our Founder and our region recognized for excellence and be included among our industry's leaders and innovators.

Winners will be announced in the December "Best of the Year" issue of Wine Enthusiast Magazine.

Watch Jim's 30-year quest video which highlights the journey in creating estate-grown wines.

"Person of the Year" in the prestigious Wine Star Awards from Wine Enthusiast. In addition, the Willamette Valley has also been nominated as "Wine Region of the Year".


Time Posted: Sep 8, 2016 at 5:05 PM

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