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Willamette Valley Vineyards

Willamette Valley Vineyards
 
November 13, 2017 | Willamette Valley Vineyards

Introducing the 2017 Holiday Food & Wine Entertaining Guide!


Please enjoy our Pairings - Holiday Food & Wine Entertaining Guide, which is inspired by the food and wine pairings we feature at our Estate Tasting Room. I hope you will share the recipes with your friends and family this holiday season. Our Willamette Valley Pinot Noirs and cool-climate whites are acclaimed for being some of the most versatile food-friendly wines in the world. They enhance meals with their delicate aromas and flavors, refreshing acidity and elegant finishes. 

We wanted to make it as easy as possible to order these wines for your table and to purchase as gifts. You will find special savings on wine, holiday gift sets and shipping enclosed. Call 1-800-344-9463 to have a friendly Winery Ambassador assist with your order or shop online.

Time Posted: Nov 13, 2017 at 2:23 PM
Willamette Valley Vineyards
 
November 10, 2017 | Willamette Valley Vineyards

New Daily Pairings Menu

We are excited to present our new Daily Pairings Menu filled with fresh, local seasonal ingredients that pair perfectly with our latest wine releases. Our Estate Tasting Room is open daily from 11 am - 6 pm. Please join us soon!





 

Time Posted: Nov 10, 2017 at 4:30 PM
Willamette Valley Vineyards
 
October 31, 2017 | Willamette Valley Vineyards

Halloween at the Estate

Celebrating Halloween is always a scary good time at our Estate, south of Salem. This weekend we enjoyed hosting many of our Wine Club Members and Owners during our annual Murder Mystery Dinner! This year, our members dared to join us at the Mayor's mansion and and enjoyed a custom New Orleans inspired menu created by Winery Chef, DJ MacIntyre paired with our latest wine releases. Little did they know, there would be more than wine pouring during their dinner...but maybe even a little blood.

Today, many team members are enjoying the fun of the holiday and dressing up for our guests who join us for a tasting. Introducing our new Tasting Room Associates: Rosie, John Wayne, Elvira, and Ms. Marilyn Monroe. We look forward to seeing all of our ghoulish guests dressed up and enjoying some of our classic Oregon wines!

Time Posted: Oct 31, 2017 at 4:24 PM
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

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