Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Vista Hills Case Sale!

You are cordially invited to the 8th annual Spring Case Sale, Vista Hills' daylong celebration of estate wines and deep discounts. This is a tremendous opportunity to stock your wine cellar, secure some of your favorite wine before we move on to the next vintage, or load up on the 2011 vintage, impressive now and still on the upswing. We encourage you to arrive early as certain wines are liable to sell out before the end of the day. The sale prices apply to full cases only (12 bottles) and mixed-cases do not apply. 

Spring Case Sale 2015
Saturday, April 18th  11-5 PM  Treehouse Tasting Room
Irrationally priced Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir by the case
Please RSVP if you plan to attend

We will be pouring every wine listed below and pizza will be available for purchase from Portland food cart ASH Woodfired. This year, we are offering even deeper discounts on multiple case purchases (40%). For our followers who cannot attend or live out of state, please call or email to place an order under the special pricing. We can run a credit card over the phone the weekend of the Case Sale and ship the wine to your address. See the pricing list below for details. 

Case Sale 2015 Pricing
Buy three cases or more and take an additional 6% off
Prices reflect full-cases only


2013 Treehouse Pinot Gris - $142.56
2013 Orange Wine Pinot Gris Rose - $158.40
2011 Marylhurst Pinot Noir - $285.12
2011 Rollins Pinot Noir - $348.48
2011 Piedmont Pinot Noir - $348.48
2011 Tusculum Pinot Noir - $348.48
* 2012 Skyraider Reserve Pinot Noir - $475.20

* Only 15 cases remaining

Happy Spring!

* * *

Lots going on at Vista Hills these days, read all about it at www.facebook.com/vistahills,www.twitter.com/vistahills, and http://vistahills.wordpress.com. Become a fan or follower to keep up with life at the Treehouse.

Vista Hills Vineyard
6475 Hilltop Lane
Dayton, Oregon 97114

IPNC is Coming!

Saturday, July 25, 2015
7:30 - 11:00 PM

Mark your calendars! A la carte tickets to the 2015 IPNC Salmon Bake are available for sale beginning Tuesday, April 7th.
While the majority of tickets are reserved for our Full Weekend guests, the IPNC releases a limited number of additional tickets for guests who wish to attend only this event. The Salmon Bake is an extravagant outdoor buffet famed for fire-roasted salmon, hand-crafted desserts, and a seemingly endless supply of wine from the IPNC cellar.
Tickets can be purchased directly from our website or over the phone at 503/472-8964. Act fast as these coveted tickets sell out quickly. If tickets sell out before you are able to make your purchase, request to be on the waiting list.
The Linfield College Oak Grove
Grand Seminar: We are thrilled to celebrate 50 years of growing Pinot noir in the Willamette Valley with a seminar dedicated to Champagne and sparkling wine. Speakers and participating wineries to be revealed in the coming week.
Featured Wineries: The IPNC hosts over 70 of the world's top Pinot producing wineries and their esteemed winemakers every year from regions as diverse as Alto Adige, Burgundy, New Zealand, Oregon, Canada, California and more. Producers bring their best wines to Oregon wine country for an unforgettable three days of tastings, seminars, and meals. We have just a few final wineries to confirm, so watch for the official announcement soon!
University of Pinot: Full Weekend guests attend the University of Pinot, a set of small-format seminars held in the early afternoons of IPNC weekend. Guests "enroll" in their top choice of eight different seminars. These exciting seminars will be announced in early May. Be sure to sign up for the class of your choice sooner than later to ensure you get your first pick.
Featured Chefs: Over 50 chefs from the Northwest prepare exquisite meals for IPNC guests. Look for the full list of culinary talent later this spring.

Pre-IPNC Dinners: To welcome guests to Oregon wine country, many local wineries and restaurants host dinners theThursday evening prior to the IPNC (July 23). Details on the 2015 pre-IPNC dinner options will be made available in late May. Please note these dinners are not official IPNC events. Host venues are responsible for reservations and all other details.
Guests compare wine during
an afternoon seminar.

Chef Jack Strong finishes
plating a winery lunch.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Brandborg Comes to Steamboat

2015 Oregon Winery of the Year
Brandborg Vineyard & Winery

We'd like to invite you to join us for a memorable evening at the Steamboat Inn on the gorgeous North Umpqua River along with Chef John Newman from Newmans
988 in Cannon Beach.
Friday, April 24, 2015 
For details  The Steambaot Inn
Cheers...Terry & Sue Brandborg
Save 25%Visit our tasting room in Elkton anytime that weekend and receive a 25% discount on purchased wine!
Offer good April 23 &24, 2015

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Strange Inheritance< Brooks Winery

Brooks Winery invites you to watch it with them in the tasting room tonight! Extended hours! Airs at 5 pst /8 est! Can't make it, tune into to Fox Business News at home! Cheers!!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Live Music at Brooks

Live Music Sunday
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM     Sun, Mar 29, 2015 
Venue: Brooks Winery- 21101 SE Cherry Blossom Lane, Amity, OR 97101

Join us on the Sunday, March 29 to listen to The Rainbirds live at Brooks! Enjoy this special treat while sipping on Brooks wine in our new tasting room!            

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Hyland Vineyard Expedition

Hyland Vineyard Expedition

The exclusive field trip to the historic Hyland Vineyard is onSaturday, April 18, 9:30AM - 1:30PM.

Winemaker Anne Sery will lead an in-depth tour of the Hyland Vineyard.  Reservations are required and space is extremely limited.

Taste the Hyland wines with your hands on the vines that produced them!  Get up close and personal with this incredible vineyard. Discussion will include soils, training methods, climate, and all the vineyard questions you have always wanted to ask.  All of this while tasting the award-winning Hyland wines and absorbing endless valley views.
A gourmet Red Hills Market picnic lunch will be served at the top of Hyland Vineyard. Transportation to and from the vineyard is also included.

Bring your boots and jackets. Extremely inclement weather will postpone the trip.

RSVP today.  $75 per person.  Wine Society discount applies.

Sell out Alert!
2013 Wädenswil Pinot Noir

Did you know that the 2013 Wadenswil Pinot Noir received 91 points from WineSpectator?  Did you know that after the recent club release there are just 9 cases remaining?

This wine will sell out shortly.  Just two barrels produced.  The 2013 Wadenswil Pinot Noir is only available by contacting the tasting room directly or purchasing the club shipment.

West End Weekends

Saturday, March 28 - Chardonnay from around the world blind tasting.
Sunday, April 5 - Perfect picnic weekend.  Hyland is open on EasterSunday.  Come enjoy a picnic and search the grounds for goose eggs.
Saturday, April 11 - Spring Vineyard update - Check out the activity in the demonstration vineyard and discuss spring vineyard practices.
Saturday, April 18 - Hyland Vineyard Walk - RSVP tod

Wednesday, March 25, 2015


Eugene Winery/Tasting Room
520 Commercial St., Unit G
HOURS:  Fridays, 4-9 pm & Saturdays, 1-9 pm

FRIDAY, March 274-9 pm:  Friday Winedown and time to relax after a long work week!  Sip a glass of wine and enjoy pop Indie music from the group, Cool Bay, 5-8 pm!  Food truck onsite is Bacon Nation.

SATURDAY, March 281-9 pm:   
Sip N'Saturday with $5/glasses of wine all day is a great time to bring your friends and relax with a glass of award winning wine.
   Don't forget, if you haven't already purchased your tickets, please do so for tonight's"White Rhones of Spring" Wine Class (details below).

FRIDAY, April 34-9 pm:  Friday Winedown and we are bringing in singer/songwriter,  Mr. John Shipe to entertain you with some very special music he refers to as "freeform Americana"! Food truck onsite tonight and light bites available in the Tasting Room.

SATURDAY, April 41-9 pm:  Today is the date of the Westside Warehouse District Scavenger Hunt (4-9 pm), and we are really excited about this event!  You and your friends will love solving the clues as you enjoy west Eugene breweries, wineries and even an organic spirits stop!  Free transportation available between locations.  (details below)


Saturday, March 28 from 6-8 pm
"White Rhones of Spring" Wine Class

Join winemaker, Jonathan Oberlander, at J. Scott Cellars urban winery for a fun and educational evening exploring "Rhone Whites of Spring".  Wine tasted and discussed will include; Viognier, Marsanne, Roussanne & Grenache Blanc.
 $30 pp includes wine tasting and light bites. Special pricing for club members.  Call Vicki Piva at 541-232-4225 to reserve space. 


Click on the individual websites for details
Saturday, April 44-9 pm

No tickets required for this event, just start the Scavenger Hunt by picking up your clue card at any of five locations in west Eugene.  Participating players are J. Scott Cellars, Viking BraggotNoble Estate UrbanClaim 52 Brewing and Crescendo Organic Spirits.  Free transportation is available between the locations.  Turn in your clue card at your last stop and you might win one of six prizes - including a special Grand Prize!

Here at J. Scott Cellars, music will be provided by the very talented Mr. Jeremy Pruitt, and oh-so-yummy food will be available for purchase from Sammitch food truck!

(Please note, date of event changed to 04/18)
Saturday, April 185:30-8:30 pm
J. Scott Cellars Eugene Tasting Room

A three hour social painting event hosted by Celeste Jacobi of Creatrix Realms. 16 X 20 canvas and all supplies included.  $5/glasses of wine all night to help fuel your creativity! Only 10 spaces available, so get your tickets now!

Tickets, $40 pp - Vino & Vines Paint Party 
504 Hwy. 101

Friday:  1-6 pm
Saturday:  12-6 pm
Sunday:  12-5 pm

9 Rocks Vodka

Though wine is my focus most of the time I occasionally sip clear and not so clear spirits. The liquor store on Division in the Fred Meyer complex was having a tasting the other day and I was treated to a sip of a very fine Vodka, 9 Rocks
When people think about vodka most think it all tastes the same. Far from true. Each one has its own subtle difference depending on what it is made from, potato,corn, grain, or any ingredient with sugar and starch that can be effected by yeast.
From Vodka Facts
Vegetables or Grains - Although original vodka was made from potatoes, this versatile drink can be produced from virtually any fermentable ingredients that are filled with starch or sugar. The most popular source for fermentation is wheat, rye or corn.
Water - Water can have significant effect to the final flavor of vodka, especially if distiller decides not to make "neutral tasting" drink. Underground natural water is often filled with various minerals collected from the rocks and ground.
Malt meal - To enable transformation of starch into sugar, some grains and vegetables require presence of this ingredient.
Yeast - This very important ingredient is essential for the process of fermentation. It transforms present sugar into alcohol. This process can however create liquid with only 14% alcohol volume.
Flavor Additives - At the end of the production process, distiller can choose to put any number of flavor additives in his drink. Most popular flavors range from herbs, grasses, spices to fruit essences.
9 Rocks uses grain and they get water from a spring above Spray, Oregon. 
The flavor is really perfect and has none of the burn one might expect. Worth a try next time you are in the mood.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Wine and Music at Marshanne Landing

“Buen Sonido”
Sunday March 29th 3 PM

The good sounds highlighting music and composers of Latin America bring an exciting feel to a spring afternoon at MarshAnne Landing.   Asculta’s talented musicians lead by clarinetist Daniel Cathey includes Megan Naxer (flute), Joey Hartman (bassoon), Clara Terrell (oboe), and Chris Mudd (French horn).  The program features:

                        Lalo Schifrin:              La Nouvelle Orleans
                        Astor Piazzolla:          Liber Tango (arr. Scott)
                        Arturo Marquez:        Danza del Mediodia
                        Miguel del Aguila:     Wind Quintet No. 2

The program opens with sounds of the bustling French Quarter, Mardi Gras and more, followed by spirited tango sounds of Argentina, a midday dance and concludes with primitive ritualistic sounds, Caribbean dance, and far away sounds from the Middle East.

Due to limited seating advanced reservations only-contact the winery at 541-459-7998
Admission $30 includes abundant appetizers.
MarshAnne Landing Winery, 175 Hogan Rd, Oakland OR 9746

Friday, March 20, 2015

Rain or Shine Passport

Next month, please join us for the annual spring wine tasting event at Anne Amie Vineyards, where the wines of the Yamhill-Carlton AVA (American Viticulture Area) featuring over 30 wineries from the AVA.

We will be pouring our 2012 WildAire Cellars Pinot Noir from Shea Vineyard, which just received a 94 point score from the Wine Enthusiast. 

Jean Driscoll
Rain or Shine Passport 

For March and April, WildAire Cellars is participating in a new passport deal.

You can enjoy this deal called Rain or Shine!  The passport is effective for March and April and with it discounts to over 30 winery tasting experiences!

The Rain or Shine Passports can be purchased here.

You can choose between three levels of passport: 
The Sophisticated Fox - $100
The Eager Beaver - $50
The Savvy Squirrel - $25

Each level has a different set of discounts but allow you two months to enjoy Oregon Wine Country at your leisure.

Our winery is participating as an appointment only winery, so give us a call.


Brooks' SundaySommelier Series

 Dear Friends,
This Sunday, March 22 we are launching our very FIRST Sommelier Sunday Series event!!
A year ago, we furthered our commitment to education being part of everything that we do.  That is when we hired Jess Pierce.  Jess has designed the program for our SundaySommelier Series.
Jess is a graduate of the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo, Italy with a Master's degree in Food Culture and Communications; Human Ecology and Sustainability.  She is also a certified sommelier.
On Sunday from 1-3, Jess will guide you through our single vineyard pinots and rieslings while Cheesemonger, Sarah Munly, will pair the wines with exquisite cheeses.  You will leave with an understanding of how to pair cheese and wine.  It is going to be great!

Where: Brooks Winery- 21101 SE Cherry Blossom Lane, Amity, OR 97101
When: 1:00-3:00 PM
Price: $50
Click here to purchase your seat. Space is limited to the first 20.  We look forward to seeing you Sunday!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Cowhorn's new Reserve Viognier!

We are excited to introduce our firstReserve Viognier

In addition to ideal growing conditions, 2013 was a vintage of maturity for our vineyards.  Enthused by the high quality of our Viognier, and in the traditional manner of a reserve bottling, we hand-selected four barrels that expressed particularly lush and opulent characteristics.  These barrels were then blended together to create our very first Reserve Viognier.  Today, we are offering you access to this special wine:

2013 Reserve Viognier
$50 per bottle (Club Price $42.50)
Only 100 cases produced

Email your order to jillian@cowhornwine.com
or call the office at 541-899-6876

Your purchases can be shipped, or picked up at our release party
(please see below for details)

2013 Reserve Viognier Release Event

Saturday, March 21 from 11 to 4

Join us to celebrate the launch of our first Reserve Viognier.  We will be pouring a special Viognier flight, including our new 2013 Reserve Viognier.  We will also have a mixed flight of Cowhorn wines available for your enjoyment.

Tasting fees for this event are $20 per person, and are waived for Club Members and individuals making a four bottle purchase.