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Wednesday Wine Tastings are Back at Bentley’s Grill!

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Photo @ Left Coast Cellars

Are you a fan of Oregon wine? If so, you will be happy to know that our popular Wednesday Wine Tasting series is back this spring! Come to Bentley’s Grill every second and fourth Wednesday of the month and taste new wines from our featured local winery from 5 p.m.-6 p.m.

Willamette Valley wines have developed a reputation of being among the finest in the world, and many of it’s acclaimed wineries are right here in our own backyard!

This is a wonderful opportunity for our guests to enjoy wine from some of the best winemakers in our region. Special food pairings and happy hour options will also be available for purchase during the tasting.

Photo @ Left Coast Cellars

Our featured wineries for our *Spring Wednesday Wine Tasting series will be as followed. Mark your calendars!

Feb 26th- Left Coast Cellars

March 12th – Chateau Bianca Winery

March 26th – Cubanisimo Vineyards

April 9th – Namaste Vineyards

April 23rd – Willamette Valley Vineyards

May 14th – Eola Hills Wine Cellars

May 28th – Trinity Vineyards

*This schedule is subject to change at any time without notice, please contact us at (503) 779-1660 for information.

Rehearsal Dinner Tips and Etiquette

Friday, January 24th, 2014
Salem Oregon Rehearsal Dinners

Salem Oregon Rehearsal Dinners

If you are a bride-to-be, chances are you have set the date, booked the wedding venue, found the dress and are now well on your way to planning the perfect wedding. Now it’s time to think about the Rehearsal Dinner!

Although it’s origins are unclear, rehearsal dinners are an important part of the traditional wedding weekend and a great way for the families and wedding party to become acquainted. If you are in the process of planning a rehearsal dinner, here are some basic tips/etiquette to bear in mind:

  • We recommend booking the rehearsal dinner venue four to six months in advance of the event to give yourself plenty of time to plan.
  • The event is typically held the evening before the big day and is custom for the groom’s family to host; though more and more couples are sharing the expenses or even hosting themselves depending on their circumstances.
  • There are no rules as far as how formal you want to make the event, but your goal should be to make everyone invited feel welcome and comfortable.
  • The rehearsal dinner is an appropriate time for the bride and groom to subtly present gifts to the bridal-party and express their gratitude for their support.
  • The host of the party (usually the groom’s mother and/or father) toasts the bride and her family. Traditionally, the groom also toasts his new wife, the guests, and the hosts.
  • Depending on budget, the guest list is fairly flexible. It should include the bride and groom (of course) along with immediate family members, the wedding party and their spouses/significant others, and the officiant and guest. Some rehearsal dinners also include family members and friends who have traveled to be there for the big day.
  • If including out-of-town guests at the rehearsal dinner stretches your budget too far, you could host an “after-party” at a bar or restaurant so you will have a chance to include them in the festivities.

Our goal is to make every event special, no matter the occasion. The Bentley’s Grill catering team brings the Northwest’s freshest seasonal offerings to the table. Select items from our extensive menu or work with our staff to create a customized meal that you and your guests are sure to remember.


So which room is right for your rehearsal dinner?  Here are some locations you can choose from:

The Liberty Room

  • Newest Private Dining Area inside Bentley’s Grill
  • Versatile seating arrangements
  • Can accommodate up to 45 people in a banquet setting
  • Ideal for Holiday Parties, Reunions, Business Luncheons, Rehearsal Dinners, Small Receptions, Birthday & Anniversary Parties

Wine Nook

  • Semi-private dining environment in Bentley’s Grill
  • Guests will enjoy the elegance and atmosphere of our restaurant
  • Perfect for smaller groups up to 15 people, birthday/anniversary celebrations, after hours cocktail party and more.

The Board Room

  • 1,204 square foot meeting room inside The Grand Hotel in Salem
  • Catering Available from Bentley’s Grill
  • Flexible, elegant, meeting space 
  • Can accommodate up to 60 people 
  • Ideal for corporate events, trainings, special events, and cocktail receptions.

The Marion Room

  • Spacious room inside the Grand Hotel in Salem
  • Can can accommodate up to 100 people
  • Available after 12pm each day
  • Ideal for corporate breakout space, luncheons, receptions, hosted dinners, hosted dinners, and more!!

Your event guests will also enjoy free covered parking, free Wifi, convenient downtown Salem location, and a flexible and knowledgable event staff. Don’t wait too long! For questions and space reservations, please contact Soraida Cross at 503-779-1413 or email

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More Wednesday Wine Tasting Events!

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013


We love Oregon Wine so much, we bring the wineries to you every second and fourth Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm! 

Join us in our lounge bar this evening, November 13th,  as Eola Hills Wine Cellars shares wine with special food pairings and again on November 27th to enjoy the many fine selections Van Duzer Vineyards has to offer.

Be sure to mark your calendars for December 11th when Firesteed Winery comes to Bentley’s for our final Wednesday Wine Tasting event of 2013 (we will be closed on December 25th).

Don’t forget, every Thursday we host A Bottle Among Friends, where we introduce new wines to our guests at a discounted price. We also offer Wine flights or “tasting flights” as some call it. Our wine flights include three two-ounce pours of different wines and have become quite popular with our guests who can’t decide on one bottle.

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Eola Hills Wine Cellars

Eola Hills Wine Cellars feature a friendly tasting room as part of your Oregon Wineries experience tastings open daily from 10 until 5pm. Our award winning red and white wines from Oregon wine country feature our Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Merlot, Zinfandel, Syrah, Pinot Gris, and numerous variations.
501 S. Pacific Highway 99W
Rickreall, Oregon 97371



Van Duzer Vineyards

Van Duzer’s family winery practices sustainable farming and has been endorsed by  LIVE and is Salmon Safe. Located just one hour south of Portland off the Hwy 99W Wine Road in Oregon in the famed Willamette Valley.
11975 Smithfield Road
Dallas, Oregon 97338

Van Duzer Vineyards


Firesteed Cellars

Firesteed has been dedicated to producing premium quality varietal wines in Oregon at affordable prices since 1993. Firesteed’s winery and estate vineyards are certified by Oregon LIVE (Low Input Viticulture and Enology), and located just 13 miles west of Salem and 2 miles north of the intersection of Pacific Highway (99W) and Highway 22.
2200 N. Pacific Highway West (99W)
Rickreall, OR 97371



Time and Decanting is Key to Serving Wine

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Decanting WineBy Mark Jacklich

Bentley’s Grill Wine Steward Mark Jacklich shares his recommendations and tips in his series:   Wine Notes with Mark. Enjoy!

When it comes to decanting a bottle of wine there a few factors that come into play. Old bottles of wine benefit from decanting because the sediments that have accumulated over time can be left in the bottle and off your tongue. Young bottles can have nuances and depth added from the oxygen exposure as the wine is aloud to “breathe”.

When working with an old bottle or one you know has a fair amount of sediment, it is crucial to try to keep that sediment undisturbed while removing the cork. This can be done with a steady hand or with the help of a decanting basket. After removing the cork it is key to wipe out any sediment that has accumulated in the neck of the bottle where the cork was.

Before you get to pouring, a light source should be placed behind the bottle so you can eye the neck of the bottle for sediment. A flashlight or a candle would be sufficient. Stop as soon as you see any small particles or the wine becoming cloudy in the neck. It is common for there to be an ounce or two left in the bottle. Around thirty minutes is plenty of time for a mature bottle to open up and any longer might compromise its integrity.

Young bottles can benefit from a bit longer in the decanter (an hour or two). Here at Bentley’s any young Pinot Noir’s can really open up nicely with a little bit of time and decanting. You can also decant on a smaller level with our Riedel Oregon Pinot Noir glasses that have plenty of room and capacity to accommodate‎ a good swirl.

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Bring the Family to the Downtown Salem Halloween Trick-or-Treat Event!

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

Downtown Salem Trick or TreatWe love Halloween!! In fact, we love it so much, Bentley’s Grill, The Grand Hotel in Salem and the Salem Convention Center are joining dozens of other downtown Salem businesses to give families a safe and fun place to celebrate Halloween and enjoy Trick-or-Treating.

So if you see some unusual characters wandering around downtown Salem next Thursday, don’t worry! It’s all in good fun! Hope you will stop by!

Here is a list of downtown Salem merchants who will be handing out treats to costumed Trick-or-Treaters from 2-6pm on Thursday October 31, 2013:

Academy of Hair Design
Amadeus Restaurant
Art Department, Inc.
Bazillion Books for Kids
Bentley’s Grill
Bittersweet Boutique
Capitol City Theater
Casey’s Café
Chang Lai Chinese Restaurant
Court Appearance Styling Studio
Create A Memory
Crystal Power & Light Co.
Dave Wilson Designer-Goldsmith
Elsinore Framing & Fine Arts
Exit Real World
Finishing Touches
Footwear Express
Greenbaum’s Quilted Forest
La Margarita Co.
La Margarita Express
Ma Valise
McGrath’s Fish House
NW Comic Gallery, LLC
One Fair World
Ranch Records
Salem Convention Center
Sugar Sugar
Susan Owre Gelberg, Ph.D
Stephanie Galver, LMT
Studio Montage
The Arbor
The Book Bin
The Grand Hotel
The Nest
The Wild Pear
Travel Salem
Vouture/KT Watch
Where the Sidewalk Begins