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Featured Pairing of the Month: Pan Roasted Smoked Duck Breast with Stafford Hill 2011 Tempranillo

Friday, October 24th, 2014
Salem Oregon Fine Dining

Pan Roasted Smoked Duck Breast with Marsala Jus, Saffron Risotto and Grilled asparagus

We know that pairing the right wine with your dish can enhance your dining experience which is why we have asked our Wine Steward, Mark Jacklich, to share some of his recommendations.

One of Bentley’s new specials is Pan Roasted Smoked Duck Breast with Marsala Jus, Saffron Risotto and Grilled asparagus. Mark suggests pairing this dish with Stafford Hill 2011 Tempranillo.

Stafford Hill 2011 Tempranillo

Photo Source: www.vivino.com

Stafford Hill is a second label under Holloran Vineyard Wines, which is a winery in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA of West Salem. Stafford Hill use the same vineyard sources as well as the hand-on, traditional, small production regimen as Holloran Vineyard Wines.

This wine offers good weight in the mid-palate with out being over powering.  The wine pairs well with this dish because it finishes dry with subtle nuances and depth on a lingering finish while offering a pleasant flavor contrast.

Bentley’s Grill has one of the most extensive selection of Oregon wines in our region.  We hope you will come in and try this pairing, or check with Mark for other suggested pairings and ideas.   Learn more about our wines in Wine Notes with Mark. Enjoy!

Taste Chateau Bianca & Namaste Vineyards at Bentley’s Grill this Month!

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

“The Oregon Wine region has become synonymous with high quality Pinot Noir, and rightfully so,….. Within the Willamette Valley, there are six sub appellations all with their own sub climate and terroir. The single vineyard Pinot Noirs from these areas are some of the highest rated wines in our Oregon Wine Reviews.” -Posted by wine reviewer Paul Gregutt on www.winemag.com

Chateau Bianca

Namaste Vineyards Wine Tasting October 22, 2014

Namaste Vineyards Wine Tasting October 22, 2014

At Bentley’s Grill, we support the Oregon wine movement!  That is why we host wine tastings from local wineries every other Wednesday from 5 p.m.-6 p.m.

Stop on by every second and fourth Wednesday of the month and taste new wines from our featured winery.  This is a wonderful opportunity for our guests to enjoy wine from some of the best winemakers in our region. During the tasting events, guests can also enjoy special food pairings and happy hour.

Our featured wineries this month are:

Oct. 8  5 p.m.-6 p.m. Chateau Bianca

Located in the heart of the Willamette Valley, Chateau Bianca offers a variety of premium whites and reds as well as some additional niche products. Winemaker Andreas Wetzel’s attention to detail consistently results in many prestigious wine awards. Andreas’ great-grandfather began wine production in the region of Wurzburg, Germany. This love of winemaking continues, four generations later, here in the United States. Experience the Wetzel family’s passion for fine wine by enjoying the fruits of their labor! Click here to learn more and Like them on Facebook!

Oct. 22  5 p.m.-6 p.m. Namaste Vineyards

Award Winning. Hand-Crafted. Limited Production. Family Owned. Need we say more? Namaste Vineyards use only the finest grapes handpicked from our six estate vineyards that are nestled on gently rolling hills in the world renowned Willamette Valley region of Oregon and from exclusive others. “From our vineyard to your table every meal is enhanced with the right bottle of wine and we are thankful for this invitation to dine with you.”
Visit www.namastevineyards.com to learn more & Like them on Facebook.

Can’t make it this month? Here’s whats coming up:

Nov. 12th Cubanisimo
Nov. 24th Willamette Valley Vineyards
Dec. 10th Eola Hills Wine Cellars

Featured Wine Tastings This Month from Mohonia Vineyards and Left Coast Cellars!

Friday, September 5th, 2014
Mahonia Vineyard

Mahonia Vineyard will be pouring in our lobby September 10th 5 p.m.-6 p.m.

Left Coast Cellars

Left Coast Cellars will be pouring in our lobby September 24th 5 p.m.-6 p.m.

The Willamette Valley’s climate, nutrient-rich soil and local passion for fine wine is the perfect blend for wines of all varieties. Here at Bentley’s Grill, we like to celebrate the rich selections of local Oregon wine, and support our local vineyards by featuring tastings just for you!

Join us for the popular “Wine Tasting Wednesdays” at Bentley’s Grill! Stop on by every second and fourth Wednesday of the month and taste new wines from our featured local winery from 5 p.m.-6 p.m. This is a wonderful opportunity for our guests to enjoy wine from some of the best winemakers in our region.

During the tasting events, guests can also enjoy special food pairings and happy hour. Our featured wineries this month are:

September 10th 5 p.m.-6 p.m. Mahonia Vineyard

Winemaker Chris Berg (Roots Winery & Vineyard) has produced spectacular results for Mohonia Vineyards. Many sommeliers and top wine buyers believe their 2010 Pinot Gris is one of the finest Oregon Pinot gris, ever! The 2010 Pinot noir and Chardonnay promise to continue this trend. Click here to learn more about them.

September 24th 5 p.m.-6 p.m. Left Coast Cellars

Founded in 2003, Left Coast Cellars carefully crafts exclusively estate-grown Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Viognier and Syrah. Their specialty is single vineyard wines.  Learn more.

Mark your Calendars! Here are some upcoming wine tastings at Bentley’s Grill:

Oct. 8 Chateau Bianca
Oct. 22 Namaste
Nov. 12th Cubanisimo
Nov. 24th WVV
Dec. 10th Eola

Please Donate to MDA to Help Special Events Coordinator, Soraida Cross, Get Out of Jail

Saturday, August 30th, 2014

Soraida Believe it or not, I’m going to jail and I need your help. While it’s not a real jail, it’s even more important as I’m raising bail to help children and adults with muscle disease in my community who are supported by the vital work of the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).
- Soraida Cross, Special Events Coordinator for Bentley’s Grill & The Salem Convention Center

Our own Soraida Cross, Special Events Coordinator for Bentley’s Grill and the Salem Convention Center, is doing time!!  But it’s not what you think.  She has committed to being a “Jailbird” in the 2014 Salem Lock-Up benefiting Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Soraida has until September 18,2014 to post “bail” of $2,400 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. If she doesn’t make it, we just don’t know what we will do!  Who else is going to plan your rehearsal dinners, reunions, birthday parties and more?

So please help us keep Soraida out of MDA “jail” and help her raise bail!  Donations can be made securely on Soraida’s page, and are tax deductible.  Give whatever you can, no amount is too small.  You can also help by sharing this link with your friends and family.

All funds raised by the MDA Lock-Up assist the Association in providing lifesaving research, a nationwide network of medical clinics and accessible summer camp experiences to individuals and families affected by neuromuscular diseases. This is critical work, and together we can make a difference!

About MDA Lock-Up
The Lock-Up is the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s premier fundraising program. These high-profile events occur all across the country at various times throughout the year. Business and community leaders agree to be “put behind bars for good,” where they utilize use their vendors, co-workers, family and friends to get donations that will go toward their “bail.” Each Jailbird has weeks to raise their donations. That way, on the day of the Lock-Up event, they can enjoy the Lock-Up experience by networking with other business leaders and meeting with the individuals and families that they’re helping in their community. All funds raised by the MDA Lock-Up assist the Association in providing lifesaving research, a nationwide network of medical clinics and accessible summer camp experiences to individuals and families affected by neuromuscular diseases.

Erath Winery & Johan Vineyards Wine Tastings this Month!

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Oregon Wine Tasting

As wine lovers, we consider ourselves fortunate to be situated here in the Willamette Valley, also known as Oregon Wine Country. The perfect combination of our temperate climate, nutrient-rich soil and passion for great wine results in the production of some of the finest wines in the world.  And what better way to celebrate the rich selections of local Oregon wine by bringing the tasting rooms directly to you?

Guests will be happy to know our popular “Wine Wednesday” tastings continue this month through September! Come by 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. This is a wonderful opportunity for our guests to enjoy wine from some of the best winemakers in our region. Guests can also enjoy special food pairings and happy hour options during the tasting events.

Our featured wineries this month are…..

August 13th 5 p.m.-6 p.m. Erath Winery

Now in it’s 4th decade, Erath is a true Oregon wine pioneer and embraces its leadership role with grace. Regardless of season or the year, Erath is a place for Pinot discovery. We could say more, but we’ll let Erath Winery Winemaker Gary Horner tell you in his own words:

Learn more by visiting www.erath.com

August 27th 5 p.m.-6 p.m. Johan Vineyards – Elegant Oregon Wine

Located in heart of the Willamette Valley, Johan Vineyards produces premium quality wines that showcase their meticulously farmed estate vineyards, and feature each individual growing season. Their wines offer elegance, balance, complexity, and ageability.
Learn more about them by visiting www.johanvineyards.com

Photo Source: Johan Vineyards on Facebook

Photo Source: Johan Vineyards on Facebook

Coming up…..

September 10th 5 p.m.-6 p.m. Mahonia Vineyard
September 24th 5 p.m.-6 p.m. Left Coast Cellars

More About Bentley’s Grill Wine Selection
Our Oregon wine section has been recognized by esteemed publications such as Wine Spectator & Oregon Wine Press (who has honored our restaurant with multiple Superior Cellar Awards) and more. Click here  to see our full selection of wines

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