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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

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

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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Bentley’s Grill to Join Top Restaurants for “Pairings: A Celebration of Oregon Wine, Cuisine & Music”

Monday, July 14th, 2014

Pairings: A Celebration of Oregon Wine, Cuisine & Music
August 15, 2014
4 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Oregon State Fair
2330 17th Street NE,
Salem, OR 97301


Does an evening of outdoor gourmet cuisine, Oregon wines, and dancing to the sounds of nationally known entertainment sound like a great night out? If the answer is yes, get your tickets to Pairings: A Celebration of Oregon Wine, Cuisine & Music!

It’s all happening August 15, 2014 from 4:00 to 9:00 pm on the beautiful 2-acre garden paradise located on the 17th Street side of the Oregon State Fairgrounds.

Stroll among the lush summer gardens and discover flavorful new dishes and wines from some of Oregon’s best restaurants and wineries.


Featured Entertainment: Five Guys Named Mo

Participating Restaurants include:

Participating Wineries:


Tickets are $35 and include sampling of wines, cuisine and entertainment. Click here to buy Pairings tickets

There is Always a Wine to Compliment Your Dish

Monday, June 30th, 2014

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. You can always learn more about our wines in Wine Notes with Mark. Enjoy!

Pacific RimThere is no question that food and wine belong together. When the perfect match is made, they simply bring out the best in one another. Bentley’s Grill almost always offers suggested pairings with our daily special sheet.

While there are no pairings listed on our regular menu items (which changes seasonally), there is always a wine to compliment the dishes available. All you have to do is ask and we will help you make a selection sure to please the senses.

Here are a couple of our recommendations for some of our most popular items on our “Small Plates” menu:

Seared Ahi – Served medium rare with marinted peppers, capers and black olive sauce

Korean Chicken Lettuce Wraps – Crispy fried galic and chili marinated chicken tossed in Korean BBQ sauce topped with spicy cucumber kimchi

Both these dishes have a spice component that pairs nicely with our by-the-glass dry Riesling from Pacific Rim, Wallula Vineyard 2010. With the strictest Demeter Certified Biodynamic® farming and viticulture standards, this wine is a pure expression of Riesling. The subtle floral aromatics, balanced acidity and low residual sugar make this wine a great counter to both dishes that feature pepper induced heat characteristics.

Ahi Tuna

Try our Seared Ahi with our by-the-glass dry Riesling from Pacific Rim, Wallula Vineyard 2010….perfection!

If you make it in for lunch try it with the Vegetable Stir Fry. The medley of carrots, snap peas, peppers, edamame, nappa cabbage, broccoli, and baby corn with ginger mirin sauce, basil mint and yaki soba noodles would be a great compliment to the Reisling, especially if you’re like me and dress up the stir fry with some Sriracha garlic chili sauce.

We want you to enjoy the best experience possible when you dine at Bentley’s Grill.   Next time you are here and would like some guidance with your food and wine choices, let us know and we’ll be more than happy to share our recommendations for perfect pairings!  Bon Appétit!

Sunday Field Trip to Cristom Vineyards

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014


By Mark Jacklich

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

As a wine steward living in the middle of the most renowned wine regions in the world, exploring our local vineyards is a big priority for myself and other team members at Bentley’s Grill. It’s important to me that we learn as much as we can about the wines we serve: from their soil and the vines to their microclimate and the vintner’s techniques.

Once a month we set aside a Sunday to get together and visit a local winery to gain knowledge about our area and the different stages of the grapes and the wine making process.

Last month, we made a trip out to Cristom Vineyards. I was informed that this was a “Hiking Tour” which made me excited because I’m all about getting out there in the fields and getting a sense of the land in which the wine comes from.

Cristom Vineyards produces mostly Pinot Noir, along with Pinot Gris, Viognier, and Syrah. They were also recently name the #1 Restaurant Pinot Noir by Wine and Spirits magazine.

Cristom is split into single vineyard blocks:

  • The Marjorie Vineyard is the oldest and the original plantings from 1982.
  • The Louise Vineyard is at its lowest elevations (300feet) and was planted on Missoula flood sediments called Helvetia, a very deep, moderately drained silt loam that formed over clay. As the Louise vineyard elevation rises towards its 445-foot peak, the soil changes to volcanic.
  • The Eileen vineyard is 540-705ft in elevation so we had a bit of an up hill trek. Once we were on top of the vineyard, the views were spectacular. It really made up for the physical effort exerted.
  • The Jessie Vineyard is the steepest on Cristom’s property. This was the last spot on our hike and when we got there we knew why. Jessie is on a very steep slope, we imagined during harvest having to stake yourself down, because with one slip you could end up down the hill. It is the vineyard with the greatest elevation change and most diverse soils.

After we made it down, we tasted the wine produced from the very vines we just walked through. While tasting through various vintages and single vineyards we were able to identify wines that we liked personally while the tasting room manager, Jeri, provided us with some key information that explains what makes Cristom Vineyards unique.

Bentley's Grill team members learn more about the wines at Cristom Vineyards

Bentley’s Grill team members learn more about the wines produced at Cristom Vineyards

She mentioned they have had the same vineyard manager and winemaker for 20yrs+.  I explained to our staff how this is important because having been there for those years together they get a real sense of the microclimate and growing season so they can fine tune the wine making based on the hand Mother Nature deals. This translates into top-notch wines and will for years to come!

Ask us about our local wineries, like Cristom Vineyards, next time you come in!  We invite you to join us for wine tastings every second and fourth Wednesday when we feature a local winery from 5 p.m.-6 p.m.  Also, be sure to ask your server about our Wine Flights and  “A bottle among friends” every Thursday! This is another great way to try new wines for a discounted price- comes with a complimentary appetizer!


Bentley’s Grill Serving Tasty Bites at the 2014 Deepwood Wine and Jazz Fest

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Deepwood Wine and Jazz FestThe annual Deepwood Wine and Jazz Fest has grown into one of the most beloved local events of the summer, and we are honored to be a part of it once again!

This elegant affair features music, food and fine wines from local wineries and will take place in the beautiful gardens of Salem’s Historic Deepwood Estate Saturday June 28th, 2014 from 4-9pm.

Bentley’s Grill is proud to join other local gourmet food vendors to offer small plates priced at $5.00 or under selected to pair with the wines offered.

Participating wineries include: Abiqua Wine Vineyard, Ankeny Vineyard Winery, Arcane Cellars, Bradley Vineyards, Cubanisimo Vineyards, D’anu Wines, Gilgamesh Brewing, Hanson Vineyards, Honeywood Winery, J. Wrigley Vineyards, Keeler Estate Vineyard, Macindoe Family Cellars, Methven Family Vineyards & Winery, Nobel Estate Vineyard & Winery, Ribera Vineyards, Stangeland Vineyards, Trinity Vineyards, Willamette Valley Vineyards

This year’s event also features two stages with two fabulous performers: The Ivie-Meziere Band featuring Ellen Whyte … and Picante’ bringing Hot Latin Rhythms to the gardens!

The Deepwood Wine and Jazz Fest benefits the Friends of Deepwood, a non-profit organization preserving Historic Deepwood Estate, a Salem Oregon treasure. Tickets can be purchased at all 9 Roth’s Fresh Market locations beginning May 15, 2014 or by clicking here (scroll to the bottom of the page). For more information call (503) 363-1825 or email

Deepwood Estate

2014 Deepwood Wine and Jazz Fest
Saturday June 28th, 2014 4-9pm
Historic Deepwood Estate
12th & Mission Streets, Salem, Oregon
Free parking at 12th & Lee Streets

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