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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

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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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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Wednesday Wine Tasting Events From Local Wineries Continues into Fall

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

Erath is our featured winery at the next Wednesday Wine Tasting October 23, 2013. Join us from 5-6pm!

Our Wednesday wine tasting events launched last summer have been so well received, we have decided to continue hosting them  every second and fourth Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm through the fall season!! 

This Wednesday, October 23rd, we will feature selections from Erath Winery:

There is a place in Oregon wine country where EARTH and HEART intersect. It is called ERATH. As we enter our fourth decade of winemaking, Erath embraces its leadership role in producing Oregon wines. Regardless of season, regardless of year, Erath is a place for Pinot discovery.

Learn more by visiting

What better way to celebrate the harvest and sample the diverse selections of local Oregon wineries in our lounge bar!  Our featured winery will also be sharing special food pairings and happy hour options during the tasting events.

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.

Mark your calendars for the following wine tasting events coming up!

November 13th Eola Hills
November 27th Van Duzer
December 11th Firesteed
December 25th – Closed

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.

We hope you will join us for one (or many) of these wine events!

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