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Have You Ever Tried Ecological Wine?

Monday, September 12th, 2016

Oregon Wine Tasting

We’re big fans of sustainability. Operating as a sustainable restaurant has been a guiding principal of Bentley’s Grill from the very first moment we opened our doors 11 years ago. In fact, we were the first restaurant to become EarthWISE certified in Marion County! We could devote an entire post to talking about our commitment to sourcing local foods, recycling, composting, our obsession with being “waste free” (and we did), but in this post, we want to talk about wine.

Ecological Wines are a growing trend among wine connoisseurs and enthusiasts alike. Simply put, they are wines that are made with the bare minimum of intervention, such as chemicals or pesticides in the vineyard. Typically these wines are unfiltered, which means they tend to have a cloudy appearance brought on by the presence of sediment.

Sounds interesting, doesn’t it? Since the wine goes through little “interference,” many claim that the flavors are stronger and purer. As you can imagine, these wines are growing in popularity among customers looking for the healthiest possible alternative for their meals.

Several of our local Willamette Valley vineyards are producing delectable Ecological Wines to try! Just take a look at our evolving wine list.  Better yet, stop in and ask our Wine Steward, Mark Jacklich, for his recommendations!

Of course, if you’re looking for more traditional white, you can always find the very best in reds and whites at Bentley’s Grill. We don’t mean to brag, but our extensive Oregon Wine list and our commitment to celebrating and promoting local wineries have been recognized by organizations like Wine SpectatorOregon Wine Press, and The Oregon Wine Board to name a few. Come join us for a tasting and perhaps soon we’ll be pouring you a glass of Ecological Wine to go with your meal.

Savor our Dungeness Crab Cakes and So Much More at “Pairings! A Celebration of Oregon”

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016
Photo Source Pairings! 2015

Photo Source Pairings! 2015

Ah, summer is coming to a close in Oregon, do you know what that means?  The Oregon State Fair is just around the corner. And you know what that means?  It’s time to get your tickets to Pairings! A Celebration of Oregon Wine and Cuisine!

And guess who will be there? Yup- WE WILL! This magical of evening of wine and delicious meals from Oregon’s top restaurants (ahem- like ours) is taking place 4PM-9PM Friday, August 19, 2016 at the Oregon State Fair.

Try our famous Dungeness Crab Cakes along with other small plates as you sample wines from world class Oregon wineries Ankeny Vineyard, Chateau Lorane Winery, Firesteed; along with delicous brews from Base Camp Brewing Company, Gilgamesh Brewing to name a few.

It would take us the entire page to list every terrific winery, brewery, restaurant, and distillery taking part in the event; be sure to visit the official Pairings! page to see the complete list!

Purchase tickets to this unmissable evening here.

Photo Source Pairings! 2015

Photo Source Pairings! 2015

Wine Paring Tips

As the name clearly implies, Pairings! is an evening filled with… well, wine pairings! To get the most out of the experience one needs to be aware of the right combinations when pairing wines and food. They don’t all go together equally well, after all.

Here’s a great visual guide from that show which type of wine goes best with different foods.

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That said, you probably don’t want to carry this sheet around with you as you’re enjoying the evening. Keep these simple tips in mind to make the most out of your wine pairings.

Avoid Pairing Bitter with Bitter

Don’t overload your tastebuds by mixing bitter foods with a bitter wine! Bitter wines can be mixed with saltier, fattier foods to bring out the hidden flavors.

Choose Wine Sweeter Than the Food

A good rule of thumb to follow is to ensure that your wine is sweeter than your food, otherwise you can expect your wine to taste bitter and tart.

Your Wine Should be More Tart Than The Food

Then again, your wine should be more tart than the food you’re munching on, otherwise you can expect the wine to taste flabby.

Earth Flavors Bring Out An Earthy Wine

Earthy food flavors (such as mushrooms) bring out fruitier flavors of an earthy wine. A winning combination!

Focus on the Wine’s Characteristics

At the end of the day, the real key is to focus on the characteristics of the wine and match accordingly. The food should heighten the flavor of the wine, not fight against it.

When in Doubt, Ask

At Pairings! you will be greeted by sommeliers and experts who can guide you in the right direction and offer advice on what food will go best with the different wines they have to offer.

With these tips in mind, you’ll be wining and dining at the top of your game. Enjoy!

It’s Oregon Wine Month!

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

Photo @ Left Coast Cellars

It’s May, and you know what that means? It’s Oregon Wine Month! Nearly 700 wineries throughout Oregon are celebrating our outstanding wine right now!

“Some of the world’s finest wines are made right here in Oregon,” said David Beck, chairman of the Oregon Wine Board, which manages the month-long promotion. “Oregon Wine Month is an opportunity for wine enthusiasts in Oregon and beyond to experience the diversity and quality of Oregon wine.”

This year’s Oregon Wine Month campaign will celebrate Oregon winemakers who celebrate the earth – those who have a particular dedication to environmental stewardship, to growing grapes that best express the soils and to preserving the land for future generations of winegrape farmers. With 45% of Oregon vineyards certified sustainable and many more farming this way, Oregon has more certified sustainable acres than any other winegrowing region in the U.S.

Oregon Wine

We don’t mean to brag, but our extensive Oregon Wine list and our commitment to celebrating and promoting local wineries have been recognized by organizations like Wine SpectatorOregon Wine Press, and The Oregon Wine Board to name a few.

Be sure to join us in The Grand Hotel Salem Lobby 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. Special food pairings and happy hour options will also be available for purchase during the tasting.

Our featured wineries for upcoming Wednesday Wine Tasting series are as followed. Mark your calendars!

May 25th Left Coast Cellars
June 8th La Chouette Vineyard
June 22nd Chateau Bianca Winery
July 13th Illahe Vineyards
July 27th Namaste Vineyards
Aug 10th Cubanisimo Vineyards
Aug 24th Eola Hills Wine Cellars

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

Taste Our Famous Dungeness Crab Cakes at the Historic Deepwood Estate Annual Wine and Jazz Festival!

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Deepwood Estate

Look for Us at the Historic Deepwood Estate Annual Wine and Jazz Festival June 27, 2015

The Historic Deepwood Estate Annual Wine and Jazz Festival is without question one of Salem’s most elegant affairs; and we are so thrilled to be a part of it once again!

“I love this event and I go every year without fail,” one blogger writes on her site.

The event benefits the Friends of Deepwood, a non-profit organization preserving Historic Deepwood Estate, a Salem Oregon treasure.

Bentley’s Grill will join other local gourmet food vendors offering small plates to party guests to pair with local wine and beer as they stroll through the beautiful gardens of Salem’s Historic Deepwood Estates mingling with winemakers.

The event features 17 wineries and two stages of live entertainment by Island Jazz Quintet and one of Portland’s premier Afro-Cuban Jazz Bands, Picante.

We will of course be serving up our customer’s favorite, Dungeness Crab Cakes. Our crab cakes consistently receive praise from our guests both in person and online. “They were mostly crab and didn’t have a lot of filler. They were perfectly crisp on the outside without being burnt, but warm all the way through,”writes one Yelp user. “…gotta try the crab cakes,” says another.

Best Crab Cakes in Salem

So mark your calendars for Saturday, June 27th and get your tickets, you don’t want to miss this special evening!

Tickets can be purchased at all 9 Roth’s Fresh Market locations or you may Click here to learn more and to buy your tickets. For more information call (503) 363-1825 or email

photo credit: Roger Lynn via photopin cc

More Great Wines to Sample at Bentley’s Grill in 2015!

Friday, January 9th, 2015
Cubanisimo Wine Tasting

Debra from Cubanisimo Vineyards at a recent wine tasting

Stop by Bentley’s Grill the second and fourth Wednesday of the month and indulge in a fantastic wine tasting hosted by our featured winery from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Plan to stay for dinner (reservations recommended) and satisfy your palette by pairing it with seasonal Pacific Northwest cuisine.

Our wine tastings are a wonderful occasion 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.

Seasons Cellars, one of Southern Oregon’s newest wineries, kicked things off yesterday.

Season Cellars Wine Tasting

Did you miss out? No worries. We have lined up some of our regions top wineries this year. All tastings are between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Please note, this schedule is subject to change without notice.

Bentley's Grill Wine Tastings

January 28th: Van Duzer Vineyards
February 11th Bethel Heights Vineyard
February 25th: Firesteed Cellars
March 11th: Pudding River Wine Cellars
March 25th: Johan Vineyards
April 8th: St. Innocent Winery
April 22nd: Left Coast Cellars
May 13th: Mahonia Vineyard
May 27th: Chateau Bianca Winery
June 10th: Cubanisimo Vineyards
June 24th:Namaste Vineyards
July 8th: Willamette Valley Vineyards
July 22nd: Van Duzer Vineyards
August 12th: Eola Hills Wine Cellars
August 26th: Bethel Heights Vineyard