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Join Us for an Eola Hills Wine Tasting December 10th!

Monday, December 1st, 2014
Eola Hills Winery

Photo @ Eola Hills Winery on Facebook

“Wine is bottled poetry.”-Robert Louis Stevenson

The holiday season is here, another successful harvest season has concluded and it’s time to celebrate! We hope you will join us once again for our popular wine tastings from local wineries every other Wednesday from 5 p.m.-6 p.m.

Stop by Bentley’s Grill & The Grand Hotel in Salem lobby on Wednesday, December 10th (no tasting on December 24th) for our final wine tasting of 2014!

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.

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Our featured winery this month is:

Eola Hills December 10, 2014 5 p.m.-6 p.m.

Eola Hills produces award winning red and white wines from Oregon wine country. Established in 1986 by founder Tom Huggins, Eola Hills Wine Cellars owns and farms sustainably managed vineyards in the Eola-Amity AVA just west of Salem, Oregon. Their best-known wines include Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Gewurtztraminer, and limited quantity Reserve and Late Harvest dessert bottlings. The winery even has their own custom Christmas Wine Reindeer Label Series. To learn more, view their Wine Catalog and join their Wine Club

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

January 14, 2015 Cherry Hill
January 28, 2015 Van Duzer

Taste Cubanisimo Vineywards & Willamette Valley Vineyards This Month!

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Cubanisimo

Cubanisimo Vineyards & Willamette Valley Vineyards to Bring Flavor of the Oregon Valley to Bentley’s Grill this month!

Oregon wine fans are in for a very special treat this month!  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.

Our wine tastings this month are:

November 12, 2014 5 p.m.-6 p.m. Cubanisimo Vineywards

Since the company’s beginning in 1986, Cubanisimo (which means“very Cuban”) Vineywards have committed to gorwing the finest grapes and eventually developing wines into the top quality product meriting the name.

November 26, 2014 5 p.m.-6 p.m. Willamette Valley Vineyards

Founded in 1983 by Oregon native, Jim Bernau, with the dream of creating world-class Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley Vineyards has grown from a bold idea into one of the region’s leading wineries, earning the title “One of America’s Great Pinot Noir Producers,” from Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Watch “Jim’s 30 Year Quest” to learn more:

Can’t make it this month? Here’s whats coming up: Dec. 10th Eola Hills Wine Cellars

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

Sunday Field Trip to Cristom Vineyards

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

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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!

Cheers!