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August 28, 2014 | Tasting Room

Fifth Annual Crush Party!

It is true that our fore-fathers crudely stomped grapes to make their wine. Obviously technology has progressed and we now use big expensive presses to crush our perfectly ripe fruit. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn't have some fun and a little friendly competition (if you choose to take part in our Stomp Competition) at our fifth annual Crush Party!

When: September 27th
Time:  Noon to 4pm

Our fifth annual Crush Party is just four weeks away! We always have a blast at this party and enjoy celebrating all things harvest with you, we decided to throw the party again!

Compete in the grape stomp competition, listen to bluegrass from GTM String Band, go on a vineyard tour via hay ride (weather permitting), drink freshly pressed grape juice and enjoy the fruits of our labor from years past (aka wine!) and BBQ from The Meating Place. Below is the schedule for the day, rain or shine:

12:00 - GTM String Band begins to play and the first vineyard tours departs from the tasting room.
12:30 - Grape stomp heats begin
1:00 - Second hayride vineyard tour departs
2:30 - Grape stomp semi-finals begin
3:00 - Grape stomp championship

4:00 - Festivities wrap up

For more information, reach out to us at or give us a call 503.359.5012 x 106. 

Hope to see you there!

Time Posted: Aug 28, 2014 at 3:10 PM
Montinore Estate
October 29, 2013 | Montinore Estate

October Retrospective

We have been lucky enough to have some beautiful clear and crisp days to close out October. The wines are safely tucked into their tanks and the Pinot Noir has begun to go in to their barrels for the winter. We are really happy with the quality of fruit that ended up coming in, and the vintage will be similar in style to 2010, but of equal of better quality!

Time Posted: Oct 29, 2013 at 6:00 AM
Montinore Estate
October 3, 2013 | Montinore Estate

"Red Cap" Pinot Noir - Tasting Map

The 2012 "Red Cap" Pinot Noir made its debut at our Crush Party last weekend, and we couldn't have been happier with the reception! As 2012 was a storybook vintage, which yielded perfectly balanced fruit due to a long dry season followed by an Indian summer, the "Red Cap" is just bursting with ripe flavors and rich concentration. 

We built this Tasting Map to give you a visual idea of how the 2012 Red Cap Pinot Noir is currently tasting. 

Time Posted: Oct 3, 2013 at 6:00 AM
Tasting Room
September 30, 2013 | Tasting Room

Crush Party Wrap-Up

Although the weather was a bit more blustery than we had anticipated, it in no way dampened the fun that we had on Saturday. We were pleased to see so many people out to celebrate the start of our Harvest, the release of the 2012 "Red Cap" Pinot Noir and, of course, to stomp their hearts out. 

For a full album of photos from the Party, please visit our Facebook page

Time Posted: Sep 30, 2013 at 6:00 AM
September 27, 2013 |

Weekly Wine-Up

1. Love to see how others work with our Verjus. @avagenes posted this mouthwatering combination of some of our favorite things: grapes, adishes, filberts, fresh goat cheese, & verjus. 
2. Grapes are coming in! Wednesday was the day for Muller-Thurgau to shine. 
3. @abe2929 caught us at just the right moment in between days of rain, he was here to see the sun highlighting our best side. 
4. Feast Portland was a great time last weekend, met lovely people and tasted so many amazing offerings from all across Oregon. 
5. @kristinmarchesi was out of the office for her birthday, so we had to make up for it by surprising her with a custom magnum of 2010 Cataclysm. 
6. When the leaves start to change across the road at the nursery is always breathtaking. 

Here is some links we clicked this week:

- We were excited to discover Red Tricycle this week - not only do they feature great events from around the area, but they break it all down so that there is virtually no excuse not to go!
- Eater has a great wrap-up of Feast, definite highlight of the weekend had to be Tillamook's "comfort call," which should really become a full time deal. You never know when you need a late night grilled cheese. 
- Spritzers are making a come-back and we could not be more excited. So it looks like we are going to need to have a spritz-off to find the best possible combination for our Riesling and Gewurztraminer. 

This weekend we will:

Be stomping our hearts out! Our Annual Crush Party is this Saturday from noon - 4pm. We are still proceeding with the party in the rain - but have moved the crushing stage to the crush pad so that everything will stay under cover. 

Sunday is the Harvest Century Ride - where we will be a rest stop on all of the biking routes - come by and take a rest, have a glass of wine, and escape from the weather. 


Time Posted: Sep 27, 2013 at 6:00 AM
September 20, 2013 |

Weekly Wine-Up

1. Courtsey of our red winemaker, Ben (@bluedogroad), is this beautiful shot of our maple lined vineyard in the afternoon sun. 
2. Monday was the day for picking seconds off the Pinot Gris blocks for fruit to be used in our Verjus.
3. Prep 500 was started near our compost pile in the back of the vineyard to be used for the vineyard in 2015.  
4. Another lovely mention tucked into the October issue of Portland Monthly from our Facebook friend, Lisa Zirngible Bell.
5. Caught the winemakers communicating through the Gewurztraminer rows. 
6. We are getting ready to make our 2013 Verjus, which means that it is time to adjust our palate and try everything else out on the market. 

Here is some links we clicked this week:

- We are so proud of our neighbors, Elk Cove, as they were just named as one of the Wineries of the Year from Wine & Spirits magazine. 
- We are always shocked and delighted by what the Union Wine Company is able to come up with, the newest addition to their family is this amazing mobile tasting room making it's debut this weekend at Feast. 
- Kristin has had me craving this easy tomato cobbler from Mark Bittman all week, thankfully we have plenty of tomatoes left on the vine - seems like a perfect easy evening meal for this weekend with our Almost Dry Riesling. 

This weekend we will:

Be pouring Friday and Saturday at the Feast Grand Tasting from Noon - 5pm. Tickets are still available to join us!


Time Posted: Sep 20, 2013 at 6:00 AM
Montinore Estate
September 19, 2013 | Montinore Estate

Prep 500 - Cowhorn Manure

Wednesday morning a group of the winemaking team (along with our two new harvest interns) met with Rudy to work on Prep 500. Known as cow horn manure, preparation 500 is basically fermented cow dung. It is the basis for soil fertility, and the renewal of degraded soils. It is usually the first preparation used during the change over to the organic/biodynamic system. Preparation 500 is made by filling a cow's horn with cow dung, and burying it in the soil. 

This will be dug up next spring and will be used for the 2015 vintage. The preparation when ready after 6 months should have turned into dark humus and should be sweet smelling. It should be stored in a cool place and in glazed pots or in glass jars with insulation. It is sprayed up to four times a year and used in small quantities being dilluted heavily by water. 

This is one of our principle preps that we use every year and it increases in all soil bacteria and earthworm activity. Absorption and retention of water is greater. International research has found that BD soils require 25% to 50% less irrigation than conventional soils and it helps to develop a deep rooting system. 

Time Posted: Sep 19, 2013 at 6:00 AM
Montinore Estate
September 16, 2013 | Montinore Estate

Preparing for Harvest - Weather Update

We got hit with a heat wave last week, which helped fight of the possible turn to fungus on the grapes after the rain showers previously. This week we are carefully watching the grapes and the wind and rain that has returned to tell us precisely when to start bringing in fruit. It should be any day now!

Time Posted: Sep 16, 2013 at 6:00 AM
September 13, 2013 |

Weekly Wine-Up

1. We are lucky to have such good friends as @lelonopo to not only support us (and the Borealis especially), but who lets us know when there are great sales on wine at New Seasons!
2. Monday was full of visitors and wine, we had a group of sommeliers from amazing Portland restaurants out to visit with our Oregon distributor, Vinum, and were treated to a blend tasting by Ben to help nail down the components of the 2012 Reserve Pinot Noir. It's going to be a stellar bottling!
3. This is a first (for me, at least)! I am amazed by what people find to pair with our wines, and @portlandcigarguy found that an Alec Bradley Prensado - Churchill cigar paired with a clean and crisp Borealis wine by Montinore which cleans the palate with each sip.
4. Our first 2012 Pinot Noir started to go into bottle Wednesday morning. We will have it available on the website and in the tasting room in the next couple of weeks! 
5. @miapod3 says "Nothing is better than buying myself a nicely chilled bottle of #oregon #Montinore #whitetablewine - 36% muller-thurgau, 30% riesling, 20% gerwurztraminer and 14% pinot gris. Great blend of organic grapes from #germany!"
6. Even with this last heat wave, the grapes are doing wonderfully. Here is our Pinot Gris from Block 8, which is showing beautiful overall color. 

Here is some links we clicked this week:

- How perfect, Wine Folly did a piece on pairing wine with Mexican food (I know that many of us tend to reach for a beer when enjoying tacos), but since we are having Taco Pedaler out here for the Crush Party, this is a good guide to start with!
- Over at Wine Spectator, James Molesworth, has an interesting blog about wine and food pairing, for the main course both people suggested completely different wines and ended up with a split decision - which just goes to show, even with highly trained palates, everyone appreciates wine and food slightly differently. 
- Rudy was featured on the local news, KOIN, to discuss the latest heat wave that has hit the area and how it has been affecting the grapes that are just about ready to be picked. 

This weekend we will:

Be staying right here in the Tasting Room all weekend to enjoy some of the last warm weekend days of the summer. Hope to see you out here!


Time Posted: Sep 13, 2013 at 6:00 AM
September 9, 2013 |

Other Oregon Harvests - Hops

We are exceedingly lucky in the Willamette Valley to have an abundance of crops that flourish with our climate and soils. And although it is tough to tear yourself away from the grape harvest right now, this is the perfect time to harvest hops and make fresh hop beers!

I planted my first hop plant (a Cascade) last year at my house in Portland and was amazed by how quickly it took to my yard, so this year we added a second plant (Columbus) in the same area. 

We walked away in total with 3 large bowls filled to the brim and started making a batch of Fresh Hop American Pale Ale, with CaraPils and Victory specialty malts for added depth of flavor. Which should be ready to consume mid-October, so when we are heavily underway in the winery and will be in definite need of some beer. 

Time Posted: Sep 9, 2013 at 6:00 AM