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Summer Vineyard Hikes!
Monday, May 10th 2010 by
Ready to see the Dundee Hills firsthand? Join Sokol Blosser Winery for our Summer Vineyard Hikes, where we will travel the hillsides and enjoy the view from the heart of Oregon wine country. Visit our Cattail block of Pinot Gris vines at the base of our vineyard at 200’ and hike up to our Blackberry block of Pinot Noir at 600’. Along the way, check out some of the first vines planted in Oregon, learn about soil types, see newly planted vines, and discover the history of the Oregon wine industry. Enjoy a catered picnic lunch, sample wines in our vineyard, and taste locally made olive oils at Red Ridge Farms!
Dates still available are:
June 12th, 19th, 26th
July 10th, 24th, 31st
Aug 7th, 14th, 21st, 31st
These are vigorous hikes, so please come prepared with appropriate footwear. Hikes begin at 10am and end at approximately 2pm. Cost is $35 ($25 for Club Members), and attendance is limited to a small group. Please contact Jeff Knapp, Cellar Club Manager, at [mailto "firstname.lastname@example.org"]email@example.com[/mailto] or 503-565-2300 to reserve your spot!
A group of hikers relax with a picnic lunch after their trip through the vineyard!
Come One, Come All - 20th Annual Memorial Weekend Summer Kickoff!
Friday, May 28th 2010 by
You’re invited! We're kicking off summer May 29-31 from 10am to 4pm each day. Come taste newly released estate wines, enjoy a delicious picnic lunch from Phresh Organic Catering (at additional cost), and groove to fun and funky music. Come rain or shine, because we'll be under the Big Tent! And don't forget the 20% case discounts!
$15 tasting fee includes tastes of our current releases. Cellar Club members get in free and can bring three guests. See you there!
Michael Brown discusses Sokol Blosser wines with visiting Cellar Club members.
The team from Phresh Organic Catering is gearing up for lunch!
Let's hope the weather this weekend will be as sunny and beautiful as it was in 2009 (above). Good thing we have the Big Tent, so we can have just as much fun while staying dry!
Thursday, June 10th 2010 by Michael Kelly Brown, Director of Consumer Sales and Marketing
Check out our own Meditrina red wine blend making a delicious appearance at Rockstar Stella, a benefit concert that took place last weekend in Portland, Oregon!
Alison Sokol Blosser at Aspen Food & Wine Classic
Monday, June 21st 2010 by
Alison Sokol Blosser just returned from one of our favorite events - the Aspen Food & Wine Classic! See Alison's journey at this fabulous multi-day yearly event in the pictures below. Cheers!
Alison shows off Sokol Blosser wines during one of the tastings.
Beautiful Aspen blue skies!
Enjoying wine on the rooftop.
Alison and friend Nichelle - enjoying the beautiful weather!
Getting ready for the Oregon media picnic. Yum!
David Lane, Alison Sokol Blosser, Jay Schuppert (president of Cuvaison), Jo Terlato, John Terlato, Bryan Del Bondio (president of Markham) and Steve Fennel (winemaker at Sanford). Cheers!
Oregon Pinot Camp Weekend
Monday, July 5th 2010 by
This holiday weekend has been amazing – and just enough time to recover from all the fun, food, great wine and general shenanigans that went on last weekend at Oregon Pinot Camp!
We love OPC – the invitation-only, exclusive, trade and hospitality only weekend when attendees can run loose in Oregon wine country having a great time and learning what makes this beautiful wine region stand out. All of us at Sokol Blosser were incredibly excited to host the opening welcome event here at the Winery. The walk-through vineyard was transformed as we hosted 200 campers and visitors for a fabulous evening of Oregon wine tasting and delicious food. And that was only the beginning of the weekend… see below for more fun photos of the weekend!
To all of our new friends from OPC – thank you for everything, and cheers!
Sokol Blosser is transformed to host all of our OPC campers.
Alex and Alison Sokol Blosser welcome guests to Sokol Blosser.
Friend Casey Brogon gives a big thumbs up to the Salmon Bake Dinner!
Alex Sokol Blosser enjoys some rare vintage wines at the Dundee Hills Vault tasting.
Winemaker’s Huddle at the Dundee Hills Vault tasting: Veronique Drouhin of Domaine Drouhin Oregon, Don Lange of Lange, of Anna Matingzer of Archery Summit, Jason Lett of Eyrie Vineyards, and Russ Rosner of Sokol Blosser Winery.
#PinotNoir Twitter Tasting
Tuesday, July 6th 2010 by
Sokol Blosser Winery is excited to be a part of #PinotNoir - a Twitter celebration of the world's most expressive yet persnickety wine grape with a competition between favorite Pinot-producing regions!
DATE: July 15, 2010
TIME: 5-7 PM PACIFIC - 8-10 PM EASTERN
This event is FREE and all you need to participate is wine and Twitter (to create a Twitter profile of your own, visit www.twitter.com). Simply let us know your thoughts in a 140 character Tweet and add #PinotNoir.
But, wait! There's a twist... what region makes the best Pinot you've ever tasted? To vote via your tweets simply add another 2-character hashtag after #PinotNoir and we'll count the votes so that region gets bragging rights for the night!
#WV - Willamette Valley, Oregon
#NV - Napa Valley, CA
#RR - Russian River Valley, CA
#CN - Carneros, CA
#SB - Santa Barbara, CA
#SN - Sonoma Coast, CA
#MN - Mendocino, CA
#SC - Santa Cruz, CA
#SLH - Santa Lucia Highlands
#BU - Burgundy, FR
#NZ - New Zealand
#xx - Add your own!
For example, if you are drinking a Pinot from Willamette Valley, simply tag the end of your tweets with: #PinotNoir #WV
If you’re drinking a Pinot Noir from Sokol Blosser, be sure to let us know by adding @sokolblosser to your Tweet! See you online!
Wine Dinner at Park Kitchen
Thursday, July 8th 2010 by
Join Alison Sokol Blosser at a fun and decadant 4 course wine dinner at Park Kitchen in the Pearl District!
Dinner is $60 per person and includes food, wine and gratuity. To make your reservations, please call Park Kitchen at 503-223-7275.
Crostini of duck liver, bacon, and fava beans paired with 2008 Sokol Blosser Pinot Gris
Compressed peaches, green beans, amaranth and sunflower seeds paired with 2009 Sokol Blosser Rose of Pinot Noir
Hay braised lamb, long cooked summer beans and cherries paired with 2007 Sokol Blosser Estate Pinot Noir and 2007 Sokol Blosser Dundee Hills Pinot Noir
Chocolate and lavender semifreddo with apricot sauce paired with 2009 Sokol Blosser White Riesling
3rd Annual Grape 'n Grill BBQ - This Saturday!
Tuesday, July 13 2010 by
Ready for some old fashioned good times this summer? Bring your 10-gallon hat and join the Sokol Blosser family for summer fun, complimentary handmade gourmet popsicles from Portland’s Sol Pops, BBQ fare from Phresh Organic Catering, and of course, wine tasting! We're also happy to welcome the GTM String Band who will be providing us with some excellent live tunes the whole day.
The good times will roll from 11am-4pm on Saturday, July 17. We’ll look forward to seeing you there!
Summer Vineyard Hike!
Thursday, July 15th 2010 by Jeff Knapp, Hospitality Manager
Last Saturday we met for another amazing day in the vineyard. I got here at the crack of dawn and traveled throughout the vineyard stashing glassware and bottles of wine. By 10am, I had gathered the group of Cellar Club members and guests to spend the first part of the day hiking our estate.
Along the 3 mile trek, we enjoyed conversations about organic farming, Oregon wine history, wine making, geology and all sorts of other fun topics. We tasted 2008 Sokol Blosser Pinot Gris, 2009 Rosé of Pinot Noir, 2007 Big Tree Pinot Noir and several other selections. After a stop at Red Ridge Farms where we took part in an Olive Oil tasting and the annual Lavender Festival, we headed back down the hills for a gourmet, family-style lunch. All in all, a perfect, Oregon Summer day.
Thank you to Cellar Club members Pamela & Gerald McAllister for these great photos from the hike!
BBBQ (the extra B is for blog!)
Thursday, July 22nd 2010 by
Something that people probably wouldn’t guess about me on first glance is that I am a sucker for anything really cheesy (cheese itself is another blog post altogether). I have a (not-so) secret love for silly movies, karaoke, 80’s theme parties, velvet paintings of Elvis….you get the idea! I think this is why I get along so well with our cellar club manager, Jeff, who shares in my not-so-secret love for the cheesy stuff (he won me over in the first week I met him by dropping a really well-timed DeBarge reference). It’s also why the Grape & Grill BBQ is one of my favorite events of the year. He doesn’t just throw your average “sit around with a drink and a burger in your backyard” kind of barbeque. Instead, it’s a Western extravaganza replete with live bluegrass band and bales of hay. You heard me, bales of hay! Jeff really goes all out.
I showed up to work Saturday morning to find him running around our courtyard putting the finishing touches on everything, donning a bandana and a western shirt. For solidarity with Jeff in all our western cheesiness, I had “borrowed” (read: taken without asking) a plaid shirt from my roommate and threw on my cowboy boots for good measure. I was excited that I got to pour at the Pinot Noir tent by the crush pad, because I had a perfect view of the whole courtyard, including the GTM String Band, a bluegrass trio (of which one of the players is a Club member) rocking out some great classic folk numbers and a few bluegrassified modern tunes.
The weather couldn’t have been better: high 70s and sunny, I started to wish we could have the tastings outside every nice weekend! With the wine and music flowing and the sun shining, everyone was in great spirits, staking out every available picnic table, chair, or bale for a seat. By the late afternoon, the whole courtyard was filled with people enjoying the wine, the tunes, and the delicious Carlton Farms barbecued pork from Phresh Organic Catering. Better yet, everyone was indulging in their cheesy side by wearing the complimentary bandanas we were handing out in various creative styles.
To put the event over the top, Noah and his crew from SOL Pops in Portland were right there in the courtyard with us serving up amazing organic hand-crafted popsicles. Thankfully, they were kind enough to sweetly tolerate my many repeat visits to their charming blue popsicle cart so I could decide on which was the best flavor (my pick for the afternoon: Strawberry Basil). If it weren’t so much fun to chat with guests about our wines (the definite favorite of the day was our soon-to-be-sold-out 2009 Estate Rosé of Pinot Noir) I would have seriously considered a career change as a popsicle taste tester…
The GTM String Band
Ales Sokol Blosser and Noah from Sol Pops
Kendra pours Meditrina for visitors
Alison Sokol Blosser and friends
Cellar Club Harvest Party
Monday, September 13 2010 by
Thanks to all of our Cellar Club members who attended our Cellar Club Harvest Party! The weather couldn't have been nicer for the event, which is one of our favorites all year. See below for some fun images from the festivities - cheers!
Rio con Brio impressed an entire courtyard full of Club members with their grooves. Thanks guys!
Club members chill out in the courtyard before dinner begins, enjoying the sunny evening.
Melissa Griffin, one of our fabulous Tasting Room Associates, greets Club Members in the Winery before dinner starts.
Chef Eric from Nick's Italian Café in McMinnville (a wine country standard for over 30 years!) prepares the family style dishes.
Michael Kelly Brown, Direct Sales Manager, was our acting auctioneer for the evening's Live Charity Rare Wine Auction. The Auction featured rare Sokol Blosser library wines (including a 1988 Redland Pinot Noir and a 1992 Cabernet Sauvignon!) and benefitted the McMinnville Education Foundation (total proceeds topped $3,300!).
The bidding gets heated - and a great time was had by all!
Benefit Event for Cascade AIDS Project
Wednesday, October 20th 2010 by
Join us at this complimentary event, featuring great food, Sokol Blosser wines, and a lot more! The event is free, but there are many opportunities to donate to the great work that CAP (Cascade AIDS Project) does in our community - we'll see you there!
2008 Pinot Noir Release Party
Friday, November 19th 2010 by
Join us in our Barrel Cellar this Saturday and Sunday, 10am-4pm each day, for our biggest Pinot Noir tasting of the year! It will be your first opportunity to taste and purchase our entire 2008 line up of Pinot Noirs, including our 2008 Dundee Hills, 2008 Estate Cuveé, 2008 Big Tree, 2008 Peach Tree and 2008 Goosepen Pinot Noir - all of which scored 90-93 points in Wine Spectator and Wine Advocate.
Cellar Club Members and up to three guests taste for free. Regular entry cost is $20.
We'll look forward to seeing you here!
For more information, please contact: Sokol Blosser Tasting Room firstname.lastname@example.org 503-864-2282
$1 Off Thanksgiving Admission with Canned Food!
Wednesday, November 24th 2010 by
Thanksgiving Weekend Celebration!
Monday, November 29th 2010 by
Fun was had, photos were taken, and a lot of wine was enjoyed at our annual Thanksgiving Weekend Celebration! Thanks to everyone who visited us and brought their friends and family to Oregon wine country this last weekend. In case you weren't able to join us, below are a few pictures from the event (held in our Winery space)! Don't miss out on the holiday savings - check out our Holiday wine gift sets, specially priced for gift giving. Cheers!
Our holiday lit Winery (just a week ago we were making wine in here)!
Christina pours a full lineup of estate wines for guests.
There's a lot of tasty treats under this tree!
Bend Cellar Club Event at The Loft
Friday, January 28th 2011 by Lee Medina, Regional Brand Ambassador
Thanks to everyone who joined us at our special Cellar Club Happy Hour event in Bend, Oregon last night! It was a beautiful evening - we were even able to have the windows open at The Loft.
With plenty of fabulous food and a generous amount of Sokol Blosser wine, a great evening was had by all - even some of our friends from local restaurants and wine shops were able to join in the good times.
Another big thanks to The Loft for opening their wonderful (and normally private!) space for us to welcome our Club members and guests. See you all again soon!
Thursday, April 21st 2011 by
Sokol Blosser is bouncing all over the United States over the next couple of months! Upcoming events across the nation include:
Dallas, TX – Dallas Observer Iron Fork – April 27
Seattle, WA – Art of Dining Event – April 28
Portland, OR – IPNC Pinot Walkabout – May 1
Las Vegas, NV – Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appetit Magazine – May 5
Chicago, IL – Wine Spectator Grand Tour – May 12
Las Vegas, NV – Wine Spectator Grand Tour – May 14
Boston, MA – Wine Spectator Grand Tour – May 19
Paterson, NJ – Wine, Women & Shoes – May 23
New Orleans, LA – New Orleans Wine & Food Experience – May 24
Aspen, CO – Aspen Food & Wine Classic – June 17
And don’t forget the biggest event of the summer – our Annual Memorial Weekend Celebration here at the Winery, May 28-30 from 10am to 4pm each day!
For more information on any of these events, please visit our Events page by clicking here. Cheers!
Wine Spectator Grand Tour
Monday, May 16th 2011 by
Sokol Blosser was honored this year to be invited to attend the 2011 Wine Spectator Grand Tour with our 2008 Dundee Hills Pinot Noir (90 Pts from Wine Spectator)! We've just wrapped up events in Las Vegas and Chicago, and there is one more this Thursday, May 19 in Boston at Marriott Copely Place, 7-10pm. To learn more, please visit http://www.winespectator.com/micro/show/id/grandtour-intro.
Check out these fun pics featuring Jeff Knapp, Hospitality Manager, at the Las Vegas Grand Tour event this last weekend! Cheers!
21st Annual Memorial Weekend Celebration!
Friday, May 27th 2011 by
It's nearly here! Join us in our courtyard Saturday-Monday for a weekend of barrel tasting, fabulous wines, lively music and great grilled food by local favorite, the Rib Slayer! The Sokol Blosser family and staff will be here to welcome you and guide you through our delicious portfolio of current releases and hard to find gems - and don't forget barrel samples of our 2010 Pinot Noir, only available Memorial Day weekend!
Entry is $15 and includes barrel samples and wine tasting; entry is complimentary for Club members and up to 3 guest. We're open 10am-4pm each day (rain or shine - we'll be under the Big Tent!), and large groups are welcome - so bring your friends and be prepared to have a great time!
Jonah’s Just Begun Fundraiser
Wednesday, August 17th 2011 by
Foundation to cure Sanfilippo
On Sunday August 7th, I had the privilege to pour along with a lot of great local wineries for a charity to Cure Sanfilippo. The space in the Oak Groves at Stoller Vineyards was filled with tents and music. I poured Evolution for the afternoon, and the weather was perfect for it. My favorite question to ask is “ Have you tried Evolution before?” I enjoy having an opportunity to turn anyone onto Evolution, (or any Sokol Blosser wine really). It felt good to spend time with our neighbors and do something good for a good cause. Everybody seemed to have a nice time and we raised some money too!
Tuesday, February 28th 2012 by Susan Sokol Blosser, Founder
The picture to the left shows me on the left, Kate Brown, Oregon's Secretary of State in the other cowboy hat, and Sharon Harmon, executive director of the Oregon Humane Society and 2012"s "Cowgirl of the Year." Kate and I are both former "Cowgirls of the Year." It's not often I let my inner cowgirl show! The Cowgirl Ball was held Saturday night at Marylhurst and is the annual fundraiser for Forward Stride, a really impressive horse therapy program in Portland. To learn more about this great organization, visit their website!
The Evolution of Sokol Blosser Wines
Friday, October 26th 2012 by
When I last saw Alison in January 2012, she was in San Francisco to promote her winery's newest release, Evolution Red and she had also just gotten engaged. The label on this first edition reads "It's about time." Alison says they've had so many requests (or demands as noted on the label) to make a red wine like Evolution. She says it only took them about 13 years. Now Evolution Red is in its second edition. But the winery is not revealing any information on the varietals in the blend other than that it is syrah-based, with the explanation that sometimes it's better for something to remain a mystery. White and red Evolution wines are $15 each.On the heels of Evolution Red, Sokol Blosser has even bigger plans. Alison says they're working on a sparkling Evolution White. "It will be based on Evolution White so it's nine varietals," she says. The inspiration comes from a rather unconventional source. "You know those soda streamers?" she asks. It's popular with her staff for carbonating water. Then they started putting Evolution in the soda streams. "They were like, 'you have to try this' it's really good," she says. "So that was the idea of 'Huh, could we do this on a bigger scale and rather than carbonate it with CO2, what would it be like made in the methode traditionelle used in Champagne?"
A Taste of Oregon Wine from Sokol Blosser Winery
Tuesday, March 19th 2013 by Liesl Jackson
A Taste of Oregon Wine from Sokol Blosser Winery
Oregon might not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of great wine, but that’s changing! Just an hour outside of Portland lies Willamette Valley and nestled in the beautiful Dundee Hills lies Sokol Blosser Winery. Last week, I enjoyed a lovely dinner at Towne in downtown Los Angeles hosted by Alison Sokol Blosser, co-president and Second Generation Wine Grower. We were given four Sokol Blosser selections and were treated to appetizers, dinner and desserts specially selected to pair with the wine assortment.
Sokol Blosser Winery (Photo courtesy of Sokol Blosser Winery)
The first wine we tasted was a 2011 Rosé of Pinot Noir. It was fruity with a hint of strawberries and very light and sweet. Rosé of Pinot Noir is 100 percent Pinot Noir. It is treated as if it is a white grape when it comes into the winery so they intentionally make this into a Rosé from the get go. It is made from 100 percent organic grapes as all of their grapes are certified organic. It is only sold through their tasting room, website and wine club.
As we drank the Rosé, Alison filled us in on a little history of Sokol Blosser Winery, like the fact that her parents planted their first grapes on what was once a prune orchard in 1971.“They were both teachers. They really liked wine. They thought, people had been making wine forever, it can’t be that hard. This will be kind of fun,” Alison said. “They were hippies. They came in their Volkswagen bus, my mom had the long braids and they wanted to grow something. They liked the idea of growing wine grapes.”What started as five acres has expanded to 125 acres, 85 of which are fully planted. Willamette Valley now has about 180 wineries.
Liesl Jackson and Alison Sokol Blosser
With dinner we were given two wines to try, a Sokol Blosser 2011 Willamette Valley Pinot Gris and a Sokol Blosser 2010 Dundee Hills Pinot Noir. The Pinot Gris had a tart citrus flavor and a steely mineral taste. Just the right option to go with a seafood or pasta dish.
Spicy White Bean Ravioli from Towne
The Pinot Noir was the third wine we tasted and one of the softest Pinot Noirs I’ve ever had. Alison explained: “Oregon Pinots are going to typically be much softer and delicate and elegant in style. We’re getting the ripeness but we have the acidity because it’s a cool climate so there’s a lot more structure in the wine. California pinots, because there is so much heat, get a jammy quality and so they’re much more concentrated and fruit driven.”
“My favorite way to think about Pinot Noir is this is not the kind of wine that’s going to hit you over the head. It’s not going to knock your socks off, it’s much more seductive. It’s going to sneak up and slip your socks off.”- Alison Sokol Blosser
"Seaweed" Brined Organic Chicken at Towne
Alison also gave us a preview into the new tasting room scheduled to open early July 2013. The design will feature a series of terraces, wood floors, walls and ceilings with large windows and skylights to allow for plenty of natural light. The wine tasting experience will be tailored to each individual person or group.“Do they want to do a Library tasting in a vertical of five years? Do they want to do a food and wine pairing in the kitchen? Do you they want to just sit out on the patio with their friends and have a few wines brought to them, or do they want to stand at the bar and have that kind of social experience?,” Alison said. “So we’ll have a lot of different options for people. And you can come and do all of them.”
A rendering of the new Sokol Blossser tasting room set to open in July 2013 (Photo courtesy of Sokol Blosser Winery)
We finished the dinner with a Sokol Blosser 2011 White Riesling. It was a very sweet desert wine that went well with Towne’s tasty assortment of deserts. “The White Riesling is made in the style of an ice wine,” Alison explained. “So with typical ice wine, the grapes freeze on the vine, but it’s not quite cold enough and we’re not quite crazy enough to pick the grapes in the middle of the night when they’re frozen. So we pick the grapes at the normal time. We freeze them and after harvest is done we bring in all of our frozen grapes and we let the grapes slowly defrosts. The trick is for the water part of the grape to stay frozen and the sweet nectar to slowly drip out.” They make it every other year and only sell it from the tasting room and online.
A delicious tray of deserts offered by Towne
Sokol Blosser 2011 White Riesling
All of the wines offered by Alison and Sokol Blosser Winery were exquisite. The standouts for me were the Pinot Noir and the Rosé of Pinot Noir. They are all definitely worth taking a trip up to Oregon to try, especially in July when the new tasting room is completed. You can also order online and sign up their wine clubs at www.sokolblosser.com, or visit Towne in downtown LA to taste Sokol Blosser wines paired with some of their delicious cuisine. Happy tasting!
ABOUT LIESL JACKSON: Liesl Jackson is a writer/actress/comedian/pet sitter living in the heart of Hollywood. She loves the arts, animals, volunteering, traveling, and attempting to learn the acoustic guitar. Email her at email@example.com. Follow her on twitter @SillyLiesl and follow The Pacific Punch @ThePacificPunch