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Rodent Patrol Visits the Tasting Room
Tuesday, May 25th 2010 by
Yes, yesterday afternoon we received a rare visit from our feral vineyard cats! Stopping by the Tasting Room for a quick break after a busy afternoon of catching voles in the vineyard, these snuggly predators were a welcome sight. Thanks for your hard work, Filbert and Baby Girl!
Thursday, May 27th 2010 by
Congratulations are in order for our team member Justine Pillar, who will be graduating this weekend with a Bachelor's degree in Accounting from Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon! Your hard work has paid off and we're so proud of your accomplishment.
All that work for a burrito... the SB staff took Justine out to lunch to celebrate her accomplishment.
Thursday, June 10th 2010 by Michael Kelly Brown, Vice President
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!
This is Dedication!
Friday, June 11th 2010 by
Nino and Patricia Marchetti can truly say they are dedicated fans of Sokol Blosser! After purchasing (and enjoying) two wine lots, including some rare vintage Sokol Blosser wines and large format bottles, at last year's Cellar Club Harvest Party, the Marchettis kept the bottles and created this tower in memory of their Sokol Blosser experience:
Cheers, Marchetti family!
Late Spring Walk-Through Vineyard
Monday, June 14th 2010 by
These very amateur photos were takenby yours truly in our Walk-Through Vineyard in the evening late last week (when said photographer left her car headlights on and was waiting for a Knight of the Shining Armor variety to jump her car).
The Walk-Through Vineyard was planted in 1974 outside of our Tasting Room. It's a fun and interesting way to see how different grape varietals grow and change throughout the seasons. Next time you're in the area, be sure to stop by and take a stroll through the Walk-Through Vineyard!
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.
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!
Riesling Vacations in Hawaii
Wednesday, September 22nd 2010 by
Thanks to the Tanakas for sending this great photo to us! The Tanaka family visited us all the way from their home in Maui, Hawaii and brought back a bottle of our White Riesling Dessert Wine. Clearly, seeing the empty bottle, the wine was a hit! Next time, take US with you to Hawaii!
Cheers - and thanks again, Tanakas!
First Day of Harvest 2010
Monday, October 11th 2010 by
Phew! On Thursday we had our official First Day of Harvest 2010, working in our Walnut and Concert Blocks to bring in some of our Pinot Noir grapes before the weekend rains. Harvest will begin again Tuesday or Wednesday of this week, and then it will be full steam ahead! Check below for pictures from our first day!
Vineyard Manager Luis, who has been with Sokol Blosser for more than 30 harvests, oversees the Pinot Noir grapes coming in from our North Concert Block.
Grapes going into the hopper and down to the sorting line!
Our stalwart sorting line crew, up to their elbows in Pinot Noir and making sure that only the most high-quality clusters make it into our blend.
SB Staff in Costume - Happy Halloween!
Friday, October 29th 2010 by
Featuring Left to Right: Eddie Z. as Eddie Vedder, Brooke as Miss Ruby the Gypsy, Kristine as the Majorette, Alison as Julie McCoy, Twix as Bumblebee, Kitri as Dr. Horrible Groupie, Jeff as Dr. J, Lauren as Belly Dancer, Scott as The Nerd, and Lisa as the 13th Seahawk.
2009 Pinot Noir Blending
Tuesday, February 22nd 2011 by
Yesterday was our winemaker Russ Rosner's most busy day of the year - the day when he and assistant winemaker Doug Vuylsteke taste through every barrel of Pinot Noir and determine the blends for our 2009 Pinot Noir lineup. We are excited to announce that in addition to our Dundee Hills Pinot Noir and our Estate Cuvée Pinot Noir, that we will also have four single block Pinot Noirs: Goosepen Block, Big Tree Block, Peach Tree Block, and new this year, Orchard Block. These wines will be released later this year or early 2012, depending on how they are tasting. Thanks to Russ and Doug for your expertise and hard work!
Snow Day at SB!
Friday, February 25th 2011 by
Yesterday we were treated to a beautiful blanket of 2.5" of snow around the vineyard. Snow is a rare treat for us, and it was a gorgeous view! Check out the pictures below (unfortunately, we failed to capture any photos of our staff snowboarding in the vineyard, but that happened yesterday too)!
First Weekend in our New Tasting Room
Monday, April 4th 2011 by
We had a great weekend in our newly remodeled Tasting Room space! Visitors liked the calming new colors, the cork light fixtures, the extra space, the updated displays, and the cool new recycled glass bartop.
Have you seen our Tasting Room? We're open 10am-4pm daily - stop on by and say hello! We've also just released our 2010 Estate Rosé of Pinot Noir - just another good reason to dodge some raindrops and drop in.
Tuesday, October 18th 2011 by Alex Sokol Blosser, Co-President, Winemaker & Second Generation Winegrower
It's time for an official Harvest update! Harvest began officially last week, and now we have a day to breathe as we are not bringing in any fruit today.
The numbers: We are 32% done with harvest as of 10/18. Most years we are 100% done by now. Crazy, non? We have brought in 137 tons of fruit with that split between whites and Pinot Noir.
Highlights: Marci’s zucchini bread (of course!), Alison baked us a chocolate cake (again please but twice the size), Cody did up some cookies (my boys ate half of them I think), Blackberry Block North Pinot Noir tasted pretty good, and the biggest thing being the weather looks rain-free for another week or so!
Learnings: You don’t go to the weather as the weather comes to you and finds you and gives you a lot of wet willies.
So there we are folks! We are planning on being done with bringing in fruit by the end of the first week in November.
Alex Travels Across The Pond!
Wednesday, April 11th 2012 by Twix , Wine Poodle
This week Alex Sokol Blosser travels across the pond to visit a few friends. He will be hosting two wine dinners. One with Chef Harry at his place, the Nottingdale Café and the other with Chef Marcus Waring at The Gilbert Scott.
Here are a few snap shots he took as he tours around the great city of London. The first picture is of the beautiful façade of Westminster Abby. After a few hours of walking it was time for lunch. Today, Alex had Octopus Carpaccio at 10 Greek Street in Soho, which he said was “Amazing!” The next shot is of the world famous Tower Bridge.
Looks like an amazing trip so far, Alex!
Alex Travels to Sweden!
Friday, April 20th 2012 by Twix , Wine Poodle
Sweden is a great country! Where else can you go to the wine store (all government run) and find one of their biggest sellers a bottle with this label!!! I must say, I would prefer Kiss labels over dorky animal labels at this price point any day!!!
We Have Lift Off!
Tuesday, April 24th 2012 by
After a beautiful weekend in Oregon with temperatures reaching the mid to upper 80's we now have bud break! Photo: Jeff Knapp
Sokol Blosser in the City
Tuesday, December 18th 2012 by
Last Sunday, the Sokol Blosser sales team decided to make a trek into the big city for a night of great food and (of course) wine at Departure in The Nines Hotel.
And, of course, we made sure to document the entire evening! So much that the food may have started to cool before we ate - that's what we get from bringing along 2 cameras!
What's that - 2007 Estate Cuvée? 1998 Twelve Block Pinot Noir? And 1995 Cabernet Sauvignon?!
There's that 2007 Estate again...
And this is just a taste of the photos - check out the whole album on our Facebook page!