Blog Posts matching SUMMER:
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!
Summer Grilling & Pinot Noir
Wednesday, July 28th 2010 by Jeff Knapp, Hospitality Manager
The other night my wife Liz and I fired up the old Weber grill with some mesquite hardwood charcoal and cooked up some venison tenderloins that some friends of ours had given us. We cracked open a bottle of 2006 Big Tree Pinot Noir to pair with dinner and what followed was a sublime experience.
2006 was an extremely warm year for growing Pinot Noir in Oregon. Typically the wines from that vintage are much more fruit forward and larger bodied. Big Tree Pinot Noir is a single block pinot noir that our winemaker, Russ Rosner describes as “more structured and focused, tending more towards elegance and finesse than power. There’s more minerality and mocha overlying the forest floor earthiness, and the texture is more tightly knit.” I could not have put it better.
As we sat savoring our Pinot and venison, a deer walked out of the forest and stood staring at us. It took a few minutes for the irony to set in. We were staring at a deer and eating grilled venison. The best I could do was to raise a glass and toast him. (Insert wry smile here.)
For those of you (carnivore or vegetarian) that have a bottle of 2006 Big Tree, it might be a good time to open it up and enjoy.
Cellar Club Manager
Pinot Noir on a Summer Morning
Friday, July 30th 2010 by
This photo was taken this morning in our Concert Block on Pinot Noir on our estate vineyard, a 17.5 acre section that includes clones 115 and Pommard, both Woodburn and Jory soils, and ranges from 300-325 feet in elevation. This vineyard was planted in 2000. What a beautiful day!
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!
Wednesday, June 1st 2011 by
We would like to welcome Zuriel to the Sokol Blosser team! Below is a little more about Zuriel. Be sure to say hi to him if you see him around the winery.
Bio: I was born and raised in beautiful Juneau, Alaska. Growing up I was not exposed to many farms or vineyards until I moved to Oregon. I graduated from the University of Oregon and received a B.A. in Digital Arts and minored in Communications and Business. After graduation I traveled between Alaska and Europe but my heart was left in Oregon. I moved to Portland and started to work at a fine dining establishment where I began to gain a strong interest in wine and food. An opportunity arose here at Sokol Blosser where I now have the pleasure of being called “The New Guy.”
Hobbies: Mountain biking, snowboarding, surfing, rock climbing, motorcycling, camping, running, hiking, photography, traveling, reading and nerding out on the computer.
What you like about Pinot Noir: What I enjoy about pinot noir is that it is great by itself or pairing it with some of my favorite food.
Favorite Food: I’ll eat just about anything. I love food.
Place you’d like to travel to: Anywhere.I love traveling but if I had to pick one right now it would be Tibet. Hiking around the mountains and visiting ancient temples would be a dream come true.
Favorite drink besides wine: An ice cold Coke in a glass bottle made with real sugar is always delicious.
Budbreak to Bloom: Week 7 - Catch Wires & Canopy Management
Monday, June 20th 2011 by
In the Peach Tree Block of Pinot Noir, Co-President Alex Sokol Blosser talks about catch wires and their importance to correct vine growth in the seventh week of our Summer video series, Budbreak to Bloom.
Dust Off That Back Seat.
Thursday, June 21st 2012 by
Dust off that good ol’ back seat
Wednesday, June 27th 2012 by
Last week marked the magical time in the vineyard known as bloom! The vines are beginning to flower and self-pollinate themselves into fruit set which will yield the delectable Pinot Noir grapes we all worship and sing praise to. No birds, no bees required for pollination amongst the vines; they can do it themselves thank you very much. Bloom also signals the 100-110 day mark until harvest (but as always we’ll have to see what Mother Nature brings us this summer). A toast to the explosion of bloom in the vineyard! Cheers!