Oregon wineries adapt to social distancing
A taste of wine in the oddest places
Deep discounts, home deliveries, and virtual wine tastings. These are some of the ways that Oregon wineries are trying to keep their sales afloat in this era of sudden social distancing. It’s a transformative time, especially for the approximately 500 small, family-owned, artisan wineries in the state, which until now have relied almost entirely on the power of person-to-person encounters for marketing success.
Bluebird Hill Cellars 2018 Pinot Gris and Estate Rosé of Pinot Noir were Judges Picks in this years SIP NW Magazine "Best of the NW" competition. You can view the Awards issue by clicking here.
Cellar Selects: November 2019
Pinot Noir: Vintage 2017
Bluebird Hill Cellars 2017 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley
Subtly savory with earthy black tea, rustic wheat bread, anise and rose petal aromas. An enticingly bitter palate of tart cranberry, orange pith and black licorice is followed by a mouthwatering wash of refreshing acidity.
Capital Press September 12, 2019
ALPINE, Ore. — As wine hobbyists, Sue and Neil Shay were not originally planning to create a commercial vineyard when they bought their 6-acre property in 2010.
“We bought it for the view,” Sue said. “We were already wine hobbyists before we moved here, we have been making wine together since the early 2000s. We thought it would be a hobby vineyard and we’d grow wine from that, and sometime over the summer we knocked our heads together and decided to become a commercial winery.” Read more here...
Albany Democrat-Herald May 14, 2018
ALPINE – Neil and Sue Shay’s property in the foothills of the Coast Range seems straight out of a pastoral painting. The spread sits on a ridge, with views almost all around, and bluebirds and other feathered critters frequent the area.
Plus, it’s the perfect site for growing grapes, the couple said, and they’ve planted three acres of the fruit for pinot noir, chardonnay and other varieties of wine. Read more here...
The SavorNW Wine Awards are designed to showcase Northwest wines and promote awareness of Pacific Northwest wine regions. All wines are evaluated in a single-blind judging by some of the top wine professionals in the Northwest including wine writers, buyers and experts. Wines are scored under controlled conditions and are awarded Gold, Silver and Bronze awards based on judging consensus. Double Gold is awarded for a unanimous consensus of Gold among the judges and all Double Gold and Gold medal wines are eligible for Best of Class. Bluebird Hill Cellars was awarded the following medals in the 2018 competition:
Gold: 2016 Chardonnay
Silver: 2015 Pinot Noir
Silver: 2016 Walnut Ridge Pinot Gris
Bronze: 2016 Riesling (dessert wine)
(Newport, Oregon) – One of the state's most high profile wine competitions is centered not in wine country but on the Oregon coast. The 2018 Newport Seafood & Wine Festival Commercial Wine Competition took place early in February, in advance of the festival which is happening right now. The winners list is out...Also noteworthy was that Bluebird Hills Cellars out of the Willamette Valley came very close to winning with a stellar Chardonnay. Read the entire article here.
Pacific Northwest wineries won 213 gold medals in the 37th annual San Francisco International Wine Competition. This year's competition featured 6935 wines. Northwest states Oregon, Washington and Idaho combined for 793 entries, accounting for nearly 12 percent of the near-record field. Oregon entered more wines (407) than Washington (353), with 33 from Idaho. The Beaver State also earned the most medals (376). Bluebird Hill Cellars’ 2016 Chardonnay was awarded a gold medal and the Bluebird Hill Cellars 2015 Pinot Noir was awarded a bronze. PNW wine results from the 2018 San Francisco Chronicle judging can be found here.
Register Guard May 24, 2017
Boutique winemakers alight in Monroe hills
Neil and Sue Shay, longtime home winemakers, cultivate a quaint new local wine destination at Bluebird Hill Farm, B&B and Cellars
Oregon Wine Press Cellar Selects November 1, 2016
Bluebird Hill Cellars 2014 Zenith Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
A classic Willamette Valley Pinot with notes of cherry and white pepper. Tart, savory and spicy notes blend beautifully with a hint of salinity, creating a light, bright wine with a long, flavorful finish.
Oregon Wine Press October 1, 2016
Feathering a new nest
The rich, dusty smell of pine needles warmed by a midday sun filled the air outside the white farmhouse, its high-peaked roof with three trim dormers standing against a massive blue sky. The view extends for miles, with two new vineyards on either side of the house —
Register Guard August 24, 2016
Now Tasting at Bluebird Hill Cellars
Local wine fans have a new stop to add to the northern Lane County tasting circuit — even if, technically, Bluebird Hill Cellarsand several Monroe-area winery neighbors are just over the line in Benton County.
The new winery, operated by Neil and Sue Shay in conjunction with their Bluebird Hill Farm bed and breakfast, sits on a hilltop near Alpine with sweeping forest and farmland views.
Oregon Wines Fly Free on Alaska Airlines!
Did you know that Bluebird Hill Cellars wines fly free on Alaska Airlines? Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan members may check one case of wine (6 or 12 bottles) for free on Alaska Airlines flights from Eugene, Medford, Portland, Redmond or Walla Walla, WA. To sweeten the deal, we invite you to enjoy a complimentary tasting when you show your in-bound boarding pass (paper or digital) and proof of your Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan membership when you visit our tasting room.