• Neil & Sue Shay

The Weather Outside....


Well.... not exactly ‘frightful’, as the song goes, but after getting home a week ago yesterday from the Newport Seafood and Wine Festival, we woke up the next morning to 9-10 inches of snow at our place, simply beautiful, although the roads in Monroe were treacherous until afternoon! We have had some big snows before, but not for a few years, so it has been something a little out of the ordinary for us here. It was enough snow that the vehicles outside were cleaned with a push broom.

Winery Update: We have been pinching ourselves for a couple of months now, as one wine judging after another comes rolling in. We mentioned in December’s blog about the James Suckling scores (e.g. 92 for our 2016 Reserve Chardonnay), and since then, good results keep rolling in. The next feedback we received was from the 2019 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. We entered five wines, the 2017 Chardonnay was awarded a gold medal; this followed a gold in 2018 for the 2016 Chardonnay, some of you might remember. Next came First Taste Oregon 2019 (in Salem), and we scored a gold for our 2017 Pinot gris. The next news had us really pinching ourselves! At the Portland Seafood and Wine Festival, the 2016 Reserve Chardonnay was Best of Show – White Wine, meaning that we outscored about one hundred other white wines. Also at the same event, our 2016 Estate Pinot noir received a Double Gold. After that, we heard from Dr. Rusty Gaffney, otherwise known as the ‘Prince of Pinot’, he authors one of the longest continuously published wine blogs out there, the ‘Pinot File’. This blog focuses mainly on Pinot noir and Chardonnay. We sent in five wines, and all got scored well. Our 2016 Willamette Valley Pinot noir scored at 89, and a ‘best buy’. The Zenith, Walnut Ridge, and Estate Reserve Pinots (all 2016) received 91, 92, and 93 points, respectively, and the 2017 Chardonnay scored a nice 93! These two 93’s are our highest point scores for any wine in our short history. Here is the link to Pinot File: http://www.princeofpinot.com/article/2154/ . The last that we know now was from the Newport Seafood and Wine Festival, and we scored a gold there, for the 2016 Pinot noir.

Bluebird Hill Cellars: Selected 2019 Wine Awards

2017 Pinot gris 2018 SIP NW Magazine “Judges’ Pick”

2019 First Taste Oregon Gold Medal

2017 Chardonnay 2019 SF Chronicle: Gold Medal

2019 Pinot File: 93 Points

2016 Reserve Chardonnay 2018 James Suckling: 92 Points

2019 Portland Seafood & Wine Festival:

Best in Show-White

2016 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2018 James Suckling: 88 Points

2019 Pinot File: 89 Points & Best Buy

2019 Newport Seafood & Wine Festival:

Gold Medal

2016 Estate Reserve Pinot Noir 2018 James Suckling: 90 Points

2016 Walnut Ridge Reserve Pinot Noir 2019 Pinot File: 92 Points