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Playing it Forward and Giving Thanks

We decided last month, Neil, Sue and the group of South Benton volunteers that have worked with us the past few years, to postpone the 2020 “Play It Forward” charity event to 2021. A month or two into the quarantine, Covid-19 case numbers in Oregon were dropping, and it seemed that we would indeed ‘flatten the curve’, but then that early optimism seemed to evaporate when the numbers never went to a level where we felt comfortable bringing together a number of different foursomes to have the event. It is one thing to be in the relative safety of the great outdoors and be playing with family and/or pod members, but to know we would be bringing golfers from Corvallis and Eugene areas together, from Portland, and the coast, it just seemed right to hold off and wait a year. We had pretty good success building the event from 2017 to 2018 and 2019, and we were hoping that 2020 would be the biggest and best. In 2019, we raised around $6,000 to help fund some of our South Benton County causes, including the new Monroe relief nursery dedicated to helping toddlers and children from at-risk situations at home. The Old Mill Center in Corvallis was helping develop this site, and we could not be happier to be partnering with them, and the United Way, to help make the nursery a reality. We are making a 2020 donation to help support this further, and if there is anyone out there that would to join us, give us a call or send an email and we can let you know who to make your check out to, and where to send it to. You can also make a donation via credit card at the United Way of Benton and Lincoln County website.

In The Vineyard: The vineyard is looking great: we are done now with a second top hedging, and with leaf pulling on the east side of each row, to allow grape clusters to receive sunlight that will help them develop to their full maturity in August and September. As we put this information together, we think we are on track for a mid-September harvest. Traffic at our outdoor tasting room area has been understandably, a bit slow, but we have been trying to make up for that with delivery and curbside pickup sales, promotions, and wine shop and restaurant sales. We’re posting a list of our shop and restaurant partners at the end of this blog, but want to take this time to introduce you all to Mr. Eric Howett, owner of the new Cascade Barbecue in the northwest Corvallis Timberhill Shopping Center. Eric is featuring Bluebird Hill wines, among others, to go with his delicious selection of smoked meats, salmon, and other goodies. We ask you to please patronize this new endeavor if you are doing any takeout meals from Corvallis eateries. His food is REALLY GOOD!! Also, last week, Joel Rea from Corvallis Brewing Supply was out at the winery with his powder blue beer wagon, ‘Lickspigot’. Joel took away four different Bluebird Hill wines to offer to his customers, two summer whites (Pinot gris and Chardonnay), our Estate Reserve Pinot Noir, and also our newest gold medal winning wine, our 2019 Birdhouse dessert wine (Joel liked the fresh fruit flavors, the all around balance, and subtle sweetness of the wine). We discussed dessert pairings and our consensus choice was a serving of Key Lime pie to go with the Pinot gris/Rainier Cherry blend.

August Wine Specials

We’re pleased to be offering a few specially priced wine packages for the month of August:

We will continue to offer our “Stock up BIG” and Summer Sipper Case sales through August.  Curbside pickup at the winery or free doorstep delivery locally.  Shipping available to all other points around the USA. Ordering couldn’t be easier – for local orders, just send us an email or phone Sue at the winery with a list of what you’d like.  You can also place an order online to be shipped.

"Stock up BIG" sale, enjoy these savings with your purchase:

Buy 6 bottles:  get 10% off

Buy 12 bottles:  get 15% off

Buy 24 bottles:  get 20% off

Buy 36 bottles:  get 25% off!

Summer Sipper Case: Our lightest wines, three Pinot gris, three Chardonnay, three Rosé, and three Birdhouse Dessert: Retail is $288, 20% off is $230; wine club members get 25% off ($216).

NEW-Rosé Flash Sale: Here at Bluebird Hill, we drink Rosé during the summer and on through Thanksgiving. Take advantage of our Flash sale to stock up now!

Buy 6 bottles:  get 20% off

Buy 12 bottles:  get 30% off

Buy 24 bottles:  get 40% off

Buy 36 bottles:  get 50% off!

New in 2020: Bluebird Hill Farm Produce Fundraiser: Long story short, as the quarantine hit, Neil set up a very large vegetable garden on the northeast side of the property, just inside the deer fence along the driveway. Already, we’ve been harvesting cukes, summer squash, lettuce, peppers (10+ varieties), tomatoes (10+ varieties) are just starting to ripen up nice, and winter squash, watermelons and a bunch of other stuff will be ready soon too. We are offering to the good folks who read this blog the opportunity to ‘buy in’ to the harvest of these veggies! Shoot us an email or phone the winery number to give us an idea of what you might be looking for and how much you want. We will arrange for your bag(s) of produce to be ready on a given day and time. Pick up at the winery, pricing will be going market price, and 100% of the revenue we receive for the year is going to be donated to our local charitable causes. We think this is a win-win-win: do a good thing and support a charity; get a chance to take a drive out to our scenic spot (maybe enjoy a glass of wine while you are here??), and bring home some healthy food to eat.

Virtual Tastings: We are hearing from people that they want to have more options for virtual, at-home tastings with us, convened via Zoom conference, so we have put our heads together and have come up with a set of offerings for the remainder of 2020, read on! Note, where shipping is discussed, we often will be able to eliminate shipping charges by doing a custom, free delivery to the local area between Eugene and Salem.

CUSTOM VIRTUAL WINE TASTINGS: Give Sue a call at the winery, and we will work to arrange a great private event for you. You choose the wines, the participants, send us their email contact information, and set up the date and time you want the event to happen. We can bill the wines to the host, or bill the participants individually. Each attendee will have Bluebird Hill wines shipped to them in advance of the event, and we will have a group wine tasting together.

AUGUST: “SUMMER WINE” TASTINGS The dates are Wednesday August 12th, and August 26th at 6:00 pm PDT. Sign up with a phone call or email, and receive one bottle each of Pinot gris, Chardonnay, and Rosé for $76 plus shipping, or buy a case (four each) for 25% off retail plus shipping. Neil and Sue will talk about various aspects of these wines and their styles and food pairings.


We’re going into the ‘wine library’ and pulling out some special bottles for tasting three wines, each with three different options for amount and cost, the prices for each option are shown with the wines:

(1) Receive the wines in sample bottles, 100 mL (3.4 ounces each)

(2) Receive one full bottle of each

(3) Stock up your cellar and receive a full case (12 bottles)