• Neil & Sue Shay

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!