*** *** Primrose & Tumbleweeds: June 2011

Getting Ready for the Fourth of July

Whatever you plan to cook on the grill this 4th of July holiday, stop in and let us help you pick out an amazing Oregon Wine to pair it with. With over 400 choices currently on our shelves, you will find something in your price range that will be the perfect match.

Traditionally seasoned (salt, pepper, garlic) grilled red meats, like your favorite steak or ribs, are best matched with a heavier red wine such as a Cabernet Sauvignon or a blend. If chicken is on your menu, pick up a Chardonnay or Pinto Gris. Going for the all American burgers & hot dogs? You are safe to pair those with any heavy red wine. We have several suggestions for you. If the weather delivers and we have that 80 plus degree day as we are being promised, pick up a bottle of Rose to enjoy while you are preparing all of the great food you have planned.

If beer is more your style, choose from many locally handcrafted beers. There are some great summer seasonals this year. No matter what you choose it is best shared with good friends and family. We wish you a safe and happy 4th of July and hope to see you soon.

Here is one of my favorite classic summer recipes.

Caprese Salad

Fresh mozzarella slices, topped with sliced vine ripened tomotoes and basil leaves.

Drizzle extra virgin olive oil all over the top,

then season lightly with sea salt and black pepper.

Easy and delicious!

Tuesday Evening Wine Tasting

Join us Tuesday, June 28th as we welcome Apollini Wines for a free wine tasting. Stop by during the Tuesday Marketplace for a sip and check out the new wines that have been arriving. We now have the best selection of Oregon Wines in Washington County.

Apolloini Vineyards is located just off Hwy 6 west of us.

Wine Tasting Saturday

Tomorrow starting at noon we will be pouring tastes of Mia Sonatina 2006 Allegro.
This light bodied Cabernet Sauvignon has aromas of blackberries and chocolate. Flavors of blackberry and chocolate with mild tannins. Pairs well with beef dishes, pasta with red sauces and dark chocolate.

At just $12 a bottle, this wine is a great value.

Wine Tasting Tuesday Evening

This week we will be pouring tastes of Utopia 2009 Pinot Noir Rose. Stop by for a free taste during the Tuesday Marketplace.

From the Utopia website:

This isn’t your father’s sweet rosé. It’s beguiling, light, and refreshingly dry. You’ll love the clean strawberry and cherry fruit. It was vinified using the French Saignee method, so it more closely resembles an imported European rosé and not the sugary stuff Gallo used to make in the olden days. This wine has the power to gain your attention and charm you with its elegance and finesse.

Grand Opening June 10 & 11

We are set for an amazing Grand Opening Celebration starting Friday at 9:00 am with a Ribbon Cutting sponsored by the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce.

Here's the schedule of wine and beer tastings:

Music by Gayle Ritt
8:00 am Hillsboro Chamber's "Wake Up Hillsboro" networking
9:00 am Official Ribbon Cutting
9:15 - Introducing our own private label Sparkling Wine - Primrose Sparkle
Noon to 3:00 pm - Mia Sonatina
Noon to 3:00 pm - Fire Mountain Brewing
Noon to 6:00 pm - Vitis Ridge
2:00 to 4:00 pm - Lumos Vineyard
2:00 to 4:00 pm - Dundee Fruit Company
4:00 to 7:00 pm - Helvetia Vineyard
4:00 to 7:00 pm - Methven Family Vineyards

9:00 am TO 7:00 pm - Primrose Sparkle
2:00 to 5:00 pm - St. Johns Cellars
2:00 to 5:00 pm - Ambacht Brewing
2:00 to 6:00 pm - Hip Chicks Do Wine
TBD - Honeywood Wines

Sales and prizes throughout both days. Tell your friends, bring a friend, we are going to have a great time!