*** *** Primrose & Tumbleweeds: 2012

Closed For Holiday Break

Just a reminder that we will be closed December 25 through January 1, for a holiday break for the entire staff.  We will re-open on January 2nd at 11:00 am.
We thank you for your support this past year.  
Enjoy the season, be safe and we look forward to another great year in 2013.
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The World's Largest Selection of Oregon Wines

Just keeps getting larger! Just added today, wines from: Anthony Dell, Daisy Creek and Delfino Vineyards.  We are also re-stocked on the Airfield Estates wines.

Winter Events

As we take a little bit of a break from our regular Friday and Saturday night music during the months of January & February, we have exciting new things planned that we hope you will enjoy and share with your friends.

Open Mic Comedy Night - January 12 and February 9
Open Mic Poetry - January 19 and February 16
Bards & Brews - January 25 and February 22, we welcome local authors to read from their books and you will have the opportunity to chat, ask questions and have your books signed. Jacobsen's Books & More will be on hand with books available for purchase.

We hope you can join us! We will still have some limited music nights during these two months and return to our regular Friday & Saturday night live music in March.  Check our event calendar for all of our upcoming events or sign up for our monthly newsletter to receive them right into your email!

Anticipating the 2012 Pinots

Published, December, 2012 in the Washington County Review Magazine

Anticipating The 2012 Pinots
Dawn Sellers

Many words have been used recently to describe the 2012 wine grape harvest: epic, one for the record books, a miracle vintage, stunning. Whatever words you choose, the 2012 vintage is one to look forward to and will no doubt be one to remember for many years to come.

With the cool, wet spring of 2012, the grapes started out with smaller clusters and a prediction for lower yields. With little to no rainfall from July through harvest in early October, some of the grapes starting shriveling on the vine before they were fully ripe. Many local vineyard operators made the choice to irrigate their crops, giving the fruit a little more time to ripen.  Others decided to wait it out, choosing to harvest after the first rains. That natural rebalancing provided by the rain improved the flavors and made the gamble worth it.

What does this mean for us as consumers? 2012 could bring the most satisfying Pinot Noir we’ve ever seen. Those with full fruit flavor and those with a more balanced subtlety and flavors that only Oregon Pinot Noir can achieve will be sure to please. Following the low yield harvests in 2010 and 2011, this is a very welcome relief for vineyard owners and winemakers. 2012 will give them the opportunity to rebuild and recover from recent years financial shortages. Winemakers may very well end up with Pinot Noir that could both be ready to drink right away or stand the test of time in your cellar.

So whether you choose to buy into the hype of 2012 being an epic Oregon Wine year or wait until you taste the proof for yourself, the fact is 2012 is going to raise the recognition of Oregon’s $3 billion wine industry to a new level in the global wine marketplace.

Riesling and Pinot Gris are typically released in the spring. Pinot Noir takes a bit longer because of the winemaking process so start to look for the 2012 vintage to be released sometime

Small Business Saturday - November 24th

Support your favorite small business.
This November 24th is Small Business Saturday®, a day to celebrate and
support the local small businesses that boost the economy and invigorate
neighborhoods across the country.
Primrose & Tumbleweeds is proud to take part in Small Business Saturday, and we’re
encouraging everyone to Shop Small® with us on November 24th.
Register your American Express Card and receive $25 just for supporting small business.
Plus, we’re having a special Small Business Saturday offer! Come in on
November 24th and you’ll save 25% off all Hillsboro Gear - Souvenir t-shirts, hats, hoodies and fleece jackets for men and women.

We will also have some beautiful Live Harp Music from HarpSidhe, 2-4 pm with complimentary wine and hard cider tasting.
Most importantly, get out there, Shop Small, and let’s make this November
24th the biggest day of the year for small business.
To learn more, visit ShopSmall.com.

A Year Of Wine Tasting - The Perfect Holiday Gift

A Year Of Wine Tasting

Primrose & Tumbleweeds
“The World’s Largest Selection of Oregon Wines”

The perfect holiday gift for the wine lover or someone who wants to learn more about wine and explore some of the amazing Oregon Wines available. 

The recipient will receive 12 certificates, each one good for a flight of wine tasting and appetizer for two people.  Certificates are valid one per month and include a 10% discount for any bottle purchase made at the time of your wine tasting visit.  Flights range from 5-7 different wines, a mix of red, white, rose and sparkling.  Our list of wines rotates every few days and with The World’s Largest Selection of Oregon Wines, you can be certain you will taste something local and new each time you visit.  We also offer a full menu, full bar, live music, and a great selection of wine related gifts.

Value  $600
Introductory Special
Now through December 24, 2012

Winter Event Schedule

As we look towards scheduling events for the months of January and February, we will be taking a short hiatus from the regularly scheduled music on Friday and Saturday nights.  We will continue to have Tim Trautman here on the First Tuesdays, January 8th (we will be closed the 1st) and February 5th at 5:00 pm with his talented singing and piano music.

Watch for a variety of events to be planned during the months of January and February.  We are working on a Trivia Game Night, Local Author Readings and Book Signings and a couple of open mic nights including Poetry and Comedy, Specific Wine, Beer and Cider tastings.  If you have any ideas feel free to leave a comment on this post.

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Of course you can still follow us on Facebook and Twitter for up-to-the-minute info and daily lunch specials but our Newsletter will give you those additional benefits listed above.

Live Music In November

We have a great line up of musicians for this month.  We started off with Tim Trautman last night on Piano and tonight we have local trio Strawberry Roan at Primrose & Tumbleweeds.  They play a great mix including their original music.  Music starts at 8:30 tonight.
While we continue with our Friday and Saturday night live music in Downtown Hillsboro we are trimming back the Tuesday night music to just First Tuesday.  This coincides with other First Tuesday events happening downtown.  Come in, enjoy a great glass or bottle of Oregon Wine - remember, we have The World's Largest Selection of Oregon Wines as well has the largest selection of Hard Ciders on the Westside of Portland.  We also have local micro brews on tap and great food.

Thanksgiving Day Wine Pairings, a couple of local suggestions . . .

We recently visited David Hill Winery and came up with some great local suggestions for pairing with your Thanksgiving Dinner.  We currently have these wines in stock as well as nearly 4,000 others.  Choose one of our recommendations or taste through a few and choose your own.  Remember, the BEST pairing for Turkey or Ham is an Oregon Pinot Noir.

Read our current article in the Washington County Review Magazine

Growler Fills Now Available

Bring in your own clean, sanitized growler for a fill from one of our tap beers.
Currently on tap:

Ninkasi - Total Domination  $12
Vertigo Brewing - Belgian Double Pumpkin, Seasonal Ale  $14

Chocolate & Wine

Tonight we will be pouring samples and pairing wine with Chocolate for a book signing event with Northwest  author Sheila Roberts.  Her latest book "Better Than Chocolate" will be available and she will be chatting with guests.  Join  us at our local Downtown Hillsboro bookstore Jacobsen's Books & More, 7:00-9:00 pm, enjoy some chocolate, wine and great conversation.  Below you will find the list of pairing suggestions I'll be sharing.

7:00-9:00 pm
Jacobsen's Books & More
211 E. Main Street

Bittersweet Chocolate:  The most intense, richly-flavored dark chocolate is 70% to 100% cacao. Bittersweet chocolate can have bitter, roasted, fruity, earthy, woodsy, ashy and/or nutty notes.
The same wines will match bittersweet chocolate and semisweet chocolate.
Pair with: Bordeaux, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Malbec, Merlot, Tawny Port, Ruby Port, Shiraz, Zinfandel
Semi-Sweet Chocolate:  Dark chocolate with 50%-69% cacao has strong, complex flavors, with nuances that are nutty, spicy, floral, earthy, fruity, and/or caramel. The aftertaste is balanced, not too sweet.
Pair with: Same as above
Milk Chocolate: Milk chocolate has a higher percentage of sugar and smaller percentage of cacao. This, along with its milk content, yields a milder, sweeter product with fewer flavors and aromas. Prominent flavors include brown sugar, cocoa, vanilla, honey, caramel, milk, cream, nutty and/or malt.
Pair with: Muscat, Moscato, Tawny Port
White Chocolate:  Made without chocolate liquor and thus not a true chocolate, white chocolate is a rich product made with cocoa butter, sugar and milk solids. It has sweet flavor notes including cream, milk, honey, vanilla, caramel, and/or fruit.
Pair with: Champagne, Gewurtztraminer, Muscat, Moscato, Riesling
Fruit Flavored Ganache and Crème: Fruit-flavored truffles, chocolate cherries, chocolate-covered fruit, dipped glazed or fresh fruit.
Pair with: Framboise Dessert Wine, Orange Muscat, Pinot Noir, Port, Rose Champagne

Port Wine & Cigar Sampling Saturday, October 20th

Join us on Saturday, October 20th, 3:00 to 5:00 pm for the launch of the Oliva Cigar line, recognized as one of the best cigars by Cigar Aficionado Magazine and a sampling of six different port wines.  
Cost $20 per person.

Clothing Closeout Sale!

We are in the process of clearing out the boutique clothing.  We need the space for more wine! As we begin our remodel and expansion we have had to make some choices so now is the time for you to come in and shop for yourself or do a little early holiday shopping.
All women's clothing, jewelry and purses (excluding our Hillsboro Gear) is currently -  


There are many great items to choose from - you don't want to miss this sale.

Miss Massive Snowflake comes to Primrose & Tumbleweeds Friday Night


Just back from tour, Miss Massive Snowflake is a Portland based band that will be joining us at Primrose & Tumbleweeds Friday night.  Music starts at 8:30
Check them out on YouTube for a preview

Libra Wines 2009 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

Libra Wines, 2009 Pinot Noir  $20

An enticingly deep ruby-red splash in the glass reveals layered aromas expanding as it breaths with crème brûlée, black cherries, red licorice, chocolate cake and red roses. The senses are further enhanced by the full-bodied burst of black fruit, pomegranate, dark cocoa and a hint of cinnamon. A warmer vintage produced opulent wine with broad tannins and structure.

Libra Wines, certified sustainable vineyard, Carlton, Oregon
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Slagle Creek 2007 Syrah

Slagle Creek Vineyards, 2007 Syrah  $16

Flavors of blueberries and raspberry with notes of black pepper and cocoa on the finish.


Slagle Creek Vineyards
Established 1980

A small family owned winery located at 1800 feet overlooking the west end of the beautiful Applegate Valley in Southern Oregon. The high altitude, warm days, cool nights, gentle south slopes, and stony, loam soil, give the wines their unique character.

Tuesday Night Write Ins

Are you dreaming of writing your first book?  Or maybe you are already working on it.  Are housework and other pesky commitments keeping you from writing the book of your dreams? Escape the chaos and join your fellow writers at Primrose and Tumbleweeds in historic downtown Hillsboro on 2nd and 4th Tuesday evenings for the chance to focus and get something written! Professional writers will be on hand to answer questions.

The Write Ins are free.  You can find more information and RSVP HERE

Check out our NEW MENU

We have added a few new things to our menu.  Check it out and come in to try something new soon!

Live Music This Weekend

This Friday night we welcome Lew Jones back to Primrose & Tumbleweeds.  Music starts at 8:30 pm.  Come in for dinner (watch our facebook page for dinner special info or order from our regular menu), stay and enjoy the great music and relax with some Oregon Wine.

Saturday we will be celebrating our First Anniversary with an all day party.  9:00 am to Midnight we will have cake and throughout the day we will have prizes, drink specials, tacos, and a pool party (beer pull).  Live music from Tim Trautman begins and 8:30 pm.  Tim is always a favorite at Primrose & Tumbleweeds and if you haven't had a chance to hear him play piano and sing you are missing a chance to hear some great popular music by a local musician.  

We hope to see you this weekend!

Thank You For an Amazing First Year

Today marks our One Year Anniversary! It has been an amazing and wonderful year. Join us this Saturday, May 5th for a PARTY! We will have cake, prizes, all day taco bar, pool party with a fun beer pull, at 8:30 pm we will have Tim Trautman here on the piano. Stop by and help us celebrate! We thank you for your support during this last year and look forward to bringing you more great wines, beer, ciders, food and fun!

Wines We Are Pouring Today

Trinity 2007 Pinot Noir (Dundee, OR); Slagle Creek, 2008 Merlot (Rickreal, OR); Protocolo, 2009 Red Blend (Spain); Tefft Cellars Pinot Gris (Outlook, WA), Mia Sonatina, 2010 Muscat (Amity, OR) and Tefft Cellars Riesling (Outlook, WA).

Live Music at Primrose & Tumbleweeds This Weekend

Friday night enjoy the music of veteran musician Bill Feldmann.  Bill will be playing his guitar and singing for you. 8:30 to 11:00 pm.

Saturday night (8:30 to 11:00 pm) Primrose & Tumbleweeds welcomes Andy Harrison

"I’ll be playing several brand new songs, the top 20 songs from the next 2 upcoming CDs and probably some older stuff too. See you there  :-) "  . . .  From Andy's website

One Year Anniversary Party

Can you believe we have been open one year?  What a great first year it has been!
Please join us on Saturday, May 5th as we celebrate with cake, mimosas, a pool party (no swimsuit necessary), prizes, an introduction of some new menu items and much more.
Party starts at 9:00 am and keeps going until midnight, live music at 8:30 pm
We thank you for a great first year and look forward to our expansion plans for the coming year.
Come celebrate with us!

The World's Largest Selection of Oregon Wines and it keeps growing

Remember, when we bring in a winery, we bring in everything they make that is available to us . . . . Recent additions include:

Barking Frog
God King Slave
Ash Hollow
Terra Vina Vineyards
Silo Vino
Slagle Creek
Daven Lore

Live Music This Friday & Saturday

Friday night Primrose & Tumbleweeds welcomes back Tim Trautman on piano.  Tim is always a favorite, signing songs that you will all recognize.  Join us in welcoming Tim starting at 8:30 pm Friday night.

Saturday night:
Smokestack Ramblers is combining the best of two bands for an all star event.  The Portland band Abbey Road is joining forces with Hillsboro singer Tracy Miller for a fun filled evening of country, motown, rock and many surprises.  The band features 2 guitars, bass, drums, mandolin and harmonica.  We also LOVE to take requests.  So come on down for a good ol' time.  Hope to see you then.

To listen to samples of our songs and watch some videos, go to...

http://www.reverbnation.com/alltogetherpdx#!  AND

Live Music Saturday Night

Tonight we will have pianist Benjamin Zuelsdorf on the baby grand.  Come in and enjoy a favorite Oregon Wine or discover a new one.  We have a great selection of appetizers, soups and sandwiches or decadent desserts to enjoy while you relax to the music.  The music starts at 8:30 pm

Live Music Friday Night

Primrose & Tumbleweeds welcomes back Ron Hughes this Friday evening.  Ron is now a regular on the Primrose & Tumbleweeds music calendar, the last Friday of each month, 8:30 - 11:00 pm, you can find Ron playing guitar and singing some of your favorite songs.  Enjoy an evening of music, food and wine.

Today's Pour

Today we are pouring the following Oregon Wines: Namaste, 2009 Pinot Noir (Dallas, Oregon), Pheasant Valley, 2007 Syrah (Hood River, Oregon), Grochau Cellars, 2008 Red Blend (Newberg, Oregon), Redman, 2008 Chardonnay (Newberg, Oregon), and Noble Estate, 2010 Riesling (Eugene, Oregon). You can enjoy these by the taste, glass or bottle.

Tonight we have live Jazz music starting at 6:30 pm. Come in and enjoy our late night Happy Hour prices, 8-10 pm.

Today's Pour

Today we are pouring the following: Primarius 2009 Pinot Noir (Walla Walla, WA, Oregon grapes); Mia Sonatina, 2008 Cabernet Franc (Amity Oregon, Rogue Valley grapes); Primarius 2007 Pinot Gris; A to Z Oregon Riesling. You can drink by the taste or by the glass, or enjoy any one of our over 2,000 Oregon Wines by the bottle. Bring friends and spend an evening of great conversation over wine with wonderful background music.

We have live music tonight starting at 6:30 pm, Bossanova Jazz from Wade Kirtley and Bossa B-3

Music This Friday!

This Friday, March 23rd, Primrose & Tumbleweeds welcomes Amadeus Jones. They are a local music group that plays old jazz standards, Irish Ballads and features contemporary music as well. Music starts at 8:30 pm and this Friday we will be having a drawing for a $50 gift certificate that can be used for any purchase at Primrose & Tumbleweeds. This is one Friday night you should not miss!

Wines We Are Pouring Today

Cairnbrae, 09 Pinot Noir (New Zealand), Mission Estate 10 Hawke's Bay Syrah (New Zealand), Agate Ridge, 09 Ridge Rock Red, Red Blend (Eagle Point Oregon), Apolloni 09 Pinot Blanc (Forest Grove Oregon), Dragonfly Creek 09 Chardonnay (Dallas Oregon), Mouvance 10 Pinot Gris (Newberg Oregon).

Today's Pour

Enjoy any of the following wines on our Today's Pour list, by the taste or by the glass. Purple Cow 2007 Pinot Noir (Forest Grove), Stella Rosa Red Blend (Italy), Washington Hills 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon (Walla Walla), Apolloni 2009 Pinot Blanc (Forest Grove), Mia Sonatina 2011 Gewurztraminer (Amity).

St. Patricks Day

Join us in Downtown Hillsboro as we watch the Murphy's Furniture annual St. Patrick's Day Parade. We will be serving up drink specials all day long for the adults and snow cones for the kids. Enjoy one of our delicious sandwiches or soups to eat here or take to your favorite parade viewing spot. We have prime viewing of the parade as it makes it's way down Main Street. Right after the parade we will have Bill Feldmann here to provide some great music. Bill is a veteran of the Portland music scene, and we always enjoy having him here at Primrose & Tumbleweeds. Later that evening Bill will return to entertain us again into the evening. Rumor has it we may even be serving up some Irish Stew!

Newport Seafood & Wine Festival

The Newport Seafood & Wine Festival celebrated their 35th year of bringing great Oregon Wines together in one beautiful place. We enjoyed a great day yesterday of visiting with winemakers and tasting some amazing Oregon Wines. Note to myself for next year - dress warmly! It was freezing in those tents.

We were able to meet and chat with several of the wineries that we have not yet been able to connect with. We look forward to adding these wines to the store and restaurant very soon and sharing what we have learned about them with you. I was glad to see that several of the wineries are starting to see the increased desire for wines such as Tempranillo. There was more Oregon Pinot Noir than you could possibly taste in one day and so it was refreshing to see some other varieties offered. I tasted some really nice Oregon Pinot Gris and Oregon Port too.

If you follow us on Facebook you will be the first to hear when we add these new wines.

Great Music Line-Up This Weekend

Tonight we have Wade Kirtley and Bossa B-3 with some Bossanova Jazz sound for your enjoyment. Music starts at 6:30 pm.

Tomorrow night, starting at 8:00 pm, join us in welcoming Jon Koonce for his first performance at Primrose & Tumbleweeds. Some of you may remember Jon from the 80's Johnny and The Distractions or from Jon Koonce and The Gas Hogs. Jon has released 3 solo acoustic CDs in the last 4 years. His most recent is "It Can Never Happen Here". In the last year Jon has played live shows in Oregon, Washington, Tennessee and Texas. Check out his website JonKoonce.com for more info. We hope you can join us Friday, February 24th!

Saturday, February 25th at 8:30 pm we welcome back Ron Hughes on guitar. Ron is wonderfully talented and we know you will enjoy relaxing to some fantastic music.

New Art On Our Walls

Stop by and check out the new digital art photography of Hillsboro Photographer, Chuck Riley.

Chuck Riley
Born in 1939 in Southern Illinois and raised on a small farm, he now lives and works in the town of Hillsboro near Portland, Oregon.

Chuck Riley works with his photographic images to express the emotions one feels when observing the subject in life. As an example, his "Electric Musician" series gives one the feeling that music is radiating from the very being of the musicians, while his "Paris Nightlife" series sometimes evokes feelings of loneliness or even of sadness.

"I want my photographs to be something you can live with and see something new every time you pass by one"

Chuck is a self taught photographer who gravitated to photography after studying painting under internationally known painters Larry Bernstein at Southern Illinois University, and Mel Katz at Portland State University. He still paints in various mediums, but his concentration is on the art of photographic imagery.

Live Music Tonight

Live music tonight, 8:30 - 11:00 pm, enjoy the wonderful guitar music of Hillsboro local, Andrew Magnuson. Andrew has been at Primrose & Tumbleweeds before and we look forward to having him join us again tonight. We have a full menu, including beer, wine and cocktails.