2015 Pinot Noir Futures Tasting

May 21-22 & 28-29Futures Tasting

You are invited to sit down with us to sample through several barrels of our 2015 vintage Pinot noir. The wines you will be tasting will be offered as Futures at a 30% discount purchased by the case only.

Each seating will consist of 15 people. Be sure to reserve your seats before they fill. Reservations can be made below.

Seating times: 11:00am, 1:00pm, 3:00pm

“There’s no precedent for a vintage exactly like this in Oregon, but there is in Burgundy. Mike Etzel of Beaux Frères did some research and found a description of the 1959 Côte d’Or growing season in a book by Clive Coates that matches uncannily: early flowering, warm, dry, with late-August rains, a cool September and early harvest. Those Burgundies were magnificent and long-lived. If Oregon’s 2015 turns out as well, it could be the state’s most extraordinary vintage.” -Harvey Steiman, “Harvest 2015: Oregon’s Wet Years Are Not Created Equal.” Wine Spectator, Oct 2015.

 

Honey Bees at Winter’s Hill Estate

Getting the hives ready to put together.

Getting the hives ready to put together. There are multiple parts to a hive. Our bee keeper, Ryan Kilinski not only sets up and tends the hives, he also builds them.

The hive must be almost level, with just a bit of tilt to let condensation drain out.

The hive must be almost level, with just a bit of tilt to let condensation drain out.

Almost ready to transfer the bees.

Almost ready to transfer the bees.

In route he picked up the bees. During transport the bees have been eating sugar water from the cans hung into the boxes.

In route he picked up the bees. During transport the bees have been eating sugar water from the cans hung into the boxes.

The honeycombs.

The honeycombs. About 10 honeycombs are hung in each box frame. Several frames are set one above the other when the hive is complete.

Puts the frame in place.

Puts the frame in place.

Now dressed to handle bees, Ryan places honeycombs in the box.

Now dressed to handle bees, Ryan places honeycombs in the box.

The sugar water filled can is carefully lifted up and the bees shook gently into the hive.

The sugar water filled can is carefully lifted up and the bees shook gently into the hive.

The bees are not easily shaken off.

The bees are not easily shaken off.

Now the bees are lowered into the hive.

Now the bees are lowered into the hive.

The new queen is from a different hive and arrives in her own little container. A piece of cork is replaced with a bit of marshmallow. By the time the bees have eaten the marshmallow they will have accepted the new queen as theirs.

The new queen is from a different hive and arrives in her own little container. A piece of cork is replaced with a bit of marshmallow. By the time the bees have eaten the marshmallow they will have accepted the new queen as theirs.

Lowering the box into the hive.

Lowering the box into the hive.

Now the bees are carefully slid into place.

Now the bees are carefully slid into place.

There were lots of bees coming and going today.

There were lots of bees coming and going today.

Ryan carefully choose a site that was partially shaded for his hives. Having had a week to acclimatize, there is lots of activity! Come fall we'll have "local" honey.

Ryan carefully choose a site that was partially shaded for his hives. Having had a week to acclimatize, there is lots of activity! Come fall we’ll have “local” honey.

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