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Sharing the passion and the journey of creating world-class Pinot Noir.

Alexis Truitt
 
March 31, 2016 | Alexis Truitt

Wine Cartoons

Since tomorrow is April Fools, we thought we'd round up our favorite wine funnies to give you a laugh. 

Happy giggling!

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Alexis Truitt

Social Media and Marketing Assistant

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Time Posted: Mar 31, 2016 at 6:15 AM
Alexis Truitt
 
March 24, 2016 | Alexis Truitt

Easter Wine Pairings

Easter brings to mind images of bunny rabbits, brightly colored eggs, candy similar in scope to Halloween, and a dinner of dishes similar in scope to Thanksgiving. Roast lamb, ribs, ham, and plenty of sides, appetizers, and desserts, all ask for a delicious wine to pair with them. Here's our breakdown of wines for your quintessential Easter dishes. 

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Alexis Truitt

Social Media and Marketing Assistant

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Time Posted: Mar 24, 2016 at 6:50 AM
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March 17, 2016 | Alexis Truitt

Bottling and White Wine Releases 2016

If you follow us on Instagram then you saw our slew of videos and pictures from last week's bottling. We brought in a huge truck containing the bottling line. If you want more information on what happens to a bottle as it goes through the bottling line, check out this blog post or follow us on Instagram to see our videos and pictures from last week. 

Bottling always means one thing: new wines! Some of these wines won't be officially released for several weeks, but we love giving you sneak peeks of what wines you can expect to see. Last week we bottled the 2014 Chardonnay, the 2015 Pinot Gris, the 2015 Rose, and the 2015 Olson Estate Pinot Gris! Stay tuned as we release these delicious new gems! We'll post on social media and on the blog when they're released!

Here are a few photos from this round of bottling. 

Oh! And Happy St. Patrick's Day! 

Cheers!

Alexis Truitt

Social Media and Marketing Assistant

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Time Posted: Mar 17, 2016 at 6:01 AM
Alexis Truitt
 
March 10, 2016 | Alexis Truitt

Hanami at Torii Mor


Spring is a special time of rebirth, renewal, and refreshment. You can see the bulbs just starting to bloom and the landscape covered in bright colors once again. Here at Torii Mor, we are connected to the earth in many ways, from the vines in the vineyard to our Japanese garden, to our commitment to sustainable agriculture. We wanted to do something special this year to celebrate spring, so we reached into our Japanese legacy to bring you the celebration of Hanami. 

What is Hanami? Literally translated hanami means "flower viewing". Each spring, from mid-March to early May, Hanami is celebrated in honor of the blooming cherry blossom trees. Since the trees only bloom for about two weeks, the weather bureau in Japan keeps a close eye on them to announce the start of Hanami and allow time to prepare for the festivities. Celebrations are generally an outdoor party with food, drink, and for evening parties, lanterns hung in the trees. 

Here at Torii Mor, we'll be celebrating Hanami as a spring celebration, checking in with our garden and our cherry blossom trees each week of spring and sharing pictures on our social media outlets. As well, visit our tasting room for a fun and festive surprise!

Follow along here on the blog, on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Make sure you're following us to get updates!

Cheers!

Alexis Truitt

Social Media and Marketing Assistant

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Time Posted: Mar 10, 2016 at 6:03 AM
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March 3, 2016 | Alexis Truitt

Get Outside in the Willamette Valley

Spring is almost here and with it comes a flurry of activities in the Willamette Valley that invariably pull you outside. Tasting rooms buzz, the tulip festival colors the valley, and baby animals abound on the back country roads. Here's a roundup of our favorite out-of-doors things to do in the Willamette Valley springtime. 

Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival

If anything symbolizes spring in the valley, it's the tulip festival at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm in Woodburn, OR. Fields and fields of brightly colors tulips, with activities and fun for all ages. There's pick-your-own tulips, a gift store, train rides, wine tasting, live music, and special events all spring long. The Tulip Festival runs March 25-May 1, 2016. More information and tickets available for purchase on their website.

 

Heirloom Rose Garden

If you really enjoy flowers, add to your tulip excursion and check out the Heirloom Rose Garden in St. Paul. With a variety of rose gardens on seven acres, it's the perfect place to enjoy a brisk, sunny, spring day. Bring a book, a lunch, or a friend and enjoy the gardens year round, free to the public. Roses are in bloom starting in May. 

 

Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

If you want to enjoy a bit more of a rugged wildlife, a trip to the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge is the perfect stop. Enjoy a walk through the basin and see a variety of plants and animals. A lovely spot for a calm spring morning walk, perhaps with a peak at the new baby animals of spring. 

 

Torii Mor Winery Japanese Garden

And last but not least, we have to mention ourselves, Torii Mor. We have our beautiful Japanese Garden on our property, just steps from our tasting room. It's a lovely location to enjoy a glass of wine, a simple lunch, or the company of friends, year round. 

What are your favorite things to do in the spring in the Willamette Valley, or elsewhere? 

Cheers!

Alexis Truitt

Social Media and Marketing Assistant

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Time Posted: Mar 3, 2016 at 6:09 AM