Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Last Open Weekend of the Year

This is it!  This coming Friday through Sunday will be the last time for the year to come hang out at the Hollow.

Nuthatch Cellars will be here pouring their lovely red wines, Blues and Sunshine (my dad Stephen Sever and Tom Chase and maybe Ron on the washtub bass) will be playing music on Friday the 23rd, and The Hunks and Hottie will be around on Sunday the 25th gracing us with their tunes.  And the radio will potentially be broadcasting the big football game on Saturday.

Join us out in our lovely little Harris valley.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Summer Updates

Dear friends,
We at the vineyard are thriving this summer: a baby was born, a wedding was held, a wine was bottled, and more and more travelers are finding contentment in our valley… especially at our very own beach on the river!

We hope that your summers have been as fruitful as ours and we hope that you continue to visit us and enrich the space that we call the Hollow at Harris Bridge Vineyard.

If you missed John Elliott and his powerful songwriting and gentle voice (or would like to hear him again), he will return to open a show for Matt the Electrician.  And if you are looking for something to do with the family on Labor Day weekend, join us and many others on the tour for the Bounty of Benton County.  And you will have to come taste new wine and liqueurs.

September 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Labor Day Weekend
Bounty of Benton County – This annual event sends passport holders throughout the Corvallis area to visit wineries, farms, artists, and natural areas.  Show your passport at each site and receive something special.  The Bounty is a fundraiser for Strengthening Rural Families.  Make sure and stop by our place for some wine, great photo ops by the bridge and vineyard, and bring a picnic and stay awhile.

September 15th
Matt the Electrician will be back to play at the Hollow.  Another Saturday evening with great music in our tasting room open to the evening air.  The show begins at 7pm and John Elliott will be joining him.  Get your tickets at Grass Roots Bookstore in Corvallis or at the winery, $15.  This show will sell out so get ‘em early (available August 15th).

New Wine
We have just bottled our 2011 Sarah’s Stories and are pouring tastes and reading stories, all too beautiful to explain, you just have to come in and experience it.

The tasting room is open on weekends through November, so come on out and join us.  We have lots of picnic space, wines to taste and other beverages to enjoy.  Check our events page on the website for updates and ideas.

Looking forward to seeing you soon!
Amanda & Nathan

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Valentines 2012!


To those in attendance at the Valentines at the Hollow this 2012 year: Thank you. For making the night, and all that preceded it, a fantastic ride.

To those unable to make it, or new to this blog and curious about Harris Bridge Vineyard, its event space The Hollow, and its annual February love bash, flag February 2013 to be a participant in what has become a much anticipated, poetry- and song-packed multi-course and –wine extravaganza, where the valleys’ bounties are put to use and celebrated in flavors, verse, and a rollicking good time.

The evening begins at 5. You arrive to the vines in their winter suits and a melt-swollen river roaring beneath the dim bridge. You step up into the tall, glowing tasting room, its two long rose-bouqueted tables. Welcome. A celebratory glass of bubbly, some mingling in the room’s growing sounds, while more arrive until you’re 40 all, and then it’s time to sit and begin the evening’s flavors.

First, a bright Pinot Gris from the Willamette Valley’s Westrey, paired with Denison Farm’s baby greens decorated with beets and dressed; next, Big River’s crusty pugliese and Fraga’s sumptuous goat cheeses; after, Nuthatch’s big Syrah to compliment the Brasato di Maiele, made of pork raised across the road from Gathering Together Farm where the meal’s main course veggies were sown, grown, harvested, chopped, sautéed, simmered; and last, succulent Bad Cupcake treats with the gorgeous, rich Magnolia Pinot Noir dessert wine from right here, where you’re sitting and feasting and grinning and laughing and, yes, friends, you are singing.

The evening holds the beats of jazz and folk, a bit of vibrato, and between the salad and pork an unassuming gentleman at the head of one table is all of a sudden speaking with your host of John Denver, Placido Domingo, key the music and the two tables belt Perhaps Love in chorus, one length of guests as Denver, the other Domingo, the recording strong in the background while eighty extra lungs sing out their parts. Later, because the night is surprises, a slow song threads the speakers and several pairs leave their seats to dance, those who weren’t told the cue following quickly, no chaperone in sight, just sweethearts being sweet with cheeks and twirls and dips. And of course, as is custom at this Hollow event, Chaucer makes a noteworthy, hilarity-ensuing appearance, as the night, beneath the wide pinpricked sky, arcs towards its end.

You’ve made new friends, visited old ones, exercised your teeth and pitch and heart and been nimble as kids again, love-drunk, now sated.

We appreciate you sharing with us, and as always, we look forward to the fun and flavors and friends and family who will join in next year. Remember: February 2013. With you here, it’ll be the best yet.