Bella Casa Loves Art!

"Hers and His" Kim Hamblin

This Friday, in honor of Bella Casa Real Estate Group’s 5 year anniversary celebration, we will be featuring art at our Newberg office for the Newberg Downtown Art Walk event that is all part of our personal collection.  At Bella Casa Real Estate Group, it is our priority and our pleasure to decorate both our offices with truly unique and beautiful pieces of local art made by artists right here in Yamhill County and close surrounding areas.  Over the last 5 years, we have acquired quite the collection, and we look forward to sharing it with you.  While you enjoy this wonderful art, we will also offer complimentary wine tastings by J.Daan Wine Cellars, we will have some delicious appetizers, and we will have drawings for exciting prizes such as a Kindle Fire, 1 of 4 iPod touches, wine, local business gift certificates, art prints by Kim Hamblin, and more!

On display, we will have art by the following local artists:

Kim Hamblin
Susan Day
Carl Craig
Daryl Nelson
Kari Fahrenkopf
Bill Miller
Phyllis Meyer
David Atkinson

Kris Horn
Corby Stonebrake-Soles
Jeanne Cuddeford
Hannelore Fischer
Kathleen Buck
Myrna Anderson
Elizabeth Berg
Anna Tewes

John Casey
Cindy Stinson-Chennell
Phyllice Bradner
Susan Fey

On the first Friday of every month the very best of local art is on display – all in one centralized location! You’ll see talent that has been encouraged and developed by our very own landscape – the vineyards, the mountains, the buildings, the people… It’s nothing short of inspiring. And although the art is the reason we gather, it gives an opportunity for tasting fantastic local wines and engaging with others our community. You won’t be disappointed if you do come out for a few hours. You’ll be surprised by how much fun it is and impressed by everything that Yamhill County has to offer.  We look forward to meeting you at Bella Casa Real Estate Group!

J. Daan Wines Featured at our 5th Anniversary Celebration in Newberg

This Friday, March 2nd from 5 to 9 pm, we are pleased to feature complimentary wines tastings to each of our guests at Newberg Downtown Art Walk.  Though we have the pleasure of participating in Art Walk each month, this month is especially exciting because we are celebrating Bella Casa Real Estate Group’s 5th Anniversary as a 100% locally owned business!!  We will feature local art all part of Bella Casa’s private collection, as well as have delicious appetizers and have drawings for prizes including a Kindle Fire, 1 of 4 iPod shuffles, wine, art prints by Kim Hamblin, and many gift certificates to local businesses.

We are also thrilled to welcome back Justin and Megan Van Zanten to feature J. Daan Wine Cellars, a family owned, boutique winery.  Here is a little bit about J. Daan and the Van Zanten’s taken from their website, www.jdaan.com.

J. Daan is a boutique, family-owned winery in the Willamette Valley

Justin and Megan Van Zanten

Justin and Megan Van Zanten were twenty-three years old when they started J. Daan Wine Cellars.  Justin had been working as a cellar assistant at a Willamette Valley winery and envisioned a family winery of his own.  He started with a modest 100 cases of 2003 Willamette Valley Pinot noir ($18/bottle).  Robert Parker noted Justin’s effort, “…the 2003 Pinot noir, his first release, is outstanding…”  Today, Justin and Megan produce 1200 cases a year and have added Rhone varietals to their repertoire.  Justin’s most recent Pinot noir, the 2009 Willamette Valley, was described as “…a primer for what should be looked for in Pinot’s essential elements…” by Oregon Wine Press.

The Van Zanten’s have worked to maintain prices that allow a variety of wine lovers to enjoy their wines.  Their 2009 Willamette Valley Pinot noir was listed as a “Value Pick” by Oregon

J. Daan Wine Cellars

Wine Press ($20/bottle).  They view winemaking as a tribute to simpler living and hope that their wines will play a part in reconnecting food, family, and the earth.  Their own extended family has played a huge part in the project– offering support, free labor, and lots of good meals.

Justin and Megan are proud to a part of a wine region that focuses on sustainable and ethical vineyard practices.  They believe in small, responsible business so that you can feel good about every sip.

On the first Friday of every month the very best of local art is on display – all in one centralized location! You’ll see talent that has been encouraged and developed by our very own landscape – the vineyards, the mountains, the buildings, the people… It’s nothing short of inspiring. And although the art is the reason we gather, it gives an opportunity for tasting fantastic local wines and engaging with others our community. You won’t be disappointed if you do come out for a few hours. You’ll be surprised by how much fun it is and impressed by everything that Yamhill County has to offer.  We look forward to meeting you at Bella Casa Real Estate Group!

Bella Casa 5 Year Anniversary Event

To celebrate our 5 year anniversary we are hosting two community open house events! Stop in, taste some wine, enjoy some food… Our personal art collection from years of enjoying Yamhill County’s many talented local artists will be on display at both locations. We’d love to see you!

Drawings for prizes include a Kindle Fire, 1 of 4 iPod shuffles, gift certificates to local restaurants and coffee shops, local wine, and much more! Free gift for everyone who comes!*

*limit one free gift per family. while supplies last.

Bella Casa Art Walk Video

We enjoyed another wonderful Art Walk event this past Friday on August 5th.  The evening was perfect; pleasant weather, beautiful art, amazing wine and great company.  Thank you to all who joined us at Bella Casa Real Estate Group for the highlight of our month, Newberg’s Downtown Art Walk.  Very special thanks to our artist, the very talented Myrna Anderson, and to Montinore Estate for the spectacular wine.  We invite you to join us next time on Friday, September 2nd from 5 to 9 pm.  You won’t be disappointed!

Newberg First Friday Art Walk

Thank you to photographer Marilyn Affolter and Maysara Winery, and especially to all who joined us this past Friday for Art Walk.  It was another wonderful evening enjoying fine wine, art and great company.  We hope to see you all again next time, Friday, July 1st!

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First Friday Art Walk featuring Maysara Winery

This Friday, June 3rd is Newberg’s downtown Art Walk event.  We are so excited to be featuring the delicious wines of Maysara Winery for your tasting pleasure!  Please stop by, enjoy the wine and art, and say “hi.”

The following Maysara Story is taken from Maysara’s website, www.maysara.com.

In 1997, Moe and Flora Momtazi purchased 532 acres of abandoned wheat farm just south of their home in McMinnville, Oregon. Though most saw it as wild and uncared for, Moe saw a vital, thriving piece of land that had been free from chemicals for seven years.

The first year was spent mainly on infrastructure and land reclamation. Though the use of chemicals would have made the process much quicker and more economical, not a single one has been or will be used. Instead, the ground was turned over many times during that first summer to eliminate unwanted plants and weeds and return it to a usable state.

We began planting in March of 1998 with three blocks of self rooted Pommard clone Pinot Noir, consisting of 13 acres total. In early spring of 1999, over 120,000 plants were grafted in our own greenhouses. These vines were planted towards the end of the summer. We put quite a bit of time and research into planting different varieties in the different soil types found around the vineyard to find the best combinations possible. Today we have over 250 acres of vines planted.

In 2001 an 8-acre reservoir, the first and largest of two on the property, was completed. Fed by natural springs and run-off, they are a source of irrigation water and a new home for some rainbow trout. Rainbow trout require the purest water, and since the reservoirs sit at the lowest points on the property, we consider their thriving population a testament to our farming methods. The original 13 acres produced fruit the same year, making 2001 our first vintage.

From the beginning we felt the location had promise, and this was confirmed by our 2001 vintage. Our unique niche in the foothills of Oregon’s Coastal Range separates us from valley weather influences. This microclimate provides slightly warmer days and much cooler nights with less rain. The property has highly diversified soil types consisting primarily of Nekia and Yamhill Series, laced with veins of Peavine and Jory. By training and pruning our vines to produce between 1.5 to 2 tons per acre, we believe we are getting the best fruit possible from this unique spot.

Both the vineyard and terroir are important, but vineyard practices are key. We believe that ninety percent of winemaking takes place in the vineyards. As such, we have held ourselves to a strict form of land use. Unlike conventional farming, we do not mine the land, but nurture it and reap the rewards. There is a complete absence of chemical use throughout the property. Instead we grow a variety of plants and herbs that we make into compost teas to harness their beneficial properties. It is essentially a “from nature to nature” philosophy. As such, compost and Biodynamic preparations are extremely important in our vineyards. We have multiple compost piles and as they mature, the resulting humus is worked into our vineyards and potential vineyard sites throughout the farm. It is our goal to achieve long-term earth and vine health.

We believe that healthy soil and healthy vines will produce superior grapes, without the need for commercial chemicals and man-made poisons. Our quality shows in the dedication of our grape buyers year after year, and the award winning wines they produce from the Momtazi fruit. The consistent, high quality wines made from the Momtazi fruit leads us to believe that our dedication to the terroir and our Biodynamic farming technique is well worth the effort.

On the first Friday of every month the very best of local art is on display – all in one centralized location! You’ll see talent that has been encouraged and developed by our very own landscape – the vineyards, the mountains, the buildings, the people… It’s nothing short of inspiring. And although the art is the reason we gather, it gives an opportunity for tasting fantastic local wines and engaging with others our community. You won’t be disappointed if you do come out for a few hours. You’ll be surprised by how much fun it is and impressed by everything that Yamhill County has to offer.  We look forward to meeting you at Bella Casa Real Estate Group

First Friday Art Walk Featuring Marilyn Affolter

Please join Bella Casa Real Estate Group this Friday June 3rd at our Newberg location for Art Walk.  This month we are absolutely thrilled to be featuring local photographer and artist, Marilyn Affolter.  We think you’ll agree that her photographs are amazing!  Here is a bit about Marilyn, borrowed from her website True Image Photography.

“I came to it later in life; finding out it is never too late to do what you really want to do, what you were meant to do. It seems as if all the years have led to this, taking pictures. There is something magical in making an instant stand still with the press of a button. For a moment, time stops, and you can really see what it there…that life is beautiful.” -Marilyn Affolter

A self taught artist, Marilyn has received numerous awards, including publication in Popular Photography, 2006; finalist in the Smithsonian Photo Contest, 2006; and finalist in the National Geographic International Photo Contest, 2007.  Her image “Oregon Storm” was on display in the Smithsonian Institute, July 2007.

On the first Friday of every month the very best of local art is on display – all in one centralized location! You’ll see talent that has been encouraged and developed by our very own landscape – the vineyards, the mountains, the buildings, the people… It’s nothing short of inspiring. And although the art is the reason we gather, it gives an opportunity for tasting fantastic local wines and engaging with others our community. You won’t be disappointed if you do come out for a few hours. You’ll be surprised by how much fun it is and impressed by everything that Yamhill County has to offer.  We look forward to meeting you at Bella Casa Real Estate Group!

Newberg Art Walk Video

Thank you to all who joined us last Friday for Newberg Downtown Art Walk.  It was another amazing evening.  If you haven’t joined us yet, you’re missing out!  This video features artist Anna Tewes and Evergreen Vineyards.

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