COVID GRAND OPENING
FRIDAY MAY 22 – MONDAY MAY 26
BY RESERVATION ONLY
Dear Friends and Friends We’ve not Met Yet;
Well, it’s here. The awaited, anointed hour; the grand opening of the tasting room. To say we are excited would be an understatement. To say it’s not going to be the extravaganza we had envisioned would be as well.
We had planned for a grand opening that would remain indelibly in everyone’s memory and be the envy of every other winery in the state. We have had to, sadly, cancel the parade of elephants, the dirigible flyover, and the marching band. The all-you-can-eat lobster and caviar buffet has, regrettably, also been nixed by the Oregon Health Authority. The Rockettes have had to cancel their airline tickets and have glumly resigned themselves to staying in NYC, which is not a whole lot of fun right now. It’s a pity; they were really looking forward to coming to Monroe. So we have to be satisfied with a Covid Opening.
Given all that we are still determined to open this Memorial Day weekend, but there are, I hesitate to call them rules, guidelines that we will follow so as to secure everyone’s safety. We call them the Covid Covenant:
TASTING ROOM HOURS
Friday 12N – 7PM
Saturday 12N – 5PM
Sunday 12N – 5PM
at left, dragon sculpture at top of Monroe High School’s cupola, the inspiration for our logo.
Trudy Salerno graduated from Oregon State University with a Baccalaureate Degree of Science in Agriculture followed by a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1990. She later returned to Oregon State University to complete course work in Enology and Viticulture. Trudy retired from clinical practice in 2013 and from the US Army as a Colonel in 2014. She worked as an intern at Sugarloaf Winery in Marlborough, New Zealand in 2014.
After twenty-seven years of military service including three combat tours, Trudy enjoys the peaceful tranquility of work in the vineyard. She occasionally recruits the help of her husband Pete and son Devon. Her personal vision for her vineyard is to practice sustainable farming, with an emphasis on growing healthy grapes.
Dragon’s Vineyard produced its’ first commercial crop in 2014, which was sold to a local winery. Trudy continues to sell grapes locally.
In 2016 Dragon’s Vineyard and Wine Company was established and began producing wine under its’ own label. It is a member of the Monroe Hills Winery Association.
Trudy occasionally recruits the help of her husband Pete and son Devon.
The coastal peaks of the Monroe hills provide a rain shadow and a slightly warmer micro-climate than the surrounding area, often referred to as the tropics of the Willamette Valley. The grapes grown on this well tended vineyard of Jory and Willakenzie soils produce a high quality Pinot Noir.
Our philosophy is good wine can only be made from good grapes. The grapes are hand picked, hand sorted and the wine is hand crafted in small batches under the direction of Matt Shown, wine maker of Brigadoon Wine Company.