Trade Media Resources

These resources are made available to members of the trade media. All media inquiries and requests for additional information should be directed to Carl Giavanti Consulting. To schedule a tasting appointment or purchase wines, contact Dave or Sara Specter at Bells Up Winery.

People

Dave Specter, Bells Up Winemaker & Owner

After several years of making wine in his Cincinnati basement—and upon the insistence of his wife Sara—Bells Up winemaker and owner Dave left a successful and lucrative career as a corporate tax attorney (that made him stressed, sick and miserable) to learn how to make wine as a pro. Also on his resume, 20+ years as a French Horn player, an MBA, a certificate in enology from Washington State University, and a masochistic passion for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. At Bells Up, Dave manages all winemaking activities, vineyard maintenance and development, and tractor driving. He loves nothing more than to share his wines in private tasting experiences with Bells Up guests.

Sara Pearson Specter, Bells Up CMO & Money Honey

As Bells Up Winery’s “money honey,” Sara has been financing her husband’s pursuit of a winemaking career ever since he left his job as a corporate tax attorney at the beginning of 2009. She’s responsible for all marketing and event planning for the winery (her favorite “non-profit” client). Her day job is as a freelance marketing consultant (aka “Marketing Mercenary”) who specializes in business-to-business storytelling for industrial and manufacturing companies. Focused primarily on the supply chain and material handling field, she enjoys making engineers sound like human beings with whom you’d like to share a beer.

Fact Sheet & Interviews

Technical Notes & High-Resolution Bottle Shots

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2020 Helios Estate Seyval Blanc | Chehalem Mountains AVA (PDF)

2018 Rhapsody
Willamette Valley Pinot Blanc
66 cases produced. $28

Named for George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” and sourced from Plum Hill Vineyard in Gaston, this jazzy white wine is aged sur lie in stainless steel tanks for 6 months to produce a fuller-bodied wine. No malolactic fermentation allows crisp acidity, subtle minerality and spicy characteristics to take center stage.

2020 Rhapsody Pinot Blanc | Willamette Valley AVA (PDF)

2018 Prelude - Our Second Estate Wine Release!
Estate Vineyard ∞ Chehalem Mountains AVA Rosé of Pinot Noir
126 cases produced. $22

Sourced from the second harvest of Bells Up's estate vineyard in the Chehalem Mountains AVA, this fuller-bodied rosé is named for Franz Liszt’s “Symphonic Poem No. 3: Les Preludes.” It features equal parts heritage clone Pommard and Dijon clone 667 soaked on the skins for 36 hours, then pressed prior to fermentation—producing a fuller-bodied rosé. After fermentation, the wine was transferred to neutral French oak barrels for an additional malolactic ferment to smooth its acidity.

2020 Prelude Estate Rosé of Pinot Noir | Chehalem Mountains AVA (PDF)

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2019 Jupiter Estate Pinot Noir | Chehalem Mountains AVA (PDF)

2015 Titan
Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
116 cases produced. $40

Named for Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 in D Major “Titan,” this edition of Bells Up's flagship Oregon pinot noir mingles 42% Yamhill-Carlton Pommard (6-year-old vines) with 29% each of Yamhill-Carlton Dijon clones 115 and 777 (16-year-old vines), all grown in sedimentary Willakenzie soil. Aged 7 months in French oak (30% new), this bold, fruit-forward, well-structured Pinot is a result of 2015’s extremely hot summer, with 25 days of 95-plus-degree heat during the growing season and very little rain. The small clusters and berries yielded intensified flavors and aromas. WINE ENTHUSIAST SCORE: 90.

2018 Titan Pinot Noir | Willamette Valley AVA (PDF)

2015 Titan
Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
116 cases produced. $40

Named for Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 in D Major “Titan,” this edition of Bells Up's flagship Oregon pinot noir mingles 42% Yamhill-Carlton Pommard (6-year-old vines) with 29% each of Yamhill-Carlton Dijon clones 115 and 777 (16-year-old vines), all grown in sedimentary Willakenzie soil. Aged 7 months in French oak (30% new), this bold, fruit-forward, well-structured Pinot is a result of 2015’s extremely hot summer, with 25 days of 95-plus-degree heat during the growing season and very little rain. The small clusters and berries yielded intensified flavors and aromas. WINE ENTHUSIAST SCORE: 90.

2019 Titan Pinot Noir | Willamette Valley AVA (PDF)

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2019 Candide Reserve Pinot Noir | Chehalem Mountains AVA (PDF)

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2019 Firebird Summit View Vineyard Syrah | Walla Walla Valley AVA (PDF)

High-Resolution Logos (PNG Format)

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Vineyards

Bells Up Winery Vineyard (Chehalem Mountains AVA)

The 9-acre Bells Up estate vineyard—comprised entirely of Jory soil and located in the Chehalem Mountains AVA just north of Newberg—is being planted in phases and primarily in Pinot Noir.

The first 3 acres of Heritage clone Pommard and Dijon clone 667 were planted in April 2014, with posts and wires added in March 2015. A third block (0.5-acre) of the Willamette Valley’s first planting of Seyval Blanc was established in March 2015. Three additional blocks (2.5 acres) of Heritage clone Wadenswil, and Dijon clones 113 and 943 were planted in March 2016. In fall 2020 the Seyval Blanc block was expanded and an obscure Northern Italian varietal added in a new block closest to Bell Road.

Nemarniki Vineyard (Chehalem Mountains AVA)

Owned and farmed by Diane Nemarnik, Nemarniki Vineyard is planted to 5.75 acres of vines on Loess soil at approximately 800 feet in elevation in a on a west-facing slope aspect. Planted in 2010, the vineyard is certified by Low Input Viticulture and Enology (LIVE) for Oregon Certified Sustainable Wine. Bells Up sourced Pinot noir heritage clones Pommard and Wadenswil from Nemarniki, starting with the 2016 vintage. Our final vintage with Diane’s grapes occurred in 2019 as our own estate vineyard began to produce these two clones.

Tonnelier Vineyard (Yamhill-Carlton AVA)

Owned and farmed by Mike and Julie Slater, Tonnelier Vineyard’s south-facing slopes sit on Willakenzie soil between 460 and 520 feet in elevation. The Slaters have four acres planted to Dijon clones of Pinot noir. The vineyard was planted in 2000 and is certified by Low Input Viticulture and Enology (LIVE) for Oregon Certified Sustainable Wine. Bells Up sourced Dijon clones 115 and 777 from Tonnelier from our first vintage in 2013 through 2019; In 2020 the Slaters sold Tonnelier and retired to Montana.

Summit View Vineyard (Walla Walla Valley AVA)

Developed and continuously farmed by Tom Waliser in 2009 on 140 acres of hillside in Milton-Freewater, Oregon—above the acclaimed Seven Hills Vineyard—Summit View is owned by Premiere Columbia Properties. The vineyard sits atop of the SeVein Property, in the Southwest corner of the Walla Walla Valley AVA, on a north slope aspect, at an elevation of 1,200 feet. The soil is predominately Ellingford Silt Loam, which is wind-blown glacial Loess. Bells Up has exclusively sourced Syrah from Summit View since our first vintage in 2013 and began sourcing Cabernet Sauvignon from the same site in 2020.

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