Month: April 2010

Oregon Wine Country Restaurants in McMinnville and Beyond

Having come here from Chicago, we were concerned that we might miss all the great culinary experiences, but with the restaurants in Oregon Wine Country that has not been an issue. The selection of restaurants in McMinnville and other local communities, as well as in Portland, is phenomenal. In McMinnville, begin with Bistro Maison, a wonderful experience of French cooking with the flair of the Northwest. Our favorite dishes are the fondue, french fries (true pom frites), and the duck confit.

Going just outside McMinnville, there is The Joel Palmer House with a one-of-a kind experience for mushroom lovers. Our favorites are the mushroom tarte, lamb, and anything with white truffle infused olive oil. Back in McMinnville, we have Nick’s Italian Cafe, a long time favorite in the valley that has been updated and refreshed both in ambiance and menu. Our favorites are the crab meat lasagne and the minestrone soup. Also on 3rd Street is La Rambla, a wonderful Spanish Tapas experience and a great selection of Spanish wines for a break from Pinot Noir. Our favorites are the baked goat cheese, buffalo burgers, and Spanish coffee. And for an Asian flair, there is Kame a great Japanese restaurant and sushi bar. Try the Bob rolls.

Beyond McMinnville, in Dundee, are the Dundee Bistro, Tina’s, and Red Hills Provencial. And a little farther north in Newberg is The Painted Lady.

Trust us, you will not lose weight while enjoying all the great Pinot Noirs in the Valley with these wonderful culinary experiences to enjoy. Bon appetite.

Youngberg Hill and other Oregon Pinot Noir Wineries

Youngberg Hill and other Oregon Pinot Noir Wineries poured at the Taste of the Nation event in Portland to raise money for the local food banks. Many of the top restaurants in the area were also providing great spreads of samples from their great menus.

Our guests continue to enjoy dodging rain drops as they taste their way through the valley learning about all the stories the local wineries have as part of their history and experiencing wines that they never can get in their local market.

Oregon Wine Country

It was another busy weekend in Oregon Wine Country. Our guests enjoyed sipping wine on the front porch, enjoying the sun, and watching me on the tractor in-row cultivating. The buds are leafing out and the shoots are beginning to develop.

Time Flys When You're Having Fun

It has been a busy week.

In the vineyard, bud break and leafing out is pretty much over and the shoots are beginning to form. The stripping of the buds off the stocks of the Aspen Block was completed. Both the Camelot and Aspen Blocks were in row cultivated this week and the cover crop was mowed in the entire vineyard. A crew was in today to put the finishing touches around hoeing close to the vines.

In the winery, the 2009 Pinot gris and Pinot blanc are bottled and tasting pretty great. Both are on the dryer side (.3 RS) and are robust with fruit flavors and complexity for such young wines. With a little higher acidity, they are crisp and clean with a soft finish.

We are preparing to bottle the 2008 Pinot noirs next week. They are fantastic!

In the Inn, the new entry way and front door were installed. The new siding is all done. And now only finishing touches need to be completed. We are ready for the season.

This weekend we are at Astoria at the Astoria wine and Seafood Festival. Come over and see us. On Monday we will be at The Taste of the Nation event raising money for the food program in Portland. Please come and support this wonderful cause. Our tasting room is open all weekend, so come up and taste our new 2009 gris and blanc, and enjoy the best view in the Willamette Valley.


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Oregon Pinot noir

The vines are beginning to wake up. Bud break has been slow in developing due to the cooler, damper weather of the last two weeks. However, with the warm sunshine the last three days, the pent up energy of the vines is starting to push through in the leafing out of the buds. Here’s to 2010!

Budbreak continues

The buds continue to break open at a very slow pace given the cool wet weather we have been having. However, this weekend’s warmer sunshine has help move things along a little faster.

On the Road to Atlanta

We are traveling to Atlanta today for wine tastings and dinners in Atlanta this week. We look forward to seeing everyone there. We will have both 2007 and 2006 Pinot noirs along with our newly released 2009 Pinot gris and Pinot blanc.

Youngberg Hill News

Just Released:
2009 Estate Pinot Gris!

We are thrilled to be offering our new Aspen Block 2009 Pinot Gris.  A lot of attention mixed in with some wonderful soil and a lot of love produced our latest estate wine.  Be part of the celebration!

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Spring is in the Air!
April Inn Getaway Special
Rent any room and receive a bottle of Youngberg Hill 2009 Pinot Gris for every nights stay.  This special  is valid with any new reservation until 4/30/10.  Please identify this special when placing the reservation.  If entering an online reservation place ‘Inn Getaway Special’ in the note section.

April 12 & 13th – Atlanta Here We Come!
We are back in Atlanta for customer and trade tastings on April 12 & 13th. For details on where and when visit our calendar of events page.   We are looking forward to seeing all our friends again!

April 23rd – Astoria Wine Festival
Please join Youngberg Hill at the Astoria Warrenton Crab, Seafood & Festival will celebrate its 28th anniversary in 2010. The Festival is on April, the 23-25th in 2010. Enjoy a great spread of northwest cuisine, myriad arts and crafts, a selection of Oregon and Washington’s finest wineries, the beer garden and more. Looking forward to seeing you there! For more information go to

April 26th – Taste of the Nation Portland with Youngberg Hill
Come visit Youngberg Hill @ Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation® the nation’s premier culinary benefit, featuring top chefs and mixologists — all of whom are coming together to donate their time, talent and passion to end childhood hunger in America. For more information go to

Upcoming Dates:
5/8 & 10  Kansas City Winemaker Dinners
5/23-25   Memorial Weekend Open House
6/30        Wine Tasting @ Vintage Plaza in Portland
7/10        Uncorked, Oregon Wine & Art Auction
7/17        Discover McMinnville AVA
7/24        Wine & Yoga @ Youngberg Hill
8/14        Linfield Chamber Benefit @ Youngberg Hill
8/15        Wine & Yoga @ Youngberg Hill

Oregon Wine Releases

Let’s talk wine today. We are bottling the 2009 Pinot gris and 2009 Pinot noir from fruit purchased from two neighbors in the Willamette Valley along with  fruit from our own pinot gris block, the Aspen Block. The Aspen Block is named after our third daughter who is 3. The block was planted in fall of 2006 and this is the first fruit off the block. That is very exciting, particularly for Aspen.

We fermented both these wines down to about .25% residual sugar, so they are a little dryer than our previous gris and blanc. Both were all stainless ferments and never went into barrel. Both are quite crisp and clean with a little higher acidity. The gris has a hint of banana and the blanc has some citrus components.

We will release them next month, just in time for that warmer summer months and the wedding season.


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