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What You Need to Know About This Year’s Willamette Valley Marathon and Wine Festival

view of valley with words Celebrate the arrival of spring in the Willamette Valley by participating in a marathon! Explore the streets of Salem and the spectacular natural beauty of the Willamette Valley all in one when you attend the Willamette Valley Marathon and Wine Festival.

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What is the Willamette Valley Marathon and Wine Festival?

Each May, the Willamette Valley Marathon and Wine Festival provides a fantastic way to get outside and enjoy the lovely weather while challenging yourself with a marathon. The 2019 Willamette Valley Marathon takes place starting at 8 a.m. on May 19th in Oregon’s state capital, Salem.

You’ll get to see both the city and gorgeous natural scenery, as the marathon takes you through downtown Salem as well as different parks depending on the race that you choose—whether it’s the marathon, half-marathon, 10K, or relay.

The marathon begins directly in front of the Oregon State Capitol and finishes at Riverfront Park, where you can catch your breath and relax as you enjoy the beautiful views of the Willamette River. Reward yourself after the marathon with a delicious catered lunch paired with a wine tasting festival!

In addition to the catered lunch and the wine festival after the marathon, you can expect chip timing, a commemorative shirt and wine glass, custom finish medals and even a free post-event massage!  

Marathon | 26.2 miles

The scenic course for the full marathon takes you through downtown Salem, Riverfront Park, Wallace Marine Park, Minto-Brown Island Park, along River Road, and over the Union Street Bridge and the Peter Courtney Bridge. With this route, you’ll enjoy a wide range of breathtaking sights, including forests, farmlands, and the habitats along the banks of the Willamette River.

Half-Marathon | 13.1 miles

With the half-marathon, you’ll still get to experience downtown Salem, Riverfront Park, Wallace Marine Park, Minto-Brown Island Park, and the Union Street and Peter Courtney Bridge. Follow paths throughout both of the parks as you enjoy the balmy springtime weather and vibrant blooming flora and fauna, ultimately finishing at Riverfront Park.   

Half-Marathon Relay | 13.1 miles

The half-marathon-relay follows the same course as the half-marathon, but it will be split up between two runners. The first runner will start at the Oregon State Capitol and run to Minto-Brown Island Park, where they will meet the second runner who will finish the route and end at Riverfront Park.

10K | 6.2 miles

The 10K will take you from the Oregon State Capitol to Riverfront Park, the Peter Courtney Bridge, and the Minto-Brown Island Park. Once you’ve circled the park, you’ll cross the Peter Courtney Bridge once more and finish at Riverfront Park.

Willamette Valley Wine Festival

Enjoy wine tastings from 10 different local wineries at the Willamette Valley Wine Festival! All ages are welcome, though you must be 21 or older to taste! You can purchase a glass and tasting in advance online, or the day of the event for a slightly elevated cost.

Specifics of the Willamette Valley Marathon and Wine Festival

You can’t register for the marathon the day of the race, so be sure to register before the deadline passes. There will also be a cap of 1,500 runners for the marathon, which gives you another good reason to register early! For deadlines and pricing, check the Willamette Valley Marathon website.

There will be ample free parking and aid stations every three miles along the course. Walkers are allowed, as are strollers, though you’ll have to be in a separate class as a courtesy to the other runners.  

Wine Country Half Marathon

Once you’ve had a chance to experience a picturesque marathon through the Willamette Valley and topped it off with a wine festival, you very well may get hooked! If you can’t get enough of the festivities, you’re in luck—in early September, the Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon gives you another opportunity to enjoy the bounty of the Willamette Valley, both in natural beauty and its incredible wines.

The marathon begins with a breathtaking view of Mt. Hood at Stoller Family Estate, then winds 13.1 miles through rolling vineyards and bucolic farmland, ending ultimately in downtown Carlton with a Wine & Music Festival.

Stay at a Gorgeous Vineyard

youngbill hill viewMake an occasion out of the marathon and plan to stay and explore after (or before) the event! There are so many things to in the Willamette Valley, which definitely makes it worth your while to spend some time here.

Youngberg Hill is in an excellent home base for exploring the Willamette Valley. We’re within 20 minutes of over 150 excellent wineries, tasting rooms and vineyards and about 10 minutes outside McMinnville, which offers fantastic restaurants, shops, galleries, and more.

wine and cheese at youngberg hillOf course, there’s enough to do on our property that you could spend most of your time here! Our tasting room showcases the incredible wines produced from our organic, biodynamically-farmed vineyards, and we often have an event happening.

The views from our inn and tasting room are truly spectacular, and our tranquil location will leave you feeling entirely rejuvenated and refreshed.

Take a moment to learn more about Youngberg Hill, and be sure to reserve your stay in advance! We look forward to hosting you.

9 of the Best Restaurants in McMinnville, Oregon

When it comes to food, McMinnville has no shortage of fantastic fare. You’ll find cuisine ranging from farm-to-table to fine dining, from casual to international and everything in between. While there is great variety in the options available to you, one thing you can be sure that each eatery has in common is top-notch quality.

Of course, it can be difficult to narrow down where you want to go when you have so many options. Below, we’ve made it easy for you and listed some of our favorite restaurants in McMinnville, Oregon.  

Bring Your Appetite to These Excellent Restaurants in McMinnville, Oregon

Upscale Dining in McMinnville

1. The Barberry

The Barberry is a local favorite and with good reason. With an amazing seasonal menu, 95% locally sourced ingredients, and an excellent wine list curated by their sommelier, you won’t be disappointed by a meal at the Barberry.

2. Bistro Maison

Discover an authentic French bistro and delectable fare at Bistro Maison. With a lunch, lunch du jour, dinner, desserts, wine, and les digestifs menu available, you’ll have plenty to choose from.

3. La Rambla

La Rambla “blends the freshness of the Northwest with the exciting cuisine of Spain,” resulting in food like paella, tapas, and more that burst with flavor.

4. Nick’s Italian Cafe

Savor delicious, authentic Italian fare at Nick’s Italian Cafe. Fresh, local ingredients come together in dishes like handmade pasta, wood-fired pizza, and more.

5. Thistle

You’ll find Thistle in the heart of downtown McMinnville’s historic district. A cozy, intimate atmosphere paired with a menu that showcases the bounty of the Willamette Valley. Can’t decide on what you’d like to order? Thistle will craft a multi-course meal for the table with the Chef’s Whim option.

For a More Casual Meal

6. Golden Valley Brewery and Restaurant

Known for their finely crafted beers, the Golden Valley prides themselves on sourcing their fresh local ingredients from their own garden and cattle ranch. This upscale brewpub also serves housemade beers, and it’s downtown McMinnville location is the original establishment.

7. Pura Vida Cocina

Most of the ingredients that go into the dishes at Pura Vida are grown and produced locally, and you’ll taste the difference. Their cuisine presents Latin American flair, and their drink menu includes classic cocktails as well as Oregon craft beer and wine.

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8. Community Plate

Community Plate’s name reflects their dedication to community in all that they do. Through sourcing ingredients from local farmers and providing a friendly, inviting atmosphere that welcomes all, they’ve created a place where you’ll feel like you’re right at home.

9. Valley Commissary

Every dish at Valley Commissary is made from scratch. They use local, in-season ingredients to inspire their menu, which they describe as an unpretentious take on upscale food.

Relax at Youngberg Hill

view at youngbergOur beautiful estate is just 10 minutes outside of McMinnville, offering the perfect balance of convenient location and serene oasis. You’ll feel like you’re miles away from the hustle and bustle of the city as you enjoy the views from our 50-acre hilltop.

Savor a glass of our award-winning wine as you gaze out over our picturesque organic vineyard. Feel your stress melt away during your stay in our inn complete with comfortable beds, luxurious whirlpool tubs or waterfall showers, and stunning views of the surrounding valley.

view of martini suiteIn the mornings, you’ll be treated to a gourmet breakfast made with locally sourced ingredients, including some from our own property.

We also have a gorgeous event pavilion available for private or corporate use, and specialize in breathtaking weddings and elopements. Whether you choose to host your event here, visit the tasting room, or stay for a while, you’re sure to have an unforgettable experience during your time at Youngberg Hill.

6 of the Best Willamette Valley Tasting Rooms

It is difficult to narrow down the best of over 500 wineries in a region known for incredible Oregon wines. However, we have collected some of our favorite Willamette Valley tasting rooms and wineries that provide both exceptional wine and a pleasant experience. Take a look below!

Get Started at These Willamette Valley Tasting Rooms

Below are some of the best Willamette Valley wineries to visit during your stay in Oregon Wine Country. Keep in mind that the tasting rooms we have featured are just one of many from each AVA!

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Beaux Frères | RIbbon Ridge AVA

The tasting room at Beaux Frères is small and private, offering an intimate, relaxing atmosphere. To ensure that you can have a wine expert to lead you through the tasting, you must book in advance.

Bergström Wines | Chehalem Mountains AVA

Head to the beautiful Bergström Winery to discover excellent wine and learn about the history of the winery and the Chehalem Mountains region. Relax on their lovely deck as you gaze out over the vineyard with the Cellar Tasting, or stroll through the vineyards and enjoy a private tasting with the Ekollon Tasting.

Brooks Vineyard and Winery | Eola-Amity Hills AVA

Sit back and relax in their beautiful tasting room while enjoying a flight of wine and the expansive views. You can choose from a few different experiences when you visit this Eola-Amity Hills winery, so if you would like to explore more than the tasting room, you can take a private tour of the winery or vineyard. Tastings are available by appointment only.

Lange Estate Winery & Vineyards | Dundee Hills AVA

The tasting room at Lange Estate Winery & Vineyards is spacious and flooded with natural light. Select from a variety of tastings and tours, where you can experience Lange Estate’s current releases or reserve wines.

Willakenzie Estate | Yamhill-Carlton AVA

You can expect an exceptional level of service, expertise, and attention from the staff at Willakenzie Estate. Savor the Estate Flight that showcases Willakeznie’s estate wines, or enhance your experience with the Reserve Flight that features sumptuous Pinot Noirs and a cheese and charcuterie board.

Youngberg Hill | McMinnville AVA

Of course, we can’t leave ourselves out of our estimation of some of the finest wineries and tastings rooms around.

We are committed to producing world-class wines, and we take great care in the process, from the vine to the glass. We use biodynamic farming in our organic vineyard, and through ensuring that we are in balance with nature, our wines are the best they can be.

Each tasting at Youngberg Hill includes the undivided attention of a wine expert as well as a delectable cheese and charcuterie board to enjoy along with your wine.

Our cozy, inviting tasting room enjoys unparalleled views of the Willamette Valley. Step out onto our spacious wraparound deck to bask in the sunshine and breezes as you sip a glass of our award-winning wine and take in the sweeping panorama.

Stay At a Breathtaking Vineyard

What better place to stay during a visit to Oregon Wine Country than a gorgeous vineyard? Our bed and breakfast offers nine luxurious guest rooms, appointed with everything you need for a relaxing stay. Plus, guests of the inn enjoy wine tastings for half-price.

Enjoy incredible wine, magnificent views, and impeccable hospitality when you stay with Youngberg Hill. Be sure to take a look at all of our guest rooms and book your stay in the Willamette Valley today.

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What You Need to Know About the Willamette Valley AVA

view of valley with words "willamette valley vacation guide" on topIn Oregon, you will discover a rigorous commitment to high-quality wines. Despite the state being third in wine grape production, wineries remain dedicated to the creation of small-batch artisan wine, and it shows in the quality of the wine.

The largest AVA within the state is the Willamette Valley AVA. Its mild climate and soil combined with its concentration of top-notch vineyards and wineries have earned it the distinction of also being labeled Oregon Wine Country—no small feat in a state with such high standards.

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The Willamette Valley AVA

glass of pinot noirThe Willamette Valley AVA is famous for its Pinot Noirs. Pinot Noir grapes were first planted here in the 60s (first by Richard Sommer and later by David Lett) and have since thrived. Today, more than 80 percent of Oregon’s Pinot Noir comes from the Willamette Valley.

The climate in the Willamette Valley allows the fruit to develop flavor and complexity during the growing season while still retaining its natural acidity. Sample a glass of Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, and you’ll discover subtle flavors, supple textures, and crisp, refreshing acidity along with ripe tannins. As Pinot Noir is sensitive to differences in climate, however, you will find complex variations from each vineyard and from each year.

The Willamette Valley has more certified biodynamic acreage than any other AVA in the country, and when you take care of the land, it naturally follows that the fruit it produces will be of better quality.

Labeling regulations are strict in Oregon. To designate a wine as belonging to a specific AVA in Oregon, 95 percent of the wine’s grapes must be from that region (and 100% from Oregon), which is higher than the country’s standard of 85 percent.

And for an Oregon wine to be labeled as a specific varietal, 90 percent of the wine has to be of that grape variety—15 percent higher than the country’s standard. There are some exceptions, but Oregon’s famed Pinot Noir is held to these high standards.

Northern Willamette Valley AVAs

The Willamette Valley AVA is the largest AVA in the state. The larger Willamette Valley AVA also includes seven more specific AVAs. These arose after various vineyards and wineries petitioned the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), arguing that these regions produced wine distinct from others within the Willamette AVA. The newest AVA was granted official status as of January 2019.  

wine grapesChehalem Mountains AVA

The geography and climate are the two main features that make this region distinct. These mountains contain the largest peak in the Willamette Valley, Bald Peak, which affects the weather for the Chehalem Mountains AVA in addition to surrounding AVAs. You’ll find all three hillside soil types here—basaltic, ocean sedimentary, and loess. This leads to wines with a uniquely bright, intense, spicy cherry character—somewhat more heightened than the silky cherry typically associated with Oregon Pinot Noir. 

Dundee Hills AVA

The first grapes in the Willamette Valley were planted here, and it is the most densely planted region in the valley and beyond that, the state. It is protected from the ocean climate by the Coast Range and is almost entirely basaltic landmass.  Consequently, you’ll find acidic wines with tart, fruity flavors here.

Eola-Amity Hills AVA

This AVA comprises the Eola and Amity Hills. The soil of this AVA is what primarily influences the characteristics of wines made from grapes that are grown here—volcanic basalt mixes with marine sedimentary rocks and alluvial deposits, which makes for shallower, rockier soil. In turn, this leads to well-drained soils from which grows small grapes with great concentration.  

McMinnville AVA

According to Willamette Valley Wine, the McMinnville AVA contains “uplifted marine sedimentary loams and silts with alluvial overlays and a base of uplifting basalt.” The soil here is uniquely shallow for winegrowing, and the planted slopes are sheltered by the Coast Range Mountains, which results in lower rainfall. The soil brings a bright acidity and the cool winds thicken the skins of the grapes, adding a balancing structure to the wines. Additionally, wines from the McMinnville AVA are known for having darker, deeper colors.

Ribbon Ridge AVA

Uniform ocean sedimentary soils and a sheltered climate are what primarily distinguish the Ribbon Ridge AVA from others. This AVA sits within the larger Chehalem Mountains AVA.  Wines from the Ribbon Ridge AVA typically need to age a bit longer for their structure to mellow, but once it does, it results in a wine with plenty of spice and floral aromatics and elegant fruit flavors. 

Van Duzer Corridor AVA

The Van Duzer Corridor enjoys near-perfect growing conditions thanks to its unique location. It sits within a gap in the Coast Range, and oceanic winds help regulate the conditions here, keeping this area cooler than others on hotter days and warmer on colder days. Wines from this region have bright, fruity flavors, increased aromatics, and marked acidity.

Yamhill-Carlton AVA

You’ll find unique growing conditions here, as this AVA sits in the rain shadow of the Coast Range and is further protected by the Chehalem Mountains and Dundee Hills. The soils here are some of the oldest in the valley, and the coarse-grained ancient marine sediments drain quickly. Wines from the Yamhill-Carlton AVA are spicy in the nose and feature blue and black fruit flavors.  

Explore the Wines of the Willamette Valley AVA

view of sitting area in jura roomWith over 500 wineries to discover, it may be daunting deciding where to begin touring the Willamette Valley AVA. Why not stay at a vineyard? At Youngberg Hill, you’ll be staying at Oregon’s premier wine country estate, centrally located in the Willamette Valley. You’ll be within a 20-minute drive of over 100 wineries and tasting rooms and within steps of ours.

Whether you’re relaxing and enjoying the panorama from your luxurious quarters or enjoying an incredible glass of our organically-grown wine, Youngberg Hill provides a serene oasis atop a 50-acre hilltop. Your stress will melt away in the peace and tranquility afforded by our gorgeous inn, vineyards, and unmatched views.

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The 2018 Vintage Recap

2018 vintage 2018 vintage has been a very pleasant growing season. Spring (bud break) was later than it had been the last 3 or 4 years, just slightly earlier than average. It was cooler and wetter which slowed down growth such that bloom was about average timing. As a result, the vines were healthy and bloom moved on to fruit set with no weather issues and all the clusters/fruit developed were very even.

Summer started on time but warmer than normal. Through August, while we did not have any extremely hot days of 95+ degrees as in the last few years, we did have consistently warmer temperatures ranging 8 to 10 degrees above normal over long periods of time. This accelerated the development of the fruit and moved us into veraison a little earlier than we would have expected based on the timing of bloom. What does earlier veraison mean? It means that the fruit begins to ripen in warmer temperatures, that has the potential to throw things a little bit out of balance as the fruit ripens faster.

Fortunately, as if the weather was trying to help the vines out, temperatures in September began to gradually go down below average. These lower temperatures slow ripening of the fruit which is a good thing. Slower fruit ripening in cooler temperatures keeps fruit development in balance. We also have had a couple of stints of moisture creep into the valley providing reprieve for the vines and slowing development even further.

All this, has me very optimistic for the wines out of the 2018 vintage. While it is still a little early to make predictions, I see great potential in the fruit to develop complexity and balance in the wines.

Can wine be better than the grapes?

There are two concepts that we try to impress on guests tasting our wines; that wine is an agricultural product and that you cannot make a higher quality wine than the quality of the fruit harvested.

In an interview with Betty and Tony Notto from Weekly Wine Show on Wednesday, December 20th, we discussed those two ideas in more depth. Click HERE to learn more about us and these concepts.   The full show can be heard at the bottom of the linked page.




Taste McMinnville Month

February is Taste McMinnville Month and a great time to break up the winter dulldrums wherever you might live. Why not make it a new and unique experience in the Willamette Valley and more specifically, McMinnville. Why in February? It is Valentine’s Day celebrations all month. There are wine and chocolate pairing s across the valley all month. The landscape in the valley is lush and green. There is less tourism traffic to get around in. There are great opportunities to save money on travel and lodging that time of year. And February, like every month, is a great time to be enjoying Pinot Noir in the valley.

This year is even a bigger opportunity to do so in McMinnville. This February McMinnville will be celebrating Taste McMinnville Month featuring craft beverage producers of wine, beer, and spirits; along with all the fabulous restaurants that reside in the city. It will be a great time to experience all that McMinnville and the surrounding community have to offer in culinary bounty. McMinnville is the heart of the valley, has a great, thriving downtown shopping scene, and plenty of art and cultural activities to enjoy including music events at many venues and the Gallery Theater.

McMinnville reminds me of Calistoga thirty years ago. Back then, it was an outpost for most of the Napa wine tourism because it was so far away from San Fransisco. Today it is the epicenter of the valley. While McMinnville is farther southwest of Portland (35 miles), it is far from the maddening crowd, in the heart of the Willamette Valley, and half way between Portland and the coast.

McMinnville also reminds me of Beaune in Burgundy, France. As in Beaune, McMinnville lives and breaths the wine country, and the vineyards and wineries surrounding it. It has embraced the industry as part of it’s culture and reflects that in the multitude of dining experiences.

Come check it out this February!  Click here for more details.

Chardonnay in the Willamette Valley

Have you had Willamette Valley Chardonnay?  Yes, everyone knows Pinot Noir is No. 1 in the Willamette Valley, and it should be. Many might suggest it is Pinot Gris because it is the second largest varietal planted in the Willamette Valley and exceeded the acreage of Chardonnay a few years ago.

But let’s take a look at history. In the late 1800s and up until prohibition, Chardonnay was king of the hill. There was a thriving wine industry back then dominated by Chardonnay. After prohibition and the destruction of the wine industry, these vineyards stayed abandoned until the 1950s. While some vines remained, most were ripped out and/or replaced with Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc.

Then came 1965 when a couple of pioneers planted Pinot Noir in the valley and the rest is history, at least from a red grape viewpoint. On the white grape side, these pioneers resurrected some Chardonnay vines, but most were replanted to Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, or Pinot Blanc; with a few areas planted to Chardonnay vines brought up from California. As time passed, more acres continued to be planted to Pinot Gris until the total acreage surpassed Chardonnay (as there was not much expansion of Chardonnay planting).

Why? Most of the early plantings of Chardonnay were done with what were considered to be “warm weather clones” from California. This mattered because the cool weather in the Willamette Valley did not afford the heat needed to fully ripen these Chardonnay grapes. As a result, the Chardonnay wines produced in the Willamette Valley were not up to the quality that the growers wanted nor appealed to the market. So, growers continued to focus on growing more Pinot Noir.

What did not make sense to many of us was that Pinot Noir and Chardonnay go together like peanut butter and jelly. Just as Pinot Noir is king in Burgundy, Chardonnay is queen. Why not in the Willamette Valley? With better farming practices, warmer weather in recent years, and a shift to cooler weather clones; the valley has experienced a resurgence of Chardonnay. It has also helped that some California winemakers with great Chardonnay experience have come to the valley. As a result, wine growers in the Willamette Valley are producing some fabulous Chardonnays. That is reflected in the wines that are featured at the Oregon Chardonnay Celebration on February 24, 2018. We are so happy to be selected as a featured winery at this wonderful event.

I predict that 10-20 years from now, the wine world will acknowledge Willamette Valley Chardonnay as it does Pinot Noir today.  Come taste our wonderful Chardonnay soon!

Holiday Wine Pairings

Looking for a great idea for pairing wine for the holidays?  Try Michelle’s recipe that works perfectly with both our Holiday Wine Packages. This will be served along with other wonderful items every Saturday & Sunday in our tasting room for the month of November.

Sweet Potato & Ham Crostini
Prep Time: 10 min. Cook Time: 40 min. Total Time: 50 min.

  • 1 Large Sweet Potato
  • 3 tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp. Sea Salt
  • 5 oz. Goat Cheese
  • 3 tbsp. Youngberg Hill Organic Honey
  • 2 slices Honey Glazed Ham cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup Candied Walnut pieces
  • 3-4 Sprigs of Thyme

To Roast the Sweet Potato: Heat oven to 400 degrees. Wash sweet potato and dry with a towel. Slice sweet potato into 1/8 – 1/4 inch slices. Mix together Olive Oil and Sea Salt and lightly coat sweet potato slices. Place on baking tray making sure that they do not touch each other. Cook in the oven for 20-25 minutes.  Flip the slices, and cook for another 15-20 minutes until they are cooked through and crispy on edges.  Note: cooking time may vary based on size and thickness of slices. Let slices cool a bit before topping


  • Place a small dollop of Goat Cheese
  • Drizzle on Honey
  • Add pieces of Ham.  Note: You can add the ham cold, heated or fried.  My 1st choice is fried.
  • Top with Candied Walnut pieces and a sprinkle fresh Thyme leaves

Cork Versus Screw Cap

There continues to be a lot of discussion and varying opinions regarding wines bottled with cork closure versus screw cap. A recent survey suggested that the “perceived” quality of the wine was higher for a corked wine versus screw cap. The question is “Is this perception driven by actual results, historical information, technical data, or varietal/regional production?” My guess is that it is a combination of all coupled with the romanticism of the cork in what has historically been the classic wines of the world over the centuries.

As a winemaker, the most important thing for me is that my customers always have a great experience when opening up a bottle of Youngberg Hill, whether it be a current vintage or one that is 20 years old. Also as a wine maker, I am making wines that are meant to age well for a long time if stored well. That means it is important to have a closure that will consistently allow the wine to age in the bottle, as it is a living organism.

As an engineer, I look at the closure options in a factual and technical way rather than a romantic or perceived way. Back in 2009 when we converted everything over to screw cap, I spent many hours going over technical data, specifications, options, etc. to determine the best closure to achieve my two goals of never having a customer open up a bad bottle of Youngberg Hill and having great aging potential.

Let me add at this point that a closure will not make a wine better or improve its quality. The wine’s quality is determined in the vineyard and then in the winery to what goes into the bottle. The closure can cause or allow a wine to become less in quality, but not to improve.

So why did I choose screw cap? Again, first and foremost, I never want anyone to ever open a bottle of wine that has gone bad. With screw cap, that is assured. Second, I make our wines to be very age worthy, so I want to ensure that 20 years from now, every bottle will not only be great, but also the same. With screw caps, the technology has improved to the point that I can purchase a screw cap with a seal that will allow ½ gram of air to weep into a bottle each year. Not only will that amount be the same bottle to bottle (the tolerance on the screw cap seal is much closer than the variance in cork), but also year to year the seal will not degrade in a screw cap like a cork will do over time. Therefore, when you open a case of Youngberg Hill a year from now or 20 years from now, they will all be the same great wine to enjoy. How many times have you opened up a bottle of wine in a cork only to find that it has gone bad.

Third, we are conscious of our carbon foot print and while you can find statistics to prove either side, my most broad base research suggests that screw caps leave a smaller footprint.

I might also add that opposed to the perception that a screw cap bottling is a less expensive option and, therefore, why it is chosen, in fact, a screw cap bottle and closure are more expensive than a cork bottle and cork.

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