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Erin James & Kristin Ackerman of Sip Northwest Magazine visit Youngberg Hill Vineyards & Inn

Erin James (Sip Northwest Magazine) 11/23 Erin James & Kristin Ackerman indulge themselves with a stay over at Youngberg Hill. They taste, dance to live music and live to write about their “Wine Country Fairy Tale” experiences: http://ow.ly/c7Gh306yf55

Doug Frost interviews Wayne for the Kansas City Star and Chow Town, the daily dish on Kansas City’s food and drink scene.

Doug dined and tasted with Wayne in Kansas City this Spring and shares his interview, wine tasting and opinion of Youngberg Hill Vineyards Pinot Noir: https://t.co/ClxuNFEKSC

Sip Northwest Magazine (Best of Northwest) Wine Competition 2016 – Youngberg Hill Vineyards 2015 Pinot Blanc earns second place for best Pinot Blanc

Sip Northwest Magazine (Best of Northwest) Wine Competition Fall 2016 Youngberg Hill Vineyards 2015 Pinot Blanc earns second place for best Pinot Blanc. You can review all the competition results by clicking here: https://sipnorthwest.com/2016-best-of-the-northwest/

Gabe Sasso, The Daily Meal writes this article featuring the “serene setting and world class wines of Youngberg Hill”. Check out Gabe’s review of where to eat in the McMinnville area.

Gabe Sasso (The Daily Meal) 10/21 Feature article on the Youngberg Hill “serene setting” and world class wines and reviews the wines: https://t.co/LejLgSSrO2

Sunset Magazine International Wine Competition (Print and Online Editions) – Youngberg Hill Vineyards receives a Silver Medal for the 2015 Pinot Blanc.

Sunset Magazine (International Wine Competition) October 2016 Youngberg Hill Vineyards 2015 Pinot Blanc earns a Silver Medal. You can see the full results on the Sunset Magazine website: http://www.sunset.com/marketplace/international-wine-competition

Andy Perdue and Eric Degerman of Great Northwest Wines rate the 2013 Jordan Pinot Noir “Excellent”.

Andy Perdue & Eric Degerman (Great Northwest Wines) 10/19 GNNW reviews the 2013 Jordan Pinot Noir with an “Excellent” rating: http://ow.ly/ZWp5305nqrl

Talk Vino Interview with Wayne Bailey

Anatoli Levine (Talk-A-Vino) 9/30 Anatoli interviews Wayne in this wide ranging article about the history of Youngberg Hill Vineyard and Wayne’s perspective on sustainable growing: http://ow.ly/JDOc304OUCI

Oregon Wine Harvest 2016 Update

It is hard to believe that September has just begun, and in the Willamette Valley Oregon wine country is in its second week of harvest. Even the pioneers that have been growing Pinot in the valley for 50 years do not remember harvesting a vintage this early in the season. As a result, wines in this year’s vintage are expected to be more robust and fruit forward due to ripening fruit in hotter days of August rather than cooler days of September.

This early harvest isn’t because this was a particularly hot year. In fact, the 2016 growing season was slightly below normal in temperature. Vintners use what’s called Degree Days to calculate the seasonal DSC_7121temperature.  This measurement is the number of hours the vineyard experiences above 60 degrees.  In a typical year we expect degree days to be somewhere around 2,100 hours.  This year we were below 2,000 hours.

So why are we harvesting so early? An early spring, occurring about 3 weeks earlier than normal, and warmer than normal temperature during the spring contributed to this early harvest. In fact, at the start of June, our degree days were already about 200 or 300 hours above normal. Added to that were little heat spikes at just the right time to push fruit through critical stages of ripening faster. All these factors resulted in a significantly earlier harvest. The last two years we have picked our first fruit the 17th of September. This year we may be picking our first fruit before the 10th. At this rate, we could be done harvesting by the end of September, compared with October 7th of last year.

Is this a global warming trend? Who knows. It was only 5 years ago, 2011, when we had our coldest growing season ever and finished harvesting on November 7th.

Cheers!

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Top 5 Festivals for Fall Wine Events

Harvest for the 2016 vintage is just around the corner and that means it’s almost time to celebrate. There are numerous festivals around Oregon that incorporate local sustainable farms, specialty chefs, and famous wineries. Come experience what Oregon Wine country is all about with these Top 5 Festivals for Harvest Wine Events.

Carlton Crush Harvest Festival – September 10, 2016

The Carlton Crush Harvest festival is a full day of activities for both kids and adults. It features complimentary morning yoga, live music and entertainment, Kids’ Watermelon Eating contest and Grape Stomp, and local art. Enjoy terrific food from a variety of restaurants such as The Horse Radish, and Ribslayer BBQ. Match the mouthwatering food with your choice of wine from more than 10 local wineries around the area. Entrance and Parking Free.  carltoncrush.com

 

Feast Portland – September 15-18, 2016blog 8 2016

Known as the “The best food festival in the country.” by Thrillist National, the “food festival to beat” by Tasting Table Feast Portland is entering it’s 5th year of inspiring the creative revolution of food and wine. Feast Portland offers a full weekend of hands on cooking and cocktail classes, wine tastings, brunch, BBQ cookouts, IPA tasting and once-in-a lifetime experiences. Since 2012 Feast Portland has donated over 200,000 dollars to end child hunger. Fees Vary. feastportland.com


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Wine Country Half Marathon- August 13, 2016

Do you love to run? Do you love wine? If you said yes to at least one of these questions, the Wine Country Half Marathon is perfect for you. The course takes you in the heart of Willamette wine country. It starts at Stoller Family Estate and finishes on Main Street in Carlton where you are greeted by the Wine and Music Festival. At the Festival there will be over 20 local wineries and live music along with the Lagunitas Brewing Company! Come join the summer fun! Fees Vary. destinationraces.com

Bounty of Yamhill County – August 26-28th, 2016blog 8 2016 2

In 2015, Bounty of Yamhill County placed #2 in USA TODAY 10 Best Readers’ Choice Award for Best General Food Festival. Get your wine adventure buddy and go horseback riding as your mode of travel to three Dundee Hill Wineries. Enjoy a sunrise air balloon ride followed by a sparkling brunch, do yoga and experience a wine tasting breakfast buffet, kayak in Oregon’s Willamette Valley River followed by a picnic lunch and tasting at Hyland estates, or even take part in an Eola-Amity hills vineyard hike. This weekend is full of adventure and wine! Fees Vary. bountyofyamhillcounty.com

 

blog 8 2016 3¡Salud! – November 11-12th, 2016

November 11th offers a variety of Cuvée Tasting and a Big Board Auction. A rare opportunity to taste over 40 wineries in Oregon, and meet the winemakers themselves. Each estate has made a specialty Cuvée just for this event and offers a barrel tasting that you cannot experience anywhere else. Saturday Night is the 25th Annual Wine Auction Celebration and Gala. The silent and live auction make a great opportunity to find rare library wines, winemaker experiences, unique travel packages, and to celebrate Pinot Noir. November 11: $275  November 12th, Gala and Auction: $500.  Saludauction.org
Continue to experience the Willamette Valley wines and stop by Youngberg Hill’s tasting room and try award winning Pinot Noirs. It is also the perfect time to sit on the deck, enjoy harvest and to stay at Youngberg Hill Inn and enjoy the view! Find us at: https://www.youngberghill.com

 

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