Archive for November, 2008


November 26th, 2008 by Nicolette Bailey

Youngberg Hill Vineyards & Inn will be open all weekend for wine tasting and hosting guests at our fabulous hill atop the foothills of the Coast Range overlooking the entire Willamette Valley.


Happy Thanksgiving!

November 25th, 2008 by Nicolette Bailey

Come to our tasting room cozily situated in our Inn with fireplace, select artisan cheeses, and delicious estate grown Pinot noir. We will be open from 11:00 to 5:00 all weekend. Enjoy the fruits of our labor.youngberg-composite

Another Outstanding Vintage

November 20th, 2008 by Nicolette Bailey

Wine Spectator has jus2006-jb2t awarded the 2006 Jordan Block 90 points which is an “Outstanding” rating. This is the third year in a row Youngberg Hill Vineyards & Inn has received an “Outstanding” rating from Wine Spectator. Here is what Harvey Steiman said on page 150 “Bright and generous, offering a lively mouthful of red cherry and spice flavors that persist against lightly crisp tannins on the transparent finish”.

Celebrate success in the soft economy

November 19th, 2008 by Nicolette Bailey

We have been recognized for three years in a row for producing premium quality Oregon Pinot noir. That is saying something considering there are so many world class Pinot noirs in the Willamette Valley. To celebrate this success we would like to make it easier for wine lovers across the world to come to th Willamette Valley in Oregon to enjoy our wines. Now through the end of February, book a room with us at the reduced seasonal rate and stay a second night free. That’s right…FREE. Enjoy a two night respite for the price of one and receive the relaxation you so much deserve.


New planting

November 15th, 2008 by Nicolette Bailey

Youngberg Hill Vineyards consists of 21 acres, 16 Pinot noir and 5 Pinot gris, on a spectacular 50 acre estate. Of the 16 acres of Pinot noir, 12 acres was planted in 1989 on two distinct blocks of southeast facing slopes. The vines are own-rooted, 60% Pommard and 40% Wadenswil clones. We planted 5 acres of Pinot gris, the Aspen Block, in 2006 of 148 and 152 Clones on 3309 root stock. And finally, in 2008, we planted four more acres of Pinot noir, the Camelot Block, of 777 on 10114 root stock. There is no irrigation.

Natasha Block is the larger of the two at an altitude of approximately 600 feet on Willakenzie soil. The Jordan Block is on a steeper slope at an altitude of approximately 750 feet on Steiwer soil. The Camelot Block is between the other two and therefore is a blend of Steiwer and Willakenzie soils.

The soils are complimented by distinct weather in these coast foothills only 25 miles from the ocean. Our weather is most heavily influenced by weather patterns coming up the Van Duzer Pass from the coast. This influence provides more precipitation than most of the valley, more sun days, cooler temperatures both day and night, and cool coastal winds in the late afternoon and early evening.

This combination provides an excellent terroir for our vineyard to produce extremely high quality fruit with rich, intense black fruit flavors, earthy minerality, and higher acidity providing structure and complexity to our wines.

We started practicing organic farming in 2003 and are moving toward practices of biodynamic farming. We are LIVE certified. We are most interested in sustaining and even improving the quality and balance of the soil naturally. We believe that it will produce the highest quality of fruit and maintain the integrity of those qualities the soils give to the fruit.

Wine Enthusiast

November 15th, 2008 by Nicolette Bailey

We were privaleged to have Risa Wyatt, an independent writer doing an article for Wine Enthusiast, stay with us this weekend. She and Peter were a delightful couple. They enjoyed the ambiance of Youngberg Hill Vineyards & Inn, a wine tasting, and dinner at Bistro Maison in McMinnville. We look forward to their article in March.


November 8th, 2008 by Nicolette Bailey

Off to Virginia tomorrow for wine tastings and dinners in the DC area. We will be highlighting our new releases, two outstanding 2006 Oregon estate grown Pinot noirs and a delightful 2007 Pinot gris. To learn more, go to our website.

Wine Books

November 7th, 2008 by Nicolette Bailey

I was brousing through  Kindle last night and saw a book I read a few years ago. Of Wine and War. If you are a wine lover and a history buff, then you will enjoy this book. It is about the French wine industry during World War II and the German occupation. A great read.

Happy Birthday, Dad.

November 6th, 2008 by Nicolette Bailey

It is my father’s birthday today. He is 80 years old today. I wish I could pour him a glass of 80 year old port.


November 5th, 2008 by Nicolette Bailey

The Youngberg Hill Vineyards 2006 Pinot noirs are really starting to open up. Have you tried one lately?