Archive for September, 2009


September 30th, 2009 by Nicolette Bailey

Brix have stayed steady this week and hover around 23. Our guests are enjoying the “grape juice” samples from the vineyard today.

Based on this and the current weather forecast, we will most likely not harvest until later next week.

A beautiful morning

September 29th, 2009 by Nicolette Bailey

Fall is in the air, calls for rain today but who can complain with a sky that looks like this in the morning!

We have a group staying with us doing a bicycle tour of the valley.  Because of the chance of rain, they went to the Spruce Goose Aviation Museum, only a 10 minute drive from the Inn and a high point for a lot of our guests.!cid_D9ED7B700ECD11D8A66D806C2135AAAC@picturecd1

Ripening fruit

September 29th, 2009 by Nicolette Bailey

grapes2The fruit is still looking great and although there has been a little rain come through, it has been very minimal with no damage to date. A little raisoning has taken place, but not a negative event so far.

We are looking to harvest the week of the 5th.


September 28th, 2009 by Nicolette Bailey

Our wine will be featured at the October 15th Seattle Area Chapter of Women For WineSense (, which, as you might know, is a national wine education organization founded in 1990, based in the Napa area. Our Seattle Chapter holds monthly wine programs – from winemaker dinners to looking at specific wine producing countries, regions or varietals. This October 15th we will be focusing on Pinot Noir, with “The Pleasures of Pinot Noir”. We will be examining wines produced in Washington, Oregon, and California for this event. The wine educator leading this program for us each year is David LeClaire, of Wine Events and Promotions ( David is a Certified Sommelier and has worked with many wine organizations, including bringing ZAP back to Seattle in July for the first time in 12 years. He has taken some of the ZAP wineries on the road in 2006 and 2007. In 2005 he did the same for Paso Robles wineries for the Paso Robles Grand Tastings 2005, which visited 4 cities between March and June. David has worked with wineries all over the country in promoting regional tastings, local wine education events, and private functions. He also is involved in numerous charity wine events, including Children’s Hospital fundraisers, Sip For A Cure benefiting breast cancer research, and Bags & Bottles, a fundraiser for Gilda’s Club. He also holds annual trade and consumer tasting such as The Best of the West and Rose Revival.

Oregon Harvest

September 26th, 2009 by Nicolette Bailey

Cool start but later season warm temperatures deliver an early harvest; many winemakers and growers report plentiful crop with larger than normal, ripe clusters

September 24, 2009 — Oregon experienced a relatively dry, cold winter and early spring followed by a mostly warmer and drier than normal May through September, with average to above average heat accumulations indicating good overall growth and ripening conditions, according to Dr. Greg Jones, a climatologist at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon who monitors conditions throughout the state’s winegrowing regions.

The 2009 vintage cumulative growing degree day (GrDD) values for Roseburg (2,711), Medford (3,094), and Milton-Freewater (3,156) show a 7 to 15 percent increase through Sept. 22 vs. same period 2008, currently ahead of the last six growing seasons, and tracking the warm 2004 and 2006 vintages. For McMinnville (1,993), there is a 9 percent increase over last year at this time, but units are slightly below the six-year average (See Attached Charts 1 and 2).

Wide swings with both record high and record low maximum temperatures were observed statewide, but with little to no effect on plant growth or fruit quality, Jones said. A July heat wave that brought several days of extreme temperatures produced some sunburned clusters, but higher crop levels allowed for removal of sun-affected berries.
Harvest has officially started in all regions, with the bulk of activity in the Willamette Valley expected to begin the end of this week and into the next few weeks for all varieties, including Pinot noir. In the Columbia Gorge, some whites are coming in, with Pinot noir and other red varieties mostly still ripening on the vine. In the Walla Walla Valley, nearly all whites are in and significant quantities of Merlot and Syrah are being picked. In Southern Oregon, Chardonnay, Pinot noir, Syrah, Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are starting to be harvested and will continue over the next few weeks.
Bud break dates were near average to two weeks late depending on region and cultivar, while bloom and veraison occurred at near average dates statewide, according to Jones.
Statewide, 2009 rainfall has been below average (See Attached Chart 3). Rain events in August and over the Labor Day weekend in the Willamette Valley allowed for continued physiological maturation of the vines and did not negatively affect the crop, according to various growers and winemakers. Rain received the weekend of September 19th and 20th elevated botrytis pressure, and growers responded with spray regimes in affected areas. Southern Oregon, Columbia Gorge and the Walla Walla Valley, on the other hand, reported minimal rain and low disease pressure, although some Southern and Eastern Oregon sites were affected by a frost in 2008, which held 2009 yields back.

Growers and winemakers report a healthy crop of large, tight clusters that are ripening evenly thanks to the late season warm weather. Crop yields are higher than 2008 in the Willamette Valley, with near normal cluster sizes and yields in the Columbia Gorge, Walla Walla Valley and Southern Oregon, except where frost damage occurred.

“The current dry spell enables another long growing season, ideal for full, gradual flavor development across the state,” said Ted Farthing, executive director of the Oregon Wine Board. “Our boots are sometimes muddier this time of year, so cautious smiles prevail today amongst our growers and winemakers.”

The current short to long term forecasts call for continued above normal temperatures and below normal rainfall for the remainder of September and October, according to Jones.
The outlook has the 2009 vintage coming in above average in terms of heat accumulation, allowing growers to harvest in very good conditions.
For a list of regional spokespersons or additional insight on the 2009 vintage, please contact Stephany Boettner, Marketing & Communications Director of the Oregon Wine Board, at or 503.228.8652.

Upcoming Events!

September 26th, 2009 by Nicolette Bailey

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Water Color Society of Oregon
Saturday – October 3rd from 9-noon
Water color Society of Oregon will be bringing a group of 18 painters by from 9-noon to paint our view outside. Come taste the wine and savor the views with them. For more details about painting or purchasing any art please contact Chris Stubbs at

Cooking with Pinot Noir
When was the last time you made a sauce with wine?  If it’s been a while try this easy sauce; One bottle of Pinot Noir with 1C sugar reduced to 3/4 cup of syrup for waffles, French toast, or ice cream. Yum!

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Our philosophy of making wine at Youngberg Hill is to let the fruit make the wine.  We focus our attention on producing the highest quality of fruit possible, and then managing the fruit through the fermentation process for it to produce the finest wine it has to offer. By limiting yields and restrained barrel treatment, we are able to give the purest expression of our vineyard in producing our wines.

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Join us for Harvest @ Youngberg Hill!

Harvest is an exciting time at Youngberg Hill. This year we will have four harvesting days.  We typically have a 48 hour lead time for harvest with a 7am start time. If you would like to be informed of our harvesting schedule please email us at and indicate whether you would like to work harvest side by side with us or just come to watch.

October 10 Harvest Celebration Winemaker Dinner @ Youngberg Hill

Join us for a fun and relaxing 3 course dinner at Youngberg Hill.  We will share our harvest stories and toast to another great vintage!

Salmon and Dill Soup, Pinot Flank Steak with Ratatouille Polenta, & Amaretto Apples & Cinnamon Pinot Ice Cream

6:30pm $55/person.  Advanced reservations required at or 503.472.2727

Nov. 7th – Youngberg Hill’s 20th Anniversary

Celebrate 20 years of Youngberg Hill with this once in a lifetime dinner.  We look forward to seeing you for our special celebration.  This 5 course dinner will include:

– Dungeness Crab Salad with Tomato Sorbet and Caviar
– Cream of Seasonal Mushroom Soup
– Roasted Bones with Bruschetta and Asparagus Spears
– Roasted Loin of Bison with Spud Strings with Wild Mushroom
– Reduction and Tuscan Chard
– Yamhill County Hazelnut Tart

Nov. 7th Wine Club Pre Release Party (Wine Club members Only)

11-5:30pm pickup 2007 new releases and barrel taste the 2008 while enjoying the best views in the valley.  Stay for our 6:30 pm 5 course wine dinner ($125/person) and stay for the night too.
11-5:30pm pickup 2007 new releases and barrel taste the 2008 while enjoying the best views in the valley.  Stay for our 6:30 pm 5 course wine dinner ($125/person) and stay for the night too.  Advanced reservations required for dinner or rooms at or 503.472.2727

Winemaker11/27-29th Thanksgiving Weekend Open House

We will be open Thanksgiving weekend from 11-5pm Friday – Sunday. Come taste our 2007s, and barrel tasting of our 2008s. Enjoy food pairings and music along with the best views in the valley. If you can’t leave, stay for the night. Tasting fee $5/person, Join the Youngberg Hill Wine Club and enjoy a complimentary tasting and added discounts.

Dec. 12th – Holiday Winemaker Dinner @ Youngberg Hill

Take some time for yourself this holiday by celebrating at Youngberg Hill.  Our Holiday 3 course dinner is the perfect way to relax, kick back, and be pampered.  More details to come.

Jan 9th Cellar Crawl & Winemaker Dinner

3pm @ Youngberg Hill Vineyards & Inn
For those serious about Pinot Noir this is one event you can’t miss.  Flight taste 25 bottlings from 5 winemakers from 5 vineyards.  Judge for yourself the variances of wines from 5 vineyards made by the same winemaker.  At the same time taste the interpretation of 5 different winemakers to the same vineyard fruit.  Discuss all the variances with the winemakers themselves.  $200/person  More details to come.

Harvest begins

September 26th, 2009 by Nicolette Bailey

harvestOK,so it wasn’t alot. This was the first year for harvesting anything from our Aspen Block of Pinot gris. Wonderful flavors and in great shape. Just not much of it.

The weather looks iffy for harvesting any Pinot the coming week and the fruit could use a little more time, so look for excitement the week of the 5th.

Here we go!

September 24th, 2009 by Nicolette Bailey

The Pinot gris Aspen Block will be picked this Friday morning. Thigns are heating up and we may start harvesting a little of the Natasha Block later next week or early the week of the 5th.

The sunerises have been oustanding this week. What a beautil time of year. Our guests are loving the views all times of day.!cid_D9E6AA520ECD11D8A66D806C2135AAAC@picturecd1




Another glorious Day!

September 20th, 2009 by Nicolette Bailey

Amber colorAs always, the clouds parted and we had a most beautiful day for a wedding. Everyone had a great time.

chairsNow to sit back for a moment to enjoy the peace and quite of the late morning sun and watch the elk go by.


Then back to the vineyard to taste the grapes and get brix measurements.


And then the wine tasting reception for all our guests checking in this afternoon.

Just another day on Youngberg Hill. Cheers!

Ripening Grapes

September 19th, 2009 by Nicolette Bailey

This is an anxious time of year. The weather has been great this week for ripening the grapes. Brix (sugar content) is around 20 points in the Natasha Block, 19 in the Jordan. The Aspen Block is at 21, the Pinot gris. The projection is to begin harvesting some fruit in about 3 weeks, but that can change depending on the weather. The forcast for hot days next week will accelerate ripening and dehydration.

The guests are loving walking the vineyards and tasting the grapes. They are sweet and the flavors are starting to show.

This is the most beautiful time of year, but I like October even better.

Be on the watch for all our events coming up over the next three months in celebration of 20 years.