Archive for January, 2010

I love our guests!

January 30th, 2010 by Nicolette Bailey

From Kristin;

Take a trip out to Youngberg Hill Inn and Vineyard and you will feel “on top of the world!” The owners, Wayne and Nicolette Bailey, went above and beyond to make our stay comfortable and memorable. We started with a tour of the Inn and then led immediately into their wine tasting room where we tasted and exquisite 2006 Pinot Noir, Jordan Block. The wine tasting room has a breath taking view of the vineyard and beautiful views of Mt. Hood and Mt. Jefferson.

They offer 8 rooms in the Inn and each are quite large. We stayed in the jacuzzi suite “Martini”, a very luxurious suite! Most rooms have fireplaces and large bathrooms. There are several “living” rooms in the Inn, each with walls of books and magazines to read, fireplaces too. They have wi-fi throughout the Inn and an on-site computer for guests to use if necessary.

The coffee was on at 7 and breakfast served at 9. It was delicious! Homemade granola with blackberry yogurt, chicken/apple sausage, potato pancake and a strawberry crepe. The breakfast was served on a beautiful plate, made by Nicolette. A melted wine bottle, shaped into a rectangular style plate. She sells many of her artistic creations from their wine bottles in their gift shop. Very talented! They also have many wine related gift items and of course, their wine for sale as well.

A very relaxing and rejuvenating night’s stay and a PERFECT place for a destination wedding with out of town guests. They have a beautiful location out on their lawn with an in-ground bar, stone dance floor and amazing landscaped area for wedding set up. And the view….AMAZING!!

I would recommend to anybody for weddings or simply for a night escape from the “real world!”

Winemaker's Dinner

January 29th, 2010 by Nicolette Bailey

Here is tomorrow night’s menu!

Jess’ Lemon Lox Rosettes And Raspberry Dress Salad with Roses of Cured Salmon with Lemon Crème Fraiche paired with 2007 Pinot gris

White Truffle Custard With Chive Potato Chip paired with 2007 Jordan

Wild Mushroom Strudel/Seasonal Mushroom Rague baked in Filo and Dress with Black Truffle Sabayon paired with 2004 Natasha

Seared Elk Loin with Youngberg Hill Reduction And Sweet Potato Gnocchi paired with 2006 Jordan

Yamhill County Torte/The Chef’s creation using Hazelnuts, Carmel and Fine Chocolates paired with the 2001 Estate

Sound good? Then wait until you see what we have in store for Valentine’s day and the winemaker’s dinner on March 6th. I’m going to have to walk the vineyard more.

Stuck in the mud.

January 28th, 2010 by Nicolette Bailey

We got the JD Gator stuck in the mud today. What a mess. We got it our with the tractor. I think Matt learned a valuable lesson today. The mud in the vineyard right now is like grease.

Pretty day though. No rain, so still getting a lot of odds and ends jobs done in the vineyard and in the Inn.

Serenity

January 26th, 2010 by Nicolette Bailey

We finished working in the vineyard getting it all ready for the growing season.  It is so beautiful out here and there is something so quietly perfect about standing in the vineyard after everything is trimmed, tied, and ready to go.  It’s almost like you can breathe in the moment and keep it with you.

Our guests today are sitting in front of a fire enjoying a cup of coffee as the sun begins to rise above the fog. It is a grand day her on Youngberg Hill.

Swing

January 24th, 2010 by Nicolette Bailey

Come try out our new swing.  Guaranteed to make you feel like a kid again. Swing your cares away on Youngberg Hill.

Pruning in the vineyard

January 23rd, 2010 by Nicolette Bailey

Here is the result of the last few weeks of pruning. Most all of last year’s growth has been cut off  leaving two or one fruiting cane to be tied to the fruiting wire. The cain that has been cut off is left on the ground to be chopped up and integrated back into the ground. The vines on the left are three years old with one fruiting cane. The center is 21 year old vines with two fruiting canes.

We have a great crew and they did a wonderful job. We are now doing maintenance on the wires, grafting new vines, and doing vertical plantings.

Today was a beautiful day on Youngberg Hill to be in the vineyard. Wine tastings are going on out on the porch over looking the Cascades.

2nd Annual Not Your Mamma's Chocolate

January 20th, 2010 by Nicolette Bailey

Feb. 13th
The classic pairing of chocolates and Youngberg Hill wines featuring a unique pairing for library wines with distinct and delicious chocolate creations.  We have been working on this for months tasting each amazing option.  This event was so successful we are thrilled to have everyone back.

Inn Getaway Special

January 18th, 2010 by Nicolette Bailey


Youngberg Hill is offering a room special for a two night stay.  Rent any room for one night and the second night is free.  This special will run until March 10, 2010 
Good for any new reservation and excludes Valentines weekend.  This special needs to be identified when placing the reservation.  If entering an online reservation place ‘Inn Getaway Special’ in the note section.

Another day in the vineyard

January 17th, 2010 by Nicolette Bailey

OK, so it’s a little rainy today. The crew is out finishing the Aspen Block. The guests enjoyed learning more about the vineyard and the tasks to be done throughout the year.

Natasha served breakfast this morning and visited with the guests. She did a great job.

January in the vineyard

January 14th, 2010 by Nicolette Bailey

It has been a great week. The weather has been reasonably good for getting a lot done in the vineyard. Pruning of the Natasha and Jordan blocks is done and the Jordan is trim and tied. We are about 1/3 through the Aspen block pruning and trim and tying. We will two bud the Camelot block later.

The guests enjoyed the storm yesterday, watching the clouds blow by, enjoying a glass of Youngberg Hill Pinot noir, and cozied up in front of the fireplace. They stayed dry. We got wet.

The 2007 Pinot noirs are really starting to evolve nicely in the bottle. There has been much bad press about the 2007 vintage and the ratings on the vintage overall have not been too stellar. But is you really appreciate Oregon Pinot for what it is meant to be, enjoy the more complex and rustic aspects, or enjoy your Burgundies; you will like many 2007s.

Sunrise!