Archive for May, 2010

Happy Memorial Day!

May 31st, 2010 by Nicolette Bailey

May we not forget the great sacrifice those who gave their lives that we may be free.

Memorial Weekend in Oregon Pinot Noir Country

May 19th, 2010 by Nicolette Bailey

Youngberg Hill tasting room will be open Memorial Weekend along with everyone in Oregon Pinot Noir Country. It is a great weekend to get out to those places that are not always open. We will be releasing our 2009 Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc, tasting some Library wines and possibly a barrel tasting.

We will have many fine cheeses paired with the various wines and a couple of surprises to boot. And of course, the best views in the Valley. If you haven’t come as far as McMinnville in the past, now is a great time. Five wineries will be open in the McMinnville AVA, along with several in the Amity-Eola Hills AVA and in McMinnville itself. So there are plenty of opportunities to taste, not to mention great restaurants in the area.

Cheer!

Oregon Wine Country on Horseback

May 16th, 2010 by Nicolette Bailey

Riding through the vineyards in Oregon Wine Country at Youngberg Hill. We told Natasha that when she was 10 she could get a horse if she worked and saved her money.  Well I would like you to meet Austin.  He is a 22 year old retired polo pony.  Natasha would like to thank all the guest who purchased her lavender bags that helped pay for Austin.  With the money from that and other jobs these past 7 years Natasha purchased the saddle and bridal too.

Now for the story;   We have had 3 expert horse people look at Austin and each told us that he was a great horse for the kids and gentle.   I know little about horses but I have ridden at least 40 times in my life and feel very comfortable around and on any horse.  So after we saddled up and all the kids took turns riding I decided that I would take a turn on Austin.  I got up just fine.  Austin took about 10 steps and went to make the turn to come back and that’s when it all went so terribly wrong. Austin planed his front feet wide and from the next 20 seconds(it felt like 4 minutes) he went crazy bucking and running wild.  After avoiding the wooden fence he twisted right and that is when I twisted left.  I knew I was falling and cold do nothing about it.  I don’t remember hitting the ground but all I knew is I couldn’t get up.  I now have a broken shoulder blade and every part of my body feels like I got ran over by a horse.    Needless to say I will not be doing any riding again for a long time but am so grateful it wasn’t much worse.

Oregon wine country @ Youngberg Hill

May 15th, 2010 by Nicolette Bailey

There are few things better then a spectacular day and a vineyard in full bloom in Oregon Wine Country at Youngberg Hill.  The red clover is brilliant against the new vine growth.  Come out for a wine tasting at Youngberg Hill this weekend and soak up the beautiful energy coming from this amazing place.

Picture Perfect.

May 13th, 2010 by Nicolette Bailey

This is the wine photo most liked by our fans.

Oregon Wine Country @ Youngberg Hill

May 12th, 2010 by Nicolette Bailey

How beautiful it was outside last night in Oregon Wine Country at Youngberg Hill.  The red clover is blooming and the vines are so vibrant.  We are spraying the vines today to make sure we stay ahead of mildew.  With the nice weather coming we should have a lot more growth on the vines very quickly.  We will be mowing the grass which is more than 2 feet high in some areas of the vineyard right after we are done spraying.  The ground was wet before that we wanted it to dry out a little more.  The last thing I wanted was another photo of the tractor sliding and getting stuck in the mud again.  Haven’t lived that one down yet.  I love looking at the vineyard right before and after we mow the grass.  There is something magical about both.

Oregon Pinot Noir with Youngberg Hill in Kansas City

May 9th, 2010 by Nicolette Bailey

It was a great affair of Oregon Pinot Noir with Youngberg Hill at Sullivan’s in Overland Park Saturday night. It was a full house of Oregon wine lovers where we also poured the new release 2009 Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc. All the wines were paired masterfully by Chef Aaron and our host Chris did a great job of setting everything up and taking great care of our guests.

We had may new faces join the familiar faces from Kansas City. It almost felt like being home. Everyone loved the wines and we sold out before the night ended. And before the night ended there had been two calls to the restaurant that they had found out we were there and if they could get some wine. Fun!

Now on to BRGR for Monday night’s dinner.

Oregon Wines @Youngberg Hill

May 6th, 2010 by Nicolette Bailey

We and our guest always have a lot of fun with Oregon Wines @Youngberg Hill. One way is with pictures. We have added an album on our Facebook fan page for you to take a look at and vote for your favorite. http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/pages/Youngberg-Hill-Vineyards-Inn/183272064199?ref=sgm

Let us know what you think. These pictures were taken by Fritz Photo who does a lot of weddings up here on The Hill.

Here is one of my favorites.

Oregon Pinot Noir Wine Country @ Youngberg Hill

May 5th, 2010 by Nicolette Bailey

The hills are alive in Oregon Pinot Noir Wine Country. The vines are growing about 3 inches long currently. We will begin to take off any multiple shoots, buds, and suckers this weekend and begin our protective organic spray program. Everything is so green. We still have water puddles in the vineyard. It is very wet and still not too warm. It got down to 37 degrees last night. So the vines are growing slow right now. We bottled the 2008 Pinot Noirs last week; Natasha, Jordan, and Barrel Select. As has been suggested, this is possibly the best Pinot Noir vintage in many years, if not ever. In Youngberg Hill’s case, I believe we can safely say this is the finest wine we have ever made (although the 2009 is looking pretty close). The landscape on the Hill continues to blossom. The herb garden is beginning to flower and we have all sorts of flowers blooming. Every color of the rainbow. Speaking of rainbows, we have seen several the last couple of days as rain clouds and showers are interupted by sun and vise versa.

Oregon Pinot Gris & Pinot Blanc Released

May 1st, 2010 by Nicolette Bailey

Youngberg Hill is releasing the 2009 Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc this weekend.

2009 Aspen Pinot Gris

Our 2009 Aspen Pinot Gris is the first vintage with our own estate grow fruit coming from the Aspen Block. The 2009 vintage is loaded with fruit flavors and complexity that is not always the case with a Pinot Gris. The aromatics include peach, grapefruit, mineral, and a hint of vanilla. Flavors abound with lemon, grapefruit, and peach with a nice hint of earth. It is fun to drink because every time you take a sip, you discover a new dimension. With Residual Sugar of .3 and a little higher acidity, the 2009 is very crisp with a soft, clean finish.

The wine has excellent balance for drinking alone at cool temperatures and with cheeses or a light salad.

2009 Pinot Blanc

The 2009 Pinot Blanc is another expression of the lovely aspects that Pinot Blanc gives to any food. The aromatics remind you of banana and citrus. The fruit flavors of peach, banana, and lemon are bountiful. The 2009 has  richness and creaminess that makes the wine melt in your mouth, but lingers even with food. The 2009 is also on the dryer side at .3% Residual Sugar and higher acidity.

The 2009 vintage is a wonderful complement to food with a crab cake being my favorite. The rich, smooth, creamy, full flavors will keep you coming back for another sip.