Archive for June, 2011

2011 Restaurant of the Year: Thistle

June 29th, 2011 by Nicolette Bailey

2011 Restaurant of the Year: Thistle
Casey Kulla, hard-worn ball cap warding off the rain, bends down to his crop, snaps off a spike of arugula rapini and offers it to Eric Bechard. The stalk, he points out, is a little sweet, the leaves a little spicy.   Bechard, chef/proprietor of McMinnville restaurant Thistle, chews thoughtfully, and in his eyes the wisp of greenery blossoms into a salad.

“A little bit of that,” muses Bechard, “gets your whole palate so excited.”   Rarely does farm to fork seem such a short trip.   For his deftness in making his point — and in making black cod with locally grown squash and brussels sprouts, and house-butchered and cured bacon — Bechard’s Thistle is The Oregonian’s 2011 Restaurant of the Year.  Thistle is just 10 minutes from Youngberg Hill and many of our guest enjoy eating there.  Come taste the wine, savor the view, and enjoy dinner at our 2011 restaurant of the year!

Salem Concert Band in Wine Country

June 28th, 2011 by Nicolette Bailey

Salem Concert Band in Wine Country is amazing when at Youngberg Hill and preformed by the Salem Concert Band.  They will present their Enchanted Evening concert on Sunday, August 21, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. at the Youngberg Hill Vineyard. The concert will feature broadway and popular musical selections with featured vocalist Ken Willeford. A gourmet box dinner is included in the ticket price from Creative Catering by Roth’s Fresh Markets. Beverages will be available for purchase from Youngberg Hill Vineyard. Seating is on the vineyard lawn and audience members are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. Tickets are available from TicketsWest outlets and at For more information visit the Salem Concert Band Website: The Youngberg Hill Vineyard is located at 10660 SW Youngberg Hill Road, McMinnville, Oregon.

McMinnville Art Show Lodging

June 27th, 2011 by Nicolette Bailey

Welcome to the Premier Art Show and Sale in Yamhill County! Over 50 established artists along with many student and emerging artists will vie for awards and prizes for two days under the beautiful Oaks at the Linfield College. Combining excellent food, wine and music with the opportunity to view and buy some of Oregon’s finest art, there is something for everyone.  Sponsored by the McMinnville Sunrise Rotary Club is a group of community-minded citizens from McMinnville.  Linfield is only 10 minutes from Youngberg Hill and a great place to stay while enjoying the art of the valley!

July 9 & 10, Linfield College, McMinnville, OR
Hours: Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Admission: $2 Donation

Wayne’s 60th Birthday

June 26th, 2011 by Nicolette Bailey

Please join us in wishing Wayne a happy 60th Birthday!

Oregon Bride Magazine Best of 2011 Awards

June 24th, 2011 by Nicolette Bailey

Oregon Bride Magazine Best of 2011 Awards are being announced on Thursday June 30th. Youngberg Hill is a proud sponsor of our vibrant wedding industry and will be pouring our wines at this wonderful event.
Thursday, June 30th, 2011  6:00 pm – 9:00 pm at the Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland, OR 97205
Enjoy cocktails, great food, and an amazing runway show with real Oregon Brides!
To purchase tickets go to

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm / Best of Bride winners announced at our exclusive Wedding Professional Appreciation cocktail hour
7:30 pm / Doors open to brides
8:15 pm / A spectacular runway show featuring real Oregon Brides and highlighting the state’s dynamic gown boutiques

WineUp Wine Merchants

June 23rd, 2011 by Nicolette Bailey

WineUp Wine Merchants offers experienced wine information, tour, and wine sales of great Oregon wines. Wayne, the Wine Wizard, makes videos about wine that appear on, his own channel, and he has a wine shop in a hip Portland neighborhood. When it come to wine and the Willamette Valley Wayne knows what he is talking about. WineUp Wine Merchants works out of Portland and you can find him at, He knows the winemakers and the land. Wayne is a great resource for a great day in the Oregon Wine valley.

Tour d’Brides Wine Country Weddings

June 22nd, 2011 by Nicolette Bailey

Tour d’Brides Wine Country Weddings stops at Youngberg Hill on Sunday September 11th from 11-4pm. How would you like to be chauffeured through Wine Country to 4 of our most amazing wedding venues and meet with some of Oregon’s best wedding professionals? Go to Wine Country Wedding Professionals website at to get a full description of the amazing bridal show that awaits you. We are so excited to meet you … space is limited so don’t delay in purchasing your tickets today!

Tickets now on sale through Tickets Oregon!! For parties of 2 or more, use Coupon Code “Weddings” at Checkout to receive a 20% discount. We can’t wait to meet you and show you our beautiful Wine Country and amazing wedding professionals!

Another Great Review From a Guest!

June 21st, 2011 by Nicolette Bailey

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 14, 2011

Gorgeous Inn, fantastic views, friendly people, and good wine. Great breakfast in the morning too. We stayed two nights and enjoyed every minute of our stay. Highly recommend it and we hope to be back again someday.

  • Stayed June 2011  from Cleveland…


June 20th, 2011 by Nicolette Bailey

THE 3rd ANNUAL “BEST OF OREGON” FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL- Millennium Plaza Park, Lake Oswego Oregon

Portland OR – Local wine event production company, Pravia Wines & Events, is pleased to announce the 3rd Annual “Best of Oregon” Food & Wine Festival taking place at an exciting new venue this summer on Saturday, August 6, from 6:00– 10:00 p.m. at Millennium Plaza Park in Lake Oswego.

Best of Oregon Food & Wine Festival showcases the very best of Oregon’s culinary culture — world class wineries, breweries and food artisans. Its mission is to support and promote Oregon’s local economy.  “Best of Oregon” Food & Wine Festival is proud to partner with The Children’s Cancer Association as this year’s charity partner.  A percentage of ticket sales will benefit The Children’s Cancer Association.  Also, a silent auction is part of the festival program, with 100% of the proceeds going to the charity.

Tickets to the main festival are $55.00, and available starting on Monday, June 13th through Tickets Oregon. The ticket price includes complimentary wine, beer, and food samples.

In addition, the “Best of Oregon” Charity Golf Tournament, sponsored by Kuni BWM and Bunkers Restaurant, will precede this year’s festival at the Lake Oswego Golf Course on Friday, August 5th at 1:00 p.m.   A cocktail party will follow the golf tournament from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.  Participants will enjoy delicious food from local chefs, live music and the “Best” in refreshing cocktails from local distilleries.

For more information on the “Best of Oregon” Food & Wine Festival, please contact Claudia Bowers, or go to


Another Great Review From A Guest

June 17th, 2011 by Nicolette Bailey

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 7, 2011- NEW

The Inn was a beautiful, relaxing place to vacation at. My room was lovely, with a gas fireplace that I lit each night before bed for awhile. The view from my room on the second floor as well as the living room, dining room and kitchen on the first floor was spectacular. The Inn was exceptionally clean. We had a wonderful breakfast served each morning that was both unique and delicious. Our hosts were very delightful from Becky who prepared breakfast each morning and gave helpful suggestions as to good places to visit in the area to the owner/ winemaker who welcomed us and shared the history of the Inn during our evening wine tastings.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends  From: Princeton, New Jersey and posted on