North West Wine Summit is the largest competition of wines from the Pacific Northwest, with well over 1,300 wines entered from Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, British Columbia and Alberta. We are happy that the Youngberg Hill 2007 Jordan Block Pinot Noir received a Silver medal. While we like to always receive Gold medals for our wines we feel that given the high level of completion and entries this was a solid showing. Come and taste the Jordan 2007 for yourself and you be the judge.
Archive for June, 2011
June 16th, 2011 by Nicolette Bailey
June 14th, 2011 by Nicolette Bailey
Chuck Hill’s Wine Review this week showcased Youngberg Hill.
Youngberg Hill Vineyards, 2008 Pinot Noir, Natasha Block
Youngberg Hill Vineyards began as a hobby of the original owners of the Youngberg Hill Bed and Breakfast, an elegant property southwest of McMinnville, Oregon. Later owners have taken the vineyard and winery more seriously and indeed, the grapes produced here frequently produce award-winning wines like this gold-medal winner. Look for ripe aromas of earthy cherry, spicy vanilla and notes of apple and caramel. The berry/cherry palate is firm with toasty oak and medium tannins, pairing very well with smoky salmon from the grill.
Youngberg Hill Vineyards, 2008 Pinot Noir, Jordan Block
This intense wine needs a few hours breathing to open up and show its stuff. Cherry cola, anise, earthy herbs and toast dominate the aroma, though more characters appear as the wine breathes. The palate offers flavors of black fruits, citrus zest, fennel and vanilla toast.
June 14th, 2011 by Nicolette Bailey
Growing Vineyards in Oregon’s Wine Country is exciting. Summer is finally beginning to show as the grape vines have budded and are growing shoots, sometimes as much as an inch a day. It is always exciting to see the new shoots reaching for the sky, knowing that in a few weeks they will be 7 feet tall. The cool weather this spring has currently put us about 4 weeks behind in the typical growing cycle of the vines, but it is a long summer and there will be plenty of opportunities for the vines to catch up a little with spurts of hot weather. And then there is October, the month that makes or breaks the vintage.
June 13th, 2011 by Nicolette Bailey
June 12th, 2011 by Nicolette Bailey
Idyllic photos can’t capture the peaceful wonder that is Youngberg Hill. This vineyard inn’s 180+ degree view of the Williamette Valley is second to none. The inn’s wrap-around deck is a perfect spot to sit and relax, listening to birds chirp while watching sunrise or sunset over vineyards and a pasture dotted with horses.
Upon arrival, we were greeted warmly, given run of the house, and very well cared-for. Throughout our stay, everyone at Youngberg Hill made us feel like part of the family, cheerfully catering to every request and genuinely interested in our making our stay enjoyable.
From delicious breakfasts to complementary afternoon wine tastings to 24 hr self-service drinks and snacks, absolutely no amenities were lacking. Need winery recommendations or dinner reservations? We found Becky, Jesse, and Wayne eager to help. Animal lovers will enjoy the enthusiastic greetings offered by labs Holly and Dale and their kitty companion Truffle.
Whether you’re looking for a little solitude or seeking the pleasant company of fellow travelers and friendly inn keepers, you’ll find it all at Youngberg Hill.
June 9th, 2011 by Nicolette Bailey
Walla Walla Wineries are a 5 hour drive from Youngberg Hill so we went to meet some winemakers last week. They are making some wonderful warm weather varietals, especially Syrah. On Wednesday, our day was highlighted by a visit to Sinclair Estate Vineyards, owned by Kathy and Tim who also owned the B&B we were staying, Vine and Roses. The winemaker, Amy Alverez-Wampfler, met us at their downtown tasting room and spent time with us going through all their current releases. This was a great new find and ranks right up there with Abeja as one of our favorites.
We then scooted out to the airport district to stop by Elegante Cellars and owner Doug Simons; and Five Star Cellars (one of my sister-in-law’s favorites) and David Huse. Both were small and quaint pouring some nice wines.
The next day we started at Walla Walla Vitners and met with Gordon Venneri and Juda. They were both very hospitable and shared a lot of their family history and the history of the vineyards. They have been around about as long as anyone in the region. We tasted through everything and found their Sangiovese to be delightful. We then stopped by Waters, a wonderful spot with nice wines and a tasting room person who was both informative and a joy to spend time with.
In the afternoon, we set out for Garrison Creek Cellars and David March, a delightful individual and the winemaker. He and his partner share a long history starting back in grade school and that friendship shows itself in all that Garrison Creek is from the 300 acres of vines to the beautiful winery “barn”. We first went barrel tasting and then went back upstairs to taste through their current releases. David had prepared and nice cheese and meat platter that enhanced the experience. We loved the wines and the personality of the winery. Another new favorite.
We finished off the day at K Vintners’ new tasting room downtown. It was in true Charles Smith fashion and the wines did not disappoint either. Another fun adventure.
June 8th, 2011 by Nicolette Bailey
Wine Country Weddings don’t get any more beautiful then at Youngberg Hill. We where honored to host Dana & Phil’s wedding over Memorial Day weekend. If your wondering what love looks like check out this photo from Powers Photography. Ben has a way to capture the heart of Brides & Grooms. Visit http://www.powersstudiosblog.com/?p=5175 for more photos.
June 7th, 2011 by Nicolette Bailey
Voodoo Vintners Book Signing at the Joel Palmer House in Dayton OR on Sunday June 12th from 3-6pm. Author Katherine Cole will be on hand to sign and talk about Oregon’s astonishing Bio-dynamic Winegrowers. If your interested in wine, farming, and our environment this is a fun event. Youngberg Hill has been farming organically since 2003 and proudly supports this book. Reservations requested at 503.864.2995. Visit http://www.joelpalmerhouse.com/
June 6th, 2011 by Nicolette Bailey
Thirst Bistro’s New Wine Tasting Room in Portland Oregon is having their Grand Opening. Now when customers are in Portland but don’t have a chance to travel to Oregon’s Wine Country they can stop in at Thirst and enjoy wines from the different AVA’s. Youngberg Hill wines are proud to be a featured wine at Thirst Bistro and look forward to having you top in to enjoy their new tasting room. Thirst is located at 0315 SW Montgomery Street, Portland http://www.thirstbistro.com/