Archive for August, 2011

Pinot in the City

August 29th, 2011 by Nicolette Bailey

Join Youngberg Hill for two unforgettable days of ‘Pinot in the City’ featuring Willamette wines, winemakers and food purveyors. For the first time, more than 100 Willamette Valley wineries will come to Portland and converge on one city block.

Take advantage of this rare opportunity to meet the faces behind the labels in an exciting urban environment. Winemakers and owners will showcase new and current releases of the Valley’s mighty Pinot Noir along with a surprising variety of other wines. Pinot in the City will transform one urban block into a wine country experience.

Saturday & Sunday, September 10-11, from 2-6pm

For more information and ticket purchases visit

Da Beach is Da Bomb

August 26th, 2011 by Nicolette Bailey

The beach is the bomb when you squeeze in a one day vacation from the glorious surrounds of Youngberg Hill and Oregon’s wine country.  It is only about an hour away and at an off the path community of Pacific City.  It is the home of the Dory Fleet and some of the best surfing on the Pacific coast.

The drive to the sea is a real joy in a nice sports car.  The roads winds along the Little Nestucca River as you meander through the coastal rainforest.

I took a quick trip there today to see what the sea was offering and here is what I was greeted with:

This is one of several “Hay Stack Rocks“ on the Oregon Coast.  Twice a year you can watch the sunset in the arch on the north side of the rock.  An even more amazing thrill is to watch a member of the dory fleet returning from a day’s fishing.  The captain literally tries to beach the boat as far ashore as the waves, his speed and draft will allow.  They do come to a very quick stop when beached and the long winch to the trailer begins.

But the fun part of the beach is the wave action and how the rocks water and light create amazing fountains of foam.

Yes it was a great day for a long walk on the beach and to chill down the computer at the top of my neck.

And any trip to PC requires the pint of Doryman’s stout from the Pelican Pub and Brewery.  Check out their web site as they have a web cam of the beach:

Well I have just enough time to buzz through the sand dunes, watch a few more waves and return back to town for meetings and dinner.

Yes, wine country is spectacular in so many ways but to have an ocean less then an hour away is just the best of both worlds!

What is your favorite experience at the beach?


Vintage 2011, a repeat of 2010?

August 25th, 2011 by Nicolette Bailey

Is the 2011 vintage a repeat of 2010?  In many respects, yes. The 2011 season started off cool and moist. The moisture is not of concern at that time of year, but the cool weather slows the growing cycle so everything starts later. By time the vines started to bud, it was almost May! And while growth began, it was very slow as the weather continued to be cool.

May and June also continued to be cool while the rest of the country melted with record high heat.  Bloom and fruit set were therefore later than average, 5 weeks late in fact. This would make the vintage look more like 1997 rather than 2010. In fact, at the end of June, we had only 4 days that hit 70 degrees or above.  As a result, bloom took place the first week of July. The good news is that due to the late bloom and fruit set, the weather was very conducive for both. Both took place over a short window, about 5 days, and the fruit set was even and big.  We are excited to see how beautiful the clusters are in size and shape.

Since that time we have had near normal temperatures, mid 80’s, and our normal cool nights, 50 to 55. It has been great growing conditions for the vines and the grapes, and they look very healthy. We will be cutting more fruit off than normal because we have more fruit on the vines to start and because we want a little less fruit on the vines to push to ripening. It wouldn’t hurt to get a few days here and there for temperatures in the 90s just to help move things along a little faster.

As always, it is about the weather.
More to come.

Music and Wine – Salem Concert Band Fundraiser

August 19th, 2011 by Nicolette Bailey

The Salem Concert Band will perform at 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21, at Youngberg Hill Vineyards, 10660 S.W. Youngberg Hill Road.

The “Enchanted Evening” dinner concert is a fundraiser for the band, which includes members from Yamhill County as well as the Salem area.

Tickets are $30. That includes the music and scenery at Youngberg Hill, plus a box dinner prepared by Roth’s Creative Catering. Wine and other beverages will be available for an additional charge. Tickets can be purchased at the band website,, or through Tickets West, 1-800-992-8499.  Lawn seating so bring a blanket or a chair.

Director John Skelton said the group usually performs in the historic Elsinore Theatre in Salem. It hasn’t played in McMinnville for decades.

During its first five years, founder and director John McManus led numerous concerts in Mac, where he taught band in the 1960s. The group also played in Newberg, Dallas and other area cities.

“We hope to start doing more of that,” said Skelton, who played euphonium with the group before becoming its director.

Skelton was looking for the right venue in Yamhill County. Then, on a wine-tasting visit to Youngberg Hill, he saw the concert lawn and met the winemaker.

“Such a beautiful setting, and such nice people,” he said.

Soon, plans were being made for a performance under the skies.

The Salem Concert Band season usually spans the school year, with summers off. For this special performance, Skelton said he expects about 45 of the 50 to 60 players who make up the winter ensemble.

Local members include Paul Paddock on euphonium and Dick Elliott on trumpet. John Delaney, another former Mac High band director, also is a member. Paddock’s wife, Linfield College band director Joan Haddeland Paddock, sometimes plays with the Salem group, as well.

Some members of the group, such as the Paddocks, Elliott and Delaney, play professionally. Others are part-time musicians who just love to play, Skelton said.

“We play mature enough literature that people need to be on top of their instruments, so everyone can enjoy it,” he said.

For the Youngberg Hill concert, the Salem Concert Band will play a collection of tunes from shows such as “Fiddler on the Roof,” “South Pacific” and “The Wizard of Oz,” and classical pieces, including “Les Vignobles, Suite Francaise,” a French piece set in a vineyard.

“I’m sure this is the first time it will be heard in a concert at an Oregon vineyard,” said Skelton, who directed a version “Les Vignobles” with his high school band when he was teaching in Dallas.

Singer Ken Willeford will join the band for several Gershwin tunes, including “Someone to Watch Over Me” and “They Can’t Take That Away from Me.” Willeford is known in the Salem area for performing with big bands and jazz ensembles.

Proceeds from the benefit concert will help the band buy music, advertise its concerts and rent performance venues, Skelton said. “The economy is tough on all arts groups right now,” he said.

Red Full Moon – August 13th

August 11th, 2011 by Nicolette Bailey

The August Full Moon is sometimes call the Red Moon because it appears reddish as it rises through the warm and steamy summer haze. It’s a time when the corns and grains are ripening and the streams are filled with fish. For those of us who plant our seeds or cast our fishing lines in the business world, it’s a time of preparing to see the fruit of your hard work. You can put life into action. Make plans. And, because this is an Aquarius Full Moon, those plans can be as wild as you are capable of making them. Think globally. And, think of the greater good. You’re not just feeding yourself, you’re feeding your neighbors – mentally, physically and/or spiritually.

Youngberg Hill is a perfect place to see the Red Full Moon.  For the guest staying overnight at Youngberg Hill Inn they are in for a  special treat as on a typical night “its so quiet you can hear the stars”!  No matter where you are look up and be amazed at this wonderful sight.  Toasting with a glass of Youngberg Hill Pinot Noir is highly recommended!


¡Salud! Sip 20th Anniversary Celebrations Lodging

August 10th, 2011 by Nicolette Bailey

Celebrations for the 20th anniversary of ¡Salud! The Oregon Pinot Noir Auction begin with the “¡Salud! Sip,” a day for collectors of ¡Salud! Cuvées to open their bottles and share their tasting experiences with the online social community. Top restaurants in Portland and beyond will waive corkage fees for patrons sharing their ¡Salud! cuvée on Sip day.

¡Salud! is a program supported by the Oregon wine community and Tuality Healthcare to provide access to healthcare services for Oregon’s seasonal vineyard workers and their families. The key fundraiser is the annual November auction at which Oregon’s premier winemakers debut one-of-a-kind Pinot Noirs crafted exclusively for ¡Salud! These cuvées are highly prized by collectors and available only through the auction.

“¡Salud! Sip” partner restaurants include:
Portland: Chez Joly; Gracie’s; Nostrana; Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse; Wildwood
Dayton: Joel Palmer House
Newberg: The Painted Lady; Recipe
Dundee: Dundee Bistro; Farm to Fork; Red Hills Provincial Dining; Tina’sMcMinnville: Bistro Maison; Nick’s Italian Café; Thistle

For more information visit Salude website.

Youngberg Hill has been a proud supporter of ¡Salud and a great place to stay for this event and touring Willamette Valley Wine Country.  Not looking to stay overnight at Youngberg Hill Inn then stop by for wine tastings as we are open all weekend from 11-5pm.


Pinot Noir Pears and Smoothies

August 9th, 2011 by Nicolette Bailey

If your looking for options for getting your daily intake of Youngberg Hill Pinot Noir we have two great solutions for you.  Make Pinot Noir Pears and smoothies!  Take a bottle of Pinot Noir, whole peppercorns, cloves, cinnamon, and sugar and simmer for 30 min.  Peel and core fresh pears and set them aside. Next, strain the Pinot sauce and place the pears in the Pinot sauce and cook for 30 min. Let them cool and refrigerate over night. In the morning either serve the Pinot Pears for breakfast or freeze it for smoothies. For Pinot smoothies take them out of the freezer and let it start thawing, pour a bottle of Pinot Gris in with it and blend.  And there you have my famous Pinot Noir Smoothies!! We can serve them for breakfast and during events at Youngberg Hill.  They are SO good that I have decided I am going to patent them!!


Oregon Pinot Noir and Resveratrol

August 8th, 2011 by Nicolette Bailey

Pinot Noir grapes are grown around the world and remain a difficult variety to cultivate and transform into wine. The grape is chiefly associated with the Burgundy region of France and in more recent years, The Willamette Valley of Oregon. Willamette Valley is at the same latitude as Burgundy, and has a similar cool, damp climate in which the finicky Pinot Noir grapes thrive. Both regions are widely considered to produce some of the finest wines in the world.

Oregon Pinot Noirs are the ultimate food wine – complex, sleek, smooth and elegant with moderate degrees of tannin (the substance derived from the skins and seeds of fermenting grapes). It is an all around easy drinking wine that goes just as well with vegetables, pasta, cheese, and fruit as it does with chicken, pork, fin- and shellfish. If you’re wondering where all this wine talk is coming from, it’s because I’ve just returned from an indulgent wine-tasting trip to the abovementioned Willamette Valley. But don’t worry, there is a method to my madness…and it’s not just to soothe my gluttonous conscience.

Thanks to the French Paradox study of the early 90′s, we all know that red wine is the “healthy” alcoholic drink of choice, but did you know that only one varietal of red wine has been shown to possess often exponentially higher health properties than other kinds of wine? Yep, that’s right, the Pinot Noir grape has been said to produce the highest amounts of the antioxidant resveratrol than other red wines, which (like most other red wines besides Pinot Noir) already contain about 10 times the amount of resveratrol as white wines.

As noted by Cornell researcher Leroy Creasy, Pinot Noir’s high resveratrol content is due largely to the fact that this temperamental, thin-skinned grape (which remember, thrives in cool, moist climates) is often stressed by a combination of pathogenic organisms, temperature and fungi that typically attack in cool damp climates, resulting in the Pinot Noir grape producing resveratrol to defend itself against such attacks. The same chemical defense that extends the life of these grapes also appears to have similar benefits for us. Just as a refresher, here are a few of the claimed benefits:

  • Regular red wine consumption has been said to significantly reduce the risk of heart disease and other cardiovascular problems due to a class of compounds known as catechins (flavanoids). Like resveratrol, which aids grapes in fighting fungal infections, they act as anti-oxidants and anti-coagulants.
  • Lowers risk of Alzheimer’s: several studies show that resveratrol lowers the risk of developing Alzheimer’s, by reducing the levels of amyloid-beta peptides, which are responsible for the disease.
  • Regulates Cholesterol: Studies of wine and health suggest that red wine can raise HDL cholesterol (the ‘good’ kind) and discourage LDL (the ‘bad’ kind) from forming.
  • Anti-carcinogenic/anti-cancer properties: inhibits cellular events associated with the initiation, promotion, and progression of tumors
  • Contains powerful antioxidant polyphenols, which contribute to anti-cancer, anti-aging benefits including helping to fight heart disease, vision disorders, allergies, viral infections, and more.

If you’re a Pinot Noir fan, you probably already appreciate the qualities of a great complex Pinot. And although the resveratrol content can vary widely from winery to winery, year to year, crop to crop, different fermentation processes, and other factors, it’s a generally safe bet to say that choosing a glass of Willamette Valley Pinot Noir is likely to contain a far higher resveratrol content than your typical glass of red wine. And that’s just one more reason to adore an Oregon Pinot.  Youngberg Hill’s organic farming is a perfect match to the health benefits for you to enjoy.  As a daily consumer of Youngberg Hill’s Pinot Noir I can honestly say that I have all the benefits and am loving life.

Article posted at Wellness Made Natural