Archive for July, 2013

Growing Pinot Noir in Oregon’s Willamette Valley

July 31st, 2013 by Nicolette Bailey

vineyard2013 has been a relatively good growing season so far for Oregon Pinot Noir. We had an early spring in terms of warmer temperatures and drier weather in April and May. Budbreak and bloom were on time or slightly ahead and we just concluded fruit set. The clusters are very full and berry size is even. We will be counting clusters and weighing clusters in the next couple of weeks to determine how much fruit to cut off to maximize quality.

We have raised catch wires to the top of the posts and hedged the vines. We have also removed leaves on the east side of the vines to open up the canopy and expose the fruit to cool morning sunlight. We are cutting and plowing under more cover crop to eliminate competition for water, as we are having a few more hotter days than normal and drier ground water. In fact, our number of hours hotter than 50 degrees is similar to California’s Sonoma County so far this year. We have had a few more days of higher than normal humidity, as well, that increases propensity for mildew pressure. Therefore, we have been more diligent in our spray program to ensure the vines are protected. The drier than normal conditions have made this easier to manage.

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Oregon Winery Live Music

July 27th, 2013 by Nicolette Bailey

music blog2As a small, local vineyard, we love to stay connected with and give back to our community.  One of the most fun ways to bring people together is through music, and we are excited to be hosting a number of benefit concerts on the Hill this summer, along with free, live music up on the Hill every Thursday night through mid-September!

We are featuring both local McMinnville and Portland-based musicians, who have been making waves state and nationwide, at our events. Some of these artists include The Djangophiles, who are among the world’s masters of Parisian Swing and Gypsy Jazz, singer/songwriter Sara Jackson-Holman, whose powerful compositions have been featured on a number of television shows including “The Ringer,” “90210,” “Castle,” and “Grey’s Anatomy,” and pianist Mike Strickland, whose music has appeared on CBS Sports PGA Golf for multiple seasons, along with NBC, FOX, ABC, and in the major motion pictures “This Christmas” (2007) and “Obsessed” (2009).

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27th Annual International Pinot Noir Celebration

July 20th, 2013 by Nicolette Bailey

International Pinot Noir Celebration

With the end of July just around the corner, it’s time for Pinot Noir lovers to rejoice!  The 27th annual International Pinot Noir Celebration is upon us, from July 26th-28th at Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon.  The three day event that makes up the International Pinot Noir Celebration, or IPNC for short, is a must-do event for new Pinot Noir lovers or master winemakers alike.  Join a variety of people from across the globe, including winemakers, northwest chefs, media, and other wine lovers as you explore the intricacies of Pinot Noir wines, savor unforgettable meals, and learn and celebrate with the biggest stars of the wine world.  Throughout your time at the International Pinot Noir Celebration, you’ll have a chance to taste Pinot Noir from Grand Cru Burgundy, Oregon, New Zealand, Australia, California, and other areas around the globe.  But this event is about more than just tasting great wines.  Here, you’ll have the chance to walk through Oregon vineyards with the grower who planted them, and unwind in the picturesque wine country of Willamette Valley, Oregon.  This surely is one of the most enjoyable weekends for wine lovers from all walks of life. Youngberg Hill Vineyards is located just 15 short minutes away from Linfield College and the IPNC venue, making this your perfect opportunity to stop in and tour one of Oregon’s premier wine country estates.

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WINNER: OREGON BRIDE AWARDS “BEST ALL INCLUSIVE VENUE!”

July 13th, 2013 by Nicolette Bailey

Oregon vineyard weddingYoungberg Hill Vineyards, known for its divine wines and charming inn, is also a beautiful and award-winning location for your Oregon vineyard wedding!  We are truly grateful for the opportunity to host weddings and are glad to have had such supportive wedding guests and vendors over the years.  This year we owe our sincere thanks to all of them for voting for us in the 2013 Oregon Bride Awards.  We had the honor of winning the award for “Best All Inclusive Venue” this year, so thank you!
Wayne and I enjoyed our own vineyard wedding over 15 years ago, and the memories of that day still stir my soul.  When we think of the couples who have trusted us to take care of them for one of the biggest days of their lives, we know exactly how they feel and what they need because we’ve been there!  We pride ourselves on strong communications from the moment someone reaches out to us for information.  We help guide couples and feel the responsibility of preparing for that big chapter in their lives.  I personally haven’t missed a Youngberg Hill Vineyward wedding and love serving our wines during the reception and getting to know all of the guests.  The total joy during the ceremony and reception is infectious.

We do an average of 25 weddings in our stunning vineyards each year.  Having won this award knowing that the other nominated wedding locations in our category do an average of 75-150 weddings a year in comparison means that all of our guests took the time to vote for us, which assures us that our aspirations for making weddings at Youngberg Hill a special experience for each individual in attendance are being accomplished.  To win this award, which was voted on by both the public and by vendors, means so much more to us than you can imagine.  Thank you so much for the honor of hosting your vineyard wedding, and for the joy that you have given us in showing that what we do at Youngberg Hill is of unrivaled excellence.

~Nicolette