Celebrate Fall in Oregon Wine Country

September 9th, 2013 by Nicolette Bailey

Oregon Wine country fallIf you’re interested in sampling some of the country’s finest Pinor Noir wines, then fall is a wonderful time to plan a trip to Oregon Wine Country. Throughout the fall months, the hillsides across the Willamette Valley are radiant with the colors of fall.  Deep purple grapes are set against a backdrop of the brilliant oranges, bright yellows, and deep reds associated with the harvest season.  Driving through the valley is stunning, only made better when you stop in our amazing tasting room to sample the wines produced here.

As we head into the fall months, Willamette Valley Wineries are busy getting ready for the harvest season.  If you’re looking for some harvest-related fun, then head to the 23rd annual Grape Stomp and Harvest Celebration at Willamette Valley Vineyards on September 21st and 22nd.  Visitors from all over the country compete in teams for the title, as well as to earn a trip to Santa Rosa, California for the World Grape Stomp Championships.  Come dressed in costumes, enjoy the live music, and get ready for some great family fun in Oregon Wine Country.  On Saturday, October 5th, spend the day with the North Willamette Vintners as they prepare for the 2013 Oregon wine harvest during the North Willamette Harvest Trail and Grand Tasting.  Here, you’ll learn all about the wine harvest, and enjoy a guided bus tour to three different Willamette Valley wineries for tastings and other harvest-related activities.  At Youngberg Hill Vineyards, we’re always looking for volunteers to help us with sorting during the fall harvest.  If you’re interested, please email us for more information.

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Let McMinnville Dining Thrill Your Tastebuds

September 2nd, 2013 by Nicolette Bailey

McMinnville diningThe hillsides along the Oregon corridor between McMinnville and Newberg are covered with vineyards; evidence of the thriving and world-renowned wine country found in Willamette Valley. Over the recent past, the tourism industry has excelled thanks in large part to this wine-driven notoriety. What was once a charming old farming town famous for its turkeys is now a thriving foodie destination. Dining in downtown McMinnville is an experience nothing short of amazing. The surprising variety of cuisine available in this charming downtown includes sumptuous Italian dishes, Japanese sushi, Spanish tapas, Mexican dishes, fine French cuisine, and classic American fare. Everyone loves great food. Pair that great food with world-famous wines, and you have a recipe for perfection, recently leading McMinnville to be hailed as the second best foodie town in America by Bon Appetit magazine. With a reputation like that, we can assure you there is no shortage of delectable culinary delights awaiting you in McMinnville. Don’t miss your chance to explore this charming foodie paradise, and book your stay at Youngberg Hill Vineyards and Inn now.

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2 Responses to “Let McMinnville Dining Thrill Your Tastebuds”

  1. Mark Treick says:

    Great article on Mac and it’s foodie destinations. Being in Newberg, we’re most our guests are staying, we rarely take them to restaurants in Mac itself. But I will lead them to this article when they inquire about recommendations. Thanks for posting it.

    Mark Treick
    http://www.cellardoorwinetours.com

    • Nicolette Bailey says:

      Thank you for your feedback. Its wonderful to explore your local neighbors. We look forward to having you enjoy these wonderful locations.

Take a Hike! Hiking Oregon

August 26th, 2013 by Nicolette Bailey

orThe state of Oregon has a vast array of nature recreation opportunities, and each region of the state has its own special, natural qualities.  If you are visiting Oregon from another country or another US State and are interested in taking a hike on your trip, or if you are an Oregon local who is looking for suggestions for getting out into nature this summer, now is the time to start planning, and this page can be a good starting point for you! Hiking Oregon offers so many choices for all kinds of ability levels.  This blog will be focused on the Willamette Valley Wine Country, Portland and Salem areas.

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Oregon biking Through Wine Country

August 20th, 2013 by Nicolette Bailey

Oregon bikingOregon is a cyclers paradise, with no shortage of biking destinations to choose from.  Oregon biking offers everything, from easy rides at sea level to exhausting assaults on 10,000-foot peaks.  Whether you ride a mountain bike, a road bike, or are looking for a cycling event, Oregon has something to offer you.  Explore one of Oregon’s Scenic Bikeways, a unique program to the state that showcases the very best of Oregon, all from the seat of a bike.  Travel down one of our nine bikeways for a scenic, historic, and cultural experience unlike anything you’ve ever experienced.  These routes have been reviewed, ridden and adopted by locals, in the hopes of helping you plan you’re own two-wheeled Oregon biking adventure.  With a diverse array of trails, Oregon’s Scenic Bikeways can accommodate any rider, from beginning to advanced, for day trips or extended, multi-day adventures.  Let Youngberg Hill be your base from which you explore the hundreds of miles of roads and trails in Oregon’s beautiful wine country, or simply stop in to Youngberg Hill during your Oregon biking adventure to experience the quiet beauty of the Willamette Valley.

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Wine Country Lodging Getaway – Jura Suite

August 12th, 2013 by Nicolette Bailey

JuraRm-01The Jura Suite was originally two, small, separate guest rooms in the Inn that were combined in 1994 to make a larger suite.  Although it was always a beautiful room, we knew that we could improve it, and in late December of 2012 we took on the challenge of welcoming in the coming year by giving the Jura a complete makeover!

There were four main focus areas for design; the view, the headboard, the larger bathroom with glass wine sinks, and the fireplace.  Everything else fit around these elements.   The beautiful original panoramic windows always filled the room with light and gave guests a full view of the valley, so we decided to keep them.  It felt great to kick off the Jura remodel by making an energy efficient update that corresponded with our convictions to uphold good environmental practices here at Youngberg Hill .  Although we loved the original trim, the chance to change the trim color throughout the entire room in order to give the room some special flare that set it aside from all the rest was simply too fun to pass up.  We now enjoy a dark chocolate trim that picks up the tones of the other new additions in the room – the headboard and the wood grains in the exposed beams above.

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2 Responses to “Wine Country Lodging Getaway – Jura Suite”

  1. Dennis Anderson says:

    I salute you on the accomplishment of your project. Maika’i. A night at Youngberg Hill is most definitely on our ToDo list. It is only a few miles from our home, but a world away.

  2. Rick and Pam Minton says:

    Thank you for letting us stay in this beautiful room! We won a nights stay over a year ago when our church (Church on the Hill) had their HOPE ON THE HILL concert there..we waited until May of this year to celebrate our 38th wedding anniversary at your INN..and you made it so special! Loved the bottle of wine with “HAPPY ANNIVERSARY” written on it waiting on the bed!!! The welcome, the wine tasting, the breakfast, and all in between was spectacular! We have a disabled daughter, who requires round the clock care, so getting away is difficult. Having this wonderful place so nearby was a rare and true retreat. Thank you again…WE LOVE this place, ..and this ROOM is amazing..all the comforts you could ever want, the views are unbeatable,love those windows, the attention to detail and design elements are keeping in step with the vineyards that surround you…and topping it off by sitting in a wonderful deep jacuzzi tub with the fireplace right in front of you..the sinks made from wine bottles, THAT makes it even more special….. just WOW..would love to win another nights get-a-way here!Thanks again..you are wonderful hosts!!
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Reimagine history at the Evergreen Aviation Museum

August 11th, 2013 by Nicolette Bailey

Evergreen Aviation MuseumVisitors to McMinnville often come here to enjoy the splendor and serenity found in Willamette Valley wine country; to enjoy the flavors of fine Oregon wine, and the exquisite culinary delights that accompany their favorite glass.  However, there is so much more to McMinnville than our Willamette Valley wines.  With the green rolling hills of wine country as the backdrop, this historic city offers visitors the grand experience you’d expect out of a larger city, while still holding on to its historic small-town charm.  Tucked in the hills of McMinnville, you’ll find world class experiences, such as the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum.  The Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum is a gem to locals and visitors alike, and is definitely a must-see opportunity while in McMinnville.  Children the world-over have dreamt of flight for centuries.  Book your stay with us at the Youngberg Hill Vineyards and Inn now, and let your imagination run wild in the Evergreen Aviation Museum.

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Veraison! Oregon’s Wine Country Changing Colors

August 6th, 2013 by Nicolette Bailey

Veraison blog

No, it’s not fall yet in Oregon Wine Country, but we are starting to see the first glimpse of Veraison in the Willamette Valley! Veraison is the ripening process as wine grapes change color from green to a deep blue purple for red wine grapes, autumn colors for grey grapes (or gris), and frosty light green for white grapes. This color change typically takes place in late August/early September. Bergström just facebooked that they are seeing the first signs of Veraison.  This is a month earlier than normal. California typically is going through Veraison at this time, and afterward Oregon follows suit, but every year brings something different! Specific to the Willamette Valley, the north end of the valley typically starts Veraison earlier. Since Youngberg Hill is located at a higher altitude, we are usually a couple of weeks behind the majority of vineyards.

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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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One Response to “Growing Pinot Noir in Oregon’s Willamette Valley”

  1. I love how detailed you are in discussing your wine growing process. It is inspiring and I look forward to reading what August and September do for your gorgeous grapes and incredible wines.

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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