Archive for the ‘Youngberg Hill in Oregon’ Category

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!

http://www.oregonlive.com/diner-2011/index.ssf/2011/06/restaurant_of_the_year.html

http://www.thistlerestaurant.com/

“BEST OF OREGON” FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL

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, claudia@praviawines.com or go to www.bestoforegonfoodandwine.com

 

Growing Vineyards in Oregon’s Wine Country

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.

Horseback Riding in Wine Country

May 26th, 2011 by Nicolette Bailey

Horseback Riding in Wine Country is beautiful when done at Equestrian Wine Tours with Jake Price.  For years his horse, Chewy, took many Youngberg Hill guests on rides through vineyards in Dayton and Dundee.  Now Chewy is summering at Youngberg Hill along with a few friends.  Come say ‘Hi’ to him and enjoy a glass of wine.

Bicycle Oregon Wine Country

May 21st, 2011 by Nicolette Bailey

Only the brave of heart try making the climb up Youngberg Hills driveway.  Those that make it to the top know that they are but a very select few .  Those that don’t make it to the very top  know that its the effort that makes us who we are.

Youngberg Hill has over 200 miles of the Willamette Valley Bicycle routes connecting to us. Please come visit us our tasting room is open 11-5PM daily.  Bring your bike, relax at our beautiful vineyard, and celebrate with a glass of wine.

Unique Angles Photography

May 14th, 2011 by Nicolette Bailey

Unique Angles Photography came a few weeks ago to finish taking Inn room photos at Youngberg Hill.  Marcus Berg was here last year to do a few rooms and we are trilled to have him back to finish up.  Look at what he creates, it’s truly amazing!  I haven’t found anyone that can light a room as well as he does.  Thank you Marcus.  Check out his site at http://www.uniqueanglesphoto.com

Youngberg Hill Supports Taste of the Nation

May 13th, 2011 by Nicolette Bailey

Youngberg Hill supports Taste of the Nation!  It was great to see everyone at this wonderful event sampling amazing wines and food.

With your help, our net result was over $65,000 for Share Our Strength and our local beneficiaries (Oregon Food Bank, St. Vincent de Paul Food Recovery Program, Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon, and Klamath/Lake County Food Bank).  In 2012, we’ll celebrate our 25th anniversary – hope to see you there!

Photo credit to photographer Andie Petkus.

Corks & Caftans 2008 Jordan Review

May 8th, 2011 by Nicolette Bailey

Corks & Caftans 2008 Jordan Review is a testament to the quality of standards that exist year after year on fruit coming from Youngberg Hill’s Jordan Block estate vineyard.

“Musty nose, hints of sweet watermelon, spruce and moss. Deep plum in color—divergently dark for an Oregon Pinot Noir, but not dense, retaining glimmers of transparency. Steady black fruit drives and traverses the nose and palate, underscored by dense earth and herbals.

Not a wine quick to award dividends. It flaunts a Bordeaux-like appetite for air and patience—a bit of a dangler at first, but 2 hours provides focus. Swells of black cherry, fennel, cola and cream soda become unmissable where vague threads of distinction appeared at first.”

For more information go to http://www.corksandcaftans.com/2011/05/07/wine-review-2008-%c2%b7-youngberg-hill-vineyards-%c2%b7-jordan-pinot-noir-%c2%b7-mcminnville-or/

Youngberg Hill Wins Gold!

May 5th, 2011 by Nicolette Bailey

Youngberg Hill 2008 Natasha Pinot Noir Wins Gold from Oregon Wine Award! Our tasting room is open daily so come taste the wine and savor the view!

 

Bud Break At Youngberg Hill

May 3rd, 2011 by Nicolette Bailey

The vines are budding at Youngberg Hill and the Willamette Valley.  With the last few days of sunshine the vineyard is really moving along.  It’s so exciting!