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McMinnville History and Geography

July 22nd, 2014 by Rachel

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Settled along the Yamhill River in the Willamette Valley, McMinnville is surrounded by vineyards and walnuts. It’s geography, a mere 35 miles southwest of Portland, McMinnville has a rich and quirky history of its own.

McMinnville’s founder, William T. Newby, settled in Oregon with the first wagon train in 1843, naming the town after his hometown in Tennessee.

Incorporated in 1876, McMinnville was already the county seat for Yamhill County.

Scholarly Pursuits

Linfield College was first founded in 1858 as the Baptist College at McMinnville. After a generous gift from Frances Ross Linfield in 1922, the school was renamed. The campus is continuously expanding for the over 2,500 students seeking a small, private, and liberal arts education.


McMinnville is also a city that loves to celebrate. There are two major festivals rooted in local history and full of character. This year marks the 54th Annual Turkey Rama, celebrating the once lofty turkey industry in Yamhill County. The first incarnation of the festival was in 1938 as the “Pacific Coast Turkey Exhibit.” Today there are still activities, prizes and a giant turkey barbeque.

The city has also hosted its very own UFO Festival for 15 years, in honor of the alleged UFO sighting in 1950 in nearby Sheridan. The picture of the flying saucer skyrocketed in popularity after being published in McMinnville’s newspaper. The festival is the largest gathering of UFO-enthusiasts in the Pacific Northwest and is second in the country only to Roswell, New Mexico’s.

July History Blog- Pic 2Wine, of course!

Because of its location in the lush Yamhill Valley, McMinnville is a major destination for Oregon vineyards. The area’s hills allow for a great diversity in wine, even among the famous Oregon Pinot grapes. In 2005, Youngberg Hill and seven other local wineries became members of the McMinnville Winegrower’s Association, a division of the larger Willamette Valley AVA.

Embrace McMinnville’s rich history and geography with these tours and maps:


How to Taste Wine Properly

February 4th, 2014 by Rachel

youngberg hill tasting roomWe have all heard that wine tasting is a complicated process.  You have probably been given advice on how to taste wine – usually this includes:

a)     Look at the color of the wine to discover its clarity, depth, and saturation.

b)     Smell the wine

c)      Swirl the wine in your glass.

d)     Note how slowly it runs back down the side of the glass while you’re swirling.  This is called viscosity.

e)     Smell the wine again.

f)      Take a sip of the wine and roll it around your mouth so as to expose it to all of your taste buds.

g)     Note the aftertaste.

There can be more steps involved for the professional wine taster, but those are the basics.

However, when going wine tasting, the most important thing to note is what we like to call the “yuck” or “yum” factor.  That is: do you like it?  If so, what do you like about it?  If not, what don’t you like about it?

The first part is easy.  Just taste the wine and discover if you enjoy the texture, smell, and flavor.

The second part is more difficult.  Discovering what you specifically like or dislike about the wine can be tough to describe.  Taste is a deeply personal experience and how one person describes a taste can be completely different from the description of another person who is sipping the exact same wine.

So, how do you describe your taste in wine to a store, restaurant, or winery? Here are four tips:

  1. When you taste a wine you like – find out how the winery described it.  You can do this in the tasting room by speaking with the person who is conducting the tasting and asking them for tasting notes, discussing specifics of the year the wine was produced, and finding out how it was aged.However, you aren’t always in a tasting room when sipping a glass of wine.  You may be at home or out at dinner.  You can check the bottle for descriptions or note down the wine you ordered and Google the tasting notes later on.
  2. When you taste a wine you don’t like, do the same thing.  No one really wants to remember the wine they didn’t care for, but understanding why you didn’t care for it will help you buy wines you enjoy more in future.  So, find out about the wine, discover how the taste or smell you didn’t care for is described, and don’t buy wine with those characteristics in future.
  3. Consider what it’s paired with.  The way you perceive taste changes as you eat and drink wine.  You might be enjoying your food and wine more than you would if they were not paired.  On the flip side, you may really dislike your wine because of a bad pairing. 
  4. Find out what certain descriptive terms mean.  Some very common terms used when discussing wine are:

Rich – Wine which shows ripeness and viscosity.  This is something you can discern from the legs which form when you swirl your wine and from the depth of color.

High Acidity – This describes a tart and zesty taste.  When describing reds; “high acidity” usually means it’s lighter in color and tastes tart.  When describing whites; this often means a lemon or lime taste.

Oaked – This means the wine was aged in an oak barrel.  The type of oak used in the barrel itself can have a huge impact on the taste of wine.  But, when you’re talking tastebuds, the “oak” tastes in wine are the non-grape related tastes.  Common “oak” tastes are vanilla, butter, and coconut in whites and spice, vanilla, and dill in reds.

UnOaked – Wines are not always aged in oak.  Wines which are unoaked are often more zesty and tart.

Buttery – Often describes a white that has been aged in oak and has low acidity. It has a creamy texture and a smooth finish.

Floral – A smell or taste of flowers or blossoms.  This is opposed to a fruity taste or smell.

We could go on and on talking about terms used to describe wine, but these are some of the basics.

Just remember, when tasting wine, it’s all about your very personal taste.  Be sure to keep that in mind when you next go out for a wine tasting or sip on a glass of wine at a restaurant.

What are your personal wine tastes? COMMENT below and share with us…

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?


IPNC Winemaker Dinner

July 24th, 2011 by Nicolette Bailey

IPNC Winemaker Dinner at Youngberg Hill is a dinner you will not want to miss.  We are celebrating 25 years of the International Pinot Noir Celebration (IPNC) in McMinnville. This year we are celebrating both 25 years of IPNC by having Andina, one of Portland’s top restaurants, as our guest chefs.   We are also honored to have Alexandrine Roy of Domaine Marc Roy as our Burgundian guest and featured winery to host this dinner with us.

It will be a spectacular evening under the stars with great food and wine in a once-in-a-life-time combination to celebrate 25 years of IPNC.  We still have rooms available at The Inn so you can enjoy the evening and not drive home.  Advanced Reservations Required @ 503-472-2727 or
Date:  July 28, 2011 at 6:30PM /Price-$150 per person
We still have a few seats left so don’t miss this great night.


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!


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, or go to


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