Posts Tagged ‘Oregon wine country’

MEET ARCHER! Oregon Dog Adoption at its best

October 20th, 2013 by Nicolette Bailey

Oregon dog adoptionA few weeks after losing our beloved dog Holly to cancer, we decided to look for a new friend for Dale, and gave dog adoption a try.  Dale really missed Holly and spent every day sad and moping.  The girls wanted a puppy, as they had never had one.   We started looking for a good, mixed breed puppy, but didn’t have much luck.  While researching online, Wayne discovered that the local animal shelter had a dog available for adoption that looked interesting – Archer, a one year old male Queensland Heeler, who was supposed to be good with kids and friendly.

I went to the animal shelter with the kids to visit Archer, and we brought along a list of characteristics that we hoped to find in our ideal new pet:  no jumping or barking as we walked by, no jumping on or pushing over the children, must play well with other dogs, cows, and cats, and must not be afraid of people.  To our surprise, Archer passed all the initial tests!  We adopted Archer, brought him home, and saw that he had potential.  He loves Dale and like any younger dog is driving him crazy with all of his puppy energy.

Dale is now running the property like he used to with Holly.  Archer is very good with the girls and other dogs, and loves car rides.  He is learning to leave the cows alone, but the cats haven’t been so lucky.  Perhaps Archer is trying to herd them, or maybe he just wants to play, but since he has been here our 5 cats have been hard to find.  If anyone knows how to stop dogs from chasing cats, we would love to hear about it!  We hope that you can come up and visit Archer and enjoy the paradise that he lives in.
~Nicolette

 

From Farm to Table in Willamette Valley

October 14th, 2013 by Nicolette Bailey

farm to tableOregon wines are meant to be on your table, enjoyed with delicious food, family, and friends.  Long before McMinnville was named a top foodie town, winemakers were hard at work creating and pairing wines with a variety of foods.  The palette-pleasing fruity qualities found in Oregon wines are the perfect complement for a wide variety of ingredients and cooking styles.  It is often said what grows together, goes together; an idea at the heart of Oregon’s farm to table movement.  That is a statement that couldn’t be truer of Oregon wines and the bountiful farm fresh produce that grows here, too.  As with the wine produced throughout the Willamette Valley, the good food found here is a direct result of the quality of each ingredient.  In Oregon, chefs and farmers work together to bring the freshest seasonal ingredients directly from farm to table, resulting in the modern day foodie paradise of Willamette Valley.  Choose to stay with us at Youngberg Hill Vineyards, and this rich abundance of farm fresh foods and handcrafted wines will be at your fingertips.

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Relax in Historic Downtown McMinnville

September 30th, 2013 by Nicolette Bailey

McMinnville History

In a world full of fast-paced technological advances, sometimes enjoying the slower pace of life is the perfect way to relax and rejuvenate while on vacation.  Step back in time with us when you visit Historic downtown McMinnville, a town that began as a thriving agricultural center, and which is now located in the heart of Oregon’s beautiful wine country.  McMinnville, where the 1800’s meets the 21st century, is located in Yamhill County and has been called “Oregon’s Favorite Mainstreet”.  Our charming city was founded in 1843 by William Newby, and got its economic start from a Gristmill, which was located at the end of its 3rd Street historic district near the present-day city library.  Stroll down downtown McMinnville’s historic district on 3rd Street, and you’ll encounter a variety of modern businesses that include lodging, art galleries, restaurants and wineries.  The buildings that these businesses occupy were mostly built between the years of 1885-1912, and have recently been renovated and updated.  McMinnville is a city that cherishes good food, good wine, and the time spent enjoying both with friends and family.  If this is what you have in mind for your relaxing getaway, then book your stay now at the Youngberg Hill Vineyards and Inn, located just minutes away from beautiful, historic downtown McMinnville.

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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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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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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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