Posts Tagged ‘Youngberg Hill’

2013 Oregon Wine Vintage in Review

December 16th, 2013 by Nicolette Bailey

Harvest 2013 104Oh what a beautiful October we had!  Many wine grape growers in the area say that September weather determines how good of a year we have for the vintage. I believe that October tells a good story of vintage quality but its not the whole story. While much of the ripening takes place in September, October is when everything comes together.

2013 Oregon wine vintage was no exception. The growing season started early with an early spring, and that timing continued throughout the season. The summer proved to be a little warmer than normal which also had things moving along a little faster. The combination resulted in ripening happening in warmer conditions, moving sugars and acids ahead of other ripening factors, which may throw the resulting wines out of balance. This caused some farmers to become concerned that the grapes were going to need to be harvested early and that the resulting wines would be high in alcohol.

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Hostesses with the Mostesses

November 3rd, 2013 by Nicolette Bailey

InnkeepersMost of our guests and everyone in the Willamette Valley will agree that our most distinguishing feature is our extraordinary panoramic views from atop the Hill. However, I suggest that our Innkeepers, Becky and Colleen, may be our most distinguishing feature. While our guests always leave mesmerized by their experience with us, it is the personal care that Becky and Colleen take with each and every guest that truly sets us apart.

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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

 

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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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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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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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

The Wonder of Weddings!

June 8th, 2013 by Nicolette Bailey

02 powers grapesWe prepare for wedding season all year long at Youngberg Hill.  The site preparation, the upgrades, the vegetation – the small things that make the Hill such a special place to get married.  From the first time a future bride and groom see the vineyard and the view, there is an energy and enthusiasm that carries through the entire planning of their big day.  Some couples we meet with want everything simple and elegant, while others are working off a list that they have been compiling for years.  They are both equally charming and delightful.  After choosing a venue the next step is choosing the vendors that make the day so complete – caterers, photographers, cake artists, florists – we enjoy helping clients choose from the vast array of talent available in the Northwest.

The first vendor that is typically selected after the venue is the caterer.  Youngberg Hill has a preferred caterer and offers options for any caterer you choose.  Capturing the wedding day through poignant photography is easy to do with an experienced photographer (and a great setting!), and many offer a variety of packages and options.  The spectacular setting of the Hill seems to capture each wedding as serene and blissful, and every sunset backdrop sets a tone of tranquility and ever-afters.

Then there are music choices to make, florists to hire, cakes to taste.  (To all the grooms, go to the cake tasting!)  Take good notes,  keep a sense of humor, and embrace the random craziness.  And if all else fails, hire a wedding coordinator!