Archive for the ‘Wine’ Category


December 22, 2009

What a glorious day it is up here on the Hill. Just finishing a wine tasting and then back into the vineyard.


Rain, rain here to stay.

December 15, 2009

The seasonal rains that we so much need are finally here, even if it does make it unpleasant working in the vineyard.

Las Vegas included many good events and meeting many in the industry there. Hope everyone there has a better year in 2010.


Come Celebrate the Holidays with Us!

December 9, 2009

Dec. 12th – Holiday Winemaker Dinner @ Youngberg Hill
Take some time for yourself this holiday by celebrating at Youngberg Hill.  Our Holiday 3 course dinner is the perfect way to relax, kick back, and be pampered.
– Shrimp Bisque Soup
– Grilled Pork Roast Roulade and wild Mushroom Lasagna
– Buche Noel

6:30pm $55/person.  Advanced reservations required at or 503.472.2727

Hello Vegas!

December 9, 2009

If your in Vegas stop by and see me tomorrow, Wednesday, at The Grape at Townsquare from 4-6pm.  We will be tasting Youngberg Hill’s 2007 Pinot Gris and 2006 Natasha Block Pinot Noir.  I hope to see you there!

(702) 220-4727, 6599 Las Vegas Blvd S # 150, Las Vegas, NV

Atop the Hill

December 2, 2009

This picture was taken a couple of months ago just before harvest. It’s a great birds eye view of Youngberg Hill and all the different aspects. The two big green areas are the Jordan Block (upper left) and Natasha Block (lower middle). To the left is the three year old vines of the Aspen Block (pinot gris). In the left corner between the Jordan and Natasha Blocks is the new planting of Pinot noir (Camelot Block). This is a total of 21 acres. Along the upper right side is the horse pasture, below the red barn.

On top of the hill is the bright green area where weddings are held and the adjoining tents for shade. And of course, on top is the lovely Inn overseeing everything.


November 30, 2009

I had a opportunity to stop at the Maysara Winery yesterday and enjoyed seeing everyone.  The wines were beautiful and the food Flora & Moe created themselves may have been Persian in origin but had a Greek flair that they did so well.  It was fun to see their girls pouring the wines and telling stories.  It warmed my heart to think of Natasha, Jordan, and Aspen doing that someday!  They are our neighbors and we are truly blessed to have them as friends.

Thanksgiving Weekend Open House

November 25, 2009

Thanksgiving Weekend Open House

We will be open Thanksgiving weekend from 11-5pm Friday – Sunday. Come taste the release of our 2007s, as well as some old favorites and a barrel tasting of our 2008s. Enjoy food pairings with the best views in the valley.

We will also be tasting at Café Uncorked next to the Lawrence Gallery on HY 18.  Tasting fee $5/person.  Join the Youngberg Hill Wine Club and enjoy a complimentary tasting and added discounts.

Cafe Uncorked

November 20, 2009

We are very excited about the opening of Cafe Uncorked just west of McMinnville on Hwy 18. It is owned by Virginia Murphy, who previously owned Fresh Palate Cafe across the street. Not only is a bigger better space, there is also a wine bar and tasting room to fill the void left by the closing of Oregon Tasting Room. This tasting room will allow many of us wineries in the McMinnville AVA to have our wines available for tasting. Youngberg Hill will be tasting there Thanksgiving weekend as well as at our tasting room up at the vineyard on Youngberg Hill. We are releasing the 2007 vintage Jordan and Natasha Pinot noirs.

Come celebrate with us at both locations.


November 19, 2009

I had gone to a networking meeting for Wine Country Wedding Professionals the other day and was so impressed by a few things.  First the food from Craig at Haagenson’s Catering was very good.  No one does barbeque better then Craig!  For an amazing chocolate dessert Jan from Majestic Chocolates did truffles that were worth checking out.   I ate 3 of them and couldn’t stop trying the different flavors she offers.  But the best presentation I have ever seen from a videographer was from Ryan at Focal Point Digital Media at Wow, if your ever doing an event and what to capture it Ryan is the guy for the job.  He is the best I have seen.  Weddings, renewal, corporate events… if you’re having an event Ryan will give you memoires that will last a lifetime.  He will be videoing at least two events at Youngberg Hill in 2010 and I can’t wait to show you his work.

A thank you to the Bayou Golf Course for hosting the evening. This golf course is open to the public and just 7 minutes away from Youngberg Hill.

2009 Vintage Report

October 18, 2009

2009 was the type of year in which when you say “This is not normal weather” really holds true. It started last winter when we had a three foot snow storm, the worst in over 40 years. The winter rainy season continued to be cooler than normal, but with a little less than normal precipitation. That means we went into the growing season late and dry. However, our aquifer (subsoil moisture) was still pretty saturated, so for those of us who do not irrigate, we were not quite as concerned about the lack of rainfall.

Budbreak was about three weeks later than usual, which meant that the weather was better if a little cool. Temperatures continued cool through bloom and fruit set. While these events continued to occur three weeks late, the weather was moderate so bloom was even and complete, leading to excellent fruit set. Through June, temperatures continued to be cool and we did not make up any time. We were looking at a similar situation to 2008. Then July hit and then August and then September. Those months were unusual in that there were extreme peaks and valleys in terms of temperatures. Overall temperatures were slightly above norm, but not as hot as 2003 or 2004. But we did have higher peaks that fortunately did not last long.

What did that mean for the grapes? The fruit started to catch up to a normal timeline. The vines were not too stressed for water and the clusters were big and heavy, and there were so many of them, that we cropped three times. By mid-August we were close to normal timing and veraison had started. Veraison was relatively fast, even and complete, leaving us with beautiful fruit clusters. By the completion of veraison we were probably less than a week behind a normal growing season and in better position to ripen fruit than we were in 2008.

September weather was uneventful (a good thing) and we began to see flavors come in evenly with sugars and acids. By October, we were fairly on track, if the rains held off. They did. The first 12 days of October were cool (keeping brix down) and sunny (aiding the fruit to ripen). We harvested the Natasha Block on October 10th and the Jordan on the 11th, unusual only in that there is typically more time between harvesting the two blocks. But they were ready and rains were coming.

While the 2008 vintage seems to be shaping up in the barrel to possibly be the best ever, 2009 is not far behind and maybe only less outstanding by virtue of more variability amongst vineyards.tr_wine16