Friday, June 19, 2015


Pork Party at K & M! You're invited!
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Carlton is going Porky!

K & M and 20 Carlton businesses are rolling out the Pork

Saturday June 20th, Noon - 8 pm
143 E Main Street in Carlton

Come see us and stock up on your Summer wines

Cuban Pork and Cuban Black Beans and six great wines!
Michael Kaster will also be here showing his beautiful Photography
Ask a out our Alchemist Club:
Save on all of your purchases this year, Complimentary Summer Alchemist Dinner, and Complimentary Tastings for your and your guests!
Come out and taste!
Ken & Mauro
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Ken Morrison & Mauro Hernandez, Winegrowers
Ph: 503.625.3236 
Our street address is:
143 E Main Stret
Carlton, OR  97111

News From Youngberg Hill

We are thrilled to share the silver anniversary
of Youngberg Hill with you!
Upcoming Events
New Blog Articles
Raves and Accolades
For more information on any of these events,visit our calendar or click on the image above.
Celebrate With Us
We are incredibly excited to celebrate twenty-five years of history and great wine here at Youngberg Hill! Our celebratory dinner will be held on July 22nd at 6:30 PM. The wonderful and internationally acclaimed chef, Katherine Frelon, will be here from Burgundy to prepare a feast of local, seasonal ingredients. We hope you will be able to join us! For more information, click here. RSVP here for reservations.
What's New:
Wine Tasting Do's and Don'ts
We all know how to drink wine at home or in a restaurant. But things can get a little awkward when you visit a winery to taste their wine. You may be meeting the very person who poured his or her heart and soul into that wine. How should you act around this person? What if you don't know much about wine? We're here to help with some tips on the etiquette of wine tasting at a winery. Click here to learn more!
Twenty Ways You Can Customize Your Wine Country Wedding
A wine country wedding is always gorgeous. You have wonderful wine, fabulous scenery, and those you love. However, it can be tough to decide what design ideas to incorporate into your special day. Here are twenty ideas to help you make your Oregon wine country wedding uniquely "you."
Raves and Accolades:
“Wonderful service, wine, food and accommodations. World-class views. A must-see if you're in Oregon wine country! You won't be disappointed.” - Tonya Davis
Youngberghill Vineyards & Inn
10660 SW Youngberg Hill Road, McMinnville, OR 97128

Friday, June 12, 2015

Deadlines Approaching for IPNC

Your IPNC Checklist
There are important deadlines approaching! Have you done everything you need to do?
University of Pinot Enrollment. All full weekend guests have access to one of eight in-depth seminars as part of the University of Pinot. If you have not yet enrolled in your top choice, do so now. Guests who do not select a course before June 15th will be placed in a course where space allows.
Group Requests and Guest Information. If you haven't provided your guest information or requested to be placed with friends, make sure you do so before June 15th. We regret that we will be unable to make any changes to group assignments afterJune 15th.
Pre-IPNC Dinners. It is a long-standing tradition for Oregon wineries to host pre-IPNC dinners on Thursday evening to kick-off the IPNC weekend. This year is no exception, with many dinner options to choose from. A complete list of Pre-IPNC dinners and reservation details is available here.
Lodging. If you have yet to find lodging in McMinnville or the surrounding area, consider the convenience of staying on campus. Information on Linfield College Lodging can be found here.
Packing. It is going to be a hot summer in Oregon. Be sure to dress in cool layers and bring a sun hat!
If you have family or friends who would like to join you, or if you have yet to purchase your own ticket, now is the time to register.
Passport to Pinot Tickets - Still Available.
Eager to taste some amazing Pinot noir, but unable to celebrate with us for the full weekend? We encourage you to join us at theSunday Passport to Pinot tasting.This annual outdoor tasting showcases Pinot noir from over 70 wineries worldwide, as well as a selection of IPNC library wines.Top-notch Northwest chefs prepare divine dishes to accompany the unparalleled array of international Pinot noir. $125. Reserve tickets.
Salmon Bake Tickets - SOLD OUT. Salmon Bake tickets sold out shortly after their release in April. We do have a waiting list. If you would like to be on it, please email us your request.
Where are my tickets? If you already purchased Passport to Pinot tickets or a la carte Salmon Bake tickets, they will be mailed to you by the end of June. *Full Weekend guests will receive their Salmon Bake tickets at registration.*

Benton Lane Hawaiian Luau


Join us on July 11th for a Hawaiian Luau!

Come enjoy a delicious Hawaiian feast
and live authentic Hawaiian music performed by David Lomond.

Benton-Lane Winery
23924 Territorial Road
Monroe, OR

July 11th
5:30 pm  to 9:30 pm

$19.00 per person for Wine Club Members
$27.00 per person for non-members


Must be 21 years or older to attend.

Call 541-847-5792 to place your reservation today.

No refunds after July 3rd.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

ArborBrook 2014 "Futures" Offerings

Summer 2015 Offering
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Summer time is upon us and to celebrate my favorite season, Dave and I would like to extend two special offerings to help you celebrate the sunshine!
2014 "Futures" Offerings
Estate 777 Block Pinot Noir
Hyland Vineyard Coury ClonePinot Noir

In case you weren't able to join us Memorial Day Weekend, we are extending our "Futures" offerings for a limited time.

Estate 777 Block Pinot Noir
Harvested 09.14.14 from our Estate vineyard, this is classic Dijon Clone 777 with deep, dark fruit flavors of intense black cherry, currants, and a richness & silkiness that is reminiscent of our 2005 vintage. This is a bold & complex vintage that you won't want to miss! 425 cases produced; release price of $50/bottle, Nov. 2015.

$42/bottle; minimum purchase of 3 bottles.
Shipping charges will be applied.

Hyland Vineyard Coury Clone Pinot Noir

Harvested 10.03.14 from the renowned Hyland Vineyard that was planted in 1971, this old-vine Pinot displays rich notes of marionberry & boysenberry, along with subtle hints of cocoa & coffee. The finish is soft & rich &  will develop into another elegant & unique wine. 200 cases produced; release price of $50/bottle, Nov. 2015.

$42/bottle; minimum purchase of 3 bottles.
Shipping charges will be applied.


Welcome to Patio Days!
2013 Croft Vineyards Pinot Gris
To celebrate the kick-off of our early summer weather, we have allotted 50 cases of our 2013 Croft Vineyards Pinot Gris for a special offering of $192/case (20% discount; not to be combined with any other discounts, including wine club discount; shipping charges will be applied).

This is the perfect summer patio wine. Stainless-fermented, this crisp and fresh wine offers wonderful citrus character and a clean finish with hints of pear. Enjoy with friends while kicking back with a glass in the sunshine!

Offer available on a first come, first served basis; only 50 cases available at this pricing.


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The patio is open! Stop by, sample the wines, enjoy a glass in the sunshine.
Don't forget to try one of our new cheese plates!

For additional information, please contact Angelina or give us a call at 503.538.0959.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015


 Dear Friends
As you know, building our winery was a labor of love, well that and the last 10 years of leading the charge of Brooks!
Throughout the years, we come across special partners that are irreplaceable...opportunities that can't be repeated.  That is what our dinner this Saturday night at the winery is all about!  Victor Panichkul and the Statesman Journal are amazing partners!
Not only is it the FIRST WINE DINNER EVER at the new winery, but Chris and I will both be there! (Very rare that we get to do dinners together!  And what is setting it apart from all else is the passion and culinary expertise of Victor Panichkul.  Vic is an excellent chef and award-winning Food, Wine, and Beer columnist for the Salem Stateman Journal. His food blog was recognized as one of the country’s top regional cuisine blogs by Saveur Magazine.  Such an amazing combination of skill--this dinner is not one to be missed!  Click here for the menu!
We only have 6 tickets left!
Click here to purchase your tickets today and join us for this once in a lifetime event!

Sunday, June 7, 2015

A Visit to Elizabeth Chambers Cellar

Yesterday I was early getting to my show in Amity at Samuel Robert Winery so I thought I would take a few moments to visit a new winery.
Nestled on the southern edge of the Granary District in an old bank building sits Elizabeth Chambers Cellar. I was lucky to come on a hot day when not many folks were out and about so I had the place to myself.Janna Renner and Kacie Copeland were there to keep me entertained.
They started me with a bright crisp Gris that surprised me with its clarity and tropical fruit. The finish was nice and had soft white fruit and just a hint of hazelnut.
Next was Freedom Hill Pinot Noir. I have been tasting wines long enough to know some of the characteristics of wine grown in sedentary soils and this one shows them off very well. Drink now through 2019

From their web page:
Located in Polk County some four miles west of Highway 99W and five miles northwest of Monmouth Freedom Hill Vineyard occupies a gentle southeast slope.  We believe the southeast aspect is critical as harvest nears because the early sun helps the dew dry from the grapes and take advantage of the dwindling heat of fall.  Our elevation is 350’ to 600’ allowing for cold air to drain to the valley floor yet low enough to benefit from heat radiated from the valley.
Stakes-for-the-vineyardThe soils are sedimentary, uplifted seabed, generally seen to be among the oldest in the region.  We believe the distinctive character of our soil coupled with the microclimate and meticulous farming practices produce a product of considerable structure that age exceptionally well and create consistent, structured and powerful wines.

This wine is almost too good. All the berry and spices flavors come leaping out of the glass at you. I want this one with red meat and dark chocolate.
The next wine, the Lazy River Vineyard Pinot Noir,  nearly took my nose by surprise! BIG morel, earth, dark rich ripe fruit and deep dark earth came tumbling out of the glass. I was hesitant to taste but when I did the rewards were sweet and soft with undertones of mint and high notes of sweet herbs. This is a keeper and will age beautifully. Drink now through 2021.
From their web pageJust three and one half miles from Yamhill, Oregon is The Lumpkin Family’s Lazy River Vineyard, 146 acres hidden from the road. From the top of the hill one looks down to the mixed terrain, interlocking puzzle pieces of woods, rolling meadows, grape vines and ponds. The land is separated north from south by a meandering small river, which by August hardly moves.
The vineyard is a bench of predominantly Jory soil, unusual outside of the Dundee Hills. Planted are 30 acres of Pinot Noir and three acre of Pinot Gris. On the far western edge of the hill in three acres of Stony Ground soil is Riesling. First to be cultivated on the east side of the property were eleven acres of Pinot Noir in 2000. First harvest took place in 2002.
     Lazy River’s manager is Wallace “Buddy” Beck of Advanced Vineyard Systems. The site manager is Angel Martinez. Owners are Ned and Kirsten Lumpkin, Francoise Neuville and The Lumpkin Family.

Last on my list was the Temperence Hill Pinot Noir. Sharp, bright red fruits in the nose and a long dark fruit and a hint seven spice on the pallet with a soft pleasant finish of minerals and soft fruit. I would let this one lay down for a couple of years and develop a bit. Good now, Great in a few years.

From their web site:

Temperance Hill Vineyard is a 100-acre certified organic vineyard made up of roughly 20 different blocks of 
wine grapes. The site itself is 200 acres (lots of room to grow) in the west Eola Hills, just west of Salem,
 Oregon. It has an elevation range of 660 to 860 feet making it a cool, late site; excellent growing conditions
 for Pinot Noir. The soils are predominantly Nekia, Rittner and Jory. The site is thought to be the remnants
 of an ancient volcano and grapes are planted on many different slopes with varying exposures.
80% of the vineyard is planted in Pinot Noir, the rest is made up of Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer and 
Pinot Gris. The oldest vines at Temperance were planted in 1980 and 81 and are on a hanging trellis system.
 The more recent plantings of Dijon clone material are on a single upright vertical trellis system. 
The latest plantings are on a single arm Guyot system and have 1550 vines per acre. Some of the blocks in
 the latest planting are Dijon clone Pinot Noir and some are Pommard clone.

I found both Kacie and Janna to be very knowledgeable and helpful and look forward to visiting again. For more info and hours click here.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Uncommon Wine Festival at Vista Hills

We are beyond pleased to announce the fifth installment of the Uncommon Wine Festival. Our day-long showcase of rare and revered wine labels is one of our most anticipated events each year. This year, we will host eight wineries, ASH Woodfiredand pour some of our own unusual estate offerings. These wineries do not have tasting rooms, nor will you find their work in the supermaket. Instead, attendees are introduced to some of the state's brightest up-and-coming producers, in many cases with the winemaker on hand to tell his or her story.

Uncommon Wine Festival 2015
Sunday, July 12th  11-5 PM  Treehouse Tasting Room
The Fifth Annual Celebration of Extremely Small-Batch Producers

Uncommon Wine Festival 2015 will feature Leah Jorgensen CellarsFranchere Wine CompanyHanson VineyardsMeristem WinesLove & SqualorJackalope Cellars,Meredith Wines and Jasper Sisco. Each label will pour samples of their wine and have bottles and cases available to purchase. The $30 tasting fee includes tastings from all eight producers and a custom UWF Pinot Noir glass. 

Stay tuned for a full list of wines to be poured and pricing details. We recommend attendees allow at least an hour to enjoy the many wonderful wines that will be on display. Members or those who sign up for the Treehouse Wine Club receive complimentary entry. 

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Yoga At The Vineyard
Saturday, July 18th  9:30-10:30 am at the Treehouse Tasting Room
$15 for the public, complimentary for club members and one guest
Annette Alyssa will lead a basic Hatha yoga class on July 18th at the Treehouse. The founder of Escape To Yoga studio in Sherwood will lead an accessible, movement-based session from our beautiful venue overlooking the vineyards. Participants are encouraged to bring their own mats and stick around for a wine tasting following the session. Please RSVP to if you are interested to confirm a spot.

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Vista Hills Vineyard
6475 Hilltop Lane
Dayton, Oregon 97114