16250 S.W. Oldsville RD.
Mcminnville, OR 97128

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Wine And Food

We are extremely fortunate at Yamhill Valley Vineyards to be able to grow a family of grapes that has a tremendously strong affinity for pairing with foods. We are doubly fortunate that this family of grapes; Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Noir, make some of the greatest wines in the world when they are grown in a climate that just matches their needs. These regions are very few in number and the north Willamette Valley, including the Yamhill Valley, is one of those regions. It is no accident that the great wine regions of the world also provide a wonderful resource of fruits, vegetables, game, meats and foods from the rivers and the sea to pair with our wines.

It is important that you approach food and wine pairing on a level that meets your needs. It may be as simple as your favorite red wine with your favorite dish. Or you may want to try many wine and food matches. We've always felt one of the first rules of matching wine with a dish is that neither the food nor the wine should overpower the other. They should offer their own flavors and, together, provide a third element of enjoyment. A great chef will put together a "triangle" of elements for a dish. There is flavor, there is texture and presentation and there should be a third point. It might be acidity, a spice or some element that creates interest and complexity and offers another dimension without dominating. The same sort of balance should be in wine. One of the beauties of the Pinot family is that it offers a tremendously rich and varied palate of flavors and, at the same time, a fabric of structure - acids and tannins - to carry those flavors and keep a wine fresh and exciting through a meal. We've often described this structure as a bright or sparky character that gives a "come-hither" quality to the wine. The second glass is even more rewarding than the first. When enjoyed with food at the table, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Noir can create a third element of complexity and contribute to the pleasure of a great match.

Pinot Gris is, for us, a wine that should be embracing, attractive, fruity, bright, crisp and totally exposed in it's character. It's not a wine to analyze or linger over or keep score on. We often speak of Yamhill Valley Vineyards' Pinot Gris as a delightful wine to have while deciding what wine to have with dinner. That being said, there are some favorite matches for us. This is the wine for oysters on the half shell. Wash down the taste of the sea with that bracing, crisp, cold acidity. Sashimi, sushi, dungeness crab and scallops. It can also be a delight with many salads and a picnic wine that comes with no pretense.

Pinot Blanc is a more serious wine on the table. It has a wonderful affinity for rich, creamy sauces, butter sauces and cheese. As for spices, use herbs such as fresh thyme, savory, tarragon, dill and chives. Pinot Blanc will also work well with lighter meats and with cold meat salads that aren't too spiced. In spite of conventional lore, we always enjoy starting our summer lunches or picnics with white wines that are well chilled. The crisp, bright robe of cold quickly gives way to the flavors as the wine warms in the air.

Pinot Noir is, without question, the most versatile wine with all foods. Yamhill Valley Vineyards' Pinot Noirs are richer in structure and fruit character than many Oregon Pinot Noirs so we enjoy pushing the envelope on spices and flavors. We enjoy roasting and grilling to caramelize proteins and add a deeper flavor to foods. Grilled fish is great with Pinot Noir; smoked trout, roasted vegetables, peppers and brown-glazed onions. Stuff meats with savory herbs, such as rosemary, marjoram and Greek oregano. Use aromatic herbs; cumin, cardamom and coriander. And, of course, there's lamb! Marinated in olive oil, red wine, soy sauce, crushed garlic and fresh rosemary. Or simply grilled with a liberal amount of black pepper and salt. And, by all means, don't hesitate to put your Pinot Noir in the refrigerator for an hour or so before serving in the summertime. We often say there is only one thing better than a good bottle of Yamhill Valley Vineyards' Pinot Noir with a great meal. Another one. Bon Appetit and Good Pinot!

Upcoming Events

Charcuterie Happy Hour at YVV

Apr 24, 2018 - Oct 31, 2018

Wine, dine & enjoy the vines! Join us for a weekday happy hour, every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, for half-off all charcuterie selections. Pick and choose what you'd like on your own ... read  more

 
Wine, dine & enjoy the vines!

Join us for a weekday happy hour, every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, for half-off all charcuterie selections.

Pick and choose what you'd like on your own personalized charcuterie board, and enjoy with a glass or a flight of wine! Cheers!

Oregon Wine Trail

Apr 24, 2018

The Oregon Wine Board is hitting the trail with 50 Oregon wineries and our friends at Olympia Provisions, Salt & Straw Ice Cream and Stumptown Coffee for a grand happening of Oregonian wine, food and ... read  more

The Oregon Wine Board is hitting the trail with 50 Oregon wineries and our friends at Olympia Provisions, Salt & Straw Ice Cream and Stumptown Coffee for a grand happening of Oregonian wine, food and personality. No white table cloths, no orange cheese cubes. Instead, a generous pour of Oregon’s fine wines and pioneering spirit.

You see, Oregon is a state, and a damn fine one. But Oregonian is a state of mind. You’ve got to experience it to truly get it. Join winemakers and owners representing Oregon’s broad geographic and varietal diversity for an evening evocative of Oregon wine country in Los Angeles. From legacy Pinot noir to unexpected whites and surprises in between, we invite you to grab a glass and find your Oregon wine trail.

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Oak & Vine Society - Spring Member Tasting

Apr 29, 2018

Linfield College has joined with a select group of local wineries to create The Oak & Vine Society to provide a variety of wine-related benefits for individuals affiliated with Linfield. Each of the ... read  more

Linfield College has joined with a select group of local wineries to create The Oak & Vine Society to provide a variety of wine-related benefits for individuals affiliated with Linfield. Each of the partner wineries supports the Linfield Wine Education Fund to help provide scholarships, internships and other wine-education opportunities for Linfield students. Click here for more details on how ...
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May is Oregon Wine Month

May 1, 2018 - May 31, 2018

Celebrate everything "Oregon Wine" during the month of May! Take advantage of our Oregon Wine Month specials which will expire at the end of May! - Pinot Gris on special for 20% off - 15% off YVV logo ... read  more

Celebrate everything "Oregon Wine" during the month of May!

Take advantage of our Oregon Wine Month specials which will expire at the end of May!

- Pinot Gris on special for 20% off
- 15% off YVV logo gear - shirts, hats, and aprons
- Bubbles on weekends - Start off each flight with a bonus pour of Bubbles (until we run out!)

Mother's Day at YVV!

May 13, 2018

Show your mama some love today - Complementary wine tastings for all Mom's visiting the Tasting Room! Cheers! read  more

Show your mama some love today - Complementary wine tastings for all Mom's visiting the Tasting Room! Cheers!

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