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

Wine & Growl Winter Chef Dinner

Feb 25, 2018

Wine & Growl invites you to join us for our first ever Chef dinner on Febuary 25th. This dinner will showcase winter produce from local farms and purveyors. Five courses will be served for $48, with ... read  more

Wine & Growl invites you to join us for our first ever Chef dinner on Febuary 25th. This dinner will showcase winter produce from local farms and purveyors. Five courses will be served for $48, with an optional wine pairing from Yamhill Valley Vineyards available for an additional $20. Seating will be community style and tickets are limited so act fast! Doors will open at 6pm and dinner will be served at 6:30 pm.

 

Wine & Growl
Wine & Growl 8108 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy

Sip McMinnville Wine and Food Classic

Mar 9, 2018 - Mar 11, 2018

Enjoy the culinary variety and relaxed atmosphere. Watch some of the area's best Chefs in the Northwest demonstrate their skills. Talk with winemakers and vintners and learn the intricacies of their trade. ... read  more

Enjoy the culinary variety and relaxed atmosphere. Watch some of the area's best Chefs in the Northwest demonstrate their skills. Talk with winemakers and vintners and learn the intricacies of their trade. Purchase by the taste, glass, bottle or case. Visit with the artisans and view their work which is available for purchase. First 1000 Attendees will receive a free wine glass on Friday. See you at the Evergreen Space Museum!
 

Open and Closing Times for the McMinnville Wine & Food Classic

Friday, March 9th — 3pm to 9pm

Saturday, March 10th — 11am to 8pm

Sunday, March 11th — 12pm to 5pm

Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum
Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum 500 NE Captain Michael King Smith Way

Close Encounters of the 3rd Vine

May 17, 2018

A new out of this world wine experience to kick off our annual UFOfest.  Local wineries will be present alongside McMenamins beer & cider.  There will be live music from 5pm -10pm as well ... read  more

A new out of this world wine experience to kick off our annual UFOfest.  Local wineries will be present alongside McMenamins beer & cider.  There will be live music from 5pm -10pm as well as a pop-up McMenamins gift shop and food available for purchase.

 

 

Memorial Weekend WIne and Food Pairing

May 26, 2018 - May 28, 2018

The quintessential Oregon wine tasting event is here to cap off Oregon Wine Month!! We will feature a flight of fives wines with complementary food pairings - $15/person Take advantage of our Oregon ... read  more

The quintessential Oregon wine tasting event is here to cap off Oregon Wine Month!!

We will feature a flight of fives wines with complementary food pairings - $15/person

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

More details to come as we get closer to the date!

Annual Shareholder's Celebration (Private Event)

Jun 30, 2018

Annual YVV Shareholder Picnic11am - 2 pmPlease join us for lunch at Yamhill Valley Vineyards!  Sample our current releases, pick up your dividend, and mingle over live music and tasty treats ... read  more

Annual YVV Shareholder Picnic

11am - 2 pm


Please join us for lunch at Yamhill Valley Vineyards!  Sample our current releases, pick up your dividend, and mingle over live music and tasty treats with your fellow shareholders and the YVV family and staff.  
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12 pm - Lunch
1 pm - Update from the President
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We look forward to seeing you there!
Please RSVP to Jenny Burger:
Jenny@Yamhill.com

Cheers!

Yamhill Valley Vineyards
Yamhill Valley Vineyards 16250 16250 SW Oldsville Rd. McMinnville, OR 97128
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