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Stephen James Cary, 5/6/46-4/28/18

Stephen Cary, longtime winemaker at Yamhill Valley Vineyards, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 28, 2018 in Portland, Oregon. He was 71 years old.

Stephen began his wine career selling Burgundy wines for Henny Hinsdale, and then moved on to start his own distributor business, Cary Oregon Wines. He was one of the original coordinators of the Steamboat Pinot Noir Conference, an organization developed to bring together Pinot Noir producers from California and Oregon with the goal of making great Pinot Noir. Conversations were frank, open and constructive, and the conference proved a success. Over the years it has grown to include Pinot Noir producers from all over the world and is now in its 38th year. In 1984, Yamhill Valley Vineyards' 1983 Pinot Noir was presented at the Steamboat Conference, and Cary Oregon Wines began representing the winery in late 1984. 

Stephen was passionate about Pinot Noir, Oregon Pinot Noir in particular, and was frustrated by the perceived lack of respect for the wines in the wider market. He suggested a blind comparative tasting between 1983 vintages from Burgundy, France, and Oregon, U.S.A. This tasting, the Oregon-Burgundy Challenge, was conducted at the International Wine Center in New York City, in September, 1985. The wine judges were asked to identify the origin of each wine and to select their three favorites. As a group, the 25 judges could not correctly identify the origin of at least half of the wines. Oregon wines placed first, second, third and tied for fourth and fifth, with Yamhill Valley Vineyards placing first. This event, and a second competition repeating the first event two years later, in which Oregon again placed first, second and tied for third, helped Oregon wines earn respect globally. 

In 1991, Stephen began as winemaker at Yamhill Valley Vineyards, a position that he held until 2016. Over his thirty three years as an associate of the winery, he dedicated his time to listening to the vines, and crafting distinctive wines which reflected the terroir and voice of the vineyards, in what he considered a very special place. During his retirement, as he took on the role of winemaker emeritus, he continued to assist and advise the winemaking team; in 2017, his last harvest, he was in his regular position on the forklift, coordinating the arrival of the fruit on the crush pad, clearly energized by being part of another vintage.

 

Stephen’s fierce advocacy of Pinot Noir serves to support and sustain us all. We feel privileged to have known him, and to have benefited from his encyclopedic knowledge of winemaking, of history, geography, geology, photography, the art of fly tying and how to tell a dirty joke. He was a true giant in the industry. By standing on the shoulders of this giant, and following our passion for wine, and for life, we can honor the man, and his legacy.

Upcoming Events

3rd Friday on 3rd Street!

Jul 20, 2018 - Sep 21, 2018

You can find us at Found Objects on 3rd during 3rd on 3rd! We are so excited to present to you, 3rd Friday on 3rd Street or 3rd on 3rd as we have come to call it. Showcasing 26 (and counting) carefully ... read  more

You can find us at Found Objects on 3rd during 3rd on 3rd!

We are so excited to present to you, 3rd Friday on 3rd Street or 3rd on 3rd as we have come to call it.

Showcasing 26 (and counting) carefully curated storefronts open late and featuring local artists, craftspeople, musicians, mead, beer, wine, and cider on a six block stretch of 3rd Street in McMinnville.

3rd Friday of Every month. 4:00-8:00 p.m.

Come down, check in at Hotel Oregon,

Spend your $10 and receive 5 taste tickets, a commemorative glass, a wine bag, and a map of the event.
additional taste tickets are available for $1 each.
Proceeds Benefit Art Conspiracy.

3rd Street
3rd Street

Charcuterie Happy Hour at YVV

Jul 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!

International Pinot Noir Conference

Jul 27, 2018 - Jul 29, 2018

Now in its 32nd year, the International Pinot Noir Celebration is held the last full weekend of July in McMinnville, Oregon. The event offers Pinot noir consumers and industry members the chance to enjoy ... read  more

Now in its 32nd year, the International Pinot Noir Celebration is held the last full weekend of July in McMinnville, Oregon. The event offers Pinot noir consumers and industry members the chance to enjoy an unparalleled selection of Pinot noir from around the world via a full schedule of seminars, walkaround tastings, winery tours, and unforgettable meals prepared by top Northwest chefs. With the exception of a vineyard and winery tour, the IPNC is held on the beautiful and historic Linfield College campus. McMinnville is an easy hour drive southwest of Portland in the heart of Oregon wine country. The IPNC offers three ticket options for guests to choose from: The Full Weekend (Friday-Sunday), Salmon Bake (Saturday evening), and the Passport to Pinot (Sunday afternoon). See below for more information on these ticket options.

Linfield College
Linfield College

August Wine Club Share

Aug 1, 2018 - Aug 31, 2018

Have you been thinking about joining our Wine Club?  The time is now! Experience all three vineyards in August!  Members of any one Wine Club are members of all throughout the Month!  Enjoy!   read  more

Have you been thinking about joining our Wine Club?  The time is now!

Experience all three vineyards in August!  Members of any one Wine Club are members of all throughout the Month!  Enjoy!

 

Memorial for Stephen J. Cary

Aug 12, 2018

Come celebrate his life and contributions to the industry on August 12 at 5pm here at Yamhill Valley Vineyards. For questions, please contact jenny@yamhill.com read  more

Come celebrate his life and contributions to the industry on August 12 at 5pm here at Yamhill Valley Vineyards.

For questions, please contact jenny@yamhill.com

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