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

Closed on 4th of July

Jul 4, 2017

We will be closed due to the holiday, have a happy and safe 4th! read  more

We will be closed due to the holiday, have a happy and safe 4th!

Closed July 5th

Jul 5, 2017

The tasting room will be closed July 5th because we will be paving the rest of our driveway!  Visit on the 6th to experience the smooth ride! read  more

The tasting room will be closed July 5th because we will be paving the rest of our driveway!  Visit on the 6th to experience the smooth ride!

I ♥ Riesling at Teutonic Wine Company

Jul 8, 2017

If you ♥ Riesling, this event is for you! Come taste through a host of locally made AND imported Rieslings! From bone dry to a sweet dessert wine- you'll get to try them all. $10 admission. Barnaby ... read  more

If you ♥ Riesling, this event is for you! Come taste through a host of locally made AND imported Rieslings! From bone dry to a sweet dessert wine- you'll get to try them all. $10 admission.

Barnaby will bust out the SCHWENKER grill for three-day-marinated pork sandwiches. Available for purchase (not included in ticket price).

You must be at least 21 years old to attend this event.

Teutonic Wine Company
Teutonic Wine Company 3303 SE 20th Ave

Tour DeVine by Heli

Jul 14, 2017 - Sep 8, 2017

A wine tour like no other! Come experience some Northwest hospitality combined with amazing wines, all from the comfort of your own personal helicopter. Prior to departure, you will enjoy a delectable ... read  more

A wine tour like no other! Come experience some Northwest hospitality combined with amazing wines, all from the comfort of your own personal helicopter. Prior to departure, you will enjoy a delectable snack and a glass of Champagne. We will then whisk you away for roughly 4 hours to visit two of Willamette Valley’s prestigious wineries. All three tasting and a boxed picnic lunch by Red Hills Market are included.

Tour DeVine by Heli will be taking flight to bring you to Yamhill Valley Vineyards and other McMinnville AVA wineries on four special dates this summer:

Book your one-of-a-kind tour today: http://tourdevinebyheli.com/reservations/

Solar Eclipse Breakfast PIcnic

Aug 21, 2017

If you haven't heard already... A total solar eclipse is taking place over Oregon on August 21st!! Expert eclipse meteorologist Jay Anderson says on his essential website eclipsophile.com that the Willamette ... read  more

If you haven't heard already... A total solar eclipse is taking place over Oregon on August 21st!!

Expert eclipse meteorologist Jay Anderson says on his essential website eclipsophile.com that the Willamette Valley offers a very good chance of sunshine on eclipse day. Partnered with beautiful scenery and a glass of wine, there really isn't a better way to watch this rare event!

Please BYO picnic blanket or lawn chair and join us on our events lawn for an optimal viewing experience! We'll be providing catered breakfast and coffee, for those traditionalists, as well as pouring wine (it is Rosé season after all!). Your ticket gets you a spot on the lawn, eclipse viewing glasses, breakfast, coffee, and a goodie bag to commemorate the day - a bottle of YVV red,white, or rosé and a special Oregon Eclipse Riedel glass with the date of the event on it for the first 50 ticket holders.

Totality will be at approximately 10:18am, but the lead up to the total eclipse is worth the watch! Please arrive early to snag a spot, enjoy some breakfast, and take in this rare and totally awesome event!

Cheers!!

Yamhill Valley Vineyards
Yamhill Valley Vineyards 16250 16250 SW Oldsville Rd
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