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

Willamette Cares Food Share

Nov 1, 2017 - Dec 22, 2017

The Willamette Valley has the complex soils and unique climate to produce some of the finest Pinot noir in the world. But day after day, vintage after vintage, we’re reminded that our people make ... read  more

The Willamette Valley has the complex soils and unique climate to produce some of the finest Pinot noir in the world. But day after day, vintage after vintage, we’re reminded that our people make this region special. Ours is a community of collaboration, generosity and idealism. We’ve learned that we’re stronger working together than working apart. And we believe no one should be hungry. November 1st through December 31st, Willamette Valley wineries and partners are teaming up to provide emergency food for our neighbors in need and support for fresh food programs through the Oregon Food Bank Network. It’s our opportunity to share our bounty during the holiday season and to give back to the people of our community. Won’t you join us? Visit any of the participants listed below with food or funds to contribute. Many wineries are offering discounts, tastings, or sweepstakes drawings to support the Food Share. Visit and donate during Wine Country Thanksgiving, one of our biggest events of the year. Note: winery hours vary. Please consult individual wineries before visiting.

At Yamhill Valley Vineyards we will be collecting both food and cash donations for the Yamhill County Action Partnership (YCAP).

--- Each can of food you bring in earns you one complimentary taste of wine; 5 cans earns you a complimentary flight (5 tastes)!

--- Tall Poppy Sweepstakes: A suggested donation of $10 gets you one ticket in the drawing of a bottle of 2012 Tall Poppy; $20 gets you THREE tickets...you do the math :)

So load up your car with cans of food (or some spare Hamiltons!) and make the most out of your wine tasting experience!

Cheers!

Yamhill Valley Vineyards
Yamhill Valley Vineyards 16250 16250 SW Oldsville Rd.

Thanksgiving Weekend Wine & Food Pairings

Nov 24, 2017 - Nov 26, 2017

In its 35th year, the wineries of Willamette Valley Wine Country open their cellars and tasting rooms for special events each year during the Thanksgiving Weekend to celebrate friends, family and the completion ... read  more

In its 35th year, the wineries of Willamette Valley Wine Country open their cellars and tasting rooms for special events each year during the Thanksgiving Weekend to celebrate friends, family and the completion of harvest. Join us for this unique Oregon tradition! Come on out for Wine Country Thanksgiving Friday, November 24th - Sunday, November 26th throughout the Willamette Valley to kick off the holiday season!

We'll be serving up at flight of 5 wines with accompanying food pairings for $15/person! Join us all weekend long for wonderful wines, tasty treats, and festive fun!

Yamhill Valley Vineyards
Yamhill Valley Vineyards 16250 16250 SW Oldsville Rd

Charcuterie Happy Hour at YVV

Nov 28, 2017 - Dec 21, 2017

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!

Guest Winery at Hotel Vintage Portland

Dec 4, 2017

We will be pouring for the guests of the Hotel Vintage to show our appreciation!  Come by and grab a sip in their chic, yet cozy lobby. read  more

We will be pouring for the guests of the Hotel Vintage to show our appreciation!  Come by and grab a sip in their chic, yet cozy lobby.

Hotel Vintage
Hotel Vintage 422 SW Broadway

Closed for Winter Break

Dec 24, 2017 - Jan 5, 2018

We will be closed from December 24th - January 5th.  Please make sure to order all of your Christmas presents for your favorite wine lovers before then!  Happy Holidays from all of us at YVV! read  more

We will be closed from December 24th - January 5th.  Please make sure to order all of your Christmas presents for your favorite wine lovers before then! 

Happy Holidays from all of us at YVV!

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