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

Winter Hours:

11-4pm Thursday-Monday

Closed Tuesday & Wednesday

 

(503) 843-3100
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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

Weekend Happy Hour

Mar 25, 2017 - Mar 26, 2017

Wine, dine, and enjoy the vines! Join us for Weekend Happy Hour every Saturday and Sunday this Autumn and Winter. Enjoy half-off all charcuterie selections 12pm-3pm! Please note: This will not ... read  more

Wine, dine, and enjoy the vines!

Join us for Weekend Happy Hour every Saturday and Sunday this Autumn and Winter.

Enjoy half-off all charcuterie selections 12pm-3pm!

Please note: This will not be offered during Thanksgiving weekend and we will be closed for Christmas break from December 19th-January 4th



Open Daily 11am-5pm Starting April 1st

Apr 1, 2017

We are pleased to announce we will return to our Spring / Summer / Fall hours on April 1st. read  more

We are pleased to announce we will return to our Spring / Summer / Fall hours on April 1st.

Corks and Cusines Fundraiser at Salishan Spa and Golf Resort

Apr 1, 2017

You are invited to experience an explosion of tastes, aromas and flavors designed by Salishan chefs, coupled with celebrated wines poured by select Oregon wineries; including Yamhill Valley VIneyards.  The ... read  more

You are invited to experience an explosion of tastes, aromas and flavors designed by Salishan chefs, coupled with celebrated wines poured by select Oregon wineries; including Yamhill Valley VIneyards. 

The semi-seated dinner features herb-crusted prime rib, potlatch salmon, Manila clams and bay scallops in fennel, green garlic and white wine, and crème fraiche panna cotta.

Along with the live auction and themed basket silent auction, you are invited to enter the Chocolate and Diamonds raffle for the opportunity to win a dazzling diamond from Diamonds by the Sea.

Proceeds from this year’s Corks & Cuisine are dedicated to the purchase of leading edge monitoring equipment to help eliminate patient falls at Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital.

For questions, please call the North Lincoln Hospital Foundation at 541-996-7102. Please RSVP by Friday, March 24, using the registration form found here

Salishan Spa and Golf Resort
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May is Oregon WIne Month

May 1, 2017 - May 31, 2017

Celebrate everything "Oregon Wine" during the month of May, keep your eyes peeled for special events and features during this time.  Check out all of our May events to participate in the celebration! read  more

Celebrate everything "Oregon Wine" during the month of May, keep your eyes peeled for special events and features during this time.  Check out all of our May events to participate in the celebration!

McMinnville AVA Urban Wine Tasting at Hotel Vintage

May 4, 2017

During Oregon Wine Month the McMinnville AVA will be joining forces with Hotel Vintage to present a rare tasting opportunity.  Country meets city, winemaker meets hospitality experts and you get ... read  more

During Oregon Wine Month the McMinnville AVA will be joining forces with Hotel Vintage to present a rare tasting opportunity. 

Country meets city, winemaker meets hospitality experts and you get to taste all the McMinnville AVA has to offer in the lavish and recently remodeled hotel.  Delicious bites will be catered by the stellar team at Vintage, and wine tastings will be provided by representatives of the vineyards and wineries located in the beautiful American Viticultural Area of McMinnville.

Participating WIneries:

Brittan Vineyard, Coeur de Terre Vineyard, Coleman Vineyard, Hyland Estates, J Wrigley Vineyard, Maysara Winery, Winderlea, Yamhill Valley Vineyards, and Youngberg Hill

Don't miss this amazing opportunity to celebrate Oregon during Oregon WIne Month!

More information coming soon.

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