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

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(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

Deck Closed for Private Event

Aug 21, 2020

  Our back deck will be closed for a private event on Friday, August 21st, from 2-5pm.  We will have limited outdoor seating available in the front of our Tasting Room.  We ... read  more

  Our back deck will be closed for a private event on Friday, August 21st, from 2-5pm.  We will have limited outdoor seating available in the front of our Tasting Room.  We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.    

Yoga in the Vines

Aug 26, 2020

The lawn at Yamhill Valley Vineyards is the perfect place for an outdoor yoga class. Ground, center, breathe, and move your body with intention. This one hour yoga class will be accessible to ... read  more

The lawn at Yamhill Valley Vineyards is the perfect place for an outdoor yoga class. Ground, center, breathe, and move your body with intention. This one hour yoga class will be accessible to all levels.  Please bring your own yoga mat and water.   Max 20 spots. Donation-based. RSVP to: Carissafyoga@gmail.com   About the instructor: Hi I ...

Oregon Wines & Vines: Riesling

Sep 12, 2020

Oregon Wines and Vines - Is Riesling The Greatest White Wine Grape In The World?   “I think Riesling is indisputably the greatest white wine grape in the world but many people ... read  more

Oregon Wines and Vines - Is Riesling The Greatest White Wine Grape In The World?   “I think Riesling is indisputably the greatest white wine grape in the world but many people think I am mad.” – Jancis Robinson, World Renown Wine Critic and Journalist   Wine Tasting and Education with Ariel Eberle, Winemaker, Yamhill Valley Vineyards, and Vicente Pina, ...

Oregon Oldtime Fiddlers Association Performance

Sep 20, 2020

The Oregon Oldtime Fiddlers' Association is a local non-profit dedicated to the perpetuation and promotion of oldtime music.Join us for a rousing fiddler performance on Sunday, September 20th from ... read  more

The Oregon Oldtime Fiddlers' Association is a local non-profit dedicated to the perpetuation and promotion of oldtime music.Join us for a rousing fiddler performance on Sunday, September 20th from 1-4pm!No tickets required, just make a reservation at either 1pm or 3pm (each reservation is 1 1/2 hours) for a seat on the deck: 503-843-3100! Learn more about the OOTFA here: http://www.ootfa.org/

Indy's Birthday Bash!

Oct 24, 2020

Come celebrate the birthday of head winery pup, Indy!This giving doggo would like to use his birthday to give back to good puppers in need. Please bring a donation of dog food for Homeward Bound Pets, ... read  more

Come celebrate the birthday of head winery pup, Indy!This giving doggo would like to use his birthday to give back to good puppers in need. Please bring a donation of dog food for Homeward Bound Pets, and we’ll waive your tasting fee!Indy will be available for pictures and treats (until his Mom cuts him off) throughout the day, so come give him a pet and enjoy the last of the dog days of fall!
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