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Blog - The Yamhill-Carlton American Viticultural Area

RAINY AND COOL AND JUST WHAT WE NEED AT HARVEST TIME

The daytime temperatures have suddenly dropped from 95 degrees last week to 55 this week, dark clouds rolled in and the first rain that we’ve seen in months began to fall, with more forecast through the end of the week. Outside my office window a hard, hammering rain crashed down, and then minutes later it. . . Read More


JUST WHEN WE THOUGHT WE’VE SEEN EVERYTHING

“Who knows what will happen?” said Trudy Kramer, the President and co-owner of Kramer Vineyards in the northwest part of our AVA. Trudy has been in the wine business with her husband, and now with daughter Kim, for over 35 years, and she could have been talking about our favorite annual subject, the state of. . . Read More


YOU HAVE TO COME TO THE TASTING ROOM TO TRY (AND BUY) THESE WINES

Memorial Day weekend is here, many of our winery members hold promotions, and several wineries that are typically by-appointment-only during the year open their doors to the public for this weekend that traditionally kicks off our summer. To that end, we wanted to remind our customers that there are many wines in the AVA for. . . Read More


TASTING BLIND AND SIDE BY SIDE AT LENNÉ ESTATE

“Why do we do blind tastings?” winemaker Steve Lutz asked a group of 18 of us who had assembled at the long wooden tables in his Lenné Estate tasting room, which looks like a French farmhouse perched on the hill on Laughlin Road between Yamhill and Carlton. Eight Pinot Noir glasses were arrayed in front. . . Read More


JOIN US FOR OUR ANNUAL SPRING TASTING EVENT

Let’s peel back the layers of what makes our annual Yamhill Carlton Down to Earth Spring Tasting so popular with wine lovers who come from as far away as Seattle and California, not to mention our own Portland metro backyard, to this event every year. Our eighth one is coming up on Saturday, April 29th. . . Read More


“NEVER COOK WITH A PINOT NOIR THAT YOU WOULDN’T DRINK”

It has been raining cats and dogs and more cats in the AVA for the past few weeks. Good news if you compare it to the ice storm and blizzard that we had in January, and the snow storm in December; bad news if you don’t like puddles in your driveway and lakes in your. . . Read More


WHAT A GREAT YEAR WAS 2016

Full barrels of wine in chilly winery warehouses. Grape vines whose leaves have all been shed and whose shoots need trimming. And, of course, our annual recap meeting held in the former train depot that serves as the tasting room for Ken Wright Cellars in Carlton. All of the above remind us that another year. . . Read More


A SOLID START IN VITICULTURE

Our very early 2016 harvest is in the books (or rather, in the fermenters and barrels). And thank goodness for the early growing season and harvest, because mid-October saw the entire Willamette Valley, Oregon coast and Portland area hit with an enormous rain and wind storm that thankfully didn’t cause as much damage as it. . . Read More


HARVEST OUTLOOK FOR 2016? “JUST PLAIN WEIRD”

“Well, it’s an interesting year…as usual,” said Joel Kiff of the rapidly approaching 2016 harvest. Joel manages his family vineyard, which produces the grapes for his JL Kiff vineyard brand. “It’s been an erratic year,” added Ralph Stein of the 21-acre Yamhill Vineyard that he planted with his brother in 1983, long before there was. . . Read More


SUMMER’S HERE, WE GIVE BACK

Oregon summers typically sneak up on us – cool, June weather giving way to glorious, sunny Julys and Augusts – and this one is no exception, outside of a freaky hot spell that we had early in June. We suddenly find ourselves deep into July, the sun is out, visitors are discovering our wineries, and. . . Read More