Pre-Conference Excursion: Youngberg Hill Inn
One of the advantages of being a wine blogger is attending the ultra-fun, educational and wine-tasting-extravaganza annual event called the Wine Bloggers Conference. Each year, the conference takes place somewhere near wine country so bloggers who travel to the conference can learn about and explore different wine regions around the world.
This year, Portland, Oregon won the bid for the 2012 Wine Bloggers Conference, and the event took place at the Double Tree Hilton Hotel in downtown Portland. Aside from the main events happening in the hotel’s conference rooms and banquet halls, many pre and post conference events took place at the nearby Willamette Valley wineries.
Since my wine blog, WineJulia.com was a finalist for the prestigious award Best New Wine Blog from Wine Blog Awards, which I won during the conference, I was invited to some incredible winery excursions for luncheons, tastings and even wine blending classes. One of several excursions that I was super impressed with was a Lunch and Tasting with Sky High Views at Youngberg Hill Vineyards and Inn.
Youngberg Hill Vineyards and Inn is about an hour drive southwest of Portland, and is located among the lush, rolling, green hills that surround McMinnville, Oregon. When approaching the vineyards, it’s hard to miss the gorgeous Inn that sits at the top of the Vineyards – an Inn that offers expansive decking with unmatched views of the surrounding hills and mountain ranges.
With just eight other wine bloggers, we were the lucky few, out of hundreds that attended the conference, that got to spend the day at the Youngberg Hill Vineyards and Inn with owner, Wayne Bailey. We tasted the dynamic wines of Youngberg Hill, we ate fabulous locally produced food prepared by Chef Chris Czarnecki of the famed Joel Palmer House restaurant, and we soaked in the breathtaking views of the vineyards and beyond from the deck at the Inn. It was truly an incredibly awesome day.