Like Mike Tyson, wine is usually robust, is often boxed, and should never influence tattooing decisions. Imbibe the spirit of a champion with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get a wine tasting for two (a $10 value) and a $30 wine credit at Yamhill Valley Vineyards in McMinnville (a $40 total value). This Groupon is valid for two people, but additional people can attend the tasting for an extra $5 per person.
A quintet of sophisticated adult grape juices awaits wine-tasting couples at Yamhill Valley Vineyards, a 150-acre estate in the foothills of Oregon’s Coast Range Mountains where viticulturists grow, produce and bottle all of their own grapes. The vineyard’s specialty pinots comprise the majority of tasting flights, with the silky mouthfeel of the 2008 pinot blanc ($16 for a bottle) paving a smooth pathway for the blackberry, cedar, and earthy undertones of the 2008 pinot noir Estate ($20). A 2008 pinot noir Reserve introduces itself to the palate with a passionate kiss of deep red fruit characters before taste buds issue a restraining order and it leaves with a light, clean tannin on the tongue ($30). The 2008 pinot gris strikes a delicate balance between crisp and floral tastes ($15). The 2009 riesling proves that nothing gold can stay, as those who experience its apricot nose and traces of sweet honey will beg to purchase the winery’s entire supply ($18).
In addition to their featured wines, Yamhill Valley Vineyards also carries a stock of special selections and limited releases for purchase in the tasting room. An outdoor picnic area—complete with a deck that overlooks a koi pond—fosters vibes as mellow as a sloth playing a saxophone.
Yamhill Valley Vineyards
Past a covered gate, a dusty road rambles through row after row of heavy vines at Yamhill Valley Vineyards, leading back to the winery and rustic tasting room that overlooks the rolling hills. At the 150-acre estate in the foothills of Oregon’s Coast Range Mountains, Yamhill's viticulturists grow, produce, and bottle all of their own grapes. The vineyard’s specialty pinots comprise the majority of tasting flights, which can be sipped in the sunny tasting room or on the outdoor picnic area, complete with a deck.