McMinnville is both a fascinating AVA and a thriving community, combining a rich downtown with beautiful wine country. The Taste McMinnville Loop invites you to, as Youngberg Hill’s Wayne Bailey puts it, “Enjoy the quaint community surrounding McMinnville and the town of McMinnville, where we are supporting homeless high school students’ efforts to graduate and improve their chances of success.”
That community includes, in addition to Youngberg Hill, Coeur de Terre, Yamhill Valley Vineyards, and Brittan Vineyards, who along with Valley Commissary and 3rd Street Flats have selected the Give A Little Foundation as their 2018 beneficiary. The Give A Little Foundation’s recent focus on helping McMinnville’s children was of particular resonance for the Taste McMinnville loop members.
“As a group of family–owned and operated wineries, we want to give back in a way that helps invest in the future of our community,” says Jenny Burger at Yamhill Valley Vineyards.
Give A Little Foundation cofounder Phil Phirages explains, “For the last two school years, we have focused greater effort on helping local school children (K–12). To that end, we have set up a network which includes a Give a Little liaison in every public school in McMinnville. This liaison works in partnership with a designated school employee who identifies students needing special help, and we then provide this assistance in the form of shoes, hygiene kits and a long list of other clothing and supplies.”
To support this cause, take an opportunity to taste the wines and edible bounty of the McMinnville AVA; Bailey says visitors can expect “more structured, more intense, more complex Pinot noir.” Loop members will be donating $1 from each tasting flight fee collected April through June.
Yamhill Valley Vineyards winemaker Ariel Eberle encourages adventurous Loop-goers to experience the community on two wheels. “The ride up to Youngberg Hill is steep, but well worth the effort for the view that you will be rewarded with!” she says, citing bird-watching at Yamhill Valley Vineyards, lovely rolling hills, and a solid appetite for delicious food from the loop’s restaurant partners among the benefits of an up-close experience. “This loop is really special because it shows off the beauty and serenity that this area has to offer.”