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- Fidelitas promotes Will Hoppes, Mitch Venohr as part of transition
- New Alliance of Women in Washington Wine already stands at 200 strong
- Bullocks bid goodbye to Eye of the Needle Winery in Woodinville
- VineLines Dispatch #7: That’s a wrap
- Former Oregon car dealer gears up with Jachter Family Wines
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- L’Ecole Nº 41 to create wine bar at Marcus Whitman Hotel
- VineLines Dispatch: Harvest surrounding Lake Chelan
- Northwest restaurateurs purchase Basel Cellars in Walla Walla
A dozen Oregon Pinot Noirs
No area of the New World identifies so closely with Pinot Noir than Oregon, particularly the Willamette Valley.
Since the early 1970s, Oregon has been famous for the red grape of Burgundy, France. David Lett, fondly remembered as Oregon’s “Papa Pinot,” moved to Oregon in 1966 and bought property. His Eyrie Vineyards 1975 South Block Pinot Noir stunned experts in international judgings in 1979 – not unlike the famous Judgment of Paris tasting that catapulted California to fame three years earlier.
The result of Eyrie Vineyards’ success prompted high interest in Oregon Pinot Noir, and within a decade, famed Burgundy producer Robert Drouhin bought property in the Dundee Hills and launched Domaine Drouhin Oregon
Here we present a dozen Oregon Pinot Noirs we’ve tasted in the past couple of months, 11 of which are from the Willamette Valley.