Winestein: Oregon, a mecca for U.S. pinot noir

Posted Mon, December 03, 2012 in All Posts

Published: November 28, 2012

Earlier this month, I visited Oregon, a mecca for U.S. pinot noir, where I tasted a range of wines and got to visit some of the small producers.

Yellowing vineyards offered a flash of color in the green, lush region where wineries appear to be nestled in the forested hills, unobtrusive parts of their rural communities.

Oregon's modern wine industry began a generation ago with people who planted Alsatian varieties - pinot gris, riesling, gewürztraminer and pinot noir. Yes, pinot noir is planted in Alsace, the cool-growing region of France. That first wave...