Oregon Pinot Noir
Perhaps I’m biased. I live in Oregon, I write about Oregon wine, and I have an undeniable heart-throbbing passion for Oregon Pinot Noir. I wholeheartedly believe Oregon produces some of the finest in the world. I’m not a sommelier, but my opinion of Oregon’s fine Pinots is based on sampling hundreds, if not thousands, of Pinot Noirs from around the world – something I’ve been doing for nearly twenty years. The best Pinot Noirs I’ve ever had are from the Willamette Valley, in Oregon.
When I heard that a significantly influential sommelier of a prominent New York City restaurant recently failed to mention Oregon as a Pinot Noir region when, during an interview, was asked to name the Pinot Noir regions of the world, I was stunned – a jaw-dropping kind of stunned. His list of Pinot Noir growing regions included: Burgundy, California, Australia, New Zealand and Germany.
From Northern Oregon’s Willamette Valley to Southern Oregon’s Umpqua and Rogue Valleys, our Pinot Noir is oustanding. But, don’t just take it from me. In November 2012, Wine Spectator dedicated front page coverage, including a 15 page spread, to Oregon Pinot Noir. Most recently, Wine Enthusiast Magazine named the Willamette Valley one of the 10 Best Wine Travel Destinations of 2013, and they certainly didn’t fail to mention Pinot Noir when it comes to visiting Oregon.
So, how could a key sommelier fail to mention Oregon as a Pinot Noir growing region, when we not only grow Pinot Noir, but we produce some of the finest Pinot Noir in the world? Mr. Sommelier, come visit Oregon. I will be glad to personally introduce you to some Oregon Pinot Noirs that will blow your mind – I guarantee you won’t fail to mention Oregon again.
Please note: As this topic was brought up in casual conversation, I don’t have the sommelier’s name. Do you know the sommelier mentioned in this article?