Oregon-Excellent Pinots and More

I first started writing about wine when I managed KOIN-TV’s Web site in Portland ten years ago. Of course, Pinot Noir was my wine of choice in those days, but I also enjoyed a good Pinot Gris and Chards in the summer.

My palate has changed immensely since then–partly because of my wonderful sister’s exquisite palate for expensive Cabs and partly because of an incredible trip to Bordeaux in 2005. These days my wines of choice are Bordeaux-style blends from Washington state and robust Cabs, followed by Cab Francs and Syrahs. (Of course, I’d never turn down a glass of red from Chateau Margaux or from Del Dotto in Napa Valley.)

So I was most interested to see how I’d feel about the wineries in the Portland area when we visited in early December — for the first time since we moved from there in 1999.

My conclusion? Oregon wineries still make a wonderful Pinot Noir. No surprise there. In fact, the Pinots are even better now than they were ten years ago. But they also make some nice blends.

Because our time there was limited, we only visited wineries near Portland. In the days ahead, I will be blogging about some old favorites such as Sokol Blosser Winery and some new discoveries such as Domaine Drouhin.

As mentioned in a previous post, I made the decision in December to blog about wines of the northwest in 2008 — from Oregon to British Columbia.