Domaine Drouhin

Winemaker Veronique Drouhin offers a taste of heaven in a glass at Domaine Drouhin Oregon (DDO). I have no other words to adequately describe the rich, velvety 2004 DDO Pinot Noir Laurene, which was released in September to rave reviews of “elegant,” “seductive” and “suave.” This sophisticated wine is drinkable now and anytime over the next 8-12 years. This is a special wine to savor on a very special occasion.

Since DDO’s first vintage in 1988, Veronique has handcrafted every drop of wine at Domaine Drouhin Oregon. The goal of the winery is to create a unique Oregon Pinot Noir that is true to the classic Burgundian Pinot Noir. The story of the Drouhin family’s decision to create Pinot Noir in Oregon is fascinating–do take some time to read it on their Web site.

I have no idea why we didn’t visit Domaine Drouhin Oregon when we lived in Portland in 1997-1999. But I’m very glad that my colleague Michelle pointed us in that direction when we visited the area in early December. Thanks, Michelle! Merci!


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About Margot

Margot has been writing about wine since 1997 at KOIN-TV in Portland, Oregon; ten years later, she created this blog. Write for Wine focuses on the fine wines of Washington state, with occasional posts about other northwest wine regions (Oregon and B.C.), California, ANZ and Bordeaux. A former national journalist in Canada, Margot has been a Washington wine enthusiast since moving to Seattle in 1999. Her motto: “It’s wine o’clock somewhere.”

2 thoughts on “Domaine Drouhin

  1. You couldn’t have visited DDO back then because it wasn’t open to the public. It’s only done that in the past four or five years, as I recall.

    With all the hard work the early pioneers (Erath, Eyrie, Adelsheim, etc.) did in the ’60s and ’70s, DDO was the cherry when it arrived in the ’80s, essentially telling everyone that Oregon was legitimate. DDO’s arrival in the Dundee Hills was an important, defining moment for the Oregon wine industry, no doubt.

  2. Thanks for this valuable information, Andy. We were told that DDO was open back then, but maybe it was by appointment only rather than to the public.

    Regardless, I haven’t written about Oregon wine in 10 years, so I’m obviously missing some key historic information. I really appreciate your wisdom and hope you continue to comment on this blog!

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