It was only a matter of time before industry pros figured out what Oregonians already know:
Talk about getting crushed — Oregon just blew California off the map when it comes to producing world-class pinot noir.
Wine Spectator, the industry’s leading publication, heaps lavish praise on the state in its latest issue, glowingly pronouncing that Oregon is now second-to-none in this country when it comes to its signature wine grape.
[…] Now, the only competition in sight comes from France’s celebrated Cote d’Or growing region 200 miles southeast of Paris, according to Wine Spectator.
“Oregon may not have the international caché that Burgundy does,” said Harvey Steiman, who wrote the glowing article, “but it’s producing a similar level of quality.”
A good bottle of pinot noir is one of the things I miss about Oregon. Fortunately, Portuguese wines are ridiculously good and even more ridiculously cheap, so I’m in a sweet spot for a wine drinker. My wife just brought home a €1.98 bottle of Alentejo red, which you’d think would be nothing but vinegar and water, judging by the price. Instead it was rich and velvety, proving that the world will practically have to end before the Portuguese can no longer afford good wine.
A nice Oregon pinot noir can’t be had for two dollars, but quality isn’t out of reach for average folks. Really, really good quality can be had for quite a bit more, of course, but the point is that when it comes to one of my favorite wines, my favorite state is producing the best in the nation.
And now, the whole world knows it. Go Oregon! And to all of my friends and family back there, preparing your Thanksgiving dinner — if you’ve included a bottle of pinot noir in your menu, enjoy it with a little added zest. You’re drinking the best.