What’s the Matter with Oregon?


I’m sure there’s nothing actually the matter with Oregon, it’s just a bit surprising that I can’t seem to find any good Oregonian wine. Everyone raves about how its great wine country, the photos are beautiful and I really want to jump on the bandwagon, but sadly I’m missing the boat. I admit I’ve been biased against Oregon for several years. It was Valentine’s Day circa 2009 when Husband and I ordered a bottle of Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, paid through the nose[1], and ended up seriously disappointed. It’s literally been years since I ventured there again, but since I’m now a serious wino wine blogger, it’s prFile Sep 02, 8 38 31 PMetty lame that the only domestic wines I drink are from California.

So there I was in the package store and I see another bottle of Oregon Pinot Noir. Regularly $18.99, on speci
al for $12.99[2]. It was also from Willamette Valley but I thought, “Hey, I’ll give it a shot.” Well, it tastes the same as I remember. Tinny, metallic and dirty. Blech.

So here’s what I need from you, Alleged Blog Readers. Send me suggestions on delicious and affordable wines from Oregon and I’ll give them a go!

Cheers to wine friends and the promise of better wine to come!

Lawyer Footnotes
[1] It was Valentine’s Day so of course it was nice and pricey, but it was the type of restaurant that should have had a good wine list.
[2] It’s their “Grand Opening Sale” so I was thinking it was a good deal, not, this wine suck so lets mark it down. Let’s hope that was not the case since I literally bought a case of other “Grand Opening Sale” wines. Feck.

3 thoughts on “What’s the Matter with Oregon?

  1. Try “Foris” from Rogue Valley, Southern Oregon… 5 hours south of Willamette – totally different. Perfect Alpine microclimate… Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Gewurztraminer (sooooo good), Riesling (all the whites in the dry style). And let’s not forget the Moscato (d’Asti style, peachy & naturally slightly effervescent). I do not think you will be sorry! In what state do you reside?

    1. Awesome, thanks for the suggestions!! Will definitely get a bottle of Foris, though of course here in CT it’s more expensive than everywhere else … I may need to take a wine buying trip to NY or MA!

      1. I represent the winery regionally but honestly, it’s wine I choose to drink. Right now in CT you can get the 2011 Pinot Noir (current vintage), 2012 Pinot Gris (2014 newly released, current vintage will start going on shelves this month), 2012 Riesling (2013 newly released, current vintage will start going on shelves this month) and the 2013 Moscato (2014 just started shipping from the winery). NY has the Pinot Blanc and Gewurz so yes, a buying trip out of state may be a great idea!

        I have some really great wines in my portfolio – happy to give you suggestions when you need… have been following you on instagram too!

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