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It's the Willamette Dammit!

"The three things that make a vineyard great are the climate, the soil, and the exposure. Bien Nacido Vineyard ~ James Ontiveros  
The Willamette Valley in Oregon is known as a 'mecca' of sorts; it's where powerful, yet delicate, soulful Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, and Chardonnay are grown, harvested, fermented, aged, bottled and eventually sold to wine enthusiasts around the world. I thought it was high time, I give some content space to the Wines of Oregon, just because that's the kind of guy I am.

Secondly, because of some of these relatively inexpensive [$18-$28] examples of Pinot Noir, which I tasted, slurped, sniffed, vigorously aerated, were in a few words, better than good. You can also see there's a bit of a theme, with four of the five wines below labeled Willamette Valley AVA. Now with no further ado, here's the skinny on what I've found over the years, many found in your local off-premise chain stores (read that grocery stores and the like). Keep…

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