Wine Wednesday: Oregon Pinot Noir

Living on the West Coast means access to amazing BC wines, as well as fine wines from Washington, Oregon, and (of course) California. Oregon is a lesser-known wine region that doesn’t get the attention it deserves. In the last few years, Oregon’s red wines have become overly popular domestically, and I am dying to try one of the following pinot noirs. Any suggestions would be gladly welcome!

According to one of my favourite newspaper secions, the New York Times Dining Section, 2008 was a great year for Oregon Pinots. Their favourite? The “Willamette Valley, beautifully balanced, well coiled with acidity and harmonious on the palate, with complex aromas of mint, red fruit, flowers and smoke”

Belle Pente Pinot Noir, $23

For a good Pinot Noir, $23 is a great price. The wines might be harder to find in Canada, but I always reccomend checking out Legacy Liquor Store in Athlete’s Village (South False Creek) for those rare wines you can’t usually find at the BC Liquor Store. You can find a list of the Oregon varietals that they carry here.

Another Pinot from Oregon that I’d like to try? The Benton-Lane Estate Grown Pinot Noir 2008.

Benton-Lane Estate Grown Pinot Noir 2008 – $15-$30

Next time you’re planning to try a new wine, pick up a 2008 Oregon Pinot Noir. You can also stock up now and keep them for a couple years before cracking them open!

Enjoy, and happy wine wednesday! If you ever want to check out my current to-drink list, check out my Pinterest.

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