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by Fred McMillin
for August 8, 1997
Winery of the WeekThe Prince of Pinot
Fifteen years later the New York Times headline would read, "An Oregon Pinot Noir That Measures Up to the Noble Reds of Burgundy." The Eyrie Pinot had missed by only 0.3 points winning first place in a highly-publicized Paris tasting, featuring Burgundy's best.
It didn't take long for other vintners to catch on. The year the New York Times article was written, there were 400 acres of Pinot Noir in Oregon. Soon the total was 2,000 and growing. So, there's plenty of competition now, but all serious wine students certainly should try a bottle from the winery that started it all.
Just the Facts
Postscript: I confess to an emotional tie to the Willamette Valley. You see, my mother was the first woman to graduate in chemistry from the University of Willamette. I used to tease her that she wouldn't have passed if she hadn't married her chemistry professor...my father.
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