1. Top wine critic calls Oregon “this idyllic region” that has come of age

    OWB Blog (Feb 12 2013)

    1. Top wine critic calls Oregon “this idyllic region” that has come of age

      Food & Wine Magazine’s March issue just hit the mailboxes across America and what Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden recently described as Oregon’s “relentlessly good news story” continues to roll on. F&W’s wine editor Ray Isle interviewed wine guru Robert Parker for the magazine’s 35th anniversary issue and Parker added his kudos to the Oregon story:

      Ray Isle: Also in 1987, you wrote, “Western Oregon may well have the finest potential of any viticultural region in the world, outside of Burgundy, to produce great wine from the fickle and temperamental Pinot Noir grape.” Did western Oregon’s wineries fulfill that potential?

      Robert Parker: Oregon is finally fulfilling its vast potential. Perhaps the catalyst was the arrival of a dramatic number of outsiders, not only from France, but from California and elsewhere, who purchased land and planted Pinot noir, Pinot gris and other varietals. Oregon does suffer from the same problem that many marginal climates do: a challenging fall growing season, often plagued by descending low-pressure rain systems from Alaska and Canada. However, as I write this article, 2012 promises to be one of the state’s all-time-great vintages, making up for a bizarre and so-so year in 2011. Oregon has come of age, something that is also reflected in the numerous articles about this idyllic region, which has not yet been spoiled by tourism, high-rise hotels, casinos, art galleries or modern, garish wineries.

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