The Tasting Panel magazine

September 2013

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APPELLATIONS The Oregon Trail K nown for its sweeping landscape, berry bushes, hazelnut trees and lovely vineyards conforming to the swales and contours of rolling hillsides, Oregon's Willamette Valley has developed into one of the great wine destinations of America over the past four decades. The leader of this movement was bon vivant David Lett, a visionary young winemaker who packed his bags and 3,000 cuttings of grape vines he procured while finishing his studies at University of California Davis, and headed to Oregon in 1965. After Lett planted his first vineyard and established The Eyrie Vineyard label with his wife Diana in 1966, other hipsters arrived on the scene. Many of the newcomers were spirited young couples HOME TO SOME OF THE WORLD'S BEST PINOT NOIR, THE WILLAMETTE VALLEY AVA TURNS 30 by Christopher Sawyer Willamette Valley beauty: vines at Elk Cove Vineyards, with Mt. Hood in the distance. 104  /  the tasting panel  /  september 2013 TP0913_104-156.indd 104 8/22/13 10:30 PM

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