Who ever thought Oregon would ever rate as one of the ten best wine destinations (Wine Enthusiast)?
The story of Oregon wine no longer begins and ends with Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, as many of the state’s most exciting new offerings hail from Southern Oregon. The region’s six American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) begin at the California border and extend north nearly to Eugene, with many of the 120 wineries clustered around the town of Ashland, famous for its annual Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Crater Lake, the Oregon Caves, Rogue River rafting and miles of pristine seashore are among southwest Oregon’s plentiful year-round attractions, rounding out a visit for any wine lover. —Paul Gregutt
Generally, I could care less about how Oregon rates. I am just concerned that the wines are good, and reasonably priced. Since I have a particularly liking for sparklings and champagne, I am not a big buyer of Oregon wines. But I do think some of their wines are quite good.
Here are their ten best: Adelsheim Vineyard (syrah), Archery Summit (Pinot), Argyle (sparkling), Chehalem Wines (2014 winery of the year), Domaine Drouhin (Pinot), Domaine Serene (90 point wines), Elk Cove Vineyards (pinot trilogy), Eyrie Vineyards (pinots and chardonnay), Ponzi Vineyards, and King Estate Winery (organic). I am only familiar, obviously, with Argyle, and not for their socks or sweaters.
I like Reverse Wine Snobs website and newsletters. Here are some of their Oregon recommendations (under $20):
Underwood Rose’ Bubbles
Scott Kelley Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
Left Coast Cellars Cali’s Cuvee Pinot Noir
Kirkland Signature Willamette Valley Pinot Noir (Costco)**
Troon Red Label Zinfandel
Ponzi Pinot Blanc
Ponzi Pinot Gris
Winecrasher Pinot Gris
Ponzi Willamette Valley Pinot Gris
Sokol Blosser Evolution White
Keeper Cabernet Franc
Brooks Willamette Valley Riesling
Brooks Ara Riesling
Seufert Smith Canyon Vineyard Syrah
Abacela Estate Temperanillo
Elk Cove Pinot Blanc
(most were pinots, so I tried to list some others for you)
So, if you are looking for a decently priced wine, or happen to be driving to or through Oregon, I suggest you stop at one of these fine wineries. With Lexi in the car, my stops will be dictated by wineries with an outdoor seating or tasting area. Better yet, stop by Bread and Wine in downtown Bandon. Nacy will give you everything she knows about the area wines!!!
**Can you believe Costco sells more than $4.4 billion in alcoholic beverages annually!!!