Wine Wednesday: Chardonnay from Eyrie Vineyards (Oregon)

For this Wine Wednesday I am thinking about Oregon and I hope all of you are too. The Oregon Wine Trail is coming to New York City on May 6th. Both trade and consumers have the opportunity to try wines from 60 wineries. Join us for these amazing events by signing up here:

When I traveled to Portland, Oregon last summer for the Society of Wine Educators conference, I was sure to find loads of Pinot Noir that I found interesting and even some Pinot Gris. What I hadn’t expected was how much of the Chardonnay I would like. Today’s Wine Wednesday is about one of those wines made with Chardonnay that I found surprising and delicious from the Eyrie Vineyards winery. This winery was founded by the pioneer of the Oregon wine industry, David Lett.

In February 1965, some 53 years ago, Lett rented a temporary nursery plot near Corvallis, and planted the 3000 vinifera grape cuttings he gathered from UC Davis. These were the first plantings of Pinot noir and Chardonnay in the Willamette Valley.

After much exploration, Lett decided that Dundee Hills had the right combination of soils and climate for his grapes with the correct exposition and altitude…

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