An LA Times article about Oregon wine last month described the place where it all began — the Willamette Valley — as: “a sensuous terrain of smooth-shouldered, voluptuous hills and languorous green valleys lined with fragrant forests of spruce, fir and pine… arguably the finest place in the country to grow Pinot Noir.”

In honor of Oregon Bounty, OPB’s Think Out Loud recently featured an introspective on the Oregon wine industry. Featuring panelists including Jason Lett (Eyrie Vineyards), David Adelsheim (Adelsheim Vineyards) and Eric Hamacher (Carlton Winemakers Studio), the show examined the storied past of Oregon’s wine industry and explores how the industry continues to push the limitations of its boundaries.

Listen to the entire show below and join in on the conversation on the Think Out Loud site.

In this show we’ll talk about the heritage of wine in Oregon — including a discussion about its founder, David Lett, who passed away last month, leaving his son to run Eyrie Vineyards — and then move forward to what’s happening now: Tempranillo and other “big reds” in Southern Oregon, a Reisling resurgence, and even vineyards popping up in Central Oregon.

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about author Mo Sherifdeen

Mo is Travel Oregon's content publisher and loves to hike the forests and mountain trails of Oregon with his wife, daughter and dog. He is also known for getting lost inside a maze of books at Powell’s, sipping an IPA (or two) and seeking the best fish 'n chips along the Oregon Coast.

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  1. Asha says…

    We want to visit Oregon from Seattle this week… Thursday. We like nature/hiking/travel with German Shepherd. Any recommendations for places to explore and stay?



    Written on December 2nd, 2008 / Flag this Comment
  2. B. says…

    “Willamette” has two Ls! :)

    Written on December 11th, 2008 / Flag this Comment
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