Pinot In the City: Willamette Winemakers Come to LA

In September, 66 Pinot Noir producers from the Willamette Valley Wineries Association came to Los Angeles for the first time to demonstrate what make this cool cool climate region one of the nation’s top producers of Pinot Noir.

The Willamette Valley is located just outside the super-cool city of Portland, between Oregon’s Cascade Mountain Range and the Coast Range, more than 100 miles long and spanning 60 miles.  Due to its proximity to the Pacific Ocean (50 miles), Willamette averages 52-78 degrees in the summer and 35-47 degrees in the winter. It actually sits at the same latitude as the Burgundy region of France and has a similar climate in which the finicky Pinot noir grapes thrive.

Nothing really beats spending an afternoon tasting Pinot and enjoying the wonderful medium body wine with notes of red cherry, raspberry and currents or even mushrooms and earth.

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