Oregon Wine Regions
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Oregon's six wine appellations stretch from the arid, windswept cliffs of the Columbia Gorge to the lush vineyards of the Rogue Valley. Each appellation carries its own distinctive qualities and favored wines, although Oregon is best known for its robust Pinot Noir, a specialty of the Willamette Valley, near Portland. With the exception of the Walla Walla Valley and the Columbia Valley appellations (whose boundaries are shared by both Oregon and Washington), Oregon's wineries and vineyards are all located relatively close to Interstate 5, Oregon's main north-south corridor.
Oregon produces more than 30 wine varietals, ranging from the spicy red Cabernet Merlot of the Columbia Valley, to the fruity white Arneis of Willamette Valley. This diversity is due to Oregon's incredible range of climate zones and elevations, which extend from the wet but temperate weather of the Willamette and Umpqua Valley regions, to the warm, dry climes of the Rogue and Applegate Valleys to the even drier, elevated plateaus of the Walla Walla and Columbia Valleys.
Most of Oregon's wineries are small, family-run enterprises that are scattered along the western base of the Cascade Mountains. Quality, rather than volume has become the hallmark of Oregon's wine industry, which prides itself in select, limited editions of finely crafted vintages. And sometimes small is what is needed: Oregon's wines have been continually awarded for their excellence and their ability to capture the subtle palate of flavors, hues and aromas that define the Pacific Northwest.
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Oregon Wine Country: A Great Destination by Sherry L. Moore and Jeff Welsch. Detailed maps with insider knowledge. A practical Great Grape Destinations checklist rounds out this invaluable resource including history, getting around, wineries, lodging, dining, attractions, recreation, shopping, photographs and maps. Order now...
Cooking with the Wines of Oregon by Troy Townsin and Cheryl-Lynn Townsin. Cooking with the Wines of Oregon features more than 250 wineries. Much more than a wine country companion and wine guide, however, this is also an excellent cookbook, offering 100 recipes by some of the world's great chefs. Order now...
Compass American Guides: Oregon Wine Country, 2nd Edition by John Doerper and Greg Vaughn. Photography, evocative prose, insider tips, and detailed color maps help make the most of your trip. Written by longtime Oregon wine country residents, this guide has in-depth coverage of the history, culture and character of one of America's most spectacular destinations. Order now...
Essential Wines and Wineries of the Pacific Northwest: A Guide to the Wine Countries of Washington, Oregon, British Columbia, and Idaho by Cole Danehower and Andrea Johnson. With beautifully illustrated photographs and helpful maps, this guide enables wine lovers to plan touring, select wines, and explore and discover the riches of the Northwest's wine country. Order now...
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