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September 2000
The Continued Strength of Alsatian Varietals in Oregon
While Known for Pinot noir, Oregon has History and Success with non-Chardonnay White Wines
by Lisa Shara Hall
Pinot noir has been the flag Oregon waves most often. That tricky, "heartbreak grape" does well in Oregon's cool, Wil­lamette Valley climate and Pinot noir indeed is the state's most widely-planted and celebrated grape. As of 1998, there were 3,869 acres of Pinot noir planted in the state and an estimated 221,000 cases produced from that lean year (poor fruit set caused a harvest down 40 percent). The acreage of Pinot noir planted by 1999 rose to 4,208. But the varieties now seen as Alsatian...
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