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I'm Nick and I’ve been writing about wine for the last twelve years. For this, my third book, Wines and Wineries of Oregon’s Willamette Valley: From Pinot Noir to Chardonnay, I spent much of 2016 with my co-author Linda Sunshine and our principal photographer (and also my wife, Julie), traveling in Willamette Valley – all in my continuing search for great wine. That trip and the subsequent interviews, photographs and tasting notes, are documented in this truly interesting book. I sometimes found myself thinking that the valley is the new Napa but it surely is the American Burgundy.

 An aerial view of Archery Summit Winery (in Dayton, Oregon). In the only private tasting room blasted out of the mountainside in the early 1990’s, a guest will drink a dark, ripe, earthy Pinot 42 feet below ground  in a jaw-dropping manmade cave.

An aerial view of Archery Summit Winery (in Dayton, Oregon). In the only private tasting room blasted out of the mountainside in the early 1990’s, a guest will drink a dark, ripe, earthy Pinot 42 feet below ground  in a jaw-dropping manmade cave.

 The Latchkey Vineyard with Purple Hands’ former tasting room in the background; their new tasting room is in downtown Dundee, Oregon.

The Latchkey Vineyard with Purple Hands’ former tasting room in the background; their new tasting room is in downtown Dundee, Oregon.

 Argyle’s 2005 Extended Tirage Brut. Elegant, refined, concentrated and complex, this is a knockout example of a sparkling wine. Aged, nutty, bready aromas are dispersed with medium-modifed but broad and very concentrated notes of citrus and pear, accented by just emerging secondary notes of spice, white chocolate, white truffle, brioche, coffee beans, and cream, lifted by high bracing acidity. Argyle Winery is in Dundee, Oregon.

Argyle’s 2005 Extended Tirage Brut. Elegant, refined, concentrated and complex, this is a knockout example of a sparkling wine. Aged, nutty, bready aromas are dispersed with medium-modifed but broad and very concentrated notes of citrus and pear, accented by just emerging secondary notes of spice, white chocolate, white truffle, brioche, coffee beans, and cream, lifted by high bracing acidity. Argyle Winery is in Dundee, Oregon.

 At sunset, the wooly mammoth at Domaine Serene (in Dayton, Oregon) seems to come alive. Run by the Evenstads, they are the only Oregonians to be also making wine in France. 

At sunset, the wooly mammoth at Domaine Serene (in Dayton, Oregon) seems to come alive. Run by the Evenstads, they are the only Oregonians to be also making wine in France. 

 The Adelsheims were one of the first ten families (along with the Eraths, Blossers, Letts, Courys and the Ponzis) to break ground for wine in Oregon in the early seventies producing their  first vintage in 1978. Adelsheim in Newberg, Oregon

The Adelsheims were one of the first ten families (along with the Eraths, Blossers, Letts, Courys and the Ponzis) to break ground for wine in Oregon in the early seventies producing their  first vintage in 1978. Adelsheim in Newberg, Oregon

 The 2013 RMS Brut (the initials stand for Rollin Michael Soles) is Roco’s first venture into sparkling wines and one of the best we have ever tasted. A  blend of 67 percent Pinot Noir and 33 percent Chardonnay, the bouquet soars with stone fruits, nectarine, and citrus flavors, paired with light red fruits, all framed in creamy oak. Roco Winery is in Newberg, Oregon.

The 2013 RMS Brut (the initials stand for Rollin Michael Soles) is Roco’s first venture into sparkling wines and one of the best we have ever tasted. A  blend of 67 percent Pinot Noir and 33 percent Chardonnay, the bouquet soars with stone fruits, nectarine, and citrus flavors, paired with light red fruits, all framed in creamy oak. Roco Winery is in Newberg, Oregon.

 Dick Erath, of the Erath Winery in Dundee, was one of the first to plant a vine in the soil of the Willamette Valley, producing his first case of Pinot Noir in 1972. In 2006, having become on the of largest producers in Oregon, he sold to Ste. Michelle Wines Estates

Dick Erath, of the Erath Winery in Dundee, was one of the first to plant a vine in the soil of the Willamette Valley, producing his first case of Pinot Noir in 1972. In 2006, having become on the of largest producers in Oregon, he sold to Ste. Michelle Wines Estates

 Sisters Maria and Louisa Ponzi are second generation winemakers at Ponzi Vineyards (in Sherwood, Oregon)which has grown into one of the largest winemaking operations in the Willamette Valley, without sacrificing the quality and high standards set by their father, the legendary Richard Ponzi.

Sisters Maria and Louisa Ponzi are second generation winemakers at Ponzi Vineyards (in Sherwood, Oregon)which has grown into one of the largest winemaking operations in the Willamette Valley, without sacrificing the quality and high standards set by their father, the legendary Richard Ponzi.

Wise brings these iconic figures down to earth with their relatable passion for one of the world’s most amazing and diverse beverages.
— The Wine Economist writing about California Celebrity Vineyards