THE OREGONIAN

Celebrating Oregon's sub-appellations and their distinct aroma and flavor profiles: Wine Notes

"At a morning seminar at World of Pinot Noir ... six Oregon winemakers shared their wines with the audience to illustrate the differences between the six sub-appellations of the Willamette Valley ... The vintners didn’t discuss technique much. At the end of the session, a member of the audience remarked that he had never heard winemakers talk so much about soil and so little about winemaking. California winemakers, he observed, tend to do the opposite. Why, he asked, is soil so important to us?"