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We asked Michael Biggs - the Wine Director of the Peerless Restaurant to suggets a couple of must try Oregon wines. And to describe the separating factors between Oregon wines and other new world wines.

The winner and still champion of Oregon wines remains Pinot Noir (visit ). The Willamette Valley's climate is more akin to the Burgundy Region of France than many of the regions of California. Pinot Noir is a very difficult and fickle grape to grow, preferring warm not hot regions. At their best Oregon Pinot Noirs are magic in a glass!

The Willamette Valley is in the midst of two of the finest back to back vintages in our industries history. 1998 and 1999 gave the winemakers the raw materials to produce spectaticular Pinot, with 1999 given a slight edge in quality. There are a bevy of terrific 1999 Oregon Pinots, one of my personal favorite producers is St. Innocent Winery in Salem (visit ).

Mark Vlossak the owner/winemaker of St. Innocent Winery in Salem Oregon has always made terrific Pinot Noir’s but his 1999’s are magnificent! His 1999 Seven Springs Vineyard has it all. Aromas of wildfowers, black raspberries and “pumpkin pie” spices. It explodes on the palate with youthfully-exuberant black cherry and berry flavors, then finishes with firm, yet integrated tannins. (more on The Peerless Restarant)

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