• Alexander Smith

Oregon, California...Look out Points on Wine are on their way!

In a few days time, the Points on Wine team will once again be jetting off from Montreal. After a few months of sitting, waiting for winter to finish, we are refuelled and ready for the west coast.

This will be my first time in Oregon, and 5th time in California! California is like a second home to me, I am always impressed and never disappointing. I write about California a lot, from the 1976 Judgment of Paris, to whether California will ever have a style. I have less knowledge about Oregon though, and how their Pinot Noirs rate compared to other new world countries.

Oregon has been influenced quite a bit by France, with Domaine Drouhin and now the Champagne house, Henriot seeing the potential of the west coast state. Oregon is more than Pinot Noir, other varieties such as Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Riesling and Cabernet Sauvignon are starting to create an identity of their own. Yet it is Pinot Noir, which is 6 times more planted than any other variety. So I am planning to try as much Pinot Noir as I can. Hard life, right ;) I have visits setup at what I feel are the best wineries in Oregon. I will also perform some independent and blind tasting, to truly get under the skin of Oregon Pinots.

Then heading south to my second home, California. I have been to California multiple times, for this trip, I want to go in the search of 'The Style of California'. After my recent post regarding the different styles of California, I decided the best way to understand more is to showcase some of these different styles, so expect everything from bold Zinfandels, to Burgundy style Pinots, to American Chardonnays, to old world Cabernets to new world Cabernets. I will cover everything and more.

Remember to follow me on Instagram and Facebook. I will try to do some live posts along the way. We still have a few spaces available for tasting so if wineries are interested in showcasing their wines please send me an email alex@pointsonwine.com

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