Pinot in the Windy City, 3/7
at City Winery Chicago
City Winery hosts Willamette Valley Wineries Latest Roadshow: Pinot in the Windy City
Join us for an unparalled evening tasting with more than 65 Willamette Valley Wineries participating. Following popular sold-out road show events in Seattle, New York, and San Francisco, Pinot in the Windy City will showcase 62 producers from Oregon’s largest appellation. Pinot in the City is an exciting opportunity to taste the best of Oregon Pinot Noir, as well as a diverse array of other varietals. Meet the winemakers and owners behind the labels as they showcase their wines, giving tasters the unique opportunity to interact first-hand with the outstanding producers in the Willamette Valley. Discover the world-class wines of Oregon!
Wines will be complemented by delicious passed hors d'oeuvres and Pinot-friendly bites.
About Willamette Valley Wineries Association
Known for making some of the world’s best Pinot noir as well as a diversity of other cool-climate varietals, Willamette Valley wineries are dedicated to a personal, handcrafted approach to winemaking.
In addition to producing world-renowned wines, their wineries have set themselves apart through collaboration, sustainability leadership, and passionate winemaking. A sense of community and a deep connection to this beautiful place are strong throughout Oregon’s wine industry.
The Willamette Valley, Oregon’s leading wine region, has two-thirds of the state’s wineries and vineyards and is home to more than 200 wineries. It has been recognized as one of the premier Pinot noir producing areas in the world. The Valley includes six sub-appellations; Chehalem Mountains, Dundee Hills, Eola-Amity Hills, McMinnville, Ribbon Ridge & Yamhill Carlton.
Buffered from Pacific storms on the west by the Coast Range, the valley follows the Willamette River north to south for more than a hundred miles from the Columbia River near Portland to just south of Eugene. To the east, the Cascade Ranges draws the boundary between the Willamette Valley’s misty, cool climate and the drier, more extreme climate of eastern Oregon.
At its widest point, this long, broad valley spans sixty miles. Overall, the climate boasts a long, gentle growing season – warm summers with cool evenings; bursts of Indian summer into fall; mild winters followed by long springs. In ideal years the maritime climate provides the best conditions possible for growing the cool-climate grape variety for which Oregon is best known – Pinot noir. In lesser years, fall weather can be tricky, causing winemakers to pull their hair. In this matter the Willamette Valley compares favorably with the Burgundy and Alsace regions of France. And, like it or not, the often finicky Willamette Valley climate is the promised land for Pinot noir in America. Wineries also produce Pinot gris, Pinot blanc, Chardonnay, Melon, Riesling, Gewurztraminer, sparkling wine, Sauvignon Blanc and some Syrah, Cabernet, and Merlot among other lesser-known varieties.
Drink Oregon Pinot noir and enjoy a taste of this premier wine region no matter where you are.