The Willamette Valley of Oregon is at the same latitude as the Burgandy region of France, and has a similar climate in which the finicky Pinot Noir grapes thrive.

Oregon Pinot Noir pioneer David Lett of Eyrie Vineyards first planted Pinot noir in Oregon in 1965, and several other growers followed suit throughout the 1970s.

In 1979, Lett took his wines to a competition in Paris, known in English as the Wine Olympics, and they placed third among pinots. In a 1980 rematch arranged by French magnate Robert Drouhin, the Eyrie vintage improved to second place.

The competition instantly put Oregon on the map as a world class Pinot Noir producing region.

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