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Oregon's latitude is shared by that of Burgundy. Amazingly, it wasn't until the last 25 years that a grape/wine industry has emerged here, but emerge it has. With a vengance. The climate in Oregon is mild like that of its European counterpart - wet but not cold in the winter; dry and sunny in the summer. The main grapes that have been planted are similar to the ones found in France: pinot noir, chardonnay - but other grapes have made in onto the landscape as well: pinot gris (most made in more of an Italian style to complement the varied seafood of the NW), some riesling; cabernet sauvignon and merlot are grown in southern Oregon - the Rogue and Umpqua appellations - where the summers are much warmer.
The pinots of Oregon can be very good. The limestone terroir of France makes a interesting counterpoint to the more volcanic soils of Oregon.
The wine growing regions of Oregon are spread out, but the main concentration is in the Willamette Valley, just south of Portland. Try visiting this website for a good start on finding out more information on Oregon wines: http://www.oregon-wine.com/
In visiting the wineries, you can do it with personal car, bicycle or there are van tours also available. Most of the wineries are in very nice rural settings, so take along a picnic lunch and make a day of it.
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