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Oregon Comes Through With A Stellar Vintage

on 24/11/10 at 12:00 pm


The thousands of people heading for Oregon wine country this holiday weekend are likely to see something that’s been missing the past couple of years — smiles.

Miles of smiles.

Oh yes, and dark circles under the eyes of winemakers, tasting-room employees and cellars rats who are just now putting the finishing touches on one of the state’s latest and most nail-biting harvests on record.

But first the good news.

The poorly reviewed 2007 vintage is now largely a headache of the past. A lingering national recession appears to be easing to the point that many of the state’s 400 commercial wineries are reporting a noticeable uptick in sales.

And, best of all, the wines many vintners will pour over the long Thanksgiving weekend may as well be liquid gold — pours from a 2008 vintage that’s off the charts in terms of near-unanimous rave reviews from national industry publications.

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