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Down to Earth in Willamette Valley

By Linda Tancs

Thirty-five miles southwest of Portland, Oregon is the Willamette Valley’s Yamhill-Carlton District AVA (American Viticultural Area), an area rife with dark, plummy, black-fruited Pinot Noirs framed by minerality reminiscent of pipe tobacco, espresso, clove and dark chocolate owing to the marine sedimentary soils of the region.  In other words, earthy–or down to earth–a moniker characterizing the inhabitants of the valley as much as the wines themselves.  The AVA is bringing the valley to Portland today for a wine tasting at the Gerding Theater, Portland Armory, from 5 to 8 p.m.  Tickets are $25 in advance or $35 at the door.  Why wait in line?  Buy your tickets now.

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