While spending the past four years living in Oregon’s beautiful and bountiful Willamette Valley, I quickly developed a love for Oregon wines, especially pinot noir! Well, needless to say, this passion led to the accumulation of some pretty amazing bottles. The following have been some of my favorites;
–Dusky Goose 2007 Dundee Hills Pinot Noir
–Evening Land 2012 Seven Springs Vineyard ‘La Source’ Pinot Noir
–Beaux Freres 2014 Beaux Freres Vineyard Pinot Noir
–Domaine Serene 2014 Evenstad Reserve Pinot Noir
–Soter Vineyards 2014 Mineral Springs Ranch Pinot Noir
Sadly, only two bottles from my cherished wine collection made it to Sweden, primarily due to the cost of shipping wine internationally. The remaining bottles were enthusiastically enjoyed during my last few days in Oregon with the help of our friends! Needless to say, a hangover also accompanied me on my flight back to Sweden!!
So far I have only found a few bottles of Oregon pinot noir in Systembolaget, which is the Swedish chain of stores that is allowed to sell alcohol. Most of the Oregon wines are considered to be a bit pricey and rare, so they have to be specially ordered. This poses a problem because patience is not one of the virtues I possess, especially when it involves pinot noir!! (Cool alliteration…huh?)
So the lack of Oregon pinot noir in my life simply means that I will need to explore and hopefully find a substitute. I’ve heard that Scandinavia is possibly the next wine frontier due to global warming (yes, it does exists!!). So maybe I’ll start exploring my wine options locally? Wish me luck!