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The Pinot Heartland of America: Oregon's Willamette Valley
July 28, 2014 in Wine
This is the first post in a three-part series about Willamette Valley wine.

On a hot afternoon in early July, I walked down Third Street in McMinnville, Oregon, toward R. Stuart & Co. Wine Bar. It had been an amazing first day of wine tasting in Willamette Valley and I was looking forward to meeting up with R. Stuart’s proprietor, Maria Stuart, to get an insider’s glimpse into the area. If there's one way to learn about a wine region fast, it's by sitting down with a local winery/bar owner over a glass of Pinot. [...] Continue Reading
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