Portlandia is now available in select Fred Meyer locations in Portland including most of the large stores with wine managers.
The world wide debut of Portlandia Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir happened at Cost Plus World Market stores in Oregon.
“..tasting pinot noirs from the Willamette Valley in Oregon was exciting. The wines were delicious, and I was pleased to find so many of them in a lovely, restrained style that invited rather than overpowered. These, I would like to think, are the sorts of wines that inspired those far-sighted pioneers back in the late 1960s and 1970s who imagined that Willamette would be a great place to grow pinot noir.”
– By Eric Asimov, The New York Times
“I am more impressed than ever with the style and potential of Oregon Pinot Gris. Among its strengths are:
• Higher acidity and lower alcohol than most domestic versions
• Bracing minerality; an underlying sense of wet stone flavors
• Purity of fruit
• Minimal or no new oak flavors
This brief summary nonetheless touches on almost every important trend among both young wine drinkers and restaurant wine buyers. White wines that ripen at lower alcohol levels, that reflect fruit and vineyard flavors rather than new barrel flavors, and that complement a wide variety of regional foods are in vogue. Oregon Pinot gris does all of the above. In them you will find flavors crisply defined, with fruits running the gamut from citrus through tree fruits and on into tropical. They are acidic without being lean, and that bracing minerality gives the wines texture and life.”
– By Paul Gregutt, Seattle Times