While I had an amazing time exploring downtown Portland and eating my way through their big food festival Feast (click links for details), I was even more excited to get out to Oregon's Pinot Noir country, Willamette Valley. Whenever I used to see a Willamette Pinot on the menu, I knew it was a solid order. It had been a while however since I'd had a Willamette Pinot, replacing them for the more elegant, and pricey, French Burgundies while living in Paris. So it came as a bit of a shock as I re-visited one Oregon pinot, and then another, and another (in the name of research of course), and couldn't capture the magic I once remembered. Luckily I had a friend and a few days to dive in deeper to research the matter. Everyone's palate is different so it's impossible to recommend what you'll like, but here's an overview of some of our findings in the Willamette Valley.