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Pinot Gris,


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A dry Pinot Gris from Oregon.  Bright aromas of citrus zest and lemon meringue with crisp, mouthwatering acidity. Incredible minerality and a smooth finish, the citrus and tropical fruit flavors continue to linger on the palate for several minutes

Variety: Pinot Gris
Region: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Winemaker: Portlandia Vintners
Size: 750 ml
Alcohol: 13.5%

Winemaker's Notes

A unique Pinot Gris from Oregon. This savory white has a crisp bouquet of honeysuckle, melon and pear and is balanced with a lively finish of minerality and a touch of cinnamon

John's Notes

A friend invited me to his home for wine and food with family and neighbors last Sunday. What a treat!  With wine knowledge and industry credentials through-the-roof, he has been extremely gracious sharing his knowledge and has been a vocal advocate for WineJug.  Thanks Alex!

As we tasted and debated bottles from all over the world that evening, discussion at one point shifted to Oregon. And while we initially focused on Pinot Noir, my friend made a point to highlight the fantastic Pinot Gris that the Willamette Valley in particular produces.  And as my recent visit to the region underscored, he is absolutely right.  Accordingly, I decided to feature the 2019 vintage of Portlandia’s Pinot Grigio as another nod to all the fantastic producers in that region

Nerdy Details

Winemaker:  Portlandia Vintners

  • Damian Davis grew up in DC-Maryland and found that his first visit to the Willamette Valley was mesmerizing. “How could you not be inspired to cook or try your hand at fermenting?” And that’s just what he did! He left the tech world behind and dove headfirst into the world of Willamette Valley wine
  • More than a decade later and his passion and love for the region has only increased and inspires their team daily
  • Portlandia’s labels are printed on 100% recycled Kraft stock paper

Variety:  96% Pinot Gris, 2% Gewürztraminer, 2% Riesling

Region:  Wilamette Valley, Oregon


  • The Willamette Valley is relatively mild throughout the year with cool, wet winters and warm, dry summers. While moisture is abundant, most of the rainfall occurs in the winter, not during growing season. This temperate climate, combined with coastal marine influences, makes the gentle growing conditions within the Valley ideal for cool climate grapes such as Pinot Gris
  • Late afternoon breezes blow through the Van Duzer Corridor from the Pacific Ocean to the east. These cool, nightly breezes affect ripening by allowing for a longer hang-time in the vineyard while maintaining balanced acidity and full maturity of the berries
  • The Willamette Valley is an old volcanic and sedimentary seabed that has been overlaid with gravel, silt, rock and boulders brought by the Missoula Floods from Montana and Washington between 10,000 and 15,000 years ago


  • Portlandia sources from vineyards throughout the Willamette, including three sub-appellations: Yamhill-Carlton, Dundee Hills and McMinnville
  • The soils in the region are a rich and diverse result of ancient tectonic shifts and volcanic eruptions
  • On the hillsides, where most of the vineyards are planted, the soils are predominantly a mixture of marine sedimentary, windblown loess and volcanic basalt. The most common volcanic soil type is red Jory, which provides excellent drainage for superior quality grapes
  • A more traditional Oregon harvest in 2019 yielded slightly lower sugars and higher acidity
  • After fermentation, the wine rested on its lees in 100% stainless steel
  • Bottled 2/4/20

Alcohol:  13.5%

Residual Sugar:  4.7 g/L

Pairs With: Fresh oysters, Dungeness crab, patios with friends


Wine Enthusiast (91): This wine is bursting with scents and flavors of pear and grapefruit. Incredibly refreshing, it’s textured and leesy, with appealing minerality and a long, clean, pour-me-more finish.  Paul Gregutt 8/1/2020

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