Oregon's Having a Grape Year

Good weather, high pinot demand have growers toasting bumper crop, again
By Michael Quinn,  Newser User
Posted Mar 19, 2008 4:07 PM CDT
Oregon's pinot noir production is up 15% this year.   (Flickr)
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(Newser) – Thanks to good weather and rising demand, Oregon crushed a record number of grapes in 2007—good news for its 370 wineries. And despite selling 1.7 million cases worth $208 million last year, the state hasn't quenched thirst for its wine, the AP reports. "Fussy superstar" pinot noir has maintained its post-Sideways popularity, and Oregon's small wineries produced 15% more of the grape.

The increased yield—the state's third consecutive bumper harvest—does not presage a decrease in quality but rather, Suite101 reports, reflects the fact that acreage dedicated to the grapes has grown. The 33% increase in cabernet sauvignon production wasn't the only thing to climb; prices for the state's wine also continued an upward trend.