The Willamette Valley is an American Viticultural Area (AVA) in Oregon. These were discussed in another Post. Briefly, AVAs are wine production areas designated by the U.S. Government. If a vintner claims to be from a particular AVA, 85% of the grapes used in their wine must be from there.
This area is nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Cascade Mountains. This climate, and flooding that occurred at the end of the last Ice Age, has produced some extremely arable land. Again, though discussed in another Post, Terroir is the interaction of climate, geology and plant genetics. This area is know for it's superior terroir. As far as grapes go, the terroir in this area is similar to the Burgundy region of France. The Willamette Valley is known for it's wines, especially Pinot Noir. What really started the whole thing going in this area was Eyrie Vineyards. They scored 2nd in a prestigious blind taste competition in the Burgundy region of France in the 1970's. Fast forward to 2013, and this area produces world-class wines. Pinot grapes were explored in another Post.
Cherry Hill Winery is a winery in the Willamette Valley, specifically in the Eola-Amity Hills sub-Appelation. They grow Pinot Noir Grapes.
They have a very nice indoor dining space.
Incidentally, Chez Boet is ground zero for Naples Originals, a consortium of about 40 member restaurants. This was discussed in another Post. One of the owners of this establishment is the organizer for this group. This individual has told me that the group was formed for marketing and philanthropic purposes.
I was fortunate to get to the tasting early to be able to talk to one of the vintners. During the winters, they stay in Southwest Florida.
There were 4 wines that evening, and all were 100% Pinot Noir.
Dijon Cuvee Pinot Noir, Cherry Hill Pinot Noir, Vanda Pinot Noir Dry Rose and a Blank de Pinot Noir. All of these wines can be ordered Online.
As the tasting began
attendees really seemed to enjoy the conversation and the wines.
I could not stay, as I was off to the annual Christmas Tree Lighting in downtown Naples.
There you have it, another review on forks.
755 12th Ave. S.
Naples, FL 34102