As I've been out and about, I've been seeing more and more of the 2006 vintage of Pinot Noir out on the streets...well, on the shelves that is. A number of wineries have released their '06 recently, many of them earlier than planned or desired as they have sold out of the 2005 vintage which turned out quite nicely. I tried some of the 2006 Willamette Valley Vineyards Pinot Noir a few weeks ago and while still young, it has nice potential.
In other developments, a new wine store has opened here in Corvallis. WineStyles takes a unique spin on wine. Organizing wine by profile rather than vintage or region, they make it very easy for someone who doesn't know a lot about wine to find something they may enjoy. I commented to Drew after we visited that it seemed like they were trying to demystify wine, and when I looked at the website a few minutes ago that is one of their marketing messages nearly verbatim. The store is a franchise, though, and feels like it to me. In Corvallis I am more partial to Wineopolis or Avalon, but WineStyles will certainly develop a niche.
As a closing note, I stopped by Witness Tree Vineyard last week and it is a hidden treasure. Small and off the beaten path near Salem, they produce low volume but high quality Pinots. While you are in the neighborhood you can stop by Bethel Heights and Cristom.