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The Willamette Valley in Oregon is one of the most premier wine regions of the United States of America. Home to some of the finest Pinot Noir as well as other cool-climate varieties, the wineries of Willamette Valley are bringing unique touches to the world of wine with their craft and dedicated personal and handcrafted approach. The area runs for 150 miles from the Columbia River in Portland through Salem to the Calapooya Mountains outside Eugene. Named after the river that flows through it, Willamette Valley has the largest concentration of wineries in Oregon.
Out of all of these wineries, the one that stood out the most was Sass Winery, and not just because of the name. At the 2021 Sommeliers Choice Awards, Sass Winery’s Sass Pinot Noir 2016 took home the prestigious Best Wine by Varietal award. The Sommeliers Choice Awards is an annual wine judging competition that provides on-premise buyers and sommeliers a valuable benchmark for understanding which wines would make a compelling addition to a wine list.