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American winemakers have long sought instruction and validation from prestigious Old World producers. In 1987, Oregon Pinot Noir gained credibility and encouragement when Robert Drouhin of Beaune grower and négociant Maison Joseph Drouhin, a leader in Burgundy since 1880, bought a 225-acre erstwhile wheat field and Christmas tree farm just around the corner from David Lett's vineyard, and there established the Domaine Drouhin winery.
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