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Monte Pitt emerges from his vineyard in Oregon's Willamette Valley, the heartland for the state's signature grape, Pinot Noir. As he walks across a concrete pad to the barebones tin-shed winery where he makes his Patton Valley Vineyard wines, he spits out the mouthful of Pinot Noir grapes that he's been chewing on.
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