Oregon Wine Pioneer Dies
David Lett, who founded Eyrie Vineyards and proved that Oregon's Willamette Valley had the terroir for Pinot Noir, died Oct. 9 of heart failure. He was 69. Before Lett arrived, in 1965, Willamette Valley was known for hazelnuts.
For the full article, check out the new issue of Wine Spectator, on newsstands November 17, 2008.