ZINO Society was thrilled to partner with four fabulous Oregon wineries at our inaugural Portland event, ZINO Green Portland! They showed us why Oregon is known for their Pinot Noir! First at the pre-event wine reception held at Chez Joly, Chris Hayes of Archery Summit poured their 2007 Red Hills Estate, a quintessential Dundee Hills Pinot Noir. Margie Olsen, owner of Torii Mor, explained how their winery is using sustainable farming practices, matching the event’s “green” theme. The following day, Solena Estate’s Emily Stoller Smith shared a 2006 Pinot Noir crafted by wine maker Laurent Montalieu. As it turns out, Laurent was also the wine maker for the Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir brought by Arborbrook Wines. Both wines showed beautifully with completely different flavors, and as Arborbrook’s owner Dave Hanson pointed out, the grapes and the finesse can make all the difference!