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How To Pronounce Willamette

by Tim Elliott on February 15, 2011

It's Willamette Dammit! T-Shirt

Photo from Willamette Valley Vineyards store

One of the dangers of being a wine podcaster is you have to say wine terms and regions out loud. It’s hard enough to keep everything spelled correctly and often over the years I’ve made some embarrassing mistakes on the podcast.

But the one that is probably most distressing for me was my butchering of Oregon’s Willamette Valley in Winecast 8. This provided an opportunity for Willamette Valley Vineyards President Jim Bernau to set me straight in Winecast 62 with a bit of good-natured ribbing. I only mention this embarrassing episode now since I am seeing a fair amount of search traffic for “pronounce willamette.”

So, for the record, the correct pronunciation of Willamette as it relates to the Oregon wine region is “Will-AM-it” as in “It’s Will-AM-it, damit!”

I have also made a note to add another podcast on the region to my things to do list so I can set the record straight in audio, too.

Winecast 8 – Oregon’s Willamette Valley

by Tim Elliott on February 9, 2005

Today’s show is a tasting tour of the wines of the northern Willamette Valley in Oregon and a discussion of alternative wine closures.

Wines tasted:
– Erath Pinot Gris 2002 ($13)
– Erath Pinot Noir, Estate 2001 ($25)
– Erath Pinot Noir, Reserve 1999 ($18)
– Erath Pinot Noir, Prince Hill 1997 ($40)
– Erath Pinot Noir, Anniversary 2000 ($30)
– Erath Pinot Noir, Juliard 2000 ($40)
– Ponzi Pinot Blanc 2003 ($15)
– Ponzi Pinot Noir 2002 ($30)
– Ponzi Pinot Noir, Reserve 2002 ($50)
– Argyle Brut Sparkling Wine 1999 ($21.50)
– Argyle Chardonnay, Nuthouse 2001 ($28)
– Argyle Pinot Noir 2003 ($20)
– Argyle Pinot Noir, Nuthouse 2002 ($40)
– Argyle Pinot Noir, Spirithouse 2002 ($50)

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