Wine #3 in our 5-wine holiday wine countdown: Planet Oregon 2015 Pinot Noir

Finding under-$20 Oregon pinot noir?  Not a problem.

Finding  good under-$20 Oregon pinot noir?  That’s where it gets tricky.

After a steady succession of lofty reviews and a string of wonderful vintages, Oregon pinot noir is on fire.

Demand is up.  So are prices.

The quest to find an Oregon pinot with a good QPR…quality-price ratio…has become a constant challenge.  Thus, we are happy to say we’ve met the challenge with 2015 Planet Oregon.

Planet Oregon is a sub-brand of the highly-acclaimed Soter Vineyards.  Soter says they grow the grapes for Planet Oregon wine “in the most sustainable way we can.”   $1 from the proceeds from every bottle of Planet Oregon goes to the Oregon Environmental Council.

While Planet Oregon has a nice “green” story behind it,  it’s also just darn good pinot, an easy-drinking balance between earth and fruit, particularly strawberry.  Soter calls it “a wine you can enjoy on a Tuesday and feel great about”.  Let me suggest you could also enjoy it on a Wednesday.  Or a Thursday.  Or…well, you get the picture.

Note: we only found two stores around town that carry Planet Oregon, Fred Meyer and Market of Choice.  Fortunately, FM and MOC collectively have many locations spread throughout the metro area.

Planet Oregon 2015 Pinot Noir is available for $18.99 at:


Fred Meyer   Hollywood                          Fred Meyer  Hawthorne

Market of Choice  SE 11th & Belmont


Fred Meyer  Stadium                                Fred Meyer Walker Road  Beaverton

Fred Meyer   Beaverton off 217               Fred Meyer  Raleigh Hills

Market of Choice  Cedar Mill


Fred Meyer   Tualatin                          Market of Choice  SW Terwilliger