In mid-December 2018 the Willamette Valley was designated a new sub-AVA. The Van Duzer Corridor AVA gets its monicker from the Pacific wind which whips through a natural break in the Coastal Mountain Range on the west side of the Willamette Valley. The delineation is based on this cooling evening wind and the maritime sedimentary soils. This diurnal swing heightens the acid structure and slows the ripening of grapes creating deeper concentration of flavor. A winery that is no stranger to our shelves, Left Coast, is located in this newly named AVA. The 2016 Pinot Blanc, while still carrying the Willamette Valley appellation, shows bright structured yet ripe fruit. It is a perfect winter white for white pastas, flaky fish, and spicy Asian dishes.