Viticulture and Oenology
Rusty Gaffney tells of the early plantings of Pinot Noir in Oregon, specifically in the Willamette Valley, in this article from his "Prince of Pinot" blog, volume 8, issue 39. The controversy about who planted Pinot Noir first in the Willamette Valley is examined, and Richard Sommer (of Hillcrest Vineyards in Roseburg, Oregon) is given his due credit as the first to plant Pinot Noir in the state.
Gaffney, William "Rusty", "Oregon Pinot Noir: Who Planted First?" (2011). William “Rusty” Gaffney (Prince of Pinot) Collection. Article. Submission 9.