In 2005, Jason Lett took over from his father, David Lett, as winemaker and vineyard manager at The Eyrie Vineyards, and continues his family’s pioneering legacy. The Eyrie Vineyards produced the first Pinot noir in the Willamette Valley in addition to America’s first Pinot gris. Quality winegrowing in America was in its infancy in the 1970’s. The Spurrier tasting in Paris in 1976 gave the first international credibility to California Cabernet and Chardonnay. Three years later, again in Paris, and the following year in Beaune, The Eyrie Vineyards 1975 Pinot noir brought international attention to Oregon, a wine region unfamiliar to almost anyone except a handful of hardy pioneers. With these two tastings, Oregon won its first recognition as the New World home for Pinot noir. David Lett was one of the founding members of the International Pinot Noir Celebration in the 1980s and served as IPNC Master of Ceremonies for the first 10 years.