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A New Voice in Oregon Wine:
Burton Bittman Tukwilla Vineyard Pinot noir 2012

The most rewarding aspect of working in the Oregon wine community is having the opportunity to support its growth, to help discover the voices that will shape its future. One incredibly promising voice is that of Anneka Miller, whose Burton Bittman Pinot noir is a truly distinct wine, a voice that speaks with authority and experience as well as youth and dynamism. Her voice, and her wine represents and honors multiple generations; it speaks of the deep familial relationship she holds with the vines she grew up with. It's a voice you need to know.

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Washington Wine:
Bookwalter Old Vine Chenin
One of the most thrilling Northwest white wines EVER

This wine absolutely rocked us. It is one of the most thrilling Northwest white wines we've tasted in our combined 16 years of experience and frankly, one of the most thrilling Northwest wines we've tasted, period.

Andy brought a sample of it from a big Washington tasting he attended. I asked "what's up with the Chenin?" His reply: "it's #%&!ing awesome." It took one sip to convince me.

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Mark Ryan

Washington Wine:
Mark Ryan's Flagship Reds
Dead Horse, Long Haul, Lost Soul

This weekend marks the release of Mark Ryan’s flagship reds: Dead Horse and Long Haul. If you haven’t heard or read about the stunning 2012 vintage, now is the time to start listening. The ’12s we’ve tasted so far are incredible for how they combine plush fruit and the structure necessary to age for 10-20 years with ease.

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Oregon Wine:
This Pinot noir absolutely blew our minds.
Cottonwood Marina Piper Pinot noir 2012

This Pinot noir absolutely blew our minds. We first tasted it a couple weeks back and thought it was incredible...so incredible that we didn't believe our initial assessment. "It can't be this good!" we thought. So we waited a few days and tried a second bottle. Was it as good? Nope, it was better.

So we introduce you to our latest insider Pinot discovery, Cottonwood Marina Piper 2012. The real deal.

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Washington Wine:
In the Presence of Greatness: Owen Roe
Owen Roe flagships Dubrul and Red Willow Vineyards

The more wines I taste from the 2012 vintage the more I realize: we’re in the presence of greatness. Today’s Cabs, Owen Roe flagships Dubrul and Red Willow Vineyards, are the best and most complete vintages to date. I feel comfortable with that assessment, having tasted literally every vintage of Dubrul and Red Willow Cab, multiple times. Combining stunning concentration and superb balance is tough, and Owen Roe nailed it.

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Oregon Wine:
Setting Benchmarks: Evesham Wood
Le Puits Sec, Willamette Valley Pinot noirs

Today may be the best “wine holiday” of the year. Like a couple kids on Christmas morning (or like kids in candy store!) we’ve waited impatiently for the arrival of two wines, from the same winery. They are so good that both set benchmarks: one for the upcoming vintage and one for the current vintage.

The winery is Evesham Wood. The wines are Willamette Valley Pinot noir 2013 and Le Puits Sec Pinot noir 2012. Both are extraordinary, wholly deserving of a wine holiday.

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Oregon Wine:
Celebrating 20 Years of Westrey
Westrey's 2012 Wines

Westrey has long been one of our go-to wineries; we’ve sold truckloads of their wines over the years. Several months ago, we started hearing how good their 2012s were going to be, from other winemakers, and we were eager to get our hands on them.

The wait’s over!

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Oregon Chardonnay

Oregon Wine:
Oregon Chardonnay Symposium
A Signature Style for Oregon Chardonnay?

Bringing well deserved attention to Oregon Chardonnay, the second annual Oregon Chardonnay Symposium was held on May 4th in the heart of the Dundee Hills AVA. Participants tasted with eight Oregon winemakers while wine writer Katherine Cole moderated. The discussion centered around the question of an "Oregon style" and explored the eight signature styles of each winery's Chardonnays.

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Eyrie Vineyards South Block Pinot noir tasting

Historical Tasting of Oregon Wine

29 Vintages of Eyrie Vineyards' South Block Pinot noir

November, 2011
By Jean Yates

In the summer of 2011, the owners of Eyrie VIneyards conducted an unforgettable tasting of 29 vintages of their famed South Block Pinot noir. The Lett family opened dozens of cases of their best wines for a guest list of 100 people. Never to be repeated, the tasting was a once in a lifetime experience.

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