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Italian Wine Selections from Avalon Wine

Oregonians love Italian wine. While we at Avalon Wine specialize in Northwest wines online, we have a deep enthusiasm for Italian wines in our Corvallis store and our home cellars. Marcus is our resident expert, and he brings some of our favorite Italian winemakers to Corvallis for tastings and wine dinners.

We have access to one of the best selections of small, artisan made Italian wines in the country, many at killer prices. We seek out the gems in the rural countryside of Italy, finding stellar wines from Italian "Indies" missed by the big boys. Just like Avalon finds the best of the Oregon and Washington "Indie" wines and delivers them to you!

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Bruna Grimaldi Barolo Badarina 2008

94 Points Wine Spectator: "Aromatic, showing mint, cherry, licorice and clove notes backed by a thick bas...


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$41.36

$45.95 Regular

Punset Barbera d'Alba 2012

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$13.45

$14.95 Regular

Ca del Baio Barbaresco Valgrande 2011

Previous vintage notes:


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$32.36

$35.95 Regular

Ca del Baio Barbera d'Alba Paolina 2013

It always makes sense to have a Barbera in the house - such a versatile wine. The Paolina, from one of my favorite Barbare...


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$13.45

$14.95 Regular

Ca del Baio Langhe Chardonnay "Luna d'Agosto" 2012

Unoaked Chardonnay from Italy's Piedmont - damn straight. One of the wines I look most forward to this time of year, it...


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$13.45

$14.95 Regular

Podere Ruggeri Corsini Barbera d'Alba Superiore "Armujan" 2011

Wow. This stunning Barbera Superiore is one of northern Italy's best values. Armujan comes from 60+ year-old vines in the...


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$24.25

$26.95 Regular

Ca del Baio Barbaresco Asili 2011

2010 vintage notes:

Wine Advocate 95 Points

Purely awesome. The best Asili yet from ...


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$35.05

$38.95 Regular

Ca del Baio Nebbiolo Langhe 2013

I'll spare you the flowery descriptions - Ca del Baio is giving this wine away! I can't recall a Nebbiolo that has been ...


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$13.45

$14.95 Regular

Podere Ruggeri Corsini Barbera d'Alba 2012

I'm not a big "color guy" when it comes to wine, but it's so easy to be captivated by the deep color of Corsini Barbera....


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$14.99

$16.66 Regular

Podere Ruggeri Corsini Barolo "Bussia" 2009

Previous vintage 2006 tasting notes:

Decanter Magazine 4 Stars
#10 Rated 2006 Barolo


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$35.96

$39.95 Regular

Podere Ruggeri Corsini Nebbiolo 2011

What do you drink while you're waiting for your Barolo to age? Corsini Nebbiolo! Classic aromas of licorice, tar and flow...


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$17.95

$19.95 Regular

Podere Ruggeri Corsini Dolcetto d'Alba 2012

All estate vineyard 100% Dolcetto grapes, from parts of the vineyard from ten to thirty years old.

Fuchsia tint ...


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$13.45

$14.95 Regular

Cascina Corte Vigna Pirochetta Dogliani 09

You may have had Dolcetto before but you've not likely had a Dolcetto like this. No soft and fruity number, it was the bi...


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$18.86

$20.95 Regular

Cascina Corte Barbera Piemonte 08

Lots of lush cherries and blackberry with hints of leather and minerality. Refined tannins with zippy acidity. Intense a...


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$18.86

$20.95 Regular

Ca del Baio Dolcetto d'Alba "Lodoli" 2012

A ‘very Piemontese’ wine which displays simplicity and straightforwardness. Cultivated in the township of Treiso on the le...


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$13.45

$14.95 Regular

Podere Ruggeri Corsini Barbera d'Alba "Armujan" 2011 - 375ml

Half size of this stunning Barbera. It's rich and dense, flowing with ripe black fruit, exotic floral notes and spice, a ...


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$16.16

$17.95 Regular

Podere Ruggeri Corsini Bianco Langhe 2013

Delicious, crisp white blend made from Arneis, Chardonnay, and Pinot bianco. ...


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$14.99

$16.66 Regular

Reverdito Barolo 2010

The best deal in Barolo I've ever found. Any fan of Nebbiolo, and really any fan of Italian wine, should not miss out on ...


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$21.55

$23.95 Regular

Punset Barbaresco Campo Quadro 2004

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$49.45

$54.95 Regular

Cavallotto Barolo "Bricco Boschis" 2006

91 points Wine Advocate.

Previious vintage notes: Wine Advocate - The 2005 Barolo Bricco Boschis is gorgeous and lin...


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$53.95

$59.95 Regular

Cordero di Montezemolo Barolo Monfalletto 2010

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$39.55

$43.95 Regular

More About -Italian Wines

The Piedmonte region of Italy, where Barbaresco is located, is almost as well known for its truffles as for its wines. The parallels of the Piemonte to Oregon (Nebbiolo and truffles, Pinot noir and Oregon's growing fame for its truffles) are intriguing. Add both regions' obsession with fine, locally produced cuisine, and the Piemonte deserves to be called Oregon's "Sister Gastronomic Region"!

Barolo and Barbaresco, the king and queen of wines from Italy's Piedmonte, have a similar allure to that of Oregon Pinot noir. They have complexity and intrigue - certain qualities that are simply hard to put into words. Perfect partners for food.

Ca de Baio Gems Found in Rural Countryside of Italy

One of our favorite wineries in the Piedmonte region is Ca del Baio. Ca del Baio's wines are called "Barbaresco", referring to the village where the winery is located. The wines are made from Nebbiolo, the star grape of the region. Nebbiolo is the diva of Italian grapes- temperamental, low yielding and late ripening, it is often compared to Pinot noir in its variability and for the quality of its best wines.

Avalon Wine

Ca del Baio is owned by the Grasso family (father and son winemakers in photo at right,) grapegrowers and winemakers since 1680. Their farm is in Treiso, a village near Barbaresco. Ca del Baio's vineyards are both at the winery (45 acres) and in nearly Asili, a village near Treiso. Asili is respected as one of the best grape growing areas in the region. While best known for their Nebbiolo based wines, Ca del Baio also grow Dolcetto and Barbera and make Docg status wines from the grapes.

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