Valley comes to Avalon
Valley Vineyard began as a dream of owners Scott & Gail
Hagee, whose 40 acre farm on the south side of the Columbia
Gorge in Hood River, Oregon is now a vineyard, winery, and
bed & breakfast. Winemaker Rich Cushman crafts
their wines, with occasional help from Peter Rosback of
Sineann. Most of the wines are made from fruit sourced from
Oregon and Washington vineyards in the Columbia Gorge Appellation.
Check out the Pheasant
Valley Pinot noir 03 $25/$22.50, made by Peter
Rosback from Wyeast Vineyard fruit, and very well priced -
the Sineann Wyeast Pinot noir 03 was $44 in comparison.
Added to Avalon's Website First Quarter 2005
Alloro Vineyard has
a winemaker with experience of over 20 Oregon vintages,
a dedication to artisan winemaking, and a state-of-the-art
vineyard; qualities that make this a winery to watch.
Chateau Benoit Winery,
purchased six years ago by Dr. Robert Pamplin, has been
extensively revamped. renamed Ann Amie, the winery is
now offering limited production Pinot noirs.
Bergevin Lane Vineyards makes
delicious, rich wines that show off Walla Walla's outstanding vineyards
and offer highly recommended value for the price. The Calico Red,
in particular, is just about the best priced Walla Walla red on
Wines made by Ken Wright
for the owners of Carter Vineyard, the new 2003 vintage
received 92 points from Wine Spectator. A winery to watch,
tiny production, very limited.
Cherry Hill Winery
is a newly-constructed 12,000 square foot winery in Oregon’s
Willamette Valley. The winery produces about 5,000 cases
of estate-grown Pinot Noir each year from the 55-acre
Cherry Hill Estate vineyard, planted in 1998 and 1999
to Pinot noir.
Ray Sandidge worked
most recently for Kestrel Winery, where he expanded his
reputation for making excellent Germ style wines to include
delicious Big Reds.Now he is on his own, making small
amounts of very hearty red wines.
Cellars & Witness Tree
Witness Tree makes
small amounts of very highly rated Pinot noir and Chardonnay.
A small amount of dessert wine, Pinot Blanc, and Viognier
were made from the 2002 harvest.
Elemental Cellars is a second label
at Witness Tree. A non-vintage Pinot noir is made from declassified
fruit, and delicious dry rosé and a nice fruity Syrah are
also available in small quantities.
A new Walla Walla Winery, the winemkaer was trained by Rusty Figgins of Glen
Fiona and Eric Dunham of Dunham Cellars.
Did you know that the nationally know, cult status Sineann Winery is based
at Medici VIneyards? Yes, Peter Rosback works his magic from a wood shingled
cottage high on the hills over the Willamette Valley. He also makes small
amounts of Estate wines for owner Hal Medici. We are pleased to offer these
interesting and affordable wines.
Natalies Estate is an offshoot of Sineann- the winemaker worked for Peter
Rosback for several years and sources his fruit from many of the vineyards
that Sineann uses.
Ransom Winery is a one-man-show, making not only a range of wines, a second
label, Jigsaw, buyt also a line of distilled spirits. Excellent prices for
wellmade Willamette Valley whites and reds.
Roots is Chris Berg, assistant winemaker for Adea and owner of a small estate
winery near Willakenzie and Penner-Ash.
This winery specializes in Rhone varietals, grown in the Columbia Gorge on
both OR and WA sides.
Tyrus Evan is Ken Wright's label for non-Pinot noir wines, made from Southern
Oregon and Washington fruit. The reds are remarkably rich and well balanced,
possibly the best Southern Oregon Rhone varietal based wines we've seen.
Jean previously worked in the computer
industry and does most of the work on the Avalon website. She is
a passionate photographer and most of the images on this site are