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Oregon Wine TOP 100 ROCO, A to Z, Evening Land, Owen Roe

Wine Spectator’s TOP 100 Wines of the Year were announced today. There are eight wines from the northwest in the list – and six of them are made by Oregon wineries. Three 2008 vintage Oregon Pinots are included – from ROCO, A to Z, and Evening Land Vineyards. It’s awful nice to get some well [...]

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Oregon Wine – Sineann Abondante & Old Vine Zinfandel – BIG Reds

People can’t get enough of Peter Rosback’s really big red wines. They make pilgrimages to the small barn that is his winery, where he climbs up, around, and over barrels like the athletic soccer fanatic he is. His crew is super loyal – he has a lot of volunteers, people who love his wine and [...]

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Oregon Wine – Portland Foodie Favorites

The Portland restaurant scene is hot – from fine dining to wildly popular food carts, the up and coming chefs of the nation congregate here. Their wine lists are creative, offering stellar quality and the most interesting of the artisan small wineries. Ken Pahlow and Marcus Goodfellow are two winemakers whose Pinots, made in tiny [...]

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Oregon Wine – Two New 2008 Pinot noirs Under $25

A new batch of Oregon 2008 Pinot noirs are out this week – here’s two standouts: BEST BUY – Pappas Pinot noir 08 $13.99 any 12 – Yumm! Immediately appealing, a lively perfume of red raspberry and damson plum ushers in a silky textured Pinot. Delicate red fruit flavors – raspberry, red currant, and plum [...]

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John Powers, Chuckanut Wine, Passes Away

One of the most vibrant, enthusiastic people in the Washington wine world has passed away in an accident. Andy Perdue, in his excellent article about John, says that  John “…suffered a severe head injury during a July 18 tournament at Bellingham Golf & Country Club. A Bellingham radio station reports he tripped over a concrete [...]

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Canadian Ice Wine – One Tiny, Super-Concentrated Drop

We sent out an email about Canadian Ice Wines today. I tend to take them for granted – they are pretty easy to get here in the Pacific Northwest. But I gather from our customers that they’re hard to get just about everywhere else. “True” Icewines are really hard to make. You have to allow [...]

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Oregon Wine – Old Vine Gamay noir, Lost in the Shuffle

In the early days of Oregon’s wine industry, people grew everything. From Auxerrois to Zinfandel, growers tried them all. Success varied from spectacular to not so much. At Woodhull Vineyard, a you-pick in the 1980′s that’s now an experimental vineyard owned by OSU, the doctor owner amused himself by growing over 30 different varietals. I [...]

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Oregon Wine – Matt Kramer on Westrey Wines

Matt Kramer, who writes for Wine Spectator and The Oregonian, just published a very complimentary story about Westrey Wines and a glowing review of the Westrey Oracle Pinot noir 08. He describes Westrey’s wines, saying:  “They are the real things, wines that make you sit up, reach for another sip and even remind you that [...]

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Oregon Wine – Erin Nuccio Purchases Evesham Wood Winery

Erin Nuccio (Haden Fig) has purchased Evesham Wood Winery. The purchase includes the winery, house, vineyard, and inventory. Russ writes about the decision: “After 24 years of a mixture of euphoria and despair (only a little bit of the latter) – Mary & I had a golden opportunity to retire early, when we had the [...]

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Arizona Wine – Dick Erath’s Arizona Winery

Have I been living under a bucket or is this new news to some of us? Dick Erath, who sold his eponymous Erath Vineyards to Chateau Ste. Michelle in 2005, has a new vineyard and winery in Arizona. Hey, the guy retired there – he’s 74, loaded with $$s, and could do anything he wants [...]

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