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Oregon Wine – Evening Land Vineyards Summum Chardonnay 07 – Last call

Evening Land Vineyards Summum Chardonnay 07 $89.06 in any 12 bottle order – If you follow this wine, you know how good it is and this is a heads up – last call. Wine Spectator 94 points. Rumbles are that it’s about to get yet another rave review. It’s already gotten a lot of buzz [...]

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Beaux Freres Beaux Freres Vineyard Pinot noir 08 – Mike Grows This!

Mike Etzel is the foundation, the inspiration, and the essence of the Beaux Freres vineyard.  And the wines are infused with a bit of his soul. Mike’s relationship with the hill behind his house started with a bare field. His labor created the dynamic, vital vineyard there today.  Even after 20 years of lovingly careful [...]

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Oregon Wine – Jay Somers’ Stafford Hill Pinot noir 08

Here’s a hot commodity – an under $20 Oregon Pinot noir from the esteemed 2008 vintage, made by a highly regarded winemaker with many successful vintages on his resume. Stafford Hill’s Pinot noir 08 $17.05 (any 12) is made by Jay Somers. He and his winery, J. Christopher, have recently received national press fora new [...]

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Oregon Wine- Wine Spectator on Evening Land Vineyards

Nice blog post by Harvey Steiman on Wine Spectator online – it’s about Evening Land Vineyards and contains some very tantalizing hints as to his upcoming scores of Oregon’s 2008 Pinots: “I will taste the wines officially for publication as they are released, but as a preview, this is the vintage that should establish Evening [...]

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SALE Wine Spectator Top 100 – #13 – Felsina Fontalloro 06

To celebrate the coming of summer, we’re offering our customers a sale on one of our favorite wines – one of the best wines in the world – Felsina Fontalloro 06. A little Tuscan departure from our usual Pacific Northwest wines, Fontalloro is 100% Sangiovese and 100% awesome. Felsina Fontalloro 06 accolades: #13 in Wine [...]

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Oregon Wine – Laura Volkman Vineyards 2008 Pinot noirs

Each vintage of Laura Volkman Vineyards’ Rachel and Jacob wines lingers fondly in my memory. They come and go in a few weeks each year, and I’ve been waiting impatiently for the 2008′s to be released. Yahoo – they’re here!  I’m delighted to drink and write about these two compelling 2008 Pinot noirs. The Laura [...]

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Oregon Winery Tidbits – Raptor Ridge, Abacela

Oregon Wineries Raptor Ridge and Abacela are featured in the news today. There’s a story about  Raptor Ridge in the Minneapolis St Paul Startribune.com.  Did you know that their Estate vineyard is called Tuscowallame (indigenous for “place where the owls dwell”)? Raptor Ridge is named for the hawks, kestrels and owls that populate their Estate  [...]

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Oregon Wine – Horsetail & Coattails 08 Pinots

The 2008 Horsetail and Coattail Pinot noirs are the new wine releases of Jared and Mikey Etzel, sons of Beaux Freres winemaker and co-owner Mike Etzel. Beaux Freres, French for “brothers-in-law,” is named for its founders, brothers-in-law Mike Etzel and Robert Parker Jr. After twenty years in business, two of Etzel’s “Beaux sons” make their [...]

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Oregon Wine – Second Generation Winemakers

Nice article in today’s News Register on the children of Oregon winemakers running their family wineries. Ponzi, Bethel Heights, Eyrie were among those mentioned. Add to the list: Jared and Mike Etzel, helping out dad Mike Etzel at Beaux Freres while pursuing their own venture, Horsetail. In addition,  Jared is working in California, hoping to [...]

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Washington Wine – A Younger Oldster – John Abbott of Abeja

I’ll never forget the day I met John Abbott and Molly Galt.  We were at a wine tasting  in Walla Walla, in the summer of 2000. He and Molly were glowing. Big smiles and barely contained glee. Something was going on, even if they were keeping it quiet. John stopped us in the hallway outside [...]

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