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Wall Street Journal on Elemental Cellars Melon 06

Dorothy Gaiter and John Brecher’s “Tastings” column in Wall Street Journal today mentioned Steven Westby’s Elemental Cellars and his Melon white wine! Steven Westby is winemaker at Witness Tree Vineyard, and his personal “side project” is his own label, Elemental Cellars.  He makes Viognier, Melon, Pinot gris, and a really nice Syrah. Very few people [...]

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June/July Wine Club Selections

Avalon’s Wine Clubs are shipping a combined June and July package this year. Here are the wines: Avalon’s Reserve Pinot noir Club Dusky Goose Rambouillet Vineyard Pinot noir 06 $74.95 Dusky Goose Rambouillet Vineyard Pinot noir 06 is the first Pinot noir from Dusky Goose’s estate Rambouillet Vineyard. A beautiful, seamless Pinot noir with an [...]

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Followup to $10,000 a month wine job

All the facts about the giant snafu and embarrassment for Murphy Goode from the super talented Jon Bonne,  Chronicle Wine Editor

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Wine Spec HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Owen Roe’s Lady Rosa Syrah 07 received 94 points from Wine Spectator in the latest “Insider”. We just heard that in addition,  the magazine requested a copy of the Lady Rosa label, to be a “Highly Recommended” wine in the print magazine’s buying guide. Here’s the Wine Spectator review: “”Polished, refined and beautifully focused to [...]

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New Seattle Examiner Reviews

Seattle Examiner reviewed two Nw wines yesterday – Owen Roe’s Cordivae “The Keeper” Cab Franc $16.95, and Dominio IV’s  Tempranillo 05 $23.95, down from $30. Here’s what they said: “Owen Roe 2007 “The Keeper” Cabernet Franc is truly a “keeper”.  This deliciously large version of Cab Franc is smoother than Cabernet Sauvignon, less earthy than [...]

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Thomas Winery – News Vines and New Wines

Thomas Winery just released its first Acme Pinot noir in several years. John Thomas only makes his second label when there’s a bit of wine he deems inadequate for the Thomas Winery Pinot noir. A blend of wine from 2006 and 2007, it’s $17.95/$16.16 and a steal. Why didn’t more wineries do this? By blending [...]

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Wine Spectator 94 Points Owen Roe’s Lady Rosa Syrah 07

Wine Spectator said: “Polished, refined and beautifully focused to show its plum, clove, nutmeg and cream flavors against superfine tannins. The flavors persist elegantly on the long, expressive finish. Drink now through 2015.” – HS  – 350 cases made Read our tasting notes and more currently available Owen Roe wines http://www.northwest-wine.com/Owen-Roe-Lady-Rosa-Wine-Spectator-94.html

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$10,000 a Month Winery Job

Wine journalism will never be the same after this “event” job interview. Wine writer jobs are hard to find in this economy and a job at $10,000 a month to write for Murphy Goode winery is all the buzz in the journalism community. The deal is, according to the winery,  ”we’re looking for someone (maybe [...]

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Cody Wright to Run ROCO

Cody Wright is all set to run ROCO, the private label of  Rollin Soles and Corby Stonebraker (Argyle).  The winery will be in the hills above Dundee, and Cody will be running the show, with Rollin’s expertise. Cody will be making the ROCO wines, and of course, his own Purple Hands wines. Previously, Cody assisted [...]

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Avalon’s Latest Newsletters

6-11 Wine Spec 93 Efeste Syrah 6-9 Sharecropper’s, O’Reilly’s 2008 Pinots 6-8 McKinlay’s Super $15 Pinot noir 6-7 WA Highest Rated Reds- Leonetti, Feather 6-5 St. Innocent’s Single Vyd Pinots Reviewed 6-1 Avalon’s June 2009 Newsletter 5-25 Trust These Trust Cellars Syrahs 5-20 Rising Star Wineries, Under $25 Pinots

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