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Washington Wine Harvest Update

There’s a great article in the Tri-City Herald today about the late harvest in Washington this year. Andy always does a superb job. Looks like Oregon is not the only place with concerns.

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Oregon Wine – Up and Down the Valley – 9-20-10

Most weeks, I go to the north end of the Willamette Valley to get wine for our customers. On my pickup run yesterday, here’s what I saw going on. – Jean At Soter, as at most of the wineries I visited, they were bottling wine to make room for the upcoming harvest. Many wineries have [...]

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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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Wines We’re Liking Now – from Oregon to Italy

Of all the new wines coming through the store, here’s four that we keep taking home: Smoking 08 Oregon Pinot: Lemelsom Thea’s Selection Pinot noir 08 $25.16 in an order of any 12 bottles Great! An amazing core of cherry fruit and a super lush texture draws you in, while shadings of huckleberry and [...]

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Archery Summit Style – Forefront Pinot noir

I know it’s not nice to ask you to read between the lines on a Monday, but bear with me…it’ll be worth it. Forefront Pinot noir 08, for under $20, was made in tribute to Archery Summit’s founder, Gary Andrus. Archery Summit (now owned by Pine Ridge) is located in Oregon’s Dundee Hills. Forefront Pinot [...]

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Washington Wine – Nine Famous Winemakers Mix it Up

LongShadows Wineries is a group of nine famous winemakers from around the world making seven highly rated wines from Washington State fruit. The “Nine Hats” winemakers include California winemakers Randy Dunn (Feather) and Agustin Huneeus (Pirouette), Bordeaux chateau owner Michel Rolland (Pedestal), the proprietor of Chateau Le Bon-Pasteur in Pomerol, Australian John Duval (Sequel), Ambrogio [...]

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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 – Haden Fig’s Purchase of Evesham Wood

Here’s an update to our continuing coverage of the purchase of Evesham Wood by Erin and Jordan Nuccio of Haden Fig. (Don’t I sound a bit like Dan Rather in that sentence…very official.) Erin sent me this a few minutes ago: As many of you know, Haden Fig has been produced at Evesham Wood since [...]

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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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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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