Oregon Winery Dogs – Beaux Freres

I visit wineries every Friday and Avalon’s official wine dog, Buffy, always comes along. Every stop is punctuated by some combination of dog greetings, a quick stop in the vineyard for a couple of grapes, and a crazy dash through the winery, around the barrels, and into the tasting room for a petting. Buffy is [...]

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Ken Wright Cellars – His “Angela” Nom de Plume

Everyone knows Ken Wright’s highly regarded Pinot noirs. made at his winery, Ken Wright Cellars. Ken also makes Pinot noir for several wineries under their winery names. Angela Pinot noir 07 $51.95/$46.76 :  Angela is a single Pinot Noir produced by Ken Wright for the owners of Clawson Creek Vineyard, in the Yamhill-Carlton appellation of [...]

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“I’ll have a Grande Nonfat Pinot, Please”

Courtesy, Dr Vino’s Wine Blog: Starbucks is going local. In a store rolling out this week in Seattle, the chain will be trying out a “coffeehouse” format, eschewing the ‘Bucks name and logo. According to a story in the Seattle Times that includes tales of their local snooping, the location “will serve wine and beer, host [...]

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A Wine and Coffee Megastate

Interesting article from the Albert Lee, Minnesota newspaper – visiting Washington State from Minnesota, a midwesterner views Washington and the Pacific Northwest as “a wine and coffee megastate.” “If you are not drinking coffee on one corner, then the other corner has a wine place with a Washington state signature wine in it.” Here’s the [...]

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Quercus Winery Owner’s New Gig

Michael Beckley, owner and winemaker of Quercus/Harmonia wines, made his final vintage in 2007. Pinot noir lovers across the country are sad – the wines were great. We still have a little bit left, then it’s only a memory… Michael is now a full time musician, playing with his group, Bluestar Express. Bluestar Express is [...]

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When Work is Fun – 2008 Oregon Pinots

When work is fun… Most people think I live a charmed life. I get to talk wine all day and I tasted an eight-wine flight before 11 am today. There’s plenty of enjoyment to it. The real fun begins with a Pinot vintage like 2008. With every new bottle or barrel of 2008 Oregon Pinot [...]

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O’Reilly’s Pinot gris Note

O’Reilly’s Pinot gris 07 $10.95: “Smoky and earthy, the highly concentrated fruit yields tremendous flavor, but flavor that is highly complimentary with traditional brunch items: smoked hams and bacons, maple, cheese.” by Brett Ashley McKenzie, Examiner.com (The article shows $14.99 a bottle, $10.95 is correct).

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Quote of Note – Pinot noir

On Pinot noir: “It’s the most feminine of the reds. It’s not rough or coarse or powerful, but it is hedonistic. The aroma and the flavor are silken and sexy. It has the living aroma of a lightly sweaty man – he’s run one mile, not five – its texture is like silk, and its [...]

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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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