About Avalon Wine Inc. & Northwest-Wine.com
Avalon Wine Inc. was founded 26 years ago by Jean Yates as a bed and breakfast in Oregon wine country. It quickly evolved into a retail store in Corvallis, where it specialized in Oregon and Washington wines. Avalon launched its award-winning websites in 1999, featuring articles, interviews, columns, wine reviews, and an e-commerce site.
In 2013, longtime employees Marcus Looze and Andy Osterhaus purchased Avalon from Jean and moved it to The Bindery in Portland, an eclectic urban space with a variety of retail stores and a winery in the basement. They'll continue the internationally renowned website and wine clubs.
Our expertise is small-production Northwest wines, coupled with hand-selected wines from around the globe. Our retail store features a focused selection of our favorites from the website. Wineries seek us out to taste and review their new releases, and we're often the first to write about up-and-coming producers.
Come visit us in Portland -- we'll crack a bottle or two.
The Wine Guys
Marcus joined Avalon in 2004 and spent most of his time as Vice President, writing tasting notes, marketing emails, selecting wine club wines and occasionally sweeping the floor. He moved to Oregon in 2004 from Madison, Wisconsin, where he directed clean air and energy policy for a non-profit environmental organization. An avid cook and totally food obsessed, he's always planning trips around eating. He's been drumming for more than 30 years and has one of the coolest dogs on earth.
Andy became Avalon's Customer Service Manager in 2010, where he answered roughly three billion phone calls and emails while steering customers towards the perfect wine. He moved to Oregon in 2009 from Iowa City, Iowa, where he helped open and manage the wine bar and cafe at the famed Prairie Lights bookstore. He's been an appreciator and student of wine for as long as he's been legally able to admit. When not tasting or shipping wine he enjoys sharing meals with friends and family, cheering on the Iowa Hawkeyes, and suffering with the Chicago Cubs.