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Ciel du Cheval Vineyard
by Cole Danehower

When wine experts consider Washington State’s great vineyards, one name that consistently appears near the top of any list is Ciel du Cheval Vineyard in the Red Mountain AVA. Famed for the elegance and complexity of the wines it produces, Ciel du Cheval and its owner Jim Holmes have become near-legendary exemplars of what Washington wine is all about.

It's the Soils, Silly
by Cole Danehower
In one of the most felicitous phrases in wine writing, the great Hugh Johnson once called vineyard soil “the unseen dankness where the vineroots suck.” It is in this deep and dark place where many people believe wine is really made.

Cool Climate Viticulture and Global Warming
by Harry Pederson-Nedry
It's not a question of IF or even WHEN, since it has already begun, it's a question of HOW BAD IT WILL BE! No one doubts that we are warming due to the greenhouse effect and greater solar intensity from ozone depletion— just consider anecdotal examples such as the loss of glacier mass sufficient to unearth long-buried animals and humans, the reduction over the last century of frost days in October in Germany from 6 to fewer than one, or the statistically undeniable high temperature records over the last two decades on all continents.

Cataclysm Light & Passion
How Washington came to Produce Some of the World's Greatest Wines

by Tim Seury, Washington State University
Think about the greatest floods ever documented on Earth—about a wave 500 feet high bursting through the ruptured ice dam of Glacial Lake Missoula, sweeping south across Eastern Washington at 50 miles an hour. Think about the brunt of 2,500 cubic kilometers of water rushing with a flow 10 times greater than the combined flow of all the rivers in the world, scouring the land to its bedrock bones—not just once, but as many as 90 times, as the ice dam repeatedly formed and failed, over intervals of 35 to 55 years, beginning some 15,300 years ago—creating an enormously complex geological riddle and hundreds of publication topics for scores of geologists since J Harlen Bretz first realized how the tortured landscape of the Channeled Scablands was formed.

Klipsun Vineyard
by Sarah Powell
reprinted with permission
Foris Winery
David, a metallurgical engineer and Trisha, an avid English wine aficionado, raised on the great wines of Bordeaux share a love of agriculture and great wine. From the beginning they have worked closely with and entrusted the stewardship of their land to the careful management of Fred Artz, "Mr. Red Mountain", as I like to refer to him. Fred’s intuitive, thoughtful and dedicated attention to detail has allowed Klipsun to both grow to 120 acres, and lead the way on Red Mountain to understanding the quality potential of this microclimate.

Weather and Winemaking-
The Ways that Winemakers think about the Weather

by Jean Yates
What do winemakers and vineyard managers talk about when they get together? Chances are, the topic over a beer at Lumpy's (a tavern in Dundee frequented by lots of wine people) will be the weather.

There is no shortage of opinions- (seems like there's one for every person involved in the wine industry) - about the weather and its effects on the vintage. In an area of the world where every vintage has the chance of being ruined by rain, and where the vagarities of the weather can change a vintage from stellar to problematic in the course of week of rain or heat, the weather is disected, diced, graphed, and sworn at depending on the situation.

2004 is Avalon's Year of the Vineyard
For all of 2004, Avalon's website articles and columns is focusing on the vineyards of the Northwest. Why? Because as Oregon and Washington's wine industries mature, it is increasingly obvious that the vineyard makes the difference.

Trellising the Vineyard- Unsung Aspect of Wine
by Cole Danehower
Most wine drinkers never think about how the grapes that made their wine hang on the vine. Yet every winemaker worries intensely about the details of how to best trellis their vineyard vines in order to get the optimum ripeness for their grapes. Grape vine trellising is, for us consumers, an unsung yet vital component of what we finally taste in the bottle.

Shea Vineyard in Depth
by Cole Danehower
Shea Vineyard name has become one of the most prestigious labels in Oregon, placing it squarely among the elite terroirs of New World Pinot noir. “We’re working with people who are pushing the envelope,” says owner Dick Shea, “discovering new things every vintage to make their wine better. You have to constantly be on top of things—you can never rest on your laurels.”

Climate Change and the 2002 Vintage
by Harry Peterson-Nedry
The assessment of the 2002 vintage of Oregon Pinot noirs doesn’t seem to be overly generalized or overly generous. No caveat emptor needed here, as this is likely the best overall vintage since 1998.

Balcombe Vineyard -- Patricia Green Cellars
by Jean Yates
Balcombe Vineyard is only 7.25 acres, but its importance to PGC, and to Oregon pinot noir lovers, is greater than its size would suggest. From this vineyard, divided into five sections, come some of the best Pinots made by Patty.

Dry Rosé - Perfect Summer Quaffer
by Christina Kelly
As spring reveals longer days and the deck becomes more inviting to stay and linger into a warm, dusky night, I love the taste of a cold, frosted glass of a dry Rosé wine and simple foods for hotter weather.

Quail Run Vineyard
Don and Traute Moore own one of the most important Southern Oregon vineyards, producing grapes for Oregon and Washington wineries.

Washington Wine News
Low Temperatures may distress crops

by Anna King

Washington Wine News- Winter Worries-
Cold Temperatures can mean Devastation

by Andy Perdue

Oregon Vintage 2003 "What the Grapes Gave us"
by Cole Danehower

How & Why Pinot noir Ages
by Lisa Shara Hall

About Oregon Pinot noir
by Jim LaMar

Oregon Pinot noir Flavor Dscriptors Chart
from UC Davis

Italian Varietals Thrive in Pacific Northwest
The Range of Grapes has been Growing Rapidly

Focus on Syrah
NW Wineries producing this spicy wine to high aclaim

 
Interviews
Meet the people of the Pacific Northwest Wine World.
Since 1999, Avalon has published interviews with Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and British Columbia's most interesting wine people. Read the fascinating stories behind the wines you love, and develop a more in-depth understanding of how wine people think.
 
Winery Profiles
Learn about the wineries- read about their history, people, wines, vineyards, successes and challenges, and get a sense of the who, what, when, where of the winery.
 
Feature Articles
Each month Avalon publishes feature articles on different aspects of the Pacigic Northwest wine world. Historical tales of each state's wine industry, geological tales of how the geography and climate of the Northwest evolved, reports on different wine regions, and food and travel info are included.
 

Columns and Opinions
Read the musings of wine writers Cole Danehower and Christina Kelly, and keep up with Wine Press NW's "Wine of the Week". Avalon owner Jean Yates talks wine from her "Kitchen Counter Chronicles", and occasional guest writers talk NW wine.

 
Avalon's Monthly Newsletter
Our monthly newsletter consolidates all of our new articles and wine releases, , and twice a year, our two big sales. We publish the first info about new, hard to get releases and give our readers advance notice so they can grab the hard to get wines before they disappear.
 






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Paley's Place and Dusky Goose Pinot noir- new article
Wine Spectator rates Oregon's 2002 vintage 97 points


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New Section- $20-$30 Oregon Pinot noir

 

 

 

 


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