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Mark Ryan Walla Walla Reds

Mark Ryan McNeilly stopped by last week with a flight of his new 2012 wines. The 2012s are all they’re rumored to be: gorgeous upfront fruit, amazingly velvety textures, structure to support cellaring. NumbSkull is Mark’s brand new Walla Walla project. They share the same gregarious nature of Mark Ryan reds while highlighting the strengths [...]

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94 Point Oregon Pinot Noir

Wine Spectator continues to praise Oregon’s 2012 Pinots. The 94 point “Attaché” from Maison L’Envoyé arrived yesterday. This exciting new label is the brainchild of Mark Tarlov, the original creative force behind Evening Land. Maison L’Envoyé Pinot noir Willamette Valley The Attaché 2012 $36.85 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case* order ($40.95 regular) [...]

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Sparkling Wine: Minimus, R.C. Lemaire

If bubbles are just for celebrations, we should find a whole lot more reasons to celebrate! Seriously, there’s a common myth that Champagne and sparkling wine can only be enjoyed on “special occasions.” Let’s dispel the myth: bubbles are possibly the most food-friendly wines and they’re the perfect glass to enjoy while cooking dinner. And…it’s [...]

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Capturing a Moment in Time

Hello Oregon Pinot fans, You hear talk of transparency in Pinot noir, of Pinot’s ability to express and reflect a vintage better than any other grape. Today’s wine takes that a step further: it captures a moment in time more than it captures a vintage. It may never be made again. And it’s available exclusively [...]

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Liquid Gold

We just tasted an amazing, unique white wine from one of Oregon’s most promising young winemakers. Only 45 cases total were made; we have a mere 10 cases to offer you exclusively. It’s liquid gold. Minimus Gruner Veltliner Johan Vineyard 2013 $19.75 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case* order ($21.95 regular) Lemons and [...]

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Arterberry Maresh 2012s – Must-haves

Tasting Jim Maresh’s 2012s further solidifies our conclusion: Arterberry Maresh is easily one of Oregon’s best wineries. Any Oregon Pinot or Chardonnay fan should carve out space in their cellar for his wines. To answer the presumptive question: yes, these are “must-haves.” New releases: Arterberry Maresh Juliard Vineyard Pinot noir 2012 $52.15 in any 12 [...]

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2012 Arterberry Maresh

It’s here. 2012 Arterberry Maresh Maresh Vineyard Pinot noir. There’s a great deal of anticipation for the 2012 vintage. Releases like Jim Maresh’s Maresh Vineyard Pinot demonstrate that the excitement is entirely justified. This wine could very well become legendary. It belongs in any serious collection of Oregon Pinot noir. Arterberry Maresh Pinot noir Maresh [...]

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An awesome Friday night

After a long week, I’m not always in the mood for more wine. But last night I had a box of new rosés and whites and a slab of fresh Oregon salmon…it made for such an awesome Friday night that I had to write about the wines today. Here’s are the half-dozen new rosés I [...]

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Flagship Oregon Chardonnay

It’s time to change Chardonnay perspectives. We say that because every day someone comments to us about how they don’t like Chardonnay. The nearly universal reason: clunky, heavy, buttery Chards. Our response: it’s time to try Oregon-style Chardonnay – it’ll change your perspective. Oregon highlights mouthwatering citrus and orchard fruit flavors with suave textures and [...]

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Going…going…gone!

We’re seeing a trend: 2012 Oregon Pinots are selling at a rapid pace. Two of our most popular Pinots are on last call today, with literal handfuls of cases left. Going…going…gone! We’re simultaneously launching and last-calling 2012 Bone & Marrow Pinot noir, from our downstairs neighbors Bow & Arrow. Just one barrel was made. Walter [...]

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