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The Best 2012 Pinots Yet

Put simply, the Walter Scott 2012 Pinots are “must-haves.” It’s the best line-up of 2012s I’ve tasted yet. Today’s offering is several months in the making. I first barrel tasted the Walter Scott 2012s in September 2013. They were already smoking! Now they’re in bottle and ready to ship March 1. I’m so excited about [...]

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Wines I’m digging

The weekend is almost here and surprise surprise, I’m thinking about wine. I’ve tasted a ton of cool wines this week and these are the winners. I highly recommend all three – there’s a little something for everyone. I hope you have a great weekend and that your glass is filled with something tasty. Cheers! [...]

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Think Spring: Oregon Chardonnay

It’s time to think spring. It’s been a hard winter, even in Oregon. When the ice and snow get you down, reach for something that reminds you of warmer times ahead. Like Oregon Chardonnay. Our crusade to show off Oregon’s world class Chardonnay continues with these two beauties. They’ll have you thinking sunny skies and [...]

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98 & 97 point Reds

Happy Friday from Marcus and Andy, We’re digging out of the snow and trying to stay warm. Guess what we found in a snow drift? Handfuls of the crazy highly rated Washington wine. So what the heck, here they are in a an insane 3-pack (and due to thy’re limited nature, only available in this [...]

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Exclusive Dusky Goose 2010 pre-sale

Greetings fellow Dusky Goose fans, We are so excited to offer you an exclusive sneak peek at what we believe is the best vintage of Dusky Goose yet, 2010. Because of your support of Avalon and Dusky Goose, you have the first opportunity to fill your cellar (March 1 is the official release). Aromatic intrigue, [...]

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Our Go-To Red Blends

Our go-to Big Reds share three things: they’re some of the best Washington wines we’ve tasted all year, they’re all Big Reds Club selections, and they are all red blends. For years, many of our favorite Washington wines have been red blends. We like single varietals too, of course, but blends often seem more complete [...]

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The Rising Tide of 2012

A rising tide lifts all boats. It might be cliche but in wine, it’s also very true. Case in point: remember all the great $20-ish Oregon Pinot from the 2008 vintage? That was a classic “rising tide” vintage where even the cheap stuff made for great drinking. Here we are four vintages later watching the [...]

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Italian Drinking and Planning

Happy Friday from Andy at Northwest Wine Inc. I’m solidifying my plans for a wine-scouting trip to Italy this May. Nothing helps with the planning process quite like a bottle of knockout Barbaresco from one of my favorite Italian producers, Ca del Baio. I can’t wait to go there. You can take my word for [...]

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Ayoub 2012 Pinot and Chardonnay

Happy New Year from Marcus & Andy! We can’t remember the last time we’ve had to soft peddle such amazing Pinot. The 2012 Ayoub wines are stunningly good but the demand wholly outstrips the supply. Put simply, this is the best line-up of 2012s we’ve tasted so far. That’s not exactly soft peddling; it’s just [...]

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Three New Oregon 2012 Pinots for You

People are positively freaking out about Oregon’s 2012 vintage. When you have utterly low-key winemakers like Steven Westby, whose Elemental Pinot is featured below, describing 2012 as the best vintage he’s ever seen, you begin to understand why. I’ve been tasting a bunch of new releases and the wines are SO attractive and built to [...]

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