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Celebrating 20 Years of Westrey

Westrey has long been one of our go-to wineries; we’ve sold truckloads of their wines over the years. Several months ago, we started hearing how good their 2012s were going to be, from other winemakers, and we were eager to get our hands on them. The wait’s over! These new releases, particularly the special bottling [...]

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Shea 2012s: THE Vintage for Shea Fans

If you’ve ever enjoyed a Shea Pinot noir these wines, this vintage is for you. Shea Vineyard may be Oregon’s best known estate, thanks to years and years of critical praise for the vast majority of Pinot noirs made from Shea’s coveted fruit. Shea Wine Cellars is Dick and Deirdre Shea’s opportunity to showcase their [...]

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Good Fortune, Optimism, and Pinot

Happy Friday from Marcus at Avalon Wine – For several weeks, I’ve been a little quiet on the new Pinot front. Turns out getting hit by a motorcycle slows you down…a lot. As I heal and reflect on the last 6 weeks, I’m filled with good fortune and optimism. I’m so lucky to be healthy [...]

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Future’s So Bright: Oregon Chardonnay

We’re typically pretty shy about tooting our own horns. But when it comes to Oregon Chardonnay, we take great pride in having lead the band for several years. That “band” has grown exponentially, this past year in particular, and you can read all about it as the next big thing from dozens of wine pundits. [...]

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Setting Benchmarks: Evesham Wood

Today may be the best “wine holiday” of the year. Like a couple kids on Christmas morning (or like kids in candy store!) we’ve waited impatiently for the arrival of two wines, from the same winery. They are so good that both set benchmarks: one for the upcoming vintage and one for the current vintage. [...]

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An Awesome New Pinot for You

Hello Oregon Pinot fans, We have an awesome small production new discovery in Oregon Pinot. Just 6 barrels (146 cases total) of utterly sublime wine. We highly recommend it. Once you taste it, you’ll be back for more…if there’s any left! Timothy Malone Dundee Hills Pinot noir 2012 $26.05 in any 12 bottle or Build [...]

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Future Top 100? I’d Bet on It

Mark Ryan’s Board Track Racer label struck it big with Wine Spectator, grabbing a 92 for Cab/Merlot blend “The Chief” 2012. The price-rating-production ratio practically makes this a lock for Wine Spectator’s Top 100 of 2014. We think “The Chief” is fantastic and chose it for our New Discoveries Wine Club in June. We know [...]

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Bethel Heights Casteel Reserve Pinot noir 2012

Harvest time greetings from Marcus at Avalon Wine, Looking back on a decade of promoting and selling Oregon wines, one of my fondest memories is my first visit to Bethel Heights, one of Oregon’s pioneering wineries. Ted Casteel, co-founder and winegrower, took me through the cellar and gave me a sneak peek of Casteel Reserve [...]

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This Pinot noir absolutely blew our minds.

This Pinot noir absolutely blew our minds. We first tasted it a couple weeks back and thought it was incredible…so incredible that we didn’t believe our initial assessment. “It can’t be this good!” we thought. So we waited a few days and tried a second bottle. Was it as good? Nope, it was better. So [...]

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