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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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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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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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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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