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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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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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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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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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First-Ever 95 Point Arterberry Maresh

Congrats to one of our favorite wineries! Arterberry Maresh just cleaned up in the annual Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate Oregon report. Two 95 point wines – something no other Oregon winery achieved – plus a 94. We’re not jumping on the bandwagon; we’ve been driving it since Jim Maresh’s first releases of 2005 Pinot and [...]

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Finally back to tasting…

It’s nearly impossible to review new releases in December. We put in some unusually late hours at the new shop (12:55 was a new record) and lacked the time and energy to open anything for contemplation (read: we opened things for drinking). With the holiday madness behind us, we’re finally finding time to sit down and [...]

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Terrapin Cellars Pinot noir 2012

Big Things In Oregon: 2012 Vintage

Oregon’s 2012 vintage wines: It’s what we’ve all been waiting for, from some of our favorite wineries. Today we have five new releases from Walter Scott, Haden Fig, and Terrapin. Big things are afoot in the Willamette Valley. Walter Scott La Combe Verte Pinot noir 2012 $19.75 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case* [...]

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