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Ca del Baio Winery

Our Italian House Wines: Ca del Baio

Ca del Baio is one of my favorite wineries, period. I love Italian wine, and drink tons of their Barbera, Nebbiolo, Barbaresco, and Chardonnay at home. For character, quality, and price, they can’t be beat. We’re hosting Paola and Valentina Grasso from Ca del Baio for a special tasting at our store this Saturday. Since [...]

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Chris Mazepink, Ebony Wines

Oregon Chardonnay Exceeding Expectations

Chardonnay may make up just 4% of Oregon’s planted vineyards today, but we think that with time it is going to rival Pinot noir in respect and popularity. A tiny percentage of that 4% is old heirloom vines like those at Maresh Vineyard, Evening Lands’ Seven Springs Vineyard and Eyrie’s Estate Vineyard. Their old vine [...]

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Ayoub Estate Dundee Hills Pinot noir 2011

Avalon Wine Club February Selections

Oregon Reserve Pinot Noir Club Ayoub Estate Dundee Hills 2011 $55 retail $46.75 member price The flagship of Ayoub Pinots floors us again. I believe this will be the finest of Mo’s 2011s and the longest-lived. It smells amazing, complex and perfumed, displaying gorgeous red fruits, cedar-spice, and an evocative fresh-rain-on-earth quality. Raspberry, pie cherry [...]

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Belle Pente Estate Reserve Pinot noir

Oregon Wine – Belle Pente Estate Reserve

Life is too short to wait for special occasions. Birthdays, holidays, they happen once a year. That’s not enough for me anymore. Sometimes, we have to make our own special occasions. Like opening a 4-vintage vertical of Oregon Pinot from one of my favorite wineries. It doesn’t matter what else has happened that day or [...]

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Oregon Chardonnay A Slice of Sunshine

Oregon Chardonnay: A Slice of Sunshine

Punxsutawney Phil predicted an early spring…but we’re hedging our bets with a glass or two of Oregon Chardonnay. Of course, Oregon Chardonnay is so much more than a warm weather sipper, as more wineries are proving with their outstanding Chards. But these citrus-filled beauties really take the sting off winter. Today’s Oregon Chardonnay crusade features [...]

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Oregon wine is a slam dunk

Oregon Wine: 2010 Pinots Boom Shakalaka!

We’re running out of superlatives for Oregon’s 2010 vintage. Maybe we’re at the point where we should start using more expletives – yep, that good. Slam dunk: Boom Shakalaka! Today’s offering features four highly recommended 2010s, from the red-hot winemaking hand of Tyson Crowley, to long-time favorites Belle Pente and Cameron. Crowley Gehrts 2010 $37.75 [...]

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Blue sky window

Oregon Wine: Doors Close, Windows Open

We’ve been doing a lot of reflecting, thinking about our favorite wines from 2012. We’re lucky to have locked up a small stash of two of the best value Pinots of the last year: Walter Scott La Combe Verte 2011 and Thomas Gerrie 09. There are a handful of cases left – major last call! [...]

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