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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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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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Owen Roe Winery

Owen Roe 2012 Great Values

Owen Roe has got to be excited for people to try their 2012 wines. They’re filled with everything that made so many of our customers fall in love with Owen Roe nearly a decade ago. Ready to drink, gushing with flavor, great value. Owen Roe Sharecropper’s Pinot noir 2012 $17.95 in any 12 bottle or [...]

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Rasa Vox Populi Mourvedre

Rasa Vineyards Rocks Walla Walla Wines

Walla Walla’s Rasa Vineyards Rocks – Billo Naravane is a rock star winemaker, and the vineyards he uses to make his rockin’ wines are in  the coveted “rocks” area on the Oregon side of the Walla Walla appellation (where the Cayuse vineyards are located.) In just five vintages, Rasa is a mailing list/waiting list winery. [...]

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