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Southard Lawrence Vineyard Syrah

Southard Syrah 2009 – Jewel Under $25

Southard Syrah 2009 is a featured new release on today: Wine Enthusiast’s Paul Gregutt anointed Southard as his “winery of the year” and said of the 2009 Lawrence Vineyard Syrah, “you can pay four times as much for comparable Royal Slope [Syrah] projects, or grab this jewel.” Scott Southard makes the wines with his [...]

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Fidelitas Winery

Washington Wine: Fidelitas, Reininger, Ramseyer

If you drank down your cellar over the holidays, these three Washington reds are ready to fill it up. Top Washington vineyards Ciel du Cheval, Sheridan, and Pepper Bridge. Two standard bearers of Washington wine, Charlie Hoppes (Fidelitas) and Chuck Reininger. And a new winery, Ramseyer, mailing list only, except from Northwest Wine. All 93 [...]

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Oregon Wine: Eyrie Vineyards

You can make a powerful argument that Eyrie is the most important winery in Oregon. From a historical perspective, Eyrie was instrumental in establishing Oregon’s reputation as a world-class wine growing region. They’ve also been kind enough to share decades of library wines with the world, to truly understand the aging potential of Oregon Pinots [...]

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Marcus Looze and Northwest Wine

Avalon Wine’s Annual Collector’s Cases

Here today, gone today: Eight years ago Marcus started creating these uber-cases for the holidays. He hides away an armful of the very hardest to get Oregon and Washington wines and taunts me with “you won’t believe what’s going to be in the Collector’s cases this year!” but won’t tell me what he scored. Oregon [...]

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Cristom harvest crew

A Harvest Distilled and Fermented

From afar it might appear that during harvest the same routine is being followed by every winery in the state. Get a little closer, however, and you’ll see that each ‘estate’ has their own distinct traditions and particular ways of handling the stresses of making wine. To highlight some of these unique, and often idiosyncratic [...]

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