Hi – Jean here – At Avalon, we are only as good as our wine recommendations. You have to be able to depend on our skill at finding the best and standing behind them. After 25 years, 15 of those online, I think we’re a proven success – over and again, we’ve offered you the [...]
Hello from Andy at Avalon Wine – Summer camp, golf camp, band camp - they have nothing on Pinot Camp. Three days in Oregon Wine Country, immersed in all things Oregon Pinot. I was lucky enough to go this summer (you have to be invited, and part of the wine industry). Through all the delicious [...]
Well I’ll be — ANOTHER no-brainer from Washington just hit the Wine Spectator today: Januik Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 08, 94 points and a “Hot Wine” in today’s Insider. Washington 2008 reds are cleaning up with huge scores in the $30 range. Januik wines are consistently excellent — Mike Januik is one of the most [...]
With all the deserved hub-bub over Evening Land Seven Springs Vineyard Pinots and Chardonnays, one of their wines sells out faster than anything else: Celebration Gamay noir, from the oldest Gamay noir vines in America. Evening Land Vineyards Seven Springs Vineyard Gamay noir 2010 $17.95 in any 12 bottle order ($19.95 retail) http://www.northwest-wine.com/Evening-Land-Seven-Springs-Gamay-noir.html We tasted [...]
We pride ourselves on being the early birds. When small production, insider hot wines get mega-reviews, we’re often the first bird to grab the worm, or wine. We made calls at the right time, so even with the small lots we have plenty to share with you! Wine Spectator 95 Points “HOT WINE” Baer Ursa [...]
The Illahe Vineyards Reserve Pinot noir 08 hit me like a bombshell. At a recent tasting of some of Oregon’s pre-eminent Pinot noirs, the Illahe hit me hard. It’s a new contender for my list of the Top Twenty 2008 Pinots, especially at $32.36. The 2008 Reserve is a blockbuster. A nose of blackberry, cedar, [...]
The 2008 Andrew Will Champoux and Sorella are my kind of Andrew Will reds – heavy on the Cab, awesome to drink. The 08′s blow away the previous 2 vintages – I have to think back to the 05 vintage for such indelible wines. At right, owner and winemaker Chris Camarda Andrew Will Champoux Vineyard [...]
Oregon Pinot noir has both its rising stars and its pioneering winemakers. here are four you want to know.