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Oregon Wine – Noble Rot is Good.

When it’s good, it’s positively noble. That’s the irony of the fungus called “botrytis.” “Noble rot” is a more euphemistic term for what is also called “botrytis bunch rot,” caused by a fungal organism (Botrytis cinera) that can grow on ripe or nearly ripe grapes. The unusual thing about botrytis bunch rot is that it [...]

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Crowley Pinot noir

Traveling with Oregon Pinot noir

"A "Friends of Avalon" Story By Mika Miyamoto-Shemali Wine Reviewed: Crowley Willamette Valley Pinot noir I travel a lot for work or pleasure. And I have to confess that I almost always bring a bottle or two of Oregon Pinot Noir to wherever I travel. I kind of think of it as my travel insurance [...]

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Washington’s Champoux Vineyard & Soos Creek Wines

Champoux. Ciel du Cheval. You can argue that there are better vineyards in Washington, but you won’t likely win. Reds from these two vineyards always command hefty prices…almost always, that is. Soos Creek Champoux and Ciel du Cheval reds give new meaning to the term “value.”  These two wines, with their amazing Cabernet backbones, are [...]

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March Wine Club Wines

The weather is behaving and we’re shipping the March Wine Club wines. Here’s the rundown. For complete information on the current wine club and links to all of the newsletters, go to the Wine Club Home Page. March 2012 Club Selections Big Reds Club Five Star Supernova 09 $32.30 Buty Merlot/Cab Franc 09 $35.70 Reserve [...]

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Januik Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 08

No-Brainer #2 – Januik Cab 08

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 [...]

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Evening Land Vineyards Seven Springs Vineyard Gamay noir

Oregon Wine – Evening Land Vineyards Gamay noir 2010

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) We tasted [...]

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