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Category: Staff Picks

Connor’s Pick: Argyle Brut 2012

There a few things in life I would call myself a traditionalist about, but sparkling wine on New Year's Eve remains a necessity for me. However, it doesn't need to be from Champagne mind you! With vineyards located in one of the Willamette's coolest growing regions, Argyle's wines are uniformly structured and energetic. While I'm…

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Scott’s Pick: Aaron Burr New York “Homestead Location Cider: Taconic”

Cider has been a part of our culture since the arrival of Columbus—folklore has it that a beam on the Mayflower was damaged during a storm and was subsequently secured by a screw from a cider press for the remainder of the ship’s voyage to the Americas. According to Aaron Burr Cidery, within each apple’s…

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Connor’s Pick: Manoir du Kinkiz Cornouaille Cider

While I would certainly never go a week without a glass of wine, I can safely say I'm looking for a little break after New Year's Eve, but this past weekend's bubbles have me craving something sparkling. Whenever I find myself growing tired of wine, beer and cider call my name. Located in northwestern France,…

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Caitlyn’s Pick: Thevenet Blanc de Blanc Sparkling Wine NV

Black Velvet - Equal parts stout beer and sparkling wine A seemingly unusual combination but as they say, don't knock it until you try it! The bright acidity of this 100% Chardonnay sparkler from the Maconnais pairs excellently with the richer burnt sugar notes of a stout beer like Guinness creating an absolutely quaffable bubbly…

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Connor’s Pick: Avinyo Petillant Blanc Vi d’Agulla 2015

Spanish 75 - 1 oz, Gin 2 oz, Avinyo Petillant Blanc (Cava as a substitute) 1/2 oz, Lime juice 2 dashes, Simple syrup This modern twist on the French 75 substitutes Avinyo for the traditional component of Champagne, which should certainly appeal to anyone on a budget! This recipe also has lime juice replacing lemon…

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Caitlyn’s Pick: Emidio Pepe Montepulciano d’Abruzzo

This is a wine I've been longing to highlight as much as I've been longing to return to the beautifulwinery and generous hospitality of the Pepe family. If you think you've tasted all that Montepulciano d'Abruzzo has to offer, think again. Emidio Pepe produces incredibly long-lived, read 40+ years, wines from the local varietals Montepulciano,…

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Carlos’ Pick: Cesani Vernaccia di San Gimignano

From the small Medieval town of San Gimignano located in Tuscany, comes this delightful Vernaccia from the Cesani family.  Cesani's care for nature is obvious here, as the lushness of the grape shines.  Organically grown in limestone and sand, thewine shows great notes of apple, peach, and wildflowers on the front and even a touch…

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Adam’s Pick: Bodegas Borsao Garnacha Tres Picos

Adam's Pick: Bodegas Borsao Garnacha Tres Picos Campo de Borja 2014, $17 When I'm looking for barbecue wine, I usually go for a rich and powerful Zinfandel with dark, rich fruit and spice. But American Zinfandel has gotten expensive as of late! Enter Spain, the country capable of impeccable bold and fruit-forward wines with rich…

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Timothy’s Pick: Peter Lauer “Senior” Riesling Fass 6 Saar

Timothy's Pick: Peter Lauer "Senior" Riesling Fass 6 Saar 2015, $29 This is the quintessential Mosel Riesling: austere, delicate, with core of focused minerality and perfectly balanced acidity. From the Lauer's western-most parcel, named after the Lauer patriarch's ("senior") select parcel (or "fass"), this wine stands at 11.5% with a dry and lingering finish. Notes…

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