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2009 Spring News

Year in acclaim:  The wine gods smiled upon us again

2008 was another stellar year for Amavi Cellars, and we are grateful for your support and for the great press we received. Here are the highlights from the past year:

  •     Wine & Spirits magazine named Amavi Cellars a “Best New Winery.
  •     Wine Spectator picked our 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon for its Top 100 List and called the wine a “Smart Buy.”
  •     Wine Enthusiast called our 2007 Sémillon "instantly delicious" and gave it a score of 90.
  •     Wine & Spirits magazine featured our 2005 Les Collines Syrah in an article titled “The Year’s Best Syrah” and gave it 93 points.
  •      Author Paul Gregutt, a preeminent Washington wine expert, said Amavi is “clearly one of Walla Walla’s value superstars.”

We have limited amounts of the 2007 Sémillon, the 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon and 2006 Syrah available. If you would like to order, please call us at  509-525-3541 , e-mail us at, or click here to order online.

Spring Release and Coin Club Carnival

Please join us the first weekend in May for our Spring Release Celebration. From Friday, May 1 through Sunday, May 3 we will be hosting an open house at the winery and sharing our new releases. Please stop by to say hello and sample our wines.  The whole crew will be here, including Hagrid.

We will be releasing our 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon.  This new vintage is  truly stunning, and as always, quite limited in production.  Please see below for more details.

On Saturday night, we will be throwing our much-loved Annual Spring Carnival. Coin Club members, please join us for a night of delicious food, luscious wines, and fun carnival games with great prizes! The menu will include brisket, vegetarian chili, deviled eggs, and much more... please reach out to Patty at  509-525-3541  or for more details. RSVP required.

Not yet a member of the club? Interested? The club offers you a 20% discount on all purchases plus invitations to special events such as this one. Please contact us for more details. We’d love for you to join us in the fun.

Winter in the vineyard

Yes, it was a long, cold winter, but don’t worry... our vines are fine! All signs point to a great 2009 vintage. Although we did see some slight freeze damage at Pepper Bridge Vineyard, this does not translate into a reduction in the quality of our fruit. Our winemaker, Jean-François Pellet, says that the freeze simply requires more meticulous pruning to ensure a full crop. If you know Jean-François, you know that “meticulous” is his middle name.

As insurance against major freezes, we bury canes of the vines in the fall. The earth insulates the cane enough so there will be no structural damage, even with an extreme freeze.

Here, Jean-François pulls a cane up out of the soil to demonstrate. This year, the canes will be cut off as they are not needed.

Introducing our new release

2007 Cabernet Sauvignon

Our wines from the 2007 vintage are amazingly balanced, show fantastic intensity of fruit, and have great natural acidity.  The summer in Walla Walla started off hot but gave way to cooler conditions during harvest.  Winemakers across the Walla Walla Valley rejoiced at such a perfect growing season.

Our 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon is precociously sophisticated, so much so that we are excited to say this just may be our best vintage yet!  Aromas of dark cherries, blackberries and dusty rose petals are complemented by a hint of cedar. Layers of dark fruits, mixed wild berries and dark chocolate are married with vibrant hints of herbs and spices. This new release is showing the unmistakable signs of a remarkable vintage. (Pricing: $28 non-club; $22.40 Coin Club)