Mar. 8, 2018
Amavi Cellars listed as #13 of 23 wineries to visit in Washington and Oregon
"From iconic producers who helped put the region on the map to new upstarts, there’s a slew of great wineries, making something for everyone."
Amavi Cellars & Pepper Bridge Winery
Both of these wineries share common ownership and the impeccably talented Swiss-born winemaker Jean-Francois Pellet. Before settling in the Pacific Northwest, Pellet spent four years making wine at the famous Heitz Cellars in the Napa Valley. Both Pepper Bridge and Amavi Cellars share a tasting room in Woodinville, Washington, and have their own tasting room locations in Walla Walla—within a mile of each other. The reds from each label are decidedly opulent with rich textures and showcase terrific minerality that Pellet expertly coaxes from his estate fruit. The whites tend to be unctuous and packed with citrus and tropical fruit flavors.
The Woodinville tasting room is a dual tasting room that offers guests an opportunity to taste both labels in a fun atmosphere located in the Hollywood District — the heart of Woodinville Wine Country. Typical tastings are 4-5 wines per flight. The Walla Walla Pepper Bridge tasting room sits on a hill, nestled in their estate vineyard and boasts a comfortable, warm setting. The Walla Walla Amavi Cellars tasting room has floor to ceiling windows with sweeping views of the Blue Mountains the estate vineyards. Both tasting rooms offer outdoor decks for taking in terrific views between sips.
At Pepper Bridge, in addition to a tour and tasting, by appointment guests can book a food and wine pairing experience, which takes place in their private library. Jean-Francois’ “Trine” is a “must try” which blends together all five estate Bordeaux grapes in every vintage, and is either Cabernet Franc or Cabernet Sauvignon dominant depending on the year.
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