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2007 Fall News

Amavi recognized as a top winery worldwide

 If you are reading this, you already know that Amavi wines stand out from the crowd.  Why else would you have signed up for our mailing list?

Well, the rest of the world is now discovering what we have to offer. Wine & Spirits named Amavi Cellars one of the top 100 wineries in the world. Considering that there are tens of thousands of wineries worldwide, this is quite an honor. The magazine labeled Amavi as an "artisan" winery and said, "Amavi [wines] emphasize fresh, forward fruit and Walla Walla's hallmark savory note."

Robert M. Parker’s The Wine Advocate, Wine Enthusiast, The Wine Spectator, and several other publications have written rave reviews about our wines in the last several months.

The Wine Spectator and The Wine News gave our 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon a score of 90.  Our 2004 Syrah received a 92 from The Wine Advocate and a 93 from Wine & Spirits.  The Wine Advocate and Wine Enthusiast gave our 2005 Sémillon a 91 and 90, respectively.  We have very limited quantities of the 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah available in large format only.

Our new vintages have just been released, and they are tasting just as good as or better than last year’s vintages.

The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon is a gem, beautifully structured and complex yet softly layered. Pleasantly aromatic with the essence of ripe berries and a light earthiness. Dark fruit and cassis flavors are followed by hints of herbs, chocolate and spice. Well-integrated flavors define this blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon (provides structure and body), 14% Merlot (adds flavor and depth), 9% Syrah (increases softness) and 1% Malbec (adds a touch of earth).

The 2005 Syrah is rich and sumptuous, packed with violet, blueberry and dark fruit aromas with a hint of smoked meats. Notes of fresh-tilled earth mingle with intriguing mineral flavors that have a subtle briny characteristic. Fine-grained tannins and well-embedded acidity work together to create a tremendously long finish and a distinct body.

These wines typically sell out quickly.  Please order some of these wines for yourself before they are all gone!   To order, click here or call  509-525-3541 .

Coin Club Holiday Party set for Dec. 1

We are already gearing up for our first annual Coin Club Holiday Party, which is scheduled for December 1 at 6:00 p.m.  Put on your party hats and prepare to have fun!  We will be serving our luscious wines and an assortment of yummy appetizers.   This event coincides with the Walla Walla Valley’s Annual Holiday Barrel Tasting Weekend.

Please join us.  Admission is free for Coin Club members, and guests are welcome at a price of $25.00 per person.  We will be holding the party at an exciting new space just several blocks from the winery.  For more information, and to RSVP, please contact Tasting Room Manager Patty Wondra at  (509) 525-3541  or  Please RSVP by November 23.

Not yet a member of the Coin Club?  Membership is free and entitles you to a 20% discount on purchases of current and future vintages and wine-related items sold in our tasting room.   It also guarantees you invitations to exclusive Amavi Cellars events.  To join or to simply learn more about the club, click here or talk to Patty at the winery.  (Her contact info is listed in the paragraph above.)

We hope to see you at our winery during Holiday Barrel Tasting!

Congratulations, Patty & Marty!

Tasting Room Manager Patty
Wondra married Marty
Lynch on September 22.
Family and friends joined
them for a private ceremony
and reception in Walla
Walla. Patty’s father, Donald
Blair, officiated.  The couple
honeymooned in Kona, Hawaii.



 Amavi wines included in benefit for hospital

Roger and Teresa Michales, both Coin Club members, included Amavi Cellars and Walla Walla artist Jeffrey Hill for the past two years in a Credit Unions for Kids Wine Auction. They asked Jeffrey Hill to create a painting of our local vineyards, and then had a reproduction of it applied to bottles of our Cabernet Sauvignon.  The original artwork was auctioned off for the charity, and these lovely bottles were given as gifts to attendees.

Credit Unions for Kids is a collaboration of credit unions and other business partners who raise funds to benefit 170 hospitals in the Children’s Miracle Network, serving 17 million kids.  This particular auction is held in the Portland area. 

This year’s event, with 150 attendees, raised more than $200,000 for the Children’s Hospital in Portland, Oregon.

Roger and Teresa live in Vancouver, Washington. 

Thank you for including us, Roger and Teresa.  We are honored you chose our wines to be a part of such a great event.

Love Letters

We are thrilled by the calls and e-mails we receive from you, telling us how a bottle (bottles?) of Amavi fit into your special night.  We recently received the following pictures from Coin Club members Clark and Shannon Simpfenderfer.

Clark and Shannon Simpfenderfer (right, center) recently celebrated 15 years of marriage and renewed their wedding vows in Hawaii.  Following the ceremony, they toasted the pastor and his wife with a bottle of our 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon.  Congratulations from all of us at Amavi Cellars, and thank you for sharing this special occassion with us.