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2012 Wrap Up

From the Winemaker: The 2012 Vintage

2012 is shaping up to be a fantastic vintage. Spring brought us more precipitation than usual, followed by a hot, dry summer. According to the growing curve for our area, we were actually right where we wanted to be in terms of average heat units received. We got plenty of warm days without it being overly hot, and that is exactly what the grape vines like. Fruit started coming in on September 19 and we were finished October 23. Contrary to the smaller yields pulled in from the climactically challenging 2010 and 2011 vintages, 2012 boasted our largest harvest so far! As Winemaker Jean François Pellet said, “In 2012 we made a lot of wine— a lot of good wine.” And with beautiful fruit like this, our small lots are sure to sell out as quickly as always; keep your eyes peeled for releases!

Holidays, Ringing in the New Year

Fall is a festive time which presents many opportunities to attend events here at Amavi Cellars. Fall Release and Winter Barrel (respectively) weekends are a great time to come bask in the merriment of the season and try the most current of our releases. Mother Nature cooperated with us this year, enabling more people than we’ve seen in years to flock to Walla Walla and enjoy the offerings. Winter Barrel this year featured live music and owner Diana Goff’s famous Rancher’s Stew—and believe us, this simple yet decadent beef stew was the hit of the Southside over the course of this cold weekend! Missed out on the Amavi Cellars fun this year? Well, make plans now to join us for one of these big weekends in 2013, as lodging is booking already.

And on that note…Happy New Year from our families to yours! We hope that your holiday season was filled with all things merry and bright, and thank you all for your continued support and enthusiasm. We couldn’t do what we do without you all, and look forward to what the future has in store.

Valentine’s Day

Announcing our Amore+Vinum package – a bottle of our 2010 Cab and a tin of Wine Lover’s Chocolate (specifically crafted to perfectly pair with Cabernet Suavignon) for $35. Call now!  509-525­-3541.

If you’ll be in the valley the weekend following Valentine’s Day, we’ve got a fun event for you. Saturday, February 16th, we’re combining our wines with sweet treats—both audible and edible! Current releases, sugary delectables, coupled with the 50’s rockabilly stylings of local favorite Franky Jo Dillin Stiffler (from 1 to 4 in the tasting room). Sweetheart or not, you won’t want to miss out. Ready for the best part of all? On this one day, and one day only, we will be revisiting one of our favorite releases from the past year…our 2011 Cabernet Franc Rosé! Come sip on this perfect pink representation of all things Valentine’s, before it disappears to the vault for good. For complete calendar of events, click here.

Current Releases and Some Recent Acclaim…

                                                          Retail Price     Club Price
2009 Cabernet Sauvignon     $29.00              $23.20
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon     $29.00              $23.20
                            2010 Syrah     $29.00              $23.20
                           2010 Ceres            n/a              $28.00
    2010 Les Collines Syrah           n/a              $28.00

 To kick off the Summer of 2012, a photograph of the tasting room was chosen as the title page shot for an article on Eastern Washington Wine in Sunset Magazine, and subsequently brought an influx of guests like we’ve never seen. And with acclaim like the following continually pouring in about our wines, it’s easy to understand what keeps the rest of you all coming back. The San Francisco Chronicle says we will “remain a top deal in Cabernet” in reference to our 2009 vintage of Cabernet Sauvignon, which also earned a Double Gold recognition from both the Seattle Wine Awards and Wine Press Northwest. This complex vintage is almost sold out, so if you want some, be sure to contact us now! Our 2011 Semillon was given a nice nod from Wine Enthusiast, earning not only 91 Points but also their Editor’s Choice Award. Now entirely sold out, the release of our 2012 Semillon falls the first weekend in May. Our 2010 release of the coveted Amavi Cellars Coin Club exclusive, our Les Collines Syrah, garnered 92 Points as well as the Editor’s Choice selection from Wine Enthusiast!

About the Club

If you’re not a Coin Club member, sign up today to start receiving the gorgeous exclusives! With the purchase requirement being two six-bottle shipments a year, this is a great way to ensure you don’t miss any of our beautiful offerings, with a 20% discount to boot. Call today to get signed up, or visit

Until we see you next…

Whether it be at our Walla Walla tasting room located right in the heart of Pepper Bridge Vineyard, or up at our Amavi Cellars & Pepper Bridge Winery tasting room in Woodinville– we look forward to the day we will see you next.

Cheers to 2013!