If you’re a frequent ABC shopper, you are probably familiar with our Direct to You family of wines and spirits. These represent selections of outstanding value that we hand select for your enjoyment. Often times these items are found on organized buying trips to regions throughout the world. However, the occasional gem sometimes turns up when we are least expecting it. Such was the case with Bryn Mawr winery from Willamette Valley, Oregon.
While on vacation last summer in the Pacific Northwest, I was out for a drive one morning when I noticed a sign that read “tasting room open” at 10:30 a.m. I was greeted with a surprised look by Rachel Rose, winemaker for Bryn Mawr, who had put the sign out early thinking that certainly no one would show up before lunch wanting to taste her wines. But I was on vacation, so why not?
She happily obliged and tasted me through her outstanding lineup. These wines really spoke of their origin, a sure sign of quality and were reasonably priced as well. Then came the million-dollar question: “Dave, what do you do down in Florida?” One thing lead to another, and soon I was engaged in a lively conversation with Rachel, owner Jon Lauer, and his son, Dave, about the state of the Oregon wine industry, the recent vintages and their winery goals for the future. Jon expressed interest in having his wines sold in Florida and was open to being a part of our Direct to You Program.
After formally tasting through his wines with the wine team back in Florida, we made our selection and are happy to offer Bryn Mawr’s 2014 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir. This wine is outstanding and represents an incredible value in a category where most wines under $30 are far from exciting. Retailing for $25.99, it doesn’t get any better than this for a pure, spot-on Willamette Valley Pinot Noir. Only 700 cases were made, so make sure you grab a bottle before its gone. Cheers!
Dave Malone, Wine & Spirit Sales Manager
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