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Our goal is to make wines that evoke clarity: clarity of place, clarity of type, clarity of purpose. We believe this is best expressed by using the classic French varietals and blends, with methods passed down over generations.

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  • Sestina

    • Overview

    • Tasting Notes

    • The Sestina is an ancient form of poetry from Medieval France. Just as a modern poet can fill this form with new expressions, we use the traditional Bordeaux blend to express Washington. Sestina is our vision for an old vine, complex blend where all of the components complement each other. This wine is designed for the cellar, so the emphasis is on structure, balance, and complexity. 2014 Sestina Tasting Note—Beautiful and complex aromas of plum, cherry, blackberry, mocha, fresh savory herbs, with lead pencil and earthy notes lead off this wine. It is bright, deep, and firm on the palate, featuring focused red and black fruits, mountain flowers, vanilla, bitter chocolate and cigar box. This wine should really be singing in 2-3 years, and hit age fifteen in great shape.

      • Blend - Bordeaux Style Red
      • $50 - $75
      • Columbia Valley
      • No Tasting Notes currently listed.
  • Justine

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    • Justine reflects our belief that Washington can produce world class wines using grape varieties traditional to the Southern Rhone Valley in France. The name is inspired by one of the great heroies of recent literature, who also sprung from the imagination of the Mediterranean. Dark, seductive, complex, with a chasm of depth. Justine reflects Avennia’s mission of expressing Washington’s complex terroir. 2014 Justine Winemaker’s Tasting Note—”Brooding nose of black raspberry, blackberry cordial, white pepper, lavender, violet, and crushed stone. This wine shows great concentration and elegance, with dark red fruits, Herbes de Provence, and mineral notes echoing in the long finish. There is easily a decade’s worth of life here, maybe more.” - Chris Peterson, Winemaker

      • Blend - Rhone Style Red
      • $30 - $50
      • Columbia Valley
      • No Tasting Notes currently listed.
  • Oliane

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    • We believe Washington State can make Sauvignon Blanc that competes with any in the world. Oliane is barrel fermented in French Oak (20% new) using native yeast and aged sur lies for 7 months. It is bottled unfined to allow for greatest expression and complexity. 2016 Oliane Tasting Notes—Bright nose of lemon, peach, vanilla honey, fresh straw, and a fresh note of limestone minerality. The palate features notes of citrus, nectarine, more limestone, and hints of peavine and grilled bread. It is richly textured with a brilliant acid backbone, making it a perfect match for seafood and more. This wine is drinking great now, but will also last 3-5 years in the cellar.

      • Sauvignon Blanc
      • $20 - $30
      • Yakima Valley
      • No Tasting Notes currently listed.
  • Valery

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    • Tasting Notes

    • Valery is named for the patron saint of wine in the St. Emilion region that inspired it. We started with old vine Merlot from a stony block in the heart of the Yakima Valley and added complex, aromatic Cabernet Franc from the Horse Heaven Hills. The result is a balanced,complex wine with the elegance and ethereal perfume that this blend of two of Washington’s best varietals are known for. 2014 Valery Winemaker Tasting Note —”The nose on this wine is very perfumed, almost exotic with notes of fresh violets, red plum, winter mint, fresh herbs and crushed limestone qualities. The palate is poised and balanced, with red fruits and mocha powder encapsulated in limestone. The finish lingers delicately, with the Cabernet Franc asserting a light tobacco and herb note, giving depth. A compelling wine that will continue to unwind for 7-10 years in the cellar..

      • Blend - Bordeaux Style Red
      • $50 - $75
      • Columbia Valley
  • Gravura

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    • Tasting Notes

    • Gravura is our Bordeaux blend that emphasizes a harmony of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The name is a play on an artisan printing technique, and on the Bordeaux region of Graves, which features similar blends to this one. With more Merlot in the blend and the addition of Red Mountain fruit, this wine is designed to be more generous and voluptuous in style, while still remaining complex and balanced. 2014 Gravura Winemaker’s Tasting Note—”This wine leads with ripe plum, cassis, fresh cherries and mocha, with hints of bay leaf, dried thyme, and anise. Rich and weighty on the palate, with dark fruits, chocolate and herb notes, all upon a firm structure that will reward bottle age.” - Chris Peterson, Winemaker

      • Blend - Bordeaux Style Red
      • $30 - $50
      • Columbia Valley
      • No Tasting Notes currently listed.
  • Arnaut

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    • Tasting Notes

    • For our taste, no one grows finer Syrah in the state than Dick Boushey. We make this wine with minimal manipulation, using native yeasts and bottling unfined and unfiltered, to allow the place to shine through. We named this wine after the Provencal Troubadour Arnaut Daniel, who invented the Sestina poem form, thus creating a connection between our two flagship efforts. 2014 Arnaut Tasting Note— Intoxicating and complex aromas of blueberry reduction, crushed rock, cured meat, orange peel, and dried savory herbs. Very intense and nuanced on the palate, intermingling the pure dark fruits of the vintage with the complex meat and mineral notes of the vineyard. A distinct pure cacao element lends great depth to the finish. This is a classic vintage of Arnaut, at least on par with the 2012, and should last 15 years in the cellar.

      • Syrah
      • $50 - $75
      • Yakima Valley
      • Boushey Vineyards
      • No Tasting Notes currently listed.
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Driven by shared passion for wine & business excellence, a unique partnership Opens Avennia Winery in Woodinville

Chris Peterson, former DeLille winemaker, & Microsoft vet Marty Taucher join forces

WOODINVILLE, Wash. (Nov. 17, 2011) – On the face of it, Marty Taucher and Chris Peterson don’t appear to have a lot in common except perhaps for a mutual admiration of Miles Davis and Radiohead. But dig a little deeper and you’ll find that they both have a shared passion for beautiful wine and a knack for building world-class brands.
Taucher, a well-known technology marketing expert, spent 15 years at Microsoft where he helped launch some of the company’s most iconic brands. Peterson has been instrumental in making some of Washington’s most iconic wines during an eight-year stint on the winemaking team at DeLille Cellars.
Flash forward to today. Peterson and Taucher have blended their business experiences with that shared passion for wine to form the unique partnership behind Avennia, a boutique winery located in the heart of Woodinville’s winery warehouse district.
According to Peterson, Avennia is inspired by the Roman name for the city of Avignon and signifies the heart of Old World winemaking,.
“Our goal is to make wines that evoke clarity: clarity of place, clarity of type and clarity of purpose,” he said. “Avennia are wines with a voice that express Washington terroir through Old World techniques and created in the most exacting fashion possible.”
Avennia also embodies a partnership that blends world-class experience in winemaking and brand creation.
While at Microsoft, Taucher served as director of public relations during a time when the company launched the original version of Microsoft Office and version 3.0 of the Windows operating system. He left the company in the late 1990s to pursue other interests, among them a growing interest in wine. That led him to the enology program at South Seattle Community College and eventually to an internship at DeLille, where he met Peterson.
Peterson joined DeLille after graduating from the prestigious enology & viticulture program at Walla Walla Community College, where he studied under legendary wine educator Stan Clarke. During his time at DeLille, Peterson helped the winery grow from 5,000 to 12,000 cases annually and helped create seven new brands. He also was a key part of the winemaking team that made two of Wine Spectators’ top 100 wines in the world, the ’04 D2 and the ’05 Doyenne Aix.
“As Chris and I talked about the possibility of working together, we found that we have shared visions for what Washington wine could be as well as building a successful business in a very tough industry,” said Taucher, Avennia’s managing partner. “Simply put, Avennia will be artistic and elegant, both in its brand and its wines, but more importantly, it will be based on smart business underpinnings.”
Avennia’s inaugural vintage, scheduled for release in September 2012, will feature two 2010 vintage Rhone-style blends and a 2011 Sauvignon Blanc. In early 2013, Avennia will release two additional wines – a pair of 2010 vintage Bordeaux-style blends. Avennia’s first year production will be approximately 1,000 cases.
Peterson said Avennia is sourcing its fruit through contracts with some of the best vineyards in the Yakima Valley and Red Mountain AVAs – Red Willow, Sagemoor, Boushey and Klipsun. “We are fortunate that these growers of this caliber have been willing to work with our start-up venture,” Peterson said.
“Like any new business, we are faced with a variety of complex challenges that can’t be solved simply by throwing money at them,” Taucher said. “We think of it not just as spending money, but investing it correctly in our grapes, our facility and our brand.”
Consumers interested in Avennia can learn more about the inaugural and future releases by signing up at www.avennia.com. The winery will distribute wine directly to its mailing list subscribers and to select wine specialty stores and restaurants, Taucher said.

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