Avennia Winemaker Chris Peterson; Our new feature set includes five stellar Avennia wines.
“Wine is bottled poetry.” Robert Luis Stevenson
Since their first release in 2012, Avennia has quickly gained a reputation as one of Washington’s most exciting wineries and has received incredible accolades, including a Top 10 Washington Wine, Red Wine of the Year in 2013 (for the Arnaut), and most notably 2017 Washington State Winemaker of The Year by Seattle Magazine.
Winemaker Chris Peterson’s style is vineyard first, followed by attention to detail through consistent blending trials throughout the entire season. Peterson admires French wines for their balance between fruit and non-fruit character, which is the inspiration for his house style: allow the terroir to speak for itself. Even the name Avennia is inspired by the Roman name for the city of Avignon, and signifies the heart of Old World winemaking.
Peterson honed his winemaking skills under Chris Upchurch at DeLille Cellars for eight years, before partnering with Microsoft Marketing Executive Marty Taucher. The result? “This was the best set of new wines I tasted in Washington,” enthused influential critic Stephen Tanzer of International Wine Cellar soon after Avennia’s first release in 2012—one in a series of accolades from the national wine press.
All El Gaucho, AQUA and Miller’s Guild and The Lakehouse menus will feature a stellar line-up of these acclaimed Washington wines. The wines will be available by bottle and served by the glass for those who want to sample one or several of the varieties. Come taste these wines for yourself and discover the elegance and balance of Avennia.
* OLIANE, Sauvignon Blanc, 2016 (boasts great acidity that pairs well with freshly schucked oysters or Dungeness crab cakes)
* JUSTINE, Southern Rhone Blend, 2015 (classic blend of Grenache, Mourvèdre, and Syrah. An outstanding choice for red wine drinkers who prefer to enjoy fish dishes such halibut or King salmon)
ARNAUT, Syrah, 2014
GRAVURA, Red Blend, 2014
SESTINA, Old Vine Red Blend, 2014
*Denotes by the glass pours.