Celebrating 30 years as your Northwest wine specialists!
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Who We Are

Avalon Wine Inc. was founded in 1987 in Corvallis, Oregon and quickly evolved into a retail store specializing in Oregon and Washington wines. We launched our award-winning website, Northwest-wine.com, in 1999 featuring articles, interviews, columns, wine reviews, and an e-commerce site. 

In 2013, longtime employees Marcus Looze and Andy Osterhaus purchased Avalon and moved it to The Bindery in Portland, an eclectic urban space with a variety of retail stores and a winery in the basement. 

Our expertise is small production Oregon and Washington wines, coupled with hand-selected imports. Wineries seek us out to taste and review their new releases, and we're often the first to write about up-and-coming producers. 

Our retail store is a showroom of sorts, featuring a curated selection of our favorite wines plus a space to sit and enjoy them. 

Come visit us in Portland!

Monday and Tuesday: 
open by appointment 
Wednesday through Friday: 
10 am to 6:00 pm 
Saturday: 12 noon to 4:00 pm 
Sunday: closed

The Wine Guys


Marcus Looze

Marcus joined Avalon in 2004 and spent most of his time as Vice President, writing tasting notes, marketing emails, selecting wine club wines and occasionally sweeping the floor. He moved to Oregon in 2004 from Madison, Wisconsin, where he directed clean air and energy policy for a non-profit environmental organization. An avid cook and totally food obsessed, he often wakes up thinking about what to cook that night and of course, which wine to drink. He's been drumming for more than 30 years and has one of the coolest dogs on earth.

Andy Osterhaus

Andy became Avalon's Customer Service Manager in 2010, where he answered roughly three billion phone calls and emails while steering customers towards the perfect wine. He moved to Oregon in 2009 from Iowa City, Iowa, where he helped open and manage the wine bar and cafe at the famed Prairie Lights bookstore. He's been an appreciator and student of wine for as long as he's been legally able to admit. When not tasting or shipping wine he enjoys sharing meals with friends and family, cheering on the Iowa Hawkeyes, and suffering with the Chicago Cubs.

Build a Case

Make sure you always get a discount by using Build a Case. How it works:

If you haven't found a full case (12 bottles) to buy today, start your Build a Case now by purchasing a few bottles online, by phone or email. If you order online, select the Build a Case option. If by phone or email, just ask us to add the bottles to a Build a Case for you. You'll receive order confirmation and we'll cellar the wines for you at no charge.

Add to your case whenever you see wines you can't resist. Each time you add to your Build a Case, you'll be charged the discounted price.

When you complete your case, we'll apply a shipping rate and contact you to schedule your case for shipment.

Because of finite space in our warehouse, we kindly ask that you complete your Build a Case within six months. Please email or call us with any questions.