Mark Nicholl has been involved in the wine industry for over 20 years; ever developing his vinous passion after “falling into” the world of wine retail in Sydney, Australia. It was enough to kick him in the pants and set his mind to the what, the where, and the how of this delicious liquid.
“Looking back, it wasn’t a rare or valuable wine that got me into this; it was that unassuming bottle of ’89 thrust into my hand by the manager of the wine shop I worked in. After 17 years, 25 vintages the world over, and an Honours Degree in Oenology from the prestigious University of Adelaide, Mark found himself working the 2006 harvest in Burgundy; a cell phone rang and two days later Mark was on a plane to Eugene, Oregon to become the winemaker at Sweet Cheeks Winery.
In 2011 Mark started William Rose Wines, a project that was solely his own. He poured all those years and vintages into something that truly reflected his style and passion. “William Rose lets me break free of the vineyard and become a “garagiste”, if I get a thorn in my side and want to make a Marsanne, I can and I will.”
Before landing in Oregon, Mark worked throughout South Eastern Australia including McLaren Vale, Barossa and Eden Valleys, Padthaway, Coonawarra, and Macedon ranges. Internationally Mark has worked in Apulia (Italy), California, Oregon, and the Beaujolais and Burgundy regions of France. These experiences, as well as working alongside the industry’s renowned grape-growers and winemakers, have taught Mark one valuable lesson: there is always a new challenge with each harvest.
***Upcoming Friday Night Tastings***
Friday, June 26th
William Rose Wines, OREGON; 5pm-9pm; $15.
– 2013 Semillon Sauvignon Blanc Croft Vineyard, Willamette Valley
– 2014 Muller-Thurgau, Willamette Valley
– 2013 Pinot Noir Amaranth Ridge, Umpqua Valley
– 2013 Pinot Noir Croft Vineyard, Willamette Valley
– 2011 Merlot, Applegate Valley
Friday, July 3rd
Friday, July 10th
Italy; 5pm-9pm; $15.
Friday, July 17th
Spain; 5pm-9pm; $15.
The EDW Monthly Wine Club is recruiting. The idea is simple, the logistics are easy, and the wines are affordable and accessible. Two bottles, once a month, with total cost between $25-$35, never to exceed $35. You may specify “Only Reds” if you like; otherwise, there will be occasional bubbles, whites and roses in the mix, especially during summer months and appropriate holidays. One of the two bottles will always be a red.
How it works:
– Reply to this email to join. Credit card information will NOT be collected. We’re using the “promise to pick up” system. Weird, huh?
– Trust your EDW merchant to choose only fun and interesting wines — that are great values — by the 15th of every month.
– I will email the selections to you each month, informing you that the club wines are ready to be picked up.
– Pick up your club wines by the 30th of the month.
I will only select wines for the club that I would be willing to take home myself. I want to keep things affordable, and show you wines that exceed expectation based on the price. Some obscure, some crowd pleasers. Some party wines, some food wines. All reliable. This will be a lot of fun for all of us. Who knows, you may fall in love with a grape or region you’d never considered. All part of the joy of discovering wine… I’m looking forward to introducing you to my real “go to” wines.
As always, I really do appreciate your loyalty and support. I am one lucky local entrepreneur.
Every Day Wine is a BRING YOUR OWN FOOD hang out (pizza, cheese & crackers, fresh baked bread, gourmet olives, chips ‘n salsa, chocolates, desserts, etc)… the bartender does retain the right to sample all the goods.
Remember to host your next birthday party (or book club, or anniversary, or bridal shower, or client appreciation party) at Every Day Wine.
Thanks so much for your support!!! And don’t forget to forward this message to all of your wine-loving friends.
Every Day Wine is located at 1520 NE Alberta St.
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 2pm-10pm