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We’ve got another great Frugal Wino from Sarah Tunnell.  Originally published a year ago, Sarah was spot on then and it’s perfect for now.   If you’d like to try some of Sarah’s suggestions, many are available at Creswell Bakery, you can even ask Sarah!


The Frugal Wino: Evolution 16th Edition by Sokol Blosser Winery

by Sarah Tunnell (the frugal wino!)

There is always a little adventure that comes with buying a blend.  Whether it is white or red, you never know what you are going to get.  I was bumbling through Costco recently and a wine caught my eye.  Appealing to us locavores, Costco has a great selection of local wines  from Oregon and Washington that I’ve only begun to tackle. The bottle that had immediately caught my attention was the Evolution 16th Edition by Sokol Blosser Winery.  When I saw it was from Dundee, Oregon, (specifically the Dundee Hills AVA of the Willamette Valley), I just had to try it.  I’ve had a great number of wines from the Dundee Hills AVA, so I simply knew purchasing it was a safe bet.

Sokol Blosser Winery has been around for a long time (in Oregon’s wine history).  It had its start in 1971 when Susan Sokol and Bill Blosser planted their first grape vines.  Flash forward to 1977 and they had their first vintage release and the construction on their new winery completed.  By 1979, they were winning awards and working on expanding their vineyards.  This family owned winery is currently run by second generation, Alison and Alex Sokol Blosser.  Winemaker Russ Rosner has a long history as well, working for Robert Mondavi for more than 10 years before he caught the Oregon Pinot Noir bug and headed up north.  From Pinot Noir to Muller Thurgau, Sokol Blosser produces many wines.


The Evolution 16th edition was a fantastic find.  This blend of nine different grapes go extremely well together to create a very pleasant, well balanced drinking experience.  On the bottle it states, “Luck? Intention?” (regarding their grapes used in the blend), but with a wine this delicious, I’m thinking it was all intention.

The Evolution was sealed with the traditional wine cork, which I love.  There is nothing like the feeling of the cork popping out of the bottle and that first initial sniff.  I can tell a lot from the nose of a wine, and I knew before taking a sip that it had a crisp acidity mixed with delicious fruit flavors.  Peaches and crisp green apple notes popped in my mouth, and it had a slightly crisp but sweet finish – very well rounded and enjoyable.  I drank this all on its own, but Sokol Blosser recommends, ” fresh salads, spicy Thai dishes and grilled meats.”  I would wholly agree with this statement, I think it would hold its own to a spicy Asian dish or a fresh, chilled salad.  I picked this bottle up for $15 dollars at Costco, but it is available on the Sokol Blosser website and at stores across the country.  If you are looking for a great go-to white blend, look no further – the Evolution 16th edition is where it’s at. Cheers!


Sokol Blosser just opened up a new tasting room, and I can’t wait to check it out!


Please join me – the Frugal Wino –  every week on  I plan to introduce you to an under $20 dollar Pacific Northwest wine on a weekly basis – everyone deserves a delicious glass of wine that won’t break the bank! Cheers! ~ Sarah

Kelly Asay is an entrepreneur, software developer and performing musician. As the publisher of Eugene Daily News, Asay is continually searching, finding and promoting the best unknown journalists, photographers and inspirational people from all over Lane County.

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