2018 Big Salt | Ovum Wines | Winestyr
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2018 Big Salt

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Appellation: Elkton AVA

By: Ovum Wines

In: Portland, OR

750mL / 12.9% ABV

Winestyr Review

Always an exciting and experimental wine that I have been a devout supporter of for years now. Fermenting all of these grapes together gives the wine its hallmark lifted aromatics, wild flowers, and racy citrus. The wine is viscous and palate coating without being cloying. Every year I look forward to this wine from the esteemed John House and the 2018 proves why.

What We Love

  • Pushes regional boundaries
  • Perfect summer wine
  • Versatile with food

Drink on a beach, on a rooftop, or wherever good times are had.


Established in 2011 by Ksenija and John House, Ovum was founded in hopes of producing Oregon white wines that are honest reflections of time and place. Our low intervention production method is a commitment to letting the vintage and vineyard shine, not the vintner. Fruit comes first - our top priority is finding farmers that share our beliefs, and then getting out of the way so their hard work can be tasted.


Founded in 2011 by John House and Ksenija Kostic House, Ovum was born out of the realization that Riesling in Oregon has similar qualities one would find in world class growing regions. As such, Ovum is exclusively committed to producing the absolute best white wines Oregon has to offer from Riesling, Gewurztraminer, and Muscat. Each wine is produced exactly the same way - if the wine smells or tastes different it has everything to do with the time and place, and little to do with the winemaker. Their hope is that through this minimal handling, and honest technique, they can produce old fashioned wines for the modern world.

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Customer Reviews

  • Verified Purchase

    great porch pounder

  • Verified Purchase

    Fresh and enjoyable.

  • Verified Purchase

    This bottle is so fresh and so clean. Aroma and taste as if you are right on the beach on the coast of Oregon. Lots of bright fresh fruit with screaming acidity and minerality. Extremely complex and for the money can't be beat.

  • Verified Purchase

    Really interesting bottle

  • Verified Purchase

    loved this, easy to drink, balanced white.