Special Events

VINO is honored to have relationships with some of the best wine producers in the world. Periodically, we have the opportunity to present those winemakers to you as part of special wine-tasting evenings. Please check here frequently for our announcements about upcoming special events.

If you’re interested in planning your own special wine tasting event with VINO please contact us.

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Owen Roe Cabernet Franc ON SALE!!

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August 13, 2014

Mindblowing Beaujolais and Maconnais, Free, Aug. 13th!!

terrOf all the tastings we’ve done with producers/importers over the years, none was more well received by all of you than last years event with Aurélien Fiardet, who lives in Portland and whose export company, Terroirs Originels, represents extremely high quality, small scale artisan producers in France’s Beaujolais and Maconnais, sub-regions of the greater Burgundy appellation. Since I first tasted the wines of his stable of producers several years ago, I was astonished at how good they were, especially at their extremely modest asking prices. The Cru village Beaujolais he’ll be pouring next Wednesday are as good as it gets. If these wines had the imprimatur of Kermit Lynch they would be priced, for no good reason, at least 50-100% higher. The whites and reds from the Maconnais are simply revelations for the money.

aufrancSo obviously I am thrilled that we get get to welcome Aurélien back this coming Wednesday, August 13th, for a FREE drop-in event from 5:00-7:00pm here at VINO. New containers have just landed at his Portland distributor and we have a good fortune to be able to taste nine different selections. I love the Gamay grape (and consider it France’s answer to Italy’s Barbera wines), for their food friendliness, drinkability, and bang-for-the-buck. When you taste the world class Beaujolais that we’ll be showing the 13th, you will probably never pay the exorbitant asking prices requested by so many other French producers, as well as, sadly to say, far too many Oregon producers. Not one wine we’ll be tasting will cost you more than $20 a bottle. I’d challenge you to find one bottle of local gamay that even comes close to these for under twenty dollars, but that would be a fool’s mission. So with that gauntlet laid down, let me share with you this epic lineup….

2012 LUCIEN LARDY Moulin A Vent…$17.95
2012 LUCIEN LARDY Fleurie “Roches”…$17.95
2013 LUCIEN LARDY Beaujolais Village Rouge…$12.95

2012 JEAN-MICHEL DUPRE Beaujolais…$11.95
2012 JEAN-MICHEL DUPREe Regnie “Haute Ronze”…$13.95

2013 PASCAL AUFRAN Julienas “Les Cerisiers”…$16.95

2009 DOMAINE 7 TERROIRS Bourgogne Rouge…$15.95
2011 DOMAINE 7 TERROIRS St Veran Blanc…$19.95

2012 GUEUGNON-REMOND Macon Charnay…$14.95

***For more information on Aurélien’s company and his producers, please visit his excellent/informative website at:

As always at our in-store winery events, all wines will be available for purchase at 10% off the per bottle prices listed for any 1 to 11 bottles the night of the tasting only. After that these VINO discounts apply:
12-24 bottles save 15%
24+ bottles save 20%

And owing to the number of wines being poured, and learning from the jam-packed Owen Roe tasting a couple of weeks ago where the lines to taste were a bit daunting, we have come up with a solution so things should flow much more naturally and efficiently!

Please make plans to attend and share with others, because these wines will absolutely shock you with how wonderfully satisfying and ridiculously affordable they are!