Friday Flights

VINO Friday FlightsVINO’s Friday Flights happen every Friday evening from 4:30 until 8:00. You get a flight of five wines for $10, and we will usually have 2 or 3 bonus pours for a nominal extra charge. You can drop in anytime, and all are welcome from newbies to wine know-it-alls. We always provide the bread to cleanse your palates and please feel free to bring snacks and other nibbles with you!

Featured Wines
Cellers Santamaria: Spanish wine from the Old School!

Describing a wine as sexy seems to be a bit pandering. What does that mean exactly? Then I took a taste of this sensual red from Spain’s little explored Emporda region in the northeast corner of[more]

Baby Barbaresco!

I’ve been amazed at the values from Franco Serra’s small Piedmontese operation in the village of Mombaruzzo a few km’s from Alba. Whether it was a killer Barbaresco for around $25 or[more]

Spring Pinks!! VINO’s Rose Case, pt. 1

All you need to know to rationalize buying this week’s VINO E-Spec is graphically illustrated in next week’s PDX forecast: And it looks like it continues on to at least next weekend. IR[more]

2013 Love & Squalor Pinot Gris: leave bland behind!

Floating like a delicious life preserver in a sea of innocuous pinot gris comes this latest zesty white from winemaker Matt Berson, who seems to have knack for making whites that refresh, satisfy, and[more]

Piedmontese Pleasures!

Piedmont Pleasures Individually or together, these are world class red wines that have all found their way into my basement. Absolutely stellar winemaking involved here from one of the places in the w[more]

Burgundian Bargain!!

Cue question for the ages: “Why, when we have world class pinot noir vineyards less than an hour away from my front door do I have to go several thousand miles to get a bottle of classic pinot n[more]

Owen Roe Cabernet Franc ON SALE!!

What can I say about David O’Reilly’s wines that I haven’t said over these last 14 years. Fabulous, satisfying, impeccably made. What I haven’t been able to, and never thought [more]

Notre Dame de Laval: French bargain hunting!

This certainly comes under the “old friends” banner if I think of all there wondrous bargains I’ve had from southwest France over the years. It is always somewhat staggering how much[more]

July 25, 2014

VINO’s Tour de France!!

This week we move on to our vinous homage to the world’s greatest sporting event, our annual tribute to Le Tour de France, where bicycle riders punish themselves for three weeks straight to win the grand prize of, well, a yellow t-shirt. This comes fast on the heels of what some consider the world’s other greatest sporting event, the World Cup soccer tournament, where for the first time even a soccer skeptic like me became a fan. But then once Le Tour starts, I am once again reminded of why I have always appreciated this epic race and have been a bit skeptical of soccer, perhaps best illustrated by the following comparison…
Not that soccer player has anything to apologize for, of course. So to honor our bleeding, exhausted bicycle heroes, we always try and schedule our own tour around the French countryside. This is always a fun tasting to put together as it gives me a chance to show off wines that I’ve been loving but haven’t been able to slot into our various tastings. This is going to be a treat as we travel from east to west to south sampling a few wines that are for the most part off the usual beaten wine paths. The patio is going to be washed off by the rains of the last couple of days. I know your bring-along snacks will be up to the task. I can also promise the wines will not disappoint and you’ll be impressed with the variety of experiences to be tasted. Travel the roads of France with us tomorrow, without all that annoying sweating and skidding on the pavement, as we tour in style….
-2012 DOMAINE PIERRE MARCHAND Pouilly Fumé (Loire Valley) $19.95
-2013 L’HERMAS Vin de Pays Saint-Guilhem-Desert (Languedoc) $16.95
-2012 DOMAINE DES FORGES Anjou Gamay (Loire Valley) $10.95
-2012 DOMAINE POLI Niellucio “Ile de Beauté” (Corsica) $13.95
-2011 DOMAINE LABRANCHE LAFFONT Madiran “Traditions” (Madiran/SW France) $16.95
And then the roads get smoother as we ponder bonuss fun…
Bonus #1-2011 YVES CHERON Crozes-Hermitage “Le Coteau de la Beaume” (No. Rhone) $22.95
Bonus #2-2010 DOMAINE VACQUER Cotes du Roussillon Les Aspres “L’Exception” (SW France) $26.95
Bonus #3-2010 FOUGERAY DE BEAUCLAIR Cotes de Nuits Villages (Burgundy) $32.95…just tasted through all the wines of Fougeray with winemaker Patrice Ollivier this week here at VINO and was absolutely knocked out by the quality to price ratio iof these great pinot noirs. I sell a lot of $33 dollar Oregon pinot here, none of them taste like this.Classic juice you need to try!

crozesAnd there you have it. The current Best of France as of 8:32am July 24th. This really is going to be a fun event, and hope you can swing by anytime between 4:30 and 8:00 this Friday. Ten dollars will gather the first five vins de France for you, with a bit more for the bonus fun. Bring along any edibles you may desire, and we’ll supply the liquid accompaniment!


August 1: Italy’s Piedmont- our latest, greatest Barlos, Barbarescos, Barberas, and Dolcettos gathered together for your pleasure!

August 8: Summer’s Best, Boldest Zins!

August 15th: NW White Wines- why these wines are perfect late summer sippers!