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

I don’t usually do things prompted by reviews I read in The Wine Spectator, especially wines that are made in the several thousand case quantity, but I know on this bottle when word hits the gen[more]

2013 Buckman Wine Co. Pinot Noir- the return!!

I may have hoped, but I never thought that this would be the wine I get asked about more than other. For all of who’ve been asking when we’ll have more, here’s your answer… Three y[more]

Savory Savoie: 2011Philippe Ravier Roussanne

We’ve been seeing plenty of roussanne based wines coming from various NW wineries. They are usually fairly good, but unfortunately priced at about $15-$20 or more. Now here’s the thing: they are n[more]

This hasn’t happened in a long time: a wine comes in from an area that I like but have never really been overly impressed with, and WHAM!, suddenly my palate pops open, my mind’s expectati[more]

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]

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]

October 24, 2014

NW Wines from Southern French Grapes!

Wow. Something really odd and frustrating just happened. I was almost done with the weekly email and somehow, mainly because I am a ham handed, four finger typist, I erased the whole message and couldn’t recover it. And no, obviously I don’t save as I go along because what could possible go wrong?  %&*#@^&!!!

gilSince my creative heart has been ripped out and I am surrounded by Columbia Crest Cabernet that has to be dealt with, I am just getting right to the tasting this Friday because recreating the mysteriously vanished, oh, so scintillating prose is too daunting.  So, with that you’re spared my usual pithy commentary on the world’s events. Instead we’ll just focus on those regional winemaking savants who have taken inspiration and grape varietals from the south of France and are blessedly providing for our pleasure some incredible single varietal and blended bottles of those all too wonderful wines that can be made from syrah, grenache, mourvedre, and other like minded grapes. I am wholly stoked for tomorrow’s wine tasting here, especially given the rain and wind that have finally arrived and make curling up with a glass or several of this rich, soul warming  reds. It really is an exceptional lineup this Friday, populated by wines from people I have long respected and who have shown that year after year, they have a handle on this particular produce. So again, to get right to it, you will absolutely want to don your rain coats and hustle into the warm and friendly confines of VINO for this bit of French-inspired, regionally produced life enhancement…
-2012 OWEN ROE “Corvidae” Syrah Columbia Valley $13.95…this was always stellar at $15.95. Now with a nice little discount, it is even tastier!
-2011 SOUTHARD WINE CO. Red Columbia Valley (syrah-zinfandel) $15.95
-2012 RENEGADE WINE CO. Grenache “Columbia Valley” $15.95…the second label of Walla Walla’s Sleight of Hand Cellars and a hugely likable red.
-2011 ANDREW RICH Tabula Rasa Red “Columbia Valley” (syrah-grenache-mourvedre) $16.95
-2011 GILBERT CELLARS “Allogroges” Red (syrah-mourvedre-grenache) $20.95
And if you like those, you’ll LOVE the bonus fun to follow…
Bonus #1: 2012 LADY HILL “Ad Lucem” (syrah-mourvedre-grenache) $26.50
Bonus #2: 2011 QUADY NORTH “Rogue Valley” G-S-M (grenache-syrah-mourvedre) $26.50
Bonus #3: 2012 HELIOTERRA Mourvedre “Columbia Valley” $31.95

gsmYes, tomorrow is looking rather delicious, isn’t it? As always the liquid fun can be had by stopping by the wine shack anytime between 4:30 and 8:00. Bring along friends, haul some snacks over, or just come by yourself to enjoy this northwest bounty. Ten dollars will procure the first five wines, and the three bonus pours will add just  a bit more and be totally worth the indulgence. See you here! And no, I still haven’t hit the save key…………


Oct. 31st: Southern Italy- from the heel to the toe of that Italian boot, then off to the islands that surround this soulful region!

Nov. 7th: France’s Rhone Valley- trust me when I say these guys are REALLY good at this sort of thing!

Nov. 14th: South America- another delicious visit to take the measure of all that is new and pleasurable from Chili and Argentina’s value laden wine regions!

Nov. 21st: Red Burgundy- a treat for those who may be venturing down to wine country to see why these French winemakers are considered the masters of this grape!

Nov. 28th: TBD

Dec 5th: VINO’s Holiday Fizz Fest- you know what’s better than our annual Bubble Bash? Nothing, that’s what!