VINO

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

Un Autre Monde…translated means “Another World”…which is about how I’m feeling right now about this wine. Another world meaning, oh, say, buying Oregon pinot noir in the early to mid-1990’[more]

Casa Contini’s Sublime Salento!

2013 CASA CONTINI Salento Rosso “Verso” $14.95 bottle/ $144.00 case You want to know what grapes that have ripened to perfection in the warm southern Italian sun taste like? Pop the cork on this d[more]

Wow! I just tasted this about 5 minutes ago with one of my reps and was absolutely blown away that a Priorat this good was available for so little and had to sit down and share immediately! This is as[more]

Dolcetto Gets Real!

Ascheri is renowned for producing Barolos that are classics. Unyielding, bold, traditional nebbiolo that come from their impeccably maintained cellar in Bra. Their attention to detail, and the intense[more]

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]

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]

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]

April 10, 2015

Italy’s Great Piedmont Reds, pt.1!!

I would highly suggest you come get your fix this Friday as we tour the Piedmont region of Italy since next week will be your time to dry out as VINO will be closed next week for family vacation. I know what you’re thinking, “Isn’t your whole job like a drinking vacation?”, to which I can’t really argue. But sometimes I need to go and drink in a different location, hence we will be closed from April 13th through the 20th.

2008-Punset-BarbarescoGiven that, it seems imperative to not only go out strong, but return with an equally satisfying bang. So tomorrow and again on April 24th we will dive deeply into the wine wonderland that is Italy’s Piedmont region. You know these are things I love and, along with the great reds from France’s Rhone Valley, this is my favorite drinking location in the world. Besides here at VINO, of course. We’ll be spending two Friday’s seeing just how good your drinking life can be as you’ll your fill of Dolcetto, Barbera, and Nebbiolo in its varied and glorious forms. These wines all speak eloquently of the place they come from, and the people who make them. Plus they are, across the board, some of the greatest wine values in the world! When you taste those bonus pours, and compare them to virtually any wine in the world at those prices, especially American wines, these simply blow most of them away. And their food affinity is off the charts, so spending some time pondering snacks to bring  along would be a very wise decision. These wines deserve your finest….
-2012 GIOVANNI ROCCA Langhe Rosso (Nebbiolo-Barbera-Dolcetto) $12.95
-2012 OLIM BAUDA Barbera d’Asti “La Villa”  $14.95
-2011 ASCHERI Dolcetto d’Alba $16.95
-2013 DE FORVILLE Barbera d’Alba $18.95
-2007 RAPOLINO Nebbiolo d’Alba $20.95…this 8-year old nebbiolo is  drinking ridiculously great right now and I think it is an absurd bargain!
And then, just when you need them, the bonus cavalry comes charging….
Bonus #1-2011 CA DEL BAIO Barbaresco “Asili” $37.95….94 pts-Antonio Galloni/Vinous Media: “Captures the pedigree of this great site. Freshly cut flowers, sweet red berries, mint and cinnamon all resonate in an impeccable, silky Barbaresco loaded with class. A translucent, crystalline wine, the 2011 impresses for its balance and overall harmony. What a gorgeous wine this is.”
Bonus #2-2008 PUNSET Barbaresco $41.95…93 pts-Wine Spectator: “An aromatic and flavorful red, with rose, cherry, licorice, tobacco and briar notes. Both supple and vibrant, this has an elegance that belies the extremely dense tannins. Shows excellent length, with an aftertaste of fruit, underbrush and mineral. Best from 2015 through 2030.”
Bonus #3-2010 SCHIAVENZA Barolo “Serralunga” $41.95…93 pts-Wine Spectator: “This rich red exhibits macerated cherry and plum flavors that show notes of licorice, cocoa and light tobacco. An aromatic, vibrant and dense version, with fine length and a long aftertaste. Best from 2016 through 2028.”

ca-del-baio-asili-lNo matter what your week has been like, this the way to end it! What a great lineup (and wait’ll ya see what we have lined up for Part 2!), and all this Italian love will be flowing from 4:30-8:00 tomorrow. Your friends will welcome your invitation to join in, I promise. Ten dollars for the first five wines, and you need to plan a  bit more so you can indulge in the brilliant bonus round. See you here, tomorrow!!

*** UPCOMING TASTINGS ***

April 17th: On Vacation. No tasting tonight. Aloha!!

April 24th: Italy’s Great Piedmont reds, pt. 2!

May 1st: Big California Zins Return!!

May 8th: Wines of the French Countryside- going off the beaten path!

May 15th: Awesome Aussie Reds- wonders down under!!

May 22nd: Amazing Values from SW France!! #bangforthebuck lives here!

May 29th: Southern Italy’s Sensual Side- The reds that warm your heart and soul!!

June 5th: VINO’s Spring Fizz Fest!! It only happens twice a year, and this is the day!

June 12th: Washington Red Blends- taste this delicious mix of regional greatness!