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
Piedmontese Pleasures!

Piedmont Pleasures Individually or at the special mixed case listed after the descriptions, these are world class red wines that have all found their way into my basement. Absolutely stellar winemakin[more]

Spanish Steal: 2012 BODEGAS ATALAYA “Laya”

This rather remarkable Spanish value hardly needs an introduction since this is the fourth year in a row we’ve featured it in our E-Special offering. Always over-delivering, always immensely sat[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]

2010 Chateau de Costis Bordeaux: Riding the tide!

Perhaps nowhere is it more apt than in the wine world when, regarding great vintages, that the “a rising tide raises all boats” metaphor rings so true. Such is the case with this lovely, d[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]

Lady Hill Winery “Procedo” & “Ad Lucem”: Legends in the making?

The Next Chapter How do you move on from a legend? If you’re Jerry Owen, half of the dynamic duo with David O’Reilly that brought you the stunners from Owen Roe Winery, you part ways with [more]

2011 BUCKMAN Riesling: do not fear the Riesling. Embrace the Riesling!

If you have ever heard yourself, or anyone else for that matter, think “I don’t like Riesling, it’s too sweet”, then please, do yourself a favor and pop the cork on our latest Buckman project,[more]

April 18, 2013

Red Burgundy and Oregon Pinot Noir: “Vive la Différence!!”

buxyVery appropriate that we have this tasting right after this week’s E-Special extolling the delicious virtues of the ’09 Seufert pinot noirs (of which one will be representing). Also this is a tasting I get asked to do quite often (thanks for the final push Ann S.) and probably don’t explore often enough, which makes it even more of a must-taste evening. Living in what is arguably the world’s second greatest growing region for the finicky pinot noir grape, I hear many producers, when they are showing their wines, tell me that they are very “Burgundian” in character, as if referencing the Burgundy region adds some sort of luster. The thought bubble over my head usually says “Well no, they’re really not. Oregonian, yes. Burgundy? In your dreams.” Thing is we make tremendously excellent pinot noir here. OREGON pinot noir. It doesn’t have to be, and never will be, Burgundy to be world class. Dundee Hills pinot is never going to taste like pinot noir grown in Gevrey-Chambertin. Nor do I want it to. That difference is what makes this wine thing, and pretty much everything else in this world, so fascinating. Besides, you can only imagine what some Willamette Valley winemakers would charge for their wines if they actually thought they were making Cru level pinot noir that compares to Burgundy. As we all know, with the exception of the wineries we deal with on a regular basis here at VINO, consumer friendly pricing seems to be a foreign concept to far too many local vignerons.

So tomorrow we say “Vive la différence!” Appreciate that, explore that, and then look for the similarities as well. This is going to be good….
-2012 VIGNERONS DE BUXY Bourgogne Cotes Chalonnaise $15.95
-2012 DEL RIO VINEYARD Pinot Noir “Rogue Valley” $17.95
-2009 SEUFERT WINERY Pinot Noir “Horseleap Vineyard” $18.95
-2009 DOMAINE FAIVELEY Mercurey $23.95
-2011 ATTICUS “Willamette Valley” $23.95
And then we get a bit more in depth. Okay, WAY more in depth with some stunning bonus pours….
Bonus #1- 2009 CHOFFLET-VALDENAIRE Givry Rouge $26.95…90 pts-Wine Spectator
Bonus #2- 2011 J. CHRISTOPHER WINERY Pinot Noir “Sandra Adele” $44.95…this remains one of the best young Oregon pinot noirs I’ve ever had! Also a fitting 93 pts-Wine Advocate
Bonus #3- 2010 DUPONT-TISSERANDOT Gevrey-Chambertin “Vieilles Vignes” $53.95…91 pts-Wine Spectator: “Though velvety and opulent, this red also displays bright acidity, which showcases vividly the cherry and strawberry fruit. Ripe and mouthwatering, with a refreshing finish. Best from 2014 through 2020.”

tissI’ll leave it to you to figure out which are the French wines and which are the local produce! I am extremely pleased to be able to pour this lineup tomorrow and think it is going to be an incredibly fun and interesting exercise in sensory pleasure. 4:30-8:00 the wines will be flowing. Ten dollars, as ever, for the first five & a bit more for the bonus delights. See you here!!

### Upcoming Tastings ###

April 25th: Northern Italian Ideals- incredible wine from the Veneto, Friuli, and their neighbors!

May 2nd: Southwest France’s Languedoc-Roussillon- the bargain basket of French red wines!