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
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]

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]

Sept. 19, 2014

Piedmont’s Montaribaldi w/ owner Luciano Taliano!

soriAfter 14 years of holding these tastings I wouldn’t have thought there was a new way to do things., but when this opportunity presented itself, I had to adjust. We’ve never had a single-producer focused Friday Flight here at VINO, so when my local importer rep mentioned that Luciano Taliano, who along with his brother Roberto is owner/winemaker  of the excellent Piedmontese producer Montaribaldi, was going to be in town and available on a Friday, I jumped at the chance. When Luciano was here a bit over a year ago we did a dinner with him at Tabla that was a knockout success. With that in the past Luciano asked if he could do another VINO event of some sort (much to my pleasure), so it is most definitely an honor and privilege to have him in store. The wines we’ll be showing tomorrow are not only absolute classics of their region, but over the years of carrying them here I think without question that Montaribaldi is among the top one or two producers who always over-deliver for your dollar spent. These wines are terrific bargains considering the quality. I truly hope you’ll bring your curious palates and questions for Luciano tomorrow. One thing I will say is that Luciano will do his best to meet all of you, but remember if he misses your table there is only one of him and LOTS of you! I will say that tasting wines this good from one of the work’s greatest wine regions is reason enough to come….
-2013 MONTARIBALDI Arneis “Capurai” $14.95
-2012 MONTARIBALDI Chardonnay “La Stissa d’le Favole” $15.95
-2013 MONTARIBALDI Dolcetta d’Alba $12.95
-2012 MONTARIBALDI Barbera d’Asti “Consolina” $13.95
-2011 MONTARIBALDI Langhe Rosso “Tre Stelle” (nebbiolo-barbera-dolcetto) $13.95
And with Taliano brothers bonus pours the please increases exponentially…
Bonus #1-2010 MONTARIBALDI Barbera d’Alba “du Gir”*
Bonus #2-2005 MONTARIBALDI Barbaresco “Sori Montaribaldi”* (poured from a 3-liter double-magnum!)
Bonus #3-2012 MONTARIBALDI Moscato d’Asti “Righey”*

*-due to vintage changes and limited supply we will not have any of the bonus pours immediately available for sale tomorrow. New vintages are on their way, due mid-late October, so we will be able to take orders for delivery then. I can assure you knowing the quality of the Piedmontese vintages to come (anywhere from very good to classic) and Montaribaldi’s track record, that the wines on the way will be as good or better than what you’re tasting tomorrow. The prices for 750ml bottles are as follows:
-2011 Barbera d’Alba “du Gir” $23.95
-2010 Barberesco “Sori” $41.95
-2013 Moscato d’Asti “Righey” $15.95

With these fabulous wines and knowing Luciano will be on hand to answer all your inquiries, it looks to be a rather attractive evening here at VINO for a bit of Italian indulgence. In a bit of a change for the better the first five wines will be available for EIGHT dollars per set, with the usual very nominal charge for your bonus pours. We will be pouring from 4:30-8:00 so please drop by anytime. As a word to the wise traveler who may have plans to visit the gorgeous Piedmont region, this might be a good time to let Luciano know you’ll be in his neighborhood!


Sept. 19th: Wines and winemaker/owner from Piedmont’s esteemed Montaribaldi winery. Barbaresco and more!

Sept. 26th: Que Syrah, Sirah! Tatse a round of rich, decadently delicious syrah and petite sirah from the NW and California!

Oct. 3rd: New Oregon Pinot Noir- with harvest winding down we need to check out the latest from our friends in the Valley, and help them make room in their cellars for the new vintages!

Oct. 9th: Reds of Southwest France- A special Thursday Edition!! This is the bargain basket of French wine, with fabulous flavors from te Languedoc, Roussillon, Corbieres, and more!

Oct. 17th: A Night of Barbera! A killer selection of perhaps my favorite wines in the world. Alba, Asti, and all the goodness that lies within!

Oct. 24th: America’s Rhone Rangers- the first of two tastings of new and old world Rhone-ish things. First up the good old USA and their new-fangled ways of doing things!

Oct. 31st: France’s Rhone Valley- trust me when I say these guys are REALLY good at this sort of thing!

Nov. 7th: Southern Italy- from the heel to the toe of that Italian boot, then off to the islands that surround this soulful region!

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!