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
Cigliuti’s Classic Barbera!!

When you read a rec from me regarding any Barbera in the store keep in mind I am a huge fan of the wines made from this grape. Barbera is my usual go-to wine at home, and you might say I am a bit, um,[more]

The Name Fits! 2011 Les Clos Perdus “L’Extreme”

I’ve rarely had a wine so aptly named. This is totally one of those “WOW!” wines, all caps intended, that I come across far too infrequently. Les Clos Perdus is a tiny winery in SW France’s Co[more]

2014 Walter Scott Chardonnay “Cuvée Anne”

Two firsts here on this stunning new Oregon chardonnay from winemaker Ken Pahlow and his wife Erica Landon: #1- I don’t think in 6 years of VINO I’ve ever felt the need to encourage you to buy a $[more]

Single Vineyard Sensation! 2011 Montaribaldi “Du Gir” Barbera d’Alba

I love it when my Barbera lust gets satisfied. Long time VINO shoppers know how much we respect the Montaribaldi wines that come from Luciano and Roberto Taliano’s small family winery in the town of[more]

Mencia Madness: 2012 VINOS DE ARGANZA Lagar de Robla

This is a shockingly good bottle of Spanish red that is made 100% mencia from the Castillo y León region of NW Spain that recently received a well deserved 91 Wine Spectator points. It’s not all ab[more]

THE BUCK IS BACK: 2014 Buckman Pinot Noir!!

Coming a month late (due to self-inflicted label ordering issues) but all the better for the additional bottle time is our latest baby from the soon-to-be-revered 2014 Oregon pinot noir vintage. As it[more]

Oregon Classic: 2012 CROWLEY WINES Pinot Noir “Entre Nous”

Since the first release I carried, his still delicious 2005 vintage “Entre Nous” Pinot, I have been very impressed with the pure, classically Oregon pinots from Tyson Crowley and his partner Evan [more]

Mont Gras “Antu” Syrah: as good as it gets!

When we carried the previous locally available release of this Chilean beauty, the 2009 “Antu” Syrah, I wrote that it was one of, if not the, best South American Syrahs I’ve had. At any price. A[more]

May 27TH, 2016

The Redemption of Merlot!!

meshv websize no vintageThe last time we did an all Merlot event here at VINO many, many months ago I railed in the name of all that is liquid and delicious about the unfair snubbing of this once nobly thought of grape by people who have been unduly influenced by Hollywood machinations, aka the movie “Sideways”. Alas, my message was not brought home with enough clarity, apparently, as there has not been the expected run on Merlot, even though if you love complex, exceptionally satisfying, full-bodied red wine this is exactly where you should be! Plus, that movie came out 12 years ago, for goodness sakes. Let’s turn the page already. I mean, I could have committed any number of serious crimes, paid my debt to society, and been reincarcerated a productive member of society once again in the last dozen years! Why would Merlot, which if ever you needed an example of an “innocent bystander” this is it, not be given the same chance? Where’s the Innocence Project on this one?? I promise you’ll be swayed by the incontrovertible evidence tomorrow that Merlot has not only been unfairly convicted of being soft, bland cougar-bait, but in reality is a world class, undeniably dinner table/cellar worthy red that any wine lover needs to take a serious look at. My commitment is strong and true to bring Merlot back to its rightful place. This is my formula…
2013 CORVIDAE WINE CO “Rook” Red “Col. Vly.” (95% merlot) $10.95
2013 VINA SANTA EMA Merlot “Maipo Valley” $13.95…91 pts-Wine Spectator
-2010 CHATEAU PEYRAUD Bordeaux Premieres Cotes de Blaye $14.95
2013 REVELRY VINTNERS Merlot “Columbia Valley” $15.95
2013 EDUCATED GUESS Merlot “Napa Valley” $22.95
And to make this case a slam dunk, may I present the Bonus evidence…
Bonus 1-2013 MARKHAM VINEYARD Merlot “Napa Valley” $24.95…91 pts-Wine Spectator:“Supple and lively, yet with appealing structure, showing notes of red raspberry, toasted spice and subtle herb. Drink now through 2021.”
Bonus #2-2013 L’ECOLE #41 Merlot “Columbia Valley” $26.95…90 pts-Wine Spectator: “Firm, focused and dense, with green olive—accented black fruit flavors, finishing with licorice and fine-grained tannins galore. This has depth and length. Best from 2017 through 2020.”
Bonus #3-2012 SEVEN HILLS Merlot “Seven Hills Vnyd.-Walla Walla Vly.” $36.95…91 pts-Wine Spectator; 90 pts-Wine Advocate: “A wine this estate’s been making for the past 25 years, the 2012 Seven Hills Vineyard Merlot is a big, rich, chewy wine that offers ample cherry, currant, licorice and spice to go with a full-bodied, ripe and nicely tannic feel on the palate. It’s outstanding, and will have 10-15 years of longevity.”

05-39473_EDU_merlot_13U1_750F_TTB_1024x1024 (1)You can join in this lusciously redemptive evening by stopping by the wine shack anytime between 4:30 and 8:00pm tomorrow. Ten dollars will provide enlightenment via the first five wines, and the eye-opening bonus pours will be a very nominal bit more. Tote along some fave snacky bits, a few friends, and a lust for life and you’ll be set!


May 27th: Merlot Madness- it’s time to remind all of you just how great this grape is. Forget “Sideways”, these wines will be amazing!!

June 3rd: VINO’s Spring Fizz Fest- our twice yearly bubble bash is finally upon us!!

June 10th: An Evening in Provence- the sensual, character filled wines of this beautiful part of the world!

June 17th & 24th: Closed for vacation!

July 1st: Cabernet Shootout- the Great NW v. California’s Classic Cabs!

July 8th: South America’s New Guard- revelatory wines from the southern hemisphere!

July 15th: Island Wines- rare treasures from Sardinia, Sicily, and Corsica!