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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

Blockbuster, world class red here. Absolutely stunning. Yes, expensive by Barbera standards but most assuredly blows away virtually all similarly priced wines. This is amazing! I could go on and on, a[more]

Loire Loveliness: 2013 FRANCK MILLET Sancerre

Given that I obsess over fresh oysters and can consume, if offered the chance, unhealthy amounts of them, is it any wonder I love the great Sancerre from France’s Loire Valley? In truth, any fish or[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]

Baby Chateuneuf: 2010 CHATEAU DE MONTFAUCON Lirac “Baron Louis”

Oh, wow, is this something to be thrilled by! My love for the reds of the Rhone Valley runs deep and true, so to be this taken with a wine that frankly totally over-delivers at this price was such a t[more]

Single Vineyard Sensation: 2009 AZELIA “Vigna Punta” Barbera d’Alba

This is dazzlingly great Barbera from one of the Piedmont’s uncompromising traditionalists. Azelia’s wines are textbook examples of long-lived, character-driven vino rosso from this region I adore[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]

Superiore in Every Way!

You may have gathered over time that I am a huge Barbera nut. Probably my favorite wine to drink on a regular basis, which makes me somewhat, well, “particular” would be a good way to put [more]

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]

August 28, 2015

Spain’s Sensual and Savory Side!

If I have to come back from a great week away trailering, and I do have to come back, sadly, then this is how I want to hit it! Unbelievably satisfying Spanish treats are never a bad way to go. Plus a weekend of much needed wet stuff falling from the sky that has more than a few local winemakers a tad nervous as they spend this weekend getting their wineries ready for the harvest onslaught. Also you’ll notice it will be a bit brighter on the VINO patio when you wander outside, assuming the weather is still cooperating. The weed tree came down and, wow, what a difference.IMG_5137 (1) After five years of seeing the same thing when I walk out the back door it was like I was wandering out to someone else’s patio when I first went out there Monday. Total disconnect. But like I said last week, by next year we’ll have some sort of shading going on and some coverage for those attractive garbage cans. For a procrastinator like me it’s a good thing I’ll have all winter to figure it out!

aranaWhat didn’t take near so long to get my head around are the wines listed below. I’ve been seriously looking forward to this tasting for the past few weeks so I can share some of these incredible Spanish wines, and equally stunning wine values, with you. We’re touring all over the country, and there is so much good to be had. Whether you’re ‘que is fired up or, like me, you’re already looking forward to braising season, these wines are perfect partners. Plus a bit of rain this weekend (yay!!) will do nothing but get me salivating over some deep, earthy, character-driven red wine. Bring it on, says I….

-2013 CASTILLO DE JUMILLA Monastrell (Jumilla) $8.95
-2013 BREZO DE GREGORY PEREZ Mencia (Bierzo) $14.95
-2010 MONTE HINIESTA Toro (Toro) $15.95…90 pts-Wine Advocate
-2012 ACUSTIC CELLER Montsant “Acustic” (Montsant) $19.95…91 pts-Wine Advocate
-2010 IZADI Rioja Reserva (Rioja) $20.95…92 pts-Wine Advocate
And for more delicious intrigue, bonus pours await…
Bonus #1-2012 MAS D’EN COMPTE Priorat “Porrera” (Priorat) $22.95…93 pts-Wine Advocate
Bonus #2-2008 TERRA D’URO Toro “Selección” (Toro) $28.95…92 pts-Wine Advocate
Bonus #3-2005 LA RIOJA ALTA Rioja Reserva “Viña Araña” (Rioja) $35.95…93 pts-Wine Spectator & Wine Advocate

cusI promise after making you wait a couple of weeks for your Friday fix this is so very worth it! Ten dollars will provide the first five wines and a worthwhile bit more will get you trio of stunning bonus pours. Stop by anytime between 4:30 and 8:00 and get the latest & greatest from Spain. See you here!!

*** UPCOMING TASTINGS ***

Aug. 28th: Spanish Sensations- a vinous tour of our favorite new Spanish surprises!

Sept. 4th: Argentina & Chile- our latest delicious finds from South America!!

Sept. 11th: World Wide Cabernet Franc- a trip around the world to taste cabernet sauvignon’s undeservedly lesser appreciated cousin!

Sept. 18th: Southwest France’s Bargain Basket Reds- the beautiful wine roads of the Languedoc-Roussillon’s appellations!

Sept. 25th: Oregon Pinot Noir- the end of harvest 2015 means loads of incredible newly released local produce!

Oct. 2nd: Southern Italian Sunshine: taste the warmth that flows through these incredible values from this ruggedly beautiful landscape!

Oct. 9th: American Cabernet Sauvignon- these American classics have never been better!

Oct. 16th: World Wide Syrah- there is much to love about these soul warming, rich reds. Now that braising season is upon us, come taste the perfect wines!

Oct. 23rd: Big California Zinfandel- we dare you not to love tonight’s lineup of boldly delicious reds!

Oct. 30th: Italy’s Great Piedmont Reds- if you like words like Barolo, Barbaresco, Nebbiolo, Barbera, and Dolcetto, you’ll be loving these epic examples!

Nov. 6th: France’s Rhone Valley- character in a glass! We LOVE these wines!!

Nov. 13th: Northwest Red Blends- the getting has never been better in the great northwest!

Nov. 20th: The Perfect Thanksgiving Wines- you know you’ll be drinking your way through the holiday. Let us show you the perfect bottles for that bird!

Nov. 27th: TBD

Dec. 4th: VINO’s Holiday Fizz Fest- this always anticipated bubble bash is nigh! Get your holiday groove on at VINO!!