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
Superb Saint-Chinian: 2013 Domaine de Cambis!!

According to the Cambis website, “Carnet de Voyage is an ode to discovery and to travelling. We think that we have succeeded in making the taster of this wine travel while drinking it.” Believ[more]

Amazing Alicante: 2009 Sierra Salinas Alicante!!

What a great blend here, a Spanish red that comes across more like a $30+ Priorat than a tinto from the relatively more obscure Alicante region. Rich, full bodied, yet superbly balanced. This is cryin[more]

Shatter Grenache: C’est Grande!!

Just a quick FYI: this is not your usual subtle, reticent French red. This is a full-bodied, in-your-face red from SW France that is undeniably delicious. This review from Jeb Dunnuck in Parker’s Wi[more]

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]

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]

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]

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]

Piedmontese Pleasure!

2010 OLIM BAUDA Barbera d’Asti Superiore “Nizza” $34.95 bottle/ $188.00- 1/2 case/ $335.00 case As you can imagine in 20+ years in this wine biz I’ve tasted well over a thousan[more]

Aug. 26, 2016

Spanish Satisfaction!!

thumb_1393_botellas_largeFirst, with the next couple days forecast in mind, let me assure you that our a/c issue that made last weekend’s tasting maaaaybe  a little uncomfortable has been sorted out. The drinking environment is much more comfortable now, if not outside on the patio at least inside, where the temperature makes red wine actually taste kind of good. Not that I’m still not scrambling for pinks and whites at home more often than not. Even as a life long Oregonian I can say I am so over these 90*+ days, and I hope the long term forecast I’m looking at with days in the 70*-80* range isn’t another of Mother Nature’s cruel jokes.

Hot weather or not, we still have to keep drinking broadening our wine horizons, and with that worthy task foremost in my mind I do believe you’ll love tomorrow’s wine flight from Spain. I was looking back and realized we haven’t had a Spanish flight in over 4+ months, which is kind of crazy. I have had so much great wine from Spain this year that there is no way it can all get represented in just one evening, so tomorrow and then again September 9th we’ll take the delicious measure of some world class wines that totally overdeliver the goods at remarkably reasonable prices. Here’s how we help you drink well for less….
2014 FRISACH Garnatxa Blanca $14.95….I poured this vibrant garnatxa blanca last weekend and the crowd responded very favorably, so I know it deserves a wider audience!
2015 OSTATU Rioja Rosado $14.95…my favorite tempranillo rosé I’ve had this year. Beautifully dry and refreshing. And I totally dig the psychedelic color!
2014 TORREDEROS Ribera del Duero “Joven” $10.95…one taste and you’ll know why this had pride of place in our last Value Case!
2012 VOLVER Monastrell “Tarima Hill” $17.95…91 pts-Wine Spectator; 91 pts-Wine Advocate: “This is a beautifully balanced wine revealing lots of blueberry liqueur, dark raspberries, cherries, a chalky minerality, full body, a big, substantial mouthfeel, and a meaty texture. Drink now-2019.”
2010 MARQUÉS DE CÁCERES Rioja Reserva $21.95…91 pts-Wine Spectator: “Juicy black cherry and plum flavors are deepened by licorice, cocoa and mineral notes in this expressive red. The structure is balanced, showing good grip on the spicy finish. Drink now through 2022.”
And then we delve deeper into desire with our bonus pleasures…
Bonus #1-2014 ACUSTIC CELLER Priorat “Ritme” $22.95…I tasted this for the first time and loved its intensity and mouthfilling complexity. A bargain from a region where too many wines cost way too much!
Bonus #2-2011 BODEGAS HONILLOS BALLESTEROS Ribera del Duero “Mibal” $27.95…91 pts-Vinous: “Powerful, spice-tinged aromas of ripe plum, cassis, cherry-vanilla and rose, with a smoky topnote. Lively dark fruit flavors pick up licorice and floral pastille nuances with air. Youthfully firm tannins shape a lively, gently sweet, nicely persistent finish.”
Bonus #3-2007 LA RIOJA ALTA Rioja Reserva “Viña Ardanza” $41.95…an über-traditional Rioja at it’s head spinning finest. A new vintage of a wine that has blown everyone away for the last 3 releases! 94 pts-Wine Advocate; 92 pts-Vinous

IM6865I’m pretty confident these are worth leaving the house for! Should you find yourselves in agreement I hope you’ll swing by VINO anytime tomorrow between 4:30 and 8:00 where you’ll be able to taste through them in relative comfort. Ten dollars for the first five, with a bit more for the awesome bonus pours, and you’ll have a rather heady evening in store. Of course some tapas would be quite nice to bring along (or lacking that, one of the bargain snack boxes from our neighbor a block away, Cheese & Crack), but we’ll leave that up to you!

*** UPCOMING TASTINGS ***

Aug. 26th: Spanish Satisfaction, pt. 1- these Iberian ideals are not to be missed!

Sept. 2nd: California Zinfandels- the satisfaction continues!

Sept. 9th: Spanish Satisfaction, pt.2- we’ll finish up our Spanish exploration before our wine cup runneth over!