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
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]

Spring Pinks!! VINO’s Rose Case, pt. 1

All you need to know to rationalize buying this week’s VINO E-Spec is graphically illustrated in next week’s PDX forecast: And it looks like it continues on to at least next weekend. IR[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 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]

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]

July 18, 2014

World Wide Pinot Noir!!

hofAnother week, another gloriously perfect Friday evening ahead. Okay, maybe last week was a wee bit warm, but boy, it made those Frenchie whites slide down easily, didn’t it? But this Friday, high 70s, a patio filled with glassware waiting for your attention, and a flight of astonishingly good pinot noir from around the world? Some would call that an embarrassment of riches. I tend to think of it as yet another opportunity to get what we all so richly deserve. You know if I’m delving into far flung wine regions like the Thracian Valley of Bulgaria that this is the most wide ranging pinot fest we’ve ever put together. Now I don’t know if pinot noir is what Bulgarian President Rossen Plevneliev is throwing down with those traditional Bulagarian treats of ezik v maslo or shishcheta, but I do know at nine bucks a bottle he can afford to pair it with anything! In case you haven’t seen Plevneliev’s picture, here he is:
He’s the, uh, one on the left, by the way. I think. Also as a tidbit for all you World Cup watchers, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is half-Bulgarian. I’m telling you, Bulgaria is a comer!

But Bulgaria isn’t all that is on our mind tomorrow. Not when we can also vinously visit Italy, France, Chile, Austria, and Oregon. All without having to stop drinking during takeoff and landing This is going to be a pretty awesome event, and a rather rare treat that will leave you quite impressed and satisfied. How satisfied? This satisfied….
-2012 VINI Pinot Noir “Thracian Valley” (Bulgaria) $8.95
-2012 CONO SUR Pinot Noir “Reserva Especial” (Chile) $13.95
-2009 DOMAINE 7 TERROIRS Bourgogne Pinot Noir (France) $15.95
-2012 J. HOFSTATTER Pinot Nero “Meczan” (Italy) $20.95
-2010 GROCHAU CELLARS Pino Noir “Willamette Valley” $23.95
And the world iof pinot becomes ever more mind blowing with our bonus selections…
-2012 PETER SCHANDL Pinot Noir “Wachau” (Austria) $23.95
-2012 WALTER SCOTT Pinot Noir “Clos des Oiseaux” (Oregon) $36.95
-2005 DOMAINE NICOLAS POTEL Beaune “1er Cru Teurons” $49.95…Just had a bottle of this from my own cellar two nights ago. Classic red Burgundy that though not cheap, is a great “relative value”.- BB; 90 pts-Wine Spectator: “Smoky black cherry aromas and flavors are attractive in this chewy red, which is lush and open for the vintage.”

teuI hear you, “Why isn’t their any California pinot?” Two reasons: if you’re going to kick anyone to the curb, who better than Cali’s overripe pinots; and do we really care about California pinots? So taste the rest of the world by dropping in anytime between 4:30 and 8:00 tomorrow. Ten dollars for the first five; a worthy bit more for the bonus pleasure to come. Bring some nibbles and you will be set. See you here!


July 25: VINO’s Tour de France…the race is coming to an end and we’ll wind our way through the French countryside via wine bottle!