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
D’Angelo’s Awesome Aglianico!!

I don’t know if I’d call this wine “savage”, although the intense, deeply colored and flavored wines grown on the slopes of Mt. Vulture in the Campania region of southern Italy do have their w[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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

July 17, 2015

The Summer Bordeaux Bash!!

Before we get to the Bordelaise love fest that is our Friday Flight this week, this just in from the New Horizons spacecraft:
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Just in case, you know, you need to make plans. Thanks to the “I F*cking Love Science” FB feed for that disconcerting image.

What that pic tells me is maybe you should drink as well as you can as quickly as you can, because, well, one never knows. Hence a tour this Friday of that most classic and delicious of wine l_medoc_clos_manou_2010-1 (1)destinations, the legendary vineyards of Bordeaux. This is where the cabernet and merlot grapes reach the height of their powers, filled with ravishing amounts of flavor, character, and complexity. Throw in their blending partners of malbec, cab franc, and petit verdot in varying percentages and you’ll understand why wine dorks worldwide get tongue-tied trying to describe the sensation. Count me firmly among that group, especially with the lineup we’ll be showing off tomorrow. Bottom to top these are pretty extraordinary wines. Bordeaux is one of those places that even when you’re spending $10-$15 a bottle you can get something pretty special that will actually have potential to improve over time in your cellars. Granted most of us are swilling wines at that price as soon as we walk in the door of our homes, but for the patient among you it’s a pretty enticing prospect. Then when you spend a little bit more, the rewards just grow exponentially.

Lately Bordeaux has gotten, unfairly in my mind, overlooked in the current obsession with whatever the flavor-of-the-day in wine is. That’s how life is, whether it’s wine, music, cars, whatever. But you know the classics when you taste them. Just wait……
-2010 CHATEAU PEYRAUD Cotes de Blaye $13.95
-2012 CHATEAU LA HAGE Bordeaux Superiure $14.95
-2009 CHATEAU DU COURNEAU Medoc $15.95…super excited for this one. I thought it was sold out and just found oput we can get a bit more. Incredible value!
-2011 CHATEAU LAULERIE Bergerac $16.95…Bergerac is a small appellation just east of Bordeaux. Same varietals, lesser prices because of its obscurity. But that also means awesome value!
-2011 CHATEAU ST.-ANDRE CORBIN St.-Georges-St. Emilion $18.95
And our bonus pours will have you swooning….
Bonus #1-2012 CHATEAU LA COURONNE Reserve Montagne-St. Emilion $24.95…90 pts-Wine Advocate: “This ruby/purple wine is dense, masculine, powerfully extracted and rich. This is an intense, full-throttle wine. Look for it to drink well for another 10+ years. It is a sleeper of the vintage.”
Bonus #2-2010 CHATEAU VILLARS Fronsac $26.95…90 pts-WineAdvocate: “A terrific wine from proprietor Thierry Gaudrie. 73% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Franc and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon. It has an inky purple color and a big, sweet kiss of blueberry liqueur intermixed with creme de cassis, camphor, licorice and a hint of graphite. Full-bodied, rich and unctuously textured, this is a seriously endowed Fronsac to drink over the next 15+ years.”
Bonus #3-2010 CLOS MANOU Medoc  $41.95…91 pts-Wine Spectator; 90 pts-Wine Advocate: “I loved this wine in 2010. It is a powerful example of the vintage. It is a rather distinctive blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and the rest equal parts Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Medium to full-bodied wine with terrific purity, concentration and length. This is another sleeper of the vintage in this top vintage. About 2,500 cases were produced of this full-bodied, powerful wine, which tastes like a classified growth.”

Chateau-Villars-2010-Label (1)If you think I didn’t have a blast putting this lineup together you would be very mistaken. This is going to be fabulous!! The lusciousness begins flowing at 4:30 and keeps coming on strong til 8:00. Ten dollars will procure you the first five delights, and a well spent extra will grab those world class bonus pours. Bring along some snacks, some friends, some curiosity, and we’ll make sure all are well served!


July 10th: American Syrah- get those home grills ready for their perfect match!

July 17th: VINO’s Bordeaux Bash!! all the classics, all the time!

July 24th: Northwest Whites- our search for the perfect summer refreshers!!

July 31st: Tuscan Treasures, pt. 2- a month after part 1, the exploration continues!