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

John Paul has just released yet another rock solid pinot noir that sells for a good $5-$10 less that anyone else’s “Dundee Hills” bottling. Because that’s how he rolls. This has all the us[more]

South American Satisfaction: Ca’de Calle & Viu Manent

Two Bordeaux-style blends at our recent exploration of the wines of Chile and Argentina stood out as awesome values, delivering big on both flavor and the all important bang-for-the-buck meter. As we [more]

Swick’d Again: 2016 SWICK WINES Grenache Blanc

Joe Swick, who’s wines we’ve been championing for the last couple of years, has shown himself to be one of the state’s most innovative young winemakers. His pinots are terrific, but I feel his w[more]

Holy cow! I just tasted this a few days ago and was blown away by this incredible Chateauneuf-du-Pape lookalike and had to share, stat! This is a wonderfully intense, hedonistic drinking experience. D[more]

2014 Juan Gil Monastrell- aka “Marvelous Mourvedre”!

So happy to have this long time VINO favorite back in store! A big, dark, full-bodied Monastrell (aka “mourvedre”) that never fails to satisfy and has a remarkable ability to age. I recently had a[more]

Produttori Rising: 2012 Produttori del Barbaresco!!

The Produttori co-op is unquestionably one of Italy’s greatest wine producers. Year after year they are absolute benchmarks of quality in Barbaresco. Adding to the allure of this 2012 is that in thi[more]

This is without question one of my Top 5 Wine I tasted in 2016. Absolutely profound in every way with its intensely dark color, its ripe, incredibly layered fruit, the truckloads of complexity and cha[more]

Ravishing Rioja: 2012 Palacios Remondo Montesa

For whatever reason I hadn’t had this current release of one our favorite Riojas from past vintages, and when I recently had it with my rep I was kicking myself. This is a stunner! A beautiful Rioja[more]

August 18, 2017

Italy’s Idyllic Piedmont Wines!!

I know you all expect some sort of commentary on the increasing horror in our nations capital, and I agree with all your sentiments of revulsion and outrage over the recent statements by our so called “leader”. My only comment beyond that is a message to everyone who still supports him:  “You have completely run out of excuses. If you continue to support this white supremacist enabling, race baiting, misogynist, intolerant, divisive, and increasingly irrational president, you are as complicit as he and his band of yes men/puppeteers. Period.”

Now onto news that has shockingly been getting zero run this week:




What’s that? Really?? Sorry, my editor just told me that isn’t the other big news. The real news is that you had best not be missing this Friday’s glorious exploration of all things world class, Italian, and without question firmly in my “Wines I Adore” column, those being the awesome Piedmontese wonders listed below. I’m not going into too much preamble about these. Over the months and years of sending these missives my appreciation of Italian wine in general, and Piedmont wines specifically, has been made abundantly clear. I love doing these tastings, and I’m guessing a few sips in you’ll understand why. Besides, with the eclipse circus streaming through town this weekend this may be your only chance to get out of the house! And you did gas up your cars already, right? I heard from a customer/friend in Bend this morning who told me that gas stations there are already running out of gas. For reals! Drinking here is a much better option, I promise! And here we go…

2015 RUGERRI CORSINI Langhe Bianco (arneis-chardonnay-sauv blanc) $15.95
2014 MONTARIBALDI “Tre Stelle” (nebbiolo-barbera-dolcetto) $13.95
2015 FRANCO SERRA Nebbiolo Langhe $14.95
2015 DE FORVILLE Barbera d’Asti “Cascina Buc” $19.95
2013 MASSIMO CLERICO “Ca’du Leria” Coste della Sesia (nebbiolo-croatina-vespolina) $19.95… a very cool look at red wine from the northern Piedmont!
And just you wait for the bonus fun…
Bonus #1-2013 ADRIANO Barbaresco “Sanadaive” $29.95…just off a container and an absolute classic nebbiolo. Just tasted right before vacation and immediately ordered some for my own cellar!
Bonus #2-2011 FIORENZO NADA Barbaresco “Manzola” $41.95…90 pts-Wine Spectator; 90 pts-Vinous: “Dark, rich and voluptuous, with plenty of vintage 2011 radiance. Exotic spice, tobacco, mint and anise are some of the many notes that take shape in the glass. The 2011 has more than enough depth to drink well for a number of years.”
Bonus #3-2012 LAPO BERTI Barolo “La Morra” $44.95…the first wine imported by Cameron Winery’s capo/Piedmont fanatic John Paul! Old school, earthy, sensual, and simply classic Barolo.

Define “bellissima”? See above! Provide whatever adjectives you want by showing up at VINO anytime between 4:30-8:00 tomorrow. The first five wines as always are $10, with a bit more for the sensual pleasures our bonus pours offer. Snack are a must, friends most appropriate, and we’ll look forward to seeing you all, here!


August 18: Pleasures of Italy’s Piedmont, pt. 2- finally concluding our seasonal visit to my happy place!

August 25: Tuscan Treasures, pt. 1- a sensual tour of the rolling hills of Tuscany.

Sept. 1: South American Discoveries- our latest southern hemispheric finds!

Sept. 8: Tuscany, pt 2- the wines of Chianti, Montalcino, Montepulciano, and more!