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
California Dreaming: 2014 Ridge Vineyards Petite Sirah “Lytton Estate”

Oh, boy!! We’ve been waiting a long time for this to land, and now that it is here it exceeds expectations on all levels! An absolutely drop dead gorgeous Petite Sirah that has Ridge’s trademark i[more]

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]

October 21, 2016

Global Grenache!!

It’s amazing what a difference a reasonable night’s sleep, knowing we don’t have to witness any more horrific debates that are an embarrassment to our country, AND most importantly 10 runs by the Chicago Cubs can do for one’s outlook! It’s like a whole new day…ahhhhh! Makes it much easier to be excited for not only tomorrow’s exploration of the ridiculously delicious and satisfying grenache grape and what the world’s winegrowers can do with it, but also rave about our upcoming tasting this Tuesday with a relatively new Piedmontese importer in town. More on that awesome drinking opportunity after a few words about tomorrow’s main event….

domaine-de-la-biscarelle-chateauneuf-du-pape-vin-rouge-2013Four words you’ll need to keep in mind when you attend our Friday Grenache tasting: Berries, pepper, meat, earth. Those words in some combination, and more likely many more, will clue you in to what sort of sensations you can expect when you taste the killer lineup of red wine from around the world we have in store for you tomorrow. Grenache is one of those grapes I would almost dare someone not to like. Big, rambunctious, packed with jammy berry fruit in some cases and earthly complexity in others. Depending where one drinks from it can take on so many different guises yet bean  equally delightful indulgence. We haven’t done an all-Grenache night for over a year at least, so you know I am way more than ready to show these beauties off. Wine from seven different growing regions, eight different winemakers, and one overarching goal: To make sure you leave well satisfied! Let’s do this….
2014 EVODIA Garnacha “Old Vine” (Spain) $11.95…90 pts-Wine Advocate
2013 DOMAINE DE LA GRAIVERETTE Cotes du Rhone 100% grenache (France) $16.95
2013 RENEGADE WINE Grenache “Columbia Valley” (Washington) $15.95
2014 DOMAINE DES ACOLYTES “La Rendez-Vous” Grenache (France) $17.95
2014 YALUMBA Grenache “Bush Vine” Barossa (Australia) $19.95…90+ pts-Wine Advocate
And when you need just that little bit more, the Bonus Pours are there for you…
Bonus #1-2013 YANGARRA ESTATE Grenache “Old Vine” McClaren Vale (Australia) $23.95…90 pts-Wine Advocate
Bonus #2-2012 QUADY NORTH Grenache “Bomba” Rogue Valley (Oregon) $26.95
Bonus #3-2013 DOMAINE DE LA BISCARELLE Chateauneuf du Pape (France) $39.95…80%-90% grenache; 92 pts-Wine Spectator: “A dark, slightly meaty style, with plum and black currant paste flavors inlaid with leather, bay and tar accents. Shows a grippy edge through the finish, but the fruit pumps along too. Let this settle in the cellar. Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, Mourvèdre and Terret.”

yA little wine FYI: any tasting that includes the words “Chateauneuf du Pape” is pretty much don’t miss! And you don’t have to if you show up at VINO anytime between 4:30-8:00pm tomorrow. These are drop-in events so get here when you can. Bring along the usual ten dollars for the first five wines and some more spare change for the bonus pours. Some nibbles are a good idea always, and maybe a drinking companion or two to round things out. See you here!!


Oct. 21st: Global Grenache- how much dark & delicious berry & pepper infused fruit can they stuff into  750ml bottle? We’ll find out!!

Oct. 28th: Southern Italian Sunshine- as the weather cools, it’s time to warm up to these sun-drenched reds!

Nov. 4th: France’s Rhone Valley Greats- where the character is great and the flavors are fabulously intense!

Nov. 11th: Oregon Pinot Noir- let us save you the pain of doing the holiday wine country slog by keeping the good stuff close to home!

Nov. 18th: California’s Rhone Rangers- the high riding winemakers down south are doing themselves, and their French inspired wines, very proud!

Nov. 25th: TBD

Dec. 2nd: VINO’s Holiday Fizz Fest- If ever there was a time to break out the bubbles….!!!!!!

Dec. 9th: Italy’s Piedmont Greats- who doesn’t want to drink their way through this delicious region?

Dec. 16th: TBD

Dec. 23rd: California’s All American Zinfandel!!

Dec. 30th: No tasting tonight. We will be open for regular business from 11-6. Stop by for a glass of wine and grab that year end indulgence!!

Jan. 6th: The Best of 2016 Friday Flights! This is a super fun look back at what some of our, and your, favorite wines of Friday Flights from the past 52 weeks!!