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

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]

Wow! I just tasted this about 5 minutes ago with one of my reps and was absolutely blown away that a Priorat this good was available for so little and had to sit down and share immediately! This is as[more]

Dolcetto Gets Real!

Ascheri is renowned for producing Barolos that are classics. Unyielding, bold, traditional nebbiolo that come from their impeccably maintained cellar in Bra. Their attention to detail, and the intense[more]

I don’t usually do things prompted by reviews I read in The Wine Spectator, especially wines that are made in the several thousand case quantity, but I know on this bottle when word hits the gen[more]

Savory Savoie: 2011Philippe Ravier Roussanne

We’ve been seeing plenty of roussanne based wines coming from various NW wineries. They are usually fairly good, but unfortunately priced at about $15-$20 or more. Now here’s the thing: they are n[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]

May 22, 2015

I want to buy the world a Languedoc!!

donI’m still processing that Mad Men finale from Sunday, so this may be a bit disjointed. So much to take in. Betty being Betty, doing the classic cancer + ciggy death denying two step. Furry Stan and unaware Peggy bringing a tear to my eye. Trudy Campbell looking perfectly ravishing as she sweeps up to that private jet. And then there’s Don. So forgive me if I start weeping on your shoulder. Or should you find me sitting cross-legged, meditating on the floor with a wry smile on my face, know that I’ve discovered the true path, and it doesn’t meander through someIMG_2578_grande cash for consciousness hippie institute in Big Sur. When the meditation bell chimes tomorrow, we will all wake to a vision of southwest France, where the road to reawakening runs through villages with names like Collioure, Carcassonne and Trébes, and the only life we’ll be running away from is one that has been filled with soul-sucking, overpriced bottles of uninspiring wines that have been holding us in their wallet emptying, unfulfilling static grip. That bell, that delicious, intense, reverberating sound, will ring at the VINO Wellness Center at 4:30 tomorrow. You’ll open your eyes, the world will be a beautiful place, and enlightenment is just a sip away. Ommmmm…………………..
-2014 DOMAINE MONTMARIN Rosé “Les Oliviers” $9.95
-2012 DOMAINE LAROQUE Cité de Carcassonne (100% cab franc) $9.95
-2011 CHATEAU MILLEGRANDE Minervois $13.95
-2011 DOMAINE RIMBERT St. Chinian “Les Travers de Marceau” $16.95
-2013 LES CLOS PERDUS Corbieres “Cuvée 111” $22.95
And then, the bonus nirvana, where the aura of peace and tranquility reaches its peak….
Bonus #1-2010 LA PÈIRA EN DAMAISÉLA Coteaux du Languedoc “Terrasses du Larzac” $23.95…91 pts-Wine Advocate
Bonus #2-2012 LA TOUR VIEILLE Collioure “La Pinede” $24.95…91 pts-Wine Spectator
Bonus #3-2011 HECHT & BANNIER Faugeres $37.95…91 pts-Wine Advocate: “Offering fabulous richness, the 2011 Faugeres is ripe and up-front, with loads of red plum, ink, licorice, ground pepper and earthy/mineral qualities to go with a medium to full-bodied, voluptuous profile on the palate. A big, layered effort, it firms up nicely on the finish, and should drink nicely through 2023 or more. A superb wine from Gregory Hecht and Francois Bannier.”

peiraDrinking very well for less is exactly how the enlightened ones greet the long weekend. Join us in this life affirming celebration anytime between 4:30-8:00 tomorrow. With help from Mother Nature we’ll be breathing the fresh, cart-food tinged air on the patio while the burbling fountain enhances our sense of well being with its flowing message of constancy. Ten dollars, only ten dollars, is all it takes to start your journey. For the advanced group sessions, aka “Bonus Pours”, you’ll will need just a bit more, but I can assure you it will be very well spent. Bring others if you wish, those whose eyes need to see the world a bit differently; bring food to nourish your bodies; and we will feed your souls!

*** UPCOMING TASTINGS ***

May 22nd: Amazing Values from SW France!! #bangforthebuck lives here!

May 29th:  Awesome Aussie Reds- wonders down under!!

June 5th: VINO’s Spring Fizz Fest!! It only happens twice a year, and this is the day!

June 12th: Washington Red Blends- taste this delicious mix of regional greatness!