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
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]

THE BUCK IS BACK: 2014 Buckman Pinot Noir!!

Coming a month late (due to self-inflicted label ordering issues) but all the better for the additional bottle time is our latest baby from the soon-to-be-revered 2014 Oregon pinot noir vintage. As it[more]

Oregon Classic: 2012 CROWLEY WINES Pinot Noir “Entre Nous”

Since the first release I carried, his still delicious 2005 vintage “Entre Nous” Pinot, I have been very impressed with the pure, classically Oregon pinots from Tyson Crowley and his partner Evan [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]

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]

July 29, 2016

Summer Whites and Pinks: Chill Out!!!

“Because you’re who I was talking about twelve years ago, when I talked about hope – it’s been you who’ve fueled my dogged faith in our future, even when the odds are great; even when the road is long. Hope in the face of difficulty; hope in the face of uncertainty; the audacity of hope!” Barack Obama, President of the United States

I don’t think I missed it, but there was no talk of fear or religious/political/racial xenophobia last night (as opposed to what we heard in Cleveland). Maybe it’s Philadelphia being the City of Brotherly Love. But I think it’s simpler than that, summed up by a comment my comrade in wine, Michael Alberty, made on the FB after tonight’s speech: “Adults in the room.”

mimoThere is certainly heat everywhere these days. Emotionally. Politically. Climatically. On the first two the only thing I can hope for is that cooler, rational heads prevail. I can’t do much about the third thing either, other than perhaps make it a little more bearable this Friday. With 90*+ heat coming at us today and tomorrow, I don’t foresee myself popping too many bottles of red wine. But you can bet I’ll be swimming in crisp, refreshing whites & pinks for the next few days. To maybe help with your comfort zone, we’ll be pouring a few very choice selections of some perfect, and incredibly affordable, summer whites and rosés tomorrow. You’ll be indulging in a taste of how people around the wine world beat the heat. Whether you want them out on the VINO patio (where there have been umbrella sightings!!) or inside where it will be a smidge cooler, for the dog days and Indian summer to come, here is all you need…
2014 TENUTA PRIORE Passerina (Marche, Italy) $9.95
2014 J. CHRISTOPHER Sauvignon Blanc “Will. Vly.” (Or.) $19.95
2015 BODEGAS INIESTA Bobal Rosado (Spain) $8.95
2015 CANTALUPO “Il Mimo” Nebbiolo Rosato (Piedmont, Italy) $17.95
2015 CHATEAU MARGUII Rosé “Cotes de Provence” (France) $19.95
When you hit the bonus pours, the cooling effects become ever stronger…
Bonus #1-2012 GROSSOT Chablis (France) $23.95
Bonus #2-2015 JEAN-PAUL PICARD Sancerre Rosé (France) $22.95
Bonus #3-2015 MARIA DONATA BIANCHI Pigato (Liguria, Italy) $25.95

pigRefreshments will be served between 4:30 and 8:00pm tomorrow evening. Stop by anytime with the usual ten bucks for the first five and a VERY nominal bit more for Bonus Pours. Snacks are on you, but you guys are pretty good at that part! Bring along some friends for civilized social discourse, keep the positive energy flowing, and stay cool America!!


July 29th: Summer Whites and Rosés- if it’s hot, these are the way to stay cool!!

Aug. 5th: Oregon Pinot Noir- our latest favorites!!

Aug. 12th: Spanish Satisfaction- these Iberian ideals are not to be missed!