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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
All about the new: 2014 SWICK WINES Grenache “Terre Brulée”

I think that young Joe Swick is making some of the most interesting and exciting wines in Oregon right now. His Blanc de Noir from pinot noir was one of my favorite wines of the summer, his regular pi[more]

Single Vineyard Sensation! 2011 Montaribaldi “Du Gir” Barbera d’Alba

I love it when my Barbera lust gets satisfied. Long time VINO shoppers know how much we respect the Montaribaldi wines that come from Luciano and Roberto Taliano’s small family winery in the town of[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]

Sensational Sangiovese from Di Majo Norante!

This super value sangiovese from the Molise region has never been better than in this 2013 version. Di Majo Norantes is the foremost producer in this wine area that abuts the Adriatic Sea in southern [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]

Feb. 5th, 2016

Bargain hunting in SW France’s Languedoc-Roussillon!!

label-2013_150xNow, time to address the pressing matters at hand, which is making sure your Friday evening wine needs are well attended to. And not a word about politics, either. We’ve all had our fill of that, right? How can everyone get so amped up about Iowa and New Hampshire? I mean, they have about 200,000 people total living in them, don’t they? Although the thought of HRC going “Oh, sh*t, not again!!” is somewhat amusing. But like I said, I’d much rather talk about the awesome lineup of wines we have for you tomorrow. This tasting came about based on one wine I tried about three weeks ago. If you check out our bonus-bonus pour (the label of which is pictured below), that would be it. It was one of those rare wines I taste that give me an “OMG” moment and cause me to figure a way to share with all of you, stat. Throwing it into a flight of some of the best deals in wine on the planet seemed like a pretty astute solution, so you would be well advised to check out the other seven wines we’ll be sampling, which define the term “over-deliver”! I am always knocked out by how much I get for how little I spend when I have these wines. I hope you can join the fun because these wines are truly eye opening….

2014 MONT GRAVET Carignan $9.95
2012 CHATEAU JOUCLARY Cabardes Rouge $13.95
2013 LA BOUTANCHE Cinsault $19.95/1 liter
2013 SAINT-ROCH CHIMERES Cotes du Roussillon Villages $20.95…92 pts-Wine Advocate
2012 MAS DES CHIMERES Terrasses du Larzac $19.95…super excited to have a new vintage in stock of a wine I’ve been carrying, and cellaring at home, since the 1999 vintage!!
And as always,our  bonus pours do not disappoint in any way…
Bonus#1-2011 LES OBRIERES DE LA PEIRA Coteaux du Languedoc $24.95…92 pts-Wine Advocate: “One of reference point producers in the Languedoc, and in my view, easily one of the top estates in all of France.”
Bonus #2-2014 CHAPOUTIER Bila-Haut “Occultum Lapidum” $32.95…92-95 pts-Wine Advocate: “Terrific purity and freshness in its black raspberry, blackberry, pepper and rock-laced bouquet. Medium to full-bodied, elegant and fresh, with impressive tension, focus and tannic grip through the finish, it looks to be another superb vintage of this cuvee. I think these are brilliant wines.”
Bonus #3-2013 LES CLOS PERDUS Corbieres “Mire la Mer” $29.95…this wine blew me away. The blend is dominated by the mourvedre grape and it tastes like a top level bottle of Bandol. Inky dark, layers of intense fruit and terrific impact on the palate. This is the real deal!

jouAnd that is exactly how to drink well without totally divesting yourself of disposable income. Drop in anytime between 4:30 and 8:00pm this Friday, bring along ten dollars for the first five wines and a nominal amount more for the bonus treats, and you will be well on your way to a satisfying evening! Of course bringing along snacks to have with the wine, and perhaps some thirsty friends, is always an excellent idea. See you here!

*** UPCOMING TASTINGS ***

Feb. 5th: SW France’s Astonishing Red Wine Bargains!

Feb. 12th: California Cabernet Sauvignon: All American Treasures!

Feb. 19th: Oregon Pinot Noir- the getting only gets better!