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
Vermentino: Fun to say, delicious to drink!

Believe me when I say in a place like the Ligurian coast of Italy, due south of the Piedmont, they know a thing or two about making wine that matches the natural bounty that comes from the sparkling M[more]

French Connection: 2015 RÉSONANCE Pinot Noir “Willamette Valley”

Very excited to offer this new release from the much talked about Oregon outpost of Burgundy’s Maison Louis Jadot and their legendary winemaker Jacques Tardy. Not to give the spoiler, but this 2015 [more]

2016 FLAT BRIM Sauvignon Blanc “Columbia Gorge”

Winemaker Ian Atkins has a low key approach to his winemaking, taking the time to let the fruit do the talking rather than forcing the conversation. This approach, of which we wholeheartedly agree wit[more]

Burgundy Bargain: 2014 GUEUGNON-REMOND Macon-Charnay

This is a shout out to all of you who thought you had to sacrifice life’s necessities to drink classic white Burgundy. Rest…and drink…easy with this rich, creamy, apple, fig, melon, and honey sp[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]

This is a brilliantly made Portuguese white, a vinho verde in name only. Incredible presence and style on the palate and an absolutely absurd affinity with food. Wines like this are so rare to come ac[more]

Un Autre UN AUTRE MONDE!!

That’s right, a new version of our best selling wine ever, Ver. 2.0 if you will, is out and once again something you HAVE to take advantage of. The latest release of the n/v (non-vintage) AUTRE MOND[more]

Dec. 15, 2017

Big Holiday Zins!!

To top off a great week where we saw the first glimmer of hope after a year+ of madness in our nation, where seemingly people can say “enough is enough” (well, at least 49.9% of them), then what better topper than some of our, and most definitely your, favorite red wines will be on full display. Gushing forth in all their rambunctious, gutsy, jam-packed glory will be a rollicking set of incredible Zinfandels. Oh, and here’s a shocker (at least to me): we haven’t had a zin tasting since June 9th!! So please accept my apologies for neglecting your wants and needs. I promise not to let so much time pass in the future. But, boy, are the wines below the perfect way to make amends. This is a sensational array of America’s best, where we get a chance to make our America great again. Because, even though it’s hard to see through the fog of obfuscation wafting across our country, we live in a pretty great country, and better to spend the holiday season being grateful and appreciative than dwelling too much in the negative, you know? And if it helps to drink some killer wines, too, then, man, we have that covered right here…

2015 PEIRANO ESTATE Zinfandel “Heritage Vines” $10.95
2015 THURSTON WOLFE “Dr. Wolfe Family Blend” Horse Heaven Hills $16.95…I just tasted this darn delicious zin-based blend from Washington yesterday and thought it would be fun to have some regional representation in our little California soirée tomorrow! 48% zin-34% petite sirah-11% lemberger-7% grenache
2015 ANCIENT PEAKS Zinfandel “Santa Margarita Ranch” Paso Robles $17.95
2014 ST. FRANCIS Zinfandel “Old Vine” Sonoma $19.95…90 pts-Wine Spectator
2016 SEGHESIO Zinfandel Sonoma $19.95
And all these bonus pours will get you ho-ho-hoing like nobody’s business…
Bonus #1-2014 NEAL FAMILY Zinfandel “Rutherford Dust” Napa $25.95…love the structure and balance of well made Napa zins, which are always underappreciated by the zin cognoscenti.
Bonus #2-2012 JOSEPH SWAN Zinfandel “Mancini Ranch” Russian River Valley $33.95 …Old school, impeccably made RRV zin, the way they should always be! 90 pts-Wine Advocate
Bonus #3-2015 RIDGE VINEYARDS Zinfandel “East Bench” Dry Creek Valley $37.95…oh Ridge, your magic remains intact, year after year! 90 pts-Wine Spectator; 92 pts-Vinous: “100% Zinfandel from Ridge’s Dry Creek estate, is deep, pliant and generous, all qualities that make it easy to drink and enjoy, even today. Succulent dark cherry and plum fruit flavors add to the wine’s up-front personality. Bright acids perk up the finish, but this is a decidedly fruity style.”

A heaping helping of holiday hedonism will be served tomorrow! Drop by anytime 4:30-8:00pm to get your fill of good ‘ol American know how. Bring along ten bucks for the first five wines, a bit more for those must have bonus gems, and absolutely some snacks to soak up the octane. We’ll see you here for some mood setting tomorrow!!

~ ~ ~ UPCOMING TASTINGS ~ ~ ~

Dec. 15: Big California Zinfandels- I for one can’t wait to let these jam packed gems bring their All American pleasure to the VINO table!

Dec. 22: Italy’s Piedmont Greats- Our last flight of the year and I’m diving back into what just might be my favorite drinking destination!!

Dec. 29: on holiday, no tasting tonight!

Jan 5: The Best of 2017- we take a look back at our favorite wines of the year gone by. One of my favorite tastings of the year!!