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
D’Angelo’s Awesome Aglianico!!

I don’t know if I’d call this wine “savage”, although the intense, deeply colored and flavored wines grown on the slopes of Mt. Vulture in the Campania region of southern Italy do have their w[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]

Superiore in Every Way!

You may have gathered over time that I am a huge Barbera nut. Probably my favorite wine to drink on a regular basis, which makes me somewhat, well, “particular” would be a good way to put [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]

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]

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]

Piedmontese Pleasure!

2010 OLIM BAUDA Barbera d’Asti Superiore “Nizza” $34.95 bottle/ $188.00- 1/2 case/ $335.00 case As you can imagine in 20+ years in this wine biz I’ve tasted well over a thousan[more]

July 2nd, 2015

Valpolicella’s Finest: Bertani Estate!!

050975_bertani_amarone_2006Due to various outside influences, plans have changed for our Thursday tasting. The good news is that once again it all works out for you! We are still having a rather incredible lineup of wines from the Veneto region’s esteemed Bertani Estates along with their charming export director Stefano Mangiarotti and their PDX import manager Patricia Ferreira-Davis. Included will be not one, but two Amarones, including their top of the line, Tre Bicchiere awarded ’06 Amarone Classico that sells for $110! We were trying to arrange Stefano’s visit into our usual Friday  sit down flight format. But due to Stefano’s schedule, logistics, not to mention the fact that we are going to be hitting 100* tomorrow, we have changed this to our usual guest schedule of a 5:00-7:00pm drop-in tasting. Bertani’s wines are among the best produced in all of Italy, and are certainly among the top two or three estates in the Veneto. Their whites are palate inspiring, their rosé a bright, fresh137699l delight, and their Amarones and Valpolicellas are simply classics. We have eight different wines for you to taste tomorrow, all available for a measly $5 tasting fee. Plus extra discounts are offered on all wines purchased/ordered tomorrow only. I use the word “epic” to describe tastings with varying degrees of emphasis. I promise the Epic-O-Meter tomorrow will be maxing out tomorrow! Spread the word, because this is how to start America’s holiday weekend in Italian style…..

-2013 BERTANI Pinot Grigio “Velante”… Refreshing but surprisingly complex style of PG. Summer sipper. $13.95
-2013 BERTANI Sereole Soave…This wine has been made since at Bertani since its founding, over 150 years ago. Single vineyard, very complex Soave- $14.95
-2014 BERTANI Rosé “Bertarose”…bright. Vivacious rosé bursting with strawberry, mineral, and spice. Summer perfect! $14.95
-2012 BERTANI Valpolicella…Very popular wine in the Trattorias in the Veneto. Light, easy to pair, easy to drink $14.95
-2011 BERTANI Valpolicella Ripasso…New wine for Bertani, delicious! Launched it last year. From prime estate vineyards in the Valpantena district $25.95
-2010 BERTANI Secco Original Vintage Edition… This was the first dry red wine made in the Veneto area. Really cool vintage package, just how they made it in the 1930’s.- $30.95
-2011 BERTANI Villa Arvedi Amarone…Approachable yet intensely styled Amarone from their top vineyards in the hills of Valpantena. $58.95
-2006 BERTANI Amarone della Valpolicella Classico… This is one of the iconic wines of Italy, Tre Bicchieri every vintage. $110.00

DISCOUNTS: all wines purchased or ordered during the tasting are available at he following discounts tomorrow only:
Buy/order any 1-6 bottles, save 10%
Buy/order any 7-24 bottles save 15%
Buy/order any 25+ bottles save 20%

Again, the tasting runs from 5:00-7:00 only and you can drop by anytime. See you here!!


July 10th: American Syrah- get those home grills ready for their perfect match!

July 17th: VINO’s Bordeaux Bash!! all the classics, all the time!

July 24th: Northwest Whites- our search for the perfect summer refreshers!!