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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
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]

The Name Fits! 2011 Les Clos Perdus “L’Extreme”

I’ve rarely had a wine so aptly named. This is totally one of those “WOW!” wines, all caps intended, that I come across far too infrequently. Les Clos Perdus is a tiny winery in SW France’s Co[more]

2014 Walter Scott Chardonnay “Cuvée Anne”

Two firsts here on this stunning new Oregon chardonnay from winemaker Ken Pahlow and his wife Erica Landon: #1- I don’t think in 6 years of VINO I’ve ever felt the need to encourage you to buy a $[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]

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]

June 10, 2016

An Evening in Provence!!

This is your fair warning to get in for the last Friday Flight for the next 3 weeks, plus if you have an outstanding special orders to pick up now is the time, as VINO will be closed from Monday, June 13 through Tuesday, June 28th. We’ll be back open Wednesday, June 29th. W, C-boy, and I are off to Italy for a couple of weeks. I will be doing in depth “research” (I.e.- finding out how much food & drink can be consumed in two weeks by one person).  So we hope to see you tomorrow night and/or over the weekend because I would hate to be on vacation and worrying that you’re going thirsty!
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IMG_2035_grande (1)So to make sure we go out strong, and to keep me I that Mediterranean mindset, we’ll be touring the beautiful Provençal countryside this Friday, feeling the warmth and beauty of one of my favorite places on earth. Just thinking of driving through the drop dead gorgeous hills and towns of this region sets me pining, but since I have to be in Italy and won’t make it there anytime soon (Haha! Take that first world problems!) I will do the next best thing, and hopefully take you all along with me! We be traveling, vinously speaking, from the very edge of the Mediterranean in Bandol, home to mysteriously deep, dark and delicious reds (of which we have four different bottlings!!), up north through vineyards and villages flowing with more sensual wines of all colors. I’ve done a ton of “hard work” to find the best of what is currently quenching our French-focused thirsts, and this lineup tomorrow is so good. Super excited here to share these Provencal delights……
2014 CHATEAU COUSSIN Blanc (100% rolle, aka vermentino) $16.95
2015 DOMAINE LA COLOMBE Coteaux Varois en Provence Rosé $13.95
2013 LOUIS LATOUR Pinot Noir “Valmoissine” $15.95…some of the only pinot noir plantings in Provence, made with tremendous style and finesse by one of Burgundy’s leading producers. I just tried the latest vintage this week and was absolutely knocked out at the QPR her!
-2013 DOMAINE PESQUIE “Le Paradou” Grenache $12.95
2012 DOMAINE GALANTIN Bandol Rouge $20.95
And then the Bandol bounty continues….
Bonus #1-2012 DOMAINE SORIN Bandol Rouge $26.95
Bonus #2-2013 LA BASTIDE BLANCHE Bandol Rouge $29.95
Bonus #3-2011 DOMAINE GROS NORÉ Bandol Rouge $40.95…94 pts-Wine Advocate: “I was blown away by the quality here and their wines were easily some of the top releases I was able to taste for this report. Most likely the wine of the vintage, the 2011 Bandol comes from 30-year-old vines and is a blend of 80% Mourvedre, 15% Grenache and 5% Cinsault. Aged 18 months in foudre, it’s a dense, concentrated 2011 that offers notions of black cherry, blackberry, earth and ground herbs on the nose. This flows to a full-bodied, gorgeously put together palate that has considerable structure, superb purity of fruit and a knockout finish. Give it another 2-3 years in the cellar and enjoy it over the following 15 years or more.”

image_3347658_fullPersonally I am incredibly excited to be able to taste all these Bandols together.  Even though I do this for a living, even I can say this is a rare opportunity. When you consider the quality of these wines for the prices asked, they are steals! Those other four wines? Not so bad either! To take full advantage of this night of earthly delights, and to keep you going of the next couple of weeks, stop by anytime Friday between 4:30 and 8:00. Ten bucks will treat you to the first five, and that Bandol Bonus Flight will be just a bit more. As always with European wines, they are at their best with food so make sure to pack appropriate snacks. See you here tomorrow!!

*** BANDOL BOX: as a last minute E-Special for you savvy Bandol fiends, pick up a mixed case of three bottles each of all four Bandols offered at the full case discount of 20% off! That works out to just $285.00/case for 12 world class and dinner table/cellar worthy reds!! Wine will be available upon my return at the end of June.

*** UPCOMING TASTINGS ***

June 10th: An Evening in Provence- the sensual, character filled wines of this beautiful part of the world!

June 17th & 24th: Closed for vacation!

July 1st: Cabernet Shootout- the Great NW v. California’s Classic Cabs!

July 8th: South America’s New Guard- revelatory wines from the southern hemisphere!

July 15th: Island Wines- rare treasures from Sardinia, Sicily, and Corsica!