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
Pascal Aufranc’s Glorious Gamay!

There is hardly a grape more “holiday friendly” than Gamay. And this fabulous bottle, made from 75 year old Gamay vines (hence the “1939″ on the label) in the heart of the Cru [more]

Nada Nebbiolo: Barbaresco Quality at a Bargain Price!

When you speak of traditionalists, Bruno Nada, carrying on for his father Fiorenzo, is making wines that challenge anybody’s in the Piedmont for excellence. This nebbiolo is sensational. Rich, b[more]

Dolcetto Gets Real!

Ascheri is renowned for producing Barolos that are classics. Unyielding, bold, traditional nebbiolo that come from their impeccably maintained cellar in Bra. Their attention to detail, and the intense[more]

Pico Maccario’s Piedmont Gem!

Wow, did this knock me out when I recently had it with a rather satisfying pasta at home the other night! A big, rich blend of Barbera (60%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (40%) from a small, family-run estat[more]

I don’t usually do things prompted by reviews I read in The Wine Spectator, especially wines that are made in the several thousand case quantity, but I know on this bottle when word hits the gen[more]

2013 Buckman Wine Co. Pinot Noir- the return!!

I may have hoped, but I never thought that this would be the wine I get asked about more than other. For all of who’ve been asking when we’ll have more, here’s your answer… Three y[more]

Savory Savoie: 2011Philippe Ravier Roussanne

We’ve been seeing plenty of roussanne based wines coming from various NW wineries. They are usually fairly good, but unfortunately priced at about $15-$20 or more. Now here’s the thing: they are n[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]

Dec. 19, 2014

Best Wines of 2014, Part 1!!

Before we get to the point of this whole exercise, just let me show you what awesome customers we have at VINO:
fb

 

 
Six barrels filled, several bags, and all of it going to the Oregon Food Bank on Monday. Bravo to you all! Which also means that you have one more weekend to stop by and give a bit more to brighten the holidays for others. Let’s do this!!

proNow to the topic at hand, which is the establishment of relations with Cuba. What? You thought I could pass that up? This’ll be quick, I promise. Ahem….Memo to protesters everywhere: I know you’re in a hurry to leave the house and join your fellow out of touch Cold Warriors who think the world hasn’t changed for 50 years. But before you do have a literate family member check your sign for spelling mistakes. Leaving letters out and misspelling words is not good for your look*…

That is all.
(*- and yes, I know that me calling out others for misspelling defines “irony”)

Okay, now on to the work at hand, which over the past two years has turned into one of my top 5 fun tastings to do. It is amazing to go back and look at the several hundred wines we’ve poured over the course of the year. It is no easy chore to pick what will be the 16 best that we will revisit over the next two weeks. Making a list was easy. Finding wines that are still actually available in the correct vintage proves a bit harder as many things sell out or change vintage. But the heavy lifting has been done (can you even believe I use the term “heavy lifting” when describing my arduous job of tasting wine all week and looking over emails?) and the wines we’ll be pouring tomorrow and on December 26th are truly fabulous, and yes, absolutely some of the Best of 2014, based on your response and my vast knowledge of the subject. I’ve only chosen wines from January through October to keep things less repetitive, and believe me there were so many delicious options! This is going to be a blast both weeks, and the perfect way to wrap up the year in wine. So, on to part one…..

-2012 DANIEL DEFAIX Petit Chablis (France) $15.95…Tasted July 11th
-2012 SHENANDOAH Zinfandel Amador Old Vine (Cali.) $9.95…March 28
-2011 CHATEAU COUSTARELLE Cahors (France) $13.95…June 27
-2011 BARAHONDA “Barrica” Monastrell-Syrah (Spain) $16.95…January 17
-2010 ANDREW RICH “Mesalliance” Malbec-Merlot-Syrah-Cab Franc (Or/Wash) $21.95…July 3
And what a bevy of bonus beauty to pick from! Here’s the first top three….
Bonus #1-2011 LOVE & SQUALOR Pinot Noir “Willamette Valley” (Or.) $23.95…Feb. 7
Bonus #2-2011 BASTIDE-BLANCHE Bandol (France) $29.95…June 13
Bonus #3-2010 OLIM BAUDA Barbera d’Asti “Nizza” (Italy) $34.95…October 17

16016We’ll be living in the past tomorrow from 4:30-8:00, and feel free to drop by anytime. Bring along your willing (or unwilling) co-drinkers to enjoy the bounty and perhaps a bag of snacks. After all this is the season of indulgence! Ten dollars for the first five, a bit more for the bonus fun, and you’ll be well on your way!

 

*** UPCOMING TASTINGS ***

Dec. 19th:  Best of 2014, Pt. 1!! It was a glorious year of Fridays. Taste the best of the year the next 2 weeks!

Dec 26th: Best of 2014, Pt. 2!! Our favorite wines from Friday Flights of the past year!

Jan. 2nd: Closed this weekend!