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

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]

Cellers Santamaria: Spanish wine from the Old School!

Describing a wine as sexy seems to be a bit pandering. What does that mean exactly? Then I took a taste of this sensual red from Spain’s little explored Emporda region in the northeast corner of[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]

2013 Love & Squalor Pinot Gris: leave bland behind!

Floating like a delicious life preserver in a sea of innocuous pinot gris comes this latest zesty white from winemaker Matt Berson, who seems to have knack for making whites that refresh, satisfy, and[more]

Piedmontese Pleasures!

Piedmont Pleasures Individually or together, these are world class red wines that have all found their way into my basement. Absolutely stellar winemaking involved here from one of the places in the w[more]

October 31, 2014

Southern Italian Sun!!

Two non-wine thoughts for the day:
1-Giants win! More to the point, what a treat to watch their pitcher Madison Bumgarner, country boy exemplified (I mean, the guy once gave his wife a cow for her birthday) pitch like a man possessed. One for the ages. If you’re a baseball fan, that was as good as it gets.
2-Apple honcho Tim Cook announcing he’s gay. While not what I would call a courageous statement because he’ll be fine whether he says something or not, hopefully it will help enlighten a few minds that sexual orientation has nothing to do with anything and make these kind of pronouncements not headline worthy. I couldn’t agree more with the final line of his statement: “We pave the sunlit path toward justice together, brick by brick. This is my brick.”

benOn the wine front, I’ve often said that when you do a tasting of southern Italian red wines, you can almost taste the sun. Meaning that they possess a warmth of character, a richness, a certain rusticity and soulful depth. It’s hard to put into words exactly, but I think when you come by VINO tomorrow you’ll see what I’m talking about, because the lineup we’re presenting has all those things, and much more. These are tremendous wines,  true bargains at all price points, and perfect on a cool, wet PDX night to remind us of places we’d rather be. Now I know it’s Halloween and all, but don’t you think a few sips of wine either before (or after) the candy giving would be just the thing for your spirits? Better still, what better place to avoid the teenagers who come tromping up to the door way too late, ignoring the fact that the lights are off and curtains drawn, with maybe a mask on with their sullen “Trick or treat”. Hey older kids, if you’re past 7th grade, don’t you know you’re supposed to be locked in your rooms staring at video games and not out interacting in the real world? For the rest of us who used to be those older kids, tomorrow is all treats and no tricks at VINO….
-2013 L’ISOLA DEI PROFUMI Nero d’Avola-Perricone (Sicilia) $9.95
-2012 PALAMA Salice Salentino “Arcangelo” (Puglia) $13.95
-2009 VINOSIA Aglianico Irpinia (Campania) $14.95
-2009 GRIFALCO Aglianico del Vulture “Gricos” (Basilicata) $18.95…very excited to show these two reds made from the dark and brooding Aglianico grape side by side. Two different takes on this classic southern Italian grape, one more modern and one decidedly traditional, both exceptional!
-2010 DI MAJO NORANTE “Biferno Ramitello” Montepulciano-Aglianico (Molise) $19.95…90 pts-Wine Advocate
And then we’ll turn the heat up a few degrees with these lovely bonus pours….
Bonus #1-2009 BISCEGLIA Aglianico del Vulture “Gudarra” (Basilicata) $26.95…91 pts-Wine Spectator
Bonus #2-2008 PLANETA Nero d’Avola “Santa Cecilia” (Sicilia) $29.95
Bonus #3-2007 BENANTI “Rovittello” Nerello Capuccio-Nerello Mascalese (Sicilia) $34.95…this is a stunning red wine made from traditional Sicilian grape varieties. So much flavor, intensity, and quality. From one of Sicily’s benchmark producers, this is world class juice!

gricosSo come by for your southern Italian treats tomorrow anytime between 4:30 and 8:00. The usual ten dollars nets you the first five wines, with a bit more for bonus pleasures. Bring along your own bag of Halloween snacks to enjoy with these amazing reds, and we’ll keep you warm & dry!



Nov. 7th: France’s Rhone Valley- trust me when I say these guys are REALLY good at this sort of thing!

Nov. 14th: South America- another delicious visit to take the measure of all that is new and pleasurable from Chili and Argentina’s value laden wine regions!

Nov. 21st: Red Burgundy- a treat for those who may be venturing down to wine country to see why these French winemakers are considered the masters of this grape!

Nov. 28th: TBD

Dec 5th: VINO’s Holiday Fizz Fest- you know what’s better than our annual Bubble Bash? Nothing, that’s what!