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
Piedmontese Pleasures!

Piedmont Pleasures Individually or at the special mixed case listed after the descriptions, these are world class red wines that have all found their way into my basement. Absolutely stellar winemakin[more]

Spanish Steal: 2012 BODEGAS ATALAYA “Laya”

This rather remarkable Spanish value hardly needs an introduction since this is the fourth year in a row we’ve featured it in our E-Special offering. Always over-delivering, always immensely sat[more]

Burgundian Bargain!!

Cue question for the ages: “Why, when we have world class pinot noir vineyards less than an hour away from my front door do I have to go several thousand miles to get a bottle of classic pinot n[more]

Owen Roe Cabernet Franc ON SALE!!

What can I say about David O’Reilly’s wines that I haven’t said over these last 14 years. Fabulous, satisfying, impeccably made. What I haven’t been able to, and never thought [more]

2010 Chateau de Costis Bordeaux: Riding the tide!

Perhaps nowhere is it more apt than in the wine world when, regarding great vintages, that the “a rising tide raises all boats” metaphor rings so true. Such is the case with this lovely, d[more]

Notre Dame de Laval: French bargain hunting!

This certainly comes under the “old friends” banner if I think of all there wondrous bargains I’ve had from southwest France over the years. It is always somewhat staggering how much[more]

Lady Hill Winery “Procedo” & “Ad Lucem”: Legends in the making?

The Next Chapter How do you move on from a legend? If you’re Jerry Owen, half of the dynamic duo with David O’Reilly that brought you the stunners from Owen Roe Winery, you part ways with [more]

2011 BUCKMAN Riesling: do not fear the Riesling. Embrace the Riesling!

If you have ever heard yourself, or anyone else for that matter, think “I don’t like Riesling, it’s too sweet”, then please, do yourself a favor and pop the cork on our latest Buckman project,[more]

April 11, 2014

Cabernet Shootout: Cali. v. Washington!!

7Hot on the heels of last week’s announcement of my run for political office (which has quickly been derailed by a disappointing lack of five figure checks made out to me!), we will celebrate an aspect of American life that is a much more worthwhile, and realistic pursuit. In fact I would put what’s going on tomorrow right alongside that “life and liberty” thing, and it most assuredly has everything to do with the “pursuit of happiness”. Meaning that this must be American Cabernet week, which is quite appropriate locally as I can already smell the fires of a thousand barbecues across Portland this glorious weekend, and nothing goes better with grilled, smoky goodness than our bottles of delight we’ll be showing off tomorrow. It also an opportunity to compare winemaking styles in Washington and California, which is always an interesting and delicious exercise. I don’t think it will take much yo coerce you to come, not just for the wines below but also because it just might time to open up the patio for some outdoor sipping. I wouldn’t say it’s shorts and shirtsleeves weather out there, but definitely pants and light sweater weather. We’ll provide the following soul warming liquids…

-2012 STONECAP “Columbia Valley” Cabernet (Wa.) $8.95
-2012 HEDGES CELLARS “Independent Producers” Cabernet (Wa.) $13.95
-2012 AVALON “Napa Valley” Cabernet (Ca.) $17.95
-2011 CARTLIDGE & BROWN “C&B Estate –Alexander Valley” Cabernet (Ca.) $19.95
-2010 MCKINLEY SPRINGS “Horse Heaven Hills” Cabernet $23.95
And some special bonus treats that will knock your tastebuds for a loop…
Bonus #1- 2012 SEVEN HILLS WINERY “Columbia Valley” Cabernet (Wa.) $26.95
Bonus #2- 2009 DOMAINE EDEN “Santa Cruz” Cabernet (Ca.) $33.95…91 pts-Wine Advocate: “Layers of expressive fruit linger on the radiant, juicy finish. This is an especially open and expressive Cabernet Sauvignon. The sweet tannins should allow it to drink beautifully upon release.”
Bonus #3- 2010 EFESTE “Big Papa Old Block” (Wa.) $53.95…91 pts-Wine Spectator; 93 points-Wine Advocate: “This estate produces a bevy of brilliant wines that have loads of richness and depth. At the top of heap is the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Big Papa – Old Block. Incredibly rich, layered and pure, it boasts first-rate aromas and flavors of creme de cassis, toasted bread, coffee bean and mint as well as a full-bodied, elegant and thrillingly textured mouthfeel. The quality of tannin here is superb and while already approachable, this beauty will continue to shine for another 10-12 years.”

bpI would say that this will show off good old American winemaking know how at its finest. To taste the best of what our great country can do just show up with a curious thirst anytime between 4:30 and 8:00 Friday. Bring some nibbles and friends to share the wealth of flavor. The cost is ten dollars for the first five wines and a bit more for our bonus pleasures. See you here!

### Upcoming Tastings ###

April 18th: Pinot Noir Shootout- Oregon v. Burgundy!

April 25th: Northern Italian Ideals- incredible wine from the Veneto, Friuli, and their neighbors!

May 2nd: Southwest France’s Languedoc-Roussillon- the bargain basket of French red wines!