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
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]

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]

Sept. 12, 2014

VINO’s Vuelta!

You know how we are fans of bicycle racing, didn’t you? The Tour de France, unquestionably the greatest sporting event in the world, inspires an annual tasting here of countrywide French wines. We did a Giro d’Italia homage in the spring. So why not jump on the Spanish version that is ending this weekend, the Vuelta a España, sure to be won by someone practically nobody has heard of but who will assure us that he “…was clean and would never dishonor the race by using performance enhancing chemicals.” Nor would he breath oxygen or eat food.

rotlIn the buoyant spirit of a return from vacation, I’ll leave the cynicism behind this week because our VINO Vuelta truly is for the pure of body and mind, and while it may not enhance your performance, it will most assuredly enhance your state of personal well being. Eight different wine growing regions will be traveled through, all with their own particularly delicious qualities. From the hills of Rioja and Ribera del Duero to the Bierzo region in the far northwest to Emporda, one of our newly discovered sources of wine delight, this is going to be an incredible night of wine. If nothing else it will absolutely inspire dreams of your own future tours of Spain. Come along for the ride….
-2011 CELLERS UNIO “Dairo” Garnacha-Carignan-Syrah (Montsant) $9.95
-2011 VERASOL Tempranillo-Garnacha (Campo de Borja) $13.95
-2007 CELLER SANTAMARIA “Gran Ricosind” Criança (Emporda) $16.95
-2011 ORIN SWIFT “Locations E” (Priorat, Jumilla, Toro, Rioja, and Ribera del Duero) $18.95
-2010 ROTLLAN TORRA Priorat (Priorat) $19.95
And the travels get ever more interesting along the bonus path….
Bonus #1-2012 DESCENDIENTES JOSE PALACIOS “Petalos del Bierzos” (Bierzo) $22.95…91 pts-Wine Spectator; 92 pts-Wine Advocate: “If I really have to recommend a wine from this collection, the one I’d buy for my cellar, it will be the Petalos del Bierzo. This could very well be the best Petalos produced to date”
-Bonus #2-2009 BODEGAS MONTEABELLON “14 Mesas” (Ribera del Duero) $25.95…91 pts-Wine Spectator
-Bonus #3-2005 LA RIOJA ALTA “Vina Araña Riserva” (Rioja) $34.95…93 pts-Wine Spectator; 93 pts-Wine Advocate: “Rioja that speaks so eloquently and with such clarity of their place.”

altaWho needs anything to enhance their lives but these awesome reds? Okay, maybe a little tapas plate, perhaps, but I’ll leave that up to you all. To get the liquid portion of our tour just stop by anytime between 4:30-8:00 tomorrow. Bring along ten dollars for the first five wines and a bit more for the bonus indulgence and a night of Iberian ideals will be yours. See you here!



Sept. 19th: Wines and winemaker/owner from Piedmont’s esteemed Montaribaldi winery. Barbaresco and more!