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
2012 CASTELLO DELLE PANERETTA Chianti Classico Riserva

This is fabulous buy in top quality Chianti. Sangiovese that hits every pleasure center, whether you serve it with tonight’s dinner or tuck it safely away for few restful years in your basement. I h[more]

South American Satisfaction: Ca’de Calle & Viu Manent

Two Bordeaux-style blends at our recent exploration of the wines of Chile and Argentina stood out as awesome values, delivering big on both flavor and the all important bang-for-the-buck meter. As we [more]

Swick’d Again: 2016 SWICK WINES Grenache Blanc

Joe Swick, who’s wines we’ve been championing for the last couple of years, has shown himself to be one of the state’s most innovative young winemakers. His pinots are terrific, but I feel his w[more]

Holy cow! I just tasted this a few days ago and was blown away by this incredible Chateauneuf-du-Pape lookalike and had to share, stat! This is a wonderfully intense, hedonistic drinking experience. D[more]

2014 Juan Gil Monstrell- aka “Marvelous Mourvedre”!

So happy to have this long time VINO favorite back in store! A big, dark, full-bodied Monastrell (aka “mourvedre”) that never fails to satisfy and has a remarkable ability to age. I recently had a[more]

Produttori Rising: 2012 Produttori del Barbaresco!!

The Produttori co-op is unquestionably one of Italy’s greatest wine producers. Year after year they are absolute benchmarks of quality in Barbaresco. Adding to the allure of this 2012 is that in thi[more]

This is without question one of my Top 5 Wine I tasted in 2016. Absolutely profound in every way with its intensely dark color, its ripe, incredibly layered fruit, the truckloads of complexity and cha[more]

Ravishing Rioja: 2012 Palacios Remondo Montesa

For whatever reason I hadn’t had this current release of one our favorite Riojas from past vintages, and when I recently had it with my rep I was kicking myself. This is a stunner! A beautiful Rioja[more]

March 24, 2017

California dreaming: The Big and the Beautiful!!

Since we are going to be closed next week it seems appropriate to go out on a powerful note. With wines as All American as the Spring Break tradition itself. Without all those regrets and recriminations that can be a part of spring breaks everywhere. Not that I’ve been on a spring break recently. In the recent past. For a few decades…<sigh>

So listen to my voice of maturity and reason, with enough experience to know that when a good drink is offered, one is wise to say yes! Not to mention that these wines we’ll be puling corks on tomorrow are all so d*mn good that you will be very hard pressed not to find something to love in the lineup below. Full blown American know how on brilliant, high-octane display, wines that will dare you to fire up your barbecues and smokers and throw some worthy bits and bites on them for some absurdly satisfying food and wine experiences. This was also a really fun lineup to throw together, bringing together fabulous reds from all over this state, that not only produces not only some of the best wines in the world, but also an absolutely awesome state flag.  Well played, California! As an aside, the flag was designed, according to my interweb sources, by William Todd, nephew of Mary Todd Lincoln (wife of Honest Abe). Come celebrate spring, grilling, bears, the Lincolns, and whatever else you want to tomorrow at VINO, by raising these toasts….
2014 PEIRANO ESTATES Zinfandel “Immortal” $9.95
n/v MARIETTA CELLARS Old Vine Red $14.95
2014 RUTHERFORD HILL Napa Valley Red “Barrel Select” $16.95…a recent E-Special and also a wine that was killing it when we had it open last weekend!
2013 FRANSICAN ESTATE Cabernet Sauvignon “Napa Valley” $23.95…classic Napa and a wine you’ll see elsewhere in town at $30 a pop!
2014 OAKVILLE WINERY Zinfandel “Napa Valley” $23.95
And then we really start hitting our stride with our bonus pours…
Bonus #1-2012 THREE WINE CO. Carignan “Contra Costa” $26.95
Bonus #2-2014 OBSIDIAN RIDGE Cabernet Sauvignon “Napa-Mayacamas Mountains” $32.95…hands down the best higher end cabernet value in California. As good as any $50-$75 bottles out there! 92-pts-Wine Advocate
Bonus #3-2015 BEDROCK WINE “Bedrock Vineyard” Heritage Red $52.95…in a word: mindblowing! Also this: 94 pts-Vinous; 94 pts-Wine Spectator; 96 pts-Wine Advocate: “This ancient vineyard is planted with 27 different varieties, so I won’t even begin to list them, as that is a book in itself. This is Rhône Valley-like, with notes of Mediterranean herbs, blackberries, blueberries, loamy soil notes, incense, creosote, steak tartare and pepper followed by a wine of great intensity – built like a skyscraper, with layers of fruit and extraction. It is a sensational effort, super-complex, and best drunk over the next decade.”

“Built like a skyscraper”?? LOVE that descriptor and have not heard it before, but bring it on!! So we’ll start climbing this tower of wine pleasure beginning at 4:30 and topping out at 8:00. Drop by anytime. Bring along ten bucks for the first five lovelies, and I would highly advise a nominal bit more pocket change for our bonus beauties. The usual rec of snacks, friends, thirst applies, of course. See you here!!

*** UPCOMING TASTINGS ***

Mar. 24th: Big, bold California Reds- because this is America, dammit!

Mar. 31st: NO TASTING TONIGHT!!

April 7: Barberas of Italy’s Piedmont!!- an exploration of my favorite wines!

April 14: France’s Hidden Roads- veering off the beaten path ito the heard of deliciousness!!

April 21: ExplOregon, pt. 2!!