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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
Cigliuti’s Classic Barbera!!

When you read a rec from me regarding any Barbera in the store keep in mind I am a huge fan of the wines made from this grape. Barbera is my usual go-to wine at home, and you might say I am a bit, um,[more]

Mencia Madness: 2012 VINOS DE ARGANZA Lagar de Robla

This is a shockingly good bottle of Spanish red that is made 100% mencia from the Castillo y León region of NW Spain that recently received a well deserved 91 Wine Spectator points. It’s not all ab[more]

THE BUCK IS BACK: 2014 Buckman Pinot Noir!!

Coming a month late (due to self-inflicted label ordering issues) but all the better for the additional bottle time is our latest baby from the soon-to-be-revered 2014 Oregon pinot noir vintage. As it[more]

Oregon Classic: 2012 CROWLEY WINES Pinot Noir “Entre Nous”

Since the first release I carried, his still delicious 2005 vintage “Entre Nous” Pinot, I have been very impressed with the pure, classically Oregon pinots from Tyson Crowley and his partner Evan [more]

Mont Gras “Antu” Syrah: as good as it gets!

When we carried the previous locally available release of this Chilean beauty, the 2009 “Antu” Syrah, I wrote that it was one of, if not the, best South American Syrahs I’ve had. At any price. A[more]

Un Autre Monde…translated means “Another World”…which is about how I’m feeling right now about this wine. Another world meaning, oh, say, buying Oregon pinot noir in the early to mid-1990’[more]

Casa Contini’s Sublime Salento!

2013 CASA CONTINI Salento Rosso “Verso” $14.95 bottle/ $144.00 case You want to know what grapes that have ripened to perfection in the warm southern Italian sun taste like? Pop the cork on this d[more]

Piedmontese Pleasure!

2010 OLIM BAUDA Barbera d’Asti Superiore “Nizza” $34.95 bottle/ $188.00- 1/2 case/ $335.00 case As you can imagine in 20+ years in this wine biz I’ve tasted well over a thousan[more]

July 22, 2016

Sardinia & Sicily: A Tour of the Italian Isles!!

benI would like to swear that nothing here is plagiarized, copied from another source, and 100% original. BUT, I have been writing these weekly ramblings for 16 years, for pete’s sake. If you think I’m gonna promise you haven’t heard this stuff before, you’ve got another thing think coming. I can barely remember what I wrote last week! But having said that, I can promise that we’ve never had a tasting of only wines from the delicious Italian isles of Sardinia & Sicily. I think……no, we really haven’t…maybe. In any event, this is going to be fabulous evening out on the patio, as these wines have never been better and they are some of the most talked about and critically praised wines out there. And long overdue, as far as I’m concerned. These are amazingly compelling wines made by some of the most forward thinking people in the wine world, who paradoxically are bringing back ancient, indigenous grape varietals. Pretty cool stuff going on all across these beautiful spots of land. I’m really excited to present the lineup below to you. I think a lot of it will be new to you all, since we (probably) haven’t done a tasting like this ever! To the wine….

2014 CONTINI Vermentino di Sardegna “Tyrsos” (Sar.) $14.95…91 pts-Vinous: “Dense and broad but juicy too, offering attractive floral lift to the orchard fruit and orange peel flavors. The long finish features good citrus lift. Sneaky concentration, impeccable balance and an easy-to drink quality make this Vermentino Tyrsos impossible not to like.”
2013 BENANTI Bianco di Casalle (Sic.) $17.95…Benanti (and their 100% carricante wines like this) received some serious praise  in the current NYT by Eric Asimov. Check it out!
2014 ZANATTA Cannonau (Sar.) $10.95
2013 SARDUS PATER Carignano di Sulcis (Sar.) $15.95
2010 VALLE DELL’ACATE Cerasulo di Vittoria (Sic.) $17.95
And then the intrigue deepens in the Bonus arena….
Bonus #1-2014 GULFI DI CATANIA Cerasulo di Vittoria (Sic.) $22.95…91 pts-Vinous: “Very deep, dark aromas and flavors of black cherry, violet and licorice. Bright, precise and multilayered, with vibrant, harmonious acidity and silky tannins neatly extending the violet quality on the crip, long finish. A lovely Cerasuolo di Vittoria.”
Bonus #2-2012 SANTADI Carignano “Rocca di Rubia” (Sar.) $29.95…92 pts-Vinous: “Densely packed, juicy and focused, with energetic strawberry and black cherry flavors lifted by peppery acidity and framed by silky tannins. At once rich and fresh, this wine finishes with excellent grip and lingering minerality. One of Italy’s most dependable red wine buys every year, the Rocca Rubia never seems to disappoint.”
Bonus #3-2012 AGRICOLA PUNICA “Montessu” (Sar.) $33.95…91 pts-Wine Advocate: “A beautiful blend of 60% Carignano, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 10% Merlot and 10% Syrah that ages in oak for up to 12 months. It offers depth and personality with pretty fruit renderings that are backed by lighter shadings of spice, cracked peppercorn and pipe tobacco.”
agricola-punica-montessu-isola-dei-nuraghi-igt-sardinia-italy-10211445tIt’s not often you can tour the Italian islands without ever leaving SE PDX, which is yet another of the many “benefits” of receiving our weekly opportunities in your inbox. To join in just show up anytime between 4:30 and 8:00 tomorrow evening. Bring some snacks to maintain your strength and some friends to share the fun. Ten dollars for the first five wines, a nominal bit more for the bonus wisdom, and you’ll be set!!

*** UPCOMING TASTINGS ***

July 29th: Summer Whites and Rosés- if it’s hot, these are the way to stay cool!!

Aug. 5th: Oregon Pinot Noir- our latest favorites!!