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 Monastrell- 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]

April 28, 2017

World Wide Tempranillo!!

Short term, considering how awesome this Friday’s tempranillo exploration will be, the news for/from VINO is very positive. It’ll be an amazing tasting experience tomorrow. Long term the coming year just keeps getting better, too, now that I’m going to be saving so much sweet cash on my business taxes, thanks to the (Ponzi scheme) tax reform proposal announced this week. My only problem is how to spend all that new money, because it (most certainly will) couldn’t possibly be carved out of me in some other way, like a dripping pound of flesh to be stuffed into the yawning federal deficit needed to finance this (latest pandering to America) fresh idea by our (charlatan in chief) respected leader (in search of approval ratings) making us great again. Nothing like ransoming our country’s future for short term gain to cause one to sleep better, eh?

Also sure to aid in a restful night is another epic Friday wine event at VINO, this time with perhaps one of the most intriguing grapes being grown, the magnificent and character filled tempranillo varietal. Long known as the grape Spain made famous, now we’re seeing it spread all over the wine growing world, with, as these things go, varying degrees of success. Which is where I come in, the one who separates the vinous wheat from the chaff, so you are left with only the most rewarding drinking experiences. That’s the plan anyway. I will say I am very happy with what you’ll be sampling tomorrow, the wines are absolutely gorgeous, and I think everyone will find some new and interesting indulgence to be excited by. These really are tremendously good wines, all with superb food affinity. The big plus for the upcoming ‘queing season is that for whatever reason tempranillo goes absurdly well with things hot & smoky off the grill. This is going to be another fascinating and rewarding dive into some wines you may not know too much about, but absolutely deserve your further exploration! Check these out tomorrow…
2016 ILLAHE Tempranillo Rosé (Oregon) $16.95
2015 TORREDEROS Ribera del Duero Joven (Spain) $10.95
2014 BODEGAS HAZAÑA Rioja “Vignas Viejas” (Spain) $14.95…92 pts-Wine Advocate
2013 BODEGA CALLE Tempranillo “El Olvidado” (Argentina) $17.95
2015 ST. AMANT Tempranillo “The Road Less Traveled” (California) $18.95
And as always, more thrills await with our bonus pours….
Bonus #1-2013 WILLFUL WINE CO. Tempranillo “Umpqua Vly.” (Oregon) $27.95…91 pts-Vinous: “Fresh red berries dried flowers and a hint of cracked pepper on the incisive nose. Juicy and light on its feet offering gently sweet strawberry and rose pastille flavors braced by a spine of tangy acidity. Fine-grained tannins lend shape to the persistent finish which features subtle herb and vanilla notes. This wine shows a very attractive delicate touch which sets it apart from the vast majority of New World Tempranillos of my experience.”
Bonus #2-2005 VALSACRO Rioja “Dioro” (Spain) $27.95…92 pts-Wine Advocate; 92 pts-Vinous: “Glass-staining ruby. Extremely perfumed, oak-accented nose displays cherry-vanilla and blackberry preserves, with a sexy floral note and building spiciness. Full-bodied and velvety, offering palate-coating flavors of macerated cherry, dark berries and vanilla bean. Finishes very long and sweet, with persistent spiciness and a hint of smoke. An extremely attractive and balanced example.”
Bonus #3-2012 ABADIA RETUERTA Sardon de Duero “Selección Especial” (Spain) $30.95…93 pts-Wine Advocate; 93 pts-Wine Spectator: “A polished texture carries harmonious flavors of black cherry, cola, licorice and mineral in this focused red. Well-integrated tannins and balsamic acidity lend this a balanced structure. Reserved but deep. Drink now through 2022.”

I have a feeling this is going to be pretty exciting night of wine, and I hope you’ll be able to swing by to share. Ten dollars will get you the first five tastes, and a well spent extra will gather together some bonus fun.  Drop by anytime between 4:30-8:00, bring along some snacks and thirsty drinking companions, and we’ll make sure you leave happy!

*** UPCOMING TASTINGS ***

April 28: World Wide Tempranillo- sensual wonders from around the world!

May 5: World Wide Pinot Noir- exploring the styles and talents of pinot-philes around the wine globe!!

May 12: VINO’s Bordeaux Blast- the classics all night long!!

May 19: Northern Italy’s Uncrowded Wine Roads- we’ll take a trip to the non-Piedmont side of Italy and find out why these are some of Italy’s hidden gems!

May 26: Washington’s Red Wine Bonanza- this is a great time to drink NW! So much good to had from the Columbia Valley and Walla Walla winegrowing areas. Cabs, merlots, syrah, blends…we’ll take a deep dive into all of it!

June 2: VINO’s Spring Fizz Fest- The seasonal bubbles will be popping, so make plans now!

June 9th: California’s Fabulous Zinfandels- another batch of our, and your, favorite reds to sip by the ‘que!