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
2013 Buckman Wine Co. Pinot Noir- the return!!

I may have hoped, but I never thought that this would be the wine I get asked about more than other. For all of who’ve been asking when we’ll have more, here’s your answer… Three y[more]

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]

September 26, 2014

Que Sirah, Syrah!

Once again I am making every effort to monopolize your leisure time by plying you with delicious grape-based beverages two nights in a row (not to mention the weekend VINO E-Special show & tell). We have tonight’s rather epic (and in case you didn’t know, FREE) tasting of Tuscan and Piedmontese red wine from 5-7pm, along with winery reps and importers in store. You can read details by clicking here:

And then we follow that bit of wine fun with tomorrow’s tasting of deep, dark, and decadent deliciousness provided by copious quantities of fabulous Syrah and Petite Sirah. Time to make your “Honey, how about we spend the next two evenings at VINO” rationales. I promise it’ll be worth all the ensuing eye rolling!

elyseSo you’ve got the link for the skinny on tonight’s event, but what about those rambunctious reds we’ll be tasting tomorrow evening? I haven’t thrown together this always interesting collection of bottled domestic bliss for well over a year. It kind of fell off my radar for no good reason. I usually don’t forget to schedule wildly popular tastings, so for those who have been reminding me, your time has come! For the rest of you this is one not to miss, because this will be a pretty freaking satisfying evening that will show you the differences between these similarly named yet unrelated yet similarly flavored grapes. Petite Sirah with its inky color, spicy flavor, and tannic edge; and the slightly more voluptuous Syrah grape, both showing why these fall firmly into the “nothing not to like” category of wines. That’s a good category to shop in, by the way. Since the Petite Sirah sub-category is much less tasted than the Syrah group, I’ve decided to make those wonderfully edgy reds the main focus, and I’m pretty happy to be able to show off six different PS’s (including two from the Great NW!), along with two killer syrahs. With cooler weather inexorably making its way here, these are not such bad things to get cozy with…

-2012 EOS Petite Sirah “Paso Robles” $10.95
-2012 PEIRANO ESTATE Petite Sirah “Lodi” $11.95
-2012 MCCAY CELLARS Petite Sirah $16.95
-2012 KLINKER BRICK Syrah “Farrah Vineyard” $20.95
-2010 ANGEL VINE Petite Sirah “Columbia Valley” $23.95
And then of course we pour on the pleasure with our bonus selections….
Bonus #1-2011 J. SCOTT CELLARS Petite Sirah “Rogue Valley” $24.95
Bonus #2-2012 OWEN ROE Syrah “Ex Umbris” $27.95
Bonus#3-2010 ELYSE Petite Sirah “Napa-Barrel Select” #33.95

exAll these delights will be provided should you exercise the good judgment to stop by VINO anytime between 4:30 and 8:00pm tomorrow evening. The first five reds will be a mere ten dollars, with a smidge more for the worthy bonus fun. Friends, snacks, and an open mind are also excellent accompaniments. See you here!


Sept. 26th: Que Syrah, Sirah! Taste a round of rich, decadently delicious syrah and petite sirah from the NW and California!

Oct. 3rd: New Oregon Pinot Noir- with harvest winding down we need to check out the latest from our friends in the Valley, and help them make room in their cellars for the new vintages!

Oct. 9th: Reds of Southwest France- A special Thursday Edition!! This is the bargain basket of French wine, with fabulous flavors from the Languedoc, Roussillon, Corbieres, and more!

Oct. 17th: A Night of Barbera! A killer selection of perhaps my favorite wines in the world. Alba, Asti, and all the goodness that lies within!

Oct. 24th: America’s Rhone Rangers- the first of two tastings of new and old world Rhone-ish things. First up the good old USA and their newfangled ways of doing things!

Oct. 31st: France’s Rhone Valley- trust me when I say these guys are REALLY good at this sort of thing!

Nov. 7th: Southern Italy- from the heel to the toe of that Italian boot, then off to the islands that surround this soulful region!

Nov. 14th: South America- another delicious visit to take the measure of all that is new and pleasurable from Chili and Argentina’s value laden wine regions!

Nov. 21st: Red Burgundy- a treat for those who may be venturing down to wine country to see why these French winemakers are considered the masters of this grape!

Nov. 28th: TBD

Dec 5th: VINO’s Holiday Fizz Fest- you know what’s better than our annual Bubble Bash? Nothing, that’s what!