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
French Connection: 2015 RÉSONANCE Pinot Noir “Willamette Valley”

Very excited to offer this new release from the much talked about Oregon outpost of Burgundy’s Maison Louis Jadot and their legendary winemaker Jacques Tardy. Not to give the spoiler, but this 2015 [more]

2015 BEDROCK WINE CO. Syrah “North Coast”

This showed fabulously at our recent syrah tasting. Big, incredibly rich, but in no way over the top. One of the most deftly balanced California syrahs I’ve had in a long time. Bedrock is an up and [more]

2016 FLAT BRIM Sauvignon Blanc “Columbia Gorge”

Winemaker Ian Atkins has a low key approach to his winemaking, taking the time to let the fruit do the talking rather than forcing the conversation. This approach, of which we wholeheartedly agree wit[more]

Burgundy Bargain: 2014 GUEUGNON-REMOND Macon-Charnay

This is a shout out to all of you who thought you had to sacrifice life’s necessities to drink classic white Burgundy. Rest…and drink…easy with this rich, creamy, apple, fig, melon, and honey sp[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]

Voluminous & Vivacious Vinho Verde!!

This is a brilliantly made Portuguese white, a vinho verde in name only. Incredible presence and style on the palate and an absolutely absurd affinity with food. Wines like this are so rare to come ac[more]

October 20, 2017

VINO’s Tour d’Italia!!

Once again I am here to save you literally thousands of dollars! I know, seems too good to believe. You’re thinking it’s yet another piece of fake news coming into your inbox. I’m saying it’s true, and all you have to do is show up tomorrow at VINO and wallow in your unexpected windfall. Maybe drink some wine, too. And spend it at this cool wine shop on SE 28th & Ash. So how is this possible, you ask? Easily explained, as I can only imagine the cost of wine tour in Italy that takes you from the far north all the way to the heel of the boot in sunny Puglia, wine included. $3,000? $5,000? More?? Well, tomorrow we’ll take you on that same kind of tour at VINO without all that annoying jet lag and delicious “airline cuisine”, as we do another visit to the far flung regions of Italy. North to south, or south to north if you prefer. Whatever. All I know is that in Italy there isn’t a whole lot of east to west. Plus you have the benefit of having your wines hand selected by an Italian wine obsessive who takes a fair amount of pride in his research abilities. All for around twenty bucks or so. You’ll visit eight producers of vino rosso who also take a fair bit of pride in their chosen profession. All this without leaving PDX. AND free sliced baguette!! Sound to good to be true? Allow me to provide irrefutable evidence to the contrary…

2015 FATTORIA PARRI Sangiovese (Tuscany) $10.95
2008 COPERTINO Rosso Riserva (Puglia) $15.95
2016 OCCHIPINTI Frappato “Tami” (Sicily) $17.95
2013 BARBA Montepulciano d’Abruzzo “Vignafranca” (Abruzzo) $13.95
2013 CASTELLO DO RONCADE “Villa Giustinian” (Veneto) $25.95
And the  visits pile pleasure upon pleasure with our bonus offerings…
Bonus #1-2013 NINO NEGRI Valtellina Superiore “Vigneto Fracia” (Lombardy) $46.95…a gorgeous 100% nebbiolo that is a dead ringer for a classic, old school Piedmontese Barolo! Have been wanting to share this with you guys for months. Finally the time has come and I couldn’t be more excited! 91 pts-Wine Spectator
Bonus #2-2010 CANTINA SCACCIADIAVOLI Sagrantino di Montefalco (Umbria) $31.95… 91 pts-Vinous; 92 pts-Wine Spectator: “Silky and harmonious, this medium- to full-bodied red wraps grippy tannins in a beautiful, pure note of crushed black cherry, bolstered by hints of Asian five-spice powder, date and tea rose. Culminates in a long, minerally, smoke-tinged finish. Drink now through 2025.”
Bonus #3-2009 SANTI Amarone delle Valpolicella (Veneto) $47.95…A classic Amarone at a great price! Also….91 pts-Wine Spectator: “A compact red that shows lovely balance overall, layering grippy tannins and juicy acidity with a rich range of flavors, from sweet fig paste, soft raisin and sun-dried cherry fruit to savory accents of loamy earth, dark chocolate, smoke and Asian five-spice powder. Expressive. Drink now through 2029.”
So what’s in your wallet except all that sweet cash you just saved? This is going to be an awesome trip, leaving at 4:30 here at VINO and ending at 8:00. Drop by anytime in those hours, bring along some sustenance and fellow explorers if you’d like, and well deliver the wonders of Italy to your tables. Ten dollars for the first five wines, with a bit for for some first class bonus pours. Bon voyage!!

~ ~ ~ UPCOMING TASTINGS ~ ~ ~

Oct. 20: Tour d’Italia- we’ll explore this fabulously sensual country’s vinous offering from the length of the boot!

Oct. 27: Great NW Reds, pt.2!- a continuation of our exploration of the region we are so fortunate to live in!

Nov. 3: Spain and Portugal- an evening of Iberian ideals!

Nov. 10: France’s Incredible Rhone Valley- liquid pleasures from a place I could happily live my life!

Nov. 17: Thanksgiving Wine- the Day is coming and you’d best be ready!!

Nov. 24: No Tasting Tonight- time with family comes first on this blessed holiday. besides, don’t you have leftovers to eat, too?

Dec. 1st: VINO’s Holiday Fizz Fest- the day is finally here for our bubbly bash!!

Dec. 8th: Big California Zinfandels- I for one can’t wait to let these jam packed gems bring their All American pleasure to the VINO table!

Dec. 15: VINO’s Bordeaux Bash: a few classics for the upcoming holiday that you’ll want on your dinner tables!

Dec. 22: Italy’s Piedmont Greats- Our last flight of the year and I’m diving back into what just might be my favorite drinking destination!!

Dec. 29: on holiday, no tasting tonight!

Jan 5: The Best of 2017- we take a look back at our favorite wines of the year gone by. One of my favorite tastings of the year!!

Jan. 12: