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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
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]

Pravis Pinot Grigio: Orange wine done right!

Psst, have you heard? Orange wines are all the rage. Wine nerds world wide are getting all hot and sweaty for these white wines that are left on the skin to pull out some color. Problem is, too many o[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]

There are so many reasons to be enchanted by France’s Rhone Valley. Beautiful countryside, incredibly charming villages, the food, and, obviously, the fabulous wine! Every time I taste a wine like t[more]

Pitch Perfect Pinot!!

I was picking up some of our Buckman Wine Pinot Noir from Athena Pappas over at she and husband Stewart Boedecker’s Boedecker Cellars in NW Portland a couple of weeks ago and she was kind enough to [more]

Un Autre UN AUTRE MONDE!!

That’s right, a new version of our best selling wine ever, Ver. 2.0 if you will, is out and once again something you HAVE to take advantage of. The latest release of the n/v (non-vintage) AUTRE MOND[more]

California Dreaming: 2014 Ridge Vineyards Petite Sirah “Lytton Estate”

Oh, boy!! We’ve been waiting a long time for this to land, and now that it is here it exceeds expectations on all levels! An absolutely drop dead gorgeous Petite Sirah that has Ridge’s trademark i[more]

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]

January 20, 2016

Back On The Streets w/ The Rhone Rangers!

Wow, who would’ve thought that low-mid 40 degree weather would feel balmy?! Bare pavement, green grass, DRIVING without white knuckling the wheel. Life returns to normal, and dang, thank goodness! Well, for 24 hours, at least. All bets are off after tomorrow. But for now, I’ll take this reprieve, revel in the fact that I can move about our fair city freely, and look forward to a kick a** tasting of some of California’s most delicious red blends tomorrow. Oh, and FYI, kind of looking forward to seeing you all, too!! I had put a lot of thought into this tasting because I’ve had a whole bunch of amazing wine recently that has really grabbed my red wine loving, cold weather cooking palate. These wines, mostly grenache-syrah-mourvedre-etc blends from some of the stars of the Rhone Ranger movement are absolutely spot on with this season of chill. Rich, deep, soul warming, and incredible with roasty/braisey/smoky platters of dinner table goodness, these wines do nothing but satisfy, and in keeping with out 17 year theme of bringing you awesome wines for the $$, these are some great deals at all price levels! I am feeling so uplifted right now, keeping it positive in this better weather, and so happy to think of you indulging in the following California classics tomorrow…

2015 HAHN WINERY G-S-M $13.95
2014 BONNY DOON Grenache “Clos de Gilroy” $15.95…90 pts-Wine Spectator
2013 CLINE CELLARS Mourvedre “Ancient Vine” $15.95
n/v MARIETTA CELLARS “Christo” (70% syrah-17% petite sirah-10% grenache-3% viognier) $19.95…90 pts-Vinous; 91 pts-Wine Advocate: “A wine of exceptional purity and intensity and plenty of character, as this one is 70% Syrah and the rest the other three grapes. A cascade of blackberry and cassis fruit, roasted meats, steak tartare, licorice, and Provençal herbs. It’s a big boy, and that’s exactly the way they want it.”
2014 SIDEBAR Russian River Field Blend (petite sirah-alicante bouschet-zinfandel) $25.95…90 pts-Wine Spectator: “A zesty blend that’s loaded with spice, plus layered flavors of black raspberry, smoky licorice and grilled herb. Zinfandel, Alicante Bouschet and Petite Sirah. Drink now through 2022.”
And of course we always turn up the volume with the bonus love…
Bonus #1-2015 IDLEWILD Red “The Bird- Flora & Fauna” $25.95…okay, maybe a hit of Italian-inspired infatuation, but so good! 91 pts-Vinous: “Absolutely gorgeous, not to mention a superb value. Sweet red cherry, plum and spice notes are nicely delineated in this entry-level red that delivers fabulous quality for the money. The Bird Red is a blend of Nebbiolo, Barbera, Dolcetto.”
Bonus #2-2011 THREE WINE CO. Mataro “Contra Costa” $26.95…outstanding 100% mourvedre from Matt Cline (whose family started Cline Cellars). This is a beauty! As an aside, Matt, who is such a great guy, will be in store for a free producer event Wednesday, Feb 1st, 5-7pm!! A little “mark your calendars” heads up.
Bonus #3-2014 BEDROCK WINE CO. Syrah “North Coast” $28.95…92 pts-Vinous: “Absolutely delicious. Sweet red cherry, plum, savory herbs, mint and pomegranate are all pushed forward in a supple, forward Syrah that hits all the right notes. A dollop of Viognier adds brightness to the finish. Best of all, the straight Syrah is a fabulous wine for the money.”

Yes, feeling better already! When you stop by tomorrow anytime between 4:30-8:00 tomorrow, you, too, can get that warm glow going. Ten dollars gets you the first five, a very nominal bit more for bonus happiness, and you’ll be set. Grab those snacks that have been waiting to be consumed, those friends you haven’t been able to commune with, and your love of great wine and make it to VINO this Friday!!

*** UPCOMING TASTINGS ***

Jan. 20th: California’s Rhone Rangers- the high riding winemakers down south are doing themselves, and their French inspired wines, very proud!

Jan. 27th: Spanish Sensations- if they keep making this good at these prices, we’ll keep coming back for more!

Feb. 3rd: Australia’s Pleasure Crafters- a long awaited visit to the latest, luscious reds from Down Under!

Feb. 10th: Southwest France’s Affordable Revolution- some of the best values in the wine world can be yours!

Feb. 17th: Tuscan Treasures, pt. 1- so much to love it takes two tastings!

Feb 24th: South American Hospitality- new world wonders!

Mar. 3rd: Tuscan Treasures, pt. 2-  if you thought part one was awesome, just you wait!!