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
Sensational Sangiovese from Di Majo Norante!

This super value sangiovese from the Molise region has never been better than in this 2013 version. Di Majo Norantes is the foremost producer in this wine area that abuts the Adriatic Sea in southern [more]

Blockbuster, world class red here. Absolutely stunning. Yes, expensive by Barbera standards but most assuredly blows away virtually all similarly priced wines. This is amazing! I could go on and on, a[more]

Loire Loveliness: 2013 FRANCK MILLET Sancerre

Given that I obsess over fresh oysters and can consume, if offered the chance, unhealthy amounts of them, is it any wonder I love the great Sancerre from France’s Loire Valley? In truth, any fish or[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]

Single Vineyard Sensation: 2009 AZELIA “Vigna Punta” Barbera d’Alba

This is dazzlingly great Barbera from one of the Piedmont’s uncompromising traditionalists. Azelia’s wines are textbook examples of long-lived, character-driven vino rosso from this region I adore[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]

Superiore in Every Way!

You may have gathered over time that I am a huge Barbera nut. Probably my favorite wine to drink on a regular basis, which makes me somewhat, well, “particular” would be a good way to put [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]

October 9th, 2015

USA!! USA!!! All America Cabernet Sauvignon!!

teacher-with-gun (1)I am feeling the love for America right now. Not just because of the cabernets we’ll be pouring. No sirree. It’d be all those guns I just bought for our house. Heard that’s the best way to combat gun violence. Stock up on firearms. I keep ‘em hidden behind the American flag that covers our living room wall. Gonna reach behind Old Glory and have a little surprise waiting for the next crazy that comes up on my porch. Ready to protect my little piece of democracy. Talk about Homeland Security! Stuffed one into C-boy’s kindergarten backpack, too. The man on the radio said that’s the best deterrent for stopping those school shooters. No one’s getting the drop on my kid, let me tell ya!

And if you read the papers and listen to what the vocal, uninformed minority says, that diatribe is not as far fetched as it might seem. Sorry to digress, but I am, once again, sickened by what’s happened to innocent children. There is no excuse anymore for our lax gun laws. Anyone who says otherwise is complicit in these unthinkable acts. That is all.

woodartists (1)Okay, while I wait for a few more “unsubscribe” requests to come in, just let me do a little encouraging of a thirst quenching sort as we have a rather fun tasting of cabernets from Washington and California all lined up for tomorrow. Choosing the wines for tomorrow’s flight has been a rather fun exercise. I admit to not reaching first for a cab when choosing wine to drink with most of my dinners, but then when I put together tasting like this and sample these supremely delicious wines, I wonder if maybe it’s time for a change of habit? Because what we’re popping the corks on tomorrow is ridiculously satisfying. There are wines that are going to thrill from #1 to the Bonus #3. I will say that just maybe this is good ‘ol American know how put to its highest use! Need proof that we really do live in a great country? Here it is…
2014 STONECAP “Columbia Valley” $8.95
2013 HEDGES CELLARS Independent Producers “Columbia Valley” $13.95
2012 MICHAEL POZZAN “Sonoma County-Alexander Valley” $15.95
2012 CLOS DU BOIS Sonoma County “Reserve” $20.95
2010 MCKINLEY SPRINGS Cabernet Sauvignon “Horse Heaven Hills” $23.95
And then, as the chorus to “America the Beautiful” wafts through your memory, the bonus promised land awaits….
Bonus #1-2012 BERINGER “Knight’s Valley” $24.95…90 pts-Wine Spectator; 90 pts-Vinous: “The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Knights Valley is especially deep and powerful in this vintage. Smoke, game, incense, leather, pomegranate, spice and red cherries are some of the many notes that inform this striking Cabernet from Sonoma’s Knights Valley, a fertile hunting ground for savory, mineral-driven wines full of character. This is a fabulous wine for the money.”
Bonus #2-2012 FERRARI-CARANO “Alexander Valley” $33.95…91 pts-Wine Spectator; 91 pts-Wine Advocate: “The outstanding 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley displays classy notes of charcoal, camphor, blackcurrants, licorice and forest floor. Full-bodied with sweet tannin, a nicely layered mouthfeel, and an accessible personality. This beauty showcases the high quality Cabernet that often comes from Alexander Valley.”
Bonus #3-2012 WOODWARD CANYON “Artist’s Series” $53.95…90 pts-Wine Spectator; 92 pts-Vinous; 93 pts-Wine Advocate: “Beautiful. It’s a classy, full-bodied, seamless and sexy 2012 that exhibits lots of black cherry, black raspberry, toasted spices, licorice and dried herbs. The most approachable and forward of the Bordeaux blends, it will still have two decades of longevity.”

fc12Sounds pretty tasty, doesn’t it? Assuming you agree, stop by anytime between 4:30 and 8:00 to taste America! Ten dollars for the first five, a worthy bit more for bonus fun, and whatever snacks you bring along will ensure an excellent evening. See you here!!


Oct. 9th: American Cabernet Sauvignon- these American classics have never been better!

Oct. 16th: Oregon Pinot Noir, pt. 2!!- diving back into the fermenter with another look at our local greatest hits!

Oct. 23rd: World’s Greatest $15 Red Wines- one of our favorite tastings that features incredible quality for the $$. Can’t wait for this one!

Oct. 30th: Big California Zinfandel- we dare you not to love tonight’s lineup of boldly delicious reds!

Nov. 6th: Italy’s Great Piedmont Reds- if you like words like Barolo, Barbaresco, Nebbiolo, Barbera, and Dolcetto, you’ll be loving these epic examples!

Nov. 13th: France’s Rhone Valley- character in a glass! We LOVE these wines!!

Nov. 20th: The Perfect Thanksgiving Wines- you know you’ll be drinking your way through the holiday. Let us show you the perfect bottles for that bird!

Nov. 27th: World Wide Syrah- there is much to love about these soul warming, rich reds. Now that braising season is upon us, come taste the perfect wines!

Dec. 4th: VINO’s Holiday Fizz Fest- this always anticipated bubble bash is nigh! Get your holiday groove on at VINO!!

Dec. 11th: Northwest Red Blends- the getting has never been better in the great northwest!