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
Pascal Aufranc’s Glorious Gamay!

There is hardly a grape more “holiday friendly” than Gamay. And this fabulous bottle, made from 75 year old Gamay vines (hence the “1939″ on the label) in the heart of the Cru [more]

Nada Nebbiolo: Barbaresco Quality at a Bargain Price!

When you speak of traditionalists, Bruno Nada, carrying on for his father Fiorenzo, is making wines that challenge anybody’s in the Piedmont for excellence. This nebbiolo is sensational. Rich, b[more]

Dolcetto Gets Real!

Ascheri is renowned for producing Barolos that are classics. Unyielding, bold, traditional nebbiolo that come from their impeccably maintained cellar in Bra. Their attention to detail, and the intense[more]

Pico Maccario’s Piedmont Gem!

Wow, did this knock me out when I recently had it with a rather satisfying pasta at home the other night! A big, rich blend of Barbera (60%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (40%) from a small, family-run estat[more]

I don’t usually do things prompted by reviews I read in The Wine Spectator, especially wines that are made in the several thousand case quantity, but I know on this bottle when word hits the gen[more]

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]

November 21, 2014

Red Burgundy, aka Pinot Pinnacle!

What with all of you getting your juices flowing for a few pinot-centric winery visits these next two weekends, I thought a tasting trip to the area of the wine world that inspires so many of our local wine savants might be just the thing to get you in the mood. I hear all the time from Oregon winemakers that they think this or that Pinot they’re pouring for me is “Burgundian”. Which would be a pretty neat trick if they could pull it off, considering that Burgundy is almost halfway around the globe, has different soils, and generations of different experiences. I always want to say “Just let your pinot be Oregon Pinot. We’re not Burgundy! Quit chasing that which you’ll never attain. Be inspired by it, but don’t try to make it.” But I don’t. I keep my thought bubbles to myself (except with you guys) and smile politely, because that’s how I roll. So what is the big deal with Burgundy? I guess because it is a wine that does inspire so many winemakers around the world. I was just talking to John Paul of Cameron Winery last week about his recent trip to the Piedmont region of Italy, and he was saying how interesting it was that a few Piedmont winemakers he saw were also making small amounts of pinot noir. They really want to make good pinot because even for them it is sort of a Holy Grail. And mostly making very average pinots at that. Then he also made the point that on the reverse end you would never see a Burgundian winemaker attempt to make wine from the nebbiolo grape. Why would they? They’re French, even more to the point Burgundians, and they don’t need to prove anything to anyone, n’est-ce pas?

givrySo with that as your prelude, I think you’ll find tomorrow’s tasting event very informative, interesting, and most importantly delicious. How can it not be when we have these beauties on hand….
-2012 DOMAINE MARTINOLLES Pinot Noir “vin de Pays” $13.95…okay, so I lied. They aren’t all Burgundies. But this is a lovely, exceptionally well-made and –priced pinot from southwest France that is very deserving to be in this lineup.
-2009 DOMAINE 7 TERROIRS Bourgogne Rouge $15.95
-2010 DOMAINE FOUGERAY DE BEAUCLAIR Bourgogne Rouge $20.95
-2009 DOMAINE CHOFFLET-VALDENAIRE Givry $22.95…If you read the above label carefully, you’ll see this wine was preferred by King Henri IX. Freaking Henri the Fourth liked this wine!! You’re going to tell me we can’t trust him?? Oh, and 90 pts-Wine Spectator
-2010 DOMAINE FAIVELEY Mercurey $22.95
And then to prove that more os most definitely better, some bonus fun…
Bonus #1-2012 JUSTIN GIRARDIN Savigny Les Beaune “les Gollardes” $25,95
Bonus #2-2009 DOMAINE JEAN-LUC DUBOIS Chorey Les Beaune $28.95
Bonus #3-2011 JEAN-MARC MILLOT Cote de Nuit-Villages “Aux Faulques” $35.95

millotThe pinot pleasure will most assuredly be flowing tomorrow between 4:30 and 8:00. As always ten dollars will get you the first five wines, and a bit more will send you happily to bonus land. Bring along snacks, friends, family, whatever. Just some see why these wines really are kind of a big deal to so many people!



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: World Wide Tempranillo!- perhaps the new darling of the wine loving world. We’ll see what’s new & what’s up!

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

Dec. 12th: The Great American Cabernet Fest- For those going big and All American this holiday season, prepare yourselves!

Dec. 19th:  TBD

Dec 26th: Best of 2014!! Our favorite wines from Friday Flights of the past year!

Jan. 2nd: Closed this weekend!