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
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]

Owen Roe Cabernet Franc ON SALE!!

What can I say about David O’Reilly’s wines that I haven’t said over these last 14 years. Fabulous, satisfying, impeccably made. What I haven’t been able to, and never thought [more]

August 22, 2014

Central Italian Wine Roads!

buttIf you’re getting today’s missive a little late today, blame my appetite. I was sitting down to write the usual smart-alecky nonsense this morning, perusing the NY Times website for inspiration, and came across this recipe for Indian Butter Chicken from a column by former NYT restaurant critic/now news editor Sam Sifton. This has nothing to do with wine (except maybe what I’ll be pouring with it. Hello Buckman Riesling!) Anyway, it set me a-drooling, and it will be prominently featured on my dinner table by the end of the weekend. Which makes my wife endlessly happy. That’s called a win-win! I cook quite a bit of sub-continent cuisine at home. It is super easy once you have a few ingredients in your pantry. This one fits right in. Heck, it may even inspire a blog post! I’ll let you know. Meantime, check it out:

http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1016754-butter-chicken

provaOkay, now to jet a few thousand miles to the not-run-of-the-mill wines of central Italy. The non-Tuscan, über-delicious, and ….wait a minute…be right back……….okay, sorry about that. Just got a call from a recorded voice that told me to stop what I was doing so I could find out how to put $10k in cash in my pocket in the next 10 days. Dang, if only I didn’t have to knock out this wine info. Anyway, Umbria, Emiglia-Romagna- Abruzzo, Marche. Not the usual Italian wine destinations, but the source for true, soul satisfying red wine that so speaks of the hills, farms, and people who produce it. With summer’s bounty cascading out of food stalls and produce bins around town, this is the time of year when these superbly food-friendly wines should be drunk. Plus, as with most wine routes that veer off the beaten path, the values offered below are incredible. This is going to be a fascinating and fulfilling evening at VINO. And please bring your favorite snacks to honor these incredible wines…..
- n/v CLETO CHIARLE Lambrusco “Cialdini” (Emiglia-Romagna) $15.95…among those snacks bring some local salumi as there is nothing better with it than a slightly chilled Lambrusco!
-2011 TERRACRUDA “Vettina” Pregola Rosso (Marche) $11.95…made from 100% alicante
-2010 NAPOLINI Rosso dei Monti (Umbria) $11.95…what we call a lot of wine for the money!
-2010 ARNALDO CAPRAI Montefalco Rosso (Umbria) $17.95…great wine from one of Italy’s finest wine families!
-2008 DREI DONA Sangiovese di Romagna “Pruno Riserva” (Emiglia-Romagna) $21.95…an amazing buy. Was $40 a bottle! Massive, powerful red.
And then we delve further into the heart of the matter…
Bonus #1-2009 ROCCAFIORE “Prova d’Autore” Montepulciano-Sangiovese-Sagrantino (Umbria) $23.95…another fabulous deal. Originally $50 a bottle, now 50% off! Classic juice.
Bonus #2-2009 MASCIARELLI Montepulciano d’Abruzzo “Marina Cvetic” (Abruzzo) $30.95…the flagship bottling from a legendary producer. Very serious montepulciano!
Bonus #3-2009 PERTICAIA Sagrantino di Montefalco (Umbria) $41.95…100% Sagrantino. Very prestigious “tres bicchiere” rating from the esteemed Gambero Rosso Guide: “One of the brightest stars of the Sagrantino constellation. This great wine is destined to become a highlight from this estate.”

pertThis night of new wine experiences begins at 4:30 and carries right on through until 8:00. You can stop in anytime to have your share of these unusually delectable Italian imports. Ten dollars for the first five wines and a bit more for our bonus selections will start your weekend off perfectly. A domani!

*** UPCOMING TASTINGS ***

Aug. 29th: Wines and winemakers from Oregon’s own Boedecker Cellars and Montinore Vineyards IN STORE!!

Sept. 5th: NO TASTING! On vacation.