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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

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]

Baby Chateuneuf: 2010 CHATEAU DE MONTFAUCON Lirac “Baron Louis”

Oh, wow, is this something to be thrilled by! My love for the reds of the Rhone Valley runs deep and true, so to be this taken with a wine that frankly totally over-delivers at this price was such a t[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]

Sept. 4, 2015

South American Sensations!!

Here’s some perspective on the last time we did a South American tasting: 1)-we recently had substantial November snow on Mt. Hood for the first time; 2)-Donald Trump and and his brand of idiocy was relegated to reality TV, not national news; 3)-Hillary “just wasn’t ready to commit” to the presidential laparace; and 4)- none of us were worried about a giant earthquake turning us into LA north. Well, none of us should be worried about #4, although if the dreams of #2 (how appropriate) come true I’ll welcome whatever cataclysm would end that national nightmare.  Better to ponder the now, which is assuredly going to be delicious and worth waiting those long nine months for. NINE months since the last South American tasting? You can believe I’ve had some spectacular wines from the Southern Hemisphere in these intervening months. Chile and Argentina (and Uruguay! See #5) continue to pour freely with ever more well made and absurdly well priced wines. Their producers…well, at least the ones we’ll be putting through their paces…continue to reinvest profits into ever better ways to make wines that express both the winemakers personalities and the vineyards where they grow. I am always taken aback by the improvements I see in these wines. And again at the prices asked, it is hard to imagine drinking better for the same or less. Need proof? Look no further….

2014 TILIA Torrontes “Salta” (Arg.) $10.95
2014 VINA LAS PERDICES Malbec “Mendoza” (Arg.) $12.95
2011 VIU MANENT “VIBO Centenario” Cabernet-Malbec, Rapel Valley (Chile) $17.95
2012 TIKAL “Patriota” Malbec-Bonarda (Arg.) $20.95…91 pts-Wine Spectator
2013 BODEGAS BOUZA Tannat Reserva (Uruguay) $21.95…this was a total surprise. Absolutely delicious with that deep, almost black tannat color and gutsy intensity!
And then we head to that bonus place, where things get ever more intriguing…
Bonus #1-2010 BODEGAS NORTON “Privada” Malbec-Merlot-Cabernet (Arg.) $23.95
Bonus#2-2009 CASA LAPOSTOLLE Merlot “Apalta Vineyard Reserva” (Chile) $27.95…91 pts-Wine Spectator
Bonus #3-2012 LUCA Malbec “Mendoza” (Arg.) $34.95…93 pts-Wine Spectator; 92 pts-Wine Advocate; 91 pts-Vinous

lucaAll in all, some pretty good things will be awaiting the arrival of your thirsts this Friday. Drop by anytime between 4:30-8:00 to forget the cares of the day. Ten dollars will get you the first five parts of this therapy session, and a bit more for the bonus pours will seal those good feelings for the next few hours! Bring along your best snacks, your best friends, your best self, and we’ll make them all come together!

*** UPCOMING TASTINGS ***

Sept. 11th: World Wide Cabernet Franc- a trip around the world to taste cabernet sauvignon’s undeservedly lesser appreciated cousin!

Sept. 18th: Southwest France’s Bargain Basket Reds- the beautiful wine roads of the Languedoc-Roussillon’s appellations!

Sept. 25th: Oregon Pinot Noir- the end of harvest 2015 means loads of incredible newly released local produce!

Oct. 2nd: Southern Italian Sunshine: taste the warmth that flows through these incredible values from this ruggedly beautiful landscape!

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

Oct. 16th: 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!

Oct. 23rd: Big California Zinfandel- we dare you not to love tonight’s lineup of boldly delicious reds!

Oct. 30th: Italy’s Great Piedmont Reds- if you like words like Barolo, Barbaresco, Nebbiolo, Barbera, and Dolcetto, you’ll be loving these epic examples!

Nov. 6th: France’s Rhone Valley- character in a glass! We LOVE these wines!!

Nov. 13th: Northwest Red Blends- the getting has never been better in the great northwest!

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: TBD

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