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

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]

Ligurian Delight: Bisson Bianchetta Genovese

Should you happen to glance up and catch a peek of the vineyards dotting the hillsides above you while  hiking along the trail that connects the too picturesque villages of Liguria’s Cinque Terre r[more]

Casa Contini’s Sublime Salento!

2013 CASA CONTINI Salento Rosso “Verso” $14.95 bottle/ $144.00 case You want to know what grapes that have ripened to perfection in the warm southern Italian sun taste like? Pop the cork on this d[more]

Wow! I just tasted this about 5 minutes ago with one of my reps and was absolutely blown away that a Priorat this good was available for so little and had to sit down and share immediately! This is as[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]

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]

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]

March 27, 2015

Northern Italy- off the beaten path!!

Screen Shot 2015-03-25 at 2.16.22 PMBefore we get to the wine, and not to turn this missive into a low rent Tom & Lorenzo, but, dang, Michelle, you’re lookin’ good in your Kenzo frock….

And to those who say she’s veered off the beaten path of “proper” First Lady attire and is looking too “girlie”, the article in the NYT stated quite well that teaching women they can be powerful and express their femininity is not a bad message. Enjoy the visual while you can, because there’s a pretty good chance we’ll get plenty of this over the next few years….
Now, onto this wine thing we do here each and every Friday, where we are always so au courant. This week is all about getting off the beaten path of Italian wine that invariably seems to wind through Tuscany and Piedmont. There is so much lesser known goodness to explore in that country, both food and wine-wise, that we have to take smaller, more focused bites, or risk being overwhelmed in the vinous love that the Italians dispense with their usual sensual style. So this week we’ll take a trip east and south of the Piedmont (except for our Bonus-Bonus pour) where, as everywhere in Italy, there are lesser known wines you need to know about. Like Italian wines everywhere, these are all absolutely delicious, incredibly food friendly, and offer absurd value at each and every spot on the tasting sheet. I am very excited about this tasting, if only because I’ve been looking for a chance to share the Bisson wine in spot #1 with our wider Friday audience. This is an incredible white wine, one of my favorite wines in the store right now, and a drinking experience you won’t soon forget. The other wines? Eh, they’re not so bad either, if I may! All in all, this is going to be a fabulous evening, and as I type this it is looking good for some patio time as well. Great wine + the VINO patio = Win/Win!!

-2013 BISSON Bianchetta Genovese (Liguria) $23.95….I could go on and on, but one taste will show you more than I could ever say!
-2010 ALTA LUNA “Phases” Teroldego-Lagrein-Merlot (Trentino-Alto Adige) $11.95
-2012 ZENATO Valpolicella (Veneto) $15.95
-2006 WEINGUT LENTSCH Lagrein “Morus Riserva” (Trentino-Alto Adige) $18.95
-n/v MEDICI ERMETE “Secco Quercioli” Lambrusco (Emilia-Romagna) $14.95
And then, just when you need them, Bonus pleasures await…
Bonus #1-2013 CASTELLO LUZZANO Oltrepo Pavese Bonarda “Carlino” (Lombardia) $24.95
Bonus #2-2011 ELISABETTA FORADORI Teroldego (Trentino-Alto Adige) $26.95…90 pts-Antonio Galloni/Vinous Media: “Drop dead gorgeous!”
Bonus #3-2007 MONSECCO Sizzano (Piedmont) $37.95….this is an incredible bottle of mostly nebbiolo, with smatterings of croatina, and uva rara from the Alto Piemonte, an area north of the usual production areas that is producing terrifically character filled wines. As good as anything you’ll have labeled “Barolo” or “Barbaresco”!

148788The above is the definition of wine diversity, and you’ll have so many flavors ricocheting around your palate your tastebuds will be spinning! Get each and every sensation by dropping by anytime between 4:30 and 8:00 tomorrow. Absolutely bring along your favorite nibbles as these are, as mentioned above, fantastic food wines. Ten dollars will secure you the first fine wines, and a bit more will land some bonus fun on your table. See you here!


April 3rd: Cabernet Shootout: NW v. California!

April 10th: Italy’s Great Piedmont Reds, pt.1! Barolo, Barbaresco, Barbera, Nebbiolo, and Dolcetto

April 17th: On Vacation. No tasting tonight. Aloha!!

April 24th: Italy’s Great Piedmont reds, pt. 2!

May 1st: Big California Zins Return!!

May 8th: Wines of the French Countryside- going off the beaten path!