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
Superb Saint-Chinian: 2013 Domaine de Cambis!!

According to the Cambis website, “Carnet de Voyage is an ode to discovery and to travelling. We think that we have succeeded in making the taster of this wine travel while drinking it.” Believ[more]

Amazing Alicante: 2009 Sierra Salinas Alicante!!

What a great blend here, a Spanish red that comes across more like a $30+ Priorat than a tinto from the relatively more obscure Alicante region. Rich, full bodied, yet superbly balanced. This is cryin[more]

Shatter Grenache: C’est Grande!!

Just a quick FYI: this is not your usual subtle, reticent French red. This is a full-bodied, in-your-face red from SW France that is undeniably delicious. This review from Jeb Dunnuck in Parker’s Wi[more]

Cigliuti’s Classic Barbera!!

When you read a rec from me regarding any Barbera in the store keep in mind I am a huge fan of the wines made from this grape. Barbera is my usual go-to wine at home, and you might say I am a bit, um,[more]

Mencia Madness: 2012 VINOS DE ARGANZA Lagar de Robla

This is a shockingly good bottle of Spanish red that is made 100% mencia from the Castillo y León region of NW Spain that recently received a well deserved 91 Wine Spectator points. It’s not all ab[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]

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]

Piedmontese Pleasure!

2010 OLIM BAUDA Barbera d’Asti Superiore “Nizza” $34.95 bottle/ $188.00- 1/2 case/ $335.00 case As you can imagine in 20+ years in this wine biz I’ve tasted well over a thousan[more]

Aug. 19, 2016

SW France’s Bargain Bottles!!

LesClosPerdus_Rosé_20141-1024x276 (1)Yeah, these wines below are going to be smoking good! The PQR on display should be reason enough to get out and taste the glories of France’s Languedoc-Roussillon region. I’d also say another great reason would be to sit out and relax on the VINO patio with these yummy beverages, but (pun intended) cooler heads prevailed on that line of reasoning. You’re of course welcome to be outside tomorrow should you choose, but just know we will also have the inside fully set up where it should be marginally more comfortable with the a/c running. Keeping in mind that these kind of weekends strike fear into every business owner who has an older a/c unit chugging away on their roof.

So with fingers fully crossed, I am pretty stoked to show off these latest, greatest finds to you. Y’all know I love southern French wines, with their gorgeously complex aromas and flavors, and their ridiculous food affinity, especially for all kinds of outdoor dining (post-100* weekends). I highly encourage your participation, because I’ve been pointing towards this one for a very long time!
2014 GRANDISSIME Cotes du Gascogne Blanc $9.95
2015 MONTROSE Rosé Cotes de Thongue $12.95
2014 LES CLOS PERDUS Corbieres Rosé $20.95…a sensational, full-bodied rosé that will blow away most much more expensive Bandol rosés. 95% mourvedre, this is great accompany-the-grill material. I thought it was sold out earlier this spring, then our distributor came up with a few more cases from the winery, to which I say “Hooray!!” A personal favorite here!!
2013 LES CARDERES Corbieres $11.95
2012 SHATTER Grenache Cotes Catalanes $21.95…92 pts-Jeb Dunnuck/Wine Advocate: “A collaboration between Napa’s Joel Gott and Dave Phinney, the semi-opaque 2012 Cotes Catalanes Grenache is a smoking blend of 100% Grenache that comes from the singular, black schist soils located around the village of Maury, in the Agly Valley in the Roussillon. This sexy, full-bodied, pedal-to-the-metal effort bears plenty of resemblance to the old-vine, 100% Grenache efforts coming from Chateauneuf du Pape. Kirsch liqueur, blackberry, toasted spice, garrigue and hints of vanilla bean all flow nicely to a seamless, silky, yet decadently styled red that has fine tannin, and a blockbuster, heady finish. It will certainly not appease those looking for lightweight aromas and flavors, but count me a fan.”
And pouring gas on the fire, here’s some incredible bonus fuel….
Bonus #1-2013 DOMAINE DU CAMBIS Saint-Chinian “Carnet de Voyage” $23.95…one taste and you’ll know why this was the lead off feature in last week’s VINO E-Special!
Bonus #2-2013 LES CLOS PERDUS Corbieres Mire la Mer $30.95…91 pts-Jeb Dunnuck/Wine Advocate: “The 2013 Corbières Mir la Mer is a Mourvèdre-dominated blend that has 25% Carignan and 5% Grenache. It has lots of salty minerality to go with notions of iodine, blueberries, dried herbs and spice on the nose. Medium to full-bodied, with ripe, yet present tannin and the purity of fruit that’s present in all of these latest releases, this fabulous Mourvèdre will have a decade (or more) of longevity. This is easily the finest lineup I’ve tasted from this Corbières-based estate.”
Bonus #3-2014 DOMAINE DE BILA-HAUT Cotes du Roussillon Villages “Occultum Lapidum” $32.95…92 pts-Jeb Dunnuck/Wine Advocate: “I continue to be blown away by the quality coming from Domaine de la Bila Haut, which is run with the Chapoutier team. They’ve continued to grow these Roussillon releases, and the quality is stunning. Another terrific vintage for this cuvee, the Syrah and Grenache-dominated 2014 Cotes du Roussillon Villages Latour de France Occultum Lapidem was harvested between the 12th of September and the 3rd of October with miniscule yields of 28 hectoliters per hectare. Completely destemmed and aged all in concrete tanks, its ruby opaque color is followed by complex notes of garrigue, leather, plums and violets. Medium to full-bodied, elegant and layered, with a great texture.”

bilaIf you’re looking for a way to ignore the heat, this doesn’t look so bad, does it? We’ll be doing our best for you if you drop by anytime between 4:30 and 8:00 tomorrow. The always reasonable ten dollars covers the first five wines, and a nominal bit more will take you on the bonus journey. Bring along some friends, some snacks, some ice, whatever you need, because these are totally worth your effort!


Aug. 19th: SW France’s Languedoc-Roussillon- France’s Bargain basket!

Aug. 26th: California Zinfandels- the satisfaction continues!

Sept. 2nd: Spanish Satisfaction- these Iberian ideals are not to be missed!