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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
All about the new: 2014 SWICK WINES Grenache “Terre Brulée”

I think that young Joe Swick is making some of the most interesting and exciting wines in Oregon right now. His Blanc de Noir from pinot noir was one of my favorite wines of the summer, his regular pi[more]

Single Vineyard Sensation! 2011 Montaribaldi “Du Gir” Barbera d’Alba

I love it when my Barbera lust gets satisfied. Long time VINO shoppers know how much we respect the Montaribaldi wines that come from Luciano and Roberto Taliano’s small family winery in the town of[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]

THE BUCK IS BACK: 2014 Buckman Pinot Noir!!

Coming a month late (due to self-inflicted label ordering issues) but all the better for the additional bottle time is our latest baby from the soon-to-be-revered 2014 Oregon pinot noir vintage. As it[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]

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]

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]

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]

Feb. 12th, 2015

Drink American- Classic California Cabernet!!

This being an election year it seems only patriotic to honor our American way of life, as we’re reminded again and again by the candidates. At VINO it has nothing to do with electorate pandering, xenophobic fear-mongering, bad comb overs, or feeling an uncomfortable Bern.  It has everything to do sm_label_lr_cab_12with tasting through and being proud of American wine industry as often as possible this year…or at least until I go running back to the vineyards of France and Italy. This Friday we’ll be hitting the American classic that got a lot of us, including your scribe, started on red wine. The bug bit me when I would take trips to Napa in the late-80’s, not in the wine biz yet, hating my job at the time, and thinking “Gee, this seems like an intriguing business to get into.” Which of course is classic be careful what you wish for. Okay, actually I am ridiculously fortunate, and while my personal palate may turn in more of a Mediterranean direction these days, I still have a big ‘ol soft spot for these glorious, unapologetically American wines. Tomorrow’s lineup features everything I love about cabernet sauvignon from California, from wines that show some incredible drinkability right now to others that, as good as they obviously are now, will become classics given 10+ years in your cellars. If you care about yourself, if you care about your country, stop by tomorrow to wash the foul taste of our presidential candidates out of your mouths with some true American icons…

2013 LOCKWOOD Cabernet Sauvignon “Monterey” $10.95
2014 HAHN ESTATE Cabernet Sauvignon “Monterey” $13.95
2013 FOXGLOVE Cabernet Sauvignon “Paso Robles” $16.95…”One of the truly great values in California Cabernet Sauvignon. Plump, juicy and beautifully layered in the glass, the 2013 offers plenty of varietal fruit, savory herbs, tobacco and cedar. Aging in steel preserves considerable freshness. Dark cherry, plum and mocha wrap around the succulent finish.”-Vinous/Antonio Galloni
2013 AVALON Cabernet Sauvignon “Napa Valley” $17.95
2012 ROBERT MONDAVI Cabernet Sauvignon “Napa Valley” $22.95
And of course your bonus pours make living in the first world even better…
Bonus #1-2012 MT. VEEDER Cabernet Sauvignon $29.95…this is a personal favorite and I think it’s a classic from a great California vintage! A fabulous $30 bottle of wine!!
Bonus #2-2011 DOMAINE EDEN Cabernet Sauvignon “Sanata Cruz” $36.95…90 pts-Vinous; 90 pts-Wine Advocate: “A terrific value, the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Domaine Eden has a distinctly Bordeaux-like personality in its blackcurrants, shaved pencil lead, tobacco leaf and wet stone-like aromas and flavors.”
Bonus #3-2012 SMITH-MADRONE Cabernet Sauvignon “Napa Valley-Spring Mountain” $52.95…94 pts-Vinous: “Ripe, voluptuous and very much in the style of the year, the 2012 is a showy wine, with plenty of intensity and resonance. At the same time, there is plenty of tannic backbone lurking beneath that gives the wine its power and overall structure.”

IMG_5734And that, my fellow Americans, is how we get it done, USA-style! Stop by anytime Friday between 4:30-8:00 to get your share of the good life. Bring along your favorite drinking companions, some delicious nibbly bits (btw- the folks at Cheese & Crack a block away have been providing some killer $10-ish snack boxes you should check out. And you can call ahead to place your order!), and we’ll provide the liquid accompaniments!

*** UPCOMING TASTINGS ***

Feb. 12th: California Cabernet Sauvignon: All American Treasures!

Feb. 19th: Oregon Pinot Noir- the getting only gets better!