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

John Paul has just released yet another rock solid pinot noir that sells for a good $5-$10 less that anyone else’s “Dundee Hills” bottling. Because that’s how he rolls. This has all the us[more]

South American Satisfaction: Ca’de Calle & Viu Manent

Two Bordeaux-style blends at our recent exploration of the wines of Chile and Argentina stood out as awesome values, delivering big on both flavor and the all important bang-for-the-buck meter. As we [more]

Swick’d Again: 2016 SWICK WINES Grenache Blanc

Joe Swick, who’s wines we’ve been championing for the last couple of years, has shown himself to be one of the state’s most innovative young winemakers. His pinots are terrific, but I feel his w[more]

Holy cow! I just tasted this a few days ago and was blown away by this incredible Chateauneuf-du-Pape lookalike and had to share, stat! This is a wonderfully intense, hedonistic drinking experience. D[more]

2014 Juan Gil Monastrell- aka “Marvelous Mourvedre”!

So happy to have this long time VINO favorite back in store! A big, dark, full-bodied Monastrell (aka “mourvedre”) that never fails to satisfy and has a remarkable ability to age. I recently had a[more]

Produttori Rising: 2012 Produttori del Barbaresco!!

The Produttori co-op is unquestionably one of Italy’s greatest wine producers. Year after year they are absolute benchmarks of quality in Barbaresco. Adding to the allure of this 2012 is that in thi[more]

This is without question one of my Top 5 Wine I tasted in 2016. Absolutely profound in every way with its intensely dark color, its ripe, incredibly layered fruit, the truckloads of complexity and cha[more]

Ravishing Rioja: 2012 Palacios Remondo Montesa

For whatever reason I hadn’t had this current release of one our favorite Riojas from past vintages, and when I recently had it with my rep I was kicking myself. This is a stunner! A beautiful Rioja[more]

June 23, 2017

Global Grenache!!

Tomorrow’s tasting event, when I conceived it in 65* weather, seemed the perfect night for a flight of robust, spicy reds. But in my continuing awareness of the truism that it is always best to make concessions to Mother Nature (as opposed the ongoing and  abominable example being set for our kids by the current administration, which is when Mother Nature dares come calling, you give that old broad the middle finger), the lineup has been altered to account for the fact that it is going to be tad toasty tomorrow. Luckily be they red, white, or pink, when it comes to Grenache these days you will drink equally well. The ability of wine producers around the world to do great things with usually under-appreciated grape varietals over the past 10 or so years (even more striking the last 5 years, IMO) has been astonishing to witness. Grenache among them. With the exception of Chateauneuf du Pape, where Grenache has been the main component and made into some of the world’s greatest wines for generations, it has rarely reached heights that would get your pulse racing. In classic “that was then, this is now” fashion I strongly encourage the investment of a bit of your time tomorrow evening here at VINO) as you’ll be both surprised and delighted at the strength of our lineup. Plus having some whites and rosés in the mix has allowed me to show off even more facets of Grenache. I mean, really how many of you have tried (or heard of for that matter) grenache blanc? Trust me, you’ll be happy to have this in your drinking experience! The varied lineup below is filled with wines perfect for the summer grilling/picnic/patio season. Pretty excited here and can’t wait to share the flavor….
2016 VAL DE FRISACH Grenache Blanc (Spain) $16.95
2016 BODEGAS LEZAUN Grenache Rosado (Spain) $9.95
2016 L’HERMAS Languedoc Rosé (France- 100% grenache) $17.95…you read about it in yesterday’s E-Special and now you’ll find out why I am super excited for the brilliant rosé!
2012 D’ARENBERG Grenache “The Custodian” (Australia) $18.95…90 pts-Vinous; 90+ pts-Wine Advocate
2015 BODEGAS BORSAO Garnacha Old Vine “Tres Picos” (Spain) $18.95…92 pts-Vinous; 91 pts-Wine Advocate: “…clearly one of the great wine values in the world.”
And as always in our indulgent corner of the world on SE 28th & Ash, more is most assuredly better….
Bonus #1-2016 SWICK WINES Grenache “Columbia Valley” (Wash.) $23.95…one of our big hits in the 2014 vintage, Joe Swick couldn’t access grapes for a ’15 version. He has now found a new source high in the Yakima Valley hills from an organically grown and dry farmed vineyard, and now we get first look at this most exciting new Swick Corp. release. So new, in fact, that the case he dropped yesterday didn’t even have labels yet as he’s awaiting delivery of them!
Bonus #2-2008 CLARENDON HILLS Old Vine Grenache “Blewitt Springs Vineyard” (Australia) $33.95…why our distributor still has a couple dozen cases of highly rated, almost-10 year old Aussie grenache from one of the greatest Australian winemaking families is somewhat of a mystery, but after reading current tasting notes online, it is one I am very excited to explore! 92 pts-Wine Advocate
Bonus #3-2013 DOMAINE PAUL AUTARD Chateauneuf du Pape “La Cote Ronde” (France) $49.95…this top cuvée from Autard blew me away in the 2012 vintage, and this new release confirms for me that Autard’s “La Cote Ronde” is the greatest Chateauneuf value in the world! 91-93 pts-Wine Advocate; 92 pts-Wine Spectator; 92 pts-Vinous

So with the patio open and umbrellas up outside and the a/c working hard inside we’ll be pouring the good stuff tomorrow anytime between 4:30-8:00. Stop by anytime in those hours, bring along ten bucks for the first five and a bit more for the bonus glory, and we’ll hook you up. As always snacks are welcome and advised, as are drinking companions. Hope to have your company tomorrow!!

*** UPCOMING TASTINGS ***

June 30th: Southern Italian Soul- taste the intensity, passion, and soul of this beautiful wine landscape!

July 7: CLOSED FOR VACATION

July 14: The Glory of Italy’s Piedmont- world class wines from a place that speaks to everything I love!

July 21: California Rhone Rangers- gutsy, big, and rich, these are ‘queing wines without peer!

July 28: Oregon Pinots- a long overdue of exploration of yet another reason we live in the greatest state in America!

August 4: Tuscan Treasures, pt. 1- a sensual tour of the rolling hills of Tuscany.

August 11: CLOSED FOR VACATION

August 18: South American Discoveries- our latest southern hemispheric finds!

August 25: Tuscany, pt 2- the wines of Chianti, Montalcino, Montepulciano, and more!