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
D’Angelo’s Awesome Aglianico!!

I don’t know if I’d call this wine “savage”, although the intense, deeply colored and flavored wines grown on the slopes of Mt. Vulture in the Campania region of southern Italy do have their w[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]

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]

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]

Baby Barbaresco!

I’ve been amazed at the values from Franco Serra’s small Piedmontese operation in the village of Mombaruzzo a few km’s from Alba. Whether it was a killer Barbaresco for around $25 or[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]

July 31, 2015

Tuscan Treasures, pt. 2

Remember Part 1 of out Tuscan exploration? Happened about 5 weeks ago. Originally it was supposed to happen a couple weeks after part 1. More of those best laid plans going down in flames. One thing is we better get this over with stat, what with impending natural disasters that are lurking around the corner. Apparently earthquakes are a-coming that are going to turn Portland into L.A. and Seattle into San Francisco as California crumbles into the ocean. Now I’m not one to hit the panic button, especially when the New Yorker magazine article mentioned a 30% chance of it happening in the next 50 years. Which gets way more website clicks than a headline that states “70% Chance of Earthquake Not Happening In The Next 50 Years”. Just wanted to throw a little perspective at you. Also on the off chance it does happen, who do we talk to about swapping cities with Seattle, because personally I’d much rather root for the Giants than the Dodgers (sorry, Craig K)!

Which somehow is a lead in to tomorrow’s incredible tasting of Tuscan wines, 100 degree temps be d*mned. Knowing you all, you’re not the types to let a little heat keep you away. Besides the patio always seems about 15 degrees cooler than the real world outside the fence. To make it very worth your while I believe I have assembled a rather incredible lineup that is totally reflective of just how good the state of Tuscan winemaking is right now. Each and every wine is so filled with character and intensity. You name the sensory experience and it’ll mote than likely be on display. And I know I say this with perhaps annoying regularity, but these are such incredible food wines, whatever the season. No matter the price, these offer huge return on your wine drinking investment. Bring along your best snacks, your best drinking buddies, and indulge Italian style…
-2013 AIA VECCHIA Vermentino $13.95…vermentino has the past few years vaulted into the regular rotation of whites consumed at chez me!
-2014 SANTA CRISTINA Rosato Toscana $14.95…it’s hot, this is pink. Need I say more?
-2011 FANTI Sant’Antimo Rosso “Sassomagno” $13.95
-2012 FATTORIA BASCIANO Chianti Rufina $15.95…90 pts-Wine Advocate
-2011 CANALICCHIO Rosso di Montalcino $21.95
And then we make you forget all about the heat with some awesome bonus selections….
Bonus #1-2008 CASTELLUCCIO Ronco di Ciliegi $25.95…100% sangiovese that has all the Tuscan earth you could ask for!
Bonus #2-2009 MOCALI Brunello di Montalcino $44.95
Bonus #3-2010 CAPRILI Brunello di Montalcino $44.95

A very good Italian evening awaits at VINO Friday! Stop by anytime between 4:30 and 8:00. The usual ten dollars for the first five wines and a bit more for your bonus pleasure will ensure maximum enjoyment. See you here!

*** UPCOMING TASTINGS ***

August 7th: California’s Rhone Rangers!