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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
California Dreaming: 2014 Ridge Vineyards Petite Sirah “Lytton Estate”

Oh, boy!! We’ve been waiting a long time for this to land, and now that it is here it exceeds expectations on all levels! An absolutely drop dead gorgeous Petite Sirah that has Ridge’s trademark i[more]

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]

Sept. 23, 2016

Great Washington Reds, pt. 1!!

2013opturmHard not go on and on about the latest and greatest Washington wines we’ll be pouring tomorrow, and I found it impossible to contain it to just one evening, so tomorrow we’ll do part one of two and let you in on what has grabbed our attentive palates the past few weeks. I don’t need much preamble with this because you all get these wines, but just saying I am very excited to have such an amazingly diverse display of winemaking talent on display Friday. Single varietals, blends, oddball reds….it’s all here and all good. This is a killer overview, and you’ll be happy to wrap your tastebuds around these beauties…
2013 COLUMBIA CREST Grand Estates Red “Columbia Valley” $10.95…I’ve said it before: these guys make a kajillion cases of wine, but dang, they are for the most part really good, and so well priced! 90 pts-Wine Spectator
2014 POWERS Malbec “Columbia Valley” $11.95
2013 KIONA Lemberger “Columbia Valley” $15.95…last year’s ’12 vintage of this gutsy red was one of the most pleasant surprises of the year for me. The new release does not disappoint!
2011 MILBRANDT VINETARDS Merlot “Estates-Wahluke Slope” $18.95…my personal crusade to bring back merlot could not have a better champion than this spot on rendition from Milbrandt! 90 pts-Wine Spectator
2014 TENET Syrah “The Pundit” $23.95…92 pts—WineAdvocate: “The finest vintage of this cuvée to date, the 2014 The Pundit has loads of ripe dark fruits, charcoal, smoked herbs and licorice in a concentrated, rich, yet always balanced and fresh style. Made from 88% Syrah, 6% Grenache and the rest Mourvedre. Drink this pleasure-bent effort over the coming 4-5 years.”

And when you need to take it next level, there is always bonus pleasure…
Bonus#1-2013 MEMALOOSE Cabernet Franc “Idiot’s Grace Vineyard” $25.95…Okay, technically an Oregon wine since the vineyards are in Mosier, but I was way over-impressed with this beautifully made cab franc when the owner of this small Columbia Gorge winery stopped by. Really delicious stuff here that I totally smitten with!
Bonus #2-2014 HELIOTERRA Mourvedre “Red Mountain” $31.95…the debut of the new release of winemakerAnne Hubatch’s powerhouse red. This is intense,deep, and dark. A smoking good effort!!
Bonus #3-2013 FIDELITAS Optu “Red Mountain” $38.95…the winery wanted to get some movement on their flagship bottle, so dropped the price way down from the usual $50+ tab. A beautiful Bordeaux blend here! 92 pts-Wine Spectator; 93 pts-Wine Advocate: “Owned and run by Charlie Hoppes, Fidelitas’s 2013s were fabulous across the board, and this estate deserves more attention in the market.  The 2013 Optu (73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, and the rest 7% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot) is a rich, plum, chocolaty and lavender scented 2013 that has way more fruit and texture than most in the vintage. Showing more classic Red Mountain graphite and minerality with time in the glass, this full-scale, pedal to the metal effort has a big mid-palate, no hard edges and can be drunk today or cellared for a decade.”

6863cb1a-fcb5-4ee3-9308-c6513b305eb4-largeSo, yes, this will be a rather satisfying night of wine! Starting at 4:30, running til 8:00, and costing just ten bucks for the first five wines (with the usual nominal amount more for bonus delights). Yes snacks. Yes friends. Yes to a need for satisfaction! See you here!!

*** UPCOMING TASTINGS ***

Sept.30th: World’s Great $15 Red Wines-  we love this event, where the wines are right in that sweet spot of deliciousness and affordability!

Oct. 7th: Italy’s Great Barberas! How stoked are we to explore some our very favorite wines in this or any world?!?

Oct. 14th: Washington Reds, pt. 2- the glorious conclusion to this feast of the senses!

Oct. 21st: Global Grenache- an exploration of what winemakers around the world are doing with this berry-filled, spice infused grape!

Oct. 28th: Southern Italian Sunshine- as the weather cools, it’s time to warm up to these sun-drenched reds!

Nov. 4th: France’s Rhone Valley Greats- where the character is great and the flavors are fabulously intense!

Nov. 11th: Oregon Pinot Noir- let us save you the pain of doing the holiday wine country slog by keeping the good stuff close to home!

Nov. 18th: California’s Rhone Rangers- the high riding winemakers down south are doing themselves, and their French inspired wines, very proud!

Nov. 25th:

Dec. 2nd: VINO’s Holiday Fizz Fest- If ever there was a time to break out the bubbles….!!!!!!

Dec. 9th: Italy’s Piedmont Greats- who doesn’t want to drink their way through this delicious region?

Dec. 16th:

Dec. 23rd: California’s All American Zinfandel!!

Dec. 30th: No tasting tonight. We will be open for regular business from 11-6. Stop by for a glass of wine and grab that year end indulgence!!

Jan. 6th: The Best of 2016 Friday Flights! This is a super fun look back at what some of our, and your, favorite wines of Friday Flights from the past 52 weeks!!