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

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]

Wow! I just tasted this about 5 minutes ago with one of my reps and was absolutely blown away that a Priorat this good was available for so little and had to sit down and share immediately! This is as[more]

Dolcetto Gets Real!

Ascheri is renowned for producing Barolos that are classics. Unyielding, bold, traditional nebbiolo that come from their impeccably maintained cellar in Bra. Their attention to detail, and the intense[more]

I don’t usually do things prompted by reviews I read in The Wine Spectator, especially wines that are made in the several thousand case quantity, but I know on this bottle when word hits the gen[more]

Savory Savoie: 2011Philippe Ravier Roussanne

We’ve been seeing plenty of roussanne based wines coming from various NW wineries. They are usually fairly good, but unfortunately priced at about $15-$20 or more. Now here’s the thing: they are n[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]

April 24, 2015

Italian Ideals: The Piedmont, pt. 2!!

barbera-asti-battaglione2014If one has to return from vacation…reluctantly, kicking and screaming, pouting, finally accepting, sort of…then this Friday is a pretty great way to reenter the land of deliciousness. Leaving on a high note of Italian greatness a couple weeks ago, then coming back to yet another epic flight of things I love most (and don’t think for a second this wasn’t planned well ahead of time) in the wine world is pretty sweet. Piedmont holds so much to appreciate, as you all know by now. Amazing character, fabulous food wines, from a beautiful area of the world, and what I always find is that everything about this small, insular corner of Italy comes through each time I taste these wines. And that has to be one of the things I’ve come to appreciate most about wine, European wines in particular. I love the fact that you can pour something out of the bottle, raise the glass, and with that first little sniff and sip you know that this wine could not have come from anywhere else. Bordeaux will always smell and taste like Bordeaux. The Rhone, Tuscany, Burgundy (and I’m seeing, finally, that same thing from Oregon pinot noir), and as you’ll see tomorrow the Piedmont produce wines that speak exactly of where they come from. It’s pretty cool to experience, and I’m very excited to share part two of this wine wonderland with you tomorrow…
-2013 RUGGERI CORSINI “Matot” Nebbiolo-Barbera-Dolcetto $11.95
-2013 MONTARIBALDI Dolcetto d’Alba “Vagnona” $12.95
-2013 NADA Barbera d’Alba Superiore $14.95
-2013 RENATO RATTI Barbera d’Asti “Battaglione” $20.95
-2012 SOTTIMANO Langhe Nebbiolo $20.95..90 pts-Antonio Galloni: “A drop-dead gorgeous beauty. Freshly cut flowers, sweet red berries, cinnamon and mint are all woven together in an utterly textured Nebbiolo bursting at the seams with pure class.”
And if those sound amazing, with our bonus pours, to paraphrase Bachman Turner Overdrive “You ain’t tasted nothing yet”…
Bonus #1-2011 MASSOLINO Langhe Nebbiolo $31.95…91 pts-Antonio Galloni: “A stunner. Sweet red berries, rose petals, sweet spices and mint all flesh out in a gorgeous wine loaded with pure pedigree, Best of all, the 2011 is flat-out delicious. Silky, polished tannins grace a finish of impeccable class. Simply put, this is a fabulous wine.”
Bonus #2-2010 FIORENZO NADA Barbaresco  $35.95 (fyi-a different Nada family than the producers of wine #3)…92 pts-Antonio Galloni: “Energetic, brilliant and beautifully delineated, the 2010 Barbaresco impresses for its tension and drive. The aromas and flavors are decidedly high-toned in a Barbaresco built on pure minerality.”
Bonus #3-2010 G.D. VAJRA Barolo “Albe” $44.95…94 pts-Antonio Galloni: “A real stunner. Brilliant and finely sculpted on the palate, the 2010 dazzles from the very first taste. Expressive, floral notes meld into bright red fruit, mint and crushed berries in a vibrant, striking Barolo endowed with pure energy and class.  Simply put, the 2010 Barolo Albe is not to be missed.”

172202Sure, you could other things tomorrow after work, but none of them are this fun! So see you here anytime between 4:30 and 8:00. Ten dollars will titillate your tastebuds with the first five wines, and the bonus pours are well worth the extra investment. These are food wines above all, so be sure to bring along some snacks!

*** UPCOMING TASTINGS ***

April 24th: Italy’s Great Piedmont reds, pt. 2!

May 1st: Big California Zins Return!!

May 8th: Wines of the French Countryside- going off the beaten path!

May 15th: Awesome Aussie Reds- wonders down under!!

May 22nd: Amazing Values from SW France!! #bangforthebuck lives here!

May 29th: Southern Italy’s Sensual Side- The reds that warm your heart and soul!!

June 5th: VINO’s Spring Fizz Fest!! It only happens twice a year, and this is the day!

June 12th: Washington Red Blends- taste this delicious mix of regional greatness!