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
Powerful Priorat at a Pretty Price!

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]

Nada Nebbiolo: Barbaresco Quality at a Bargain Price!

When you speak of traditionalists, Bruno Nada, carrying on for his father Fiorenzo, is making wines that challenge anybody’s in the Piedmont for excellence. This nebbiolo is sensational. Rich, b[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]

2013 Love & Squalor Pinot Gris: leave bland behind!

Floating like a delicious life preserver in a sea of innocuous pinot gris comes this latest zesty white from winemaker Matt Berson, who seems to have knack for making whites that refresh, satisfy, and[more]

January 23, 2015

Winemakers from Matello Wines and Seven of Hearts, IN STORE!!

I know some of you would expect me to reference the POTUS speech the other night, especially that darkly glowing object behind him, aka John Boehner’s oddly tanned mug. Well, just so you know, I’m not going there. If he says it’s natural and he gets it from mowing his yard (in winter?), then I believe him. Pure coincidence that he rents an apartment in Washington from a lobbyist who’s clients include the American Suntanning Association. In politics, 2+2 doesn’t have to equal 4! So we’ll just leave that alone and get on to more important matters….

7gsmWe haven’t had guests here at VINO for quite some time and you’ve had to put up with my schtick long enough. So to give you all a break this Friday we’ll have two of my fave Oregon wine guys in, doing some showing and telling of their quite delicious produce. Marcus Goodfellow of Matello/Goodfellow Family Wines, and Byron Dooley of Seven of Hearts, who both started their wineries 10-12 years ago, have quickly made a well deserved name for themselves. Obviously extremely talented while remaining very humble guys, these are the kind of people I love to see succeed in our business. They didn’t come to Oregon bearing a pharma-fortune; they don’t feel a need to stroke their egos with $60+ bottles of overpriced pinot. They just do good work at affordable prices. Especially in wine, I can very much get behind that kind of ethos. Which is why this is going to a really excellent event. We’ll pour their extraordinary wines and they’ll be available to tell you everything you need to know. How much better can your Friday get than this….
-2013 MATELLO “Whistling Ridge” Blanc $19.95
-2013 GOODFELLOW FAMILY WINE Pinot Gris Reserve $19.95
-2013 SEVEN OF HEARTS Sauvignon Blanc “Columbia Valley” $17.95
-2013 MATELLO “Hommage” Pinot Noir $27.95
-2012 SEVEN OF HEARTS “Tradition” Cab-Merlot-Cab Franc $24.95
And with the bonus pours, the stuff strutting really starts….
Bonus #1-2012 SEVEN OF HEARTS “Luminous Hills” Pinot Noir $32.95
Bonus #2-2012 GOODFELLOW FAMILY CELLARS “Whistling Ridge’ Pinot Noir $35.95
Bonus #3-2012 SEVEN OF HEARTS G-S-M “Columbia Valley” $24.95

hommageThis is an incredible lineup, and as I said, affordable excellence! The men of wine will be here for your grilling anytime between 4:30 and 8:00 tomorrow. The cost of this meet & greet is the usual ten dollars for the first five wines, and you really do want to try the bonus pours for a bit more. So worth it! Of course you should bring along some snacks, and absolutely some like minded friends who appreciate quality craftsmanship. Drop in anytime and meet two of nicest wine guys going. See you here!

*** UPCOMING TASTINGS ***

Jan. 23rd: Byron Dooley of Seven of Hearts and Marcus Goodfellow of Matello Wines are i n the house showing their extreme winemaking chops! A very special evening awaits!!

Jan. 30th: Portuguese Wine: where the wine deals roam free!

Feb. 6th: VINO’s Bordeaux Blast! There’s nothing like the classics!