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VINO Summer Pink Case!!

Don’t be fooled by this little bit of rain that is supposedly coming the next couple of days. Rosé season is still in full force for another two months at least, warm weather and entertaining outdoors are a certainty, and you’ll want to be prepared for these unavoidable eventualities! So with your future happiness in mind below you’ll find our last rosé case of the year. Four of the perfect drinkables to take you into fall, and based on how much rosé some friends consumed at our house last night (¡ay caramba!), a much needed tonic for warm, muggy dog days. Relief looks exactly like this…
2013 SAN ROCH LES VIGNES Cotes du Provence
$13.95 bottle/ $134.00 case
ROCHSpeaking of pinks consumed last night, this was exceptional and absolutely spot on Provençal rosé. Made by a co-op of seven local vignerons in the tiny village of Cuers, this blend of 50% Cinsault and 50% Grenache has bright, vivacious, berry and pepper tinged fruit, with a tangy pop of acid on the finish. In other words, just right!

2013 HIRIART “Cigales” Rosado
$11.95 bottle/ $115.00 case
HIRMush a bunch of cranberries and watermelon together, pop that mess in your mouth, and you’ll get an idea of what this VINO favorite rosé tastes like. A wonderful tart (bot not sour) edge and a boisterous “drink me now, quickly!” personality, this is so good. A blend of Tinta del País, Garnacha and Verdejo made by a winery in the Cigales D.O. made by a winery that has been in operation since 1750. So yeah, they’re pretty good at what they do!

2013 HELIOTERRA Pinot Noir Rosé
$17.95 bottle/ $173.00 case
HELIOMade by the effusive Anne Hubatch at her winery on SE Division here in our fair city, this practically pops with clean, totally dry local produce. It has the classic strawberry tinged pinot noir fruit, with alluring rhubarb, floral spice and ripe raspberry shadings that sneak in and out of your awareness. A really terrific pinot rosé made by one of our favorite people!

$10.95 bottle/ $105.00 case
pelleMore plaisir de France in this beguiling blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tannat and Syrah from the SW of this endlessly satisfying country. Made in the commune of Montreal by the Beraut family, who have been doing their wine thing  here for 300 years, this is that perfect light salmon color, with crisp, fresh picked berries, wildflower and a slightly mineral/earth edge that I’m really liking. A pretty incredible value at this price!

SUMMER PINK CASE: Get three bottles each of the above four wines for a most reasonable $138.00 per case (or $11.50 a bottle)! Or feel free to make your own mix should that be to your liking.

Savory Savoie: 2011Philippe Ravier Roussanne

2011 PHILIPPE 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 nowhere near as satisfying as this beautifully rendered bottle from Philippe Ravier’s tiny estate in eastern France’s picturesque Savoie region. It has classic…

Mindblowing Beaujolais and Maconnais, Free, Aug. 13th!!

Of all the tastings we’ve done with producers/importers over the years, none was more well received by all of you than last years event with Aurélien Fiardet, who lives in Portland and whose export company, Terroirs Originels, represents extremely high quality, small scale artisan producers in France’s Beaujolais and Maconnais, sub-regions of the greater Burgundy…

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