Weekend Tastings

We have some quite special treats in store at the wine shack for your FREE sampling pleasure. This will be a great way to keep your weekend groove going, and I highly encourage you to carve out some time for these fabulous examples of the winemaking craft. Stop by to say hello and discover some great wines  on Saturday from 10:30-6:30 or on Sunday from 12:00-5:00.

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 18 & 19, 2015

FREE Weekend Wine Tasting

langhe-nebbiolo-doc-bricco-magnoIt’s not only going to be a great weekend of FREE wine tasting at VINO this Saturday (11-6:00) and Sunday (12-5:00), but as an added bonus we have the return Saturday, for a one day cameo, of the lovely Sarah Egeland, late of VINO and now one of PDX’s top somms, who will be covering for me as I take a quick camping break. Follow that up with the Sunday wine party mc’d by Nici and you’ll be wishing I was gone every weekend! Those two wine savvy women and these great wines to sample? H*ll yes!! This is where you’ll be beating the heat (and yes, you’ll drinking in air-conditioned comfort all weekend)! Let’s go….
-2010 VILLADORIA Nebbiolo “Bricco Magno” $14.95…a tremendous value in rich, earthy, character-driven nebbiolo. A must try for Piedmont fans!
-2012 IRONSTONE Petite Sirah “Lodi” $8.95…this is a steal at this price. Get it by the case for just $7 a pop and call the crowds!!!
-2013 MARC COLIN Aligoté $16.95…this will have you running for the bottle of cassis for that perfect kir!
-2014 J. CHRISTOPHER Rosé “Cristo Irresisto” $14.95…Because it’s the mid-90’s this weekend with a ton of summer ahead, that’s why!