VINO

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

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]

Ligurian Delight: Bisson Bianchetta Genovese

Should you happen to glance up and catch a peek of the vineyards dotting the hillsides above you while  hiking along the trail that connects the too picturesque villages of Liguria’s Cinque Terre r[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]

Mar. 21st & 22nd, 2015

FREE Weekend Wine Tasting

*** SATURDAY/SUNDAY SAMPLING ***
f1423727560830_3947020_60I was having a rather difficult debate about which white wine to pour for everyone over the weekend, then I happened to go to a friend’s birthday dinner at one of my favorite PDX restaurants, Bar Avignon, and the answer was made obvious. The 2013 LIONEL BUSSY Chablis “Vieilles Vignes” we’re showing off is simply amazing! Chardonnay as only the Chablisienne can do, from vines averaging 75+ years old. Incredible intensity and fruit quality, like drinking mineral infused crisp apples sprinkled with citrus zest. I was in love from taste one. Awesome food affinity, and for the price it is, while not inexpensive, a legitimate steal. I can’t wait to pour it for you! The reds we have to accompany this beauty are not so bad on their own merit, if I may, so all in all four very good reasons to stop by VINO and sample for FREE. Saturday 11-6 and Sunday 12-5.
-2013 LIONEL BUSSY Chablis $23.95
-2011 NADA Barbera Superiore
$14.95…you know what a huge Barbera fan I am, so I can assure you this bargain bottle is spot on!
-2009 TINTO DO ANFORA Alentejano Tinto
$11.95…another incredible deal from Portugal that is drinking perfectly. Plus it’s about $5 a bottle off its usual price!
-2013 DON RODOLFO Tannat “Viña Cornejo Costas”
$10.95…a rare 100% tannat from Mendoza that is going to find its way into our next Value Case, but I couldn’t wait to show it off!