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

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]

2013 Buckman Wine Co. Pinot Noir- the return!!

I may have hoped, but I never thought that this would be the wine I get asked about more than other. For all of who’ve been asking when we’ll have more, here’s your answer… Three y[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]

Cellers Santamaria: Spanish wine from the Old School!

Describing a wine as sexy seems to be a bit pandering. What does that mean exactly? Then I took a taste of this sensual red from Spain’s little explored Emporda region in the northeast corner of[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]

Piedmontese Pleasures!

Piedmont Pleasures Individually or together, these are world class red wines that have all found their way into my basement. Absolutely stellar winemaking involved here from one of the places in the w[more]

October 25 & 26, 2014

FREE Weekend Wine Tasting

UnknownSo you know we’ll be pouring a creation Columbia Valley Cabernet this weekend during our free wine salon that takes place her at VINO (Saturday 11-6; Sunday 12-5). Now I just have to figure out the proper accompaniments. I know it’ll be a worthy stop for you, but where to go with this. Oh, the dilemmas I face at my work! I think the weekend is shaping up to look something like this…
-2012 COLUMBIA CREST Cabernet Sauvignon Horse Heaven Hills $12.50
-2010 LA ANTIGUA Rioja Crianza $17.95
…a wine I just tasted a couple days ago and was knocked out by. 100% tempranillo that is rich, earthy, leathery, and filled with tradition. Classic Spanish red here!
-2011 MONTELLORO Chianti “Poggio alla Luna” $11.95
-2013 DOMAINE TALMARD Macon-Uchizy $13.95
…amazing quality level of a wine I wrote up last vintage and quickly sold out of. Back in ’13, and fabulous again. The French know chardonnay!