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Accessible prices, great, unique wines to taste, Friday, March 14, Portland

Wine is for everyone, so natural

To date, not since this blog has been posting, has there been so many low cost, amazing tastings for a Friday schedule of Portland Wine Shops. And “amazing” is an understatement. Get out there and taste wine, as there are some very unusual selections, so be sure to check out this entire posting.

What is wine for, if not to taste, learn and appreciate the creativity, craft, and expression of the soil, grapes, sun, rain and wine maker, hopefully in a screw top bottle so all the goodness comes through, and this is one stellar week in which to venture out and do just that… SO DO IT!

Here’s your lineup for this week

Barrel Fine Wine + Tasting Bar

14740 NW Cornell Road, Suite 160

Portland, OR 97229

Join us Tuesday thru Friday 11 AM - 8 PM.

Join us Saturday 11 AM - 7 PM.

Call for directions 971-245-600

Join us this Friday as we welcome guest winemaker John Grochau.
Just come on in, no reservations necessary!

FRIDAY March 14th, 2014
The Line Up:
2012 Pinot Blanc, 'Yamhill Valley Vineyards', Willamette Valley
2012 'Commuter Cuvee' Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley
2010 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley
2012 'CB*GC' Malbec, Columbia Valley
2010 'Red', Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon/Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley
5 wines - $8. bucks - 5:00 - 8:00 pm
+ Winemaker's Choice of Special Bonus Pour!

The Cellar Door

4525 SW Condor Avenue

Portland OR 97239 (Map)

Phone: 503.221.7435

”Toss out your preconceived notions about wines from Greece. Come and see the real excitement of what a new generation is doing by tasting 4 selections from throughout the country.”
This Friday, March 14, 3:30 - 6:30
- 2012 Argyros Atlantis Santorini White
- 2010 Argyros Atlantis Santorini Red
- 2012 Gentilini Robola Cephalonia
- 2011 Thymiopoulos Vineyard Naoussa Xinomavro


2901 NE Alberta Street
Portland, OR 97211

“Cork is currently closed for a hiatus.
We're tending to the barrels at the Viola Winery
and getting our first batch of 2013 wines
ready for bottling and release in late Spring 2014.
Check back to this website for updates on our plans for
reopening cork and the tasting room for Viola Wines”

If you'd like to order any current Viola Wine releases,
please send us an email and we'll get back to you on availability.

VIOLA WINES + cork wine shop
2901 NE Alberta Street

Everyday Wine
1520 NE Alberta
Tues - Sat, 2 - 10

Friday, March 14th

Great Wine Buys

1515 NE Broadway
Portland, OR 97232
Tel: (503) 287-2897

March 14
La Stoppa winemaker Elena Pantaleoni visits all the way from Emilia-Romagna. See Special Wine Events page for details. $10

John's Marketplace

3535 SW Multnomah Blvd
Portland, OR 97219; store phone: 503-244-2617.
Wine order hot-line voice mail: 503-203-3384
Email orders preferred:

Friday, March 14 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Russ Margach of Eyrie Vineyards and Margo Durdel of Oregon Brand Management will be pouring selections from Eyrie Vineyards, McMinnville:
“David is credited with the first plantings of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Gris in the Willamette Valley. The Eyrie Vineyards, founded by David and Diana Lett in 1966, is located in the Dundee Hills. David Lett established Oregon's reputation for producing fine wine both domestically and internationally and became affectionately known as "Papa Pinot."

Eyrie Pinot Gris 2012 $16.99

“Wine Advocate calls it "a sensational value." Eyrie Pinot gris is world famous. Year after year, this is our most popular Pinot gris and one of the finest made.
Hazelnuts, lemon pie, minerals, fig, and sweet lime seduce you and call for another glass. An incredible value and our most popular Pinot gris by far. The previous vintage was sold out for months.
A weighty, dense Pinot gris that outperforms both Oregon and European versions of the wine. Made from Eyrie's four Estate vineyards, these old vine plantings produce intense, densely packed flavors.
Medium body and balanced acidity make Eyrie's Pinot gris a versatile food wine. Jason's favorite match for his Pinot gris is salmon, which shares the wine's velvety texture and subtle flavor and brings out the hints of vanilla and cedar in the wine.

Eyrie Pinot Blanc 2012 $19.99

“Winemaker David Lett was a pioneer of growing and producing Oregon's white wine grapes at his Eyrie winery in the Dundee Hills. This aromatic Pinot Blanc takes a moment to open, and rewards with bright apricot acidity, notes of orchard fruits and a long finish. A beautifully crafted wine. Serve with savory soufflés, muenster cheese, with mild fish or light soups.

Eyrie Chardonnay 2012 $25.99

“Discover why Eyrie Chardonnays earned the position of “Best New World White” from Stephen Spurrier. organizer of the famous Judgement in Paris. Long aging potential is the focus of this selection from the oldest Chardonnay vines in the Willamette Valley

Black Cap Rose 2011 $21.99

“This wine was made from a blend of 93% Pinot noir and 7% Pinot Meunier, both grown on volcanic soils in the Northern Willamette Valley. A rounded palate from barrel fermentation couples with subtle floral undertones on the nose for a light, refreshing version of Pinot. It is a perfect addition to your Holiday meal

Eyrie Pinot Noir 2011 $31.99

“Elegant, delicate, lovely pinot. This is definitely the best 2011 WV pinot I've tasted thus far. It is a pale ruby, almost rose like. The nose is lovely with floral notes, bright cherry, damp leaves, and hints of black tea. The palate is light, lively, and very pleasant. This is a delicate and elegant form of pinot, clearly showing the lighter weights of the vintage, but it is quite enjoyable. Eyrie continues to put out fantastic pinot year in and year out.

Black Cap Pinot Noir 2010 $44.99

“Familiar with Eyrie Vineyards? This is winemaker Jason Lett's private label. Beautifully sums up the 2010 vintage in my eyes: rich dark aromas of mocha, sassafras and vanilla, silky smooth with great body, ripe juicy berries on the palate, absolutely perfect!

From the Eyrie newsletter:

“BlackCap is a label that Jason had started before coming back to Eyrie as winemaker in 2005. He brought the label into the Eyrie fold and has continued to use it as a way to explore grape growing around the valley, off the Eyrie estate vineyard properties. “

And there may be a mystery wine at Dave's desk...

2222 NW Quimby St.
(off 22nd Ave.)

No tasting this Friday

Mt Tabor Fine Wines
4316 SE Hawthorne Blvd

Portland, OR 97215

A VINOUS VISIT FROM ROUGE BLEU & BANNERET $10) Friday, March 14th/ 4-7:30 @ Mt Tabor Fine Wines
Just about a year ago we hosted Jean-Marc Espinasse, proprietor of Domaine Rouge Bleu and nephew of Jean-Claude Vidal, owner of Domaine Du Banneret. Jean-Marc has since moved his family to Provence and is working on setting up another winery in that area. Meanwhile, at Rouge Bleu, Caroline Jones and her husband have moved onto the property. They have set up a delightful B&B on the grounds and Caroline has taken over day to day winemaking duties at the winery. We’ll be offering a tasty flight of wines from both estates. Six of the seven wines come from the two of them and we’ll be starting with a tasty Rhone white from their friends over at Mas De Libian. This week we’ll be surrounded by women as Libian is also the domaine of a very talented female.
Hope you all can join us to welcome these talented young women to Portland. We’re certainly lucky as they will only visit seven cities on their American visit.”
The Lineup
2012 Mas de Libian, Cave Vinum Blanc $19
Roussanne, Viognier, Clairette
2012 Rouge Bleu, Dentelle Rosé $14
Grenache, Carignan
2011 Rouge Bleu, Dentelle Winery Sample/ Available Soon $15
Grenache, Carignan
2010 Rouge Bleu, Mistral $18
Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Roussanne
2011 Rouge Bleu, Mistral Winery Sample/ Available soon $19
Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Roussanne
2011 Rouge Bleu, Lunatique (80-100 year old vines) $40
100% Grenache
2011 Domaine Du Banneret, Chateauneuf-Du-Pape $47
90% Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre/ 10% other 10 allowable varieties

The Portland Bottle Shop

7960 SE 13TH Ave. Portland, OR 97202

“WINE TASTINGS are held every Friday from 5-7:30 pm. We pour a selection of 5 or 6 different wines and the cost is $10 per person, unless otherwise noted.”

March 14 - Pinot Noirs from around the world

Portland Wine Merchants
1430 SE 35th Avenue, Portland

MARCH 14TH: SPAIN! New releases from our newsletter & some surprises $15.00.

Scott Paul PDX

2537 NW Upshur St

Portland, OR 97210

TEL 503 208 2061

Nothing schedules this week

SE Wine Collective (AKA: Division Wine)

TEL 503 208 2061
2425 SE 35TH PLACE

Nothing scheduled for Friday

137 SE 28th Av
Portland, OR 97214
ph: 503.235.8545

March 7, 2013

Tuscan Treasures, pt.1!!
March 14, 2013

World Wide Syrah!!!

“I have to admit that this past week when I wasn’t pondering the wines to be showing off this Friday at our epic Syrah Fest, that I have been rather engrossed in the happenings in Ukraine. Like him or hate him, that Putin is one guy who could give a rip what the world thinks. Now I know his hubris will come back to bite him in the a** sooner or later, but until then (and I promise I’ll get to the wine in a minute), we’ll play a little game called “What is Vladimir saying/thinking”. Match the quotes with the pic that best suits it….

How does a whole lotta syrah sound? Better than me spending time looking up pictures of Putin, I’ll tell you. So syrah it is, and I have to say I have found examples of this most delicious grape from around the world. In fact from six different growing regions around the world! This is an evening of nothing-not-to-like red wine,and these rich, dark, spicy reds are just the thing as grills get fired up across this great city of ours. Check them out and make plans for future pleasures!”
-2010 ARANCIO Syrah Sicilia (Italy) $9.95
-2011 TABALI Syrah Reserva “Limari Valley” (Chile)$15.95…“Dense, layered, ripe, and flavorful, this excellent value could easily be mistaken for a quality Crozes-Hermitage.”-Parker’s Wine Advocate
-2009 CAMPLAZENS Syrah Vins de Pays d’Oc (France) $14.95
-2012 JIM BARRY Shiraz “Lodge Hill” (Australia) $19.95…90 pts-Wine Spectator & Wine Advocate
-2011 KLINKER BRICK Syrah “Farrah Vineyard” (Cali.) $20.95
And then the rewards get even better with our bonus pours….
Bonus #1-2011 AMAVI Syrah “Walla Walla” (Wash.) $26.95
Bonus #2-2010 CORVUS Syrah-Petite Syrah “Red Mountain” (Wash.) $29.95
Bonus #3-2011 DOMAINE DURAND Cornas “Premices” (France)$37.95…“Impressively balanced, layered, and yet still fresh and lively, enjoy this pleasure-bent effort over the coming 7-8 years. 92 points.”-Parker’s Wine Advocate

“And there you have it. An exquisite evening of liquid enjoyment that can be yours for just ten dollars for the first five wines, with a bit more should you make the wise decision to peruse the bonus pours. From 4:30-8:00 all this can be had, so bring along your curiosity, friends, and snacks (see below) and indulge away!”

The Wine Cellar

525 NW Saltzman Rd

Portland, Or

503 643 5655

Nothing scheduled this week

WineUP! Wine Shop

3037 N. Williams A

Portland, Or

503 619 1918

Friday WineTasting

6-8 PM in the cellar Dwellers Lounge
hosted by Jessica Gans of Roco wines,
ere's what she;s bringing.

2011 Willamette valley Pinot $22.99

2012 Willamette Valley Pinot $35.99

2011 Maresh Pinot Noir $39.99

2011 Clawson Pinot Noir $39.99

World Class Wines
269 A Avenue
Lake Oswego, Oregon 97034

World Class Wines offers regularly scheduled Friday night wine tastings at our

Lake Oswego shop from 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm. Six wines for $15.00 with an optional

$5.00 bonus pour; Includes light appetizers and SABERING of our nightly bubbly!

February 15th -22nd Inventory Sale

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