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April 4 is here, and so are new opportunities to taste wine in Portland Friday

How about some vintage wine?

Here we are at another week of wine tasting, and it is hard to deny these things are not getting better, and better, and better! And the Portland wine shops are really stepping up with their fuller information on what will be included in their events.

So, this week, without further adieu, your options for this week:

Barrel Fine Wine + Tasting Bar

14740 NW Cornell Road, Suite 160

Portland, OR 97229

Direct Imports from Estelle!
Estelle Imports is an importer and distributor of fine wines from Europe and the Americas. A small group of long time wine professionals, Estelle operates on the premise they represent wines they would choose to drink. It is an assertion that may seem obvious, but which is often forgotten in an industry driven by commercialism and attempts to out-think the drinking public.
”Estelle Wines are chosen both to accurately represent their origins and to maximize the relation of quality to the price of the bottle.
”Join us this Friday as we welcome Dougal with Estelle Imports.
”Just come on in, no reservations necessary!”
FRIDAY April 4th, 2014
The Line Up:
N.V. Bodegas Pinord, '+ & +' Brut Seleccion, D.O. Cava, Spain
2011 Vina Las Perdices, Malbec, Mendoza, Chile
2010 San Vincenti, Chianti Classico, Tuscany, Italy
2011 Chateau Paret, Rouge, Cotes de Castillon, Bordeaux, France
2012 Mas de Libian, 'Bout d'Zan, Cotes du Rhone, France

The Cellar Door

4525 SW Condor Avenue

Portland OR 97239 (Map)

Phone: 503.221.7435

FRIDAY SIPS - 2010 Oregon Pinot Noirs

TODAY, FRIDAY APRIL 4, 3:30 - 6:30

All of the hype and accolades are well-deserved and very real. No, not for 2012 Oregon Pinots but for 2010, a vintage of grandeur that none of us saw coming. Like the duckling that has grown into a beautiful swan, these wines are very ageworthy yet have early accessibility to them. Alas, quantities were small and being 3+ years past vintage, many are long sold-out.
Come and join us today for one of the final chances to enjoy a line-up of local Pinots from this fantastic vintage!

$21.99 BTL./$263.88 CASE

Since we started working with John Grochau's wines 7 years ago we have always remarked at how much virtue and value are in these bottles. As we have watched 2010 unfold into one of Oregon's prolific vintages, John has rode the wave and once again put forth another excellent Pinot Noir. The question here is, would you like an Oregon Pinot for 22 bucks that has the capacity to age through the end of the decade?
A resounding combination of dark and vibrant scents that are laid back and steadily build as the wine is aired in the glass; impressive depth and range of fruit plus earth beam in the mouth flowing into a long finish of red cherry and peppery tones that echo well after the wine is swallowed. Savory and delicious now but given the attention to detail and structure Grochau Cellars Pinots possess, more stuff is going to emerge over the next 5-6+ years.

$33.99 BTL./$407.88 CASE

Since their first vintage in 1999 the Patton Valley team of Monte Pitt and Dave Chen have clearly made a mark on the Oregon Pinot Noir scene, establishing themselves and their Gaston, Oregon-located vineyard. The terroir on this flank of the Willamette Valley in Washington county lends itself to dark-scented and textured wines that certainly pack a lot of pizzazz and combined with the underlying finesse of 2010, the results have been nothing short of superb.
Stylistically, the emphasis here is on purity of fruit. Haunting tones of black fruit, and licorice, are very well integrated with its spice, herbs and an underlying strawberry aspect all carrying through to a deceptively long follow-through. Drink through 2020+.

$39.99 BTL./$479.88 CASE

One of the originators of Oregon's organic viticulture movement, former CBS Middle East correspondent and Oregon native Doug Tunnell planted his Ribbon Ridge area vineyard site in 1990. Converting over to biodynamic farming, limiting production and being all about the vineyard site, the small production is always sought-after by Oregon wine lovers. Relatively new and from the McMinnville appellation, Brick House Moe's is a single vineyard Pinot Noir from the Momtazi Vineyard and named after owner Moe Momtazi.
A glorious, poised offering and a very poised take on the terroir of this vineyard, Brick House's version is rather sultry aromas of Italian plums, vibrant red and black cherry, anise and touches of nutmeg and smoke that impressively penetrate the olfactory senses . Luxurious aromas lead to luxurious, but very youthful flavors which pick up lots of structure and backbone. Excellent, persistent but packed finish that features excellent range and material. Will drink and develop nicely for at least another decade


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, April 4th
Elk Cove Vineyards, OR; $15

Great Wine Buys

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

March 28 No Tasting

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, April 4 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 “Mark Retz of Independent Wines will be pouring selections from Spain, Italy, France and Argentina:
2012 Fuente Milano. 50/50 Viura and Verdejo $9.99
”This wine is produced with 45 year old vine Viura and Verdejo from 15 year old vines. Grapes underwent cold maceration for 12 hours and were then lightly bladder pressed to extract the free run juice. The wine (must) underwent slow alcoholic fermentation for 20 days. Afterwards, it aged in stainless steel vats with its lees for several weeks. Stabilization and light filtration occurred before bottling. "Light yellow. Vibrant aromas of pear nectar, orange pith and mint. Sappy and expansive on the palate, displaying fresh citrus fruit and pear flavors accented by a suggestion of succulent herbs. Shows good clarity on the slightly bitter, refreshing finish."
2012 Egeo Verdejo. 100% Verdejo $12.99
”This wine is produced by Isaac Fernandez in partnership with a winery whose modern day operations began in 1941. The winery is located in the heart of Rueda just south of the Duero river and has over 80 hectares of vineyards. After harvesting the grapes are destemmed and undergo a pre-crush cold maceration for several hours. A gentle press is followed by a slow, cool temperature controlled fermentation (max temperature is 17° C) in stainless steel tanks. This cool fermentation maintains vibrant fruit aromas in the finished wine. Expressive aromas of dried herbs and freshly cut grass followed by zesty citrus flavors. Although it is light enough to dance with a delicate partner such as a raw oyster, it delivers enough flavor from its light profile to stand up to many fin fish and chicken dishes."
2010 Villa da Filicaja Chianti Superiore $9.99
”Sangiovese (90%) Canaiolo (5%) Merlot (5%) Harvested entirely by experienced pickers who avoid immature grapes, leaves or broken skins. The grapes we use are harvested by hand into crates with a specific harvest-transfer-destemming criteria, which enables the destemming and the pumping of the must into fermentation tanks within a maximum of 15 minutes after picking the grapes from the
vine. All grapes are checked and sorted bunch by bunch in order to have only perfect grapes for our wine. A ripe, savory style, featuring plum, spice, earth and saline notes matched to a rich texture.
2011 Domaine de Couron Cotes du Rhone $9.99
Grenache (60%) and Syrah (40%), with an average vine age of 46 years. Integrated farming, with hand harvesting, organic herbicides use, no pesticides and the utilization of sustainable agriculture. Three passes in the vineyard, for only, unbroken healthy grapes. Grenache and Syrah are de-stemmed entirely. Concrete Fermentation at 45 °F for a duration of 21 days, No oak. "Light, with sandalwood and tea notes framing the lightly mulled black cherry and red currant fruit core. Singed sandalwood details
echo on the finish."
2012 Mil Piedras Malbec $9.99
100% Malbec
”Barrel ageing: 5 months in French and American oak barrels. Supple in texture, full bodied and very fruity in style with blackberry, plum, toast, and cassis aromas/flavors. Winemaker: Angel Mendoza (formerly of Trapiche for 20+ years). Mil Piedras wines are made with estate-grown fruit from our single vineyard located in one of the most prestigious wine regions of Argentina, Valle de Uco. Benvenuto de la Serna, maker of Mil Piedras, is a small family winery owned by Silvio Benvenuto (Italian immigrant) whose mission statement is to "make 100% estate and 100% handcrafted wines".
2012 Rios de Tinta, Ribera del Duero $13.99
100% Tempranillo.
”Harvested by hand during and immediately de-stemmed, lightly crushed and moved by gravity. Native yeasts fermentations. Temperatures are kept low looking to emphasize fruit aromas in the finished wine. Maceration lasts between 10 and 12 days. After pressing the wine is racked to clean stainless steel tanks for native malolactic fermentation. Vivid ruby color. Emphatically fruity nose displays scents of fresh red berries and pungent flowers, lifted by a peppery topnote. Juicy raspberry and cherry flavors show very good clarity and pick up a hint of pipe tobacco with aeration. The finish strongly repeats the raspberry note and betrays barely a hint of tannins.

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

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

April 4 - It’s the sublime red wine of Piedmont: Nebbiolo!

Mt Tabor Fine Wines
4316 SE Hawthorne Blvd

Portland, OR 97215

Friday, April 4th/ 4-7:30 @ Mt Tabor Fine Wines
”I’m back in the saddle post back thingy. I really may literally be in the saddle most of the evening as it’s a little early for me to do a lot of standing. I’m lucky to have my angels, which, for some of you newer tasters, is the name my customers labeled the girls many years ago…..Sandy’s Angels. So tomorrow’s tasting will feature angel Jennifer and angel Christa…….oh yeah, and the wines as well.
”First up for April, Spanish reds. I was planning to have a Portuguese wine or two but there wasn’t one that I tasted that was strong enough to feature. As always, I’m very picky about what we pour and if I don’t find a particular wine that fits we just omit that portion of the tasting. We have a mixture of the modern to the ultra modern to the traditional. I think you’ll find it a very interesting flight with a couple of $10 and unders that truly out preform their price points. Palacios is a benchmark winery from the Priorat region and Muga, one of my favorite Spanish wineries, is always a treat.”
The Lineup
2012 Bodegas Borsao, Garnacha Tinto $9
Campo De Borja
2011 Olivares Altos De La Hoya, Monastrell $10
2009 Bodegas Castaño, Solanera $16
Yecla Monastrell, Cab S., Tintorera
2012 Alvaro Palacios, Camins del Priorat $20
Priorat/ 40% Garnacha, 30% Cariñena, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah
2009 Bodegas Contador, Predicador $33
Rioja 100% Tempranillo
Premium Pour ($5)
2009 Muga, Reserva Selección Especial $49
Rioja 70% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha, 7% Mazuelo,
3% Graciano

The Portland Bottle Shop

7960 SE 13TH Ave. Portland, OR 97202

Portland Wine Merchants
1430 SE 35th Avenue, Portland

Next Tasting: MARCH 7TH

Scott Paul PDX

2537 NW Upshur St

Portland, OR 97210

TEL 503 208 2061

Next Tasting: Saturday April 12th – 12-5p

SE Wine Collective (AKA: Division Wine)

TEL 503 208 2061
2425 SE 35TH PLACE

Guest Winemaker with Jim Fisher from Fossil & Fawn and Vincent Fritzsche from Vincent Wine Company

When Fri, April 4, 6pm – 8pm


Jim will be pouring the Crowley Station 2011 Pinot Noir and a surprise preview wine!
Vincent will be pouring his 2012 Eola-Amity Pinot Noir and Crowley Station Pinot Noir.
The band is back together!
"All Night Long, with Lionel Fritzsche" has reformed and will be taking over the SE Wine Collective from 6pm-8pm on Friday, April 4. Jim, Jenny, and Vincent, loaded for bear and always ready to show off their wines from the Crowley Station Vineyard, are making us an extra stop on their tour.


1. Crowley Station Vineyard 2011 Pinot Noir

2. A sneak peek at an upcoming Crowley Station Vineyard release

3. Vincent Wine Company 2012 Eola-Amity Pinot Noir

4. Vincent Wine Company 2012 Crowley Station Pinot Noir”

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

April 4, 2013

“This week we revisit the classics that are the great wines of Bordeaux. As stated several times in the past, nowhere else does cabernet, merlot, cab franc, malbec, and petit verdot reach the pinnacle of elegance and complexity that it does in these vineyards surrounding the Gironde River in southwest France. That will be in ample evidence tomorrow as we have wines from the classic vintages of 2009 and 2010 on display. From the low end to the high, these wines area simply superb buying opportunities. Even our first wine is a red that would benefit from a couple of years in the basement. And obviously the Bonus-Bonus Chateau de Fieuzal isn’t cheap, but man, is that a lot of wine for fifty bucks (plus it comes in these really cool wood six-packs)! So please make arrangements to come taste the wines that have captivated the tastebuds of wine dorks for generations. The pleasure will be all yours….
-2010 CHATEAU DU PIN Bordeaux $10.95
-2010 CHATEAU LAJARRE Bordeaux Superieure $12.95
-2010 CHATEAU ROLAND LA GARDE Blaye $15.95
-2010 CHATEAU PEYROUX Castillon $18.95
-2010 CHATEAU LANBERSAC Puisseguin-St. Emilion $20.95…90 pts-Wine Spectator
”And for your bonus edification….
Bonus #1- 2009 CLOS DU JAUGUEYRON Haut-Medoc $26.95…90 pts-Wine Advocate: “A sleeper of the vintage and a classic overachiever for the Haut-Medoc appellation.”
Bonus #2- 2010 CHATEAU TOURNEFEUILLE Lalande de Pomerol$29.95…90 pts-Wine Spectator: “Shows excellent depth and refinement.”
”Bonus #3- 2009 CHATEAU DE FIEUZAL Pessac-Leognan $54.95…92 pts-Wine Spectator; 92+ pts-Wine Advocate: “A terrific, classic Graves with notes of subtle smoke, black raspberries, black currants, graphite and unsmoked cigar tobacco, this full-bodied, deep, concentrated de Fieuzal is far more generous and deep than most vintages of the past.”

That all sounds pretty tasty, doesn’t it? Assuming you agree show up anytime between 4:30-8:00 and get your taste of French refinement. The first five are ten dollars, the bonuses are a smidge more, and all are delicious! See you here with your favorite friends and snacks!”

The Wine Cellar

525 NW Saltzman Rd

Portland, Or

503 643 5655

4 – 7PM

Tasting “3 Fools Winery”

WineUP! Wine Shop

3037 N. Williams A

Portland, Or

503 619 1918

Friday Night Tasting
From 6-8 in the Cellar dwellers Lounge.
Guest server this week, Fabrizzio Asaro owner of Corridor No. 5 wines, an importer of fine Italian wines. He should have a GREAT lineup for us this week. $10 to taste, Wine Club Members taste for FREE!

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!

Next Tasting: April 10th

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