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February 21, taste wine in Portland, several offerings are especially noteworthy

Pause, for wine

This Friday's tastings look to be back in the swing of variety. Two wine shops, not usually on the "visit" lists of many deserve a harder look this week. Remember to Subscribe for mid-week opportunities, including special sales.

Barrel (14740 NW Cornell Road, Suite 160), has a very nice tasting, perhaps worth the drive, or maybe a great tasting is close to you, far out west-sider!

The Wine Cellar (525 NW Saltzman Rd) has L’Ecole as its visiting winery, and that's on the west side as well.

Perhaps this is a Friday to begin out west and work you way back in!
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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 explore Old World Wines from France and Italy. We are pleased to welcome back John Robinson from Cordon Selections. Just come on in, no reservations necessary!
The Line Up:

2012 Domaine Vincent Mothe, Petite Chablis, Burgundy, FR
2012 Fiorini, 'Becco Rosso' Lambrusco, Emilia-Romagna, IT
2011 Domaine Lignier-Michelot, Bourgogne Rouge, Burgundy, FR
2011 Pira Luigi, Dolcetto d'Alba, Piedmont, IT
2011 Chateau Champs des Soeurs, Fitou AOC, Languedoc, FR
2011 Avignonesi, Rosso di Montepulciano, Siena, IT

The Cellar Door

4525 SW Condor Avenue

Portland OR 97239 (Map)

Phone: 503.221.7435


Today, February 21, 3:30 - 6:30

Drop by to taste three red wines that have absolutely nothing in common except for their sheer deliciousness!


$17.99 BTL./$215.88 CASE

The man behind Purple Hands is Cody Wright, son of Ken Wright, and his wines are nothing like those of his famous father. By doing his own style, Cody has established himself as one of the top-dogs of the next generation of Oregon Pinot producers. One of the most striking under 20 buck Pinots tasted so far this season, the 2012 Purple Hands is quite a charmer.

The range of quality vineyards used, the diversity of clonal material, the minimal influence of new wood (20% new) and the quality of the vintage all combine to make this one pretty and supple bottle of wine. It has fine depth of color, penetrating red cherry aromatics, nice movement of flavor and surprising depth for its modest price point. Very lovely now and will continue to drink well for another 3-4 years.


$23.99 BTL./$143.94 – SIX PACK CASE



After working with Altos Las Hormigas's Reserve Malbec for 15+ years now, it seems that the popularity and accolades bestowed on it are endless. This is hands down one of our favorite Argentine reds and like most great wine, there's a story here. A brainchild of famed Italian wine broker Marc de Grazia in conjunction with four highly respected Italian winemakers excited and quite passionate about the potential and challenge of growing old-vine Malbec in a warm climate...specifically, the world-class region of Mendoza in Argentina. In 1997, the first vintage of this supple, concentrated and richly fruited wine was born. Since then, it's risen to sit among the best of the region. We regularly taste wine from South America and Altos is one of the benchmarks we use to gauge quality and value for all others.

As black as the night in the Uco Valley, this Malbec feels tremendous in size and ripeness, yet held together and maintaining freshness by vivid brisk red tones that is are just as important as the wine's dark fruit flavors. Decadent and opaque aromas and flavors overflow with notes of juicy blackberries, dark cherries, Indian spice, violet and cocoa-laden tobacco. A velvety-texture with layer upon layer of plummy fruit as well as the perfect amount of tannins, that are both ripe and fine grained which add structure and a long beautifully textured mouthfeel. For maximum pleasure, decant this beauty and give it the respect that it deserves, you won't be sorry. Drink through 2021.


[reg. $49.99] SPECIAL PRICE - $34.99 BTL./$419.88 CASE

Made by one of the real heroines of Italian wine, Cristina Geminiani has been producing excellent wines from her Romagna-based vineyards located about an hour east of Bologna that many Italian wine insiders have known about for many years. On a hot special price, the 2006 Marzieno Ravenna Rosso is a TKO value and whether you love Italian wine or Cabernet-style blends, is worthy of your attention.

60% Sangiovese, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 15% Syrah & 5% Ancellotta this is a hearty mouthful of Emilia-Romagna at its best. Still primary with aromas of attacking plum, boysenberry, licorice. Undertones of sage and thyme let you know that it is Italian. Gentle hints of chocolaty, smoky oak creep through (30% new utilized). Structured, full and attacking, but with excellent poise and polish. A little Bordeaux-like firmness shows in the expansive and impressive finish. This is spectacular juice for about 1/4 the price of many trendoid Super Tuscans from the Bolgheri region! Drink through 2022 and certainly not a crime if you were to uncork this evening.


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, February 21st
SPAIN; $12

Great Wine Buys

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

February 21

Amarone and Ripassa! The richer side, with Allegrini, Vaona, Zenato Masi et al. Nice Amarone bonus. $18

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, February 21 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Lindsay Green of Vertical Wine will be pouring selections from Washington, Italy, France, Spain and Bulgaria:

Alverdi Pinot Grigio 2012 Emilia Romagna $7.99

“Grown along the central-eastern coast of Italy, the grapes are vinified in stainless steel to preserve the integrity of the fruit and maintain the naturally fresh character of the variety. A fresh, floral bouquet with notes of acacia flowers, this dry white is well balanced with lively fruit flavors. Alverdi Pinot Grigio is an excellent aperitif and pairs well with seafood and fresh vegetables.”

Lone Birch Chardonnay 2011 Yakima Valley $8.99

“A delicate bouquet of citrus fruits. Crisp, dry, and refreshing with vibrant acidity, a round mouthfeel, and flavors of zesty citrus fruit.”

Alverdi Sangiovese 2012 Emilia Romagna $7.99

“Produced from approximately 60 hectares in the northwest region of Emilia-Romagna, Alverdi Sangiovese is vinified in stainless steel to preserve freshness. With aromas of violets and a mild hint of spice, this dry red is balanced with light tannins and offers a slightly bitter finish. Enjoy this Sangiovese with tomato-based pasta dishes or barbecued meats.”

Vini Pinot Noir 2012 $7.99

Thracian Valley, Bulgaria.

“Aromas of red cherry, a bit of a green component and a hint of chocolate. Tasting this medium-bodied wine reveals bright fruit (mostly red and black cherry) along with a bit of black tea that flows into the medium long finish which also features some smoky tobacco notes at the very end. Tasty and easy to drink. “

La Griveliere Cotes du Rhone 2012 $10.99

“Elegant fresh red fruits and lively berry notes command the nose and palate. The wine is light-medium in body with a silky mouthfeel and soft finish.”

Dinastia Vivanco Rioja 2009 $18.99

“The bouquet consists of mature red berries, with hints of smoke, vanilla, and spice. Well-structured in the mouth, this Crianza is expressive and meaty and possesses a good balance of red fruit and toasted flavors. The tannins are mature and lead to an elegant, long finish. While this wine can be enjoyed now, it will also keep for 5-10 years.”

Carpineto Dogajolo Toscano 2010 $13.99

80% Sangiovese 20% Cabernet.

“This is a very innovative product, a young “Super-Tuscan”, whose characteristics are never found together in the same wine. Dogajolo combines the power and deep colors of a young wine, the elegance and balance given by wood aging, as well as a fruity and fragrant bouquet. Color: deep garnet with violet reflections. Bouquet: very fruity and intense, with hints of cherry, coffee, vanilla and spice.

Flavor: full, soft on the palate, complex, well developed. Given its fruitiness, Dogajolo can be paired with first courses and white meats, but shows at its best with full-flavored dishes such as roasts, grilled meats, cold cuts and Tuscan regional specialties.”

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

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

Feb. 21 Savor red wines from the Northern Rhône Valley: Cornas, St. Joseph, Côte-Rôtie, Crozes-Hermitage, and Hermitage.

Mt Tabor Fine Wines
4316 SE Hawthorne Blvd

Portland, OR 97215

February 7th & 21st : No Tastings

Due to my very recent back surgery we will only be holding two Friday tastings in February. Make sure you come in and keep the gals entertained and convinced that I’m not needed!

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.

February 21 - Anne from Vinum

Portland Wine Merchants
1430 SE 35th Avenue, Portland

FEBRUARY 21ST: FOCUS ON THE LOIRE! A tour of the Loire, Where Cabernet Franc is king!! $15.00.

Scott Paul PDX

2537 NW Upshur St

Portland, OR 97210

TEL 503 208 2061

Portland: We are CLOSED for the winter! Re-opening scheduled for April 2014

SE Wine Collective (AKA: Division Wne)

TEL 503 208 2061
2425 SE 35TH PLACE

Weekly Guest Winemaker with Michael Claypool of Clay Pigeon at Cyril's

WhenFri, February 21, 6pm – 8pm

DescriptionClay Pigeon is an urban winery in Southeast Portland, specializing in Pinot Noir & Syrah from our great state. Cyril's is our restaurant, wine bar and tasting room.

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

February 21, 2014

VINO’s Rhone Valley Revels!!

“This is going to be a quick hit this morning as I was up late and here early after a VINO event last night at the shop. Brain dead…auto pilot…sleep walking…call it what you will, that’s what I feel like this morning. But luckily for all you soon-to-be-satisfied tasters I made the wine selections earlier in the week for this Friday’s off the hook Rhone Valley tasting. Careful selections were made while all synapses were firing as they should. After the E-Special a couple of week’s ago where we featured two amazing wines from Vacqueyras, and the load of new French red I’ve been tasting from this region that is, and always will be, a personal favorite of mine, I am extremely excited to be showing off the goods this Friday. The wines will, as they always do, be so redolent of the land they’re grown and the people who make them. Add in the usual astonishing bang for the buck you get from the Rhone, it makes these wines something not to miss….”
-2012 BURLE Cotes du Rhone $12.95
-2010 DOMAINE FONTENILLE Cotes du Luberon $15.95
-2010 DOMAINE MAS DE BOUQUET Vacqueyras $15.95
-2011 DOMAINE DE LA COTES DE L’ANGE Cotes du Rhone $18.95
-2010 DOMAINE DE COUROULU Vacqueyras “Cuvée Classique” $23.95
And then, as always, the next step needs be taken….
Bonus #1-2010 DOMAINE FONDRECHE Ventoux “Cuvée Persia”$29.95…93 pts-Wine Advocate
Bonus #2-2011 DOMAINE SAINT DAMIEN Gigondas “Vieilles Vignes” $36.95…92 pts-Wine Advocate
Bonus #3-2010 CLOS DE L’ORATOIREChateauneuf du Pape$44.95…92 pts-Wine Spectator: “This almost gushes forth, with very ripe plum, blackberry and boysenberry fruit…”; 90 pts-Wine Advocate:“Seductive, medium to full-bodied and pure…classic Provencal wine.”

And yes, this is one of my all time favorite wine labels:

The Wine Cellar

525 NW Saltzman Rd

Portland, Or

503 643 5655

Friday, February 21 4 – 7PM

Tasting L’Ecole of Walla Walla

WineUP! Wine Shop

3037 N. Williams A

Portland, Or

503 619 1918

Friday Night Wine Tasting from 6-8 in the Cellar Dwellers Lounge. This Week Kris Alexander of Vinum wines is bringing what he calls Obscure French Wines, Ooh La La! $10 to taste, Free to our Wine Club members. Bring friends, taste some wine, shoot some pool and have some fun wineUp style

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 21st Natalies Estate Winery

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