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GWB's Case of the Month, and how does happy hour sound?

Steve Sherburne
Steve Sherburne

SE Wine Collective (Division Wine); has it's weekly happy hour today, Thursday. Great chance to check out the wine from the wineries within the collective.

SE Wine Collective (AKA: Division Wine)

TEL 503 208 2061
2425 SE 35TH PLACE

Thursday Hour

WhenThu, February 20, 5pm – 7pm

WhereSE Wine Collective (map)

Description5pm to 7pm - $2 off glass pours and small bites - Yum!

This is being posted late in the sale, still a couple of weeks to go though. Visit Great Wine Buys, request to taste some of the wines included in the case; you may discover some others you prefer, too.

Take a friend, as buying wine, like tasting wine, is best when shared with friends and loved ones!

Great Wine Buys

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

Case of the Month

Try these terrific values one at time, or save even more with our mixed CASE OF THE MONTH, which includes one each of the following:

Many Great Wine Buys Here!January/February 2014

Case of the Month - $110

“Once again we offer the January/February ne plus ultra case of the month: Greatest Hits of 2013. We’ve picked some of last year’s best-sellers and most talked-about wines and brought them back for a lip-smacking’ encore. New comments are in italics, with the original review following. Happy New Year!

“FYI: The case contains 1 bottle each of the 12 selections at a discounted price. You are also welcome to purchase the wines individually, as part of a custom mixed case (10% discount), or by the whole case (20% discount). “

D’Agly Carignan Vieilles Vignes 2011

This 100% Carignan was 100% yum!

Although widely planted in southern France and northeastern Spain, Carignan is not often bottled separately which makes this an exciting anomaly. Made by the carbonic maceration method of fermentation, this is soft, fleshy and pleasantly juicy yet still retains the underlying old vine complexity. With bright spiced cranberries, macerated cherries and a dusty peppery note on the finish, this offers the power of a southern French red in a medium-weight summery style. $10.99

Gicon Côtes du Rhône Blanc 2010

A parade of southern French whites in 2013 proved more popular than expected; let’s keep marching on!

Subtle and stealthily unassuming, this revealed more flavors with each sip. Lurking in its creamy waxy texture there’s notes of ripe cantaloupe, almond marzipan, red apple, Meyer lemon and more (the list ran on and on…) Backed by fresh acidity, this medium-bodied mouthful of flavors is a tasty multipurpose white. $8.99

Antonelli Baiocco Sangiovese 2009

Hearty and rustic, this is just begging for a slow-cooked winter stew.

Umbria’s Montefalco region is known for powerful reds produced from the local Sagrantino varietal. Antonelli is a respected producer there and although this isn’t Sagrantino, it shares some of that varietal’s meaty structured power. Aromatics of roses and pine forest lead to dark smoky cherry on the palate and the grippy tannins hold everything in place. $8.99

Rio Madre Rioja (100% Graciano) 2012

A rare opportunity to taste this Rioja varietal solo. New vintage shows less smoke and more red fruit but still true varietal character.

Graciano is a minor blending varietal in Rioja used to add aromatic complexity, color and soften Tempranillo’s rustic edges. Rarely bottled separately, it is nice to taste it on its own, plus it drinks really well. Deep purple in color, softly textured and broad on the palate, there’s a pronounced cigar ash smokiness and woodsy spice hanging over the dried cherry fruit, flavors that start mildly juicy before turning dusty on the lingering finish. $10.99

Don & Sons Pinot Noir Sonoma 2010

People loved this almost half-price Pinot deal, we couldn’t pass up the chance to load up one last time.

With all Oregon has to offer, selling California Pinot up here is no easy task even if it is good, like this one. Dark juicy and happily fruity in that California way, this is also nicely balanced and surprisingly complex thanks to 100% Sonoma Coast fruit. Black plum and cherry mingle with toasty oak notes and a bitter chocolate spiciness. Was $23, here just $11.99.

Chateau Pajzos Dry Furmint 2012

A delicious reward for veering off the beaten path.

Rare in Portland, Furmint is the main varietal in Hungary’s Tokaji region. Famous for its luscious dessert wines, this region can produce delicious dry versions as well. A white of character and depth, the first sip offers Gruner Veltliner-like notes of boxwood, hay and white pepper riding a beam of lemon zest. The second sip expands on that with light peach and pear while the finish is grippy and powerful. $9.50.

Sauvion Chinon 2012

Cheap Loire Valley Cab Franc never tasted so good! (Except when sitting at sidewalk café in Paris in springtime watching the world go by…)

100% Cabernet Franc from gravelly soils, this shows the lighter more elegant side of Chinon, one of the Loire’s best red appellations. Friendly aromatics of cinnamon, white pepper and red currant lead to strawberry and just-ripe red berry on the palate. With bright acidity, clean flavors and a lightly grippy finish, this medium-bodied value is a nice change of pace from many heavier-bodied winter reds. $9.99

Valdecampo Bierzo Mencia 2011

This uncommon Spanish red is well worth revisiting.

Grown in the Bierzo region of northwestern Spain, Mencia often displays a dual personality: minerally and earthy yet bright and fresh, seemingly opposite traits that show up here. After wowing with its brilliantly garnet color this offers a great combo of fresh crushed red berries, lush and fragrant, layered on a bed of granite, edgy and firm with a hint of iron sanguinity. $10.99

Gougenheim Bonarda-Syrah 2011

Technically a favorite in December 2012 but the Goug wines are so popular we figured we’d sneak it in.

A good-looking red, this combines old world flavors of southern France and northern Italy into a tasty modern Argentine. Bonarda’s fresh tangy vibe is tamed by the darker spicier Syrah and the marionberry pie notes are mellow and smooth. $9.99

Duffour Cotes de Gascogne 2012

Zippy and refreshing...bring back summer!

A new Gascogne blanc to love, this new arrival explodes on the palate with racy lime, gooseberry and green grape zestiness before fleshing out into a light peach succulence. These whites are often single varietal but this blend of three (Colombard, Gros Manseng and Ugni Blanc) ups the ante interest-wise; but considering how flat-out delicious this is, that is just icing on the cake. $8.99

Pico Maccario Barbera 2012

Now 2012, happily very similar to the tasty 2011.

While the 2010 offered a bright red fruit tanginess and medium body, the 2011 [and 2012] goes deeper and darker with an earthy licorice note and satisfying chew on the finish. Substantial yet easily quaffed, this would be a fine complement to grilled salmon, pork sausages or BBQ chicken. $9.50

Wither Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Our best-selling Kiwi of 2013 returns to represent Oceania.

We’ve shaved a few bucks off the price of this New Zealand favorite as its zesty blast of citrus is just the ticket on a warm July [or cold January] eve. Beyond the classic Marlborough notes of grapefruit, gooseberry and mild herb this is a joyride of freshly-squeezed lime juice with lemon zest highlights from start to finish. $10.99

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