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Yours truly with close friends at a special event
Yours truly with close friends at a special event
Steve Sherburne

There are some amazing tastings, with some tied to this weekends big IPNC event in McMinnville, others just because it’s time to role out this years version of a favorite tasting, and others adding food.. Yeah… so take a look and you will find some great things for Friday, and a couple of options for Saturday, but first:

This week’s videos… yes we know it’s not every week, but this week, okay? First, “I LOVE WINE” And how about the Argentine way, and lastly…a fricking wine app?

So, while all the wine experts… those experts, are in or heading to McMinnville for the big INPC event, it’s your turn to be who you are, as you are your very best expert on what you like, and only when you taste lots of wine, do you get a feel for what you really do like in wine… and what you’d love to smash right out of it.

Now, your offerings for this week, you crazy animals!

Barrel Fine Wine + Tasting Bar

14740 NW Cornell Road, Suite 160

Portland, OR 97229

5 wines - $8. bucks - 5:00 - 8:00 pm

“Urban IPNC
with Casal Cristiana Olio Extravergine Di Oliva Presentation and Tasting!

Just come on in, no reservations necessary!
FRIDAY July 25th, 2014The Line Up:
”Since the first annual Celebration, the goal of the IPNC has remained constant: an intimate gathering of international Pinot noir winemakers and Pinot lovers from near and far enjoying a weekend of good wine, good food, and good company.
”Now in its 28th year, the International Pinot Noir Celebration is held the last full weekend of July on the beautiful and historic Linfield College campus in McMinnville. The event offers Pinot noir consumers and industry members the chance to enjoy an unparalleled selection of Pinot Noir from around the world.
”The name Pinot noir is derived from the French words for “pine” and “black” in reference to the varietals' tightly clustered dark purple cone-shaped bunches of grapes. Therefore, Pinot Noir refers both to the grape varietal as well as the wine that it produces. The skin of the Pinot noir grape is relatively thin, making it a tricky, albeit rewarding, candidate for wine production.
Join us this Friday as Barrel pays tribute to IPNC and welcomes Mick Beard as he walks us through an all Pinot Noir tasting.
2012 Colterenzio, Pinot Nero, Alto Adige, IT
2011 Lelievre, Pinot Noir, Cotes de Toul, FR
2010 Quail's Gate, Pinot Noir, Okanagan Valley, B.C.
2012 Cono Sur, 'Especial' Pinot Noir, Valle de Casablanca, CL
2012 Ponzi, 'Tavola' Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, OR
2013 Sanford, 'Flor de Campo' Pinot Noir, Central Coast, CA
6 wines - $8. bucks - 5:00 - 8:00 pm

Barrel will be offering appetizers to pair with Pinot Noir in place of our regular food menu this Friday night.”

The Cellar Door

4525 SW Condor Avenue

Portland OR 97239 (Map)

Phone: 503.221.7435

"Bring Your Friends to Friday Sips"


Friday, July 25, 3:30 - 6:30

Concluding our July Tour de France our friend Chad Zimmerman, a.k.a. Animaux du Vin will be here showing off 2 levels of wines from 2 of his selections, hence Big Al & Little Al...Or should we say Grande Alain et Petite Alain??


“Our mothers have often told us how our generation watches too much television, especially these days with digital cable-TV, satellite-TV and Web-TV. On any given night, one could tune into the History Channel and see great battles fought throughout time. Better yet, one could tune into the NFL Network and after 10 or so beers, the deep, golden voice of John Facenda could place you in the glory days of bloody battles between the Steelers and Raiders in the 1970s. Kinda makes you wanna fight!
One of the things that makes me combative is the notion that all French wines are expensive. Yes, top cuvees can run into the stratosphere, but then again, there is no shortage of wines to be had in the $10-$15 range that deliver more than they ever should. Here's a Cotes-Du-Rhone is an awesome value. Made from fruit hailing from the Cotes-Du-Rhone village of Sablet, there is more substance and depth than one might expect in a wine at this price. Tasting notes from my visit to Domaine Pesquier: "Engaging as hell, genuine Grenache aromas with strawberry and Provencal spice. More anise unfolds. Plush core of fruit present with notable brace and structure on the outside. Plentiful red flavors in the mouth, finely detailed with succulence and persistence"


“After visiting at Domaine Pesquier for 6 hours earlier this year in France, I came to the realization that Mathieu Boutiere is making better wines than ever and this humble family's Domaine has rocketed into the upper echelon of Gigondas and best yet, one needn't spend north of $45 to have something special.”
The following are my notes from my visit: "Very classic Pesquier aromas. Grenadine, subtle olive, fragrant provencal herbs (thyme and lavender specifically). More fragrances come as it unfolds. Terrific energetic underlying hot-rock-minerality. Superbly balanced, excellent poise and depth. Stiffens and grabs the palate's attention in the middle and back. Extends nicely on the packed, spicy follow-through. Will be even more stunning in 2-3 more years and will drink for another 8-10."


“For years we have been referring to this wine as virtual Meursault and justifiably so, the vineyards for Guy's Bourgogne all sit within the borders of the village of Meursault. A worthy follow-up to the 2010, the newly arrived 2011 version of Bocard's Bourgogne is one flattering, delicious drop of white Burgundy/French Chardonnay.
Yellow fruits abound along with toasted bread, anise and underlying butter/hazelnut/citrus aspects which sensually glide from the glass. In the mouth there is ample cushion and body along with terrifically focused succulence and subtle minerality. Very appealing from engaging start to the lingering finish, this wine offers a knockout white Burgundy experience from one of the region's most respectable neighborhoods and producers!”


“From virtual Meursault to REAL Meursault and something we ordinarily wouldn't uncork for Friday Sips! Back in February I had yet another opportunity to visit this Meursault-master and once again, I left his cellar muttering from both the quality of the wines as well as Guy's penchant for 15 minute dissertations when he answers a question - all of which 3 minutes can be understood due to his rapid-fire and thoroughly French response. Hence the note that we have used for many years that was once stated by a friend from New Jersey, "I am lost in the ocean that is Guy Bocard".
What is most understood is the undeniable aura of this cat's most magnificent Meursault wines. From vines planted in the 1940s and 1950s as well as coming from prime vineyard sites (Sous La Velle, Pellans, Durots, Dressoles & Malpoirers), apple-honey, lime, nicely intertwined flint, butter and cereal aromas go non-stop on the sneaky-brilliant 2011. In the mouth this wine is extremely indicative of Meursault and with marked spice and a creamy, broad mid-palate which fan out then drive into an impressive thrusting, yet swanky finish. Although there is thriving early appeal, this wine will have no problem aging on through to its 10th birthday. Drink with lobster or other full-flavored seafood preparations.”


2901 NE Alberta Street
Portland, OR 97211


“Fri, July 25th: 2pm - 7pm

“And if you stop in Friday night, I'll have some bottles open to taste from a Piedmont producer in the Monferrato hills whose current 2007 vintage has just landed in Portland!
Can't make it this week? Just shoot us an email if you'd like to schedule an appointment to pickup your orders outside of our posted hours.”

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

Friday night flights (5-9pm)

Friday, July 25th
Orin Swift - BBQ Reds; $15

Great Wine Buys

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

July 25 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, July 25 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--
Doug Culver of C&G will be pouring selections from Oregon, Washington, France and Portugal:
Aliança 2013 Vinho Verde $8.99
”Refreshing and crisp with a lot of character and precision. With the slightest bit of fizz, this is the perfect summer sipper. Aliança, by reputation, is a Vinho Verde specialist.”
Les Perles 2013 Piquepoul $9.99
”Made in a dry, lean style, this intriguing effort from Jerome Calmes offers lime-like notes intermixed with a hint of honey”
Southard 2013 Columbia Valley White $14.99
”2/3 Roussanne, 1/3 Viognier. Scott Southard excels at producing very pure wines from authentic Rhone varietals. He makes very little wine at amazingly attractive prices. This new Columbia Valley White exhibits lots of flowery notes intermixed with quince, fig and honeyed citrus. It is a tasty, fresh, medium-bodied white.”
Omero 2013 Ribbon Ridge Pinot Gris $19.99
”Our Omero Vineyard Pinot Gris is comprised of 100% Estate grown grapes on our steepest blocks. The wine is fermented and aged entirely in neutral French oak barrels and allowed to sit sur lie for 4 months. Flavors of stone fuit, white flower and spice drive the nose while notes of tropical fruit and white peach dominate the palate. The wine finishes with a balance of weighty richness and acidity.”
Omero 2011 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir $19.99
”Aromatics of red currant, strawberry-rhubarb & elderflower with a palate of raspberry & honeycomb with bright acidity & silky texture.”
Mas des Boislauzon 2012 La Chaussynette Rouge $12.99
”Produced by Daniel and Cristine Chaussy of the famed Mas des Boislauzon estate in Northern Chateauneuf-du-Pape.
A bistro-styled effort that over-delivers, the 2012 Vin de France La Chaussynette (70% Grenache and 30% Syrah aged all in concrete) is a superb effort that offers up notions of dusty cabinet, ground herb, garrigue and sweet red currant-styled fruit. Medium-bodied, supple and with a fleshy texture, it should be consumed over the coming handful of years.”

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

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

“Our select samplers are poured on Saturday, starting at noon and until the well runs dry. There is no charge”

SATURDAY, “July 26: A Mixed Bag - Westrey Pinot Noir Willamette Valley, Pajzos Antaloczy Cellars Furmint Tokaji, Mokoroa Getariako Txakolina. Plus - Our staff’s favorite sparkling wines!”

Mt Tabor Fine Wines

4316 SE Hawthorne Blvd

Portland, OR 97215

“The Killer B's; Barolo, Barbaresco & Barbera ($18)

“Friday July 25th 2014/ 4 pm - 7:30 pm @ Mt Tabor Fine Wines

“The Killer B's has been one of our most popular tastings ever since we introduced it 18 years ago. These are among the finest wines of Italy and the world. In my opinion, when Nebbiolo (Barolo, Barbaresco) is properly aged with 15-30 years in bottle, it has few rivals. I would say that Burgundy is it's equal, but after that it's a long fall to number three. When tasting young Nebbiolo it's important to imagine where these wines will go with extended time in a cool resting place. Young they're firm with tannins, the very thing that gives them their ability to go long. When mature those very tannins melt into a wine of incredible beauty.

“This week our lineup shows how far the quality level of Barbera has come. We have a very nice Barbera D'Alba in the Molino, a terrific value at $16. Then we climb up to the higest level for the grape to the superoire. These are very serious wines, capable of aging and improving for years.

“Last week we featured the Vigneti Massa Timorasso, the phenomenal white from this benchmark estate in the Piemonte Colli Tortonesi area. His Barbera's have few equals and are capable of amazing things with extended bottle age. All you have to do is lay out $29 and wait and you will enjoy one of the great wine drinking experiences. The 07 we're pouring already has seven years on it and you'll surely "get it" after a sniff and a taste.

“The two Baroli and solo Barbaresco are from top notch, small, quality at all costs estates. All three, again, are fantastic values for wines considered by many to be the greatest wines on earth. I've had a number of 30+ year old Borgogno's and I can tell you they seem like they can improve for decades.

“I specifically remember a 78 that was stellar when I had it in 2008. They have an ageing program where they hold back quantity of the great vintages for re-sale when they are much older. The beautiful thing is that the wines are stored for all those years in their cold, dark cellars in the village of Barolo. Nada, Mirafiore, Corsini............. all awesome wines. This surely is a tasting not to be missed!”


“ The Lineup

2012 Mauro Molino, Barbera D'Alba $16

La Morra

2011 Podere Ruggeri Corsini, Barbera D'Alba Superiore "Armujan" $26

Monforte D'Alba

2007 Vigneti Massa, Barbera Monleale $29

Colli Tortonesi

2007 Casa E. di Mirafiore, Barolo $39

Serralunga D'Alba

2009 Fiorenzo Nada, Barbaresco "Manzola" $40


Premium Pour ($6)

2008 Giacamo Borgogno & Figli, Barolo $65


“And don't forget that next week, Friday August 1st, we'll be featuring "The Best Rosé in the Market." If you can't join us this Friday for the Killer B's, we're looking forward to seeing you next Friday!”

Portland Wine Merchants
1430 SE 35th Avenue, Portland

Nothing received, nothing posted, stop buy, take a chance

Friday, ” JULY 25TH: INTERESTING ITALIANS! From Sicily to Friuli we put together some of our favorite reds & whites. $15.00”

Scott Paul PDX

2537 NW Upshur St

Portland, OR 97210

TEL 503 208 2061

Nothing schedule for Friday or Saturday, 24th, 26th due to IMPC

SE Wine Collective (AKA: Division Wine)

TEL 503 208 2061
2425 SE 35TH PLACE

“Guest Winemaker - ROCO Winery

When Fri Jul 25, 2014 6pm – 8pm Pacific Time”

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.

Taste Northern Spain this Friday!!

We are super excited for this tasting Friday night. Elliot, from PDX Wines will be here pouring tastes from Northern Spain, particularly Txakolina and Asturias, along with a couple of ciders. This style of cider is funky and dry, full of personality and is arguably, some of the best in the world. Then we'll finish with a Spanish vermouth that is sure to please your palate. Join us this Friday from 5 - 7:30 pm for a truly unique experience. “

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

July 25, 2014

VINO’s Tour de France!!

“This is always a fun tasting to put together as it gives me a chance to show off wines that I’ve been loving but haven’t been able to slot into our various tastings. This is going to be a treat as we travel from east to west to south sampling a few wines that are for the most part off the usual beaten wine paths. The patio is going to be washed off by the rains of the last couple of days. I know your bring-along snacks will be up to the task. I can also promise the wines will not disappoint and you’ll be impressed with the variety of experiences to be tasted. Travel the roads of France with us tomorrow, without all that annoying sweating and skidding on the pavement, as we tour in style….”

“-2012 DOMAINE PIERRE MARCHAND Pouilly Fumé (Loire Valley)$19.95
-2013 L’HERMAS Vin de Pays Saint-Guilhem-Desert (Languedoc) $16.95
-2012 DOMAINE DES FORGES Anjou Gamay (Loire Valley) $10.95
-2012 DOMAINE POLI Niellucio “Ile de Beauté” (Corsica) $13.95
-2011 DOMAINE LABRANCHE LAFFONT Madiran “Traditions” (Madiran/SW France) $16.95
And then the roads get smoother as we ponder bonuss fun…
Bonus #1-2011 YVES CHERON Crozes-Hermitage “Le Coteau de la Beaume” (No. Rhone) $22.95
Bonus #2-2010 DOMAINE VACQUER Cotes du Roussillon Les Aspres “L’Exception” (SW France) $26.95
Bonus #3-2010 FOUGERAY DE BEAUCLAIR Cotes de Nuits Villages (Burgundy) $32.95…just tasted through all the wines of Fougeray with winemaker Patrice Ollivier this week here at VINO and was absolutely knocked out by the quality to price ratio iof these great pinot noirs. I sell a lot of $33 dollar Oregon pinot here, none of them taste like this.Classic juice you need to try!”

“And there you have it. The current Best of France as of 8:32am July 24th. This really is going to be a fun event, and hope you can swing by anytime between 4:30 and 8:00 this Friday. Ten dollars will gather the first five vins de France for you, with a bit more for the bonus fun. Bring along any edibles you may desire, and we’ll supply the liquid accompaniment!”

The Wine Cellar

525 NW Saltzman Rd

Portland, Or

503 643 5655

4 to 7

Nothing scheduled this weekend

WineUP! Wine Shop

3037 N. Williams Av

Portland, Or

503 619 1918

“Free Wine TastingFridays 6-8 PM In the Cellar Dwellers Lounge”

World Class Wines
269 A Avenue
Lake Oswego, Oregon 97034

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

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