Hey, lots of wine to taste this week! A couple of expected no tastings, but almost all of the rest are serious this week! There are some great retro… that’s a word we use for, tasting vintage years from the past, and there’s a nice Pinot retro tasting. Really, take a look there are very, very nice tastings and enough variety, that you should fine one, or two, or three you like… is this maybe a good time to mention bringing a long a “spit cup” or designated driver... you figure out the difference; its’ important.
Well, enough of that serious stuff.
In our first video offering…. wouldn’t you like to make your own wine… really… REALLY! This week’s second video, that damn sediment… 60 Second Wine Expert: Why Decant? AND what could be next in importance… picking the right wine glass, for the wine you will be… DRINKING! You guessed that didn’t you! No fooling you… nah, you’re awesome!
Well, enough of … that… let’s get on to taking a look at the wine…. Take a look at the wine…
Remember to be safe, bring friends, and Cabs (taxis) are a nice safety backup when you need them.
4525 SW Condor Avenue
Portland OR 97239 (Map)
HAUT-RIAN & THE RHONE - FRIDAY SIPS
Today, Friday August 23, 3:30 - 6:30
Just arrived! New reds from Haut-Rian along with Domaine de Beaurenard's Rose and a jaw-dropping-make you wanna drool St-Joseph from Voge. If you love outstanding French wines, then you should definitely drop in!
2901 NE Alberta Street
Portland, OR 97211
1520 NE Alberta
Tues - Sat, 2 - 10
Friday, August 23rd
2012 Moscato d'Asti; $12.
1515 NE Broadway
Portland, OR 97232
Tel: (503) 287-2897
As we await Harvest 2013 let's take a look at a range of past vintages of Oregon Pinot Noir. 2008-2011 from small favorite producers. $17
3535 SW Multnomah Blvd
Portland, OR 97219; store phone: 503-244-2617.
Wine order hot-line voice mail: 503-203-3384
Email orders preferred: email@example.com
Friday, August 23 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--
NOTE: NO WINE TASTING AUGUST 30
This week, Tom Gory of Galaxy Wines will be pouring:
Inama Soave 2011 $14.99
“Soave Classico is perfect summer drinking, especially this example
from third-generation winemaker Stefano Inama. The grapes for his
Soave Classico come from 30-year-old vines, and the wine has an
uncharacteristic intensity. The bouquet is gentle, mostly wildflowers,
but the 2011 has a minerality reminiscent of Chablis along with a bright
thread of acidity. And that's what holds your interest, sip after sip.
Drink this crisp, dry white with sushi and sashimi, crudo, seafood risotto and pasta, and grilled
Domaine Labbe 'Abymes' Vin de Savoie 2012 $9.99
The 2012 Labbe Abymes is made with 100% Jacquere, an indigenous grape grown only in the Savoie. Crisp, bright and too easy to drink, this delicious white offers fruity and floral aromas with subtle leesy qualities followed by racy minerality. Oyster and Tomme de Savoie friendly and as good as some Sancerres at half the price.
Louis Latour Grand Ardeche Chardonnay 2011 $11.99
The Grand Ardèche 2011 has a lovely shimmering yellow-green colour. It has a delicate bouquet with a subtle oaky touch. Still young, one must leave it for a few months in order for the the woody notes to be perfectly smooth. It is a very balanced wine with a certain nervousness present on the finish which gives it a very promising future.
A to Z Pinot Noir 2011 $17.99
The wine is pure, displaying pedigree and presence with a beautiful, clear, vibrant red color. Fresh aromas of forest berries and cherries, followed by more savory aromas of tobacco, smoke, game,clean earth and flint. In the mouth, a focused attack of concentrated red and blue fruits in complexity on the mid-palate with ripe, dense tannins perfectly supported by the weight of the fruit. The wine completely harmonizes with a long finish of complex red fruit and mineral flavors.
Tamarack Firehouse Red 2011 $16.99
A truly lovely vintage with deceptively sweet aromas of blackberries,
dark chocolate and strawberry jam leading into rich and lusciously
mouth-watering flavors of cherry, boysenberry, tart plum skins, sweet
pipe tobacco and a whisper of leather. The firm tannins are smooth
and well integrated with a finish that lingers, with a hint of anise.
Blend of: 26% Merlot, 24% Syrah, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet
Franc, 6% Sangiovese, 5% Malbec 3% Zinfandel, 1% Petit Verdot, 1%
Carmenere, 1% Grenache and 1% Counoise from 19 different
Peachy Canyon Westside Zinfandel 2010 $18.99
Beautifully balanced between ample, berried fruit, oak, and spice. A well balanced Zinfandel that does not push the envelope with over-ripeness. Food friendly and elegant. Sustainably farmed.
Also: Two mystery wines at Dave's desk
LINER & ELSEN, WINE MERCHANTS
2222 NW Quimby St.
(off 22nd Ave.)
Mt Tabor Fine Wines
4316 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97215
“In our efforts to provide more interesting and thought provoking wine flights this week we visit three Islands off the coasts of Italy and France. Actually, Corsica is closer to Italy than France and much of the Island has an Italian flavor but for the time being, it’s part of France. It actually worked out that we have 2 wines from Sicily, 2 from Sardinia and 2 from Corsica. You couldn’t find a flight more diverse than this with grapes like Frappato, Monica Di Sardegna, Bovale, Niellucciu and Sciaccarellu. This is a fine opportunity to taste thru the flavors of the Islands and, if you’ve ever visited them, it will bring you back to casual times spent just wandering and wondering.”
2012 Contini, Vermentino “Tyros”/ Sardinia $16
2012 Mortilla, Frappato “Sephora”/ Sicily $16
2011 Casabianca, Corse/ Corse, Corsica $18
60% Niellucciu, 30% Syrah, 10% Sciaccarellu
2010 Cantina del Bovale, Sustantzia/ Sardinia $20
90% Monica di Sardegna, 10% Bovale
2011 Yves Leccia, VDP Rouge/ Patrimonio, Corsica $28
80% Syrah, 20% Niellucciu
Premium Pour ($3)
2010 Riofavara, Nero D’ Avola “Sciave”/ Sicily $35
Sandy Thompson, Proprietor
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.
Portland Wine Merchants
1430 SE 35th Avenue
Portland, OR 97214
AUGUST 23rd! PIEDMONT! Luxurious reds from Italy's Truffle country! $15.00.
2537 NW Upshur St
Portland, OR 97210
Saturday, August 31st, 2013
We’re doing this one two weekends in a row, to make sure you don’t miss it!
In Portland – Friday nights August 23rd and 30th, 5-8pm
In Carlton - Saturday August 24th & 31st, 12-5p
Join us for a flight of our “Greatest Hits” – the most popular wines in our portfolio over the years. We’ll be pouring the fabulous Crémant de Bourgogne from Huber-Verdereau, 2010 St. Véran from Domaine Thibert, 2011 Volnay from Huber-Verdereau, and our 2010 Scott Paul La Paulée Pinot.
TEL 503 208 2061
2425 SE 35TH PLACE
Weekly Guest Winemaker w/Darrel Robe (Ribera Vineyards)
Friday August 23rd 2013 6:00pm
1910 Main St
Forest Grove, Or
137 SE 28th Av
Portland, OR 97214
August 16, 2013
“I can’t believe it’s been 6+ months since we’ve visited the hallowed grounds that are the vineyards of Bordeaux in one of our Friday soirées. Since it’s been so long I knew I had to up the ante. Not in price terms, but in quality terms. I scoured price books from every distributor here in PDX and have to say I’ve found some classic, top quality Bordeaux at fantastic prices! The 2009 and 2010 vintages we’ll be sampling from are without question two of the top vintages for Bordeaux in the last 15 years or so. Nowhere does cabernet and merlot reach the compelling heights of complexity and intensity it does in Bordeaux. This is where so much wine fanaticism has its roots, and with good reason. I am super stoked for this Friday to get here so I can share the world class wonders to be had below…”
-2010 CHATEAU ROC DE SEGUR Bordeaux Superieur $9.95
-2010 CHATEAU PARET Bordeaux $13.95
-2009 CHATEAU PLAISANCE St. Emilion $18.95…90 pts-Wine Spectator
-2010 CHATEAU SAINT ANDRE CORBIN Montagne St. Emilion $22.95…90 pts-Wine Spectator
-2009 CHATEAU VIEUX CHEVROL Lalande de Pomerol $23.95
And then this is why you really need to be here…
Bonus #1-2009 CLOS DU JAUGUEYRON Haut-Medoc $26.95…90 pts-Wine Spectator; 92 pts-Wine Advocate: “…this wine is outstanding, with lots of violets interwoven with blueberry, raspberry and black currant fruit that is lush, succulent and full-bodied.”
Bonus #2- 2009 CHATEAU PIPEAU St. Emilion $33.95…91 pts-Wine Advocate: “This is one of the most popular wines in the French home marketplace, and no wonder. A sleeper of the vintage, this full-bodied, decadently fruity wine has power, fat, richness and a hedonistic quality that is hard to ignore.”
Bonus #3- 2010 CHATEAU MONGRAVEY Margaux $38.95…91 pts-Wine Spectator: “An aromatic red, with lilac and warm cherry confiture notes giving way to flavors of crushed plum, blackberry coulis and roasted alder wood.”
As I said no shortage of quality to be had tomorrow. Feel free to drop in anytime between 4:30 and 8:00 for your pours and be prepared for satisfaction. Ten dollars for the first five wines and a little more for the bonuses and you’ll be all set. Bring along smoke friends and wine snacks and the evening will be complete. See you here!
525 NW Saltzman Rd
503 643 5655
Friday, August 23rd 4 – 7 PM
Tasting new winery: Brittian Vineyards
840 SE Alder St
503 619 1918
World Class Wines
269 A Avenue
Lake Oswego, Oregon 97034
August 23rd Lido Bay Paso Robles and Monterey County with