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Memorial weekend begins with Portland wine shops, Friday's taste of wine

wine is work
Steve Sherburne

Since it’s Memorial Weekend, here’s what’s going on in Willamette Valley Wineries

Now, onto this week's opportunities to taste wine; vino: beginning this week, any Saturday tasting will be listed along with the wine shops Friday offering. If the shop does not have a Friday tasting scheduled, but will have a Saturday program, the program will be posted alone, clearly marked for Saturday. Hopefully this will provide more opportunities for you to taste wine, and learn more about what you like, what in wine you like or dislike, and discover more about what wine has to offer.

Now, more informed, interest increasing… check-out selections for Friday. An unusual number has not posted their schedule, nor emailed out their information. Watch for updates through today, Thursday, and as late as Friday morning. An apology is offered, but doesn't get the info updated any quicker!

Now onto what is known nos and there are several worth your focus:

Barrel Fine Wine + Tasting Bar
14740 NW Cornell Road, Suite 160

Portland, OR 97229

Portrait of Oregon & Washington Wine Country!
”Washington and Oregon share hundreds of miles of border. They are the second and fourth leading wine producing states in the nation and together have well over 1,000 wineries between them. Yet the two areas could not seem more different, almost as if there were an invisible divide between them.

”Let’s start with a simple lay of the land and physical appearance. It can be summed up quite simply. Oregon wine country is green; Washington wine country is not.
”The majority of Oregon’s grape growing regions are located west of the Cascade crest, where a prolonged rainy season followed by a short, relatively dry summer is the hallmark of the area. Regions of the Willamette Valley can have an average of 40 to 80 inches of rainfall annually.

”In contrast, virtually all of Washington’s vineyards are located east of the Cascade crest. In the deserts of eastern Washington, summer temperatures regularly exceed 90-100 degrees and precipitation is minimal. Some of the wettest areas of eastern Washington’s growing regions receive about 20 inches of precipitation annually. Many have less than half that.

”Join us this Friday as we welcome Lindsay Greene with Vertical Wine & Beer.
”Lindsay will be pouring a selection of wines from Oregon & Washington.

”Just come on in, no reservations necessary!”

FRIDAY May 23rd, 2014

The Line Up:
2011 Meredith Wines, Riesling, Willamette Valley, OR
2011 Omero Cellars, Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, OR
2010 Airfield Estate, Runway Syrah, Yakima Valley
2011 Gilbert Cellars, 'Left Bank' Bordeaux Blend, Wahluke Slope, WA
2010 JB Neufeld, Cabernet Sauvignon, Yakima Valley

The Cellar Door

4525 SW Condor Avenue

Portland OR 97239 (Map)

Phone: 503.221.7435

FRIDAY SIPS - Piedmont Wines from Olim Bauda

Special Guest from Olim Bauda - Gianni Bertolino

“Come join us to taste 4 wines from one of our favorite Asti-based, Piedmont producers. Representing his family's estate, Olim Bauda, Gianni Bertolino will be on hand to share and chat about these most delectable “Italian wines. 4 years ago we had Gianni here and it was a deliciously informative and fun Friday Sips. This afternoon will equal and then surpass it!

“TODAY, FRIDAY MAY 23, 3:00 - 5:45

[**note shorter hours for this week's tasting!**]


Having now known and been offering, buying and consuming Olim Bauda's Barbera wines for 5 years now, it is now quite a thrill to see brothers Dino & Gianni Bertolino receiving adulation for their wines both from wine-lovers and the pundits. Rocchette is from the eponymous-named vineyard in Isole d'Asti whose vines were planted in 1950 and instantaneously one can discover that this wine steps it up a level or six from most 20 buck Barbera D'Asti wines!!

“Vinous driving nose of hearty Italian plum, mineral, gentle kisses of smoky oak and underlying cherry pit character. Big-boned with its fruit and velvety texture yet full of elegance and suaveness. A luminous presence of vividness follows through to a drawn-out lavish finish that displays hints of milk chocolate, coffee and plenty of fullness while maintaining poise and freshness. Very lingering, this wine is a steal for 20 bucks!!!


“We constantly hear from our different salesfolk, "tell me a 'insert wine here' that is better than this one is for this price." Truthfully, if we hear this one more time, we might have to resume the beatings. If there is one wine that ever fits this statement, it is the Olim Bauda's La Villa Barbera. A perennial Best Buy, it consistently exceeds expectations.

“The Barbera D'Asti La Villa is the soulful driving force of the estate, the every evening, share with friends red. Aged entirely in stainless steel it is resoundingly fresh with smoky-earthy tones wrapped around vibrant but layered strawberry and cranberry characteristics. Mouthwatering and terrific with salumi, pasta, grilled fish or veggies.


“We love it when old-school grapes that seemingly disappear from our wine vocabularies pop back up and are done in such alluring fashion. Grignolino is a grape whose roots trace back to the Asti and Monferrato areas of Piedmont and is one that makes light reds that have lots of burst, earth and energy. Breezy, stony, sanguine, spicy-earthy tones with subtle saline aspects. Bright, succulent, wiry, this cool wine possesses no shortage of personality or accentuation. Very dry, it can also be served with a slight chill. A nice wine for a picnic as well as being a red wine for fish.

2012 OLIM BAUDA GAVI DI GAVI $15.99 BTL./$191.88 CASE

“A few weeks back, I got to enjoy this wine with a piping hot bowl of mussels in broth with spinach and a heap of garlic and the first words out of my mouth were, "what the hell's not to like about this white!!" Along with being a Barbera specialist, Olim Bauda makes a devastatingly delicious, mouth-watering Gavi that absolutely lifts the palate. 100% of the Cortese grape grown in chalky soils with an underlay of clay, this low alcohol white reveals powdery citrus and blitzing mineral. Zippy, flavorful and a wine that coats and cleanses the entire palate. Open-knit and perfect for an aperitivo but even better with shellfish and green vegetables, alone or together.

“The Cellar Door will be closed this coming Monday May 26”


2901 NE Alberta Street
Portland, OR 97211

“Join us Memorial Day Weekend for the relaunch of cork!
Friday, May 23rd & Saturday, May 24th from 2pm-7pm

“For the holiday weekend, we'll be pouring all of the new releases from our Viola Wine Cellars label and this will be one of your only chances to taste the very small production whites from the Allegre Vineyard in Hood River.
”We're excited to share how their Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio and Moscato Giallo all came together to make some incredible, natural wine.
”Keep up to date on customer pickup weekends, store hours and special tastings by signing up for our newsletter or following us onFacebook or Twitter.

“For a list of current Viola releases: Go Here

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

Friday night flights (5-9pm)

Friday, May 23rd
SPAIN I; $15

Great Wine Buys

1515 NE Broadway
Portland, OR 97232
Tel: (503) 287-2897
May 23
”4th Annual Memorial Day Kickoff.
We again host five of our favorite Willamette Valley wineries. Featuring reds and whites, this is a great way to enjoy our local bounty and kick off summer's first weekend. Check out current and brand new releases, including single-vineyard and reserve bottlings. Just $15. See Special Events for all the details!”

May 24
No Tasting. Take a drive down the valley and hit the Memorial Day Weekend wine open houses”

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, May 23 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Dave the wine guy will be pouring an assortment of Roses:
”I have so many good roses in stock and since its the beginning of Memorial Day weekend I thought its a good time to introduce you to some really good roses!!”

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

“Great tastings held on the first and third Fridays of each month. We serve a “flight” of five wines and usually a super-pour (extra $ and optional). Informal and fun. Served from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tasting fee

No Friday tasting schedule this week

:: Saturday Afternoon Tastings ::

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

May 24 - From La Belle France: André Dezat Sancerre, Nicolas Potel Mâcon-Villages, Ch. Penin Bordeaux, and Mas de Chimères Terrasses du Larzac Languedoc.

Mt Tabor Fine Wines
4316 SE Hawthorne Blvd

Portland, OR 97215


Friday, May 23rd/ 4-7:30 @ Mt Tabor Fine Wines

“This week we revisit the best wines, for the money, in the world of fine wine. As usual the selection was easy and I had many options to choose from. Needless to say with that depth available the flight is as strong as ever. We have a few shop faves like the biodynamic wines from Ferme Saint Martin and a relatively new sensation with the unlikely name of Roucas Toumba. Pequelette is a new one, also under biodynamic principles. “Another story of a son taking over from the father who sold their prized grapes to a negociant. Son moves in, moves to farming in the best way known to man and now has taken an unknown estate into the upper echelon of Rhone producers. No wood on this one, just cement vats, which is the method used for some of my favorite Rhone wines.

“Next week we have the amazing Pinots from the small domaines of Burgundy. Not to be missed!

As a side note a customer recently suggested that I watch a documentary called “The Red Obsession.” It’s the story of the Chinese obsession with owning status Bordeaux, especially Chateau Lafite Rothschild. The doc goes much deeper than that and it’s very well done.” I highly recommend it to any wine lover!


The Lineup

2012 L’Ameillaud, Cotes Du Rhone $12

2010 La Pequelette, Vinsobres “Cuvee Emile” $17

2012 Domaine De La Ferme Saint Martin, Beaumes De Venise “Terres Jaunes” $21

2010 Domaine le Couroulu, Vacqueyras $23

2011 Roucas Toumba, Vacqueyras “La Grande Terre” $28

Premium Pour ($3)

2011 Domaine Berthet-Rayne, Chateauneuf-Du-Pape $35

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.”

As of 9 AM Friday, nothing posted, or received

Portland Wine Merchants
1430 SE 35th Avenue, Portland

“ Every Friday evening we hold informal, drop-in Tastings from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. Try a set of six wines on the cheap and broaden your horizons - it’s fun, we promise! Newbies welcome! “

MAY 23RD: CALIFORNIA CABS/MERITAGE! Napa, Sonoma & Stag's Leap Meritage! $15.00

Scott Paul PDX

2537 NW Upshur St

Portland, OR 97210

TEL 503 208 2061

Memorial Day Weekend Open House – Sat. & Sun May 24th-25th

Sunday, May 25th, 2014

Saturday & Sunday, May 24-25, 11-4p in Carlton

“It’s the official kick-off to the season in Oregon wine country! Just about every winery is open for the weekend, making it a great time to get your group together and spend the day (or two!) tasting and touring in the valley.

“We’ll be open from 11a-4p both Saturday & Sunday, pouring our lovely Oregon Pinot Noirs (2011 La Paulée, 2011 Long Run and 2012 Audrey!) plus a selection of yummy Burgundies from our exclusive import portfolio ( 2011 St. Véran from Domaine Thibert and 2011 Volnay from Huber-Verdereau!). It’s the best of Oregon and France all in one spot! Make your weekend plans now and make sure Carlton is on your list, with 25 top wineries and tasting rooms all within a 5 minute walk. Start at Scott Paul and make a day of it!

Tasting fee is $10, refundable with any three bottle purchase of the featured wines.”

SE Wine Collective (AKA: Division Wine)

TEL 503 208 2061
2425 SE 35TH PLACE

Nothing Friday

“Sat, May 24, 4pm – 8pm

“Welcome to #Vinlandia Open House

“Wines from the entire Collective (10 winemakers!)

“Discounts on purchases!

“Festive Memorial Day menu from our winery chef:
”Housemade Sausages, Potato Salad and Slaw”

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

As of 9 AM Friday, nothing posted, or received

The Wine Cellar

525 NW Saltzman Rd

Portland, Or

503 643 5655

Friday, 4 – 7PM

Drink Think Terra Bianca, Tasting Fee $10

Saturday 12 – 5 PM

Drink Think Terra Bianca, Tasting Fee $10

WineUP! Wine Shop

3037 N. Williams Av

Portland, Or

503 619 1918

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

” Oregon VS California Pinot Noir Friday Night Tasting May 23rd 4:30-8:00pm

“We will fight the ongoing battle:

“Oregon Pinot Noir VS California Pinot Noir. Come and help us decide the winners and gain your own knowledge of the marked differences that exist between the products of these two states varietals and wine making styles.

“These side by side comparisons are always fun!!”

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