Here we are for another tempting week, with some interesting wine tastings, and some changes.
First, we have some nice French, Spanish focus tasting, two Pinot Noir options, and three shops are winemaker specific!
Next, for some, we’ve included their next tasting, if it isn’t Friday, as a “heads-up” for you, just in case Friday is booked, but tasting wine is still on your minds.
New shops have been added, as part of a developing effort to generate enough options to segment the Friday tasting lists by geographic regions. This may help if you need to stay close to home, or if you want to try a new restaurant, and want to incorporate some wine shop visits before hand, and you’d like them convenient to where you’ll be dining.
And lastly, couple of new shops have been added and focus on wine happy hours, so if that’s an attractive addition to your other wine tasting adventures, it’s something that’s has been thought of for a while, as a potential addition.
As has become a recent tradition, we’ve added this week’s three videos. One change is none are funny, well, as its focus. They are from a local group, “WineUPTV,” and the videos are of their recent visits to three wineries.
And with that, check back for updates, before you head-out on Friday. Three shops, each a reliable Friday tasting option, have yet to report, but should before wine tasting time arrives Friday… traditional wine tasting time, perhaps not as early as some of you may have decided to venture out earlier… use your phone an check back!
Taste the wine, but do it the Oregon way: Safely. Here are this weeks options, ENJOY!
107 SE Washington
503 575 4861
Tasting not scheduled
4525 SW Condor Avenue
Portland OR 97239 (Map)
Today, March 22 from 3:30-6:30 PM
DIVISION WINEMAKING COMPANY
One of our favorite Oregon Wineries!! Drop by to meet Division Winemaking Company winemaker Tom Monroe and to taste the three scrumptious wines listed below
2901 NE Alberta Street
Portland, OR 97211
1520 NE Alberta
Tues - Sat, 2 - 10
Friday night flights (5-9pm)
Friday, March 22nd
90 pt Spanish Wines $18 and Under; $12
1515 NE Broadway
Portland, OR 97232
Tel: (503) 287-2897
March 22 - Great Syrah from the Northern Rhône
Before winter is a memory, let's tour the appellations of the northern Rhône: Cornas, St. Joseph, Crozes and Côte Rotie from Chave, Courbis and more. $18
3535 SW Multnomah Blvd
Portland, OR 97219; store phone: 503-244-2617.
Wine order hot-line voice mail: 503-203-3384
Email orders preferred: firstname.lastname@example.org
(Friday, March 22nd our "Friday Tasting" will feature new French and Spanish releases with Rod from Zancanella Wine Distribution Group)
This Friday's tasting is a celebration of great value wines that are produced with the grenache grape (or "garnacha" in Spanish). We feature 4 great value reds all from one area in Spain's north, plus a Cava and a spectacular Catalonian white.
1) Kila Cava Brut $9.99 sparkling
“ blend of 35% Macabeo, 30% Xarel-lo, 20% Parellada and 15% Chardonnay. A sensational value, it tips the scales at 11.5% alcohol. Light-bodied and zingy.”
2) Can Feixes Blanc Selecció (2011) $14.99 white
This light-bodied white wine from Spain offers up lime notes, and a mineral-like bouquet. On the palate, the wine has “ome pepper, pear, quince and a dash of pleasant acidity. This is a great wine to pair with shellfish of all sorts. Why does anyone buy insipid Oregon Pinot Gris when this refreshing white has an avalanche of character and personality for about the same price? “
3) "Vina Borgia" Bodegas Borsao 2011 Campo de Borja -Garnacha $7.99 red
“he producer Borsao owns nearly three thousand acres in Campo de Borja, roughly three quarters of the appellation. This rocky zone in the foothills of the Pyrenees is one of the original homes of the garnacha grape. This is a solid value, that is also available in 3 liter boxes.”
4) "Monte Oton" 2010 Garnacha $8.99 red
"The 2010 Monte Oton is 100% Garnacha souced from higher elevation. Spice box, incense, mineral, and black cherry notes inform the nose of this round, supple, savory red. It is an excellent value meant for drinking over the next 4 years." -Parker
5) "Garnacha de Fuego" 2011 (92RP) $8.99 red
“The 2011 Garnacha de Fuego, a 100% Grenache cuvee, was aged in both stainless steel and neutral French oak. There are 10,000 cases for the United States. This amazing wine boasts a dark ruby/purple color along with a sweet kiss of jammy black cherries intertwined with crushed rock notes that give the wine an undeniable minerality. As it hits the palate, a full-bodied, voluptuous texture takes hold and the flavor profile moves towards blacker fruits (ripe raspberries and black currants) intermixed with camphor and forest floor. This full-bodied, rich, glycerin-filled effort should drink well for 4-5 years, perhaps longer. “ 92 points --Parker
6) "Tres Picos" Bodegas Borsao 2010 Garnacha -Campo de Borja $16.99 red
International Wine Cellar 91 Points --- "Glass-staining purple. Lively, faintly medicinal aromas of cherry, blueberry and licorice, plus hints of smoky herbs and flowers. Juicy and expansive, offering sweet, deeply pitched bitter cherry and dark berry flavors supported by a taut spine of acidity and fine-grained tannins. Finishes with powerful spicy thrust and suggestions of candied flowers and woodsmoke. This could pass for a northern Rhone wine, and a really good one at that." –JR
LINER & ELSEN, WINE MERCHANTS
2222 NW Quimby St.
(off 22nd Ave.).
Tasting not schedule this week
Mt Tabor Fine Wines
4316 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97215
March 22nd : Oregon Pinot Noir ($15)
We’ll saddle up and head out to the rolling hills of the Willamette Valley to find the best new Pinots for your enjoyment.
The Portland Bottle Shop
7960 SE 13TH Ave. Portland, OR 97202
March 22 - Chris from Galaxy
Portland Wine Merchants
1430 SE 35th Avenue
Portland, OR 97214
MARCH 22nd: FRANCE’S BACK ROADS!! Bandol, Languedoc, Cahors, Madiran & other new & exotic appellations. $15.00.
2755 NE Broadway
503 288 7687
Tasting not schedule this week
"Come enjoy Pour Wine Bar's Happy Hour
"Monday - Saturday 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. $3 pours of red and white wines, $2 beers and $2 food items."
107 SE Washington St, 133
503 232 3867
Saturday, Mar 30 07:00 PM - Champagne Millesime 2004 - This vintage is almost 10 years old, and many of the wines are disappearing from shelves. Come out and taste some acid driven beauties from this delightful vintage. We'll enjoy 2 flights of 4 wines during the evening including wines from Lassaigne, Coutier, Turgy, and more. Full list TBA. The tasting is sit down and starts at 7pm, it will last for about 1.5 hours and is $65 per person.
2537 NW Upshur St
Portland, OR 97210
In Portland - Friday March 22, 5-8p
Be here for the first release from the spankin’ new Scott Paul Club - your guaranteed ticket to our limited-production wines. We’ll be pouring the full line-up of our 2011 Pinots – the La Paulée, Audrey, and a new bottling named “The Long Run”. This tasting is free to all Scott Paul Club members (and up to 2 guests). Tasting fee for non-members is $10, refunded with any 3-bottle purchase.
1910 Main St
Forest Grove, Or
Provincial Vineyard Wine Maker
1 pm to 4 pm
“Neil Frederickson, Winemaker of Provincial Vineyards, will be in the tasting room pouring from 1 pm to 4 pm”
2030 Main St
Forest Grove, OR
503 359 1967
Friday - March 22, 2013
3 – 6 PM
Happy Hour at Urban Decanter - $2 off on all appetizers! $4 glass-pour specials!
137 SE 28th Av
Portland, OR 97214
Friday, Mar. 22nd, 2013
Battle in Buckman: Bordeaux v. The New World!!
“For this Friday’s theme I’ve been inspired by the famous “Judgement In Paris” wine tasting that took place in 1976 wherein a few upstart California winemakers showed up in “Pair-ee” with their new world cabs and chardonnays and opened up a whole can of Uncle Sam’s Whupa** on the tradition bound Bordeaux and Burgundy chateau, besting them at their own game and garnering higher marks than their hosts from an international panel of judges.”
“I have changed from an all Bordeaux flight to a comparison between French Bordeaux and American “Bordeaux” blends. I happen to think this is going to be a great tasting, and very interesting. The Bordeaux will all be excellent, but reserved, higher toned (meaning a bit less open and straightforward), but definitely more complex, while the U.S. representatives will be exuberant, also delicious, and very much worthy of keeping company with their French counterparts. Come tomorrow and participate the Battle in Buckman between these worthy opponents.”
-2010 CHATEAU ROC DE SEGUR Bordeaux $9.95
-2009 THREE RIVERS WINERY Columbia Valley Red $14.95
-2010 DONATI FAMILY VINEYARD Claret “Paicines” $15.95
-2009 CHATEAU ST. ANDRE CORBIN St. Georges –St. Emilion $19.95
-2010 CHATEAU HAUT-VIGNEAU Pessac Leognan $20.95
And then the bonus main event explodes….
-2009 CHATEAU LYONNAT St. Emilion $22.95
-2010 HEDGES CELLARS Red Mountain Reserve $26.95
-2010 CHATEAU CHARMAIL Haut-Medoc $37.95…90 ptrs-Wine Advocate:
823 SE Ash St, No. 204
503 764 7698
Tasting not schedule this week
525 NW Saltzman Rd
503 643 5655
Tasting: Michael Florentino Winery
Our tastings are $10.00 per person or free with any bottle purchase.
Please join us on Fridays from 4-7pm for our featured tastings. Every Friday we pour wines from our featured winery with either the winemaker or winemakers representative in our shop. Saturday we pour the same wines from 12-5pm, without the winemaker present.
Gourmet charcuterie trays are available for purchase and we serve dinner on Friday and Saturday nights.
We hope to see you soon!
We are sorry but registration for this event is now closed.
Please contact us if you would like to know if spaces are still available.
840 SE Alder St
503 619 1918
Wine Club Pick up and Wine tasting at WineUp
Friday March 22nd 5:00 – 7:30 PM
Wayne and Cammy will be pouring wines from Argentina
$10.00 tasting fee to samples these luscious and unique wines
Wine Club Members taste FOR FREE!!!
4030 SE Woodstock Blvd
World Class Wines
269 A Avenue
Lake Oswego, Oregon 97034
March 22nd The World of Wines, with Ursula, from Odom