Here we are in the third week of October, a month to Thanksgiving, where has the time gone? Wasn’t it summer, like, ten days ago!!!
Hmmm… well, there’s still wine!!! Some great tastings, take a look as the weather is amazing right now, so grab some friends and taste the wine!
How about some basic info on wine; refresher for some, new to others:
Here’s your selection and check out the photo slide show… PORTLANDIA AND WINE!
Remember, the Oregon way is wine with friends and take care of your friends, and never, drink wine alone; oh, well, okay alone is fine but don’t make a habit of it!
4525 SW Condor Avenue
Portland OR 97239 (Map)
Washington Red Blends
Stop in today Friday, October 18, 3:30 - 6:30
to sample and see that all Washington Blends are not created equally. 3 delicious wines for a crisp fall evening!
2010 SCARBOROUGH “ROYALE” COLUMBIA VALLEY RED
$26.99 BTL./$323.88 CASE
“Just the name of this wine conjures up memories of the timeless classic film “Pulp Fiction” with John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson and their dialogue over Royale with Cheese. Travis Scarborough definitely doesn’t produce McDonald’s Quarter Pounder-inspired wines from Washington, in fact, this young guy can definitely be noted as one of the state’s up and coming players. The Royale is a classic Washington blend based around Bordeaux varietals. 27% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Cabernet Franc, 29% Merlot and 21% Petit Verdot, this is a full-on, mouthful of wine yet with the spine and evenness of 2010 it maintains freshness, lift and character.
Layered black cherry, plum, violet, and anise are all nicely encapsulated by underlying milk-chocolate coated espresso bean aromas. Mouth-filling and palate-staining, there is such an irresistible quality to this wine now, but don't drink it all up at once, it will age nicely for 10-12 years, too.
2010 NOVELTY HILL “ROYAL SLOPE” RED
$16.99 BTL./$203.88 CASE
“We have been featuring Novelty Hill’s wines for several years and consistently they deliver remarkable bang for the buck. Royal Slope Red is a combination of both Bordeaux, Rhone and Tuscan grapes that for 17 bucks engages the senses quite nicely. 37% Merlot, 23% Syrah, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Sangiovese, 4% Cabernet Franc & 3% Grenache.
Sheer deliciousness with good substance and without getting silly with just a bunch of wood, this vivacious Washington red delivers currants, blackberry, fine herbs and spices which dominate the nose while a prominent core of mouth-filling fruit pleases the palate. A perfect wine to serve with grilled ribs or other fare and is one that will please a plethora of varying palates!
2010 GRAMERCY CELLARS “L’IDIOT DU VILLAGE”
$39.99 BTL./$479.88 CASE
“There certainly is some merit to all of the chatter occurring over Washington’s Syrahs and Rhone-inspired blends, some deserved, some not-so-deserved. The variance of styles could easily be compared to a Spaghetti Western, one that I would name, “The Good, The Bad and The Robitussin”. Led by Greg Harrington, Gramercy Cellars is definitely in the good camp, in fact, we would probably say the really (insert favorite colorful metaphor here) good camp. Commencing with their initial vintage with the 2005, The Cellar Door have been ardent supporters of what this Walla Walla-based producer has done and continues to put forth. Alas with immense accolades has come demand and the Gramercy wines can be a bit of a challenge to obtain so it is a real thrill to be able to pour one for you today.
A blend of 80% Syrah, 12% Mourvèdre, 4% Cinsault & 4% Grenache with the majority of the fruit coming from “The Rocks” in the southern reaches of the Walla Walla Valley this flavorful blend displays aromatic plum with complex, Northern Rhône-inspired scents of woodsmoke, black olive, white pepper, graham, cinnamon and underlying ground pepper and rose petal. A very embracing texture provides lots of coverage and depth in the mouth. Not a hair out of place, this wine isn't overblown and bombastic, just pure Gramercy with gorgeous fruit, depth, backbone and balance. Coffee, earth, mineral and prominent succulence take over on the long, layered and ethereal finish which is both inviting and elusive. No problem to age this magical Washington red for another decade.”
2901 NE Alberta Street
Portland, OR 97211
Oct 18th: PIEDMONT PICKS
”Fall is definitely here, and with it comes a bounty of local ingredients that pair so well with the wines of Italy's Piemonte region. Like Oregon, Piemonte is located in the Northwest and is at about the 45th Parallel, making the grape growing region in line with the Willamette Valley. Only they have hundreds of years of winemaking history and some seriously mature vines to work with. We'll pour our favorite new Dolcetto, Barbera and Nebbiolo releases under $20 plus a few Bonus Pours not to be missed. $12 Main Flight Fee + Bonus Pours $TBD”
1520 NE Alberta
Tues - Sat, 2 - 10
Friday, October 18th
No Tasting – OPEN
1515 NE Broadway
Portland, OR 97232
Tel: (503) 287-2897
Barolo and Barbaresco. A glass of hearty Nebbiolo is a beautiful thing this time of year. Ca del Baio Asili 2010 (90 million points!), Elio Grasso 2005, Verduno Rabaja 2003 and more. $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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, October 18 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--
Tim Rippa of Petit Monde Imports will be pouring selections from France:
“Chateau de Breze, Rosé of Cabernet Franc, Saumur, 2012, $14.99
While many may limit their rosé consumption to the days where the temperature is above 80, this rosé may change that protocol. 100% Cabernet Franc, from organically farmed, centuries old estate in the Loire Valley. The wine has weight and structure, without being fruit forward and overly ripe. It has the perfect balance of weight to acidity that allow it to pair perfectly with fall flavors and comfort cuisine.
“Domaine de Chiroulet, Terres Blanches, Cotes de Gascogne, 2011 $11.99
While the grapes that make up this blend (Gros Manseng, Ugni Blanc, Sauv Blanc) may not be the most familiar, the quality, flavor, and freshness in this wine will surprise you for it's accessibility. This bottle from southwestern France is lively, bright, with lots of acidity.
“Leon Boesch, Gewürztraminer, "Les Fous", Alsace, 2010 $21.99
Gewürztraminer, when made poorly, can truly ruin your perception of this grape. Gewürztraminer, when made well, will command your attention and bring a smile to your face. The latter is what we think this Alsace Gewurz brings to the table. Rich and spicy, textured and layered, with plenty of acidity to balance out it's weight, this wine is enjoyable now or could be laid down for a decade to come.
“Domaine de L'Idylle, Mondeuse, Savoie, 2012 $16.99
Mondeuse is a red grape that is indigenous to the Savoie in eastern France. This wine will surely make you a believer in its merits as it is medium bodied, clean and compelling. Plenty of fruit and spice, without being heavy or rich. It's unique, it's well made, and it's thoroughly enjoyable!
“Domaine de Biscarelle, Cotes du Rhone Village, 2010 $14.99
Jerome Greico is a young winemaker who has garned international recognition for his Chateauneuf du Pape bottlings. This Cotes du Rhone is a phenomenal entry tier offering from him. Organic, old vines, pure fruit and authenticity, this wine shows savory and herbal notes that will draw you in. It is rich, but with flavor, not with cloying fruit. For the price, the amount of depth and complexity this Cotes du Rhone offers is amazing.
“ Jean Louis Denois, Les Garrigues, Languedoc, 2011 $10.99
Meet your new everyday red wine. From Southwestern France, Denois produces this full bodied, balanced blend of a little bit of everything on his estate. The blend is dominated by Syrah and Merlot, but small bits of Cab Sauv, Cab Franc, and Grenache make their way into the mix. For the price you'd be hard pressed to find a bottle that delivers more quality and wine from anywhere, not just France.”
LINER & ELSEN, WINE MERCHANTS
2222 NW Quimby St.
(off 22nd Ave.)
Oct.18 Royal wines from Alsace, France: A tasting of Albert Boxler wines.
Mt Tabor Fine Wines
4316 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97215
October 18th: The Most Important Reds of Italy ($15)
We’ll travel the entire country to bring you the best reds of Italy including the exciting wines of the Piemonte, Tuscany, Campania and beyond.
The Portland Bottle Shop
7960 SE 13TH Ave. Portland, OR 97202
October 18 - The Pines Vineyard and Winery
Portland Wine Merchants
1430 SE 35th Avenue
Portland, OR 97214
Nada; seeking remedy
2537 NW Upshur St
Portland, OR 97210
TEL 503 208 2061
Saturday, October 19th, 2013
In Portland – Friday October 18th 5-8p
In Carlton - Saturday October 19th 12-5p
All of the wine from the Beaujolais region is not Beaujolais Nouveau. Thank God for that! We think no one should have to drink that stuff, ever. It is probably best used as a cleaning solvent, but that’s just our opinion
The Village of Fleurie, in Beaujolais
There is a lot of yummy, delicious, artisan-made top quality wine from Beaujolais – and it comes from the “Crus” of Beaujolais, the 10 top villages that have the exclusive right to use just the name of the village on the label. They are also some of the best values in the world. On these wines you won’t see the word “Beaujolais” at all, in fact. Our favorite of the Crus is the village of Fleurie – where some of the most fragrant, silky, rich wines are made. After looking for years for a producer we wanted to work with there, we hooked up with Giles Gelin at Domaine des Nugues back in 2011.
The rocky, granite-based soils of the Beaujolais
This weekend - Just Say NO to Nouveau, and come taste the good stuff from Beaujolais. We’ll be pouring the 2010 & 2011 vintages of the Domaine des Nugues Fleurie, and their yummy 2011 Beaujolais-Villages as well. Tasting flight is $10, refundable with any 6-bottle purchase.
TEL 503 208 2061
2425 SE 35TH PLACE
Taste of Harvest
When: Fri, October 18, 6pm – 7pm
1910 Main St
Forest Grove, Or
137 SE 28th Av
Portland, OR 97214
VINO’s Friday Flights happen every Friday evening from 4:30 until 8:00. You get a flight of five wines for $10, and we will usually have 2 or 3 bonus pours for a nominal extra charge. You can drop in anytime, and all are welcome from newbies to wine know-it-alls. We always provide the bread to cleanse your palates and please feel free to bring snacks and other nibbles with you!
“Now onto yet more Italians I adore, and a tasting I look forward to each time we do it as these are some of my personal favorite indulgences. And based on your enthusiastic attendance at past Barbera fests I know you appreciate them equally. Besides, now that the GOP has tucked their tales under their backsides we can get on with our economic lives, which at least here has everything to do with delicious wines. The lineup we’re showing off tomorrow is incredibly strong top to bottom. I’ve had them all individually and can enthusiastically vouch for each one, and the thought of having them all together is, to put it mildly, rather intoxicating! There is no wine I reach for more at home than Barbera. For food friendly drinking there may be nothing better. There’s a reason you’ll never see a domestic Barbera here at VINO. In fact tomorrow you’l have a chance to taste eight reasons. For the money, much as I’d like to be a supporter of the USA, there is no comparison to the “real” thing from the deliciously beautiful Piedmont. I highly encourage you making plans to come by tomorrow as I can promise satisfaction with these delights…”
-2011 FRANCO SERRA Barbera d’Alba $10.95
-2011 FUSO Barbera $14.95
-2009 RAPOLINO Barbera d’Alba “Pian Romualdo” $16.95
-2010 MONTARIBALDI Barbera d’Alba “Du Gir” $22.95
-2011 ELIO ALTARE Barbera d’Alba $22.95
And then the Piedmont love really starts flowing with our bonus selections…
-2011 OLIM BAUDA Barbera d’Asti “le Rocchette” $23.95
-2011 SOTTIMANO Barbera d’Alba “Pairolero”$29.95
-2009 G.D. VAJRA Barbera d’Alba Superiore $39.95
525 NW Saltzman Rd
503 643 5655
Friday, Oct 18
Tasting small vineyards
4Pm to 7Pm
3037 N. Williams A
503 619 1918
Friday tasting this week October 18th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm
In the Cellar Dwellers Lounge
Wayne the Wizard of Wine is pouring wines from Spain
Tasting fee is $10.00
World Class Wines
269 A Avenue
Lake Oswego, Oregon 97034
503.974.9841 October 11th
Fattoria di Petroio with Pamela Lenzi, owner