This week we find shops offering the wines, “of Piedmont,” “of Portugal,” “of Spain,” “of South America.” There are many more whites, proportional in this week’s tastings. Hot weather wine regions, hotter weather whites; see a trend here? World Class Wines has a vertical tasting worth checking our. Maybe do their tasting and grab some dinner in Lake Oswego.
With the World Cup well underway, the US takes on Portugal Sunday, maybe tasting and purchase some win appropriate for this weekend's matches!
Oregonians don't let friends drive after swallowing too much wine. Be a real friend Now, your offerings for this week.
14740 NW Cornell Road, Suite 160
Portland, OR 97229
FRIDAY June 20th, 2014
5 wines - $8. bucks - 5:00 - 8:00 pm
”Join us this Friday as we welcome back Mick Beard.
”Just come on in, no reservations necessary
“Mick's Picks...Wine of Piemonte
”Piemonte is often called the "Burgundy of Italy", as it is most famous for its boutique wines and outstanding gastronomy. Winemaking in Piemonte is amazingly artisan and boutique. Production is microscopic, especially for the top wines, and most wineries are family owned.
”The geography of Piemonte is over 40% mountainous, along with extensive areas of hills (30%) and plains (26%). Piemonte is surrounded on three sides by the Alps, including Monviso, where the Po rises, and Monte Rosa. In the south of Piemonte, where the Maritime Alps and Ligurian Apennines form a stunning backdrop to the hills, lie two areas where vines have been grown since time immemorial: the Langhe and the Roero.
”The Roero is the younger of the two, formed in Pliocene times.This is reflected in the properties of its soil, which is calcareous and clayey, often with layers of sand making it softer and less compact. The Langhe hills, on the other hand, date back to the earlier Miocene era, and while the soil is calcareous and clayey here too, it is heavier and firmer. These subtle differences in origin and formation are reflected in the grapes and in the wines: those grown on the hills of the Langhe are generally more structured and longer-lasting, whereas the wines from the Roero tend to be more balanced and elegant. !
”The Line Up:
2013 Picollo Ernesto, "Rovereto", Del Comune di Gavi DOCG
2012 Ca' del Baio, 'Lodoli' Dolcetto d'Alba DOC
2011 Montaribaldi, 'La Consolina' Barbera d'Asti DOCG
2011 Reverdito, 'Simane' Nebbiolo Langhe DOC
2009 Deltetto, 'Braja' Roero Riserva DOCG”
4525 SW Condor Avenue
Portland OR 97239 (Map)
"Bring Your Friends to Friday Sips"
“THIS WEEK'S FRIDAY SIPS”
”SUMMER SOLSTICE SEAMLESS & THEMELESS SIPS
”This Friday, June 20, 3:00 - 5:30 (note shorter hours)!
”3 delightful choices to kick off solstice weekend:
- 2010 Vietti Barbera D'Asti "La Crena"
- 2013 Walter Scott Pinot Blanc "Crannell Vineyard"
- 2010 Domaine de la Madura St-Chinian Rouge”
2901 NE Alberta Street
Portland, OR 97211
Nothing posted nor received, for June 20, 2014
1520 NE Alberta
Tues - Sat, 2 - 10
Friday night flights (5-9pm)
Friday, June 20th
SOUTH AMERICA; $15
1515 NE Broadway
Portland, OR 97232
Tel: (503) 287-2897
June 20 - No Tasting
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, June 20 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee-
Kara Kuehl of Vehrs Wine will be pouring selections from Italy, Oregon, Washington and California:
“ Torre di Luna Sauvignon 2012 $10.99
”Torre di Luna is located in the province of Trentino surrounded by the Dolomites and Rhaetian Alps in Northern Italy. While Pinot Grigio is the oft-favored Italian white wine, the demand for more whites has caused growers to branch out into other popular varietals like Sauvignon Blanc.
This 2012 is quite enjoyable offering bright and lively acidity and summery citrus notes of lemon, lime and grapefruit. This is a tart and bold Sauvignon Blanc that is ready to drink now. It is a delightfully fresh white that would pair nicely with seafood and salads.
”Argillae Orvieto 2012 $16.99
”This opens with a pretty bouquet of yellow spring flowers and tropical fruit. The palate offers lingering pineapple, lemon zest and pear flavors that finish clean and refreshing. Pair this with light pastas or lightly seasoned seafood dishes.
”Apex Chardonnay 2012 $16.99
“This Prosser, Wash., winery is well into its third decade, and Ron Bunnell continues its tradition with balanced, fruit-forward Chardonnay. The nose features pineapple, pear and melon with notes of lemon zest and coriander. And yet, the 100% barrel fermentation allows for round flavors of pineapple and pear amid a feel of butter and toast.” ~Great Northwest Wine
"Quady North Rose 2013 $13.99”
"Strawberry and cherry aromas predominate, with nice body and a bright finish that is dry, but not drying. This wine should be consumed soon, preferably within the year of its release.
”There is a reason that dry rose is making a comeback in America. People are realizing that, when well made, this style is among the most versatile of all wines. Because of its natural levity, rose can be enjoyed on its own, or paired with anything from a club sandwich on the patio, to the roasted ham on the holiday table.
”Oak Ridge OZV Old Vines Zinfandel 2012 $11.99
”A robust Zinfandel from 50-100 year old vines in Lodi. Oak Ridge is the longest producing winery in Lodi dating back to 1934. Bold and jammy flavors with milk chocolate and hints of mocha on the soft and supple finish. This is one to stock up on for the upcoming parties!
”Gordon Merlot 2010 $19.99
”Looking for a smooth wine, the Gordon Estate Merlot fits that profile. The wine is rich and extracted. Black fruits accented with chocolate, coffee, cedar and sweet baking spices. Lots of depth. It goes down real easy...which, in the end, is what smoothness is all about. WINE ENTHUSIAST -- 91 Points
“ ...and there may be a mystery wine at Dave's desk”
LINER & ELSEN, WINE MERCHANTS
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”
“June 20: Let’s celebrate Summer: Our famed semi-annual Champagne Tasting
“June 21: Join Bryan Hill from àMaurice Cellars in Walla Walla for a taste of their scintillating wines. Plus, great wines from France: Eugène Carrel Vin de Savoie Rosé, Dom. de l’Idylle Cruet, Dom. de la Pépière Cuvée Granit, and Dom. du Pas Saint Martin Saumur Rouge.”
4316 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97215
French & Italian Whites ($15)
Friday June 20th, 2014 4 pm - 7:30 pm @ Mt Tabor Fine Wines
“Looks like it's a gonna be a gooda nighta for a whitea winea tasting. I wasn't sure how this tasting would come together as I didn't really have an idea of anything specific so I just let it come together organically...or biodynamically, so to speak. And come together it did. First off, one of my favorite wines in the world, the Baumard Trie Speciale, is almost never available......no actually it's almost never made. The Baumards only make it in exceptional vintages and on avearge maybe two vintages in ten!
“The wine is made by making different passes thru the vineyard and picking only as the grapes are perfectly ready. I love all of Baumards dry whites; the regular Savennieres and the Clos Papillon are among the best values in all of wine. They will greatly improve and I've had many amazing bottles after 15-20 years in the bottle. The Trie Speciale is in a league of its own. Come and taste. You'll see! Boy, I can see if I keep it up at this pace I'll have you all snoozing in no time as I'm really excited about the whole lineup. The two white Burgs will boggle the mind and they show why when Chard is good it is hard to imagine better wine.
“The first three wines in the flight are the epitome of bright and refreshing. Delicious warm weather drinking. The last three are completely different; exciting, deep, complex, viscous, rich with good lift from balancing acidity. I'm loving this one.
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.”
“June 20 - Wines of Portugal”
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! “
“JUNE 20TH: CLASSY EURO WHITES! France, Italy, Spain & Portugal! $15.00.”
2537 NW Upshur St
Portland, OR 97210
TEL 503 208 2061
Nothing schedule, June 20, 21
SE Wine Collective (AKA: Division Wine)
TEL 503 208 2061
2425 SE 35TH PLACE
Nothing scheduled, June 20, 21, 22
137 SE 28th Av
Portland, OR 97214
June 20, 2014
“What better place to visit on a warm spring evening that Spain?”
“…Of Spanish tempranillo, the land and the grape that through the grace of God has come together to give satisfaction, refreshment, and soul to so many of my drinking experiences. This is the place where every time I drink these wines I ponder tempranillos grown elsewhere and think “Nice try. Maybe cabernet will work better for you.” I mean, really, when you can spend a little over twenty bucks for a pretty mind-blowing, 10-year old Reserva Rioja like wine #5, it makes throwing down more than that for one of Abacela’s our local tempranillos seems rather unwise. Not that our wines are bad in anyway, but they certainly aren’t this. Or these….”
-2010 INVACESA Rioja Crianza “Rivarey” $9.95
-2011 TORREMORON Ribera del Duero Tinto $12.95
-2011 HAZANA Rioja Crianza $13.95…91 pts-Wine Advocate: “A mindblowing value.”
-2011 TORREDEROS Ribera del Duero Crianza $19.95
-2004 BODEGAS ONTANON Rioja Reserva $22.95…91 pts-Wine Spectator
”And if you think those are enticing, just you wait….
”Bonus #1-2005 BODEGAS LAN Rioja Gran Reserva $24.95…93 pts-Wine Advocate: “…the finish is classic in style with a dash of white pepper and tar. This is a very well-made Gran Reserva drinking beautifully now, but certainly it has the substance to keep.”
”Bonus #2-2010 REMELLURI Rioja “La Bastida” $34.95…I just tasted this incredible Rioja from one of the greats of the region last week and was immediately thinking “I HAVE to share with everyone!” In fact this wine, and our Bonus #3, is what made me switch the tasting from “Tempranillos around the world” to an all-Spanish love fest.
”Bonus#3-2004 LA RIOJA ALTA Rioja Reserva “Viña Ardanza”$37.95…Spanish wine, in fact under $50 wine from anywhere, does not get any better than this! 94 pts-Wine Spectator: “The wine has a lovely, weightless intensity. A fine example of the traditional style.”; 93 Pts-Wine Advocate: “Rioja that speaks so eloquently and with such clarity of their place.”
525 NW Saltzman Rd
503 643 5655
June 20, 4 PM – 7PM Tasting wines of Galaxy
3037 N. Williams Av
503 619 1918
Nothing posted or received
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
“Friday Night Tasting June 20th 4:30-8:00
”Tim Shimmel will be pouring some spectacular and very highly rated wines from this well known Washington Winery. Try the Cabernet Franc Rose', 2011 Chardonnay, a vertical of Carriage House 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, the 2011 Syrah and the famed 2007 Cote Bonneville Cab/Merlot blend.”