First Day of May, and tomorrow, Friday, as another stellar line-up:
A wonderful variety of tastes at Barrel; Haut-Rian at Cellar Door; Italian wines at Everyday and Wine Cellar; Albariños at Liner, while Rose' is king at MT Tabor, and Andrew Rich is at John's Marketplace for a stellar $5 tasting.
Need any other reasons to head out? Pick a destination wine shop, leave time to decide a nearby place for dinner after. Make an evening on what looks to be a milder, comfortably warm spring day in Portland!
Now, here are this week's wine shops and their selections for Friday.
Barrel Fine Wine + Tasting Bar
14740 NW Cornell Road, Suite 160
Portland, OR 97229
“Join us this Friday as we welcome Mick Beard, formerly of Cornell Wine Company.
”Just come on in, no reservations necessary!
”FRIDAY May 2nd, 2014
The Line Up:
2013 Elio Perrone, 'Bigaro' Brachetto/Moscato, Piemonte, IT
2013 Terrapin Cellars, Rose of Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, OR
2013 Domaine La Croix Belle, Chardonnay, Languedoc, FR
2009 Mayerdale, Pinot Noir, Columbia Gorge, OR
2012 Bodega Bernabeleva, Old Vine Garnacha, Madrid, ESP
2008 Racemi, 'Sinfarosa' Primitivo di Manduria, Puglia, IT
4525 SW Condor Avenue
Portland OR 97239 (Map)
“FRIDAY SIPS - The Annual Haut-Rian Dance Party
This Friday May 2, 3:30 - 6:30
”Michel is back!! Once again, we have Haut-Rian owner/winemaker Michel Dietrich in the house and he will be pouring and discussing his new releases. Always a great time, if you love the great values of France, you must be here!”
WINES OPEN FOR TASTING THIS FRIDAY:
- 2013 Haut-Rian Bordeaux Blanc
- 2013 Haut-Rian Bordeaux Rose
- 2011 Haut-Rian Cotes-de-Bordeaux Rouge
2901 NE Alberta Street
Portland, OR 97211
“Cork is currently closed for a hiatus.
We're tending to the barrels at the Viola Winery
and getting our first batch of 2013 wines
ready for bottling and release in late Spring 2014.
Check back to this website for updates on our plans for
reopening cork and the tasting room for Viola Wines”
VIOLA WINES + cork wine shop
2901 NE Alberta Street
1520 NE Alberta
Tues - Sat, 2 - 10
“Friday, May 2nd
1515 NE Broadway
Portland, OR 97232
Tel: (503) 287-2897
2010 Bordeaux. It's another great vintage for Bordeaux and there's plenty of curiosity, so let's check out some of the early PDX arrivals from both the Left and Right Bank. $20”
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, May 2 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--
“This Friday: Live and in person, Andrew Rich of Andrew Rich Wines, Carlton, Oregon
”Andrew will be pouring:
”2011 Roussanne Columbia Valley $19.99
”Our tenth Roussanne vintage turned out to be freakishly cool, thus allowing us to finally let the grapes at both Ciel du Cheval and Alder Ridge hang until October 1st—two weeks later than average. Moreover, we had no adjustments to make in the fermenter: a first. The balance is exceptional. There’s less weight and perhaps power than in some years, but there’s an enticing suppleness both in the mid-palate and on the finish. A very pretty wine with all the typical white flower and stone fruit notes you could wish for, and just the right amount of nerve. This is best chilled but not cold with crab, scallops, charcuterie, or anything else with inherent richness. Ciel du Cheval and Alder Ridge Vineyards.
”2012 Sauvignon Blanc Croft Vineyard $19.99
”From a warm vintage, our current release harkens back to Croft Sauvignons of old—perhaps 2006 or 2009. The nose explodes with aromas of passion fruit and gooseberry (and, if you insist, a faint whiff of kitty). The palate is rich (but never ponderous), owing not just to the ripeness of the vintage but to extended time on the lees, thanks to a pokey fermentation. Bottled later than usual, the wine is just now (September 2013) coming together, and makes a lovely aperitif or a superb accompaniment to vegetable dishes and lighter meats.
”2013 Tabula Rasa Rosé $13.99
”This is a Grenache/Mourvèdre rosé not unlike those from Provence or the southern Rhône valley. It is medium-bodied, with the weight of a ripe wine along with very good acidity to balance the fruit. It is bone dry. I'd say the color is a classic south of France rosé: neither the salmon pink of some pinot rosés nor the pale red of a Cabernet blush. This wine was bottled about three and a half months ago, and while it is already delicious, I believe that, given the high percentage of Mourvèdre, it should develop nicely over the next year.
”2011 Pinot Noir Prelude $21.99
”Our first release from the latest vintage on record may be noticeably lower in alcohol but it lacks not at all in body, with an uncanny marriage of suppleness and lift. The damp earth, strawberry, and pepper of the nose carry over to the palate, and even at this early stage the tannins seem soft. There is a mouth-watering deliciousness here that invites early drinking, but I expect this to continue to flesh out over the next year. [AR 5/13]
”Vineyards: Palmer Creek, Ribbon Ridge, Momtazi Family, Croft, La Colina
”2011 Tabula Rasa Red $15.99
”Literally “blank slate,” tabula rasa in this case refers to each vintage, when the winemaker must start over with the current harvest (and subsequent blend), effectively wiping the slate clean. “Vin de Tabula Rasa” is a play on the French phrase vin de table, while “rasa” could almost be some obscure Mediterranean dialect for red. In 2011, Syrah once again dominates the blend (79%), with the balance comprising Mourvèdre and Grenache. The result is a soft and delicious Côtes-du-Rhône wannabe that’s perfect with pasta, pizza, stews, and just about anything hot off the grill.
|2010 Messalliance $23.99
”Malbec 36%, Merlot 31%, Syrah 27%, Cabernet Franc 6%
A misalliance (mésalliance in French) is a marriage of social unequals. Back in 1998 it was my all-too-subtle dig at the inferior Merlot vis-à-vis the noble Cab, but after a brief hiatus, the Més was resurrected—now, ironically, plump with Merlot and Cab-free. With the 2010, Malbec dominates the ménage, adding a seductive blackberry note. Merlot broadens the palate, while Syrah adds fruit and a touch of Franc firms up the finish. It’s your typical right bank blend crafted by an Argentine with a thing for the northern Rhône. Drink now and over the next three or four years with beef, pork, or game. Vineyards: Alder Ridge, Red Willow, Ciel du Cheval.
”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
May 2 - Albariños: Superb wines of Spain.
Mt Tabor Fine Wines
4316 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97215
“Join us from 4PM- 7:30PM on Fridays for our tastings
“ 2nd: Warm Weather Whites and Rosé ($15)
“Unbelievably we’re looking at the 80’s so why not pour some of the most refreshing wines in the world. Crisp whites from the Loire, Italy and beyond and rosé form Provence, Oregon, Italy and more. Here is where I wanna be this Friday!”
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.”
“May 2 - Small Vineyard Imports”
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! “
2537 NW Upshur St
Portland, OR 97210
TEL 503 208 2061
No tasting May 2
SE Wine Collective (AKA: Division Wine)
TEL 503 208 2061
2425 SE 35TH PLACE
Nothing scheduled May 2
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
May 2nd: Southwest France’s Languedoc-Roussillon- the bargain basket of French red wines!
525 NW Saltzman Rd
503 643 5655
4 to 6 PM: Low tannin Italian wines
6 to 7 PM: Galaxy wines
3037 N. Williams A
503 619 1918
From 6-8 in the Cellar dwellers Lounge.
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
$5.00 bonus pour; Includes light appetizers and SABERING of our nightly bubbly!