It’s 2013!!! Will this be an amazing vintage year for every single wine you love to drink???!! Sure. Well…
Tasting wine is about finding wines you love, as every year is a new vintage year, and new expressions from many influences the vintner considers,,, And, until the 2013s are released, no one will know for sure how each vintage has performed. It’s quite an adventure!
Speaking of new adventures, we have three videos, all hilarious takes on starting and running a winery! First, the decision to start winery, second buying from a wine sales person, and lastly, a lesson on what wine really means to our earth. Enjoy these! But, if you don’t, watch again!
Here’s this week’s slate of opportunities. Updates will be made so check back for complete information. Remember, taste wine safely! It’s the Oregon way!
2901 NE Alberta Street
Portland, OR 97211
Friday, Jan 25 – IndigItaly is Back • 4pm - 7pm
”Our never-ending love affair with the hundreds of indigenous varietals growing in Italy has led to some of our most interesting tastings. We're going back to the Indigenous Italians for this Friday's tasting. Come see what we've found this time - all regions, varietals and colors are possible and we promise your palate will be challenged. Main Flight $10*, Premium Pours for an additional fee”
*For our cork club members: The Main Flight fee during our Friday Night Flights is complimentary (limit 2 flights per membership per week). Premium pours, bonus fees and tastings on other nights of the week receive the usual 10% cork club discount. This benefit is non-transferrable and at least one cork club member must be present.
1520 NE Alberta
Tues - Sat, 2 - 10
Friday night flights (5-9pm)
Friday, January 25th
Russ Raney FRENCH Finds; $12
1515 NE Broadway
Portland, OR 97232
Tel: (503) 287-2897
Alsatian Santa sent our Domaine Weinbach wines early this year so let's drink!
All 2011, Grand Cru and village: Riesling, Pinot Gris, and their delectable Gewurztraminer. $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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, Jan 25th our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --5.00 fee--
Beth from Grape Expectation Wine Group pours great value deals...
"Apremont" Jean Perrier 2011 Vin de Savoie $12.99 dry white France
Made with the jacquere grape, this fresh light wine has a delicate minerality – its aroma is like a breeze from freshly rained-upon stones. The palate is a similarly delicate play of lemon squeezed on lightly nuanced orchard fruit, finishing crisply tender-dry. It contains only 11.5 percent alcohol and is a great aperitivo. This is a great companion to fish, especially shellfish, goat cheese appetizers, simply-prepared roast chicken, and of course coming from Savoie, a perfect match for fondue.
Tinto da Anfora 2009 Portuguese Red $9.99 dry red
Racy and piquant, this little red will remind you of a highly aromatic Bordeaux cabernet franc.
Brandborg Pinot Noir 2009 $17.99 "Benchlands" Umpqua Valley Oregon dry red
Perhaps Oregon's finest value pinot noir producer is not in the Willamette Valley?
Bouza -Tannat from Uruguay $16.99
Tannat is the grape variety that gives backbone to the great wines of Madiran in France, and this version is a revelation to lovers of big broad reds, with its big but smooth tannic structure.
Plus a few more selections TBA.....
LINER & ELSEN, WINE MERCHANTS
2222 NW Quimby St.
(off 22nd Ave.)
No Event this Friday
Mt Tabor Fine Wines
4316 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97215
OREGON PINOT NOIR ($15)
Friday, January 25th/ 4- 7:30 @ Mt.Tabor Fine Wines
”After a traumatic vacation I’m glad to be back to normalcy and our regular routine of excellent Friday tastings. What better way to start off the 2013 season than with our very own Pinots.
"What a great opportunity to taste Oregon Pinot history in the Eyrie, you read correctly, 2000 Marguerite. Evidently, 2000 was one of Eyrie founder/ legend David Lett’s favorite all time vintages. It so happened that his granddaughter, Marguerite, was born that year and to honor that birth he made a special bottling for her from the best vines in Eyrie’s impressive stable.
"Unfortunately, David left us a few years ago but his son, Jason, now in charge, has decided the time is now to release this beautiful wine. His daughter, Marguerite, at the age of 12, painted the beautiful watercolor label for the bottling. So I guess you could say this wine has come full circle. But on to the wine. Wow!
"This is a great example of what Oregon Pinot can become with minimal intervention winemaking and a few years in the bottle. Lett’s wines were never showy when young but with time, like great Burgundies, they develop nuance and complexity that very few others can achieve.
"Steve Goff is one of my favorite people in winemaking and you may have met him at our recent anniversary party. He’s the winemaker for Colene Clemens and this is his first bottling under his own name. He purchased some fruit from the Shea vineyard and has made a very pretty wine in the style of the 2010 vintage. The lineup is a strong one and I encourage you all to come and enjoy.”
2010 Vista Hills, “Marylhurst” $20
2011 Ayres, “Perspective” $29
2010 Stephen Goff, “Shea Vineyard” $32
2010 Scott Paul, “La Paulée” $34
“Maresh, Nysa & Ribbon Ridge Vineyards”
2010 Evening Land, “Seven Springs Estate” $47
Premium Pour ($8)
2000 Eyrie, “Marguerite” $75
The Portland Bottle Shop
7960 SE 13TH Ave. Portland, OR 97202
January 25 – Dani from D’Vine
Portland Wine Merchants
1430 SE 35th Avenue
Portland, OR 97214
Portland Wine Merchants
1430 SE 35th Avenue
Portland, OR 97214
JANUARY 25TH: RHONE & THE LANGUEDOC! The South will Rise Again, Chateauneuf, Rasteau, Gigondas & the like! $15.00.
2537 NW Upshur St
Portland, OR 97210
Now open every Friday night in Portland!
Friday, January 25th, 2013
Tasting Flight Friday night in PDX – 2010 Benjamin Leroux Auxey-Duresses Blanc (Was $45, now $32), 2010 Buisson Charles Meursault VV (Was $58, now $44), 2010 Michel Lafarge Bourgogne Passetoutgrain l’Exception (was $30, now $20), and the 2009 Jean-Marc Millot Côte de Nuits Villages(was $38, now $30)!
Join us for a special tasting at Renaissance Wines in Hillsboro (in the heart of Orenco Station) Friday night January 25th from 5-8pm. Scott will be pouring a great line-up, including Grower Champagnes fromMarc Chauvet & Francis Cossy, white Burgundies from Domaine Thibert and Buisson-Charles, red Burgundies from J-J Confuron and Michel Lafarge, and of course some Scott Paul Pinot too! Scott will be on hand to pour and answer all your questions from 5-8pm. Be there!
137 SE 28th Av
Portland, OR 97214
ph: 503.235.8545No information
Now, onto the wine at hand, which has me looking forward to leftovers already! Oh, France’s Rhone Valley and Provence, how many ways can you make me fall in love with you all over again? Well, in this instance eight. Once again I am more than thrilled to be able to show off some staggeringly good red wine from one of the tastiest, most beautiful and inspiring places on this wine making planet. I’ve gone on and on in the past about these. How they deliver astonishing value at every price level, how incredibly food friendly they are. Character up the wazoo. Case in point, take the bonus-bonus, the 2010 Autard Chateauneuf. A classic red from a great producer in a fabulous vintage with all the critical acclaim you could want. $42 a pop isn’t cheap, I know, but you put this up against virtually any other $40-$50 wine in the world and it’ll blow them away. And that holds true when you comparatively shop the other seven bottles we’ll be showing. So yes, now that you ask, I am very excited about tomorrow. Here’s why….
-2010 DOMAINE CLOS DES LUMIERES Cotes du Rhone $9.95
-2011 TERRE D’OMBRE Provence Rouge $14.95…from one of the region’s greatest Bandol producers.
-2010 VIGNERONS DE CARACTERE Vacqueyras “Mas du Bouquet”$19.95…90 pts.- Wine Spectator and Wine Advocate
-2010 J.L. CHAVE Cotes Du Rhone “Mon Coeur” $20.95…90 pts- Wine Advocate
-2010 DOMAINE CROS DE ROMET “Cairanne” $22.95…93 pts-Wine Advocate; 91 pts- Wine Spectator
And my lips are smacking for our bonus pours…
Bonus #1- 2010 DOMAINE BOISSON “Massif d’Uchaux” $26.95…93 pts-Wine Advocate; 91 pts- Wine Spectator
Bonus #2- 2010 CHATEAU FORTIA Chateauneuf du Pape “Cuvée Baron”$38.95…92 pts-Wine Spectator; 91 pts-Wine Advocate
Bonus #3- 2010 DOMAINE PAUL AUTARD Chateauneuf du Pape $42.95…93 pts-Wine Advocate; 92 pts- Wine Spectator
Woodstock Wine & Deli website in transition
4030 SE Woodstock Blvd
World Class Wines
269 A Avenue
Lake Oswego, Oregon 97034
Gems from Casa Bruno with Joe