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Here is this weeks opportunity to taste wine, and an almost full card with weather becoming gorgeous again, why not get out there and expand your wine experience!

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Barrel Fine Wine + Tasting Bar

14740 NW Cornell Road, Suite 160

Portland, OR 97229

Join us this Friday as we welcome Tim Shimmel with Oregon Wine Sales.
Just come on in, no reservations necessary!
FRIDAY April 18th, 2014
The Line Up:
2011 Arcane Cellars, Wheatland Estate Riesling, Willamette Valley, OR
2013 Left Coast Cellars, Rose of Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, OR
2011 Copperbelt, Homestead Red Blend, Columbia Valley
2010 Artisinal Cellars, Pinot Noir Reserve, Willamette Valley, OR
2012 Alchemy Cellars, Edwin Dyer Syrah, Rogue Valley, OR
2009 Ash Hollow, Malbec, Walla Walla Valley, WA
” Finding the Perfect Wine for Easter!
With the Easter weekend ahead, it’s a good time to revisit some wine pairing strategies for classic Easter meals. The main dish on the Easter table is often ham or lamb. Ham, from country style to honey glaze, pairs well with rosés, subtle whites and lighter, fruitier reds. These choices help balance the saltiness and work well with slightly sweet flavors. Lamb calls for a more serious red wine and pairs well with medium to full-bodied reds that balance out the richness of the meat. This week we will be pouring six wines and a bonus pour that will work wonderfully with your chocolate bunny!
The beauty of big dinners is that you don’t have to try just a single wine—the more people you have, the more bottles you can open!

The Cellar Door

4525 SW Condor Avenue

Portland OR 97239 (Map)

Phone: 503.221.7435

FRIDAY SIPS - Seamless & Themeless
”Come join us to taste the 2 wines below along with whatever else that may be opened that have nothing in common except for their sheer pleasure factor. As always Friday Sips before a holiday are most fun because good corks get popped and one never knows which road will be taken...
”TODAY, FRIDAY APRIL 18, 3:30 - 6:30”

2011 MONTERAPONI CHIANTI CLASSICO
$23.99 BTL./$287.88 CASE

”Calling all Tuscan, Ital-nuts, or anyone wanting to get an education and to see and taste the wonders of what traditionally made Chianti tastes like. Back in March I had the chance to try this uber-traditional producer's Radda-based Chianti Classico and it was a joy to experience its no-compromising, anti-international, non-Californizated ambience and style.
”Old-school, meaning aged in large 2300 and 1600 casks, this wine offers up classic, pure aromas of red berry, underbrush, mineral and a kiss of thyme that lead into a ripe texture that is unadulterated and exudes its Radda terroir immensely. Some wild tannins are present, but they are all maintained within a sophisticated and harmonious frame. Finishes rather succulent, red and hangs around nicely all while maintaining poise and above all, it's essence of place. Drink it now through 2019 with any Tuscan-influenced dish like braised lamb shanks with white beans.”
2011 DOMAINE MARC COLIN BOURGOGNE CHARDONNAY
"LA COMBE"
$21.99 BTL./$263.88 CASE – ONLY 5 CASES AVAILABLE!

”Founded in 1970, Marc Colin started out with 14 acres in Chassagne-Montrachet and Saint-Aubin and quickly established himself alongside icon names like Morey, Ramonet and Gagnard. Over the years Marc has expanded his holdings to 63 acres and spread out over 26 different wines ranging from Bourgogne to St-Aubin, Santenay, Chassagne-Montrachet, and Puligny-Montrachet then all the way up to the Grands Crus of Batard-Montrachet, Corton-Charlemagne and Le Montrachet.
”Now led by his trio of children, Caroline, Joseph and Damien, the miniscule quantities of wines from this famous estate are highly sought-after by wine-fiends throughout the world. Sourced from La Combe, a single site on the plain of Puligny-Montrachet and just below the famed wines of this village, this Bourgogne Chardonnay seriously over-delivers! Impressive, upscale aromas indicate that this wine is wearing its virtual, wannabe Puligny-Montrachet shoes quite well. White peach, mineral, wet-stone, orange and crème brulée scents stand out and follow through to an exciting texture that is flavorful and buffered by excellent citrus tones. The finish is electric with impressive viscosity and length. A total instant gratification wine that can be enjoyed over the next 2-3 years and considering its well-respected neighborhood is a resounding French Chardonnay value!!
”...and whatever other surprises may be opened. Come on by today, April 18!”

Cork

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”

If you'd like to order any current Viola Wine releases,
please send us an email and we'll get back to you on availability.

VIOLA WINES + cork wine shop
2901 NE Alberta Street
503.281.2675
info@corkwineshop.com

Everyday Wine
1520 NE Alberta
Tues - Sat, 2 - 10
503.331.7119

Friday, April 18th
Boedecker Cellars, Portland, OR; $15

Great Wine Buys

1515 NE Broadway
Portland, OR 97232
Tel: (503) 287-2897
Email: info@greatwinebuys.com

April 18 No Tasting

John's Marketplace

3535 SW Multnomah Blvd
Portland, OR 97219; store phone: 503-244-2617.
Wine order hot-line voice mail: 503-203-3384
Email orders preferred: winenerd@teleport.com

Friday, April 18 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Dougal Reeves of Estelle Imports will pour selections from Oregon, Spain, Italy and Argentina:
Bodegas Pinord "+ & +" Cava Brut Selection $9.99
Located in the heart of Penedes in Vilafranca, the Tetas family has been producing cava's on the 100 hectare site for 150 years. Made with the traditional grapes of Macebeu, Parellada and Xarello.
”Pinord Seleccion Brut Cava NV is a rich, yet floral 'traditional method' sparkling wine, made from the traditional Catalan grapes of Parellada, Xarel-Lo and Macabeo. It undergoes extended lees ageing to increase its intensity of flavour. Made in the region of Penedès, Spain's centre of Cava production, this bubbly is delicious served at parties or on sunny days.
Cataluyna Vin Blanc "Dignitat" 2012 $7.99
Cava Masachs has produced wines in Cataluyna since 1880. This wine consists of 100% Garnacha Blanca from vines grown in the Terra Alta region. Fermentation in stainless steel tanks results in a fresh, crisp finish.
Vista Hills "Fourmen" Pinot Noir 2011 $14.99
John and Nancy McClintock own this 42 acre vineyard that sits atop of the Dundee Hills AVA at nearly 900 feet above sea level. All fruit for this pinot noir is estate grown and is LIVE certified sustainable.
Las Perdices Malbec 2011 $10.99
The Lopez family immigrated from Andalucía, Spain in the 1950's to establish this winery in the Mendoza region of Argentina. These vineyards are located in the foothills of the Andes mountains at nearly 4000 feet above sea level.
San Vincenti Chianti Classico 2010 $15.99
Entrepreneur Roberto Pucci owns this tiny 6 hectare estate of Sangiovese in the hills of Gaiole. Wine maker Carlo Ferrini produces powerful, expressive Chianti from the fruit of this estate.

Pedro Martinez Rioja Crianza 2010 $12.99
The Martinez family are seventh generational winemakers presiding over 80 hectares of vineyards outside the village of Badaran in the prestigious Rioja Alta region. The Reserva is a blend of 80% Tempranillo and 20% Garnacha that has been aged on new oak for 12 months.
And there may be a mystery wine at Dave's desk...”

LINER & ELSEN, WINE MERCHANTS
2222 NW Quimby St.
(off 22nd Ave.)

April 18 - Valpolicella: Great wines from the Veneto.

Mt Tabor Fine Wines
4316 SE Hawthorne Blvd

Portland, OR 97215
(503)235-4444

THE FAMOUS RED WINES OF FRANCE ($15)
”Friday, April 18th/ 4-7:30 @ Mt Tabor Fine Wines

”I often say, I could drink the wines of France, and nothing else, for the rest of my life. Think about it.A little sparkling wine? Champagne. Some nice whites…Alsace, Burgundy, Loire, Savoie A red for the meal……Burgundy, Bordeaux, Rhone, Jura, A dessert wine. Sauternes, Jura, Banyuls, Quarts De Chaume. France has everything when it comes to variety in wine. For the flight this Friday we’ve covered some of the bases for the reds of France. But….it’s only the tip of the terroir. So come and join us for a taste of France and some of its impressive vinous gems.
Sandy
”The Lineup
2011 Domaine Ninot, Mercurey Vieilles Vignes $29
Burgundy- Cote De Beaune
2011 Domaine De La Cote de L’Ange, Cotes De Rhone $18
S. Rhone Valley
2011 Clos Fantine, Faugeres $19
Faugeres/Languedoc-Roussillon
2012 Domaine Ferme Saint Martin, Beaumes De Venise “Cuvee St Martin” $27
S. Rhone Valley
2010 Chateau Haut Plaisance $16
Saint Emilion- Bordeaux
”Premium Pour ($5)
2011 Domaine Tempier, Bandol Rouge $49
Bandol- Provence”

The Portland Bottle Shop

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.”

April 18 - Wines of the Pacific Northwest

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! “

APRIL 18TH: RED BURGUNDY VS. THE WORLD! Nothing but Pinot focusing on Burgundy. $15.00!

Scott Paul PDX

2537 NW Upshur St

Portland, OR 97210

TEL 503 208 2061

No Tasting Schedule, Friday, April 18th

SE Wine Collective (AKA: Division Wine)

TEL 503 208 2061
2425 SE 35TH PLACE
PORTLAND, OREGON

“Guest Winemaker with Heath Payne from Payne Wines

When: Fri, April 18, 6pm – 8pm

Vino
137 SE 28th Av
Portland, OR 97214
ph: 503.235.8545

“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!”

April 18, 2013

Red Burgundy and Oregon Pinot Noir: “Vive la Différence!!”

“Very appropriate that we have this tasting right after this week’s E-Special extolling the delicious virtues of the ’09 Seufert pinot noirs (of which one will be representing). Also this is a tasting I get asked to do quite often (thanks for the final push Ann S.) and probably don’t explore often enough, which makes it even more of a must-taste evening. Living in what is arguably the world’s second greatest growing region for the finicky pinot noir grape, I hear many producers, when they are showing their wines, tell me that they are very “Burgundian” in character, as if referencing the Burgundy region adds some sort of luster. The thought bubble over my head usually says “Well no, they’re really not. Oregonian, yes. Burgundy? In your dreams.” Thing is we make tremendously excellent pinot noir here. OREGON pinot noir. It doesn’t have to be, and never will be, Burgundy to be world class. Dundee Hills pinot is never going to taste like pinot noir grown in Gevrey-Chambertin. Nor do I want it to. That difference is what makes this wine thing, and pretty much everything else in this world, so fascinating. Besides, you can only imagine what some Willamette Valley winemakers would charge for their wines if they actually thought they were making Cru level pinot noir that compares to Burgundy. As we all know, with the exception of the wineries we deal with on a regular basis here at VINO, consumer friendly pricing seems to be a foreign concept to far too many local vignerons.

So tomorrow we say “Vive la différence!” Appreciate that, explore that, and then look for the similarities as well. This is going to be good….”
-2012 VIGNERONS DE BUXY Bourgogne Cotes Chalonnaise $15.95
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2012 DEL RIO VINEYARD Pinot Noir “Rogue Valley” $17.95
-
2009 SEUFERT WINERY Pinot Noir “Horseleap Vineyard” $18.95
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2009 DOMAINE FAIVELEY Mercurey $23.95
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2011 ATTICUS “Willamette Valley” $23.95
”And then we get a bit more in depth. Okay, WAY more in depth with some stunning bonus pours….
Bonus #1-
2009 CHOFFLET-VALDENAIRE Givry Rouge $26.95…90 pts-Wine Spectator
Bonus #2-
2011 J. CHRISTOPHER WINERY Pinot Noir “Sandra Adele” $44.95…this remains one of the best young Oregon pinot noirs I’ve ever had! Also a fitting 93 pts-Wine Advocate
Bonus #3-
2010 DUPONT-TISSERANDOT Gevrey-Chambertin “Vieilles Vignes” $53.95…91 pts-Wine Spectator: “Though velvety and opulent, this red also displays bright acidity, which showcases vividly the cherry and strawberry fruit. Ripe and mouthwatering, with a refreshing finish. Best from 2014 through 2020.”

“I’ll leave it to you to figure out which are the French wines and which are the local produce! I am extremely pleased to be able to pour this lineup tomorrow and think it is going to be an incredibly fun and interesting exercise in sensory pleasure. 4:30-8:00 the wines will be flowing. Ten dollars, as ever, for the first five & a bit more for the bonus delights. See you here!!”

The Wine Cellar

525 NW Saltzman Rd

Portland, Or

503 643 5655

Tasting Newsome – Harlow

4 – 7 PM, Friday, April 18th

WineUP! Wine Shop

3037 N. Williams A

Portland, Or

503 619 1918

Friday Night Tasting
From 6-8 in the Cellar dwellers Lounge.
Guest server this week, Fabrizzio Asaro owner of Corridor No. 5 wines, an importer of fine Italian wines. He should have a GREAT lineup for us this week. $10 to taste, Wine Club Members taste for FREE!

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!
503.974.9841

Friday Night Tasting France April 18th

“Languedoc, Rhone, Bordeaux and more.. will all be represented at this tasting of majestic wines from France. Please come and taste the wonderful wines from the home of the wine industry.”

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