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The end of May, is a great time to taste wine in Portland

Tasting wine is always better with friends
Tasting wine is always better with friends
Steve Sherburne

Interesting week with more providing, what they call, a long over due adventure to forgotten wine regions, or small lot producers, think Vino and Mt Tabor. Barrel and John’s Market have the most developed for the most affordable price, and there are a growing number not holding Friday tastings, in favor of a Saturday… take a look, there’s much to consider this week!

Now onto what is known nos and there are several worth your focus:

Barrel Fine Wine + Tasting Bar

14740 NW Cornell Road, Suite 160

Portland, OR 97229

Wines From the Golden State!
I say American wine, you say…California. And well you should as the Golden State represents almost nine out of every 10 bottles of wine made in the USA.
”Today, California is home to 115 American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) and nearly 3,500 wineries. Many of California's most important wine regions enjoy a healthy influence from the Pacific coast. Warm days, cool nights and long growing seasons allow many of California's grapes to gain a level of ripeness and maturity that is consistent and enviable. From Napa Valley to the Central Coast and the Central Valley to the Sierra Foothills, the sheer diversity of soil structure, weather patterns, landscape and various microclimates of California's wine growing regions bring extraordinary variety and grape growing potential to the state's copious collection of wine estates.
Join us this Friday as we welcome David Fried with Vehrs Oregon.
David will be pouring a selection of wines from California.
”Just come on in, no reservations necessary! “
FRIDAY May 30th, 2014
5 wines - $8. bucks - 5:00 - 8:00 pm

The Line Up:
2011 Tangent, Grenache Blanc, Edna Valley
2012 True Myth, Chardonnay, Edna Valley
2011 Fess Parker, Syrah, Santa Barbara County
2011 Trentadue Winery, Old Patch Red, California
2010 Schug Winery, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma Valley

The Cellar Door

4525 SW Condor Avenue

Portland OR 97239 (Map)

Phone: 503.221.7435


2901 NE Alberta Street
Portland, OR 97211

Awaiting information

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

Friday night flights (5-9pm)

Friday, May 30th
SPAIN; $15

Great Wine Buys

1515 NE Broadway
Portland, OR 97232
Tel: (503) 287-2897

May 30
”Loire Chenin Blanc. Brisk and flavorful, these lovely springtime whites are beloved by converts yet remain underappreciated by many. Come be converted yourself as we taste through the best appellations: Vouvray, Savennières, Jasniéres and more. $13”

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:

John's Marketplace

Friday, May 30 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Tom Gory of Galaxy Wine will be pouring selections from Oregon, California, Italy and France:

“Scharffenberger Brut $18.99

91 Points, Editors' Choice, Wine Enthusiast - "This is a beautiful brut, easily worth its price. It shows the fancy elegance of more expensive bubblies, with its refined texture and rich but subtle flavors of strawberries, peaches and brioche. Made from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, and easy to find." 90 Points, Best Buy, Wine & Spirits - "This is a pale, dry sparkling wine with a robust pinot noir scent. Winemaker Notes: The wine is two-thirds Pinot Noir which produces a red fruit forward nose (cherry and plum) combined with one-third Chardonnay which adds the tropical expression of lychee nut and mango. The 100% malolactic fermentation adds a vanilla cream character producing a round and full-bodied wine. After approximately two years on the lees, there are notes of freshly baked bread and pastry that enhances the more fruit forward style of the wine. Finally, after several months on the cork, the wine develops caramel and hazel complexors."

to Z Rose 2013 $11.99

The 2013 A to Z Rose tempts with aromas of strawberry, watermelon, cherry, hibiscus, honeycomb and a sweet herbal note. The mid-palate is bright and spicy, full of red fruit flavors and personality to spare. The creamy texture is lifted by the firm acidity and low tannin. This wine finishes crisp and clean with lingering flavors of citrus and strawberries. Pure Enjoyment! A to Z Rose is made with intention from grape to glass. 100% Tempranillo. Rogue River Valley.”

“Louis Latour Grand Ardeche Chardonnay 2011 $13.99

The Grand Ardèche 2011 has a lovely shimmering yellow-green colour. It has a delicate bouquet with a subtle oaky touch. Still young, one must leave it for a few months in order for the the woody notes to be perfectly smooth. It is a very balanced wine with a certain nervousness present on the finish which gives it a very promising future.”

“Cantina Zaccagnini Montepulciano 2011 $13.99

This dry, red wine made from the Montepulciano wine grape in the Abruzzo region of east-central Italy is noted for its deep reddish-purple hues and subtle nose with clear aromas of coffee and dark chocolate. The wine smells like Tiramisu in a glass. They are wines of medium body with silky tannins and a pleasant mouth feel and a subtle finish, very fresh, and fruity.”

“Domaine de Cristia Grenache 2013 $12.99

Vivacious ruby red colour. Good aromatic intensity on the nose with aromas of ripe fruits, red-fruit coulis and hints of fresh licquorice. The palate offers good volume, is rich and endowed with silky tannins. Good amplitude in the middle palate which leads onto a long finish where the licquorice aromas persist.”

“Abacela Vintners Blend #14 $14.99

Choosing and assembling the different varietal wines for this cuvée, though challenging, is always a pleasure. This proprietary Mediterranean blend is mostly Tempranillo, while 13 other varietals join to create a wine that is greater than the sum of its parts. Fresh fruit tones and a rich mouthfeel are underpinned by interesting aromatics of dark fruits, plums and barrel spices. While excellent now, this smooth, moderately tannic wine will continue to improve in the bottle for the next three years.”

“Fruit Source: Abacela’s Estate Fault Line Vineyards, Umpqua Valley

Appellation: Umpqua Valley, Southern Oregon AVA”

Varietal Composition: Tempranillo (34%), Syrah (22%), Malbec (19%), Merlot (12%), Dolcetto (5%), Bastardo, Graciano, Petit Verdot.

...and there may be a mystery wine at Dave's desk

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

No Friday tasting schedule this week

Saturday, May 31 - Sample great wines of Europe: S.A. Prüm Riesling Essence, Aliança Vinho Verde, J. Esteve Nadal Avinyó Pétillant, Dehesa de Rubiales Aliana Castilla y León, and Travaglini Gattinara

Mt Tabor Fine Wines

4316 SE Hawthorne Blvd

Portland, OR 97215

Small Domaine Red Burgundy ($23)

Friday, May 30th 2014/ 4 pm - 7:30 pm @ Mt Tabor Fine Wines

“…You may feel that Oregon Pinot is more enjoyable than Burgundy. But believe me, the very best of Oregon just can't match up with the best of Burgundy. The Burgundy will surely cost more, a lot more, than the Oregon equivalent but as far as the best wine can be, and in this case the best Pinot Noir can be, there's just no match. In my opinion we are a solid second, and we should be proud of that considering Burgundy has been growing Pinot Noir for hundreds of years and the Pinots of New Zealand and California can be amazing. So let's taste and savor and make our own judgements. After all, it's a very subjective game we play. Sandy”

The Lineup

2012 Bernard Defaix, Bourgogne Pinot Noir $18
2010 Domaine Charles Audoin, Marsannay "Les Longeroies" $35
2012 Domaine Guillot-Broux, La Mayotte $43
2010 Domaine Gaston & Pierre Ravaut, Ladoix 1er Cru $43
2008 Chateau De Chorey, Beaune "Les Teurons" 1er Cru $53
Premium Pour ($6)
2010 Domaine Simon Bize, Savigny Les Beaune "Les Marconnets" 1er Cru $65
Savigny Les Beaune

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.”

No tasting this Friday

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! “

MAY 30TH: TUSCANY/EMILIA ROMAGNA! Sangiovese, Sangiovese and more Sangiovese!! $15.00

Scott Paul PDX

2537 NW Upshur St

Portland, OR 97210

TEL 503 208 2061

Nothing scheduled Friday

“Pre” Release – Saturday May 31st in Carlton

“Saturday May 31 – 12-5p in Carlton

Join us for your first (and possibly only!) chance to taste the 2012 “Pre” Pinot Noir, a single-vineyard bottling from our blocks of Nysa Vineyard in the Dundee Hills. “Pre” is named for Oregon’s legendary runner Steve Prefontaine, who’s been the subject of two major Hollywood movies and remains a major inspiration to all runners nearly 40 years after his death in 1975 at the age of 24. (This weekend is not-so-coincidentally the weekend of the Prefontaine Classic track met in Eugene, OR – where the top runners in the world compete every spring.)”

SE Wine Collective (AKA: Division Wine)

TEL 503 208 2061
2425 SE 35TH PLACE

Nothing Schedule Friday

Oregon Wine Month "Mentors & Mentees" with Pam Walden & Ben Casteel

Saturday, May 31, 6pm – 8pm

“will•ful (adj): determined; pertinacious; unruly; wild Willful Wine Company is the passion or owner and winemaker Pam Walden. She makes small quantities of hand-crafted Pinot Noir, as well as limited amounts of other varietals.

Pam sources from vineyards in the Dundee Hills and Eola-Amity appellations, working with the growers to ensure the best quality grapes. Sorting happens both in the field, and again at the winery, to ensure that only the best grapes are used. The grapes are destemmed and cold-soaked below 50F for around two weeks. Pam’s goal is to accentuate the quality of the fruit so she opts to ferment using native yeasts. She believes that the several strains of microflora used during native fermentation bring out the fullest expression of the terroir, resulting in a more complex wine.

2012 Willful Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills
The grapes for Willful Pinot Noir come exclusively from Latchkey Vineyard in the Dundee Hills. One of the most distinguished viticultural appellations in the Willamette Valley, the terroir is renowned for producing world-class Pinot Noir. “

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

May 30, 2014

Friday Flights

Chile & Argentina: Viva la Revelations!!

“Oh, man, is this going to be a great event! We haven’t traveled so far south for months. Meanwhile those crafty wine practitioners in South America keep upping the ante, practically daring me to pour their wines, knowing that the results will be an unchecked spread of love and happiness across a large swath of SE Portland. Dare I say this is one of the strongest lineups from that continent we’ve ever put together? Of course I dare, because as a wise old redneck once said “It ain’t braggin’ if it’s true”. Truth…and delicious grape based beverages…will definitely be served this week as you will see below. These wines are incredibly satisfying and I am finding myself getting more and more intrigued by the advances in quality these wines seem to be making, especially at their remarkably affordable prices. The weather for some outdoor tasting seems to be going our way, too, so we can also look forward to a perfect patio evening at VINO! Here’s what you’ll be tasting once you get settled in…”

-2011 TAPIZ Syrah “Mendoza” (Argen.) $13.95
-2010 LA MADRID Bonarda “Agrelo Vnyd.” (Argen.) $15.95…90 pts-Wine Advocate
-2011 VINA MAQUIS Carmenere “Colchagua Valley” (Chile) $18.95
-2010 FLECHAS DE LOS ANDES Gran Malbec “Uco Valley” (Argen.)$17.95…92 pts- Wine Advocate
-2009 MONT GRAS Syrah “Colchagua Valley” (Chile) $19.95…91 pts-Wine Spectator
And then of course we will make a good thing even better with our bonus love…
Bonus #1- 2010 BODEGAS NORTON “Privada” Malbec-Cab. Sauv.-Merlot (Argen.) $22.95…91 pts-Wine Spectator
Bonus #2- 2011 CATENA ZAPATA Malbec “Mendoza” (Argen.)$24.95…91 pts-Wine Advocate; 91 pts-Wine Spectator
Bonus #3- 2005 HARAS DE PIRQUE “Albis” Cabernet-Carmenere (Chile) $29.95…91 pts-Wine Advocate: “The 2005 Albis (a collaboration with Marchesi Antinori) is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Carmenere aged in French oak for 18 months. Purple-colored, it delivers a sophisticated nose of mineral, pencil lead, spice box, violets, blueberry, and blackcurrant. Bordeaux-like, it has an elegant personality, a smooth texture, savory flavors, and excellent balance. Its drinking window will extend from 2011 to 2021.”

“Incredible wines for the money, each and every one of them. I love tastings like this! Things will get started at 4:30 and keep flowing til 8:00. Ten dollars for the first five and bit more for the bonus pours will send you home in a fine fettle. Bring along the requisite snacks from home (or better still grab a plate of deliciousness from one of the carts next door and bring it over!), some friends to share the fun, and you’ll be set!”

WineUP! Wine Shop

3037 N. Williams Av

Portland, Or

503 619 1918

Nothing Scheduled Friday or Saturday

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, May 30th Rose’ and Reds with Joe Moura, Casa Bruno

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