Well here we are, weather is perfect, and perfect for wine tasting at that!
But first, what do wine and Ranch dressing have in common… discriminating tastes, apparently
Now to this week's offerings, only two have not reported, and only two are not holding tastings, so full house otherwise, with Rose' on the schedule for many, and who will argue with that choice this time of year!
Now, here's Friday's selection. Remember, it's best to taste wine with friends, or someone special, and these can be the same, too. It's also important to remember, Oregonians don't let friends drive after swallowing too much wine. Be a real friend.
14740 NW Cornell Road, Suite 160
Portland, OR 97229
Red Blends For Grads & Dads!
”It’s that time of year again! The time when we celebrate the coming of summer, Father’s Day and the graduates in our life. Whether you're sending a grad out into the world or celebrating a dad who's always there for you, a bottle of wine makes a great gift. But there are so many to choose from -- so we've done the heavy lifting.
”Why not make your celebration a little extra special and join us Friday as we welcome Tim Shimmel from Oregon Wine Sales.
”Tim will be pouring a selection of Red Blends from California, Oregon and Washington.
”Just come on in, no reservations necessary!
FRIDAY June 6th, 2014
”5 wines - $8. bucks - 5:00 - 8:00 pm
+ special bonus pour
”The Line Up:
2012 Sweet Cheeks Winery, Pinot Fusion, OR
2009 Canon de Sol, Meritage, Columbia Valley, WA
2011 Robert Ramsay Cellars, Mason's Red, Columbia Valley, WA
2011 Lido Bay, 'Revelers' Red Blend, Central Coast, CA
2008 Cote Bonneville, Carriage House, DuBrul Vineyard, Yakima Valley, WA
4525 SW Condor Avenue
Portland OR 97239 (Map)
"Bring Your Friends to Friday Sips"
TODAY! Friday, June 6, 3:30 - 6:30
We're tasting Rose, Rioja & more.
”We love referrals and new faces at Friday Sips and we're in a gift-giving mood!
”A different take than normal today. The incentive is for y'all is to bring 2 of your wine-loving friends, taste with us, then have them sign up for our list. In turn, we'll give you a gift from one of our famed treat-boxes. These treat boxes are infinitely more attractive and tastier than Dujac, The Cellar Door Bichon's treat box!
”With the sun shining today, inevitably I'm going to receive e-mails from a few current friends stating that they're going to be on a float-tube with a fishing pole on the Deschutes or something of the sort, so we're including you, too! Drop an e-mail referring 2 of your wine-loving friends (CC them on the e-mail to let them know what's what) and we'll make you eligible for a drawing of something large-scaled!!”
WE'LL ALSO BE TASTING THE ROCKIN' WINES LISTED BELOW
“2013 FOLK MACHINE "PARTS & LABOR" MENDOCINO RED
$14.99 BTL./$179.88 CASE
“At this moment in California the volcanic eruption occuring in the wine scene are producers who are rebelling against the trend of the super-ripe and overtly alcoholic, with a preference to do wines delivering balance, depth and ample intensity from terrific sites.
”Folk Machine flies under the Hobo Wine Company flag and is the brainchild of Kenny Likitprakong. Parts & Labor is an offering that is from 3 varietals and 3 vineyards and is inspired by Cotes-du-Rhone. 13.4% alcohol, 35% Carignan from 100 year old vines in the Redwood Valley, 20% Grenache from the McDowell Valley and 45% Syrah from the Potter Valley. Bringing together pleasant impact without being burdensome, this flavorful and aromatically-pleasing red puts forth alluring aromatics that go on for days. The texture is savory with fine and fresh palate-coverage that teems with notes of blackberry, wild strawberry, bramble, anise and roasted earth. The epitome of a Cali-bistro wine, this yummy value will go with pretty much anything you want to toss onto the grill.”
“2013 BASTIDE BLANCHE BANDOL ROSÉ
$19.99 BTL./$239.88 CASE
“Instantaneously, one can then truly see why Bandol is one of the premier areas for top-drawer rose.62% Mourvèdre, 18% Cinsault, 16% Grenache but the secret to preserving precision and poise for this pink wine is the addition of 2 white grapes, 4% Ugni Blanc and Bourboulenc. As usual Bastide Blanche's Bandol Rosé is killer pink juice, and we are GIDDY to be able to sell it for under 20 bucks!! The Bronzo brothers bought La Bastide Blanche in the 70s and in the last 30+ years they have brought their Domaine into prominence and have become the one of THE pre-eminent producers of Bandol Rouge and Rose. They are also OUTSTANDING values, especially given the fact that Tempier's Rose sells for up to $40 these days and quite honestly, hasn't been in Bastide's league for the last 6 vintages running.
”Exuberant and complex tones of hawthorn, berry, herbes de provence, lemon and strawberry saunter into a texture that is mouthcoating and fleshy, yet brisk and full of vivacity. Insane dimension and depth shine on the long, long finish. One can drink this by itself but it really struts itself with food. Wash down this tsunami of a pink wine with seafood stew, grilled whole chickens with fresh herbs, or crusty bread and an assortment of olives. ALSO, one doesn't have to just drink Rose for summer, this rosé is substantial and complex enough for fall, winter and spring-time!”
“2013 DOMAINE FONTSAINTE GRIS DE GRIS ROSE
$14.99 BTL./$179.88 CASE
“2013 is the vintage of the century for Rose for the South of France!!! Well actually not, we were just trying to catch your attention. Domaine de Fontsainte is a top-level Corbieres producer and as soon as this wine arrives, it seemingly is an announcement of summer. The newest arrival of the Gris de Gris is made up of 70% Grenache Gris and Grenache Noir, 10% Mourvedre, 10% Carignan, 10% Cinsaultand is as good as ever!
”Fresh notes of strawberry and red currant along with scents of quinine, Mediterranean herbs blitz from the glass and carries over to a texture that really makes your mouth water, with fine fruit, silky texture, and thirst quenching acidity. This goes down way too easily, so stock up, because nothing is better on a hot day (it's coming this weekend!) then a bottle of the pink stuff!”
“2009 MUGA RIOJA RESERVA
$23.99 BTL./$287.88 CASE
“By now Rioja aficionados know the brilliance of Muga, one of the leading producers of Spain's most famed growing region. This modern-traditionalist makes wines in both styles and this offering is firmly in the traditional camp.
”Possessing a fabulous nose that will certainly make you pause and take notice, this precise, detailed, very poised Rioja delivers up scents of mocha, red cherry, prominent savory/sweet herbs. In the mouth, its classic old-school techniques penetrate deeply and show nice movement. Dry texture that is very silky; dusty, oaky cocoa tones with a drawn-out, minerally, rather sultry finish. This wine has nice accessibility now but will easily age 8-10 years if not more. If you need score reassurance, this one does have 92 points from the conservative-scoring International Wine Cellar.”
2901 NE Alberta Street
Portland, OR 97211
No tasting this Friday, June 6
1520 NE Alberta
Tues - Sat, 2 - 10
Friday night flights (5-9pm)
Friday, June 6th
”Quady North, Southern OREGON; $15”
1515 NE Broadway
Portland, OR 97232
Tel: (503) 287-2897
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
Kris Alexander of Vinum Wines will be pouring selections from Oregon, Washington, California, France & Greece:
”Marigny-neuf Sauvignon Blanc 2012 $10.99
There’s no place in the world that grows Sauvignon Blanc as well as the western sector of the Loire Valley in France. The Poitiers zone’s pure limestone soil elevates the Sauvignon Blanc and gives it finesse and clarity rare for a wine in this price bracket. Lovely pale gold in the glass, Marigny-Neuf’s Sauvignon explodes with aromas of lime zest, gooseberries, lilies and smoky flint. Conveying impressive balance of richness and cut, the 2012 Marigny-Neuf’s grassy, sorrel-inflected papaya and citrus fruit gains energy from its zippy undercurrent of flinty, limestone minerality. -Liner & Elsen
”Grayson Cellars Chardonnay 2012 $10.99
"The 2012 Grayson Chardonnay is brilliantly ripe and shows bright, brisk acidity and good minerality with notes of pineapple and apricot. The palate offers green apple fruit with a crisp finish showing gentle hints of apple pie and vanilla flavors." ~winery notes
”Montinore Borealis 2013 $13.99
The aroma practically covers the full fruit spectrum with notes of peach, yellow apple, pineapple and with bright citrus popping out, accented with whiffs of cut hay and fresh flowers.
36% Muller-Thurgau, 30% Riesling, 20% Gewurztraminer, 14% Pinot Gris.
Domaine Skouras Zoe Red 2011 $11.99
Winemaker George Skouras is a champion of modern Greek wine. Starting in the 80’s, he was the first to blend “Greece’s Agioritiko grape with the widely-known Cabernet Sauvignon. His bottle of Zoe is the little brother to that flagship blend and just like a youngin’, it’s fresh and fruity, round and bouncy. Vibrant cherry flavors abound as the wine’s texture comes to life. It’s almost effervescent - like you’ve just tossed in a handful of Pop Rocks and they’re about to go off. While its light body makes it easy to guzzle, the touch of Cab adds a backbone to the wine, giving it more serious notes of blackberries and dried herbs. We can definitely envision ourselves pouring a glass while gazing out over Mediteranean sea and the sparkling Peloponnese abodes. Want to join us?
Grapes: Aghiorghitiko 90%, Cabernet Sauvignon 10%
”Montinore Pinot Noir WV 2012 $17.99
The nose is complex with aromas of cherry, blackberry, dried fruit, dried flowers, cedar, lilac, clove, anise and caramel. The bold palate is ripe with black cherries, black plums, vanilla, tar, smoke, bittersweet chocolate and pie spice which is balanced beautifully by bright acid, all within well-structured tannins. Pair this Pinot Noir with rich foods like grilled lamb, mushroom risotto, cassoulet, smoked gouda or Delice de Bourgogne.
”Quote from NY Times article:
"One of the tricks of finding good-value wines is to search lesser known appellations. Yet year after year Montinore Estate manages to issue a Willamette Valley pinot noir that is not only affordable but captivating. The 2012 is light, balanced and deliciously inviting, with bright cherry fruit. It’s not a blockbuster, and doesn’t pretend to be profound. It’s simply just right." - NY Times Dining and Wine 5/19/14
”McKinley Springs Cabernet Columbia Valley 2010 $21.99
Nose: Cherry, vanilla, chocolate, green tea, hint of mint.
Palate: Lots of fresh cherry, followed by vanilla and chocolate, fresh on the palate, pleasantly dry, cherry, vanilla, cranberry and coffee on the medium finish. With some air time a wonderful back of palate sensation and flavors. Out of the gate this was a tasty wine.
"This wine will continue to show off. Buy a case and open a bottle a year for the next 12 years. That would be a wonderful way to appreciate this wine. The McKinley Springs Cabernet Sauvignon was enjoyed with slow cooked boneless beef ribs. The savory, tender beef was a perfect match to the McKinley Springs 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon. A good pairing. Recommended." AVA: Horse Heaven Hills, Estate vineyard
Blend: 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot -Wild 4 Washington wine
”...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 6: Rosés – all night long!”
4316 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97215
Spanish Reds; From Traditional to Modern ($15)
Friday June 6th, 2014 4 pm - 7:30 pm @ Mt Tabor Fine Wines
“This week, as promised, we're featuring Spanish reds of both the traditional and modern style. Both are very popular but usually the fruit driven moderns are the reds that drive the "value" end of the category. The wines are very different and are treated differently from vineyard to cellar to bottle.
“The region we first think of as being traditional is the Rioja. The wines are made in a very non interventionists way often times with natural yeast fermentation and the use of old, large barrels as maturing vessels and not for flavoring. Many will be matured at the winery for years and will be released after five+ years following the vintage. Some, such as Gran Reservas, will rest at the winery much longer before finding their way to the market.
“Often you will find a "new" Gran Reserva that's 10- 15 years old. The "mods" are picked a touch riper, fermented at slightly higher temps, aged in small barrels and bottled young to preserve the fruit characteristics. The wines end up tasting very different. Each has its place and it's easy to like both styles. Both have their place at the table and in many social situations; Another beautiful thing about wine.
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 6 - Local Roses”
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
Nothing scheduled in Portland
SE Wine Collective (AKA: Division Wine)
TEL 503 208 2061
2425 SE 35TH PLACE
Nothing scheduled, Friday, June 6
137 SE 28th Av
Portland, OR 97214
May 30, 2014
“I don’t know about you, but I am salivating over the prospects! Corks will pop from 4:30-8:00 Friday evening. The patio will be open for a perfect evening of al fresco enjoyment, and I truly hope you can join the celebration. Bring some snacks for palate cleansing, some friends for sharing ideas, and we’ll provide the social lubricant!”
June 6, 2014
“Now it couldn’t be much better than tomorrow as we take you on a European tour of all things fizzy, fun, and fantastically fresh. Eight different bottles that will pop with that celebratory sound, and I am most excited for this lineup. A couple new releases of old friends, but mostly new to you and simply delicious. Now you may have noticed after you look at the lineup that there aren’t any “new world” bottles. “Not that I have anything against them, but those Euros have such a way with incredible amounts of finesse and flavor at extremely reasonable prices that I was left with no choice. For me it’s “What’s the best quality I can I offer you at the best price?” The answers lie below”
“-n/v (non-vintage) BODEGAS PINORD Cava Brut “Natura” $10.95…a great buy on an all organic/biodynamic Spanish cava
”-2011 VENDRAME Prosecco Brut $15.95…top quality vintage Prosecco
”-n/v JAILLANCE Cremant de Bordeaux $16.95…a new release of this consistent over-performer
”-n/v JEAN-LOUIS DENOIS Chardonnay Extra Brut “Limoux”$19.95…an exceptionally good blanc de blancs style fizz
”-2009 GRAMONA Gran Cuvée Brut Cava $22.95…killer Spanish Cava.90 pts-Wine Advocate: “Aromas and flavors are pure and well-delineated, with notes of apple, fennel, lime leaves and bakery. A very good Cava.”
And then there is an elegance escalation with our bonus pours….
”Bonus #1-2008 DOMAINE ROLET Cremant du Jura $25.95…such excellent, rich bubbly for the money. Near Champagne-level quality for 2/3 the price!
”Bonus #2- n/v CHAMPAGNE CHARLES DE CAZANOVE Brut $36.95…92 pts-Wine Spectator: “Elegant, showing fine integration of the airy mousse, delicate acidity and flavors of dried apricot, black currant, biscuit, ground ginger and a hint of dried guava. Features a lasting, minerally finish.”
”Bonus #3-2006 PIERRE GIMONNET Brut “Cuvée Paradoxe”$65.00…no not cheap, but incredible quality and value for true vintage Champagne! To wit….
”94 pts-Wine Spectator: “Toasted brioche and almond notes add a smoky richness to this minerally Champagne, which offers a briny oyster shell accent to the flavors of apple tarte Tatin, black currant, grated ginger and citrus zest. Refined and creamy in texture, with a long, mouthwatering finish.”
”92 pts-Wine Advocate: “Delivers a striking and seductive nose combining heliotrope, iris and musky narcissus perfume with intimations of alkalinity and chalkiness that – like the floral elements – persist on a polished palate, where nut oils and white peach tinged by skin and pit deliver luscious as well as piquant and smoky satisfaction, leading to a finish of undulating interactivity as well as superb sheer length.”
3037 N. Williams Av
503 619 1918
“Friday June 6: Wine Tasting from 6-8 PM in the Cellar Dwellers Lounge, 6 Spanish style wines, $10 to taste”
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
Please join us at our next Friday Night Tasting,
Friday Night Tasting June 6th 4:30-8:00 pm
”Del Rio Vineyards
”Located along the Rogue River just north of Gold Hill, Del Rio Vineyards and Winery is the home of one of the largest vineyards in Southern Oregon.
”As the vineyard has grown over the last ten years, so has the winery and wine label. The tasting room now serves 10 exquisite varietals: Syrah, Pinot Noir, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Gris, Viognier, Chardonnay, and Early Muscat.
”We will be tasting a selection of these terrific wines along with a couple of bonus wines from other producers. Craig Havlinek the NW Regional manager for Del Rio will be behind the bar pouring and educating us about his wines.”