Posted 3/14/2017 8:19:04 AM

Friday, March 17 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Joe Moura of Casa Bruno will be pouring selections from Italy, France and Spain.

Sodevo Pinot Grigio 2015 $14.99
Color: Bright straw yellow Bouquet: Intense and well-orchestrated with noticeable fruity overtones Taste: Well-rounded and minerally with an appealing flavor of golden apples and a very lively finish. Food Pairings: Suggested with fish soups and chargrilled seafood or served with risottos and baked vegetables. The natural bud mutation of Pinot Noir, certainly one of the most famous grape varieties in the world, has found ideal conditions in which to express itself in the Venezia Giulia region. Pinot Grigio Sodevo is vinified exclusively in stainless steel tanks to preserve its varietal characteristics, integrating its elegant and refined aromatic profile with a tangy and minerally taste that make it versatile in food pairings.

Corsini Langhe Bianco 2015 $13.99
Here's a unique white blend that is clean yet layered with complexity and texture. It balances high wire acidity with subtle characteristics of almond, citrus and just ripe pear. This is a perfect wine to pour with light appetizers or fish, and a great break from your everyday white. It is a playful blend of Arneis, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc all from the Estate's own vineyards.

Domaines Bunan Mas de la Rouviere Bandol Rose 2015 $19.99
Mourvèdre, Cinsault, Grenache. Direct pressing of whole crushed grapes. Harvested from September to mid- October. Fermentation lasting from 11 to 17 days in stainless steel vats. Blended in late January, and bottled in May before maturing in air-conditioned cellars. Light rosy salmon-pink hue. Fine distinct nose characterised by aromas of exotic fruits. Lasting flavour, full bodied and racy. To be drunk between 2 and 5 years. Served at 12 to 14°C. Can be associated with foie gras, traditional or slightly spiced Provencal dishes, shellfish, smoked salmon and goats cheese.

Senorio de la Antigua Mencia 2012 $8.99
Bodega Alvarez de Toledo is responsible for a long tradition of family tradition in winegrowing, which goes back to the 15th century. However, the position of the cellar itself should be an important feature. It is located in an area of the biosphere reserve which is protected by Unesco as a world cultural heritage. The Señorio de la Antigua Mencía 2012 * was won 100% from the Mencía grape, which matured on 54 years old vines . After the harvest, a rest period of long 12 months followed on French and American oak. The vintage 2012 is especially recommended for lamb dishes and can be stored well through 2019.
Wine Spectator: 90 points
Wine Enthusiast: 90 points
Guia Peñín: 90 points

Marques de Legarda Rioja Gran Reserva 2005 $24.99
Bodegas de la Real Divisa. I've visited the winery in Abalos and the Marques' house. They claim to be one of the oldest wineries in Spain! Gran Reserva is composed mostly of Tempranillo with small amounts of Graciano and Mazuelo. They age their wines mostly in older American oak with smaller amounts in old French oak barrels. The property is planted with the following mix: 91% Tempranillo 7% Graciano 2% Mazuelo. The Gran Reserva spends a min. 3 years in all used American oak barrels.. This winery was the first in Rioja to receive a medal in the Bordeaux competition (1895).

Corsini Barbera 2015 $13.99
Barbera d’Alba DOC is a typical Piedmontese barbera wine with a striking underlying acidity that makes it particularly enjoyable to drink, especially during its first two to three years of life, but can also be appreciated after four to six years. Ideally paired with starters and cold meats, pasta dishes with butter or cheese sauces, such as the traditional ‘plin’ ravioli, or risottos and creamy cheeses.
 



Posted 3/9/2017 5:11:47 AM

Friday, March 10 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Tim Rippa of Petit Monde Imports will be pouring selections from France.

Domaine Chiroulet Terre Blanches  2015 $11.99
It's the lightly honeyed Gros Manseng in the blend with Sauvignon Blanc that works well for this Fezes family wine from northern Gascony. It rounds out the citrus flavors and adds apricot and green plums. The result is an attractive fruity wine that will be better from the end of 2016.

Leon Boesch Les Fous Gewurztraminer 2013 $21.99
Wines from Domaine Leon Boesch are rich and concentrated and this Gewurztraminer is no exception. Rose, lychee and apricot on the nose give way to citrus and tropical fruit, with grapefruit and pineapple doing a balancing act with black pepper spice and plenty of acidity. It’s a medium-bodied wine that pairs well with sweet and sour pork, spicy Asian foods and curry. Drink now or keep for a couple of years. -The Wines of Alsace

Famille Fezas Java Gascogne 2015 $9.99
Medium bodied  with  a  smooth well rounded  finish.  Hints  of  blackberry, raspberry  and  spice  from  the  Tanat,  floral  character  from  the  Cabernet Franc and black tea and herbal aromas from the Merlot.  Merlot 50%, Cabernet Franc 35% & Syrah 15%

Domaine Biscarelle Cotes du Rhone 2015 $15.99
The wines of Domaine de La Biscarelle represent terrific quality and value across the board. Jérôme Grieco told me he was quite miffed about how expensive some Châteauneuf-du-Papes have become, and that he is determined to keep release prices for his wine at reasonable levels he is comfortable with. Grenache (80%), Syrah (10%) and Cinsault (10%)
-Vinous

Domaine de la Graveirette Ju De Vie 2014 $10.99
Acomplex yet easy drinking wine that's focused on red fruits and subtle tannins and balanced
with lighter notes and freshness. Velvety texture and a pleasant, long finish. 55% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 20% Carignan, and 5% Cinsault

Chateau La Fond Canon Fronsac 2012 $18.99
The Lafond bottling consists of 95% Merlot along with Cabernet Franc for aromatic complexity.  Unique for a Bordeaux this ages only in steel and cement tank preserving fresh, approachable fruit.  Dusty earth, black cherry, currants, chocolate, cedar, smoke, roast herbs.  Fresh, juicy fruit and supple tannin.





Posted 2/27/2017 10:58:47 AM

Friday, March 3 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Kris Alexander of Vinum Wines will be pouring selections from California, Australia and France.

Les Haut de Bel-Air Blanc Bordeaux 2015 $10.99
Crisp, understated Bordeaux blanc that shows muted aromas and flavours of grapefruit, white peach, green apple and lychee, supported by a tangy, steely core and thirst-quenching acidity. Juicy, rich texture - a really lovely white. 100% Sauvignon Blanc. Delicious aperitif, summer party white or accompaniment for and grilled fish and salad. -Curious Wines

Broadside Wild Ferment Chardonnay 2015 $13.99
The 2015 Wild Ferment Chardonnay highlights a beautiful vintage with generous aromatics of
white pineapple, minerals, pear and green plum.Fermented & matured in neutral oak and stainless steel. Sourced from sustainably farmed, SIP certified vineyards in San Luis Obispo County. -winery notes.

Albert Bichot Bourgogne Vieilles Vignes 2013 $17.99
This Pinot Noir Vieilles Vignes has a lovely intensive red color. It is just as flattering to the nose thanks to a seductive palate of very fruity aromas - notes of blackcurrant, redcurrant and plum. The mouth is fleshy and well-balanced and enhanced by discreet woody notes and a pleasant finish. Enjoy with roasted or grilled meats, poultry, vegetables and mild cheese such as farmhouse Brie or Tomme de Savoie. It will go perfectly well with a sauté of lamb with spices, mushroom-filled tomatoes, a duck terrine or meat cooked on a skewer.

Domaine de Pellehaut Gascogne Rouge 2013 $9.99
A subtle blend of Merlot and Tannat: the former contributes smoothness and round fruit character while the latter lends density and a pronounced structure to the finished wine.  Impressive color depth with purple tints and an expressive nose of toasted, spicy notes and black fruits (blackberry jam). On the palate, the attack is unctuous, and fleshy leading through to a smooth and remarkably well-balanced wine with ripe tannins and notes of butter and toast on the finish. Outstanding red wine value! -Connoisseur Wines

McPherson Shiraz 2014 $15.99
Rich, with elegant and supple tannins; this Rhone inspired wine is a lovely blend of cool-climate spicy Shiraz combined with mild climate full-bodied Shiraz finely tempered by the savoury tannins of Mourvedre.  This is a bold, modern Australian wine exhibiting aromas and flavours of blackberry and spice.  The rich and full palate is complemented by hints of French oak leading to a seamless finish.  93% Shiraz, 5% Mourvedre, 2% Viognier. Great to drink young, however time will reward those with patience... -winery notes

Cycles Gladiator Petit Sirah 2014 $10.99
There's excitement about the return of this rather iconic bargain brand to the market, and this bottling packs the goods, offering rich and bacon-laced aromas as well as maple, campfire and jammy fruits on the nose. It's not as structured or varietally typical as pricier bottlings, but it's fun and delicious to quaff, with more maple, bacon fat and ripe berries. Best Buy, Wine Enthusiast







Posted 2/21/2017 6:53:43 AM

Friday, February 24 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--


Dane Belber of Galaxy Wines will be pouring selections from Oregon, France, Germany, Italy and Argentina

Chartron La Fleur Bordeaux 2015 $9.99
Sourced from the Entre-deux-Mers region of Bordeaux, the wine is light, crisp and fruity. It has citrus and floral with attractive lime and grapefruit notes. There is a tang of lemon zest giving the wine an even fresher character. 100% Sauvignon Blanc

Villa Wolf Rose 2016 $11.99
The Villa Wolf Pinot Noir Rosé is a true rosé, made with a brief maceration before pressing to extract color. It is light and refreshing, with deliciously bright berry and fruit flavors and a clean, zippy finish. It’s perfect for holiday meals, especially when ham is involved.

Montinore Reserve Pinot Noir 2014 $26.99
Our Reserve Pinot Noir is a barrel selection from the best vineyards on the estate, with an emphasis on strength, depth and elegance. The 2014 growing season brought us a relatively dry summer which resulted in a fuller-bodied wine with fruit-forward characteristics of ripe cherry, blackberry and raspberry character with overtones of earth, mocha and spice. Sunny days and cool nights combined to form a well-rounded Pinot Noir with fresh flavors and healthy acidity. In the realm of Pinot Noir, the 2014 Reserve brings a little more intensity of flavor while still remaining elegant from the native yeast fermentation.

Selvapiana Chianti Rufina 2014 $16.99
Decanter - "Delicate aromas of subtle herbs and oak. The palate is elegant and fresh with flavours of red berries, liquorice and plum to finish. Balanced, ripe, smooth tannins. " 90 pts

Aia Vecchia Lagone 2014 $14.99
In the glass, the wine is deep ruby with purple hues. On the nose, the wine is delicate with notes of cherry, vanilla, raw beef and herbs. On the palate, it is dry, structured and elegant with flavors of plum, ripe cherries, wild berries and a hint of spice, followed by a lengthy and smooth finish that begs for food. Bolgheri zone and Magliano in Toscana. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc.

Bodega La Flor Pulenta Malbec 2015 $13.99
Royal purple, with bright red fruit aromas of cherry, strawberry,with some floral notes of violet and hints of vanilla from the oakaging. Vibrant and round, with pliable, ripe tannins. -winemaker notes






Posted 2/15/2017 7:51:29 PM

Friday, February 17 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Meredith Ball of Estelle Imports will be pouring selections from Spain, Italy, Oregon and California.

Vina Clavidor Verdejo/Viura 2015 $10.99
Produced from 100% Verdejo, organically farmed, this is a crispy, minerally Verdejo. Less of the tropical / exotic fruit & more focus on the clean & chiseled. A wonderful style that would make an ideal accompaniment to a variety of foods, particularly cured ham, grilled or pan fried fish.

La Staffa Verdicchio 2015 $14.99
“The colour is straw yellow with greenish hues. The bouquet is intense, refined and persistent with notes of yellow flowers, peach and golden apple with underlying scents of almonds. The taste is dry and smooth, elegant and gentle with a refreshing acidity and a velvety finish of quince and almonds.” -Binny's

Vizar Tempranillo 2015 $9.99
High aromatic intensity. Primary aromas in all its breadth, clean, and above all varietal identity, memories of licorice, blackberry and sour strawberry, aromatic character tempranillo explosion. 100% Tempranillo.

Cristom Mt. Jefferson Pinot Noir 2014 $29.99
In the glass, the 2014 Mt. Jefferson Cuvée is showing like a classic Willamette Valley vintage with bright, red-fruit aromatics, elegant, balanced tannins and persistent acidity. We found impressions of pomegranate, Rainier strawberries, raspberries, Dark Hudson cherries, cocoa powder and sweet pipe tobacco along with earthy and dusty notes that are complex and intriguing. It is a mid-weight wine that is defined by its balance of smooth, seamless tannins and luscious acidity with good persistence. 94 pts James Suckling - "Aromas of walnuts, berries and spices with hints of orange peel. Full-bodied with a soft texture and chewy tannins. A juicy and delicious wine already. Needs a year or two to soften. Better in 2018."

Three Vineyards Old Vine Field Blend 2013 $17.99
Our Old Vines Field Blend is sourced from ancient vineyards in Contra Costa County and is a blend of  Zinfandel, Carignane, Petite Sirah,  and Mataro with a touch of Alicante Bouschet and  Black Malvoisie. All the grapes in this blend come from vineyard blocks with extremely sandy soils called Delhi Sandy Loam. Our Field Blend is a full-bodied, dark fruit driven wine that should evolve gracefully for many years to come. -winery notes

Runquist Massoni Ranch Amador County Zinfandel 2014 $22.99
From Jeff Runquist: "The 2014 wine has a deep purple color of substantial depth due to the contribution of 18% Petite Sirah which is also grown on the Massoni Ranch. The hues are bright garnet. The aroma is loaded with black raspberry, dark cherry and plum. Seventeen months in small barrels has contributed a bouquet of cocoa, hazelnut and dark chocolate. The flavors are soft and luscious and feature succulent red currants and raspberry."



 



Posted 2/7/2017 5:08:02 PM

Friday, February 10 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Kristen Cooper of Vertical Wine and Beer will be pouring selections from Oregon, France, Italy, Germany and Bulgaria.

Carl Ehrhard Pinot Noir Sekt Brut $23.99
A dry, elegant sparkling wine with tiny bubbles, bright orchard
fruit and mineral flavors, clean acidity and a long finish.

Domaine Boyar Dry Muscat 2015 $8.99
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of green nectarine, peach pit, and apple blossoms with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, brisk finish with no oak. A very nice dry muscat.

Alverdi Sangiovese Rubicone 2015 $8.99
An approachable wine with aromas of violets and a mild hint of spice, Alverdi Sangiovese is a dry red filled with ripe plums, balanced by light tannins offering a slightly crisp finish. Produced in the northwest region of Emilia Romagna, this wine is vinified in stainless steel to preserve the naturally fresh qualities of the varietal. It rests for several months before bottling. Enjoy this easy drinking Sangiovese on its own or with simple, everyday fare. -Mad Wine

Les Jamelles Malbec 2014 $9.99
This elegant, ruby colored wine tinged with red boasts a spicy nose with hints of licorice and notes of red and black fruit. It is soft and well-structured on the palate with solid fruity flavors and fine tannins that give this wine its elegant length. -Maritime Wine

Ransom Grenache Rogue Valley 2012 $22.99
Absolute perfect "natural" wine. Tastes as if a cluster of grapes was squeezed into your glass. Ripe red fruit (maybe cranberry) dominate this totally unique wine. Absolutely worth a try if you can find it.

Chateau Haut Bana Medoc 2012 $17.99
Vinturi-decanted and serially sampled over a three-hour period, this deep ruby wine proves itself to be worthy of more than its modest sticker price. Cassis, graphite and anise aromas are accented by a hint of bacon that is reminiscent of something from the Northern Rhone. Medium-bodied and fresh on the palate, it delivers similar flavors in a softly tannic, seamlessly alcoholic (13%) frame. The middle palate thins a bit but the smooth, resurrected finish is medium in length. A perfect "weeknight wine," this iteration of Haut-Bana represents good value. Drink now-2020.



Posted 2/1/2017 6:46:51 AM

Friday, February 3 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Shontina Coers of Revelry Vintners of Walla Walla will be pouring selections from the winery.

Riesling 2015 Columbia Valley $12.99
Chardonnay 2015 Columbia Valley $12.99
Merlot 2014 Columbia Valley $13.99
Cabernet 2013 Columbia Valley $13.99
The Reveler 2014 Columbia Valley $19.99

Posted 1/24/2017 8:34:14 AM

Friday, January 27 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Jim Spencer of Vin de Garde Wines will be pouring selections from France, Austria, Oregon and Washington.

Domaine Des Forge Chardonnay 2015 $9.99
In the exemplary 2015 Loire Valley vintage, Domaine des Forges’ Chardonnay conveys a broader texture, a more intense palate presence, and a deeper mineral expression. Appellation laws stipulate that Chardonnay is permitted in the Anjou only as a minor blending varietal, which is why this 100% Chardonnay must carry the humble Vin de Pays designation. A vivid lemon-gold in the glass, Domaine des Forges’ Chardonnay is fragrant with almond blossoms, Meyer lemon, peach, and the assertive minerality one often finds in the finest Savennieres. On the palate, the wine is bone dry, richly textured. Great value!

Marcel Deiss Alsace 2014 $22.99
A pure rendition of honeysuckle blossom rises from this wine along with notes of ripe pear. The palate has something both crystalline and stony, pure and distinct. Beyond its central seam of freshness the wine shimmers with rich, earthy nuance of ripe pear on one side, of brisk zestiness on the other. Drink now and until 2020. 91 pts Wine Enthusiast

Roots Crosshairs Cuvee Pinot Noir 2014 $19.99
Crosshairs is a delicious blend of Pinot Noir sourced from our family of vineyards. Has a bit of that "Burgundian magic". Taste and see for yourself.

Weingut Judith Beck Ink 2014 $14.99
Scents of high-toned, crunchy red fruit and a hint of potpourri characterize this blend of zweigelt and St. Laurent. Pretty and energetic with lively acidity and flavors of berry, red plum, and a dash of white pepper.

Domaine de Cambis Rock de Carignane 2013 $16.99
Rock’s nose is intense with mineral and forest notes. When opening it will switch to dark fruit scents. The mouth can be surprising thank to its silkiness and melted tannins that are quiet unusual for this kind of wine. In terms of aromas it opens up on red berries, fig and sweet spices notes. -winery notes

Walla Walla Vinyards Sangiovese 2014 $24.99
Features strawberry, cherry and pomegranate aromas with hints of tea leaves and anise. It opens to flavors of tart cherry and red currant, deftly balanced with racy acidity and fine-grained tannins. 85% Sangiovese, 8% Syrah and 7% Malbec. -Compass wines




Posted 1/10/2017 4:04:40 PM

Friday, January 13 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Beverly McKenzie of Handcrafted D'Vine Wine will be pouring selections from Oregon, Washington, France and Spain.

Rafael Palacios "Bolo" Godello Valdeorras 2015 $16.99
The entry-level 2015 Bolo wants to showcase Godello at its purest, and therefore is fermented in stainless steel and bottled early without bâttonage to preserve the primary character of the grape. 2015 saw an early harvest because of a warm and dry summer, with some rains in the middle of the harvest, which allowed the remaining vines to reach a better phenolic ripeness. The grapes come from the O Bolo zone, both purchased and from their own vineyards. The wine is quite expressive after bottling, a touch reductive, but with powerful aromas of bay leaf and white flowers, quite elegant. The palate is super compact, balanced and fresh, with vibrant acidity that provides great length. The finish is very tasty, mineral, almost salty. This is drinking beautifully; Godello can sometimes be heavy, but that's never the case here, these wines are always fresh and fluid. (LG) Wine Advocate

Merriman Cummins Road Pinot Noir 2013 $16.99
An aroma of Five Spice and strawberry jam, plums, wild cherry and a hint of white pepper on the front to mid-palate. A creamy texture and dusty rose petal round out the wine at the finish.

Chateau Saint Roch Chimeres 2014 $17.99
"The 2014 Côtes du Roussillon Villages Chimeres is mostly Grenache, yet includes 30% Syrah and 10% Mourvèdre. Aged in a combination of concrete tank and demi-muid, it makes the most of this difficult vintage and have terrific purity in its raspberry, violet, licorice and olive-laced aromas and flavors. Ripe, nicely textured and with bright acidity, drink it over the coming 4-5 years" Wine Advocate 90-92

Casa Smith Wahluke Slope Sangiovese 2014 $19.99
“An inaugural release, this wine displays aromas of red and blue fruit, herbs and spice.
The tart red and blue-fruit flavors show irresistible charm, like drinking a bowl of fruit. It doesn't seem entirely varietal but it's 100% delicious.” 92 Points, Wine Enthusiast

Substance Cabernet 2014 $19.99
This 100% varietal wine from Goose Ridge and Frenchman Hills vineyards provides immediate appeal, with fresh aromas of blackberry, black currant and licorice. The flavors are full and don’t hold back, with firm lightly grainy tannins providing support. It still needs some time to stretch it legs. Give it an hour decant or wait until after 2017. 90 points Wine Enthusiast

Ryan Patrick Rock Island Red 2014 $16.99
Aroma: Dark cherry and rich plum with hints of lavender, dried herbs, anise and cocoa.
Flavor: A generous juicy entry, with a jammy mid-palate and a pleasurable silky finish.
48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Syrah, 15% Merlot, 4% Primitivo - winery notes



Posted 1/3/2017 3:59:21 PM

Friday, January 6 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Bonnie Jeuris of Grape Expectations Wine will be pouring selections from Washington, California, Italy and France.

Domaine Talmard Macon-Chardonnay 2015 $10.99
Growing grapes and wheat in a pretty area of mixed farming, the Talmard family makes a superb value Mâcon that has rich, citrussy fruit and creamy texture. It is both made from Chardonnay and comes from the village of Chardonnay. -Tanners Wine Merchants

Schiavenza Dolcetto 2014 $14.99
Medium Bodied, dry, medium acidity, light tannin, moderate intensity, medium finish, plum, blackberry, almond. Allesandria family purchased it in 1956 and the winery is now run by sisters Enrica and Maura. They farm biodynamically, vinifying their Dolcetto in cement cisterns. New generation, old style.

Hyatt Roza Ridge Syrah Rattlesnake Hills 2012 $9.99
Syrah is a fairly early ripening grape, so the good weather meant the Syrah grapes were picked fairly early.  Sugar levels were not an issue and acids stayed in a good range.  We were able to pick at the peak of ripeness; this 2012 Syrah exhibits dark red color and distinctive Syrah aromas of spice and tropical fruit and balanced tannins.

Marrenon Orca Ventoux 2014 $19.99
This wine brings forth flavors of blackberry, dark cherries, tobacco, toast, and morello cherries. Grenache Noir 90%, Syrah 10%.

Annabella Merlot Napa Valley 2014 $15.99
The 2014 Annabella Napa Valley Merlot entices from the start with aromas of red plum, ripe cherries, and juicy red nectarine, with a subtle touch of vanilla and milk chocolate. In the mouth, the wine shows milk chocolate, dried cranberries, and a hint of toasted marshmallow. The wine is robust, but well balanced and with a lovely texture and creamy tannins, and the lengthy, elegant floral finish. -winemakers notes

Viano Zinfandel Port Contra County Costa 2008 $17.99
Our 2008 Vintage Zinfandel Port is not your traditional style Port. It is intriguing and full flavored. It is ripe, soft, and loaded with berry flavors, with a light peppery finish. Exceptional Value! -winemakers notes




Posted 12/28/2016 4:25:35 AM

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

I will be pouring sparkling wines from Spain, France, Italy and California.

Oriol Rossell Brut Nature Reserva 2014 $13.99
A fine Cava at a very reasonable price. Fresh and light on the palate, this Cava manages to meld the aromas of white petals and ripe fruit, with a predominance of grapefruit. Its excellent acidity provides a gentle-touch freshness, pleasantly filling the palate with every mouthful. Its fine, elegant bubbles will positively glide through the mouth like tiny starfish. Matured in bottle for 30-36 months. Macabeo, Parellada and Xarel·lo.

Mumm Napa Brut $19.99
Brut Prestige is Mumm Napa’s signature sparkling wine. It is a relaxed, yet elegant, wine that earns sparkling accolades from consumers and critics alike. Brut Prestige features fine bright citrus, red apple, stone fruit and creamy vanilla aromas, with hints of toast, honey and gingerbread spice. Its vibrant flavors are balanced by fine acidity and a rich, lingering finish.

Andre Clouet Champagne Brut $35.99
Decanter:
"This extremely good value, all-Pinot Noir Champagne comes exclusively from grand cru vineyards. While it is packed with ripe pear and apricot fruit aromas, it is lifted by citrus and white flower notes. Complex and forward in style, with some biscuity characters and a long, persistent finish. With a price tag of less than £30, no doubt this is one of the best value Champagnes out there." 90 pts

Bertolani Rosado Lambrusco $14.99
Very intense strawberry and raspberry aromas are lifted by white pepper, violet and botanical herbs. Comes across as almost light after the other richer, more grapey lambruscos from Bertolani, with lovely energy and breed to the savory flavors of red berries, spices and flowers. 91 points Vinous

Saracco Moscato $14.99
Lightly sparkling aromatic wine. Aromas of peach, apricot, lemon peel and white flowers. Complex, good body with balance between sweetness and acidity, nice persistence. 92 pts Wine Enthusiast

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Posted 12/21/2016 8:53:46 AM

Friday, December 23 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Anna Goodman of the Estate Group will be pouring selections from Oregon, Washington, California, France and Australia.


Schramsberg Blanc de Blanc 2013 $27.99
Connoisseurs' Guide - "100% Chardonnay. Very much true to the Blanc de Blancs model with a defined minerally streak to its lean, lightly lemony, nicely autolyzed aromas, Schramsberg’s is a crisp, explosively effervescent working that brings a bit more yeasty richness into play in the mouth. It is charged with plenty of brisk, palate-cleansing acidity but does not err to ungainly tartness, and while never too austere to be sipped on its own, it will make first-rate drinking with a platter of briny, fresh oysters." 92 pts

Joseph Drouhin St. Veran 2014 $19.99
Wine Spectator - "Though rich, this is offset by vivid acidity, creating a nice tension to the lemon, apple and melon flavors. Long and tangy on the finish. Drink now through 2018." 90 pts

D’Arenberg Darry’s Shiraz/Grenache 2010 $13.99
Wine Enthusiast - "A terrific value, this 50-50 blend displays gentle oaking and a hint of warm asphalt, just enough to highlight the wine’s plum and black cherry fruit. It’s full bodied and features a long finish, outlined by wonderfully fine, dusty tannins. Editors' Choice " 91 pts

Adelsheim Calkins Lane Chehalem Mts. Syrah 2011 $16.99
This Northern Rhône-style wine opens to reveal aromas of blackberry, blueberry and red currant, along with the subtle hint of black pepper, and roasted meat. In the mouth, you’ll find a wonderful berry sweetness, and rich, luscious tannins. Pair this wine, rich in flavor and texture, with a pepper-crusted filet mignon. -winery notes

St. Francis Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2013 $20.99
The Wine Advocate - "The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is a youngster. Dense purple in color, with ripe, concentrated fruit, a big, spicy mouthfeel, but still in need of another 3-4 years of cellaring, there are lavish quantities of cassis fruit, the wood is well-integrated, and the wine full-bodied and very promising. I can’t think of a better generic Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon St. Francis has ever made. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2030. " 90 pts.

Seven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla 2013 $27.99
This old vine Cabernet has a dark garnet gem color and a broad nose of ripe plum, raspberry, marzipan, toffee, forest floor, roasted meat, and thyme notes. The palate is plush and mouth-filling, yet framed with firm, dusty, fine-grained tannins and lifting acidity. The palate is filled with black cherry, ripe plum, mocha, dried herbs, cedar bark, and spices. This wine will improve significantly with cellaring over the first five years from vintage date and will hold nicely and continue to develop for ten to fifteen years. Wine Enthusiast 90 pts.





Posted 12/6/2016 3:18:55 PM

Friday, December 2 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Margo Durdel of Oregon Brand Management will be pouring selections from Italy, France and Oregon.

Alvise Lancieri Prosecco $13.99
Alvise Lancieri is the grandfather of this family owned winery, who started growing Glera in the Treviso hills of Veneto after he returned from WWI as a vetern. His winery continues to produce "100% Glera" Prosecco. An exclusive label that has unbelievable value for the money. Delicate, yet full bodied with crisp green apple flavors. -Madwine

Domaine Vaquer Dry Muscat 2015 $13.99
2015 was such a perfect year for the aromatic varieties of the south - not too hot, with cooling breezes - which led to ripe, zesty and gently perfumed wines of a quality not generally achieved in this region. This, coupled with Frédérique's gentle touch, produces one of the best ever examples of a dry muscat, made from 100% Muscat à Petit Grain. Unlike many wines, this one can truly be described as 'grapey', with a breathtakingly fragrant elderflower aroma. Enjoy it chilled, with abundant parma ham and ripe melon! -Wine Sensations UK

Patton Valley Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2014 $18.99
"Pale red. Lively, sharply focused aromas of redcurrant and strawberry accented by white pepper and orange zest. Refreshingly brisk and racy on the palate, with weightless bitter cherry and red berry flavors taking a sweeter turn on the back half. This distinctly graceful Pinot finishes with very good lift and spicy cut, leaving berry skin and allspice notes behind." Vinous / Antonio Galloni 90 pts

Pennautier Cabardes Rouge 2013 $12.99
Made by winemaker Bertrand Seube, formerly of Château Mouton-Rothschild, using a blend of Bordeaux and Southern French varieties. Cabardès in Southern France is the only formal appellation which permits blending of this broad range of classic varieties in the same wine. Rustic aromas of raspberries, mullberries and cooking spices permeate from an intensely ruby coloured wine. A firm, tannic palate of spice and dark fruits leads to a layered, dry finish. Ideal with casseroles and red meat dishes, vegetable soups and cassoulet, or tagine. Drink over the next two years. Blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Malbec and Merlot.

Fausse Piste Garde Manger Syrah 2014 $19.99
Food friendly syrah from vineyards across the Pacific Northwest, 80% whole cluster fermentation with aging in older neutral French oak barrels and puncheons for 11 months on the lees. Our garde manger is a blend of each vineyard we source syrah from in each vintage. bottled unfined with minimal SO2 addition. - Winemakers notes

Brooks Tethys Late Harvest Riesling 2014 $19.99
Excellent value for a sweet wine with lots of fresh fruit and delicate floral notes adding to the lush flavor. The Tethys Late Harvest Riesling has aromas of honeysuckle, rose petals, crisp apples and tangerines. A sweet and thick coating on the palate aligns itself with good balanced acidity. -Northwest Wine
 



Posted 11/30/2016 7:24:37 PM

Friday, December 2 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Dana Retz of Indie Wine Co. will be pouring selections from France, Spain and Washington.

Biutiful Brut $13.99
For Brut Nature, this has body and weight to it. The nose delivers dry apple and pear aromas, while the palate is fairly full and round for the style, with apple and lime flavors. A finish with roundness and density confirms this Cava's good quality.

Chateau Teulon Roussanne 2015 $9.99
A deliciously crisp and full-flavored bottle of Roussanne that is un-oaked. Citrus, Green apple and Anjou pear flavors with a nice herbal and grass aroma perfect for roast poultry and soft cheeses.

Samuel Billaud Chablis 2014 $27.99
Due to his deep roots in Chablis, Samuel is able to source grapes from some of the finest, most well-established growers in both premier and grand cru terroirs. The resulting range, from AC to Grand Cru, are layered wines rife with crunchy oyster shell and silex, and exhibit a range of flavor profiles from licorice to white peach to toasty baguette. This is top quality Chablis from a rising star producer – for white Burgundy lovers, these are not to be missed.

Legado del Mancayo Old Vines Garnacha 2014 $12.99
The 2014 Garnacha “Montaña” Old Vines from Legado del Moncayo is made from forty year-old vines and aged for seven months in cask prior to bottling. The wine comes in at fourteen percent alcohol and offers up a bright and impressively complex nose of baked raspberries, pepper, a touch of fruitcake, woodsmoke, dried eucalyptus and cedar. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, robust and well-balanced, with fine focus and grip, some backend chewy tannins and impressive length on the finish. This is like a Spanish version of Châteauneuf du Pape the way it used to be back in the 1980s, before the over the top club ruined the appellation. Fine juice and a great bargain at under fifteen dollars here in the US! 2016-2025+. 91 pts View from the Cellar.

Domaine du Terme Vacqueras 2013 $24.99
Dark red. Smoke and spice-accented red berry and floral scents give an
impression  of  oakiness, but  this  wine sees  no  wood  at  all.  Supple, 
smooth and open-knit, with sweet black raspberry and lavender pastille
flavors lifted and sharpened by a peppery nuance. Fine-grained tannins
shape the finish, which leaves a suave berry liqueur note behind. 90-92 pts Vinous

Pomum Yakima Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 $35.99
Mostly Cabernet Sauvignon along with 10% each Merlot and Petit Verdot, this wine displays aromas of dried and fresh herbs, flowers, black tea, dark chocolate and cherry. The fruit and savory flavors are sweet and supple, backed by tightly coiled tannins that need time to unwind. 90pts Wine Enthusiast




Posted 11/21/2016 4:26:46 AM

Wednesday, November 23 our "Thanksgiving Tasting" 3:00 - 5:00 pm

Doug Culver of C&G Imports will be pouring selections from Oregon, France, Italy and Portugal.

Commandiere de la Bargemone 2015 Coteaux d’Aix en Provence Blanc $17.99
Founded by Templar knights in the 13th century, the property was named "Bargemone" after the wealthy Provencal family that owned it for 200 years. It passed from their hands in the 1800's, with the vineyards finally succumbing to phylloxera, ending, temporarily, a proud 800 year tradition of winemaking. In 1973, French industrialist Jean-Pierre Rozan purchased the property, restored the Commanderie and replanted the vineyards. 70% Rolle (Vermentino), 30% Sauvignon Blanc

Francois Chidaine 2015 Touraine Rosé $14.99
François Chidaine is one of the Loire Valley’s great success stories. After finishing viticultural school in the mid-1980s, François went to work alongside his father, Yves, who had only four hectares of rented vineyard land in the appellation of Montlouis, in the Touraine. When Yves retired in 1989, he passed the torch to François. Early on, François developed clever contracts with the owners of the vineyards he worked, allowing him an option to buy should the property ever come up for sale. In 1999, his wife, Manuéla, joined him and set up La Cave Insolite, a tasting room and wine shop. Soon after, he started experimenting with organic and biodynamic farming, and by 2003, he was certified in both methods of farming.  When in 2002, he and his cousin Nicolas Martin bought Vouvray’s prestigious Clos Baudoin, and in 2006 he bought several of the parcels he had been renting, this small artisan farmer became one of the Loire Valley’s most serious players. 50% Pinot Noir, 50% Grolleau

Alfredo Bertolani 2015 Lambrusco Rosato Secco $14.99
Bertolani winery was set up in Scandiano in 1925 by Alfredo Bertolani, supported by his passion for grapes and by the knowledge of this territory. Family-owned by the fourth generation, Bertolani’s respect of territorial characteristics and careful wine making process produce Lambrusco of great quality. In 2008 a new winery was built considering a low environmental impact and sustainability, with particular attention to energy conservation and renewable energies. Some of the most important innovations are the use of rainwater and electricity production with a photovoltaic system.

Charles Brotte 2015 Grand Vallon Syrah $9.99
A stunning effort given the price of this Syrah. Plenty of black cherry, currants, new leather, garrigue and pepper. Nicely balanced, medium-bodied and with a voluptuous, full mid-palate, it will drink nicely for 4-5 years. Drink now-2017.

Lorelle 2014 Pinot Noir $14.99
A cool, elegant, pure and cleanly delivered red berry fruit nose that is very pinot in style and character introduces beautifully detailed and textured middle weight flavors that are graceful and impressively well-balanced. There is an underlying hint of clay and earth, it's extremely subtle and I quite like the overall sense of harmony that will allow it to age well. Note that this will most please those who admire classically styled pure pinots and the absence of even a hint of backend warmth is most welcome in this age of high-powered pinots.

Kopke 1998 Colheita $47.99 (375ml = $24.99)
Fresh and balanced, with a feeling of liveliness, this is more about restraint and elegance than mid-palate weight, but it shows fine concentration of flavor on the finish and delivers more than adequate mid-palate concentration as well. It also has more power than anticipated on first taste. Tightening fast as it warms, its fresh feel if laced with just a touch of Whiskey that provides the perfect counterweight to the tension on the finish and fine flavors. It is a bit understated, but lovely.

Note - No Friday tasting this week.




Posted 11/16/2016 4:28:37 AM

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

Kara Kuehl of Vehrs Wines will be pouring selections from Washington, California, Argentina, Italy and France.

JP Chenet Rose Brut $10.99
Intense and fine, dominated by notes of red berries. The combination of fine bubbles and delicate aromas makes this a delightfully light and silky rosé. Aromas in the mouth evoke red berries, cherries, strawberries. Smooth and well-balanced. 100% Bobal.

Angeline Chardonnay Reserve Mendocino 2015 $12.99
This Chardonnay has a delicious bouquet of ripe golden pear, tropical pineapple, and sweet honeydew melon, along with aromatic apple blossom, and creamy vanilla bean. The carefully chosen, lightly impactful French oak serves to convey a perceived sweetness that is perfectly balanced by the clean acidity around the edges of the palate. Although deceivingly full bodied, the wine maintains a juicy mouthfeel and a clean, concise finish.

Zonin Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2014 $7.99
This wine is brilliant ruby-red in color. Aromas of cherry and plum are complemented by cedar and spice on the nose. On the palate, the wine is well structured with fine tannins and a clean, persistent finish.

Baquedano 'Llama' Malbec Argentina 2014 $12.99
Modern wine with attractive dark cherry-red color with violet hues. The nose shows great intensity. Fruit aromas of cherries, blackberries and plums stand out against a background of fine toast hints from ageing in top-quality oak. Warm, rounded and well-structured on the palate, with an explosion of fruit flavors underscored by light oaky notes. Pleasant, persisitent aftertaste. 90 pts Decanter

Dunham "Three Legged Red" Columbia Valley 2014 $19.99
Each year, Dunham Cellars blends a portion of its wines into this red table wine. Using fruit from all of our estate vineyards and using the same barrels in which our finest Cabernet, Merlots and Syrahs are aged, we are able to maintain the consistent high quality of our top wine, as well as create a great everyday wine that is price-friendly.

Gordon Columbia Valley Syrah 2013 $19.99
Our 2013 Syrah reveals an intense deep purple with hues of garnet at the margins. Dense dark fruit aromas lead to more subtle notes of roasted coffee, forest floor and rose petal. For all the aromas of dark fruit the impression on the palate is plush and velvety with bright flavors of red fruit, fresh sprigs of thyme and oregano, freshly peeled orange and a touch of violets. The finish is long and lingering with a gentleness of fruit that keeps coming through. Enjoy! -Winery notes





Posted 11/10/2016 5:08:53 AM

Friday, November 11 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Beverly McKenzie of Handcrafted D'Vine Wines will be pouring selections from Washington, France, Spain and Argentina

Gadais Muscadet 2014 $12.99
Saint-Fiacre is a village in the Muscadet region. Schist, rocky vineyard. 60-80 year old vines. Aged on its lees...no stirring. It’s absolutely perfect for what it is. Lemon zest, crushed chalk, lime blossom and Granny Smith apple smells and flavors. Light-bodied (but medium body by Muscadet standards) tangy not tart, wet stone/citrus rind finish.

Gramona Cava 2011 $20.99
Greenish yellow in color with lemon reflections. The nose is a fine fusion of citric white fruits, pear, apple; with toasted hints of bread crust making it rather complex. While the mouth has toasted and fruit hints with creamy, fresh acidity, and a touch of liquor – a characteristic of the house.

Gramona is a family winery located in the region of Barcelona which lies at the foot of the Montserrat mountain range, on the shores of the Mediterranean, in the heart of the Penedès Denomination of Origin. For more than 125 years, the Batlle family has been making Cavas – very unique and highly-appreciated sparkling wines – and wines with character, which express both the original personality of the winery and the traits of the special soils that nurture their wines. -Winemaker notes

Casa Smith Barbera 2014 $19.99
An earthbound wine with savory layers, mushroom, forest floor, rose petals, tar. A beautiful deep color and a mouthful of complex fruit with spice. Trademark Barbera freshness completes the picture. A Washington celebration of this Italian classic. "On another level, and worth the uptick in price, the 250-case 2014 Barbera Cervo (from vines planted in 1997 and tiny, tiny yields) was brought up all in barrique and is easily the finest example of this variety I’ve tasted from Washington. Elegant, layered and concentrated, with a serious feel in its black cherry, lavender, underbrush and peppery herbs bouquet, this terrific effort is a real head-turner that readers should seek out!" The Wine Advocate - 92 pts

Muriel Rioja Reserva 2011 $17.99
"Pretty fruit flavors of strawberry and raspberry mingle with vanilla, spice and light herbal notes in this alluring red. The tannins are light but firm, while citrusy acidity keeps this fresh through the vanilla-scented finish. Drink now through 2021." 90 pts Wine Spectator

Bastide Miraflors 2014 $14.99
"A steal from Lafage is the 2014 Bastide Miraflors, which is a Cotes du Roussillon, and a blend of 70% Syrah and 30% Grenache, with the Grenache aged in concrete tanks and the Syrah in 500-liter demi-muids. Lafage makes more expensive wines than this, but certainly excels with his value lineup. He has really hit a home run with this 10,000-case cuvée. It is deep, ruby/plum/purple, with fresh notes of blackcurrants, plums, Provençal herbs as well as licorice. Deep, medium to full-bodied, with amazing fruit, the purity, authenticity and Mediterranean upbringing of this wine are obvious. Quite deep, round and succulent, this wine should drink well for another several years. This is one to buy by the case." 92 pts Wine Advocate

Pascual Toso Malbec Reserva Argentina 2014 $18.99
This wine continues to over-deliver in the quality to price ratio. Back again is the smooth, fleshiness, the bright red cherry fruit, hint of ripe blueberry and a touch of earthy smoke. At K&L the staff has commented on the fact that this wine seems to only gain in value and structure with each vintage. 5 stars Empire Wine

 


Posted 11/1/2016 3:21:52 PM

Friday, November 4 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Meredith Ball of Estelle Imports will be pouring selections from Italy, Oregon, France and Spain

Vallevo Trebbiano 2015 $7.99
The wine is pale straw in color, with aromas of almond, citrus and a hint of herbs. It is bone dry and finishes with a very attractive hint of apple-skin. This is a knockout everyday bottle of white wine, flavorful enough to stand up to a range of dishes but bright enough to make a good dry aperitif. -

Witness Tree Willamette Valley Chardonnay 2014 $16.99
The Witness Tree Willamette Valley Chardonnay is a blend of our estate-grown Davis 108 clone, coupled with a bit of Dijon clone fruit farmed at the Stand Sure Vineyard.  Upon opening the wine brings intense aromas of pineapples, mangos and other juicy tropical fruits. The wine is showing incredibly well upon opening with no need for decanting.  As it is a cooler vintage, the acidity is a bit higher-toned, yet in complete balance with fruit and alcohol content.  In the mouth the wine shows exceedingly vibrant acidity balanced by a rich, very full mouth-feel of more tropical fruit, butterscotch and a kiss of toasted French oak.  Wonderful on its own, the wine also pairs well cream-based pasta dishes, flaky white fish entrees and smooth, soft cheeses.  This is exceptional value in Oregon Chardonnay, and one that will continue to impress over the next several years. -Winery notes

Vista Hills Pinot Noir 2015 $14.99
From high atop the Dundee Hills in the northern Willamette Valley, Oregon, John and Nancy McClintock are carefully crafting these amazing wines using entirely estate fruit from their sustainably farmed vineyards. This is an Oregon Pinot Noir through and through: dark and sensuous in texture, robust fruit and aromas and a nice balance of power and elegance. Initial flavors of deep, black cherry evolve into smoke, mocha and charcuterie-like fattiness. Goes with: Grilled salmon (especially with some sort of glaze), Filet Mignon

Barbier du Bellevue Bergerac 2014 $9.99
"Soft rounded lovely texture, very easy drinking. This is not to say the wine is one
dimensional or simple. The breath-taking freshness and balance are extraordinary for
such a modest wine.”  70% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 10% Malbec.
Gold Medal Concours General Paris 2014

Martinez Alesanco Rioja Reserva 2011 $17.99
Great value! Black fruit, fennel, tobacco leaf, chocolate and hints of vanilla. Soft tannins and full bodied with moderate high acidity. A true pleasure. -Vivino

Pascal Marthouret Saint Joseph 2013 $22.99
Pascal Marthouret got his start as an auto mechanic helping relatives on the side with vine tending and winemaking. In 2000 he started making his own wines and has gradually built up a small domaine. Both his whites and reds are great values in northern Rhone wines.  Dense nose of smoke, dark chocolate, mint, black currant, black plum, with a touch of oak toast ( he uses mostly neutral 500 L barrels but sometimes you have to buy a new barrel). Juicy black raspberry and black berry, fine pepper, and woodsy underbrush flavors with ripe tannin. 100% Syrah.



Posted 10/26/2016 6:51:46 AM

Friday, October 28 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Tim O'Brien of Palm Bay Imports will be pouring selections from France, Italy, Portugal and Sardinia.

Ferrari Brut $25.99
A lively, bright straw yellow. The perlage is fine and persistent. Fresh and intense bouquet, with a broad fruity note of ripe Golden Delicious apples, white flowers and a delicate scent of yeast, deriving from more than two years’ ageing in bottle. Harmonious and well-balanced, with a faint suggestion of ripe fruit and attractive hints of crusty bread. -Winery notes

Teruzzi & Puthod Terre di Tufi Vernaccia 2013 $14.99
Attractive and intense notes of oranges with a hint of toast from the oak. Full-bodied and robust, yet soft in the mouth. Balanced flavors of citrus fruits, minerals with excellent length and a toasty finish.
80% Vernaccia, 10% Chardonnay, 10% Sauvignon Blanc

Portia Ebeia Roble Ribera del Duero 2013 $11.99
Medium ruby; dark fruit nose with balsamic, herb and spicy oak notes; full-bodied and smooth with a long finish. 100% Tempranillo.

Zisola Sicilia Nero D'Avola 2013 $21.99
Earthy aromas of leather, truffle, game and ripe black-skinned fruit lead the way on the nose of this smooth, savory red. The structured palate offers juicy black cherry, blackberry, cinnamon and ground white pepper alongside soft, silky tannins. A smoky note bolsters the finish. Drink through 2019. 92 pts Wine Enthusiast

Periquita Reserva 2011 $15.99
The iconic Periquita brand has expanded into a range of wines, from which this is an ageworthy example. It has smoky wood flavors, a rich texture and warm, rounded fruitiness. The density, tannins and final acidity all promise aging, so drink from 2015.

Sella Mosca Cannonau di Sardegne Reserva 2011 $15.99
The Wine Advocate - "The 2011 Cannonau di Sardegna Riserva Dimonios is a very interesting red wine that is rooted in an authentic sense of typicity and territory. The bouquet is beautifully etched and elegant with wild berries, Sardinian mirto and balsam herb. The bouquet has a lifting and pungent quality that may indicate a very low level of volatility, although it only serves to increase the wine's overall intensity and sharpness. The results are tight and expressive. " 91 pts.




Posted 10/20/2016 6:27:16 AM

Friday, October 21 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Joe Moura of Casa Bruno will be pouring selections from France, Oregon and California

2015 Saint Cosme Little James Basket Blanc (SB/Viognier) - $11.99
This aromatic white combines the freshness and acidity of Sauvignon Blanc with the flesh and depth of Viognier. Light yellow in appearance with green hues, the St. Cosme Little James Basket Press White boasts alluring aromas of grapefruit, apricot, boxwood, and mango, with tropical flavors on the palate. Refreshing acidity and structure grace the palate and follow through to a remarkable finish.

2014 Chateau l'Hermitage AOP Costieres de Nimes Blanc $10.99
60% Rousanne, 20% Viognier and 20% Grenache Blanc.
Costières de Nimes, Rhone, France- The harmony of the blending brings astounding aromas of fresh white fruits: peaches, pears, litchis and white flowers. This crisp wine exhibits generous fruit flavor, a full developed mouthfeel and a clean finish. A perennial staff favorite.

2015 Saint Cosme Cotes du Rhone Rouge (Syrah) $13.99
The Château de St. Cosme Côtes du Rhône Red is a deep plum with violet reflections. Aromas of bright berry fruits and licorice give way to a medium bodied palate with elegant flavors of red currant and gingerbread.

2013 Jerome Calmes Minervois Les Vialas (Syrah/Carignan) $12.99
Terrific value blend of 60% Syrah and 40% Grenache. Starts with a super nose of creamy blackberry, black currant, black plum, licorice, star anise, bay leaf, thyme, lavender and black pepper then it's plump and juicy in the mouth with roasted black fruit, herbs, wet stone, dark earth and spice flavors.

2012 Terre Rouge Syrah Cotes de l'Ouest $19.99
A bold but well-behaved wine, this is spicy and meaty in aroma, generously layered with flavors of black plums, blackberries and incredibly velvety tannins. The way that the core of delicious fruit is shrouded in thick but soft tannins and threaded with acidity is a marvel. It's tempting to drink now but lay it down until 2018 if possible. 92 pts Wine Enthusiast.

2015 Evesham Wood Willamette Valley Pinot Noir $19.99
This vintage of the WV blend shows a bright nose with cherry, earthy mushroom and a slight creamy/silkiness that’s balanced by juicy acid. Showing well now, watch this wine evolve over the next 3 months to 5 years.



Posted 10/12/2016 8:02:42 PM

Friday, October 14 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Rod Evans of Zancanella Imports will be pouring selections from Italy and France.

Prosecco, Clara C, ( Veneto) $12.99
Clara was one of the original instigators in putting the Prosecco name on the map back in the 1940's. Very friendly sparkling made from the Glara grape..Quite versatile, serve to anybody. Great for the Holidays (or anytime).

Beaujolais Blanc (100% Chardonnay), Lucien Lardy 2015 (Beaujolais) $12.99
Lovely, savory white to be enjoyed with lighter meats and fish, or just by itself. Small producer, hands on family operation. No oak aging here.

Trebbiano Spoletino, Perticaia 2015 (Umbria) $14.99
An old property resurrected recently focusing on the area around Montefalco, keeping true to the indigenous grapes of the region. Spoletino is the clone of Trebbiano and the name of the local village. Dry, crisp and complex.

Bourgogne Rouge (Pinot Noir), "En Luteniere", Aurelien Verdet, 2013 (Burgundy) $24.99
Natural, organic farming since the 1970's, all grapes are hand-picked. He owns property in Vosne-Romanee, Gevry-Chambertin and Nuits St. Georges. Classy wine.

Chianti Classico, San Felice, 2013 (Tuscany) $15.99
Composed mainly of Sangiovese with some Colorino and Pugnitello grapes, this wine is rich with tart plum, rose petal and dried cherry flavors.

Barolo, Reverdito 2012 (Piedmont) $22.99
100% Nebbiolo.
One of the Great wines of the world, Barolo has a mystique about it. Not much is produced, land is scarce, and prices are high. Michele Reverdito is producing what is probably the value wine of the category. This is a wonderful way to try Barolo without having to spend upwards of $50. Drink now or over the next 5-6 years.

 



Posted 10/5/2016 4:44:32 AM

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

Dane Belber of Galaxy Wines will be pouring selections from Oregon, Spain, France, Italy and Portugal.

Schlumberger Pinot Blanc Alsace 2014 $15.99
Brisk red-apple flavors govern nose and the crisp palate. A lemon backbone of freshness brightens everything. The finish is clean and appetizing.

Montinore Borealis Alsatian blend Willamette Valley 2015 $13.99
Perfumy Alsatian grapes from the Willamette Valley. Aromas of stone fruits, apricot, pineapple, and acacia. Montinore is a small, family-run estate that focuses on producing quality wines from biodynamically farmed grapes. A blend of Gewurtztraminer, Muller-Thurgau, Pinot Gris and Riesling.

Pike Road Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2014 $16.99
This new sister label from Elk Cove offers 100% Willamette Valley Pinot Noir at an everyday price. Fresh cranberry and raspberry fruit is framed by herb-tinged tannins. The immaculate craftsmanship and clean direct flavors are light years beyond budget Pinot Noir from most other regions. This is your perfect salmon wine. 90 pts Wine Enthusiast

Benevelli Piero Dolcetto 2014 $15.99
Beautiful nose, ripe red cherries, fresh vanilla, berry and earthy notes, med+ acidity, med- tannins, med body, red cherry, cranberry palate, mineral very nice and smooth would buy again. -Vivino

Familia Montana Rioja Crianza 2012 $12.99
Ninety seven percent Tempranillo and 3% Graciano aged 12 month in seasoned French oak. Spice and leather complement the deep blackberry fruit and ferrous minerality of Rioja’s red soils. Mouth-filling yet fresh, with the structure for improving in the bottle for a number of years. -Classical Wines

Warres Otima 10 year Tawny Port $22.99
"Well-honed, with a touch of sweetness to the plush flavors of butterscotch, pear tart, almond and vanilla. Orange peel and dried ginger accents emerge on the seductively spicy finish." 91 pts Wine Spectator

 



Posted 9/28/2016 3:55:28 PM

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

Julia Bailey of C&G Wines will be pouring selections from Oregon and France.

Commanderie de la Bargemone Blanc 2015 $17.99
Bargemone is among the foremost estates of the Coteaux d’Aix appellation of Provence. A benchmark producer of the delicious, dry wines for which Provence is famous, the Commanderie was founded by Templar knights in the13th century, and is home to a proud viticultural tradition of sustainably. This blanc is made of 70% Rolle (Vermentino), 30% Sauvignon Blanc. It is a classic, unoaked white that is light, crisp and refreshing, offering delicate citrus, mineral and floral character with a lingering finish. Enjoy this versatile wine on its own or with a wide
range of simple salads, fish, or shellfish (especially sushi, freshly shucked oysters, sole, or grilled
calamari).

Domaine de la Ferrandière Viogner 2014 $9.99
25 miles from the Mediterranean, the Ferrandière Estate is on the site of an ancient wetlands amidst the hills and mountains of the Languedoc, cut off from the sea during the uplift that raised the Pyrenees...A notable fact about the vineyards is that they are flooded at the end of each winter for 40 days...an ancestral technique to regulate the natural salinity of the soils which allows the vines to be grown on their own rootstock and not attached to American root stock as almost the totality of french vines. As such the vineyard was uniquely protected from phylloxera in the beginning of the 20th Century. This gives an added measure of authenticity to these great wines of tremendous value.   "Absolutely outrageous quality and variety expression. It has exceptional texture and floral qualities, with sweet tropical fruit and good balance. This is a viognier drinkers dream."

Domaine Rochette RÉGNIÉ Cru Beaujolais 2013 $19.99
The Rochette family have some of the great vineyard holdings here in this 'under the radar' Beaujolais Cru. The wine has a real sense of delicious intensity for Beaujolais, rich cassis fruit, great shape and an underpinning of lovely clean minerality. Delicious, sophisticated stuff. Located in the heart of the crus (between Morgon and Brouilly) Regnie is the prince of the Crus. Rich wine, full-bodied with aromas of currant and raspberry, smooth tannins that allow it to age well. This comes from granite soils and has good south / southeast exposure. More floral violet perfume then blackberry, cherry nice concentration, grip and sinew around a core of dark fruit, still perfumed with good length and balance.

Three Otters Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2014 $19.99
Three Otters wines are friendly, playful, and meant for sharing with friends. Winemaker Alex Fullerton started his career working as a cellar hand for Penner-Ash Wine Cellars and Bergström Wines. He came into the world of winemaking with scientific curiosity and a deep appreciation for wine's ability to transcend language, culture, and place. Ripe blackberry, strawberry, and cherry alongside aromas of freshly tilled soil, wild mushroom, herbs, and baking spice. An ethereal mouthfeel with cherry and blackberry notes.

Moulin de Gassac Vin de Pays de l'Herault Guilhem Rouge 2015 $13.99
Several years back, the folks at the great winery Mas de Daumas Gassac began working with a neighboring cooperative to produce fun, full flavored wines from the surrounding countryside and rocky hillsides. These organically farmed wines are splendidly aromatic and bring out the terroir of the this mediterranean region. The wines are named after St. Guihelm, the patron saint of the village. This wine is made of 25-50 year vines grown organically on the windy, sun soaked shores of the Mediterranean. No oak to meddle with the clean fruit in this charming wine. Well-balanced with lively crushed red fruit in the nose. Some pepper notes and spice lead into a wine that is both full bodied, but not overwhelming in alcohol. Only 12.5%?! And we thought that this wasn't possible anymore. Thanks to the Cinsault in the blend, the finish is fresh and lively. Drink with both hearty fare, charcuterie and even spicy food.

Charles Brotte Syrah 2015 $9.99
For four generations, the Brotte family has specialized in making of Rhône Valley wines. In 1931, Charles Brotte, founder of Maison Brotte, moved to Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and created the first bottling line of the village - devoting his time to giving wine lovers all over the world quality wines true to the style and character of the region. This syrah is smooth, warming and elegant. Its aromas recall wild blueberries, dark cherries, forest floor and liquorice. The tannins are soft yet precise.

 



Posted 9/28/2016 3:13:26 PM

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

Julia Bailey of C&G Wines will be pouring selections from Oregon and France.

Commanderie de la Bargemone Blanc 2015 $17.99
Bargemone is among the foremost estates of the Coteaux d’Aix appellation of Provence. A
benchmark producer of the delicious, dry wines for which Provence is famous, the Commanderie
was founded by Templar knights in the13th century, and is home to a proud viticultural tradition
of sustainably. This blanc is made of 70% Rolle (Vermentino), 30% Sauvignon Blanc.
It is a classic, unoaked white that is light, crisp and refreshing, offering delicate citrus, mineral
and floral character with a lingering finish. Enjoy this versatile wine on its own or with a wide
range of simple salads, fish, or shellfish (especially sushi, freshly shucked oysters, sole, or grilled
calamari).

Domaine de la Ferrandière Viogner 2014 $9.99
25 miles from the Mediterranean, the Ferrandière Estate is on the site of an ancient wetlands amidst the
hills and mountains of the Languedoc, cut off from the sea during the uplift that raised the
Pyrenees...A notable fact about the vineyards is that they are flooded at the end of each winter for
40 days...an ancestral technique to regulate the natural salinity of the soils which allows the vines
to be grown on their own rootstock and not attached to American root stock as almost the totality
of french vines. As such the vineyard was uniquely protected from phylloxera in the beginning of
the 20th Century. This gives an added measure of authenticity to these great wines of tremendous
value. "Absolutely outrageous quality and variety expression. It has exceptional texture and
floral qualities, with sweet tropical fruit and good balance. This is a viognier drinkers dream."

Domaine Rochette RÉGNIÉ Cru Beaujolais 2013 $19.99
The Rochette family have some of the great vineyard holdings here in this 'under the radar'
Beaujolais Cru. The wine has a real sense of delicious intensity for Beaujolais, rich cassis fruit,
great shape and an underpinning of lovely clean minerality. Delicious, sophisticated stuff.
Located in the heart of the crus (between Morgon and Brouilly) Regnie is the prince of the Crus.
Rich wine, full-bodied with aromas of currant and raspberry, smooth tannins that allow it to age
well. This comes from granite soils and has good south / southeast exposure. More floral violet
perfume then blackberry, cherry nice concentration, grip and sinew around a core of dark fruit,
still perfumed with good length and balance.

Three Otters Pinot Noir 2014 $19.99
Three Otters wines are friendly, playful, and meant for sharing with friends. Winemaker Alex
Fullerton started his career working as a cellar hand for Penner-Ash Wine Cellars and Bergström
Wines. He came into the world of winemaking with scientific curiosity and a deep appreciation
for wine's ability to transcend language, culture, and place.
Ripe blackberry, strawberry, and cherry alongside aromas of freshly tilled soil, wild mushroom,
herbs, and baking spice. An ethereal mouthfeel with cherry and blackberry notes.

Moulin de Gassac Vin de Pays de l'Herault Guilhem Rouge 2015 $13.99
Several years back, the folks at the great winery Mas de Daumas Gassac began working with a
neighboring cooperative to produce fun, full flavored wines from the surrounding countryside
and rocky hillsides. These organically farmed wines are splendidly aromatic and bring out the
terroir of the this mediterranean region. The wines are named after St. Guihelm, the patron saint
of the village. This wine is made of 25-50 year vines grown organically on the windy, sun soaked
shores of the Mediterranean. No oak to meddle with the clean fruit in this charming wine.
Well-balanced with lively crushed red fruit in the nose. Some pepper notes and spice lead into a
wine that is both full bodied, but not overwhelming in alcohol. Only 12.5%?! And we thought
that this wasn't possible anymore. Thanks to the Cinsault in the blend, the finish is fresh and
lively. Drink with both hearty fare, charcuterie and even spicy food.

Charles Brotte Syrah 2015 $9.99
For four generations, the Brotte family has specialized in making of Rhône Valley wines. In
1931, Charles Brotte, founder of Maison Brotte, moved to Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and created the
first bottling line of the village - devoting his time to giving wine lovers all over the world
quality wines true to the style and character of the region. This syrah is smooth, warming and
elegant. Its aromas recall wild blueberries, dark cherries, forest floor and liquorice. The tannins
are soft yet precise.

 



Posted 9/21/2016 4:55:03 AM

Friday, September 23 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Margo Durdel of Oregon Brand Management will be pouring selections from Oregon, France, Italy and Spain.


Eyrie Pinot Gris Dundee Hills 2014 $16.99
Stylish and detailed, this exemplary effort showcases a subtle and elegant approach to the grape. Rather than fleshy fruit flavors, it offers focused notes of pear skin, citrus rind and an overriding minerality. It's drinking quite nicely already, and seems built to continue to evolve through 2020. 92 pts Wine Enthusiast

J. Scott Roussanne 2014 $14.99
A elegant full bodied white Rhone from Oregon.

JK Carriere Provocateur Pinot Noir 2014 $23.99
Translucent ruby red in color, the wine has a nose of fresh strawberries and cherries with a drizzle of balsamic over browned butter cake. The palate is awash with vibrant cherry, blond spice and savory roasted game. The attack is persistent, the mouth full, the finish long and clean, just begging for food and another swallow. -winery notes

Cantine Povero Barbera 2014 $11.99
A ruby red wine with mild and fruity flavor. Full bodied, velvety and pleasantly dry, this wine is highly flexible and could paired best with meat based dishes.

Burle Vacqueyras 2013 $19.99
The Vacqueyras is 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah, from a
vineyard with 40-50 year vines. No fining, no filtration and organic farming. These are big, rich, complex, age-worthy wines with ripe fruit and plenty of tannin.

Olabarri Rioja Reserva 2009 $18.99
Vina Olabarri’s wines come from Haro, widely recognized as one of the premier areas of Rioja. The Reserva consists of 90% Tempranillo, and 10% Graciano. After 24 months aged in French and American oak barrels, the wine is aged an additional 12 months in the bottle. This is a big, full bodied, mouth-filling wine with good structure and a fruit laden mid palate followed by a slightly tannic finish. Amazing quality for the price!




Posted 9/13/2016 4:45:25 PM

Friday, September 16 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Beverly McKenzie of Handcrafted D'Vine will be pouring selections from Italy, France, Spain and Washington.

Santa Barbara Verdicchio 2015 $11.99
Verdicchio is the perfect grape to capture the essence of the green, rolling hills of Italy’s Le Marche region, along the Adriatic coast directly east of Tuscany. This is no accident—we are the beneficiaries of hundreds of years of trial and error. Verdicchio itself has a little greenness, in both color and flavor, a fresh springtime green.

Lafage Cote d'Est 2015 $13.99
Cote d'Est, as the name suggests, comes from vineyards planted on the gentle slopes facing the Mediterranean just a few kilometers inland from the sea. Benefiting from the thermal breezes that refresh these vineyards every afternoon in the summer – which preserves a high level of natural acidity in the grapes – this is a lively blend of Grenache Blanc with smaller percentages of Chardonnay and Marsanne. Floral and aromatic, it is an excellent example of the open and friendly whites you can find all along the Catalan coast from Perpignan to the Penedes. -winemaker's notes

Gramona Gessami Penedes 2014 $19.99
The 2014 Gramona Gessami (Catalan for "Jasmine") is an aromatic white blend of Muscat, Gewürztraminer and Sauvignon Blanc, hand harvested from 35-50 year old vines and fermented in stainless steel tanks to preserve freshness. This is not a blend often found either inside or outside of Spain; the Muscat and Gewürztraminer provide ripe fruit and flowery aromatics while the large amount of Sauvignon Blanc adds balancing acidity and a nice cut of minerality. It exudes notes of fresh nectarines, oranges and peaches with amazing floral aromatics: jasmine, honeysuckle, you name it. This is a crowd pleaser, just expressive enough to be interesting without becoming cloying or hard to drink copiously. Barely off dry with moderate alcohol, the Gessami is a no brainer for Asian food but is quite flexible at the dinner table and would work well with fatty fish, soft cheeses or as an aperitif.

Familia Castano Hecula Monastrell 2012 $12.99
"The basic offering from proprietor Ramon Castano Santa, who owns a whopping 1,000 acres in Yecla, is the 2012 Hecula, which is sourced from a non-irrigated, single vineyard planted with 100% Monastrell. Aged in both tank and French oak, it comes from 60-80-year-old vines planted in limestone soils at a relatively high elevation of over 1,600 feet. Its opaque purple color is followed by copious aromas of blueberries, black raspberries, camphor, licorice, white flowers and a chalky limestone/dusty character. Full-bodied, rich and well-balanced, it is an incredible value. "
91 pts Wine Advocate

Domaine de la Janasse Terre de Bussiere Vaucluse 2012 $15.99
Dark fruit and chocolate, spicy, toasty, full and lush from old vines, an inspiring wine. From a small type with spicy Chateauneuf trace elements of Syrah Northern Rhone. lightly kissed by wood, this much black fruit and Provencal herbs along with black olives and powerful, stony minerality. The are great, slightly salty freshness and excitement. By adding old Merlot and Cabernet a very velvety, fruit and strong exceedingly charming wine in rather dark fruity Chateauneuf-style. One also thinks of Mourvedre and young Bordeaux Pomerol. Fascinating. The ideal and convincing entry into the Rhone was knighted rightly almost every year with 90 points from Parker. 90-91

Claar Cellars Cabernet-Merlot Columbia Valley 2012 $13.99
Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Blend has pleasant aromas of cherry fruit, complex oak spices of mocha, cloves, and a tinge of herbs that transgress into dark fruit balanced with acidity and soft tannins. A lasting impression of dark jammy fruits lingers on the palate. The blend is 60% Cabernet and 40% Merlot. -Winery Notes



Posted 9/7/2016 7:22:17 PM

Friday, September 9 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Toni Kidd of Young's-Columbia will be pouring selections from Oregon, California, France, Chile and Argentina.

Cooper Mountain Willamette Valley Pinot Gris 2014 $14.99
Our signature pinot gris from our oldest pinot gris plantings
from 1978 and 1982. 100% stainless steel fermentation.
With tones of mineral, peach, pear, apricot. Rich and balanced. -winery notes

Surf Swim California Chardonnay 2014 $9.99
Tasty touches of toasted oak, butter and almonds in the aroma and again in the flavor add depth to the ripe Anjou pear notes in this full-bodied, posh-textured wine. With all that flavor, it keeps its balance and has a lingering finish, too. 89 pts Wine Enthusiast

Bieler Rose Provence 2015 $10.99
"High-pitched, mineral-tinged aromas of fresh red berries, lavender and white pepper. Clean, racy and sharply focused, conveying a weightless quality to the strawberry and orange zest flavors. Closes taut, minerally and long, displaying resonating red fruit and floral character. Quintessential pink Provence wine that’s ridiculously easy to drink too much of, if such a thing were possible, and it’s a crazy value to boot.”  Grenache: 41%, Syrah: 38%,Cabernet Sauvignon: 12%, Cinsault: 5%, Rolle: 4%
90 pts Vinous Media

Stoller Dundee Hills Pinot Noir 2014 $25.99
The nose opens with notes of preserved dark cherry, smoky flint, sandalwood, ripe red roses and exotic spices followed by more subtle notes of young raspberries and hibiscus. There is a herbal/savory quality that tethers all of the aromatics that is reminiscent of rosemary and lemon verbena. The palate is succulent and long carrying flavors of Bing cherry, rose water, and vanilla with dark chocolate and sea salt finish.
Pair with: cedar plank grilled salmon with tarragon aioli, pulled pork with cherry chutney and pickled onions, creamed morel mushrooms with shallots and hard cheeses, especially Comté. 91 pts Wine Enthusiast

Kaiken Malbec Reserve Argentina 2014 $8.99
The Reserva Malbec is an extraordinarily balanced wine and ideal for daily consumption. Its intense purplish-red color reveals the noble youth and liveliness in this wine full of fruity aromas. Red fruit predominates on the nose and recalls ripe strawberries and dried plums intermingled with notes of chocolate and vanilla from its oak aging. Surprisingly smooth on the palate, this wine reveals tremendous balance in all of its components. Its smooth structure and friendly tannins make it highly versatile for pairing with a great diversity of dishes. -Winemakers notes

Montes Cabernet Sauvignon from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley 2013 $9.99
Intense ruby-red color. The nose has layer upon layer of caramel, cinnamon and candy with hints of mint, but without any dominance of oak. A spicy, full-flavored wine, with good body, fruit and firm tannins and an engaging strong finish. Drink now or cellar for a few years.  -Winemakers notes



Posted 8/31/2016 8:15:50 AM

Friday, September 2 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Kris Alexander of Vinum Wines will be pouring selections from Washington, France, Spain and Australia.

McPherson Pinot Gris Victoria 2015 $15.99
Sourced from premium grape growing regions in Victoria, this wine shows a slightly blush colour due to the juice having extended contract with the grape skins. This has produced a complex, textural and slightly savoury Pinot Gris with aromatic nuances of pears, lychees and exotic spice.

Domaine de Pellehaut Gascogne Blanc 2015 $8.99
Light yellow color brilliant green hues. Intense nose evoking citrus white floral fruit. Attack delicate, velvety mouth fresh well balanced flavors are highlighted. An elegant harmonious style. Ideal for an aperitif.

Saint Nabor Gris de Gris Rose 2015 $9.99
This Rose is bright and glistening with a raspberry pink tint. It has a bouquet of red fruit aromas and honeysuckle with linden tree nuances. The wine has a fresh acidity. It is light, crisp and easy drinking, with acidulous red fruit flavors of wild strawberries and blueberries with mineral nuances.

Bodegas Ayna Tempranillo Vino de la Tierra de Castilla 2014 $9.99
A great expression of ripe fruit and spices from the fine French oak, lead to a supple wine with a terrific structure and soft tannins. It has a background of coffee and black pepper and a delicious finish of strawberries, white chocolate and spice box.

For A Song 'The Score' Red Blend Columbia Valley 2012 $11.99
A predominantly Merlot based blend with a splash of Cabernet and Syrah. Blackberry, cherry and licorice aromas follow through with toasted oak nuances and fine grained tannins. 95% Merlot, 3% Cabernet, 2% Syrah.

Chateau La Brande Cuvee Reserve Cotes de Bordeaux Castillon 2012 $17.99
Expressive and modern at once, this wine stands out for its generous fruit .... The nose evokes the net and expressive black fruit, nuanced sweet spices. The palate is elegant with ripe tannins velvety texture. A harmonious finish: Fresh, tasty and fine.



Posted 8/24/2016 8:44:05 PM

Friday, August 26 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Chris Hayes of Mitchell Wines will be pouring selections from Oregon, Spain, Italy, and Sardinia.


Naveran Brut Cava $13.99
This wine is the least expensive vintage bubbly on the planet (taste it blind against a $40 non-vintage “big brand” Champagne). Made by the Naveran family since 1901. This bodega has a great tradition of crafting Cavas that are superb expressions of clean, bright, citrus-inflected aromas and flavors with the all-important tiny bubbles. 50% Xarello, 30% Macabeo, 20% Parellada. Organically grown vines planted from 1970 - 1995.

Isaltxe Blanco Basque region  2015 $16.99
White-   Pale in color, with a delicate aroma of hay and citrus and a touch of spring blossom and apple. It is mouthwatering in its salinity, with a zesty and taut, ultra-dry and fresh finish. 80% Hondarribi Zuri 20% Chardonnay.

Isaltxe Rose Basque region 2015 $16.99
Rose- The gentle fizz (as is traditional for Txakoli) is just one of the many charming elements to Isaltxe. Bone dry with angular but balanced acidity with a plethora of fruit notes including raspberries and strawberries with an hint of lime zest and distinctive alkaline minerality on the finish. 80% Hondarribi Zuri 10% Hondarribi Beltza 10% Chardonnay.
 
David Hill Pinot Blanc Forest Grove 2014 $15.99
From some of the first and oldest vines in Oregon comes this delicious Pinot Blanc, planted in 1965. This wine has a wonderful honeydew melon aroma, along with a slight mineral note that translates into a nice round mouth feel and long brilliant finish on the palate.

Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro - Vini del Re $11.99
Ruby red with violet hues, fruity intense scent of ripe berries.
Persistent and round, fresh and enveloping.
It's recommended with first and second tasty dishes. -winery notes.

Antonio Sanguineti Canonau di Sardegna 2014 $10.99
The resulting wine pours a lovely, medium to deep shade of purple and the nose is packed with ripe cherry, raspberry, plum, and pomegranate fruit notes along with some earthy/spicy nuances.  On the palate, the wine is medium to full bodied, plump, juicy, pliant and fresh with flavors of warm red berries, peppery spice, and smoky herbs.  Possessing the perfect balance of richness and refreshing acidity, this is a wine for all seasons.  I would recommend serving it with grilled meats, namely lamb marinated in olive oil, garlic, rosemary and thyme. -winery notes.




Posted 8/17/2016 5:02:49 AM

Friday, August 19 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

 Anna Goodman of Estate Wine Group will be pouring selections from France, Italy, Chile, Argentina, and Australia.

Pierre Sparr Cremant Rose Alsace $18.99
Pure pink color; fresh aromas of red berries, mostly strawberry and raspberry; nicely bodied with delicate bubbles, the flavors are intense on the palate with a lively acidity, framed in a well made structure; the finish is clean, dry and smooth: a delightful sparkling wine! 90 pts Wine & Spirits

Falchini Vernaccia 2014 $10.99
This white wine is a classic product from the Solatio Vineyard at Casale in San Gimignano. It is entirely vinified from 100% Vernaccia grapes. It is pleasantly fresh with a hint of green apple. It adapts wonderfully to any type of cuisine. This wine has great elegance and structure, with a pleasant mineral presence.

Susana Balbo Crios Torrontes 2015 $11.99
Enticing aromas that are strikingly similar to Viognier, with hints of peach pit, flowers, and orange citrus fruit. On the palate, it has mouthwatering acidity that keeps you coming back for another sip and plenty of body for a wine that shows such delicate aromas and flavors. Fruity, floral and yet still quite dry, this wine has to be tasted to be believed. Best enjoyed in its youth either by itself, or as a wonderful partner with smoked meats, mild to medium-strong cheeses, and seafood.

Chateau Gassier Cotes du Provence 'Esprit Gassier' Rose 2015 $15.99
The 2015 'Esprit Gassier' is a simply outstanding Rosé which is made from 35% Grenache, 30% Cinsault, 25% Syrah, 10% Rolle. This instantly opens with fresh aromas of watermelon, honeydew, white peach, lemon and wet river stones. It is beautifully balanced and focused with a gorgeous texture leading up to the clean finish. This Rosé is flat-out delicious and will be almost impossible not to like. - March, 2016 (JD) International Wine Report

Casa Silva Los Lingues Carmenere 2012 $17.99
90 Points, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, 2014
"Cassis, licorice pastille, spicecake and lavender on the lively nose. Silky and fine-grained, offering energetic dark berry flavors and complicating notes of mint, licorice and peppery spices. Finishes smooth and long, with resonating spiciness and gentle tannic grip." 90 Points, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, 2014

Kilikanoon Killermans Run Shiraz Clare Valley 2013 $18.99
"Deep ruby. Fresh, perfumed scents of ripe dark berries, violet and cola, with a peppery nuance adding vivacity. Smooth and broad on entry, then more taut in the middle, offering sweet blackberry and cherry flavors and a building touch of vanilla. Generous, supple Shiraz with solid finishing punch and gentle tannins sneaking in late to add grip." 90 pts Vinous
 



Posted 8/9/2016 10:23:38 AM

Friday, August 12 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Scott Collier of Lemma Wine will be pouring selections from France, Italy, Spain and Oregon.

Francois Montand Jura Brut Rose $15.99
Francois Montand Brut Rose is a salmon pink with a purple tinge. The bouquet is intense and fine, evoking dried cherries and raspberries. Crisp and dry, with a lot of great bubbles, round on the palate. The wine finishes clean with a pleasant, sharpness and aromas of red berries.

Chateau Saint Roch Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2015 $11.99
The wine is delicately floral and fruity with some distinctive citrus, verbena and white peach notes. On the palate, it is mouth-coating with a floral and balanced finish.

Cune ‘Monopole’ Blanco Viura Rioja 2015 $12.99
"This white is fresh and bright, but also dense, with a firm backbone of crisp acidity that carries pear, McIntosh apple and verbena flavors. The juicy, floral finish brings you back for another sip. Drink now through 2020. 4,000 cases imported." 90pts WS

Chateau Moncontour Vouvray 2015 $15.99
"The color of the wine is fine yellow with a delicate green hue when young, with a floral and intensely aromatic nose typical of excellent Chenin Blanc. The full fruit flavors of green apple evolve to quince and pear on the palate and a finish that shows an excellent balance between acidity, sweetness, and alcohol." An excellent example of Vouvray.

Cana's Feast Two Rivers Columbia Valley 2012 $13.99
This wine is a blend of Merlot (53%), Cabernet Sauvignon (27%), Cabernet Franc (17%) and Petit Verdot (3%). Plum, and cassis, balanced with herbaceous bliss and a subtle barrel sweetness of vanilla and butterscotch. Red and black fruits, graphite, white pepper and a savory umami coat the palate. Structured on the finish as one might think from the combination of these varietals, yet balanced and restrained.

Damilano Barbera 2014 $16.99
This zesty red opens with aromas of iris, rose petal, violet and wild red berry. The bright palate offers juicy wild cherry, raspberry and a hint of cake spice alongside lively acidity. It's made to be enjoyed young, so drink soon.-Wine Enthusiast 89 pts



Posted 8/3/2016 7:58:45 PM

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

Kristen Cooper of Vertical Wine and Beer will be pouring selections from Oregon, Washington, Portugal, Austria, Spain and South Africa.

Graham Beck Brut NV $16.99
This is classic stuff with bready, autolytic aromas, a fine mousse and distinctly savoury flavour...if you are looking for an inexpensive alternative to big-name Champagne, this is it.  90 points Decanter

Anjos Vinho Verde 2015 $7.99
Best Buy, Wine and Spirits Magazine
This is a typical, fresh, off-dry Vinho Verde. It has citrus and apple flavors, a light, crisp prickle on the tongue and a candied aftertaste. Drink now.

Brunn Gruner 1L 2015 $14.99
Completely hand harvested in small batches and 100% Estate grown.
A touch of oak. Few months spent in large Slovenian oak vats.
A classic Gruner Veltliner with lots of apple and citrus. Crisp with a traditional peppery hint.

Solar de Randez Rose 2015 $14.99
Varietals: 40% Garnacha, 50% Tempranillo, 10% Viura
Great aromas and flavors of red fruit with great depth of minerality, this spring release is perfect for many types of cuisine, and a perfect option for those seeking a leaner style rosé from Spain.

Boedecker Stewart Pinot Noir 2012 $31.99
92 pts Wine Spectator Polished and zingy, brimming with cinnamon-accented cherry, raspberry and tomato leaf aromas and flavors, lingering impressively against lively acidity and a refined texture. Best from 2016 through 2022. 900 cases made.–HS

Airfield Estates Dauntless 2012 $16.99
Prosser, Wash., winemaker Marcus Miller builds this blend of estate fruit — named for the World War II dive bomber — as if it’s a Meritage. However, the assemblage of four Bordeaux varieties 72 %Merlot, 13% Malbec, 11% Petit Verdot and 4% Cabernet Franc is offered at a near-bargain price. There are rich oak tones of molasses and toasted walnut with hints of black cherry, ripe raspberry, cola and lilac. The drink brings bold flavors of blackberry and chocolate-covered pomegranate as smooth and sandy tannins give it length. Rating: Excellent -Great Northwest Wine



Posted 7/28/2016 4:35:31 AM

Friday, July 29  our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Jim Spencer of Vin de Garde Imports will be pouring selections from Austria, Italy and France.

Meran Pinot Grigio 2014 $13.99
With 300 days of sunshine, the Sudtirol's Vinschgau sector combines Alpine freshness and minerality with rich textures and bold expressions of fruit. Meran's Pinot Grigio Festival casts a deep lemon-gold hue from the glass, followed by full-throttle aromas of ginger, ripe pears, golden apples and smoky minerals. Full-bodied and richly textured, the wine layers the palate with fleshy quince and yellow plum fruit. L&E

Pabiot Pouilly Fume 2014 $19.99
For many, the white wines of Pouilly-Fumé are the finest expression of Sauvignon Blanc. Located in the eastern-most stretches of the Loire Valley, this famous region boasts chalky, flinty soils and a cool (but reliably sunny) climate – all ideal factors for producing racy, aromatic Sauvignon.
This delicious, single-estate cuvée was crafted by François Poirer at a local boutique with the utmost care. Because Francois is a good friend (and because he’s so talented), we were really excited to get our hands on his latest release. Partially fermented in expensive French oak barriques from the local Bertranges forest, the wine shows all the classic complexity fans of Pouilly-Fumé look for – lemon curd and herbaceous notes edged with a distinctive gunflint note.

Unger Zwiegelt Rose 2015 $13.99
Bright rose colour. Fresh scent after red cherries and forest berries. Dry and elegant with tender tannins. Perfect with grilled meats, vegetables, fish, chicken, turkey, duck or tapas.

Beck Blaufrankisch Burgenland 2014 $14.99
Judith Beck makes only 500 cases of this Blaufrankisch and it is superb. it has a chewy, plush texture with generous dark cherry, cassis and plum fruit nuanced by herbs and a touch of minerality. It is a highly versatile wine, complementing virtually all types of food and cuisines.

Domaine des Fargues Anjou Cabernet France 2014 $9.99
The wine has a beautiful red hue ranging from ruby to pomegranate. Its red fruit scents are blended with more floral violet aromas or notes of spice or capsicum pepper depending on the vintage. A very smooth wine in the mouth, with a silky attack and velvet tannins.

Oddero Barbera D'Alba 2012 $14.99
Intense ruby-red color with purple tinges, a bouquet of pure cherry, blackberry, black pepper and mineral flavors with an excellent dash of freshness. Elegant but intense, tannins are soft and fresh in the mouth, with a fine finish.



Posted 7/20/2016 8:22:26 PM

Friday, July 22  our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--


Dane Belber of Galaxy Wine will be pouring selections from Italy, Spain and Oregon.

Marco Felluga 'Just Molamatta' Collio 2015 $12.99
Straw yellow in color. It is characterized by an elegant bouquet of fresh fruits when young which evolves over time developing hints of sweetness reminiscent of apples and pears. It coats the palate, is fruity and mineral and the finish confirms the well-balanced aromas presented in the nose. Collio Bianco, one of the most important wines in the Marco Felluga portfolio, represents the epitome of wines produced in the Collio territory. The wine’s name, Molamatta, comes from the grape vineyard’s geographic location. 40% Pinot Bianco, 40% Tocai Friulano, 20% Ribolla Gialla -winery notes.

Tenuta Saint Antonio  Scaia Gargenega/Chard 2014 $12.99
Wonderful wonderful white. Strong notes of persimmons on the nose and a wonderful acidity with flavours of grapefruit and grassy undertones. -Vivino

Muga Rose Rioja 2015 $14.99
The Muga Rosé is a deep salmon colour, with intensely fresh, strawberry, raspberry and orange peel aromas. The domination of the Garnacha grape provides plenty of warm, spicy fruit with crisp acidity.
-Majestic Wine

Borsao Tres Picos Garnacha 2014 $16.99
Very intense cherry red color with tones of purple. Presents on the nose a great concentration of aromas of ripe red fruit with floral nuances. In the mouth it is a well structured rich wine that evokes tastes of blackberry, plum and tones of leather and vanilla, with a soft and silky tannin. 91 pts Wine Spectator

Li Veli Passamante Salice Salentino DOC 2014 $12.99
ense ruby red with a purplish rim, it is immediately intense on the nose with marked aromas of ripe and fleshy red fruits, notably cherries followed by spicy notes of cinnamon and nutmeg; in the mouth it is full, powerful, smooth and very long, with a well defined acid streak which makes it fresh and pleasing.

Abacela Blend #14 $16.99
Combining multiple varietal wines in differing proportions to create a blend that is “greater than the sum of its parts” is both a challenge and a pleasure. This particular blend accentuates the fresh fruit tones and rich mouthfeel while elevating beautiful aromatics of dark fruits, plums, and barrel spices. This smooth, moderately tannic Mediterranean style blend, while excellent now, will continue to improve over the next three to five years. - the winery




Posted 7/13/2016 7:47:28 AM

Friday, July 15  our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Meredith Ball of Estelle Imports will be pouring selections from France, Italy, Spain, Oregon and Washington.

Isle Saint Pierre Blanc 2015 $8.99

Isle Saint-Pierre is a small island in the middle of the Rhone river, only 10 miles away from the Mediterranean. Founded in 1927, the third generation has taken over with organic farming and 200 sheep roaming the property. Domaine Isle Saint-Pierre is our answer to a lively, vibrant white that over delivers at every turn. Blend of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscat.

Le Farghe Chiaretto Bardolino 2015 $14.99
Made with organically farmed grapes, this offers alluring scents of spring flower, small red berry, grilled herb and a whiff of baking spice. The round, ripe palate doles out juicy red cherry, raspberry, cinnamon and nutmeg alongside bright acidity. - Editors' Choice, Wine Enthusiast.

Vina Clavidor Viura-Verdejo 2015 $11.99
Old vines and organic farming make this a crisp, and decidedly mineral wine.  Less of the tropical and exotic fruit, and more of the clean and chiseled, this wine smells of apples and lemon curd.  Finishing long and clean, this is an ideal aperitif or accompaniment to a wide variety of foods.

Ca La Bionda Valpolicella Classico 2014 $14.99
80% Corvina and Corvinone, 20% Rondinella and other indigenous varieties. Sourced from vineyards situated on a hillside with an easterly aspect that ranges from 150–300m above sea level. The soils are rugged and rocky and are mainly comprised of clay and limestone. The organically managed fruit is hand-picked, before fermentation in stainless steel tanks, with the temperature regulated below 25°C. Once dry, the wine macerates on skins for a further 10 days, and, once pressed, rests in tank for 3 months before bottling.

Cristom Mt. Jefferson Pinot Noir 2013 $26.99
Pretty is the word that comes to mind upon sniffing and sipping this wine, with its beguiling strawberry and cherry fruit. It gathers strength in its core, while maintaining an elegant, well-structured acid/tannin frame. It's an outstanding value in Oregon Pinot from a top producer. 91 pts Wine Enthusiast.

Lobo Hills Right Bank Red Columbia Valley 2012 $19.99
The 2013 Right Bank Blend is 87% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc and 3% Malbec. This wine, aged in mostly neutral oak, deliveries unadorned fruit rounded by soft wood tannin. The wine opens with aromas of fig, ripe raspberry and black currant, yielding to flavors of blackberries and strawberries in the mouth. Lobo Hills’ trademark acidity assures it can abide any succulent food pairing. -winery notes



Posted 7/6/2016 9:36:41 AM

Friday, July 8  our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Bonnie Jeuris of Grape X Imports will be pouring selections from Oregon, California, Chile, France, and Spain.

Litoral Sauvignon Blanc Leyda Chile 2014 $12.99
Leyda Valley is a small sub-region of the San Antonio appellation in Chile, just 70 miles west of Santiago. This area is singled out as being Chile's newest and most radical cool climate wine region, which is strongly influenced by the cooling effects of the Humboldt Current that flows up the country's west coast from the Antarctic. Subtle, leafy and smoke aromas give way to a confident, zesty palate. Zingy herbs, citrus fruit and saline flavours are complex and textural. Charming, sophisticated and very promising. 90 pts Wine Advocate

Marrenon Rose de Merlot 2015 $8.99
Yes, this is a rosé of Merlot from high altitude vineyards in the south of France. It's medium in weight, offering hints of red berries, wild herbs and wet stones and a clean, refreshing finish. Drink now. -Wine Enthusiast

Brandborg Pinot Gris 2014 $14.99
We ferment our pinot gris in tanks cool to preserve all of these fresh fruit flavors; green mango, green apple and pineapple.  Acidity in our white wines keeps them fresh and crisp. Always oysters on the half shell. -winery notes

Lan Reserva Rioja 2009 $17.99
Brilliant ripe black cherry red color with good depth. Fruity aromas with elegant nuances of fine wood. Velvety in the mouth with a long finish. Pairs well with stews, spiced dishes, legumes and cured cheeses. -Winemaker's notes

Husch "The Press" Cabernet Mendocino 2013 $14.99
Full bodied and firmly structured with rich, complex layers. This Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits aromas of black licorice, blackberries and plums. Flavors of vanilla and soft, silky tannins carry through to the palate for a long, lingering finish.

Sobon Estate Cougar Hill Zinfandel 2013 $15.99
Named for a visiting mountain lion whose tracks are often seen in the vineyard, Sobon's "Cougar Hill" Zin is a blend of 95% Estate Zinfandel and 5% Petite Syrah. According to the winery: "Full bodied with superbly integrated flavors of dried fruit and herbal aromatics leading to a silky smooth texture with mid-palate hints of huckleberry, cocoa, dried cranberries and a signature mountain brambly character. Rich and satisfying with a warm lingering finish, this wine pairs beautifully with an herb grilled flat iron steak, Chicago style linguica pizza, lamb chops, and soft ripe cheeses." - K&L Wines




Posted 6/22/2016 7:19:19 PM

Friday, June 24 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Rod Evans of Zancanella Imports will pouring an all Italian tasting!

Falerio, Saladini Pilastri, 2015 (Marche) 8.99
Crisp, dry white from a little known DOC (grape growing area) on the east coast of Italy on the Adriatic Sea. Blend of Pecorino, Passerina and Trebbiano. Great value. Try with seafood and all lighter fare. Organic.

Lugana, Provenza, 2014 (Lombardy) 12.99
Long time Portland favorite. Produced from a distinct clone of Trebbiano called Turbiana at the south end of beautiful Lake Garda.
Very versatile wine, perfectly balanced. Enjoy with fish, poultry, cheese, fruit and good conversation.

Chiaretto, Provenza, 2015 (Lombardy) 12.99
Chiaretto refers to roses from the area around Lake Garda. By being a Garda appellation wine it must be a blend of
Sangiovese, Barbera, Marzemino and Gropello. Strange mix-but it works very well. Very pretty, juicy and fun.

Umbria Rosso, Perticia, 2014 (Umbria) 12.99
Rich, full-flavored red from Umbria (just east of Tuscany). Composed of 70% Sangiovese, 20% Colorino and 10% Merlot.
Black cherry with a nice spice flavor. Think red meat, anything off the grill, cheese and salami.

Barbera d' Alba, Punset, 2014 (Piedmont) 13.99
Classic example of Barbera. Aromas of blackberries with a hint of sandalwood. Very well balanced-bright, fresh-not overly done.
Drink now or over the next 5 or so years. Organic.

Chianti Classico, Paneretta, 2013 (Tuscany) 17.99
A pillar of the Classico area. Winery was founded in 1576. This bottling is composed of Sangiovese 85%, Canaiola 10% and Colorino 5%.
Complex nose of sour cherries and dark berries. Should develop nicely over the next 7-8 years.



Posted 6/15/2016 6:27:41 AM

Friday, June 17 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Margo Durdel of Oregon Brand Management will be pouring selections from Oregon, France and Italy.

Pennautier Chardonnay 2014 $11.99
The idyllic Chateau de Pennautier is based in the appellation of Cabardès, and its Chardonnay vines are located mainly high up in and around the appellation, their calcareous soils benefiting from both Atlantic and Mediterranean influences. The 2014 has been bottled relatively early after a low-temperature fermentation in stainless steel; the resulting wine marries freshness with floral, flinty notes, with an attractive mid-palate character which is soft and supple, with guava, pear and hints of almond informing a pleasingly complex personality. - Berry Bros. & Rudd

Domaine Vaquer Muscat Sec 2015 $13.99
Classic Muscat aroma with a dry finish. Outstanding dry white from Cotes Catalanes. Perfect with asparagus, artichoke, bleu cheeses.

Povero Arneis 2014 $14.99
This wine is straw white in colour with greenish reflections. It has an intense and fresh fragrance, with a dry and delicate flavour. Its main notes, which may depend on the year, are fresh hay, pippin apple, almond and pineapple. - winery notes

Patton Valley Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2014 $18.99
The 2014 Willamette Valley Pinot noir has a deceiving, dark, and dangerous nose that belies bright fruit, chippy acidity, and nervy tannin on the palate. Medium bodied and inviting, this is a Pinot Noir for every occasion. Ready now, but will continue to develop for several years. -winery notes.

Sinfarosa Zinfandel 2013 $14.99
Apulian quality wine of 60 to 70 year old vines! Zinfandel Sinfarosa offers a bouquet of overripe fruits and tobacco a captivatingly fresh, yet also dense with flavor and a long finish.

Chateau Gran Clauset 2010 $15.99
This wine represents half the production of Château Penin red wines.
It is made from vines older than 8 years. A nose with a mix of vanilla and toasty notes, associated with fruity notes reminiscent of the great ripeness of the grapes. The palate is harmonious, elegant and structured. Merlot 90 %, Cabernet Franc 10% -winery notes



Posted 6/8/2016 5:48:13 AM

Friday, June 10 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Joe Moura of Casa Bruno will be pouring selections from Oregon, France and Spain.

Domaine l'Enclos Colombard 2015 $8.99
Ugni Blanc white blend from Gasgogne. This Gascogne white blend has become a favorite with those looking for a very crisp, dry and refreshing sipper without any sweetness or excessive fruitiness. This French white delivers plenty of lemon-lime and subtle dill weed notes that are ready for some baked sole or scallop kebobs with sour cream and dill potatoes.

Illahe Vineyards Pinot Gris Willamette Valley 2015 16.99
Opulent flavors of melon and stone fruit. The rich texture is plush and decadent, while subtle hints of cinnamon and green tea hide in the background. The richness of this wine makes it a perfect match for heavier fish dishes, like halibut. - winery notes

Casa Benasal Pago Casa Gran Rose 2015 $9.99
Monastrell-Syrah blend from Valencia. Estate grown 100% organic grapes.
Rose wine is made by direct press, it is the same process we employ to make the white wine but with red grapes. This method is more common in France than it is in Spain for this type of wine. Another difference of this wine is the use of native yeast in contrast to common rose wines that are fermented with commercial yeast.

Casa Benasal Pago Casa Gran Tinto 2014 $9.99
Grenache - Monastrell - Syrah blend from Valencia. Estate grown 100% organic grapes. Dark ruby red, the bouquet blackberries, cassis and aromatic herbs; pleasant, soft Antrunk balanced juicy on the palate, notes of red drupes, fine tannins, long finish.

Les Carderes Corbieres 2013 $9.99
Based on a blend of 50% Syrah, 25% Grenache and 25% Carignan, Oinos Les Cardères shines with piquant aromas of brambly blackberries, black pepper, Provençal herbs and fine leather. Spicy and lively on the palate, the wine s pure kernel of berry fruit joins with nuances of tarry earth, bitter herbs, leather and fennel. Lively tannins segue the wine to its long, peppery finish.

Chateau de Montfaucon Lirac Baron Louis 2012 $21.99
The 2012 Baron Louis Lirac is a gorgeous Lirac that has pretty black raspberry, spice and floral aromatics, medium-bodied richness and an overall elegant, polished and layered style. It's a serious wine that will have 8-10 years of longevity. 90 points Wine Advocate

 



Posted 5/31/2016 3:46:05 PM

Friday, June 3 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Kara Kuehl of Vehrs Wine will be pouring selections from Oregon, Washington, France, Spain and Italy.

Domaine Plouzeau Touraine Sauvignon 2014 12.99
From chalky, flinty soils along the Cher, Marc Plouzeau has crafted a Touraine Sauvignon Blanc redolent of white peach and passion fruit; lean and quite dense; but finishing with refreshing juiciness, a saline tang, and hints of cherry pit and pistachio. Organic.

Treveri Blanc de Blanc Yakima Valley NV 12.99
Green apple and a hint of brioche are balanced by bright acid and touch of yeast on the palate for a cool, crisp finish. 100% Chardonnay.

Quady North Rose 2015 15.99
Its lively, flirty nose of rose petals, wild strawberry and pink grapefruit is completely habit-forming. Beautiful high acidity and all stainless steel fermentation make this guy impossibly crisp, clean and fresh. This is a wine I would not hesitate to by the case. 49% Syrah, 47% Grenache, 4% Mourvedre - Cellar 503

Marque Deposee Les Dauphin Cotes du Rhone 2013 9.99
Spicy red plums, dried herbs, smoked meats, and cranberries come to mind in first whiff. Brig fruit and a touch of pepper come through on the palate with a backbone of plum and minerals. Smooth tannins and a great structure make this a well-balanced wine. Light in color, big on flavor. 75% Grenache, 15% Cinsault, 10% Syrah.

Fernandez Gomez Riojas 2012 14.99
By nature a thinner skinned grape, this Tempranillo is characterized by a crimson red color and masculine, savory aromas and flavors. Light sage and cigar smoke balanced by ripe red fruits and medium plus tannins.
This Crianza is a blend of grapes from 6 different Tempranillo vineyards owned by the Fernandez Gomez family in the Rioja Alavesa region of D.O. Rioja. Ranging from 34-49 years old, these vineyards, all surrounding the hamlet of Labastida, offer different soil types (calcareous, clay, and many sections with rocky, alluvial content) which adds to the complexity and concentration of this Tempranillo.

Gagliole Rubiolo Chianti Classico 2012 $15.99
Strong cherry and wild berry aromas on the nose. It shows elegance and richness with its red cherries, mint, rosemary and roses notes. Rubiolo Chianti Classico is an elegant red wine, produced in large part from Sangiovese and a small amount of Merlot. The grapes come from two of the best Tuscan terroirs for the production of Chianti Classico wines, Castellina in Chianti and Panzano in Chianti. The Merlot gives elegance to this Chianti Classico, which is rich in fruitiness and suitability.The name Rubiolo refers to its dark ruby red color.

 



Posted 5/24/2016 10:13:13 AM

Friday, May 27 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Dave the Wine Guy will be pouring Roses from France, Spain, Italy and Oregon!

Bieler Pere & Fils 2015 $10.99
Bieler Pere et Fils Rosé ‘Sabine’ is a delicious dry rosé from Provence, now in its 11th great vintage—and by far our top-selling rosé every season! Winemaker Charles Bieler, whose family is renowned for its former ownership of Chateau Routas, launched Bieler Pere et Fils in homage to his father Philippe and named this wine for his daughter Sabine. This soft-pink rosé from 5 hillside vineyards of Coteaux d’Aix en Provence is Grenache-driven (40%) blended with 25% Syrah, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cinsault and 3% Rolle. This is a great wine to usher in the spring, combining the rich flavors of a red wine with the refreshing qualities of a white. It’s a true wine gem!

Mas Sainte Berthe Provence 2015 $14.99
It is remarkably dry and fruity, with pink grapefruit, watermelon, strawberry, kiwi and spice notes. The Rose is a perfect match for poached salmon
with watercress sauce, Thai and Chinese dishes, as well as all summer provencal type cuisine. Mas Sainte Berthe Rose has established itself as the leading dry Provencal Rose in the market
Grenache 61%, Syrah 17%, Cinsault 9%, Mourvèdre 7%, Cabernet Sauvignon 6%

Del Rio Vineyards Rogue Valley 2015 $9.99
Best Buy! Place fruit from one of Oregon’s top sources for red Rhône varieties into the hands of Jean-Michel Jussiaume and the result is an ebullient, low alcohol and food-friendly rosé of Grenache (60%) and Syrah. The charming color comes with a beautiful nose of Ruby Red grapefruit, Rainier cherry, strawberry, peach and rose petals. It is presented bone-dry yet with ripe fruit as cherry and strawberry-rhubarb compote flavors dominate with juicy acidity, a bit of cherry skin tannin and a finish of lime peel and loganberry. Owner/grower Rob Wallace’s team suggests serving it with spicy chicken, frittatas, antipasto and springtime salads. - Great NW Wine.

Le Charmel Cote de Provence 2015 $12.99
The nose has beautiful aromas of raspberries and wild flowers and the palate is wonderfully bright and fresh with notes of strawberry and pear.
Rosé is the perfect all occasion wine! It is especially perfect as an aperitif, with all seafood dishes, salads, charcuterie and goat cheese.
30% Syrah · 30% Cinsault · 20% Mourvèdre · 10% Grenache · 10% Rolle

Espelt Corali Emporda Granacha 2015 $11.99
An incredible value from the Catalonian coast, this bone dry, light and refreshing rose, from a certified organic estate, is perfect for your next party and long, lazy days at the beach. Notes of crushed stone and wild flowers on the nose lead to a tangy, mineral driven palate of citrus and sea spray. A natural accompaniment for grilled shrimp or octopus. -Chambers St. Wine

Luigi Maffini Denazzano Aligianco 2015 $14.99
Denazzano takes its name after the area where the grapes are grown. It is exclusively made of 100% Aglianico grapes carefully selected and hand-picked at the end of September. After the soft pressing of the grapes the must is decanted. The fermentation takes places in temperature controlled stainless steel vats for about 30 days. Denazzano is then refined in stainless steel containers for 4 months and additional 4 months in bottle before being released on the market. This outstanding rose wine has a light ruby red color and a fruity bouquet with notes of cherry and red berries. A well balanced wine that pairs well with pasta with light sauces, seafood, pizza, white meats as well as appetizers.




Posted 5/18/2016 1:13:27 PM

Friday, May 20 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Dana Retz of Indie Wine Co. will be pouring selections from Spain, France, Argentina and Oregon.

Biutiful Brut Nature Cava $13.99
For Brut Nature, this has body and weight to it. The nose delivers dry apple and pear aromas, while the palate is fairly full and round for the style, with apple and lime flavors. A finish with roundness and density confirms this Cava's good quality.

Domaine de Couron Rose 2015 $9.99
What is a warm summer day without a refreshing glass of rosé? This delightful rosé is crafted by Jean-Luc and Marie-Lise Dorthe of Domaine de Couron, which is nestled in the tiny village of Saint Marcel d’Ardeche.
This rosé is friendly and inviting, much like the winemakers themselves. The Grenache and Cinsault vines used to produce this rosé are grown in lighter, sandier soils that are not ideal for producing a deep and powerful red wine, but perfect for producing a light and fruity, easy-to-drink wine. With notes of fresh strawberries and citrus, it is a great match for light salads and fresh cheeses.

Chateau Teulon Blanc 2014 $9.99
A deliciously crisp and full-flavored bottle of Roussanne that is un-oaked. Citrus, Green apple and Anjou pear flavors with a nice herbal and grass aroma perfect for roast poultry and soft cheeses.

Domaine du Prieure Hautes Cotes de Beaune 2014 $15.99
Our plot is on a slope with a good south exposure. It's a place where the soil is not very deep, which allows good yield management, and also gives exceptional power to this regional appellation wine. These red wines often have a dark hue, with fresh red fruit aromas in their youth, candied fruits and sometimes animal aromatic notes when they are more mature. They have a firm flavour, accentuated by good acidity and very present tannins.

Oregon Territory Pinot Noir 2014 $14.99
Rich silky fruit with earthy notes of cedar and cigar box. A long elegant finish that leaves you wanting more.

Denario Malbec Patagonia 2014 $12.99
Patagonia provides a very different Argentinian wine style for those raised on the heat of Mendoza: at 39 degrees of latitude, with sun-filled days and cold nights, the High Valley of the Rio Negro gives wines strong on finesse and aromatic character.




Posted 5/11/2016 5:50:05 AM

Friday, May 13 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Amalie Roberts of Petit Monde Imports will be pouring selections from France.

Jean-Louis Denois Brut Classique $16.99
Jean-Louis Denois, originally from Champagne, spotted the potential of the Limoux terroir and moved to the region. He was not, however, a fan of Mauzac – the grape variety behind the region's speciality, so Denois ripped out the Mauzac vines, replacing them with the more familiar Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Despite being such a long way south, the clay and limestone vineyards are at altitude (200 to 400 metres) helping to retain the freshness required for sparkling wine production. A busy character, Jean-Louis studied in Beaune and worked in wineries in California, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa before finding his calling in the foothills of the Pyrenees. He produces an unusual blend of "blancs de noirs" (white juice from 70% black grapes), accounting for its 'winey' style with lingering fruit, and Chardonnay, bringing elegance, freshness and finesse.

Montrose Rose 2015 $11.99
Coste family since 1701- 11 generations. Cote du tongue not far from the meditteranean in area called languedoc. The elevation is pretty high so it keeps temperatures cool and keeps the wines vey balanced. The farm is organic and they have created a lot of biodiversity- peaches, olives, wild pears to keep the ecosystem in balance. The wine is called mont rose as it is on a volcano mount rose.

Chateau Fontenilles Entre-Deux-Mers 2014 $13.99
Owner Stéphane Defraine works with his 12 hectares of 25 year old Sauvignon Blanc
to produce this lively, golden yellow blend with immediate citrus and white peaches aroma and finish of pepper and mint. Pairs well with seafood and salmon, sushi, paella, and fresh summer produce. -Gold Medal: Sauvignon World Competition 2012 -Gold Medal: Brussels World Competition 2012

Domaine Leon Boesch Edelzwicker NV $15.99
Established in 1640, the Boesch family makes wine with old school wisdom and a twist of contemporary enlightenment in the Vosges mountains of Alsace. They aim for ripeness, body, and direct expression of terroir. The Edelzwicker is a blend of Pinot Blanc, Sylvaner, and Riesling with tiny bits of Pinot Gris, Muscat, Gewürztraminer. Dry and fresh, and balanced. Great with mountain cheeses, cured meats, fish, poultry and even light spicy dishes and Asian and Indian cuisine

Jean-Louis Denois Les Garrigues 2014 $11.99
Mainly from our vineyards in the Fenouillèdes (upper Agly Valley) and Roquetaillade in Languedoc
Soft fruity red, a complex blend of 5 varieties with dominant Syrah and Merlot, where supple texture is favoured. Easy-going versatile wine offering excellent value for money. Organically grown, no weedkiller or chemical pesticides. A concentrated and surprising wine for the price. Rich, complex, blend of dark raspberry and blackberry, with a hint of mint on nose. Easy-going versatile wine. Perfect for roasted meats and game or sitting by back yard fire pit in spring time. -Gold Medal in the Prix / Plaisir competition by Bettane & Desseauve.

Chateau de Breze Clos Mazurique Cabernet Franc 2012 $16.99
Chateau Brézé is a historical excavation and a working vineyard. Arnold Lambert happened upon the opportunity to uncover and resurrect this chateau from the middle ages with it's surrounding vineyards. The high soil composition of tuffeau- a porous, chalky limestone also used in the construction of much of the Loire’s Renaissance architecture, results in this finely mineral driven Cabernet Franc. Clay and sand also lend themselves to the diversity of the terroirs, giving body to this red. With five historic and clearly delimited Clos to work with, Arnaud Lambert has the incredible opportunity to truly understand and reveal the distinctions within this extraordinary appellation.



Posted 5/3/2016 9:35:15 AM

Friday, May 6 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Doug Culver of C&G Imports will be pouring selections from Portugal, Italy and France.

Aliança 2015 Vinho Verde $8.99
Refreshing and crisp with a lot of character and precision. With the slightest bit of fizz, this is the perfect summer sipper. Aliança, by reputation, is a Vinho Verde specialist.

Domaine de la Ferrandiere 2015 VDP d’Oc Grenache Gris Rosé $9.99
Established in 1922 by the GAU Family, the Domaine de la Ferrandiere is located in the heart of the Pays d'Oc's region, between the Corbières and the Minervois, offering a range of wines that perfectly express the signature characteristics of their grapes due to a unique terroir. Their terroir is clay and limestone on a ancient lagoon bed with salt content.

Alfredo Bertolani NV Sparkling, Dry Lambrusco Rosé $13.99
Ruby, dry full-bodied wine with a very "vinous" flavour and taste, the Rosso all'Antica Lambrusco harmonizes a good complexity with the classic Lambrusco vivacity. And at 11.5% alcohol this is a perfect summer sipper!

Domaine Chatelus 2014 Beaujolais $11.99
Bright flavors of mulberry, kirsch and dried fig scents that are well-defined and quite opulent for the vintage. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins and acidity.

Mas des Boislauzon 2014 La Chaussynette $12.99
The 2014 La Chaussynette is a delicious and Provençal beauty that gives up lots of peppery spice, loamy earth and leather in a medium-bodied, juicy, fruit-forward style.

Domaine Cabirau 2014 Cotes du Roussillon $15.99
70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Carignan.
Manually harvested. From 25 and 60 year Grenache vines planted in schistous soils and a mix of old vines and newly planted Syrah and Carignan.





Posted 4/27/2016 6:51:31 AM

Friday, April 29 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Chris Hayes of Mitchell Wines will be pouring selections from Oregon, California, Spain and Chile.

Columna Albarino Galicia 2014 $14.99
Lively melon and white peach scents are energized by lemon rind and ginger. Smooth and fleshy on entry, then more taut in the middle, offering fresh honeydew and tangerine flavors and a hint of chamomile. Finishes with good clarity and cut, leaving floral and citrus fruit notes behind.
Albariño's crisp clean flavors are extremely versatile. Seafood, clams, oysters are what the local Galician people eat with this queenly grape. It also pairs like magic with Sushi, Indian, or Thai. Other pairings that are successful include hard-to-pair, popular take-out meals like cold sesame noodles, chicken tikka masala, pad thai, and tacos. -Winery Notes

Harkin Chardonnay 2014 $11.99
Bright medium golden straw color. Delicate, fruity, toasty aromas and flavors of pineapple upside down cake, spiced apple, and nougat with a soft, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length lemon custard and vanilla nuts finish with fine, crunchy tannins and moderate oak. An easy drinking, nicely oaked chardonnay.

David Hill Farmhouse Red NV $11.99
The Farmhouse Red is a blend of 40% Sangiovese, 40% Mouvedre, 10% Malbec and 10% Barbera. This blend has aromas that remind us of red cherries and bright berries. The soft mid palate and smooth finish make it a very approachable wine.

Stag Hollow Pinot Noir 2012 $23.99
Dark cherry, raspberry fruit, some mushroom flavors with a long spicy finish and tannins to age.

Gordo Monastrell-Cab Yecla 2012 $15.99
A fabulous value from Patrick Mata, the 2012 Gordo is a blend of 70% Monastrell and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon from an organic vineyard planted in 1970. Aged three months in French oak, it showcases the brilliant quality of the Mourvèdre grape from this sunny appellation. The wine boasts an opaque ruby/purple color along with notes of lead pencil shavings, blackberries, black raspberries and a hint of blueberries. The sensational fruit characteristics are pure as well as vivid. This full-bodied, opulent, stunningly savory, expansively flavored 2012 can be drunk over the next 2-3 years. 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Alpatagua Reserve Carmenere 2014 $14.99
This is fairly classic Chilean Carmenere, showing very good varietal characteristics as well as nicely balanced fruit. A small (roughly 10%) Cabernet Sauvignon component is blended in to this wine. Subtle green pepper aromas combine with black cherry on the nose, which lead to a palate of blackberry fruits with just enough of an herbaceous/savory streak to let you know what you are drinking. As always, this is one of the best Carmenere-based wines around for the price. -K&L Wine



Posted 4/20/2016 2:48:52 PM

Friday, April 22 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Anna Goodman of Young's Market Estates Group will be pouring selections from France, Italy and Australia.

Chateau de Campuget Costieres de Nimes Rose 2015 $11.99
Its color is an intense peony pink. Its bouquet is very aromatic, exhaling scents of small red fruits such as raspberries or black currants. In the mouth, there is a perfect balance between vivacity and mellowness. The final taste is very long, leaving a delicate impression of fruitiness. -MadWine

Drouhin Rully 2012 $25.99
"A wine full of charm! The colour is a beautiful white gold, with a ravishing purity and brilliance. The aromas are fresh and fruity, with nuances of broom shrub (genêt), almond and delicious preserved citrus notes. On the palate, it is fresh and elegant. A long and delicious aftertaste makes for a lasting impression". -Tasting note by Véronique Boss-Drouhin

Dopff & Irion Pinot Blanc 2013 $14.99
Pale yellow color.Nose: Fruity (white plum, peach) and fresh
nose, with smoked flavors. Mouth: Round and soft, well balanced, with a nice freshness. Fresh fruits aromas. A nice dry Pinot Blanc with enjoyable fruit. Easy-drinking crisp wine. -winemakers notes

Guigal Cote du Rhone 2011 $15.99
"A perennial favorite, it's reassuring to see that the quality continues to remain high even from Guigal’s least expensive cuvee. Red fruits—cherries and raspberries—marry easily with hints of clove, cracked pepper, black olive and espresso. It’s round on the midpalate, showing more focus and ample length on the finish. " Wine Enthusiast 90 pts

Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico 2013 $19.99
The Chianti Classico has a vivid ruby color and a strong nose of fresh red fruit with hints of cherry. This is a well-structured wine with a fruity finish. 90% Sangiovese, 10% Merlot

D'Arenberg D'Arry's Shiraz-Grenache 2010 $15.99
"A terrific value, this 50-50 blend displays gentle oaking and a hint of warm asphalt, just enough to highlight the wine’s plum and black cherry fruit. It’s full bodied and features a long finish, outlined by wonderfully fine, dusty tannins. Editors' Choice " 91 pts

 



Posted 4/13/2016 4:58:36 AM

Friday, April 15 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Tim O'Brian of Palm Bay Imports will be pouring selections from France, Germany, Argentina and Italy.

Jean Luc Colombo Rose 2015 $11.99
Color Soft, delicate pink Bouquet Subtle hints ofpeach, rose petal and pepper on the nose Taste Surprisingly complex, with intriguing notes of raspberry, cherry and black olive. A great rosé to enjoy on its own or with a wide range of appetizers, fish, poultry dishes and vegetarian fare.

Bertani Bertarose 2015 $13.99
A lovely light pink with a fresh nose of white flowers, cherry, roses and strawberries. Dry and crisp with good body and nice acidity. Flavors of cherry, strawberry and almond lead to a lingering finish.

S.A. Prum 'Essence' Riesling Mosel 2014 $12.99
This is around 40,000 cases of their total 80,000 in yearly production, a cuvee coming from different sites of the Mosel, steep slopes on slate and hand picked 80 hectoliters per hectare, by law you could do 120. A pretty bouquet of pineapple, white peach and lime citrus, a hint of that slate like mineral notes on the nose. Sweet tart fruit on the palate with, a short but pleasant finish, zesty mineral notes, very clean and refreshing.

Callia Alta Malbec 2014 $8.99
The grapes for this deep purple wine are hand-harvested from vineyards located in Caucete in the iconic San Fran region of Argentina, and is has bountiful aromas of cherries, plums and soft spices. It has a balanced and elegant palate and a smooth, lingering finish. A very fine Argentinean Malbec. -Whitehorse Wine & Spirits

Planeta Cerasuolo 2012 $18.99
Intense ruby red with pink hues. The bouquet is typical of wines produced in the Vittoria area. It is fruity, reminiscent of red berries, strawberries, cherries, figs, ginger and fruit drops. Very distinctive, this is the wine that best highlights the characteristics of the terroir. On the palate, it is supple, vibrant and wonderfully fresh, with a long finish.
Wine Spectator - "Fabulous aromas of strawberry pie with custard. Sweet spices, too. Medium-bodied, very refined and flavorful. Bright and clean. 60% nero d'avola and 40% frappato. " 92 pts

Travaglini Nebbiolo 2013 $18.99
Polished and fragrant, this charming red offers alluring scents of freshly picked rose, red berry, tilled soil and a whiff of aromatic herb. Vibrant acidity and supple tannins balance the bright cherry, strawberry, white pepper and anise flavors. Enjoy through 2017.



Posted 4/4/2016 7:38:03 PM

Friday, April 8 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Dane Belber of Galaxy Wine will be pouring selections from Oregon, France, Germany, and South Africa.

Dr. Loosen Sparkling Riesling $12.99
Dr. L Sparkling Riesling is 100% pure Riesling the crisp, fruity grape that has made German wine famous for centuries. We make it using the Charmat method, where the second fermentation is done in a pressurized tank to keep the bubbles in the wine. This produces bright, clean sparkling wines in a more affordable way, which makes it possible to offer this charming bubbler at a very nice everyday price. -Winemakers notes

Wine Enthusiast - "Exuberant green floral perfume, melon and peach abound on this profoundly aromatic sparkler. It’s delicate in mousse with soft, persistent bubbles and deeply penetrating flavors of stone fruit and tangerine. Vibrant and spine-tingling, it’s a remarkably elegant sekt for with a gentle price tag. " 91 pts.

Villa Wolf Rose Pfalz 2015 $10.99
The Pfalz is a very warm and sunny region, often called the “Tuscany of Germany,” so all of the Pinot varieties do well here. The Villa Wolf Pinot Noir Rosé is a true rosé, made with a brief maceration before pressing to extract color. It is light and refreshing, with deliciously bright berry and fruit flavors and a clean, zippy finish. It’s perfect for holiday meals, especially when ham is involved.

Elk Cove Rose Willamette Valley 2015 $14.99
Pink apricot in color. Strawberry, rose and freshly cut watermelon aromas greet you in the glass. A creamy texture on the palate with flavors of strawberry rhubarb pie, complemented by a thrill of sour cherries. Finishes with a grip of orange zest and delicate accents of clove and fig.

Marc Bredif Chinon Cabernet Franc 2012 $18.99
This bright ruby red wine has intense, refined and fruity aromas. There are nuances of cherry, strawberry and spicy notes. In the mouth, it has a subtle attack and a fruity, light structure. There is a fresh and aromatic finish.

Delas Saint Esprit Cotes du Rhone 2013 $13.99
The Côtes-du-Rhône Saint-Esprit is made from a blend of Syrah (majority) and Grenache grapes, which come from a small village in the Ardèche region. The vineyard's southern exposure on steep granite hillsides provides the best growing conditions for the vines. Average production is 500,000 bottles per year. The Saint-Esprit's deep color has a dark, plum-like hue. The nose is classical Syrah, with berry fruit, violet and licorice. It has a full, rounded palate with delicate tannins, making it a unique wine in the Côtes-du-Rhône appellation.

Tormentoso Mourvedre Paarl South Africa 2013 $13.99
In the Tormentoso, however, Mourvedre makes up 85% of the wine with 15% Syrah added for depth and extra spice. For those who might find Mourvedres somewhat caustic, they will find the Tormentoso more approachable. With a dark, oxblood color, this wine has many layers of intriguing aromas and flavors including cranberry, blackberry and black cherry fruit with herb, and spice notes of clove and licorice. The texture is medium bodied with smooth and velvety mouth feel. Tannins add complexity but do not overwhelm. Enjoy with red meat dishes, pasta, or hard cheeses. It goes particularly well with extra-sharp cheddar from Vermont. -Winemadeeasy
 



Posted 3/30/2016 4:24:38 AM

Friday, April 1 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Joe Moura of Casa Bruno will be pouring selections from the South West of France.

Domaine Castera Jurancon Sec 2013 $16.99
A small quantity of Petit Manseng ( approximately 5%) is added to Gros Manseng to make the Jurancon Sec. The grapes are harvested in mid October and fermented in small stainless steel tanks allowing different parcels to be fermented separately. The fermentation tanks are kept at a low temperature prolonging the process and preserving the intense fruit qualities of the grapes. The wines rest “sur lie” with frequent stirring until the following spring when the wines are assembled and bottled.

Domaine des Terrisses Gaillac Rose 2014 $9.99
Red currants dominate this textured rosé that has a mineral element along with its fresh fruit and tight acidity. The aftertaste is brilliant with crispness.

Domaine du Cros Marcillac 2014 $14.99
Deeply coloured red made from the local fer servadou grape. Fresh, light and sappy with a taste of wild fruit berries. Great with charcuterie or sausages.

Domaine Philemon Gaillac Rouge 2012 $13.99
The cuvée "Croix d’Azal" is produced entirely from Braucol, the name used in Gaillac for the Fer Servadou grape. It is a wonderful expression of this grape variety with all of its typical spiciness and woodsy floral aromas.

Clos Fardet Madiran 2012 $21.99
A nose of pure black currant with damp earth and leather, an array of purple fruits on the palate, plums, figs, currant, boysenberry, bright acidity and firm tannin.  Fardet's vines were planted in the 20's, 60's and 80's and the old vine fruit and care wine making make this an exceptionally refined but still powerful Madiran.

Domaine Roumagnac Fronton Rouge 2012 $14.99
The Rouge “Authentique” makes up the largest part of the domain’s production. It is a blend of 50% Negrette, 25% Syrah, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon and 12% Cabernet Franc. The varieties are fermented separately in resin vats with a maceration of about two weeks. A first assemblage is made before winter and then after a natural settling of the wine, a final blend is made in the spring. The wine is neither filtered nor fined.




Posted 3/22/2016 7:48:36 PM

Friday, March 25 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Damian Fannin of D'Vine Wine will be pouring selections from France, Spain, Argentina, and Washington.  

Gramona Cava Gran Reserva 2011 $20.9
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Gramona are acknowledged, in Spain and beyond, to be the the finest of all Cava Houses (voted among the Top of 100 Wineries of 2010 in the Wines & Spirits magazine).
The 2011 Brut Nature adds yet more lustre to the reputation of its producer, Gramona. Aromas of stone fruit and almonds emerge through a fine, persistent mousse. The palate is agreeably savoury, but with no shortage of fruit and the merest suggestion of honey. A classy, confident statement about the potential of Cava Gran Reserva. Will Heslop - Berry Bros & Rudd

Domaine Lafage Cote d' Est 2014 $12.99
Lafage Cote Est Catalan is an unoaked blend of 60% Grenache, 30% Chardonnay and 10% Marsanne. Super crisp and tank-fermented on its lees, this racy white is bursting with a stunning perfume of dried apricots, honeyed citrus and white flowers. The lovely aromatics are followed by a crisp, elegant, slightly more textured, medium-bodied white with wonderful purity, freshness and length. It is long and flavorful on the finish.

Revelry Columbia Valley Merlot 2013 $13.99
Just so utterly well balanced that I couldn't dream of complaint. Soft, velvety and full of flavor, some lush plum and blueberry, dry tannic presence, this wine makes me want to seek out another Columbia Valley Merlot tomorrow night. A truly lovely wine. Cheers! -Vivino

Valle Escondido (Gouguenheim), Cabernet Sauvignon, 2014 $9.99
Valle Escondido Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged for 4 months in American and French oak barrels. A deep ruby color with purple hints, this Argentina red offers classic aromas of black fruits, spices, vanilla and oak on the nose. On the palate, layered flavors of fruit, chocolate and spice with a long finish.

Bodegas Castaño "Hécula" Monastrell Yecla 2012 $12.99
The basic offering from proprietor Ramon Castano Santa, who owns a whopping 1,000 acres in Yecla, is the 2012 Hecula, which is sourced from a non-irrigated, single vineyard planted with 100% Monastrell. Aged in both tank and French oak, it comes from 60-80-year-old vines planted in limestone soils at a relatively high elevation of over 1,600 feet. Its opaque purple color is followed by copious aromas of blueberries, black raspberries, camphor, licorice, white flowers and a chalky limestone/dusty character. Full-bodied, rich and well-balanced, it is an incredible value. These two remarkable cuvees have been reviewed favorably in the past, but the 2012s seem to ratchet up the quality to even more impressive levels. 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Ryan Patrick Rock Island Red 2013 $16.99
Rock Island Red is named after the first dam to span the Columbia River. Aromas of cherry and currants are complemented by hints of cocoa and blackberry. 18 months of French and American oak aging create depth and supple tannins. 44% Merlot, 44% Syrah, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot.
90 pts Wine Enthusiast





Posted 3/16/2016 12:16:40 PM

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

Kristen Cooper of Vertical Wine and Beer will be pouring selections from Oregon, New Zealand, Spain and South Africa.

Jules Taylor Sauvignon Blanc 2015 $14.99
This Sauvignon Blanc captures the true essence of Marlborough. Aromas leap out of the glass in an explosion of passionfruit, grapefruit, white fleshed nectarines and notes of nettle and jalapeño pepper. The palate shows concentrated flavours of citrus, passionfruit and lemon grass. It has a nice texture with a firm backbone of juicy acidity. -winery notes

Bodegas las Orcas Solar de Randez Rose Rioja 2014 $14.99
A stunning Rioja Rosado that is made from 60% Garnacha, 10% Tempranillo, 30% Viura. This delightful Rosado is made in the Provencal style, veering away from the typical ‘Spanish’ approach to bigger rosé wines, and venturing into the more ‘French’ approach of lighter body and fruit. Beautifully pale in color, with great aromas and flavors of red fruit with ama depth of minerality, this spring release is perfect for many types of cuisine, and a perfect option for those seeking a leaner style rosé from Spain.

Stevenson-Barrie Freedom Hill Pinot Noir 2012 $29.99
Michael Stevenson is the winemaker at Panther Creek Winery. Stevenson Barrie is his personal winery, and he makes very small amounts of his wines. His Pinot Noir has a subtle, clean, and fresh style. He ages in used oak barrels, and his wine-making style emphasizes restraint. The Duschee Family planted the Freedom Hill vineyard in 1982. The wine has a medium reddish-purple color in the glass. Aromas of dark red cherries, black raspberries, brier, oak and spice. Earthy, slightly smoky, dark red fruited with a medium weight on the palate.

Ransom Grenache Willamette Valley 2011 $22.99
At Pheasant Hill Vineyard in the Southern Cascades, Grenache has found a new foothold. Opening with fetching aromatics of sweet pea, pomegranate, and a hint of lavender, the palate is rich and resonant with flavors of mountain sage and plum conserve and a vein of lively acidity. The finish is long and lithe, conjuring aromatics of spring iris blossoms emerging from the earth. Elegant and worthy of cellaring, but open and ready to drink now.

Lanzos Tempranillo 2013 $11.99
(100% tempranillo, done entirely in stainless steel): Bright purple. Black and blue fruits on the perfumed nose and in the mouth. Lively and focused, showing good punch and a slightly clenched quality to its juicy, spice-tinged finish.

Riebeek Pinotage 2013 $9.99
The color is an attractive bright, ruby red with a purple rim, typical of a young Pinotage. The flavors of this unique South African cultivar are complex and exciting with ripe plum and fruitcake all beautifully integrated and then finished with subtle oak for a lingering aftertaste.

 

Posted 3/9/2016 11:52:06 AM

Friday, March 11 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Margo Durdel of Oregon Brand Management will be pouring selections from Oregon, Spain, Italy and France.

Brooks Amycas 2014 $13.99
This is a blended white wine with rich pear, rose petals, and tropical and citrus aromas. The mouth feel is rich, layered with pear & stone fruit flavors on a frame of vibrant acidity. Blend is Pinot blanc, Gewurztraminer, Riesling. -Avalon Wine

Eyrie Pinot Blanc Dundee Hills 2014 $18.99
Common to warm years, this is a fruit-forward vintage. The 2014 Pinot blanc displays rich and broadly complex varietal aroma, clean and crisp flavors, and soft but bright texture.

Lezaun Egiatre 2011 $9.99
Varieties: Tempranillo, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon
Color:dark, grenadine red, Taste: full round aroma with tones of red berries and wood, fruity, light notes of barrique. Organic agriculture.
 
Colene Clemens WV Pinot Noir 2013 $24.99
Lovely aromatics introduce this approachable young Pinot. Scents and flavors of strawberries, raspberries and cherries abound, coming into focus in a generous midpalate. The flavors hang on beautifully, set against framing tannins and supporting acidity. The finish brings a pretty touch of baking spices. 90 pts Wine Enthusiast

Felline Albarello Salento Rosso 2012 $10.99
The “Alberello” is a blend of equal parts Negramaro and Primitivo
The wine is aged for 9 months in new French oak (Allier). This is a masculine wine with layers of elegance, a result of ripe fruit and oak presence.

Chateau Pineraie Cahors 2011 13.99
Don't be put off by the strong rural nose of this wine because the palate is fantastic. Intense berry fruit with plum, blackberry and lots of spice. Vanilla and soft oak as well as violets and a potpourri character add complexity, which is balanced by gentle tannins. Smooth and sumptuous, this wine expresses the almost tender notes of Malbec. Malbec 85%, Merlot 15%


Also: 4:00-7:00 - Beer Tasting with Golden Valley Brewery, McMinnville
 


Posted 3/1/2016 5:10:41 PM

Friday, March 4 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Bonnie Jeuris of Grape X Imports will be pouring selections from Spain, Chile, and Argentina.

Dibon Cava NV $9.99
Light gold with plenty of bubbles, this wine has aromas of apples and pears with pleasant floral notes. Crisp and light-bodied on the palate, stone fruit flavors are accompanied by a mild minerality and balanced acidity. A delicious sparkler for a great price!

Alvarez de Toledo Godello 2014 $8.99
This unoaked beauty delivers a lovely perfume of baking spices, melon, peaches, and mineral. Round, spicy, and pleasure-bent, this smooth-textured, impeccably balanced effort over-delivers in a very big way. Drink it over the next 3-4 years.

Pata Negra Crianza 2011 $8.99
Very deep cherry red color with good intensity. Smokey andsweet spices on the nose with creamy toasty hints. Full-bodied and well structured with firm smooth tannins complimented by flavors of plum and black cherry. Pairs excellently with roasted lamb grilled steak or cured cheeses.

Bodegas Calle El Necio Syrah 2013 $16.99
A perfect choice for this weekend. Fermented in concrete tanks and aged for 12 months in oak, this organic Syrah is bright purple with enticing aromas of blackberries, tart cherries, smoky bacon and vanilla. On the palate, dark fruit continues along with a distinct dark, bitter chocolate and anise spice. The finish is round and full. Although it may be technically a “New World” style, this is definitely more like a Rhône-style Syrah than a jammy Australian Shiraz. It will pair nicely with nearly anything you put on the grill, and would go particularly well with a grilled ribeye steak.

Belasco de Baquedano Llama Malbec 2014 $12.99
Modern wine with attractive dark cherry-red color with violet hues. The nose shows great intensity. Fruit aromas of cherries, blackberries and plums stand out against a background of fine toast hints from ageing in top-quality oak. Warm, rounded and well-structured on the palate, with an explosion of fruit flavors underscored by light oaky notes. Pleasant, persisitent aftertaste.-winemaker notes

Sur de Los Andes Cabernet Gran Reserva 2010 $14.99
“Layered berry and cassis aromas are a bit scratchy and gritty. This Cabernet feels saturated, pure and deep; flavors of blackberry, cassis, prune and chocolate are ripe and generous, while the finish is mildly herbal in flavor, with good length and build. Drink through 2018.” Wine Enthusiast 91 points



Posted 2/24/2016 9:25:10 AM

Friday, February 26 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Jim Spencer of Vin de Garde Imports will be pouring selections from France, Italy and Washington.

Ascheri Arneis Piedmont 2013 $16.99
This is a very light and refreshing dry white of this classic Piemontese varietal. Pale lemon, light citrus nose; citrus fruit forward but with a salty minerality and crisp acidity.

Jean Sipp Gewurztraminer Alsace 2011 $18.99
Pale gold colored with a very expressive, floralnose with notes of rose petal, and slightly candied apricot. Rich and spicy on the palate, with great intensity of fruit, fine acidity and awarming, of-dry finish.

Mathon Morgon 2013 $17.99
“Great value from a named vineyard site in Morgon, with subsoils of clay and shale giving the wine a fine minerality.  This elegant Beaujolais offers bright red fruit flavors with savory notes of light herbs and pepper.  Serve with grilled meats, excellent with Salmon.   Very drinkable while young, this is a cellar worthy wine that can be aged up to 10 years. "

Maurice Raffault Les Galuches Chinon Cabernet Franc 2014 $13.99
The Galuches lieu-dit is an ancient river bed of the Loire. The name of parcel derives from the presence of gravel. According the records from the era, vines were already well established in this sector by the 1830s. The Cabernet Franc ripens very well in the domaine’s 10 hectare holding on a sand and gravel soil. The Galuches is always among the first site to be picked because the soil warms up quickly and drains very well. The wine is very aromatic and is noted for its bouquet of violets, followed by lush and supple dark berry/cherry fruit.

Paul Autard Cotes du Rhone 2014 $13.99
A young Southern Rhone red with spunk. Classic blend of Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre and Cinsault. Lighter body and bright acidity makes us think Pinot Noir. Strawberries, raspberries, cranberries, crushed fresh thyme and tarragon, touch of lavender and white pepper. A tasty “food wine” to go with fish and fowl. -Backroom wines

Reininger 'Helix' Cabernet Columbia Valley 2012 $22.99
Black raspberry and cassis dominate the nose of this garnet colored Cabernet with a whiff of coriander, black violets, orange peel and fresh cut sirloin rubbed with a pinch of white pepper. Plum, dark cherry and black fruits dominate the palate with fine grain tannins that possess a hint of vanilla and dust accompanied by black olive, a scraping of graphite and bolstered by a hit of dry Chambord and sweet aromatic pipe tobacco… excellent with a grilled well-marbled steak. -winery notes




Posted 2/16/2016 6:11:59 AM

Friday, February 19 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--


Aaron Coe of Holloran Vineyards, West Linn will be pouring...

Holloran Vineyards Chardonnay Dundee Hills Stainless Steel 2014 $18.99
This chardonnay exhibits citrus, pear and apple notes. Being extremely clean and crisp, its Chablis like minerality and dry character demands food.

Holloran Vineyards Riesling Willamette Valley 2012 $15.99
This old world Riesling has a classic Alsace nose with hints of petrol, diesel, paraffin and peach. The mid palate has a beautiful floral character with a touch of residual sugar. The finish is bright and clean with high acidity and mouthwatering fruit. Serve with seafood, shellfish, or strong cheeses.

Stafford Hills Pinot Noir WV 2013 $19.99
The 2013 Stafford Hill exhibits bright cherry notes on the nose with undertones of cranberry and earth. An initial lightness on the palate leads to a broad mouthfeel full with flavors of bright red raspberries and strawberries. Pair with salmon and light meats such as roast chicken.

Holloran Vineyards Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2012 $24.99
This 2012 bottling of our Willamette Valley blend showcases several
characteristics from the multiple sites that we source from. It has the bright, lifted red fruit from the Eola-Amity Hills, as well as the darker, earthier component from our more northern sites. Pair with salmon, or light meats, such as turkey and pork.

Holloran Vineyards Tempranillo "Le Chenaie" 2012 $22.99
Hints of smoke, cocoa, baking spices and vanilla on the nose leads to a savory mouthfeel with notes of meat and white pepper. Elegant, yet firm in tannins, this wine should pair great with game, roasted meats, lamb and steak.




Posted 2/9/2016 5:15:20 PM

Friday, February 12 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Doug Culver of C&G Wines will be pouring selections from Oregon, Washington, Portugal, Spain and France.

Moulin de Gassac Guilhem Rose VDP de l’Herault 2015  $13.99
The nose of this salmon-colored Rosé offers delicate aromas of strawberries. The soft aromas lead to a surprisingly bold red berry packed punch. The berries are surrounded with minerals and bright acidity.

Paetra Riesling Eola-Amity Hills 2014  $21.99
2014 provided the ideal growing season for Riesling in the Willamette Valley. Rigorous hand labor and three different harvest passes in the vineyard allowed us to produce a drier Riesling from extremely healthy and ripe grapes. Fermentation was started spontaneously and lasted over 6 months at cool temperatures. This resulted in a complex and elegant Riesling displaying a lot of texture and concentration that will reward cellaring. -Sunfish Celars

Bagante Mencia Bierzo 2013  $9.99
From NW Spain in Bierzo. We love these wines! Aged in stainless steel, the nose on this Mencia explodes with fresh, juicy fruit and a hint of spice. The palate is full but fruity, with flavors of stewed cherries and licorice. The finish is long and smooth. This juicy Spanish wants to be paired with roasted pork tacos, burgers or just when you want one last glass of comforting red. -Esquin Wine & Spirits

Quinta das Maias Dao Tinto 2012  $9.99
The Jaen and Touriga Nacional grape varieties provide a combination of blackberry and sloe flavours balanced by subtle texture and freshness. Red wines from the Dao should always demonstrate a certain succulence from a combination of altitude and granitic soils, but Maias Tinto goes the extra mile. At these even higher vineyards (around 650m), Jaen (Tinta Mencia) captures in the glass delicious crunchy fruit in this medium bodied wine.

Lorelle Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2014  $14.99
The medium ruby-colored 2014 Lorelle Pinot Noir displays a pleasant perfume of cedar, spice box, rose petal, cherry, and raspberry. On the palate it is round, savory, and plush with good concentration, balance, and a lengthy finish. This tasty effort can be enjoyed over the next 6-8 years.

Southard Columbia Valley Red 2013  $14.99
This true, Rhone style blend of Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, and Cinsault, is deep ruby-colored with copious quantities of tangy blackberry and cherry fruit intermixed with pepper and spices. Made in a soft, delicious style with low acidity and attractive fruit.This is quite an effort for the money.


 



Posted 2/3/2016 4:49:37 AM

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

Kris Alexander of Vinum Wines will be pouring selections from Oregon, Washington, California, Spain and France.

Albert Bichot Bourgogne Blanc 2012 $16.99
Beautiful yellow robe with white gold reflections. The white flowers and citrus dominance of the nose leads on to notes of honey and dried fruit. The mouth is very well-balanced, skilfully blending vivacity and roundness. With a meal, this Chardonnay will use the charms of its aromatic palette on seafood, fish cooked in sauce or simply-prepared white meats. Trout with asparagus, chicken in white wine sauce or mountain cheese (Alps) are all make excellent companions.

Domaine de Pellehaut Gascogne Rouge 2013 $9.99
Light red color with purple hues. Expressive nose reveals the ventilation, smooth, marked by fruit and spices. In the mouth, a gourmet wine guided by subtle tannins, well integrated. Aromatically, the result is expressed: black berries, blackberries, accompanied by peppery flavors. Merlot, Cabernet, Syrah and Tannat.

Bodegas Bula Montsant 2014 $11.99
Attractive floral aromas. Layers of raspberry, rocky minerality and a subtle cherry sweetness. Richness in the finish, balanced by robust tannins. The northeastern Spanish enclave of Montsant, with its wines of real craftsmanship and sense of place, is breaking out of the shadow of its more famous big brother next door, Priorat. Carinena 50 %, Grenache 30 %
Syrah 20 %.

Boedecker Cellars Pinot Noir 2013 $19.99
Finesse and elegance that far surpasses the price. It smells great and tastes even better, bursting with raspberry and cherry accented by anise and black tea. This Pinot is a gift to a handful of markets around the country - a gift bordering on a give-away. I highly recommend it! -Avalon Wine

For a Song "The Score" Red Blend 2012 $11.99
A predominantly Merlot based blend with a splash of Cabernet and Syrah. Blackberry, cherry and licorice aromas follow through with toasted oak nuances and fine grained tannins.

Broadside Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 $13.99
Fans of Broadside's delicious Margarita Vineyard Cabernet, take note! This 2014 Paso Robles bottling is one of the most graceful wines we've tasted in the under $20 price range, combining 50% Margarita fruit with two other sustainably farmed Paso Robles vineyards. It is substantial and refreshing, with full flavors of sweet purple plums, spicy citrus oil, brambly black and blue berry fruit, and balanced, grippy young tannins. A truly fantastic value! Ariana Rolich -Chambers Street Wines

 



Posted 1/27/2016 5:21:10 PM

Friday, January 29 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

 Rod Evans of Zancanella Imports will be pouring selections from Italy and France.

Domaine de la Garniere Muscadet Sevre et Maine  2014 $8.99
Lively white produced from the Melon de Bourgogne grape, pretty unique to the lower Loire valley. There are a few Oregon wineries playing with this variety-some are pretty decent-but not at this price point! Classic wine to match with oysters-would say that fresh Dungeness crab is a close second.

Domaine Montmarin Rose Cotes de Thongue, Languedoc  2014 $8.99
Fun rose from the South of France. Blend of Grenache and Syrah. Dry style with a big hit of strawberries. Drink with almost anything-who says rose's are just for summertime-if it taste good in July, why wouldn't it taste good in January. Great value.

San Felice Chianti Classico  2012 $14.99
Great Tuscan producer. Blend of mainly Sangiovese with the addition of Colorino and Pugnitello, both old indigenous varieties to the Chianti region. Pugnitello was nearly extinct not too long ago. It is a shy bearing grape, and was not popular with the grape growers when they were paid by the ton. In the past 15 years most wineries have left the " wicker basket" program and devoted time and money to quality products. Drinking well now, this will reward for at least the next 5-6 years.

Domaine Des Chanssaud Cotes Du Rhone 2014 $12.99
An excellent Domaine bottled wine predominantly made from Grenache grapes to produce a wine that is rounded and supple with warming spicy fruit flavours, to make it the perfect partner for spicy dishes.

Saladini Pilastri Rosso Piceno Montetinello Marches  2012 $12.99
Well established winery in the Marche region on the east coast of Italy. Deep, rich dark fruit flavors, composed of 70% Montepulciano and 30% Sangiovese, aged in tonneau(large oak barrels) for 18 months. Estate Bottled. Organic.

Reverdito Barolo  2011 $22.99
Michele Reverdito began his family's winery in 2000. Prior to that they had been selling their grapes to other wineries. This is a great opportunity to experience Barolo (always produced from Nebbiolo grapes) without taking out a second mortgage. Roses, tar, earth...not a 50 year Barolo, but very nice drinking over the near term.



Posted 1/20/2016 4:33:11 AM

Friday, January 22 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Annie Wallace of Vias Imports will be pouring selections from Italy and Spain.

Bisol Jeio Prosecco Brut $15.99
Notes of pear and apple blossom, delicate bubbles and huge thirst-quenching ability.This delicious sparkling wine comes from the Veneto region of northeast Italy. The grape variety used is Glera (used to be called Prosecco) and it makes very soft, fruity and refreshing sparkling wine with pear and floral flavours and aromas.

Principe Pallavicini Frascati Superiore 2014 $9.99
Mostly consumed locally in the city of Rome, this traditional blend has played a role in the history of Lazio, going back over 1,000 years. The Pallavicini family upholds this singular tradition, crafting a thoughtful Frascati Superiore that celebrates the bright nose of this wine. No expense is spared to preserve the delicate perfumes of the varietals as they travel to the winery in refrigerated trucks. The grapes are hand-harvested using a careful selection process. Malvasia di Candia gives the final wine rustic tones and its full color, while Malvasia del Lazio lends harmonious notes and rich aromas to the final wine. Trebbiano Toscano rounds out the blend with a refreshing acidity. 50% Malvasia di Candia, 30% Malvasia del Lazio, 10% Trebbiano Toscano.

Campos De Viento Tempranillo La Mancha 2013 $10.99
Bright red with touches of the violet of youth. Deep, opaque color The nose dominated by the aromas of ripe red fruits with touches reminiscent of almonds and walnuts. The palate is well-structured and smooth but with a refreshing acidity. Rich in taste and developing flavors of cooked fruits and licorice.

Cantele Salice Salentino 2013 $12.99
Enhanced by notes of red flowers, the aromas return on the palate transported by confident but not overbearing alcohol. The tannins and fresh acidity work in counterpoint to create a balanced, soft wine.

Campos de Risca Monastrell-Syrah 2012 $10.99
Very deep ruby red, with a hint of the violet colours of a young wine. On the nose aromas of stewed black berries and jams, with spicy notes of pepper. The palate has a good acidity which keeps the wine fresh and juicy. Full and weighty, the wine has a long and pleasant aftertaste.

Camigliano Rosso di Montalcino 2013 $21.99
"The 2013 Rosso di Montalcino is a surprisingly big wine with bold extract and a dark, impenetrable color. It only sees six months of oak and you can taste the youth of the fruit and those just-fermented tones (carbonic like) of soda and raw cherry. It glides smoothly over the palate and would undoubtedly make an excellent pairing companion to ovenroasted lasagna or cheese and spinach-filled ravioli. This is a simple, clean and quintessentially Italian red wine." 90 pts Wine Advocate





Posted 1/11/2016 6:44:19 AM

Friday, January 15 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Dougal Reeves of Estelle Imports will be pouring selections from  Italy, France, Oregon, Washington and Argentina.


Vallevo Trebbiano 2014 $7.99
Fresh and floral, this white is lightly creamy and well-balanced, offering subtle notes of white peach, stone and mandarin orange. Try this instead of a Pinot Grigio for a change!

Lobos Hills PGR Yakima Valley 2014 $16.99
“PGR is a blend of Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer and Riesling—those three varietals made famous in the Alsace and Rhineland. This happily complex nose wafts aromas of pineapple, peach, banana and lychee. The palate is soft yet structured, which makes for a perfectly robust food wine.” –Winemaker notes. 50% Pinot Gris, 40% Gewurztraminer, 10% Riesling

Vista Hills Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2014 $14.99
From high atop the Dundee Hills in the northern Willamette Valley, Oregon, John and Nancy McClintock are carefully crafting these amazing wines using entirely estate fruit from their sustainably farmed vineyards. This is an Oregon Pinot Noir through and through: dark and sensuous in texture, robust fruit and aromas and a nice balance of power and elegance. Initial flavors of deep, black cherry evolve into smoke, mocha and charcuterie-like fattiness. Goes with: Grilled salmon (especially with some sort of glaze), Filet Mignon.

Ca' La Bionda Valpolicella 2014 $14.99
This wine is medium-bodied and fine, with ripe cherry fruit with just a touch of earth and spice. Perfumed, juicy, and vibrant; this Valpolicella is the perfect match for roasts, grilled meat, and hard cheeses.

Pascal Marthoret Syrah 2013 $12.99
Ripe and ready aromas of black plum, black currant, violets, black pepper, and licorice, a round mouth full of purple fruits with classic northern Rhone Syrah notes of iodine and tapenade, and firm, stony tannin.

Las Perdices Malbec Argentina 2014 $10.99
Intense purple red color. Complex berry aromas with delicate oak touches. Soft in mouth, balanced, plum and cherry notes. Ideal to serve with red meat, pasta, fish and white meat with spiced sauces.



Posted 1/7/2016 3:54:06 AM

Friday, January 8 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--


Kara Kuehl of Vehrs Wine will be pouring selections from Washington, California, Italy, and Austria,

Leth Gruner Veltliner 2014 $16.99
A really nice, easy-drinking white wine from Austria, the Leth Gruner Veltliner offers a smooth balance of lime and mineral flavors with a clean, dry finish. A good wine to have with soft, blue-veined cheeses as well as roasted white meats

Gordon Brothers Chardonnay 2014 $14.99
Our 2014 Estate Chardonnay is 60% stainless steel fermented and 40% barrel fermented, which provides the well-balanced blend of fresh crisp aromas and flavors achieved through stainless steel fermentation and the weight and body that barrel fermentation contributes. Aromas of pear and peach are followed by hints of hazelnut and brioche on the nose. The texture is subtle and intriguing, leading with bright fruit and minerality, and backed up with reminders of caramel and a hint of toasted oak. The finish is crisp and lingering with balanced tropical acidity. -winery notes

Luisa Cabernet Franc 2013 $9.99
"Peppery and fresh, this shows classic franc notes of black raspberry and tobacco leaf, with lifted acidity and moderate alcohol. It would make a juicy and satisfying partner for a charcoal-grilled burger." - 90 pts. Wine & Spirits. on sale. reg. $17.99

Pennywise Petite Sirah 2013 $9.99
"Value Alert! Super ripe, with a violet-blueberry sweetness up front, then peppered, leathery tannins march in to stain and conquer. A distant spice clips at each sip but is softened by a bright raspberry tartness. For an everyday wine, this is a full-flavored, varietally correct treat." - 90 pts Tasting Panel

Buried Cane Columbia Valley Cabernet 2014 $13.99
Aromas of black cherry, red raspberry, and fresh-roasted coffee, with hints of spice. Soft, rich, and round in the mouth. Well-balanced with a lingering cherry and spice finish. Cabernet Sauvignon 80%, Merlot 16%, Petit Verdot 4%

Trentadue Old Patch Red Sonoma County 2013 Lot 40 $11.99
Old Patch Red blend Lot 40 is predominately Zinfandel blended with Petite Sirah, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon resulting in very fruity yet complex and full bodied Rhone- like style wine. The wine has dark red color with intense black cherry aromas, blueberries and cherry cola as an immediate impression. With aeration nuances of ripe plums, vanilla and cocoa are showing with slight dose of oak and toast. - Winery notes






Posted 12/15/2015 10:33:36 AM

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

Margo Durdel of Oregon Brand Management will be pouring selections from Italy, France, Spain, and Oregon.

De Faveri Treviso Prosecco $13.99
Sparkling dry wine from grapes of Prosecco, also called Glera, which display their best qualities is the creation of a sparkling wine. The drink turns out very light, fresh, open and friendly, combining wine with a variety of dishes. Assembled with high hills in Treviso, Prosecco grapes to create Brut after careful selection goes to the traditional sparkling wines double fermentation method "Sharma", with the only difference being that it is carried out not in bottles (like champagne), and in large tanks stainless steel. Wine has a pressure of 2.5 bars, obtained by natural fermentation, in an autoclave. Hence - a beautiful mousse of fine bubbles and "air" nature of the drink.

Brooks 'Sweet Pea' Riesling 2014 $21.99
The P is for Pascal, current owner of Brooks Wines and the son of our founding winemaker, Portland native, Jimi Brooks. The nose has wonderful green notes of shelled spring peas and fava beans, with tarragon notes and thyme. Don’t be fooled by the name into thinking this Riesling is sweet. The wine is ripe, but with low residual sugar, taking it to an almost savory place on the palate. It’s rich and complex in the glass, with an underlying acidity that makes it a good partner for roast poultry, pork, or fish.

Colene Clemens 'Margo' Pinot Noir 2013 $33.99
Bright and spicy, this wine makes an immediate impact. The blueberry fruit has a sassy edge, and it penetrates through the middle into a finish with notes of black licorice, baking spices and coffee grounds. Firm, full and tight, the wine should age nicely now through 2025. One of my personal favorites for an Oregon Pinot Noir!

Valserrano Rioja 2011 $13.99
Wine Advocate-Rioja, Spain - "...aromas of fountain pen ink, licorice and leather in the 2011 Valserrano Crianza... The fruit is ripe and there are also hints of peat and damp earth. The palate is medium-bodied, with grainy tannins and moderate acidity." Intense, Berry, Spice, Full-bodied.

Domaine Pineraie Cahors 2011 $13.99
Don't be put off by the strong rural nose of this wine because the palate is fantastic. Intense berry fruit with plum, blackberry and lots of spice. Vanilla and soft oak as well as violets and a potpourri character add complexity, which is balanced by gentle tannins. Smooth and sumptuous, this wine expresses the almost tender notes of Malbec. Elevated to Chateau status, a top notch wine worthy of its awards. Malbec 85%, Merlot 15%.

Lady Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 $26.99
From the Winery: "The family of Lady Hill owners Jerry and Elaine Owen has been blessed with a bounteous lineage of females embodied today by Elaine Owen and her eight daughters. Our Lady Hill label is a tribute both to the family farm that has been home to the Owen forebears since the 1860s, and the lady-laden ancestry of the Owen family. Our Lady Hill Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a tasty combination of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc from multiple vineyards, combining to create a wine that displays a complex mélange of fig, plum, black tea, truffle, and cola."

 



Posted 12/9/2015 7:07:35 PM

Friday, December 11 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Damian Fannin of D'Vine Wines will be pouring selections from Spain, France, Portugal, Oregon and Washington.

Gramona Gran Reserva Cuvee Cava 2011 $21.99
Pale with greenish reflections. Good intensity and definition on the nose with stone fruits, apple and candied lemon peel as well as toasted and almond hints. Medium bodied, sweet initially with good fruit concentration and well integrated mousse. (12 years ageing so allow a moment to wake up!) then notes of insence, balsamic and toasted nuts. The palate is fresh with a very fine creamy mousse and constant lively acidity. 70% Xarel-lo, 30% Macabeo
Decanter Top 50 Wines of 2014

Novellum Chardonnay  Languedoc-Roussillon 2014 $13.99
Novellum is a custom cuvee of Chardonnay grown and made by Jean Marc and Eliane Lafage for Eric Solomon. The Latin name "Novellum" echoes "Nouveau" ("new"), and the recent vintage suggests a wine that saw little delay between the vineyard and the bottle. The grapes experience cold maceration with only first pressing. The majority of the wine, 70%, is aged in stainless steel. To achieve the perfect balance of fresh acidity, ripe fruit and a touch of minerality 30% of the wine is aged briefly for 2 months in one-year old barrels. But the real uniqueness in this wine comes from its aging method: it is aged on the "lees" of previously fermented Viognier for three months, imparting a luscious floral character that's different from just about any Chardonnay you've tasted.

Dowsett Family Gewurtraminer 2013 $19.99
A vibrantly aromatic, dazzling wine with abundant notes of lychee and rose petal. It’s on the lighter side of medium bodied and drinks dry with a lot of hang time on the pronounced, floral finish. 91 pts Wine Enthusiast.

Merriman Cummins Road Pinot Noir 2012 $19.99
Baking spice and sandalwood give way to raspberry and freshly picked strawberry, showing the ripeness of the vintage. The full mid-palate shows mint and eucalyptus notes before gliding into darker fruits, framed by balancing acids, minerality and structured, powdery tannin. The flavors coalesce and emerge with a deep, dusty rose petal finish.

Januik Red Blend Columbia Valley 2013 $19.99
39% Cabernet Sauvignon; 33% Syrah; 16% Merlot; 10% Malbec; 2% Cabernet Franc
This wine is made from a short list of vineyards we consider to be among the best in the state. The fruit for the 2012 Columbia Valley Red Wine is sourced from Ciel du Cheval, Champoux, Red Heaven, Shaw and Weinbau vineyards.
The nose is brimming with blackberries, currants, and rich dark chocolate. Medium full on the palate with an elegant, lively mouth-feel and a long finish packed with fresh berry and cherry flavors.

Smith Woodhouse Lodge Reserve Port $24.99
One of the best values in everyday port. This is lively and spicy, with cinnamon nuances, and other characteristics that just scream "the holidays." Sweet and full on the palate. Delightful drinking! From the Wine Spectator: "Lots of vanilla overtones join the sweet cherry and dark plum flavors. Hot spice marks the finish. -K&L Wines

 

 

Posted 12/2/2015 4:36:56 AM

Friday, December 4 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Dane Belber of Galaxy Wines will be pouring selections from Spain, Oregon, Washington and California.

Roederer Estate Brut $19.99
The NV Roederer Est Brut is sleek and impeccably focused and balanced; floral apple, cinnamon and anise aromas; crisp yet supple lemon tart, cherry and spicy hazelnut flavors. 91 PTS WINE SPECTATOR.

L'Ecole #41 Semillon Walla Walla 2014 $14.99
Rich with vibrant fruit and balanced acidity, this wine shows pretty orange blossom, apple and melon aromas, with layers of lemon custard, fresh apricot and honeysuckle flavors expanding on a textured, balanced finish.
Few Semillons show their richness and complexity as those produced in Washington State. Our cool harvest nights help to ensure crisp natural acidity, making this a wonderful food pairing wine.

Montinore Estate Reserve Pinot Noir 2013 $26.99
Our Reserve Pinot Noir is a barrel selection from the best vineyards on the estate, with an emphasis on strength, depth and elegance. The 2013 growing season brought a little of everything, with a relatively dry summer punctuated by early fall rains that gave the vines a much-needed drink before harvest. The sunny days and cool nights combined to form a well-rounded Pinot Noir with fresh flavors and healthy acidity. Darker fruit and spice notes prevail throughout the palate. In the realm of Pinot Noir, the 2013 Reserve brings a little more intensity of flavor while still remaining elegant with an earthy spice from the native yeast fermentation. -winery notes

Alvaro Palacios Camins del Priorat 2014 $19.99
"From a top-notch vintage, the 2014 Camins del Priorat is deep in dark fruit character, with exotic floral and spice accents and seamless texture. This is a delicious entry-level offering from Alvaro Palacios. " 92 pts Vinous / Antonio Galloni. 40% Garnacha, 30% Samso, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Syrah

Peachy Canyon Westside Zinfandel 2013 $19.99
A balanced and smooth wine with deep spice and earth notes, our flagship Zinfandel opens in the glass with rich aromas of black cherry, vanilla bean, anise, and leather. On the palate sensuous spice notes of clove, fresh nutmeg, and cigar combine with plum, peat, and chestnut flavors. A radiant structure and harmonious finish bring this elegant wine to a close. 77% Zinfandel, 13% Petite Sirah, 6% Alicante Bouschet, 3% Syrah, 1% Tannat.

Bodegas Condado de Haza 2011 $21.99
Intense Tempranillo character is apparent in a concentrated, deeply colored red wine. Saturated red fruit grips the palate, leaving a long and sweet finish that promises excellent development in the bottle. Pair with lamb and suckling pig roasts, lamb chops cooked over vine cuttings, semi-cured goat cheeses, and oven-roasted fowl.

 
 


Posted 11/23/2015 5:53:31 AM

Thanksgiving Tasting 3:00 - 5:00   This tasting is no charge.

Doug Culver of C&G Wines will be pouring selections from France, Oregon and Portugal.

Michèle Capdepon NV Crémant de Limoux Brut $21.99
The Capdepon family has a rich history in Limoux that runs 400+ years deep. One of the first wineries to commercialize their own Blanquette de Limoux and Crémant de Limoux, the Capdepons have never exported their wines outside of France...until now! The local demand for their sparklers, especially their Blanquette 'Méthode Ancestrale', has been so great that they have not needed to seek foreign markets. Today, the domaine is run by Madame Michèle Capdepon and her son, Roland (approx 35 yrs old). For those of you aware of the history that surrounds the Blanquette de Limoux appellation and how Champagne (supposedly) would not be what is today had Dom Perignon not passed through Limoux on his way north, you will not be surprised with the local pride with which the vignerons of Limoux speak with when comparing their wines to other French sparkling wines. Is there a chip on their shoulders? Absolutely. The Capdepons are the kind of family that chooses to speak through their wines and we are loving what they have to say!  

Moulin de Gassac 2014 VDP de l’Herault Rosé 'Guihelm' $9.99
55% Syrah, 45% Grenache.
Several years back, the folks at Mas de Daumas Gassac began working with a neighboring cooperative in Sête to produce fun, full flavored wines from the surrounding countryside and rocky hillsides.  The goal is to produce wines grown under the strict vineyard & winemaking regimens employed at this unique domaine.  Organic farming is de rigueur and the vinification is closely overseen by the Guibert family.  The results are splendidly aromatic wines that bring out the terroir of the this mediterranean region. The wines are named after St. Guihelm, the patron saint of the area where the village of St. Guihelm le Desert, one of the most stunningly beautiful villages in Europe, draws people from all over the world.

Domaine Michel 2014 Macon-Villages $21.99
The Michel family has been producing Mâconnais wines for six generations in the village of ‘Cray.’ Since 1998, when the Viré-Clessé appellation was created, the Michels have produced a lineup of four Viré-Clessés and a small amount of Mâcon-Villages from vines they own just outside of Viré-Clessé. Their total exploitation amounts to 37 acres. 100% Chardonnay is planted on clay-limestone soils. The average age of the vines is 50 years.
Vincent Michel has kept the family’s ‘lutte raisonnée’ [Reasonable Farming] philosophy alive and continues to move toward complete organic farming. (Not certified) Green harvest and pruning are performed to control the yields at harvest. Harvest is 100% manual with a severe sorting both on the tractor and again in the cellar.

Joel Rochette 2013 Beaujolais-Villages $12.99

The 2013 Beaujolais Villages is raised in concrete for one year and delivers a subtly bittersweet nuttiness and sensation of crushed stone underlying an exuberantly juicy stream of fresh blueberry. Pleasantly invigorating bitter notes of dried herbs, huckleberry and toasted nuts help extend the delightfully clinging finish of this classic for its appellation.

J. Albin 2011 Chehelam Mountains Pinot Noir Laurel Vineyard $27.99
Planted in the early 1908s, the Laurel Vineyard is the highest elevation vineyard in the Chehelam Mountains AVA.
A cool, elegant, pure and cleanly delivered red berry fruit nose that is very pinot in style and character introduces beautifully detailed and textured middle weight flavors that are graceful and impressively well-balanced. There is an underlying hint of vegetal but it's extremely subtle and I quite like the overall sense of harmony that will allow it to age well. Note that this will most please those who admire classically styled pure pinots and the absence of even a hint of backend warmth is most welcome in this age of high-powered pinots.

Kopke 2005 Colheita $34.99 375ml $18.99
Founded in 1638 by Christiano Kopke, Porto Kopke is one of the oldest Port houses in existence.
There may be no better way to end the Thanksgiving feast or ward off an evening's chill than with a glass of tawny port. As refined as Cognac or single malt Scotch but with half the alcohol content, tawny port is full of delicious flavors like caramel and peanut brittle, apricot, plum, raisin and walnut--all knit harmoniously together.



Posted 11/17/2015 1:21:21 PM

Friday, November 20 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Kristen Cooper of Vertical Wines will be pouring selections from South Africa, New Zealand, Italy, Oregon and Washington.

Graham Beck Brut $16.99
Light yeasty aromas, good fruit on the nose, and rich creamy complexity on the palate. Fine mousse gives freshness and finesse. Perfect with seafood or light meats.
"Graham Beck Brut NV. This is classic stuff with bready, fresh aromas, a fine mousse and distinctly savoury flavour...if you are looking for an inexpensive alternative to big-name Champagne, this is it." Chardonnay: 53%, Pinot Noir: 47% -Decanter 90 pts

Jules Taylor Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014 $14.99
A ripe, lush style of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, this features ample nectarine and cassis fruit, tinged with just a bit of green leafiness. Ample weight on the mouth gives way to a long, mouthwatering finish. Winemaker Jules Taylor is on a roll. — J.C. 92 pts Wine Enthusiast.

Ransom Selection Pinot Noir 2012 $24.99
Vinous / Antonio Galloni - "Bright ruby-red. Potent, spice-accented aromas of red and dark berry liqueur, incense and floral pastilles, with a hint of vanilla emerging with air. On the palate, expansive black raspberry and cherry-cola flavors are intensified and lifted by juicy acidity. Packs a pretty serious punch but comes off as graceful, finishing with excellent focus and harmonious tannins." 92 pts

Nespolino Sangiovese-Merlot 2014 $9.99
Look forward to a bright scarlet color in the glass. Tangy cherry, plum and red currant aromas give way to more lively red and black cherry fruit on the palate, with a good bite of acidity and attractive ripeness. Fabio and Celita love to pair this with fresh salami or pork ragù. It’s equally fantastic with some aged Parmeggiano-Reggiano. The 2014 is just as delicious, and puts many far pricier Chiantis to shame. WSJ Wine

Montalbera Ruche di Castagnole Monferrato 2010 $19.99
This easy Ruché opens with herbal notes of dried tea and chamomile. There’s a touch of sweet spice on the palate linked to the ripe cherry flavor.

Gilbert "The Pilgrim" Wahluke Slope WA 2013 $14.99
60% Malbec, 28% Grenache, 12% Pinot Noir.
"The Pilgrim" from Gilbert Cellars was inspired by a personal journey, or pilgrimage, through northern Spain. What you get from this inspired red blend is a lush fusion of fruit, cherry, berries, and light spice, harmoniously balanced in a soft tannin structure. Just enough oak to keep it interesting but not enough to dominate the nature, or the inspiration!

 



Posted 11/10/2015 12:26:35 PM

Friday, November 13 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--


Bonnie Jeuris of Grape X Wines will be pouring selections from France and California.

Champagne Moutard Grand Reserve $29.99
Tightly knit and pungent, offering floral overtones to the ripe apple, white raspberry, ground ginger and citruszest notes, all backed by minerally acidity. -Wine Spectator 90 pts

Les Pouches Saumur 2014 $9.99
Attractive, simply fruity Chenin Blanc, this is a wine for drinking now. It is full of nutty flavors and apple acidity, with just a touch of minerality to give the wine some tension.

Mas de la Garrigue 2013 $9.99
“From handpicked Grenache, Carignan and Syrah aged in cement tanks for an amazing sense of purity. Ripe, spicy and opulent on the nose. Super juicy with fine grained tannins carrying crunchy dark berry fruit. Impressive.” The Wine Buyer, 91 Points

Jean-Marie Arnoux Vacqueyras 2012 $18.99
"Saturated ruby A highly aromatic nose presents red and dark berry preserves, incense, lavender and anise, with a peppery nuance Adding lift Juicy black raspberry and boysenberry flavors deliver very good palate coverage, with zesty acidity giving the. ripe fruit lift and verve This rich, lively Vacqueyras finishes with Powerful thrust and lingering sappiness.. Range: 91-93 " -Vinous / Antonio Galloni.

Michael Pozzan Annabella Cabernet 2012 $18.99
This classic Napa Valley Cab shows once again why this varietal has become synonymous with Napa Valley. The nose shows layer after layer of cassis, saddle leather, and dried leaves. The wine's massive structure is complimented by flavors of pipe smoke, black cherry, and a lengthy finish of sweet vanilla oak. -winery notes

Gaudou Renaissance Cahors 2012 $18.99
Dark red in color with a purple sheen. A complex nose with lots of red and black fruit, plums, coffee, beautiful wood show through the quality vatgebruik and a spicy sophistication. The palate is fleshy with sultry black fruit, plum compote, nice acidity and a soft mouthfeel. A wine with great potential!



Posted 11/4/2015 4:53:41 AM

Friday, November 6 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Meredith Ball of Corridor 5 Imports will be pouring selections from Italy and Washington.

Foss Marai Prosecco $14.99
Dry enough, but still just a touch sweet and candied, and doesn’t that fit the model for extra dry? Full in the mouth, with citrus, a spot of mineral and purity. It’s quite simple, but still it has just enough of an elevated quality to rank with the best of the bunch.

Centonze Zibibbo Terre Siciliane 2013 $12.99
Zibibbo is the grape variety here (Sicily) - the local name for the fragrant Moscato d`Alessandria. Organic certified, here is a silkily textured, energetic white wine that is simply delicious with spaghetti with clams or a grilled tuna steak. Pale gold colour, this has apricot, peach and fresh rose petal aromatics, a vibrant, linear palate and a dry, long-flavoured finish.

Nada Barbera 2013 $14.99
Structured and vibrant, this opens with aromas that recall rose, iris, woodland berry and cake spices. The firm palate offers black cherry, red currant and licorice alongside bright acidity. Drink through 2017.

Franco Serra Langhe Nebbiolo 2013 $13.99
Franco Serra’s Langhe Nebbiolo opens with aromas of pie cherries, mushrooms, olives and dusty limestone earth. Bright and lively on the palate, Serra’s 2013 Nebbiolo delivers a mouthful of chewy cherry fruit, firm tannins and complex suggestions of mushrooms, blond leather, pipe tobacco, violets and camphor. Delicious and showing old-school Nebbiolo structure, the wine finishes with length and complexity far beyond its price. This is the real deal: “baby Barbaresco” with no oak for under $15. Enjoy now and over the coming decade with risotto, braised short ribs, roast poultry and semi-firm cheeses. This is an outrageous deal on authentic, traditionally-styled Langhe Nebbiolo.

Two Mountain Hidden Horse Red $13.99
A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc opens with rich aromas of dark fruits, tobacco and white pepper followed by flavors of blackberry, dark cherry and vanilla, framed in toasty oak.

Hawkins Cellars Syrah 2012 $19.99
The fruit is sourced from Kiona Vineyards on Red Mountain, some of the best Syrah in Washington. Sappy and concentrated, with a juicy and pure raspberry flavor, this shows good length and a lick of mineral on the finish.



Posted 11/4/2015 4:52:14 AM

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

Joe Moura of Casa Bruno will be pouring selections from France, Italy, Spain and Oregon.

Andre Clouet Grand Reserve Champagne $34.99
The nose on this medium bodied Champagne has aromas of apples, pear, and marzipan. The palate shows more cream, pear and the nut element that was present in the nose come though quite a bit on the palate. D&M Tasting Notes
This réserve cuvée is made of 100% Pinot Noir. Initially showing a very fresh bouquet of high toned fruits with hints of hazelnuts and yeasty aromas, this cuvée yields to the highly structured red fruit notes on the palate that the area is famed for. Long lees aging, low dosage and Grand Cru Pinot Noir fruit combine for an opulent yet balanced Champagne. Importers Notes

Holloran Riesling Willamette Valley 2012 $16.99
Classic German kabinett style riesling.
Half the fruit is from the Eola amity hills site planted in 2001. The other half is from Le Pavillon planted in 1972.Non-irrigated. Biodynamic. All stainless steel. Sterile filtered.

Casa Benasal Garnacha Blend Valencia 2013 $9.99
The Spanish equivalent of a GSM blend: Monstrell, Syrah and Garnacha Tintorera. Plum, blackberry, and blueberry on the nose, following through onto the palate. A full-bodied winter wine; lots of fruit with a light dusting of tannins on the finish.

Lemelson Six Vineyards Pinot Noir 2013 $18.99
This case-worthy value clobbers more than a handful of higher-priced Pinots. Filled with dark cherry and plum, accented by anise and pepper, it's a pure pleasure to drink, with right balance of silky and structured. Made from a blend of the winery's six vineyards, this wines so over performs for the price. - Marcus, Northwest Wines

Andrew Rich Red Willow Merlot 2010 $13.99
Medium-deep red. Musky aromas of plum, milk chocolate, mocha, tobacco and spices: very merlot! Suave and smooth on the palate, showing a sexy restrained sweetness to the gently extracted flavors of currant, plum and mocha. This savory wine shows as much red as black fruits. Complex, inviting merlot with a fine dusting of sweet tannins and very good length.

Felsina Chianti 2012 $24.99
There are mushrooms on the nose of this Chianti Classico, but these soon give way to subtle, deep aromas of blackberry crumble with hints of mint and ivy. It soon fills up the mouth with beautifully dense fruit and fine tannins, nutty, woody undertones and long finish. Gorgeous now, but better in 2016. - James Suckling 93 Points
 



Posted 10/21/2015 7:27:54 PM

Friday, October 23 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Allison Blythe of Mitchell Wines will be pouring selections from Spain, Chile, Oregon and Washington.

Naveran Brut Vintage Cava $13.99
This wine is the least expensive vintage bubbly on the planet (taste it blind against a $40 non-vintage “big brand” Champagne). Made by the Naveran family since 1901. This bodega has a great tradition of crafting Cavas that are superb expressions of clean, bright, citrus-inflected aromas and flavors with the all-important tiny bubbles. -Ole Imports.

Milbrandt Pinot Grigio Columbia Valley 2013 $11.95
The 2013 Pinot Gris is crisp on the palate with lively flavors of white peach, a hint of cantaloupe giving way to a fleshy mid-palate with a clean, bright finish. Pairs perfectly with antipasti, summer salads, ripe white cheeses and simple seafood dishes such as steamed clams and oysters.

Stag Hollow Dolcetto Yamhill 2012 $22.99
Willamette Valley winemaker/grower Mark Huff’s 2 acres of Dolcetto were first planted in 1992, and he’s had growing success with this Italian variety. Aromas of plums, boysenberry and huckleberry cream include rustic notes of dried cherry and cedar with a whiff of sea air. There’s a bold purple fruit approach to the palate with more boysenberry and dried cherry along with red currant acidity. In the background, there’s a rub of thyme and tarragon, which is finished with a pleasing tug of chocolaty tannins. Enjoy with puttanesca or other tomato-based pasta. -Great Northwest Wine

La Antigua Rioja 2010 $16.99
“Indispensable as every night dinner wines,” our Tasting Panel and Stephen Tanzer fell in love with this 90 point rated, brilliant red. A blend of 50% Tempranillo, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 10% Syrah with big aromas of strawberries, cherries, with toasty/vanilla flavors and aromas from the oak, fruity and clean on the palate, it’s super quaffable any night of the week. -invino

Bodegas Barohonda Carro 2013 $10.99
Made with 50% of Monastrell grapes and 50% of Syrah, Tempranillo and Merlot grapes. Over 30 years old vineyards. The soils where the grapes are grown are made of limestone, sand and clay.
Strong cherry colour. Fresh in the nose with red berry scents. On the palate is pleasing, structured and with a great appearance.

Alpatagua Reserva Carmenere 2013 $14.99
The Apaltagua Reserva Carmenere is an intense wine, wild purple in color. From start to finish, the touches of tobacco, and red and black cherries intermingle, producing a great potency in the mouth. It possesses a generous body with smooth and friendly tannins. It is a well-rounded wine with a juicy and lingering finish.



Posted 10/14/2015 2:33:29 PM

Friday, October 16 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Kara Kuehl of Vehr's Wines will be pouring wines from France, Italy, California and Washington.

Brut Comte Cremant du Jura $17.99
For over two decades, Hubert Clavelin and his importer have been promoting non-vintage Cremant du Jura Brut-Comte Chardonnay Tete de Cuvee, and this latest batch (lot number LBRC05, in tiny print on the back label) — based on the 2005 vintage, and having spent 36 months sur lattes — is as fine as any I can recall, and a wine that deserves to be taken seriously at the dinner table. A hint of Jura-typical pungency figures amid aromas of buckwheat, lime zest, and apple cider. With fine mousse and impressive vinosity, this coats the palate with zesty piquancy and saline, mineral-meaty savor of scallops and bacon. Both fascination and versatility are guaranteed for the coming year.
90 pts. Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate

Hahn Pinot Gris Monterey County 2014 $12.99
Aromas of peach, tart pear and banana. Silky mouthfeel with crisp acidity showing notes of meyer lemon and green apple on the finish.

Luisa Cabernet Franc Friuli 2013 $17.99
The Luisa Estate was founded by Francesco Luisa more than 80 years ago. He started of with just 12 acres of land and today after three generations dedicated, hard work the Luisa Estate consists of 210 acres of vineyards in the Corona area of the Isonzo DOC. The largely gravel plateau of this region was created by the erosion of melting Alpine glaciers. The soil is characteristically rich in minerals, especially aluminium and iron, giving the wines of this area a unique flavor that stays faithful to its terroir of origin.
"Peppery and fresh, this shows classic franc notes of black raspberry and tobacco leaf, with lifted acidity and moderate alcohol. It would make a juicy and satisfying partner for a charcoal-grilled burger." - 90 pts Wine & Spirits

Buried Cane Cabernet Columbia Valley 2014 $13.99
Aromas are of black currant and black cherry, with hints of molasses and green bean. The entry on the palate is very round and soft, with notes of black fruits and baked beans. Toasty, spicy note of oak linger in a pleasant finish.

Criss Cross Lodi Zinfandel Lodi 2013
Sweet, delicious aromas of boysenberry and maple syrup, flavors like blackberry jam and a broad, generous texture turn this into a blockbuster wine. A touch of sweetness would make it great with something spicy and sweet like pork ribs.

Dunham Trutina Columbia Valley 2012 $27.99
This wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Syrah and Petit Verdot. Intricate aromas of vanilla, cedar, powdered chocolate, pipe tobacco and black cherry lead to focused, layered fruit and barrel flavors that show persistence. — S.S. (11/1/2015)
91 pts. Wine Enthusiast
 



Posted 10/6/2015 7:56:43 AM

Friday, October 9 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Amalie Roberts of Petit Monde Imports will be pouring wines of France, focusing on the
Languedoc and Loire regions.


John Louis Denois, Garrigues 2012 $11.99
From the vineyards in the Fenouillèdes (upper Agly Valley) and Roquetaillade in
Languedoc, This wine is a complex blend of 5 varieties with dominant Syrah and Merlot
and splashes of Grenache, Cab Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Easy-going versatile
wine is excellent value for money. Organically grown, no weedkiller or chemical
pesticides. The palette of black and red berries and touch of mint is a concentrated
and surprising wine for the price. Easy-going versatile wine. Perfect for roasted
meats and game or sitting by fireplace on cold winter night.
*Gold Medal in the Prix / Plaisir competition by Bettane & Desseauve.


Montrose rouge 2014 $11.99
Domaine Montrose is located in Pezenas, in the Languedoc region of Southern France, 15
km away from the Mediterranean coast. The name Montrose refers to its geographic
location on a volcano (Mont) and to the pink (Rose) flowers almond trees surrounding
the vineyard. The domaine was founded in 1701 when actual owner’s (Bernard Coste)
ancestor received its coat of arms from the King Louis XIV’s conselor as painted
below. Playing on the words Jospeph Alazard got Three Lizards as an emblem. This
estate, dedicated to organic growing and biodiversity in the vineyards, offers this
soft black currant scented red wine of equal parts Merlot, syrah, and Grenache. It is
a warm and gentle addition to a wide range of autumn foods like roasted vegetables and
chicken.


Idylle Jacquere 2014 $13.99
Savoie is an ancient and isolated vine area which dedicates itself to grape varieties
(originally introduced by monks from Chartreuse) that are seldom encountered
elsewhere. The Tiollier family has nurtured vines in and around the village of Cruet
on the steep slopes of the Isère valley for generations. Situated in the Regional
Nature Reserve of the Massif des Baugeas, Philippe and François’s vines are spread
over 47 acres of prime terroir and their fastidious approach to winemaking has turned
Domaine de l’Idylle into a self-sustaining viticultural enterprise. Overgrown and
abandoned parcels of vines have been carefully cleared and replanted and state of the
art equipment has been installed in the ancient cellars. This white wine of the
Jacquére grape has a nose of a meadow in the mountains and the soft freshness of
rainwater. The palate is clean and bright showing citrus and soft white floral notes.


L’ Hermas rouge Terrasses du Larzac, Languedoc 2013 $19.99
When started Domaine l’Hermas in 2004, he was looking for a particular type of
terroir. He wanted an elevated parcel of wild herbs and bramble called garrigue, with
northern exposure, close to the family property. This “Hermas” (abandoned land in
Occitan language) was finally discovered, he cleared the land and planted Syrah and
Mourvèdre. Today the domaine extends over approximately 10 hectares.
After six long years of hard work and patience, the first vintage was born in 2009:
elegant, fresh and expressing all the minerality from the soils of the Terrasses du
Larzac. His wines can be found on the wine lists of some of the best Michelin starred
restaurants in France. The nose has aromas of red fruits and notes of garrigue. The
soft tannins express themselves due to limestone base along with good length create an
elegant wine.


Domaine La Madura 2011 $16.99
Cyril Borgogne purchased this estate in St. Chinian in the Languedoc with his wife
Nadia. What is special about this region is that it offers a variety of different
types of soils, expositions and elevation levels. It allows an estate like La Madura,
who has several parcels planted with different varieties, the ability to blend- a
skill that Cyril learned in his days as Pessac-Léognan in Bordeaux. Grenache,
Carignan, Mouvedre, and Syrah offer up bouquet of a delightful balance of coffee,
liquorice, curry and thyme aromas along with a slight smokiness. These aromas are
also found on the palate, supported by a very smooth, velvety structure that remains
fresh and persistent.


Guinguette Domaine de Roche Bleue 2014 $21.99
Originally from Sancerre region and working his way around the globe, vigneron
Sebastian Corneille has made his home in the Coteaux du Loir (no misspell here- the
Loir is a tributary of the Loire river) and makes a stunning wine of Pineau D’Aunis
(80%) and Gamay (20%) blend. The Loire red is only 12% alcohol, very light in colour
(like a Pinot Noir) and a peppery nose like a Syrah. On the palate it has bright acid
with low tannin with the lots of tell-tale white pepper and red currant coming
through. A very distinctive flavour and colour profile that you would recognize if you
were to come across it again. Great fall wine if you are thinking about pairing for
Thanksgiving dinner.
 



Posted 9/30/2015 7:55:09 PM

Friday, October 2 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Dana Retz of Indie Wine Co. will be pouring selections from Oregon and Spain

Fuente Milano Verdejo-Viura 2014 $9.99
Bright straw yellow in the glass with a crisp bouquet, light hints of herbs from the Verdejo, perfectly combined with the tropical notes of the Viura. In the mouth, it is oily, big, crisp and very tasty in the mouth, with a range of different fruits that makes the wine easy to drink.

Las Colinas del Ebro Garnacha Blanca 2014 $12.99
Yeasty aromas of green melon and apple are clean and stony. This Garnatxa Blanca is juicy, fresh, well cut and minerally in feel, with citrusy flavors of lime and tangerine. The same goes for the finish, which is crisp, light and steady.

Isaac Fernandez Rios de Tinta Tempranillo 2013 $13.99
“Deep ruby. Sexy, smoke-accented aromas of black and blue fruits, tobacco and rose. I’d have guessed that this wine saw oak, but it didn’t. Fleshy blueberry and cherry compote flavors show good clarity, with a note black pepper adding bite on the back half. Supple tannins come in late and contribute shape to the long, fruit-driven finish. Quite suave, and an outstanding value.” 90 points International Wine Cellar issue 176, Sept/Oct 2014 

Isaac Fernandez Legado del Moncayo Garnacha 2013 $12.99
Deep ruby. Assertively perfumed bouquet evokes fresh raspberry and Asian spices, with a subtle floral quality and zesty minerality. Silky and precise on the palate, offering sappy red fruit and floral pastille flavors underscored by zesty minerality. Spicy and seamless on the long, gently tannic finish, which leaves floral and red fruit notes behind. 90 points International Wine Cellar

Heydon Road Umpqua Valley Tempranillo 2010 $16.99
This is an exceptional Tempranillo with classic old world style. Ripe strawberry, cherries and blackberry with a little vanilla in the nose. Dried berries and leather, exotic herbs and spice on the palate. This wine is focused and food-friendly with fine grained tannins and gentle acidity that carries the wine farther on the finish than most wines at this price.

Paul O'Brien Umpqua Valley Tempranillo 2012 $27.99
Our 2012 Tempranillo is a tribute to the wines of the Ribera del Duero. A 50/50 blend of Umpqua Valley and Willamette Valley fruit, this wine was aged for 18 months in French Oak Barrels, 30% new.




Posted 9/23/2015 7:04:15 AM

Friday, September 25 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Dane Belber of Galaxy wine Co. will be pouring selections from France, Spain, Italy and Oregon.

Domaine Labbe Abymes Savoie Jacquere 2014 $9.99
"The Domaine Labbe 'Abymes' might just be the brightest, crispest, most refreshing white wine that you've ever tasted. It is produced from 100% Jacquere--a crisp and delicious grape variety native to the region of Savoie in far Eastern France. This off-the-beaten-path region is home to some of the finest white wine values that France has to offer. The Abymes is one of our favorites. The "Abymes" moniker actually refers to the boulders present in the vineyard. It is punctuated by flavors of freshly sliced lemon, green apple, white pear, and a textbook Savoie minerality. Quaff this wine all on its own or enjoy with your favorite cheese and charcuterie. Especially food friendly." --Codey Foster, Wine Director

Nisia Verdejo Rueda 2014 $12.99
A killer project from importer Jorge Ordonez, Nisia from Rueda is made from 100% old vine Verdejo. This 5,000-case cuvee was fermented in stainless steel and large format French oak, and aged sur lie prior to bottling. Coming from sandy soils and ungrafted vines (some of which are 120+ years of age), the wine offers crisp notes of tangerine skin, honeyed grapefruit and assorted citrus as well as a flowery character. Fresh, medium-bodied, beautifully fruited and textured, this is one of the finest naked, dry white wines you will find. "Light yellow-gold. Musky, mineral-laced orchard and citrus fruit aromas are complicated by hints of jasmine, green tea and quinine. Sappy and precise on the palate, offering bitter pear skin and Meyer lemon flavors that put on weight with air. Closes fleshy and long, with supple pear and melon qualities and very good clarity."

Delas St. Espirit Cotes du Rhone 2013 $13.99
The expression of the syrah is absolutely superb: notes of cassis, blackberries, violets and spices fill up a fine flesh and a remarkable freshness. The pleasure is immediate, flavours "slam" on the palate with an insolent harmony. And what freshness! No heaviness, no aggressiveness, the material is light and elegant. Most of all, you will recall the huge impression of purity that emanates from this wine. Fine, black fruit, spices, freshness, purity and elegance. The aromatic expression is remarkable, the finish is gorgeous. The best Cotes du Rhone ever made by Delas is to know absolutely. Don't miss it! 70% Syrah, 30% Grenache.

Zaccagnini Montepulciano Abruzzi 2012 $13.99
Intense ruby red colour with violet nuances; intense, characteristic bouquet of the primary grape aromas; fruity component, full-bodied and robust, well-balanced with tannin and oak features.

Abacela Vintners Blend #15 $16.99
This Mediterranean blend brings together varietals that create a wine greater than the sum of its parts. While excellent now, this smooth, moderately tannic wine will continue to improve in the bottle.

Breccia Garnacha 2013 $15.99
Tasting notes : Color: cherry, garnet rim. Aroma ripe fruit, spicy, creamy oak, toasty, complex, chocolate, earthy. Powerful, flavourful, toasty mouth, ripe tannins. "Black mulberries, truffle, cherry liqueur and lavender emerge from this wine stunned. Frankly, I was speechless when I tried it. It is the most impressive wine I've tasted for this price in the last three decades. The wine world is changing and Jorge Ordonez a great vote of confidence deserves to produce something so distinct in this price. Consumers should fill their holds with this beauty. " Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
 



Posted 9/17/2015 5:13:53 AM

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

Bonnie Jeuris of Grape Expectations will be pouring wines from Austria, Chile,
Argentina, France, California and Oregon.

Weingut Direder Gruner Veltliner Donatus 2014 $11.99
Fresh, fruity and fine; appealing delicate flowery fragrance game, spirited and juicy,
very animating drinking pleasure.

Tres Palacios Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2014 $8.99
From a vineyard planted in the coolest area of the Colqui Valley, this is a pale
yellow wine with distinctive green hues. The nose is fruity with aromas of tropical
fruit like pineapple, lime and grapefruit. It is also fresh and herbaceous, with an
intense pear perfume. The mouth is fresh, lively, tasty, with good acidity due to the
maritime influence. Also the minerality of the soil gives a good balance to the wine,
resulting in a lingering, fresh and mouth watering Sauvignon Blanc.

Brandbourg Pinot Noir Southern Oregon 2013 $19.99
The 100 Valleys of the Umpqua has a very diverse mix of soil types, the result of
soils washed down from three different mountain ranges, with wildly different ages and
composition, the Cascades, the Klamaths and the Coast Range. All vineyard sites are
influenced by the cool maritime air and fog that are drawn inland daily, preserving
fresh berry/cherry fruit and bright acidity. Aromas of tart cranberry, choke cherry
and red delicious apple skins with mushroom and earth adding to the complexity. There
is definitely edgy verve to this wine that makes it quite interesting and enjoyable.

Clos des Lumieres Cote Du Rhone 2012 $8.99
We love Rhone wine and here's a perfect example of why. Rich, elegant, and smooth with
a nose filled with cinnamon and dark chocolate. The cherry, Cassis, and currant
flavors are subtle and lightly hoisted on a mineral beam that gives a clean finish
with smooth tannin. A great wine for a party.

Michael Pozzan Annabella Red $14.99
The 2012 Annabella red blend is an excellent example of varietal harmony - the magic
that happens in blending. The nose invites with dense aromas of spicy plum,
blackberry, and black pepper. The mouth is full of juicy dark berries, dark chocolate,
and black cherries, and the broad, smooth tannins linger on the smokey finish, long
after the wine is gone.

Alberti Malbec 2013 $12.99
Extremely popular, Argentinian Malbec is an inky, medium-bodied, dry red wine with
strong impressions of dark fruits on the nose and palate. This wine tends to have
mellower tannins than its French counterpart.

 



Posted 9/9/2015 6:47:02 AM

Friday, September 11 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Margo Durdel of Oregon Brand Management will be pouring selections from Italy, France, Spain, and Oregon.

De Faveri Treviso Prosecco $13.99
Natural sparkling wine, obtained from the Glera grapes from hills in the Treviso area. With strong fruity notes reminiscent of some springtime flowers and with a dry taste. Can be consumed at any time of the day.

Pennautier Chardonnay 2014 $11.99
The idyllic Chateau de Pennautier is based in the appellation of Cabardès, and its Chardonnay vines are located mainly high up in and around the appellation, their calcareous soils benefiting from both Atlantic and Mediterranean influences. The 2014 has been bottled relatively early after a low-temperature fermentation in stainless steel; the resulting wine marries freshness with floral, flinty notes, with an attractive mid-palate character which is soft and supple, with guava, pear and hints of almond informing a pleasingly complex personality.

Sanz Verdejo 2014 $12.99
Tasting notes : Young, fruity white with a brilliant, limpid appearance; displays a complex, intensely floral and fruity nose. Full and tasty in the mouth. with the unmistakeable character of the Verdejo variety. A gem of a wine packed with the personality of Rueda. Ideal with all types of baked and grilled fish, as well as seafood and shellfish. Also perfect with soft cheeses

Broadley Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2013 $16.99
Color: Semi-transparent, medium body, vivid, ruby.Nose: Black raspberry, anise, and spicy notes of nutmeg,cinnamon.Mouth/Palate Profile: Mid-palate burst of balanced acid and tannin with flavors of black cherry, cranberry and spice with a crisp full mouth finish. A successful blend from the best of the Willamette Valley 2013 vintage.This wine has a great acid/tannin profile with wonderful dark fruit and spice, something to be said for the difficult 2013 vintage. Pair this blend with herb grilled chuletillas de cordero (teeny lamb chops) and wild mushroom couscous.

Corucho Garnacha 2012 $13.99
This is a little-known D.O. with some very good wines and great values. For more than a decade Luis and Sergio Saavedra have been making only certified organic wines in the village of Cenicientas, a little over an hours drive southwest of Madrid. Average age of the vines is 70 years old Garnacha.

Christopher Michael Cabernet Columbia Valley 2012 $11.99
Nose: Black raspberries, cherries, anise, and espresso.
Taste: This wine bursts onto your palate with beautiful black fruits, crème de cassis, cocoa nibs and toast. This wine possesses sweet tannins that linger, long into the polished finish.

Valserrano Rioja Crianza 2010 $16.99
Cherry red colour with a visual medium-high intensity.
Intense nose in a still glass, in which lactic and ripe red fruit aromas stand out. Immediately after moving the glass, primary aromas are mixed with aromas of the ageing and the fermentation. Reminiscences of ripe plums, fresh figs, hazelnuts, green tea and toasted hints. Intense and fruity attack. Tasty mid-palate with very tamed and well-integrated tannins, and a great acidity which shows the greatness of the vintage.

 

Posted 8/27/2015 4:38:55 AM

Friday, August 28 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Rod Evans of Zancanella Imports will be pouring selections from France.

Chateau La Bastide Corbieres Blanc 2013 $7.99
This beautiful blend of 50% Roussanne, 25% Vermentino, and 25% Bourboulenc displays an entrancing combination of white flowers, lemon meringue, and orange blossom on the nose. It is bright and crisp up front with a fantastic mineral structure. Then the body of the wine seeps in and the roundness of the Roussanne fills the mouth with a wonderful tangerine and dried apricot fruit flavor. The vibrancy of the fresh fruit lingers on the finish for some time.

Domaine de la Garniere Muscadet 2014 $9.99
Domaine de la Garniere produces a classic "textbook" muscadet. A light wine perfect of course for oysters, but all shellfish and light fish like flounder and sole. Wonderful citrusy wine balanced with all the shells and minerality from that region.

Montmarin La Oliviers Rose 2014 $8.99
The wines of Domaine de Montmarin have been our house wines for many years now. The Domaine de Montmarin Rose is full of fresh raspberry and strawberry fruit characters, crisp acidity, and has a clean and refreshing finish.

Lucien Lardy Beaujolais Villages 2014 $11.99
This ripe and rounded wine features soft tannins and generous fruitiness. Cherries dominate along with juicy plums, all cut by acidity. An edge of tannins give weight and a concentrated feel. Drink now, but even better wait until 2015.

Yohan Lardy Moulin-a-Vent 2012 $17.99
This well-balanced wine has typical aromas of violet, roses with an emphasis on fruit, very spicy (cinnamon) and floral notes. The mouth is full, well rounded, displaying berries and cherries notes, roses, a long finish with soft tannins. Pair with grille red meat, lamb legs, game.

Aurelien Verdet Bourgougne Rouge 2013 $24.99
This is reminiscent of a Nuits St georges with an intensely aromatic, ripe raspberry bouquet and concentrated palate.

 

Posted 8/20/2015 5:07:20 AM

Friday, August 21 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Kris Alexander of Vinum Imports will be pouring selections from France, Spain, Oregon and California.

Ampelidae Marigny-Neuf Sauvignon Blanc Loire Valley 2013 $10.99
A beauty from the Loire’s 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, lemongrass and smoky flint. This is the rare Sauvignon Blanc value that can stand up to wines from the Loire Valley’s marquee appellations costing twice as much, or more.

Roxy Ann Pinot Gris Rogue Valley 2014 $15.99
Smooth and round, this is a generous, ripe Pinot Gris, with a distinct spiciness to the Bartlett pear; melon and nectarine flavor that plays well against the delicate citrus acidity. It is a rich, full-bodied wine that should please those seeking a lively mouthful of creamy, minerally-pear and lemon flavors that linger on the harmonious, juicy finish.

Albert Bichot Bourgogne Blanc 2012 $16.99
Wine with straw yellow color with good intensity. Delicate nose that opens on notes of green apple and white flowers. This dry white has a refreshing acidity.

La Aldea Monastrell 2013 $8.99
Bodegas La Aldea Monastrell was fermented with native yeasts and aged in stainless steel. Aromas of underbrush, brier, and blueberry inform the nose of this concentrated, savory, spicy red that is an excellent value for drinking over the next 3-4 years.

Bodegas Riojanas Puerta Vieja Rioja 2011 $13.99
Bodegas Riojanas is more than a century old, family-owned winery and one of the peioneers of modern winemaking in Rioja. The grapes for their Puerta Vieja Crianza--Tempranillo, Mazuelo and Graciano--come from dry-farmed estate vineyards in the towns of Cenicero and Sonsierra. Aged for 19 months in American oak, this showcases the brighter, fresher side of Tempranillo, with Mazuelo and Graciano adding tannin, color and flavors of cherry and mulberry. Firm right now, this youthful wine drinks now and will soften in the glass or with another year or two in your cellar.

Broadside Paso Robles Cabernet 2013 $13.99
Fans of Broadside's delicious Margarita Vineyard Cabernet, take note! This 2013 Paso Robles bottling is one of the most graceful wines we've tasted in the under $20 price range, combining 50% Margarita fruit with two other sustainably farmed Paso Robles vineyards. It is substantial and refreshing, with full flavors of sweet purple plums, spicy citrus oil, brambly black and blue berry fruit, and balanced, grippy young tannins. A truly fantastic value! 
 



Posted 8/13/2015 5:48:03 AM

Friday, August 14 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

 Doug Culver of C&G Wines will be pouring selections from Oregon, Italy, Portugal and France.

Aliança 2014 Vinho Verde $8.99
Refreshing and crisp with a lot of character and precision. With the slightest bit of fizz, this is the perfect summer sipper. Aliança, by reputation, is a Vinho Verde specialist.

Lorelle 2014 Pinot Grigio $9.99
Crisp green apples, lemon peel, and flowers highlight this local Pinot Grigio.

Cottenera 2013 Etna Bianco $9.99
Rich, full bodied blend of Viognier and Inzolia. Lovely lychee nut, honeysuckle, apricot and orange rind notes, good mineral notes, terrific acidity and a luscious finish.

Moulin de Gassac 2014 VDP de l'Herault Rosé $13.99
55% Syrah, 45% Grenache This delightful salmon-pink wine is produced using the traditional saignée process. After macerating on the skins for approximately 10 hours, the juice is then pumped off and fermented in temperature-controlled, stainless steel tanks. Aromatics of strawberries and crushed red fruit leap from the glass. In the mouth, it is fresh with excellent acidity, some mineral components and good length. Very food friendly, it is a great companion to just about anything you want to throw at it.

Moulin de Gassac 2014 VDP de l'Herault Rouge $13.99
Syrah-Grenache-Carignan-Cinsault
25-50 year vines grown organically on the windy, sun soaked shores of the Mediterranean. No oak to meddle with the clean fruit in this charming wine.
Well-balanced with lively crushed red fruit in the nose. Some pepper notes and spice lead into a wine that is both full bodied, but not overwhelming in alcohol. Only 12.5%?! And we thought that this wasn't possible anymore. Thanks to the Cinsault in the blend, the finish is fresh and lively. Drink with both hearty fare, charcuterie and even spicy food.

Gitton 2010 Sancerre Rouge $14.99
100% Pinot Noir.
The light ruby-hued Sancerre (Pinot Noir) exhibits notes of allspice, roasted herbs and sweet cherries, medium body and silky tannins.

 

Posted 8/5/2015 6:20:40 AM

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

Dave the Wine Guy will be pouring some favorites from Oregon, Washington, Spain and France.

Louis Latour Grand Ardeche Chardonnay 2013 $13.99
The climate in the Ardèche, to the west of Rhône, certainly suits Chardonnay. Couple this terroir with Louis Latour's Burgundian expertise and the result is in the style of Meursault. It is treated as if it were grown in one of the Grand Cru vineyards of the Côte-d’Or.
Yellow-green in colour, with a subtle nose of vanilla. On the palate there are ripe apple and peach fruits with a nutty, buttery creamy texture and notes of vanilla and spice. A powerful and complex wine.

Southard White Blend Yakima 2013 $14.99
This humbly-labeled white is a revelation. In the mouth it has the style and sleekness of fine Burgundy, with flavors running through a spectrum of herb, citrus and tree fruits. Polished and seductive.

Montinore Borealis Alsatian Blend 2014 $13.99
Perfumy Alsatian grapes from the Willamette Valley. Aromas of stone fruits, apricot, pineapple, and acacia. Montinore is a small, family-run estate that focuses on producing quality wines from biodynamically farmed grapes.

Canchales Vino Jovan Rioja 2013 $9.99
Bursting with black cherry and plum scents. Flavors of black cherry and orange zest flavors are juicy and vibrant.
Rioja is best known for its glorious gran reservas—red wines that age for half a decade before release, the best of which improve in bottle for decades beyond. For immediate drinking, though, its jovens make a better bet. Based on the same signature grape, Tempranillo, joven Riojas are bottled not long after they’re finished fermenting, in the winter or spring following harvest. Generally oak-free, as with this example from Bodegas Riojanas, they’re fruity and straightforward, with lighter tannins that make them suitable for a wide range of foods. Bodegas Riojanas is a famous winery founded in 1890 that’s located in Rioja Alta, a subzone that’s a source of many of Rioja’s best wines.

Powers Malbec Columbia Valley 2013 $10.99
Boasting red currant, raspberries, cranberries, and mint with a slight herbal edge on the nose, this wine explodes on the palate with dried black fruits, red cherry and black currant flavors with a slight dustiness on the balanced finish.

Gordo Monastrell Cabernet Blend Yecla 2012 $15.99
A fabulous value from Patrick Mata, the 2012 Gordo is a blend of 70% Monastrell and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon from an organic vineyard planted in 1970. Aged three months in French oak, it showcases the brilliant quality of the Mourvèdre grape from this sunny appellation. The wine boasts an opaque ruby/purple color along with notes of lead pencil shavings, blackberries, black raspberries and a hint of blueberries. The sensational fruit characteristics are pure as well as vivid. This full-bodied, opulent, stunningly savory, expansively flavored 2012 can be drunk over the next 2-3 years.
 



Posted 7/30/2015 5:11:39 AM

Friday, July 31 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Kristen Cooper of Vertical Wine and Beer Co. will be pouring selections from Oregon, Spain, Germany, South Africa, Bulgaria and New Zealand.


Graham Beck Brut Rose $16.99
The grapes are hand-picked from Graham Beck's own estate vineyards in Robertson, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch. The wine has been made in the traditional method, with sufficient bottle age to impart a delicate yeast character while maintaining the essential berry fruit.
Pale silvery pink, with aromas of raspberry and cherry, with some subtle mineral hints. Bright acidity and fine mousse balance well with the ripeness of the crushed berry flavors.

Vini Sauvignon Blanc 2013 $7.99
Citrus and nectarine aromas and flavors with a crisp, fruity-­yet-­dry light-­to-­medium body and tangy, mineral laden finish. Nice flavor and balance for a wide range of poultry and fish dishes

Jules Taylor Sauvignon Blanc New Zealand 2014 $14.99
Made in quintessentially Marlborough style, this Sauvignon shows bright, lifted aromas of passion fruit, white fleshed nectarines, fruit salad and currant leaf. The palate is loaded with fresh, vibrant tropical fruit and herbaceous flavours. With its well defined backbone of acid this mouthful of goodness rolls out to a long dry finish.

Weinkeller Erbach Riesling Rheingau 2012 $15.99 lt.
Round and refreshing wine with light touches of lemon and lime on the nose. Slightly sweet mouthfeel, with juicy and fruity flavors.

Luis Canas Rioja Blanca 2014 $2014 $16.99
85% Viura, 15% Malvasia from vines that are over 60 years old and picked by hand. A beautifully balanced white Rioja, great lively fruit flavours and a well-structured finish of ripe fruit. Beautiful golden yellow, with bright lemony highly-luminous reflections. The nose is fine, with great elegance, combined with floral and fruity tones.
The palate is dry with a crisp acidity that gives its freshness and vivacity, a structured and tasty finish of ripe fruit.

Ransom Reds Rogue Valley Blend 2011 $16.99
44% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc, 16% Malbec.
An elegant yet accessible blend inspired by the wines of Bordeaux, the Ransom Reds blend is lively and food-friendly. Opening with aromas of blackcurrant, leather, and sweet earth, the palate is voluptuous, with flavors of black plum and demerara sugar punctuated by juicy acidity and supported by fine, velveteen tannins. The Reds finishes with length andpower, leaving behind aromas of wild berries and cigar box.



Posted 7/23/2015 5:03:11 AM

Friday, July 24 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Tim O'Brien of Palm Bay Imports will be pouring selections from France, Italy, California, Argentina and Chile.

Jean Luc Colombo Cape Bleue Rose 2014 $11.99
Soft, delicate pink. Subtle hints of peach, rose petal and pepper on the nose. Dry and complex, with intriguing notes of raspberries, fresh cherry, black olive and fennel.
A great Rose to enjoy on its own or with a wide range of appetizers, fi sh, poultry dishes and vegetarian fare.
Grape Varieties: 67% Syrah, 33% Mourvedre

Rocca delle Macie Moonlite 2013 $12.99
Pinot Grigio 20%, Chardonnay 35%, Vermentino 30%, Trebbiano 15%
The grapes involved in the Moonlite blend come from Tuscany selected vineyards. The wine is produced following the most advanced
fermentation techniques for white wines. Straw-yellow, intense aromas of white flowers with hints of flint. Fresh mineral notes blend perfectly with citrus notes.

Au Contraire Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2013 $15.99
Color: Gold with green tints. Aroma: Pronounced lemon citrus core with tree fruits of pear and crisp apple lined with a floral note of jasmine. Taste: Citrus and tree fruits are complemented by a hint of brioche and toast. A round, elegant mouth feel with perfect balance leads to a lingering finish with a touch of minerality. -winery notes
93 pts Wine Enthusiast

Planeta Cerasuolo Sicily 2012 $18.99
Intense ruby red with pink hues. The bouquet is typical of wines produced in the Vittoria area. It is fruity, reminiscent of red berries, strawberries, cherries, figs, ginger and fruit drops. Very distinctive, this is the wine that best highlights the characteristics of the terroir. On the palate, it is supple, vibrant and wonderfully fresh, with a long finish. 60% Nero d'Avola, 40% Frappato.

Santa Rita 120 Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 $7.99
The wine is pleasing from the get-go with rounded black fruits, a strong influence by the black currant juice element and some crushed sloe and juicy cherry fruit in another layer. The midpalate starts a little "hot" but then shows good delineation of black fruit with supple tannins and a soft tannic core. The finish lingers with yet more cassis, some smoke and a hint of tobacco. Amazing quality for the price.

Callia Alta Malbec 2013 $8.99
Bodegas Callia is situated in the Tulum Valley in Argentina’s province of San Juan. It is nestled between the Pie de Palo hills to the north and the Cerro Chico Del Zonsa to the south. Two fincas (estates) encompass 300 hectares of land: Finca Pie de Palo and Finca 9 De Julio. At 2,133 feet above sea level, the area is blessed by temperate climate, low rainfall and rich sandy alluvial and clay loam soil; the result is intense and fruity wines that reflect the rich terroir of this region. Bouquet of Beautiful red fruits such as plums and cherries. A balanced mouthfeel with flavors of redcurrant and black cherry supported by sweet, round tannins. It culminates in a long finish with notes of cloves and cinnamon. Excellent with barbecued dishes, burgers, spicy Mexican food such as quesadillas or tacos, roasted pork, duck, and honey baked ham.



Posted 7/15/2015 6:53:10 PM

Friday, July 17 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Jim Spencer of Vin de Garde Imports will be pouring selections from France and Italy.

Jean Sipp Pinot Gris Reserve 2011 $18.99
One of the most beautiful wine regions of the world and also one of the greatest places to eat, it is a mystery as to why the wines of Alsace are not more popular. Located in the North East of France, the region specialises in quite full and powerful aromatic whites, the majority of which are dry and many of which have a spicy character. Pale lemon gold with a nose of confit pears, blossom and spice, notably vanilla. The is broad textured, rich and powerful, showing baked apple, pear and spice and lifted by fresh acidity. Have with Ham. Veal. Foie gras. Asparagus. Bisques. Charcuterie.

Ascheri Arneis 2013 $16.99
Crisp, zesty, north Italian white brimming with peach and pineapple aromas, warm spiciness and exotic notes of passionfruit and confit lemon.
About this bottle: Famous for its wonderful reds, Piedmont's distinctive white wines can be equally charming. Arneis is the region's 'little rascal'. A tricky grape to grow, but its elegant fruitiness makes it well worth the effort. Winemaker Giuliano Bedino brings out its fabulous depth of flavour with his insightful winemaking and expertise.

Domaine Maison Cheverny 2013 $15.99
Sauvignon 60% - Chardonnay 40%
Pale brilliant yellow colour. Very aromatic, complex fresh lime like grapefruit and exotics fruits. On the palate round and elegant. A well-balanced, delicate wine, very pleasant.

Jean Maurice Raffault Chinon Rose 2014 $13.99
100% Cabernet Franc.
J-M Raffault’s Chinon Rosé is considered the finest of the Loire Valley. It is made from 100% Cabernet Franc grapes planted on alluvial sand and gravel soils on the former Loire river bed. The J-M Raffault Chinon Rosé has a brilliant, pomegranate-red color, bright red-berry and red-citrus fruit, and a long, fresh and succulent finish. Chinon Rosé accounts for 15% of the Chinon appellation.

Domaine Maison Cheverny Rouge 2011 $14.99
Magnificent dark red colour with the bright of a young wine. A perfumed bouquet of red and dark fruits and gently spices. With lots of red fruits cherry with soft tannins. Pinot Noir 60 % Gamay 30 % Malbec Côt 10 %.

Bernard Defaix Bourgogne 2013 $18.99
Red fruit flavours can be found, typical of Pinot Noir, in this fine wine with a lot of character. It goes perfectly with delicatessen and white or red meat with a light sauce.
 



Posted 7/8/2015 8:25:27 PM

Friday, July 10 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Amalie Roberts of Petit Monde Imports will be pouring selections from France.

Chateau De Breze Saumur Chenin Blanc 2012 $16.99
The historic Chateau Breze in the Loire Valley is at the center of a vineyard
revival project of young but already renowned vigneron, Arnaud Lambert. His
entry level Chenin Blanc is clean and classic and perfect for summer heat.

Domaine Montrose Rose 2014 $11.99
Montrose Rose has become a Portland favorite in the past few years. From the
hills of Cotes de Thongue in the Languedoc region of the south of France, this
1710 estate knows how to keep freshness and vibrancy in their wines using
techniques like night harvesting to keep acid levels up in this warmer climate.
A stellar wine at a stellar price.

Domaine de la Graveirette CDR Rose 2014 $12.99
Graveirette Rose made by Rhone producer Julien Mus is an extraordinary example
of what 100% Syrah can be. The pallet is gentle and smooth with delicate berry
and a little stone fruit on the finish. Great wine to go with a summer salad or
a piece of grilled Salmon.

Domaine Léon Boesch Edelzwicker NV 15.99/Liter
Established in 1640, the Boesch family makes wine with old school wisdom and a
twist of contemporary enlightenment in the Vosges mountains of Alsace. They aim
for ripeness, body, and direct expression of terroir. The Edelzwicker is a
blend of Pinot Blanc, Sylvaner, and Riesling with tiny bits of Pinot Gris,
Muscat, Gewürztraminer. Dry and fresh, and balanced. Great with mountain
cheeses, cured meats, fish, poultry and even light spicy dishes and Asian and
Indian cuisines.

Domaine Chirolet Les Terres Blanches 2013 $11.99
The Fezas famille from the Cotes du Gascogne showcase their local varietals:
Gros Manseng, Petit Manseng, with a touch of Sauvignon Blanc to create this
easy, delicious, and affordable quaff. This wine called “Chiroulet” references
the whistling winds that sweep the landscape keeping vines dry and free from
disease. We imagine it may have you whistling too! To be served: As an
aperitif, with starters, grilled fish, sea bream, turbot, shellfish, lobsters,
fish in cream sauces, fattened pullet.

Chateau Fontenille 2014 $13.99
Chateau Fontenielles from Entre-deux-Mers region of Bourdeux: Stephan DuFrane
creates an exceptional and particularly aromatic wine of Sauvignon blanc with a
splash of Semillon. This wine will perfectly accompany seafood and grilled
fish, and is also amazing with goat cheese. A fresh and slightly acid wine
which strikingly shows the quality revival of the white wines from the
Entre-deux-Mers.
 



Posted 6/25/2015 6:38:30 AM

Friday, June 26 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Meredith Ball of Corridor 5 Imports will be pouring selections from France, Italy and Spain.

Branchini Pignoletto 2013 $14.99
Straw-yellow color with slight hints of green, a delicate nose, fruity, intense, featuring the scent of hawthorne flowers and a captivating leesy quality. Quite dry, harmonious, and persistent with good acidity. From the Emilia Romagna region.

Castelmaure Saint Felix Rose 2014 $9.99
Complex nose, aromas of cherries and strawberries.

Aix Rose Provence 2014 $13.99
An award-winning wine from one of the region's largest and most prestigious wineries, Domaine de la Grande Séouve, who have established AIX as perhaps the definitive Provence rosé.
Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah-Shiraz

La Kiuva Rose Vallee Valle d'Aosta 2014 $14.99
A blend of Nebbiolo, Gros Vien, Neyret. The Rosé has no vintage on the label as only DOC wines are allowed to mention the vintage.
La Kiuva is a tiny co-op in the Vallée d'Aoste, whose headquarters are in Pied de Ville. It was created in 1975 and their first vintage was 1979. Today, it consists of just 60 growers comprising 25 hectares of vines (18 in DOC) and producing around 8000 cases total. In this way it is more akin to a fine small winery with each grower tending their small plot like in Burgundy with the co-operative's agronomist ensuring the highest quality of viticulture. Most of the grower-members farm organically.

Castemaure Corbieres 2013 $9.99
Ripe and beautifully framed, with a floral, meaty cherry and plum fruit nose that is fine and expressive. The palate shows sweet cherry and berry fruit but also a nice savoury character that is peppery with some olive notes, and some grippy tannin on the finish.

Castillo De Fuendejalon Crianza 2009 $9.99
Earthy berry and cola aromas are clean and ripe. This feels fresh on the tongue, with medium-level weight and power. Flavors run toward cassis and berry but fade quickly, with little to the finish. This is Garnacha with 25% Tempranillo.

 
Note: There will be no wine tasting July 3. 
 



Posted 6/18/2015 6:37:40 AM

Friday, June 19 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Margo Durdel of Oregon Brand Management will be pouring selections from Italy,  Oregon and France.

Castelfeder Pinot Grigio 2014 $11.99
Delicate on the nose, delicious aromas of apples, full, balanced body, full-bodied with a long, harmonious finish.

Cantine Povero Roero Arneis 2014 $14.99
The Arneis vine, whose origin is lost in the mists of time, has been cultivated since antiquity in the hilly and sandy soils of the Roero. Here the Tenuta Fratelli Povero owns the "Terre del Conte" vineyard from which they obtain all the product necessary for the production of their Roero Arneis, a wine that is now counted among the great D.O.C.G. whites of the Italian oenological tradition. This wine is straw white in colour with greenish reflections. Has an intense and fresh bouquet, dry and bitter taste. Its dominant characteristics, more or less prominent depending on the vintage, are the fresh hay, the pippin apple, almond and pineapple. Served at a temperature of about 10° C is a good aperitif and goes well with appetizers, creamy and velvety soups and with fish dishes.

Colene Clemens Rose Willamette Valley 2013 $18.99
True to our house style, the 2014 Rose features effusive aromas of apricot, stone fruit, flowers and a subtle savory dried herbal note. Bright and energetic on the palate the wine showcases just enough juicy apricot and stone fruit with a hint of strawberry and herbs to match a vibrant mouth-watering acidity that carrries the wine to a lenghty, invigorating finish. One of the best Roses of Oregon.

Feudi San Nicola Nero d'Avola 2013 $13.99
A juicy and lively blend from organic vineyards located within a wildlife preserve on southwest coast of Sicily, the Feudi San Nicola Nero d'Avola/Syrah 2010 is a true diamond in the rough. 70% Nero d' Avola, an indigenous Sicilian varietal, and 30% Syrah, this wine boasts bright raspberry fruits with distinct notes of pepper and spice on a balanced, medium-bodied frame. A classic Sicilian meal would pair this with roasted eggplant, but also try it with spicy red sauce pastas or even shellfish in a red wine sauce!

Patricia Green Cellars Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2013 $15.99
This is a great deal! Winemaker and co-owner Patty Green has become an icon of the Willamette Valley, and her wines are consistently among the best in the region. The winery is situated in the heart of the Ribbon Ridge AVA*, but is known for producing a broad selection of wines from some of the best vineyards in Oregon. This particular blend is a new one for them, and you'll love the spicy nose, and silky round mouthfeel from start to finish.

Edmond Burle Vacqueyras Rhone Valley 2013 $19.99
Burle’s lusty Southern Rhone reds offer so much character and authenticity for their amazingly prices. Burle’s Vacqueyras shows notes of licorice, kirsch, coffee beans, pepper, and dried herbs.

 



Posted 6/11/2015 6:12:52 AM

Friday, June 12 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Joe Moura of Casa Bruno Imports will be pouring selections from Oregon, France and Portugal.

Ayres Pinot Blanc Willamette Valley 2014 $16.99
Mineral tones and citrus highlights deliver an instantly refreshing sensation to your palate!

Illahe Viognier  Willamette Valley 2014 $16.99
Illahe Viognier has the authentic varietal character of Viognier in a big, full bodied, fascinating package. Jasmine, violets, hyacinth, and gardenia scents mingle together followed by a core of pear, lychee, white peach, all accented by a mineral freshness. One of the best Viogniers made in the Northwest.

Domaine des Terrisses Rose Gaillac $14.99
The Rosé is produced using the saignée method with maceration lasting about 12 hours. The grape blend is 50% Gamay and 50% Syrah. Typical of Rosé wines from Southwest France, this wine has a deep hue and the flavors and structure of a light red wine.

Six Vineyards Lemelson Pinot Noir 2013 $18.99
Six Vineyards Pinot noir is farmed and produced using the same organic viticulture techniques and attention to detail as all of our Pinot noirs. The result is a high quality example of Pinot noir at a modest price. The 2013 may be our best Six Vineyards yet. With fragrant, spicy aromatics, the nose combines dried flowers, red currant, cherry compote and earth. One of the best Oregon Pinot Noirs for under $20.00!

Chateau Jouclary Cabardes 2011 $11.99
Cabardes lies on the western edge of the Languedoc near the medieval walled city  of Carcassonne. As this area has climatic influence from both the Atlantic and Mediterranean the appellation laws require the use of varieties from both areas. Jouclary blends Merlot and Cabernet Franc with Grenache and Syrah. The Franc brings high toned aromatics, the Merlot earthy, dark chocolate notes, the Grenache spice and juicy fruit, and the Syrah darker tones and structure.

Tapadas d'Elvas Portugal NV $8.99
Clear, garnet red color. Intense aroma of ripe fruit. Fruity in the mouth, soft, with well balanced tannins. Blend of Aragonês, Trincadeira, Alicante Bouschet.

 



Posted 6/4/2015 6:06:35 AM

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

Bonnie Jeuris of Grape Expectations will be pouring selections from France, Spain, Italy and Corsica:

Les Pouches Saumur 2013 $9.99
100% Chenin Blanc | Les Pouches is a single vineyard in Montreuil-Bellay where walls circle the city and its vineyards planted to the sandy silty clay atop the limestone bedrock that foster Chenin Blanc of great tension and electric personality. Dynamic scents of juniper berries and cedar sap, lime leaf and citrus fruit all pull you closer until they quench the thirst they inspire and clear your mind of all else with a watering mouth and tart cheeks –an invigorating and imminently food friendly white born for most any table but certainly rillettes, cured meats and citrusy seafood.

Saint Bris Chablisean Sauvignon Blanc 2013 $11.99
Very fresh and intense, with zesty lemon hints, grassy nose, very creamy texture and flavour. Fresh and silky smooth.
The tiny Saint-Bris appellation is quite a rarity, in that it is a Burgundian AC planted to the Sauvignon Blanc grape. Impress your guests with this tidbit, and with this tasty Burgundian Savvy. David Schildknecht, writing on Jancis Robinson's website, stated in May 2004 that 'the best growers farming this appellation ... render among the most fascinating and delicious Sauvignons on the planet.'
(There is one farmer / grower who is allowed to grow Sauvignon Blanc in Burgundy ... Famous and that's why they call it Chablisean )

Condes de Albarei Albarino 2013 $12.99
Albarei offers a clean, citrusy, mineral-laden version of the grape, reflective of the cool and wet Val do Salnés subregion. It's ideal for all kinds of shellfish, among other foods. Drink now or over the next several years.

Domaine Santa Giulietta Rose Corse 2014 $10.99
Fresh peach and cherry notes glide through a lightly floral finish. Offers a rounded, flattering feel in the end. Drink now.

Pago de Otazu Premium Cuvee Navarre 2010 $12.99
Boysenberry and a touch of herbal mint are the lead aromas on this blend of Tempranillo, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. There’s power and mild heat to the palate, along with warm berry flavors that finish with a lot of intensity and push. This is generous and expressive. 90 pts Wine Spectator and Best 100 top buys.

Masciarelli Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2012 $8.99
Medium-bodied, concentrated red with ripe flavors of raspberry, strawberry, red currant, cherry, violet, earth and tobacco. This is a lovely pairing for lamb, grilled meat, and an array of cheeses.

 





Posted 5/27/2015 1:27:49 PM

Friday, May 29 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Dougal Reeves of Estelle Imports will be pouring selections from Spain, Italy,
Oregon, and Argentina:

GM Cava $8.99
This high quality bubbly offers outstanding bang for the buck, and is an
excellent substitute for those seeking high quality sparkling wines without
spending a fortune.

Fernanda Cappello Pinot Grigio 2014 $11.99
In the glass, our Pinot Grigio, with its straw-yellow tones touched with copper 
tones which recall the colour of its grapes, very unique and individual; its 
fluidity in the glass shows it is an important wine, with good consistency.
When brought to the nose, it gives off apple, ripe melon, powder and toast 
smells, which make it inviting to taste. -winery notes 

Iniesta Rosado Bobal 2014 $8.99
Raspberry highlighting its clarity, its brightness intense. The nose, very
fruity with hints of raspberry, currant and jelly beans. Soft but fresh and
balanced with the characteristics of Bobal.

Vista Hills WV Pinot Noir 2013 $15.99
This gorgeous Pinot offers notes of red cherry, strawberry, cranberry, savory,
meat and sandalwood. The  2013 vintage is among Vista Hills’ best to date — fruitful, food-friendly
and  pure joy in a wine glass. -Vinese

Azul Malbec 2013 $11.99
A beautiful Malbec from our friends at Bodega La Azul in Tupungato, Argentina.
Aromas ofRaspberry, blackberry and plum compote. Intensely fruity on the
palate. Beautifully balanced, with well-rounded, sweet tannins on the finish.

Las Perdices Malbec 2013 $10.99
Intense purplish red. Complex aromas of red fruits, with delicate touches of
wood. Soft on the palate, balanced, with notes of plums and cherries.



Posted 5/21/2015 4:18:05 AM

Friday, May 22 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Rod Evans of Zancanella Imports will be pouring selections from France and Italy:

Reine Juliette Picpoul de Pinet 2014 $9.99
Picpoul is the grape grown around the village of Pinet in the Languedoc region of southern France. Some folks refer to this grape as the "lip stinger" due to its brisk acidity. Normally fairly low in alcohol, hopefully no oak ageing and very refreshing. Lovely aperitif and great with seafood and light meats.

Cedric Bardin Sancerre 2014 $18.99
100 % Sauvignon Blanc from France's Loire Valley. Classic rendition of this wine. Very clean and vibrant with a grassy, herbal character. No oak, the grape speaks for itself. Drink now or hold for a few years. Cheese, fish or just by itself.

Chateau Coussin Rose Provence 2014 $15.99
Wonderful example of a Rose from the Provence area of France. Blend of Cinsault and Grenache. Light in color, elegant, dry with a touch of light red fruit aroma and flavor-think strawberry. Picture yourself sitting outside at a cafe in a lively town on the Riviera.

Provenza Chiaretto 2014 $12.99
Long time favorite Italian Rose. Interesting blend of Sangiovese, Barbera, Gropello and Marzemino-it all works. Grown at the southern end of Lake Garda. Dry, with a tasty strawberry, cherry character. Fun wine around the deck or picnic table.

Rocca Langhe Rosso 2012 $10.99
Giovanni Rocca is a very small family winery in the Piedmont making wines in more of an "old school" style. A blend of Nebbiolo, Barbera and Dolcetto-the main red grapes of the area. Slightly rustic (in a good way). Dark red fruits, spicy, rich. Try this with BBQ'd ribs!!

Mannucci Droandi Chianti 2012 $12.99
Small, organic producer from the section of Tuscany called "Colli Aretini". Mainly Sangiovese with some Canaolo. Deep, dark fruit with a nice dose of earthiness. Perfect with salami, cheese, pizza, pasta...

 



Posted 5/14/2015 4:37:15 AM

Friday, May 15 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Whitney Laucks of D'Vine Wine will be pouring selections from Italy, Spain, France and Washington:

Vandori Prosecco $8.99
"One of the world's best under $10 bottles of wine!" This standout sparkler is unusually delicious and really over delivers for its price. 100% Macabeo, it is bone dry with fine bubbles and scents and tastes of lemons, sage and apple. - Mad Wine

Creta de Menade Verdejo Rueda 2013 $13.99
Vinified entirely in stainless, this is a lively, crisp 100% Verdejo that is reminiscent of a Sancerre on vacation in the tropics: grassy and citrus driven with hints of pineapple and spring flowers. - UnWined

Herencia Altes Rose 2014 $10.99
A very light salmon pink color reveals the short with skins. A delicate floral aroma is followed by light, fresh taste with a hint of sweetness from the garnacha.

Ryan Patrick Redhead Red 2013 $9.99
Aroma: Hints of black cherry with a touch of ripe raspberry, chocolate, savory herb and red currant on the nose.
Flavor: A lush entry with a round plush mid-palate and a long fruit driven finish. 84% Merlot, 13% Malbec, 3% Syrah.

Hazana Rioja Tradicion 2012 $11.99
Hazana Rioja Tradicion displays a fantastic deep color, superb berry fruit, and controlled toast and vanilla character. The palate delivers sweet fruit and excellent structure. 85% Tempranillo, 15% Graciano

"An absolutely mind-blowing value, this blend of 85% Tempranillo and 15% Graciano comes from 20-40-year-old head-pruned vines and was aged in a combination of American and French oak. A selection made by proprietor Rafael De Haan and Eric Solomon, the outstanding 2012 Rioja Tradicion exhibits classic Rioja characteristics of black cherry jam, lead pencil shavings, licorice and tobacco leaf. Medium-bodied and elegant with sweet tannin, this wine dramatically over-delivers." -The Wine Advocate 90 pts

Domaine de la Janasse Reserve Cotes du Rhone 2011 $16.99
This is a custom made for the U.S. market by Eric Solomon from the dynamic, conscientious, remarkably consistent producer of Chateauneuf du Pape and Cotes du Rhone, Christophe Sabon. This Cotes du Rhone Reserve, a blend of 50% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Carignan, 10% Mourvedre and 10% Cinsault aged in 12 months in foudre, is gorgeous. Kirsh liqueur dominates and aromatics and flavors, the wine's deep ruby
color is followed by lots of floral, licorice, lavender, pepper, roasted meat and herbes de provance notes. This complex, concentrated, stunning Cotes du Rhone sells for a song. Robert Parker 92 pts.

 



Posted 5/6/2015 8:17:22 PM

Friday, May 8 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Kara Kuehl of Vehr's Wine will be pouring selections from Oregon, California and Argentina:

Adobe White Blend Paso Robles 2012 $12.99
This Adobe White 2012 has a bright straw color with aromas of orange blossoms, mandarin zest, jasmine, sweet fennel and honey, with hints of fresh-ground nutmeg. Tropical fruit flavors of mango, cherimoya, and white peach predominate. Firm acidity backs up a rich, balanced mouth-feel. The finished wine is a refreshing summer quaffer with plenty of fruit and spice character. Great served pool-side with Southeast Asian and Caribbean dishes.
36% Viognier, 34% Grenache Blanc, 24% Sauvignon Blanc, 6% Princess.

Matchbook Chardonnay Dunnigan Hills AVA California 2013 $12.99
The opulence of this wine is evident by its beautiful goldenstraw color. Aromas of spiced pears, caramel and baked apple are layered over butterscotch and brown barrel spices. The flavors are an enticing play of crisp apple and cream, Crenshaw melon and Crème brûlée. We make this rich, full-boded chardonnay in the traditional manor with barrel fermentation and lees stirring to give the wine a luscious viscosity and elegance. Pair this delicious Chardonnay with smoked gouda, grilled chicken salad, or even fish tacos. 100% Dunnigan Hills Chardonnay, Giguiere Vineyard.

Quady North Rose Rogue Valley 2014 $13.99
This Southern Oregon-style rosé picks up on the classic Tavel model. Grenache and Syrah combine to make this wine fruity and flavorful. Ripe cherry and a hint of sweetness delight the mid-palate.

Clayhouse Adobe Red Paso Robles 2011 $ 12.99
Grill up the burgers and ribs to drink with this rustic but satisfying red. Blended with Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and a bunch of other varieties, it’s dry and tannic, with zesty acidity accompanying wild blackberry, coffee and pepper flavors.

Fabre Montmayou Malbec Mendoza 2012 $14.99
The Wine Advocate - "The 2012 Malbec Reserva is aged for one year in French oak, and is quite dark-colored, with a showy, intense nose where the ripe black fruit and licorice aromas completely coat the oak notes. The palate is also fruit-driven, with buttery tannins, and is full-bodied, but keeping the freshness. This is great Malbec at a fantastic price. This very same wine is also sold in the United States under the Donaire brand. Drink now-2018. " 90 pts

Martin Ray Cabernet Sonoma County 2011 $17.99
Classic aromas of ripe cherry, pipe tobacco, cedar, spice and cola lead to candied cherry flavors, finishing with soft leather and rich blackberry and plum.
Gold Medal, Sonoma County Harvest Fair Wine Comp.
Gold Medal, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Comp.
85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 5% Primitivo, Malbec & Petit Verdot. Aged for 14 months in a mix of French and American barrels, using a blend of new and neutral oak.



Posted 4/29/2015 5:04:28 PM


Friday, May 1 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Dana Retz of Indie Wine Co. will be pouring selections from France, Argentina, Oregon and Washington:

Chateau Teulon Roussanne Costieres de Nimes 2013 $9.99
Gorgeous, with lush mango, creamed pineapple and Cavaillon melon . Exuberant and perfumed, with notes of marmalade, buttered citrus and orange rind.

Domaine de Couron Rose 2014 $8.99
Color a very light pinkish-orange. A bright, bountiful bouquet of fresh strawberries and watermelon with notes of citrus zest. Fresh, full-flavored, but light-bodied mélange from light raspberry and watermelon to strawberry.
- winery notes

Idilico Tempranillo Washington 2011 $19.99
Dark ruby in color. Notes of cedar, damp earth and dark fruits. Flavors of cedar, earth, pepper, black currant, tobacco and spice. The fruit integrating, and the flavors of earth, tobacco and spice coming to the fore. By day five, this was reminding me of past vintages. Give it time. 90 pts cellar tracker.

Benvenuto de la Serna Malbec 2008 $9.99
This staunch Malbec opens with straightforward berry aromas, and with airing it turns leathery and cheesy smelling. It’s tight and tannic on the palate, with lemony oak, potent blackberry and herb flavors. Short, rugged and tannic on the finish, but loaded with flavor and spunk.

Bowlus Hills Red Walla Walla Valley 2012 $19.99
Bowlus Hills is one of Zerba’s second labels and the 2008 red blend is made up of 37% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Syrah & 4% Malbec. Medium-bodied with tantalizing holiday aromas of spicy plum and smoked meats backed by hints of lavender and menthol. The flavors are dominated by both plum and cherry that transition to hints of cedar on the finish. Pairs well with a wide array of food particularly grilled meats or hearty dishes. -Wine Merchant Cincinnati

Benvenuto de la Serna Trisagio 2009 $23.99
Black raspberry aromas. Rich and fleshy mouth texture with red berries chocolate notes and firm yet rounded tannins with a long lingering finish.
33% Malbec, 33% Petit Verdot, 33% Tannat.

 



Posted 4/22/2015 12:10:36 PM

Friday, April 24 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Amalie Roberts of Petit Monde will be pouring selections from France:

Domaine Léon Boesch Edelswicker NV 15.99/Liter
Established in 1640, the Boesch family makes wine with old school wisdom and a twist of contemporary enlightenment in the Vosges mountains of Alsace. They aim for ripeness, body, and direct expression of terroir. The Edelzwicker is a blend of Pinot Blanc, Sylvaner, and Riesling with tiny bits of Pinot Gris, Muscat, Gewürztraminer. Dry and fresh, and balanced. Great with mountain cheeses, cured meats, fish, poultry and even light spicy dishes and Asian and Indian cuisines.

Chiroulet “Terres Blanches” 2013 11.99
Located in one of the most beautiful areas of the Côtes de Gascogne this domaine's top white blend is made with 50% Gros Manseng, 40% Sauvignon Blanc and 10% Ugni Blanc from old vines. It is aged in tank for 8 months with lees stirring to provide additional richness. The nose explodes with Sauvignon Blanc-like notes, including lime, a touch of melon and citrus fruits. Medium-bodied on the palate, this wine finishes dry and clean. Perfect for warm weather sipping.

Domaine Montrose Rouge 2013 11.99
2013,Domaine Montrose is located in the Languedoc region of Southern France, 15 km away from the Mediterranean coast. The name Montrose refers to its geographic location on a volcano (Mont) and to the pink (Rose) flowers almond tress surrounding the vineyard. This domaine founded in 1701 creates a blend of Merlot, Syrah, and Grenache that is redolent of red berries, peaches, and hints of light spice. Serving: enjoy it chilled on its own or with grilled fish, meats, and vegetables and according to proprietor, Olivier Coste- try it with sushi.

Domaine L’Idylle Mondeuse 2013 $16.99
The Savoie is an alpine region in eastern France known for it’s indigenous varietals rarely grown anywhere else.
The brothers Phillipe and Francois grow the Mondeuse grapes in their small south facing Alpine vineyard in the red only AOC called Arbin. Their dedication allows us to enjoy this vibrant and medium bodied wine with lots of peppery spice and floral notes. Enjoy with traditional Savoyarde foods- sausages, grilled meats, potatoes dishes and of course, lots of cheese.

Chateau de Breze “Clos Mazurique” Saumur 2012 $16.99
The historic Chateau Brézé in Saumur of the Loire valley is a unique site due to its relatively high elevation and nuanced geological profile. Acclaimed winemaker Arnaud Lambert and gives life to this ruby raspberry hued clean and pure expression of Cabernet Franc matured in stainless steel vats and grown on soil of tuffeau (a porous, chalky limestone) and clay. The results in finely textured and minerally wine well suited to typical parisian bistro foods. Try roasted chicken or steak frites!

Domaine de la Biscarelle Cotes du Rhone 2013 $14.99
Essentially a baby Chateauneuf, Biscarelle’s blend of 55% Grenache is accented by 20% each Syrah and Carignan with a dollop of Cinsault thrown in for extra complexity. A classic, opaque plum-ruby color in the glass, Biscarelle’s Cotes-du-Rhone Villages opens with Chateauneuf-like aromas of black cherry fruit accented by hints of freshly cracked black pepper, fresh, sappy herbs and top notes of eucalyptus.

 



Posted 4/14/2015 7:11:40 PM

Friday, April 17 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Doug Culver of C&G Wine will be pouring selections from Washington, France and Portugal:

Aliança 2014 Vinho Verde $8.99
Refreshing and crisp with a lot of character and precision. With the slightest bit of fizz, this is the perfect summer sipper. Aliança, by reputation, is a Vinho Verde specialist.

Southard 2013 Columbia Valley White $14.99
2/3 Roussanne, 1/3 Viognier. Scott Southard excels at producing very pure wines from authentic Rhone varietals. He makes very little wine at amazingly attractive prices. This new Columbia Valley White exhibits lots of flowery notes intermixed with quince, fig and honeyed citrus. It is a tasty, fresh, medium-bodied white.

Moulin Gasssac 2013 Picpoul de Pinet $15.99
From vineyards very near the oyster beds on the Mediterranean sea, this wine is a classic example of why Picpoul is known as the "Southern Muscadet". Intriguing, briny mineral notes in both the nose and mouth provide the perfect backdrop for fish and shellfish. Some melon and citrus flavors keep you coming back for more and the crisp acidity assures that your palate does not tire from this zesty wine. The Guibert family were approached a few years back by the owner of this fine five hectare site very near the village of Picpoul, just a stone's throw from the sea. The soil is limestone and gravel, and the higher elevation and proximity to the cool sea breezes make for a wine with excellent freshness. Picked in the early hours of the morning, the grapes are then fermented by the Daumas Gassac team in stainless steel tanks and left on their lees for 3-5 months. Only 1000 cases produced.

Rousseau Freres 2013 Touraine Noble Joué Rosé $14.99
Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Pinot Gris.
Bright onion skin color. Spice-accented and strawberry on the nose and in the mouth with a subtle note of candied rose gaining strength with air. This dry, precise Rosé finishes with good cut and lingering spiciness.

Passot las Rampaux 2009 Chiroubles "Bel Air" $14.99
A nose of soy and tart black raspberry ushers in a firm yet juicy palate with rhubarb and black raspberry accented by smoked meat and soy and leading to a bright, saline, and slightly bitter finish.

Southard 2013 Columbia Valley Red $14.99
42% Grenache, 41% Syrah, 13% Zinfandel, 4% Mourvedre
This wine had a pretty ruby color. An exciting spicy nose, with sandalwood, nutmeg, cocoa, raspberry, graphite and strawberry. It was smooth, medium bodied, bright, with round spicy flavors of raspberry and strawberry. The finish was smooth, spicy, with fine tannin, raspberry and a bright, dry finish. This was a friendly, balanced wine. Tannin became more noticeable with air. The Southard 2013 Columbia Valley Red wine was a good match to the slow roasted rack of lamb I prepared.
 



Posted 4/8/2015 9:01:27 PM

Friday, April 10 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Allison Blythe of Mitchell Wine will be pouring selections from Oregon, Washington, Italy, and Spain:

  
Trevisiol Prosecco $14.99
Made from the Prosecco grape that is indigenous to the Veneto region, this sparkling wine has subtle flower and fruit aromas that make the palate deliciously light and playful. Unlike many Champagnes, it is not harsh–rather, it tickles the throat with a peachy softness, and is flecked with minerality that remains simple in the best of ways. Perfect perlage make it the ideal choice for any occasion.

Millbrandt Pinot Gris 2013 $11.99
Best Buy! The Milbrandt brothers began planting vineyards along the Wahluke Slope and the Ancient Lakes in 1997 and the resulting wines soon gained a following in the hands of a wide assortment of winemakers. Their own wines burnish their reputation for quality and affordabililty, and this widely produced Pinot Gris is an ideal example. The nose brings dusty lemon, lime zest and coriander with notes of minerality often found in Ancient Lakes wines. On the palate, it signs with flavors of starfruit, Granny Smith apple, kiwi and yellow grapefruit. The presentation is dry and delicious.

David Hill Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2011 $18.99
This Pinot is made from a blend of young vines, mature vines and a select portion of our older vines. It has a soft structured palate and flavors that linger amongst the finish.

La Antigua Classico Crianza Rioja 2010 $16.99
Sexy aromas of blackcurrant, cherry compote and smoky oak, with a subtle floral nuance emerging with aeration. Sweet and velvety on the palate, offering lively dark berry and coconut flavors and showing no rough edges. Closes smooth and very persistent, with repeating smokiness and a hint of mocha. Blend: 70% Tempranillo, 20% Graciano, 10% Garnacha. Organically grown vines planted from 1940-1955. Tended in silica sandy soil at 730 m (2,395 ft) elevation.

David Hill Farmhouse Red Willamette Valley $11.99
Our Farmhouse Red is a blend of various red varietals and vintages that our winemaker blends to make an easy drinking red table wine. The blend can change a little from year to year, but the end product is always the same, an easy drinking red table wine that pairs with a variety of foods. It has aromas that remind us of red cherries and bright berries. The soft mid palate and smooth finish make it a very approachable wine now.

Kiona Cab-Merlot Columbia Valley 2012 $14.99
This classic blend showcases smooth, refined tannins and a long finish. Supple dark berry and earth on the palate round out the experience. Selective blending from some of Washington’s finest vineyards along with careful oak aging yields a balanced, intricate wine. 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 13% Syrah, 9% Carmenère, 8% Sangiovese, 2% Malbec, 2% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot.

 

Posted 4/1/2015 7:28:19 PM

Friday, April 3 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Kristen Cooper from Vertical Wine and Beer will be pouring wines from France, Italy, Spain, Portugal and New Zealand:

Carod Clairette de die Sparkling NV, Rhone Valley, France $19.99
Clairette de Die is produced with the ancestral dioise method. The grapes are rapidly pressed after the harvest and then placed in vats at low temperatures. The half-fermented must is bottled and fermentation continues in the bottle, giving a naturally sparkling wine. Disgorging occurs at least six months after bottling, while the wine still contains sugar and has reached an alcohol content of 7 to 9 %. This is a sparkling wine with very fine bubbles, light in alcohol, and containing residual sugar..

Jules Taylor Pinot Gris 2012, Marlborough, New Zealand $14.99
A bright & lively yellow straw coloured wine that is showing aromas of honeysuckle, pears and white peaches. Made in a fresh vibrant syle this Pinot Gris has hints of spice, ripe pears and nougat on the palate with added complexity and texture from the partial wild and malolactic fermentations - these characters will continue to develop over time.

Lanzos Tempranillo 2008 Tierra de Castillo y Leon, Spain $11.99
Deep cherry, garnet rimmed. Full nose of preserved fruit, lightly spiced, warm and characterful. In the mouth: fruity, concentrated, full-flavored with mature tannins, good acidity, balanced and persistent.

Paulo Laureano Ema's Vineyard 2012, Alentejo, Portugal $16.99
Paulo Laureano is one of the most renowned Portuguese winemakers and a reference in the Alentejo wines. Ema’s Vineyard Red is an estate bottled wine from Alentejo’s DOC of Vidigueira. It is a blend of Aragonez, Tinta Grossa, Trincadeira, and Alicante Bouschet grape varietals which is aged on oak for 18 months to develop a beautiful, rich, lush wine with delicious fruit character and rich game-y qualities.

Dogajolo Tuscan Red, Tuscany 2013, Italy $13.99
The name Dogajolo was invented by Carpineto’s founders, derived from the Italian word doga, meaning “stave” — the narrow strips of wood used to form oak casks. A young wine that boasts fruity aromas with hints of cherry interlaced with coffee, vanilla, and spice. Each varietal is vinified separately in stainless steel in this Sangiovese-based baby Super Tuscan. The blend is briefly aged in oak rendering a medium-bodied red that is soft on the palate with a balanced acidity. Suitable for everyday consumption, Dogajolo is best within a few years of the vintage.

Estay Prieto Picudo 2011, Tierra de Castillo y Leon, Spain $15.99
Estay’s label depicts typical flowers that grow amongst the primary crop of the region, grains. Bursting with fresh red berry aromas accented by floral and spicy oak notes on the nose. Bright fruit flavors perfectly compliment the crisp acidity and structured tannins. Well-balanced and round, Estay is a fresh, pure expression of the region’s native varietal. Produced from 90-year-old vines cultivated at 810 meters, this wine is aged 6 months in second-use French, American, and Hungarian oak barrels. Serve within a few years of the vintage with a wide variety of simple, everyday cuisine such as tomato-based pastas, grilled white meats, and roasted vegetables.
 



Posted 3/24/2015 7:08:44 PM

Friday, March 27 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Tim O'Brien of Palm Bay Imports will be pouring selections from Italy, Argentina and Chile.
 
Falanghina Feudi Di San Gregorio Campania 2013 $12.99
Pale gold with green nuances. Elegant aromas of apple, banana and pineapple. Medium-bodied, with a lingering aftertaste of citrus and minerals. Delicious with seafood, pasta, risotto, sushi and sashimi.
 
Callia Alta Torrontes Argentina 2013 $8.99
Delicate aromas of oranges and white flowers. Refreshing notes of citrus fruits, grapefruit and lemon. Perfectly balanced.
 
Santa Rita 120 Hero's Salute Red Blend Chile 2012 $7.99
Deep ruby red in color. Blueberry, plum and cassis fruit aromas along with spices and vanilla, coffee and tobacco notes from the barrel-aging. The palate has a sweet attack and evolution, with good volume, depth, and a fruity finish that leaves a refreshing mouthfeel. Serve with pasta dishes with meat or black pepper sauce, grilled or stewed red meats, pork and cheese.
 
Rocca Delle Macie Rubizzo 2012 $11.99
Ruby red, brilliant with violet reflections. Intense, ripe berry fruits. Rich, smooth, with good structure.
 
Alta Luna Phases Alto Adige 2010 $13.99
Dark cherry, plum and blackberry aromas combine with intriguing spicy notes. Rich, concentrated dark fruit character against powerful yet silky tannins and bright acidity. Excellent structure, with a distinctive freshness to the fruit that creates an elegant profile. Outstanding match for pasta dishes, grilled meats, pork and flavorful cheeses. Blend of Teroldego, Lagrein, and Merlot.
 
Planeta Cerasuolo Sicilia 2012 $18.99
Intense ruby red with pink hues. The bouquet is typical of wines produced in the Vittoria area. It is fruity, reminiscent of red berries, strawberries, cherries, figs, ginger and fruit drops. Very distinctive, this is the wine that best highlights the characteristics of the terroir. On the palate, it is supple, vibrant and wonderfully fresh, with a long finish. Blend of 60% Nero D'Avola, 40% Frappato. 
 


Posted 3/18/2015 9:56:58 AM

Friday, March 13 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Our host, Stephanie Glazier will be pouring selections from Spain, France, Oregon, and Chile:

Columna Albarino 2013 $14.99
"Fresh melon and tangerine aromas are brightened by notes of quinine and chalky minerals. Light-bodied, focused honeydew and citrus fruit flavors show good concentration and a hint of saltiness. Finishes tangy and long, with a refreshingly bitter quality and a touch of fresh orange." Stephen Tanzer, 90 pts.

Chateau Teulon Costieres de Nime Roussanne 2013 $9.99
Gorgeous, with lush mango, creamed pineapple and Cavaillon melon . Exuberant and perfumed, with notes of marmalade, buttered citrus and orange rind.

Patricia Green Cellars Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2013 $15.99
This is seriously good juice for the buck, loaded with fruit and rich in texture. Kudos to Patty and Jim for keeping the price more than fair. -Avalon Wine

M. Chapoutier Belleruche Cotes du Rhone 2012 $12.99
The Wine Advocate - "Showing more richness and depth, the 2012 Cotes du Rhone Belleruche Rouge possesses classic Southern Rhone notes of black cherries, spice and background earthiness to go with a medium-bodied, fruit-loaded profile on the palate. It too should be consumed over the coming couple of years and offers high quality for not much buck."

Domaine Jouclary Cabardes 2012 $11.99
A beautiful dark garnet color, the wine explosive flavors, freshness. Pomegranate and red currant notes accompany the floral scents of violet wisteria. A cheerful and delicious wine to accompany grilled meat or sauce.

Apaltagua Gran Reserva Envero Carmenere 2012 $14.99
Red-violet in color, brilliant and vivid, our Apaltagua Gran Reserva Envero shows ripe blackberries, tobacco, and spices. It possesses a remarkable combination of ripe fruit notes and oak mixed with vanilla. Its flavor is juicy, full, and concentrated, highlighting the softness in the mouth and the raspberry and plum tannins with a touch of tobacco. It has a long and lingering finish.



Posted 3/10/2015 10:27:14 AM

Friday, March 13 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Ewald Moseler of Moseler Selections will be pour wines of Germany:

2010 Riesling Sekt  A. Diehl Pfalz $31.99
Sparkling wine made from Riesling, like Champagne, bottle fermented, hand riddled and dry.

2013 Grauer Burgunder (Pinot Gris)  A. Diehl Pfalz(1Liter) $16.99
Dry Pinot Gris from a cold climate wine region. A fresh, lively, lemony finish balance the rich fruit flavors.

2013 Gewürztraminer Kabinett A. Diehl Pfalz $16.99
One of the few Gewürztraminer produced in Germany. Fine spicy fruit and elegant. A perfect partner for spicy Asian cuisine.

2013 ZÜM Riesling Mosel $9.99
Well balanced, off-dry Riesling from the middle Mosel.

2011 Selbach-Oster Riesling Kabinett Mosel $25.99
A perfect, well-aged light Riesling from one of the top estates in the Mosel valley.

2012 Jos. Christoffel Jr. 2012 Riesling Auslese*** Ürziger Würzgarten $45.99
A wine for collectors! High rated Auslese – 3 Stars – from the famous Christoffel estate. From the outstanding vintage 2012, from the GRAND CRU –first class vineyard - Ürziger Würzgarten! VERY LIMITED!! High aging potential! 92 Points By Joel B. Payne in Stephen Tanzer’s – International Wine Cellar - Jan. 2014



Posted 3/3/2015 7:43:28 AM

Friday, March 6 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Margo Durdel of Oregon Brand Management will be pouring selections from Spain and France:

Sinols Blanc Emporda 2012 $9.99
Early-morning transparencies of cool yellow with light green tonalities. On the nose, fruit aromas: pear, apple, banana and young peach. Pungent, silky taste. Measured acidity that assists persistence. The aroma in the mouth and the aftertaste coincide with the initial flavor. Blends perfectly with fish and shellfish, cold soups, white meats, cream cheese and semi-cured cheese. White Grenache and Macabeu from low-yield vines. At the moment of optimal ripeness, the grapes are harvested by hand. After pressing, the free-flow must is fermented at 16ºC.

Arregi Txakoli Basque 2012 $15.99
Pale yellow in color. The aroma is intense, with white fruit, and fine touches of citrus and minerals. On the palate it is fresh with brilliant acidity, hints of citrus and pear, and a slight effervescence, classic of Txakoli wines.

Txakoli de Getaria is a DO wine zone within Pais Vasco (the Basque Country), northern Spain. This rocky DO is the most important and most eastern of the Basque Country, lying just 18 miles (30km) from the French border. It is bordered by the Atlantic coast to the north and the formidable Pyrenees to the east, and is one of only three recognised areas for Txakoli (a Basque word, pronounced chac-o-lee, meaning 'wine made from a village' or 'wine village').

Chateau Cadenette Costieres de Nimes 2013 $9.99
We develop red wine Cadenette first on the vine. The quality of the fruit will depend the quality of wine, so we pay great attention to driving in the state of health of the vines and yields. After harvest, the grapes are put into tanks separated by variety and plot. Our know-how then will extract the fruit intensity of aromas and color during fermentation.
After the winter, once rested wines, the assembly work can begin. The Wine tasting red is made from Syrah and Grenache.
The Castle Cadenette is deep red. Fruit ripening was carried away, giving a powerful wine with pronounced aromas of licorice, black fruit and prunes. It is ideal served with grilled meat or cold cuts. Organically grown.

Vina Amezola Crianza Rioja 2009 $15.99
Sisters Cristina and María Amezola make superb traditional-style crianza: silky, leathery and smooth. The 2009 is delicious.
This 60-hectare property is situated in the heart of Rioja Alta at Torremontalbo where the vines enjoy very favourable conditions. The Sierra de Cantabria mountain range protects vineyards from the north winds, and the altitude here (600 to 750m above sea level) ensures the climate is cooler, which allows the grapes to ripen slowly. The clay-calcareous soils perfectly suit the bodega’s tempranillo, mazuelo and graciano grapes.

JOC Negre Emporda 2011 $16.99
A Rhône meets Bordeaux blend, via Emporda of course, this is a four-way cuvée of Garnatxa, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Floral and nuanced, with subtle red fruits that nod towards Pinot Noir, despite the alcohol, backed up by minerality and balance. 

Jean Pierre Gaussen Bandol 2012 $13.99
Gaussen is an old-school producer in Bandol and this is his "baby Bandol." Red wine must contain a minimum of 50% Mourvèdre to be labeled Bandol, and this wine has about 35% Mourvèdre (the blend changes with each vintage and really, it's a mystery). There is about 35% Grenache, some Syrah, probably some Cabernet Sauvignon, and perhaps some Cinsault. This wine really improves with a bit of air - I recommend opening it a half hour or so before serving. Then the nose shows youthful and fresh strawberry fruit, some cocoa, and a bit of alcohol (13% - even less than the Peyrassol) that integrates as the wine aerates further. The palate is well balanced, with good acidity and a gamy note that infuses the fruit - really delicious and such an interesting and complex wine at this price. This is big wine, very muscular, but with a gentle side. Like a longshoreman who plays the violin.


 


Posted 2/24/2015 6:25:18 AM

Friday, February 27 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Meredith Ball of Corridor #5 Imports will be pouring selections from  France, Italy and Sardinia:

Branchini Pignoletto Emilia Romagna 2013 $14.99

Pignoletto is a white wine grape indigenous to Emilia-Romagna where it produces complex, rustic wines. Fruit-forward on the palate, with delicate aromas of pears. White flowers harmoniously bond with food-friendly acidity. Pair with Italian appetizers, citrus sauced shellfish and young cheeses.

Aix Rose Provence 2013 $13.99
From the 130-year-old winery of Maison Saint Aix. Cinsault, grenache, syrah, and counoise make up this pale pink rose and creates a delicate balance of crisp acidity and creamy fruit.

Zanatta Cannonau Sardinia 2013 $9.99
From the island of Sardinia where grenache is known as cannonau and takes on a distinctly Italian expression. Bright garnet color with perfumed cherry and strawberry fruit, dried herbs and earthy spice.

Scarbolo Merlot 2012 $14.99
From the cooler region of Friuli where the vineyards are tucked between the Alps and the Adriatic Sea. The grapes are fermented both in oak and stainless steel creating a dark silky red with notes of wild berries, violets, and supple tannins. Perfect with Salami and roasted meats.

Franco Serra Barbera 2013 $9.99
Classis Alba Barbera with raspberry and cherry fruit and sweet spice. Medium bodied with light tannins will pair perfectly with pasta or pizza.

George Vigouroux Cahors 2013 $11.99
From a small AOC in the Southwest of France, Cahors is sometimes known as black wine. Ripe black fruit is balanced with earthy tannins and smoke; a gulpable wine that's great with barbecue, roasted meats and hard cheeses.

 



Posted 2/18/2015 5:50:45 AM

Friday, February 20 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Kris Alexander of Vinum Wine will be pouring selections from Oregon, Washington, California, Spain and Austria:

Montinore Willamette Valley Pinot Gris 2014 $12.99
Very aromatic with notes of fresh ripe pear, yellow apple and a pleasant floral/herbal accent. On the palate it bursts into flavors of ripe honeydew melon with hints of mango overlaying ripe apple/pear character. An almost creamy mouthfeel and long finish of crisp apple essence and distinct mineral qualities.

Grayson Cellars Chardonnay 2013 $10.99
The 2013 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.

Hopler Pannonica Burgenland Austria 2010 $11.99
Delicious wines can be found from unusual places. Höpler’s 2010 Pannonica Red hails from the vineyards of Burgenland -- on the west shores of the Neusiedlersee, a shallow lake that borders Austria and Hungary. The Pannonica is a skillful blend of Blaufränkisch, Zweigelt and Pinot Noir, with the finished wine being greater than the sum of its components. This is a delicious, silky-textured red that shows beautifully now and has the capacity to age for another five years. The bouquet is intriguing and complex, with luscious black cherry, raspberry and blueberry fruit tones backed by elements of lilac, cocoa and allspice. The flavors are multilayered and smooth, with the blend of red and black fruits deliciously interwoven with the cocoa and spice hints. It’s a treat that will surprise you with its depth and complexity.

Bula Montsant 2012 $12.99
Bula Montsant is made by blending 40% Mazuelo, 40% Grenache and 20% Syrah. These three varieties are very well acclimated to the historical region that today covers the DO of Monsant. The soil is clay and sandy slate ideal for the cultivation of the previously mentioned varietals blended in this wine. Aromas of roasted coffee, casis liqueur, and mineral open up and intense and attractive nose. Full-bodied with a silky mouth-feel and good concentration and weight. The flavors are lasting and very satisfying. The finish is long with notes of dark fruit and minerals.

For A Song Cabernet Columbia Valley 2012 $11.99
Aromas of black cherry, currants and white pepper lend to black tea, red fruits and subtle spice nuances. Balanced by fine grained tannins and acidity.

McKinley Springs Malbec Horse Heaven Hills 2010 $21.99
One of the Northwest’s best spots to grow Bordeaux varieties spans the hills between of the Yakima Valley and the Columbia River, and the Andrews family supplies the fruit for many wineries’ award-winning Malbecs. They keep some of those grapes for themselves and achieve greatness, shown with this wine that opens with a dense notes of Marionberry, black raspberry, blueberry, black pepper and bittersweet chocolate. The attack brings a stream of plum, blackberry and blueberry flavors that carry pleasing acidity and black cherry skin tannins. Suggested fare includes chili and grilled lamb.
Rating: Outstanding! -Great Northwest Wine



Posted 2/11/2015 8:04:03 AM

Friday, February 13 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Doug Culver of C&G Wine will be pouring selections from France and Washington:


Domaine R de la Grange 2011 Muscadet Les Gravieres $12.99
The lemon colored 2011 Muscadet Les Gravieres offers brisk yeasty flavors with aromas of pineapples, limes, confit de citron and almond biscuit on the nose. Medium-to full-bodied, this is a complexly mineral wine with a juicy fruit expression and a slightly salty aftertaste.

Southard White Rhone Blend Columbia Valley 2012 $14.99
Two thirds Viognier, one third Roussanne, this humbly-labeled white is a revelation. In the mouth it has the style and sleekness of fine Burgundy, with flavors running through a spectrum of herb, citrus and tree fruits. Polished and seductive.

Chateau Arromans 2012 Bordeaux $12.99
75% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc. 35 year old vines.
Made in a more charming style this 2012 is an endearing, elegant wine, but it has no shortage of power, richness and intensity. Black cherries, mulberries and barbecue smoke in a medium-bodied, velvety-textured, lush style. It appears to be an over-achievement at it's price category.

Olivier Hillaire 2012 VDF "H" $11.99
Aromas of vanilla, toast, smoke, tobacco and dark fruit give way to beautiful flavors of black currant, blackberry and leather. Recommendation: A fantastically rich wine without being too rich...a great pair with rich, full meals.

Olivier Hillaire 2012 Cotes du Rhone Vieilles Vignes $17.99
60% Grenache, 40% Syrah.
Olivier is a rugby legend in his local hometown of Bédarrides and it is from this past that he obtained his tireless work ethic in the vineyards. He likes to allow nature to work its magic but he keeps an extremely watchful eye and insists on working the soil of his mostly sandy parcels often to discourage any growth in between the rows that might steal nutrients away from the vines. Green harvest, minimal chemicals and manual harvest are staples with Olivier.

Chateau Haut-Payrous 2010 Graves Rouge $24.99
Notes of tobacco leaf, creme de cassis, barbecue smoke and loads of flesh, opulence and richness characterize this dense purple-colored wine, which is full-bodied and over-achieving. Drink it over the next decade. A major sleeper of the vintage.



Posted 2/4/2015 5:00:25 AM

Friday, February 6 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Kara Kuehl of Vehr's Wine will be pouring selections from Washington, California, France and Italy:

 

Nicolas Potel Macon Village 2012 $14.99
Pale golden yellow color Mild aromas of apple and sweet creamy meringue are enticing with a crisp fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, long pineapple, herb, and mineral accented finish. Delicious and refreshing.

Buried Cane Chardonnay Columbia Valley 2013 $12.99
This Chardonnay’s aromas are clean, focused, and pure. They lead with golden pear and citrus, with following hints of hazelnut and lemon cream. Distinct mineral notes accentuate the fresh character of the wine. Its flavors are fresh and brisk, with Granny Smith green apple and citrus fruit to the fore. The pure, focused flavors are supported by bright and lively acidity.

Borgogno Dolcetto 2012 $19.99
THE ORIGIN It comes from our historical single vineyard able to preserve freshness and fruity notes in the grapes: LISTE, located in the district of Barolo. THE AGEING It ages for 7 months in stainless steel tanks where it keeps the freshness of Dolcetto grape variety. THE MEANING A wine for everyday occasions. It is a plain wine, produced as it used to do, without the addiction of selected yeasts in order to maintain the freshness and uniqueness of an easy-to-drink wine. -winemakers notes

Villadoria Bricco Magno Nebbiolo 2010 $13.99
Ruby red with garnet hints. Rose and vanilla scents on the nose. Warm, robust, velvety, soft and persistent on the palate with spice notes. A harmonious, enveloping, long finish. Ageing gives it a pleasant boisé note.

Buried Cane Cabernet Columbia Valley 2013 $12.99
Just like in Bordeaux, Cabernet Sauvignon is the noble red grape of Washington. The hearty variety is particularly well-suited to Washington’s cold winters because of its thick wood and late bloom. Washington’s long growing season imparts black currant, cherry and berry fruit nuances to the wine, with herbal complexities and a tannic backbone.

Criss Cross Petite Sirah 2013 $11.99
This interesting and complex cool-climate Petite Sirah tastes more like its relative Syrah than usual—and it contains almost 10% Syrah. The aromas recall black pepper, roast beef and ripe blackberries. Tannins are firm but not massive, giving the texture a sense of layering and finesse. — J.G. (2/1/2015) Wine Enthusiast 91 pts

 



Posted 1/29/2015 5:21:24 AM


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

Tom Gory of Galaxy Wines will be pouring selections from Oregon, Washington, California, France and Spain:

Elk Cove Pinot Gris 2013 $16.99
Tangerine and pineapple on the nose, this wine gives a punch of fresh peach, ripe pear and a hint of anise on the palate. With a mouth-coating viscocity and a lush lingering finish, this is a serious white wine. -winery notes.

Louis Latour Grand Ardeche 2012 $13.99
The Grand Ardèche 2012 is shimmering pale yellow in colour. On the nose it reveals aromas of vanilla and brioche with hints of honey and acacia. This is a well-balanced wine, ample and generous in the mouth with flavours of almond paste and vanilla. The finish is bright and fresh.

Borsao Garnacha 2013 $9.99
Cherry red with violet nuances. Has a ripe fruit nose with floral tones. Full bodied wine, spicy and with a complex and long aftertaste.

Marques de Caceres Rioja 2010 $13.99
Dark ruby red color. Fresh notes of red berries on the nose enriched by a depth of vanilla and sweet spice. Clean and lively on tasting with ripe tannins that blend with balanced structure. Fleshy in the mouth with delicious flavors.

A perfect accompaniment to Mediterranean cuisine, fried food, grilled vegetables, pulses, paella and other rice dishes, pasta, fish in tomato sauce, ham, chorizo, pate, beef (roast, stewed or grilled) and mild or medium matured cheese. 85% Tempranillo, 15% Garnacha Tinta and Graciano.

Hedges CMS 2011 $12.99
Dark, deep ruby color. Aromas of black cherry, blackberry , sweet plum fruit and sweet toasted oak with undertones of ripe melon, dried herbs and vanilla with hints of cocoa powder, tobacco and graham cracker. On the palate toasted oak and graham cracker with lively acidity, darker berry fruits, cocoa powder and sweetness, good body with well integrated tannins that linger on the long finish. A nicely balanced wine, with enough acid and tannin to make this a more serious, longer lived wine that will go well with food. -winery notes

Renwood Old Vine Zinfandel 2011 $16.99
Wine Enthusiast - "A ripe and tasty style of Zinfandel from a grand old name in the Sierra Foothills. The maple and brown sugar tones from new oak integrate well with ripe but not overripe fruit flavors. Touches of clove and black pepper come out as you sip, adding welcome nuances. " 91 pts

 

 



Posted 1/21/2015 8:42:36 AM

Friday, January 23 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Jim Spencer of Vin de Garde Imports will be pouring selections from France:

 

Domaine Demeure-Pinet Jacquere 2012 $10.99
Domaine Demeure-Pinet’s Jacquere is benchmark for the region and a steal for
the quality and deliciousness in the bottle. The 2012 Jacquere casts a pale
lemon-gold color and suggestions of wet limestone, grapefruit and white
flowers. Crisp and zesty on the palate, the wine shows impressive flesh for a
Jacquere while retaining electric acidity and Alpine refreshment. Clean and
crisp, the wine finishes with further waves of chalky limestone minerals, white
flowers and citrus.

Dom. Bernard Defaix Chablis 2012 $18.99
There is a subtle touch of wood to the ripe nose of mineral reduction, lemon
zest and green fruit aromas. The equally rich, round and generous flavors ooze
dry extract that coats the palate on the reserved, dry and balanced finish that
displays a marked salinity as well as acceptable depth and length.

Dom. Bernard Defaix Bourgogne 2013 $18.99
This red Burgundy, selected in the vineyard of Auxerre (15 km from Chablis)
comes exclusively from the variety Pinot noir. Maturing occurs in 2 to 3 year
old barrels -and not in new ones- to respect the freshness of the wine. It is
bottled after a light filtration in order to preserve its typicity and its
character. This can explain the presence of a small deposit in the bottles.

Red fruits flavors can be found, typical of Pinot noir, in this fine wine with a
lot of character. It goes perfectly with delicatessen and white or red meat with
a light sauce. To serve at ambient temperature.

Jean Maurice Raffault Chinon 2012 $13.99
The fruit for Domaine Jean-Maurice Raffault’s Chinon Rouge comes from several
parcels on sandy, alluvial soil near the Vienne River. This origin gives a
supple, fruity Chinon that is perfect for early drinking. The wine’s bright
cherry and raspberry flavors are best appreciated with a slight chill.
Parker: “especially successful…versatility at table. Deep black cherry and
aromas tinged with vanilla, chocolate…lead to a bright yet quite silken-textured
palate loaded with ripe, pit- and herb-accented black cherry fruit…it draws to a
lip-smacking finish.”

Chateau Vieux Mayney Bordeaux 2011 $11.99
Chateau Vieux Meyney Bordeaux is a great everyday red wine gem from the excellent 2012 vintage in Bordeaux. 
Chateau Vieux Meyney Bordeaux is dark ruby red in color with ripe, spicy, dark cherry aromas.
Medium-full in body with moderate acidity and soft tannins, this Bordeaux offers rich flavors of plums, blackberries, cherries and spice.
It is nicely balanced to be enjoyed now and over the next 4-5 years. The wine is long and smooth on the finish.

Dom. Jean Deydier Cote du Rhone 2011 $17.99
Domaine Jean Deydier’s Massif d’Uchaux performs like a baby Chateauneuf, yet costs a fraction of the price. The domaine is renowned for its superb Chateauneuf-du-Papes bottled under the Les Clefs d’Or label. The same care and excellence that goes into their Chateauneuf bottlings mark the domaine’s Cotes-du-Rhone-Villages. Employing equal parts of Grenache, Mourvedre and Cinsault, Deydier’s Massif d’Uchaux casts smoky, garrigue-laden aromas of bay leaf, juniper and thyme alongside hints of tar and wet stones. Fresh on the palate, the wine’s deep kernel of chewy Grenache fruit alternates with the tarry, leathery notes imparted by the Mourvedre and the supple, perfumed nature of the Cinsault. Plentiful fine, buffered tannins emerge on the wine’s back-palate as it transitions to a long licorice, plum, cherry and herb finish. Enjoy this Chateauneuf doppelgänger now and over the next five years with classic Southern French cuisine like rosemary-scented lamb and ratatouille; it will also pair beautifully with everyday fare like burgers, pastas and pan-seared pork chops.



Posted 1/12/2015 2:00:21 PM

Friday, January 16 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Annie Wallace of Vias Imports will be pouring selections from Italy:

Torre di Luna Pinot Grigio 2013 $10.99
Straw yellow with green highlights. Delicate aromas of pear with floral hints. Dry and full-bodied, discrete aromatic persistence, and a pleasant aftertaste. Perfect as an aperitif or accompanied by clams, mussels, squid, octopus and grilled fish.

Statti Lamezia Bianco 2013 $11.99
The Lamezia DOC covers the plains and hillsides near the town of Lamezia Terme. In this warm, humid region along the Tyrrhenian Sea, grapes can fully ripen and develop rich textures and high alcohol levels. The close proximity of the Mediterranean is also important to the terroir here, as the mass of water helps to moderate the intense heat of the south Italian summer.

Intense straw yellow color. Flowery and fruity on the nose with notes of acacia, howthorn, winter melon and plum. On the palate it is fresh, clean and balanced, confirming the aromas perceived on the nose, with a pleasant mineral undertone. Ideal with fish and vegetable appetizers, cheeses like fresh ricotta and slightly aged Caciocavallo, soups.

Statti Lamezia Rosso Calabria 2013 $11.99
The vine cultivation around the town of Lamezia Terme is very old, dating back to 2000 BC, when the Phoenicians introduced it along the coasts of Calabria. This Italian region never ripped out its vineyards and replanted them with international varieties, and most vintners still proudly feature indigenous grapes. This Lamezia Rosso indeed come from some of the oldest Statti vineyards of Gaglioppo, Greco Nero and Nerello Cappuccio.

Ruby red color with garnet reflections.
The nose is intense and complex, with dark notes of black cherry, plum, cocoa, tobacco, Indian ink and spices. The flavor is very nicely structured with an excellent balance between fruit, tannin, and acidity. Long pleasant finish of fruit and spices.
Pairings: Best with meat dishes, such as lamb, meat balls and steak, typical South Italian recipes with eggplants and peppers, semi-hard cheeses.

Le Salette Valpolicella 2012 $16.99
Le Salette always proves to be one of the better Valpolicella we have come across, having listed the Amarone from the same estate for a couple of vintages. It is light and crisp, with rounded fruit, a revitalising edge of green pepperiness giving a very good finish to what can so often be such a dull wine. This is very drinkable indeed. L&S

Lechthaler Teroldego 2011 $13.99
Intense ruby red. Bright nose of ripe black cherry, distinct sweet
earth and tobacco. Smooth texture with notes of cherries, black
raspberry, earth, and a touch of spice with ample acidity and
medium tannins. Pairs well with vegetarian dishes, fish, poultry,
pork and beef.

Gagliole Rubiolo Chianti Classico 2011 $18.99
Beautifully smooth, pure raspberry and blackberry fruit nose.
Sleek, fresh red berry and blackberry fruit with lovely purity
and a subtle spicy edge. Pairs well with fresh pasta and meats.

 



Posted 1/7/2015 1:07:19 PM

Friday, January 9 our "Friday Tasting" 4:00 - 6:00 pm --$5.00 fee--


Rod Evans of Zancanella Imports will be pouring selections from Italy:

 
Prosecco,Althea (Valdibbiadene DOCG) Brut   $13.99
A very elegant example of Prosecco from an old producer, the Drusian family.  Fresh, lively, flowery bouquet.  Vibrant acidity.  Ideal wine with hors d'oeuvres and light first courses, or of course, just by itself.

Pinot Grigio, Zellina (Friuli-Latisina)  2013     $8.99
Coming from a family winery (est. 1923) this Estate Bottled is from the Latisani region of Friuli.  Very clean, fruity with peachy, appley notes.

Langhe Rosso "Rucat". Giovanni Rocca (Piedmont)  2013    $10.99
A blend of Nebbiolo, Barbera and Dolcetto-the three main grapes of Piedmont.  Fresh, bright berry flavors and aromas, with a nice touch of earthiness.  We received a great discount on this wine from the winery.  Other markets see  this wine at closer to 17.00.  Drink now and over the next 3-4 years.  Estate Bottled.

Barbera d'Alba, Punset (Piedmont) 2013   $13.99
Barbera d'Alba refers to Barbera grown near the town of Alba.  Marina Marcarina (yes-a female owner/winemaker in Piedmont!) always produces really good wines, but this is one of her best.  Gorgeous nose of ripe raspberries and spice.  Wonderful balance of fruit, oak, tannins and alcohol.
Certified ORGANIC, the vineyard practices Biodynamic agriculture. A wine with a sense of place.

Nebbiolo d'Alba "Simane", Reverdito (Piedmont) 2011    $13.99
This is Nebbiolo grown around the town of Alba.  Nebbiolo is the great grape that brings us Barolo and Barbaresco-two of the finest wines on the planet.  This comes from a single vineyard -Simane- that is not quite in the right spot to make Barolo.  You will be able to gain some insight into what this grape can do with this example.  

Dolcetto d'Alba "Vagnona", Montaribaldi (Piedmont) 2013    $10.99
Continuing with the Piedmont theme, we go to the grape Dolcetto grown near Alba.  The Taliano family has been farming grapes for decades, and 11 years ago the two brothers, Luciano and Roberto took over and began bottling their own wines.  Luciano was actually in John's Market about 6 months go.  Dolcetto is a regular on the lunch tables in Piedmont.  Softer in tannins than many reds, it is quite satisfying and goes well with many dishes.  Drink now and over the near term.  This will hold up for 3-4 years, but there is no need to hold.
 


Posted 12/25/2014 4:45:04 AM

Friday, December 26 our "Friday Tasting" 4:00 - 6:00 pm --$5.00 fee--

A Sparkling Wine Tasting with Mr. Mike and I:

Brut Comte Cremant de Jura $17.99
Hubert Clavelin and his two sons have vineyards in the Côte du Jura, a small range of mountains about 30 miles to the east of the Côte D’Or in the province of the Franche-Comté. Within their holding they have a parcel of very high limestone soil that they have planted in Chardonnay and from this parcel they make their sparkling wine, Brut Comte. Their method is the same as champagne; the wine is fermented in the bottle and each bottle is hand-riddled. The care that they take is shown in the very fine quality of the Brut Comte – tasting more like a lesser, true champagne than a sparkling wine from Burgundy. This wine has received great press in The Wine Advocate and is a consistent prizewinner in France. It is ideal for parties, weddings and any celebration. 12% abv. -KL Wines

Jean-Louis Denois Brut Classique $16.99
Very unusual blend of "blancs de noirs" (white juice from 70% black grapes), accounting for its 'winey' style with lingering fruit, and Chardonnay, bringing elegance, freshness and finesse. Aperitif or start of a meal. Perfect balance between refreshing and fruity, nice red berry finish.

Louis De Grenelle Brut Saumur $19.99
This is not sparkling wine made by “leftover” juice as is unfortunately the case in many Loire sparkling houses. The fruit for these bottlings is harvested by hand and yields are quite low. This produces rich, textured bottlings of sparkling wine that are indicative of the varietal, not a sugar-packed and innocuous wine produced for the export market. 100% Cabernet Franc from vineyards just outside of Saumur. Fermented and aged in tank, this is produced using the Méthode Champenoise. Very low dosage to protect the
aromas and flavor of the varietal. Bright, crisp, and delicious sparkling rosé.

Jaillance Cremant de Bordeaux Brut Rose $15.99
The wine is cherry-colored with copper highlights. The bubbles form a fine
cordon (ring) at the surface. Aroma of raspberries mingles with a
subtle woody vanilla scent. The taste is lively and tonic, full and
rounded, then culminates in a finale of ripe fruit.This rosé’s red fruit flavors make it a fine aperitif. It goes well
with white meats and poultry. And its suppleness and fruitiness marry
superbly with fruit-based pastries and desserts.

King Estate Blanc de Noir 2008 $23.99
Blanc de Noir is a French term for "white wine from red grapes." Although the varietal of red grape used to make this sparkling wine isn't listed, I'm assuming the winemaker used Pinot Noir since most of the fruit comes from their estate (and King Estate is located in the Willamette Valley). I enjoyed this sparkling wine in the last few minutes of 2012, alongside a plate full of Oregon Dungeness Crab and drawn butter. The pairing was ambrosial. Being aged sur lie for 26 months prior to riddling and disgorging, adds complexity to the honeycrisp apple and lemon zest aroma and flavors. The zesty lemon qualities are exactly why this sparkling wine was an immaculate match with Oregon Dungeness Crab.

Mumm Napa Brut Prestige $19.99
Wine Spectator - "Packs in a lot of complexity for the price, offering aromas of apple, fresh ginger and rubber. The flavors are crisp and layered, with notes of raspberry and spice. " WS 91 pts



Posted 12/18/2014 5:24:38 AM

Friday, December 19 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Anna Goodman of TGIC Wine will be pouring selections from Chile and Argentina:

Norton Brut Rose $10.99
Chardonnay 50%, Chenin 40 %, Pinot Noir 10%
Intenses aromas of red fruits, strawberries and blueberries. Young, fresh.
Pleasant with a long finish.

Pascual Toso Brut $9.99
Clear and bright with greenish colors reflecting on its overall pale yellow appearance. The yeasts used integrate perfectly well with the varietal properties of the base wine, providing a delicate harmony. Pleasant, fresh and velvety in the mouth, this drinks sooo easily. Ideal for parties, especially backyard BBQs that feature Argentine style grilled meat!

Montes Alpha Cabernet 2011 $19.99
Tough to find a better cab for under $20.
Perfect blend of oak and fruit. Excellent value.

Santa Ema Merlot 2011 $8.99
This is a hearty gritty merlot, have been drinking it for years, it's always stocked in my house. So happy to have found it. This wne ages well, the smoke varies from vinatge to vintage. Best paired with grilled steaks, burgers, and roasted garlicky things. Great find for the money. A Fantastic Merlot for the Price -Total Wine

Pascual Toso Reserve Malbec 2012 $18.99
The Pascual Toso Malbec Reserve has seamless notes of cinnamon, allspice, violets and black cherry. This Malbec offers savory flavors and promises complexity with age. -Winemakers notes

Bodega Norton Privada 2010 $21.99
40% Malbec, 30% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon
Ruby red color of remarkable intensity. This wine has excellent aromatic complexity with notes of ripe fruit and a fine touch of smoke and coffee. It's rich on the palate with an excellent concentration. -Winemakers notes.
WS 91 pts

 

 



Posted 12/11/2014 4:34:37 AM

Friday, December 12 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Whitney Laucks of D'Vine Wine will be pouring selections from France, Spain, Washington and California:

Louis de Grenelle Saumur Rose Brut $19.99
The Louis de Grenelle Saumur Rose displays intense pink color and is constellated of fine pearls. A feast of red fruit on the palate with flavors of raspberry, wild strawberry and floral notes of iris and violet. Its taste presents acid drops and red fruits. A revelation.

Charles Smith Vino Pinot Grigio 2013 $11.99
"Vino gives up plenty of citrus blossom, lime and green fruits in its medium-bodied, beautifully pure and quaffable profile. It’s a rocking value to buy by the case and drink over the coming year or two."

Anciano 2004 Gran Reserva Tempranillo $12.99
2004 is one of the great vintages in Spain's history, Parker scoring it 95/100 in Ribera del Duero and Rioja. Aged 24 months in barrel, before another 8 years of bottle aging underground until it was shipped to our doorstep. The result is a wine of rare smoothness with vibrant fruit, oak complexity and mellow aged flavours making it very appealing to a broad range of red wine drinkers at a spectacular price! -Fine Wine NZ

Chateau Pesquie Cotes du Rhone 2011 $13.99
This is one of our bestselling wines from the Southern Rhone every year. A favorite with Robert Parker and the Rhone Report the Chateau Pesquie Les Terrasses Cotes du Ventoux is just one of those wines that always rewards and is always rewarded with a 90+ review. -Zachys NY

Ghost of 413 Red 2012 $15.99
If you thought you might have to conjure the new release of Ghost of 413 Red – you can put the candles away. The 2012 just landed last week in the Noble warehouse. Produced by the Giant Wine Co., based in Woodinville, this wine is a collaborative effort between Chris Gorman of Gorman and Ashan wineries and Mark McNeilly of Mark Ryan Winery. This new bottling is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon – meeting the requirements of “Red” on its label. Don’t be surprised if when you taste it, you wonder if it could really be 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, but it most assuredly is as both Chris and Mark independently confirmed its varietal identity. This new release is a showstopper – keeping the promise of over delivering for the money. Trade – ask your Noble rep to bring it by for a taste; Consumers – ask your local wine guy or wine gal to sell you a bottle! -Noble Fine Wine

Oak Ridge Old Zin Vines Lodi Zin 2012 $11.99
96% Zinfandel. 4% Petite Sirah. An old vine Zinfandel from Lodi's oldest operating winery that offers a robust and delicious expression of California's unique terroir. Jammy with raspberry, milk chocolate and mocha flavors, soft tannins and a supple mouth feel. Alcohol 13.95%. -winemakers notes




Posted 12/3/2014 5:06:21 AM

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

Margo Durdel of Oregon Brand Management will be pouring selections from Oregon, France and Spain:

 
Matzinger Davies 'Gorgeous Savvy' Sauvignon Blanc 2013 $16.99
Our 2013 Gorgeous Savvy is tactile, succulent and 'salivaty'. It opens with aromas of citrusy lemon peel and key lime pie, floral lilac and jasmine, cut apple and stone fruit. On the palate is a confectionary herbal quality like Riccola and white gumdrops, honeydew melon, and something saline and briny as if from the sea, with a compliment of honey, dry grass and pear nectar and bees wax. The whole is mouthwatering and satisfying, knit tightly with bright acidity which gives both poise and presence through to the lasting finish. -winery notes

Domaine des Perelles Macon Villages 2011 $12.99
Colour mid- yellow. Nose fresh ripe peach with tangerine (or mandarin, depending on you buds) edge. Palate continues that sense of fruit driven Chardonnay with light oak and touch of richness. Just enough acid to give dry finish. Very nice for the price -Annandale Cellars

Colene Clemens 'Margo' Pinot Noir 2012 $31.99
The first of our three Esate Cuvées and named for Colene's great granddaughter, the highly anticipated 2012 Margo Pinot Noir showcases bright, focused aromatics of smoky black cherry, sandalwood and fresh forest floor notes. A forward, opulent entry into the wine shows ample dark cherry extract with a supple and generous mouthfeel, underlain with an invigorating, mouthwatering acidity combined with melted, ripe tannin. This wine shows the unusual combination of both approachability and ageability. Consume over the next five to seven years. -winery notes

El Pedrosal Ribera del Duero 2010 $14.99
Winemaker's Notes
Fruity and pretty, yes, but this entry level wine demands much more attention for its mix of richness and elegance than it's relatively modest price would suggest. Serious juice from serious people.

Critical Acclaim
W&S 92 pts
Wine & Spirits - "This is a stylish and sophisticated wine in a nostalgic style, slightly orange and oxidative in flavor, not to mention lighter in body than Riberas currently in fashion. And yet it feels fresh, with a vivaciousness that lasts beyond all the dried fruit, coffee and cherry flavor, an accomplishment entirely in tune with the style of the wines of Pérez Pascuas."

Domaine Pineraie L'Authentique 2009 $31.99
The vintage Authentic Castle Pineraie , comes the third terrace of the Lot on the domain. Composed of 100% Malbec , the grape variety of Cahors , issues a nose spicy, with black fruit and smoky notes. The mouth is well made, with a good balance, lots of fruit and racy tannins, with a beautiful satin breeding .

Brooks 'Titan' Late Harvest Gewurztraminer 2012 $19.99
Titan is the largest ice moon of Saturn and now, gewurztraminer wine. This fruit was gently apressed and the juice frozen. As it thawed, we savored the rich fruit of the juice, the of the acidity and it was worthy of its own label. Only 70 cases produced!

 



Posted 11/19/2014 6:37:50 AM

Friday, November 21 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Carl Donheiser of Petit Monde Imports will be pouring selections from France:

Denois Brut Classique $16.99
Very unusual blend of "blancs de noirs" (white juice from 70% black grapes), accounting for its 'winey' style with lingering fruit, and Chardonnay, bringing elegance, freshness and finesse.

Leon Boesch Edelzwicker NV $15.99
Edelzwicker is obtained after an assembly of three white grape varieties: Sylvaner, Pinot Blanc and Muscat. It offers smooth, pleasant and fresh aromas of flowers, honey, and citrus fruits. The mouth is aromatic with a hint of minerality very pleasant for balance. The finish is long and fruity. Wine bottle served in a liter, it is ideal for an aperitif kir with its aromatic floral character; also good with sauerkraut, Alsatian dish par excellence.

Jean Louis Denois Les Garrigues 2011 $10.99
Soft fruity red, a complex blend of 5 varieties with dominant Syrah and Merlot, where supple texture is favoured. Easy-going versatile wine offering excellent value for money.

Chateau De Breze Clos Mazurique Saumur 2012 $16.99
Stainless steel vinification, no oak at all. Natural yeast fermentation.
Higher elevation site with more shallow soils so this renders the wine more fine and red fruited. It is organically made but AB certification comes in 2 years.Pure and clean expression of Cabernet Franc.

Dom. de la Biscarelle Cotes du Rhone 2013 $ 14.99
20% Carignan; 5% Cinsault; 55% Grenache; 20% Syrah.
Vines aged 40 to 70 years. Beautiful garnet color.  Intense nose of ripe black fruits, smoke and pepper
on the palate is fresh with a direct attack, it is a lively wine with a lovely elegance

Dom. de L'Idylle Mondeuse Savoie 2012 $16.99
The favoured red grape in the French Alps is Mondeuse and the Tiolliers’ version is packed with bright berry scents and savoury red fruit flavours. It drinks well very lightly chilled, so bring on the cheese and charcuterie... or raclette on a chilly evening!




Posted 11/12/2014 4:44:03 AM

Friday, November 14 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Tim O'Brien of Palm Bay Imports will be pouring selections from Italy:

Ferrari Brut Blancs de Blanc, Trentino NV $20.99
Ferrari was founded in 1902 by Giulio Ferrari. After studying in France, Giulio returned to Trentino convinced that his native region’s terroir was ideal for growing Chardonnay grapes suitable for the production of world-class sparkling wines. A pioneer in Italian viticulture, Ferrari was the first Italian winemaker and viticulturalist to dedicate his vineyards almost entirely to Chardonnay – and by 1906 the awards had begun to roll in. Ferrari was well on its way to producing what would soon become the most famous sparkling wine in all of Italy. In fact, Ferrari is a perennial 22-time winner of the Tre Bicchieri award, Italy’s highest wine accolade.

Feudi di San Gregorio Falanghina, Campania 2013 $12.99
Feudi di San Gregorio, a modern expression of a centuries-old tradition of passion and dedication to the land, is Campania’s premier winemaking estate. Situated in the tiny village of Sorbo Serpico in Campania's Irpinia region, this highly-acclaimed winery was established in 1986. Throughout its short yet prolific history, the estate’s proprietors have cultivated Campania’s finest vineyards and worked closely with some of Italy’s best enologists.

Faustino Tempranillo, Rioja 2010 $8.99
Grupo Faustino is Spain’s leading producer of fine wines from the Rioja region,, and one of the most celebrated names in modern Spanish winemaking. With 1,625 acres of vineyards, Faustino represents 33% of all Rioja wines. The vineyards are located in the upper portion of the Rioja Alavesa, at an altitude of 1,200-1,8000 feet. Founded 150 years ago by Eleuterio Martinez Arzok, Grupo Faustino has been able to balance tradition and modernity over the past decades. The winery received worldwide acclaim in the 1950s when descendant Julio Faustino Martinez launched the family-owned label in both national and international markets.

Planeta La Segreta Rosso, Sicily 2012 $10.99
50% Nero d'Avola, 25% Merlot, 20% Syrah, 5% Cabernet Franc.
Planeta is a Journey through Sicily. And that journey begins at Sambuca di Sicilia, on the estate which the Planeta family has owned since the 1600s. Years of careful research paid off when the Planeta wines were met with immediate critical acclaim upon introduction in the U.S. in the late 1990s. The trio’s newest winery is La Segreta in Menfi, upon which the Planeta winemaking expertise has been lavished to achieve wines of the very best quality. The grapes from this wine come from the Planeta winery’s first vineyard. The label pays tribute to this meaningful place with a map of the vineyard.

Travaglini Nebbiolo, Coste della Sesia, Gattinara, Piedmonte 2012 $16.99
Travaglini is a family-owned wine estate in the tiny Gattinara appellation within north Italy’s renowned Piedmont region. Established in the 1920s by Clemente Travaglini, the winery is Gattinara’s most esteemed producer of traditional, limited-production wines from the nebbiolo grape (known locally as “spanna”). Grapes are grown in Piedmont’s Gattinara D.O.C.G., in vineyards planted on steep slopes at an elevation of 900 – 1,300 feet. The soil is rich in iron and trace quantities of carbonate, calcium and magnesium.

Bertani Secco- Ripasso, Veneto 2011 $16.99
Located near Verona in the province of Veneto in northeast Italy, Casa Vinicola Bertani is one of the region’s most important and influential wine producers. Bertani was founded in 1857 by brothers Gaetano and Giovan Battista Bertani, prosperous wine merchants who believed that quality winemaking held the key to the future. The Bertanis invested their funds in buying some of the finest vineyards in the province and making their own wines. As a result, unlike most other local producers, Vinicola Bertani owns its own vineyards and so is able to oversee the entire winemaking cycle from start to finish.

 



Posted 11/6/2014 4:33:54 AM

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


Allison Blythe of Mitchell Wine Co. will be pouring selections from Oregon, Washington, Spain and California:

Columna Albarino 2013 $14.99
Extraordinary Value From Spain! Spanish Albariño continues to shine as one of the best whites you can find for the money from anywhere. It goes back to a tasting our French buyer attended with wines from all over the world and came back touting how good the Spanish whites were. When they’re good they display clean fruit flavors, freshness, acidity, and no oak at all.

Navarro Gewurztraminer 2012 $21.99
This pale yellow colored Gewurztraminer from Navarro is one of the best Gewurtz's that I've had in a while. It opens with a fragrant lychee bouquet with hints of peach. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, slightly acidic, and zesty. The flavor profile is a very tasty mineral infused lychee with hints of tangerine and peach. It closes dry but its ripe fruit and lingering acidity make it feel close to semi-dry. As a result, it lasts for quite some time after the wines is gone. Perfect for Thanksgiving dinner.

Anne Amie Cuvee A Pinot Noir 2012 $21.99
This Pinot Noir has aromas of dark cherries, chocolate, cinnamon, ripe red plum, bramble, and roasted fruit. On the palate, flavors include dark chocolate, dark cherry, roasted chicory, bramble, and baking spices, complementing the long, wonderfully acidic finish. Serve this vintage with cherries, wild boar paperdelle, bison rib eye, grilled portabella and brie.-MadWine

Barco De Piedra Ribera del Deuro  2012 $15.99
Robert Parker, Jr., The Wine Advocate (91pts): "A sensational value from Ribera del Duero (which rarely produces interesting wines for under $25), the 2011 Barco de Piedra is 100% Tempranillo aged five months in a combination of French and American oak (85% and 15% respectively), all three-year-old used barrels. It exhibits notes of flowers, licorice, new saddle leather, black currants and cherries. Medium to full-bodied, elegant, complex and on a fast maturity curve, it should be consumed over the next 2-3 years." Aug 2012

David Hill Farmhouse Red $11.99
Our Farmhouse Red is a blend of various red varietals that our winemaker buts together to make an easy drinking red table wine. The blend can change a little from year to year but the end product is always the same, an easy drinking red table wine that pairs with lots of wonderful foods. It has aromas that remind us of red cherries and bright berries with a soft mid palate and smooth finish making it a very approachable wine now.

Jones of Washington Merlot $15.99
Aromatic with black cherry and oak on the nose. More black cherry as well as mocha comes through on the palate. Medium to full-bodied with crisp acidity, medium to high tannins, and a long finish.

 

 



Posted 10/30/2014 4:33:57 AM

Friday, October 31 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--


Dana Retz of Indie Wine Co. will be pouring selections from Spain, Argentina, Italy, France, and Washington:

Fuente Milano Verdejo-Viura Castilla y Leon 2013 $9.99
Very brilliant greenish-yellow colour, it's nose is big with the typically serious aroma of the varieties - classic notes of verdejo which are softened by the viura, giving it certain topical nuances with great elegance. In the mouth it is very fresh, tasty, expressive and with good length. Enjoy s an aperitif or with tapas, seafood or light lunches.

Mil Piedras Viognier Mendoza 2012 $9.99
Pale green in color, with shades of yellow. Aromatic honeysuckle and peach on the nose. Fresh and crisp palate, with tastes of tart green apple.

Domaine de Couoron Cotes du Rhone Villages 2013 $12.99
"Bright and bracing, with fresh pippin apple, lime, mineral and floral notes that are light but persistent, with good cut through the lengthy finish." -winery notes.

Villa da Filicaja Chianti Superiore 2010 $9.99
"A ripe, savory style, featuring plumb, spice, earth and saline notes matched to a rich texture." -Wine Spectator Dec 30, 2013

Casa L'Angel Old Vines Valencia 2008 $9.99
La Vinia’s 2008 Casa L’Angel Old Vines is a blend of 85% Tempranillo and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon aged for 12 months in a mix of new and used French oak. Deep crimson-colored, it exhibits an expressive nose of cedar, spice box, and assorted black fruits. This leads to a mouth-filling, forward, savory wine.

Bowlus Hills Merlot Walla Walla 2011 $19.99
This full-bodied red has an exotic nose featuring mint, red cherries, anise, and hints of earthiness and light tobacco. These aromas meld in with big rich dark fruit flavors of red plum, Bing cherry, and blackberry that swirl around in the mouth on the way to a lingering cedar finish.




Posted 10/23/2014 6:23:14 AM

Friday, October 24 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Kris Alexander of Vinum Imports will be pouring selections from Oregon, Washington, France, and Spain:

 
Marigny-Neuf Sauvignon Blanc 2013 $10.99

Pale gold in the glass, Marigny-Neuf’s Sauvignon explodes with aromas of lime zest, gooseberries, lemongrass and smoky flint. Classic varietal character of Sauvignon Blanc displayed in this wine. Great with seafood, light salads and sauteed vegetables.

Montinore Borealis Willamette Valley 2013 $13.99
The inspiration for this wine grew out of our enjoyment of wines like Albariño from Spain and Torrontes from Argentina, wines with pronounced aromatics and great fruit flavor but a dry finish. Knowing that our cool climate whites provided us with a broad range of flavors and aromas, we have been able to create a unique wine bursting with exotic aromatics and ripe fruit flavors that reflects the character of our corner of the Willamette Valley.

Every time we worked with this wine the winery filled with the most beautiful aroma of fresh flowers and tropical fruit. Now that it’s in the bottle that theme has held true. The aroma practically covers the full fruit spectrum with notes of papaya, quince, yellow apple and hints of grapefruit and lime made all the more exotic with whiffs of jasmine and sandlewood. On the palate it starts with a slightly sweet expression of ripe fruit with a crisp acid balance and evolves to a delicious fresh finish of grapefruit and lime. This is a great wine for sipping on its own or pairing with fresh fruit and cheese. -winemakers notes.Blend of Muller Thurgau, Riesling, Pinot Gris, and Gewurztraminer.

Filon Garnacha 2013 $9.99
Is this the best bargain in the shop right now? Could be. Insane amounts of black fruits, chocolate, and heft. It's got a bit of that Southern Rhone smokiness too and would just rock socks with any kind of BBQ smothered in sauce. This hails from Spain in a region just south east of Rioja (Calatayud), where the weather is a bit warmer, something this wine shows with pride. Anyone who likes full-bodied, juicy wines and also likes spending less than ten bucks to get it, are going to be ecstatic. - PJ Wine

Dom. Des Lauribert Cotes du Rhone 2012 $9.99
The Côtes Du Rhône Tradition has a superb nose, with forward notes of black currant, redcurrants very slight raspberry. Vibrant ruby red colour. On the palate there is good light fruity balance of red berries and raspberry, and tiny bit of liquorice coming through at the end. Beautiful soft tannins. Slips down very nicely, and is a nice alternative to a beaujolais. A lovely light-medium red that won’t disappoint.
A fantastic Côtes Du Rhône that can be enjoyed by itself or great with something like salad, pizza.

Boedecker Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2012 $19.99
Light and polished, with pretty raspberry and sassafras flavors that dance through the expressive finish. A hint of wet earth emerges on the aftertaste. Drink now through 2019. 800 cases made.–HS Wine Spectator 89 pts. This wine is 25% whole cluster, 100% native ferment, both primary and ML. Hand sorted, hand pigage, délestage, 9 month élevage, 6 month sur lie and bâttonage.

For A Song Cabernet Columbia Valley 2012 $11.99
This handcrafted, artisanal wine is designed to showcase the local terroir. Using fruit from some of the best vineyards in the region, talented winemakers create delicious wines that also represent outstanding value, and consistently over-deliver for their price points. Aromas of black cherry, currants and white pepper lend to black tea, red fruits and subtle spice notes. Balanced by fine grained tannins and natural acidity.



Posted 10/16/2014 4:35:22 AM

Friday, October 17 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Chris Hayes of Vertical Wine will be pouring selections from South Africa, France, Italy, Spain and California:

Graham Beck Brut Rose South Africa $18.99
The grapes are fermented separately, the color obtained through enzymatic reaction during transport of the Pinot Noir. It has a clean Morello cherry and raspberry bouquet, whilst the palate is bounding full of ripe cherry and strawberry fruit. With its racy acidity, and with a powerful, creamy textured, peachy finish. Excellent Sparkling Rose!

Wolfberger Pinot Blanc Alsace 2012 $14.99
This wine has a medium body and the acidic tastes of the citrus fruit are rounded out by a slight peach flavor and a light macaroon/vanilla whisper. It was crisp, light yet tart and savory.

Carpineto Dogajolo Tuscany 2010 $13.99
80% Sangiovese, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon
This is a very innovative product, a young “Super-Tuscan”, whose characteristics are never found together in the same wine. Dogajolo combines the power and deep colors of a young wine, the elegance and balance given by wood aging, as well as a fruity and fragrant bouquet.

Castelmaure Corbieres Col des Vents 2011 $8.99
"My favorite of this trio is the least-oaked example, the 2011 Corbieres Col des Vents (50% Carignan and the rest Grenache and Syrah) displaying classic southern France notes of garrigue, wild herbs, sweet red and black currants, dusty, loamy soil and incense. The complex aromatics are followed by a fleshy, lush, velvety-textured, medium-bodied wine with loads of fruit and personality. This excellent Corbieres should drink nicely for another 2-3 years. "
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Vivanco Crianza Rioja 2009 $18.99
"Soft and silken, this is a Burgundian style of Rioja, a rich, earthy wine with musky funk to its cherry flavors. There’s tension in the acidity, the wine lasting on a spicy, rooty finish. An old-fashioned Rioja for braised meats."
91 Points Wine & Spirits

Klinker Brick Zinfandel Lodi 2012 $18.99
Pleasant aromas of black raspberry and other dark fruits, mint, and spice. Tasting the wine reveals remarkably little heat considering the 15.8% alcohol. The wine is smooth and soft with lots of rich dark fruit and spice. It's frankly quite fun to drink with lots of rich flavors, vanilla and caramel. Some oaky notes flow into the long finish. Very nice!




Posted 10/9/2014 5:50:16 AM

Friday, October 10 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Dave the Wine Guy will be pouring selections from Washington, Germany, Italy and Spain:

Klostor Pinot Grigio Rheinhessen 2013 $8.99

Sleek, clean aromatics, good body, but
not too full, soft and very fruity

Vino Charles Smith ‌Pinot Gris Columbia Valley 2013 $11.99
What a penetrating aroma: apricot, tangerine, dry summer hay, nutmeg.
In the mouth, it is broad yet focused with a very pronounced terroir &
mineral finish. Elegant, refreshing, and true.

Terracrudda Vettina Pergola Marche 2010 $9.99
This red from the Marche is made entirely from Aleatico, the aromatic red grape makes an incredibly aromatic wine, with savory herb and rose petal scents, and a palate that has a touch of fresh orange to complement its tangy red fruit qualities.

Bula Montsant 2012 $12.99
Bula Montsant is made by blending 40% Mazuelo, 40% Grenache and 20% Syrah. These three varieties are very well acclimated to the historical region that today covers the DO of Monsant. The soil is clay and sandy slate ideal for the cultivation of the previously mentioned varietals blended in this wine. Aromas of roasted coffee, casis liqueur, and mineral open up and intense and attractive nose. Full-bodied with a silky mouth-feel and good concentration and weight. The flavors are lasting and very satisfying. The finish is long with notes of dark fruit and minerals.

Christopher Michael Columbia Valley Red 2012 $11.99
92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot, 2% Malbec, and 2% Petite Verdot.
Aromas of Plums, ripe cherries, leather, and smoke.
In the mouth this wine shows concentration and weight. Flavors of cherry cola, plums, cinnamon and dark chocolate coat your mouth as the tannins take hold and add dimension and structure to the wine. This wine shows good balance in the long finish.

 



Posted 10/1/2014 8:51:12 AM

Friday, October 3 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Jerry Owen of Lady Hill winery will be pouring selections from all four labels from Oregon and Washington fruit:

Radicle Vine Sauvignon Blanc 2013 $14.99
Scents of fresh cut grass, melon flesh and lemon curd arise easily from the glass. Light on the tongue, notes of lime and white peach are forward and ringed with a tangy bite. Though the sore fruit has a sweet, ripe quality, there is backing acidity that gives life to the wine. And there are hints of dried grass and herbs, the flavor of the wine is fruit-forward, light, and satisfying.

Lady Hill Pinot Gris 2013 $16.99
Pale lemon-gold color and scents of lemon curd, raw hazelnuts and pears. Brisk and zippy on the palate with delicious herbal overtones. Guaranteed to liven up and refresh!

Radicle Vine Red blend 2012 $14.99
38% Cabernet Franc, 18% Merlot, 15% Durif, 15% Barbera, 14% Other Vinifera. Dark, well-saturated purple-black color. The intriguing nose offers an appetizing combination of wild cherry fruit tones and accents of bacon fat and molasses. In the mouth the wine delivers tangy sweet tastes of cherries, currants, and red plums, all with an appealing wild and brambly aspect. In the background lurk notes of fig, sweet spices, and blackstrap. The acidity is fresh and the tannins are soft. The wine finishes with a lively fruitiness.

Procedo Cabernet Franc 2012 $21.99
Columbia Valley, is a truly luscious wine full of plum, blackberry and raspberry fruitiness, surrounded by accents of bay leaf, violet flowers, and dried earth. This is a polished wine with plenty of complexity and nuance—a perfect complement to any roasted meat dish.

Lady Hill Merlot 2012 $29.99
Lady Hill's stunning 2012 "Procedo" 100% Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley:"The Procedo Cabernet Franc is a truly luscious wine full of plum, blackberry and raspberry fruitiness, surrounded by accents of bay leaf, violet flowers, and dried earth. This is a polished wine with plenty of complexity and nuance, a perfect complement to any holiday feast. Only 160 Cases Made!"We Were Able To Secure a Tiny 5 Case Allocation of This Impossible to Find Gem, Act Quick, As It Won't Last!Lady Hill wines are crafted by individuals, not manufactured by processes. To fulfill this promise, Jerry Owen, winemaker Erik Brasher, and the Lady Hill Winery team carefully select each vineyard source and personally work with growers to make the best viticultural decisions for each vintage's conditions. Attentive winemaking ensures that every lot of hand-harvested grapes is individually vinified in slow, cool, small-batch fermentations and then matched to the best barrel type for its character. Rigorous tasting trials of all the barrels in the cellar result in final wines that are richly aromatic, texturally elegant, and which are true to their varietal character, and Northwest roots.

Ad Lucem Daystar Rhone blend 2012 $29.99
A sophisticated blend composed of a different mixture of 44% Syrah, 39% Mourvèdre, 14% Grenache, 4% Durif. This yields a wine that is fresh with acidity, full of supple and smooth tannins, all framing a palate of cherries, blackberries, and dried prunes. This is an opulent wine that is juicy without being jammy, and layered with satisfying flavors.



Posted 9/25/2014 4:40:51 AM

Friday, September 26 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--


Rod Evans of Zancanella Imports will be pouring selections from Italy:

Ciro Bianco, Ippolito, "Res Dei" (100% Greco grape)  Calabria, 2013 12.99
A very fresh, lively white from the Greco grape. Calabria is at the Southern end of Italy on the Ionian Sea.
The Ippolito winery only uses indigenous varieties. Quite dry-great with all fish and lighter meats.

Arneis, Montaribaldi "Capural"  Piedmont, 2013 12.99 (Regular 13.99)
Until recently, Arneis was almost exclusively grown in the Piedmont region of Italy. Limited plantings have shown mixed success in other parts of the world, including Oregon (although prices are generally much more than this one).Arneis translates to "little rascal", regarded as a difficult grape to grow. Crisp and floral, dry and full bodied,with notes of pears and apricots.

Ciro Rosso, Ippolito, "Liber Pater" (100% Gaggliopo grape), Calabria, 2011 12.99
Gaggliopo is a grape unique to Calabria. It has a wonderful aroma and taste of wild cherries with a touch of spice. The area is known for its hot peppers and cured meats, and this wine matches with them. Drink now or hold for a few years.

Barbera d'Alba, Montaribaldi, "Consolina" Piedmont 2012 12.99
Luciano Taliano and family produce wines from only their vineyards or vineyards that they lease. This is a great example of Barbera from the Alba area. Rich, well balanced with blackberry notes. Enjoy with heartier cheese, salami and most meats.

Super Tuscan, Podere Capaccia, "Querciagrande"  Tuscany  2006 14.99 (Regular $30 plus)
100% Sangiovese. Special purchase allows us to part with this serious Tuscan wine at a great price. In Italy this wine sells for more than 30 bucks. While delicious to drink now, this will benefit from another 10 years in the cellar.





Posted 9/15/2014 8:11:25 AM

Friday, September 19 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--


Dick Erath, one of the pioneers of the Oregon Wine Industry will be pouring wines from his Arizona winery, Cimarron. Hope you can make this special tasting!


Cimarron Vineyards
The Cimarron Vineyard was planted by Oregon wine pioneer Dick Erath in 2005. At 4,300 ft. elevation, the vineyard has 38 acres planted to grapevines. Expertly managed by Oregon veteran Juan Alba, the vineyard provides super high quality fruit for most of our wines. Also planted to a constantly evolving constellation of varieties, this vineyard has major plantings of Tempranillo, Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, Sangiovese, Primitivo, Viognier & Picpoul Blanc. There are also many smaller blocks of experimental plantings of well known & esoteric varieties from Spain, Italy & France.

Rojo de Sol 2009 $17.99
68% Tempranillo, 19% Garnacha, 13% Monastrell

Trimezzo 2009 $17.99
50% Sangiovese, 25% Montepulciano, 25% Aglianico 

Primativo $17.99

Monsoon Red $17.99





 



Posted 9/9/2014 7:44:43 AM

Friday, September 12 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--


Jess Pierce of Brooks Winery and Margo Durdel of Oregon Brand Management will be pouring wine of Brooks Winery, Amity Oregon:

Amycas Alsatian blend 2013 $13.99
This is a blended white wine with rich pear, rose petals, and tropical and citrus aromas. The mouth feel is rich, layered with pear & stone fruit flavors on a frame of vibrant acidity. Blend is Pinot blanc, Gewurztraminer, Riesling. Eola Hills, Ana, and Stein Vineyards.

Rose of Pinot Noir 2013 $18.99
Our dry Rose is a vibrant reflection of summer. It offers vibrant citrus, watermelon, and rasberry, supported by a bright, refreshing core.

Oak Ridge Gewurztraminer 2012 $17.99
Like a beautifully classic and complex perfume, filling the mouth with white flowers, exotic spices, and ripe fruits, kumquat and apricots. I love the texture of this wine. It has the classic girth and viscosity of Gewurtz, but it remains elegant and light on its feet, with wonderful balance and afresh lift on the finish.

Bois Joli Riesling 2012 $22.99
This one started off with a nose and palate of apples and limes. As the wine opened up and warmed a bit, peaches emerged in the background, and grapefruit rounded out the crisp finish. Made a delectable pairing with pork chops cooked with sweet potatoes and apples. Another compelling riesling from this house. 91 pts Cellartracker.

Runaway Red 2012 $16.99
Cinnamon, rhubarb, raspberry, strawberry and wild cherry. Spices and red fruits on the nose with a hint of tomato leaf. Good crisp tart red fruits in the mouth; rhubarb, cherry, red plum and cinnamon. A sheer pleasure to drink, balanced and pretty, low alcohol with the perception of minerality.

Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2012 $21.99
"The basic Willamette cuvee of Brooks 2011 Pinot Noir incorporates barrels from all of the winery’s numerous sources, although it ends up being 80% from the Eola-Amity Hills. This features tart-edged, juicy black fruits shadowed by their distilled counterparts and allied to similarly mouthwatering salinity. Alluring perfume of wisteria and freesia add to the temptation of the fruit. A pleasant suggestion of fruit skin chewiness and berry seed crunch lends invigoration to a penetrating finish."
Reviewed by: The Wine Advocate - 90pts

 
Next Week, Sept. 19: Dick Erath, one of the pioneers of the Oregon Wine Industry will be pouring wines from his Arizona winery, Cimarron. Hope you can make this special tasting!




Posted 9/3/2014 6:17:32 AM

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


Whitney Laucks of D'Vine Wine Co. will be pouring selection from France, Spain, Italy, and Washington:

Creta Verdejo Rueda 2013 $13.99
Verdejo is a fascinating grape, with great freshness and acidity balanced with rich body and notes of citrus, minerality, and melon.

Novellum Chardonnay 2012 $11.99
Winemaker's Notes: Novellum is a custom cuvee of Chardonnay grown and made by Jean Marc and Eliane Lafage for Eric Solomon. The Latin name "Novellum" echoes "Nouveau" ("new"), and the recent vintage suggests a wine that saw little delay between the vineyard and the bottle. The grapes experience cold maceration with only first pressing. The majority of the wine, 70%, is aged in stainless steel. To achieve the perfect balance of fresh acidity, ripe fruit and a touch of minerality 30% of the wine is aged briefly for 2 months in one-year old barrels. But the real uniqueness in this wine comes from its aging method: it is aged on the "lees" of previously fermented Viognier for three months, imparting a luscious floral character that's different from just about any Chardonnay you've tasted.

A gorgeous wine for the price! It is an unusual gem for being at once fruity, lush, viscous, and crisp all at once and in that order. It has the crispness to represent its region and yet voluptuousness to be mysterious as to its origin. Highly recommended. It is a steal at this price and would be a contender with wines three and four times the price.

Espelt Garnacha 2012 $11.99
"Made from 100% Grenache planted in decomposed granitic soils, and aged four months in new and used French oak, this deep ruby/purple-colored 2012 Garnacha Old Vines demonstrates what high quality can be found in obscure Spanish appellations. Aromas of kirsch, lavender and strawberries emerge from this medium-bodied, dense, rich 2012. Enjoy this delicious Spanish red wine over the next 3-4 years."
Robert Parker 90 pts.

Andezon Cotes du Rhone 2011 $13.99
Violet in color. The Syrah offers a lot of aromas on the nose including black fruit. The mouth is prevalent with spices of licorice and black olive with minerality, especially graphite and soot. Drink in 3-4 years as this mouthfeel will continue to develop over time bringing more complexity and power.

Novelty Hill Royal Slope Red 2010 $16.99
37% Merlot; 23% Syrah; 18% Cabernet Sauvignon; 10% Sangiovese; 5% Petit Verdot; 4% Cabernet Franc; 3% Grenache.
A medium-bodied wine with delicious layers of inviting fresh blackberry, ripe plum and a hint of clove woven around a black cherry core that coats the palate and echoes across a finish that lasts.

Novelty Hill’s family-owned estate vineyard, Stillwater Creek, supplies approximately two-thirds of the grapes for this delicious blend. First planted in 2000, the vineyard has quickly distinguished itself as one of the most exciting Columbia Valley sites of the last decade. The remainder of the blend is from two equally distinguished vineyards: Alder Ridge, Horse Heaven Hills and Lewis Vineyard, Yakima Valley.

Fior d'Aranico Sparking Orange Moscato NV $16.99
The Northeastern province of Veneto is home to this rare very unique semi-sweet sparkling orange moscato. The prized Fior DArancio moscato grapes are selected from specific family-cultivated vineyards in the Colli Euganei about twenty miles from Venice. The wine shows a rich creamy texture with balanced acidity natural residual sugar and velvety perlage.

 



Posted 8/28/2014 5:17:08 AM

Friday, August 29 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Dave the wine guy will be pouring selections from Oregon, Spain, France and Argentina:

Christopher Michael Pinot Gris Willamette Valley 2013 $11.99
This wine bursts onto your palate with beautiful citrus and melon flavors and hints of key lime pie. It has a rich creamy texture that is held together by its bright and lively acidity. Its mouthwatering finish leaves you wanting more. -winery notes

AIX Rosé 2013 Coteaux d'Aix en Provence $13.99
Grenache, Syrah-Shiraz, Cinsault. An award-winning wine from one of the region's largest and most prestigious wineries, Domaine de la Grande Séouve, who have established AIX as perhaps the definitive Provence rosé. Unashamedly vibrant and summery, with a bright pink colour and a delicate balance of crisp acidity and soft, ripe summer fruit.

Las Rocas Rose 2013 $11.99
The bright pink hue in our Las Rocas Rose hints at the enticing aromas of ripe raspberry and strawberry in this wine. Clean and fruit forward, this Rosé is crafted entirely from Garnacha grapes grown in our high altitude vineyards. The extreme conditions in Calatayud translate to bright red fruit flavors that mingle with a hint of spice to create a full-bodied, elegant Rosé with a long, fruity finish.Gold Medal Winner: 2014 Los Angeles International Wine Competition

Can Blau Montsant 2011 $10.99
This crowd-pleasing effort delivers a big mouthful of fruit along with notes of mineral, lavender, blueberry and plum. Forward, tasty, and wellbalanced, it is an excellent value. Pairs well with paella, pasta, vegetables, mushrooms, stewed meat, sausage, pork, roast meat, red and/or white meat with sauces, grilled meat, and short or medium cheeses. Blend of 50% Mazuelo, 25% Syrah, 25% Garnacha.

"Supple and tender, yet expressive, this red delivers wild berry, garrigue and light vanilla flavors that mingle and glide over light tannins. A pretty wine, with good depth. Mazuelo, Syrah and Garnacha." Wine Spectator

The D.O. Montsant, where Can Blau is located, is a horse shoe shaped appellation that surrounds the D.O. Priorat on three sides. It should have been included on the Priorat appellation but was excluded. Can Blau is composed of 60 acres of vineyards with an average age of 35 years. The soils are similar to Priorat with Montsant being a bit more complex with a mixture of slate (llicorella), sandy clay and chalk.

Azul Malbec Argentina 2013 $12.99
This wine is a true reflection of its mountainous terroir – big and pure. A wonderful accompaniment to cheeses like Pategrás, Fontina and Provolone. This Malbec also goes wonderfully well with spicy dishes. Intense enough to hold its own, but with a purity that means it compliments rather than dominates a dish.



 


Posted 8/21/2014 4:35:56 AM

Friday, August 22 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Kara Kuehl of Vehrs will be pouring selections from Italy:

Jeio Prosecco $15.99
Brilliant straw yellow. Fresh, elegant fruit. Bubbles extremely fine and lively; fruit-forward. Ideal as an aperitif or as an accompaniment to the entire meal; pairs well with appetizers. Made from the Glera grape.

Argillae Orvieto 2012 $16.99
Orvieto is Umbria’s most famous wine. It is a blend of Trebbiano (locally known as Procanico) Grechetto, Chardonnay, Malvasia di Candia and Sauvignon. This formula enables producers to make the wine in varying degrees of richness. The overall quality of this blend has greatly improved in recent years.

Color: Straw yellow
Bouquet: Broad, floral scents with hints of citrus and tropical fruits
Flavor: Good complexity and correspondence to the nose, with a fruity taste and a lasting, refreshing finish
Pairings: Hors d’oeuvres, seafood pastas or vegetables and light
meats

Castelvero Cortese 2012 $9.99
Castelvero is named after the Antica Contea di Castelvero, a count who once lived on the hills nearCastel Boglione, and has carried this name since 1970. The Castelvero philosophy is to pursue the highest possible quality in the vineyard. Most of the work is done manually, including the rigorous grape selection that takes place during the harvest. A team of three agronomists apply vineyard management techniques with low environmental impact and use organic methods wherever possible. Castelvero has the capacity to vinify even the smallest lots individually, and wines from each site are handled separately.


Color: Pale yellow with green reflections
Bouquet: Fresh nose with grapefruit notes and underlying minerality
Flavor: Light body with pleasing citrus notes
Pairings: Ideal with light appetizers or fish.

Maso Poli Pinot Noir $24.99
The “Pinot” vines are originally from the Burgundy and they came to Trentino via Germany around the beginning of the last century. Here they have found their ideal habitat in the cold-temperate climate.

Color: Soft ruby red
Bouquet: Intense and fine with notes of wild berries and black currants
Flavor: Dry with a delicate aftertaste
Pairings: Suitable for meats with delicate flavors such as filets, chops and grilled meats

Lechthaler Teroldego  $12.95
In the framework of the Trentino’s enology, Teroldego has always played a role of great prestige. The vast flat area in the province of Trento known as the Campo Rotaliano has proved to be a highly favorable habitat for the varietal. Thanks to Teroldego Rotaliano’s fine sensory qualities and the outstanding techniques applied in cultivating the grapes and making the wine, its reputation has grown throughout the centuries, as was recognized in 1971 with the assignment of the official DOC (Denominazione di Origine Controllata), now referred to as DOP (Denominazione di Origine Protetta).

Color: Intense ruby red
Bouquet: Bright nose of ripe black cherry, distinct sweet earth and tobacco
Flavor: Smooth texture with notes of cherries, black raspberry, earth, and a touch of spice with ample acidity and medium tannins
Pairings: Pairs well with vegetarian dishes, fish, poultry, pork and beef.

Argiano NC $23.99
This wine’s initials, NC, are often thought to refer to Noemi Cinzano, Argiano’s longstanding owner. However, Non Confunditur is a Latin term meaning “do not be mistaken”- This is the motto of the Lovatelli family, written on the family crest which appears on the label. This wine is not to be mistaken for any of Argiano’s other wines which exclusively use either Tuscan or French varietals. NC, in contrast, is a unique marriage of both. It is a great example of how a red wine can retain a lovely freshness while expressing the toasty flavors of restrained oak aging.

Color: Ruby red
Bouquet: Red fruit and spicy, black currant with earthy notes
Flavor: Full body, soft tannins and a long finish; round red wine for early to mid-term drinking
Pairings: Homemade pastas, meat sauces, mushroom-based sauces or truffle-based sauces




Posted 8/13/2014 6:30:26 PM

Friday, August 15 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--


Joe Moura of Casa Bruno will be pouring selections from France, Italy, Washington and New Mexico: 

 NV Gruet Blanc de Noirs Brut New Mexico $16.99

75% Pinot Noir 25% Chardonnay Methode Champenoise sparkling wine.Fresh
apple and and vanilla. Crisp and toasty.

2013 Domaine Chignardiere Gamay Rose $10.99
100% Gamay from 40 year old vineyard located in the Muscadet wine area in
the western Loire, France. Watermelon and raspberry fruit with a saline
tinge and bright acidity.

2013 Colli della Murgia Erbaceo Puglia $!5.99
50% Fiano di Puglia 50% Greco
Harmonious blend of two traditional Puglian white grapes. Fresh citrus and
herbaceous elements made in a medium weight style. Refreshing and savory.

2011 Chateau Jouclary Cabardes $11.99
50% Cabernet Franc/ Merlot 50% Grenache/Syrah
Interesting Coteaux du Languedoc appellation requires equal parts of
Atlantic and Mediterranean varieties. This wine smells of the warm climate
of Southern France backed the structure of Bordeaux.

2011 Felsina Chianti Classico $23.99
100% Sangiovese
The normale from this premiere Tuscan estate is made in a classic style
relying only on Sangiovese and large wooden casks. Dark cherry and spicy
plums interplay with a complex earthy note. Long finish.

2011 Cadence Coda Red Mountain $24.99
34% Cabernet Sauvignon 32% Merlot 20% Cabernet Franc 14% Petit Verdot
Inviting red blend of Bordeaux varieties from prestigious producer of
exclusively Red Mountain AVA wines from Washington.




Posted 8/7/2014 6:49:09 AM

Friday, August 1 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--


Anna Goodman of TGIC Wines will be pouring selections from Chile, Argentina, and Italy:
 

Bodega Norton Brut Rose $10.99
Intense aromas of red fruits, strawberries and blueberries. Young, fresh. Pleasant with a long finish. Chardonnay 50%, Chenin 40 %, Pinot Noir 10%
Appellation
Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina.

Montes Classic Sauvignon Blanc 2013 $10.99
Montes Classic Series Sauvignon Blanc is a superb Sauv that displays passionfruit, floral and fresh grassy aromas. The palate is clean and crisp with kiwifruit flavours, lovely texture and lingering acidity. Fantastic drinking! -Dan Murphy's

Nobilissima Pinot Grigio $9.99
Pinot Grigio 85%, Garganega 10%, Moscato 5%
Elegant, refreshing and light on the palate, Nobilissima Pinot Grigio blends with a touch of vigorous Garganega for increased depth and fruit-forward Moscato to enhance freshness and aromas. Together they create a wine style marked by crisp, vibrant flavors of citrus and tropical fruit with lingering floral notes.

Pascual Toso Malbec 2012 $10.99
This wine continues to over-deliver in the quality to price ratio, or QPR department (please excuse the industry jargon). Back again is the smooth, fleshiness, the bright red cherry fruit, hint of ripe blueberry and a touch of earthy smoke. This wine seems to gain in definition and structure with each vintage. This is not only a well-made example of Argentine Malbec, but an exceptional value in red wine overall. Partially aged in American oak for depth and complexity, this is ready to be enjoyed tonight with anything from barbecued steak to pasta. -K&L Wines
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2012 Malbec has clean, shiny notes of raspberry and red currant, and a fresh, balanced palate. Very pleasant. Drink now. (LG) (4/ 2014)

Montes Twins 2011 $12.99
Beautiful lively ruby red color. Young and great power in this wine. The perfect harmony between the aromas of red fruits from Cabernet Sauvignon and the hint of plums from Malbec makes this wine very elegant and attractive. Sweet, fresh and firm tannins from Cabernet Sauvignon combine very nicely with the velvety and smooth body from Malbec. A seductive lingering in the mouth.

"This 50% Malbec, 50% Cabernet Sauvignon (hence, the "twins") is a magnificent blackberry, licorice and spiced specimen of tightly wound Cab and velvet-gloved Malbec. The bodies are textured and in motion, empowered by grace and elegance. "
92 Points Tasting Panel

Kaiken Corte 2011 $12.99
80% Malbec, 12% Bonarda, 8% Petit Verdot
Intense red color with violet hues. Ripe black fruit in the nose, such as blueberries and blackberries, hand in hand with Malbec’s floral aromas. Its tannic structure and complex nose makes it a perfect choice to accompany beef and stews.

 



Posted 7/30/2014 8:03:51 PM

Friday, August 1 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

JennyRae Foreman and Stephanie Glazier will be pouring selections from Oregon, Washington, France, Spain, and Italy:


Lunetta Rose Spumante $8.99
A beautifully fresh and dry sparkling rosé from the foothills of the Trentino mountains, NE Italy. A fresh and dry sparkling rosé with persistent white foam, beautifully cherry pink in colour. Red berry characters on the nose and palate make this soft and approachable in character.


Les Perle Viognier 2013 $9.99
A pleasantly plump and fragrant white perfect for when your palate wants a break from all those "refreshingly crisp and dry" whites that dominate summer drinking. Peachy and grapey, fleshy and sassy, this delivers a floral mouthful of fruit backed by enough vibrant acidity to hold it all together.


Bodega Hiriart Rosado 2013 $8.99
Tinta del País, Garnacha, and Verdejo.
Appearance: Intense strawberry red, clear and brilliant.
Nose: Special and Complex aromas. Associations with sweet and sour cherries, floral notes and honey together with an elegant hint of balsamic. Palate: Fresh, tasteful, alive, full-bodied and glycerin. Very aromatic with well-integrated wood tones.
 

Libra Oregon Pinot Noir 2011 $16.99
Deep ruby red wine with aromas of creme brulee, black cherries, chocolate cake, red licorice and red roses. Flavors include black fruit, dark cocoa with a hint of cinnamon, and pomegranate. This is an opulent wine with broad tannins and structure.
 

Boom Boom Syrah Columbia Valley 2013 $13.99
Aromas of fresh picked herbs and wet earth. Rich black cherry and tobacco are followed by hints of lavender on the finish. An explosive dark cherry bomb!


El Pedrosal Ribera del Duero 2010 $14.99
"The 2010 El Pedrosal is pure Tinta Fino from the youngest vines (7- to 15-years old) and is aged for 12 months, six months in American and six months in French barrels. It has an attractive bouquet with bright red fruit: maraschino and fresh strawberry infused by a touch of orange sorbet. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannins. There is a touch of dark chocolate interwoven through the fleshy red berry fruit, leading to a harmonious finish where the American oak leaves a touch of mocha on the finish. This is a well-crafted, enjoyable Ribera del Duero wine."
90 Points The Wine Advocate

"Deep ruby. Sexy, oak-spiced aromas of dark berries and vanilla, with a smoky overtone. Juicy and open-knit, offering sweet black raspberry and mocha flavors and a hint of licorice. Finishes smooth and long, with harmonious tannins and lingering vanilla and floral qualities. This suave wine is delicious right now."
90 Points International Wine Cellar

 



Posted 7/23/2014 7:16:17 PM

Friday, July 25 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Doug Culver of C&G Wines will be pouring selections from Oregon, Washington, France and Portugal:


Aliança 2013 Vinho Verde $8.99
Refreshing and crisp with a lot of character and precision. With the slightest bit of fizz, this is the perfect summer sipper. Aliança, by reputation, is a Vinho Verde specialist.

Les Perles 2013 Piquepoul $9.99
Made in a dry, lean style, this intriguing effort from Jerome Calmes offers lime-like notes intermixed with a hint of honey.

Southard 2013 Columbia Valley White $14.99
2/3 Roussanne, 1/3 Viognier. Scott Southard excels at producing very pure wines from authentic Rhone varietals. He makes very little wine at amazingly attractive prices. This new Columbia Valley White exhibits lots of flowery notes intermixed with quince, fig and honeyed citrus. It is a tasty, fresh, medium-bodied white.

Omero 2013 Ribbon Ridge Pinot Gris $19.99
Our Omero Vineyard Pinot Gris is comprised of 100% Estate grown grapes on our steepest blocks. The wine is fermented and aged entirely in neutral French oak barrels and allowed to sit sur lie for 4 months. Flavors of stone fuit, white flower and spice drive the nose while notes of tropical fruit and white peach dominate the palate. The wine finishes with a balance of weighty richness and acidity.

Omero 2011 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir $19.99
Aromatics of red currant, strawberry-rhubarb & elderflower with a palate of raspberry & honeycomb with bright acidity & silky texture.

Mas des Boislauzon 2012 La Chaussynette Rouge $12.99
Produced by Daniel and Cristine Chaussy of the famed Mas des Boislauzon estate in Northern Chateauneuf-du-Pape.
A bistro-styled effort that over-delivers, the 2012 Vin de France La Chaussynette (70% Grenache and 30% Syrah aged all in concrete) is a superb effort that offers up notions of dusty cabinet, ground herb, garrigue and sweet red currant-styled fruit. Medium-bodied, supple and with a fleshy texture, it should be consumed over the coming handful of years.

 
 



Posted 7/16/2014 4:36:57 AM

 

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

Kyle Chaney of Corridor No.5 Imports will be pouring selections from Italy and France:

Vin Giocondo Falanghina 2011 $9.99
Hillsides of Ponte and Benevento district, Sannio – Campania with
South-west exposure - 300 meters above sea level.
The Vin Giocondo is straw yellow in colour with fine aromas of
mature exotic fruit. Full in the mouth, finishing nicely and
supported by an good freshness

Marotti Campi Luzano Verdicchio 2012 $13.99
Straw yellow color with light green reflections. Aromas of acacia, broom and wildflowers, chamomile with typical hints of almond. Dry, savory, mineral, with hints of green apple and pleasantly almond finish.

Scarbolo Sauvignon 2012 $14.99
An amazing value. This 100% Sauvignon blanc is very structured with stone fruit layers of mango, peach and apricot. Complex herbaceous notes on the palate with harmonious minerality notes on the intense finish. Paired with parmesan, sesame and horseradish crusted salmon.

AIX Rose 2013 $13.99
Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence. Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah, Counoise
A pale, bright pink robe. The nose has a lot of finesse, with aromas of red berries and yellow grapefruit. The wine has a soft, floral mouth attack with good texture and a nice, long aftertaste.

Terracruda Vettina Pergola Rosso $9.99
Vernaccia di Pergola (Aleatico) Marche
The Pergola Rosso is predominantly made from a native clone of Aleatico, which is an aboriginal biotype of Pergola. The grape provides this wine with an aromatic complexity both to its taste and to its complexity. “Vettina communicates, through a sensation of youth and aroma, the maximum expression of the territory. Ideal for moment of relax and carefreeness.” 

Vigouroux Cahors 2012 $11.99
This Cahors red wine is medium-to-full bodied and jam-packed with bright black fruit flavors — blackberries, plums, wild raspberries and wild bramble fruits with hints of spice, smoke and a charming earthy minerality. On the palate it has a plump, rounded mouthfeel, with supple tannins, that give just enough grip and structure. Moderately long length with a minerally finish, this is an honest wine that combines a strong sense of place with plenty of fruit flavor.




Posted 7/10/2014 5:18:19 AM

 Friday, July 11 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Mark Retz of Indie Wine Co. will be pouring selections from Washington, France, and Spain:

Isaac Fernandez Biutiful Nature Brut NV $13.99
80% Macabeo and 20% Chardonnay

The Biutiful Cavas are produced at a winery created in 2007 utilizing the latest technology for the production of Cava. The vineyards are based in Requena; a region with a grape growing history dating back to the 7th century BCE. The region lies about 70 km West of the Mediterranean Sea and combines Mediterranean and Continental climatic influences. The winters are long and cold, getting down to near 0F. The summers are quite short punctuated by long, hot days with a cooling easterly wind in the afternoons/evenings. The elevation of the vineyards is between 700 and 900 meters and they grow Macabeo, Chardonnay and Garnacha.

This Cava is produced from some of their best grapes sourced from the Western portion of Requena from vineyards with a Northern orientation. While it could be labeled as a Reserva, as it spends 15 months on lees as opposed to the minimum of 9 months, we chose to simply label it as Cava. It is a Brut Nature, which is to say no sugar was added at the end of aging on lees. Residual Sugar: 1.1g/L

Idilico Albarino Yakima 2013 $14.99
Idilico Albarino showcases the characteristic aromas of this white varietal with floral notes, citrus and tropical fruit on the nose. The palate is incredibly sippable, though not delicate, with crisp acid and minerality mingled in with citrus notes. A recent sampling revealed the slightest hint of black licorice on the finish. An absolute perfect match for seafood this summer – oysters, clams, mussels, prawns and any kind of ceviche

Domaine de Couron Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2013 $12.99
"Bright and bracing, with fresh pippin apple, lime, mineral and floral notes that are light but persistent, with good cut through the lengthy finish." -winery

Domaine de Couron Cotes du Rhone Villages 2010 $12.99
"Rather ripe, offering blueberry and cherry confiture aromas and flavors, with a light toasty spice on the finish. A touch obvious but with delicious fruit"


Bodegas Silvano Garcia Vina Honda Monastrell 2012 $13.99
Vivid ruby. Pungent aromas of cherry, plum, espresso and candied licorice. Ripe dark plum and blackcurrant flavors show a touch of sweetness, with gentle acidity adding lift. In a ripe, emphatically fruity style, but I'd like just a bit more vivacity.

Cougar Crest Dedication Seven Walla Walla Red Blend 2010 $19.99
This medium ruby, medium-bodied is a blend of 50% Merlot, 29% Syrah, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Petit Verdot.
Beautiful complex blend from Walla Walla. A very elegant wine.





Posted 6/25/2014 7:22:22 PM

 Friday, June 27 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--


Lindsay Green of Vertical Wines will be pouring selections from Washington, France, Italy, and South Africa:


Graham Beck Brut Rose South Africa $18.99
Aromas of raspberries, cherries and a few secondary whiffs of minerality. A lively mousse but fine in the mouth, with subtle red berry flavors enlivened by bright acids. Brisk on the palate, showing hints of oyster shell and fresh lavender. Flirtatious and fun, yet elegant and structured, it's perfect for all seasons and settings

Gilbert Cellars Rose of Mourvedre 2013 $14.99
Gilbert's tip of the hat to Bandol Rose rocks. Fresh and lively, gushing with strawberry alongside hints of Moroccan spices and melon. Creamy textured, with a clean and refreshing finish. A total winner.

Lone Birch Gewurztraminer 2011 $8.99
A delicate fruit-forward bouquet pear and melon. Light-bodied and crisp with lingering flavors of pear and citrus fruit.

Gosseaume Gamay Rouge 2013 $13.99
Henri Chapon : “Although Touraine Gamay is often seen as a frail and simple wine, it is very possible to produce rich and spicy wines if the fruit is picked when ripe and clean and the vinifications carried out carefully, giving the wine time to ‘make itself’ and express itself. As often with the Gamay grape variety, the first thing that strikes you is the seductive fuschia colour.

One also immediately notices the elegance of the nose which although remaining light, draws us in with its spicy pepper and liquorice notes on a base of red fruits. On the palate too, fresh red fruits delicately reveal themselves, so typical of this grape variety. We have here a classic example of Gamay that is structured and supple, yet has retained its fresh drinkable character.

Drink it lightly chilled (but not too cold) with white meats, grilled foods and barbeques. Don't hesitate to let it breathe a little which allows all the red fruit aromas to come to the fore.”

Campobello Chianti 2013 $9.99
This attractive ruby-red wine has light, fruity aromas with a delicate hint of violets. With lively cherry flavors, this medium-bodied Chianti is an excellent accompaniment to a wide range of meals, especially roasts and traditional Tuscan cuisine.

Patit Creek Red 2011 $14.99
Ripe red fruits and savory backing spices showcase the 2010 vintage well. The profile and structure suggest a much more expensive wine than this everyday value

 



Posted 6/19/2014 4:27:01 AM

Friday, June 20 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--


Kara Kuehl of Vehrs Wine will be pouring selections from Italy, Oregon, Washington and California:

 

Torre di Luna Sauvignon 2012 $10.99
Torre di Luna is located in the province of Trentino surrounded by the Dolomites and Rhaetian Alps in Northern Italy. While Pinot Grigio is the oft-favored Italian white wine, the demand for more whites has caused growers to branch out into other popular varietals like Sauvignon Blanc.

This 2012 is quite enjoyable offering bright and lively acidity and summery citrus notes of lemon, lime and grapefruit. This is a tart and bold Sauvignon Blanc that is ready to drink now. It is a delightfully fresh white that would pair nicely with seafood and salads.

Argillae Orvieto 2012 $16.99
This opens with a pretty bouquet of yellow spring flowers and tropical fruit. The palate offers lingering pineapple, lemon zest and pear flavors that finish clean and refreshing. Pair this with light pastas or lightly seasoned seafood dishes.

Apex Chardonnay 2012 $16.99
“This Prosser, Wash., winery is well into its third decade, and Ron Bunnell continues its tradition with balanced, fruit-forward Chardonnay. The nose features pineapple, pear and melon with notes of lemon zest and coriander. And yet, the 100% barrel fermentation allows for round flavors of pineapple and pear amid a feel of butter and toast.” ~Great Northwest Wine

Quady North Rose 2013 $13.99
Strawberry and cherry aromas predominate, with nice body and a bright finish that is dry, but not drying. This wine should be consumed soon, preferably within the year of its release.

Winemaker Notes:
There is a reason that dry rose is making a comeback in America. People are realizing that, when well made, this style is among the most versatile of all wines. Because of its natural levity, rose can be enjoyed on its own, or paired with anything from a club sandwich on the patio, to the roasted ham on the holiday table.


Oak Ridge OZV Old Vines Zinfandel 2012 $11.99
A robust Zinfandel from 50-100 year old vines in Lodi. Oak Ridge is the longest producing winery in Lodi dating back to 1934. Bold and jammy flavors with milk chocolate and hints of mocha on the soft and supple finish. This is one to stock up on for the upcoming parties!

Gordon Merlot 2010 $19.99
Looking for a smooth wine, the Gordon Estate Merlot fits that profile. The wine is rich and extracted. Black fruits accented with chocolate, coffee, cedar and sweet baking spices. Lots of depth. It goes down real easy...which, in the end, is what smoothness is all about. WINE ENTHUSIAST -- 91 Points

 



Posted 6/12/2014 5:11:22 AM

Friday, June 13 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Rod Evans of Zancanella Imports will be pouring selection from Italy and France:
 

Prosecco Brut, Althea (Veneto, Italy) $13.99
The estate covers 22 acres of vineyards in the commune of Valdobbiadene which is considered to be the finest zone for Prosecco. The Drusian family is well known for their high quality. This wine displays fine bubbles and a compelling nose that is refined and very elegant.

Lugana, Provenza (Lombardy, Italy) 2013 $13.99
Provenza is a winery located at the south end of beautiful Lake Garda, just outside the town of Sirmione. Lugana is a very small appellation. The main grape for whites is Turbiana, a relative of Trebbiano, having developed its own character over time. Very pretty nose of barely ripe peaches and cantaloupe. Very versatile with food. All types of fish-ocean or inland, chicken, pork, fresh fruit and cheese.

Chiaretto, Provenza (Lombardy, Italy) 2013 $13.99
This delightful rose' is from Italy's Lake Garda region, just 20 miles west of Verona. The perfect summertime wine. Very fragrant with notes of strawberries, watermelon and cherries. Dry, yet fruity and very well balanced. Its refreshing character compliments salads, fish and antipasti-or just by itself! By regulation all wines (red or rose') with a Garda appellation must be a blend of Sangiovese, Barbera, Marzemino and Groppello-what a combo-you gotta' try it.

Beaujolais "Terre Noire", Jean-Michel Dupre' (Beaujolais, France) 2012 $10.99
A more serious Beaujolais than the price would suggest. Very small production from 60 year old vines grown at 500 meters. "Terre Noire" is a single vineyard farmed exclusively by the Dupre' family. Textbook wine, medium body, fresh fruit-great summer red-drink with a slight chill. Try with pork (the preferred meat of Beaujolais), chicken or salmon.

Cotes du Rhone, Mavette (Rhone Valley, France) 2013 $10.99
Old school winery (concrete vats) making very true to type wines. A blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre. The 2013 is bursting with blackberry fruit with a nice tannic backbone. Drink with forward cheeses and anything off the grill.

Bordeaux Superieur, Chateau Recougne (Bordeaux France) 2010 14.99
Chateau Recougne once again demonstrates its consistency vintage to vintage and with the outstanding 2010 you will not be disappointed. The wine is made from 78%Merlot, 12% cabernet Franc and 10% cabernet Sauvignon from a vineyard just outside of Fronsac. While drinking very well now, this will age gracefully for a number of years.




Posted 6/4/2014 7:07:06 AM

Friday, June 6 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

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

 




Posted 5/28/2014 7:39:34 AM

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


Tom Gory of Galaxy Wines 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." 
 
A 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.

 


Posted 5/14/2014 7:22:53 AM

Friday, May 16 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--


Patricia Ferreira-Davis of Palm Bay Imports will be pouring selections from Italy, Spain and Argentina:


NV Pere Ventura Brut Cava $13.99

As a member of the Wineries for Climate Protection initiative, Pere Ventura is fully committed to protecting the environment by reducing their carbon and water footprint, investing in renewable energy and biodiversity, and practicing sustainable agriculture. All Pere Ventura Cavas undergo the “Traditional Method” of sparkling wine production, the same method used for Champagne. Grapes are hand harvested and de-stemmed before they undergo a first fermentation in stainless steel tanks. Fermentation is done separately for each variety. The juice is then clarified and stabilized before undergoing secondary fermentation which takes place in the bottle. The wine is riddled, disgorged and the dosage is added before the bottle is sealed. The wine is aged on the lees for 27 months. The Bouquet has beautiful notes of Golden delicious apples, citrus and dried nuts, the palate has a broad and firm palate of ripe apples, grapefruit, lemon and brioche. Crisp and balanced.


La Cala Vermentino 2011 $11.99
A favorite of the jet set at Sardinia’s chic resorts, La Cala is the ultimate definition of the Vermentino grape. It is romantically named for a small, secluded cove fringed by violet-colored thistles on the edge of the Sella & Mosca estate. Few wines rival La Cala for its exceptional affinity with seafood, thanks to the very subtle presence of a natural marine salinity in the wine, credited to the Mediterranean location of Sella & Mosca’s Vermentino vineyards. Notes of citrus, delightfully floral, crisp and dry with youthful vitality and freshness.


Planeta Rose 2013 $14.99 
Planeta is a Journey through Sicily. And that journey begins at Sambuca di Sicilia, on the estate which the Planeta family has owned since the 1600s. The indigenous Nero D’Avola & Syrah are blended in harmony for this distinctive rose. Bright notes of wild strawberry, pomegranate with a background of flowery and tropical aromas. Smooth and soft with well-balanced acidity. The winery’s sustainable practices are the cherry on top. 90 points and Top 10 Summer Roses- International Wine Review.

Portillo Malbec 2013 $8.99 
Situated on a high plateau in the Uco Valley of Argentina’s Mendoza region, the Portillo winery and vineyards are dedicated to making superb quality wines for everyday enjoyment. Harmony with nature is readily apparent in every aspect of this property, which is designed to deliver wines that capture and respect the pristine beauty of their birthplace. The Malbec is the first Carbon Neutral Malbec from Argentina, this environmentally conscientious winery, is also one of the most beautiful sites in Valle de Uco. The wine has fresh flavors of redcurrant and black cherry supported by sweet, round tannins ending in a long finish with notes of cinnamon and cloves.

Mazzei Badiola Toscana 2011 $11.99 
Since 1435, the Mazzei family has been making distinctive and exquisite Tuscan wines. Badiola comes from a single vineyard in the township of Radda in Chianti. Intense aromas of dark fruits and cocoa. Soft and smooth on the palate, with flavors of wild blackberries and raspberries; well balanced, with great depth and a long finish. 2010 vintage received 92 pts by Wine Spectator.


Mazzei Serrata Belgvardo Toscana 2008 $19.99
The pioneering Mazzei family took the helm at the Belguardo estate in Maremma, Tuscany, in the 1990s after recognizing the potential for superb quality winemaking in the local terroir. In the years since, the Mazzeis have established a name for Belguardo among the top producers in this exciting, fast emerging wine region. The Serrata is intense ruby red, aromatic, with scents of ripe cherries, spice and chocolate. A rich, balanced red. Soft and well-structured with flavors of wild berries, spice and herbs.

 




Posted 5/7/2014 7:54:41 PM

Friday, May 9 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--


Margo Durdel of Oregon Brand Management will be pouring selections from Oregon and France:

Chateau Mouret Graves 2012 $15.99
Aromatic, Minerally. 60% Sauvignon Blanc, 40% Semillon. Graves is a sub-region of the Bordeaux wine region in south-western France. The name is also used in the appellation AOC Graves. The name derived from the area's gravel soils, which help to create the distinctive profile of Graves wines. Refreshing green fruit, fresh grass and light floral notes on the foundation of bright acidity and stony minerality is the hallmark of the Grave character. Wonderful companion to various kinds of light meals. Also great for sipping or picnic. If you are a Sauvignon Blanc fan, you will not regret taking this bottle home. Food Pairing: Chicken, Seafood, Vegetable, Soft Cheese.

Colene Clemens Rose 2013 $18.99
Colene Clemens captures the ethereal "prettiness" of Pinot noir rosé. Delicate and fresh in the best of ways. Consistently among the finest Oregon pink wines. Peaches and strawberries, mouthwatering and rich. - Marcus

Winemaker Steve Goff says: "I try to keep it simple and pure, I'm not into heavy, ponderous rose. I've always been a big fan of classic Cote de Provence style rose. Pale in color, lightly extracted, with just a kiss of some red fruit. I know those wines are different varietals (Cinsaut and Grenache) but stylistically that is what's always in my mind when I make this wine." -- Avalon Wine

Libra Pinot Blanc  2012  $13.99
Full, bright flavors of pear, honeycomb and pie crust give this dry Pinot Blanc a sense of weight and impact. Fruit from Southern Oregon’s warm Rogue Valley was whole cluster pressed, then fermented in stainless steel and kept on the lees in tank for 5 months for clean, fresh, and juicy character.

Dopp Creek Pinot Noir 2011 $18.99
A gorgeous bright ruby color betrays flavors to come, and entices you into the first sip. What follows is pure joy for the palate –bright impressions of cranberry, pie cherries and pomegranate juxtaposed with cinnamon, smoke and spice. The wine is fantastically vibrant, leading to a clean and refreshing finish. 92 pts. -- Vino de Vino

Fausse Piste Garde Mangre Syrah 2012 $19.99
The Garde Manger is classic Syrah with red and blue fruits, grilled herbs, and a meatiness that reminds me of venison chops fried in bacon fat. I'm really impressed by the balance in all the Fausse Piste wines - they make great sippers and food wines alike. - Marcus

Chateau Les Verriers Bordeaux 2010 $9.99
60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10 % Cabernet Franc 
Brillant color, red fruits and spicy aromas, this wine has a concentrated structure with a great finish. 




Posted 4/30/2014 7:43:48 AM

 

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.

 



Posted 4/23/2014 7:05:08 AM

Friday, April 25 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--


Anna Goodman of TGIC Imports will be pouring selections from Chile, Argentina and Italy:



Nobilissima Pinot Grigio 2013 $9.99
Elegant, refreshing and light on the palate, Nobilissima Pinot Grigio blends with a touch of vigorous Garganega for increased depth and fruit-forward Moscato to enhance freshness and aromas. Together they create a wine style marked by crisp, vibrant flavors of citrus and tropical fruit with lingering floral notes.

Santa Ema Chardonnay 2012 $8.99
Casablanca, Chile.Fresh, young wine with good balance and pleasing acidity. Intense aromas of fresh citrus and tropical fruits accompanied by notes of apples and pears.

Montes Classic Cabernet 2012 $9.99
Colchagua, Chile- This well balanced Cab is joyful and defined- it offers black currant and violet on the nose and great acid and raspberry flavors. The finish is just wonerful.

Kaiken Ultra Malbec 2007 $13.99
Mendoza, Argentina- This 100% Malbec is full bodied and toasty with lots of fig and cocoa powder on the nose. The finish is all black fruit, coffee and licorice with a touch of mint.

Montes Cabernet-Carmenere 2012 $12.99
Colchagua Valley, Chile- Beautiful, intense ruby color w elegant aromas of chocolate, cigar box, coffee and butterscotch. Blue and blackberries and a subtle spiciness on the palate.

Norton Reserva Malbec 2011 $16.99
Mendoza, Argentina- From Wine Enthusiast Magazines’ Winemaker of the Year 2013, this Malbec has been on the Wine Spectator’s list of the Top 100 Wines in the World- TWICE! Rich and black fruited, velvety texture- this is one of the best examples of Malbec in existence.


Also: Mediterranean beer tasting with Lindsay Green of Vertical Beer and Wine.



Note: Special Tasting with winemaker Andrew Rich next Friday May 2. Great wines from one of the best winemakers in Oregon!
 



Posted 4/16/2014 1:48:38 PM


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. 



Posted 4/10/2014 5:04:03 AM

Friday, April 11 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--


Our host, JennyRae Foreman will be pouring selections from France,  all  Cotes du Rhone: 



Jean-Luc Colombo 2011 $11.99
Seductive aromas of red fruits, coriander and bay leaf.
This is a fresh and silky wine, with notes of licorice and spice on the palate


Chateau Cadenette 2012 $9.99
It has a concentrated and complex flavour of black and red fruits with a little hint of spice and liquorice. It is dry with well balanced tannins and acidity. The wine will keep for a few years but I think it is at its best drunk young.
 

Domaine Rabasse Charavin 2011 $14.99
The Syrah adds a gorgeous perfume and a silky texture. The fruit is full, with notes of crushed dark berries. This is an elegant and powerful Rhone wine.
 

Domaine Alain Dumarcher Cuvee L’Exception 2012 $14.99
60% Grenache & 40% Syrah. Nice balance between red/bright/lighter
fruit of Grenache and dark fruit,earthy quality of the southern Rhone.
 

Vidal Fleury 2011 $11.99
Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah, Carignan.
Vidal-Fleury is the Rhône Valley's oldest continuously-operating winery, established in 1781. Today, head winemaker is Guy Sarton du Jonchay, whose experience takes in Bordeaux, Australia's Rosemount Estate and Cavas de Weinert of Argentina.

Brilliant garnet in colour, with a classic Rhône nose of bramble fruits and heady spice. The medium-bodied palate has fresh and snappy red fruit surrounded by firm and persistent tannins.

C&J Grieco Debut une Histoire Cinsault $14.99
Debut une Histoire is 100% Cinsault from their organically farmed estate. Called such because it is the first time they have ever bottled a single varietal Cinsault.

Cinsaut brings wines are generally low in tannin and generally used in blends for its perfume. It shares much in common with Grenache and at one time was grown for its generous yields. Light red berries are the most commonly associated flavor descriptors. 

Domaine Bressy-Masson Rasteau 2010 $17.99
Nestled along the hillsides of Rasteau in the southern Rhone, Domaine Bressy-Masson has been highly regarded for its exceptionally rich, concentrated and flavorful wines and has been described as “one of the up-and-coming stars of the southern Rhone” by Robert Parker (February 2009).

The Domaine currently consists of 30 hectares of superb vineyards which feature extremely old vines and encompass a broad range of soils and terrain. The Domaine’s red wines which we are offering here are all made primarily from old-vine Grenache, with smaller amounts of Syrah and Mourvedre added to balance out the flavors.

 



Posted 4/2/2014 7:05:10 PM



Friday, April 4 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--



Mark Retz of Independent Wines will be pouring selections from Spain, Italy, France and Argentina:


2012 Fuente Milano. 50/50 Viura and Verdejo  $9.99  

This wine is produced with 45 year old vine Viura and Verdejo from 15 year old vines. Grapes underwent cold maceration for 12 hours and were then lightly bladder pressed to extract the free run juice. The wine (must) underwent slow alcoholic fermentation for 20 days. Afterwards, it aged in stainless steel vats with its lees for several weeks. Stabilization and light filtration occurred before bottling. "Light yellow. Vibrant aromas of pear nectar, orange pith and mint. Sappy and expansive on the palate, displaying fresh citrus fruit and pear flavors accented by a suggestion of succulent herbs. Shows good clarity on the slightly bitter, refreshing finish."


2012 Egeo Verdejo   $12.99

This wine is produced by Isaac Fernandez in partnership with a winery whose modern day operations began in 1941. The winery is located in the heart of Rueda just south of the Duero river and has over 80 hectares of vineyards. After harvesting the grapes are destemmed and undergo a pre-crush cold maceration for several hours. A gentle press is followed by a slow, cool temperature controlled fermentation (max temperature is 17° C) in stainless steel tanks. This cool fermentation maintains vibrant fruit aromas in the finished wine. Expressive aromas of dried herbs and freshly cut grass followed by zesty citrus flavors. Although it is light enough to dance with a delicate partner such as a raw oyster, it delivers enough flavor from its light profile to stand up to many fin fish and chicken dishes."


2010 Villa da Filicaja Chianti Superiore  $9.99  

Sangiovese (90%) Canaiolo (5) Merlot (5%) Harvested entirely by experienced pickers who avoid immature grapes, leaves or broken skins. The grapes we use are harvested by hand into crates with a specific harvest-transfer-destemming criteria, which enables the destemming and the pumping of the must into fermentation tanks within a maximum of 15 minutes after picking the grapes from the vine. All grapes are checked and sorted bunch by bunch in order to have only perfect grapes for our wine. A ripe, savory style, featuring plum, spice, earth and saline notes matched to a rich texture.


2011 Domaine de Couron Cotes du Rhone  $9.99

Grenache (60%) and Syrah (40%), with an average vine age of 46 years. Integrated farming, with hand harvesting, organic herbicides use, no pesticides and the utilization of sustainable agriculture. Three passes in the vineyard, for only, unbroken healthy grapes. Grenache and Syrah are de-stemmed entirely. Concrete Fermentation at 45 °F for a duration of 21 days, No oak. "Light, with sandalwood and tea notes framing the lightly mulled black cherry and red currant fruit core. Singed sandalwood details echo on the finish."


2012 Mil Piedras Malbec  $9.99

100% Malbec. Barrel ageing: 5 months in French and American oak barrels. Supple in texture, full bodied and very fruity in style with blackberry, plum, toast, and cassis aromas/flavors. Winemaker: Angel Mendoza (formerly of Trapiche for 20+ years).  Mil Piedras wines are made with estate-grown fruit from our single vineyard located in one of the most prestigious wine regions of Argentina, Valle de Uco. Benvenuto de la Serna, maker of Mil Piedras, is a small family winery owned by Silvio Benvenuto (Italian immigrant) whose mission statement is to "make 100% estate and 100% handcrafted wines".


2012 Rios de Tinta, Ribera del Duero  $13.99

100% Tempranillo.  Harvested by hand during and immediately de-stemmed, lightly crushed and moved by gravity.  Native yeasts fermentations. Temperatures are kept low looking to emphasize fruit aromas in the finished wine. Maceration lasts between 10 and 12 days. After pressing the wine is racked to clean stainless steel tanks for native malolactic fermentation. Vivid ruby color. Emphatically fruity nose displays scents of fresh red berries and pungent flowers, lifted by a peppery topnote. Juicy raspberry and cherry flavors show very good clarity and pick up a hint of pipe tobacco with aeration. The finish strongly repeats the raspberry note and betrays barely a hint of tannins.


 



Posted 3/27/2014 5:12:35 AM


Friday, March 28 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--


Ron Leidigh D'Vine Wines will be pouring selections from Washington, Italy, Spain, Macedonia, and Argentina:
 

SECCO ITALIAN BUBBLES 2012 BIANCO IGT VENETO $11.99
77% Chardonnay, 15% Pinot Bianco, 8% Raboso Piave, Brut Spumante
Fresh and elegant. Layers and layers of flavors. Elderberry, anise, Italian summer,
melon, beeswax and seashells live within so many tiny bubbles. Totally delicious!

Herencia Altes Garnatxa Blanca 2012 $9.99
“... exhibits lots of quince, honeysuckle, white currant and lemon
blossom notes. Fresh, medium-bodied and elegant, this lovely white
will have abundant flexibility with food over the next several years.”
– The Wine Advocate

Tikves Vranec Special Selection, Macedonia 2011 $10.99
Made by consulting oenologist Philippe Cambie, who has been telling me for years, 'Wait until you taste my wines from Macedonia,' this 100% Vranec (an indigenous varietal) reveals a high quality California Zinfandel-like, briery, raspberry, earthy, peppery fruit character as well as a southern Rhone garrigue and spice box note. The wine possesses gorgeous fruit, medium to full body, supple tannins and outstanding purity as well as length. This remarkable value exhibits a deep ruby/plum color, abundant black currant fruit, and an unmistakable personality. It comes from 30 to 60-year-old Vranec vines from the oldest winery in Macedonia, first established in 1885.
90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

“The wine possesses gorgeous fruit, medium to full body, supple
tannins and outstanding purity as well as length. This remarkable
value exhibits a deep ruby/plum color, abundant black currant
fruit, and an unmistakable personality.” – The Wine Advocate

Gouguenheim Reserva Malbec  2012  $11.99
Deep purple color with aromas of red fruits, chocolate and coffebeans. Red and black cherry flavors with scents of flower. Very nice frensh oak on the finish, very complex and yet balanced.

Casa Castillo Monastrell 2010 $11.99
“Opaque purple. Aromas of blackberry, apricot, violet and
smoky spices show an exotic quality. Sweet and supple on the
palate, with very good clarity to the dark fruit, candied flower and
spice flavors. Finishes with a strong element of exotic spices and
very good chewy persistence.” –International Wine Cellar

Guild Red #7 Columbia Valley 2011 $14.99
Dark and complex, our Red Lot #7 is a blend of classic Southern Rhone varietals centered on the back bone of the lesser-known Rhone Durif. Black pepper, molasses and meaty black fruit on the nose belie a wine surprisingly light on its toes. Flavors of dark fruit and sweet molasses open up to black cherry and nuances of cola. Spicy, soft tannins and moderate acidity provoke repeat sipping. Great at a summer barbecue with smoky meats, try also with charcuterie. Blend of: Durif (29%), Cinsault (22%), Syrah (21%), Mourvedre (15%), Grenache (13%)

 



Posted 3/19/2014 10:53:06 AM


Friday, March 21 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--


Olivier Rochelois of Petit Monde Imports will be pouring selections from France:


Domaine de Chiroulet, Terres Blanches, Cotes de Gascogne, 2011 $11.99

While the grapes that make up this blend (Gros Manseng, Ugni Blanc, Sauv Blanc) may not be the most familiar, the quality, flavor, and freshness in this wine will surprise you for it's accessibility.  This bottle from southwestern France is lively, bright, with lots of acidity.  


Chateau de Breze, Rosé of Cabernet Franc,  Saumur, 2012, $15.99
While many may limit their rosé consumption to the days where the temperature is above 80, this rosé may change that protocol.  100% Cabernet Franc, from organically farmed, centuries old estate in the Loire Valley.  The wine has weight and structure, without being fruit forward and overly ripe.  It has the perfect balance of weight to acidity that allow it to pair perfectly with fall flavors and comfort cuisine.


Domaine de L'Idylle, Mondeuse, Savoie, 2012 $16.99
Mondeuse is a red grape that is indigenous to the Savoie in eastern France.  This wine will surely make you a believer in its merits as it is medium bodied, clean and compelling.  Plenty of fruit and spice, without being heavy or rich.  It's unique, it's well made, and it's thoroughly enjoyable!


Domaine de Brin, "Petit Brin", Gaillac, 2011 $13.99
Produced by the 26 yr old winemaking protégé Damien Bonnet, this wine is a great introduction to the reds of southwestern France, specifically Gaillac.  The estate grown, organically farmed fruit yields a wine that is rich and lively, opulent and expressive.  Based on Merlot, but blended with indigenous varieties Braucol and Duras, this is a unique wine and exceptional value.


Jean Louis Denois, "Les Garrigues", Languedoc, 2011 $10.99
Meet your new everyday red wine.  From Southwestern France, Denois produces this full bodied, balanced blend of a little bit of everything on his estate.  The blend is dominated by Syrah and Merlot, but small bits of Cab Sauv, Cab Franc, and Grenache make their way into the mix.    For the price you'd be hard pressed to find a bottle that delivers more quality and wine from anywhere, not just France.


Chateau Lafond, Canon-Fronsac, Bordeaux 2010 $17.99
This wine exemplifies Merlot based, right bank Bordeaux at it's finest, yet for a fraction of the price point of more renowned estates.  Fromt the  multi generational team of the Courneaud family comes this stellar offering from one of the best vintages Bordeaux has seen in a bit.  Traditionally farmed and vinified, the blend of Merlot and Cab Franc offers lots of rich dark fruit, but also plenty of acidity and tannin that provide the structure and backbone of this well balanced offering.



Posted 3/12/2014 6:43:18 PM


Friday, March 14 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Russ Margach of Eyrie Vineyards and Margo Durdel of Oregon Brand Management will be pouring selections from Eyrie Vineyards, McMinnville:

David is credited with the first plantings of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Gris in the Willamette Valley. The Eyrie Vineyards, founded by David and Diana Lett in 1966, is located in the Dundee Hills. David Lett established Oregon's reputation for producing fine wine both domestically and internationally and became affectionately known as "Papa Pinot."


Eyrie Pinot Gris 2012 $16.99
Wine Advocate calls it "a sensational value." Eyrie Pinot gris is world famous. Year after year, this is our most popular Pinot gris and one of the finest made. And at a ridicuously low price.

Hazelnuts, lemon pie, minerals, fig, and sweet lime seduce you and call for another glass. An incredible value and our most popular Pinot gris by far. The previous vintage was sold out for months.

A weighty, dense Pinot gris that outperforms both Oregon and European versions of the wine. Made from Eyrie's four Estate vineyards, these old vine plantings produce intense, densely packed flavors.

Medium body and balanced acidity make Eyrie's Pinot gris a versatile food wine. Jason's favorite match for his Pinot gris is salmon, which shares the wine's velvety texture and subtle flavor and brings out the hints of vanilla and cedar in the wine.


Eyrie Pinot Blanc 2012 $19.99

Winemaker David Lett was a pioneer of growing and producing Oregon's white wine grapes at his Eyrie winery in the Dundee Hills. This aromatic Pinot Blanc takes a moment to open, and rewards with bright apricot acidity, notes of orchard fruits and a long finish. A beautifully crafted wine. Serve with savory soufflés, muenster cheese, with mild fish or light soups.


Eyrie Chardonnay 2012 $25.99
Discover why Eyrie Chardonnays earned the position of “Best New World White” from Stephen Spurrier. organizer of the famous Judgement in Paris. Long aging potential is the focus of this selection from the oldest Chardonnay vines in the Willamette Valley


Black Cap Rose 2011 $21.99
This wine was made from a blend of 93% Pinot noir and 7% Pinot Meunier, both grown on volcanic soils in the Northern Willamette Valley. A rounded palate from barrel fermentation couples with subtle floral undertones on the nose for a light, refreshing version of Pinot. It is a perfect addition to your Holiday meal


Eyrie Pinot Noir 2011  $31.99
Elegant, delicate, lovely pinot. This is definitely the best 2011 WV pinot I've tasted thus far. It is a pale ruby, almost rose like. The nose is lovely with floral notes, bright cherry, damp leaves, and hints of black tea. The palate is light, lively, and very pleasant. This is a delicate and elegant form of pinot, clearly showing the lighter weights of the vintage, but it is quite enjoyable. Eyrie continues to put out fantastic pinot year in and year out.


Black Cap Pinot Noir 2010  $44.99
Familiar with Eyrie Vineyards?  This is winemaker Jason Lett's private label.  Beautifully sums up the 2010 vintage in my eyes: rich dark aromas of mocha, sassafras and vanilla, silky smooth with great body, ripe juicy berries on the palate, absolutely perfect!

From the Eyrie newsletter:

BlackCap is a label that Jason had started before coming back to Eyrie as winemaker in 2005. He brought the label into the Eyrie fold and has continued to use it as a way to explore grape growing around the valley, off the Eyrie estate vineyard properties.

 



Posted 3/6/2014 6:28:47 AM


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

Doug Culver of C & G Wines will be pouring selections from Washington, France and Sardinia:


Cri de Roche NV Brut French Sparkling $11.99
Produced by Jerome Calmes.
Plenty of yeasty and apple-like flavors, crisp, lively acidity, tiny, well-formed bubbles, and a frothy effervescence. There is ripeness plus elegance, as well as a real mid-palate and length - not an easy achievement for a sparkling wine at this price!

Giogantinu 2012 Vermentino di Gallura $12.99
Pretty, white laced with flowers, mint, light honey and melon. It possesses lovely roundness on the palate and a clean, engaging finish.

Southard 2011 Columbia Valley White $14.99
69% Roussanne, 31% Viognier. A complex, full-bodied wine with aromas of pear, candied citrus peel, gunflint, fresh pineapple, butterscotch, and dried apricot. Viognier from the Elephant Mountain, Lawrence, StoneTree, and Sugarloaf vineyards and Roussanne from the Lawrence Vineyard. 413 cases produced.

Southard 2010 Columbia Valley Red $14.99
100% Syrah. Showing aromas of red and black fruit, cocoa, garrigue, and Asian spices with good structure right now and the potential to become a special wine in 3 to 5 years. 337 cases produced.

Mas de Boislauzon 2012 La Chaussynette Rouge $12.99
A bistro-styled effort that over-delivers, the 2012 Vin de France La Chaussynette (70% Grenache and 30% Syrah aged all in concrete) is a superb effort that offers up notions of dusty cabinet, ground herb, garrigue and sweet red currant-styled fruit. Medium-bodied, supple and with a fleshy texture, it should be consumed over the coming handful of years. Drink now-2016.
Run by the brother and sister team of Daniel and Christine Chaussy, this brilliant estate covers just over 20 acres in Chateauneuf du Pape, most of which are in the northern part. They produce up to three Chateauneufs in top vintages and one white. In addition, their Vin de France and Cotes du Rhone Villages are always superb and sell for a song.

Kalem's Down 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Horse Heaven Hills "The Benches Vineyard" $14.99
100% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Big, meaty effort that has ripe, black cherry, licorice, new saddle leather and wild herb aromas and flavors to go with a voluptuously textured, supple and well-defined mouthfeel. This is one of the best deals we've seen from single vineyard, WA state, Cabernet.


Next week: A special tasting of wines from Eyrie Vineyards, McMinnville. Established in 1966, the winery that put Oregon wines on the world wine map!


 



Posted 2/26/2014 1:45:19 PM

Friday, February 28 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--


This week our favorite German Importer, Ewald Moseler will be your host pouring selections from Germany, Austria and Oregon:

Bernkastel-Kueser Weisenstein Zimmermann Riesling Spätlese 1997 $23.99
The Anton Zimmermann estate is located inBernkastel-Kues, the heart of the Middle Mosel. For
generations the Zimmermann family has cultivated the steep slopes of the Weisenstein vineyard, an
under-appreciated vineyard nestled between more famous neighbors in Wehlen and Bernkastel.
The Zimmermann's quality concept begins in the vineyard: during the winter months the
ancient Riesling vines are pruned such that only one or two branches remain for the new vintage.
This results in expressive, aromatic Riesling wines due to the naturally lower yields.
Soils of the Weisenstein vineyard consist of weathered blue slate giving the wines their unique mineral component.

Pazen Riesling 2011 $17.99
For as long as Ewald can remember, the Pazens have
been the family next door. The winery still occupies the
building across the narrow street where Ewald grow up
in the tiny village of Rachtig. From a few acres of vines
in the very good Zeltinger Himmelreich vineyard,
Reinhold Pazen (pronounced PAHT-sehn) make light,
delicately fruity wines that always have a clean,
refreshing lemony finish. These well-crafted wines are
among the best values we can offer.

Peter Schandl Pinot Blanc 2010 $22.99
1st PLACE! FALSTAFF BURGUNDERTROPHY
Medium yellow-green.
Fine, inviting stone-fruit bouquet.
Smoky, peach fruit taste, fine herbs and spices. Juicy,
fine yellow fruit, fresh acidity, long finish. Pleasant
sweetness in the finish.
High ageing potential .

Graacher Himmelreich Bernard-Kieren Riesling Kabinett 2012  $18.99
1st Federal Prize 2011 for Weingut Josef Bernard
Kieren from Graach!
The wine estate Josef Bernard-Kieren in Graach was
awarded, as the only wine estate in the Mosel region,
with the highest federal prize for wine by the German
Federal Ministry for food, agriculture and consumer
protection in Berlin.
The 2011 Riesling Kabinett was rated with 94 point at
the Wine & Spirit magazine.

Emil Reichart Riesling Spätlese Graacher Dompropst 2011  $18.99
The Emil Reichart Single Vineyard Series features
limited production, exceptionally well-crafted wines that
reveal a unique sense of place.
The wine was awarded a GOLD MEDAL DLG (Germany), as well as
a GOLD MEDAL at the Pacific Rim Wine Competition
April 2013 and also received 92 points and Best Buy
from Wine & Spirit Magazine December 2013.
“Bright and tight, this is a textbook Mosel, the fruit
plump, the delicate acidity so finely honed and precise
it feels like a wire pulled taut. It lasts with a glow, like
the sun glinting of metal, smooth and full” 92 points
W&S

Atticus Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2011 $22.99
Atticus Vineyard. Atticus Wine is a two family owned vineyard near
Yamhill in Oregon's charming Willamette Valley. We
are committed to making handcrafted, quality wines,
capturing the unique essence of the Oregon Pinot Noir
grape with each vintage. Red cherries enveloped by sweet baking spices and
blue floral notes perfume the nose. On the palate, the
wine is elegant, balanced and framed with well
integrated tannins and a bright, juicy acidity. Less
than 450 cases were made.

2012 NEIN LIVES Sweet Red $9.99
Nein Lives Sweet Red has luscious, juicy flavors of
raspberry, black cherry, and pomegranate leading to a velvety finish.
Great to drink alone or enjoy with a grilled burger. Serve lightly
chilled. Collect all nine of our Nein Lives Kitties. Each vintage has three
designs in a case.
 



Posted 2/25/2014 2:40:35 PM

Friday, February 28 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--


This week our favorite German Importer, Ewald Moseler will be your host pouring selections from Germany, Austria and Oregon: 


Bernkastel-Kueser Weisenstein  Zimmermann Riesling Spätlese  1997  $23.99
The Anton Zimmermann estate is located inBernkastel-Kues, the heart of the Middle Mosel. For
generations the Zimmermann family has cultivated the steep slopes of the Weisenstein vineyard, an
under-appreciated vineyard nestled between more famous neighbors in Wehlen and Bernkastel.
The Zimmermann's quality concept begins in the vineyard: during the winter months the
ancient Riesling vines are pruned such that only one or two branches remain for the new vintage. This results
in expressive, aromatic Riesling wines due to the naturally lower yields. Soils of the Weisenstein vineyard consist
of weathered blue slate giving the wines their unique mineral component.

Pazen Riesling 2011  $17.99
For as long as Ewald can remember, the Pazens have
been the family next door. The winery still occupies the
building across the narrow street where Ewald grow up
in the tiny village of Rachtig. From a few acres of vines
in the very good Zeltinger Himmelreich vineyard,
Reinhold Pazen (pronounced PAHT-sehn) make light,
delicately fruity wines that always have a clean,
refreshing lemony finish. These well-crafted wines are
among the best values we can offer.

Peter Schandl Pinot Blanc 2010  $22.99
1st PLACE! FALSTAFF BURGUNDERTROPHY
Medium yellow-green.
Fine, inviting stone-fruit bouquet.
Smoky, peach fruit taste, fine herbs and spices. Juicy,
fine yellow fruit, fresh acidity, long finish. Pleasant
sweetness in the finish.
High ageing potential .

Graacher Himmelreich Bernard-Kieren Riesling Kabinett 2012
  $18.99
1st Federal Prize 2011 for Weingut Josef Bernard
Kieren from Graach!
The wine estate Josef Bernard-Kieren in Graach was
awarded, as the only wine estate in the Mosel region,
with the highest federal prize for wine by the German
Federal Ministry for food, agriculture and consumer
protection in Berlin.
The 2011 Riesling Kabinett was rated with 94 point at
the Wine & Spirit magazine.

Emil Reichart Riesling Spätlese Graacher Dompropst 2011

The Emil Reichart Single Vineyard Series features
limited production, exceptionally well-crafted wines that
reveal a unique sense of place.
The wine was awarded a GOLD MEDAL DLG (Germany), as well as
a GOLD MEDAL at the Pacific Rim Wine Competition
April 2013 and also received 92 points and Best Buy
from Wine & Spirit Magazine December 2013.
“Bright and tight, this is a textbook Mosel, the fruit
plump, the delicate acidity so finely honed and precise
it feels like a wire pulled taut. It lasts with a glow, like
the sun glinting of metal, smooth and full” 92 points
W&S

Atticus Pinot Noir  Willamette Valley 2011  $22.99
Atticus Vineyard. Atticus Wine is a two family owned vineyard near
Yamhill in Oregon's charming Willamette Valley. We
are committed to making handcrafted, quality wines,

capturing the unique essence of the Oregon Pinot Noir
grape with each vintage. Red cherries enveloped by sweet baking spices and
blue floral notes perfume the nose. On the palate, the
wine is elegant, balanced and framed with well
integrated tannins and a bright, juicy acidity. Less
than 450 cases were made.

2012 NEIN LIVES Sweet Red  $9.99
Nein Lives Sweet Red has luscious, juicy flavors of
raspberry, black cherry, and pomegranate leading to a velvety finish.
Great to drink alone or enjoy with a grilled burger. Serve lightly
chilled. Collect all nine of our Nein Lives Kitties. Each vintage has three
designs in a case.



Posted 2/25/2014 2:28:37 PM


Friday, February 28 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--


This week our favorite German Importer, Ewald Moseler will be your host pouring selections from Germany, Austria and Oregon: 


Emil Reichart Riesling Spätlese Graacher Dompropst 2011
The Emil Reichart Single Vineyard Series features
limited production, exceptionally well-crafted wines that
reveal a unique sense of place.
The wine was awarded a GOLD MEDAL DLG (Germany), as well as
a GOLD MEDAL at the Pacific Rim Wine Competition
April 2013 and also received 92 points and Best Buy
from Wine & Spirit Magazine December 2013.
“Bright and tight, this is a textbook Mosel, the fruit
plump, the delicate acidity so finely honed and precise
it feels like a wire pulled taut. It lasts with a glow, like
the sun glinting of metal, smooth and full” 92 points
W&S

Bernkastel-Kueser Weisenstein  Zimmermann Riesling Spätlese  1997  $23.99
The Anton Zimmermann estate is located in
Bernkastel-Kues, the heart of the Middle Mosel. For
generations the Zimmermann family has cultivated the
steep slopes of the Weisenstein vineyard, an
under-appreciated vineyard nestled between more
famous neighbors in Wehlen and Bernkastel.
The Zimmermann's quality concept begins in the vineyard: during the winter months the
ancient Riesling vines are pruned such that only one or
two branches remain for the new vintage. This results
in expressive, aromatic Riesling wines due to the
naturally lower yields. Soils of the Weisenstein vineyard consist
of weathered blue slate giving the wines their unique
mineral component.

Pazen Riesling 2011  $17.99
For as long as Ewald can remember, the Pazens have
been the family next door. The winery still occupies the
building across the narrow street where Ewald grow up
in the tiny village of Rachtig. From a few acres of vines
in the very good Zeltinger Himmelreich vineyard,
Reinhold Pazen (pronounced PAHT-sehn) make light,
delicately fruity wines that always have a clean,
refreshing lemony finish. These well-crafted wines are
among the best values we can offer.

Peter Schandl Pinot Blanc 2010  $22.99
1st PLACE! FALSTAFF BURGUNDERTROPHY
Medium yellow-green.
Fine, inviting stone-fruit bouquet.
Smoky, peach fruit taste, fine herbs and spices. Juicy,
fine yellow fruit, fresh acidity, long finish. Pleasant
sweetness in the finish.
High ageing potential .

Graacher Himmelreich Bernard-Kieren Riesling Kabinett 2012  $18.99

1st Federal Prize 2011 for Weingut Josef Bernard
Kieren from Graach!
The wine estate Josef Bernard-Kieren in Graach was
awarded, as the only wine estate in the Mosel region,
with the highest federal prize for wine by the German
Federal Ministry for food, agriculture and consumer
protection in Berlin.
The 2011 Riesling Kabinett was rated with 94 point at
the Wine & Spirit magazine.


Atticus Pinot Noir  Willamette Valley 2011  $22.99
Atticus Vineyard. Atticus Wine is a two family owned vineyard near
Yamhill in Oregon's charming Willamette Valley. We
are committed to making handcrafted, quality wines,
capturing the unique essence of the Oregon Pinot Noir
grape with each vintage. Red cherries enveloped by sweet baking spices and
blue floral notes perfume the nose. On the palate, the
wine is elegant, balanced and framed with well
integrated tannins and a bright, juicy acidity. Less
than 450 cases were made.

2012 NEIN LIVES Sweet Red  $9.99
Nein Lives Sweet Red has luscious, juicy flavors of
raspberry, black cherry, and pomegranate leading to a velvety finish.
Great to drink alone or enjoy with a grilled burger. Serve lightly
chilled. Collect all nine of our Nein Lives Kitties. Each vintage has three
designs in a case.



Posted 2/25/2014 2:15:26 PM



Friday, February 28 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

This week our favorite German Importer, Ewald Moseler will be your host pouring selections from Germany


Graacher Dompropst 2011
Emil Reichart Riesling Spätlese
The Emil Reichart Single Vineyard Series features
limited production, exceptionally well-crafted wines that
reveal a unique sense of place.
The wine was awarded a GOLD MEDAL DLG (Germany), as well as
a GOLD MEDAL at the Pacific Rim Wine Competition
April 2013 and also received 92 points and Best Buy
from Wine & Spirit Magazine December 2013.
“Bright and tight, this is a textbook Mosel, the fruit
plump, the delicate acidity so finely honed and precise
it feels like a wire pulled taut. It lasts with a glow, like
the sun glinting of metal, smooth and full” 92 points
W&S

Bernkastel-Kueser Weisenstein 1997
Zimmermann Riesling Spätlese
The Anton Zimmermann estate is located in
Bernkastel-Kues, the heart of the Middle Mosel. For
generations the Zimmermann family has cultivated the
steep slopes of the Weisenstein vineyard, an
under-appreciated vineyard nestled between more
famous neighbors in Wehlen and Bernkastel.
The Zimmermann's quality concept begins in the vineyard: during the winter months the
ancient Riesling vines are pruned such that only one or
two branches remain for the new vintage. This results
in expressive, aromatic Riesling wines due to the
naturally lower yields. Soils of the Weisenstein vineyard consist
of weathered blue slate giving the wines their unique
mineral component.

Pazen Riesling 2011
For as long as Ewald can remember, the Pazens have
been the family next door. The winery still occupies the
building across the narrow street where Ewald grow up
in the tiny village of Rachtig. From a few acres of vines
in the very good Zeltinger Himmelreich vineyard,
Reinhold Pazen (pronounced PAHT-sehn) make light,
delicately fruity wines that always have a clean,
refreshing lemony finish. These well-crafted wines are
among the best values we can offer.

Peter Schandl Pinot Blanc 2010
1st PLACE! FALSTAFF BURGUNDERTROPHY
Medium yellow-green.
Fine, inviting stone-fruit bouquet.
Smoky, peach fruit taste, fine herbs and spices. Juicy,
fine yellow fruit, fresh acidity, long finish. Pleasant
sweetness in the finish.
High ageing potential .

Graacher Himmelreich 2012
Bernard-Kieren Riesling Kabinett
1st Federal Prize 2011 for Weingut Josef Bernard
Kieren from Graach!
The wine estate Josef Bernard-Kieren in Graach was
awarded, as the only wine estate in the Mosel region,
with the highest federal prize for wine by the German
Federal Ministry for food, agriculture and consumer
protection in Berlin.
The 2011 Riesling Kabinett was rated with 94 point at
the Wine & Spirit magazine.


Atticus Pinot Noir 2011 Willamette Valley
Atticus Vineyard. Atticus Wine is a two family owned vineyard near
Yamhill in Oregon's charming Willamette Valley. We
are committed to making handcrafted, quality wines,
capturing the unique essence of the Oregon Pinot Noir
grape with each vintage. Red cherries enveloped by sweet baking spices and
blue floral notes perfume the nose. On the palate, the
wine is elegant, balanced and framed with well
integrated tannins and a bright, juicy acidity. Less
than 450 cases were made.

2012 NEIN LIVES - Sweet Red 750ml
Nein Lives Sweet Red has luscious, juicy flavors of
raspberry, black cherry, and pomegranate leading to a velvety finish.
Great to drink alone or enjoy with a grilled burger. Serve lightly
chilled. Collect all nine of our Nein Lives Kitties. Each vintage has three
designs in a case.



Posted 2/12/2014 6:49:39 PM

Friday, February 14 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--


Margo Durdel of Oregon Brand Management will be pouring selections from Oregon, France and Spain:


Domaine D’Augeron Blanc 2012 $7.99
Colombard, Ugni Blanc and Gros Manseng blend from Gascony.
This Southwestern white is crisp, grassy, and refreshing. Reminiscent of a Sauvignon Blanc, Domaine d'Augeron's citrusy acidity makes it an excellent companion to sea scallops and salads in vinagrette.

Libra Pinot Blanc 2012 $13.99
Full, bright flavors of pear, honeycomb and pie crust give this dry Pinot Blanc a sense of weight and impact. Smooth, rich mouthfeel. Fruit from Southern Oregon’s warm Rogue Valley was whole cluster pressed, then fermented in stainless steel and kept on the lees in tank for 5 months for clean, fresh, and juicy character.

Christopher Michael Pinot Gris  Willamette Valley 2012 $9.99
Inviting aromas of pear, green apple and peaches. The clean flavors of white peaches, nectarine and lemon carry through the palate where the crisp acidity keeps the wine focused and refreshing.

Domaine D’Augeron Rouge 2011 $7.99
65% Merlot 35% Cabernet Franc Soft tannins with a touch of tobacco and smoke. Easy drinking wine that is a crowd pleaser.

Bodegas Lezaun Tinto Navarra 2012 $8.99
A fresh and fruity Tempranillo that is ready to drink as soon as the cork is popped! Solid in its fleshy texture, lithe acidity, and clean finish, this wine pleases on multiple levels. A fresh, exciting find, great for dry-rubbed ribs or black rice with squid. Bodegas Lezaun dates back to 1780, and the family goal since the 1980s has been to recover traditional methods in the vineyard and the cellar. Certified organic old vine tempernillo that has even less sulfites than Spanish standards.

Dopp Creek Pinot Noir Chehalem Mt. 2011 $18.99
One of the best under $20 Oregon Pinot Noirs that has been released. it has great fruit and depth that one usually doesn't find at this price. The second label of Colene Clemens Vineyards.

Chateau Grand Clauset Bordeaux 2009 $15.99
90% Merlot 10% Cabernet Franc
A nose with a mix of vanilla and toasty notes, associated with fruity notes reminiscent of the great ripeness of the grapes. The palate is harmonious, elegant and structured. This wine represents half the production of Château Penin red wines.


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



Posted 1/29/2014 4:50:33 AM


Friday, January 31 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--


Kris Alexander of Vinum Wine will be pouring selections from  Oregon, Washington, France and Spain:


Mirth Chardonnay Columbia Valley 2012 $10.99
Flavors of golden delicious apples, Meyer lemon and just a hint of ripe tropical fruit marry together beautifully while a balanced acidity gives it a bright clean finish.

Montinore Borealis 2012 $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. On the palate it starts with a soft, slightly sweet expression of ripe fruit of peach and pear with a crisp acid balance and citrus zing, which evolves to a delicious long, crisp finish of grapefruit and lime. 36% Muller-Thurgau, 30% Riesling, 20% Gewurztraminer, 14% Pinot Gris. Tastes very much like an Alsatian white blend. Best white I've tasted from Montinore in a long time.

Montinore Pinot Noir 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.

Buisson Redon Bordeaux 2010 $9.99
Made from a blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc. It has red fruit and cherry notes on the nose, followed by an intense palate with elegant soft tannins. A softer style of Bordeaux made to be drunk young. Chateau Mayne Viel is a family business belonging to the Reze family dating back to the 17th century.

Bodegas Riojanas Crianza 2010 $9.99
The winery was founded in 1890, 35 years before the Rioja D.O. was established. Their Crianza is intense, dark-cherry red; bright. Very pronounced aromas; fruity, with outstanding notes of spices and new wood. Robust in the mouth, with a vinous personality. 80% Tempranillo, 15% Mazuelo, 5% Graciano.

Lenore Syrah 2011 $14.99
Sourced from several vineyards throughout the Yakima Valley and the Horse Heaven Hills, the 2012 Lenore Syrah shows the very opulent and balanced with its fruit forward attack and rounded, rich mid-palate texture. Aging in predominately neutral French oak which maintains the bright berry and savory aromatics of this wild, gamey varietal.

 

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

 


Posted 1/22/2014 8:13:44 AM


Friday, January 24 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Aaron Coe of Casa Bruno will be pouring selections from Oregon, Italy, France & Spain:
 

2012 Ca del Baio chardonnay “Luna d’Agosto” $14.99
Straw color yellow with greenish highlights; fragrance delicately floral and fruity, with notes that remind of citrus and exotic fruits; flavour dry, cool, long, with a slightly mineral aftertaste.

2009 Holloran Riesling $13.99
Nice dry Riesling. Very Alsatian for an Oregon white.. nice petrol and oily rag notes on the nose. A bit of grapefruit mixed with floral notes of lilac. Heavily perfumed and a bit musty. Taste is full bodied with the continued citrus notes.

2011 Domaine La Paradis Chinon $11.99
Always a favorite, value-priced Chinon, perfect for everyday drinking. The color of polished garnets, it has bright red and black fruit aromas and flavors, a hint of a violet and pepper, and a vein of spice threaded carefully through from start to finish. Perfect with charcuterie, cool weather braises or grilled lamb chops with gremolata.

2009 Eguren “Mercedes” Cabernet Sauvignon $10.99
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar  Deep ruby. Smoky cherry, tobacco, licorice and minerals on the vibrant nose. Juicy, bright and firm, with good freshness and thrust to the dark berry and bitter cherry flavors. Gentle tannins give grip and a slightly hard edge to the refreshingly bitter finish.
  
2012 Ca del Baio Nebbiolo $14.99
Complex nose of leather, flowers, and fennel. Has a fairly meaty grip, with fleshy bold tannins. Long, powerful finishing that begs for some Piemontese food. Drinks better than some producers entry level Barbaresco…

2012 CBGC Malbec $11.99
This affordable gem was made from Columbia Valley grapes by one of our favorite local wine guys, John Grochau (GC in the name), in collaboration with his PDX distributor Casa Bruno (CB). This dark, ripe, über-drinkable bottle was a huge hit at last Friday’s flight of NW reds. Blackberry, plum, coffee, and black pepper waft from the glass on flow seamlessly across your palate. This is extremely well made juice at this price, and many a producer of $20+ Washington malbecs should pay close attention.


... and maybe some mystery wines at Dave's desk. 
 



Posted 1/15/2014 11:20:30 AM

Friday, January 17 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Today's Good Value Wine Tasting is hosted by JennyRae Foreman. She will be pouring selections from France, Italy & Chile:

Domaine d'Augeron 2012 $7.99
This Southwestern French white is crisp, grassy, and refreshing. Reminiscent of a Sauvignon Blanc, Domaine d'Augeron's citrusy acidity makes it an excellent companion to sea scallops and salads in vinagrette.

Castelnuovo Custoza 2012 $7.99
A Trebianno blend from Custoza, near Verona.
Straw-yellow colored wine, with intense perfumes of fruits and flowers. Well-structured and armonic.

Vallevo Trebbiano 2012 $7.99
Pale straw in color, with aromas of almond, citrus and a hint of herbs. It is bone dry and finishes with a very attractive hint of apple-skin. This is a knockout everyday bottle of white wine, flavorful enough to stand up to a range of dishes but bright enough to make a good dry aperitif.

Casteggio Barbera 2011 $7.99
Meant to drink young, this wine bursts of red fruits like raspberry and cherry. A very easy drinking medium-weight wine with a bright, tangy finish. Barbera from nearby (and more famous) Piedmonte can sell for much more, but may not taste as delicious as this particular wine.

Santa Ema Carmenere 2009 $8.99
This wine has a deep red color with violet nuances. Its aroma consists of intense black fruits such as black and blue berries with a touch of tobacco and red bell pepper and black pepper. The well-balanced palate presents mild, ripe tannins with a pleasant and middle acidity.

Domaine de Couron Cotes du Rhone 2011 $9.99
"Light, with sandalwood and tea notes framing the lightly mulled black cherry and red currant fruit core. Singed sandalwood details echo on the finish." Best Value! Wine Spectator

Chateau Les Verrier Bordeaux 2010 $9.99
A beautiful ruby purple color. A charming and fresh nose with aromas of candied red fruits. On the palate, a nice roundness, a powerful and complimentary wine develops aromas of red fruits. A harmonious blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.


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

 



Posted 1/9/2014 4:38:15 AM

Friday, January 10 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Kara Kuehl of Vehrs Wines will be pouring selections from Italy, Spain, Washington and California:

Martin Ray Russian River Chardonnay 2012 - Sonoma County, CA $13.99
Perfectly balanced aromas of baked apple, citrus, toast and floral notes delight the nose and continue as flavors in the juicy,round mouth. Pair this rich, refreshing Chardonnay with light fish dishes, a variety of salads and mild cheeses.

Barinas Roble - Jumilla, Spain 2010 $9.99
100% Monastrell –Barinas is the name of the small village where the wine is made in the region of Jumilla, Spain.
Barinas Roble is a delicious wine made with Monastrell grapes (Mourvedre) from the 25-30 year old vines. Deep red in color, it exhibits a perfume of blackberries and blueberries, spices, vanilla and coffee beans. Elegant, balanced & polished, it has long pleasant finish.

Feudo di Santa Tresa Cerasuolo di Vittoria- 2011 Sicilia, Italy $15.99
Cerasuolo is a classic blend of Nero d’Avola and Frappato, both indigenous varietal of Sicily. Well rounded with intense ruby color. Soft and full of elegance.

Feudo di Santa Tresa Frappato Sicilia – 2011 Sicilia, Italy $15.99
Frappato is a native Sicilian varietal that has a thin skin and large berries. It contributes fresh fruit character to the Cerasuolo di Vittoria blend is lively, fruit-forward wine when vinified on its own.
Smooth, lively acidity, well balanced with a spicy, long-lasting after taste.
Organic

Statti Gaglioppo Calabria Gaglioppo 2012 Calabria, Italy $15.99
100% Galioppo Rosso
As with so many other “ancient” grape varieties, especially ones that are situated in Southern Italy, there is some notion that Gaglioppo is originally Greek. Recent genetic studies do suggest a strong relationship to a rare Sicilian variety called Frappato.
Ruby red with intense aromas of cherry and spices. Generous flavors of almonds, figs and pears.

Revelry Cabernet 2010 - Columbia Valley, WA $11.99
Washington State’s Cabernet Sauvignon is distinctive for its deep red fruit qualities, defined tannin structure, and developed balance. At Revelry Vintners we source our Cabernet Sauvignon fruit from vineyards throughout the Columbia Valley, targeting warm growing sites. It is in these areas [Walla Walla Valley, Horse Heaven Hills, Red Mountain, The Wahluke Slope] that the “King of Grapes” ripens most intensely.
This Cabernet Sauvignon is dark in color and has a wonderful balance about it.

Fess Parker Frontier Red Lot 90, Central Coast, CA $10.99
Red blend of dark fruit aromas black cherry and blackberry along with pepper jump from the glass. Added notes of smoke leather and vanilla complete this incredible bouquet. Cranberry and red currant combine with smoke and dark chocolate flavors that accentuate the sweet mid-palate and help produce soft velvety finish. Enjoy with everyday cuisine, backyard BBQ’s or simply on its own.

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



Posted 12/30/2013 7:54:59 AM

Thank you all for making 2013 a great year here at John's Marketplace! I'm grateful to all for your sales and support. 

Here's a list of some favorites of the last few months. They have all been very popular. Give them a try. ;)

Dave’s Favs - Under $20

Dopp Creek Pinot Noir 2011  $18.99

Valserrano Rioja 2007  $13.99

Castelnuovo Custoza Trebbiano blend  $7.99

Southard White Roussanne/Viognier  $14.99

Domaine Couron Cote du Rhone  $9.99

Willow Crest Cabernet Franc  $12.99

Alverdi Sangiovese  $7.99

Ferrandiere Viognier  $9.99

Graham Beck Brut Rose  $18.99

Bressy-Masson Rasteau  $16.99

J. Scott Pinot Blanc  $14.99

 

 No regular tasting Jan. 3.  But I'll have a couple wines to try that day!


Next tasting will be January 10

Happy New Year!







Posted 12/18/2013 1:38:16 PM

Friday, December 20 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--



Lindsay Green of Vertical Distributing will be pouring selections from South Africa, Oregon, Washington, and California:

 

Graham Beck Rose Sparkling South Africa $18.99
The Rosé NV was allowed enough time on the lees to develop subtle yeasty undertones but to burst with berry and cherry flavours. On the nose expect whiffs of raspberries, cherries and a few secondary aromas of minerality. The palate delivers a lively mousse but fine in the mouth, with subtle red berry flavours enlivened by bright acids. Showing hints of oyster shell and fresh lavender. Flirtatious and fun, yet elegant and structured, it’s perfect for all seasons and settings. The ultimate in food friendly wines.
“This wine is a consummate all rounder. Most certainly elegant and refined, while simultaneously exuberant and racy,” maintains Pieter Ferreira, Graham Beck cellarmaster.

Lone Birch Chardonnay Yakima Valley 2011 $8.99
Light Straw color with a delicate bouquet of citrus fruits. On the palate, crisp, dry, and refreshing with vibrant acidity, a round mouthfeel, and flavors of zesty citrus fruit.

Omero Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2011 $22.99
"With fruit sourced mainly from the Ribbon Ridge AVA, our Willamette Valley Pinot Noir is a unique and feminine approach to this noble varietal. Aromatics of red currant, strawberry-rhubarb and elderflower with a palate of raspberry and honeycomb with bright acidity silky texture. The acidity and fruit-forward character is balanced-out with a chewy texture and long elegant finish. While it is very approachable in its youth, this wine has the structure and acidity required for aging. Alcohol 12.5%. 1,500 cases produced."

Alverdi Sangiovese Emilia-Romagna 2012 $7.99
Produced from approximately 60 hectares in the northwest region of Emilia-Romagna, Alverdi Sangiovese is vinified in stainless steel to preserve freshness. With aromas of violets and a mild hint of spice, this dry red is balanced with light tannins. Enjoy this Sangiovese with tomato-based pasta dishes or barbecued meats.

Chasing Lions Cabernet North Coast CA 2011 $13.99
82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10%
Merlot and 8% Petit Verdot Second-Use French Oak Barrels for 16 Months. Aromas and Flavors: Our Tasting Panel Score:
Violets, Black Cherry, Cassis, Blackberry and Raspberry 90 Points This rich wine offers notes of violets, black cherry, cassis, blackberry and raspberry.
FOOD PAIRING SUGGESTIONS: lamb roast, or a plate of strong cheeses.


Patit Creek Red Blend 2009 $14.99
Our 2009 Columbia Valley The Creek is a fantastic red blend at a great price. The nose is layered with bright characteristics of fruit, spice, and earthy tones. On the palate, the tannins are firm yet integrated, with structure that far exceeds its price. with some open time, rich Bordeaux fruits of red plum, black cherry, and cassis are predominant, with subtle lavender notes from the addition of Grenache. Wide open food pairings from lighter fare to heavy red meats, and at a price that makes the Tuesday night cork pull more than doable.


ALSO:  ALASKAN BREWING TASTING  5-7  

 

No tastings Dec. 27 and Jan. 3.

Next tasting will be January 10


Posted 12/12/2013 7:45:56 AM

Castelvero Cortese Piemonte DOC  2012  $9.99 
Color: Pale yellow with green reflections
Bouquet: Fresh nose with grapefruit notes and
underlying minerality
Flavor: Light body with pleasing citrus notes
Pairings: Ideal with light appetizers or fish

Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro DOC  $19.99
An exceptional Lambrusco. With depth and richness you usually won't find in a Lambrusco.
Color: Lively red with purple highlights
Bouquet: Pleasantly fruity with hints of morello cherries 
Flavor: Full with an attractive balance between an initial rounded sensation and the dry, tannic finish
Pairings: Perfect for all rich foods; pairs well with egg pastas, various fried dishes, quiches, baked vegetable dishes or lasagna and is great with pizza

Cantele Salice Salentino Riserva DOC  2009  $11.99
Excellent value. 100% Negroamaro
Color: Ruby red with garnet streaks
Bouquet: Notes of candied fruits and spices the transition to
underbrush, tea and amber hints
Flavor: Tannins and acidity find a pleasant balance
Pairings: Pairs well with roast veal, lamb, game and ripe cheeses

Terredora Di Paolo Aglianico Campania  2010  $14.99
Color: Ruby red with violet reflections
Bouquet: Shows black cherry, wild blackberry and plum fruit with a
spicy, toasted overtone
Flavor: Soft and elegant; long in the mouth with notes of mature red
fruits and displays the structure necessary for long aging
Pairings: Ideal with soups, even those which are meat based, cold cuts,
white and red meats, roasts and mature cheeses

Damilano Barbera d'Asti DOCG  2010  $15.99
This area is a historic cultivation zone for Barbera. The silt levels in the soil of this region give the final wines a desirable softness.
Color: Intense purple red
Bouquet: Fruity with light spicy notes 
Flavor: Ethereal with notes of currant, violet, cherry and a touch of vanilla; persistent finish
Pairings: Pairs well with first courses, red meats and aged cheeses

Argiano Non Confunditur Rosso Toscano  2011  $22.99 
Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, Merlot and Syrah
Color: Ruby red
Bouquet: Red fruit and spicy, black currant with earthy notes
Flavor: Full body, soft tannins and a long finish; round red wine for early
to mid-term drinking
Pairings: Homemade pastas, meat sauces, mushroom-based sauces or
truffle-based sauces



Posted 12/12/2013 4:47:50 AM

Castelvero Cortese Piemonte DOC
Color: Pale yellow with green reflections
Bouquet: Fresh nose with grapefruit notes and
underlying minerality
Flavor: Light body with pleasing citrus notes
Pairings: Ideal with light appetizers or fish

Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro DOC
An exceptional Lambrusco. With depth and richness you usually won't find in a Lambrusco.
Color: Lively red with purple highlights
Bouquet: Pleasantly fruity with hints of morello cherries
Flavor: Full with an attractive balance between an initial rounded sensation and the dry, tannic finish
Pairings: Perfect for all rich foods; pairs well with egg pastas, various fried dishes, quiches, baked vegetable dishes or lasagna and is great with pizza

Cantele Salice Salentino Riserva DOC
Excellent value. 100% Negroamaro
Color: Ruby red with garnet streaks
Bouquet: Notes of candied fruits and spices the transition to
underbrush, tea and amber hints
Flavor: Tannins and acidity find a pleasant balance
Pairings: Pairs well with roast veal, lamb, game and ripe cheeses

Terredora Di Paolo Aglianico Campania
Color: Ruby red with violet reflections
Bouquet: Shows black cherry, wild blackberry and plum fruit with a
spicy, toasted overtone
Flavor: Soft and elegant; long in the mouth with notes of mature red
fruits and displays the structure necessary for long aging
Pairings: Ideal with soups, even those which are meat based, cold cuts,
white and red meats, roasts and mature cheeses

Damilano Barbera d'Asti DOCG
This area is a historic cultivation zone for Barbera. The silt levels in the soil of this region give the final wines a desirable softness.
Color: Intense purple red
Bouquet: Fruity with light spicy notes
Flavor: Ethereal with notes of currant, violet, cherry and a touch of vanilla; persistent finish
Pairings: Pairs well with first courses, red meats and aged cheeses

Argiano Non Confunditur Rosso Toscano
Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, Merlot and Syrah
Color: Ruby red
Bouquet: Red fruit and spicy, black currant with earthy notes
Flavor: Full body, soft tannins and a long finish; round red wine for early
to mid-term drinking
Pairings: Homemade pastas, meat sauces, mushroom-based sauces or
truffle-based sauces



Posted 12/10/2013 9:05:41 AM

This weeks Friday tasting, December 6 from 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...will end at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--


Margo Durdel of Oregon Brand Management and Vicki Piva of J. Scott Winery will be pouring wines of J. Scott Winery, Eugene:


VIOGNIER Rogue Valley 2011 $16.99
Pretty & aromatic with nice structure & acidity. Goes great with Spicy Thai or Tapas. Best of Show, Astoria Crab, Seafood & Wine Festival (2012)


BLANC DE NOIR 2011 $19.99
Literally means white from black. This white wine is made from Pinot Noir grapes! Lush & silky with lemon and grapefruit aromas. A great stand in for Pinot Gris. One of four Winning Wines in this new wine category - MIX Magazine (2012)


GRENACHE Rogue Valley $24.99
Lovely dark wine with beautiful aroma of blackberries. Creamy mouth feel. 90 Pts. Wine Enthusiast & Editors Choice Best of Show, 2013 Greatest of the Grape.


SYRAH Rogue Valley 2010 $19.99
Inky with just enough tannin to give it structure. Smoky aroma and nice, long finish.


ZINFANDEL Columbia Valley 2012 $25.99
Where Deschutes & Columbia rivers meet. Oregon Side. Soft and jammy with black pepper. Outstanding-hard to find, Oregon produced & grown Zin!


MISTELLE Port 2011 $21.99
Made with Touriga Nacional and Tinta Cao grapes (the original grapes of true Portuguese Port). Great with dark chocolate!




Posted 12/4/2013 7:37:27 AM

This weeks Friday tasting, December 6 from 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...will end at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--


Margo Durdel of Oregon Brand Management and Vicki Piva of J. Scott Winery will be pouring wines of J. Scott Winery, Eugene:


VIOGNIER Rogue Valley 2011 $16.99
Pretty & aromatic with nice structure & acidity. Goes great with Spicy Thai or Tapas. Best of Show, Astoria Crab, Seafood & Wine Festival (2012)


BLANC DE NOIR 2011 $19.99
Literally means white from black. This white wine is made from Pinot Noir grapes! Lush & silky with lemon and grapefruit aromas. A great stand in for Pinot Gris. One of four Winning Wines in this new wine category - MIX Magazine (2012)


GRENACHE Rogue Valley $24.99
Lovely dark wine with beautiful aroma of blackberries. Creamy mouth feel. 90 Pts. Wine Enthusiast & Editor’s Choice Best of Show, 2013 Greatest of the Grape.


SYRAH Rogue Valley 2010 $19.99
Inky with just enough tannin to give it structure. Smoky aroma and nice long finish.


ZINFANDEL Columbia Valley 2012 $25.99
Where Deschutes & Columbia rivers meet. Oregon Side. Soft and jammy with black pepper. Outstanding-hard to find, Oregon produced & grown Zin!


MISTELLE Port 2011 $21.99
Made with Touriga Nacional and Tinta Cao grapes (the original grapes of true Portuguese Port). Great with dark chocolate!




Posted 12/4/2013 7:36:31 AM

This weeks Friday tasting, December 6 from 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...will end at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--


Margo Durdel of Oregon Brand Management and Vicki Piva of J. Scott Winery will be pouring wines of J. Scott Winery, Eugene:


VIOGNIER Rogue Valley 2011 $16.99
Pretty & aromatic with nice structure & acidity. Goes great with Spicy Thai or Tapas. Best of Show, Astoria Crab, Seafood & Wine Festival (2012)


BLANC DE NOIR 2011 $19.99
Literally means white from black. This white wine is made from Pinot Noir grapes! Lush & silky with lemon and grapefruit aromas. A great stand in for Pinot Gris. One of four Winning Wines in this new wine category - MIX Magazine (2012)


GRENACHE Rogue Valley $24.99
Lovely dark wine with beautiful aroma of blackberries. Creamy mouth feel. 90 Pts. Wine Enthusiast & Editor’s Choice “Best of Show” 2013 Greatest of the Grape.


SYRAH Rogue Valley 2010 $19.99
Inky with just enough tannin to give it structure. Smoky aroma and nice long finish.


ZINFANDEL Columbia Valley 2012 $25.99
Where Deschutes & Columbia rivers meet. Oregon Side. Soft and jammy with black pepper. Outstanding-hard to find, Oregon produced & grown Zin!


MISTELLE Port 2011 $21.99
Made with Touriga Nacional and Tinta Cao grapes (the original grapes of true Portuguese Port). Great with dark chocolate!




Posted 12/4/2013 7:35:02 AM

This weeks Friday tasting, December 6 from 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...will end at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--


Margo Durdel of Oregon Brand Management and Vicki Piva of J. Scott Winery will be pouring wines of J. Scott Winery, Eugene:


VIOGNIER Rogue Valley 2011 $16.99
Pretty & aromatic with nice structure & acidity. Goes great with Spicy Thai or Tapas. Best of Show, Astoria Crab, Seafood & Wine Festival (2012)


BLANC DE NOIR 2011 $19.99
Literally means white from black. This white wine is made from Pinot Noir grapes! Lush & silky with lemon and grapefruit aromas. A great stand in for Pinot Gris. One of four Winning Wines in this new wine category – MIX Magazine (2012)


GRENACHE Rogue Valley $24.99
Lovely dark wine with beautiful aroma of blackberries. Creamy mouth feel. 90 Pts. Wine Enthusiast & Editor’s Choice “Best of Show” 2013 Greatest of the Grape.


SYRAH Rogue Valley 2010 $19.99
Inky with just enough tannin to give it structure. Smoky aroma and nice long finish.


ZINFANDEL Columbia Valley 2012 $25.99
Where Deschutes & Columbia rivers meet. Oregon Side. Soft and jammy with black pepper. Outstanding-hard to find, Oregon produced & grown Zin!


MISTELLE Port 2011 $21.99
Made with Touriga Nacional and Tinta Cao grapes (the original grapes of true Portuguese Port). Great with dark chocolate!




Posted 12/4/2013 7:33:30 AM

This weeks Friday tasting, December 6 from 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...will end at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--


Margo Durdel of Oregon Brand Management and Vicki Piva of J. Scott Winery will be pouring wines of J. Scott Winery, Eugene:


VIOGNIER Rogue Valley 2011 $16.99
Pretty & aromatic with nice structure & acidity. Goes great with Spicy Thai or Tapas. “Best of Show” Astoria Crab, Seafood & Wine Festival (2012)


BLANC DE NOIR 2011 $19.99
Literally means white from black. This white wine is made from Pinot Noir grapes! Lush & silky with lemon and grapefruit aromas. A great stand in for Pinot Gris. One of four “winning wines” in this new wine category – MIX Magazine (2012)


GRENACHE Rogue Valley $24.99
Lovely dark wine with beautiful aroma of blackberries. Creamy mouth feel. 90 Pts. Wine Enthusiast & Editor’s Choice “Best of Show” 2013 Greatest of the Grape.


SYRAH Rogue Valley 2010 $19.99
Inky with just enough tannin to give it structure. Smoky aroma and nice long finish.


ZINFANDEL Columbia Valley 2012 $25.99
Where Deschutes & Columbia rivers meet. Oregon Side. Soft and jammy with black pepper. Outstanding-hard to find, Oregon produced & grown Zin!


MISTELLE Port 2011 $21.99
Made with Touriga Nacional and Tinta Cao grapes (the original grapes of true Portuguese Port). Great with dark chocolate!




Posted 12/4/2013 7:32:32 AM

This weeks Friday tasting, December 6 from 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...will end at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--


Margo Durdel of Oregon Brand Management and Vicki Piva of J. Scott Winery will be pouring wine of J. Scott Winery, Eugene:


VIOGNIER Rogue Valley 2011 $16.99
Pretty & aromatic with nice structure & acidity. Goes great with Spicy Thai or Tapas. “Best of Show” Astoria Crab, Seafood & Wine Festival (2012)


BLANC DE NOIR 2011 $19.99
Literally means white from black. This white wine is made from Pinot Noir grapes! Lush & silky with lemon and grapefruit aromas. A great stand in for Pinot Gris. One of four “winning wines” in this new wine category – MIX Magazine (2012)


GRENACHE Rogue Valley $24.99
Lovely dark wine with beautiful aroma of blackberries. Creamy mouth feel. 90 Pts. Wine Enthusiast & Editor’s Choice “Best of Show” 2013 Greatest of the Grape.


SYRAH Rogue Valley 2010 $19.99
Inky with just enough tannin to give it structure. Smoky aroma and nice long finish.


ZINFANDEL Columbia Valley 2012 $25.99
Where Deschutes & Columbia rivers meet. Oregon Side. Soft and jammy with black pepper. Outstanding-hard to find, Oregon produced & grown Zin!


MISTELLE Port 2011 $21.99
Made with Touriga Nacional and Tinta Cao grapes (the original grapes of true Portuguese Port). Great with dark chocolate!




Posted 11/25/2013 10:52:02 AM

This week is a Wednesday tasting, November 27 from 4:00 - 6:00 pm ...will end at 6 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--


Doug Culver of C & G Wines will be pouring wines of Oregon, Italy and Portugal:


La Jara NV Pink Prosecco $11.99
90% Glera, 10% Raboso. This effusively fruity, light-bodied offering offers terrific floral notes, persistent effervescence, and a clean, delicate finish. There is perfect body and weight in this crystal clean, pure, sparkling white. It is an ideal aperitif.


Lorelle 2012 Pinot Grigio Horse Heaven Hills $9.99
Lorelle is the second label from the lovely husband and wife team John and Lynn Albin. This single vineyard Pinot Grigio from The Benches Vineyard is a rich, ripe wine, its lush fruit beautifully balanced by a persistent vein of mineral, with outstanding length and a fine, crisp finish.


Lorelle 2012 Pinot Noir Chehalem Mountains $14.99
Lorelle is the second label from the lovely husband and wife team John and Lynn Albin. A very pretty and quite high-toned nose of red raspberry, cranberry and subtle blue pinot fruit aromas lead to fresh and nicely intense barely middle weight flavors that possess fine detail and a firm acid spine on the slightly dry finish that comes up a bit on the short side at present.


J. Albin 2008 Laurel Vineyard Pinot Noir $24.99
A cool, elegant, pure and cleanly delivered red berry fruit nose that is very pinot in style and character introduces beautifully detailed and textured middle weight flavors that are graceful and impressively well-balanced. There is an underlying hint of vegetal but it's extremely subtle and I quite like the overall sense of harmony that will allow it to age well. Note that this will most please those who admire classically styled pure pinots and the absence of even a hint of backend warmth is most welcome in this age of high-powered pinots.


Kopke Fine Tawny $15.99
Established in 1638, Kopke is one of the oldest properties in the famed Duoro valley. Kopke's Tawny Ports always display beautiful bouquets when compared to their peers. Hazelnut liqueur, and sweet plums and prunes. The wines great intensity and good underlying acidity result in an exceptional tawny port.


Kopke 2003 Colheita $37.99
Established in 1638, Kopke is one of the oldest properties in the famed Duoro valley. Rusty ruby in color with a tawny edge. The nose offers raspberry, raisins, toffee, cherry cough drop and mocha aromas. Medium weight, warming and dry on the palate, this one grew on me by day four when it had mellowed a bit. Laser like acidity keeps it in check, with flavors of strawberry, citrus, a back drop of pecan and some mild-mannered mouth coating tannins. The finish is long but shows a bit of the warming spirit.


No Tasting Friday Nov. 29


Posted 11/25/2013 10:51:24 AM

This week is a Wednesday tasting, November 27 from 4:00 - 6:00 pm ...will ends at 6 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--


Doug Culver of C & G Wines will be pouring wines of Oregon, Italy and Portugal:


La Jara NV Pink Prosecco $11.99
90% Glera, 10% Raboso. This effusively fruity, light-bodied offering offers terrific floral notes, persistent effervescence, and a clean, delicate finish. There is perfect body and weight in this crystal clean, pure, sparkling white. It is an ideal aperitif.


Lorelle 2012 Pinot Grigio Horse Heaven Hills $9.99
Lorelle is the second label from the lovely husband and wife team John and Lynn Albin. This single vineyard Pinot Grigio from The Benches Vineyard is a rich, ripe wine, its lush fruit beautifully balanced by a persistent vein of mineral, with outstanding length and a fine, crisp finish.


Lorelle 2012 Pinot Noir Chehalem Mountains $14.99
Lorelle is the second label from the lovely husband and wife team John and Lynn Albin. A very pretty and quite high-toned nose of red raspberry, cranberry and subtle blue pinot fruit aromas lead to fresh and nicely intense barely middle weight flavors that possess fine detail and a firm acid spine on the slightly dry finish that comes up a bit on the short side at present.


J. Albin 2008 Laurel Vineyard Pinot Noir $24.99
A cool, elegant, pure and cleanly delivered red berry fruit nose that is very pinot in style and character introduces beautifully detailed and textured middle weight flavors that are graceful and impressively well-balanced. There is an underlying hint of vegetal but it's extremely subtle and I quite like the overall sense of harmony that will allow it to age well. Note that this will most please those who admire classically styled pure pinots and the absence of even a hint of backend warmth is most welcome in this age of high-powered pinots.


Kopke Fine Tawny $15.99
Established in 1638, Kopke is one of the oldest properties in the famed Duoro valley. Kopke's Tawny Ports always display beautiful bouquets when compared to their peers. Hazelnut liqueur, and sweet plums and prunes. The wines great intensity and good underlying acidity result in an exceptional tawny port.


Kopke 2003 Colheita $37.99
Established in 1638, Kopke is one of the oldest properties in the famed Duoro valley. Rusty ruby in color with a tawny edge. The nose offers raspberry, raisins, toffee, cherry cough drop and mocha aromas. Medium weight, warming and dry on the palate, this one grew on me by day four when it had mellowed a bit. Laser like acidity keeps it in check, with flavors of strawberry, citrus, a back drop of pecan and some mild-mannered mouth coating tannins. The finish is long but shows a bit of the warming spirit.


No Tasting Friday Nov. 29


Posted 11/25/2013 10:48:55 AM

This week is a Wednesday tasting, November 27 from 4:00 - 6:00 pm ...will ends at 6 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--


Doug Culver pf C & G Wines will be pouring wines of Oregon, Italy and Portugal:


La Jara NV Pink Prosecco $11.99
90% Glera, 10% Raboso. This effusively fruity, light-bodied offering offers terrific floral notes, persistent effervescence, and a clean, delicate finish. There is perfect body and weight in this crystal clean, pure, sparkling white. It is an ideal aperitif.


Lorelle 2012 Pinot Grigio Horse Heaven Hills $9.99
Lorelle is the second label from the lovely husband and wife team John and Lynn Albin. This single vineyard Pinot Grigio from The Benches Vineyard is a rich, ripe wine, its lush fruit beautifully balanced by a persistent vein of mineral, with outstanding length and a fine, crisp finish.


Lorelle 2012 Pinot Noir Chehalem Mountains $14.99
Lorelle is the second label from the lovely husband and wife team John and Lynn Albin. A very pretty and quite high-toned nose of red raspberry, cranberry and subtle blue pinot fruit aromas lead to fresh and nicely intense barely middle weight flavors that possess fine detail and a firm acid spine on the slightly dry finish that comes up a bit on the short side at present.


J. Albin 2008 Laurel Vineyard Pinot Noir $24.99
A cool, elegant, pure and cleanly delivered red berry fruit nose that is very pinot in style and character introduces beautifully detailed and textured middle weight flavors that are graceful and impressively well-balanced. There is an underlying hint of vegetal but it's extremely subtle and I quite like the overall sense of harmony that will allow it to age well. Note that this will most please those who admire classically styled pure pinots and the absence of even a hint of backend warmth is most welcome in this age of high-powered pinots.


Kopke Fine Tawny $15.99
Established in 1638, Kopke is one of the oldest properties in the famed Duoro valley. Kopke's Tawny Ports always display beautiful bouquets when compared to their peers. Hazelnut liqueur, and sweet plums and prunes. The wine’s great intensity and good underlying acidity result in an exceptional tawny port.


Kopke 2003 Colheita $37.99
Established in 1638, Kopke is one of the oldest properties in the famed Duoro valley. Rusty ruby in color with a tawny edge. The nose offers raspberry, raisins, toffee, cherry cough drop and mocha aromas. Medium weight, warming and dry on the palate, this one grew on me by day four when it had mellowed a bit. Laser like acidity keeps it in check, with flavors of strawberry, citrus, a back drop of pecan and some mild-mannered mouth coating tannins. The finish is long but shows a bit of the warming spirit.”


No Tasting Friday Nov. 29


Posted 11/25/2013 10:48:09 AM

This week is a Wednesday tasting, November 27 from 4:00 - 6:00 pm ...will ends at 6 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--


Doug Culver pf C & G Wines will be pouring wines of Oregon, Italy and Portugal:


La Jara NV Pink Prosecco $11.99
90% Glera, 10% Raboso. This effusively fruity, light-bodied offering offers terrific floral notes, persistent effervescence, and a clean, delicate finish. There is perfect body and weight in this crystal clean, pure, sparkling white. It is an ideal aperitif.


Lorelle 2012 Pinot Grigio Horse Heaven Hills $9.99
Lorelle is the second label from the lovely husband and wife team John and Lynn Albin. This single vineyard Pinot Grigio from The Benches Vineyard is a rich, ripe wine, its lush fruit beautifully balanced by a persistent vein of mineral, with outstanding length and a fine, crisp finish.


Lorelle 2012 Pinot Noir Chehalem Mountains $14.99
Lorelle is the second label from the lovely husband and wife team John and Lynn Albin. A very pretty and quite high-toned nose of red raspberry, cranberry and subtle blue pinot fruit aromas lead to fresh and nicely intense barely middle weight flavors that possess fine detail and a firm acid spine on the slightly dry finish that comes up a bit on the short side at present.


J. Albin 2008 Laurel Vineyard Pinot Noir $24.99
A cool, elegant, pure and cleanly delivered red berry fruit nose that is very pinot in style and character introduces beautifully detailed and textured middle weight flavors that are graceful and impressively well-balanced. There is an underlying hint of vegetal but it's extremely subtle and I quite like the overall sense of harmony that will allow it to age well. Note that this will most please those who admire classically styled pure pinots and the absence of even a hint of backend warmth is most welcome in this age of high-powered pinots.


Kopke Fine Tawny $15.99
Established in 1638, Kopke is one of the oldest properties in the famed Duoro valley. Kopke's Tawny Ports always display beautiful bouquets when compared to their peers. Hazelnut liqueur, and sweet plums and prunes. The wine’s great intensity and good underlying acidity result in an exceptional tawny port.


Kopke 2003 Colheita $37.99
Established in 1638, Kopke is one of the oldest properties in the famed Duoro valley. Rusty ruby in color with a tawny edge. The nose offers raspberry, raisins, toffee, cherry cough drop and mocha aromas. Medium weight, warming and dry on the palate, this one grew on me by day four when it had mellowed a bit. Laser like acidity keeps it in check, with flavors of strawberry, citrus, a back drop of pecan and some mild-mannered mouth coating tannins. The finish is long but shows a bit of the warming spirit.”


No Tasting Nov. 29


Posted 11/20/2013 8:18:03 PM

Friday, November 22 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--


Rod Evans of Zancanella Imports will be pouring wines of Italy and France:


Althea Prosecco $13.99
A very stylish version of Prosecco. The estate lies in the commune of Valdobbiadene which is considered the finest zone for Prosecco. Owner/winemaker Marika Drusian is from a long line of Prosecco producers. Nice touch of fruit, persistent bubbles.


Clara C Fiori Rose $12.99
Clara Carpene makes this sparkling rose from Pinot Noir grapes grown in the Veneto region of Italy. Her father, Antonio, invented Prosecco as a commercial business in 1940's. Fun bubbly to drink before Thanksgiving dinner and all the way through.


Lucien Lardy Morgon Cote Du Py 2011 $14.99
Morgon "Cote du Py" is one of the more esteemed vineyard areas in Beaujolais. Medium body,dark fruit, touch of earthiness. Beaujolais is the the perfect Thanksgiving dinner wine, goes with almost anything. Small producer, hand made.


Reverdito Barbera d'Alba 2010 $10.99
One of the Best Values in Barbera !!! Vineyards around the village of Alba are considered the homeland of of Barbera. Michele Reverdito carries on his family tradition of grape growing and is now producing their own wine. Drink now and over the next few years.


Montaribaldi Langhe Nebbiolo 2011 $14.99
A new wine for Oregon! Nebbiolo from the "Gamberin" vineyard in the Langhe region of Piedmont. Dark, yet lively fruit, earthy notes and a nice dose of Barbaresco flavor. Pair with cheese, salamis and red meats.


San Felice Chianti Classico Reserva 2009 $19.99
Old time producer of Chianti. This Riserva is all Sangiovese. Mostly aged in larger, older oak casks. This vintage received 93 pts. from Robert Parker's "Wine Advocate". Enticing aromas of berries, sandalwood and violets. Smooth, subtle and polished delivering spice and the classic character of Sangiovese. Special price of $19.99.




Posted 11/14/2013 6:42:39 AM

Friday, November 15 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--


Our host Christie Stilson will be pouring new favorites:


Castelnuovo Custoza Cecilia Beretta 2012 $7.99
Trebbiano toscano 40%, Garganega 30%, Tocai Friulano 20%, Malvasia 10% Straw-yellow colored wine, with intense perfumes of fruits and flowers. Well-structured and aromatic.


Elemental Pinot Gris 2010 $10.99
Elemental Cellars wines are made by Steven Westby, winemaker for Witness Tree Wines. This crisp and refreshing wine offers flavors of apple and pear. The richly textured wine is great with crab cakes and poultry, but is a good sipping wine all by itself. Made from grapes sourced from the Croft Vineyard located in the Willamette Valley's Polk County. The vineyard provides grapes that consistently receive high scores from the likes of Wine Spectator and Wine & Spirits.


Domain Dupre Beaujolais 2012 $9.99
A very pretty rendition of the Gamay grape. Crisp and lively with great balance and bright aromas of cranberry and raspberries. This is a wine to drink in the near term to appreciate its freshness and fruity character. Beaujolais is THE ideal Thanksgiving wine because it pairs well with almost any meal. You may even want to give it a little chill. Domaine Dupre is a very tiny winery being run by young Jean-Michel Dupre.


Broadley Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2012 $18.99
Dark opaque, unfiltered, the scents, upon opening, are of black raspberry and spice. Flavors are juicy, with big black fruit. Blackberry and a bit of black cherry are refreshing, with a racy natural acidity. Ready to drink, approachable, but balanced, this wine will age for 2-5 years. This is a unique concentrated and satisfying value wine, exceptional for the price.


Valserrano Crianza Rioja 2007 $13.99
90% tempranillo and 10% mazuelo. Had two bottles and loved the fruit and tannin balance making it one of my favorites temparnillos. The taste had more complexity than most tempranillos and the finish was very lasting. The oak was there in the taste but just a nice part of the overall balance.


San Felice Chianti 2010 $13.99
The nose invites you in with textbook Chianti characters of cherry, raspberry, and plum mixed with potpourri, wild herbs, and spice. The fruit profiles continue on the palate balanced by vibrant acidity and velvety tannins. It’s no wonder that it pulled in an Advocate 92 (as well as a Spectator 90). The best part of this wine, besides that fact that it’s a really pretty, engaging beverage, is that it’s remarkable affordable. So it’s good enough to go with Sunday suppers but affordable enough for a Wednesday night.


Evodia Grenache Old Vines 2012 $9.99
This 100% Garnacha offers a lovely perfume of spice box, mineral, and wild cherry. This perfectly balanced mix of flavors lends itself to an intensely fruity wine with loads of taste, a smooth texture, and a pure, fruit-filled finish.




Posted 11/6/2013 6:45:29 AM

Friday, November 8 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--


Margo Durdel of Oregon Brand Management and winemaker, Bill Hanson of Libra Wines will pour selections from Libra Wines and Lady Hill Winery:


Libra Pinot Blanc 2012 $13.99
From the Rogue Valley... Whole cluster pressing, stainless steel fermentation with a selection of aromatic yeasts; kept on the lees in tank for five months. Pear, honeycomb and floral characteristics along with with cobbler/pie crust notes. Dry yet surprisingly rich in texture and body balanced by a clean finish.


Libra Pinot Gris 2012 $13.99
From two Willamette Valley Vineyards…One fairly high elevation at 800 feet on Volcanic soils and the other mid elevation at 400 feet on Sedimentary soils. Pressed whole cluster and fermented with aromatic yeast strains. Taken off lees after 3 months. Apple and kiwi aromas and flavors with a touch of minerality. A bright, very crisp and clean mouth feel.


Libra Reserve Pinot Noir 2009 $24.99
An enticingly deep ruby-red splash in the glass reveals layered aromas expanding as it breaths with crème brûlée, black cherries, red licorice, chocolate cake and red roses. The senses are further enhanced by the full-bodied burst of black fruit, pomegranate, dark cocoa and a hint of cinnamon. A warmer vintage produced opulent wine with broad tannins and structure.


Libra Tempranillo Umpqua Valley 2009 $22.99
A beautiful garnet colored wine in the glass. Aromas of vanilla, black cherry cola, herbs and tobacco. The senses are further enhanced by the mouth filling flavors of black fruit, herbs, red tea and still firm tannins.


Procedo Red 2012 $19.99
The Procedo Proprietary Red is a Super-Tuscan-inspired blend of the Italian sangiovese grape, along with the traditional French Bordeaux grapes cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, and merlot. The result is a remarkably plush wine packed with pretty flavors of cherries, raspberries, earth, and dried herbs. A touch of tannin gives backbone and fresh acidity adds verve.


Radicle Vines Red blend 2012 $14.99
Radicle Vine Red Wine is a delicious blending of multiple grapes from Washington’s warm Columbia Valley into a remarkably balanced and harmonious wine. With juicy fruit-sweet tastes of cherries and red plums, along with an appealing aspect of wild spices and dried fruits, this wine delivers a fresh and complex character that will have you coming back for more.


Radicle Vines Cabernet 2011 $14.99
Radicle Vine Cabernet Sauvignon is a perfect example of the deliciousness of this popular grape. Chock-full of ripe red berries and lively currant flavors, this wine also delivers notes of cocoa powder, crushed mint leaves, and violets. The fruit for this wine comes from some of the leading vineyards in Washington’s Columbia Valley, where the warm and dry climate ripens cabernet sauvignon to perfection.




Posted 10/31/2013 4:58:46 AM

Friday, November 1 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--


Doug Culver of C & G Wines will be pouring selections from Washington, Italy & Portugal:


Passaros 2012 Loureiro $13.99
100% Loureiro. Northern Portugal. River stones, ripe melon, citrus peel present an enticing nose that tranfers well to the dry palate that features both stone and orchard fruits. Finishes smoothly with a hint of spicy, racy mineral.


Southard 2011 Columbia Valley White $14.99
30% Viognier, 70% Roussanne Inspired by the the Rhone Valley. A complex, full-bodied wine with aromas of pear, candied citrus peel, gunflint, fresh pineapple, butterscotch, and dried apricot. 30% Viognier from the Elephant Mountain, Lawrence, StoneTree, and Sugarloaf vineyards and 70% Roussanne from the Lawrence Vineyard. 413 cases produced.


Southard 2010 Columbia Valley Syrah $14.99
Showing aromas of red and black fruit, cocoa, garrigue, and Asian spices with good structure right now and the potential to become a special wine in 3 to 5 years. 337 cases produced.


Kalem's Down 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Horse Heaven Hills $14.99
Produced by the husband and wife team - John and Lynn Albin, this 100% Cabernet Sauvignon comes from The Benches vineyard in Washington's Horse Heaven Hills district. Perfect balance of fruit and tannin.


Alberto Crespi 2009 Luporosso Colline Novaresi $14.99
100% Nebbiolo from Northern Piedmont. Alberto Crespi's Luporosso caresses the palate with dark cherries, plums, smoke, licorice and incense. This is an especially dark, full-bodied, brooding wine, yet all the elements are very nicely balanced from start to finish. Vibrant tannins lend support to the lush, generous fruit, while sweet floral notes add lift, especially on the finish.


Kopke Fine Tawny Port $15.99
Established in 1638, Kopke is one of the oldest properties in the famed Duoro valley. Kopke's Tawny Ports always display beautiful bouquets when compared to their peers. Hazelnut liqueur, and sweet plums and prunes. The wine’s great intensity and good underlying acidity result in an exceptional tawny port.




Posted 10/24/2013 5:09:47 AM

Friday, October 25 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--


Back by popular demand... Mr. Mike's “Tour de France” tasting:


Mr. Mike makes a cameo appearance this Friday pouring wines from France. He will feature wines from seven different regions with the unifying theme of elegant, dry-styled wines that are made to be served with food. The four reds are also all wines that are terrific now but can improve with short term cellaring.


Domaine Lafran-Veyrolles Rosé Bandol 2011 $19.99 Southern Coastal France
(65% Mourvedre, 25% Cinsault and 10% Grenache --The producer employs organic methods of production --although they are not certified.) This rosé is has fresh, floral notes with hints of quince and nectarine. It is big bodied and rounded on the palate and finishes with some grip. It will match well with all the ocean has to offer as well as grilled pork chops and fresh cheeses. Piquant and racy, this wine has added lingering notes of herbal complexity from its bottle age.


Domaine Joseph Roty Marsannay Rosé 2010 $28.99 Burgundy
Hailing from the lauded 2010 vintage -Philipe Roty makes this rosé as if it were premier cru white Burgundy. No after-thought dry pink this! The Roty style that emphasizes an almost contemplative depth is on full display here. Don't be too quick to judge this wine -give this a second and third look, --terroir driven dry pink is not what many people expect (or want) from a rosé. However this is a matter of expectations and not general worth; the wine is amazing delicious upfront (like many lighter styled dry pinks) but adds on the extra qualities of a wine that will match well with sophisticated savory low-spiced foods (think Burgundian cheeses and patés.) This wine has abundant Pinot Noir character with creamy red fruits lurking in the background, yet finishing completely dry; it is a unique and impressive expression of sublime Burgundian culture.


Domaine De la Garniere Muscadet 2012 $9.99 Loire Valley
(100% Melon de Bourgogne varietal aka "muscadet grape" --low in alcohol 12% -as is typical in this Loire Valley appellation.) Sometimes you just need a wine to chill out with, something good but uncomplicated, this bargain Muscadet does the trick. This is pure, clean, and refreshing. Ripe, fresh lemon flavors drive this wine, which finishes with a lively minerality. Ancient seabeds give a character to the soils here, and the fruit reflects this slight mineral-saltiness, producing wines that match well with bivalves.


Caves Jean Bourdy --Cotes du Jura Rouge A.O.C. 2008 $24.99 Jura Valley (between Burgundy and Switzerland)
(The grapes are Poulsard, Trousseau, and Pinot Noir --the producer is Demeter certified -Biodynamic Wine -with minimal sulfur addition at bottling.) The three grape varieties are assembled in the same tank for a common fermentation for 12 to 15 days, with no added cultured yeast, they are then aged in large neutral wood foudres for four years in very cold cellars. They are bottled without filtration. M. Bourdy visited Portland last year for an epic tasting of his wines at E&R wine store, there were wines from as far back as 1934 that remained fresh and alive and expressive of the unique terroir of the Jura area. My point is that this wine can age and improve for decades, and will a wonderful addition to anyone's cellar, and it is a steal at the price. The wine is low in alcohol and color, with a fine edge of nervy acidity, and flavors reminiscent of a cool vintage Oregon Pinot Noir, but with a firmer structure and a drier finish. The wine is very versatile at the table. M. Bourdy recommends his wine be served with raclette, grilled poultry, white meat, red meat, small game, barbecue, and couscous pot-au-feu. Again this is an elegant, dry-styled wine that is made to be served with food.


Château Paret 2010 Côtes de Castillon $11.99 Bordeaux area
(The blend is 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc --with aging in stainless steel vats to maintain fresh aromatics.) This wine hits the palate with Cassis-steeped flavors and a perfume offering up scents of black fruits, spring flowers, and crushed rocks. This has good concentration, full-bodied power, and beautifully integrated acidity and tannin. This bargain Bordeaux blend is from Castillon, which is near the town of St. Emilion across the river from the famous properties of the Medoc. It is nice to find an affordable Bordeaux of real character; this one will match well with smoked meats, and roast chicken, and bean casseroles.


Les Vins De Vienne -- St. Joseph A.O.C. "L'Arzelle" 1998 $24.99 Northern Rhone
(100% Syrah --single vineyard within the larger property with a unique terroir.) This was produced as a collaboration between three wine makers -- Yves Cuilleron, Francois Villard and Pierre Gaillard, three superstar, Syrah-specialist vignerons in Rhone. At the Rhone’s most northern point in 1996, this trio purchased and rejuvenated the old vineyard of Seyssuel, located on the left bank of the Rhone, just fifteen miles from Lyon, north of Côte-Rôtie. Elegant, unwounded, and evolved, with good typical flavors for a northern Rhone, the wine offers lavender-inflected cold-climate Syrah flavors of licorice, and smoky herb nuance. This is a dry-styled wine to match with elegant cuisine that is low in spice. Don't overwhelm this aged beauty, but pair it with umami-driven foods like porcini pasta, or potted organ meats.


Domaine Berthoumieu Madiran Rouge A.O.C. 2009 "Cuvée de CHARLES DE BATZ" $21.99 Madiran is in Gascony in South West France
(90% Tannat - 10% Cabernet Sauvignon --vine age 50-100 years --one year in wood, half new.) Didier Barre is one of the best producers in Madiran; his wine has dense dark Italian prune plum flavors, and a black almost impenetrable body. Madiran producers have learned to tame the large amount tannin that nature endows their wine with. Here the wine offers a big smooth ride: this is a great wine to match with barbecue.




Posted 10/24/2013 5:07:05 AM

Friday, October 25 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--


Back by popular demand... Mr. Mike's “Tour de France” tasting:


Mr. Mike makes a cameo appearance this Friday pouring wines from France. He will feature wines from seven different regions with the unifying theme of elegant, dry-styled wines that are made to be served with food. The four reds are also all wines that are terrific now but can improve with short term cellaring.


Domaine Lafran-Veyrolles Rosé Bandol 2011 $19.99 Southern Coastal France
(65% Mourvedre, 25% Cinsault and 10% Grenache --The producer employs organic methods of production --although they are not certified.) This rosé is has fresh, floral notes with hints of quince and nectarine. It is big bodied and rounded on the palate and finishes with some grip. It will match well with all the ocean has to offer as well as grilled pork chops and fresh cheeses. Piquant and racy, this wine has added lingering notes of herbal complexity from its bottle age.


Domaine Joseph Roty Marsannay Rosé 2010 $28.99 Burgundy
Hailing from the lauded 2010 vintage -Philipe Roty makes this rosé as if it were premier cru white Burgundy. No after-thought dry pink this! The Roty style that emphasizes an almost contemplative depth is on full display here. Don't be too quick to judge this wine -give this a second and third look, --terroir driven dry pink is not what many people expect (or want) from a rosé. However this is a matter of expectations and not general worth; the wine is amazing delicious upfront (like many lighter styled dry pinks) but adds on the extra qualities of a wine that will match well with sophisticated savory low-spiced foods (think Burgundian cheeses and patés.) This wine has abundant Pinot Noir character with creamy red fruits lurking in the background, yet finishing completely dry; it is a unique and impressive expression of sublime Burgundian culture.


Domaine De la Garniere Muscadet 2012 $9.99 Loire Valley
(100% Melon de Bourgogne varietal aka "muscadet grape" --low in alcohol 12% -as is typical in this Loire Valley appellation.) Sometimes you just need a wine to chill out with, something good but uncomplicated, this bargain Muscadet does the trick. This is pure, clean, and refreshing. Ripe, fresh lemon flavors drive this wine, which finishes with a lively minerality. Ancient seabeds give a character to the soils here, and the fruit reflects this slight mineral-saltiness, producing wines that match well with bivalves.


Caves Jean Bourdy --Cotes du Jura Rouge A.O.C. 2008 $24.99 Jura Valley (between Burgundy and Switzerland)
(The grapes are Poulsard, Trousseau, and Pinot Noir --the producer is Demeter certified -Biodynamic Wine -with minimal sulfur addition at bottling.) The three grape varieties are assembled in the same tank for a common fermentation for 12 to 15 days, with no added cultured yeast, they are then aged in large neutral wood foudres for four years in very cold cellars. They are bottled without filtration. M. Bourdy visited Portland last year for an epic tasting of his wines at E&R wine store, there were wines from as far back as 1934 that remained fresh and alive and expressive of the unique terroir of the Jura area. My point is that this wine can age and improve for decades, and will a wonderful addition to anyone's cellar, and it is a steal at the price. The wine is low in alcohol and color, with a fine edge of nervy acidity, and flavors reminiscent of a cool vintage Oregon Pinot Noir, but with a firmer structure and a drier finish. The wine is very versatile at the table. M. Bourdy recommends his wine be served with raclette, grilled poultry, white meat, red meat, small game, barbecue, and couscous pot-au-feu. Again this is an elegant, dry-styled wine that is made to be served with food.


Château Paret 2010 Côtes de Castillon $11.99 Bordeaux area
(The blend is 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc --with aging in stainless steel vats to maintain fresh aromatics.) This wine hits the palate with Cassis-steeped flavors and a perfume offering up scents of black fruits, spring flowers, and crushed rocks. This has good concentration, full-bodied power, and beautifully integrated acidity and tannin. This bargain Bordeaux blend is from Castillon, which is near the town of St. Emilion across the river from the famous properties of the Medoc. It is nice to find an affordable Bordeaux of real character; this one will match well with smoked meats, and roast chicken, and bean casseroles.


Les Vins De Vienne -- St. Joseph A.O.C. "L'Arzelle" 1998 $24.99 Northern Rhone
(100% Syrah --single vineyard within the larger property with a unique terroir.) This was produced as a collaboration between three wine makers -- Yves Cuilleron, Francois Villard and Pierre Gaillard, three superstar, Syrah-specialist vignerons in Rhone. At the Rhone’s most northern point in 1996, this trio purchased and rejuvenated the old vineyard of Seyssuel, located on the left bank of the Rhone, just fifteen miles from Lyon, north of Côte-Rôtie. Elegant, unwounded, and evolved, with good typical flavors for a northern Rhone, the wine offers lavender-inflected cold-climate Syrah flavors of licorice, and smoky herb nuance. This is a dry-styled wine to match with elegant cuisine that is low in spice. Don't overwhelm this aged beauty, but pair it with umami-driven foods like porcini pasta, or potted organ meats.


Domaine Berthoumieu Madiran Rouge A.O.C. "Cuvée de CHARLES DE BATZ" $21.99 Madiran is in Gascony in South West France
(90% Tannat - 10% Cabernet Sauvignon --vine age 50-100 years --one year in wood, half new.) Didier Barre is one of the best producers in Madiran; his wine has dense dark Italian prune plum flavors, and a black almost impenetrable body. Madiran producers have learned to tame the large amount tannin that nature endows their wine with. Here the wine offers a big smooth ride: this is a great wine to match with barbecue.




Posted 10/17/2013 7:36:50 AM

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


Tim Rippa of Petit Monde Imports will be pouring selections from France:


Chateau de Breze, Rosé of Cabernet Franc, Saumur, 2012, $14.99
While many may limit their rosé consumption to the days where the temperature is above 80, this rosé may change that protocol. 100% Cabernet Franc, from organically farmed, centuries old estate in the Loire Valley. The wine has weight and structure, without being fruit forward and overly ripe. It has the perfect balance of weight to acidity that allow it to pair perfectly with fall flavors and comfort cuisine.


Domaine de Chiroulet, Terres Blanches, Cotes de Gascogne, 2011 $11.99
While the grapes that make up this blend (Gros Manseng, Ugni Blanc, Sauv Blanc) may not be the most familiar, the quality, flavor, and freshness in this wine will surprise you for it's accessibility. This bottle from southwestern France is lively, bright, with lots of acidity.


Leon Boesch, Gewürztraminer, "Les Fous", Alsace, 2010 $21.99
Gewürztraminer, when made poorly, can truly ruin your perception of this grape. Gewürztraminer, when made well, will command your attention and bring a smile to your face. The latter is what we think this Alsace Gewurz brings to the table. Rich and spicy, textured and layered, with plenty of acidity to balance out it's weight, this wine is enjoyable now or could be laid down for a decade to come.


Domaine de L'Idylle, Mondeuse, Savoie, 2012 $16.99
Mondeuse is a red grape that is indigenous to the Savoie in eastern France. This wine will surely make you a believer in its merits as it is medium bodied, clean and compelling. Plenty of fruit and spice, without being heavy or rich. It's unique, it's well made, and it's thoroughly enjoyable!


Domaine de Biscarelle, Cotes du Rhone Village, 2010 $14.99
Jerome Greico is a young winemaker who has garned international recognition for his Chateauneuf du Pape bottlings. This Cotes du Rhone is a phenomenal entry tier offering from him. Organic, old vines, pure fruit and authenticity, this wine shows savory and herbal notes that will draw you in. It is rich, but with flavor, not with cloying fruit. For the price, the amount of depth and complexity this Cotes du Rhone offers is amazing.


Jean Louis Denois, Les Garrigues, Languedoc, 2011 $10.99
Meet your new everyday red wine. From Southwestern France, Denois produces this full bodied, balanced blend of a little bit of everything on his estate. The blend is dominated by Syrah and Merlot, but small bits of Cab Sauv, Cab Franc, and Grenache make their way into the mix. For the price you'd be hard pressed to find a bottle that delivers more quality and wine from anywhere, not just France.




Posted 10/17/2013 7:35:31 AM

Friday, October 11 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--


Tim Rippa of Petit Monde Imports will be pouring selections from France:


Chateau de Breze, Rosé of Cabernet Franc, Saumur, 2012, $14.99
While many may limit their rosé consumption to the days where the temperature is above 80, this rosé may change that protocol. 100% Cabernet Franc, from organically farmed, centuries old estate in the Loire Valley. The wine has weight and structure, without being fruit forward and overly ripe. It has the perfect balance of weight to acidity that allow it to pair perfectly with fall flavors and comfort cuisine.


Domaine de Chiroulet, Terres Blanches, Cotes de Gascogne, 2011 $11.99
While the grapes that make up this blend (Gros Manseng, Ugni Blanc, Sauv Blanc) may not be the most familiar, the quality, flavor, and freshness in this wine will surprise you for it's accessibility. This bottle from southwestern France is lively, bright, with lots of acidity.


Leon Boesch, Gewürztraminer, "Les Fous", Alsace, 2010 $21.99
Gewürztraminer, when made poorly, can truly ruin your perception of this grape. Gewürztraminer, when made well, will command your attention and bring a smile to your face. The latter is what we think this Alsace Gewurz brings to the table. Rich and spicy, textured and layered, with plenty of acidity to balance out it's weight, this wine is enjoyable now or could be laid down for a decade to come.


Domaine de L'Idylle, Mondeuse, Savoie, 2012 $16.99
Mondeuse is a red grape that is indigenous to the Savoie in eastern France. This wine will surely make you a believer in its merits as it is medium bodied, clean and compelling. Plenty of fruit and spice, without being heavy or rich. It's unique, it's well made, and it's thoroughly enjoyable!


Domaine de Biscarelle, Cotes du Rhone Village, 2010 $14.99
Jerome Greico is a young winemaker who has garned international recognition for his Chateauneuf du Pape bottlings. This Cotes du Rhone is a phenomenal entry tier offering from him. Organic, old vines, pure fruit and authenticity, this wine shows savory and herbal notes that will draw you in. It is rich, but with flavor, not with cloying fruit. For the price, the amount of depth and complexity this Cotes du Rhone offers is amazing.


Jean Louis Denois, Les Garrigues, Languedoc, 2011 $10.99
Meet your new everyday red wine. From Southwestern France, Denois produces this full bodied, balanced blend of a little bit of everything on his estate. The blend is dominated by Syrah and Merlot, but small bits of Cab Sauv, Cab Franc, and Grenache make their way into the mix. For the price you'd be hard pressed to find a bottle that delivers more quality and wine from anywhere, not just France.




Posted 10/17/2013 7:33:40 AM

Friday, October 11 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--


Tim Rippa of Petit Monde Imports will be pouring selections from France:


Chateau de Breze, Rosé of Cabernet Franc, Saumur, 2012, $14.99 While many may limit their rosé consumption to the days where the temperature is above 80, this rosé may change that protocol. 100% Cabernet Franc, from organically farmed, centuries old estate in the Loire Valley. The wine has weight and structure, without being fruit forward and overly ripe. It has the perfect balance of weight to acidity that allow it to pair perfectly with fall flavors and comfort cuisine.


Domaine de Chiroulet, Terres Blanches, Cotes de Gascogne, 2011 $11.99 While the grapes that make up this blend (Gros Manseng, Ugni Blanc, Sauv Blanc) may not be the most familiar, the quality, flavor, and freshness in this wine will surprise you for it's accessibility. This bottle from southwestern France is lively, bright, with lots of acidity.


Leon Boesch, Gewürztraminer, "Les Fous", Alsace, 2010 $21.99
Gewürztraminer, when made poorly, can truly ruin your perception of this grape. Gewürztraminer, when made well, will command your attention and bring a smile to your face. The latter is what we think this Alsace Gewurz brings to the table. Rich and spicy, textured and layered, with plenty of acidity to balance out it's weight, this wine is enjoyable now or could be laid down for a decade to come.


Domaine de L'Idylle, Mondeuse, Savoie, 2012 $16.99
Mondeuse is a red grape that is indigenous to the Savoie in eastern France. This wine will surely make you a believer in its merits as it is medium bodied, clean and compelling. Plenty of fruit and spice, without being heavy or rich. It's unique, it's well made, and it's thoroughly enjoyable!


Domaine de Biscarelle, Cotes du Rhone Village, 2010 $14.99
Jerome Greico is a young winemaker who has garned international recognition for his Chateauneuf du Pape bottlings. This Cotes du Rhone is a phenomenal entry tier offering from him. Organic, old vines, pure fruit and authenticity, this wine shows savory and herbal notes that will draw you in. It is rich, but with flavor, not with cloying fruit. For the price, the amount of depth and complexity this Cotes du Rhone offers is amazing.


Jean Louis Denois, Les Garrigues, Languedoc, 2011 $10.99
Meet your new everyday red wine. From Southwestern France, Denois produces this full bodied, balanced blend of a little bit of everything on his estate. The blend is dominated by Syrah and Merlot, but small bits of Cab Sauv, Cab Franc, and Grenache make their way into the mix. For the price you'd be hard pressed to find a bottle that delivers more quality and wine from anywhere, not just France.




Posted 10/10/2013 5:22:26 AM

Friday, October 11 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--


Patricia Ferreira-Davis of Palm Bay Imports will be pouring wines of Italy:


Ferrari Rose NV $14.99 (375ml)
Grape Varieties: 60% Pinot Noir; 40% Chardonnay. A wine of pronounced finesse, with a distinct bouquet with the fresh fragrance of hawthorne flowers, red currants and wild strawberries. On the palate it is dry, clean and elegant, with a delicate finish of sweet almonds.


Ferrari was born over a century ago in 1902 through the efforts of Giulio Ferrari. After his studies in France, Ferrari returned to Trentino, Italy and planted Chardonnay, which no one had done before. Ferrari was convinced that through the combination of Trentino terroir, the innovative use of Chardonnay and the use of the traditional “metodo classico”, he could make world-class sparkling wines. By 1906, the awards started to roll in and Ferrari was well on its way to producing what would shortly become the most famous sparkling wine in all of Italy.


Mandrarossa Terretoriali Santanella 2010 $17.99
Grape Varieties: 70% Fiano, 10% Chenin Blanc, 10% Viognier. Delicate aromas of banana and smoky flint. The taste is complex and balanced with enticing notes of pineapple, tropical fruit and a finish of vanilla.


Located in the historic town of Menfi, in the southwest corner of this idyllic Mediterranean island, MandraRossa was guided into modern times by the “father” of contemporary Sicilian wine, Diego Planeta. Diego led the company for 38 years from 1973 to 2011. MandraRossa’s extensive investment in advanced winemaking technology combined with the expertise of a distinguished team of five full-time winemakers has resulted in an outstanding line of wines that capture the flavors, essence, and mystique of Sicily.


Planeta Cerasuolo Di Vittoria 2010 $21.99
Grape Varieties: 60% Nero d’Avola, 40% Frappato. Typical of wines produced in the Vittoria area. Fruity, reminiscent of red berries, strawberries, cherries, figs, ginger and fruit drops. Very distinctive, this is the wine that best highlights the characteristics of red sandy soil of the vineyard. The wine is supple, vibrant and wonderfully fresh, with a long finish.


Planeta is a Journey through Sicily. And that journey begins at Sambuca di Sicilia, on the estate which the Planeta family has owned since the 1600s. Here on Italy’s most enchanting island, three enthusiastic young Sicilians, Alessio, Francesca and Santi Planeta, began their winemaking venture in the mid-1980s. Subsequent years were spent matching the extraordinarily diverse Sicilian soils with both indigenous and international varieties. Years of careful research paid off when the Planeta wines were met with immediate critical acclaim upon introduction in the U.S. in the late 1990s. The trio subsequently traveled to Vittoria in southeastern Sicily in search of one of the most unmistakable wines, Cerasuolo di Vittoria D.O.C.G, currently the only D.O.C.G in Sicily. Here, they established the Planeta farmhouse at Dorilli, near land which belonged to the Planetas’ paternal grandmother. This delightful wine is named for its remarkable color as cerasuolo means "cherry red" in Italian. Made from two local grapes, the Frappato imparts ripe berry flavors and freshness, while the Nero d'Avola lends a supple tannic structure, richness and intensity.


Bottega Vinaia Pinot Noir 2009 $17.99
Wide aromatic spectrum exalts cherry, sour cherry, plum and tones of spices and tobacco. The taste is velvety, harmonious and well balanced with excellent structure. With age it evolves in roundness, fullness and complexity


Starting in the early 1990s, Anselmo Martini sought to explore the optimum potential of a handful of extraordinary vineyards in northern Italy’s Trentino region that, year after year, consistently produce the highest quality grapes. This select group of family-farmed vineyards is the source of Bottega Vinaia, an exceptional line of artisan wines that reflects the authentic qualities of the Trentino terroir. Thanks to Anselmo Martini’s passion and tireless drive, Bottega Vinaia has swiftly joined the ranks of Italy’s top-notch premium wine producers. Located in the mountainous northeast of Italy. Grapes are grown in the dry and calcareous soils of the Valle dei Laghi (Valley of Lakes), near the village of Toblino.


Bertani Valpolicella Secco Ripasso 2009 $16.99
Delicate, characteristic of mature wine, with scents of spices and nuts on the nose. Dry, well balanced with a pleasing hint of bitterness in its lingering finish.


Located near Verona in the province of Veneto in northeast Italy, Casa Vinicola Bertani is one of the region’s most important and influential wine producers. Bertani produces a full spectrum of the classic wines of the Veneto and has enjoyed a reputation for quality from the start, in 1857. This traditional Ripasso is from prime estate vineyards in the heart of Verona’s Valpolicella Valpantena wine district. The wine undergoes an 11-day maceration in vats at a controlled temperature and with programmed remontage. In March it is re-fermented over Recioto Amarone skins, following the traditional Veronese technique called “Ripasso.” Aging: 75% of the wine ages in large Slavonian oak casks, 25% in French oak barriques, for approximately 18 months; it is refined in bottle for a minimum of 90 days.


Niro Montepulciano 2008 $15.99
Bouquet of red fruit, mulberry and sour cherry preserve aromas with notes of vanilla, cocoa, leather, licorice and black pepper. Rich and full-bodied on the palate, with long lingering taste and ripe, balanced tannins


Born in the Abruzzo, Niro represents the ancient winemaking traditions of a region where vines date back to the Roman Empire. Nestled between the Adriatic Sea to the east and the Apennines Mountains to the west, the areas of Vasto and Crecchio offer the perfect climate for highlighting all the exceptional characteristics of the Montepulciano d’Abruzzo grape. In the making of Niro, only the best fruit in small lots is selected and vinified following traditional techniques sometimes overlooked by modern technology. Niro undergoes a long maceration on the skins to extract all the richness of the Montepulciano grape. The resulting wine is intense and deep in color, lending the wine its name - NIRO - which in many Italian dialects means BLACK.


Planeta Santa Ceceilia Nero D'Avola 2007 $39.99
Aromas of red fruit such as plums and berries mingle with notes of carob, pepper and fig preserve. Elegant with compact tannins. It fills the mouth with its balanced texture and distinctive and pleasurable tang.


Over the last few years the Planetas have become enchanted by another great district, Noto. They have purchased 60 hectares in the Contrada Buonivini, such a delightfully pure place that they wished to preserve it by building an ‘invisible winery’ which is completely underground. They make their flagship wine in Noto, where the soil content is of incredible lime, tufa and chalk. The Nero d’Avola variety has its origins in this land.




Posted 10/10/2013 5:10:31 AM

Friday, October 11 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--


Patricia Ferreira-Davis of Palm Bay Imports will be pouring wines of Italy:


Ferrari Rose NV $14.99 (375ml)
Grape Varieties: 60% Pinot Noir; 40% Chardonnay A wine of pronounced finesse, with a distinct bouquet with the fresh fragrance of hawthorne flowers, red currants and wild strawberries. On the palate it is dry, clean and elegant, with a delicate finish of sweet almonds.


Ferrari was born over a century ago in 1902 through the efforts of Giulio Ferrari. After his studies in France, Ferrari returned to Trentino, Italy and planted Chardonnay, which no one had done before. Ferrari was convinced that through the combination of Trentino terroir, the innovative use of Chardonnay and the use of the traditional “metodo classico”, he could make world-class sparkling wines. By 1906, the awards started to roll in and Ferrari was well on its way to producing what would shortly become the most famous sparkling wine in all of Italy.


Mandrarossa Terretoriali Santanella 2010 $17.99
Grape Varieties: 70% Fiano, 10% Chenin Blanc, 10% Viognier Delicate aromas of banana and smoky flint. The taste is complex and balanced with enticing notes of pineapple, tropical fruit and a finish of vanilla.


Located in the historic town of Menfi, in the southwest corner of this idyllic Mediterranean island, MandraRossa was guided into modern times by the “father” of contemporary Sicilian wine, Diego Planeta. Diego led the company for 38 years from 1973 to 2011. MandraRossa’s extensive investment in advanced winemaking technology combined with the expertise of a distinguished team of five full-time winemakers has resulted in an outstanding line of wines that capture the flavors, essence, and mystique of Sicily.


Planeta Cerasuolo Di Vittoria 2010 $21.99
Grape Varieties: 60% Nero d’Avola, 40% Frappato Typical of wines produced in the Vittoria area. Fruity, reminiscent of red berries, strawberries, cherries, figs, ginger and fruit drops. Very distinctive, this is the wine that best highlights the characteristics of red sandy soil of the vineyard. The wine is supple, vibrant and wonderfully fresh, with a long finish.


Planeta is a Journey through Sicily. And that journey begins at Sambuca di Sicilia, on the estate which the Planeta family has owned since the 1600s. Here on Italy’s most enchanting island, three enthusiastic young Sicilians, Alessio, Francesca and Santi Planeta, began their winemaking venture in the mid-1980s. Subsequent years were spent matching the extraordinarily diverse Sicilian soils with both indigenous and international varieties. Years of careful research paid off when the Planeta wines were met with immediate critical acclaim upon introduction in the U.S. in the late 1990s. The trio subsequently traveled to Vittoria in southeastern Sicily in search of one of the most unmistakable wines, Cerasuolo di Vittoria D.O.C.G, currently the only D.O.C.G in Sicily. Here, they established the Planeta farmhouse at Dorilli, near land which belonged to the Planetas’ paternal grandmother. This delightful wine is named for its remarkable color as cerasuolo means "cherry red" in Italian. Made from two local grapes, the Frappato imparts ripe berry flavors and freshness, while the Nero d'Avola lends a supple tannic structure, richness and intensity.


Bottega Vinaia Pinot Noir 2009 $17.99
Wide aromatic spectrum exalts cherry, sour cherry, plum and tones of spices and tobacco. The taste is velvety, harmonious and well balanced with excellent structure. With age it evolves in roundness, fullness and complexity


Starting in the early 1990s, Anselmo Martini sought to explore the optimum potential of a handful of extraordinary vineyards in northern Italy’s Trentino region that, year after year, consistently produce the highest quality grapes. This select group of family-farmed vineyards is the source of Bottega Vinaia, an exceptional line of artisan wines that reflects the authentic qualities of the Trentino terroir. Thanks to Anselmo Martini’s passion and tireless drive, Bottega Vinaia has swiftly joined the ranks of Italy’s top-notch premium wine producers. Located in the mountainous northeast of Italy. Grapes are grown in the dry and calcareous soils of the Valle dei Laghi (Valley of Lakes), near the village of Toblino.


Bertani Valpolicella Secco Ripasso 2009 $16.99
Delicate, characteristic of mature wine, with scents of spices and nuts on the nose. Dry, well balanced with a pleasing hint of bitterness in its lingering finish.


Located near Verona in the province of Veneto in northeast Italy, Casa Vinicola Bertani is one of the region’s most important and influential wine producers. Bertani produces a full spectrum of the classic wines of the Veneto and has enjoyed a reputation for quality from the start, in 1857. This traditional Ripasso is from prime estate vineyards in the heart of Verona’s Valpolicella Valpantena wine district. The wine undergoes an 11-day maceration in vats at a controlled temperature and with programmed remontage. In March it is re-fermented over Recioto Amarone skins, following the traditional Veronese technique called “Ripasso.” Aging: 75% of the wine ages in large Slavonian oak casks, 25% in French oak barriques, for approximately 18 months; it is refined in bottle for a minimum of 90 days.


Niro Montepulciano 2008 $15.99
Bouquet of red fruit, mulberry and sour cherry preserve aromas with notes of vanilla, cocoa, leather, licorice and black pepper. Rich and full-bodied on the palate, with long lingering taste and ripe, balanced tannins


Born in the Abruzzo, Niro represents the ancient winemaking traditions of a region where vines date back to the Roman Empire. Nestled between the Adriatic Sea to the east and the Apennines Mountains to the west, the areas of Vasto and Crecchio offer the perfect climate for highlighting all the exceptional characteristics of the Montepulciano d’Abruzzo grape. In the making of Niro, only the best fruit in small lots is selected and vinified following traditional techniques sometimes overlooked by modern technology. Niro undergoes a long maceration on the skins to extract all the richness of the Montepulciano grape. The resulting wine is intense and deep in color, lending the wine its name - NIRO - which in many Italian dialects means BLACK.


Planeta Santa Ceceilia Nero D'Avola 2007 $39.99
Aromas of red fruit such as plums and berries mingle with notes of carob, pepper and fig preserve. Elegant with compact tannins. It fills the mouth with its balanced texture and distinctive and pleasurable tang.


Over the last few years the Planetas have become enchanted by another great district, Noto. They have purchased 60 hectares in the Contrada Buonivini, such a delightfully pure place that they wished to preserve it by building an ‘invisible winery’ which is completely underground. They make their flagship wine in Noto, where the soil content is of incredible lime, tufa and chalk. The Nero d’Avola variety has its origins in this land.




Posted 10/10/2013 4:55:29 AM

Friday, October 11 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--


Patricia Ferreira-Davis of Palm Bay Imports will be pouring wines of Italy:


Ferrari Rose NV $14.99 (375ml)
Grape Varieties: 60% Pinot Noir; 40% Chardonnay A wine of pronounced finesse, with a distinct bouquet with the fresh fragrance of hawthorne flowers, red currants and wild strawberries. On the palate it is dry, clean and elegant, with a delicate finish of sweet almonds.


Ferrari was born over a century ago in 1902 through the efforts of Giulio Ferrari. After his studies in France, Ferrari returned to Trentino, Italy and planted Chardonnay, which no one had done before. Ferrari was convinced that through the combination of Trentino terroir, the innovative use of Chardonnay and the use of the traditional “metodo classico”, he could make world-class sparkling wines. By 1906, the awards started to roll in and Ferrari was well on its way to producing what would shortly become the most famous sparkling wine in all of Italy.


Mandrarossa Terretoriali Santanella 2010 $17.99
Grape Varieties: 70% Fiano, 10% Chenin Blanc, 10% Viognier Delicate aromas of banana and smoky flint. The taste is complex and balanced with enticing notes of pineapple, tropical fruit and a finish of vanilla.


Located in the historic town of Menfi, in the southwest corner of this idyllic Mediterranean island, MandraRossa was guided into modern times by the “father” of contemporary Sicilian wine, Diego Planeta. Diego led the company for 38 years from 1973 to 2011. MandraRossa’s extensive investment in advanced winemaking technology combined with the expertise of a distinguished team of five full-time winemakers has resulted in an outstanding line of wines that capture the flavors, essence, and mystique of Sicily.


Planeta Cerasuolo Di Vittoria 2010 $21.99
Grape Varieties: 60% Nero d’Avola, 40% Frappato Typical of wines produced in the Vittoria area. Fruity, reminiscent of red berries, strawberries, cherries, figs, ginger and fruit drops. Very distinctive, this is the wine that best highlights the characteristics of red sandy soil of the vineyard. The wine is supple, vibrant and wonderfully fresh, with a long finish.


Planeta is a Journey through Sicily. And that journey begins at Sambuca di Sicilia, on the estate which the Planeta family has owned since the 1600s. Here on Italy’s most enchanting island, three enthusiastic young Sicilians, Alessio, Francesca and Santi Planeta, began their winemaking venture in the mid-1980s. Subsequent years were spent matching the extraordinarily diverse Sicilian soils with both indigenous and international varieties. Years of careful research paid off when the Planeta wines were met with immediate critical acclaim upon introduction in the U.S. in the late 1990s. The trio subsequently traveled to Vittoria in southeastern Sicily in search of one of the most unmistakable wines, Cerasuolo di Vittoria D.O.C.G, currently the only D.O.C.G in Sicily. Here, they established the Planeta farmhouse at Dorilli, near land which belonged to the Planetas’ paternal grandmother. This delightful wine is named for its remarkable color as cerasuolo means "cherry red" in Italian. Made from two local grapes, the Frappato imparts ripe berry flavors and freshness, while the Nero d'Avola lends a supple tannic structure, richness and intensity.


Bottega Vinaia Pinot Noir Bottega Vinaia Pinot Noir 2009 $17.99
Wide aromatic spectrum exalts cherry, sour cherry, plum and tones of spices and tobacco. The taste is velvety, harmonious and well balanced with excellent structure. With age it evolves in roundness, fullness and complexity


Starting in the early 1990s, Anselmo Martini sought to explore the optimum potential of a handful of extraordinary vineyards in northern Italy’s Trentino region that, year after year, consistently produce the highest quality grapes. This select group of family-farmed vineyards is the source of Bottega Vinaia, an exceptional line of artisan wines that reflects the authentic qualities of the Trentino terroir. Thanks to Anselmo Martini’s passion and tireless drive, Bottega Vinaia has swiftly joined the ranks of Italy’s top-notch premium wine producers. Located in the mountainous northeast of Italy. Grapes are grown in the dry and calcareous soils of the Valle dei Laghi (Valley of Lakes), near the village of Toblino.


Bertani Valpolicella Secco Ripasso 2009 $16.99
Delicate, characteristic of mature wine, with scents of spices and nuts on the nose. Dry, well balanced with a pleasing hint of bitterness in its lingering finish.


Located near Verona in the province of Veneto in northeast Italy, Casa Vinicola Bertani is one of the region’s most important and influential wine producers. Bertani produces a full spectrum of the classic wines of the Veneto and has enjoyed a reputation for quality from the start, in 1857. This traditional Ripasso is from prime estate vineyards in the heart of Verona’s Valpolicella Valpantena wine district. The wine undergoes an 11-day maceration in vats at a controlled temperature and with programmed remontage. In March it is re-fermented over Recioto Amarone skins, following the traditional Veronese technique called “Ripasso.” Aging: 75% of the wine ages in large Slavonian oak casks, 25% in French oak barriques, for approximately 18 months; it is refined in bottle for a minimum of 90 days.


Niro Montepulciano 2008 $15.99
Bouquet of red fruit, mulberry and sour cherry preserve aromas with notes of vanilla, cocoa, leather, licorice and black pepper. Rich and full-bodied on the palate, with long lingering taste and ripe, balanced tannins


Born in the Abruzzo, Niro represents the ancient winemaking traditions of a region where vines date back to the Roman Empire. Nestled between the Adriatic Sea to the east and the Apennines Mountains to the west, the areas of Vasto and Crecchio offer the perfect climate for highlighting all the exceptional characteristics of the Montepulciano d’Abruzzo grape. In the making of Niro, only the best fruit in small lots is selected and vinified following traditional techniques sometimes overlooked by modern technology. Niro undergoes a long maceration on the skins to extract all the richness of the Montepulciano grape. The resulting wine is intense and deep in color, lending the wine its name - NIRO - which in many Italian dialects means BLACK.


Planeta Santa Ceceilia Nero D'Avola 2007 $39.99
Aromas of red fruit such as plums and berries mingle with notes of carob, pepper and fig preserve. Elegant with compact tannins. It fills the mouth with its balanced texture and distinctive and pleasurable tang.


Over the last few years the Planetas have become enchanted by another great district, Noto. They have purchased 60 hectares in the Contrada Buonivini, such a delightfully pure place that they wished to preserve it by building an ‘invisible winery’ which is completely underground. They make their flagship wine in Noto, where the soil content is of incredible lime, tufa and chalk. The Nero d’Avola variety has its origins in this land.




Posted 10/10/2013 4:52:52 AM

Friday, October 11 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--


Patricia Ferreira-Davis of Palm Bay Imports will be pouring wines of Italy:


Ferrari Rose 375ml. $14.99
Grape Varieties: 60% Pinot Noir; 40% Chardonnay A wine of pronounced finesse, with a distinct bouquet with the fresh fragrance of hawthorne flowers, red currants and wild strawberries. On the palate it is dry, clean and elegant, with a delicate finish of sweet almonds.


Ferrari was born over a century ago in 1902 through the efforts of Giulio Ferrari. After his studies in France, Ferrari returned to Trentino, Italy and planted Chardonnay, which no one had done before. Ferrari was convinced that through the combination of Trentino terroir, the innovative use of Chardonnay and the use of the traditional “metodo classico”, he could make world-class sparkling wines. By 1906, the awards started to roll in and Ferrari was well on its way to producing what would shortly become the most famous sparkling wine in all of Italy.


Mandrarossa Terretoriali Santanella $17.99
Grape Varieties: 70% Fiano, 10% Chenin Blanc, 10% Viognier Delicate aromas of banana and smoky flint. The taste is complex and balanced with enticing notes of pineapple, tropical fruit and a finish of vanilla.


Located in the historic town of Menfi, in the southwest corner of this idyllic Mediterranean island, MandraRossa was guided into modern times by the “father” of contemporary Sicilian wine, Diego Planeta. Diego led the company for 38 years from 1973 to 2011. MandraRossa’s extensive investment in advanced winemaking technology combined with the expertise of a distinguished team of five full-time winemakers has resulted in an outstanding line of wines that capture the flavors, essence, and mystique of Sicily.


Planeta Cerasuolo Di Vittoria $21.99
Grape Varieties: 60% Nero d’Avola, 40% Frappato Typical of wines produced in the Vittoria area. Fruity, reminiscent of red berries, strawberries, cherries, figs, ginger and fruit drops. Very distinctive, this is the wine that best highlights the characteristics of red sandy soil of the vineyard. The wine is supple, vibrant and wonderfully fresh, with a long finish.


Planeta is a Journey through Sicily. And that journey begins at Sambuca di Sicilia, on the estate which the Planeta family has owned since the 1600s. Here on Italy’s most enchanting island, three enthusiastic young Sicilians, Alessio, Francesca and Santi Planeta, began their winemaking venture in the mid-1980s. Subsequent years were spent matching the extraordinarily diverse Sicilian soils with both indigenous and international varieties. Years of careful research paid off when the Planeta wines were met with immediate critical acclaim upon introduction in the U.S. in the late 1990s. The trio subsequently traveled to Vittoria in southeastern Sicily in search of one of the most unmistakable wines, Cerasuolo di Vittoria D.O.C.G, currently the only D.O.C.G in Sicily. Here, they established the Planeta farmhouse at Dorilli, near land which belonged to the Planetas’ paternal grandmother. This delightful wine is named for its remarkable color as cerasuolo means "cherry red" in Italian. Made from two local grapes, the Frappato imparts ripe berry flavors and freshness, while the Nero d'Avola lends a supple tannic structure, richness and intensity.


Bottega Vinaia Pinot Noir Bottega Vinaia Pinot Noir $17.99
Wide aromatic spectrum exalts cherry, sour cherry, plum and tones of spices and tobacco. The taste is velvety, harmonious and well balanced with excellent structure. With age it evolves in roundness, fullness and complexity


Starting in the early 1990s, Anselmo Martini sought to explore the optimum potential of a handful of extraordinary vineyards in northern Italy’s Trentino region that, year after year, consistently produce the highest quality grapes. This select group of family-farmed vineyards is the source of Bottega Vinaia, an exceptional line of artisan wines that reflects the authentic qualities of the Trentino terroir. Thanks to Anselmo Martini’s passion and tireless drive, Bottega Vinaia has swiftly joined the ranks of Italy’s top-notch premium wine producers. Located in the mountainous northeast of Italy. Grapes are grown in the dry and calcareous soils of the Valle dei Laghi (Valley of Lakes), near the village of Toblino.


Bertani Valpolicella Secco Ripasso $16.99
Delicate, characteristic of mature wine, with scents of spices and nuts on the nose. Dry, well balanced with a pleasing hint of bitterness in its lingering finish.


Located near Verona in the province of Veneto in northeast Italy, Casa Vinicola Bertani is one of the region’s most important and influential wine producers. Bertani produces a full spectrum of the classic wines of the Veneto and has enjoyed a reputation for quality from the start, in 1857. This traditional Ripasso is from prime estate vineyards in the heart of Verona’s Valpolicella Valpantena wine district. The wine undergoes an 11-day maceration in vats at a controlled temperature and with programmed remontage. In March it is re-fermented over Recioto Amarone skins, following the traditional Veronese technique called “Ripasso.” Aging: 75% of the wine ages in large Slavonian oak casks, 25% in French oak barriques, for approximately 18 months; it is refined in bottle for a minimum of 90 days.


Niro Montepulciano $15.99
Bouquet of red fruit, mulberry and sour cherry preserve aromas with notes of vanilla, cocoa, leather, licorice and black pepper. Rich and full-bodied on the palate, with long lingering taste and ripe, balanced tannins


Born in the Abruzzo, Niro represents the ancient winemaking traditions of a region where vines date back to the Roman Empire. Nestled between the Adriatic Sea to the east and the Apennines Mountains to the west, the areas of Vasto and Crecchio offer the perfect climate for highlighting all the exceptional characteristics of the Montepulciano d’Abruzzo grape. In the making of Niro, only the best fruit in small lots is selected and vinified following traditional techniques sometimes overlooked by modern technology. Niro undergoes a long maceration on the skins to extract all the richness of the Montepulciano grape. The resulting wine is intense and deep in color, lending the wine its name - NIRO - which in many Italian dialects means BLACK.


Planeta Santa Ceceilia Nero D'Avola $39.99
Aromas of red fruit such as plums and berries mingle with notes of carob, pepper and fig preserve. Elegant with compact tannins. It fills the mouth with its balanced texture and distinctive and pleasurable tang.


Over the last few years the Planetas have become enchanted by another great district, Noto. They have purchased 60 hectares in the Contrada Buonivini, such a delightfully pure place that they wished to preserve it by building an ‘invisible winery’ which is completely underground. They make their flagship wine in Noto, where the soil content is of incredible lime, tufa and chalk. The Nero d’Avola variety has its origins in this land.




Posted 10/2/2013 7:16:13 PM

Friday, October 4 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--


Mark Retz of Independent Wine Co. will be pouring selections from Washington and Argentina:


Mil Piedras wines are made with estate-grown fruit from our single vineyard located in one of the most prestigious wine regions of Argentina, Valle de Uco. Benvenuto de la Serna, maker of Mil Piedras, is a small family winery owned by Silvio Benvenuto (Italian immigrant) whose mission statement is to “make 100% estate and 100% handcrafted wines. Winemaker - Angel Mendoza. Formerly with Michel Rolland at Trapiche for 20 years.


Mil Piedras 2012 Viognier $9.99
Stainless steel fermentations and no oak. Pale green in color, with shades of yellow. Aromatic honeysuckle and peach on the nose. Fresh and crisp palate, with tastes of tart green apple.


Mil Piedras 2009 Sangiovese: 100% Sangiovese $9.99
5 months French and American oak. Medium bodied, fruity, lightly oaked and well balanced wine with a long finish. Tastes of plum, baked cherry, toast, and spicy oak.


Mil Piedras 2011 Malbec $9.99
5 months French and American oak. Supple in texture, full bodied and very fruity in style with blackberry, plum, toast, and cassis aromas/flavors.


Idilico: Javier Alfonso was born and raised in the vineyards of Spain's Ribera del Duero. Javier has imported select Spanish clones and planted them in the Yakima Valley.


Idilico 2010 Garnacha $19.99
Aromas of tart cherry, strawberry jam with hints of moist rock and some citrus notes. Full bodied with luscious mouthfeel and a lingering finish. Fermented in small lots. 12 months French oak. Unfined and unfiltered. 240 cases produced.


Idilico 2010 Tempranillo $19.99
Dark fruits, herbs and soy followed by a long and smooth finish. Aged in French oak for 12 months, bottled unfined and unfiltered. 120 cases produced.


Bowlus Hills 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon $23.99
Loaded with black currant, dark cherry fruit, firm tannins, tobacco, cedar and exotic spice. Second label for Zerba Cellars. 100% Cab. 100% Estate/Walla Walla grapes.


Zerba 2009 Wild Z. $19.99
40% Merlot, 30% Syrah, 28% Cab, 2% Petit Verdot. 100% Walla Walla/Estate fruit. Complex currant, blackberry, earth and exotic spice, firm tannins and balanced oak.




Posted 9/26/2013 5:49:40 AM

Friday, September 27 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--


Doug Culver of C&G Wines will be pouring new direct imports from France, Italy, Sardinia, and Corsica:


La Jara NV Prosecco Rosé $11.99
90% Glera, 10% Raboso. This effusively fruity, light-bodied offering offers terrific floral notes, persistent effervescence, and a clean, delicate finish. There is perfect body and weight in this crystal clean, pure, sparkling white. It is an ideal aperitif.


Les Perles 2012 Picpoul de Pinet $9.99
The 2012 (100% tank-fermented Picpoul) exhibits copious quantities of tart grapefruit and green apple notes, light body, crisp, tangy acidity, and a refreshing, zesty personality. It is the kind of dry white that New World producers have yet to master.


Cantina del Bovale 2012 Vermentino di Sardegna $12.99
Cantina del Bovale's 2012 Vermentino is a pretty, round white laced with melon, pears and white flowers. It shows good body and richness.


Domaine Vico 2012 Vin de Corse Rosé $14.99
70% Nielluccio, 30% Grenache Light, bright orange. Floral, spicy aromas of raspberry and cherry pit, with a hint of licorice in the background. Smooth and expansive on the palate, offering spicy red fruit flavors and a touch of bitter herbs.


Jerome Calmes 2010 Coteaux des Languedoc "Les Capucins" $9.99
75% Syrah, 25% Grenache All aged in tank and hand harvested, the vines are located in the limestone foothills of Larzac at about 2500 feet in elevation.


Domaine Vico 2011 Vin de Corse Rouge $14.99
80% Nielluccio, 20% Syrah. Planted on schistous soil at 300 meters in the Golo Valley. Unique, rich, earthy, racy wine. The palate has a supple mouthfeel with flavors of licorice, pepper, and raspberry jam.


Cantina del Bovale 2011 Monica di Sardegna $16.99
Dark red cherries, grilled herbs, juniper berries and spices all burst from the glass. In 2011 Cantina del Bovale did a magnificent job with this entry-level red, a wine that captures the essence of one of Sardinia’s indigenous grapes, and way overdelivers for its modest price.




Posted 9/26/2013 5:49:23 AM

Friday, September 27 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--


Doug Culver of C&G Wines will be pouring new direct imports from France, Italy, Sardinia, and Corsica, :


La Jara NV Prosecco Rosé $11.99
90% Glera, 10% Raboso. This effusively fruity, light-bodied offering offers terrific floral notes, persistent effervescence, and a clean, delicate finish. There is perfect body and weight in this crystal clean, pure, sparkling white. It is an ideal aperitif.


Les Perles 2012 Picpoul de Pinet $9.99
The 2012 (100% tank-fermented Picpoul) exhibits copious quantities of tart grapefruit and green apple notes, light body, crisp, tangy acidity, and a refreshing, zesty personality. It is the kind of dry white that New World producers have yet to master.


Cantina del Bovale 2012 Vermentino di Sardegna $12.99
Cantina del Bovale's 2012 Vermentino is a pretty, round white laced with melon, pears and white flowers. It shows good body and richness.


Domaine Vico 2012 Vin de Corse Rosé $14.99
70% Nielluccio, 30% Grenache Light, bright orange. Floral, spicy aromas of raspberry and cherry pit, with a hint of licorice in the background. Smooth and expansive on the palate, offering spicy red fruit flavors and a touch of bitter herbs.


Jerome Calmes 2010 Coteaux des Languedoc "Les Capucins" $9.99
75% Syrah, 25% Grenache All aged in tank and hand harvested, the vines are located in the limestone foothills of Larzac at about 2500 feet in elevation.


Domaine Vico 2011 Vin de Corse Rouge $14.99
80% Nielluccio, 20% Syrah. Planted on schistous soil at 300 meters in the Golo Valley. Unique, rich, earthy, racy wine. The palate has a supple mouthfeel with flavors of licorice, pepper, and raspberry jam.


Cantina del Bovale 2011 Monica di Sardegna $16.99
Dark red cherries, grilled herbs, juniper berries and spices all burst from the glass. In 2011 Cantina del Bovale did a magnificent job with this entry-level red, a wine that captures the essence of one of Sardinia’s indigenous grapes, and way overdelivers for its modest price.




Posted 9/26/2013 5:49:14 AM

Friday, September 27 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--


Doug Culver of C&G Wines will be pouring new direct imports from France, Italy, Sardinia, and Corsica, :


La Jara NV Prosecco Rosé $11.99
90% Glera, 10% Raboso. This effusively fruity, light-bodied offering offers terrific floral notes, persistent effervescence, and a clean, delicate finish. There is perfect body and weight in this crystal clean, pure, sparkling white. It is an ideal aperitif.


Les Perles 2012 Picpoul de Pinet $9.99
The 2012 (100% tank-fermented Picpoul) exhibits copious quantities of tart grapefruit and green apple notes, light body, crisp, tangy acidity, and a refreshing, zesty personality. It is the kind of dry white that New World producers have yet to master.


Cantina del Bovale 2012 Vermentino di Sardegna $12.99
Cantina del Bovale's 2012 Vermentino is a pretty, round white laced with melon, pears and white flowers. It shows good body and richness.


Domaine Vico 2012 Vin de Corse Rosé $14.99
70% Nielluccio, 30% Grenache Light, bright orange. Floral, spicy aromas of raspberry and cherry pit, with a hint of licorice in the background. Smooth and expansive on the palate, offering spicy red fruit flavors and a touch of bitter herbs.


Jerome Calmes 2010 Coteaux des Languedoc "Les Capucins" $9.99
75% Syrah, 25% Grenache All aged in tank and hand harvested, the vines are located in the limestone foothills of Larzac at about 2500 feet in elevation.


Domaine Vico 2011 Vin de Corse Rouge $14.99
80% Nielluccio, 20% Syrah. Planted on schistous soil at 300 meters in the Golo Valley. Unique, rich, earthy, racy wine. The palate has a supple mouthfeel with flavors of licorice, pepper, and raspberry jam.


Cantina del Bovale 2011 Monica di Sardegna $16.99
Dark red cherries, grilled herbs, juniper berries and spices all burst from the glass. In 2011 Cantina del Bovale did a magnificent job with this entry-level red, a wine that captures the essence of one of Sardinia’s indigenous grapes, and way overdelivers for its modest price.




Posted 9/26/2013 5:48:52 AM

Friday, September 27 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--


Doug Culver of C&G Wines will be pouring new direct imports from France, Italy, Sardinia, and Corsica, :


La Jara NV Prosecco Rosé $11.99
90% Glera, 10% Raboso. This effusively fruity, light-bodied offering offers terrific floral notes, persistent effervescence, and a clean, delicate finish. There is perfect body and weight in this crystal clean, pure, sparkling white. It is an ideal aperitif.


Les Perles 2012 Picpoul de Pinet $9.99
The 2012 (100% tank-fermented Picpoul) exhibits copious quantities of tart grapefruit and green apple notes, light body, crisp, tangy acidity, and a refreshing, zesty personality. It is the kind of dry white that New World producers have yet to master.


Cantina del Bovale 2012 Vermentino di Sardegna $12.99
Cantina del Bovale's 2012 Vermentino is a pretty, round white laced with melon, pears and white flowers. It shows good body and richness.


Domaine Vico 2012 Vin de Corse Rosé $14.99
70% Nielluccio, 30% Grenache Light, bright orange. Floral, spicy aromas of raspberry and cherry pit, with a hint of licorice in the background. Smooth and expansive on the palate, offering spicy red fruit flavors and a touch of bitter herbs.


Jerome Calmes 2010 Coteaux des Languedoc "Les Capucins" $9.99
75% Syrah, 25% Grenache All aged in tank and hand harvested, the vines are located in the limestone foothills of Larzac at about 2500 feet in elevation.


Domaine Vico 2011 Vin de Corse Rouge $14.99
80% Nielluccio, 20% Syrah. Planted on schistous soil at 300 meters in the Golo Valley. Unique, rich, earthy, racy wine. The palate has a supple mouthfeel with flavors of licorice, pepper, and raspberry jam.


Cantina del Bovale 2011 Monica di Sardegna $16.99
Dark red cherries, grilled herbs, juniper berries and spices all burst from the glass. In 2011 Cantina del Bovale did a magnificent job with this entry-level red, a wine that captures the essence of one of Sardinia’s indigenous grapes, and way overdelivers for its modest price.




Posted 9/26/2013 5:48:32 AM

Friday, September 27 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--


Doug Culver of C&G Wines will be pouring new direct imports from France, Italy, Sardinia, and Corsica, :


La Jara NV Prosecco Rosé $11.99
90% Glera, 10% Raboso. This effusively fruity, light-bodied offering offers terrific floral notes, persistent effervescence, and a clean, delicate finish. There is perfect body and weight in this crystal clean, pure, sparkling white. It is an ideal aperitif.


Les Perles 2012 Picpoul de Pinet $9.99
The 2012 (100% tank-fermented Picpoul) exhibits copious quantities of tart grapefruit and green apple notes, light body, crisp, tangy acidity, and a refreshing, zesty personality. It is the kind of dry white that New World producers have yet to master.


Cantina del Bovale 2012 Vermentino di Sardegna $12.99
Cantina del Bovale's 2012 Vermentino is a pretty, round white laced with melon, pears and white flowers. It shows good body and richness.


Domaine Vico 2012 Vin de Corse Rosé $14.99
70% Nielluccio, 30% Grenache Light, bright orange. Floral, spicy aromas of raspberry and cherry pit, with a hint of licorice in the background. Smooth and expansive on the palate, offering spicy red fruit flavors and a touch of bitter herbs.


Jerome Calmes 2010 Coteaux des Languedoc "Les Capucins" $9.99
75% Syrah, 25% Grenache All aged in tank and hand harvested, the vines are located in the limestone foothills of Larzac at about 2500 feet in elevation.


Domaine Vico 2011 Vin de Corse Rouge $14.99
80% Nielluccio, 20% Syrah. Planted on schistous soil at 300 meters in the Golo Valley. Unique, rich, earthy, racy wine. The palate has a supple mouthfeel with flavors of licorice, pepper, and raspberry jam.


Cantina del Bovale 2011 Monica di Sardegna $16.99
Dark red cherries, grilled herbs, juniper berries and spices all burst from the glass. In 2011 Cantina del Bovale did a magnificent job with this entry-level red, a wine that captures the essence of one of Sardinia’s indigenous grapes, and way overdelivers for its modest price.




Posted 9/19/2013 5:06:22 AM

Friday, September 20 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--


Samantha Chew of Estelle Imports will be pouring:


N/V Domaine Le Capitaine Vouvray Brut $15.99
100% Chenin Blanc from Rochecourbon in the southern part of Vouvray. Alain and Christophe Le Capitaine have been farming these vineyards since 1982. The Vouvray Brut is hand riddled in their cellar. This brut sparkler is bone dry with fine bubbles, delicate floral notes, citrus and spice on the finish.


2012 Vallevo Trebbiano $7.99
This cooperative located in the foothills of the Majella massif facing the Adriatic Sea was founded in 1958 and now employs 100 growers. Within their production the Vallevó wines represents one of the best values we have found in entry level Italian wines. This Trebbiano has fresh flavors, bright acidity and a crisp finish. An easy drinking Italian white that is aimed to please.


2012 Clavidor Rueda "Cepas Viejas" $10.99
Located in La Seca, in the center of Rueda and strewn with large flat stones left from the last ice age,Bodegas Vidal Soblechero owns 42 hectares of vines, the fruit from most of which is sold to other nearby wineries. The rest is fashioned into high quality, authentic wines, using old vines and only natural yeast. The Cepas Viejas comes from 3 plots of Verdejo and Viura, using vines over 50 years in age and only natural yeast. The wine is 50-50 Viura and Verdejo and it offers lots of texture on the palate, grapefruit notes and a lengthy finish.


2010 Elemental Cellars Pinot Gris $10.99
Steven Westby, the winemaker and partner in Witness Tree winery started Elemental cellars in the early 1990s when he was the assistant winemaker at Witness Tree. His aim was to experiment with other varietals that were not planted at Witness Tree. He began with Melon de Bourgogne and Syrah from great vineyards in the Willamette Valley. Steven could not pass up this great Pinot Gris fruit from the Croft Vineyard. It produces beautiful wine that this both fantastic young but also age-worthy.


2011 Pascal Marthouret, VDP Syrah $12.99
Pascal Marthouret is a former auto mechanic who up until his career change in 2000 had produced wine as a hobby. He now owns 6 hectares of vineyards in the upmost north of the St. Joseph AOC, on the border with Condrieu, and also in the Vin de Pay Collines-Rhodaniennes. This Syrah is fashioned like his St Joseph from old vines just outside the St. Joseph AOC. It is aged in 500 Liter Punchoens for 9 months before bottling and offers spicy black fruit, smokiness and fine tannins on the finish.


2009 San Vincenti, Chianti Classico $14.99
San Vincenti is the product of Roberto Pucci, who devoted his entire resources to renovating this beautiful estate. Perched at almost 1500 feet elevation in the hills of Gaiole, San Vincenti maintains a mere 6 hectares of Sangiovese vines planted at high density. From this material, famed enologist Carlo Ferrini fashions muscular, expressive Chianti which flaunts lavish fruit and minerality. This is old school Chianti Classico.




Posted 9/19/2013 5:04:26 AM

Friday, September 20 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--


Samantha Chew of Estelle Imports will be pouring:


N/V Domaine Le Capitaine Vouvray Brut
100% Chenin Blanc from Rochecourbon in the southern part of Vouvray. Alain and Christophe Le Capitaine have been farming these vineyards since 1982. The Vouvray Brut is hand riddled in their cellar. This brut sparkler is bone dry with fine bubbles, delicate floral notes, citrus and spice on the finish.


2012 Vallevo Trebbiano
This cooperative located in the foothills of the Majella massif facing the Adriatic Sea was founded in 1958 and now employs 100 growers. Within their production the Vallevó wines represents one of the best values we have found in entry level Italian wines. This Trebbiano has fresh flavors, bright acidity and a crisp finish. An easy drinking Italian white that is aimed to please.


2012 Clavidor Rueda "Cepas Viejas"
Located in La Seca, in the center of Rueda and strewn with large flat stones left from the last ice age,Bodegas Vidal Soblechero owns 42 hectares of vines, the fruit from most of which is sold to other nearby wineries. The rest is fashioned into high quality, authentic wines, using old vines and only natural yeast. The Cepas Viejas comes from 3 plots of Verdejo and Viura, using vines over 50 years in age and only natural yeast. The wine is 50-50 Viura and Verdejo and it offers lots of texture on the palate, grapefruit notes and a lengthy finish.


2010 Elemental Cellars Pinot Gris
Steven Westby, the winemaker and partner in Witness Tree winery started Elemental cellars in the early 1990s when he was the assistant winemaker at Witness Tree. His aim was to experiment with other varietals that were not planted at Witness Tree. He began with Melon de Bourgogne and Syrah from great vineyards in the Willamette Valley. Steven could not pass up this great Pinot Gris fruit from the Croft Vineyard. It produces beautiful wine that this both fantastic young but also age-worthy.


2011 Pascal Marthouret, VDP Syrah
Pascal Marthouret is a former auto mechanic who up until his career change in 2000 had produced wine as a hobby. He now owns 6 hectares of vineyards in the upmost north of the St. Joseph AOC, on the border with Condrieu, and also in the Vin de Pay Collines-Rhodaniennes. This Syrah is fashioned like his St Joseph from old vines just outside the St. Joseph AOC. It is aged in 500 Liter Punchoens for 9 months before bottling and offers spicy black fruit, smokiness and fine tannins on the finish.


2009 San Vincenti, Chianti Classico
San Vincenti is the product of Roberto Pucci, who devoted his entire resources to renovating this beautiful estate. Perched at almost 1500 feet elevation in the hills of Gaiole, San Vincenti maintains a mere 6 hectares of Sangiovese vines planted at high density. From this material, famed enologist Carlo Ferrini fashions muscular, expressive Chianti which flaunts lavish fruit and minerality. This is old school Chianti Classico.




Posted 9/19/2013 5:04:12 AM

Friday, September 20 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--


Samantha Chew of Estelle Imports will be pouring:


N/V Domaine Le Capitaine Vouvray Brut
100% Chenin Blanc from Rochecourbon in the southern part of Vouvray. Alain and Christophe Le Capitaine have been farming these vineyards since 1982. The Vouvray Brut is hand riddled in their cellar. This brut sparkler is bone dry with fine bubbles, delicate floral notes, citrus and spice on the finish.


2012 Vallevo Trebbiano
This cooperative located in the foothills of the Majella massif facing the Adriatic Sea was founded in 1958 and now employs 100 growers. Within their production the Vallevó wines represents one of the best values we have found in entry level Italian wines. This Trebbiano has fresh flavors, bright acidity and a crisp finish. An easy drinking Italian white that is aimed to please.


2012 Clavidor Rueda "Cepas Viejas"
Located in La Seca, in the center of Rueda and strewn with large flat stones left from the last ice age,Bodegas Vidal Soblechero owns 42 hectares of vines, the fruit from most of which is sold to other nearby wineries. The rest is fashioned into high quality, authentic wines, using old vines and only natural yeast. The Cepas Viejas comes from 3 plots of Verdejo and Viura, using vines over 50 years in age and only natural yeast. The wine is 50-50 Viura and Verdejo and it offers lots of texture on the palate, grapefruit notes and a lengthy finish.


2010 Elemental Cellars Pinot Gris
Steven Westby, the winemaker and partner in Witness Tree winery started Elemental cellars in the early 1990s when he was the assistant winemaker at Witness Tree. His aim was to experiment with other varietals that were not planted at Witness Tree. He began with Melon de Bourgogne and Syrah from great vineyards in the Willamette Valley. Steven could not pass up this great Pinot Gris fruit from the Croft Vineyard. It produces beautiful wine that this both fantastic young but also age-worthy.


2011 Pascal Marthouret, VDP Syrah
Pascal Marthouret is a former auto mechanic who up until his career change in 2000 had produced wine as a hobby. He now owns 6 hectares of vineyards in the upmost north of the St. Joseph AOC, on the border with Condrieu, and also in the Vin de Pay Collines-Rhodaniennes. This Syrah is fashioned like his St Joseph from old vines just outside the St. Joseph AOC. It is aged in 500 Liter Punchoens for 9 months before bottling and offers spicy black fruit, smokiness and fine tannins on the finish.


2009 San Vincenti, Chianti Classico
San Vincenti is the product of Roberto Pucci, who devoted his entire resources to renovating this beautiful estate. Perched at almost 1500 feet elevation in the hills of Gaiole, San Vincenti maintains a mere 6 hectares of Sangiovese vines planted at high density. From this material, famed enologist Carlo Ferrini fashions muscular, expressive Chianti which flaunts lavish fruit and minerality. This is old school Chianti Classico.




Posted 9/11/2013 7:47:18 AM

Friday, September 13 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--


Ewald Moseler of Moseler Selections will be pouring wines of Germany


Selbach Riesling dry Blauschiefer (blue slate) 2012 $18.99
Just arrived! A dry 2012 well balanced Riesling, estate bottled at one of the top estates “Selbach-Oster” in the Mosel Valley.


ZÜM – Riesling 2011 $9.99
ZÜM is a mouth-watering and food-friendly Riesling from Germany’s famed Mosel river valley. ZÜM is made from grapes grown in steep slate hillside vineyard plots surrounding the ancient town of Bernkastel, at the top of which sits the famous Landshut castle signified on the label. ZÜM represents the best of old world wine making tradition. EXTREME VALUES Wine & Spirits Critics Pick 12/2012.


A Diehl Grauer Burgunder 2012 $15.99
Pinot Gris called Grauer Burgunder in Germany, from the Alexander Diehl estate located in the Pfalz wine region just north of Alsace.


Johann Schild Riesling Kabinett Ürziger Würgarten 2011 $16.99
“This contrasts a rock candy sweetness with green spice, honeydew flavor joining them in the middle. Tame the sweetness with the heat of salt-and-pepper squid.” Winemaker Johann Schild believes in small quantity/high quality winemaking, which is why he strictly hand selects his grapes from the renowned Ürziger Würzgarten vineyard. His wines are uniquely aromatic, created from vines averaging 50-70 years old. The “Ürziger Würzgarten” vineyard is internationally recognized as a specialty even among the vineyards of the Mosel valley. The red slate of this southerly sloping vineyard is rich in iron giving the wines the unique Würzgarten spiciness. BEST BUY Wine&Spirits 12/2012


Rudi Veit Riesling Spätlese Piesporter Goldtröpchen 2007 $16.99
A late harvest Riesling from the famoust Goldtröpfchen vineyard in the town of Piesport in the Mosel valley. The Veit family cultivates about 12 acres of this steep Mosel slopes. Rudi Veit has been the winemaker for over 30 years. Riesling is his favorite and grown in the majority of his vineyards. By gently cutting the vines during the winter months and cultivating the slate soils in the spring, he provides ideal growing conditions for his vines. Intense care of the foliage during the vegetation period is critical for healthy and ripe grapes, Rudi says. The heat storing slate soil makes for wines rich in mineral nutrients. Upon grape harvest, winemaker Rudi focuses on gentle processing of the grapes, intense pre-clarifying of the grape must (juice of freshly pressed grapes, pre-fermentation), and chill fermentation to obtain very fruity Riesling wines, ranging from dry to semi-dry to sweet. Storage of the young wines in both classic Mosel Fuder barrels and stainless steel tanks while maintaining the fine yeasts prior to bottling give the wines their finishing touch.


A Diehl Dornfelder 2012 $15.99
The very successful grape variety Dornfelder received varietal protection in Germany and was released for cultivation in 1979. Today 9% of the German total wine production! It was named in honor of Immanuel August Ludwig Dornfeld (1796-1869), a senior civil servant who was instrumental in creating the viticulture school in Weinsberg. Is a dark-skinned variety of grape of German origin used for red wine. It was created by August Herold (1902-1973) at the grape breeding institute in Weinsberg in the Württemberg region in 1955. Herold crossed the grape varieties Helfensteiner and Heroldrebe , the latter which bears his name, to create Dornfelder. Helfensteiner: (Frühburgunder x Trollinger) and Heroldrebe (Blauer Portugieser x Lemberger) were both crosses created some decades earlier by Herold.




Posted 9/4/2013 7:05:44 AM

Friday, September 6 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--


Margo Durdel of Oregon Brand Management and winemaker Jonathan Oberlander of J. Scott Cellars will be pouring selections from J. Scott Cellars, Eugene, OR:


Rendezvous Rose 2011 $13.99
Made 100% Pinot Noir. 2011 was Oregon's coolest growing year in 50 years. The rose has aromas of fresh strawberries. It has no oak and is very soft in the mouth. It is the perfect summer sipper and would also be lovely with a Thanksgiving turkey. I like it ice cold on a warm, lazy afternoon. It is a very versatile wine...had it with sushi last night!


Pinot Blanc 2012 $14.99
This wine is produced from grapes grown by the renowned viticulturist Dr. Mark Kiewer. The wine displays beautiful pineapple and mineral aromas that persist through the long full finish. This wine is a perfect accompaniment to Salmon, Crab and Oysters. Gold Medal winner, Astoria Seafood and Wine Festival.


Roussanne 2011 $16.99
This elegant and exotic white has pretty aromatics and yet is rich in the mouth. It has seen no oak and no M/L. If you like chardonnay, try this wine. Columbia Valley.


Sauvignon Blanc 2012 $16.99
75% Sauvignon Blanc, 25% Semillon. The Sauvignon Blanc is ripe and lush. It is loaded with tropical fruit aromatics. It doesn't have any of the typical green bean or "cat piss" aromatics typically associated with sauvignon. It is fruit forward and fully ripe. The Semillon component "stuck"( leaving a little residual sugar) in the blend. it really helps balance the acidity. While the wine was inspired by NZ SB it bears no resemblance. It is a "snap shot" of the perfect 2012 growing season in the Pacific Northwest.


Pinot Noir 'Susan's Vineyard' 2011 $19.99
This fruit forward wine exhibits bright red fruit flavors of red cherry, raspberry and strawberry. With just a hint of oak, it offers many layers of flavor that transition into an elegant lingering finish. This wine pairs wonderfully with Roasted Fowl, Pork Tenderloin and Wild Mushroom Pasta.


Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 $25.99
Oregon is not known for Cab. In fact, as a California winemaker I used to joke about making cab in Oregon. Well, it is not a joke! This wine is NOT green, it is NOT herbaceous and it is NOT hard. It IS big and fat and juicy! I kid you not.


Petit Sirah 2010 $22.99
This wine is anything BUT petite. It is black as midnight. It offers jammy fruit on the nose and a big chewy texture. This wine is yummy now but has the structure to age for many many years.....if you have the patience to wait. If not, we'll make more :)


And a mystery wine at Dave's desk...





Posted 9/4/2013 7:05:03 AM

Friday, September 6 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--


Margo Durdel of Oregon Brand Management and winemaker Jonathan Oberlander of J. Scott Cellars will be pouring:


Rendezvous Rose 2011 $13.99
Made 100% Pinot Noir. 2011 was Oregon's coolest growing year in 50 years. The rose has aromas of fresh strawberries. It has no oak and is very soft in the mouth. It is the perfect summer sipper and would also be lovely with a Thanksgiving turkey. I like it ice cold on a warm, lazy afternoon. It is a very versatile wine...had it with sushi last night!


Pinot Blanc 2012 $14.99
This wine is produced from grapes grown by the renowned viticulturist Dr. Mark Kiewer. The wine displays beautiful pineapple and mineral aromas that persist through the long full finish. This wine is a perfect accompaniment to Salmon, Crab and Oysters. Gold Medal winner, Astoria Seafood and Wine Festival.


Roussanne 2011 $16.99
This elegant and exotic white has pretty aromatics and yet is rich in the mouth. It has seen no oak and no M/L. If you like chardonnay, try this wine. Columbia Valley.


Sauvignon Blanc 2012 $16.99
75% Sauvignon Blanc, 25% Semillon. The Sauvignon Blanc is ripe and lush. It is loaded with tropical fruit aromatics. It doesn't have any of the typical green bean or "cat piss" aromatics typically associated with sauvignon. It is fruit forward and fully ripe. The Semillon component "stuck"( leaving a little residual sugar) in the blend. it really helps balance the acidity. While the wine was inspired by NZ SB it bears no resemblance. It is a "snap shot" of the perfect 2012 growing season in the Pacific Northwest.


Pinot Noir 'Susan's Vineyard' 2011 $19.99
This fruit forward wine exhibits bright red fruit flavors of red cherry, raspberry and strawberry. With just a hint of oak, it offers many layers of flavor that transition into an elegant lingering finish. This wine pairs wonderfully with Roasted Fowl, Pork Tenderloin and Wild Mushroom Pasta.


Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 $25.99
Oregon is not known for Cab. In fact, as a California winemaker I used to joke about making cab in Oregon. Well, it is not a joke! This wine is NOT green, it is NOT herbaceous and it is NOT hard. It IS big and fat and juicy! I kid you not.


Petit Sirah 2010 $22.99
This wine is anything BUT petite. It is black as midnight. It offers jammy fruit on the nose and a big chewy texture. This wine is yummy now but has the structure to age for many many years.....if you have the patience to wait. If not, we'll make more :)


And a mystery wine at Dave's desk...





Posted 9/4/2013 7:03:03 AM

Friday, September 6 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--


Margo Durdel of Oregon Brand Management and winemaker Jonathan Oberlander of J. Scott Cellars will be pouring:


Rendezvous Rose 2011 $13.99
Made 100% Pinot Noir. 2011 was Oregon's coolest growing year in 50 years. The rose has aromas of fresh strawberries. It has no oak and is very soft in the mouth. It is the perfect summer sipper and would also be lovely with a Thanksgiving turkey. I like it ice cold on a warm, lazy afternoon. It is a very versatile wine...had it with sushi last night!


Pinot Blanc 2012 $14.99
This wine is produced from grapes grown by the renowned viticulturist Dr. Mark Kiewer. The wine displays beautiful pineapple and mineral aromas that persist through the long full finish. This wine is a perfect accompaniment to Salmon, Crab and Oysters. Gold Medal winner, Astoria Seafood and Wine Festival.


Roussanne 2011 $16.99
This elegant and exotic white has pretty aromatics and yet is rich in the mouth. It has seen no oak and no M/L. If you like chardonnay, try this wine. Columbia Valley.


Sauvignon Blanc 2012 $16.99
75% Sauvignon Blanc, 25% Semillon. The Sauvignon Blanc is ripe and lush. It is loaded with tropical fruit aromatics. It doesn't have any of the typical green bean or "cat piss" aromatics typically associated with sauvignon. It is fruit forward and fully ripe. The Semillon component "stuck"( leaving a little residual sugar) in the blend. it really helps balance the acidity. While the wine was inspired by NZ SB it bears no resemblance. It is a "snap shot" of the perfect 2012 growing season in the Pacific Northwest.


Pinot Noir 'Susan's Vineyard' 2011 $19.99
This fruit forward wine exhibits bright red fruit flavors of red cherry, raspberry and strawberry. With just a hint of oak, it offers many layers of flavor that transition into an elegant lingering finish. This wine pairs wonderfully with Roasted Fowl, Pork Tenderloin and Wild Mushroom Pasta.


Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 $25.99
Oregon is not known for Cab. In fact, as a California winemaker I used to joke about making cab in Oregon. Well, it is not a joke! This wine is NOT green, it is NOT herbaceous and it is NOT hard. It IS big and fat and juicy! I kid you not.


Petit Sirah 2010 $22.99
This wine is anything BUT petite. It is black as midnight. It offers jammy fruit on the nose and a big chewy texture. This wine is yummy now but has the structure to age for many many years.....if you have the patience to wait. If not, we'll make more :)


And a mystery wine at Dave's desk...





Posted 9/4/2013 7:02:44 AM

Friday, September 6 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--


Margo Durdel of Oregon Brand Management and winemaker Jonathan Oberlander of J. Scott Cellars will be pouring:


Rendezvous Rose 2011 $13.99
Made 100% Pinot Noir. 2011 was Oregon's coolest growing year in 50 years. The rose has aromas of fresh strawberries. It has no oak and is very soft in the mouth. It is the perfect summer sipper and would also be lovely with a Thanksgiving turkey. I like it ice cold on a warm, lazy afternoon. It is a very versatile wine...had it with sushi last night!


Pinot Blanc 2012 $14.99
This wine is produced from grapes grown by the renowned viticulturist Dr. Mark Kiewer. The wine displays beautiful pineapple and mineral aromas that persist through the long full finish. This wine is a perfect accompaniment to Salmon, Crab and Oysters. Gold Medal winner, Astoria Seafood and Wine Festival.


Roussanne 2011 $16.99
This elegant and exotic white has pretty aromatics and yet is rich in the mouth. It has seen no oak and no M/L. If you like chardonnay, try this wine. Columbia Valley.


Sauvignon Blanc 2012 $16.99
75% Sauvignon Blanc, 25% Semillon. The Sauvignon Blanc is ripe and lush. It is loaded with tropical fruit aromatics. It doesn't have any of the typical green bean or "cat piss" aromatics typically associated with sauvignon. It is fruit forward and fully ripe. The Semillon component "stuck"( leaving a little residual sugar) in the blend. it really helps balance the acidity. While the wine was inspired by NZ SB it bears no resemblance. It is a "snap shot" of the perfect 2012 growing season in the Pacific Northwest.


Pinot Noir 'Susan's Vineyard' 2011 $19.99
This fruit forward wine exhibits bright red fruit flavors of red cherry, raspberry and strawberry. With just a hint of oak, it offers many layers of flavor that transition into an elegant lingering finish. This wine pairs wonderfully with Roasted Fowl, Pork Tenderloin and Wild Mushroom Pasta. Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 $25.99
Oregon is not known for Cab. In fact, as a California winemaker I used to joke about making cab in Oregon. Well, it is not a joke! This wine is NOT green, it is NOT herbaceous and it is NOT hard. It IS big and fat and juicy! I kid you not.


Petit Sirah 2010 $22.99
This wine is anything BUT petite. It is black as midnight. It offers jammy fruit on the nose and a big chewy texture. This wine is yummy now but has the structure to age for many many years.....if you have the patience to wait. If not, we'll make more :)


And a mystery wine at Dave's desk...





Posted 9/4/2013 7:01:30 AM

Friday, September 6 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--


Margo Durdel of Oregon Brand Management and winemaker Jonathan Oberlander of J. Scott Cellars will be pouring:


Rendezvous Rose 2011 $13.99
Made 100% Pinot Noir. 2011 was Oregon's coolest growing year in 50 years. The rose has aromas of fresh strawberries. It has no oak and is very soft in the mouth. It is the perfect summer sipper and would also be lovely with a Thanksgiving turkey. I like it ice cold on a warm, lazy afternoon. It is a very versatile wine...had it with sushi last night!


Pinot Blanc 2012 $14.99
This wine is produced from grapes grown by the renowned viticulturist Dr. Mark Kiewer. The wine displays beautiful pineapple and mineral aromas that persist through the long full finish. This wine is a perfect accompaniment to Salmon, Crab and Oysters. Gold Medal winner, Astoria Seafood and Wine Festival.


Roussanne 2011 $16.99
This elegant and exotic white has pretty aromatics and yet is rich in the mouth. It has seen no oak and no M/L. If you like chardonnay, try this wine. Columbia Valley.


Sauvignon Blanc 2012 $16.99
75% Sauvignon Blanc, 25% Semillon. The Sauvignon Blanc is ripe and lush. It is loaded with tropical fruit aromatics. It doesn't have any of the typical green bean or "cat piss" aromatics typically associated with sauvignon. It is fruit forward and fully ripe. The Semillon component "stuck"( leaving a little residual sugar) in the blend. it really helps balance the acidity. While the wine was inspired by NZ SB it bears no resemblance. It is a "snap shot" of the perfect 2012 growing season in the Pacific Northwest.


Pinot Noir 'Susan's Vineyard' 2011 $19.99
This fruit forward wine exhibits bright red fruit flavors of red cherry, raspberry and strawberry. With just a hint of oak, it offers many layers of flavor that transition into an elegant lingering finish. This wine pairs wonderfully with Roasted Fowl, Pork Tenderloin and Wild Mushroom Pasta. Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 $25.99
Oregon is not known for Cab. In fact, as a California winemaker I used to joke about making cab in Oregon. Well, it is not a joke! This wine is NOT green, it is NOT herbaceous and it is NOT hard. It IS big and fat and juicy! I kid you not.


Petit Sirah 2010 $22.99
This wine is anything BUT petite. It is black as midnight. It offers jammy fruit on the nose and a big chewy texture. This wine is yummy now but has the structure to age for many many years.....if you have the patience to wait. If not, we'll make more :)


And a mystery wine at Dave's desk...





Posted 8/22/2013 6:27:03 AM

Friday, August 23 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--


NOTE: NO WINE TASTING AUGUST 30


Tom Gory of Galaxy Wines will be pouring:


Inama Soave 2011 $14.99
Soave Classico is perfect summer drinking, especially this example from third-generation winemaker Stefano Inama. The grapes for his Soave Classico come from 30-year-old vines, and the wine has an uncharacteristic intensity. The bouquet is gentle, mostly wildflowers, but the 2011 has a minerality reminiscent of Chablis along with a bright thread of acidity. And that's what holds your interest, sip after sip. Drink this crisp, dry white with sushi and sashimi, crudo, seafood risotto and pasta, and grilled fish.


Domaine Labbe 'Abymes' Vin de Savoie 2012 $9.99
The 2012 Labbe Abymes is made with 100% Jacquere, an indigenous grape grown only in the Savoie. Crisp, bright and too easy to drink, this delicious white offers fruity and floral aromas with subtle leesy qualities followed by racy minerality. Oyster and Tomme de Savoie friendly and as good as some Sancerres at half the price.


Louis Latour Grand Ardeche Chardonnay 2011 $11.99
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.


A to Z Pinot Noir 2011 $17.99
The wine is pure, displaying pedigree and presence with a beautiful, clear, vibrant red color. Fresh aromas of forest berries and cherries, followed by more savory aromas of tobacco, smoke, game,clean earth and flint. In the mouth, a focused attack of concentrated red and blue fruits in complexity on the mid-palate with ripe, dense tannins perfectly supported by the weight of the fruit. The wine completely harmonizes with a long finish of complex red fruit and mineral flavors.


Tamarack Firehouse Red 2011 $16.99
A truly lovely vintage with deceptively sweet aromas of blackberries, dark chocolate and strawberry jam leading into rich and lusciously mouth-watering flavors of cherry, boysenberry, tart plum skins, sweet pipe tobacco and a whisper of leather. The firm tannins are smooth and well integrated with a finish that lingers, with a hint of anise. Blend of: 26% Merlot, 24% Syrah, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 6% Sangiovese, 5% Malbec 3% Zinfandel, 1% Petit Verdot, 1% Carmenere, 1% Grenache and 1% Counoise from 19 different vineyards.


Peachy Canyon Westside Zinfandel 2010 $18.99
Beautifully balanced between ample, berried fruit, oak, and spice. A well balanced Zinfandel that does not push the envelope with over-ripeness. Food friendly and elegant. Sustainably farmed.


Also two mystery wines at Dave's desk.


Posted 8/22/2013 4:49:35 AM

Friday, August 23 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--


Tom Gory of Galaxy Wines will be pouring:


Inama Soave 2011 $14.99
Soave Classico is perfect summer drinking, especially this example from third-generation winemaker Stefano Inama. The grapes for his Soave Classico come from 30-year-old vines, and the wine has an uncharacteristic intensity. The bouquet is gentle, mostly wildflowers, but the 2011 has a minerality reminiscent of Chablis along with a bright thread of acidity. And that's what holds your interest, sip after sip. Drink this crisp, dry white with sushi and sashimi, crudo, seafood risotto and pasta, and grilled fish.


Domaine Labbe 'Abymes' Vin de Savoie 2012 $9.99
The 2012 Labbe Abymes is made with 100% Jacquere, an indigenous grape grown only in the Savoie. Crisp, bright and too easy to drink, this delicious white offers fruity and floral aromas with subtle leesy qualities followed by racy minerality. Oyster and Tomme de Savoie friendly and as good as some Sancerres at half the price.


Louis Latour Grand Ardeche Chardonnay 2011 $11.99
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.


A to Z Pinot Noir 2011 $17.99
The wine is pure, displaying pedigree and presence with a beautiful, clear, vibrant red color. Fresh aromas of forest berries and cherries, followed by more savory aromas of tobacco, smoke, game,clean earth and flint. In the mouth, a focused attack of concentrated red and blue fruits in complexity on the mid-palate with ripe, dense tannins perfectly supported by the weight of the fruit. The wine completely harmonizes with a long finish of complex red fruit and mineral flavors.


Tamarack Firehouse Red 2011 $16.99
A truly lovely vintage with deceptively sweet aromas of blackberries, dark chocolate and strawberry jam leading into rich and lusciously mouth-watering flavors of cherry, boysenberry, tart plum skins, sweet pipe tobacco and a whisper of leather. The firm tannins are smooth and well integrated with a finish that lingers, with a hint of anise. Blend of: 26% Merlot, 24% Syrah, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 6% Sangiovese, 5% Malbec 3% Zinfandel, 1% Petit Verdot, 1% Carmenere, 1% Grenache and 1% Counoise from 19 different vineyards.


Peachy Canyon Westside Zinfandel 2010 $18.99
Beautifully balanced between ample, berried fruit, oak, and spice. A well balanced Zinfandel that does not push the envelope with over-ripeness. Food friendly and elegant. Sustainably farmed.


Also two mystery wines at Dave's desk.


Posted 8/15/2013 6:49:02 AM

Friday, August 16 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--


Kyle Chaney of Cavatappi will be pouring wines of France, Italy, Spain and California:


Villa Sparina Gavi 2011 $16.99
Made from the Cortese grape, this classic Gavi has a pale straw golden color with a floral nose and hints of peach fragrances. It has a wonderful peach and pear and lemony citrus flavors with hints of wet stone and a long finish.


Villa des Anges Old Vines Rose 2012 $8.99
A light bodied wine, intensely crisp and vividly fresh, it offers complex aromas of strawberries and red currants, with a hint of quince.


Neyers Chardonnay Carneros 2012 $31.99
The finished wine has a rich, almost creamy texture, with a lovely aroma of grilled bread and tropical fruit.


Villa des Anges 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon $9.99
A wine of great freshness, intensity and concentration. Well-structured, offering aromas of black cherries, with hints of red pepper and light, spicy cumin/coriander notes.


Ontanon Teon Roble 2010 $11.99
From the Ribera de Duero region of Spain. Made from Tempranillo. Floral aromas on the nose combine with black fruit, berries and notes of thyme on the palate that finish with a subtle hint of toast and significant minerality. Smooth, delicate and bright with freshness as well as weight.


Neyers Zinfandel Del Barba Vineyard 2011 $34.99
In a recent New York Times review, Eric Asimov referred to our Del Barba Zinfandel as a wine with ‘freshness, energy and balance’. He rated it among the top ten of the scores of wines he tasted for the article. In last month’s San Francisco Chronicle, Jon Bonné called our Del Barba Zinfandel ‘…an aromatic, food-loving Zinfandel style that balances brawn and finesse’, naming it one of the Top 100 wines of the year. Balance is especially important in Zinfandel, and here we retain the natural flavor of the grape. The wine remains refreshing yet loaded with flavor.


Also: Two mystery wines at Dave's desk


Posted 8/15/2013 6:47:40 AM

Friday, August 16 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--


Kyle Chaney of Cavatappi will be pouring wines of France, Italy, and California:


Villa Sparina Gavi 2011 $16.99
Made from the Cortese grape, this classic Gavi has a pale straw golden color with a floral nose and hints of peach fragrances. It has a wonderful peach and pear and lemony citrus flavors with hints of wet stone and a long finish.


Villa des Anges Old Vines Rose 2012 $8.99
A light bodied wine, intensely crisp and vividly fresh, it offers complex aromas of strawberries and red currants, with a hint of quince.


Neyers Chardonnay Carneros 2012 $31.99
The finished wine has a rich, almost creamy texture, with a lovely aroma of grilled bread and tropical fruit.


Villa des Anges 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon $9.99
A wine of great freshness, intensity and concentration. Well-structured, offering aromas of black cherries, with hints of red pepper and light, spicy cumin/coriander notes.


Ontanon Teon Roble 2010 $11.99
From the Ribera de Duero region of Spain. Made from Tempranillo. Floral aromas on the nose combine with black fruit, berries and notes of thyme on the palate that finish with a subtle hint of toast and significant minerality. Smooth, delicate and bright with freshness as well as weight.


Neyers Zinfandel Del Barba Vineyard 2011 $34.99
In a recent New York Times review, Eric Asimov referred to our Del Barba Zinfandel as a wine with ‘freshness, energy and balance’. He rated it among the top ten of the scores of wines he tasted for the article. In last month’s San Francisco Chronicle, Jon Bonné called our Del Barba Zinfandel ‘…an aromatic, food-loving Zinfandel style that balances brawn and finesse’, naming it one of the Top 100 wines of the year. Balance is especially important in Zinfandel, and here we retain the natural flavor of the grape. The wine remains refreshing yet loaded with flavor.


Also: Two mystery wines at Dave's desk


Posted 8/15/2013 6:47:06 AM

Friday, August 16 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--


Kyle Chaney of Cavatappi will be pouring wines of France Italy and California:


Villa Sparina Gavi 2011 $16.99
Made from the Cortese grape, this classic Gavi has a pale straw golden color with a floral nose and hints of peach fragrances. It has a wonderful peach and pear and lemony citrus flavors with hints of wet stone and a long finish.


Villa des Anges Old Vines Rose 2012 $8.99
A light bodied wine, intensely crisp and vividly fresh, it offers complex aromas of strawberries and red currants, with a hint of quince.


Neyers Chardonnay Carneros 2012 $31.99
The finished wine has a rich, almost creamy texture, with a lovely aroma of grilled bread and tropical fruit.


Villa des Anges 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon $9.99
A wine of great freshness, intensity and concentration. Well-structured, offering aromas of black cherries, with hints of red pepper and light, spicy cumin/coriander notes.


Ontanon Teon Roble 2010 $11.99
From the Ribera de Duero region of Spain. Made from Tempranillo. Floral aromas on the nose combine with black fruit, berries and notes of thyme on the palate that finish with a subtle hint of toast and significant minerality. Smooth, delicate and bright with freshness as well as weight.


Neyers Zinfandel Del Barba Vineyard 2011 $34.99
In a recent New York Times review, Eric Asimov referred to our Del Barba Zinfandel as a wine with ‘freshness, energy and balance’. He rated it among the top ten of the scores of wines he tasted for the article. In last month’s San Francisco Chronicle, Jon Bonné called our Del Barba Zinfandel ‘…an aromatic, food-loving Zinfandel style that balances brawn and finesse’, naming it one of the Top 100 wines of the year. Balance is especially important in Zinfandel, and here we retain the natural flavor of the grape. The wine remains refreshing yet loaded with flavor.


Also: Two mystery wines at Dave's desk


Posted 8/8/2013 6:55:11 AM

Friday, August 9 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--


Patricia Ferreira-Davis of Palm Bay Imports will be pouring wines of Italy:


Bertani Due Uve Bianco 2011 $13.99
Veneto- Bertani was founded in 1857 by the prosperous wine merchants of the family who believed the quality held the key to the future. They bought some of the finest vineyards in Veneto, and to this day produce wines that have become “Classics” and are internationally acclaimed. The Due Uve is an assertive well-defined blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio, refreshing with nuances of elderflower combined with hints of peach and apricot.


Sella & Mosca La Cala Vermentino 2011 $8.99
Sardinia- A favorite of the jet set at Sardinia’s chic resorts, La Cala is the ultimate definition of the Vermentino grape. It is romantically named for a small, secluded cove fringed by violet-colored thistles on the edge of the Sella & Mosca estate. Few wines rival La Cala for its exceptional affinity with seafood, thanks to the very subtle presence of a natural marine salinity in the wine, credited to the Mediterranean location of Sella & Mosca’s Vermentino vineyards.


Bottega Vinaia Pinot Grigio 2010 $13.99
Trentino- Grapes are sourced from a tiny cluster of vineyards located 400-550 meters above sea level in the Dolomite Alps north of Lake Garda. These vineyards share a microclimate and soil conditions singularly well suited to production of high quality Pinot Grigio and have been farmed by the same two families for over 100 years. In daylight hours this area enjoys the warming effects of nearby Lake Garda, helping to keep the fruit moisture-free and resistant to disease. Cool nights promote fragrant, intense aromas uncommon in Pinot Grigio.


Bertani Valpolicella, Veneto 2010 $13.99
A nice balanced red from this iconic estate. This is the starter of every meal found in a lot of Trattorias in Veneto. The grapes are produced in the heart of Valpolicella Classico from Bertanis’ estate vineyards. A blend of 70% Corvina Veronese; 30% Rondinella, approachable and versatile. Notes of plums, raspberries, cherries and spices with great structure and freshness.


Fontanafredda Barbera 2010 $13.99
Piedmont- Since 1878, Fontanafredda, located in the heart of the Langhe region, has been a true institution in Piedmont, a benchmark for authentically-styled Barolo and Barbera wines that deftly balance intense aromas and deep concentration of fruit with outstanding finesse and elegance. Packed with elements of black fruit, especially blackberries and plums, with slight spicy overtones hinting at black pepper, long finish.


Feudi di San Gregorio ‘Rubrato’ Aglianico 2008 $14.99
Campania- Situated in the tiny village of Sorbo Serpico in Campania's Irpinia region, this highly-acclaimed winery was established in 1986. Awarded this year as the Winery of The Year by the Italian Sommelier Guild! 10-20 year old vines are grown at between 1,000 – 1,600 ft above sea level. The soil is deep and originally from ash and fallen pumice. Intense, rich aroma of red berries from wild strawberries to notes of cherry and spice. An overall sensation of freshness. Soft and balanced, with a smooth finish.


Bertani Recioto della Valpolicella 2008 $35.99
Veneto- The oldest wine made in Veneto, dating its production back to the Romans over 2000 years ago. This classic dessert wine is made from carefully selected, fully ripened grapes that, immediately following harvest, are partially dried in farmhouses on traditional straw mats called “arelle” for up to 150 days to concentrate the sugar. Full-bodied, rich and enjoyably sweet. The residual sugar is perfectly balanced against a backbone of fruit and fine tannins, with lingering flavors of wild berries, chocolate and licorice.


Beer Tasting next week August 16 - Chris from No Li Brewery (Northern Lights) from Spokane will be pouring a selection of their beers




Posted 8/1/2013 6:46:34 AM

Friday, August 2 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--


Anna Goodman of TGIC Importers will be pouring wines from Chile, Argentina and Spain:


Pascual Toso Brut $8.99
100% Chardonnay Bright green and yellow in color, this sparkling wine balances yeast with the essential characteristics of Chardonnay. On the palate, it is soft, fresh and easy to drink.


Norton Torrontes 2009 $6.99
Greenish yellow with hints of gold, this Torrontés has intense aromas of white peach, rose petal, and jasmine.


Santa Ema Reserve Chardonnay 2008 $11.99
Intense, bright golden yellow, this Chardonnay is complex with delicate notes of honey and ripe tropical fruits that recall banana, pineapple, and passion fruit, along with notes of toast and vanilla. On the palate, it is crisp and refreshing with good balance and a long and pleasing finish.


Castillo de Monseran Garnacha 2010 $7.99
Sunset Magazine Best of Class! Smooth, bright Garnacha varietal character. A juicy grenache that was served on a very hot day. I pull raspberries with a hint of earth of the nose, ripe, plump cherries on the palate, a clean fruity mouth-feel with a hint of black licorice. Served slightly chilled to compensate for steamy temperatures of the day it was served. Great Summer red.


Norton Malbec 2011 $8.99
Lively ruby red color. Concentrated aromas of ripe plums, blackberries, strawberries and cassis. Very good structure, balanced tannins, and a long finish.


Pascual Toso Malbec 2011 $10.99
On the nose, Pascual Toso Malbec 2011 is clean and fruitful. Its aromas are reminiscent of plums and quince with a little touch of elegant oak. The mouth has a mild bouquet of blackberry and licorice fruit that keeps a firm grip through the finish. Thick and burly, Pascual Toso Malbec 2011 has a rich and long finish with smoky accents of vanilla and lingering oak.


Montes Twins 2011 $12.99
An incredible double bill! 50/50 Cab/Malbec- wonderful richness, structure and fruit from the Cabernet, with smooth, velvety texture from the Malbec—adding up to a wine that’s greater than the sum of its parts while the oak aging contributes with subtle notes of vanilla and liqueur and its soft tannins provide an specially elegant finish.




Posted 8/1/2013 6:45:33 AM

Friday, August 2 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--


Anna Goodman of TGIC Importers will be pouring wines from Chile, Argentina and Spain:


Pascual Toso Brut $8.99
100% Chardonnay Bright green and yellow in color, this sparkling wine balances yeast with the essential characteristics of Chardonnay. On the palate, it is soft, fresh and easy to drink.


Norton Torrontes 2009 $6.99
Greenish yellow with hints of gold, this Torrontés has intense aromas of white peach, rose petal, and jasmine.


Santa Ema Reserve Chardonnay 2008 $11.99
Intense, bright golden yellow, this Chardonnay is complex with delicate notes of honey and ripe tropical fruits that recall banana, pineapple, and passion fruit, along with notes of toast and vanilla. On the palate, it is crisp and refreshing with good balance and a long and pleasing finish.


Castillo de Monseran Garnacha 2010 $7.99
Sunset Magazine Best of Class! Smooth, bright Garnacha varietal character. A juicy grenache that was served on a very hot day. I pull raspberries with a hint of earth of the nose, ripe, plump cherries on the palate, a clean fruity mouth-feel with a hint of black licorice. Served slightly chilled to compensate for steamy temperatures of the day it was served.


Norton Malbec 2011 $8.99
Lively ruby red color. Concentrated aromas of ripe plums, blackberries, strawberries and cassis. Very good structure, balanced tannins, and a long finish.


Pascual Toso Malbec 2011 $10.99
On the nose, Pascual Toso Malbec 2011 is clean and fruitful. Its aromas are reminiscent of plums and quince with a little touch of elegant oak. The mouth has a mild bouquet of blackberry and licorice fruit that keeps a firm grip through the finish. Thick and burly, Pascual Toso Malbec 2011 has a rich and long finish with smoky accents of vanilla and lingering oak.


Montes Twins 2011 $12.99
An incredible double bill! 50/50 Cab/Malbec- wonderful richness, structure and fruit from the Cabernet, with smooth, velvety texture from the Malbec—adding up to a wine that’s greater than the sum of its parts while the oak aging contributes with subtle notes of vanilla and liqueur and its soft tannins provide an specially elegant finish.




Posted 8/1/2013 6:43:40 AM

Anna Goodman of TGIC Importers will be pouring wines from Chile, Argentina and Spain:


Pascual Toso Brut $8.99
100% Chardonnay Bright green and yellow in color, this sparkling wine balances yeast with the essential characteristics of Chardonnay. On the palate, it is soft, fresh and easy to drink.


Norton Torrontes 2009 $6.99
Greenish yellow with hints of gold, this Torrontés has intense aromas of white peach, rose petal, and jasmine.


Santa Ema Reserve Chardonnay 2008 $11.99
Intense, bright golden yellow, this Chardonnay is complex with delicate notes of honey and ripe tropical fruits that recall banana, pineapple, and passion fruit, along with notes of toast and vanilla. On the palate, it is crisp and refreshing with good balance and a long and pleasing finish.


Castillo de Monseran Garnacha 2010 $7.99
Sunset Magazine Best of Class! Smooth, bright Garnacha varietal character. A juicy grenache that was served on a very hot day. I pull raspberries with a hint of earth of the nose, ripe, plump cherries on the palate, a clean fruity mouth-feel with a hint of black licorice. Served slightly chilled to compensate for steamy temperatures of the day it was served.


Norton Malbec 2011 $8.99
Lively ruby red color. Concentrated aromas of ripe plums, blackberries, strawberries and cassis. Very good structure, balanced tannins, and a long finish.


Pascual Toso Malbec 2011 $10.99
On the nose, Pascual Toso Malbec 2011 is clean and fruitful. Its aromas are reminiscent of plums and quince with a little touch of elegant oak. The mouth has a mild bouquet of blackberry and licorice fruit that keeps a firm grip through the finish. Thick and burly, Pascual Toso Malbec 2011 has a rich and long finish with smoky accents of vanilla and lingering oak.


Montes Twins 2011 $12.99
An incredible double bill! 50/50 Cab/Malbec- wonderful richness, structure and fruit from the Cabernet, with smooth, velvety texture from the Malbec—adding up to a wine that’s greater than the sum of its parts while the oak aging contributes with subtle notes of vanilla and liqueur and its soft tannins provide an specially elegant finish.




Posted 7/25/2013 7:36:18 AM

** Friday, July 26 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm... always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee



Ron Leidigh of D'Vine wines will be pouring:


Secco Prosecco 2012 $12.99
Piave Valley of Veneto. 77% Chard, 15% Pinot Bianco, 8% Raboso Piave Fresh and elegant. Layers of flavors. Elderberry, anise, summer melon and beeswax.


Charles Smith “Eve” Chardonnay 2012 $10.99
Beautifully rich yet fresh and tasty. Aromas of white nectarine, mango and dew covered rose. White raspberry, leechi fruit and peach combine with a lush soft mouthfeel. Columbia Valley, Wa


Happy Camper Chardonnay 2012 $8.99
A refreshing Summer quaff.


Charles Smith “Kung Foo Girl” Riesling 2012 $11.99
Washington White peach, Linden leaves and slate. Lovely focused acidity, finishing very long with mandarin orange and lots of minerality. Wine Spectator “Best Value” 2009, 2010, 2011 Robert Parker 2011 90pts, 2012 90pts


Charles Bieler “Liquid Geography” Rose 2012 $10.99
Murcia, Spain This wine comes from the Bullas D.O., located in the province of Murcia in the southeast corner of the country. The Monastrell grape (known as Mourvèdre in France) reigns supreme here, accounting for over 80% of the planted acreage. These particular Monastrell vines are between 20 and 25 years old. Ripe Strawberry backed with minerality and subtle structure. Perfect for a warm summer afternoon.


Bieler Pere & Fils “Lou Ven Tou” 2011 $10.99
Provence, France The grapes were organically grown and hand harvested. The aging was in concrete (no trees were killed in the making of this wine). The final blend is grenache, syrah, cinsault, viognier. The wine opens with the subtle fragrance of cherries and figs and herbs de Provence. It has a clean bright palate with notes of black tea, forest aromas, and black fruit. Its finish is long with great texture and fruit that carries through to the end.


Seeing Red Cabernet Sauvignon $12.99
Columbia Valley, Wa 82% Cabernet and 18% Merlot from the Columbia Valley. The nose on this wine is a clear highlight, with its oaky and dark floral notes making for a definite treat. Seeing Red is aged in new American and neutral French barrels. The American Oak makes a real impression. On the palate the wine has notes of cherry, cola and light pepper. The wine is medium-bodied and the tannins are present but subtle on this Cabernet. Is has been a hot seller here at John's Mkt.


Also: Tom Bowers will be pouring some excellent beers from Merchant du Vin from 4-6:00
Founded in 1978 by the legendary beer pioneer Charles Finkel, Merchant du Vin introduced the world’s classic ale and lager styles to the American palate, which at that time was still unfamiliar with pale ale, hefeweizen or Trappist ale. Continuing to thrive in a diverse industry landscape, the specialty beer importer still sets the standard for quality, enhancing people’s lives and palates via the unmatched aromas, flavors and history of the traditional beers of England, Scotland, Germany and Belgium.


Samuel Smith’s Pure Brewed Organic Lager
Lightly kilned organic lager malt grown in the UK is the main ingredient in this classic British lager from the Old Brewery at Tadcaster, with a substantial addition of organic UK Vienna malt. The Samuel Smith brewery sources organic hops from England and New Zealand for this beer, and uses water drawn from the brewery’s original well, which was sunk over 250 years ago. Bright straw-gold in color and medium-bodied with pure barley malt flavor and herbal hops in perfect balance. Clean and crisp, with brilliant conditioning. Certified Organic by the USDA-accredited UK Soil Association. ABV: 5.0% - OG: 1.045 - IBU: 25


Pinkus Organic Ur-Pils
The benchmark Pinkus Organic Ur-Pils, crafted in Munster by the world’s first all-organic brewery, displays a pale golden color and biscuity malt aromas in harmony with noble Hallertau hop notes. A truly traditional example of the style, it is unfiltered, just as a Pils from the mid-1800s would have been – a quality rarely found in modern Pilsner lager – giving it a light-to-medium body. The Organic Ur-Pils offers a fairly dry, well-balanced and crisp palate you’d expect from the classic Bavarian Pilsner. A clean-finishing summer standard. Certified organic by USDA-accredited ABCERT GmbH. ABV: 5.2% - OG: 1.052 - IBU: 32


Ayinger Bräu-Weisse hefeweizen
Located in the picturesque village of Aying, just outside of Munich, the Ayinger Brewery has been owned and operated by the same family since 1878, and has earned a reputation for crafting unbelievable ales and lagers in the Bavarian tradition. The brewers’ level of expertise in craftsmanship shines in this classic Bavarian hefeweizen, which is widely regarded as one of the best wheat beers in the world. The Ayinger Bräu-Weisse presents a cloudy, pale golden appearance, spicy, fruity aromas and a silky-smooth mouthfeel with classic Bavarian wheat and clove characteristics leading to a clean, dry and spiced finish. Absolute perfection. ABV: 5.1% - OG: 1.047 - IBU: 13


Brasserie du Bocq Blanche de Namur Witbier
The Blanche de Namur witbier from Brasserie du Bocq in Belgium was named the best witbier in Europe by the World Beer Awards in 2012, and for good reason. It is an unbelievable example of a classic Belgian white, featuring a thoughtful, complex aroma and flavor profile, with fruitiness from the traditional yeast strain mingled with notes of coriander, orange peel and hints of licorice. It’s a summer patio knockout that renders unnecessary the ubiquitous lemon or orange slice. ABV: 4.5% - OG: 1.042 - IBU: 11


Samuel Smith’s Organic Raspberry Ale
From Yorkshire’s oldest brewery, a dramatic beer with a frothy, pink head and intense, mouth-watering fruit character derived from the natural acidity of organic raspberries. Crafted using a slow, complex fermentation process and blended with organic ale that has been aged in oak casks in the brewery’s cellar, this fruit beer offers a palate ripe with structure and depth. The aroma of fresh raspberries gives way to a smooth-bodied ale that finishes dry, with soft, full raspberry notes. Certified Organic by the USDA-accredited UK Soil Association. ABV: 5.1% - OG: 1.065 - IBU: 11




Posted 7/25/2013 7:33:17 AM

** Friday, July 26 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm... always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee



Ron Leidigh of D'Vine wines will be pouring:


Secco Prosecco 2012 $12.99
Piave Valley of Veneto. 77% Chard, 15% Pinot Bianco, 8% Raboso Piave Fresh and elegant. Layers of flavors. Elderberry, anise, summer melon and beeswax.


Charles Smith “Eve” Chardonnay 2012 $10.99
Beautifully rich yet fresh and tasty. Aromas of white nectarine, mango and dew covered rose. White raspberry, leechi fruit and peach combine with a lush soft mouthfeel. Columbia Valley, Wa Happy Camper Chardonnay 2012 $8.99
A refreshing Summer quaff.
Charles Smith “Kung Foo Girl” Riesling 2012 $11.99
Washington White peach, Linden leaves and slate. Lovely focused acidity, finishing very long with mandarin orange and lots of minerality. Wine Spectator “Best Value” 2009, 2010, 2011 Robert Parker 2011 90pts, 2012 90pts
Charles Bieler “Liquid Geography” Rose 2012 $10.99
Murcia, Spain This wine comes from the Bullas D.O., located in the province of Murcia in the southeast corner of the country. The Monastrell grape (known as Mourvèdre in France) reigns supreme here, accounting for over 80% of the planted acreage. These particular Monastrell vines are between 20 and 25 years old. Ripe Strawberry backed with minerality and subtle structure. Perfect for a warm summer afternoon.
Bieler Pere & Fils “Lou Ven Tou” 2011 $10.99
Provence, France The grapes were organically grown and hand harvested. The aging was in concrete (no trees were killed in the making of this wine). The final blend is grenache, syrah, cinsault, viognier. The wine opens with the subtle fragrance of cherries and figs and herbs de Provence. It has a clean bright palate with notes of black tea, forest aromas, and black fruit. Its finish is long with great texture and fruit that carries through to the end.
Seeing Red Cabernet Sauvignon $12.99
Columbia Valley, Wa 82% Cabernet and 18% Merlot from the Columbia Valley. The nose on this wine is a clear highlight, with its oaky and dark floral notes making for a definite treat. Seeing Red is aged in new American and neutral French barrels. The American Oak makes a real impression. On the palate the wine has notes of cherry, cola and light pepper. The wine is medium-bodied and the tannins are present but subtle on this Cabernet. Is has been a hot seller here at John's Mkt.
Also: Tom Bowers will be pouring some excellent beers from Merchant du Vin from 4-6:00
Founded in 1978 by the legendary beer pioneer Charles Finkel, Merchant du Vin introduced the world’s classic ale and lager styles to the American palate, which at that time was still unfamiliar with pale ale, hefeweizen or Trappist ale. Continuing to thrive in a diverse industry landscape, the specialty beer importer still sets the standard for quality, enhancing people’s lives and palates via the unmatched aromas, flavors and history of the traditional beers of England, Scotland, Germany and Belgium.
Samuel Smith’s Pure Brewed Organic Lager
Lightly kilned organic lager malt grown in the UK is the main ingredient in this classic British lager from the Old Brewery at Tadcaster, with a substantial addition of organic UK Vienna malt. The Samuel Smith brewery sources organic hops from England and New Zealand for this beer, and uses water drawn from the brewery’s original well, which was sunk over 250 years ago. Bright straw-gold in color and medium-bodied with pure barley malt flavor and herbal hops in perfect balance. Clean and crisp, with brilliant conditioning. Certified Organic by the USDA-accredited UK Soil Association. ABV: 5.0% - OG: 1.045 - IBU: 25
Pinkus Organic Ur-Pils
The benchmark Pinkus Organic Ur-Pils, crafted in Munster by the world’s first all-organic brewery, displays a pale golden color and biscuity malt aromas in harmony with noble Hallertau hop notes. A truly traditional example of the style, it is unfiltered, just as a Pils from the mid-1800s would have been – a quality rarely found in modern Pilsner lager – giving it a light-to-medium body. The Organic Ur-Pils offers a fairly dry, well-balanced and crisp palate you’d expect from the classic Bavarian Pilsner. A clean-finishing summer standard. Certified organic by USDA-accredited ABCERT GmbH. ABV: 5.2% - OG: 1.052 - IBU: 32
Ayinger Bräu-Weisse hefeweizen
Located in the picturesque village of Aying, just outside of Munich, the Ayinger Brewery has been owned and operated by the same family since 1878, and has earned a reputation for crafting unbelievable ales and lagers in the Bavarian tradition. The brewers’ level of expertise in craftsmanship shines in this classic Bavarian hefeweizen, which is widely regarded as one of the best wheat beers in the world. The Ayinger Bräu-Weisse presents a cloudy, pale golden appearance, spicy, fruity aromas and a silky-smooth mouthfeel with classic Bavarian wheat and clove characteristics leading to a clean, dry and spiced finish. Absolute perfection. ABV: 5.1% - OG: 1.047 - IBU: 13
Brasserie du Bocq Blanche de Namur Witbier
The Blanche de Namur witbier from Brasserie du Bocq in Belgium was named the best witbier in Europe by the World Beer Awards in 2012, and for good reason. It is an unbelievable example of a classic Belgian white, featuring a thoughtful, complex aroma and flavor profile, with fruitiness from the traditional yeast strain mingled with notes of coriander, orange peel and hints of licorice. It’s a summer patio knockout that renders unnecessary the ubiquitous lemon or orange slice. ABV: 4.5% - OG: 1.042 - IBU: 11
Samuel Smith’s Organic Raspberry Ale
From Yorkshire’s oldest brewery, a dramatic beer with a frothy, pink head and intense, mouth-watering fruit character derived from the natural acidity of organic raspberries. Crafted using a slow, complex fermentation process and blended with organic ale that has been aged in oak casks in the brewery’s cellar, this fruit beer offers a palate ripe with structure and depth. The aroma of fresh raspberries gives way to a smooth-bodied ale that finishes dry, with soft, full raspberry notes. Certified Organic by the USDA-accredited UK Soil Association. ABV: 5.1% - OG: 1.065 - IBU: 11


Posted 7/18/2013 6:53:59 AM

** Friday, July 19 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm... always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee



Michael Rhodes of Vine Merchants will be pouring:


Domaine Philemon Gaillac Perle 2012 $11.99
The Blanc Perlé, which is sometimes labeled as Gaillac fraîcheur Perlé has been produced since the 1950’s. The freshness in the wine is achieved by preserving some of the natural CO2 that occurs during the vinification. The Perlé is a blend of 60% Loin de L’Oeil harvested at 40hl/h, 20% Muscadelle and 20% Sauvignon Blanc both harvested at 30hl/h. Because of the low yields this wine fills the palate with a wonderful concentration of flavors while retaining a freshness that is underscored by mineral and citrus notes.

Saumur Blanc Pierres Frites 2009 $14.99
The Saumur Blanc is produced from 100% Chenin Blanc that grow in siliceous-limestone soils. Vinification methods include the settling of the must “debourbage” which concentrates the flavors, and extended contact with the lies to enrich the wine. There is no malo-lactic fermentation resulting in a wine that offers springtime aromas and a refreshing palate.

Chateau de Jouclary Rose 2012 $10.99
The Cabardès appellation is located on the southern slopes of the Montagne Noir, the most southern outcropping of the Massif Central and just outside the medieval walled city of Carcassonne. One of France’s newest A.O.C.s, it was established in 1998 and has fewer than 20 estate bottled producers. Its unique climatic situation with influences from both the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea give rise to the appellation’s motto “Vent d’Est, Vent d”Ouest. In fact, the A.O.C. laws mandate that a minimum of 40% of the varieties must be “atlantique”; Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon or Cabernet Franc and 40% “mediterranean”; Syrah, Cinsault or Grenache; also a maximum of 20% of Cot or Fer Servadou may be used. Jouclary Rose´is made from a blend of Cabernet Franc, Cinsault, and Grenache.

Domaine des Terrisses Rose 2012 $12.99
The Rosé is produced using the saignée method with maceration lasting about 12 hours. The grape blend is 50% Braucol , also know as Fer Servadou, and 50% Syrah. Typical of Rosé wines from Southwest France, this wine has a deep hue and the flavors and structure of a light red wine.

Domaine Phileman Gaillac Rouge Croix d’Azal 2010 $12.99
The cuvée Croix d’Azal is produced entirely from Braucol, the name used in Gaillac for the Fer Servadou grape. It is a wonderful expression of this grape variety with all of its typical spiciness and woodsy floral aromas. The word “braucol” derives from the root “brau” which in girondin patois signifies taureau, the bull. The Croix d’Azal is no raging bull but one who lives peacefully in the pasture content to smell the flowers.

Claus Preisinger Basic 2009 $16.99
Vineyards located in and around the town of Gols are making a name for producing world class wines from Zweigelt, Blaufrankish, St. Laurent and, in the case of Preisinger, Pinot Noir. His wines show a crystal clear sense of place, intensity of fruit, and authenticity that only evolves from great farming. He is the proud owner of a new winery, finished in the winter of 2009 that allows him more flexibility and room to create. His "Basic" cuvee is a blend of 90% Zweigelt and 10% St. Laurent.



Posted 7/10/2013 7:37:41 AM

** Friday, July 12 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm... always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee



Allison Wait of Cordon Selections will be pouring:


De Angelis Lacryma Cristi del Vesuvio 2011 $14.99
A blend of two grapes native to the Campania region of Southern Italy, Falanghina and Caprettone. The name Lacryma Christi comes from an old myth that Christ cried tears on the land and gave divine inspiration to the vines that grew there.

Emerson Pinot Gris 2011 $14.99
From a family-owned vineyard and winery in Monmouth. All of the work they do, both in vineyard and winery, is done with an eye toward sustainability and with the goal of minimizing the impact their farming has on the land.

Digioia-Royer Bourgogne Chardonnay 2010 $19.99
From an estate established by the current owner's grandparents in the 1930s, with all the grapes coming from around the tiny village of Chambolle-Musigny in the Cote de Nuits. They produce around 24000 bottles annually and have been bottling all the fruits of their labor only since 2003.

Emerson Pinot Noir 2010 $16.99
The Emerson vineyard features twenty acres of Pinot Noir, planted to the Dijon, Mariafeld and Pommard clones, on a gently sloping south-facing hillside. Their goal is to produce vineyard-centered wines, showcasing the natural flavors of the grapes.

Amalie Robert Pinot Meunier 2011 $27.99
Dena Drews and Ernie Pink left Seattle and uncovered their vineyard site in Dallas, OR from beneath a cherry orchard. They finished planting on Earth Day in 2000 and produce only around 81 cases of this delicious wine from a grape typically used as a blending grape in Champagne.

Renegade Red 2011 $9.99
Winemaker Trey Busch of Sleight of Hand fame produces this second label using fruit sourced from throughout the Columbia Valley. This vintage is an easy-drinking blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Malbec and 1% Petit Verdot.



Posted 7/9/2013 3:44:52 PM

** Friday, July 12 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm... always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee



Allison Wait of Cordon Selections will be pouring:


De Angelis Lacryma Cristi del Vesuvio 2011 $14.99
A blend of two grapes native to the Campania region of Southern Italy, Falanghina and Caprettone. The name Lacryma Christi comes from an old myth that Christ cried tears on the land and gave divine inspiration to the vines that grew there.

Emerson Pinot Gris 2011 $14.99
From a family-owned vineyard and winery in Monmouth. All of the work they do, both in vineyard and winery, is done with an eye toward sustainability and with the goal of minimizing the impact their farming has on the land.

Digioia-Royer Bourgogne Chardonnay 2010 $19.99
From an estate established by the current owner's grandparents in the 1930s, with all the grapes coming from around the tiny village of Chambolle-Musigny in the Cote de Nuits. They produce around 24000 bottles annually and have been bottling all the fruits of their labor only since 2003.

Emerson Pinot Noir 2010 $16.99
The Emerson vineyard features twenty acres of Pinot Noir, planted to the Dijon, Mariafeld and Pommard clones, on a gently sloping south-facing hillside. Their goal is to produce vineyard-centered wines, showcasing the natural flavors of the grapes.

Amalie Robert Pinot Meunier 2011 $27.99
Dena Drews and Ernie Pink left Seattle and uncovered their vineyard site from beneath a cherry orchard. They finished planting on Earth Day in 2000 and produce only around 81 cases of this delicious wine from a grape typically used as a blending grape in Champagne.

Renegade Red 2011 $9.99
Winemaker Trey Busch of Sleight of Hand fame produces this second label using fruit sourced from throughout the Columbia Valley. This vintage is an easy-drinking blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Malbec and 1% Petit Verdot.



Posted 7/9/2013 3:41:14 PM

** Friday, July 12 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm... always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee



Allison Wait of Cordon Selections will be pouring:


De Angelis Lacryma Cristi del Vesuvio 2011 $14.99
A blend of two grapes native to the Campania region of Southern Italy, Falanghina and Caprettone. The name Lacryma Christi comes from an old myth that Christ cried tears on the land and gave divine inspiration to the vines that grew there.

Emerson Pinot Gris 2011 $14.99
From a family-owned vineyard and winery in Monmouth. All of the work they do, both in vineyard and winery, is done with an eye toward sustainability and with the goal of minimizing the impact their farming has on the land.

Digioia-Royer Bourgogne Chardonnay 2010 $19.99
From an estate established by the current owner's grandparents in the 1930s, with all the grapes coming from around the tiny village of Chambolle-Musigny in the Cote de Nuits. They produce around 24000 bottles annually and have been bottling all the fruits of their labor only since 2003.

Emerson Pinot Noir 2010 $ 16.99
The Emerson vineyard features twenty acres of Pinot Noir, planted to the Dijon, Mariafeld and Pommard clones, on a gently sloping south-facing hillside. Their goal is to produce vineyard-centered wines, showcasing the natural flavors of the grapes.

Amalie Robert Pinot Meunier 2011 $ 27.99
Dena Drews and Ernie Pink left Seattle and uncovered their vineyard site from beneath a cherry orchard. They finished planting on Earth Day in 2000 and produce only around 81 cases of this delicious wine from a grape typically used as a blending grape in Champagne.

Renegade Red 2011 $9.99
Winemaker Trey Busch of Sleight of Hand fame produces this second label using fruit sourced from throughout the Columbia Valley. This vintage is an easy-drinking blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Malbec and 1% Petit Verdot.



Posted 7/9/2013 3:40:33 PM

** Friday, July 12 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm... always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee



Allison Wait of Cordon Selections will be pouring:


De Angelis Lacryma Cristi del Vesuvio 2011 $14.99
A blend of two grapes native to the Campania region of Southern Italy, Falanghina and Caprettone. The name Lacryma Christi comes from an old myth that Christ cried tears on the land and gave divine inspiration to the vines that grew there.

Emerson Pinot Gris 2011 $14.99

From a family-owned vineyard and winery in Monmouth. All of the work they do, both in vineyard and winery, is done with an eye toward sustainability and with the goal of minimizing the impact their farming has on the land.

Digioia-Royer Bourgogne Chardonnay 2010 $19.99

From an estate established by the current owner's grandparents in the 1930s, with all the grapes coming from around the tiny village of Chambolle-Musigny in the Cote de Nuits. They produce around 24000 bottles annually and have been bottling all the fruits of their labor only since 2003.

Emerson Pinot Noir 2010 $ 16.99

The Emerson vineyard features twenty acres of Pinot Noir, planted to the Dijon, Mariafeld and Pommard clones, on a gently sloping south-facing hillside. Their goal is to produce vineyard-centered wines, showcasing the natural flavors of the grapes.

Amalie Robert Pinot Meunier 2011 $ 27.99

Dena Drews and Ernie Pink left Seattle and uncovered their vineyard site from beneath a cherry orchard. They finished planting on Earth Day in 2000 and produce only around 81 cases of this delicious wine from a grape typically used as a blending grape in Champagne.

Renegade Red 2011 $9.99

Winemaker Trey Busch of Sleight of Hand fame produces this second label using fruit sourced from throughout the Columbia Valley. This vintage is an easy-drinking blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Malbec and 1% Petit Verdot.



Posted 7/9/2013 3:39:26 PM

** Friday, July 12 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm... always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee



Allison Wait of Cordon Selections will be pouring:


De Angelis Lacryma Cristi del Vesuvio 2011 $14.99

A blend of two grapes native to the Campania region of Southern Italy, Falanghina and Caprettone. The name Lacryma Christi comes from an old myth that Christ cried tears on the land and gave divine inspiration to the vines that grew there.

Emerson Pinot Gris 2011 $14.99

From a family-owned vineyard and winery in Monmouth. All of the work they do, both in vineyard and winery, is done with an eye toward sustainability and with the goal of minimizing the impact their farming has on the land.

Digioia-Royer Bourgogne Chardonnay 2010 $19.99

From an estate established by the current owner's grandparents in the 1930s, with all the grapes coming from around the tiny village of Chambolle-Musigny in the Cote de Nuits. They produce around 24000 bottles annually and have been bottling all the fruits of their labor only since 2003.

Emerson Pinot Noir 2010 $ 16.99

The Emerson vineyard features twenty acres of Pinot Noir, planted to the Dijon, Mariafeld and Pommard clones, on a gently sloping south-facing hillside. Their goal is to produce vineyard-centered wines, showcasing the natural flavors of the grapes.

Amalie Robert Pinot Meunier 2011 $ 27.99

Dena Drews and Ernie Pink left Seattle and uncovered their vineyard site from beneath a cherry orchard. They finished planting on Earth Day in 2000 and produce only around 81 cases of this delicious wine from a grape typically used as a blending grape in Champagne.

Renegade Red 2011 $9.99

Winemaker Trey Busch of Sleight of Hand fame produces this second label using fruit sourced from throughout the Columbia Valley. This vintage is an easy-drinking blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Malbec and 1% Petit Verdot.



Posted 6/27/2013 6:48:59 AM

** Friday, June 28 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm... always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee



Note: NO WINE TASTING JULY 5

Brandon Harlacher of Blakeslee Estate in Sherwood will be pouring:


2009 Blakeslee Estate Willamette Valley Riesling $19.99

This Riesling tastes of honey, apricot and peach. The strong acidity allows this wine to go very well with spicy Asian foods, cheese fondue, or a favorite omelet. Aroma: Honey, apricot, peach. Palate: Granny Smith Apple, Lemon drop.

2009 Blakeslee Estate Yamhill Carlton Chardonnay $24.99

Pretty vanilla oak, rich floral honey, nutmeg and cinnamon apple, Crème’ Brule’, and toast brioche with orange zest and white peach envelop the nose and mouth. This Burgundian style wine can be equally enjoyed on its own or with a meal. Aroma: Vanilla oak, floral honey, orange zest. Palate: Crème’ Brule’, toast brioche, white peach.

2009 Blakeslee Estate Willamette Valley Pinot Noir $24.99

This wine displays complex aromas of rhubarb, pie cherries and orange peel. Complementing notes of black cherry, spice, and mushrooms on the palate make this a soft, pleasant, easy to drink Pinot Noir. Aroma: Rhubarb, pie cherries, orange peel. Palate: Black cherry, spice, mushrooms.

2010 Blakeslee Estate Willamette Valley Pinot Noir $29.99

Bright red fruit welcomes you with this fruit forward Burgundian styled Pinot Noir. Flavors on the palette include concentrated raspberry preserves, oak spices, and notes of cinnamon, orange peel and currents.

2009 Blakeslee Estate Estate Reserve Pinot Noir $35.99

This Burgundian-styled Pinot Noir is soft and supple, with a round generous mouth feel. With notes of pretty vanilla oak, strawberry, bergamot orange with hints of blackberry, cassis, clove, and rose pedals. Strong mid-palate with blueberry, black cherry, and leather. Aroma: Vanilla Oak, cassis, bergamot orange, blackberry. Palate: Blueberry, black cherry, leather, clove.

Plus two mystery wines at the cool kids table.

Posted 6/27/2013 6:47:13 AM

** Friday, June 21 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm... always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee



Note: NO WINE TASTING JULY 5

Brandon Harlacher of Blakeslee Estate in Sherwood will be pouring:


2009 Blakeslee Estate Willamette Valley Riesling $19.99

This Riesling tastes of honey, apricot and peach. The strong acidity allows this wine to go very well with spicy Asian foods, cheese fondue, or a favorite omelet. Aroma: Honey, apricot, peach. Palate: Granny Smith Apple, Lemon drop.

2009 Blakeslee Estate Yamhill Carlton Chardonnay $24.99

Pretty vanilla oak, rich floral honey, nutmeg and cinnamon apple, Crème’ Brule’, and toast brioche with orange zest and white peach envelop the nose and mouth. This Burgundian style wine can be equally enjoyed on its own or with a meal. Aroma: Vanilla oak, floral honey, orange zest. Palate: Crème’ Brule’, toast brioche, white peach.

2009 Blakeslee Estate Willamette Valley Pinot Noir $24.99

This wine displays complex aromas of rhubarb, pie cherries and orange peel. Complementing notes of black cherry, spice, and mushrooms on the palate make this a soft, pleasant, easy to drink Pinot Noir. Aroma: Rhubarb, pie cherries, orange peel. Palate: Black cherry, spice, mushrooms.

2010 Blakeslee Estate Willamette Valley Pinot Noir $29.99

Bright red fruit welcomes you with this fruit forward Burgundian styled Pinot Noir. Flavors on the palette include concentrated raspberry preserves, oak spices, and notes of cinnamon, orange peel and currents.

2009 Blakeslee Estate Estate Reserve Pinot Noir $35.99

This Burgundian-styled Pinot Noir is soft and supple, with a round generous mouth feel. With notes of pretty vanilla oak, strawberry, bergamot orange with hints of blackberry, cassis, clove, and rose pedals. Strong mid-palate with blueberry, black cherry, and leather. Aroma: Vanilla Oak, cassis, bergamot orange, blackberry. Palate: Blueberry, black cherry, leather, clove.

Plus two mystery wines at the cool kids table.

Posted 6/27/2013 6:45:49 AM

** Friday, June 21 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm... always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee



Note: NO WINE TASTING JULY 5
Brandon Harlacher of Blakeslee Estate in Sherwood will be pouring:


2009 Blakeslee Estate Willamette Valley Riesling $19.99

This Riesling tastes of honey, apricot and peach. The strong acidity allows this wine to go very well with spicy Asian foods, cheese fondue, or a favorite omelet. Aroma: Honey, apricot, peach. Palate: Granny Smith Apple, Lemon drop.

2009 Blakeslee Estate Yamhill Carlton Chardonnay $24.99

Pretty vanilla oak, rich floral honey, nutmeg and cinnamon apple, Crème’ Brule’, and toast brioche with orange zest and white peach envelop the nose and mouth. This Burgundian style wine can be equally enjoyed on its own or with a meal. Aroma: Vanilla oak, floral honey, orange zest. Palate: Crème’ Brule’, toast brioche, white peach.

2009 Blakeslee Estate Willamette Valley Pinot Noir $24.99

This wine displays complex aromas of rhubarb, pie cherries and orange peel. Complementing notes of black cherry, spice, and mushrooms on the palate make this a soft, pleasant, easy to drink Pinot Noir. Aroma: Rhubarb, pie cherries, orange peel. Palate: Black cherry, spice, mushrooms.

2010 Blakeslee Estate Willamette Valley Pinot Noir $29.99

Bright red fruit welcomes you with this fruit forward Burgundian styled Pinot Noir. Flavors on the palette include concentrated raspberry preserves, oak spices, and notes of cinnamon, orange peel and currents.

2009 Blakeslee Estate Estate Reserve Pinot Noir $35.99

This Burgundian-styled Pinot Noir is soft and supple, with a round generous mouth feel. With notes of pretty vanilla oak, strawberry, bergamot orange with hints of blackberry, cassis, clove, and rose pedals. Strong mid-palate with blueberry, black cherry, and leather. Aroma: Vanilla Oak, cassis, bergamot orange, blackberry. Palate: Blueberry, black cherry, leather, clove.

Plus two mystery wines at the cool kids table.

Posted 6/20/2013 5:54:54 AM

** Friday, June 21 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm... always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee



Laura Gordon of Apolloni Vineyard, located just west of Banks, Oregon will be pouring:


2011 Apolloni Pinot Blanc $13.99
This unique white wine, made in the traditional Italian Pinot Bianco style, greets your nose with a floral bouquet of honeysuckle and pear blossom, while the bright fruit flavors add to the tasting experience. The vibrant acidity and citrus finish wake up the palate. This wine is best enjoyed cold. The mineral fruit and citrus flavors make it a perfect seafood partner, while its crisp acidity pairs well with spicy Asian or Indian food. Appellation: Willamette Valley

2011 Apolloni Estate Pinot Grigio $14.99
Fresh and clean with aromas of cedar and floral perfume, this wine has intense notes of honeydew melon, passion fruit, and candied apple; crisp minerality and talc with refreshing hint of citrus in the finish. Fermented in stainless steel with no secondary malolactic fermentation, it is made in the best Italian Pinot Grigio style traditional of Veneto and Friuli. The balance of freshness and fruit flavor makes this wine a pleasure to drink and a great match with seafood, chicken and Risotto Milanese.

2012 Apolloni Rosé $13.99
This fresh, crisp and fruitful rosé opens with bright strawberry, mouthwatering watermelon and cherry fruit. The floral aromas hold your attention with a citrus finish. This perfect summer wine, crisp and fresh with a little more substance, is perfect with chicken, fish or just on its own. Grape varieties: Pinot Noir and Viognier. Appellation: Oregon

2010 Apolloni Estate Pinot Noir $25.99
A blend of all the Pinot Noir clones grown on our estate, this wine opens with bright red fruit aromas and combines the caramel, cinnamon and flint notes with the cherry, raspberry and cranberry flavors to give this wine subtle tea-like flavors. Aged for 16 months in one third new French oak barrles, this is a classic rendition of Oregon Pinot Noir. Appellation: Willamette Valley

2010 Conti di Val Seriana Soleggio $25.99
Soleggio, which means sunshine in Italian, represents the sunshine-ripened grapes, which make up this Super Tuscan style blend. Sangiovese provides the bright fruit, Cabernet Sauvignon the structure, while Merlot adds balance and spice. This wine opens with a burst of ripe plumbs, fig and bright cherry while the structured tannins tie the black pepper, toast and coffee notes into a long lasting finish. Enjoy this wine with flavorful dishes, including cheeses and roasted meats. Grape Varietals: 57% Sangiovese – Candy Mountain, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon – Pepper Bridge , 18 % Merlot – Pepper Bridge

2011 Apolloni Dolce Vino Viognier $20.99
This wonderful dessert wine brings out the floral, apricot, pear and spice flavors unique to the Viognier grape. Made in the ice-wine style from frozen Viognier, the concentrated flavors and aromas capture the essence of the sunny growing season into each small bottle. Enjoy this candy for adults!Appellation: Oregon Vineyards: Seven Hills & Daisy Creek

Dave's New Wine Discovery: Vina Amezola Rioja 2007
This has all the classic red fruit flavors and aromas with a touch of smoky oak, pepper and nutmeg. Bodegas Amezola de la Mora was established in the mid-19th Century and is one of Rioja's oldest and finest wine estates. The 65 hectares of vineyards, planted with Tempranillo, Mazuelo and Graciano, benefit from a high altitude and cooler climate, and yield elegant, classic wines packed full of harmonious red berry and vanilla flavors. If you never had a good Rioja, this is it! Only $13.99. It's one of my favorite reds that I've had lately.




Posted 6/20/2013 5:53:10 AM

** Friday, June 21 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm... always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee



Laura Gordon of Apolloni Vineyard, located just west of Banks, Oregon will be pouring:

2011 Apolloni Pinot Blanc $13.99
This unique white wine, made in the traditional Italian Pinot Bianco style, greets your nose with a floral bouquet of honeysuckle and pear blossom, while the bright fruit flavors add to the tasting experience. The vibrant acidity and citrus finish wake up the palate. This wine is best enjoyed cold. The mineral fruit and citrus flavors make it a perfect seafood partner, while its crisp acidity pairs well with spicy Asian or Indian food. Appellation: Willamette Valley
2011 Apolloni Estate Pinot Grigio $14.99
Fresh and clean with aromas of cedar and floral perfume, this wine has intense notes of honeydew melon, passion fruit, and candied apple; crisp minerality and talc with refreshing hint of citrus in the finish. Fermented in stainless steel with no secondary malolactic fermentation, it is made in the best Italian Pinot Grigio style traditional of Veneto and Friuli. The balance of freshness and fruit flavor makes this wine a pleasure to drink and a great match with seafood, chicken and Risotto Milanese.
2012 Apolloni Rosé $13.99
This fresh, crisp and fruitful rosé opens with bright strawberry, mouthwatering watermelon and cherry fruit. The floral aromas hold your attention with a citrus finish. This perfect summer wine, crisp and fresh with a little more substance, is perfect with chicken, fish or just on its own. Grape varieties: Pinot Noir and Viognier. Appellation: Oregon
2010 Apolloni Estate Pinot Noir $25.99
A blend of all the Pinot Noir clones grown on our estate, this wine opens with bright red fruit aromas and combines the caramel, cinnamon and flint notes with the cherry, raspberry and cranberry flavors to give this wine subtle tea-like flavors. Aged for 16 months in one third new French oak barrles, this is a classic rendition of Oregon Pinot Noir. Appellation: Willamette Valley
2010 Conti di Val Seriana Soleggio $25.99
Soleggio, which means sunshine in Italian, represents the sunshine-ripened grapes, which make up this Super Tuscan style blend. Sangiovese provides the bright fruit, Cabernet Sauvignon the structure, while Merlot adds balance and spice. This wine opens with a burst of ripe plumbs, fig and bright cherry while the structured tannins tie the black pepper, toast and coffee notes into a long lasting finish. Enjoy this wine with flavorful dishes, including cheeses and roasted meats. Grape Varietals: 57% Sangiovese – Candy Mountain, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon – Pepper Bridge , 18 % Merlot – Pepper Bridge

2011 Apolloni Dolce Vino Viognier $20.99
This wonderful dessert wine brings out the floral, apricot, pear and spice flavors unique to the Viognier grape. Made in the ice-wine style from frozen Viognier, the concentrated flavors and aromas capture the essence of the sunny growing season into each small bottle. Enjoy this candy for adults!Appellation: Oregon Vineyards: Seven Hills & Daisy Creek
Dave's New Wine Discovery: Vina Amezola Rioja 2007
This has all the classic red fruit flavors and aromas with a touch of smoky oak, pepper and nutmeg. Bodegas Amezola de la Mora was established in the mid-19th Century and is one of Rioja's oldest and finest wine estates. The 65 hectares of vineyards, planted with Tempranillo, Mazuelo and Graciano, benefit from a high altitude and cooler climate, and yield elegant, classic wines packed full of harmonious red berry and vanilla flavors. If you never had a good Rioja, this is it! Only $13.99. It's one of my favorite reds that I've had lately.



Posted 6/20/2013 5:50:02 AM

** Friday, June 21 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm... always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee



Laura Gordon of Apolloni Vineyard, located just west of Banks, Oregon will be pouring:

2011 Apolloni Pinot Blanc $13.99
This unique white wine, made in the traditional Italian Pinot Bianco style, greets your nose with a floral bouquet of honeysuckle and pear blossom, while the bright fruit flavors add to the tasting experience. The vibrant acidity and citrus finish wake up the palate. This wine is best enjoyed cold. The mineral fruit and citrus flavors make it a perfect seafood partner, while its crisp acidity pairs well with spicy Asian or Indian food. Appellation: Willamette Valley
2011 Apolloni Estate Pinot Grigio $14.99
Fresh and clean with aromas of cedar and floral perfume, this wine has intense notes of honeydew melon, passion fruit, and candied apple; crisp minerality and talc with refreshing hint of citrus in the finish. Fermented in stainless steel with no secondary malolactic fermentation, it is made in the best Italian Pinot Grigio style traditional of Veneto and Friuli. The balance of freshness and fruit flavor makes this wine a pleasure to drink and a great match with seafood, chicken and Risotto Milanese.
2012 Apolloni Rosé $13.99
This fresh, crisp and fruitful rosé opens with bright strawberry, mouthwatering watermelon and cherry fruit. The floral aromas hold your attention with a citrus finish. This perfect summer wine, crisp and fresh with a little more substance, is perfect with chicken, fish or just on its own. Grape varieties: Pinot Noir and Viognier. Appellation: Oregon
2010 Apolloni Estate Pinot Noir $25.99
A blend of all the Pinot Noir clones grown on our estate, this wine opens with bright red fruit aromas and combines the caramel, cinnamon and flint notes with the cherry, raspberry and cranberry flavors to give this wine subtle tea-like flavors. Aged for 16 months in one third new French oak barrles, this is a classic rendition of Oregon Pinot Noir. Appellation: Willamette Valley
2010 Conti di Val Seriana Soleggio $25.99
Soleggio, which means sunshine in Italian, represents the sunshine-ripened grapes, which make up this Super Tuscan style blend. Sangiovese provides the bright fruit, Cabernet Sauvignon the structure, while Merlot adds balance and spice. This wine opens with a burst of ripe plumbs, fig and bright cherry while the structured tannins tie the black pepper, toast and coffee notes into a long lasting finish. Enjoy this wine with flavorful dishes, including cheeses and roasted meats. Grape Varietals: 57% Sangiovese – Candy Mountain, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon – Pepper Bridge , 18 % Merlot – Pepper Bridge
2011 Apolloni Dolce Vino Viognier $20.99
This wonderful dessert wine brings out the floral, apricot, pear and spice flavors unique to the Viognier grape. Made in the ice-wine style from frozen Viognier, the concentrated flavors and aromas capture the essence of the sunny growing season into each small bottle. Enjoy this candy for adults!Appellation: Oregon Vineyards: Seven Hills & Daisy Creek
Dave's New Wine Discovery: Vina Amezola Rioja 2007
This has all the classic red fruit flavors and aromas with a touch of smoky oak, pepper and nutmeg. Bodegas Amezola de la Mora was established in the mid-19th Century and is one of Rioja's oldest and finest wine estates. The 65 hectares of vineyards, planted with Tempranillo, Mazuelo and Graciano, benefit from a high altitude and cooler climate, and yield elegant, classic wines packed full of harmonious red berry and vanilla flavors. If you never had a good Rioja, this is it! Only $13.99. It's one of my favorite reds that I've had lately.



Posted 6/20/2013 5:44:06 AM

** Friday, June 21 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm... always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee



Laura Gordon of Apolloni Vineyard, located just west of Banks< Oregon will be pouring:

2011 Apolloni Pinot Blanc $13.99
This unique white wine, made in the traditional Italian Pinot Bianco style, greets your nose with a floral bouquet of honeysuckle and pear blossom, while the bright fruit flavors add to the tasting experience. The vibrant acidity and citrus finish wake up the palate. This wine is best enjoyed cold. The mineral fruit and citrus flavors make it a perfect seafood partner, while its crisp acidity pairs well with spicy Asian or Indian food. Appellation: Willamette Valley 2011 Apolloni Estate Pinot Grigio $14.99
Fresh and clean with aromas of cedar and floral perfume, this wine has intense notes of honeydew melon, passion fruit, and candied apple; crisp minerality and talc with refreshing hint of citrus in the finish. Fermented in stainless steel with no secondary malolactic fermentation, it is made in the best Italian Pinot Grigio style traditional of Veneto and Friuli. The balance of freshness and fruit flavor makes this wine a pleasure to drink and a great match with seafood, chicken and Risotto Milanese. 2012 Apolloni Rosé $13.99
This fresh, crisp and fruitful rosé opens with bright strawberry, mouthwatering watermelon and cherry fruit. The floral aromas hold your attention with a citrus finish. This perfect summer wine, crisp and fresh with a little more substance, is perfect with chicken, fish or just on its own. Grape varieties: Pinot Noir and Viognier. Appellation: Oregon
2010 Apolloni Estate Pinot Noir $25.99
A blend of all the Pinot Noir clones grown on our estate, this wine opens with bright red fruit aromas and combines the caramel, cinnamon and flint notes with the cherry, raspberry and cranberry flavors to give this wine subtle tea-like flavors. Aged for 16 months in one third new French oak barrles, this is a classic rendition of Oregon Pinot Noir. Appellation: Willamette Valley 2010 Conti di Val Seriana Soleggio $25.99
Soleggio, which means sunshine in Italian, represents the sunshine-ripened grapes, which make up this Super Tuscan style blend. Sangiovese provides the bright fruit, Cabernet Sauvignon the structure, while Merlot adds balance and spice. This wine opens with a burst of ripe plumbs, fig and bright cherry while the structured tannins tie the black pepper, toast and coffee notes into a long lasting finish. Enjoy this wine with flavorful dishes, including cheeses and roasted meats. Grape Varietals: 57% Sangiovese – Candy Mountain, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon – Pepper Bridge , 18 % Merlot – Pepper Bridge
2011 Apolloni Dolce Vino Viognier $20.99
This wonderful dessert wine brings out the floral, apricot, pear and spice flavors unique to the Viognier grape. Made in the ice-wine style from frozen Viognier, the concentrated flavors and aromas capture the essence of the sunny growing season into each small bottle. Enjoy this candy for adults! Appellation: Oregon Vineyards: Seven Hills & Daisy Creek
Dave's New Wine Discovery: Vina Amezola Rioja 2007
This has all the classic red fruit flavors and aromas with a touch of smoky oak, pepper and nutmeg. Bodegas Amezola de la Mora was established in the mid-19th Century and is one of Rioja's oldest and finest wine estates. The 65 hectares of vineyards, planted with Tempranillo, Mazuelo and Graciano, benefit from a high altitude and cooler climate, and yield elegant, classic wines packed full of harmonious red berry and vanilla flavors. If you never had a good Rioja, this is it! Only $13.99. It's one of my favorite reds that I've had lately.



Posted 6/12/2013 7:18:07 PM

** Friday, June 14 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm... always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee



Robert Karmin of Alexeli Winery, located in Molalla, Oregon will be pouring:

2010 RIESLING (estate) $11.99
A touch off dry with clover honey and lychee aromatics. Crisp and well balanced with flavors of honeysuckle, citrus and green apple. 4.5 acres on southwest facing hillside, planted 1980, estate grown, estate bottled 239 cases, 11.42% alcohol

2011 BUBELA’S BLEND (estate) $11.99
90% Chardonnay, 5% Riesling and 5% Muller-Thurgau blend, estate grown, estate bottled Burnt sugar and spice, and everything nice may not be a wine saying but those flavor notes add intriguing elements to a clean, bright, nicely balanced blend of mostly Chardonnay topped off with Riesling and Müller-Thurgau. Apple and pear round out this palate pleaser. (Oregon Wine Press-June, 2013)

2009 PINOT NOIR (estate) $19.99
Exuberant, complex flavors of dark cherry and plum tiered with sweet tobacco; cedar and lavender give way to subtle notes of licorice. The velvety, polished tannins make for a long and luxurious finish. 140 cases made. 3.5 acres on south facing hillside, planted 1980, estate grown Gold Medal, Oregon Wine Awards 2013. People’s Choice Pinot Winner @ East Willamette Valley Wine Festival 2012

2010 PINOT NOIR RESERVE (estate) $22.99
3.5 acres on southwest facing hillside, planted in 1980, This Pinot Noir is our pride and joy 18 month in barrel (compared to 18 months for our estate Pinot), and using only the best of our 2010 Pinot harvest 150 cases made.

2010 MALBEC (Applegate Valley AVA) $22.99
Sourced from one the finest vineyards in all of southern Oregon, this Malbec gives off a strong Mole, tobacco and chocolate essence on the nose. Ripe flavors of fig, plum and cocoa with a tannic mouthfeel that leaves you excited about the presence of Malbec in our backyard. 80 cases made.

Dave's New Wine Discovery: Vina Amezola Rioja 2007
This has all the classic red fruit flavors and aromas with a touch of smoky oak, pepper and nutmeg. Bodegas Amezola de la Mora was established in the mid-19th Century and is one of Rioja's oldest and finest wine estates. The 65 hectares of vineyards, planted with Tempranillo, Mazuelo and Graciano, benefit from a high altitude and cooler climate, and yield elegant, classic wines packed full of harmonious red berry and vanilla flavors. If you never had a good Rioja, this is it! Only $13.99. It's one of my favorite reds that I've had lately.



Posted 6/12/2013 7:16:18 PM

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



Robert Karmin with be pouring selections from Alexeli Winery, Molalla, Oregon

2010 RIESLING (estate) $11.99
A touch off dry with clover honey and lychee aromatics. Crisp and well balanced with flavors of honeysuckle, citrus and green apple. 4.5 acres on southwest facing hillside, planted 1980, estate grown, estate bottled 239 cases, 11.42% alcohol

2011 BUBELA’S BLEND (estate) $11.99
90% Chardonnay, 5% Riesling and 5% Muller-Thurgau blend, estate grown, estate bottled Burnt sugar and spice, and everything nice may not be a wine saying but those flavor notes add intriguing elements to a clean, bright, nicely balanced blend of mostly Chardonnay topped off with Riesling and Müller-Thurgau. Apple and pear round out this palate pleaser. (Oregon Wine Press-June, 2013)

2009 PINOT NOIR (estate) $19.99
Exuberant, complex flavors of dark cherry and plum tiered with sweet tobacco; cedar and lavender give way to subtle notes of licorice. The velvety, polished tannins make for a long and luxurious finish. 140 cases made. 3.5 acres on south facing hillside, planted 1980, estate grown Gold Medal, Oregon Wine Awards 2013. People’s Choice Pinot Winner @ East Willamette Valley Wine Festival 2012

2010 PINOT NOIR RESERVE (estate) $22.99
3.5 acres on southwest facing hillside, planted in 1980, This Pinot Noir is our pride and joy 18 month in barrel (compared to 18 months for our estate Pinot), and using only the best of our 2010 Pinot harvest 150 cases made.

2010 MALBEC (Applegate Valley AVA) $22.99
Sourced from one the finest vineyards in all of southern Oregon, this Malbec gives off a strong Mole, tobacco and chocolate essence on the nose. Ripe flavors of fig, plum and cocoa with a tannic mouthfeel that leaves you excited about the presence of Malbec in our backyard. 80 cases made.

Dave's New Wine Discovery: Vina Amezola Rioja 2007
This has all the classic red fruit flavors and aromas with a touch of smoky oak, pepper and nutmeg. Bodegas Amezola de la Mora was established in the mid-19th Century and is one of Rioja's oldest and finest wine estates. The 65 hectares of vineyards, planted with Tempranillo, Mazuelo and Graciano, benefit from a high altitude and cooler climate, and yield elegant, classic wines packed full of harmonious red berry and vanilla flavors. If you never had a good Rioja, this is it! Only $13.99. It's one of my favorite reds that I've had lately.



Posted 6/12/2013 7:15:09 PM

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



Robert Karmin with be pouring selections from Alexeli Winery, Molalla, Oregon

2010 RIESLING (estate) $11.99
A touch off dry with clover honey and lychee aromatics. Crisp and well balanced with flavors of honeysuckle, citrus and green apple. 4.5 acres on southwest facing hillside, planted 1980, estate grown, estate bottled 239 cases, 11.42% alcohol 2011 BUBELA’S BLEND (estate) $11.99
90% Chardonnay, 5% Riesling and 5% Muller-Thurgau blend, estate grown, estate bottled Burnt sugar and spice, and everything nice may not be a wine saying but those flavor notes add intriguing elements to a clean, bright, nicely balanced blend of mostly Chardonnay topped off with Riesling and Müller-Thurgau. Apple and pear round out this palate pleaser. (Oregon Wine Press-June, 2013) 2009 PINOT NOIR (estate) $19.99
Exuberant, complex flavors of dark cherry and plum tiered with sweet tobacco; cedar and lavender give way to subtle notes of licorice. The velvety, polished tannins make for a long and luxurious finish. 140 cases made. 3.5 acres on south facing hillside, planted 1980, estate grown Gold Medal, Oregon Wine Awards 2013. People’s Choice Pinot Winner @ East Willamette Valley Wine Festival 2012 2010 PINOT NOIR RESERVE (estate) $22.99
3.5 acres on southwest facing hillside, planted in 1980, This Pinot Noir is our pride and joy 18 month in barrel (compared to 18 months for our estate Pinot), and using only the best of our 2010 Pinot harvest 150 cases made. 2010 MALBEC (Applegate Valley AVA) $22.99
Sourced from one the finest vineyards in all of southern Oregon, this Malbec gives off a strong Mole, tobacco and chocolate essence on the nose. Ripe flavors of fig, plum and cocoa with a tannic mouthfeel that leaves you excited about the presence of Malbec in our backyard. 80 cases made.

Dave's New Wine Discovery: Vina Amezola Rioja 2007
This has all the classic red fruit flavors and aromas with a touch of smoky oak, pepper and nutmeg. Bodegas Amezola de la Mora was established in the mid-19th Century and is one of Rioja's oldest and finest wine estates. The 65 hectares of vineyards, planted with Tempranillo, Mazuelo and Graciano, benefit from a high altitude and cooler climate, and yield elegant, classic wines packed full of harmonious red berry and vanilla flavors. If you never had a good Rioja, this is it! Only $13.99. It's one of my favorite reds that I've had lately.



Posted 6/5/2013 3:41:03 PM

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



Margo Durdel of Oregon Brand Management with be pouring selections from Oregon, France and Spain

Matzinger Davies Sauvignon Blanc 2012 $16.99
Flavors of fresh-mown hay and a touch of lime. Smooth finish, great summer sipper. Winemakers Anna and Michael hail from Napa Valley and New Zealand. Both have broad resumes in the wine industry both locally and abroad. Together they create some awesome wine.

Libra Pinot Blanc 2012 $13.99
New Release! A bit softer than their Pinot Gris. Smooth, elegant, delightful. Perfect for Summer. Bill Hanson is the winemaker. The winery is located in Carlton, OR

Bodegas Lezaun Rosado $8.99
Color of youthful raspberry hues. Flavors of ripe, spicy notes and hints of wild berries. Well balanced, structured, with a nice finish. 100% Garnacha/Grenache.

Dom. Andre Dezat Sancere Rouge 2011 $19.99
Andre Dezat's Sancerre Rouge is made from 100% Pinot Noir with aromas of cherry, strawberry, earth and hints of vanilla and spice. It is a fairly full bodied pinot with nice structure, subtle tannins and a luxurious mineral-edged finish. It would be a great match for a wide range of poultry, duck or ahi.

Vina Amezola Rioja 2007 $13.99
Intense ripe cherry red with garnet rim.Clear and bright. Medium to high intensity, aromatic complexity. Slightly mineral aromas of ripe red fruit jam (cherry, blackcurrant). Very spicy (pepper, bay leaf).The palate is round and velvety. Well integrated wood. Ripe tannin, and sweet. Memories of ripe berries with a light touch of vanilla.

JOC Negre 2011 $16.99
Aromas minerals and black raspberry.The palate is broad, with soft tannins. Notes of fruit and sweet spices. From the Emporda DO, wine region in the NE corner of Catalunya, Spain. The Negre is mostly Garnatxa/Grenache with a little Syrah and tiny bit of Cabernet Franc. Almost has a Zinfandel quality to it. A beautiful, stunning wine. You have to taste this one.

Petritegi Basque Cider $8.99
From the town of Astigarraga, Spain near San Sebastian just south of the French border. This cider has intense flavors of apple and is unfined and unfiltered with only 6% alcohol. You can drink a bottle. It's good for you.

Dave's New Wine Discovery: Vina Amezola Rioja 2007
This has all the classic red fruit flavors and aromas with a touch of smoky oak, pepper and nutmeg. Bodegas Amezola de la Mora was established in the mid-19th Century and is one of Rioja's oldest and finest wine estates. The 65 hectares of vineyards, planted with Tempranillo, Mazuelo and Graciano, benefit from a high altitude and cooler climate, and yield elegant, classic wines packed full of harmonious red berry and vanilla flavors. If you never had a good Rioja, this is it! Only $13.99. It's one of my favorite reds that I've had lately. It's delicious.



Posted 6/5/2013 11:09:59 AM

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



Margo Durdel of Oregon Brand Management with be pouring selections from Oregon, France and Spain

Matzinger Davies Sauvignon Blanc 2012  $16.99
Flavors of fresh-mown hay and a touch of lime. Smooth finish, great summer sipper. Winemakers Anna and Michael hail from Napa Valley and New Zealand. Both have broad resumes in the wine industry both locally and abroad. Together they create some awesome wine.

Libra Pinot Blanc 2012  $13.99
  New Release! A bit softer than their Pinot Gris. Smooth, elegant, delightful. Perfect for Summer. Bill Hanson is the winemaker. The winery is located in Carlton, OR

Bodegas Lezaun Rosado  $8.99
Color of youthful raspberry hues. Flavors of ripe, spicy notes and hints of wild berries.  Well balanced, structured, with a nice finish. 100% Garnacha/Grenache.

Dom. Andre Dezat Sancere Rouge 2011  $19.99
Andre Dezat's Sancerre Rouge is made from 100% Pinot Noir with aromas of cherry, strawberry, earth and hints of vanilla and spice. It is a fairly full bodied pinot with nice structure, subtle tannins and a luxurious mineral-edged finish. It would be a great match for a wide range of poultry, duck or ahi.

Vina Amezola Rioja 2007  $13.99
Intense ripe cherry red with garnet rim.Clear and bright. Medium to high intensity, aromatic complexity. Slightly mineral aromas of ripe red fruit jam (cherry, blackcurrant). Very spicy (pepper, bay leaf).The palate is round and velvety. Well integrated wood. Ripe tannin, and sweet. Memories of ripe berries with a light touch of vanilla.

JOC Negre 2011  $16.99
Aromas minerals and black raspberry.The palate is broad, with soft tannins. Notes of fruit and sweet spices. From the Emporda DO, wine region in the NE corner of Catalunya, Spain. The Negre is mostly Garnatxa/Grenache with a little Syrah and tiny bit of Cabernet Franc. Almost has a Zinfandel quality to it. A beautiful, stunning wine. You have to taste this one.

Petritegi Basque Cider $8.99
From the town of Astigarraga, Spain near San Sebastian just south of the French border. This cider has intense flavors of apple and is unfined and unfiltered with only 6% alcohol. You can drink a bottle. It's good for you.

Dave's New Wine Discovery: Vina Amezola Rioja 2007
This has all the classic red fruit flavors and aromas with a touch of smoky oak, pepper and nutmeg. Bodegas Amezola de la Mora was established in the mid-19th Century and is one of Rioja's oldest and finest wine estates. The 65 hectares of vineyards, planted with Tempranillo, Mazuelo and Graciano, benefit from a high altitude and cooler climate, and yield elegant, classic wines packed full of harmonious red berry and vanilla flavors. If you never had a good Rioja, this is it! Only $13.99. It's one of my favorite reds that I've had lately. It's delicious.



Posted 6/5/2013 10:57:46 AM

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



Margo Durdel of Oregon Brand Management with be pouring selections from Oregon, France and Spain

Matzinger Davies Sauvignon Blanc 2012  $16.99
Flavors of fresh-mown hay and a touch of lime. Smooth finish, great summer sipper. Winemakers Anna and Michael hail from Napa Valley and New Zealand. Both have broad resumes in the wine industry both locally and abroad. Together they create some awesome wine.

Libra Pinot Blanc 2012  $13.99
  New Release! A bit softer than their Pinot Gris. Smooth, elegant, delightful. Perfect for Summer. Bill Hanson is the winemaker. The winery is located in Carlton, OR

Bodegas Lezaun Rosado  $8.99
Color of youthful raspberry hues. Flavors of ripe, spicy notes and hints of wild berries.  Well balanced, structured, with a nice finish. 100% Garnacha/Grenache.

Dom. Andre Dezat Sancere Rouge 2011  $19.99
Andre Dezat's Sancerre Rouge is made from 100% Pinot Noir with aromas of cherry, strawberry, earth and hints of vanilla and spice. It is a fairly full bodied pinot with nice structure, subtle tannins and a luxurious mineral-edged finish. It would be a great match for a wide range of poultry, duck or ahi.

Vina Amezola Rioja 2007  $13.99
Intense ripe cherry red with garnet rim.Clear and bright. Medium to high intensity, aromatic complexity. Slightly mineral aromas of ripe red fruit jam (cherry, blackcurrant). Very spicy (pepper, bay leaf).The palate is round and velvety. Well integrated wood. Ripe tannin, and sweet. Memories of ripe berries with a light touch of vanilla.

JOC Negre 2011  $16.99
Aromas minerals and black raspberry.The palate is broad, with soft tannins. Notes of fruit and sweet spices. From the Emporda DO, wine region in the NE corner of Catalunya, Spain. The Negre is mostly Garnatxa/Grenache with a little Syrah and tiny bit of Cabernet Franc. Almost has a Zinfandel quality to it. A beautiful, stunning wine. You have to taste this one.

Dave's New Wine Discovery: Vina Amezola Rioja 2007
This has all the classic red fruit flavors and aromas with a touch of smoky oak, pepper and nutmeg. Bodegas Amezola de la Mora was established in the mid-19th Century and is one of Rioja's oldest and finest wine estates. The 65 hectares of vineyards, planted with Tempranillo, Mazuelo and Graciano, benefit from a high altitude and cooler climate, and yield elegant, classic wines packed full of harmonious red berry and vanilla flavors. If you never had a good Rioja, this is it! Only $13.99. It's one of my favorite reds that I've had lately. It's delicious.

Petritegi Basque Cider $8.99
From the town of Astigarraga, Spain near San Sebastian just south of the French border. This cider has intense flavors of apple and is unfined and unfiltered with only 6% alcohol. You can drink a bottle. It's good for you.



Posted 6/5/2013 5:32:56 AM

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



Margo Durdel of Oregon Brand Management with be pouring selections from Oregon, France and Spain

Matzinger Davies Sauvignon Blanc 2012  $16.99
Flavors of fresh-mown hay and a touch of lime. Smooth finish, great summer sipper. Winemakers Anna and Michael hail from Napa Valley and New Zealand. Both have broad resumes in the wine industry both locally and abroad. Together they create some awesome wine.

Libra Pinot Blanc 2012  $13.99
  New Release! A bit softer than their Pinot Gris. Smooth, elegant, delightful. Perfect for Summer. Bill Hanson is the winemaker. The winery is located in Carlton, OR

Bodegas Lezaun Rosado  $8.99
Color of youthful raspberry hues. Flavors of ripe, spicy notes and hints of wild berries.  Well balanced, structured, with a nice finish. 100% Garnacha/Grenache.

Dom. Andre Dezat Sancere Rouge 2011  $19.99
Andre Dezat's Sancerre Rouge is made from 100% Pinot Noir with aromas of cherry, strawberry, earth and hints of vanilla and spice. It is a fairly full bodied pinot with nice structure, subtle tannins and a luxurious mineral-edged finish. It would be a great match for a wide range of poultry, duck or ahi.

Vina Amezola Rioja 2007  $13.99
Intense ripe cherry red with garnet rim.Clear and bright. Medium to high intensity, aromatic complexity. Slightly mineral aromas of ripe red fruit jam (cherry, blackcurrant). Very spicy (pepper, bay leaf).The palate is round and velvety. Well integrated wood. Ripe tannin, and sweet. Memories of ripe berries with a light touch of vanilla.

JOC Negre 2011  $16.99
Aromas minerals and black raspberry.The palate is broad, with soft tannins. Notes of fruit and sweet spices. From the Emporda DO, wine region in the NE corner of Catalunya, Spain. The Negre is mostly Garnatxa/Grenache with a little Syrah and tiny bit of Cabernet Franc. Almost has a Zinfandel quality to it. A beautiful, stunning wine. You have to taste this one.

Dave's New Wine Discovery: Vina Amezola Rioja 2007
This has all the classic red fruit flavors and aromas with a touch of smoky oak, pepper and nutmeg. Bodegas Amezola de la Mora was established in the mid-19th Century and is one of Rioja's oldest and finest wine estates. The 65 hectares of vineyards, planted with Tempranillo, Mazuelo and Graciano, benefit from a high altitude and cooler climate, and yield elegant, classic wines packed full of harmonious red berry and vanilla flavors. If you never had a good Rioja, this is it! Only $13.99. It's one of my favorite reds that I've had lately. It's delicious.



Posted 6/5/2013 5:28:56 AM

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



Margo Durdel of Oregon Brand Management with be pouring selections from Oregon, France and Spain

Matzinger Davies Sauvignon Blanc 2012  $16.99
Flavors of fresh-mown hay and a touch of lime. Smooth finish, great summer sipper. Winemakers Anna and Michael hail from Napa Valley and New Zealand. Both have broad resumes in the wine industry both locally and abroad. Together they create some awesome wine.

Libra Pinot Blanc 2012  $13.99
  New Release! A bit softer than their Pinot Gris. Smooth, elegant, delightful. Perfect for Summer. Bill Hanson is the winemaker. The winery is located in Carlton, OR

Bodegas Lezaun Rosado  $8.99
Color of youthful raspberry hues. Flavors of ripe, spicy notes and hints of wild berries.  Well balanced, structured, with a nice finish. 100% Garnacha/Grenache.

Dom. Andre Dezat Sancere Rouge 2011  $19.99
Andre Dezat's Sancerre Rouge is made from 100% Pinot Noir with has aromas of cherry, strawberry, earth and hints of vanilla and spice. It is a fairly full bodied pinot with nice structure, subtle tannins and a luxurious mineral-edged finish. It would be a great match for a wide range of poultry, duck or ahi.

Vina Amezola Rioja 2007  $13.99
Intense ripe cherry red with garnet rim.Clear and bright. Medium to high intensity, aromatic complexity. Slightly mineral aromas of ripe red fruit jam (cherry, blackcurrant). Very spicy (pepper, bay leaf).The palate is round and velvety. Well integrated wood. Ripe tannin, and sweet. Memories of ripe berries with a light touch of vanilla.

JOC Negre 2011  $16.99
Aromas minerals and black raspberry.The palate is broad, with soft tannins. Notes of fruit and sweet spices. From the Emporda DO, wine region in the NE corner of Catalunya, Spain. The Negre is mostly Garnatxa/Grenache with a little Syrah and tiny bit of Cabernet Franc. Almost has a Zinfandel quality to it. A beautiful, stunning wine. You have to taste this one.

Dave's New Wine Discovery: Vina Amezola Rioja 2007
This has all the classic red fruit flavors and aromas with a touch of smoky oak, pepper and nutmeg. Bodegas Amezola de la Mora was established in the mid-19th Century and is one of Rioja's oldest and finest wine estates. The 65 hectares of vineyards, planted with Tempranillo, Mazuelo and Graciano, benefit from a high altitude and cooler climate, and yield elegant, classic wines packed full of harmonious red berry and vanilla flavors. If you never had a good Rioja, this is it! Only $13.99. It's one of my favorite reds that I've had lately. It's delicious.



Posted 5/30/2013 5:49:04 AM

** Friday, May 31 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm... always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee



Ewald Moseler of Mitchell Wines will present three the most traditional German and Austrian white wines –Grüner Veltliner, Riesling and Müller-Thurgau and three Pinot Noirs from different wine regions – Ahr, Württemberg Germany and Burgenland, Austria.

1. 2011 Grüner Veltliner Steinfeder - Sighardt Donabaum -Thal Wachau –AUSTRIA / WACHAU $18.99
The most famous and most planted grape variety in Austrian. Lively fresh with white pepper spiciness.

2. 2010 Müller-Thurgau Kabinett dry - Juliusspital - Würzburger Stein – GERMANY/ FRANKEN $28.99
Most popular and most panted grape variety in the Franken region. Full-bodied and dry, presented in the traditional Bocksbeutel.

3. 2010 Riesling Kabinett - Klaus Meierer – GERMANY / MOSEL 17.99
A traditional well balanced Mosel Riesling produced by the new rising star Mathias Meierer – young winemaker of the year in 2007

4. 2011 Mayschosser Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir) – GERMANY / AHR $21.99
A Pinot Noir treasure from the coolest red wine producing region in the world – the Ahr and produced by the Mayschoss vintners the oldest and high quality wine coop in Germany.

5. 2009 Spätburgunder** (Pinot Noir)- Ernst Dautel - Bönningheimer Sonnenberg – GERMANY / WÜRTEMBERG $32.99
A difficult to find Pinot Noir from one of the highest rated VDP wine estate in the Württemberg region Ernst Dautel.

6. 2010 Pinot Noir - Peter Schandl – AUSTRIA / BURGENLAND $33.99
A traditional, barique aged Pinot Noir from Peter Schandl, wine gardener and wine producer in the red wine region Burgenland, Austria.

Dave's New Wine Discovery: Vina Amezola Rioja 2007
This has all the classic red fruit flavors and aromas with a touch of smoky oak, pepper and nutmeg. Bodegas Amezola de la Mora was established in the mid-19th Century and is one of Rioja's oldest and finest wine estates. The 65 hectares of vineyards, planted with Tempranillo, Mazuelo and Graciano, benefit from a high altitude and cooler climate, and yield elegant, classic wines packed full of harmonious red berry and vanilla flavors. If you never had a good Rioja, this is it! Only $13.99. It's one of my favorite reds that I've had lately. It's delicious.



Posted 5/22/2013 7:28:07 AM

** Friday, May 24 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm... always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee



This week, Marcus Goodfellow of Matello Winery will be pouring:

Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley 2012 $15.99
Classic Oregon Pinot Gris, flavors of apple, pear, and honeydew, lushly textured, and balanced by juicy acidity.

Caprice, Yamhill-Carlton 2011 $17.99
80% Pinot Blanc/20% Pinot Gris, co-fermented. Clocking in at a mere 11.8% alcohol, this wine has great aromatics, and a surprising depth and richness due to the extra year o cellaring it receives. Perfect for serious summer sipping or paired with scallops and other shellfish. 

Durant Chardonnay, Dundee Hills, 2011 $26.99
A perfect example of the "new" Oregon Chardonnay. All neutral barrels showcase the natural texture and minerality found in Oregon's best sites.

"Lazarus" Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2011 $20.00
Juicy, fresh, red and black raspberries with layers of spice and earth. Lazarus showcases the quality of artisanal winemaking at an affordable price, this is consistently one of the best Oregon Pinot Noir for QPR.

Durant Vineyard Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills 2011 $36.99
Classic Oregon Pinot Noir blends elegance, dynamic fruit, and perfect balance. While delicious now, this is a perfect wine for cellaring for a few years and shows the world class quality here in our own backyard.

"Fool's Journey" Srah/Viognier, Deux Vert Vineyard 2010 $28.99
One of the most unique wines you will ever try, and grown here in Oregon! From the Deux Vert Vineyard just outside of Yamhill, this is a wonderful expression of truly cool climate Syrah. Elegant flavos of black raspberry, exotix spice box, and smoke, wind with juicy fruit and bright acidity. Perhaps the perfect wine for duck confit!



Posted 5/22/2013 7:27:26 AM

** Friday, May 17 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm... always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee



This week, Marcus Goodfellow of Matello Winery will be pouring:

Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley 2012 $15.99
Classic Oregon Pinot Gris, flavors of apple, pear, and honeydew, lushly textured, and balanced by juicy acidity.

Caprice, Yamhill-Carlton 2011 $17.99
80% Pinot Blanc/20% Pinot Gris, co-fermented. Clocking in at a mere 11.8% alcohol, this wine has great aromatics, and a surprising depth and richness due to the extra year o cellaring it receives. Perfect for serious summer sipping or paired with scallops and other shellfish. 

Durant Chardonnay, Dundee Hills, 2011 $26.99
A perfect example of the "new" Oregon Chardonnay. All neutral barrels showcase the natural texture and minerality found in Oregon's best sites.

"Lazarus" Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2011 $20.00
Juicy, fresh, red and black raspberries with layers of spice and earth. Lazarus showcases the quality of artisanal winemaking at an affordable price, this is consistently one of the best Oregon Pinot Noir for QPR.

Durant Vineyard Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills 2011 $36.99
Classic Oregon Pinot Noir blends elegance, dynamic fruit, and perfect balance. While delicious now, this is a perfect wine for cellaring for a few years and shows the world class quality here in our own backyard.

"Fool's Journey" Srah/Viognier, Deux Vert Vineyard 2010 $28.99
One of the most unique wines you will ever try, and grown here in Oregon! From the Deux Vert Vineyard just outside of Yamhill, this is a wonderful expression of truly cool climate Syrah. Elegant flavos of black raspberry, exotix spice box, and smoke, wind with juicy fruit and bright acidity. Perhaps the perfect wine for duck confit!



Posted 5/22/2013 7:24:59 AM

** Friday, May 17 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm... always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee



This week, Marcus Goodfellow of Matello Winery will be pouring:

Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley 2012 $15.99
Classic Oregon Pinot Gris, flavors of apple, pear, and honeydew, lushly textured, and balanced by juicy acidity.

Caprice, Yamhill-Carlton 2011 $17.99 80% Pinot Blanc/20% Pinot Gris, co-fermented. Clocking in at a mere 11.8% alcohol, this wine has great aromatics, and a surprising depth and richness due to the extra year o cellaring it receives. Perfect for serious summer sipping or paired with scallops and other shellfish. 

Durant Chardonnay, Dundee Hills, 2011 $26.99 A perfect example of the "new" Oregon Chardonnay. All neutral barrels showcase the natural texture and minerality found in Oregon's best sites.

"Lazarus" Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2011 $20.00 Juicy, fresh, red and black raspberries with layers of spice and earth. Lazarus showcases the quality of artisanal winemaking at an affordable price, this is consistently one of the best Oregon Pinot Noir for QPR.

Durant Vineyard Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills 2011 $36.99 Classic Oregon Pinot Noir blends elegance, dynamic fruit, and perfect balance. While delicious now, this is a perfect wine for cellaring for a few years and shows the world class quality here in our own backyard.

"Fool's Journey" Srah/Viognier, Deux Vert Vineyard 2010 $28.99 One of the most unique wines you will ever try, and grown here in Oregon! From the Deux Vert Vineyard just outside of Yamhill, this is a wonderful expression of truly cool climate Syrah. Elegant flavos of black raspberry, exotix spice box, and smoke, wind with juicy fruit and bright acidity. Perhaps the perfect wine for duck confit!



Posted 5/15/2013 9:27:15 AM

** Friday, May 17 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm... always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee



This week, Rod Evans, of Zancanella Imports will be pouring:

Domaine Montmarin Rose "Les Oliviers" 2012 $8.99
From the Languedoc region of southern France. Blend of Syrah and Grenache. Lovely nose of berries and summer fruits. Dry and crisp. Estate Bottled. Great price.

Provenza Chiaretto (Rose) 2012 $12.99
From the south end of Lake Garda in north-central Italy. One of Portland's favorite Roses. As per DOC (approved area), this wine must contain Sangiovese, Groppello, Marzemino and Barbera. This is the 11th vintage that has come to Portland. Lovely fruit, yet on the dry side. Think strawberries.

San Felice "Contrada" (red) 2010 $9.99
San Felice is one Tuscany" premier properties, producing wonderful Chianti Classico among other wines. This was originally made for the Contrada of Sienna for the famous horse race there. the Il Palio. Blend of Sangiovese and Merlot. A lot there for 10 bucks.

Camplazens Syrah (red) 2011 $12.99
Located at the top of "La Clape" , a small mountain overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. An environmentally protected area since 1965. The only activity permitted is grape growing. Organic and soon to be Biodynamic. This wine displays an attractive earth-scented, bacon and spice nose. Try with BBQ, sausages and hearty cheese. Estate Bottled.

Chateau Recougne "Bordeaux Superieur" 2009 $14.99,
A longtime Bordeaux property in this market. 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc. 2009 was a very, very nice vintage and this wine is showing quite well now. The vineyard is just outside of Fronsac.

Podere Capaccia Chianti Classico 2007 $16.99 (regular 18.99)
Gorgeous wine. Nice bottle age. Quite rich and complex. 95% Sangiovese and 5% Canaiolo. Aged for 10 months in Slovenian oak. Winery is locate outside of Rodda.

DAVE'S NEW DISCOVERY: Pierre Sparr Gewurtztraminer, $15.99.
Most people don't drink Gewurtztraminer for two reasons, one the can't pronounce it, (Gewurz means spice and Traminer, for the town Tramin in NE Italy). Also, unless you have tasted one from Alsace in NE France where it has become famous, you probably had a bad one. Gewurztraminer is a very hard wine to make and unfortunately there are very few good ones made in the US. This one from Pierre Sparr is an excellent example of what Gewurztraminer is supposed to taste like. Most Alsatian Gewurz are over $20 so to find a good one for only $15.99 is a deal. Try one and see. The beautiful perfume and opulent aromatic qualities will make you realize that Gewurtraminer is worth it.

I'm going to keep looking for some good locals ones that I can rave about. Stay tuned.

Posted 5/15/2013 9:26:31 AM

** Friday, May 17 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm... always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee-- ------------------------------------------------------------ This week, Rod Evans, of Zancanella Imports will be pouring:

Domaine Montmarin Rose "Les Oliviers" 2012 $8.99
From the Languedoc region of southern France. Blend of Syrah and Grenache. Lovely nose of berries and summer fruits. Dry and crisp. Estate Bottled. Great price.

Provenza Chiaretto (Rose) 2012 $12.99
From the south end of Lake Garda in north-central Italy. One of Portland's favorite Roses. As per DOC (approved area), this wine must contain Sangiovese, Groppello, Marzemino and Barbera. This is the 11th vintage that has come to Portland. Lovely fruit, yet on the dry side. Think strawberries.

San Felice "Contrada" (red) 2010 $9.99
San Felice is one Tuscany" premier properties, producing wonderful Chianti Classico among other wines. This was originally made for the Contrada of Sienna for the famous horse race there. the Il Palio. Blend of Sangiovese and Merlot. A lot there for 10 bucks.

Camplazens Syrah (red) 2011 $12.99
Located at the top of "La Clape" , a small mountain overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. An environmentally protected area since 1965. The only activity permitted is grape growing. Organic and soon to be Biodynamic. This wine displays an attractive earth-scented, bacon and spice nose. Try with BBQ, sausages and hearty cheese. Estate Bottled.

Chateau Recougne "Bordeaux Superieur" 2009 $14.99,
A longtime Bordeaux property in this market. 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc. 2009 was a very, very nice vintage and this wine is showing quite well now. The vineyard is just outside of Fronsac.

Podere Capaccia Chianti Classico 2007 $16.99 (regular 18.99)
Gorgeous wine. Nice bottle age. Quite rich and complex. 95% Sangiovese and 5% Canaiolo. Aged for 10 months in Slovenian oak. Winery is locate outside of Rodda.

DAVE'S NEW DISCOVERY: Pierre Sparr Gewurtztraminer, $15.99.
Most people don't drink Gewurtztraminer for two reasons, one the can't pronounce it, (Gewurz means spice and Traminer, for the town Tramin in NE Italy). Also, unless you have tasted one from Alsace in NE France where it has become famous, you probably had a bad one. Gewurztraminer is a very hard wine to make and unfortunately there are very few good ones made in the US. This one from Pierre Sparr is an excellent example of what Gewurztraminer is supposed to taste like. Most Alsatian Gewurz are over $20 so to find a good one for only $15.99 is a deal. Try one and see. The beautiful perfume and opulent aromatic qualities will make you realize that Gewurtraminer is worth it.

I'm going to keep looking for some good locals ones that I can rave about. Stay tuned.

Posted 5/15/2013 7:05:09 AM

** Friday, May 17 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee-- ------------------------------------------------------------ This week, Rod Evans, of Zancanella Imports will be pouring:

Domaine Montmarin Rose "Les Oliviers" 2012 $8.99 From the Languedoc region of southern France. Blend of Syrah and Grenache. Lovely nose of berries and summer fruits. Dry and crisp. Estate Bottled. Great price.

Provenza Chiaretto (Rose) 2012 $12.99 From the south end of Lake Garda in north-central Italy. One of Portland's favorite Roses. As per DOC (approved area), this wine must contain Sangiovese, Groppello, Marzemino and Barbera. This is the 11th vintage that has come to Portland. Lovely fruit, yet on the dry side. Think strawberries.

San Felice "Contrada" (red) 2010 $9.99 San Felice is one Tuscany" premier properties, producing wonderful Chianti Classico among other wines. This was originally made for the Contrada of Sienna for the famous horse race there. the Il Palio. Blend of Sangiovese and Merlot. A lot there for 10 bucks.

Camplazens Syrah (red) 2011 $12.99 Located at the top of "La Clape" , a small mountain overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. An environmentally protected area since 1965. The only activity permitted is grape growing. Organic and soon to be Biodynamic. This wine displays an attractive earth-scented, bacon and spice nose. Try with BBQ, sausages and hearty cheese. Estate Bottled.

Chateau Recougne "Bordeaux Superieur" 2009 $14.99, A longtime Bordeaux property in this market. 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc. 2009 was a very, very nice vintage and this wine is showing quite well now. The vineyard is just outside of Fronsac.

Podere Capaccia Chianti Classico 2007 $16.99 (regular 18.99) Gorgeous wine. Nice bottle age. Quite rich and complex. 95% Sangiovese and 5% Canaiolo. Aged for 10 months in Slovenian oak. Winery is locate outside of Rodda.

DAVE'S NEW DISCOVERY: Pierre Sparr Gewurtztraminer, $15.99.

Most people don't drink Gewurtztraminer for two reasons, one the can't pronounce it, (Gewurz means spice and Traminer, for the town Tramin in NE Italy). Also, unless you have tasted one from Alsace in NE France where it has become famous, you probably had a bad one. Gewurztraminer is a very hard wine to make and unfortunately there are very few good ones made in the US. This one from Pierre Sparr is an excellent example of what Gewurztraminer is supposed to taste like. Most Alsatian Gewurz are over $20 so to find a good one for only $15.99 is a deal. Try one and see. The beautiful perfume and opulent aromatic qualities will make you realize that Gewurtraminer is worth it.

I'm going to keep looking for some good locals ones that I can rave about. Stay tuned.

Posted 5/8/2013 6:51:40 AM

** Friday, May 10 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee-- ------------------------------------------------------------

Doug Culver, of C & G Wines will be pouring:

Alianca 2012 Vinho Verde $8.99 The granitic soil, the climactic conditions and the grape varieties of the Vinho Verde region of Portugal’s NW give this famous wine its special characteristics of crisp fruit and delicate aroma. Lightness and freshness make this low alcolhol crisp white wine ideal by itself in the sun.

Lorelle 2011 Pinot Grigio Horse Heaven Hills $9.99 Produced by the wonderful husband and wife team, John and Lynn Albin, this Pinot Grigio is delicious, refreshing, and crisp with excellent definition, focus and clarity.

Lorelle 2012 Pinot Noir Rose Chehalem Mountains $13.99 Aromas of fragrant red berries, flowers, spices, mint and sweet red cherries. Saline notes appear in the glass, adding an element of brightness that is intriguing. The 2012 possesses lovely depth and a focused, linear personality that captures the essence of this cooler part of the Chehalem Mountains AVA.

Il Chiosso 2011 Rossomarconi $9.99 (100% Nebbiolo) Based in Alto Piemonte's Gattinara DOCG, Il Chiosso farms biodynamically for purity in the wines. This is a very unique deal for Nebbiolo. It is unmistakably Nebbiolo through and through and it's almost unbelievable at this price. If you are a fan of Nebbiolo don't miss this everyday drinker.

Colonia las Liebres 2012 Bonarda Argentina $10.99 100% Bonarda Argentina grapes come from high-trellised vineyards located in a unique microclimate in the area of Medrano and Carrizal de Abajo, Mendoza. This area sits slightly higher than the neighboring vineyards to the north, which contributes to cooler nights, resulting in acid development and retention. The low fertility soils paired with parral trellising help control the natural vigor of the Bonarda vine, and deep soils with good drainage facilitate root development. Winemaking Philosophy Vinified with native yeasts in 300hl stainless steel tanks with temperature control for a duration of 10 days from crushing to pressing, with daily rack-and-return for a gentle extraction. The wine goes through malolactic fermentation, receiving no oak treatment in order to preserve freshness and to represent a pure expression of the Bonarda grape.

Altos las Hormigas 2012 Malbec Classico Mendoza $11.99 100% Malbec grapes come from soils chosen for their similar characteristics in soil profile and low vigor. Vineyard sites are over 800 meters in elevation, located both in Lujan de Cujo, which gives it its fruit forward character, and Valle de Uco, to add spices, backbone and floral notes. These areas include Valle de Uco (Vista Flores, Eugenio Bustos and La Consulta, 50%), Estate (45%) and Lujan de Cuyo (Perdriel, Agrelo y Vistalba 5%).

DAVE'S NEW DISCOVERY: Pierre Sparr Gewurtztraminer, $15.99.

Most people don't drink Gewurtztraminer for two reasons, one the can't pronounce it, (Gewurz means spice and Traminer, for the town Tramin in NE Italy). Also, unless you have tasted one from Alsace in NE France where it has become famous, you probably had a bad one. Gewurztraminer is a very hard wine to make and unfortunately there are very few good ones made in the US. This one from Pierre Sparr is an excellent example of what Gewurztraminer is supposed to taste like. Most Alsatian Gewurz are over $20 so to find a good one for only $15.99 is a deal. Try one and see. The beautiful perfume and opulent aromatic qualities will make you realize that Gewurtraminer is worth it.

I'm going to keep looking for some good locals ones that I can rave about. Stay tuned.

Posted 5/8/2013 6:49:56 AM

** Friday, May 10 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee-- ------------------------------------------------------------

Doug Culver, of C & G Wines will be pouring:

Alianca 2012 Vinho Verde $8.99 The granitic soil, the climactic conditions and the grape varieties of the Vinho Verde region of Portugal’s NW give this famous wine its special characteristics of crisp fruit and delicate aroma. Lightness and freshness make this low alcolhol crisp white wine ideal by itself in the sun.

Lorelle 2011 Pinot Grigio Horse Heaven Hills $9.99 Produced by the wonderful husband and wife team, John and Lynn Albin, this Pinot Grigio is delicious, refreshing, and crisp with excellent definition, focus and clarity.

Lorelle 2012 Pinot Noir Rosé Chehalem Mountains $13.99 Aromas of fragrant red berries, flowers, spices, mint and sweet red cherries. Saline notes appear in the glass, adding an element of brightness that is intriguing. The 2012 possesses lovely depth and a focused, linear personality that captures the essence of this cooler part of the Chehalem Mountains AVA.

Il Chiosso 2011 Rossomarconi $9.99 (100% Nebbiolo) Based in Alto Piemonte's Gattinara DOCG, Il Chiosso farms biodynamically for purity in the wines. This is a very unique deal for Nebbiolo. It is unmistakably Nebbiolo through and through and it's almost unbelievable at this price. If you are a fan of Nebbiolo don't miss this everyday drinker.

Colonia las Liebres 2012 Bonarda Argentina $10.99 100% Bonarda Argentina grapes come from high-trellised vineyards located in a unique microclimate in the area of Medrano and Carrizal de Abajo, Mendoza. This area sits slightly higher than the neighboring vineyards to the north, which contributes to cooler nights, resulting in acid development and retention. The low fertility soils paired with parral trellising help control the natural vigor of the Bonarda vine, and deep soils with good drainage facilitate root development. Winemaking Philosophy Vinified with native yeasts in 300hl stainless steel tanks with temperature control for a duration of 10 days from crushing to pressing, with daily rack-and-return for a gentle extraction. The wine goes through malolactic fermentation, receiving no oak treatment in order to preserve freshness and to represent a pure expression of the Bonarda grape.

Altos las Hormigas 2012 Malbec Classico Mendoza $11.99 100% Malbec grapes come from soils chosen for their similar characteristics in soil profile and low vigor. Vineyard sites are over 800 meters in elevation, located both in Lujan de Cujo, which gives it its fruit forward character, and Valle de Uco, to add spices, backbone and floral notes. These areas include Valle de Uco (Vista Flores, Eugenio Bustos and La Consulta, 50%), Estate (45%) and Lujan de Cuyo (Perdriel, Agrelo y Vistalba 5%).

DAVE'S NEW DISCOVERY: Pierre Sparr Gewurtztraminer, $15.99.

Most people don't drink Gewurtztraminer for two reasons, one the can't pronounce it, (Gewurz means spice and Traminer, for the town Tramin in NE Italy). Also, unless you have tasted one from Alsace in NE France where it has become famous, you probably had a bad one. Gewurztraminer is a very hard wine to make and unfortunately there are very few good ones made in the US. This one from Pierre Sparr is an excellent example of what Gewurztraminer is supposed to taste like. Most Alsatian Gewurz are over $20 so to find a good one for only $15.99 is a deal. Try one and see. The beautiful perfume and opulent aromatic qualities will make you realize that Gewurtraminer is worth it.

I'm going to keep looking for some good locals ones that I can rave about. Stay tuned.

Posted 5/8/2013 6:37:22 AM

** Friday, May 10 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee-- ------------------------------------------------------------

Doug Culver, of C & G Wines will be pouring:

Alianca 2012 Vinho Verde $8.99 The granitic soil, the climactic conditions and the grape varieties of the Vinho Verde region of Portugal’s NW give this famous wine its special characteristics of crisp fruit and delicate aroma. Lightness and freshness make this low alcolhol crisp white wine ideal by itself in the sun.

Lorelle 2011 Pinot Grigio Horse Heaven Hills $9.99 Produced by the wonderful husband and wife team, John and Lynn Albin, this Pinot Grigio is delicious, refreshing, and crisp with excellent definition, focus and clarity.

Lorelle 2012 Pinot Noir Rosé Chehalem Mountains $13.99 Aromas of fragrant red berries, flowers, spices, mint and sweet red cherries. Saline notes appear in the glass, adding an element of brightness that is intriguing. The 2012 possesses lovely depth and a focused, linear personality that captures the essence of this cooler part of the Chehalem Mountains AVA.

Il Chiosso 2011 Rossomarconi $9.99 (100% Nebbiolo) Based in Alto Piemonte's Gattinara DOCG, Il Chiosso farms biodynamically for purity in the wines. This is a very unique deal for Nebbiolo. It is unmistakably Nebbiolo through and through and it's almost unbelievable at this price. If you are a fan of Nebbiolo don't miss this everyday drinker.

Colonia las Liebres 2012 Bonarda Argentina $10.99 100% Bonarda Argentina grapes come from high-trellised vineyards located in a unique microclimate in the area of Medrano and Carrizal de Abajo, Mendoza. This area sits slightly higher than the neighboring vineyards to the north, which contributes to cooler nights, resulting in acid development and retention. The low fertility soils paired with parral trellising help control the natural vigor of the Bonarda vine, and deep soils with good drainage facilitate root development. Winemaking Philosophy Vinified with native yeasts in 300hl stainless steel tanks with temperature control for a duration of 10 days from crushing to pressing, with daily rack-and-return for a gentle extraction. The wine goes through malolactic fermentation, receiving no oak treatment in order to preserve freshness and to represent a pure expression of the Bonarda grape.

Altos las Hormigas 2012 Malbec Clasîco Mendoza $11.99 100% Malbec grapes come from soils chosen for their similar characteristics in soil profile and low vigor. Vineyard sites are over 800 meters in elevation, located both in Lujan de Cujo, which gives it its fruit forward character, and Valle de Uco, to add spices, backbone and floral notes. These areas include Valle de Uco (Vista Flores, Eugenio Bustos and La Consulta, 50%), Estate (45%) and Luján de Cuyo (Perdriel, Agrelo y Vistalba 5%).

DAVE'S NEW DISCOVERY: Pierre Sparr Gewurtztraminer, $15.99.

Most people don't drink Gewurtztraminer for two reasons, one the can't pronounce it, (Gewurz means spice and Traminer, for the town Tramin in NE Italy). Also, unless you have tasted one from Alsace in NE France where it has become famous, you probably had a bad one. Gewurztraminer is a very hard wine to make and unfortunately there are very few good ones made in the US. This one from Pierre Sparr is an excellent example of what Gewurztraminer is supposed to taste like. Most Alsatian Gewurz are over $20 so to find a good one for only $15.99 is a deal. Try one and see. The beautiful perfume and opulent aromatic qualities will make you realize that Gewurtraminer is worth it.

I'm going to keep looking for some good locals ones that I can rave about. Stay tuned.

Posted 5/8/2013 6:36:07 AM

** Friday, May 10 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee-- ------------------------------------------------------------

Doug Culver, of C & G Wines will be pouring:

Aliança 2012 Vinho Verde $8.99 The granitic soil, the climactic conditions and the grape varieties of the Vinho Verde region of Portugal’s NW give this famous wine its special characteristics of crisp fruit and delicate aroma. Lightness and freshness make this low alcolhol crisp white wine ideal by itself in the sun.

Lorelle 2011 Pinot Grigio Horse Heaven Hills $9.99 Produced by the wonderful husband and wife team, John and Lynn Albin, this Pinot Grigio is delicious, refreshing, and crisp with excellent definition, focus and clarity.

Lorelle 2012 Pinot Noir Rosé Chehalem Mountains $13.99 Aromas of fragrant red berries, flowers, spices, mint and sweet red cherries. Saline notes appear in the glass, adding an element of brightness that is intriguing. The 2012 possesses lovely depth and a focused, linear personality that captures the essence of this cooler part of the Chehalem Mountains AVA.

Il Chiosso 2011 Rossomarconi $9.99 (100% Nebbiolo) Based in Alto Piemonte's Gattinara DOCG, Il Chiosso farms biodynamically for purity in the wines. This is a very unique deal for Nebbiolo. It is unmistakably Nebbiolo through and through and it's almost unbelievable at this price. If you are a fan of Nebbiolo don't miss this everyday drinker.

Colonia las Liebres 2012 Bonarda Argentina $10.99 100% Bonarda Argentina grapes come from high-trellised vineyards located in a unique microclimate in the area of Medrano and Carrizal de Abajo, Mendoza. This area sits slightly higher than the neighboring vineyards to the north, which contributes to cooler nights, resulting in acid development and retention. The low fertility soils paired with parral trellising help control the natural vigor of the Bonarda vine, and deep soils with good drainage facilitate root development. Winemaking Philosophy Vinified with native yeasts in 300hl stainless steel tanks with temperature control for a duration of 10 days from crushing to pressing, with daily rack-and-return for a gentle extraction. The wine goes through malolactic fermentation, receiving no oak treatment in order to preserve freshness and to represent a pure expression of the Bonarda grape.

Altos las Hormigas 2012 Malbec Clasîco Mendoza $11.99 100% Malbec grapes come from soils chosen for their similar characteristics in soil profile and low vigor. Vineyard sites are over 800 meters in elevation, located both in Lujan de Cujo, which gives it its fruit forward character, and Valle de Uco, to add spices, backbone and floral notes. These areas include Valle de Uco (Vista Flores, Eugenio Bustos and La Consulta, 50%), Estate (45%) and Luján de Cuyo (Perdriel, Agrelo y Vistalba 5%).

DAVE'S NEW DISCOVERY: Pierre Sparr Gewurtztraminer, $15.99.

Most people don't drink Gewurtztraminer for two reasons, one the can't pronounce it, (Gewurz means spice and Traminer, for the town Tramin in NE Italy). Also, unless you have tasted one from Alsace in NE France where it has become famous, you probably had a bad one. Gewurztraminer is a very hard wine to make and unfortunately there are very few good ones made in the US. This one from Pierre Sparr is an excellent example of what Gewurztraminer is supposed to taste like. Most Alsatian Gewurz are over $20 so to find a good one for only $15.99 is a deal. Try one and see. The beautiful perfume and opulent aromatic qualities will make you realize that Gewurtraminer is worth it.

I'm going to keep looking for some good locals ones that I can rave about. Stay tuned.

Posted 5/8/2013 6:32:04 AM

** Friday, May 10 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

------------------------------------------------------------ Doug Culver, of C & G Wines will be pouring:

• Aliança 2012 Vinho Verde $8.99 The granitic soil, the climactic conditions and the grape varieties of the Vinho Verde region of Portugal’s NW give this famous wine its special characteristics of crisp fruit and delicate aroma. Lightness and freshness make this low alcolhol crisp white wine ideal by itself in the sun.

• Lorelle 2011 Pinot Grigio Horse Heaven Hills $9.99 Produced by the wonderful husband and wife team, John and Lynn Albin, this Pinot Grigio is delicious, refreshing, and crisp with excellent definition, focus and clarity.

• Lorelle 2012 Pinot Noir Rosé Chehalem Mountains $13.99 Aromas of fragrant red berries, flowers, spices, mint and sweet red cherries. Saline notes appear in the glass, adding an element of brightness that is intriguing. The 2012 possesses lovely depth and a focused, linear personality that captures the essence of this cooler part of the Chehalem Mountains AVA.

• Il Chiosso 2011 Rossomarconi $9.99 (100% Nebbiolo) Based in Alto Piemonte's Gattinara DOCG, Il Chiosso farms biodynamically for purity in the wines. This is a very unique deal for Nebbiolo. It is unmistakably Nebbiolo through and through and it's almost unbelievable at this price. If you are a fan of Nebbiolo don't miss this everyday drinker.

• Colonia las Liebres 2012 Bonarda Argentina $10.99 100% Bonarda Argentina grapes come from high-trellised vineyards located in a unique microclimate in the area of Medrano and Carrizal de Abajo, Mendoza. This area sits slightly higher than the neighboring vineyards to the north, which contributes to cooler nights, resulting in acid development and retention. The low fertility soils paired with parral trellising help control the natural vigor of the Bonarda vine, and deep soils with good drainage facilitate root development. Winemaking Philosophy Vinified with native yeasts in 300hl stainless steel tanks with temperature control for a duration of 10 days from crushing to pressing, with daily rack-and-return for a gentle extraction. The wine goes through malolactic fermentation, receiving no oak treatment in order to preserve freshness and to represent a pure expression of the Bonarda grape.

• Altos las Hormigas 2012 Malbec Clasîco Mendoza $11.99 100% Malbec grapes come from soils chosen for their similar characteristics in soil profile and low vigor. Vineyard sites are over 800 meters in elevation, located both in Lujan de Cujo, which gives it its fruit forward character, and Valle de Uco, to add spices, backbone and floral notes. These areas include Valle de Uco (Vista Flores, Eugenio Bustos and La Consulta, 50%), Estate (45%) and Luján de Cuyo (Perdriel, Agrelo y Vistalba 5%).

DAVE'S NEW DISCOVERY: Pierre Sparr Gewurtztraminer, $15.99.

Most people don't drink Gewurtztraminer for two reasons, one the can't pronounce it, (Gewurz means spice and Traminer, for the town Tramin in NE Italy). Also, unless you have tasted one from Alsace in NE France where it has become famous, you probably had a bad one. Gewurztraminer is a very hard wine to make and unfortunately there are very few good ones made in the US. This one from Pierre Sparr is an excellent example of what Gewurztraminer is supposed to taste like. Most Alsatian Gewurz are over $20 so to find a good one for only $15.99 is a deal. Try one and see. The beautiful perfume and opulent aromatic qualities will make you realize that Gewurtraminer is worth it.

I'm going to keep looking for some good locals ones that I can rave about. Stay tuned.

Posted 5/2/2013 11:10:10 AM

Friday, May 3 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

I want to thank Mr. Mike for his excellent work over the past 11 years! I will keep the tradition going!

I'm excited to be back in the wine biz! I've always enjoyed helping people discover new wines. Having been in the business for twenty years in retail, wholesale, restaurants and wineries, I've had a lot of practice. ;)

Marc Garner, of Green Valley Wines will be pouring:


1. Viognier, Daisy Creek Vineyards, 2009, Jacksonville, Oregon $15.99
A wonderful warm weather wine, from southern Oregon, with notes of Peach and apricot. 200 cases produced, Stainless steel fermented. Drink with spicy dishes and pan seared Cod.

2. Pinot Gris, Umpqua Valley, Pyrenees Vineyards, 2011 Roseburg, Oregon. $13.99
An Alsatian styled wine that is crisp, clean and focused. Fairly full bodied and spicy with a long finish. Recently written up in the April "Oregon Wine Press". Flavors of ginger, ripe melons and anise.

3. Vin Gris de Zinfandel, Delfino Vineyards, 2011, Roseburg, Oregon. $12.99
A dry Rose with weight and richness. A gold medal winner from Sunset Magazine 2012. 100% estate Zinfandel. One of the best roses produced in Oregon! Pair with Ribs, Burgers, or grilled Salmon.

4. Pinot Noir, "Sunset Ridge" Willamette Valley, Anthony Dell Cellars, 2009, McMinnville, Oregon $27.99
A top wine from the '09 vintage, made by a Pinot Noir Specialist. Gold medal winner at Newport Festival 2012.Balanced flavors of Strawberries, Cherries, forest floor, mushrooms, with some oak.

5. Cabernet Franc, Horse Heaven Hills, Yakima Valley, San Juan Vineyards, 2009, $18.99
A fully mature and excellent example of this grape, coming from Washington State top AVA. Well balanced and ready to enjoy with Lamb Chops or a N.Y. strip. 300 cases produced.

6. Cabernet Sauvignon, Umpqua Valley, Pyrenees Vineyards, 2009 Roseburg, Oregon, $15.99.
A recent winner of two gold medals: Newport Seafood Festival 2012, and Sun River Wine Festival 2011. A great example of Oregon Cabernet from an exciting new winery. Well balanced and ready to enjoy.

Posted 5/2/2013 11:06:18 AM

Friday, May 3 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

I want to thank Mr. Mike for his excellent work over the past 11 years! I will keep the tradition going!

I'm excited to be back in the wine biz! I've always enjoyed helping people discover new wines. Having been in the business for twenty years in retail, wholesale, restaurants and wineries, I've had a lot of practice. ;)

Marc Garner, of Green Valley Wines will be pouring:


1. Viognier, Daisy Creek Vineyards, 2009, Jacksonville, Oregon $15.99
A wonderful warm weather wine, from southern Oregon, with notes of Peach and apricot. 200 cases produced, Stainless steel fermented. Drink with spicy dishes and pan seared Cod.

2. Pinot Gris, Umpqua Valley, Pyrenees Vineyards, 2011 Roseburg, Oregon. $13.99
An Alsatian styled wine that is crisp, clean and focused. Fairly full bodied and spicy with a long finish. Recently written up in the April "Oregon Wine Press". Flavors of ginger, ripe melons and anise.

3. Vin Gris de Zinfandel, Delfino Vineyards, 2011, Roseburg, Oregon. $12.99
A dry Rose with weight and richness. A gold medal winner from Sunset Magazine 2012. 100% estate Zinfandel. One of the best roses produced in Oregon! Pair with Ribs, Burgers, or grilled Salmon.

4. Pinot Noir, "Sunset Ridge" Willamette Valley, Anthony Dell Cellars, 2009, McMinnville, Oregon $27.99
A top wine from the ’09 vintage, made by a Pinot Noir Specialist. Gold medal winner at Newport Festival 2012.Balanced flavors of Strawberries, Cherries, forest floor, mushrooms, with some oak.

5. Cabernet Franc, Horse Heaven Hills, Yakima Valley, San Juan Vineyards, 2009, $18.99
A fully mature and excellent example of this grape, coming from Washington State top AVA. Well balanced and ready to enjoy with Lamb Chops or a N.Y. strip. 300 cases produced.

6. Cabernet Sauvignon, Umpqua Valley, Pyrenees Vineyards, 2009 Roseburg, Oregon, $15.99.
A recent winner of two gold medals: Newport Seafood Festival 2012, and Sun River Wine Festival 2011. A great example of Oregon Cabernet from an exciting new winery. Well balanced and ready to enjoy.

Posted 4/23/2013 12:33:50 PM

Mr. Mike says farewell...

I'll be leaving John's Marketplace effective this May 1st.

While I'll miss helping all the customers that have become my extended family and friends, I'm looking forward to some time off and to new projects in the future. I'll keep everyone on the newsletter list apprised of my new "pop-up tastings" and special events.

I'll be handing off the newsletter list to the new John's Marketplace wine czar -David Kaplan. So you should continue receiving updates on what is being poured on Friday evenings -as usual.

Please join us this Friday as I have a great Friday program lined up for my last Friday tasting at the helm. Local superstar Tyson Crowley will pour his new releases of Willamette Valley Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, and Vine Merchants pours great European wines. -Mr. Mike



MR. MIKE'S OFFICE HOURS
April 24- April 31st
WEDNESDAY 4:00 - 6:00
THURSDAY 12:00 - 6:00
FRIDAY 12:00 - 7:00
SATURDAY 12:00 - 6:00
SUNDAY ...OFF
MONDAY ...OFF
TUESDAY 12:00 - 6:00
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Posted 4/18/2013 10:28:44 AM

Friday, April 19th our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

I've always been obsessed by vermentino, the grape that produces beautiful wines in Sardinia, Corsica, and other parts of the Mediterranean. From my first encounter with the grape (a visit to a quirky producer named M. Guy -fourteen years ago in St. Chinian, Languedoc) -who said his wine contained "rolle" (I had to look it up and discover it was a synonym for vermentino), I've been intrigued by this spicy, mineral-inflected, subtly aromatic white. It was one of the reasons I was so excited to visit the great Kermit Lynch producers in Corsica where vermentino reaches its expressive apotheosis. So I was shocked (-shocked I tell you!) to discover a well made and expressive vermentino in our backyard (-relatively speaking) -down in the Applegate Valley produced at Troon Vineyard. I won't tell you that it blows away the competition from Europe (any more than I would tell you that Domaine Serene will topple DRC -but don't get me started on that...) however the wine does hold its own, and it shows the potential southern Oregon has for producing world class whites. We will also feature an example from Corsica. Troon will also pour its pinot noir, reserve cabernet and "Foundation '72" zinfandel (unfortunately they are out of stock on their Kubli Bench zinfandel which is a wine worth seeking out at a later date). The Troon vineyard was first planted in 1972 and contains some of the oldest vine material in Oregon. The winery was founded in 1993.

I'll also feature another Oregon based discovery "Omero" -a new producer of Oregon pinot gris that is really quite good. Sarah Cabot is the wine maker and the property is in the Ribbon Ridge AVA. The wine is fairly dry and emphasizes the mineral, cool climate side of Oregon pinot gris. This is a winery to watch for sure.

If anyone out there is wondering what happened to Mr. Riggs our erstwhile wine steward at John's Marketplace, he is apparently now a Whiskey Wallah. Check out his informed views on all things spiritous at his blog and Facebook page. www.facebook.com/HeartsandTailsWhiskeycenter and the blog itself heartsandtailswhiskeyblog.blogspot.com



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Posted 2/28/2013 11:18:28 AM

Friday, March 1st our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --5.00 fee--

Mark Retz of the Indie Wine Group pours Oregon and Washington wines including:
Capitello Oregon Pinot Gris
720 Cellars "Croft" Pinot Noir
Idilico Tempranillo
Pomum Red Wine
Bowlus Hills Syrah
Moxy Tannat





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Posted 2/13/2013 10:03:08 AM

Friday, Feb. 15th our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$10.00 fee--

A special Champagne Tasting tasting with Doug Culver from C&G Wines pouring...
-Claude Genet Champagne NV Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Chouilly $49.00
-Mignon NV Champagne Pur Meunier Extra Brut $55.00
-Rodez Champagne NV Crayeres $55.00
-Dosnon & Lepage Champagne NV Rosé $65.00
-Francoise Bedel Champagne NV Entre Ciel et Terre $79.00

Plus a few more surprise selections --including some bargain reds.....



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Posted 2/7/2013 9:46:46 AM

Friday, Feb. 8th our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --5.00 fee--

A "Focus on Spain" tasting with Margo from P-S wines pouring...
2 whites ... Sanz Verdejo, plus an Albariño.
Reds including Myotragus from Mallorca. Riojas from Valserrano, Crianza and Amezola. A Priorat also.

Plus a few more surprise selections.....



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Posted 1/17/2013 1:20:45 PM

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

Rod from Zancanella Wine pours:
Prosecco, Clara C
Sangiovese based reds
Contrada, San Felice (Tuscany)
Campo Mezzo, Tre Monti (Emilia Romagna)
Montetinello, Saladini Pilastri (Marche)
Chianti Classico, Casaloste (Tuscany)
Chianti Classico Riserva, Paneretta (Tuscany)
plus Anthony Dell Pinot Noir




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Posted 1/11/2013 9:31:09 AM

Friday, Jan 11th our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --5.00 fee--

Ellen from Lemma Wine pours...
Big reds from Piedmont Italy and a few terrific values for under ten bucks from California.



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Posted 1/4/2013 12:29:37 PM

Friday, Jan 4th our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --5.00 fee--

Mr. Mike pours:
1) Palo Negro (Bodega Reyter) Sparkling Wine $9.99 Valle de Uco- Mendoza -Argentina
(90% chardonnay, 10% chenin blanc)

2) Casa Lapostolle 2001 Sauvignon Blanc --Chile $7.99 dry white
This wine is crisp and concentrated with fresh aromas and flavors of melon and citrus. Enjoy with a shellfish, seafood and spicy foods.

3) Evolucio Furmint --Hungary $11.99 dry white
Furmint is an obscure grape used to make Hungary's great dessert wines, but this version is dry and fruity.

4) Chateau Pineraie 2009 Cahors AOC $13.99 dry red
True old school Cahors. (85% malbec 15% merlot) Earthy malbec at its finest.

5) Domaine de Nizas 2008 Coteaux du Languedoc AOC $9.99 dry red
Peppery and spicy. (syrah, mourvedre and grenache)

6) Kopke 2010 Duriense Tinto "850" $8.99 dry red
A blend of indigenous Portuguese varietals. Great winter weather chaser.



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Posted 12/19/2012 10:47:06 AM

--Crème de la Crème-- The best Grower Champagnes from John's Marketplace
--"Grower Champagne" --6 bottle Mayan Calendar Sampler Pack-- $350.- (discounted at 15% off prices.)
-Mr. Mike says: Just in case the world does come to an end ---drink the good stuff now.

1) Domaine Vouette et Sorbée - Fidelé Extra Brut $65.00
(100% pinot noir) --Savory and dense, this wine bursts with with wild ripe fruit and wild savory mineral layers. Vouette's wines are always limpid, in the sense that you can appreciate them as fascinating still wines, and at the same time enjoy them as sparkling wine. Flavors of quince, brioche, and impossibly wild strawberries. Vouette is a star Grower in the Aube, and the wines are truly unique; even Peter Liem, Champagne expert, (and geek-in-chief) has said that while he loves Vouette's wines, they are "...not for everybody." Celebrate the Sui Generis! (95 points -Wine and Spirits.)

2) NV Vilmart et Cie "Grand Cellier" Brut NV Premiere Cru $89.00
Very dry and refreshing, with seductive aromas of vanilla, coffee & citrus. A truly extraordinary, spicy Champagne. (Tanzer 93 points.)

3) Chartogne- Taillet (tete du cuvée) "Cuvée Fiacre" --Montagne de Reims $79.00
(60% chardonnay and 40% pinot noir, aged on its lees for five years; disgorged July, 2012.) "A complex, heady bouquet evokes white flowers, quince, ginger and white pepper, along with a strong mineral overtone. Taut and linear on entry, then fleshier in the mid-palate, offering vibrant, mineral-laced citrus flavors and a hint of honeysuckle. Finishes spicy and clean, with excellent focus and clinging floral notes." - Josh Raynolds

4) Chartogne-Taillet 'Cuvée Ste. Anne' Brut Champagne $43.00
A very flavorful, smokey Champagne from the Chartogne-Taillet family's estate vineyards in the villages of Merfy, Chenay and St. Thierry. This is an outstanding value in Grower Champagne. Chartogne-Taillet focuses on the character and personality of their wine. The big Champagne houses don't know make wines with this sort of individuality, especially for such a reasonable price!

5) René Geoffroy's "Empriente" $59.00
(76% pinot noir, 14% chardonnay and 10% pinot meunier, all from the 2006 vintage.) "Musky citrus pith, redcurrant and pear skin on the nose, complicated by scents of licorice and spicecake. A broad, sappy Champagne that offers gently sweet blood orange and pear flavors, with hints of toasty lees and dried rose adding complexity. Finishes with strong thrust and noteworthy clarity, spiciness and energy." - Tanzer

6) Cédric Bouchard "Inflorescence" Côte de Val Vilaine, Non-Vintage, Brut $85.00
Bone-dry 100% pinot noir Champagne bottled without dosage. Bouchard is considered the best Grower in the Aube. This is delicious, otherworldly Champagne. Allocated --available as part of this pack only.



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Posted 12/13/2012 8:57:26 AM

Friday, December 14th our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$20.00 fee--

*** Kopke Port tasting ***
It's time for the annual Kopke Port tasting at John's Market! This year we will be featuring some of Kopke's wonderful still wines along with Port.

$20.00 fee to do both tables.
In case you don't want to do ports --there is just a $5.00 fee for tasting at the regular still wine table only (table one).

Table One: ($5.00)
-Kopke 2010 Douro Branco Reserva $21.00 white
-Some other white wines TBA... white
-Kopke 2010 Duriense Tinto "850" $8.99 red
-Kopke 2009 Douro Tinto $14.99 red
-Some other big reds TBA.... red

Table Two: ($15.00)
-Kopke Fine Tawny Port $15.99 port
-Kopke 2000 Vintage Port $69.00 (375mL = $38.00) port
-Kopke 10 Year Old Tawny Port $32.00 (375mL = $19.99) port
-Kopke 1990 Colheita $55.00 (375mL = $32.00) port
-Kopke 1980 Colheita $105.00 (375mL = $55.00) port



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Posted 12/6/2012 12:35:04 PM

Today... Thursday..Dec 6th
ALTO PIEMONTE / NORTHERN PIEDMONT TASTING

Thursday 5:00-7:00 pm ---$15.00 fee at John's Marketplace
A Nebbiolo lovers delight!

Don't miss this seminar on a fascinating wine region --new to most wine lovers.
Please join Doug Culver from C&G Wines for this delicious guided tour!

The wines to be tasted...
Il Chiosso 2010 Erbaluce $19.99
Tenute Sella 2006 Lessona DOC $34.99
Tenute Sella 2007 Bramaterra DOC $29.99
Le Piane 2006 Boca DOC $54.99
Il Chiosso 2007 Gattinara DOCG $34.99
Il Chiosso 2007 Ghemme DOCG $29.99
Il Chiosso 2007 Fara DOC $24.99

THE HIGH PIEDMONT

Please join us as we take the road less traveled and explore ancient Nebbiolo from Alto Piemonte. About 80 miles north of Alba we trace a sad history of forgotten wines and forgotten lands. The combination of the phylloxera epidemic, the industrial revolution, the great depression, and two world wars sent these wine regions into a tailspin they have yet to fully recover from. Fortunately there are dedicated families, old and new, that are giving every effort to keep their traditions and their wines alive. We think there is good reason to pay attention to them.

NORTHERN NEBBIOLO - The noble grape of Northwest Italy. We start with the noble Nebbiolo grape which goes by many names. While its true origin is unknown, it is widely agreed that this is an Alpine varietal. Whether from Valle d'Aosta where it is known as Picotendro, or the Valtellina where it is called Chiavennasca, or from the Alto Piemonte where it is called Spanna, the highly aromatic and tannic grape has its roots in the Alps.

ALTO PIEMONTE / NORTHERN PIEDMONT -A unique Terroir, producing singular wines.
We all know Southern Piedmont - The Langhe - is famous for some of the most sought after wines in the world: Barolo and Barbaresco. Interestingly enough, the extreme fame of these two wines is a relative recent development. Historically, the wines of Northern Piedmont were famously in demand 400 years prior to the 20th century.

This northern ribbon of gently rolling woodland hills is Nebbiolo country, like the hills of the Langhe. However, the terroir is very different here. In the north the soil is very acidic as opposed to the more alkaline, limestone and clay based soils of the Langhe. Similar highly acidic soils can be found in the Mosel and Valle d'Isacro in Alto Adige, white wine growing regions. Interestingly, these Nebbiolo based wines have a mineral complexity that is more similar to white wines, than to the Barolos and Barbarescos form the south. These ancient, stark northern soils are sandy and volcanic, rich in iron, magnesium and potassium. We think you will be fascinated by these wines. They express a different and compelling version of what Nebbiolo can be. This tasting is a must for lovers of Nebbiolo!



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Posted 12/6/2012 12:34:03 PM

Today... Thursday..Dec 6th
ALTO PIEMONTE / NORTHERN PIEDMONT TASTING

Thursday 5:00-7:00 pm ---$15.00 fee at John's Marketplace
A Nebbiolo lovers delight!

Don't miss this seminar on a fascinating wine region --new to most wine lovers.
Please join Doug Culver from C&G Wines for this delicious guided tour!

The wines to be tasted...
Il Chiosso 2010 Erbaluce $19.99
Tenute Sella 2006 Lessona DOC $34.99
Tenute Sella 2007 Bramaterra DOC $29.99
Le Piane 2006 Boca DOC $54.99
Il Chiosso 2007 Gattinara DOCG $34.99
Il Chiosso 2007 Ghemme DOCG $29.99
Il Chiosso 2007 Fara DOC $24.99

THE HIGH PIEDMONT

Please join us as we take the road less traveled and explore ancient Nebbiolo from Alto Piemonte. About 80 miles north of Alba we trace a sad history of forgotten wines and forgotten lands. The combination of the phylloxera epidemic, the industrial revolution, the great depression, and two world wars sent these wine regions into a tailspin they have yet to fully recover from. Fortunately there are dedicated families, old and new, that are giving every effort to keep their traditions and their wines alive. We think there is good reason to pay attention to them.

NORTHERN NEBBIOLO - The noble grape of Northwest Italy. We start with the noble Nebbiolo grape which goes by many names. While its true origin is unknown, it is widely agreed that this is an Alpine varietal. Whether from Valle d'Aosta where it is known as Picotendro, or the Valtellina where it is called Chiavennasca, or from the Alto Piemonte where it is called Spanna, the highly aromatic and tannic grape has its roots in the Alps.

ALTO PIEMONTE / NORTHERN PIEDMONT -A unique Terroir, producing singular wines.
We all know Southern Piedmont - The Langhe - is famous for some of the most sought after wines in the world: Barolo and Barbaresco. Interestingly enough, the extreme fame of these two wines is a relative recent development. Historically, the wines of Northern Piedmont were famously in demand 400 years prior to the 20th century.

This northern ribbon of gently rolling woodland hills is Nebbiolo country, like the hills of the Langhe. However, the terroir is very different here. In the north the soil is very acidic as opposed to the more alkaline, limestone and clay based soils of the Langhe. Similar highly acidic soils can be found in the Mosel and Valle d'Isacro in Alto Adige, white wine growing regions. Interestingly, these Nebbiolo based wines have a mineral complexity that is more similar to white wines, than to the Barolos and Barbarescos form the south. These ancient, stark northern soils are sandy and volcanic, rich in iron, magnesium and potassium. We think you will be fascinated by these wines. They express a different and compelling version of what Nebbiolo can be. This tasting is a must for lovers of Nebbiolo!



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Posted 11/29/2012 11:23:15 AM

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

An Oregon focus, and a few incredible red wines for the money from Italy and Patagonia.

1) St. Innocent Winery 2011 Pinot Gris, Vitae Springs Vineyard. $18.99
A great local wine to serve with grilled Salmon.

2) Soter -North Valley Highland Rosé 2011 $21.99 (Oregon -Pinot Noir)
Nice aromatics of fresh strawberries, a last hurrah from our summer past.

3) Brooks 2010 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir $21.99
A perfect balance of fruit, structure and acidity--with red fruits, cinnamon, mushroom, and cedar.

4) "Denario" Pinot Noir 2011 $14.99 Rio Negro, Patagonia, Argentina
This is a spicy, mineral-driven Pinot Noir from Argentina.

5) Scarzello-- 2010 Langhe Rosso $17.99 Piemonte, Italy (Nebbiolo)
Bright, fresh, this really delivers Piedmont character, a steal at this price. (Lilac and honeysuckle meet tar and roses.)

6) Nervi 'Spanna' Coste della Sesia $14.99 Piemonte, Italy. (90% Nebbiolo and 10% Vespolina)
An incredible deal from Northern Piedmont, I had this wine open for 3 days and it kept getting more and more interesting, savory and complex. This will age well, and is terrific now, serve with antipasti, mushroom pasta dishes, and grilled meats.



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Posted 11/15/2012 11:48:58 AM

Thanksgiving wine suggestions from Mr. Mike at John's Marketplace

Beaujolais
Beaujolais is a great match for the weird nexus of yams, turkey, cranberry, madeira-spiked gravy, stuffings, buttery potatoes, etc. that constitutes our Thanksgiving table. The trick is to find a wine that matches up to savory quality of the food, that is fairly dry, but not overly tannic, and with good acidity. Oregon Pinot usually doesn't have the punchiness, Walla Walla Cabernet is too tannic, but Beaujolais fits the bill with it's red fruited almost cranberry-like crunchiness and undertow of sour cherry and earth. I don't care for Beaujolais Nouveau, don't get me started on that,... I'm talking world-class gamay from some of the best winemakers in the world and some of the crazy-cheapest prices --for the quality of the wine --anywhere.

4 Great Beaujolais for Thanksgiving
Domaine de Forêtal 2011 Beaujolais-Villages $13.99

Very aromatic, with nuances floral fragrances (african-violet, rose, peony?) --and lots of red fruits on the palate with granitic overtones. Pie cherry on the finish with bright acidity. This really delivers.

Pierre Chermette (Domaine Vissoux) 2010 Beaujolais AOC $16.99
A well-structured Beaujolais, this features tart red currant and pomegranate flavors, but for all of its brightness, there is a subtle sense of creaminess as well.

Christophe Pacalet 2011 Beaujolais-Villages $14.99
This tastes fresher, with more purity of fruit, than any Beaujolais I've tasted under $20.00. Subtle, elegant, and long on the palate, Christophe doesn't filter or clarify his wines resulting in an extra dimension of flavor impact.

Jean Foillard 2010 Morgon AOC "Côte du Py" $37.99
I can't believe I still have some of this wine for sale! "Foillard’s Morgons are deep, structured, and complex, with a velvety lushness that makes them irresistible when young despite their aging potential. Jean raises his wines in older barrels sourced from top estates in Burgundy, a logical decision for someone crafting Gamay in a Burgundian style. Would that all Burgundies were as consistent as Foillard’s Morgon! It is the passion and dedication of vignerons like this that have brought pride back to the crus of the Beaujolais. Its rustic structure, spicy notes, and mineral-laden backbone are what real Morgon is all about." -Kermit Lynch

3 great Dry French Rosé wines for the Thanksgiving table.. or for sipping beforehand.
Pierre Usseglio Cotes du Rhône Rosé 2011 Reg. $17.99 ...now $13.99

Elegant and beautifully textural, this refreshing, stylish rosé has pretty strawberry and almond aromas, some notes of garden herbs and a clean, smooth finish. (grenache 80%, cinsault 20%) From the same vineyards next to Châteauneuf, that provides the red grapes for their spectacular red wines.

Domaine Sorin Terra Amata Cotes de Provence Rose, 2011 France. $11.99
The blend: Grenache 40%, 15% Cinsault, Syrah 10% Mourvedre Syrah 10% Mourvedre 15% Carignan 10%, 5% Rolle, Ugni Blanc 5% ... This is a very balanced dry rose, with strawberry and slightly under-ripe watermelon on the nose. Minerals show in the middle palate and make the wine extremely refreshing.

Domaine du Fresche (80% Pinot Noir, 20% Gamay), Loire Valley $14.99
This is fresh and dry, and my personal favorite because of its steely dryness and shimmering vibrancy with lots of minerals and a savory component from the addition of gamay.

3 Eclectic red wine choices for Thanksgiving...
Caves Jean Bourdy (Arlay) 2008 Côtes du Jura Rouge $25.99

(The blend: poulsard, trousseau, pinot noir.)
This wine has a pretty style with aromatics of lilac, and tea rose, savory and long on the palate, with a light body, and a crisp dry finish. Perfect with brussels sprouts in cream.

Belle Pente 2009 Murto Vineyard WV Pinot Noir (Oregon) $33.99
Notwithstanding what I said about Oregon Pinot Noir above, this version of our local pride is a home run. "This 2009 version is very expressive, with dried cherry and strawberry/ raspberry jam aromas that jump out of the glass, accented with the characteristic Murto spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, Asian 5-spice, sandalwood, white and black pepper. The red fruit carries over on to the medium-bodied palate, balanced with fresh acidity and ripe tannins. Complex, spicy, & earthy, it is a terrific rendering of the vintage and a textbook 2009 Dundee Hills Pinot Noir! Although this wine certainly has sufficient structure for at least several years in the cellar, it has a youthful exuberance that cries out "drink me now!" Resistance is futile..." --Brian O'Donnell

Catherine & Pierre Breton Bourgueil AOC 2007 "Clos Sénéchal" $29.99
I snagged a case of this older vintage -and deliciously great- cabernet franc. It is beginning to evolve and show smoky peppery notes on top of its mineral driven blue-fruited personality. This will match well with barbecued turkey.

1 -- Sweet wine --perfect for the dessert course
"Terredinano" --Vin Santo di Montepulciano DOC vintage 1995 --$19.99 half bottle.
This is a deal of a price for the amazing quality of this vintage dated Tuscan Vin Santo. Great with pie and whipped cream.
This has everything a fine sangiovese dessert wine can deliver, -a sense of place and a tangy richness that will enhance the food it is paired with. Close out price from a distributor's demise.



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Posted 11/15/2012 11:47:49 AM

Thanksgiving wine suggestions from Mr. Mike at John's Marketplace

Beaujolais
Beaujolais is a great match for the weird nexus of yams, turkey, cranberry, madeira-spiked gravy, stuffings, buttery potatoes, etc. that constitutes our Thanksgiving table. The trick is to find a wine that matches up to savory quality of the food, that is fairly dry, but not overly tannic, and with good acidity. Oregon Pinot usually doesn't have the punchiness, Walla Walla Cabernet is too tannic, but Beaujolais fits the bill with it's red fruited almost cranberry-like crunchiness and undertow of sour cherry and earth. I don't care for Beaujolais Nouveau, don't get me started on that,... I'm talking world-class gamay from some of the best winemakers in the world and some of the crazy-cheapest prices --for the quality of the wine --anywhere.

4 Great Beaujolais for Thanksgiving
Domaine de Forêtal 2011 Beaujolais-Villages $13.99

Very aromatic, with nuances floral fragrances (african-violet, rose, peony?) --and lots of red fruits on the palate with granitic overtones. Pie cherry on the finish with bright acidity. This really delivers.

Pierre Chermette (Domaine Vissoux) 2010 Beaujolais AOC $16.99
A well-structured Beaujolais, this features tart red currant and pomegranate flavors, but for all of its brightness, there is a subtle sense of creaminess as well.

Christophe Pacalet 2011 Beaujolais-Villages $14.99

This tastes fresher, with more purity of fruit, than any Beaujolais I've tasted under $20.00. Subtle, elegant, and long on the palate, Christophe doesn't filter or clarify his wines resulting in an extra dimension of flavor impact.

Jean Foillard 2010 Morgon AOC "Côte du Py" $37.99
I can't believe I still have some of this wine for sale! "Foillard’s Morgons are deep, structured, and complex, with a velvety lushness that makes them irresistible when young despite their aging potential. Jean raises his wines in older barrels sourced from top estates in Burgundy, a logical decision for someone crafting Gamay in a Burgundian style. Would that all Burgundies were as consistent as Foillard’s Morgon! It is the passion and dedication of vignerons like this that have brought pride back to the crus of the Beaujolais. Its rustic structure, spicy notes, and mineral-laden backbone are what real Morgon is all about." -Kermit Lynch

3 great Dry French Rosé wines for the Thanksgiving table.. or for sipping beforehand.
Pierre Usseglio Cotes du Rhône Rosé 2011 Reg. $17.99 ...now $13.99

Elegant and beautifully textural, this refreshing, stylish rosé has pretty strawberry and almond aromas, some notes of garden herbs and a clean, smooth finish. (grenache 80%, cinsault 20%) From the same vineyards next to Châteauneuf, that provides the red grapes for their spectacular red wines.

Domaine Sorin Terra Amata Cotes de Provence Rose, 2011 France. $11.99
The blend: Grenache 40%, 15% Cinsault, Syrah 10% Mourvedre Syrah 10% Mourvedre 15% Carignan 10%, 5% Rolle, Ugni Blanc 5% ... This is a very balanced dry rose, with strawberry and slightly under-ripe watermelon on the nose. Minerals show in the middle palate and make the wine extremely refreshing.

Domaine du Fresche (80% Pinot Noir, 20% Gamay), Loire Valley $14.99
This is fresh and dry, and my personal favorite because of its steely dryness and shimmering vibrancy with lots of minerals and a savory component from the addition of gamay.

3 Eclectic red wine choices for Thanksgiving...
Caves Jean Bourdy (Arlay) 2008 Côtes du Jura Rouge $25.99

(The blend: poulsard, trousseau, pinot noir.)
This wine has a pretty style with aromatics of lilac, and tea rose, savory and long on the palate, with a light body, and a crisp dry finish. Perfect with brussels sprouts in cream.

Belle Pente 2009 Murto Vineyard WV Pinot Noir (Oregon) $33.99
Notwithstanding what I said about Oregon Pinot Noir above, this version of our local pride is a home run. "This 2009 version is very expressive, with dried cherry and strawberry/ raspberry jam aromas that jump out of the glass, accented with the characteristic Murto spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, Asian 5-spice, sandalwood, white and black pepper. The red fruit carries over on to the medium-bodied palate, balanced with fresh acidity and ripe tannins. Complex, spicy, & earthy, it is a terrific rendering of the vintage and a textbook 2009 Dundee Hills Pinot Noir! Although this wine certainly has sufficient structure for at least several years in the cellar, it has a youthful exuberance that cries out "drink me now!" Resistance is futile..." --Brian O'Donnell

Catherine & Pierre Breton Bourgueil AOC 2007 "Clos Sénéchal" $29.99
I snagged a case of this older vintage -and deliciously great- cabernet franc. It is beginning to evolve and show smoky peppery notes on top of its mineral driven blue-fruited personality. This will match well with barbecued turkey.

1 -- Sweet wine --perfect for the dessert course
"Terredinano" --Vin Santo di Montepulciano DOC vintage 1995 --$19.99 half bottle.
This is a deal of a price for the amazing quality of this vintage dated Tuscan Vin Santo. Great with pie and whipped cream.
This has everything a fine sangiovese dessert wine can deliver, -a sense of place and a tangy richness that will enhance the food it is paired with. Close out price from a distributor's demise.



MR. MIKE'S OFFICE HOURS--different every week! Or by Appointment. November 15th - November 22nd THURSDAY 12:00 - 6:00 FRIDAY 12:00 - 7:00 SATURDAY 12:00 - 6:00 SUNDAY ...OFF MONDAY 3:00 - 6:00 TUESDAY 12:00 - 6:00 WEDNESDAY 12:00 - 6:00 THURSDAY Thanksgiving




Posted 11/9/2012 9:47:44 AM

Friday, November 9th our "Friday Tasting" .... 5:00 - 7:00 pm... only a $5.00 fee ...always ends at 7 pm sharp!

Joe from Estelle Import Group will pour these wines from Spain, Italy, and France:
Oriol Rossell Cava Brut... $15.99 sparkling Spain
The grapes are Xarel-lo, Parellada, Macabeo... average age 40 years. All estate grown fruit over soils of sand and clay, a few miles from the Mediterranean, an ideal combination for delicate, nuanced Cava. Hand riddled, aged for 18 months. The Reserve version of this Cava was voted the best Cava in Spain by Spanish wine guide Vivir e Vino.

Moroder -Rosso Conero "Aion" 2009 $13.99 red Italy
Nancy and I visited this estate recently and we were entranced by the location (inside a nature preserve and within view of the ocean--) and quality of the wines -this estate should be even better known!!! Check out this 85% Montepulciano 15% Sangiovese blend. Fresh and unique. Moroder is a leader and trend setter for this beautiful area nestled against Ancona.

La Palazzetta --Sant'Antimo 2008 $14.99 red Italy
The 11 hectare family run winery and vineyards are situated on the south-eastern edge of the Montalcino DOC in the tiny village of Castelnuovo dell’ Abate. Flavio Fanti is a traditionalist - utilizing large Slovenian and French oak for his Brunello. His Brunello are a testament to the amazing zone of Castelnuovo dell’Abate. This Sant'Antimo is equal parts Sangiovese Grosso and Colorino, aged in large tonneaux. Delicate, nuanced with excellent backbone.

De Blas Serrano Ribera del Duero Tinto "Phylos" 2008 $15.99 red Spain
Brothers Luis Miguel and Eugenio de Blas, together with brother in law José Manuel Serrano founded this winery in 2006 working with 20 hectares of family vineyard plots in the villages of Fuentelcésped and Fuentespina. This area records the largest diurnal variation in the Ribera del Duero. The soil tends to a shallow, pure calcerean crumb with porous chalk immediately below. Wine is made by Sophie Kuhn, formerly of Cheval Blanc. Total production of the winery is around 2,500 cases.

Chateau Charmail Haut Medoc 2010 $34.99 red France
A single vineyard Bordeaux fashioned by Olivier Sèze. Borrowing techniques from his enologist friend, Michel Couasnon, Monsieur Sèze developed a cold fermentation technique in the 1990s that has since been copied by other château owners. This Burgundy-style pre-fermentation maceration process contributes color, depth, and richness to the wine. Parkerisms abound... "A wine bordering on perfection."



MR. MIKE'S OFFICE HOURS--different every week! Or by Appointment.
November 9th - November 15th
FRIDAY ...4:00 - 7:00
SATURDAY 12:00 - 6:00
SUNDAY ...OFF
MONDAY ...OFF
TUESDAY ...OFF
WEDNESDAY 12:00 - 6:00
THURSDAY 12:00 - 6:00






Posted 10/31/2012 11:55:26 AM

Friday, November 3rd our "Friday Tasting" .... 5:00 - 7:00 pm... only a $5.00 fee ...always ends at 7 pm sharp!

Rod from Zancanella Imports will pour New French wines:


Corbieres Blanc, Chateau La Bastide 2011 (Roussane, Bourboulenc,Vermentino) $9.99 (Dry White)
Saint Veran "Champ Rond" (single vineyard) Domaine Patrice Martin 2010 (Chardonnay) $19.99 (Dry White)
Beaujolais Villages, Lucien Lardy 2010 (Gamay) $10.99 special-regular 11.99 (Dry Red)

(special price limited to in store stock)
Corbieres Rouge, Chateau La Bastide 2010 (Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre) $9.99 (Dry Red)
Bourgogne Rouge "En Luteniere" (single vineyard), 2010 (Pinot Noir) Aurelien Verdet $19.99 (Dry Red)

Vineyard is 50 feet from Vosne-Romanee vineyards.
Bordeaux, Chateau Senilhac Dilhac, Haut Medoc 2009 (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc) $14.99 (Dry Red)




MR. MIKE'S OFFICE HOURS--different every week! Or by Appointment.
October 31st - November 4th
WEDNESDAY 12:00 - 6:00
THURSDAY 12:00 - 6:00
FRIDAY ...OFF
SATURDAY ...OFF
SUNDAY ...OFF

Posted 10/31/2012 10:19:16 AM

Friday, October 19th our "Friday Tasting" .... 5:00 - 7:00 pm... only a $5.00 fee ...always ends at 7 pm sharp!

Rod from Zancanella Imports will pour New French wines:


Corbieres Blanc, Chateau La Bastide 2011 (Roussane, Bourboulenc,Vermentino) $9.99 (Dry White)
Saint Veran "Champ Rond" (single vineyard) Domaine Patrice Martin 2010 (Chardonnay) $19.99 (Dry White)
Beaujolais Villages, Lucien Lardy 2010 (Gamay) $10.99 special-regular 11.99 (Dry Red)

(special price limited to in store stock)
Corbieres Rouge, Chateau La Bastide 2010 (Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre) $9.99 (Dry Red)
Bourgogne Rouge "En Luteniere" (single vineyard), 2010 (Pinot Noir) Aurelien Verdet $19.99 (Dry Red)

Vineyard is 50 feet from Vosne-Romanee vineyards.
Bordeaux, Chateau Senilhac Dilhac, Haut Medoc 2009 (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc) $14.99 (Dry Red)




MR. MIKE'S OFFICE HOURS--different every week! Or by Appointment.
October 31st - November 4th
WEDNESDAY 12:00 - 6:00
THURSDAY 12:00 - 6:00
FRIDAY ...OFF
SATURDAY ...OFF
SUNDAY ...OFF

Posted 10/31/2012 10:18:01 AM

Friday, October 19th our "Friday Tasting" .... 5:00 - 7:00 pm... only a $5.00 fee ...always ends at 7 pm sharp!

Rod from Zancanella Imports will pour New French wines:
Corbieres Blanc, Chateau La Bastide 2011 (Roussane, Bourboulenc,Vermentino) $9.99 (Dry White)
Saint Veran "Champ Rond" (single vineyard) Domaine Patrice Martin 2010 (Chardonnay) $19.99 (Dry White)
Beaujolais Villages, Lucien Lardy 2010 (Gamay) $10.99 special-regular 11.99 (Dry Red)
(special price limited to in store stock)
Corbieres Rouge, Chateau La Bastide 2010 (Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre) $9.99 (Dry Red)
Bourgogne Rouge "En Luteniere" (single vineyard), 2010 (Pinot Noir) Aurelien Verdet $19.99 (Dry Red)
Vineyard is 50 feet from Vosne-Romanee vineyards.
Bordeaux, Chateau Senilhac Dilhac, Haut Medoc 2009 (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc) $14.99 (Dry Red)




MR. MIKE'S OFFICE HOURS--different every week! Or by Appointment.
October 31st - November 4th
WEDNESDAY 12:00 - 6:00
THURSDAY 12:00 - 6:00
FRIDAY ...OFF
SATURDAY ...OFF
SUNDAY ...OFF

Posted 9/21/2012 9:38:58 AM

Friday, Sept 21st our "Friday Tasting" .... 5:00 - 7:00 pm... only a $5.00 fee ...always ends at 7 pm sharp!

Today Our Friday Tasting -----Mr. Mike will pour Oregon Pinot Noir and --Chardonnay from around the world including these wines...

Evesham Wood 2010 Pinot Noir "Le Puits Sec" $34.99
Walter Scott Wines 2011 Pinot Noir "La Combe Verte" Pinot Noir $21.99
Chateau Montelena 2009 Napa Valley Chardonnay $47.99


Posted 7/19/2012 10:12:45 AM

Friday, July 20th our "Friday Tasting" .... 5:00 - 7:00 pm... only a $5.00 fee ...always ends at 7 pm sharp!

Rod from Zancanella Imports will pour:
New Summer Wines from Zancanella Importing

....from France
Macon Charnay 2010, Domaine Gueugnon-Remond 12.99 Dry White
100% Chardonnay from the Burgundy region
Estate Bottled

Beaujolais Villages 2009, Lucien Lardy 10.99 Dry Red
100% Gamay regular 11.99
Estate Bottled-great vintage-great producer

(Beaujolais) Julienas "Les Cerisiers", 2010, Pascal Aufranc 13.99 Dry Red
100% Gamay
Estate Bottled 91 pts. Wine Enthusiast

...from Italy
Bianco della Stella, 2010, Grandi and Gabana 9.99 Dry White Blend of Malavasia and Friulano from the Friuli region

Chiaretto 2011, Provenza 12.99 Dry Rose
Garda region of Central Italy
Blend of Sangiovese, Barbera. Groppello and Marzemino

Valpolicella Classico 2011, Vaona 11.99 Dry Red
Corvina, Rondinella and Rabosa grapes
From the Veneto region
Estate Bottled-very small production




Calendar changes included below....

CALENDAR
Thursday July 19th ...no event.
Thursday July 26th 5-7 pm High-end dry rosé and French cheeses event $20.- fee
Thursday August 2nd 5-7 pm Txakoli and tapas seafood event $20.- fee
Thursday August 9th 5-7pm Oysters and Muscadet $20.- fee
Thursday August 16th ...no event.
Thursday August 23rd 5-7 pm 2007 Produttori del Barbaresco and local artisanal sausage event $20.- fee




MR. MIKE'S OFFICE HOURS--different every week! Or by Appointment.




MONDAY ...OFF
TUESDAY ...OFF
WEDNESDAY ...OFF
THURSDAY ...OFF
FRIDAY ...OFF
SATURDAY ...OFF
SUNDAY ...OFF

Posted 7/9/2012 4:24:41 PM


Thursday --It's like Christmas in July!--
July 12th 5:00-7:00 pm
2010 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Seminar. $15.00 fee.


Please join me along with Doug Culver for tasting and overview of the gorgeous 2010 Châteauneuf-du-Pape vintage. We will be featuring wines from the Alain Junguenet portfolio. Doug is an excellent guide to this fabulous portfolio. I will be pouring a few older wines straight from the John's Marketplace wines storage cellar at the Portland Wine Storage facility including 2000 and 2001 Domaine Charvin (Parker 95 pts.) The provenance on these wines is perfect.

The fee will be $15.00.

The 2010 vintage is racier and more balanced than the last 3 vintages, more classically proportioned, with much less emphasis on fruit and containing a little more edgy-minerality and finesse. I find these wines to be more exciting and pleasurable than the impressive yet ponderous 2007 and 2009 vintages. While both these vintages were successful, and even must buys for the collectors, I found the wines, while enjoyable, to have too much of everything. With less baby fat, the 2010's show off more of the interplay between the spicy aromatic "garrigue" and the earthy plum-inflected fruit. This is what a great Châteauneuf-du-Pape should be all about. Please join us. -Mr. Mike

The incredible line up:
-Domain Lafond 2011 Lirac Blanc $18.99
-Chateau Fortia 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc $34.99
-Bertrand Stehlin 2010 Sablet Rouge $22.99
-Chateau Fortia 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Tradition $34.99
-Pierre Usseglio 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Tradition $54.99
-Olivier Hillaire 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Classique $49.99
-Domaine de la Cote de l'Ange 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Tradition $42.99
-Domaine la Consonniere 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape $43.99
-Domaine Charvin Chateauneuf du Pape 2000 $70.00
-Domaine Charvin Chateauneuf du Pape 2001 $70.00




MR. MIKE'S OFFICE HOURS--different every week! Or by Appointment.



July 9 - July 15 2012
MONDAY 4:00 - 6:00
TUESDAY 4:00 - 6:00
WEDNESDAY 12:00 - 6:00
THURSDAY 12:00 - 7:00
FRIDAY 12:00 - 7:00
SATURDAY ...OFF
SUNDAY ...OFF



July 16 - July 22 2012
MONDAY ...OFF
TUESDAY ...OFF
WEDNESDAY ...OFF
THURSDAY ...OFF
FRIDAY ...OFF
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SUNDAY ...OFF

Posted 6/12/2012 4:15:37 PM

The "Ten Years After" Brunello Tasting
    ---At John's Marketplace ---who knew?

--Altesino Brunello Tasting including Altesino Brunello "Montosoli" 1997 and 2007--
-----comparing two great vintages ten years apart.

Saturday June 16th 4:00 - 6:00 pm $30.00 fee (and - please bring cash - Visa machine is on the fritz.)
5 great wines! No extra charge for the special John's Marketplace ambience.

Also FYI if you need to see me...please see my office hours for this week --posted below.

The incredible line up...
1) Tenuta Caparzo 2007 Brunello di Montalcino ---Reg. $40.00 on sale for $34.00.
91 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2007 Brunello di Montalcino wraps around the palate with layers of rich, seductive fruit. There is plenty of expressiveness in the glass... This is a tasty, approachable Brunello that should drink well right out of the gate. The 2007 spent three years in Slavonian and French oak casks. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2019."

2) Altesino 2007 Brunello di Montalcino DOCG $59.00 [WA92]
Parker 92 points: "The 2007 Brunello di Montalcino is beautiful in this vintage. Layers of dark red cherries, flowers, licorice and tobacco caress the palate in this generous, expressive Brunello. The 2007 presents an intriguing combination of classic Sangiovese aromas and flavors with the generosity and radiance of the vintage..."

3) Altesino 2007 Brunello di Montalcino "Montosoli" $118.00 [JS 98]
98 points James Suckling --"Best Montosoli since 1997. Aromas of plum jam and cherries follow through to a full body, with velvety tannins and a fruity finish. Pure fruit here. The purity to this wine is impressive. It is laser-guided in structure and fruit." --- Mr. Mike: "I tasted this with the winemaker on my trip to Italy, it shows lots of purity and integration at such an early stage, it seemed unique in a good way, and super smooth, and elegant. It is a perfumed and delicate style of Brunello, I found it hard to believe it was so young, which means it was very well balanced and expressive." -Mr. Mike

4) Altesino 1997 Brunello di Montalcino "Montosoli" $N/A [WA93+] [WS 98]
I guarantee the provenance of this wine, which was purchased upon release and stored at Portland Wine Storage for the duration under perfect conditions. 98 points Wine Spectator: "Complex aromas of grilled meat and cherry with hints of cedar and tobacco that turn to plums and flowers. Full-bodied and extremely well-structured, with well-integrated tannins and ripe, concentrated fruit...98." WS 6/02. This is classic Brunello, and a unique tasting opportunity -to say the least. -Mr. Mike

5) Castello di Bossi "Corbaia" Toscana I.G.T. 2007 (Tuscany, Italy) - [WA 95] [WE 93]
OK it's not Brunello, but hey...it's nearby --and 95 points Parker! Let's taste it!

95 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2007 Corbaia is 70% Sangiovese and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon aged in new French oak. It is once again a very serious wine. The floral, expressive aromatics of Sangiovese are backed up by the tannic heft and sheer richness of the Cabernet. This is a big, yet sensual, wine that will require considerable patience for the tannins to soften, despite the early appeal of the vintage elsewhere. The sheer purity and depth of the fruit are breathtaking in this stunning Tuscan red. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2027."




MR. MIKE'S OFFICE HOURS--different every week! Or by Appointment.
June 13th - June 17th 2012
WEDNESDAY 12:00 - 6:00
THURSDAY 12:00 - 3:00
FRIDAY 12:00 - 7:00
SATURDAY 12:00 - 6:00
SUNDAY ...OFF

Posted 5/31/2012 10:49:34 AM

Friday, June 1st our "Friday Tasting" .... 5:00 - 7:00 pm... only a $5.00 fee ... always ends at 7 pm sharp!

We'll pour some dry muscat wines from Belle Pente, Domaine Ostertag, and Ezio Voyat.
Red wines from Sineann and Cantina del Pino in Barbaresco.

Cantina del Pino 2008 Barbaresco AOC $37.99
92 POINTS Parker.. "The 2008 Barbaresco comes across as quite elegant and Burgundian in this vintage. Sweet dark cherries, spices, mint and crushed flowers are some of the notes that take shape in the glass in this, bright, focused Barbaresco. The 2008 possesses terrific energy and polish from start to finish. This is a beautifully balanced wine from Cantina del Pino."



CALENDAR
Altesino Brunello Tasting including Montosoli 1997 and 2007 --comparing two great vintages.
Saturday June 16th 4:00 - 6:00 pm $30.00 fee


Arriving at the store this past month...
Summery Italian whites. New wines from J. Christopher, Cameron, Crowley and others in Oregon. New Burgundies from Joseph Roty, lots of new dry pink wines, new Italian gems including Cantina del Pino and lots of others. New vintages of great 2010 Cotes du Rhone, lots of new Brunellos from great vintages...




MR. MIKE'S OFFICE HOURS--different every week! Or by Appointment.
May 31st - June 3rd
THURSDAY 12:00 - 6:00
FRIDAY 4:00 - 7:00
SATURDAY ...OFF
SUNDAY ...OFF

June 4th - June 10th
MONDAY ...ON VACATION
TUESDAY ...ON VACATION
WEDNESDAY ...ON VACATION
THURSDAY ...ON VACATION
FRIDAY ...ON VACATION ...yes there is a tasting.
SATURDAY ...ON VACATION
SUNDAY ...ON VACATION

Posted 5/24/2012 11:41:12 AM

Friday, May 25th our "Friday Tasting" .... 5:00 - 7:00 pm... only a $5.00 fee ...always ends at 7 pm sharp!

We'll pour wines from Ca' Montebello: These are killer summer whites from the Pavia area of Italy. New to the Market. The style is elegant and understated with clean precise flavors reminiscent of Champagne, with a refreshing low alcohol sleekness.
Ca' Montebello -2011 Oltrepo Pavase Pinot Grigio $11.99 white
Ca' Montebello -2011 Oltrepo Pavase Pinot Noir Blanc $16.99 white
Ca' Montebello -2011 Oltrepo Pavase Pinot Noir Blanc Frizzante $16.99 white
Ca' Montebello -2011 Oltrepo Pavase Pinot Noir Rosé Frizzante $16.99 white
Ca' Montebello -2011 Oltrepo Pavase Bonarda $14.99 Big Red
Ca' Montebello -2011 Oltrepo Pavase Custio $14.99 Big Red


NEW IN THE STORE....


2007 Brunello is arriving:
2006 is a slightly better vintage for aging, but for near term drinking-- the 2007 is actually more bumptious and pleasurable. Both vintages are lauded by James Suckling -foremost expert on Brunello. Take 10% off 6 or more 15% off 12 or more mixed bottles. PS I think the Altesino wines are great. -Mr. Mike

Casanova di Neri 2007 Brunello di Montalcino "Tenuta Nuova" $76.00
97 points Suckling: "This is not the perfect 100-point 2006, but damn close. Loads of black cherries and spices on the nose. Full-bodied, with a beautiful core of fruit. Long and gorgeous finish. This is so long and beautiful to taste. Lasts for minutes. Try after 2015."

Casanova di Neri 2007 Brunello di Montalcino DOCG $48.00
WE 95 points "This 2007 Brunello is a big, opulent pleasure bomb with lavish layers, loaded thickly on top of each other: Chocolate fudge, dark cherry, blackberry preserves, rum cake, prune, exotic spice, pipe tobacco, cola, hummus and leather. It shows huge personality, intensity and staying power too. All that density is backed by solid tannins and a steady firmness. Hold 10–15 more years. "Editors' Choice" and 95 Points Wine Enthusiast -----Parker 93 points: "The 2007 Brunello di Montalcino bursts from the glass with freshly cut flowers, violets, leather, licorice and black cherries. Firm underlying tannins lend vibrancy to the voluptuous fruit. The Casanova di Neri straight bottling – sometimes referred to as the “white label” – is made from some of the estate’s cooler sites. In 2007 the wine has more depth, fruit and overall harmony than is typically the case. Bright acidity frames the long, polished finish. In short, this is a fabulous wine from Giacomo Neri. Along with the 2006, the 2007 is one the best and most complete vintages I can remember tasting in some time. Most importantly of all, though, it is flat-out delicious. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2027. " 93 Points The Wine Advocate also...---91 points James Suckling

Altesino 2007 Brunello di Montalcino "Montosoli" $118.00
98 points James Suckling --"Best Montosoli since 1997. Aromas of plum jam and cherries follow through to a full body, with velvety tannins and a fruity finish. Pure fruit here. The purity to this wine is impressive. It is laser-guided in structure and fruit." ----- Mr. Mike: "I tasted this with the winemaker on my trip to Italy, it shows lots of purity and integration at such an early stage, it seemed unique in a good way, and super smooth, and elegant. It is a perfumed and delicate style of Brunello, I found it hard to believe it was so young, which means it was very well balanced and expressive." -Mr. Mike

Altesino 2007 Brunello di Montalcino DOCG $59.00
Parker 92 points: "The 2007 Brunello di Montalcino is beautiful in this vintage. Layers of dark red cherries, flowers, licorice and tobacco caress the palate in this generous, expressive Brunello. The 2007 presents an intriguing combination of classic Sangiovese aromas and flavors with the generosity and radiance of the vintage. The 2007 Brunello was made from vineyards in several sub-zones in Montalcino and was aged in cask. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2022. " 92 Points The Wine Advocate -----"A dark, masculine, brooding Brunello with savory aromas of leather and cured meat behind ripe fruit and blackberry. It’s tight and clean with a streamlined mouthfeel that gives evidence to the wine’s firm tannic structure. Executed in a traditional style and shows possibility for long cellar aging." 91 Points Wine Enthusiast

San Felice Campogiovanni Brunello di Montalcino 2007 $50.00
"Impressive depth of fruit on the nose, with dark berries, flowers and blueberries. Full-bodied, with a core of fruit that is impressive and sensual. Silky tannins. Long, long finish..." -James Suckling 94 Points

Castello di Bossi "Corbaia" Toscana I.G.T. 2007 (Tuscany, Italy) - [RP 95] [WE 93] [WS 90] 95 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2007 Corbaia is 70% Sangiovese and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon aged in new French oak. It is once again a very serious wine. The floral, expressive aromatics of Sangiovese are backed up by the tannic heft and sheer richness of the Cabernet. This is a big, yet sensual, wine that will require considerable patience for the tannins to soften, despite the early appeal of the vintage elsewhere. The sheer purity and depth of the fruit are breathtaking in this stunning Tuscan red. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2027." -----Wine Enthusiast Magazine: "Corbaia is a super Tuscan blend of Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon that opens with intensity and bright fruit flavors. It boasts a soft, silky feel with a firm tannic bite followed by cassis, earth and wild mushroom. Very nice. 93 Points— M.L. (10/1/2011)"




CALENDAR
---upcoming special Saturday tastings at JOHN'S MARKETPLACE
Saturday June 16th Cantina del Pino Ovello Barbaresco Vertical Tasting 4-6 pm

Arriving at the store this past month...
Summery Italian whites. New wines from J. Christopher, Cameron, Crowley and others in Oregon. New Burgundies from Joseph Roty, lots of new dry pink wines, new Italian gems including Cantina del Pino and lots of others. New vintages of great 2010 Cotes du Rhone, lots of new Brunellos from great vintages...




MR. MIKE'S OFFICE HOURS--different every week! Or by Appointment.
May 24th - May 27th
THURSDAY 12:00 - 6:00
FRIDAY 2:00 - 7:00
SATURDAY 2:00 - 6:00
SUNDAY ...OFF

May 28th - JUNE 3rd
MONDAY ...OFF
TUESDAY ...OFF
WEDNESDAY 4:00 - 6:00
THURSDAY 12:00 - 6:00
FRIDAY 2:00 - 7:00
SATURDAY ...OFF
SUNDAY ...OFF

June 4th - June 10th
MONDAY ...ON VACATION
TUESDAY ...ON VACATION
WEDNESDAY ...ON VACATION
THURSDAY ...ON VACATION
FRIDAY ...ON VACATION (Friday ...yes there is a tasting 5-7)
SATURDAY ...ON VACATION
SUNDAY ...ON VACATION


Posted 3/22/2012 12:38:10 PM

Friday, March 23rd our "Friday Tasting" .... 5:00 - 7:00 pm... only a $5.00 fee ...always ends at 7 pm sharp!

Summary 3 reds 3 whites and a sparkler to start

1) A sparkling wine TBA

2) Domaine Rolet 2009 L'Étoile AOC -- Jura, France (100% Chardonnay) $19.99 dry white
Clean, crisp, straightforward with tons of mineral character and a refreshing personality. Great jollies per dollar for lovers of crisp, characterful, (-no butter!) styles of Chardonnay. It is grown on the hills close to the town of Lons Le Saunier, the soil distinguishes itself by an abundance of fossils in the shape of stars which gave its name to this very small A.O.C.

3) Schellmann "Ossi" 2009 Grüner Veltliner $9.99 (made by Fred Loimer in Langenlois, sourced from Niederösterreich region) --Austria dry white
Full-bodied Grüner, packed with creamy apricots and pineapple flavors to go with the crisp finish. It has a nice loamy, earthy edge, missing in wines of this price point.

4) Reinhard & Beate Knebel 2007 "Von den Terrassen" Riesling Qba Trocken --Mosel, Germany. $13.99 dry white
Incredible close-out price for this dry-styled riesling that bounces around the palate like a superball made of grapefruit and slate, lots going on here, each sip reveals another side to this fascinating wine. A "don't miss" for riesling lovers.

5) La Vieille Ferme 2010 Red AOC Ventoux. Rhone, France $8.99 dry red
The blend is Carignan, Cinsault, Grenache; Syrah. This old standby excelled in the great 2010 vintage, lots of character below the fruit.

6) Domaine de l'Ameillaud 2010 Vin de Pays de Vaucluse (winery in Cairanne, Rhone, France) $8.99 dry red
(60% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 20% Carignan). Since 1983, an englishman, Nick Thompson has been running the property alongside his wife Sabine. They are located in Cairanne, a little village situated in the east of the Rhône river, between Orange and Vaison-la-Romaine. Deep and rich for a basic Vaucluse wine, a deal.

7) Pico Maccario Barbera 2009 $8.99 dry red Piemonte, Italy
This is an attractive mid-weight wine with pretty red berries, flowers and spices, really delivers for under ten bucks.




New arrivals at the store.
El Convento 2007 Priorat $19.99 big dry red
Steal of a deal in big broad red Priorat at an amazing price. This really delivers a clean dense modern style that reminds me of the best (and usually twice the price) from Washington State. -Mike "The 2007 El Convento Priorat is composed of 70 percent Garnacha and 30 percent Cariñena. Aromas of slate/mineral, damp earth, black cherry, and blackberry are quite fragrant. Full-bodied and sweetly-fruited on the palate, it has plenty of depth, layers of flavor, and excellent length.... It is a great value in Priorat....The Wine Advocate 90—Jay Miller (April 2010)"

"Carravid" Bodegas Penalba Herraiz (2006) Ribera del Duero DO $29.99 big dry red
Mostly Tempranillo, this Ribera is dense, but with smooth tannins and and old school aroma of woodsy forest floor, old Bordeaux, cassis, and blackberry. It is paradoxically also clean and modern and shows a touch of -just right- oak on the nose, but the finish is broad and satisfying with no wood tannin in evidence. It really drinks old school despite its heavy weight heft. Not so much Mike Tyson. More like a big New Jersey palooka who quit the fight game to smell the flowers, move back in with his girlfriend in Hoboken, and apply to art school finally. I think he is wait-listed at Cooper Union. -Mike

Joseph Roty 2009 Marsannay Rosé (Pinot Noir) -Côte de Nuits Burgundy France $29.99 big dry pink --allocated 12 bottles at hand.
Join the folks that have discovered serious dry pink wines. Not for quaffing around the swimming pool but for matching with serious foods, fish preparations with olives, and mushrooms especially, and other umami-driven dishes. This is the equivalent of great terroir driven white wine from the Côte de Nuits and is produced in much the same painstaking manner. Phillip Roty is producing authentic expressions of what Burgundy should be, should have always been, and so rarely was, or is today. Think about it.

A new Fer Servadou wine..please inquire.




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Posted 3/7/2012 11:57:13 AM

Friday, March 9th our "Friday Tasting" .... 5:00 - 7:00 pm... only a $5.00 fee ...always ends at 7 pm sharp!

Tasting ---with the winemakers in attendance:
Please join us this Friday for the very special visit from Luís & Luísa Lourenço, owners of three very important Dão wine properties:
-Quinta das Maias
-Quinta do Correio
-Quinta dos Roques
It's been 10 years (?!) since Luís and Luísa last visited John's Marketplace, and I couldn't be more honored to display their beautifully crafted wines once again.

The DÃO region:
Located in the northern center of Portugal, the Dão DOC in the Bieras Wine Region is one of the country’s oldest and most famous wine regions, dating back to Roman times. Grapes are grown in very granitic soil, the best are produced in the foothills of the Serra da Estrela mountains. Sheltered by mountains, creating its own micro-climate, the high plateau of the Dão enjoys hot, dry summers and very cold winters with good rainfall. The Dão is dotted with small villages and pine forests. Encruzado, Malvasia Fina, Touriga Nacional, Alfrocheiro, Jaen (Tinta Mencia), Roriz (Tempranillo) and Tinta Cão are the leading grape varieties. To see pictures of the estate visit www.quintaroques.pt ---
"I am tempted to say Quinta dos Roques is the Ch. Latour to the Ch. Margaux of Quinta da Pellada, but I would quite understand Portuguese frustration at this observation.” --Jancis Robinson. Wines to be poured:

-Quinta do Correio 2010 Dão Branco $9.99 dry white.
At the heart of the melon and citrus flavors of this white wine is the powerful Encruzado varietal, blended with Malvasia Fina, Bical and Cerceal. Although the Malvasia is bone dry, its unique honeydew melon flavor and scent , providing the captivating aroma and soft, rich fruit that pervade the structure given by the Encruzado. Bical and Cerceal maintain the crisp acidity of the wine.

-Quinta das Maias 2010 Dão Branco $12.99 dry white.
Produced since the 2000 vintage, this is a wine with powerful perfume, rich fruit and complex structure. Made from Malvasia Fina (50%), Encruzado (30%), Verdelho (15%), and Cercial (5%).

-Quinta dos Roques 2010 Dão Encruzado $19.99 dry white.
Fresh, clean nose, with undertones of lemony citrus and melon. 5 months on oak, on the palate there is also plenty of sprightly fruit and acidity. Encruzado is one of the best of these unique varietals, yet it is also typically Portuguese, refreshing and expressive.

-Quinta do Correio 2009 Dão Tinto $9.99 dry red.
This red wine has well-rounded, rich fruit flavors from Touriga Nacional, Jaen (Tinta Mencia), Alfrocheiro, Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo) and Rufete. From the top estate of Quinta dos Roques, it has an alluring nose, deeply set with briarwood and bramble fruit, with a dusting of pie spices. On the palate it is quite full-bodied, with loads of cinnamon spice and dried fruit flavors, plus plenty of zip to match up with the likes of barbecued meats.

-Quinta dos Roques 2008 Dão Tinto $14.99 dry red.
Roques has set a new standard for Dão red wines. A blend of Touriga Nacional, Alfrocheiro, Jaen, and Roriz (Tempranillo). Aged 15 months in new French oak. A hugely dark wine with bitter chocolate flavors, black plum, and layers of fine tannins. From the granite soils of the home estate of Quinta dos Roques.

-Quinta dos Roques 2008 Touriga Nacional $26.99 dry red.
Considered the best of the Dão and Port varietals, with rich color, a powerful aroma with a hint of black currants, and a full unique flavor of licorice and ripe berry fruits, and plenty of tannin. This noble grape is considered by Jancis Robinson to be the equal of Cabernet Sauvignon.




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Posted 3/7/2012 11:34:15 AM

March 7th, 2012 - John's Marketplace allocated wines on offer.
-- from Mr. Mike at John's Marketplace.

Betz wines are here.
Betz 2009 Clos de Betz $53.00 --Parker 96 points WA: "The wines utilizing Bordeaux grapes begin with the 2009 Clos de Betz which is composed of 65% Merlot, 29% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 6% Petit Verdot aged for 16 months in 65% new French oak barriques. Opaque purple in color, it offers up a brooding bouquet of toasty oak, exotic spices, herbs, violets, black currant, and blackberry. Opulent on the palate, the wine has outstanding volume, a laser-like focus, layered fruit, and succulent flavors. This sizable effort will benefit from another 4-5 years of cellaring and drink well through 2028"

Betz 2009 "Pere de Famille" $67.00 --Parker 96 points WA: "The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Pere de Famille is made up of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, and 8% Merlot aged for 16 months in 65% new French oak. Doing a fine impersonation of a classified growth Pauillac, it offers up a nose of sandalwood, Asian spices, incense, herbal notes, violets, black currants, and blackberry. This sets the stage for an already complex, elegant, smooth-textured, structured wine that will evolve for another 5-7 years. This lengthy, impressive effort will offer prime time drinking from 2016 to 2029."

Posted 3/1/2012 10:22:34 AM

Friday, March 2nd our "Friday Tasting" .... 5:00 - 7:00 pm... only a $5.00 fee ...always ends at 7 pm sharp!

First Friday of the Month Tasting!!! More Obscure European Gems. More varietals you should know better: Encruzado! Cabernet Franc, Gamay, red Grenache, and another wine from the Vallée d’Aoste region of Italy. Please join us!

1) Quinta das Maias 2010 Branco -Dão (Portuguese White) -Dry White $12.99
This modestly priced wine is a tremendous value. Made from Malvasia Fina (50%), Encruzado (30%), Verdelho (15%), and Cercial (5%). This has a perfume of melon and orchard fruits and a unique rich palate complicated by some nice mineral notes at the finish.

2) Michel Delhommeau 2010 Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Sur Lie "Cuvée Harmonie" -Dry White $14.99 100% Melon de Bourgogne.
Really dense for a Muscadet, with scented bosc pear, quince, and lime notes. This delivers a lot of lift and zip, which is what Muscadet wine should be all about.

3) Jordán de Asso "Garnacha Barrica" 2010 Apellation of Origin: Cariñena -Dry Red $8.99 100% Grenache.
Spicy and harmonious with a very low sticker shock.

4) La Croix Belle 2010 Syrah, Vin de Pays des Cotes de Thongue -Dry Red $11.99100% Syrah
This really coats the tongue. There is a good depth to this bargain Syrah.

5) Domaine Antoine Sanzay 2009 Saumur-Champigny AOC -Dry Red $16.99 100% Cabernet Franc
A spash of black currants, a touch of spice, and refreshing acidity at the end. A great price for this distinctive Cabernet Franc.

6) La Crotta di Vegneron 2010 Gamay -Vallée d’Aoste AOC -Dry Red $18.99
100% Gamay
Created in 1980, La Crotta di Vegneron is a small cooperative located in Chambave, a village about 20 kilometers east of the town of Aosta, in the Vallée d’Aoste region, northwestern part of Italy. Unique and stone-driven with a nice purity to the flavors of cassis, mint and stone.


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Posted 2/15/2012 4:06:00 PM

Friday, Feb. 17th our "Friday Tasting" .... 5:00 - 7:00 pm... only a $5.00 fee ...always ends at 7 pm sharp!

Please welcome Rod Evans from Zancanella Importing and Aurelien Fiardet from "Terroirs Originels" - specialist for Beaujolais - one of Zancanella Importing's newer procurers.

.......From the Terroirs Originels portfolio:
Bourgogne Blanc, Les Freres Perroud, 2009 (100% chardonnay) $15.99
dry white
One of the best values out of France I've tasted in quite awhile, this is beautiful and pure, with echos of the chalky soil it is grown on.

Beaujolais Villages, Lucien Lardy, 2009 $10.99 (Regular Price is 12.99) dry red
60 year old vines-planted in 1951 Gamay grape. John's Market Special Purchase. Serious winemaking evident. Estate Bottled

Morgon "Cote du Py", Lucien Lardy 2009 $17.99 dry red
Morgon is a small subregion of Beaujolais producing more complex and age-worthy wines. "Cote du Py" is considered the best vineyard area in Morgon. Gamay grape.

Julienas "Les Crots", Pascal Aufranc, 2009 $15.99 dry red Julienas is a small subregion of Beaujolais producing wines of distinct character. "Les Crots" is a small, prestigous vineyard area. Gamay grape.

.......from the Italian side of Zancanella's portfolio:
Pinot Grigio, Anselmi , 2010 (Grave del Friuli) $9.99
dry white
Very pretty white. Light and crisp. Nice touch of peaches, apples and spring flowers. Estate Bottled. Family owned winery.

Barbera d'Asti, Luna del Rospo, 2009 (Piedmont) $13.99 dry red
Quite stylish. Bright ripe fruit. Light touch of oak. Barbera grape grown near the town of Asti. Luna del Rospo translates to Moon of the Toad, (--look at the label). Estate Bottled. Biodynamic.

Chianti Montalbano "Riserva', Faltagnano, 2008 (Tuscany) $15.99 dry red
Montalbano is a subregion of Chianti -at the northern end adjoining Chianti Classico. Historic property producing wines in more of an Old World style. No overripe grapes or over-oaked wine. 90% Sangiovese and 10% Caniolo grapes. Estate Bottled. Very small production.

Super Tuscan, "Riserva Famiglia", Podere Capaccia, 2001 (Tuscany) $14.99 dry red
100% Sangiovese. 50 cases of this vintage wine was leftover in the transition between the previous owner and the new proprietor, and Zancanella snatched it all. John's Marketplace is getting a nice chunk --but it is a one shot deal. 11 year old wine with great provenance for just $14.99.




New Arrivals in the Store
Super White !!!
Antoine Arena 2010 Patrimonio Blanc "Grotte di Sole" (France, Corsica, Patrimonio AOC) $45.00

Vermentinu grapes from 60 year old vines planted on clay and limestone. Harvest yields are usually around 40 hl/ha, natural fermentation, low doses of sulfur, cement cuve, no wood, long fermentations, then the wine is aged for 6 to 8 months on fine lees, the wine completes malolactic fermentation, and most vintages are bottled unfiltered. The exposure is to the south thus the name "sunny grotto" vineyard, this property is from the original Arena family holdings that stretch back three centuries. The wine is wild on the nose, first intimating something funky and intense is going on, but just holds back at the last second, the aromatics becoming more heather, herbal and white flowers. On the palate the flavors are a mix of crushed honied rock with pie cherry, then morphing into perfectly ripe pure white peach. This is a unique and fabulous expression of Vermentinu with a long finish and a satisfying "wow" factor. Don't miss this.




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Posted 2/9/2012 1:19:20 PM

Friday, Feb. 10th our "Friday Tasting" .... 5:00 - 7:00 pm... only a $5.00 fee ...always ends at 7 pm sharp!

Rob Moller of the Merchant of Vino Distribution Group pours wines from Oregon's Vista Hills Winery:
Vista Hills' 42-acre, LIVE certified vineyard rests atop the Dundee Hills in Dayton, Oregon. They are located near Domaine Serene about thirty-five miles southwest of Portland, and their soil type is the typical dense brick-red Jory. There will be a winery representative at our tasting to answer all your questions.

1) Vista Hills 2010 Treehouse Estate Pinot Gris $14.99 dry white
With fresh green apple and pear notes upfront, the Treehouse Pinot Gris offers a hint of sweetness for a balanced finish. A clean minerality gives way to a hints of honey and kiwi. This wine took gold at the 25th annual Northwest Wine Retrospective in Seattle.

2) Vista Hills 2009 Pinot Noir "Fourmen" $16.99 dry red
"Roasted coffee and dried cherry on the fragrant nose. Sweet, silky and light-bodied, with and intensely smoky character and a touch of bitter orange to the red fruit flavors. Finishes with decent length and lingering smokiness." -Tanzer

3) Vista Hills 2009 Pinot Noir "Treehouse" $23.99 dry red
This is rich with dark fruit, spice and root beer notes. Black cherries and plum give way to cacao and vanilla flavors. This wine was produced by Dave Petterson at Panther Creek Cellars.

4) Vista Hills 2009 Pinot Noir "Marylhurst Estate" $33.99 dry red
The 2009 Marylhurst is a single-vineyard pinot noir with a big, earthy nose and a smoky, fruit-driven palate. From young vines planted in 2005, this wine displays notes of cherry cola, caramel and wood smoke. The wine placed on the Seattle Times Top 100 List and earned a 92 Point score from the Wine Enthusiast.

5) Vista Hills 2009 Pinot Noir "Piedmont Estate" $42.99 dry red
Wine Enthusiast Rating: 91 "This wine was made at Le Cadeau, from Vista Hills grapes, and is the star of the 2009s. An excellent, racy structure provides the scaffolding around a refined, lightly spiced Pinot Noir with crisp raspberry and cherry fruit. P.G. (12/1/2011) — 91" --WE



New Arrivals
Domaine Jean Fournier 2009 Marsannay Clos du Roy
[was $39.99...now $24.99!!!] (France, Burgundy) This white Burgundy has elegance and power, with acacia, and orange flower overtones. This month's best deal in dry rich dense white wine.



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Posted 2/9/2012 1:18:48 PM

Friday, Feb. 10th our "Friday Tasting" .... 5:00 - 7:00 pm... only a $5.00 fee ...always ends at 7 pm sharp!

Rob Moller of the Merchant of Vino Distribution Group pours wines from Oregon's Vista Hills Winery:
Vista Hills' 42-acre, LIVE certified vineyard rests atop the Dundee Hills in Dayton, Oregon. They are located near Domaine Serene about thirty-five miles southwest of Portland, and their soil type is the typical dense brick-red Jory. There will be a winery representative at our tasting to answer all your questions.

1) Vista Hills 2010 Treehouse Estate Pinot Gris $14.99 dry white
With fresh green apple and pear notes upfront, the Treehouse Pinot Gris offers a hint of sweetness for a balanced finish. A clean minerality gives way to a hints of honey and kiwi. This wine took gold at the 25th annual Northwest Wine Retrospective in Seattle.

2) Vista Hills 2009 Pinot Noir "Fourmen" $16.99 dry red
"Roasted coffee and dried cherry on the fragrant nose. Sweet, silky and light-bodied, with and intensely smoky character and a touch of bitter orange to the red fruit flavors. Finishes with decent length and lingering smokiness." -Tanzer

3) Vista Hills 2009 Pinot Noir "Treehouse" $23.99 dry red
This is rich with dark fruit, spice and root beer notes. Black cherries and plum give way to cacao and vanilla flavors. This wine was produced by Dave Petterson at Panther Creek Cellars.

4) Vista Hills 2009 Pinot Noir "Marylhurst Estate" $33.99 dry red
The 2009 Marylhurst is a single-vineyard pinot noir with a big, earthy nose and a smoky, fruit-driven palate. From young vines planted in 2005, this wine displays notes of cherry cola, caramel and wood smoke. The wine placed on the Seattle Times Top 100 List and earned a 92 Point score from the Wine Enthusiast.

5) Vista Hills 2009 Pinot Noir "Piedmont Estate" $42.99 dry red
Wine Enthusiast Rating: 91 "This wine was made at Le Cadeau, from Vista Hills grapes, and is the star of the 2009s. An excellent, racy structure provides the scaffolding around a refined, lightly spiced Pinot Noir with crisp raspberry and cherry fruit. P.G. (12/1/2011) — 91" --WE



New Arrivals
Domaine Jean Fournier 2009 Marsannay Clos du Roy [was $39.99...now $24.99!!!] (France, Burgundy) This white Burgundy has elegance and power, with acacia, and orange flower overtones. This month's best deal in dry rich dense white wine.



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Posted 1/6/2012 9:27:10 AM

Friday, Jan. 6th our "Friday Tasting" .... 5:00 - 7:00 pm... only a $5.00 fee ...always ends at 7 pm sharp!

I will pour Spanish Rioja & Tempranillo and some Italian Whites



No tasting this Saturday.


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Posted 12/16/2011 11:05:02 AM

Saturday Dec 17th 3:00 - 6:00 pm ...ends strictly at 6:00 pm.
Saturday Tasting 3-6 PM Zinfandel and Pork Seminar (also some real champagne) $10.00 fee Zinfandel and Terroir

-- In the past decade the rapid consolidation of California wineries for the sake of marketing, distribution , and sales --has blurred an important cultural connection with an American viticultural tradition that extends back to the 19th century. As part of the American wine culture, we are intently beginning to look at what makes for a "sense of place", or terroir, in Zinfandel. There are great histories in vineyards throughout the North Coast that have been buried under the layers of hype and marketing that require resolution. We are looking for interesting Zinfandels that taste great to us, not some pie-in-the-sky idea of what constitutes a preconceived notion of what a good Zinfandel should taste like. And what tastes great to us are Zinfandels that include a taste of a place, not just a "jammy grapiness." Terroir has been defined as "sensory qualities, including aromas and flavors that can be attributed directly to where a wine is grown." Our recent yen for "authenticity" has been looking at traditions in Europe, while overlooking traditions in our own backyard. Join us this Saturday and taste along with us, as we present a very modest introduction to "American Terroir."

Rancho Zabaco 2010 "Heritage Vines" Zinfandel 2010 $12.99

Rancho Zabaco 2010 Dry Creek Zinfandel 2010 $19.99 Winemaker Eric Cinnamon has remained an ardent advocate of preserving old vine sources for the Rancho Zabaco winery for almost two decades. Here are two examples of wines produced from the key parts of Sonoma County that are the "cradle" of Zinfandel's history.

Ghost Pine Sonoma/San Joaquin County Zinfandel 2009 $17.99 Loaded with fresh ideas and energy the team that works under the guidance of Mike Martini at Louis M. Martini are given the opportunity to work with fruit from old vine sources that have been sourced from Sonoma & San Joaquin.

DeLoach Vineyards "Forgotten Vines" Zinfandel 2008 $31.99 DeLoach's part as a winery played a crucial role in the late 1970's and early 80's in ensuring the survival of zinfandel vineyards planted prior to Prohibition (1919) in the Russian River Valley. If not for the diligence and commitment to Zinfandel, many vineyards west of Santa Rosa would now be planted to Bordeaux varietals and more recently Pinot Noir.

Louis Martini Monte Rosso "Gnarly Vines" Zinfandel 2008 $39.99 From the famed red soils of Monte Rosso are some of the oldest Zinfandels planted in Sonoma County. Purchased by Louis M. Martini in 1938 from the Goldstein family, who first planted Zinfandel in the 1880's. The "Mixed Black Magic" of the old field blends dominated by Zinfandel showcase the heritage and role that a particular place creates for this uniquely American grape.

Real Champagne
For no additional charge I will also include some great champagnes. Including...some of my favorites:

Vouette et Sorbée Champagne Fidèle $65.00
"Most of [Vouette's] vineyard area, and indeed, most of the vineyard land of the Côte des Bar in general, lies on Kimmeridgian soil. These parcels form the foundation of the estate's primary cuvée, Fidèle, which is made of pure pinot noir and vinified entirely in oak barriques, as are all of Gautherot's wines. Fidèle is a fine introduction to the style of the estate, showing the vibrant fruit and vinous, soil-driven intensity that characterizes Vouette et Sorbée's champagnes." -- Peter Liem

Champagne Thierry Triolet Brut NV $36.99
The Champagne house of Thierry Triolet is located in the village of Bethon. The vineyards in Bethon are part of the Côtes de Sezanne region of Champagne which begins about 20 miles southwest of Epernay and extends southward from the town of Sezanne. Geologically, this narrow band of hills is a continuation of the more massive Côtes des Blancs. Traditionally, the Sezanne vineyards have been a source of excellent Chardonnay grapes for the large negociant Champagne houses to the north. This is a great value for a full-bodied, yeasty Champagne with fine nuances of brioche aromatics.




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December 19th - December 25th
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December 23rd Friday 5-7 pm Sparkling Wines and More Oregon Pinot Noir Values $5.- fee
December 24th Saturday 3-6 pm High End Champagne Tasting $15.- fee
December 30th and 31st Friday and Saturday NO TASTINGS!!!



Posted 11/22/2011 1:32:39 PM

Wednesday, November 23rd our big pre-Thanksgiving Wine Tasting.... 4:00 - 7:00 pm... only a $5.00 fee.
Tasting summary: French Rosé, plus some big reds, and an Oregon Pinot Noir. (No wine tastings Friday and Saturday this week after Thanksgiving!!!)
However there will be tastings every Friday 5-7pm and Saturday from 3-6pm from Dec 2nd until Christmas.

French Rosé is a great wine for the disparate foods of our national feast. With zippy acidity and lower tannin, and a certain informality, rosé is a great choice. We'll be sampling some of the world's finest producers of rosé, and offering them at one day blowout pricing! Mix 'n match any dry pink in the store 25% off 6 or more this Wednesday only! I'll also have some big reds open for people that just got to have'em. I'll include an Oregon Pinot Noir or two to show off our local bounty to visiting out-of-staters.

1) Château de Trinquevedel 2009 Tavel AOC Rosé “Les Vignes d’Eugène” $23.99 (40% Grenache Noir, 40% Clairette, 20% Syrah --vines average 60 years old.)
"Tavel is the only A.O.C. entirely made up of rosé, which prohibits any whites or reds from wearing the label of this Southern Rhône cru. No more than sixty percent of the final blend can be made up of the noble Grenache. In other appellations where rosé is made, it is often regarded as an afterthought— most of the grapes are frequently sourced from lesser parcels, as the lighter maceration of the grapes is seen as “wasting” precious juice. In Tavel, even the best parcels may contribute to the blend, yet another aspect that makes this cru (Tavel) so special." -- Kermit Lynch website Perfect with turkey sandwiches with slices of cranberry relish that still have those little molded ridges from the can.

2) Château Miraval 2010 Cotes de Provence AOC Rosé "Pink Floyd" 2010 $19.99
This rosé is named for legendary artists Pink Floyd, who recorded a portion of their famed 1979 album The Wall at Miraval’s private studio. Light pink in color, the 2010 “Pink Floyd” is very full-bodied and evokes red cherry, melon, tangerine, mint and pink lady apple. It’s perfect by itself or as a compliment to turkey. Grapes: 80% Cinsault From Old Vines, 20% Grenache. Vinification: saignée method, literally "bleeding off" the juice from the red wine fermentation.

3) The Domaine Le Galantin 2010 Bandol AOC Rosé $19.99
This is a classic Provencal rosé with fresh red fruit flavors and a crisp finish. The wine is composed of 50% Cinsault, 25% Mourvedre and 25% Grenache, all organically farmed. Perfect with turkey soup.

4) Château Margüi 2010 Côteaux Varois AOC Rosé $16.99 (50% Grenache Noir, 50% Cinsault)
Stunning rosé for the money. Great with turkey tetrazinni.

5) Domaine André Neveu 2010 Sancerre AOC Rosé $24.99 André Neveu produces rosé made from pinot noir grape.
The flinty soils of 'Le Grand Fricambault Silex' vineyard is planted on a hillside above Chavignol and gives this rosé a tightly coiled beam of red fruit that is impossibly refreshing. Great with difficult in-laws.

Friday, November 25th 2:00 - 5:00
Cascade Lakes Brewing Co. Sampling Cyclops IPA, Centennial IPA, and their Winter beer Slippery Slope.

Posted 11/17/2011 10:20:22 AM

-Mr. Mike's Favorites-
I'm offering two mixed cases of great wines, one red case, and one white case. They are composed of some of my favorite wines that are from off the beaten path. Some are are local (there is a great 2008 Oregon Pinot Noir, that is inexplicably still available) some are obscure varietals that deliver great interest and deliciousness (don't miss the 'frappato' red wine, or the 'jacquere' white) and some are just darn good deals (Petit Avril -a baby Chateauneuf-du-Pape). In any case, they will be great wines for entertaining, and for simultaneously discovering new wine vistas; and they are heavily discounted.

Mr. Mike's top 12 --most interesting wines in the market-- "discovery" whites case.
Case Price: $130.- over 20% off retail


1) "Apremont" Pierre Boniface 2010 Vin de Savoie $9.99 France, Savoie
Made with the jacquere grape, this fresh tasting wine has a delicate minerality – it's aroma is like a breeze from freshly rained-upon stones. The palate is 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 white fleshed fish or fresh farm cheeses.

2) Domaine des Forges 2010 "Chardonnay" Anjou AOC $9.99 France, Loire Valley
Spectacular chardonnay at a great price, this wine is lemony fresh, with flavors of winter-mint and minerals. No oak, no richness here, just a laser beam of vibrating chard-ness.

3) "le Gemme" Brunori 2009 Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi DOC $9.99 Italy, Le Marche
This dry Italian white from Le Marche area of Italy has lots of broad fruit flavors and minerality on the palate, with beautiful aromatics, and a lovely nutty-almondy finish.

4) Coto de Gomariz --Ribeiro Blanco 2009 Ribeiro D.O. Spanish white $18.99 Spain, Galicia
This wine is spectacularly complex, yet simultaneously extremely refreshingly. (Grape percentages: 70% treixadura; 15% godello; 10% albariño; plus 5% loureira varietals). This big broad wine is great paired with scallops with romesco sauce, mussels, or savory roast chicken dishes, even hard to match dishes containing artichokes and asparagus.

5) Claude Riffault 2009 Sancerre "Les Boucauds" $19.99 France, Loire Valley
I love this wine's expression of the "passionfruit and guava" side of sauvignon blanc, yet with the fruit interwoven by the salinity and filigreed stoniness that only Sancerre can deliver. "Light, bright orange. High-pitched, mineral-accented aromas of strawberry, cherry and white flowers, complicated by a subtle mineral note. Dry and linear on the palate, offering energetic red berry flavors and a jolt of bitter cherry. Nicely concentrated but light on its feet, finishing with strong thrust and persistence. I like this wine's blend of power and agility." 90 points IWC Stephen Tanzer

6) Pascal Janvier 2010 Jasnières “Cuvée du Silex” $23.99 France, Loire Valley
This is beautiful, crisp, chenin blanc, with stunning white flower aromatics and a complexly-dense palate. The wine emphasizes the stony side of chenin with flinty, almost gun-flinty, undertones. Serve with complex vegetarian casseroles, anything with mushrooms, and shellfish. My favorite white wine in the store.

7) Domaine de la Pépière 2010 Muscadet $12.99 France, Loire Valley
Marc Ollivier makes great Muscadet. I had the privilege to taste 20+ vintages with him at a trade tasting a few years ago, and these wines gain complexity with age and are absurdly cheap for the quality offered. This is the ultimate refreshing Loire Valley white. Don't consume oysters without it.

8) Philippe Milan & Fils 2008 Rully Blanc AOC $21.99 France, Burgundy
2008 was a great vintage for whites in France's Burgundy region, the trick is to find a great one with a good price tag. Because Rully is not a famous place, you get great dense, elegant chardonnay at a great price. This blows away California whites in this price range.

9) Antonio Caggiano "FiaGre" Vino da Tavola Bianco $11.99 Italy, Campania
Spicy and complex, this rich yet elegant combination of grechetto and fiano grapes is a terrific palate toner at the beginning of a meal, great also with calamari.

10) Weingut Markus Huber "Hugo" Trocken Grüner Veltliner $11.99 Austria, Traisental
This wine has fresh apricot and green apple aromatics, white pepper, snap pea, lentil, and herbs on the palate. The perfect accompaniment to fresh springtime asparagus dishes, also great with roast or grilled pork preparations. It is completely dry, and perfect with almost any appetizer array you can imagine.

11) Domaine de la Bregeonnette 2010 Gros Plant (du pays Nantais AOC) $12.99 France, Loire Valley
This is organic wine clocks in at 11% alcohol, and is a great match with shellfish. "Gros plant" is the grape, AKA folle blanche, which is the main grape used in the production of Cognac. The wine is a little broader and denser than Muscadet, but expresses a similar 'limestoniness' that makes it a perfect match with fish, and especially shell fish.

12) Palazzone 2010 Dubini Bianco ....1500ml Magnum for just $9.99!!!! Italy, Umbria
Here's a stunning value for anyone who loves Italian white wines - or just wants a juicy, crisp, and really flavorful white wine at a great price. The wine is made by Palazzone, the estate Steve Tanzer called, "Unquestionably the number one small estate of Orvieto.” Made from the younger vines that would otherwise go into the estate's Orvieto, this is a beautiful, lively white wine. This wine sings with honeydew melon aromas and a zesty personality. Great with salads or grilled fish.

Mr. Mike's top 12 --most interesting wines in the market-- "discovery" reds case.
Case Price: $170.- over 20% off retail


1) Cavatappi 'Maddalena' 2004 Yakima Valley -Nebbiolo $25.99 USA, Washington
This fascinating wine is a great 'ringer' in a Barbaresco tasting. Rich and truly savory, this has picked up orange citrus notes from bottle age to go with its core of tar and roses.

2) "Il Casolare Rosso" 2010 Fattoria San Lorenzo --Le Marche Rosso (Grape Varieties – montepulciano and sangiovese) $10.99 Italy, Le Marche
This is a smooth, rich red wine. I was blown away by the quality / price ratio in this wine, it is very dense and long, with dark fruit flavors. It is organic to boot.

3) Cascina Tavijn 2009 Ruché de Castagnole Monferrato $24.99 Italy, Piemonte
This has bright-grapey fruit with notes of cranberry, violets, and geranium. In the mouth it is silky, despite the intensity of flavors. The grape is ruché (roo-kay).

4) Domaine Jean Vullien 2009 Vin de Savoie Saint-Jean-de-la-Porte "Mondeuse" $14.99 France, Savoie
Made from 100% mondeuse AKA refosco in Italy, this is a very savory wine that will match duck, chicken, and anything with mushrooms.

5) Domaine Astruc 2010 Mourvedre $8.99 France, Languedoc
This combines an earthy rustic nose with deep dark fruit and cracked pepper highlights. This will be a great match with hearty winter stews.

6) "Centonze" Frappato IGT $13.99 Italy, Sicily
Made from 100% Frappato, a grape that is often blended with Nero d'Avola to produce Sicily's singular table wines, this wine has a fresh bright acidity and a lovely floral fragrance, evocative of orange peel, violets and tea rose. Light in body, this wine would work with a seafood stew, grilled salmon, or salads.

7) Borie de Maurel "Esprite d'Automne" 2009 Minervois AOC $16.99 France, Languedoc
A blend of syrah, carignan and grenache, this wine's aromatics evoke tapenade and pipe tobacco spilling into licorice and pie cherry on the finish. Organic. A Mr. Mike fave.

8) Clos des Papes NV "Les Petit Vin d'Avril" $13.99
This is such a good deal for people that want a big earthy wine with character. It is literally declassified Chateauneuf-du-Pape from two vintages.

9) "Cautivo" Heredad de Baroja -- 2008 Rioja 'Madurado' "Tempranillo" $9.99 Spain, Rioja
Earth and fruit marry in this satisfying tempranillo. Match this with spicy Mexican fare, Thai noodle dishes and spicy barbecue.

10) Eugen Wehrheim 2009 Dornfelder Trocken $21.99 Germany, Rheingau
Dornfelder is the grape, and this is unique, but immediately delicious. Big broad fruit, with tons of character, this is dense, rich, and will match well with roast beef, pork, or wiener schnitzel of course!

11) Philippe Milan & Fils 2009 Rully Rouge AOC (pinot noir) $23.99 France, Burgundy
Milan produced a round, dense, rich style of pinot noir, with dark intense plum and cherry flavors; this is a great wine to compare with the number 12 selection.

12) Evening Land Pinot Noir --Eola-Amity AVA --Seven Springs Vineyard (Estate) 2008 $34.99 USA, Oregon
Parker's Wine Advocate 91 points. Wine Advocate: "The 2008 Pinot Noir Estate was picked from the vineyard’s deeper soils and was fermented with native yeasts and aged for 16 months in 33% new oak. Dark ruby red, it surrenders an expressive nose of smoke, Asian spices, incense, and an amalgam of red and black fruits. On the palate it reveals excellent volume, savory flavors, good intensity, and precision. Give this lengthy effort 1-2 years to fully unwind, ...." - Jay Miller
This is a great wine to serve at Thanksgiving to show off our local bounty to out of state guests.

Posted 10/27/2011 10:20:08 AM

Friday, October 28th our "Friday Tasting" .... 5:00 - 7:00 pm... only a $5.00 fee ... always ends at 7 pm sharp!
Tasting summary: Variety, value! Friday... 6 wines

1) "Apremont" Pierre Boniface 2010 Vin de Savoie $9.99 dry white France
Made with the jacquere grape, this fresh light wine has a delicate minerality – it's 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.

2) "le Gemme" Brunori --Verdicchio 2009 Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi DOC $9.99 -dry white Italy
This dry Italian white from Le Marche area of Italy has lots of broad fruit flavors and minerality on the palate, with beautiful aromatics, and a lovely nutty-almondy finish.

3) Coelho Winery 2009 Pinot Noir, Oregon, Willamette Valley $18.99 dry red Oregon
This is a winery more people should know about. This wine shows the balance Oregon wines should have, a harmony of fruit, acid, and savory undertones.

4) "Angeline" 2009 Pinot Noir Reserve 2009 $11.99 dry red California
This Pinot Noir made by fabled Martin Ray Winery is aged in French oak barrels for 10 months and has intense aromas of ripe plum, blackberry, cherry -highlighted by spice and toasty oak.

5) "Cautivo" Heredad de Baroja -- 2008 Rioja 'Madurado' Tempranillo $9.99 dry red Spain
Earth and fruit marry in this satisfying tempranillo. This is a deal in great value tempranillo.

6) "Rapido" 2010 Sangiovese - Puglia IGT $7.99 dry red Italy
This is an everyday "pizza and pasta red" that really delivers the goods.


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October 27th - October 30th
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Posted 10/20/2011 9:28:20 AM

SATURDAYS...just got better.
The SATURDAY TASTING at JOHN'S MARKETPLACE

(--New Series - every Saturday from now until Christmas--)
Rhone Valley Tasting 2:30 - 5:30 John's Marketplace (Yes there is a tasting fee.)
$3.00 fee for the regular tasting. Cheese plates also available for purchase.
Compare the 2008 and 2009 Vieux Télégraphe! $10.00 super pour fee for these 2 wines.

The featured wines:
Philippe Faury 2010 Syrah Vin de Pays Collines Rhodaniennes $21.99
Philippe Faury's vineyards are located st the northern edge of the Rhône Valley. His syrahs have great finesse, are loaded loaded with perfume. The grapes come from near the Saint Joseph appellation. This is the best syrah value in the world today!

Maxime-François Laurent 2010 Côtes du Rhône "Il Fait Soif" $29.99
This is a stunning, grenache-driven "natural" wine, showing fresh dense mineral-driven fruit, with earth, mushroom, and blueberry notes.

Kermit Lynch 2010 Côtes du Rhône "Cypress Cuvée" $16.99
This is Kermit's flagship great value grenache/syrah wine.

I will also have a white or two open. --please join us. -Mr. Mike
Super pour wines:
Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe 2009 Châteauneuf-du-Pape (rouge) "La Crau" $82.99
Wine Spectator 94 pts "This is crammed with fruit, spice and structure, as braised fig, plum skin, cassis and anise notes wrestle with roasted apple wood, melted red licorice and tar...." -JM

Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe 2008 Châteauneuf-du-Pape (rouge) "La Crau" $64.99
92 points Wine Spectator "Still tight, with the core of cherry and red currant fruit held in check by a mix of lightly firm sandalwood, spice, licorice root and warm stone flavors. Mulled fig and cocoa notes check in on the grippy finish. A rare backward style 2008 that will need some cellaring to round into form. Best from 2013 through 2020." 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright ruby. Lively, musky aromas of red berries, cherry, anise, earth and spices, augmented by hints of lavender and resin. Energetic, focused redcurrant and bitter cherry flavors show good definition and pick up minerality with air. Taut on the back end, finishing with solid grip and very good, tangy persistence. I like this wine's vivacity and balance."

Posted 10/6/2011 9:58:36 AM

Friday, October 7th our "Friday Tasting" .... 5:00 - 7:00 pm... only a $5.00 fee ...always ends at 7 pm sharp!

Mr. Mike pours extreme value wines from France, Spain, and Italy:

1) "Les Perles" 2009 Piquepoul $7.99 dry white France
Here's a great price on a citrusy and racy white that matches well with seafood of all sorts. Piquepoul is the grape variety.

2) "Vittolo" 2007 Sangiovese di Toscana $6.99 dry red Italy
This Chianti lookalike is a perfect companion to pizza and pasta dishes, dry, quaffable and very affordable.

3) "Il Casolare Rosso" 2010 Fattoria San Lorenzo --Le Marche Rosso (Grape Varieties – montepulciano and sangiovese) $10.99 dry red Italy
This is a smooth and and rich red wine. I was blown away by the quality / price ratio in this wine, it is very dense and long, with dark fruit flavors. It is organic to boot.

4) "Reinares" Bodega Eguren 2007 Tempranillo --Tierra de Castilla $8.99 dry red Spain
A " Best Buy" designation from Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Tanzer: "Bright red. Pungent cherry and dark berry aromas offer clean, straightforward appeal. Plump and juicy, showing a sweet black raspberry flavor, no tannins and gentle lift. A tad jammy but delivers impressive flavor punch, sweetness and clarity for the money."

5) "Pintoresco" Bodegas Luis Gurpegui Muga --Vino de la Tierra Extremadura 2010 Tempranillo $11.99 dry red Spain
This is a a fun and spicy tempranillo wine. "Pintoresco" translates as 'spontaneous' 'picturesque' 'colorful' or 'quaint' which suggests an ideal of vinous cultural authenticity.

6) "Avaniel" Bodegas Monteabellón 2010 Tempranillo $9.99 dry red Spain
Bodegas Monteabellón is located in the heart of Ribera del Duero. The inspiration behind this relatively new venture is Isaac Fernandez, nephew of the legendary Vega Sicilia ex- winemaker, Marino Garcia. Monteabellón is rich, approachable and has good weight and plenty of savory character. The lively black fruit has hints of licorice, and bay leaf spice.




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Posted 9/29/2011 10:10:28 AM

Friday, September 30th our "Friday Tasting" .... 5:00 - 7:00 pm... only a $5.00 fee ...always ends at 7 pm sharp!
Mr. Mike pours highly rated 2009 Beaujolais (gamay noir) and some old-vine grenache from France and Spain and also a spectacular viognier:

All notes on Vissoux from Parker's Wine Advocate:
1) 2009 Domaine du Vissoux -Fleurie "les Garants" Wine Advocate 92 Points $29.99 dry red France
Like his other wines of the vintage, Chermette's 2009 Fleurie Les Garants - from lower down than Poncie and with southwestern inclination, but essentially the same soil - lacks the dark color that marks so many 2009s. Scents of fresh blackberry and purple plum adumbrate a generously juicy palate with a vivid sense of fruit pit and berry seed. The Poncie is cooler in personality though still full of energy, whereas the Les Garants is richer on the palate and more overtly (in this case black-) fruited. A pungent smokiness and tactile sense of stony underlying minerality characterize this wine's positively gripping finish, and as it opens, elusive hints of spice and further minerality emerge. I would plan on following this outstanding value for half a dozen years, if not longer.

2) 2009 Domaine du Vissoux -Fleurie "Poncie" Wine Advocate 91 Points $29.99 dry red France
Vividly fresh red raspberry, blackberry, and rhubarb scent the Vissoux 2009 Fleurie Poncie, marking a striking contrast with the fruit character of its Brouilly stable mate. The high altitude and southeasterly inclination encourages a sense of refreshment and energy that - for all of their manifest virtues - one often seeks in vain among Beaujolais's 2009s. Yet this is also silken in texture and its stimulating length tartly seductive, with salt, meat broth, and mint adding complexity. Plan on enjoying this over a 4-5 year period. Incidentally, it harbors only 13.2% alcohol.

3) 2009 Domaine du Vissoux -Moulin a Vent "les Trois Roches" Wine Advocate 91 Points $25.99 dry red France
The Vissoux 2009 Moulin-a-Vent Les Trois Roches - named for the Rochegres, La Rochelle, and Roche Noire sites south of Chenas - smells of fresh dark cherry and purple plum along with charred wood (though not necessarily from barrel). Rather restrained and laid-back on the palate, it nonetheless clings with authority, offering smoky, crushed stone, and saline mineral elements in a dynamic interchange with its concentrated fruit. This is likely to blossom beautifully over the next couple of years and be worth following for 5-7.

4) 2009 Domaine du Vissoux -Beaujolais "Coeur de Vendanges" Wine Advocate 90 Points $21.99 dry red France
From older vines - in this instance incorporating fruit both from the South and from the Beaujolais-Villages sector, near Brouilly - and vinified entirely in barrel, Chermette's 2009 Beaujolais Couer de Vendanges smells vividly of fresh purple plum and cassis; is imposingly mouth-filling yet bright and buoyant (especially by the standards of the vintage, and despite higher-than-usual 13.3% alcohol) and finishes with persistent interplay of generously juicy fruit with salt, chalk, fruit pit, and iodine. This saliva-inducing beauty should remain delightful for 2-3 years.

5) "Evodia" Old Vine Grenache 2009 $9.99 (100% grenache) dry red Spain
"Sexy, high-pitched aromas of strawberry preserves, black raspberry, minerals and pungent flowers. Concentrated but not at all heavy; sweet raspberry and blackberry flavors are lifted by a hint of violet. Very suave, especially at this price; finishes with silky tannins and excellent clarity. No jamminess here, which is pretty rare for inexpensive garnacha. These vines are reportedly planted at 850 to 1,100 meters altitude on slate and are more than 100 years old." --International Wine Cellar 90 Points

6) Maxime François Laurent (Domaine Gramenon) 2010 Côtes-du-Rhône Rouge "PourPre" $72.99 1500 ml (100% grenache from 50-80 year old vines) dry red France
"The Laurents use gravity-fed cuves and age their wines in oak demi-muids and foudres. That they take such gutsy risks as bottling old-vine fruit with so little sulfur, without fining or filtration, only demonstrates the lengths they will go to in order to highlight the freshness, purity, and intoxicating aromas of their small, rare production." -Kermit Lynch

7) Domaine Gramenon 2010 Côtes-du-Rhône Blanc "Vie on y est” $36.99 (--100% viognier) dry white

"Domaine Gramenon is located in the northern stretches of the Southern Rhône, in the Côtes-du-Rhône Villages appellation of Vinsobres, between Grignan and Nyons. Michèle Aubèry-Laurent works twenty-six hectares with her talented son, Maxime François (a rising star in his own right), farming both young and very old vines alike. They employ organic and biodynamic practices in the vineyards, with a strong non-interventionist stance in the cellars. Maxime François has begun flexing his own creative muscle, bottling two cuvées at the domaine under his own name." --from Kermit Lynch's website.

Posted 9/23/2011 9:59:48 AM

Cellar Worthy Wines--new offers from Mr. Mike at John's Marketplace

Châteauneuf-du-Pape
When I visited with Henri Brunier of Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe in May of this year I was reminded of how important vintages can be in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. In America we are so used to seeing how rocky and dry the La Crau plateau looks in photographs, but the real magic of the terroir in this sub-area is the 3-5 feet of sandy limestone beneath the "galets roules" or large rounded stones. Henri cleared away these large rocks to show us this substrate. He said it is so important because, of course, everything is dry-farmed in Châteauneuf. Vintage 2009 is great partly from the early rains that were captured and stored in this layer. Everything came together in 2009 to produce powerful yet elegant wines, and Brunier's Vieux Télégraphe 2009 Châteauneuf-du-Pape really shines in this vintage. This is admirably cellar-worthy. Don't miss out. -Mr. Mike

Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe 2009 Châteauneuf-du-Pape (rouge) $83.00 per 750ml bottle retail and $827.00 ... case price ($68.91)on pre-offer ...call or email me.
Wine Spectator 94 pts "This is crammed with fruit, spice and structure, as braised fig, plum skin, cassis and anise notes wrestle with roasted apple wood, melted red licorice and tar...." -JM $83.00 per 750ml bottle retail and $827.00 ... case price ($68.91) on pre-offer ...call or email me.

Bandol
Domaine du Gros 'Nor 2000 Bandol rouge - magnum 1500ml $118.00 1 bottle available. Provenance: shipped directly from the estate as a library release.
This wine is perfectly unwound and relaxed; if you are a fan of mourvedre wines you want this dense, earthy example of what the grape can achieve with bottle age. This has real gout de terroir. When we visited in May, Alain Pascal roasted us a whole wild boar that he had shot himself, and the earthy wildness of this wine and the wildness of the game meat swirled together like a spicy mistral blowing in from The Mediterranean Sea. A great bottle for your cellar.

Côte-Rôtie
Domaine Faury 2009 Côte-Rôtie - magnum 1500ml $145.00 2 bottles available.
"Along the steep, narrow valley that traces the northern Rhône, the appellations of Côte-Rôtie, Condrieu and Saint-Joseph take their place among the great wines of France, and Domaine Faury is one of the region’s most artisanal producers. When Philippe Faury took over the domaine in 1979, the family was selling wine, peaches and cherries, and the bulk of their clientele was local. Over the years, Philippe expanded their holdings to over eleven hectares, and expanded sales to an international client base. In addition, he has shared his savoir faire with his son, Lionel. Since 2006, Lionel has taken over the reins at Domaine Faury, though father and son still work side by side." --Kermit Lynch
90% syrah 10% viognier Vines planted on steep slopes (with a grade of up to 45%) facing south by south-east, from two parcels in Côte Brune (Fourvier and Le Plomb).
This wine shows the ripeness of the vintage, but goes right up to the limit without becoming too dense. The wine has soaring blueberry notes and crushed minerals, and is really flashy now but will do nothing but improve for short term (2-5 years) cellaring. I'm not sure about the long term since this vintage is so ripe, but the balance in the wine is so great that I hope it will make old bones. When we visited in May Lionel showed us some vineyard blocks that could only be harvested by bring the grapes out on a steep trail in backpacks. This is a truly great syrah wine for your cellar. I've include the Tanzer review below. --Mr. Mike
Rated: 90-92 by Josh Raynolds, Jan/Feb 11 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
"Bright ruby. Lively red berry and floral aromas, with a strong spicy quality and a hint of cola. Juicy and plump but energetic, with very good clarity to its raspberry and blueberry flavors. Finishes gently sweet and with fine-grained tannins, and echoes the red fruit and spice notes. This is aging in 40% new oak but I don't detect it." --Tanzer

Brunello
San Felice 2006 "Campogiovanni" Brunello di Montalcino 96 Points Wine Spectator 750ml $46.99 (Magnums 1500ml $99.00 are available in wooden boxes--a great gift.)
"Campogiovanni is a rich, inky expression of Sangiovese Grosso with beautiful personality and length. The mouthfeel is still young and raw but the aromas already show deep evolution and harmony. You’ll recognize tones of red cherry, root beer, mesquite and Indian spice." -WS In stock!

Washington Reds
Reynvaan
The 2009 Reynvaan Syrahs are almost here. Following the great success, (see scores and press from last year, listed after each wine) I'm taking pre-arrival commitments to ensure that everyone gets some before they sell out. The 2009's have not been scored yet. We are anticipating delivery during the last week of September. All notes from the winery.

Reynvaan 2009 Stonessence - - $69.00
The Stonessence is our 100% Syrah and is packed with aromas of tar, liquid asphalt, fresh blackberry, sandalwood and wet stone. The depth and richness of this wine needs to be experienced to be believed.

Reynvaan 2009 Contender Syrah (-95pts WS 2008, 93pts WS 2007) - $64.00
Syrah/Marsanne Blend from “In the Rocks” Vineyard.
The Contender has a complexity to it that balances all the sexy aromas that syrah has to offer as well as showcasing the minerality that comes from our vineyard. The wine has extreme aromas of violets, crushed blackberries, cocoa powder, smoked meats and a silky texture fills the palette that gives the wine a rounded finish.

Reynvaan 2009 In the Rocks Syrah (- 93pts WS 2008, 92pts WS 2007) - $55.00
Syrah/Viognier Blend from “In the Rocks” Vineyard
The In The Rocks is packed with dark fruit aromatics, smoked meats, crushed gravel, and white pepper. It is very animalistic with hints of sweet creme brulee and will benefit from 5 years of cellaring if you are able to resist the temptation to drink it.

Reynvaan 2009 The Unnamed Syrah (- 95pts WS 2008) - $55.00
The Unnamed Syrah is loaded with aromas of peach, tangerine, wild blackberry, smoke and hints of lavender and a trace of caramel. This elegant wine is created to be enjoyed in its youth but will evolve over the next 7-8 years.

K Vintners --Charles Smith Wines
K Vintners 2008 "The Royal City" Syrah - 99 points Parker $138.99
The 2008 Royal City Syrah was sourced from the Stoneridge Vineyard. It displays a soaring perfume of sandalwood, garrigue, lavender, smoke, bacon, game, blueberry, and black raspberry. Super-concentrated, it deftly marries power and elegance in a seamless wine that should see its 20th birthday in peak form. - Parker

K Vintners 2008 Creator Parker - 93 points $59.99
The 2008 The Creator, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah in which the latter component dominates the nose. Ripe, spicy, and well balanced, this structured wine will benefit from 2-3 years of cellaring and drink well through 2023. - Parker

K Vintners 2008 Ovide - 94 points Parker $64.99
The 2008 Ovide en Cerise was sourced from a Cayuse vineyard. The wine is a co-fermented blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon and 33% Syrah. Toasty oak, violets, Asian spices, and assorted black and blue fruits lead to a full-flavored, complex, plush wine that will continue to blossom for several more years. - Parker

K Vintners 2009 "The Beautiful" Syrah $61.99 (The last time Charles did a "The Beautiful" Syrah was in 2005 and it got 95 points then.) Not rated.
The 2005 Syrah The Beautiful is also from the Cougar Hills Vineyard but in this case 5% Viognier was co-fermented. This gives the aromatics a serious lift. On the palate the wine is round and rich, elegant yet powerful. Spice, game, and pepper accompany layered blue fruits into a lengthy finish. This is a wine for hedonists only. - Parker

Posted 9/17/2011 9:23:43 AM

K Vintners 2008 Offering
(The wines of the legendary Charles Smith including his 99 point Syrah ...available!)

-- Available only as a package deal. -- 4 bottle package $275.00 --

All Points and reviews are Robert Parker:
K Vintners is where the larger-than-life Charles Smith presides. He is an innovator, marketing genius, outspoken, you name it – but above all the man is a brilliant winemaker who knows where all the great fruit is hidden. In a region where blending is the rule of thumb, he is the ultimate terroirist. Each wine reflects the vineyard from which it was produced but there is also a house style which lets you know immediately who made the wine. While it’s way too soon to put K Vintners on the same level as a Domaine Leroy or Domaine Zind-Humbrecht, the experience you get tasting in the cellar is much the same as in those legendary wineries, brilliantly made wines reflecting the terroir but also a winemaking signature that makes it totally clear which winery made the wine.

-- Available only as a package deal. -- 4 bottle package $275.00 -- (more than 15% discount) (only .72 cents per point!) One bottle each of theses four wines:


K Vintners 2008 "The Royal City" Syrah - 99 points $138.99
The 2008 Royal City Syrah was sourced from the Stoneridge Vineyard. It displays a soaring perfume of sandalwood, garrigue, lavender, smoke, bacon, game, blueberry, and black raspberry. Super-concentrated, it deftly marries power and elegance in a seamless wine that should see its 20th birthday in peak form.

K Vintners 2008 Creator - 93 points $59.99
The 2008 The Creator, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah in which the latter component dominates the nose. Ripe, spicy, and well balanced, this structured wine will benefit from 2-3 years of cellaring and drink well through 2023. I met up with Charles at his new wine bar in Walla Walla before we drove out to the winery in his 1949 Cadillac, a picture of which is on the web-site (not the deluxe model like my grandfather used to drive). It is always a highlight of my annual trip to Washington because in addition to the tasting, you get a performance but, after all is said and done, when it comes to making wine, Charles Smith is all business. He knows where the vineyards are, he believes in amazingly low yields, and in the winery he is a non-interventionist. All of the following wines were made with native ferments and were bottled without fining or filtration.

K Vintners 2008 Ovide - 94 points $64.99
The 2008 Ovide en Cerise was sourced from a Cayuse vineyard. The wine is a co-fermented blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon and 33% Syrah. Toasty oak, violets, Asian spices, and assorted black and blue fruits lead to a full-flavored, complex, plush wine that will continue to blossom for several more years.

K Vintners 2009 "The Beautiful" Syrah $61.99 (The last time Charles did a "The Beautiful" Syrah was in 2005 and it got 95 points then.)
The 2005 Syrah The Beautiful is also from the Cougar Hills Vineyard but in this case 5% Viognier was co-fermented. This gives the aromatics a serious lift. On the palate the wine is round and rich, elegant yet powerful. Spice, game, and pepper accompany layered blue fruits into a lengthy finish. This is a wine for hedonists only.

I met up with Charles at his new wine bar in Walla Walla before we drove out to the winery in his 1949 Cadillac, a picture of which is on the web-site (not the deluxe model like my grandfather used to drive). It is always a highlight of my annual trip to Washington because in addition to the tasting, you get a performance but, after all is said and done, when it comes to making wine, Charles Smith is all business. He knows where the vineyards are, he believes in amazingly low yields, and in the winery he is a non-interventionist. All of the following wines were made with native ferments and were bottled without fining or filtration.

Available only as a package deal. -- 4 bottle package $275.00 --

Posted 9/17/2011 9:22:27 AM

K Vintners 2008 Offering
(The wines of the legendary Charles Smith including his 99 point Syrah ...available!)

-- Available only as a package deal. -- 4 bottle package $275.00 --

All Points and reviews are Robert Parker:
K Vintners is where the larger-than-life Charles Smith presides. He is an innovator, marketing genius, outspoken, you name it – but above all the man is a brilliant winemaker who knows where all the great fruit is hidden. In a region where blending is the rule of thumb, he is the ultimate terroirist. Each wine reflects the vineyard from which it was produced but there is also a house style which lets you know immediately who made the wine. While it’s way too soon to put K Vintners on the same level as a Domaine Leroy or Domaine Zind-Humbrecht, the experience you get tasting in the cellar is much the same as in those legendary wineries, brilliantly made wines reflecting the terroir but also a winemaking signature that makes it totally clear which winery made the wine.

-- Available only as a package deal. -- 4 bottle package $275.00 -- (more than 15% discount) (only .72 cents per point!) One bottle each of theses four wines:


K Vintners 2008 "The Royal City" Syrah - 99 points $138.99
The 2008 Royal City Syrah was sourced from the Stoneridge Vineyard. It displays a soaring perfume of sandalwood, garrigue, lavender, smoke, bacon, game, blueberry, and black raspberry. Super-concentrated, it deftly marries power and elegance in a seamless wine that should see its 20th birthday in peak form.

K Vintners 2008 Creator - 93 points $59.99
The 2008 The Creator, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah in which the latter component dominates the nose. Ripe, spicy, and well balanced, this structured wine will benefit from 2-3 years of cellaring and drink well through 2023. I met up with Charles at his new wine bar in Walla Walla before we drove out to the winery in his 1949 Cadillac, a picture of which is on the web-site (not the deluxe model like my grandfather used to drive). It is always a highlight of my annual trip to Washington because in addition to the tasting, you get a performance but, after all is said and done, when it comes to making wine, Charles Smith is all business. He knows where the vineyards are, he believes in amazingly low yields, and in the winery he is a non-interventionist. All of the following wines were made with native ferments and were bottled without fining or filtration.

K Vintners 2008 Ovide - 94 points $64.99
The 2008 Ovide en Cerise was sourced from a Cayuse vineyard. The wine is a co-fermented blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon and 33% Syrah. Toasty oak, violets, Asian spices, and assorted black and blue fruits lead to a full-flavored, complex, plush wine that will continue to blossom for several more years.

K Vintners 2009 "The Beautiful" Syrah $61.99(The last time Charles did a "The Beautiful" Syrah was in 2005 and it got 95 points then.)
The 2005 Syrah The Beautiful is also from the Cougar Hills Vineyard but in this case 5% Viognier was co-fermented. This gives the aromatics a serious lift. On the palate the wine is round and rich, elegant yet powerful. Spice, game, and pepper accompany layered blue fruits into a lengthy finish. This is a wine for hedonists only.

I met up with Charles at his new wine bar in Walla Walla before we drove out to the winery in his 1949 Cadillac, a picture of which is on the web-site (not the deluxe model like my grandfather used to drive). It is always a highlight of my annual trip to Washington because in addition to the tasting, you get a performance but, after all is said and done, when it comes to making wine, Charles Smith is all business. He knows where the vineyards are, he believes in amazingly low yields, and in the winery he is a non-interventionist. All of the following wines were made with native ferments and were bottled without fining or filtration.

Available only as a package deal. -- 4 bottle package $275.00 --

Posted 7/7/2011 10:20:43 AM

Friday, July 8th our "Friday Tasting" .... 5:00 - 7:00 pm... only a $5.00 fee ...always ends at 7 pm sharp!

Yes.... the excursion into further summer wine madness continues this Friday at "John's Marketplace wine emporium" with more oddities and diversions such as Roter Veltliner from Austria!!! Awesome white wine, yet produced from a red grape! How can this be? Well, ...you have heard of Champagne. It's kinda like that. (Sparkling White from mostly red grapes that is, ...if you didn't know.) Also zippy Spanish wines from the tangy Verdejo grape; we will try one at the basic $10.- level and then a really great one at $16.-. Our focus is on summer whites that will make you happy. But some reds will appear for those that just have to have them. -Mr. Mike

--Mr. Mike's friday tasting --
1) Txakoli Arregi $15.99 (The ultimate dry white from northern Spain.) I love really, really ...dry wine. This is very dry. Bring your own oysters.

2) Duquesa de Valladolid 2009 Verdejo $9.99 (Dry white from Spain.) This Rueda area wine is crisp and light, with a soft richness to the texture and lightly honied-citrus and apple flavor on the finish. A real deal at the tariff. Verdejo is the grape.

3) Bodegas Veracruz 2010 Ermita Veracruz Verdejo, D.O. Rueda $15.99 (Dry white from Spain.) This "Verdejo" from Rueda will blow your socks off...unless you wear sandals, ...in which case, ...all bets are off. (Like Sauvignon Blanc on steroids.... in a good way.) (More like Andy Petitte, than Roger Clemens...well...anyhooo...!)

4) Wimmer-Czerny -- 2009 Roter Veltliner (Wagram--Austria) $19.99 (Dry white from Austria.) One of the best examples of this (yet another) white wine yet from a red grape! It's a theme! Or leitmotif! What ever that is! It's a theme! I think. Really good stuff. Can you say "Czerny"... well, you could at least try, ...if you drank enough of this excellent wine.

5) Domaine de Nizas-- Rosé 2010 $13.99 (Syrah, Mourvedre, Grenache grapes) (Roussillon --Coteaux Du Languedoc) (Dry Pink, from France.) This really expresses what I want in a great rosé, which is liveliness and fun. The wine has well defined aromas of mandarin citrus, raspberry and honeysuckle, and rose petals, ...yet with a dry, vibrant spirit, really alive and zippy and tangy to drink. Good stuff. This is a splash Mediterranean sunshine. Worth the dough. Pink wine ....yet from a red grapes! Continuing the leitmotif!

6) Domaine Charvin 2008 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, France, Rhône $45.00 (Dry red wine from France.) Good price on this under-rated vintage.

7) "La Fiera" Moscato -- Puglia $7.99 (Slightly sweet white wine from Italy) Perfect on the patio in the sun with appetizers. This is a soft but refreshing white wine that has flavors of apricot and peach in the nose and a slight spritz, it is a little high in alcohol at 8% to be recommended as a really great breakfast wine.




MR. MIKE'S OFFICE HOURS--different every week! July 7th - July 10th
THURSDAY 12:00 - 6:00
FRIDAY 12:00 - 7:00
SATURDAY 12:00 - 5:00
SUNDAY ...OFF

July 11th- July 17th
MONDAY ...OFF
TUESDAY 12:00 - 6:00
WEDNESDAY 12:00 - 6:00
THURSDAY 12:00 - 6:00
FRIDAY ...OFF
SATURDAY ...OFF
SUNDAY ...OFF

July 18th- July 24th
MONDAY ...OFF
TUESDAY ...OFF
WEDNESDAY ...OFF
THURSDAY ...OFF
FRIDAY ...OFF
SATURDAY ...OFF
SUNDAY ...OFF




John's Marketplace Tasting Schedule:
Every Friday 5-7 pm
July 15th TBA
July 22nd Zancanella Imports
July 29th Cascade Cliffs Winery


Posted 6/16/2011 11:16:17 AM

Friday, June 17th our "Friday Tasting" .... 5:00 - 7:00 pm... only a $5.00 fee ...always ends at 7 pm sharp!

Jesse Bates from Trisaetum (Oregon) winery pours:

1) Trisaetum Ribbon Ridge Dry Riesling 2010 (reg $26.00 today only price $21.99)
2) Trisaetum Coast Range Dry Riesling 2010 (reg $26.00 today only price $21.99)
3) Trisaetum Trisae Pinot Noir 2009 (reg $35.00 today only price $29.99)
4) Trisaetum Coast Range Pinot Noir 2009 (reg. $47.00 today only price $39.99)
Trisaetum winery makes extremely polished new-world feeling wines that are delicate and expressive. Please join us.

Mr. Mike will also pour some new value arrivals from the French countryside. Including a Biodynamic/Organic white Burgundy (chardonnay) from Vire-Clesse at only $17.99.

New In the Store
Discovery Sampler Packs -
Mr. Mike offers summer whites and rosés in "European wine discovery six packs" -- Six great wines averaged to $12.00 per bottle after discount.

Italy - patio-sipping-whites.
Zippy summer whites from the classic wine zones of Italy with selections from Gavi, Orvieto, Soave, Le Marche, Friuli, and Lugana. All guaranteed to be fresh and lively, great with barbecues and picnics, with no heavy richness or cloying oak flavors. Discover the great value white wines of Italy, selected by your personal wine guy Mr. Mike.

Spain - great seafood-matching white wines.
From the dry wines of the Basque region, and the classic whites of Rioja, to the complexity of Godello/Albariño blends of Galicia, Spain offers some of the most complex of summer whites, and some of the most satisfying. Here are six whites that emphasize the sunny citrusy thirst-quenching appeal of Spain, all guaranteed to go great with seafood, selected by your personal wine guy Mr. Mike.

France - classic-rosés, wines with verve and interest.
A selection of six mineral-driven dry French rosés -an introduction to the food-friendly, appetizer-complementing, barbecue-enhancing, world-class dry wines, that are never weighty or or overdone. Six wines from six different regions of France, selected by your personal wine guy Mr. Mike.




MR. MIKE'S OFFICE HOURS
June 16th- June 25th --different every week!
THURSDAY 12:00 - 6:00 --June 16th
FRIDAY 12:00 - 7:00
SATURDAY 12:00 - 5:00
SUNDAY ...OFF
MONDAY ...OFF
TUESDAY ...OFF
WEDNESDAY 12:00 - 6:00
THURSDAY 12:00 - 6:00 --June 23rd
FRIDAY 12:00 - 7:00
SATURDAY 12:00 - 5:00




June 26 - June 30th OFF --on vacation




July 1st - July 10th
FRIDAY 3:00 - 7:00 -July 1st
SATURDAY 12:00 - 5:00 -July 2nd
SUNDAY 12:00 - 5:00 -July 3rd
MONDAY ...OFF
TUESDAY ...OFF
WEDNESDAY 12:00 - 6:00
THURSDAY 12:00 - 6:00
FRIDAY 12:00 - 7:00
SATURDAY 12:00 - 5:00
SUNDAY ...OFF

Posted 6/9/2011 2:40:59 PM

Friday, June 10th our "Friday Tasting" .... 5:00 - 7:00 pm... only a $5.00 fee ...always ends at 7 pm sharp!

Joe Hegele from Cultavin Distribution pours:
1) Solena Pinot Gris ($17.99)
2) Rafter Pinot Noir ($12.99)
3) Brella Pinot Noir ($17.99)
4) Solena Grande Cuvee ($22.99)
5) Solena Zinfandel ($22.99)

Mr. Mike will also pour some new value Spanish arrivals.



MR. MIKE'S OFFICE HOURS
June 9th- June 15th --different every week!
THURSDAY 1:00 - 6:00
FRIDAY 4:00 - 7:00
SATURDAY ...OFF
SUNDAY ...OFF
MONDAY ...OFF
TUESDAY ...OFF
WEDNESDAY 12:00 - 6:00



John's Marketplace Tasting Schedule
Every Friday 5-7 pm

Posted 5/26/2011 2:52:35 PM

Friday, May 27th our "Friday Tasting" .... 5:00 - 7:00 pm... only a $5.00 fee ...always ends at 7 pm sharp!

Mr. Mike finally back from France pours:

1) Mr. Mike will pour new bargain wines from France, Spain and Italy. I will also pour the newly released "Lenore" Syrah and "The Keeper" Cabernet Franc from the Cordivae winery -a project from the Owen Roe people.

2) Local winemaker Jan-Marc Baker of Jan-Marc Wine Cellars pours his Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and newly released Merlot. Live and in person! Please join us.


MR. MIKE'S OFFICE HOURS
May 26th - May 31st

THURSDAY 12:00 - 6:00
FRIDAY 12:00 - 7:00
SATURDAY 12:00 - 5:00
SUNDAY ...OFF
MONDAY ...OFF
TUESDAY ...OFF


Posted 4/21/2011 10:31:43 AM

Friday, April 22nd our "Friday Tasting" .... 5:00 - 7:00 pm... only a $5.00 fee ...always ends at 7 pm sharp!

Rod from Zancanella Imports will pour:

Tenuta Guicciardini Strozzi, Vernaccia di San Gimignano, Tuscany, 2009 $12.99 dry white
Fattoria Laila, Rosso Piceno, Marches, 2009 $8.99 dry red
Saladini Pilastri, Rosso Piceno "Montetinello", Marches, 2006 $ 13.99 dry red
Fattoria Sorbaiano, Montescudaio Rosso "Rosso delle Miniere", Tuscany, 2001 $19.99 dry red
Castello della Paneretta, Chianti Classico, Tuscany, 2006 $17.99 (regular price $19.99) dry red
Please join Rod. -Mr. Mike



MR. MIKES OFFICE HOURS
April 24th - May 3rd
THURSDAY 12:00 - 6:00 - Today -
FRIDAY 2:00 - 7:00
SATURDAY OFF
SUNDAY ...OFF
MONDAY ...OFF
TUESDAY ...4:00 - 6:00
WEDNESDAY 12:00 - 6:00
THURSDAY 5:00 - 6:00
FRIDAY 12:00 - 7:00 -- April 29th
SATURDAY 12:00 - 5:00
SUNDAY ...OFF -- May 1st
MONDAY ...OFF
TUESDAY ...OFF

MR. MIKES OFFICE HOURS UPDATE
May 3rd - May 24th -- OFF -- Mr. Mike On Tasting Tour in France. --
There will still be tastings every Friday in my absence.
Special orders via email only.


John's Marketplace Tasting Schedule
Every Friday 5-7 pm
April 29th Hestia winery from Washington, plus Annie from Bacchus pours Kermit Lynch selections.
May 6th Doug with C&G pours great value springtime wines.
May 13th The Teutonic Wine Co. new Oregon releases, plus Kermit Lynch Beaujolais and de Villaine Bouzeron.
May 20th Tom W. Gory with Galaxy Wine pours new releases.




Posted 3/25/2011 10:25:29 AM

Friday March 25th our "Friday Tasting" .... 5:00 - 7:00 pm... only a $5.00 fee ...always ends at 7 pm sharp!

Mr. Mike will pour:

1) Les Perles Rosé 2009 Vin de Pay d'Oc $7.99 --new low price --dry pink- I'm ready are you? Spring --so fresh, so cool, my fine spring where art thou? This is a great close out deal, fresh and crisp.

2) Bodega Otto Bestué Somontano Finca Santa Sabina, Spain $9.99 --new low price --dry pink- A red wine drinker's rosé. Cabernet and Tempranillo.

3) Vallevò 2009 Trebbiano d'Abruzzo $7.99 Italy --dry white- Citrus aromatics and a hint of almond on the palate makes this a good dry aperitivo.

4) Felsner -Grüner Veltliner 2009 Lössterrassen, Austria $11.99 --dry white- This wine has varietally-correct fresh apricot/green apple aromatics, white pepper, snap pea, lentil, herbs on the palate. The perfect accompaniment to fresh springtime asparagus dishes, also great with roast or grilled pork preparations. This is a broad full-flavored version of the Grüviest grape around. If you don't know this wine varietal this example will give you a platonic ideal of all the beautiful aromatic markers a Grüner Veltliner should have.

5) Château de Vaux 2009 Moselle VDQS "Les Hautes-Bassières" Pinot Noir, France $23.99 --dry red- Organic production. This wine has great lift and crunchy minerals, yum. This is also an intriguing location for a wine, the Moselle river on the east side of Alsace, and in France, not Germany.

6) Bodegas Lan -Rioja -Crianza 2006 $11.99 Tempranillo --dry red- Wine Spectator 90 points! "Best Value" - WS "Fresh and balanced!" -WS Dry and elegant, with earthy tempranillo aromas and cherry flavors. An elegant wine for chicken dishes, charcuterie, even spicy salmon off the grill. Back in stock! #44 on the Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2010: "Fresh and balanced, this red brims with cherry, spice and licorice, with light, firm tannins and vibrant acidity. The texture is generous yet delicate. Not heavy, but vivacious. Drink now through 2014."

7) Vina Main Tempranillo $8.99 This is a terrific bargain red. The location is southeast of Madrid.

Please join us. -Mr. Mike

MR. MIKES OFFICE HOURS
March 25th - April 2nd

FRIDAY 2:00 - 7:00
SATURDAY 12:00 - 5:00
SUNDAY ...OFF
MONDAY ...OFF
TUESDAY ...OFF
WEDNESDAY 12:00 - 6:00
THURSDAY 12:00 - 6:00
FRIDAY 2:00 - 7:00

Posted 3/3/2011 9:14:11 AM

Friday March 4th our "Friday Tasting" .... 5:00 - 7:00 pm... only a $5.00 fee ...always ends at 7 pm sharp!

I will pour:
1) Riondo "Pink" Vino Frizzante -Italy $13.99 Sparkling

2) Domaine Pouillon 2010 gewurztraminer Jewett Creek -Columbia Gorge $14.50 White

3) Matello 2009 Whistling Ridge White (Chehalem Mountain AVA) -Oregon $18.99 White

4) Castillo Daroca 2009 grenache / syrah (Calatayud) -Spain $7.99 Red

5) Callia Alta 2008 malbec (San Juan, Tulum Valley) -Argentina $8.99 Red

6) Jiménez-Landi, Sotorrondero 2006 Méntrida -Spain $18.99 Red

(This is a blend of 80% syrah with 15% merlot and 5% cabernet sauvignon.) The wine has an iron-like mineral quality and is fairly rich in style, with high extract, and 14.5% alcohol, and possesses a smoky earthy personality.

Here's what they themselves say about their family winery:
"The cellar forms part of a family house, the oldest part of the house being a hand carved cave dating back to the 17th century in which our ancestors elaborated wine in big clay jars. The actual project run by José Benavides Jimenez- Landi and Daniel Gómez Jiménez- Landi dates back to 2004, the objective being elaborating wines based on environmental respect, tradition and maintaining a balance with its surroundings. It is with the conviction that nature offers the best of itself when it is cultivated respectfully that led us to cultivate on the 27 hectares of land that we possess an ecological agriculture and initiate ourselves in biodynamic practices. The fruits obtained express the characteristics of the soil, climate, earth and the sky." -Website

Please join us. -Mr. Mike

MR. MIKES OFFICE HOURS
March 3rd - 6th--
THURSDAY 4:00 - 6:00
FRIDAY 1:00 - 7:00
SATURDAY 12:00 - 5:00
SUNDAY ...OFF



John's Marketplace Tasting Schedule
Every Friday 5-7pm


Posted 2/10/2011 10:58:50 AM

Friday Feb 11th our "Friday Tasting" .... 5:00 - 7:00 pm... only a $5.00 fee ...always ends at 7 pm sharp!

Vista Hills Winery with Perry Knudsen from the winery coming in to pour the Treehouse Gris, new release Fourmen Pinot Noir, Treehouse Pinot and Tusculum Pinot.

At a second table I will pour Pinot Noir from Cameron, Crowely, Kudos with the quirky cuisine of peppered cashews: all from the controversial 2007 vintage.

Please join us. -Mr. Mike

Mr. Mike Movie Reviews for the Portland International Movie Fest 2011


His & Hers (Ireland)
Rating: -?-
Hard to grade this one, since I only understood about half the vocal track due to my hearing loss and the natural impediment of Irish brogue. This is a big deal in a documentary which is 80% talking heads and all the rest is just an Errol Morris-inspired landscape-deadpan flourish or two. Another viewer muttered under his breath as we exited the theater: "..where is Ken Loach when we need him?" (Loach is famous for including subtitles for his heavily patois-inflected dramas about the English working class; i.e.he uses English subtitles for his English language movies.) At least I think that's what the other viewer said. My gift to the world: "Apple Real World Subtitles" -a subtitle goggles app for iphone-. Your iphone works as a microphone and the words are translated and are virtually projected just below the actual speaker through your e-goggles/eyeglasses. Contact me if you are patent attorney; don't call me, text me. Maybe I could call this "Google Goggles". Despite the title, this movie is about women.

Of Gods and Men (France)
Rating: A +
Terrifically acted and hauntingly moving, this straight forward drama of true events is well worth your time. It also scores highly in my 'trans-portation scale': you feel like you've been taken to another culture. In this case doubly so, since the subject Cistercian monastery and the country, Algeria -embroiled in its civil war in the 1990s, both qualify as a trip to 'the other'. This is beautifully photographed, deftly paced, and harrowingly suspenseful. Beautifully photographed as an evocation of place, it also presents drama as intense portraiture; director Xavier Beauvois' camera tells the story with an affectless -and almost brutal- honesty. This is hard to watch and this is hard to not watch. Don't miss.

Certified Copy (France)
Rating: B (...? +)
Ah... now this is an Aaaaahrt-movie. Directed by Abbas Kiarostami, this delivers a wonderful "WTF was that" feeling as the credits role. With strong acting by Juliette Binoche and William Shimell, the story plays out like a stage play. Like Alain Resnais and other allegorically-minded directors, art is the subject, and is evoked in a stately, highly mannered ways, using long camera takes (a la Antonioni -landscape as metaphor) and highly skillful allusive exposition. The 70 year old Kiarostami is at the top of his game here. You've got to be down for the uncertainty and gamesmanship of the true art movie. Not for everyone. It also scores highly in my 'trans-portation scale': Tuscany is shown, and it is beautiful. There is even a corked bottle of wine. Slow and arty. Enough said.

Boy (New Zealand)
Rating: B +
By turns whimsical and serious, this is a highly entertaining comedic coming of age movie -evocative of Sherman Alexie's tales of reservation life. It loses lots of points for the so-so acting skills of the kids, and the somewhat predictable plot points, but it is lots of fun. There are many fantasy sequences that enliven this story set in the 1980's Michael Jackson "Thriller" era. Any movie that includes a minor plot twist involving the book "Shogun" by James Clavell has at least got something right about that decade. Don't miss the credits at the end, the entire cast performs a mash up of Thriller and a Maori warrior dance, great stuff!

Son of Babylon (Iraq)
Rating: A -
Saddam meets The Bicycle Thief. This is Neo-realist in feel and attitude (some non-actors, some major roles played by children, the poverty of the country as foreground). This is a very moving picaresque tale set in 2003 Iraq, depressing yet beautifully framed and crafted. Here is a great evocation of place and certainly a subject we care about, told through the eyes of a child caught up in history. The story is tightly focussed and relentless. I liked this.

The First Grader (Great Britain) (Set in Kenya)
Rating: C +
A great true story about Maruge (Oliver Litondo), an old Kenyan Mau Mau veteran in his eighties who wants to learn to read finally, and enrolls as a first grader. The story of the Mau Mau rebellion is told through harrowing flash backs, making this a non kid friendly film. Too bad because much of the film would otherwise be great stuff for kids, there's lots of humor mixed in. This predictable movie is well done and reminds us of the still important lingering effects of European colonialism, genocide, and tribal jealousies in this part of the world. Worthwhile.

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (Thai)
Rating: B +
Slow, hypnotic and almost hallucinogenic, this is very Herzog-like (very long takes -like watching paint dry-, and also in using the underlying process of the film as a metaphor of our connection to a spirit world). This fairy-tale finally caught me up in its rhythm. There is a sex scene between a catfish water spirit and a cougar spirit princess under a very pretty waterfall, which is almost worth the price of admission. I couldn't tell if the acting was bad, or if they had all been hypnotized like Herzog did with Klaus Kinski. This is very slow, but fascinating. Did I mention it is slow.

More reviews later...Mr. Mike

MR. MIKES OFFICE HOURS
Feb 10th - 13th
THURSDAY 5:30 - 6:30
FRIDAY 4:30 - 7:00
SATURDAY 10:00-12:00
SUNDAY ...OFF

Feb 14th - 20th
By appointment only all next week.

Posted 1/28/2011 10:52:26 AM

Friday January 28th our "Friday Tasting" .... 5:00 - 7:00pm... only a $5.00 fee ...always ends at 7 pm sharp!

Rob Moller will be here pouring from his French portfolio (Jeff Welburn Selections):
2009 Domaine des Escaravailles "Sablieres" Côtes du Rhône $13.99

2009 Domaine des Escaravailles "Antimagnes" Côtes du Rhône $16.99 "The 2009 Cotes du Rhone Les Antimagnes is a value-priced, medium-bodied, classic Cotes du Rhone displaying lots of Provencal herb, spice, black cherry, strawberry and peppery characteristics. This supple, easy to drink 2009 should be consumed over the next 1-2 years." - Robert Parker (10/2010)

Domaine LB "Trait d'Union" 2007 A.O.C Montlouis-sur-Loire -demi sec chenin blanc $14.99

Domaine LB "Rendez-vous" 2007 A.O.C Montlouis-sur-Loire -sec chenin blanc 2007 $14.99 The LB Rendez-vous Sec and Trait d’Union Demi-Sec are classic examples of the level of quality being achieved by a new generation of vignerons in this unheralded appellation.

Christian Vergier Morgon Cru Beaujolais Gamay 2009 $17.99 "Christian Vergier is a true renaissance man. Enologist, educator and entrepreneur, he is well-known and respected throughout France and France's island republics. A graduate of the University of Dijon in viticulture and enology, Christian makes wine from his own modest vineyard holdings in the Côte de Beaune; consults young vignerons in Burgundy, the Loire Valley and Jura; and teaches viticulture, enology and analytical tasting at several of France's best wine schools. In addition, Christian runs a wine export business for Réunion and Mauritius islands in the Indian Ocean and Martinique in the Caribbean, where he is also a production advisor for internationally-acclaimed rum brands. In 2009, Christian launched his own micro-négociant brand focused on specific terroirs in Macon and Beaujolais. These two southern Burgundy sub-regions have an abundance of vine growers, but very few quality-driven independent producers, so the majority of each harvest traditionally ends up going to local cooperatives or into the wines of large négociants. With extensive knowledge of exceptional lieux-dits in both the Maconnais and Beaujolais, Christian now rescues fruit from these superior sites for his bottlings rather than allowing it to become diluted into homogeneous regional blends." Jeff Welburn

I will also pour some new arrival good value whites and reds. ---Please join us. -Mr. Mike

MR. MIKES OFFICE HOURS
Jan. 28-30
FRIDAY 2:00 - 7:00
SATURDAY 12:00-3:00
SUNDAY ...OFF



John's Marketplace Tasting Schedule
February 4th Doug Culver with C&G Wines --Friday 5-7 $5.- fee
February 11th Vista Hills Oregon Pinot Noir Wines --Friday 5-7 $5.- fee


Posted 1/28/2011 10:51:45 AM

Friday January 28th our "Friday Tasting" .... 5:00 - 7:00pm... only a $5.00 fee ...always ends at 7 pm sharp!

Rob Moller will be here pouring from his French portfolio (Jeff Welburn Selections):
2009 Domaine des Escaravailles "Sablieres" Côtes du Rhône $13.99

2009 Domaine des Escaravailles "Antimagnes" Côtes du Rhône $16.99 "The 2009 Cotes du Rhone Les Antimagnes is a value-priced, medium-bodied, classic Cotes du Rhone displaying lots of Provencal herb, spice, black cherry, strawberry and peppery characteristics. This supple, easy to drink 2009 should be consumed over the next 1-2 years." - Robert Parker (10/2010)

Domaine LB "Trait d'Union" 2007 A.O.C Montlouis-sur-Loire -demi sec chenin blanc $14.99

Domaine LB "Rendez-vous" 2007 A.O.C Montlouis-sur-Loire -sec chenin blanc 2007 $14.99 The LB Rendez-vous Sec and Trait d’Union Demi-Sec are classic examples of the level of quality being achieved by a new generation of vignerons in this unheralded appellation.

Christian Vergier Morgon Cru Beaujolais Gamay 2009 $17.99 "Christian Vergier is a true renaissance man. Enologist, educator and entrepreneur, he is well-known and respected throughout France and France's island republics. A graduate of the University of Dijon in viticulture and enology, Christian makes wine from his own modest vineyard holdings in the Côte de Beaune; consults young vignerons in Burgundy, the Loire Valley and Jura; and teaches viticulture, enology and analytical tasting at several of France's best wine schools. In addition, Christian runs a wine export business for Réunion and Mauritius islands in the Indian Ocean and Martinique in the Caribbean, where he is also a production advisor for internationally-acclaimed rum brands. In 2009, Christian launched his own micro-négociant brand focused on specific terroirs in Macon and Beaujolais. These two southern Burgundy sub-regions have an abundance of vine growers, but very few quality-driven independent producers, so the majority of each harvest traditionally ends up going to local cooperatives or into the wines of large négociants. With extensive knowledge of exceptional lieux-dits in both the Maconnais and Beaujolais, Christian now rescues fruit from these superior sites for his bottlings rather than allowing it to become diluted into homogeneous regional blends." Jeff Welburn

I will also pour some new arrival good value whites and reds. ---Please join us. -Mr. Mike

MR. MIKES OFFICE HOURS
Jan. 28-30
FRIDAY 2:00 - 7:00
SATURDAY 12:00-3:00
SUNDAY ...OFF



John's Marketplace Tasting Schedule
February 4th Doug Culver with C&G Wines --Friday 5-7 $5.- fee
February 11th Vista Hills Oregon Pinot Noir Wines --Friday 5-7 $5.- fee



Cheers!...-Mr. Mike
John's Marketplace is located at
3535 SW Multnomah Blvd
Portland, OR 97219


Posted 12/1/2010 12:50:24 PM

Friday December 3rd our "Friday Tasting" .... 5:00 - 7:00 pm... only a $5.00 fee ...always ends at 7 pm sharp!

Beer Table
"Uplifter Spirits" pours new Bavarian beer imports. -Free beer event-

Table 1
Joe Ennis with Estelle wines distribution group will pour Spanish Wines ($5.00 fee)...

1) Oriol Rossell Cava Brut Nature - Xarel-lo, Parellada, Macabeo aged 36 months in bottle. $14.99
This Cava is made from only estate-grown fruit, a rarity in the Cava market dominated by cooperatives and larger producers who buy the bulk of their grapes. The family has a winemaking history going back at least the 16th century and has been making Cava for the last 30 years from their 85 hectares of vineyards. Light gold-colored, it offers up an alluring nose of yeast, biscuit, green apple, and mineral notes.

2) Pedro Martinez Alesanco Rioja Crianza 2007 $11.99 - 80% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha, aged 14 months in American and French oak.
New to this market, PM Alesanco is the work of 7-th generation vine-growers and winemakers with 80 hectares located in Rioja Alta. The wine is clean, expressive, intense and ripe with blackberry, and black cherry fruit and notes of cedar and tobacco. This wine represents one of the best deals I have ever seen in Rioja wine.

3) Quinta de Peza Valdeorras Mencia 2009 $12.99 - A tiny estate located in Valdeorras in Galicia, Quinta da Peza farms 7 hectares of Godello and Mencia planted in slate and sandy soil along the River Sil. Valdeorras (Valley of Gold) was planted under vine by the Romans and continued its wine production via religious orders through the middle ages. Starting again in the early 20th century, the region was revitalized with the reintroduction of the native varieties of Godello and Mencia. This Mencia shows great regional character, depth and purity, with red fruits, berries, cranberry, licorice, blueberry and mineral.

4) Bodegas Torrederos Ribera del Duero Reserva 2004 $32.00 - Another new arrival in the Estelle stable, Torrederos was formed in the late 90's by 4 long esteemed vine-growing families located near the village of Roa. All the vineyards are located within 7 kilometers of the winery, giving a great sense of place in all wines produced from Joven to Reserva. This specific village is located high over the River Duero, exposed to the northerly Cantabrian winds, giving the wines great structure and a character distinct from those wines produced lower along the River. Parker gave this Reserva 92 poins with the following note: "It displays an expressive bouquet of wood smoke, pencil lead, mineral, incense, violets, and blackberry. Dense, layered, and opulent on the palate, this impeccably balanced offering has 6-8 years of aging potential. It is a fine example of the great 2004 vintage in Ribera del Duero."

Table 2
I will also pour a few wines that are good with roasted Beaver Tail, and barbecued Duck.

In the store:
Offerings
--a six bottle pack of the best 2008 Oregon Pinot Noir from the 2008 vintage:
Cameron 2008 WV Pinot Noir 'Clos Electrique' $53.00
Thomas 2008 WV Pinot Noir $50.00
Soter 2008 WV Pinot Noir 'Mineral Springs Ranch' $46.00
Beaux Freres 2008 WV Pinot Noir 'Beaux Freres Vineyard' $75.00
Ken Wright 2008 WV Pinot Noir 'Guadalupe Vineyard' $49.00
Et Fille 2008 WV Pinot Noir 'Kalita Vineyard' $35.00
----discounted to $265.- as a six pack. (-you save $43.00) ----

New Acquisitions
Cameron 2008 WV Pinot Noir 'Abbey Ridge' $53.00 Wound up with energy, this will develop nicely for 1-5 years.
Cameron 2009 Dundee Hills Chardonnay $19.00 Impressive spiciness and bone crunching acidity, great local chardonnay.
Domaine Jean-Claude Lapalu 2009 Beaujolais (Beaujolais meets Priorat in these stunning gamay wines, limited.)
Domaine Jean-Claude Lapalu 200 Beaujolais Villages Cuvee Vieilles Vignes $20.00 - 90 points -
Domaine Jean-Claude Lapalu 200 Brouilly Cuvee Vieilles Vignes $26.00 - 91 points - Domaine Jean-Claude Lapalu 200 Cote de Brouilly $28.00 - (91 – 92) -
Domaine Jean-Claude Lapalu 200 Brouilly la Croix des Rameaux $30.00 - (92 – 93) -
--all scores from David Schildknecht

Barolo deals
Renato Ratti 2006 Barolo Marcenasco $50.00 "Surprisingly good now (Ratti is a qualified modernist in style,) with lots of kirsch, sage, and classic 'tar and roses' on the nose; this broadens out nicely on the back end with very fine tannins and more high-toned brandied cherry notes on the long finish. Will age nicely for 10 years or more." -Mr. Mike
92 points from Tanzer: "Good full, dark red. Deep, ripe, highly aromatic nose combines black raspberry, currant, tar and licorice. Big, rich and sweet but with firm balancing acidity: lots of wine here in spite of being a bit youthfully closed today. Finishes with big, broad but suave tannins that build impressively as the wine opens in the glass." Also #1 wine in Wine Enthusiast's top 100 wines of the year.
Reverdito Barolo 2006 $21.99 ($18.70 by the case!) Great Barolo flavors, but lighter in body and easier to drink than most Barolo.
Monchiero Barolo 2006 $29.99 Kramer's benchmark Barolo pick from Foodday this week. In stock!

--John's Marketplace Calendar--
Friday - December 10th
The Teutonic Duo are here...Olga and Barnaby Tuttle...with wines from a beautiful gorge. Great German wines and great local wines.
--and also Madeira Madness with Greg Falk of the D'Vine wine group.


Mr. Mike's "Office Hours" this Week
(Dec. 1st - Dec 7th)
WEDNESDAY 12:00 - 6:00 today
THURSDAY 12:00-6:00
FRIDAY 2:00 - 7:00
SATURDAY 10:00 - 12:00
SUNDAY 12:00 - 4:00
MONDAY off
TUESDAY 4:00 - 6:00
Different every week!


Posted 11/11/2010 8:46:57 AM

--John's Marketplace--Big Port Tasting--
4:00 - 6:00 pm - this Saturday November 13th - Doug Culver of C&G Wines presents the wines of Porto C.N. Kopke
--Only a $10.00 fee--

C.N. Kopke Porto - Winery Established in 1638

wines to be tasted
1) Kopke Dry White $15.99
2) Kopke 10 Year Old White $55.00 (375mL $32.00)
3) Kopke 2007 Vintage $55.00 (375mL $32.00)
4) Kopke 1985 Vintage $78.00
5) Kopke 10 Year Old Tawny $30.00 (375mL $16.99)
6) Kopke 2000 Colheita $38.00 ((375mL $20.00)
7) Kopke 1990 Colheita $55.00 (375mL $32.00)
8) Kopke 1983 Colheita $78.00 (375mL $45.00)
9) Kopke 1960 Colheita $429.00 (375mL $221.00)


Kopke is the very first and oldest of the Port Houses. A great Port is arguably among the world's most distinctive wines. As the object of speculation among connoisseurs and collectors all over the world, Port was a 'cult wine' long before the fashionable wines of France, Italy, Spain, or the New World attracted the attention of global wine enthusiasts. In fact, the vineyards of the Duoro, initially proscribed in 1756, were the first such demarcated and controlled vineyards in Europe.

A true Port from the Duoro is not duplicated anywhere else. New world "Port" producers, be they Aussies, North or South Americans, etc., may craft very fine red, fortified 'dessert wines' (maybe a more apt moniker than "Port"), but they lack the distinction and flair of their Portuguese counterparts. The reason for this (aside from the huge diversity of varietals used in true Port) is terroir. The steep slopes of the Duoro are some of the most improbable places on the planet where grapes are grown. With little soil, the unstable surface is composed of flaking granite and slate. Summer temperatures can hover well over 100 degrees F. These grapes are extremely stressed, growing out of hot cliff faces, as the Duoro plummets steeply west from the high plateaus at the Spanish border toward the Atlantic.

Founded in 1638, Porto Kopke is the oldest Port house still in existence. Their specialty remains Tawny and Colheita style Port (vintage Port matured entirely in wooden casks.) Only recently has this venerable estate become available in the Portland market. Unlike most Port producers, who export over 90% of their product to the UK and US, Kopke's Ports are largely consumed within Portugal and the rest of Europe. With all of their centuries behind them, Kopke simply provides drinkers with some of the most authentic, and unadulterated Ports that exist today. Please join us. -Mr. Mike

--John's Marketplace Calendar--
Friday - November 19th$5.- fee 5:00 - 7:00
California Dreamin' ...Schug Chardonnay, Porter-Bass Zinfandel, and much much more.

Saturday - November 20th 4:00 - 6:00pm $10.- fee
Oyster shooters and Txacholi wines.

Wednesday - November 24th 4:00 - 7:00pm -Free beer event-
Henry is here pouring Fire Mountain Beers. Mike will also pour some awesome Oregon Pinot Noir-- $5.- fee

Friday - December 3rd $5.- fee 5:00 - 7:00pm
"Uplifter Spirits" pours new Bavarian beer imports. --Free beer event-- also-- Joe Ennis with Estelle distribution group-- $5.- fee

Friday - December 10th $5.- fee 5:00 - 7:00pm
The Teutonic tasting. Great German wines, and great local wines from Schöne Schlucht.
--and also Madeira Madness with Greg Falk of the D'Vine wine group.

Posted 9/16/2010 10:39:31 AM

Friday Sept. 17th our "Friday Tasting" .... 5:00 - 7:00 pm... only a $5.00 fee ...always ends at 7 pm sharp!

Bob Irwin of the gravel Road Distribution Group pours Spanish and Portuguese value wines
I will pour some white Burgundy also focussing on the Macon area where all the values are. Wines from Domaine Leflaive and Dominique Lafon are included.



Calendar
Saturday September 25th 4-6 pm --2008 Châteauneuf-du-Pape AOC Part II Tasting. We will again focus on wines from Alain Jugenet portfolio.


Mr. Mike's Office Hours this Week (Sept 9th - Sept 11th)
THURSDAY 12:30 - 6:00
FRIDAY 3:00 - 7:00
SATURDAY 12:00 - 2:00
SUNDAY off


Different every week!

New Oregon 2008 Pinot Noir Releases
Cameron 2008 Pinot Noir Gehrts Vineyard $35.00 ($357.00 case price) This is spicy and more dimensional than the 2007. Gehrts sits right below Domaine Drouhin and the vines have reached ten years of age. Usually the most dense and fat of Cameron's offering, the 2008 shows more complexity and more delicacy than previous versions. --in stock

Evesham Wood 2008 Pinot Noir WV $17.99 ($183.60 case price) This will go fast. --in stock
Evesham Wood 2008 Pinot Noir 'puits sec' $37.00 --in stock ... probably already gone.



Posted 9/16/2010 10:38:18 AM

Friday Sept. 17th our "Friday Tasting" .... 5:00 - 7:00 pm... only a $5.00 fee ...always ends at 7 pm sharp!

Bob Irwin of the gravel Road Distribution Group pours Spanish and Portuguese value wines
I will pour some white Burgundy also focussing on the Macon area where all the values are. Wines from Domaine Leflaive and Dominique Lafon are included.



Calendar Saturday September 25th 4-6 pm --2008 Châteauneuf-du-Pape AOC Part II Tasting. We will again focus on wines from Alain Jugenet portfolio.


Mr. Mike's Office Hours this Week (Sept 9th - Sept 11th)
THURSDAY 12:30 - 6:00
FRIDAY 3:00 - 7:00
SATURDAY 12:00 - 2:00
SUNDAY off


Different every week!

New Oregon 2008 Pinot Noir Releases
Cameron 2008 Pinot Noir Gehrts Vineyard $35.00 ($357.00 case price) This is spicy and more dimensional than the 2007. Gehrts sits right below Domaine Drouhin and the vines have reached ten years of age. Usually the most dense and fat of Cameron's offering, the 2008 shows more complexity and more delicacy than previous versions. --in stock

Evesham Wood 2008 Pinot Noir WV $17.99 ($183.60 case price) This will go fast. --in stock
Evesham Wood 2008 Pinot Noir 'puits sec' $37.00 --in stock ... probably already gone.



Posted 8/23/2010 5:01:40 PM

Special Tasting August 26th.... 5:30 - 7:30 pm... only a $10.00 fee.

The vintage 2008 Châteauneuf-du-Pape tasting... on Thursday, August 26.

The 2008 growing season was a challenging one, but growers who were ruthless in their selection made delicious and classically styled Chateauneuf-du-Pape. The season was, as is often the case, saved by the warming 'mistral' wind. Only the most fastidious growers with old vines and the wisdom and nerve to wait, reaped a special reward in 2008. The fruit, that had to struggle through a tumultuous year of wet and dry, hot and cold, was concentrated yet fine. The wines are aromatic, pure and fresh, with moderate structure. Due to the high quality that these producers strictly adhere to, yields were down by 30%. No luxury cuvees were produced at either Domaine Pierre Usseglio or Mas de Boislauzon. All of the old vine fruit went into the Cuvees Tradition, as is always the case with Le Vieux Donjon.

wines to be tasted
J.P. Lafond 2009 Côtes-du-Rhône $12.99
Mas des Boislauzon 2008 Côtes-du-Rhône Villages $16.99
Cuvée du Vatican 2008 Côtes-du-Rhône Villages $16.99
Cuvée du Vatican 2008 Châteauneuf-du-Pape $39.99
Mas des Boislauzon 2008 Châteauneuf-du-Pape $39.99
Pierre Usseglio 2008 2008 Châteauneuf-du-Pape $44.99
Le Vieux Donjon 2008 Châteauneuf-du-Pape $59.99


...did I mention it is on Thursday, August 26th.

Posted 8/19/2010 9:32:47 AM

Friday August 20th our "Friday Tasting" .... 5:00 - 7:00 pm... only a $5.00 fee ...always ends at 7 pm sharp!

Friday... Ron Leidigh of the Vinum wine group pours...wines from Corvidae Wine Company. Corvidae is affiliated with the Owen Roe Winery. Corvidae's wines are blends of Washington and Oregon grape sources. All the wines are made in an easy going, accessible fashion, emphasizing pure fruit flavors and near-term drinking. Mr. Mike will also pour some new Txakolina releases (the ultimate summer dry white), and a "geek wine" or two, at the cool kids table.

The Tasting
...new releases from the Corvidae wine posse...

09 Crowe White Blend $9.99 dry white
09 Mirth Chardonnay $9.99 dry white
07 Rook Red Blend $13.99 dry red
07 Lenore Syrah $12.99 dry red
07 The Keeper Cabernet Franc $18.99 dry red


IN THE STORE


Teutonic Pinot Noir Recommendation of the Week
Becker Estate 2007 Pinot Noir -Pfalz- Germany 2007 $16.99 ---Mr. Mike super-buy!---
This Pinot is smokey and spicy, with great interest, and tangy drinkability. It is low in tannin, and dances on the palate with a finely-etched acidity. It sports low 12.5% alcohol-- the way Pinot Noir ought to be. If Cameron winery sourced juice from Germany, this is what it would taste like. (Not such a strange thought, since his DRC compatriot Jay Somers did just that not so long ago, blending a wine from Oregon and Pfalz Pinot juice.) This wine is a deal. -Mr. Mike


Mr. Mike's Hours this Week
(Aug 19 - Aug 22th)

THURSDAY 1:00 - 6:00 today
FRIDAY 2:00 - 7:00
SATURDAY 12:00 - 3:00
SUNDAY off
Different every week!

Posted 7/29/2010 1:41:34 PM

Friday July 30th our "Friday Tasting" .... 5:00 - 7:00 pm... only a $5.00 fee ...always ends at 7 pm sharp!

Friday.. Mr. Mike pours...Southern Oregon wines:
  • 2008 Spangler Sauvignon Blanc $14.99
  • 2008 RoxyAnn Pinot Gris $15.99
  • 2007 Spangler Cabernet Franc $22.99
  • 2007 Carpenter Hill Tango Red (Merlot/Petite Sirah) $13.99
  • 2007 RoxyAnn Claret $24.99

Great Complex White Wine Sampler Pack: 2 of each .. 8 bottles at a 15% savings... pack price...$125.80 (15.72 per bottle).

1. Walter Scott 2009 Deux Blancs $13.99 (This wine is 75% Pinot Blanc, 25% Pinot Gris.) The Pinot Blanc came from Larkins Family Estate which is owned by Joe Dobbes and is on the west side of the Eola-Amity Hills AVA. A very cool site which gave long hangtime to the Pinot Blanc, but with very low sugars (hence the 12.7% alcohol !!!). It was fermented in stainless steel and has really pretty floral, apple blossom aromas. The Pinot Gris came from Carabella Vineyard in Chehalem Mtn. AVA. This was very ripe and provides some of the texture and weight in the wine. Fermented in neutral French oak barrels. This a really pretty wine, that is fresh & clean, and holds a nice balance between rich texture and zippy drinkability. This is a delicious and unique local wine.

2. Edmunds St. John 2008 "heart of gold" El Dorado white $18.99 dry white California Pale gold color. Steve Edmunds is the greatest winemaker in America!, -there, I said it. Fresh, energized, somewhat floral aromas, with a dramatic underlying streak of mineral and citrus. Lively, harmonious flavors. Despite showing a little baby fat, it dances on the tongue, no doubt due to ample, focussing acidity. Small, pretty notes of fresh mint! Lip-smacking finish, engendering both thirst and appetite.

3. Chateau Saint-Martin de la Garrigue Blanc 2007 Coteaux du Languedoc $16.99 dry white This is a blend of six southern French grapes. Rich and spicy, with great interest and cut, and almost bit creamy, but nicely balanced with zesty lime-inflected tropical nuances. For folks that like lots of flavor in a wine, but are tired of heavy oaky chardonnay. This is a deal in a zippy, but dense with flavor, special occasion wine. Kermit Lynch import.

4. Pravis 2005 "Stravino di Stravino" $23.99 (- dry white Northern Italy) Stravino means that the wine is something so special that it is “beyond wine, (“-stra means “beyond” in Italian). There is a tonic, herbal thrust to this wine, with incredibly complex aromatics of wildflowers, honey, under-ripe banana skin, finishing with a full-bodied texture and a dense and brooding mineral undertow. Stravino is made from a blend of Riesling, Incrocio Manzoni, Kerner, Chardonnay and Sauvignon grapes, each varietal harvested in its own time and manner: some of the grapes are late-harvested, others are barrel-aged, and yet others are stainless-steel aged. In sum, each varietal is vinified to exalt and define its respective qualities before being carefully blended into a full, velvety wine exhibiting an intense, complex suite of aromas. Stravino is opulent in every organoleptic property yet amazingly balanced for pure drinkability. Incrocio Manzoni is a hybrid of German riesling and Pinot Bianco. This is truly sui generis and must be tasted to be believed.

Great Complex White Wine Sampler Pack: 2 of each .. 8 bottles at a 15% savings... pack price...$125.80 (15.72 per bottle).



Southern Rhone 2008:

The 2008 growing season was a challenging one, much like 2004, but growers who were ruthless in their selection made classic Chateauneuf-du-Pape. The season was, as is often the case, saved by the mistral. The growers who have old vines and the wisdom and nerve to wait, reaped a special reward in 2008. The fruit, that had to struggle through a tumultuous year of wet and dry, hot and cold, was concentrated yet fine. The wines are aromatic, pure, and fresh. They possess fine structure and impeccable balance allowing for years of evolution. This is going to turn out to be a very good vintage, akin to 2001 or 2004, and avid collectors and fans of these wines are not going to want to miss out on their favorite producers. Due to the quality that these producers strictly adhere to, yields were down by 35%. No luxury cuvees were produced at either Domaine Pierre Usseglio or Mas De Boislauzon. All the old vine fruit went into the Cuvee Tradition. This is always the case with Le Vieux Donjon.

pricing
Le Vieux Donjon 2008 Chateauneuf-du-Pape 375ml $30.00
Le Vieux Donjon 2008 Chateauneuf-du-Pape 750ml $60.00
Le Vieux Donjon 2008 Chateauneuf-du-Pape 1.5L $120.00
Domaine Pierre Usseglio et Fils 750ml $45.00 1.5L $100.00
Mas des Boislauzon 750ml $40.00





Mr. Mike's Hours this Week
(July 26th - Aug 1st)

THURSDAY 12:00 - 3:00
FRIDAY 2:00 - 7:00
SATURDAY 12:00 - 5:00
SUNDAY off

Posted 6/24/2010 8:26:59 AM

Friday June 25th our "Friday Tasting" .... 5:00 - 7:00 pm... only a $5.00 fee...always ends at 7 pm sharp!
Mr. Mike presents...more value, more variety from around the world.

Ms. Ingvill of the Villa Italia Wine Group pours:
1) Ruggeri Prosecco "Gold Label" NV $16.99 sparkling Italy - Arguably the finest Prosecco in the Portland market.

2) Escudero "Fuente Milano" 2008 $9.99 dry white Spain - A blend of viura and vardejo, this is a nice citrusy alternative to sauvignon blanc.

3) Il Trullo 2008 Primitivo di Salento $9.99 dry red Italy - Great everyday drinking wine. Great value.

4) Brandborg 2007 "Benchlands" Pinot Noir $16.99 dry red Oregon - This is a deal. Sourced from 3 vineyards in the Umpqua Valley. This is the best value Pinot Noir currently available.

5) Raina 2007 Umbrian Rosso IGT $14.99 dry red Italy (90% sangiovese, 10% montepulciano) -The freshness of the sangiovese makes this wine harmonic and structured. A serious deal at the price. The wine drinks like a Chianti reserva for half the price. The website for the producer also lists sagrantino as a small part of the blend, but they must be applying Italian math, since we've run out of percentage points. As a Montefalco producer Raina also grows sagrantino, and merlot. A new producer to me; all the wines from here that I've tried are fantastic.

6) Porter-Bass 2006 Estate Zinfandel $23.99 dry red California - This zin explodes from the glass with menthol, cinnamon, moist earth on the nose, and plum and raspberry on the palate. This is a low intervention-biodynamic producer from Russian River Valley. This unusual individualistic zinfandel still has tons of varietal character. Great wine.

7) Marotti Campi, Lacrima di Morro d'Alba (frizzante) "Xyris" $18.99 - sweet sparkling red Italy --This is a fun wine that can be paired with desserts, savory foods, or drunk by itself as an aperitivo. The wine reminds me of smelling tea roses, while cocoa powder explodes into the air, and a orange pomander ball falls on my head. But you know, ...in a good way.



Mr. Mike's Hours This Week
(June 23rd - 27th)
THURSDAY 12:00 - 6:00 today
FRIDAY 2:00 - 7:00
SATURDAY 12:00 - 4:00
SUNDAY off

Posted 6/17/2010 10:46:05 AM

Friday June 11th our "Friday Tasting" .... 5:00 - 7:00 pm... only a $5.00 fee ...always ends at 7 pm sharp!

Mr. Mike (wine steward to all the small people) presents...

Ron Moller of the Merchant of Vino Distribution Group with wines from Australia, France, and South Africa. 2 whites 4 reds

1) Bon Cap "The Ruins" Sauvignon Blanc 2008 -Robertson area $8.99 (organic) dry white South Africa - This wine has flavors of passion fruit, litchi and grapefruit and some limey-green notes. The freshness continues on the palate with a crisp finish.

2) Spring Seed 2008 Chardonnay $14.99 (organic) dry white McLaren Vale area, South Australia -This Chardonnay has a gorgeous nose of stone fruits (nectarine and white peach) and citrus (lime and pink grapefruit).

3) Savannah 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon -Robertson area $6.99 dry red South Africa -This wine is complex, with minty notes and a hint of eucalyptus on the nose. The mid-palate shows sweet berry, black currants and a long, full-bodied finish.

4) Château Millegrand 2007 Minervois $12.99 dry red France -"This is an estate-bottled blend of traditional Rhone grapes – syrah, carignan, grenache and mourvedre – from one of the largest domains in the Languedoc. Washington Post wine columnist Dave McIntyre described it last month as "a beautiful little red ... that packs a firm core of fruit with a whiff of violets." -PDX Examiner

5) Slipstream 2006 Shiraz "Fastback" $17.99 dry red Australia -91 Points - Wine Spectator: "Ripe, focused cherry and blackberry flavors buzz with extra orange peel, mint and spice overtones as they zing through the long, vivid finish. The tannins are beautifully integrated. Best from 2010 through 2016. 800 cases made." -91 points Wine Spectator

6) "Revolution" Shiraz 2006 Mclaren Vale $14.99 dry red Australia -The grapes for Revolution come from the most revered sub-region of McLaren Vale, known as Seaview. This sub-region is where the best reds to come out of McLaren Vale are grown. The vines are relatively young at 5 years, but due to the extreme lack of soil nutrients & carefully regulated deficit irrigation practices, the vines are already producing voluptuous, flavor packed & rich fruit. Jay miller once described this bottling as having a nose of "complex perfume of earth, mineral, sausage, game, truffle, and blueberry that borders on kinky."


Mr. Mike's Hours This Week
(June 17-19th)

THURSDAY 12:00 - 8:00 today
FRIDAY 2:00 - 7:00
SATURDAY 12:00 - 4:00
SUNDAY off

Posted 6/3/2010 11:01:44 AM

Friday June 4th our "Friday Tasting" .... 5:00 - 7:00 pm... only a $5.00 fee ...always ends at 7 pm sharp!



Today's line up....Focus on a Columbia Gorge Winery .....Cascade Cliffs Winery

1. Goathead Red. $11.99 A tribute to the traditional table wines of Italy. Fresh, bright, expressions of the vineyard. This is equal parts Nebbiolo, Barbera, and Cabernet and aged in stainless steel.

2. Horsethief Red. $15.99 Another un-oaked blend this time equal parts Cabernet and Merlot. Very smooth with a nice clean finish. More of a spicier style than traditional Washington Bordeaux varietals.

3. 2008 Merlot. $19.99 This Merlot is easy on the oak influence. Aged in 100% American oak but mostly old neutral barrels. This is the oldest fruit on the property planted in 1986. Shows bittersweet chocolate along with dark plums, balanced by great acidity.

4. 2008 Syrah $24.99 More of a French style on the Syrah. Not jammy but it does have nice fresh blackberries, and huge amounts of black pepper.

5. 2008 Nebbiolo $33.99 Planted just after the Merlot in 1988. This is some of the oldest Nebbiolo vines in the northwest. While this wine would be able to lay down for up to 5 years it's also great now. Roses in the nose, big fresh strawberries and tar on the palate followed by layers and layers of silky tannins. Lots of acidity to round out the finish.

6. 2008 Barbera $43.99 This is the big one. More of an extracted style. This wine gets 12 months in American oak. 1/2 new and 1/2 old. This displays juniper in the nose, gobs and gobs of blackberry and cherry, a little vanilla as well, balanced tannins and absolutely searing acidity. Age worthy for up to 10 years.



Mr. Mike's Hours This Week
(June 3-7 th)
THURSDAY 12:00 - 4:00
FRIDAY 2:00 - 7:00
SATURDAY 2:00 - 6:00
SUNDAY off

Posted 5/6/2010 11:26:39 AM

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

Mr. Mike pours 6 reds and one white wine, all great values from around the world:

1. "Antica Osteria" Bianco, Garofoli, NV Vino da Tavola, Marche, Italy $7.99 -Dry white wine. Fresh, lively 'bistro' white wine from one of Italy's great white wine producers. This is a blend of Trebbiano and Malvasia grapes.

2. "La Grivelière" Brotte 2008 Côtes du Rhône "Tête de Cuvée" -France $9.99 -Dry red wine. A great expression of the cherry side of the Grenache grape. This a blend of 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 5% Cinsault and 5% Mourvedre.

3. "Don Peduz" Hermanos Frias del Val 2009 -Rioja -Spain $11.99 -Dry red wine. The best current deal from Rioja.

4. "Nieto" Senetiner 2007 Malbec Reserva $9.99 -Argentina -Dry red wine. This is the current Kramer recommended Malbec value.

5 . "l'Instant" Château Barbanau -Côtes de Provence 2007 France $9.99 -Dry red wine. This 20 hectare Côtes de Provence estate sits below the castle of Roquefort and is farmed biodynamically by Sophie and Didier Simonini. Comprised of 60% Grenache and 40% Syrah, this wine expresses a classic Provencal profile; fresh dark fruits, spices and attractive floral notes. Stunning value!

6. "Augurio" Fattoria Cabanon 2008 Oltrepo Pavese -Italy $12.99 -Dry red wine. Whatever your varietal preference, you’ll find it in this blend of Bonarda, Barbera, and Pinot Noir, with tiny amounts of Syrah, Cabernet and Merlot. A magnificent balancing act and a real crowd pleaser – plus organic certification. This year's version seems to sport a little more Pinot Noir in the blend. The hills of the Oltrepo Pavese are located on the right bank of the river Po in an area bounded by the provinces of Alessandria, Genoa and Piacenza. Extra points if you know that this Bonarda is really Croatina!

7. (Mystery) Cabernet Sauvignon $9.99 -Dry red wine America




Mr. Mike's Hours This Week
(May 6th - May 8th)
THURSDAY 12:00 - 4:00
FRIDAY 2:00 - 7:00
SATURDAY 12:00 - 5:00
SUNDAY off





Red Wine of the Month
Monteraponi 2004 Chianti Classico $19.99

This wine is an extremely good deal. The style is more about finesse than power, and emphasizes the graceful, savory, integration of acidity. There is an intriguing bouquet of dusty Montmorency cherry, wrapped in a swirl of sandalwood notions and balsamic-inflected pie spices. This Chianti Classico is made with only sangiovese and canaiolo (10%). Indigenous yeast is used for fermentation in concrete tanks with no temperature control and no filtration. The malolactic fermentation is also spontaneous, and again in cement; it is followed by 12 months in a mixture of 2-year old barriques from Allier and 25-hectoliter casks made from Slavonian oak. Following assembly, the wine spends 3 months in cement and three in bottle. These are all old school 'traditional' wine methodologies. This is the real-deal in naturally made, ultra-delicious, terroir-driven Chianti.




3 Great Wines for Springtime.
1. Domaine Sorin Rosé 2009 "Terra Amata" Cotes De Provence $10.99 This is a spectacular dry pink, dense and flavorful, yet spry and lively.

2. Vitteaut-Alberti — Crémant de Bourgogne Sparkiling Rosé Brut $25.99 This is beautifully made crémant, poised, elegant and satisfying. (100% Pinot Noir)

3. Paraza 2006 Minervois - $9.99 chillable red (carignan and syrah) A great smooth table wine, perfect after mowing the lawn.




A case of Mr. Mike's best white wines in the store... at a big discount....more than 15% off....$15.99 per bottle /$191.88 a case. One each of these:

1. Viento 2007 'Verona' (Pinot Gris, Sauvigon Blanc, Chardonnay) $12.99 Fresh lime, apple and peach flavors, smooth and quaffable.

2. Libra 2008 "Oregon" Pinot Gris $14.99 This has a beautiful balance between tropical notes and zippy citrus flavors.

3. Do Ferreiro 2007 Albariño Rias Baixas on sale! $19.99 (reg. $22.99) dry white 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Light gold. Intense, mineral-driven aromas of citrus and orchard fruits, with complicating notes of tarragon and sage. Stony, finely etched lime and orange flavors are refreshingly bitter and precise. Racy but juicy, with strong finishing minerality, a jolt of white pepper on the back and very good persistence." (Sept/Oct '09) Do Ferreiro is the benchmark for Albariño and is the shellfish wine supreme.

4. Domaine de Juchepie 2006 "Le Sec de Juchepie - Le Clos" $28.99 dry white [Domaine de Juchepie....Anjou area] (%100 chenin blanc) A spectacular example of a deep complex -single site chenin blanc. Organic and biodynamic.

5. Clos Roche Blanche 2008 Touraine "Sauvignon No. 2" dry white $19.00 (%100 sauvignon blanc This is a great expression of sauvignon blanc, herbal and mineral-driven like a Sancerre yet also a little more zippy and light on its feet than most Sancerre.

6. Fattoria Cabanon 2007 Blanc -Provincia di Pavia IGT Sauvignon Blanc $19.99 dry white. A stunning sauvignon blanc that emphasizes density and purity of citrus flavors.

7. Domaine A et P de Villaine Bouzeron Aligoté 2006 $22.99 (French, Burgundy dry white) The de Villaines' wine is complex style of Aligoté, with driving minerality and more weight than most versions offer. This is great with grilled fish or a seafood raw bar. This is simply spectacular. Yes,... it is that same de Villaine from DRC.

8. Chateau Saint-Martin de la Garrigue Blanc 2007 Coteaux du Languedoc $16.99 dry white This is a blend of six southern French grapes. Rich and spicy, with great interest and cut, and almost bit creamy, but nicely balanced with zesty lime-inflected tropical nuances. For folks that like lots of flavor in a wine, but are tired of heavy oaky chardonnay. This is a deal in a zippy, but dense with flavor, special occasion wine. Kermit Lynch import.

9. Pravis 2005 "Stravino di Stravino" $23.99 (- dry white Northern Italy) Stravino means that the wine is something so special that it is “beyond wine, (“-stra means “beyond” in Italian). There is a tonic, herbal thrust to this wine, with incredibly complex aromatics of wildflowers, honey, under-ripe banana skin, finishing with a full-bodied texture and a dense and brooding mineral undertow. Stravino is made from a blend of Riesling, Incrocio Manzoni, Kerner, Chardonnay and Sauvignon grapes, each varietal harvested in its own time and manner: some of the grapes are late-harvested, others are barrel-aged, and yet others are stainless-steel aged. In sum, each varietal is vinified to exalt and define its respective qualities before being carefully blended into a full, velvety wine exhibiting an intense, complex suite of aromas. Stravino is opulent in every organoleptic property yet amazingly balanced for pure drinkability. Incrocio Manzoni is a hybrid of German riesling and Pinot Bianco. This is truly sui generis and must be tasted to be believed.

10. Domaine de la Taille aux Loups (Jacky Blot) 2007 Vouvray "Les Caburoches" dry white $19.00 (%100 chenin blanc) Dense, dry, with the signature licorice mineral tang of great single site chenin blanc from the Vouvray area. Great with grilled salmon.

11. Cordivae "Mirth" 2008 Chardonnay $8.99 This is a deal for un-oaked local chardonnay. Fresh apple and pear flavors.

12. Moulin de Ferrand 2009 Bordeaux Blanc, Entre-Deux-Mers $7.99 (dry white) Half semillion, and half sauvignon blanc. Spectacular value, citrusy and refreshing.



A case of Mr. Mike's best red wines in the store... at a big discount....more than 15% off....$13.99 per bottle /$167.88 a case. One each of these:

1. Salinas "Mo" Monastrell $9.99 Customers are grooving to its playful mix of goat hide and raw bacon. Who knew!!!

2. Domaine de Huards 2007 Cheverny Rouge "Les Pressoir" $14.99 One of the first in the Loire to convert his property to biodynamic viticulture, the owner Michel simply wants his wines to taste like his grandfather’s did in the late 1920’s. There is a subtle passage in wood (always older barrels) for the reds, and there is always a high degree of lees stirring for the whites. While the unique white wines (cour-cheverny and the vibrant blended "Cheverny Blanc") are what the property has historically been known for, the Cheverny rouge is a sleeper hit. Little known outside of the region, this is the Loire’s version of a Burgundian Passetoutgrain (but at lower price) and is about as quaffable as it gets! The “Pressoir” bottling is made up of pinot noir (80%) and gamay (20%) and is partially aged in wood. The wine is immediately accessible and has juicy, delicious fruit flavors. This is a deal.

3. "Flaio" Primitivo 2007 Salento IGT $12.99 This is a medium-bodied primitivo from the Salento region of Puglia, it is smooth with the flavors of blackberry, red current, and a pleasant earthiness. Another crowd pleaser.

4. Heredad de Baroja "Cautivo" 2007 Rioja 'Madurado' (tempranillo) $9.99 Earth and fruit marry in this satisfying tempranillo. A deal in great tempranillo.

5. Aldo Rainold 2004 "Grumello" Valtellina Superiore (100% nebbiolo) (reg. $29.99) on sale! $19.99 This is a great close-out price on a fine, mineral-driven, and detailed Valtelina. 100% Nebbiolo from the sub-area Grumello, this wine drinks like an aged Barbaresco, with smokey nebbiolo fruit and a nice mineral inflected finish. Check this out!

6. Hecht & Bannier 2006 Cotes du Roussillon-Villages $19.99 (Wine Spectator 91 points.) (Wine Advocate 91 points.)This lumbering and dense wine would shout "Stella!" if it were on stage; and it will be a great match for braised meat dishes and cassoulet. It will drink well now or develop for 1-3 years in a cool cellar. -Mike
"Vibrant, rich and well-balanced, delivering intense red plum, cherry and mineral flavors. There’s plenty of peppery seasoning as well, along with a finish dominated by dark chocolate. This has the stuffing to age. Drink now through 2014.— K.M. - $22 91 points and Smart Buy." -WS

7. Domaine Cosse Maisonneuve 2002 Cahors "Les Laquets" (100% malbec) $19.99 This is long, full, and dense; with lots of minerals and fine ripe-tannin. On the palate it is not too dry, just the right amount of earthy fruit comes through. Overall the wine is big, but elegant. A great value at $20.00 bucks. This wine could easily pass for a $50.00 Bordeaux. Dry red. Buy this to drink now, or cellar up to 5 years!

8. Palo Alto Reserve 2008 (cabernet, carmenere and syrah) $11.99 This is rich, full, and mouth filling, a big wine in search of a New York strip steak. Carmenere imparts an extra dimension of minerals, herbal menthol notes, and loam. Bright berry-sh fruit carries the wine through a long finish. This is a deal in a big, drink now wine.

9. Monasterio de Corias "Monasterio" $21.99 This wine has an herbal-tonic nose and a well balanced, elegant feel. The wine has licorice and Montmorency cherry flavors on the palate and a juicy herbal finish. Overall it feels fresh, with light extract, but with good grip and a well-balanced elegant feel. This is a great deal in Spanish wine for you cellar, or to drink now.

10. La Croix Belle "Carignole" Rouge 2008 Languedoc-Roussillon aoc $9.99 A delicious blend of Syrah and Carignan. Another party crowd-pleaser.

11. Bruna Grimaldi 2007 "Briccola" Nebbiolo d'Alba $21.99 Recommended by Kramer, Mr. Mike approved. Bruna is a great winemaker, her basic level wines have the authority and weight of reserve wines. In other words, she has fashioned a Barolo look-alike for half the tariff.

12. 2005 Elian da Ros "chante coucou" Cotes du Marmandaise rouge $24.99 This Bordeaux style red will improve in your cool cellar for 3-5 years. Deep dark and rich.

Event Announcement
Battle of the Teutonics! Dinner event, reservation required.
Schöne Schlucht (Teutonic Wine Company) wines and Ewald Moseler
Sunday May 16, 6pm – 8pm Spints Alehouse, 401 NE 28th Ave.
"Join us for our debut for Teutonic Wine Company. Our wines will be going head to head with Ewald Moseler's German catalog. New world v.s. Old Word - YOU be the judge. Spints owner and Chef Alyssa Gregg has created an amazing five course dinner which will be paired with eight different wines. $95/per person, gratuity included. Space is limited. Please call Spints to reserve your seat. (503) 847-2534‎" --Teutonic Wine Company

Posted 4/28/2010 10:06:52 AM

Friday April 30th our "Friday Tasting" .... 5:00 - 7:00 pm... only a $5.00 fee ...always ends at 7 pm sharp!

Annie from Bacchus Wines pours 5 reds and one prosecco sparkling wine:

1. Trevisiol NV Prosecco - Veneto -Italy $13.99 Fresh tasting sparkling wine from Italy.
2. Willamette Valley Vineyards 2008 Whole Cluster Fermented Pinot Noir -Local $19.99 This is a jazzy and vibrant version of Oregon's favorite grape.
3. Bodegas Beronia 2004 Reserva - Rioja -Spain $16.99 Harmonious balance of fruit spice and leathery overtones.
4. Château Thivin 2007 Côte de Brouilly -France $23.99 Gamay Noir Aromatics of african violet, plush and spicy on the palate, with great structure.
5. Charles Joguet 2005 Chinon "Cuvée Terroir" -France $22.99 Cabernet Franc, no oak, unique, earthy, and piercingly fresh.
6. Clos de Coutale 2007 Cahors -France $14.99 Big, rich, darkly colored, well-structured Malbec.




Mr. Mike's Hours This Week
(April 28th - May 2nd)
WEDNESDAY 12:00 - 6:00
THURSDAY 3:00 - 6:00
FRIDAY 3:00 - 7:00
SATURDAY 12:00 - 5:00
SUNDAY off




Red Wine of the Month
Monteraponi 2004 Chianti Classico $19.99

This wine is an extremely good deal. The style is more about finesse than power, and emphasizes the graceful, savory, integration of acidity. There is an intriguing bouquet of dusty Montmorency cherry, wrapped in a swirl of sandalwood notions and balsamic-inflected pie spices. This Chianti Classico is made with only sangiovese and canaiolo (10%). Indigenous yeast is used for fermentation in concrete tanks with no temperature control and no filtration. The malolactic fermentation is also spontaneous, and again in cement; it is followed by 12 months in a mixture of 2-year old barriques from Allier and 25-hectoliter casks made from Slavonian oak. Following assembly, the wine spends 3 months in cement and three in bottle. These are all old school 'traditional' wine methodologies. This is the real-deal in naturally made, ultra-delicious, terroir-driven Chianti.

Posted 4/28/2010 10:06:13 AM

Friday April 30th our "Friday Tasting" .... 5:00 - 7:00 pm... only a $5.00 fee ...always ends at 7 pm sharp!

Annie from Bacchus Wines pours 5 reds and one prosecco sparkling wine:

1. Trevisiol NV Prosecco - Veneto -Italy $13.99 Fresh tasting sparkling wine from Italy.
2. Willamette Valley Vineyards 2008 Whole Cluster Fermented Pinot Noir -Local $19.99 This is a jazzy and vibrant version of Oregon's favorite grape.
3. Bodegas Beronia 2004 Reserva - Rioja -Spain $16.99 Harmonious balance of fruit spice and leathery overtones.
4. Château Thivin 2007 Côte de Brouilly -France $23.99 Gamay Noir Aromatics of african violet, plush and spicy on the palate, with great structure.
5. Charles Joguet 2005 Chinon "Cuvée Terroir" -France $22.99 Cabernet Franc, no oak, unique, earthy, and piercingly fresh.
6. Clos de Coutale 2007 Cahors -France $14.99 Big, rich, darkly colored, well-structured Malbec.




Mr. Mike's Hours This Week
(April 28th - May 2nd)
WEDNESDAY 12:00 - 6:00
THURSDAY 3:00 - 6:00
FRIDAY 3:00 - 7:00
SATURDAY 12:00 - 5:00
SUNDAY off




Red Wine of the Month
Monteraponi 2004 Chianti Classico $19.99

This wine is an extremely good deal. The style is more about finesse than power, and emphasizes the graceful, savory, integration of acidity. There is an intriguing bouquet of dusty Montmorency cherry, wrapped in a swirl of sandalwood notions and balsamic-inflected pie spices. This Chianti Classico is made with only sangiovese and canaiolo (10%). Indigenous yeast is used for fermentation in concrete tanks with no temperature control and no filtration. The malolactic fermentation is also spontaneous, and again in cement; it is followed by 12 months in a mixture of 2-year old barriques from Allier and 25-hectoliter casks made from Slavonian oak. Following assembly, the wine spends 3 months in cement and three in bottle. These are all old school 'traditional' wine methodologies. This is the real-deal in naturally made, ultra-delicious, terroir-driven Chianti.

Posted 3/4/2010 11:38:38 AM

Friday March 5th our "Friday Tasting".... 5:00 - 7:00 pm... only a $5.00 fee ...ends at 7 pm sharp!

Mr. Mike pours deals.. a pink, 3 whites and 2 reds.

1) Domaine Ablais 2008 Loire Rosé (was $12.99...now $7.99!!!) A blend of cabernet franc and gamay, this dry and delicious wine will match beautifully with appetizer courses.
2) Alianca Vinho Verde $8.99 Bright and refreshing.
3) Portuga $6.99 A steal of a deal for an everyday white wine.
4) Cordivae "Mirth" 2008 Chardonnay $8.99 This is a steal of a deal for un-oaked local chardonnay
5) Finca El Reposo 2006 Bonarda (Mendoza) $6.99 A reprise of my favorite under ten red.
6) Alloro 2007 "Fattoria" WV Oregon Pinot Noir $18.99 A big burley 2007 Pinot, at a deal of a price.

Recap of Great Red Wines in Stock at John's

Maison l'Aiglon 2007 -St.-Chinian $9.99 (carignan, grenache, syrah) Southern France Intense bing cherry aromas burst from the glass of the outstanding Saint Chinian a.o.c. from the Languedoc. A wine of superb depth, purity, and length, it coats the palate with loads of red cherries, raspberries, spices, and black cherries. This full-bodied offering is a steal at $10.00!!

Domaine Cosse Maisonneuve 2002 Cahors "Les Laquets" (100% malbec) $19.99 This is long, full, and dense; with lots of minerals and fine ripe-tannin. On the palate it is not too dry, just the right amount of earthy fruit comes through. Overall the wine is big, but elegant. A great value at $20.00 bucks. This wine could easily pass for a $50.00 Bordeaux. Dry red.

Palo Alto Reserve 2008 (cabernet, carmenere and syrah) $11.99 This is rich, full, and mouth filling, a big wine in search of a New York strip steak. Carmenere imparts an extra dimension of minerals, herbal menthol notes, and loam. Bright berry-sh fruit carries the wine through a long finish. This is a deal.

Andrew Rich "Bruno 2007 Columbia Valley" "Cotes de Bruneaux" red wine $9.99 Check out this quaffable, open knit, smooth, local 'Cotes du Rhone'. Made with syrah, grenache, cunoise, and mourvedre. This is mostly syrah; and it has the lavender and blue fruit profile of a Washington syrah. Soft and inviting, this is a steal of a deal.

Monasterio de Corias "Monasterio" $21.99 This wine has an herbal-tonic nose well balanced elegant feel. The wine has licorice and montmorency cherry flavors on the palate and a juicy herbal finish. Overall it feels fresh, with light extract, but with good grip and a well-balanced elegant feel. This is a great deal in Spanish wine for you cellar. Bruna Grimaldi 2007 "Briccola" Nebbiolo d'Alba $21.99
Only a few cases left of this great producer's entry level wine that drinks like a baby Barolo.

Honig Schlucht 2008 Pinot Meunier $19.99 This wine is made locally, sustainably, and is hand-crafted by Barnaby and Olga Tuttle. This is the first year of production. Honig Schlucht (ho-nig shlookt) loosely translated means "Honey Grove" in German. The source is a small vineyard in the coast range. The wine has a beautiful balance on the palate, emphasizing savory earth-tones, mixed with black currants and a subtle pinot noir-like elegance and texture. It is supple on the palate, with low alcohol and a refreshing finish; it feels unique and naturally expressive. Highly recommended."

2006 Hecht & Bannier 2006 Cotes du Roussillon-Villages $22.99 (Wine Spectator 91 points.) This lumbering and dense wine would shout "Stella!" if it were on stage; and it will be a great match for braised meat dishes and cassoulet.

M. Chapoutier 2008 "Les Vignes de Bila-Haut" Côtes du Roussillon-Villages $13.99 (90 points Wine Spectator and listed in the Top 100 Wines for 2009) This blend of syrah, grenache, carignan, is big and dense, and will match well with grilled beef dishes and other savory Mediterranean fare. Back in stock!

Cabanon "Augurio" 2008 (from the Pavia area of Itlay) $12.99 - Everything about this wine supports the name "Augurio" which means "good omen" for the wine – from its nose of ripe fruit to the burst of flavors on the palate. Whatever your varietal preference, you’ll find it in this "Super-Blend" of Bonarda, Barbera, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Cabernet and Merlot. A magnificent balancing act and a real crowd pleaser – plus organic certification.

Monchiero 2005 Barolo $29.99 - This Barolo delivers everything you want in a great Piemonte wine: dusty cherry, pipe tobacco and cedar, the classic 'tar and roses' package. Crazy good price for a wine of this quality. Try a bottle come back for a case. Get it while you can.

Ramanista 2001 Red Greek Wine $18.99...this is drinking like a fine old Bordeaux (5 bottles left.)

Mr. Mike's Hours This Week
(Feb 4-6th)
THURSDAY 12:00 - 5:00 today
FRIDAY 3-7
SATURDAY 12-5
SUNDAY off


Posted 2/18/2010 9:58:48 AM

Friday February 19th our "Friday Tasting" .... 5:00 - 7:00 pm... only a $5.00 fee ...ends at 7 pm sharp!

Mr. Mike pours values from around the world.

The Friday Tasting... 5 reds..1 white

1) Libra 2008 "Oregon" pinot gris $14.99 Bill and Linda Hanson fashion this exceptional Oregon gris with a blend of estate (Willamette Valley) and Del Rio fruit. It has a beautiful balance between tropical notes and zippy citrus flavors. Based on the high quality in this bottle, this is a new producer to watch.

2) Heredad de Baroja "Cautivo" 2007 Rioja 'Madurado' (tempranillo) $9.99 Earth and fruit marry in this satisfying tempranillo. A deal.

3) Pavillion 2005 Bordeaux aoc Rouge (cabernet, merlot) $9.99 Extremely Bordeaux-ish, this wine overflows with earthy tobacco notes and rustic charm. 2005 was a great year.

4) Palo Alto Reserve 2008 (cabernet, carmenere and syrah) $10.99 This is rich, full, and mouth filling, a big wine in search of a New York strip steak. Carmenere imparts an extra dimension of minerals, herbal menthol notes, and loam. Bright berry-sh fruit carries the wine through a long finish. This is a deal.

5) J. Christopher 2008 Columbia Gorge Syrah $18.99 Made with fruit from Mosier in the Columbia Gorge. It has 3% viognier added to the syrah; and a peppery nose with blue fruits and a licorice tinged finish - a food wine supreme -european style. I said: "this tastes like cool climate syrah" ..and the winemaker said "...no ...it is what warm climate syrah should taste like." This is smooth, elegant, and admirably dry.

6) Peltier Station 2007 "Hybrid" (75% petite sirah,15% syrah,10% viognier) $9.99 This petite sirah is loaded with berry flavor and aromas which enhance the earthy mid-palate of this wine and leave one with a rich and satisfying finish. A touch of Viognier has been added to round out this monster wine. Organically produced; this wine is for lovers of huge, dark, and dense reds. Serve with Hershey's kisses.

Mr. Mike's Hours This Week

(Feb 18-21th)
THURSDAY 12:00 - 5:00 today
FRIDAY 3-7
SATURDAY 12-4
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Posted 2/4/2010 11:18:40 AM

Friday February 5th our "Friday Tasting" .... 5:00 - 7:00 pm... only a $5.00 fee ...ends at 7 pm sharp!

Miss Molly M. from Vin de Garde pours French Reds (..and one wine from Georgia.) GTM string band will provide live music.

The Friday Tasting... mostly reds

1) nv eugene carrel & fils vin de savoie brut rose $18.99 sparkling
2) 2006 paraza minervois - $9.99 table red
3) 2007 carrel vin de savoie jongieux mondeuse rouge $16.99 Pinot-ish red
4) 2005 elian da ros le vignoble d'elian -cotes du marmandaise rouge $16.99 Bordeaux-ish red
5) 2005 elian da ros chante coucou cotes du marmandaise rouge $24.99 Bordeaux-ish red
6) 2003 vinoterra saperavi $18.99 Intense red... straight out o' Georgia


Some Notes on the tasting wines...
1) nv carrel vin de savoie brut rose
The brut is 65% gamay, the rest mondeuse and it aint as dry as some folk are used to but nor is it anywhere near as sweet as savoie's pink bugey bubblies. mondeuse can be kind of a meaty grape, maybe a little syrah-like at times, and the bubbles are full of fruit, weight and a finish that lingers for a surprisingly long time.

2) Chateau de Paraza is a blend of 40% Grenache, 40% Syrah and 20% Mourvedre.
The different varieties are harvested and vinified separately. The wine is made using the carbonic maceration method for each varietal at controlled temperatures of 26-28 degrees C. in order to attain a very supple, plush and aromatic wine. Chateau De Paraza has a lush texture with flavors of spicy, ripe, dark fruits. It represents outstanding value and is a fine match for pastas and grilled meats and vegetables. It is best served with a slight chill. Chateau de Paraza has been frequently cited by Robert Parker as a "World's Greatest Wine Value" and the 2006 was praised by WINE SPECTATOR: "This lush red brims with red plum, raspberry and spice flavors with silky tannins." 88 score, 12/31/08-1/15/09 issue, page 174.

3) carrel vin de savoie jongieux mondeuse rouge
Mondeuse, the Savoie's principal red grape, is deeply colored and tastes of spicy, wild berries and dark plums. It ripens late, and Carrel prunes severely and strips leaves to enhance maturity of the fruit. Carrel ages his Mondeuse in neutral oak casks for 8 months to allow its structure and power to come into balance before release. This wine is prized with local game and cheese dishes. (-from a profile of carrel http://www.rhsight.com/carrel.html)

4 & 5) Elian da Ros (Sigoules, Cotes du Marmandais)
This producer challenging the co-op production mentality of the appelation and rigorously practices biodynamics which he learned from 5 years with zind-humbrecht and then several vintages with Grange des Peres in the langeudoc. Andrew Jeffords likes this producer's "... vivacious Vignoble d'Elian, which gets some bright, plummy Syrah into bed with Merlot and Cabernet Franc; and the delicious Chante Coucou, where an infusion of Malbec into a Cabernet-Merlot blend gives it a gratifyingly meaty thump." (-Andrew Jeffords) Jancis Robinson writes "Here's an appellation you don't see every day. The Côtes du Marmandais is one of south west France's lesser known zones immediately east of Bordeaux. It tootled along on the fringes of everything vinous until Elian Da Ros arrived back there and took over his family's vines, inspired by stints working for Zind Humbrecht in Alsace and at Grange des Pères in the Languedoc and determined to make the best possible wine. Chante Coucou 2002 Côtes du Marmandais is a mix of south western French grape varieties, 60 per cent Merlot with equal parts of Malbec and Cabrnet Sauvignon and is absolutely classic, rigorous, deep-red, appetisingly dry south western red designed to age and to be drunk with food. If it were a Médoc it would be classed growth status – by which I mean it should not for a moment be confused with common or garden AC Bordeaux – but it has a little extra spice. This is serious stuff whose chief distinguishing characteristic is freshness – really lively fruit without a dead grape in that vat but with quite sandy tannins still in evidence. It's undeniably dense yet also quite crisp. . You could certainly drink it now, ideally next year, but you could also cellar it for at least five years with confidence." (-Jancis Robinson)

6) Vinoterra Saperavi
Amphora fermented, french-barrel aged. According to the Seattle Times: "Unfiltered and deep-hued, this tastes of pomegranate, berries and herbal tea. It's supple and beautifully proportioned, with flavors that recall the low-alcohol (less than 13 percent) zinfandels of the 1970s." (Wednesday, August 13, 2008)

For your calendars...

Mr. Mike's Hours This Week

(Feb 4-6th)
THURSDAY 11:00 - 1:00 ...and 3:00 - 5:00 today
FRIDAY 12-7
SATURDAY 12-5
SUNDAY off



Posted 12/7/2009 1:30:55 PM

Mr. Mike's odd wine tasting nights at John's Marketplace
.... a new program


Monday Dec 7th... 5-7 pm 1995 Bordeaux from the Vault
4 wines ...$10.00 fee... 5-7 pm ...ends at 7 pm sharp! No reservations, and when the wine is gone, we go home.

1995 Chateau Mouton Rothschild -Pauillac -------Robert Parker: "95 pts...It reveals an opaque purple color, and reluctant aromas of cassis, truffles, coffee, licorice, and spice. In the mouth, the wine is 'great stuff,' with superb density, a full-bodied personality, rich mid-palate, and a layered, profound finish that lasts for 40+ seconds..."
1995 Chateau de Clairefont -Margaux $N/A
1995 Chateau Gloria -St. Julien $N/A
1995 Chateau Lalande -Saint-Julien $N/A


Tuesday Dec 8th... 5-7 pm German Riesling from the Vault
5 wines ...$10.00 fee... 5-7 pm ...ends at 7 pm sharp! No reservations, and when the wine is gone, we go home.

1979 Jos. Christoffel Jr. (Christoffel-Prum) Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Auslese (**) $N/A
1999 Willi Schaefer Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spätlese (Auction Wine) (AP# 2 583 154 17 00) $N/A
2001 J.J. Prüm Riesling Bernkasteler Badstube Riesling Spätlese $N/A
2003 Selbach-Oster Graacher Domprobst Riesling Auslese $N/A
2006 Heymann-Löwenstein "Schieferterrassen" Riesling $31.99


Wednesday Dec 9th... 5-7 pm Barolo from the Vault
6 wines ...$10.00 fee ...5-7 pm ...ends at 7 pm sharp! No reservations, and when the wine is gone, we go home.

1997 Cabutto -Tenuta La Volta "Vigna La Volta" - Barolo
1997 Mauro Molino "Vigna Gancia" -Barolo $N/A
1998 Vietti Barolo "Rocche" -Barolo $N/A
2000 Elio Altare -Barolo docg $N/A
2000 E. Pira & Figli "Chiara Boschis" - Barolo $N/A
2005 Renato Ratti "Rocche" -Barolo $55.00 Wine Spectator 96 points. In stock!


Thursday Dec 10th... 4-6 pm : The "BourbonEzer" ....kick-off tasting and Pub Crawl starting at John's Marketplace 4-6 pm free. BridgePort Brewing Company • BourbonEzer Barrel-Aged Winter Warmer -Scottish Ale. " A.K.A. the "Highland Ambush" "The BourbonEzer" is a wood-aged Scotch ale. This is Big Beer News---"Taste what happens when BridgePort puts its Ebenezer Ale into American oak bourbon barrels for a year. An already smooth, malty and delicious ale mellows into a luscious holiday treat. Hints of vanilla mix and mingle with sweet caramel and toffee, while English Golding hops add a light spice. BourbonEzer is dark as a winter evening but friendly and inviting in the holiday spirit." This is just a sneak peak poured from cask!!!! (The beer will be released as the 'Highland Ambush' later in December in 22 oz. bottles.) Aged in fresh Maker's Mark and Jack Daniels bourbon barrels. KINK radio "street team" will be set up at John's Marketplace to cover the event.

Friday Dec 11th... Cossart Gordon Madeira; Kopke Ports; St. Innocent Pinot Noir; Ecosse Oregon sparkling wine. $5.00 fee

Friday Dec 18th... Lago di Merlo wines, plus our annual Burgundy sale. $5.00 fee

Dec 25th No Tasting Friday December 25th .....I'll be reselling my lump of coal on ebay.
Thanks......Mr. Mike

Mr. Mike's Hours This Week ...not many...call ahead for best selection. (Dec 7th - Dec 12th)

MONDAY 4-7
TUESDAY 4-7
WEDNESDAY 12-7
THURSDAY 2-6
FRIDAY 2-7 pm
SATURDAY 12-5 pm


Posted 11/24/2009 10:04:40 AM

Wednesday November 25th our "Wednesday Tasting" .... 4:00 - 6:00 pm... only a $5.00 fee ...ends at 7 pm sharp! (No this Friday Tasting November 27th)

Theme: Mr. Mike's favorite hometown picks.

The Wines...
1) Westrey 2008 Willamette Valley Pinot Gris $15.99
2) Eyrie 2007 Willamette Valley Estate Chardonnay $21.99
3) Amity 2007 Willamette Valley Riesling $15.99
4) Westrey 2007 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir "Oracle" vineyard $19.99
5) Westrey 2008 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir $21.99


In the Store...
A great wine for Thanksgiving...
Tyrus Evan "Ciel du Cheval" Claret 2005 Claret. $34.00 Great with Cran/orange relish.

For your calendars...
No Friday Tasting November 27th

Dec 4th Andrew Rich, live and in person. 5-7 pm $5.00 fee

Mr. Mike's Hours This Week...not many...call ahead for best selection.
TUESDAY (today): 12-6
WEDNESDAY: 12-7 pm

Posted 11/20/2009 9:34:31 AM

Friday November 20th our "Friday Tasting" .... 5:00 - 7:00 pm... only a $5.00 fee ...ends at 7 pm sharp!

Mr. Mike curates new Italian acquisitions.

The Wines...
1) Felsina Berardenga "I Sistri" 2007 Chardonnay IGT Toscana $22.99 - The I Sistri is 100% Chardonnay that is aged in neutral French oak. The wine is broad and rich with tropical fruit flavors and a mouth filling texture. This Chardonnay is well balanced and elegant.

2) Cantine Gini -Chianti "Solatio" 2007 $8.99

3) Bruna Grimaldi 2007 Nebbiolo d'Alba $21.99

4) Petrilli 2007 "Fortuita" IGT Lucera $24.00 (Grapes: 60% Sangiovese, 40% Montepulciano.)
Organic, all estate vineyards. Vinification: 80% aged in Stainless, the rest in used 2nd and 3rd year barriques. This is a soulful wine, elegant and interesting. The Petrilli Estate is located in Northern Puglia, in the region of Daunia, near the town of Lucera. Paolo and Paola Petrilli have lived here their whole lives and have gained an enormous reputation growing some of the finest organic pomodori (tomatoes) in all of Italy. Their crop, from just 5 Hectares of tomatoes, sells out every year and Paolo applies the same philosophy to his wines as he does to the pomodori: better to limit production and make the best possible product. In 2002 the family released the first wines from their 10 Hectares of vines, using only local varieties. Paolo flatly states that his production will always be limited to whatever he is able to vinify from that 10 Ha. A quiet, funny, sophisticated farmer and academic (his beautiful home is overflowing with books on every conceivable subject), Paolo's wines are so impossibly elegant, they almost dance on the palate. -Compiled from web sources

5) Petrilli 2007 "Agramante" - Cacc'e Mmitte di Lucera DOC $31.00 (Grapes: 60% Nero di Troia, 15% Sangiovese, 10% Montepulciano, 15% Bombino)
Site: Grown organically from the winery’s estate vineyards. Vinification: Completely in Stainless. The oddly named DOC literally means "to take out, and put in", a reference to working hard in the fields where you take out your pay, and put in your time, take out the fruits of your labor after you put the hard work in. This is the only DOC wine produced by the winery. Agramante is a reference from literature, and is the name of the Saracen King of Africa who in Ludovico Ariosto’s Epic Orlando Furioso has invaded Europe to avenge his father's death and thus finds himself at war with the Christian emperor Charlemagne. -Compiled from web sources

6) "Flaio" Primitivo 2007 Salento IGT $12.99 "Totally pleasing, with nice earthiness, a light touch and shy, balanced tastes. Fun!" -WSJ This is a medium-bodied primitivo from the Salento region of Puglia, it is smooth with the flavors of blackberry, red current, and a pleasant earthiness. It avoids any roasted or stewed flavors of many primitivo offerings.

The Best Six White Wines in the Wine World Today
A Sampler Pack $105.40 / ($17.56 per bottle) Special. My mixed case discount for a six pack.

Domaine A et P de Villaine Bouzeron Aligoté 2006 $22.99 (French, Burgundy dry white) The de Villaines' wine is complex style of Aligoté, with driving minerality and more weight than most versions offer. This is great with grilled fish or a seafood raw bar. This is simply spectacular. Yes it is that same Villaine from DRC.

Cabanon 2007 Blanc -Provincia di Pavia IGT Sauvignon (Blanc) $19.99 A stunning Sauv Blanc that emphasizes density and purity of citrus flavors with no "grassiness".

Domaine Maestracci E Prove, Corse Calvi Blanc 2008 - Corsica. $19.99 Great with simple grilled foods. Beautiful balance and unique flavors makes this an intriguing wine. Kuentz-Bas 2006 Alsace Blanc $11.99 (French, Alsce dry white) This is a blend of Sylvaner, Riesling, Pinot Blanc, and Muscat. The style is crisp and pure, without sacrificing complexity and the traditional overtones of white flowers and minerals. This would be also be a great choice with Thai cuisine, because of the wine's slight residual sugar.

2007 Domaine Guillot-Broux Mâcon-Cruzille "Les Genièvrières" - $25.00 This a great chardonnay with extraordinary density of material and flavor. This wine could easily pass for a wine hailing from a glorious grand cru site in Meursault. This is simply a steal of a deal for lovers of European chardonnay, and there is no cellar time required; this wine is great right now. It is organically produced.

Pravis 2005 "Stravino di Stravino" $23.99 (dry white Northern Italy)
The name of this great, unique, and unforgettable white wine is connected in part to the name Stravino, the name of a village near the winery; but more importantly, however, is the word play involved – Stravino means that the wine is something so special that it is “beyond wine, (“-stra means "beyond" in Italian). There is a tonic, herbal thrust to this wine, with incredibly complex aromatics of wildflowers, honey, under-ripe banana skin, finishing with a full-bodied texture and a dense and brooding mineral undertow. Stravino is made from a blend of Riesling, Incrocio Manzoni, Kerner, Chardonnay and Sauvignon grapes, each varietal harvested in its own time and manner: some of the grapes are late-harvested, others are barrel-aged, and yet others are stainless-steel aged. In sum, each varietal is vinified to exalt and define its respective qualities before being carefully blended into a full, velvety wine exhibiting an intense, complex suite of aromas. Stravino is opulent in every organoleptic property yet amazingly balanced for pure drinkability. Some of the grapes are late harvested, the rest are dried on grates, then they are separately vinified in wood or stainless steel. Incrocio Manzoni is a hybrid of German riesling and Pinot Bianco. This is truly sui generis and must be tasted to be believed.

For your calendars...
No Friday Tasting November 27th

Next Wednesday Nov 25th I will have some Oregon wines open from 4-6 pm $5.00 fee

Mr. Mike's Hours This Week...not many...call ahead for best selection.
THURSDAY 12-5
FRIDAY 2-7 pm
SATURDAY 12-5 pm

Posted 11/12/2009 11:25:21 AM

Friday November 13th our "Friday Tasting" .... 5:00 - 7:00 pm... only a $5.00 fee ...ends at 7 pm sharp!

Mr. Mike presents Gilbert Cellars... meet the winemaker and taste his wines.

Gilbert Cellars' winery is perched above the Ahtanum Valley at the foothills of the Cascade Mountains west of Yakima. Their vines are located within the Wahluke Slope, the Horseheaven Hills, and the Columbia Valley AVAs.

The Wines...
Gilbert Cellars 2008 Unoaked Chardonnay Columbia Valley $17.99 Aged in 100% stainless steel and withheld from malolactic fermentation, the result is a wonderful bottling that pairs beautifully with seafood and cream sauces. Lively green apple and honey suckle mesh with a frisky minerality on the finish.

Gilbert Cellars 2008 Organic Chardonnay Wahluke Slope $19.99

Gilbert Cellars 2008 Riesling Columbia Valley $15.99 Fun and refreshing, this riesling’s subtle kiss of sweetness is well balanced with a lively acidity. Flavors of sweet cream, lime, wet stone and pear mingle marvelously through the long finish. Especially good with spicy cuisine, fruit sauces and smoked fish and meats. 2% residual sugar.

Gilbert Cellars 2006 Claret Wahluke Slope $19.99 This is a Bordeaux-style blend composed of 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 8% Malbec, 5% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc. Well-rounded and complex this wine’s black cherry, crushed herb and vanilla characters are backed by an acidity that complements cuisine as exciting as red sauces and garlic. Drink now through 2012. Gold Medal San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.

Gilbert Cellars 2006 Allobroges Columbia Valley $23.99 This blend, from four vineyards in the Columbia Valley, is a wine that embodies the essence of Rhone varieties in Washington. 60% Syrah, 22% Grenache and 18% Mourvedre.

Gilbert Cellars 2007 Malbec Wahluke Slope $26.99 Made from grapes grown in the Gilbert vineyards on the south facing hillsides of the Wahluke slope. This wine takes off with an aromatic rush of dark berries, sweet herbs, black licorice and charred cedar.

Cool new things in the store:
Two wines to keep in mind for holiday celebrations..
Fattoria Cabanon 2007 Bonard Oltrepo Pavese 'Vivace' $18.99 Full bodied, sparkling, dry, rich, red table wine.
At last, a sparkling red wine of real elegance and quality! Serve at room temperature, or slightly chilled with hors d’oeuvre, pasta, salmon, chicken, turkey and spicy dressings. Produced with 100% organically grown Bonarda (Croatina) grapes, harvested when fully ripe with a brief refermentation in the bottle. The wine is bottled young, then undergoes a slight secondary fermentation which gives its gentle sparkle. With a beautiful deep ruby color, it is a smooth, and full-bodied red, that is also a perfect partner for entrées, red meats and cheeses. This would be a treat for the Thanksgiving table. Try a bottle soon!

Marques de Gelida Brut 2005 - $16.99 (sparkling Spanish) This is my favorite mid-range priced sparkler, worth the extra few bucks to celebrate any occasion in real style.

The Best Six White Wines in the Wine World Today A Sampler Pack $105.40 / ($17.56 per bottle) Special. My mixed case discount for a six pack.

Domaine A et P de Villaine Bouzeron Aligoté 2006 $22.99 (French, Burgundy dry white) The de Villaines' wine is complex style of Aligoté, with driving minerality and more weight than most versions offer. This is great with grilled fish or a seafood raw bar. This is simply spectacular. Yes it is that same Villaine from DRC.

Cabanon 2007 Blanc -Provincia di Pavia IGT Sauvignon (Blanc) $19.99 A stunning Sauv Blanc that emphasizes density and purity of citrus flavors with no "grassiness".

Domaine Maestracci E Prove, Corse Calvi Blanc 2008 - Corsica. $19.99 Great with simple grilled foods. Beautiful balance and unique flavors makes this an intriguing wine.

Kuentz-Bas 2006 Alsace Blanc $11.99 (French, Alsce dry white) This is a blend of Sylvaner, Riesling, Pinot Blanc, and Muscat. The style is crisp and pure, without sacrificing complexity and the traditional overtones of white flowers and minerals. This would be also be a great choice with Thai cuisine, because of the wine's slight residual sugar.

2007 Domaine Guillot-Broux Mâcon-Cruzille "Les Genièvrières" - $25.00 This a great chardonnay with extraordinary density of material and flavor. This wine could easily pass for a wine hailing from a glorious grand cru site in Meursault. This is simply a steal of a deal for lovers of European chardonnay, and there is no cellar time required; this wine is great right now. It is organically produced.

Pravis 2005 "Stravino di Stravino" $23.99 (dry white Northern Italy)
The name of this great, unique, and unforgettable white wine is connected in part to the name Stravino, the name of a village near the winery; but more importantly, however, is the word play involved – Stravino means that the wine is something so special that it is "beyond" wine, (-stra means "beyond" in Italian). There is a tonic, herbal thrust to this wine, with incredibly complex aromatics of wildflowers, honey, under-ripe banana skin, finishing with a full-bodied texture and a dense and brooding mineral undertow. Stravino is made from a blend of Riesling, Incrocio Manzoni, Kerner, Chardonnay and Sauvignon grapes, each varietal harvested in its own time and manner: some of the grapes are late-harvested, others are barrel-aged, and yet others are stainless-steel aged. In sum, each varietal is vinified to exalt and define its respective qualities before being carefully blended into a full, velvety wine exhibiting an intense, complex suite of aromas. Stravino is opulent in every organoleptic property yet amazingly balanced for pure drinkability. Some of the grapes are late harvested, the rest are dried on grates, then they are separately vinified in wood or stainless steel. Incrocio Manzoni is a hybrid of German riesling and Pinot Bianco. This is truly sui generis and must be tasted to be believed.

For your calendars...
Special Saturday Tastings 4-6 pm
November 14th Kopke Ports plus Cabanon winery... This Saturday. I've decided to feature some great Italian table wines and include a few Kopke ports at the end of the tasting line up.

Mr. Mike's Hours This Week...not many...call ahead for best selection.

THURSDAY: by appointment

FRIDAY: 2-7 pm

SATURDAY: 12-5 pm


Posted 11/5/2009 12:12:15 PM

Friday November 6th our new and improved "Friday Tasting" .... 5:00 - 7:00 pm... only a $5.00 fee ...ends at 7 pm sharp!

4 Big Tables at our new expanded Friday Night Extravaganza at the John's Marketplace "Wine and Beer Arena"

Mr. Mike presents...2 tables pouring wine ..... and 2 tables pouring beer including a...
-- Deschutes Abyss bottle-signing and tasting with the brewer Larry Sidor (5-7 pm)

Also Cascade Lakes pouring Santa's Littler Helper, Skookum Creek, and IPA.

David Johnstone of the Merchant of Vino Wine Distribution Group will pour great world wide value wines:
1) La Piazza Catarratto $9.99
2) 2006 Delisio Quarterback $17.99
3) 2007 Estampa Reserve - Carmenere 60%/Cabernet Sauvignon 22%/Cabernet Franc 18% blend $10.99
4) 2007 Woop Woop Cabernet $9.99
5) 2007 3 Winds Syrah $8.99

Cameron of the D'Vine Wine Distribution Group will pour great blended wines...
1) Charles & charles 2007 red (50/50 cab/syrah)...$10.99 This is a collaborative effort between charles smith and charles bieler of chat. routas and three thieves, this wine is actually has some structure and acidity, and is great value in Columbia Valley wine.
2) Gougenheim 2006 bonarda-syrah $9.99 This is an elegant and floral red wine.
3) casa illana tradicion 2006 -$13.99(from ribera jucar region spain, 45% bobal, 30% tempranillo, 25% syrah) Fascinating wine.
4) Agusti torello mata "aliguer" cava blanc 2006-$18.99 (48% macabeo, 25% xarel-lo, 27% parellada) from one of region's best producers.
5) Maxime magnon 2006 "demarrante" $21.99 (50% carignan, 50% cinsault) This great Kermit Lynch producer, issues an elegant wine that is a hypothetical blend of a floral Cru Beaujolais Morgan and a full-bodied Corbieres. This is great wine.....Mr. Mike super buy recommendation!

Cool new things in the store:
Two wines to keep in mind for holiday celebrations..
Fattoria Cabanon 2007 Bonard Oltrepo Pavese 'Vivace' $18.99 Full bodied, sparkling, dry, rich, red table wine.
At last, a sparkling red wine of real elegance and quality! Serve at room temperature, or slightly chilled with hors d’oeuvre, pasta, salmon, chicken, turkey and spicy dressings. Produced with 100% organically grown Bonarda (Croatina) grapes, harvested when fully ripe with a brief refermentation in the bottle. The wine is bottled young, then undergoes a slight secondary fermentation which gives its gentle sparkle. With a beautiful deep ruby color, it is a smooth, and full-bodied red, that is also a perfect partner for entrées, red meats and cheeses. This would be a treat for the Thanksgiving table. Try a bottle soon!

Marques de Gelida Brut 2005 - $16.99 (sparkling Spanish) This is my favorite mid-range priced sparkler, worth the extra few bucks to celebrate any occasion in real style.

The Best Six White Wines in the Wine World Today A Sampler Pack $105.40 / ($17.56 per bottle) Special. My mixed case discount for a six pack.

Domaine A et P de Villaine Bouzeron Aligoté 2006 $22.99 (French, Burgundy dry white) The de Villaines' wine is complex style of Aligoté, with driving minerality and more weight than most versions offer. This is great with grilled fish or a seafood raw bar. This is simply spectacular. Yes it is that same Villaine from DRC.

Cabanon 2007 Blanc -Provincia di Pavia IGT Sauvignon (Blanc) $19.99 A stunning Sauv Blanc that emphasizes density and purity of citrus flavors with no "grassiness".

Domaine Maestracci E Prove, Corse Calvi Blanc 2008 - Corsica. $19.99 Great with simple grilled foods. Beautiful balance and unique flavors makes this an intriguing wine.

Kuentz-Bas 2006 Alsace Blanc $11.99 (French, Alsce dry white) This is a blend of Sylvaner, Riesling, Pinot Blanc, and Muscat. The style is crisp and pure, without sacrificing complexity and the traditional overtones of white flowers and minerals. This would be also be a great choice with Thai cuisine, because of the wine's slight residual sugar.

2007 Domaine Guillot-Broux Mâcon-Cruzille "Les Genièvrières" - $25.00 This a great chardonnay with extraordinary density of material and flavor. This wine could easily pass for a wine hailing from a glorious grand cru site in Meursault. This is simply a steal of a deal for lovers of European chardonnay, and there is no cellar time required; this wine is great right now. It is organically produced.

Pravis 2005 "Stravino di Stravino" $23.99 (- dry white Northern Italy) The name of this great, unique, and unforgettable white wine is connected in part to the name Stravino, the name of a village near the winery; but more importantly, however, is the word play involved – Stravino means that the wine is something so special that it is “beyond wine, (“-stra means “beyond” in Italian). There is a tonic, herbal thrust to this wine, with incredibly complex aromatics of wildflowers, honey, under-ripe banana skin, finishing with a full-bodied texture and a dense and brooding mineral undertow. Stravino is made from a blend of Riesling, Incrocio Manzoni, Kerner, Chardonnay and Sauvignon grapes, each varietal harvested in its own time and manner: some of the grapes are late-harvested, others are barrel-aged, and yet others are stainless-steel aged. In sum, each varietal is vinified to exalt and define its respective qualities before being carefully blended into a full, velvety wine exhibiting an intense, complex suite of aromas. Stravino is opulent in every organoleptic property yet amazingly balanced for pure drinkability. Some of the grapes are late harvested, the rest are dried on grates, then they are separately vinified in wood or stainless steel. Incrocio Manzoni is a hybrid of German riesling and Pinot Bianco. This is truly sui generis and must be tasted to be believed.

For your calendars...
Special Saturday Tastings 4-6 pm

November 7th Châteauneuf-du-Pape ....This Saturday
November 14th Kopke Ports

Mr. Mike's Hours This Week...not many...call ahead for best selection.
WEDNESDAY by appointment
FRIDAY by appointment
SATURDAY by appointment

Posted 9/18/2009 9:53:58 AM

Friday September 18th our regular Friday Tasting 5:00 - 7:00 pm... only a $5.00 fee ...e