This photo is from 2002 Halloween, taken with me and my son at the Multnomah County Library Halloween party, I have no idea if my son is a bumblebee or some sort of monster!

Have a great and safe holiday out there!

E & R Wine Shop

Huge sale!

Every Day Wine

Owen Roe

Europa Wine Merchant

C & G Wines

Backroads of Piedmont
The Piedmont region has gained fame for the Nebbiolo wines of Barolo and Barbaresco but the area offers much more including delightfully fresh, fragrant Arneis, cru Dolcetto from Dogliani, and sub Alpine wines from Bramaterra and Lessona.

John’s Marketplace

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

5-7 pm, $5.

Magnolia’s Corner

Blind Tasting

Oregon Wines on Broadway

Double ’07s this Halloween

It’s happening folks!  We will be all decked out, open late and ready to party this Spooky Champagne Friday.  This place is just brimming with beautiful bubbles and we need you and your crew in here to get things going!  Come as you are, or fully decked out (you know we LOVE trying to figure out who you are!). No one will say “BOO!” to this bright bubble flight from Renee Geoffroy, featuring two selections from the 2007 Vintage.

Get on your brooms and get to OWOB for a batty good time this Halloween Night!

Here’s the line up:
Purete Brut Nature NV
2007 Cuvee Empreinte
2007 Cuvee Volupte Brut
Flight of 3, $26

The Portland Bottle Shop

Happy Hour Halloween! Discounted glass pours and beer on draft

5-7:30, $10

Portland Wine Merchants

A FOCUS ON PORTUGAL! The best valued reds in the World!

4:30-7:30, $15

Storyteller Wine Co.


I know some of you will be handing out candy, escorting the little ones through the neighborhood or just plain partying on Friday night, so there will be two wine tastings this week! The spotlight will be on the two Underground Wine Project wines made by Trey Busch (Sleight of Hand Cellars) and Mark Ryan McNeilly (Mark Ryan Winery). The “Idle Hands” (Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon) was released earlier in the year but Thursday and Friday we’ll be pouring their new wine, the “Devil’s Playground,” a fiendishly good Washington state Cabernet Sauvignon.

In addition to these two wines, I’ll have Trey’s brand new 2012 Sleight of Hand Cellars “Levitation” Syrah on hand along with a superb Côtes-du-Rhône Rouge from Domaine Gramenon (the 2011 “L’Elémentaire”) and a bevy of hard-to-find Austrian treats from Joshua Segal’s Prufrock Wines portfolio.
6-9 pm, free.


Southern Italian Sunshine!

On the wine front, I’ve often said that when you do a tasting of southern Italian red wines, you can almost taste the sun. Meaning that they possess a warmth of character, a richness, a certain rusticity and soulful depth. It’s hard to put into words exactly, but I think when you come by VINO tomorrowyou’ll see what I’m talking about, because the lineup we’re presenting has all those things, and much more. These are tremendous wines,  true bargains at all price points, and perfect on a cool, wet PDX night to remind us of places we’d rather be. Now I know it’s Halloween and all, but don’t you think a few sips of wine either before (or after) the candy giving would be just the thing for your spirits? Better still, what better place to avoid the teenagers who come tromping up to the door way too late, ignoring the fact that the lights are off and curtains drawn, with maybe a mask on with their sullen “Trick or treat”. Hey older kids, if you’re past 7th grade, don’t you know you’re supposed to be locked in your rooms staring at video games and not out interacting in the real world? For the rest of us who used to be those older kids, tomorrow is all treats and no tricks at VINO….
-2013 L’ISOLA DEI PROFUMI Nero d’Avola-Perricone (Sicilia) $9.95
-2012 PALAMA Salice Salentino “Arcangelo” (Puglia) $13.95
-2009 VINOSIA Aglianico Irpinia (Campania) $14.95
-2009 GRIFALCO Aglianico del Vulture “Gricos” (Basilicata) $18.95…very excited to show these two reds made from the dark and brooding Aglianico grape side by side. Two different takes on this classic southern Italian grape, one more modern and one decidedly traditional, both exceptional!
-2010 DI MAJO NORANTE “Biferno Ramitello” Montepulciano-Aglianico (Molise) $19.95…90 pts-Wine Advocate
And then we’ll turn the heat up a few degrees with these lovely bonus pours….
Bonus #1-2009 BISCEGLIA Aglianico del Vulture “Gudarra” (Basilicata) $26.95…91 pts-Wine Spectator
Bonus #2-2009 PLANETA Nero d’Avola “Santa Cecilia” (Sicilia) $29.95
Bonus #3-2007 BENANTI “Rovittello” Nerello Capuccio-Nerello Mascalese (Sicilia) $34.95…this is a stunning red wine made from traditional Sicilian grape varieties. So much flavor, intensity, and quality. From one of Sicily’s benchmark producers, this is world class juice!
So come by for your southern Italian treats tomorrow anytime between 4:30 and 8:00. The usual ten dollars nets you the first five wines, with a bit more for bonus pleasures. Bring along your own bag of Halloween snacks to enjoy with these amazing reds, and we’ll keep you warm & dry!

4:30-8 pm, fee.

Wineup Wine Merchants

See what ghoulish wines our resident Witch will be pouring for you, some ghostly whites and some bloody good reds.

5-7:30, $5 (waived with purchase)




While a wine sale is not a wine dinner or wine tasting, this sale at E & R seems like a really good one, check it out:

From E & R’s press release:



3 days only…

Hundreds of wines on sale.
Like a sidewalk sale without the sidewalk!

15% off

20% off
(every wine in shop @ 20% off after purchase of one case or more of sale wines)

25% off

30% off

Featuring wine from dozens of top-flight producers!

Subject to final confirmations, producers tentatively include:

domaine chave
larmandier-bernier champagne
evening land
rodez champagne
pousse d’or
lahaerte champagne
clos du mont olivet
lahaye champagne
de blas serrano
marguet champagne
vieux telegraph
doquet champagne
produttori del barbaresco
raptor ridge
gros nore
bara champagne
meyer fonne
kuentz bas
lasalle champagne
frank family
grange tiphaine
ermitage pic st loup
sang de cailloux
jean laurent champagne
mas de libian
veuve fourny champagne

…and a lot more.


Portland Wine Tastings: Friday, October 24, 2014

October 24, 2014

  I am visiting my son in the Netherlands this week, and while the country does great gouda, windmills, coffee shops and the red light district (my 12 year old and I did not go there!) they do not have anything on Portland when it comes to wine!  I am looking forward to coming home […]

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Special Wine Tasting At E & R Wine Shop: Sandra Tavares

October 14, 2014

Special Wine Tastings at E & R Wine Shop, from E & R’s Press Release: Reminder tonight (10/14) “If you miss Portuguese wines, you will be missing out on what is arguably the most exciting new wine chapter in 21st-century wine modernity.” -Matt Kramer, Wine Spectator ~SANDRA TAVARES, IN PERSON~ ARGUABLY PORTUGAL’S FINEST WINERIES: QUINTA […]

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Wine Tastings in Portland: Saturday, October 11, 2014

October 11, 2014

Saturday, September 27, 2014 E & R Wine Shop free (no bonus fee) today 10/11 from noon-5 aosta pink is spicy more like a french vin the lumo blend is cool from adige’s alto eclisse lambrusco’ll rip yer lungs out jim and the fuisse from the macon will shine in yer zalto (sorry!) Great Wine […]

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Portland Wine Tastings, Friday, October 10, 2014

October 10, 2014

Cork Wine Shop Join us this Friday, October 10th from 4pm – 7pm as C&G Wines presents a Rhone Roundup featuring our absolute favorite Cotes du Rhones from Olivier Hillaire and Pierre Usseglio. We’ve added a newcomer this year fromAlbin Jacumin that was my personal favorite at the big preview of 2012 Rhone reds in the Spring. And we’ll […]

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Portland Wine Tastings Saturday: September 27, 2014

September 27, 2014

Saturday, September 27, 2014 E & R Wine Shop Gift your palate something new — free tasting today from noon to 5pm. Syrah…from Piedmont. Orange Gambellara — what even is that? Cab Franc: French style, Washington terroir. And a Grenache that’s not a youngin anymore. Lilac Wine Without fuss or to-do, that’s perhaps the most […]

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We LOVE Kachka! Plus, Wine Tastings In Portland: Saturday, September 20

September 20, 2014

    “Kachka is great, Kachka is good, let us thank Kachka for our food.  By Bonnie’s hands we all are fed, give us Kachka our daily cherry dumplings.”   We LOVE Kachka, our favorite Portland restaurant for hospitality (along with Oven and Shaker) and food.  Plus, all the famous chefs from out of town […]

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Montaribaldi at Vino Plus Wine Tastings in Portland, Oregon: Friday, September 19, 2014

September 19, 2014

  Montaribaldi tonight at Vino Wine Shop, here is a video from the producer (who will be present).  Why not a real Italian wine tasting then dinner next door at the Florentine food cart Burrasca?  You can bring wine there!  See you there! E & R Wine Shop   5:30-7:30 Europa Wine Merchant Amazing Alsatian […]

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Special Thursday Night Bordeaux Tasting at Zupan’s

September 17, 2014

From Zupan’s Press Release Join us  on Thursday, September 25th atZupan’s Burnside, as we welcome Brian Moto, co-founding partner of The Wine Trust, for a select tasting of his well-pedigreed, exceptional imports primarily from Bordeaux. The Wine Trust has a 40-year history as a direct importer & distributor, which allows them to provide a thoughtful array of top […]

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