No Wines from the Netherlands Tonight, but Other Great Euro Wines Abound!
E & R Wine Shop
21 Italian wines to taste!
From and or including:
(final list in progress)
$15.00 per taster
Every Day Wine
Owen Roe, $15 (a Portland Oregon Wine.com favorite)
Europa Wine Merchant
Most of the famous wines of Mediterranean Spain come from the countryside outside of Barcelona in the Catalunya region. Garnaxta (Garnacha), Samso (Carinyena), Ull de Llebre(Tempranillo) and Cabernet Sauvignon thrive in Catalunya along with Xarel-lo, Macabeo, and Parellada which primarily go into sparkling Cava. Further south in Valencia Monastrell (Mourvedre) dominates. The island of Mallorca produces a tiny amount but quite interesting wine from the indigenous Manto Negro.
Great Wine Buys
2010 Brunello di Montalcino
By almost all accounts, 2010 is a very special vintage for Montalcino and based on what we have tasted we would have to agree. The wines are young but already showing beautifully. Come taste Campogiovanni, Fanti, Castiglion del Bosco, Mocali and the La Fortuna 2004 for comparison. For Tuscan red wine fans, this should be a really good tasting. $20
Dane Belber of Galaxy wine Co. will be pouring selections from France, Spain, Italy and Oregon.
5-7 pm, $5.
Liner & Elsen
No Friday tasting (see Saturday’s tasting here tomorrow)
Mt. Tabor Fine Wines
White Burgundy; I’m Pulling Out All the Stops ($18)
I’m tempted to say little and let the wines do the talking. But alas, it is me after all. I will keep it short. Let me just say that this tasting has the potential to be one of the very best ever! Wine, being an alive, living, evolving thing you never know how it will show on any given occasion. But…………..having tasted most of these in the last few weeks I think we’re in for a bigtime treat. You may notice that there are two wines from Jean- Marc Pillot. Why? Because I love, love, love his wine style. And….they are very hard to secure. As is the case with Hubert Lamy. Olivier, son and now owner, is one of the most forward thinking vignerons in Burgundy. The last time I saw his wines in this market was the 2004 vintage. Eight long vintages later we have his beautiful wines back. They are worth every penny! The other 3 wines are delicious, from natural winemakers that do native yeast fermentations and hands off, non interventionist, winemaking. I said I would keep it short. This is the best I can do.
Oregon Wines on Broadway
Featuring Marie Courtin
Marie Courtin is located in the village of Polisot in the Cote des Bars, in the southern part of the Champagne region. Dominique Moreau created the estate in 2005 with the vision to produce a series of single-vineyard, single varietal, single vintage Champagnes from the biodynamically grown grapes.
We are excited and you should be too!
Also don’t forget that Champagne is not just for Fridays anymore, if you miss us will we be pouring bubbles on Saturday as well.
Flight of three tastes $25
Efflorescence Extra Brut $74
Resonance Extra Brut $58
Rose Indulgence $104
The Portland Bottle Shop
Checking in on Washington
Portland Wine Merchants
Storyteller Wine Co.
Wines of Le Piane, aka “Boca, baby!”
Join us this Friday for a tour de force tasting of Christoph Künzli’s Le Piane wines from the Boca region in northern Piedmont. Christoph almost single-handedly saved this region from extinction and along with fellow winemaker Alexander Tolf, has helped propel sub-alpine wines back onto the global stage.
Here is the line-up:
2011 “Maggiorina” Vino Rosso (19.00)
The Maggiorina is a field blend of 12 grapes, including Spanna (Nebbiolo), Vespolina, Croatina, Uvarara, Malvasia di Boca, Dolcetto di Boca, Malbec and Erbaluce. The red and white grapes are planted together in very old vineyards (20-80 years old) that have been trained using the ancient Maggiorina system. According to Christoph, “we proudly keep some fields planted with the traditional Maggiorina system, with three vines developing upwards in the four points of the compass, to form a goblet. For hundreds of years it was the only system used in Boca; and Alessandro Antonelli, the architect who built the Mole Antonelliana in Turin and the huge Sanctuary of Boca, further improved it to be more resistant to wind and weather. Antonelli was a native of the nearby village of Maggiora in the Boca wine region.”
2011 Piane (34.00)
Very old vines planted using the Maggiorina system. Mostly Croatina (90%), with the rest a blend of above varieties from Maggiorina
2007 Boca (59.00)
This blend of 85% Spanna, 15% Vespolinais the flagship wine at Le Piane and it is an incredible, age-worthy example of how good the wines of northern Piedmont can be!
In addition, I will be pouring two sparkling wines to round out the tasting. There will be a 5.00 tasting fee for this event, but it will be happily refunded with the purchase of any wines from the tasting! Cured Italian meats and cheeses will be available to nibble on while you taste.
How perfect is this weather for easing into fall? Warm days, cool nights & mornings. Wearing shorts and long sleeve shirts. The cloud on the horizon with a silver lining, i.e.- The Donald’s sinking campaign, only adds to the good feelings. Add in Oregon winemakers being able harvest grapes under perfect conditions AND make October vacation plans and you have a lot of wine positivity in the air. I was chatting with Stewart Boedecker at his winery the other day and he said what a crazy disconnect it is to be almost done with harvest in mid-to-late September.
Obviously there is no better time to share all this love than with the first of two Oregon Pinot tastings where we work through a few bottles of current releases from some of our favorite local talents. This is going to be such a great evening. The wines here have never been better, and the prices are pretty attractive, too. Back about ten years ago I used to rail against the price inflation of Oregon pinot and how hard it was to find good value. Now I have done a 180, and while I still think if you are spending more than $60 a bottle for Oregon pinot you embody the saying “A fool and his money are soon parted”, I can also honestly say that if you shop carefully you can drink ridiculously well without emptying your wallet.
We have eight different pieces of evidence to prove that very point tomorrow. Usually we just do one Oregon tasting then move on to other subjects, but I have been tasting so much fantastic local juice that it can’t be limited to just one night. So with that, and with part 2 to come in a couple of weeks, let the temptation flow….
4:30-8 pm, fee.
Wineup Wine Merchants
5-7:30, $5 (waived with purchase)