Wine Tastings in Portland:  Friday, April 11, 2014

E & R Wine Shop

No tasting (See Kermit Lynch tasting next week!)

Every Day Wine

FRENCH, Really Good French; 5pm-9pm; $15.
- 2011 Domaine de Veilloux Cheverny Blanc, Loire Valley.
(Sauvignon Blanc & Menu Pineau)
- 2011 Domaine de Veilloux Cheverny Rouge, Loire Valley.
(Pinot Noir, Gamay Noir, Malbec, Cab Franc)
- 2011 Domaine du Mortier Vin de France, Loire Valley.
  (Cabernet Franc)
- 2010 Domaine Beauthorey ‘Bella Parra’, Pic St Loup, Languedoc.
  (Syrah)
- 2012 Domaine de la Ferme St. Martin Beaumes de Venise ‘Les Terres Jaunes’, Rhone Valley.
(70% Grenache, 30% Syrah)

Great Wine Buys

Chardonnay, Oregon-Style
Local winemakers are producing excellent Chards that look to Burgundy for inspiration but express Oregon fruit and soil. Let’s try some of our favorites: Adelsheim Caitlin’s Reserve, Domaine Drouhin Oregon Arthur, Walter Scott Cuvee Anne, Eyrie Reserve and St. Innocent Freedom Hill. $16. Bergstrom Sigrid 2011 as the bonus pour (extra).

5-7:30 pm

John’s Marketplace

Our host, JennyRae Foreman will be pouring selections from France,  all  Cotes du Rhone.

5-7 pm, $5.

Liner & Elsen

No tasting (see tomorrow for usual Saturday free tastings)

Magnolia’s Corner

Organic Wine Tasting with Mitchell Imports

Mt. Tabor Fine Wines

A Sea of Reds from the Islands of Europe

As you can see, if you looked, we have an eclectic lineup of intriguing wines with grape varieties like Monica Di Sardegna, Montenegra, Callet, Listan Negro, Nerello Mascalese & Cappuccio, Niellucciu and Aleatico. If that’s not enough to give a spell checker a breakdown I don’t know what is. Let me tell you something folks, if you want to be a knowledgeable wine lover you must taste a wide variety of wines and wine types and this is an opportunity that you certainly won’t get every day! Can’t remember the last time your wine group did a flight of the fine wines made from Callet? I don’t doubt it.
2010 Argiolas, Perdera/ Sardinia   $14
100% Monica Di Sardegna

2009 Ca Sa Padrina, Arrel/ Mallorca   $18
85% Montenegra, 10% Cab Sauv, 5% Callet

2009 Gulfi, Nero D’Avola “Nerojbleo”/ Sicily   $20
100% Nero D’Avola

2009 Bodegas Monje, Tinto Tradicional/ Canary Islands   $21
2012 Tenuta Terre Nere, Etna Rosso/ Mt Etna, Sicily   $21
Nerello Mascalese, Nerello Cappuccio

Premium Pour ($3)      

2011 Gioielli, Ile Beaute Rouge/ Cap Corse, Corsica   $37
50% Niellucciu, 25% Aleatico, 25% Merlot

Oregon Wines on Broadway

Bérêche & Fils this Champagne Friday…

Flight of 3 bubbles paired with artisan cheeses.

Bereche Brut Reserve
Les Beaux Regard
2006 Le Cran
Flight of 3, $24

 

Pairings Portland

Sip-to-Give Tasting:  Domaine Leon Boesch

The Portland Bottle Shop

Zinfandel

5-7:30, $10

Portland Wine Merchants

THE NEW WORLD! An awesome tasting of delicious reds from Washington, California (Silver Oak), Argentina and more.!

4:30-7:30, $15

Storyteller Wine Co.

“Daena’s Choice!”

We will be pouring the Cuvée Daena for the very first time in public this Friday evening at Storyteller! I also let Daena choose the tasting lineup and she did a pretty good job, basically picking the wines she has enjoyed drinking over the past few weeks. In addition to her wine, we’ll be pouring John Paul’s newly released 2012 Cameron Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, Scott and Dana Frank’s Bow & Arrow Gamay Noir Rosé, a nifty bone dry kabinett Riesling from the Mosel, a tres sauvage little red wine from the Canary Islands that’s made mostly of Listan Negro grapes that grow on 100-year old vines and a very special “super pour.” The “super pour” offering will be the now infamous 2012 Bone & Marrow Pinot Noir from Scott and Dana Frank. Let me give you a small tip, this is a wine you want to taste and a story you want to hear.

The rest of the tasting is free of charge. So come on down this Friday, both Daena’s are looking forward to making your acquaintance!

6-9 pm, free.

Vino

Cabernet Shootout- Cali. v. Washington!!

Hot on the heels of last week’s announcement of my run for political office (which has quickly been derailed by a disappointing lack of five figure checks made out to me!), we will celebrate an aspect of American life that is a much more worthwhile, and realistic pursuit. In fact I would put what’s going on tomorrow right alongside that “life and liberty” thing, and it most assuredly has everything to do with the “pursuit of happiness”. Meaning that this must be American Cabernet week, which is quite appropriate locally as I can already smell the fires of a thousand barbecues across Portland this glorious weekend, and nothing goes better with grilled, smoky goodness than our bottles of delight we’ll be showing off tomorrow. It also an opportunity to compare winemaking styles in Washington and California, which is always an interesting and delicious exercise. I don’t think it will take much yo coerce you to come, not just for the wines below but also because it just might time to open up the patio for some outdoor sipping. I wouldn’t say it’s shorts and shirtsleeves weather out there, but definitely pants and light sweater weather. We’ll provide the following soul warming liquids…

-2012 STONECAP “Columbia Valley” Cabernet (Wa.) $8.95
-2012 HEDGES CELLARS “Independent Producers” Cabernet (Wa.) $13.95 (label above)
-2012 AVALON “Napa Valley” Cabernet (Ca.) $17.95
-2011 CARTLIDGE & BROWN “C&B Estate –Alexander Valley” Cabernet (Ca.) $19.95
-2010 MCKINLEY SPRINGS “Horse Heaven Hills” Cabernet $23.95
plus bonus wines

4:30-8 pm, fee.

Wine Up on Williams

Friday Night wine Tasting 6-8 in the cellar dwellers Lounge. Sarah Shannon of Don N Sons wines will be pouring for the first time so lets dhow her how we do it WineUp Style, She’s bringing wines from around the world, good stuff too. See you there!

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Friday, March 28, 2014

CorksCru

TBD

5-7 pm, $5

E & R Wine Shop

No tasting

Every Day Wine

GERMANY & AUSTRIA with Ewald Moseler
- 2012 Thomas Leithner Gruner Veltliner ‘Loess’, Kamptal
- 2009 Thomas Leithner Zweigelt, Kamptal
- 2011 Peter Schandl Blaufrankisch, Burgenland
- 2011 Johann Schild Riesling Kabinett, Mosel
- 1997 Anton Zimmerman Riesling Spatlese, Mosel

5-9 pm, $15

Great Wine Buys

No Tasting

John’s Marketplace

Ron Leidigh D’Vine Wines will be pouring selections from Washington, Italy, Spain, Macedonia, and Argentina

5-7 pm, $5.

Liner & Elsen

SPECIAL FRIDAY EVENT

Châteauneuf-du-Pape Tasting with John Junguenet — Join John Junguenet and Doug Culver of C&G Wines for an informal tasting of Châteauneuf-du-Papes from the 2012 vintage. Plus a few treats from other vintages! We’re serving wines from Bosquet des Papes, Vieux Donjon, Pierre Usseglio, Brusquieres, Clos des Papes and more. Tasting fee $15.

5:30-7:30, fee

Magnolia’s Corner

Rhone vs. Washington Rhone

Mt. Tabor Fine Wines

THE KILLER B’S; BAROLO, BARBARESCO & BARBERA ($18)

2011 Cantine Valpane, Barbera Rosso Pietro   $16
Monferrato

2012 Villa Remotti, Barbera D’ Asti   $16
Monferrato

2008 Cavallotto, Barbera D’ Alba “Vigna Cuculo”   $33
Bricco Boschis/ Castiglione Falletto

2010 Ca Del Baio, Barbaresco “Asili”   $40
Treiso

2008 Vajra, Barolo “Albe”   $50
Barolo

Premium Pour ($5)

2008 Produttori Del Barbaresco “Montestefano”   $55
Barbaresco

Oregon Wines on Broadway

Ulysse Collin Bubbles this Champagne

We have a glamorous line up for you sophisticated bubbly lovers out there, Collin always delivers lively wines that are expressive and bright, here’s the line up:
Perrieres Blanc de Blancs
Maillons Blanc de Noir
Roisses Blanc de Blanc
Flight of 3, $28

Pairings Portland

Cameron Winery Tasting Flight!
With Tom Sivilli (Assistant Winemaker)
’13 Giovanni (Pinot Bianco)
’12 Dundee Hills Chardonnay
’11 Arley’s Leap Pinot Noir
’11 Abbey Ridge Pinot Noir
’11 Clos Electrique Rouge (Pinot Noir)

 

The Portland Bottle Shop

The wonderful world of Malbec

5-7:30, $10

The Portland Wine Bar

Movie Snacks Pairing

Step movie night up a notch by pairing your favorite movie snacks with some delicious wine! We will be pairing buttered popcorn with our house reserve bubbly Pinot gris, Redvines paired with an Argyle sparkling Brut, and M&M’s paired with The Pines Merlot. Please RSVP at info@bestportlandwinebar.com or by calling (971)229-1040.

Portland Wine Merchants

THE RHONE & ENVIRONS!  Valreas, Gigondas, Chateauneuf and the like!!!

4:30-7:30, $15

Storyteller Wine Co.

March Magnum Madness!

17 years ago local wine fanatics Carolyn and Marshall Manning started hosting a party where all guests brought magnums of their favorite wines. Manning’s March Magnum Madness has become one of the best wine celebrations in Portland and I am not above ripping off the concept.

This Friday evening all of our tasting wines will be served from 1.5L bottles. The wines are for the most part from France, Austria and Italy but the spotlight will be on one of our favorite Oregon winemakers, Mr. Marcus Goodfellow of Matello Wines. Marcus will be joining us for part of the evening as we pour his 2009 and 2011 “Souris” Pinot Noir from magnum, along with his 2010 White Pinot Noir. All of the large format bottles we pour Friday evening will be available for purchase, with the exception of the 2010 Matello White Pinot Noir. That was the first vintage of white Pinot Noir for Marcus and he only made six magnums, so I’m afraid none will be available to take home. Amazingly, there will be no charge for this tasting.

There will, however, be a “super pour” and this week the word “super” doesn’t do our guest wine justice. For a tasting fee you will have an opportunity to try the 1999 Unico Gran Riserva from Vega Sicilia, one of the great wineries of Spain. This wine sells for around four or five hundred dollars a bottle these days and you don’t see it opened in a tasting setting very often. I may have to have someone come hang out with me during the day on Friday because I’m not sure I can be trusted to be alone with this wine while it is decanting.

6-9 pm, free.

Vino

The Wait is over- The Return of the Zin!!

I had counted back to the last time we had done one of the most popular tastings we do here at VINO and realized with great surprise that it has been exactly twenty weeks since we last explored the wonderfully robust world of zinfandel. Almost half a year! Knowing the turnout we get and how you pack this place to the walls it makes sense to pour this domestic for purely business reasons. Better still is the fact that this is just a plain fun tasting to hold. When you ally these über-rich, nothing-not-to-like bottles with an enthusiastic VINO crowd, no bad can come of it! So we’ll be making amends for the long absence while promising you won’t have to wait so long for the next one. The lists have been scoured, and the California goods have never been better…

-2012 SHENANDOAH VINEYARDS Amador Reserve $9.95
-2010 ALEXANDER VALLEY VINEYARDS Estate “Temptation” $14.95
2011 PEDRONCELLI Dry Creek Valley “Mother Clone” $15.95
-2011 KLINKER BRICK Lodi “Old Vine” $19.95
-2010 FOUR VINES Sonoma “The Sophisticate” $20.95
And we aim ever higher with our luscious bonus pours…
Bonus #1- 2011 RENWOOD Amador “Fiddletown” $23.95

Bonus #2- 2012 CAROL SHELTON Cucamonga Valley-Lopez Vnyd. “Monga” $24.95

Bonus #3- 2010 STUHLMULLER Alexander Valley Estate $30.95

4:30-8 pm, fee.

Wine Up on Williams

Sineann

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Brooks Wine Tastings At the Cheese Bar: Thursday, March 27, 2014

March 25, 2014

From the Cheese Bar’s Site: Brooks Wine Tasting this Thursday, 5:30 to 7:30 This Thursday, Jess from Brooks Wine will be at Cheese Bar pouring five of their whites. Brooks is an acclaimed organic and biodynamic Willamette Valley vineyard and winery noted for their Rieslings, as well as Pinot Noir. Thursday’s tasting will focus on German whites, specifically: […]

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Friday, March 21, 2014

March 20, 2014

  Do NOT listen to me for advice on how to pick March Madness, last year I was in the 3.7 percentile of ESPN.com’s Tourney Challenge!  It can not get any worse, can it??  Like spawning salmon, I am back swimming upstream to pick a winner (I have not won since I picked Coach Knight’s […]

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Two “Sparkling” Wine Values- Cleto Chiarli and Punta Crena

March 16, 2014

  For the price of one-half a typical grower champagne bottle, we purchased TWO excellent value sparking wines- The Cleto Chiarli lambrusco and the Punta Crena Rose.   The Rose is crisp and slightly cloudy (which we love because that can indicate less filtering), and the mouth feel seems like a hybrid wine to me […]

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Louis/Dressner Selections Importer and Winemakers at E & R Today! Plus, the rest of the tastings for Saturday, March 15, 2014

March 15, 2014

Ok Everyone, clearly the tasting of the month (year?) at E & R Wine Shop, with Louis/Dressner Selections bringing Euro winemakers to town, and as my good friend Russ Jessen says: “They are going to WORK!” Saturday, March 15, 2014 E & R Wine Shop E&r presents… EURO WINE BRIGADE tasting WITH LOUIS/DRESSNER SELECTIONS Saturday, March 15, […]

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Wine Tastings in Portland: Friday, March 14, 2014

March 14, 2014

Tonight’s Wine Tastings In Portland, Oregon: CorksCru Weekly Friday night tastings TBD 5-7 pm, $5 E & R Wine Shop No tasting Friday (see spectacular tasting Saturday, March 15) 5:30-7:30 Every Day Wine French Favorites! The wines of France… balanced with great purity and tons of minerality. This is my kinda wine. If you appreciate […]

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French Wines at Cheese Bar Tonight, Thursday, March 13

March 13, 2014

French Wine Tasting Thursday, 5:30 to 7:30   Just back from a trip to France, Olivier from Petite Monde Wines will be in the shop tomorrow pouring a selection of new French wines. The list includes: Chateau de Brézé, Cremant de Loire Brut Rosé, NV Cabernet Franc Dominique Andiran, “Vain de Ru”, Vin de France, […]

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Great Value Alert- $15 Italian Red from Abbazia Di Novacella

March 2, 2014

    Our latest QPR (Quality-Price-Relationship) find, the $15 Schiava red from Abbazia Di Novacella (Italy’s Alto Adige region) purchased at City Market. Bottom line:  easy drinking, food friendly wine (especially tomato sauce) that is a good value. From the Abbazia Di Novacella website (the description is dead on!): Schiava characteristic Bright pale ruby, fruity […]

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Wine Tastings in Portland, Oregon: Saturday, March 1, 2014

March 1, 2014

Good Shit Today! Saturday, March 1, 2014 E & R Wine Shop bodegas tradición Today from 1:30-3:30 w/ special guest, lorenzo garcía-iglesias free free free free! Even if you have never met a Sherry you like, we’d advise you NOT TO MISS this incredible tasting opportunity! Bodegas Tradición is making some of the finest Sherries in […]

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