Saturday, September 26, 2015

Great Wine Buys

Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and BBQ 
Gordon Rappole wants to show how well Zinfandel goes with BBQ so…he is bringing BBQ! Lusty Zin & Petite Sirah with a sample size Podnah’s BBQ sandwich. FREE

Liner & Elsen

Jackson Maberry will pour a superb set of wines from Seven Hills Winery in Washington. Plus, wines from here and there: Giocato Sauvignon Blanc (Slovenia), Matello Pinot Noir Whistling Ridge (Oregon), and Falchini Vernaccia Vigna a Solatio, Falchini Paretaio, and D’Angelo Aglianico del Vulture (Italy).

Vino Wine Shop

There is good news on your weekend horizon if you’re the type who appreciates free wine tasting. Meaning I’ll expect to see every one of you at some point Saturday 12-6 (note 1 hour later opening!) or Sunday 12-5. As always I have somehow managed to find some rather impressive bottles to share at equally enticing prices. Besides, I’m guessing you don’t get to drink near enough Barolo, right? The one we’re pouring this weekend I just tried yesterday and I have to say it is world class and superb for the $$. Add on the other  delectable delights and why would you not show up?!
2010 CASCINA TIOLE Barolo $36.95…nebbiolo as it should always be done!
2012 UMANI RONCHI Rosso Conero “Serrano” $13.95…a super value Italian red that totally over-delivers in character and flavor!
2013 CONO SUR Cabernet-Carmenere “Organic” $10.95…this is your bbq special!
2013 CHATEAU D’ORSCHWIHR Pinot Gris”Bollenburg” $17.95….I thought this was a stunning single-vineyard Alsatian pinot gris at this price. Me thinks you’ll agree!


No Wines from the Netherlands Tonight, but Other Great Euro Wines Abound! 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:
Lo Triolet
Meggiolaro (premiere)
Piccola Nera

(final list in progress)

Informal tasting.

$15.00 per taster
Reservations please.


Every Day Wine

Owen Roe, $15 (a Portland Oregon favorite)

Europa Wine Merchant

Mediterranean Spain

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

John’s Marketplace

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)

Magnolia’s Corner

Spanish Wines

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

5-7:30, $10

Portland Wine Merchants


4:30-7:30, $15

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.


Willamette Valley

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)


Special Friday Tasting at E & R Wine Shop: 21 Wines from Italy

September 25, 2015

I will post the rest of the tastings later today, but tonight is a special tasting at E & R which features some good ones!  Here are the details from E & R: 21 Italian wines to taste! From and or including: Alto-Adige Aosta Amarone Arneis Barbaresco Barolo Bruna Erbaluce Friuli Fumin Gorleri Lo Triolet […]

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Cheese Bar- Thursday Tasting: Autumnal Italian Reds

September 24, 2015

 Italian Reds Tasting, Thursday, September 24th, 5:30-7:30pm Please join us tomorrow evening as Chris Davis of Estelle Imports pours four fabulous red wines from their Italian portfolio. Fall has officially begun, so stock up on your red wine for those chilly fall evenings! Here is what Chris will be pouring: 2014 La Fraghe, Bardolino, Veneto […]

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Wine Tastings in Portland: Friday, August 7, 2015

August 7, 2015

  *Selections with an asterisk =  wines that sound cool to the crüe at   Every Day Wine local winery: Seufert redo! Europa Wine Merchant New Importer Owen Kotler Selections from France and Italy (including a cool sounding wine from Mt. Etna*) Great Wine Buys Northern Piedmont Nebbiolo   Little known even to many Italian […]

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SPECIAL TASTING: Pallavacina at E & R Wine Shop (My favorite wines ever!)

August 6, 2015

Wines from my favorite estate EVER(?!) Antica Corte di Pallavicina are being poured at E & R Wine Shop after a FOUR YEAR quest to get them here.  They have arrived and if the “Fior Fiore” rosé we tasted last night is an indicator, they are great!  The press release below is no exaggeration, Wine […]

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Special Austria/Germany at E & R, Plus (Everything Else) Wine Tastings, Portland: Friday, May 15, 2015

May 15, 2015

E & R Wine Shop AUSTRIA & GERMANY VARIETY SHOW As fun as it would be to call this tasting a showdown or a taste-off, it’s just not…Germany produces some of the most terroir-expressive wines in one of the most marginal wine-producing climates on earth, but its beautiful and singular wines are painfully under appreciated. As […]

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Big Italian Kermit Lynch Tasting Tonight at E & R!

April 30, 2015

  This sounds AWESOME!!!!! From E & R Press release: KERMIT LYNCH: SENDING ITALIANS  FOR A BIG TASTING! THURSDAY APRIL 30 FROM 5:30-7:30 $15 per taster 20+ WINES FIVE IN-PERSON WINEMAKERS Piedmont’s Benevelli Piero Tentatively pouring: Dolcetto Barbera Nebbiolo Barolo Liguria’s Punta Crena Tentatively pouring: Rossesse Vermentino Mattaossu Rosato Pigato Tuscany’s Villa di Geggiano Tentatively pouring: Chianti […]

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Wine Tastings, Portland: Friday, April 24, 2015

April 24, 2015

Cork Wine Shop IBERIAN INVASION – Welcoming the BOYS D’ANGUERA Friday, April 24th . Special time: 4pm – 6:30PM We will send off the month of April in Spanish style, with the first ever visit of Joan and Josep d’Anguera to our beautiful city. They will be here pouring all of their new vintages from their winery in Montsant, […]

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Two Great Wine Tastings in Portland Today!

April 18, 2015

Saturday, April 18, 2015 Great Wine Buys A Beaujolais and Mâconnais Primer – with Export Manager Aurélien Fiardet Terroirs Originels is a group of like-minded artisan growers united under one export umbrella whose goal is to gain more recognition for traditionally-made wines of Beaujolais and Mâconnais. Individually their main focus of course is producing the best wine […]

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