We enter August, with some very interesting tastings, and please note the dates for these events as some have moved their tastings for this week and some have added dates. At Urban Wine Works… they have a tasting tonight, August 1 and on the 8th, for example.
Cork has an interesting approach to their Friday tasting, and down the street, Everyday Wine they are focused on reds to accompany barbeque. As always, Garrison Fine Wines has a great and unique tasting, and it’s a German Riesling Friday night at Liner & Elsen.
Please note; due to a reader sending information, Magnolia Corner and Corks Cru tasting have been added. Please send information regarding wine tastings you particularly enjoy, but have not been seen here, via email or comment. Down to road, segmenting tastings by logistics is a goal, but only once we have sufficient tastings for it to make sense.
Check the list, and remember some shops have yet to send their updates. These are usually received between today and Friday. This site will be updated with this information as each is received.
Remember, according to local weather “experts,” Friday is pre-ceding the warmest day of the year (so far). Perhaps, while you are tasting wine, inquire as to what wine goes well with pure heat! How about ice cold Sauvignon-Blanc? Or have you considered a chilly Pinot Gris? Don’t forget how wonderful Rose’ is when the heat is on.
Remember, when you visit a local wine shop, it’s their expertise that may set them apart from larger institutions that also sell wine. Some big box stores do not have wine expertise available. If they do where you shop, be sure to pose your questions to them as well. They love to discuss and share their passion for wines. Please take advantage of their motivation to help!
Remember, taste the wine, but please, PLEASE, do so safely.
Here is this week’s listing…
2901 NE Alberta Street
Portland, OR 97211
FRIDAY NIGHT FLIGHT: Spain in a Blender
Friday, August 3rd . 4pm – 7pm . $12 tasting fee*
“Hyperdecanting Wine Don’t take the title too literally – we are NOT going to test out Nathan Myhrvold’s theory that you can hyperdecant a bottle of wine by tossing it in a blender. Instead, we are going to mix up several regions of Spain and show off recent red wine arrivals while blending a wide range of grape varietals into one Friday night tasting.
“Come check out new Garnatxa, Cariñena, Cab and Syrah blends from Priorat and Terra Alta and sample some Prieto Picudo, and Mencia from Green Spain. This will be a hearty assortment of reds to help you power through all of those smoky meats and intensely flavored barbecue sauce filling your dinner table during grilling season. The tasting starts at 4pm this Friday, so come on down and join us.”
339 Northwest Broadway Portland, OR 97209
“Tonight’s line up for the tasting is brilliant!!! Sparkling Vouvray, two new Rosés, a Chardonnay and Pinot Noir!! It’s all about France tonight my friends. 5 wines for $5 starting at 5:00.”
1520 NE Alberta
Tues – Sat, 2 – 10
Friday night flights (5-9pm)
Friday, August 3rd
BBQ Reds; $12.
Garrisons Fine Wines
1401 SE Morrison, Portland (503) 233 8060
August 3, 2012
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
This is the perfect time to come and taste a series of Aperitifs, find out the differences and stock you liquor cabinet. Always a fun event. Wines start at $12
Great Wine Buys
1515 NE Broadway
Portland, OR 97232
Tel: (503) 287-2897
3535 SW Multnomah Blvd
Portland, OR 97219; store phone: 503-244-2617.
Wine order hot-line voice mail: 503-203-3384
Email orders preferred: firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, August 3, Our Friday Tasting
Mr. Mike will pour:
“Eruption” Red from Brassfield Estate $16.99
Brick House 2010 Cuvée du Tonnelier Pinot Noir $45.00 dry red plus some great dry whites from France
LINER & ELSEN, WINE MERCHANTS
2222 NW Quimby St.
(off 22nd Ave.)
August 3 Come find out why Donhoff is considered one of the greatest Riesling producers in Germany, if not the world.
4075 Northeast Sandy Boulevard Portland, OR 97212
Thursday 8/2 and Friday 8/3 $9
Adriane From Drink Think Pouring
*2011 Carlton Cellars Cannon Beach Pinot Gris, Carlton Oregon
“Making wines as bold as the Oregon Coast, this is one of the first whites that Carlton Cellars ever produced. From select vineyards in the Willamette Valley this wine is bright, with hints of pale lemon. Youthful aromas of ripe apple, green grapes, white peach, and peach blossom. On the palate, the wine is dry with medium acidity. Intense flavors mimic the palate with notes of apple blossom and peach stone.
*2010 Agate Ridge Semillon/ Sauv Blanc, Rogue Valley Oregon
“This lush blend of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc is driven by the unique terrior of Agate Ridge’s estate vineyard in the Rogue Valley of Southern Oregon. Intense floral aromatics join citrus, cut green grass and finish with ripe date nuttiness. Created in a traditional European style, its medium-bodied and luxuriant texture exhibit a creaminess that is deftly balanced by mouthwatering acidity.
– Silver Medal – 2012 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
*2009 Eagle Vale Chardonnay, Margaret River Australia
“Rated one of Australia’s top new wineries, this unique Chardonnay from the Margaret River on the West Coast of Australia is crisp, refreshing, and polished. This white features pretty pear, lively melon and nectarine flavors on a silky frame.
– 89 Points Wine Spectator 2012
*2009 Youngberg Hill Natasha Pinot Noir, McMinnville Oregon
“Oregon’s premier wine country estate and one of Wine Spectator’s favorite locations; set on a 50 acre hilltop surrounded by an organic 22 year old vineyard, Youngberg Hill is well known for producing award winning Pinot Noir. The Natasha Block consists of 6.6 estate acres facing Southeast giving the maximum amount of sunlight in equal distribution to the vines. Dark ruby red color. Aromas of cherry pie, rhubarb, candied apple, and raspberry share the stage with cola, and spice box. The palate is alive with flavors of fresh berries, cherry skin and plum. Distinguished and approachable tannins linger for a lasting finish with slightly more acidity for balance.
*2009 Couvillion Merlot, Walla Walla Washington
“Grapes for this beautiful Merlot were grown in the Bacchus Block No. 4 of the fabled Sagemoor Vineyards in the Columbia Valley. The winemaker, Jill Noble, tends to the vines and then produces this award winning wine at the winery on her property, a 5th generation wheat farm north of Walla Walla. Displays a brilliant ruby color and attractive aromas of cherry, plum, cassis, rosebuds, and mulberry. The medium-bodied flavors are initially broad and generous, but then deepen, with sensations of macerated fruits, intermixed with chocolate; moderate acids and sweet-dry tannins.
– 18.5/20 points, Review of Washington Wines.
*2008 Terra Vina Bella Vista Red, Columbia Valley Washington
“60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Petit Verdot and 20% Syrah. This one’s got quite the pedigree, having been sourced from some of the finest vineyards in Yakima and then hand-crafted in Wilsonville by owner, Karl Dinger. At first sniff you know this wine has great depth and complexity. Chocolate and raspberry on the nose, on the palate a complex, elegant, refined wine that is beautifully balanced throughout with a lovely backbone and structure. This wine will stand up to all those zesty, spicy, char grilled sauces on the backyard BBQ during the summer months.”
Mt Tabor Fine Wines
4316 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97215
August 3rd : Spanish Reds
A tasting of reds from the famous regions of Rioja & Ribera Del Duero as well as the lesser known ones too
The Portland Bottle Shop
7960 SE 13TH Ave. Portland, OR 97202
August 10 – Rosés
Portland Wine Merchants
1430 SE 35th Avenue
Portland, OR 97214
AUGUST 3RD! JEFF RUNQUIST! New releases from one of our favorite winemakers! $15.00!
Urban Wine Works
1315 NE Fremont (between 13th and 14th on Fremont)
Aug 01 Roll On Columbia! Wines from the Gorge.
‘Woodie Guthrie used the melody from Goodnight, Irene, for his Columbia song, so we might as well use his title to announce our roll out of sumptuous wines from the Gorge. Wineries and grapes from the Columbia Valley AVA are featured this week. Come try some and keep “current”.”
Aug 08 News About Nebbiolo: Wines Made from the Great Grape!
“The word nebbiolo, an indigenous Italian grape variety, is thought to originate from the Italian word for fog, “nebbia”, which typically engulfs the Langhe region in Piedmont during harvest each year. But the grape does well in other places that don’t have Latin mist, and we’ll also explore some of those expressions of the grape this week. As Florence might say, the fog days are over, the fog days are over!”
137 SE 28th Av
Portland, OR 97214
“Tempranillo is incredibly complex, an unbelievable food wine,e specially with grilled, smoky foods, so obviously just the thing to ponder as summer rolls on. I hope you’ll make time to come by tomorrow, because I am particularly excited about the wines being poured. Plus the bonus offerings are all absolutely stellar, and to this palate are must-taste wines. Come see for yourselves as we pop the corks on these tempting treats….”
2011 BODEGAS HIRIART Rosado “Cigales (Cigales) $10.95
2009 ZUAZO GASTON Rioja “Vendimia” (Rioja) $10.95
2010 ALTOCEDRO Mendoza “Ano Cero” (Argentina) $15.95…90 pts- Wine Advocate
2007 BODEGAS MARTINEZ ALESANCO Rioja Reserva (Rioja) $17.95
2009 DOMINIO IV Technicolor Bat” Tempranillo/Syrah (Oregon) $19.95
And as promised, and they will deliver…..
Bonus #1- 2005 ALEJANDRO FERNANDEZ Toro “Dehesa La Granja” (Toro) $22.95…91 pts- Wine Advocate. Just in a new vintage of one of our absolute favorite Spanish reds. The ’04 vintage was beautiful. This may just surpass it!
Bonus #2- 2001 LA RIOJA ALTA Rioja Reserva Especial “Vina Ardanza” (Rioja) $36.95…94 pts-Wine Advocate; also the top pick of all Rioja Reservas tasted by the NY Times tasting panel. This is classic, world-class Rioja at its finest!
Bonus-Bonus- 2006 GRAMERCY CELLARS Tempranillo “Inigo Montoya” (Walla Walla) $44.95…93 pts-Wine Advocate. Stunning red from one of Washington’s cult producers!
Woodstock Wine & Deli website in transition
4030 SE Woodstock Blvd
World Class Wines
269 A Avenue
Lake Oswego, Oregon 97034
“First Friday” at Millennium Park, Wine by the Glass in Lake Oswego!