Here we are, and July is almost gone! We are mid-way of our long-term traditional hot temperature period, running through the second week of August. Yet, it’s been on the mild side. That’s great for grapes! Hold of the rain, and let’s watch harvest, as we get closer and closer to this incredible annual event… well… EVENTS!
Take a look, and you may love this week’s tasting options as much as we do! White Burgundy v. Oregon Chardonnay (stream “Bottle Shock” on Netflix as a primer). It’s the story of a French blind tasting of domestic (French) and California Chardonnays… with the Californians winning!.… in several categories, not solely the vaunted white!
Another great tastings is of Loire Valley wines… how about another Chateauneuf-Du-Pape tasting… that’s always fun. There are a couple of vintner-participating tastings, which are great opportunities to learn about wine, from the person who created it!
How about an Oregon Pinot Noir tasting… aren’t you always up for that? We certainly are!
There remain three venues yet to report what they have planned this Friday. They will be added as information is received.
Thank you goes out to a reader for emailing information on two additional wine shops, we should track: Magnolia Corner and Cork Cru. We’ve been in touch, and should be able to report their information next week!
Please take time to visit one, two, or three wine tastings this Friday. You are never sorry, and these are unique opportunities to taste wines, and note something you seem to like whenever that “something” is found in a wine. Well, red or white wine? While tasting, be sure to ask those around you as to what they like, or not, especially in regards to the line of wines being tasted. You may find yourself engaged with someone you’ve found has similar tastes… and they might be able to tell you something about that “something” you seem to like!
Tasting is not a task; it’s an adventure. It’s all up to you!
Taste the wine, but please, PLEASE, do so safely.
2901 NE Alberta Street
Portland, OR 97211
White Burgundy vs. Oregon Chardonnay
Friday, July 27 . 4pm – 7pm . $15 tasting fee*
“With many producers descending on the Portland area for IPNC this weekend to showcase all things Pinot Noir, we can’t resist putting on a little friendly competition of the other primary Burgundian grape – Chardonnay. We will pit 3 examples from Burgundy against 3 examples from our own Willamette Valley. Come find out who really is making Burgundian-style wines here in Oregon and what terroir of Burgundy most appeals to you from Chablis to the Mâconnais.”
1520 NE Alberta
Tues – Sat, 2 – 10
Friday night flights (5-9pm)
Friday, July 27th
No Tasting – Private Event
Garrisons Fine Wines
1401 SE Morrison, Portland (503) 233 8060
July 20, 2012
5:00 pm to 7:30 pm
July 27th 5 – 7:30 PM
Loire Valley $15 (6 wines)
Red, White and the Loire
NV Dom. du Closel Cremant de Loire Brut Sauvage
2010 Domaine Andre Dezat Sancerre Blanc
2010 Marc Deschamps Pouilly-sur-Loire (Chasselas)
2010 Domaine Baudry Chinon Croix Boisee Blanc
2010 Domaine du Closel Anjou Rouge (Cab Franc)
2010 Domaine Dezant Sancerre Rouge (Pinot Noir)
Great Wine Buys
1515 NE Broadway
Portland, OR 97232
Tel: (503) 287-2897
2010 Châteauneuf-du-Pape – A vintage as good as 2007 like some critics say? Come and taste for yourself. Fortia, Usseglio, Vieux Donjon and more, $20. Clos des Papes as the bonus pour.
3535 SW Multnomah Blvd
Portland, OR 97219; store phone: 503-244-2617.
Wine order hot-line voice mail: 503-203-3384
Email orders preferred: email@example.com
South American Malbec • Part I
Friday, July 27th • 6-9 P.M. • $10 cover
Jerry will host this Friday’s start of South American Malbec! This has been one of the biggest red wine trends of the past few years. There are quite a few great priced wines for the money from low to very high end world-class wines, and we hope you’ll enjoy our 2-glass tasting format with your ratings to help us ferret out the best ones in PDX.
LINER & ELSEN, WINE MERCHANTS
2222 NW Quimby St.
(off 22nd Ave.)
Friday, July 27th
Mt Tabor Fine Wines
4316 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97215
July 27th : Oregon Pinot Noir ($15)
It’s time to check out some new releases from our most famous grape. We’ll mostly focus on the 2010 vintage. Only the best will be poured.
The Portland Bottle Shop
7960 SE 13TH Ave. Portland, OR 97202
July 27 – The wines of Harper Voit
Portland Wine Merchants
1430 SE 35th Avenue
Portland, OR 97214
JULY 27TH! RED BURGUNDY! Some new, some old – from Beaujolais to the Cotes de Nuits. $15.00!
Urban Wine Works
1315 NE Fremont (between 13th and 14th on Fremont)
Wednesday July 25th – Saturday July 28th. Noon – 7pm
Island Paradise: Wines from Islands!
“When you think about it, there are quite a few islands that produce good wine: Sicily, Corsica, Madeira, and even Santorini in the Greek Isles
“ – but probably NOT Hawaii.
No man is an island, but neither should he (or she) have to go without wine from one.”
Flight of 5 Wines and Cheese Plate for $15
- Argyros Santorini Atlantis White 2010 – Glass $7/Bottle $17.95
“Who would have thought wine, and good wine at that, could come from the Greek, volcanic isle of Santorini? Located in the southern Aegean sea, about 120 miles from the mainland, Santorini’s climate is affected by strong westerly winds which pose a threat to young vines. As a result, vines are planted farther apart and trained in a spiral, with the fruit hanging down inside the “basket” to shield the clusters from the wind. Made up primarily of Assyrtiko, an indigenous, phylloxera resistant grape, this wine unveils a crisp freshness like biting into a Greek apple. Watch out Adam! “
Vini La Favola Koros Rosso 2009 – Glass $8/Bottle $19.95
“Sicily, considered part of Italy, is the largest Island in the Mediterranean Sea and is located just west of mainland Italy. (The Messina Strait separates Sicily and Calabria by only about two miles.) The island has more vineyards than any other Italian region. The Nero d’Avola grape does well here and delivers a full-bodied, fresh blend of juicy fruits, vanilla and cherry flavors, as it does in this wine when combined with about 35% Syrah. Winemaker Corrado Guierri practices organic cultivation, believing you get from the earth what you give it. His intense nurturing really shows in this wonderfully balanced wine. “
- Domaine Maestracci Clos Reginu Corse Calvi 2010 – Glass $7/Bottle $17.95
“This Corsican blend of Niellucciu, Sciaccarellu and Grenache delivers a ripe and refreshing wine that is sure to be an easy drinker. While the island of Corsica is closest to Italy, it is actually a part of France. Domaine Maestracci is located in the northwestern corner of Corsica near the town of Calvi. Grown on the soils of sandy clay and granite the grapes and wine give hints of the unmistakable Corsican salty terroir. Aged only in stainless steel, the juicy blood orange and berry flavors assault the front palate, leading to a nuanced peppery finish. You ask, can I drink it now? Of Cors-u-can.”
- Runquist Petite Sirah 2009 – Glass $9/Bottle $26.95
“We know California is not an island, but these grapes really do come from one. Nestled in the Sacramento river delta, east of San Francisco, lies Sutter Island, home to the luscious varietal, Petite Sirah. The grape here produces an inky, almost black wine that is aged in 100% new French oak. A creamy mouthful of mocha and dark chocolate flavors is balanced by notes of ripe berries and cassis. Wine maker Jeff Runquist believes 2009 to be his biggest Petite Sirah yet. Coming in at 15.3% alcohol, be forewarned that this is ONE…BIG…RICH…wine.”
- Cossart Gordon Bual 5yr Madeira – Glass $8/Bottle $22.95
“In the age of exploration, Madeira, an archipelago of Portugal, served as a port of call for ships heading to the New World. And when shipping wine across the ocean, spirits were added to prevent spoiling. It was this mix of the extra alcohol and exposure to heat and oxygen that created the unique fortified wine called Madeira that was used to toast the signing of the Declaration of Independence and which we still enjoy. Of the four main types of grapes used to make Madeira (Sercial, Verdelho, Bual and Malmsey), Bual is the white grape that is used to make semi-sweet Madeira. It requires more heat to ripen than the other grapes, yielding higher sugar levels and a rich, amber-colored wine that is perfect for after dinner sipping. A bouquet of dried fruit, toffee and wood come together in a delightful blend of flavors.”
137 SE 28th Av
Portland, OR 97214
“This is apparently the week to celebrate “Italy in Portland” at VINO. After last night’s awesome tasting with Lucio Gomeiro of Vignalta here at VINO….he said he was surprised so many people showed up in the middle of the week to taste (good on you all!) and he felt “like a rock star”….what else can we do but keep the Mediterranean vibe going with Friday’s Piedmont adventure. No winemakers unfortunately, but plenty of Italian love to be enjoyed. I’m thinking I hardly have to hype these wines to you, as every time we pour through this corner of northwest Italy the crowds are epic, so suffice to say I have made it incredibly worth your while to stock up on snacks to enjoy with these über-food friendly wines and rally your friends to get in here. With temps projected in the mid-70s the weather outside should be perfect for some dolcetto, barbera, and nebbiolo noshing.Here’s what’s in store this Friday….”
2010 MONTARIBALDI Dolcetto d’Alba “Vagnona” $12.95
2010 REVERDITO Barbera d’Alba $11.95
2009 G.D. VAJRA Langhe Rosso $15.95
2009 OLIM BAUDA Barbera d’Asti “le Rocchete” $23.95….91 pts-Wine Spectator; 90 pts- Wine Advocate
2009 FIORENZO NADA Nebbiolo $20.95
And of course we will provide ever more pleasure….
Bonus #1- 2008 CA DEL BAIO Barbaresco “Asili” $34.95
Bonus #2- 2007 RUGGERI CORSINI Barolo “San Pietro” $36.95
Bonus #3- 2001 BREZZA Barolo “Cannubi” $42.95…and very deserving of its “Tres Bicchiere” award from Italy’s prestigious Gambero Rosso “Guide”. BTW- 11 year old Barolo at this price is never a bad thing!
“Whatever it takes to get in this week, I think the above should be reason enough. 4:30-8:00 is the time you can stop by to get your share. Ten dollars for the first five and the usual nominal bonus charge will set your weekend off on just the right foot. See you here!”
August 7th, 4:30-6:30
RUFFINO ESTATES and U.S. Manager Daniel Burgio
“For all you lovers of all things Italian and delicious (which near as I can tell is about 100% of you), we highly encourage you to stop by VINO for a free tasting on August 7 from 4:30-6:30 with Daniel Burgio, the U.S. Manager of Ruffino Wine Estates. Over the course of the two hour, drop-in tasting, you can sample nine wines from this iconic producer. Ruffino is a generations old Tuscan producer with holdings across the region, from Chianti to the Maremma to Brunello to Vino Nobile, and in other parts of the country as well, whose wines are some of the most sought out in Italy. We are most pleased that Daniel has chosen VINO as the spot to do a public tasting during his Portland visit. In the last few vintages Ruffino has been making wines as good as any you’ll find in Tuscany, and Italy in general.”
-nv Ruffino Prosecco $12.95
-2009 Ruffino Chardonnay (unoaked) $13.95
-2010 Ruffino Orvieto $10.50
-2009 Ruffino Chianti Classico $10.50
-2007 Ruffino Chianti Classico Riserva Ducale $22.95
-2004 Ruffino Vino Nobile di Montepulciano $22.50
-2008 Ruffino IGT Il Ducale $20.95
-2006 Riserva Chianti Classico Riserva Ducale Oro $39.95
-2010 Ruffino Moscato $12.95
Woodstock Wine & Deli website in transition
4030 SE Woodstock Blvd
World Class Wines
269 A Avenue
Lake Oswego, Oregon 97034
The Wines of Domaine Poullion