Answering the Age Old Question; What to Drink With the Thanksgiving Meal ($15) Friday November 21st 2014 4 pm – 7:30 pm

I couldn’t be happier! These six wines are absolutely perfect for whatever you have planned for the holiday feast (unless you’re having shellfish??!!/ although the Quincy would work well). I was able to get two of the best Cru Beaujolais at amazing prices as both of these Kermit Lynch domaines has found a new home among the local dist. network. Old distributor= discounts/ our advantage. The new vintage of d’ Oupia is jaw dropping at $12. And the beautiful, pretty, delicate, perfect Pinot in a glass from the French Alps near the Jura, the Guillaume, would be perfect with almost anything. To finish it all off we have one of my curent favorite local pinots, the Patton Valley. If you can’t find a great wine for Thnaksgiving from this lineup, well, um, hum……………..

The Lineup

2012 Domaine Trotereau, Quincy $20
Loire Valley, France

2013 Vignoble Guillaume, Pinot Noir $17
French Comte, France

2012 Chateau d’Oupia, Minervois $12
Languedoc, France

2012 Nicole Chanrion, Cote De Brouilly “Cru Beaujolais” $20

2012 Dom. Chignard, Fleurie “Les Moriers” Cru Braujolais $25

Premium Pour ($3)
2012 Patton Valley, Pinot Noir “Estate” $37
Willamette Valley, Oregon

18th Anniversary Celebration ($15) Saturday November 15, 2014/2 pm – 5pm

This is it, the big one! Even if you don’t live locally you can still take advantage of the special Anniversary party pricing. We have six of the finest wineries from Oregon pouring amazing wines; Arterberry Maresh, Colene Clemens, DePonte, Lenne Estate, McKinlay and, of course, John Thomas. To take advantage either come on in and enjoy the wines and pick up your favorites or respond to this e-mail and we’ll hook you up. It’s a perfect time to stock the cellar or load up with the perfect holiday gifts!

Featured Wines From Today’s Special Guests at “Today Only” Sale Prices

Screen Shot 2014-11-13 at 6.02.12 PMAnd don’t forget next week, Friday November 21st, we’ll tackle the age old question “What to have with the Thanksgiving meal?” If you can’t join us this Saturday for the fabulous 18th Anniversary Celebration, and you’re not too ashamed to show your face, come join us!

2012 Thomas Offering Pinot Noir/ Dundee Hills, Oregon

In My Mind, One of the Most Significant, Anticipated Releases of the Year

2012 Vintage + Thomas Pinot Noir = Nirvana!

Most of you have heard my spiel on John Thomas. Suffice to say I think his wine is among the great wines of the world. If you’ve ever had a perfectly aged Thomas of 15 years or so you know what I’m saying. Some of you have told me that John’s wine was in blind tastings where it beat the competion of many of the top wines from Burgundy

Most wines are made for immediate consumption and the window for drinkability is not an issue. The Thomas wine is, like great Burgundy, different each and every vintage.  For vintages like 2010 & 2011 you MUST leave the wines alone for a few more years. But there are those vintges that are more forward and you can enjoy while waitng on others. 2012 will be a keeper but it won’t be a crime to enjoy on the early side. Drink 2009, 2006 and 2003 but wait on 2007, 2008 and 10 & 11, as mentioned.

This is as natural a wine as there is. It’s made in the vineyard. Johns real forte is as a wine grower. Once the grapes are crushed the wine is left alone to allow it to express the place and individual microclimate where it’s grown.

The Offer

The few things that I list here are very important to pay attention to:

The wine won’t be available for pick up or shipping until the end of November.

When this offer goes out there is huge response so it may take me a few days to respond to you.

This is not a first come, first served offer. This wine gives me a chance to thank my customers that support the shop and participate in some of the other fantastic offers. If I hear from you once a year it may be tough to get an allocation. For new customers I will do what I can to help you but there’s only so much wine and demand is intense.

2012 J Thomas, Pinot Noir/ Dundee Hills

Case: $605 ($50.41/ bottle)
SixPack: $315 ($52.50/ bottle)
Magnum: $125


Delicious Reds From South America ($15) Friday October 17th, 2014/ 4 pm – 7:30 pm

In recent years the wines of South America, especially those from Argentina & Chile, have taken off and replaced other value oriented wines especially those from Australia. The Viñalas Perdices Malbec, at $11, is a great example of value at its best. Actually every wine in the lineup is a value, whether it’s the $27 Colomé or the $35 Achaval Ferrer. They all perform way above their price points. This lineup makes for an intriguing taste tour as we go thru three different regions of Argentina including the highest altitude vineyards in the world, those of Salta. Our lone Chilean is from the amazing producer, Achaval Ferrer. For the Quimera they’ve blended all five Bordeaux varietals; Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petite Verdot. If you want to taste 6 terrific wines and enjoy the warmth and friendliness of one of our Friday tastings just get on up and drag your hiney on in here. You’ll be glad you did.

The Lineup

2013 Viñalas Perdices, Malbec $11
Mendoza, Argentina

2012 Zorzal, Malbec “Terroir Unico” $15
Tupungato Valley, Argentina

2012 Tikal, Patriota “Malbec- Bonarda Blend” $20
Mendoza, Argentina

2011 Bodega Colomé, Malbec Estate $27
Upper Calhaqui- Salta, Argentina

2011 Casa Lapostolle, Cabernet Sauvignon “Cuvee Alexandre” $25
Colchagua Valley, Chile

Premium Pour ($3)
2010 Achaval Ferrer, Quimera $35
Mendoza, Argentina/ Malbec, Cab Sauv, Merlot, Cab Franc, Petite Verdot

Amazing Whites From France, Italy & Oregon ($15) Friday October 10th, 2014/ 4 pm – 7:30 pm

You know me, it took all of my self discipline to stay away from having an all French tasting. I’ve been known to say that I could easily drink nothing but French for the rest of my life. I mean, want a sparkling wine; Champagne. Dry red? How about Burgundy, Bordeaux, Hermitage, Chateauneuf, well, you get the point. And so it goes for her whites. All four French whites are exceptional for their class. Haven’t had many white Cotes Du Rhones better than the Couron. I absolutely love the whites from Corsica. My favorite Vermentinu is from Antoine Arena. Price- $50ish. The Clos Alivu is from the same terroir, Patrimonio, considered the best in Corsica. It’s close in quality to the Arena and more than half the price. Simply put, I buy a case of Beaumard Savenniere for my cellar each and every year. In my opinion, it’s the best value there is for a wine that will improve for decades. 2010 in the Loire is almost a perfect vintage. The fourth Frenchy is another White Rhone, this time from the Northern Rhone appelation of St. Joseph. Love, love, love this wine.

Now we finally leave France for Italy. I’ve said it before, the Massa Timorasso is my “discovery” of the year. It has the nose of an aged Alsation Riesling and the flavors and texture of White Burgundy. Nuff said! Then we wrap it up with the most amazing development in Oregon wine in recent memory, the Arterberry Maresh Chardonnay. We’ve all wondered why Chardonnay hasn’t reached the heights in quality that Pinot Noir has here in Oregon. After all, in Burgundy, they both shine brightly but with the exception of Cameron’s Clos Electrique Blanc, we have lagged sluggishly behind Pinot. The answer has finally come in the form of Jim Maresh’s various Chards. I have never, ever tasted Chardonnay from the new world that has the smell, taste and mouth feel of these amazing Chards. If I closed my eyes and tasted I would think of a premier Cru from Puligny Montrachet. I kid you not. Jim’s big boy is the Maresh Vineyard version and that one is would tight and deserves 5-7 years in a cool cellar to unwind. This Willamette Valley bottling gets right to the point. A terrific acomplishment for young Jim.

I couldn’t be happier than to offer you this flight of white wines. Truly, simply amazing!


The Lineup

2013 Domaine Couron, Cotes Du Rhone Villages $13
S. Rhone Valley, Fr./ Roussanne, Marsanne, Grenache Blanc

2013 Clos Alivu, Vermentinu $20
Patrimonio- Corsica, France

2010 Domaine Beaumard, Savennieres $25
Loire Valley, France/ 100% Chenin Blanc

2012 Pascal Marthouret, St. Joseph Blanc $25
N. Rhone Valley, Fr./ Roussanne, Marsanne

2010 Vigneti Massa, Timorasso Derthona $29
Tortonese, Italy

Premium Pour ($5)
2012 Arterberry Maresh, Chardonnay $52
Willamette Valley, Oregon