Friday, May 1st: Another Trip Down Italy’s Less Traveled Wine Roads ($15)
Always a fun and educational tasting, come learn about Italy’s less known wines like Aglianco from Campania and Lagrien from Alto Adige. It’s not all about Tuscany & the Piemonte, you know.
Friday, May 8th: French Reds. It’s a Tough Job but Somebody’s Got to Do It ($15)
Yep, that’s my job for this one. Scouring the French countryside lookin’ for something tasty. I don’t think that will be very hard. Let’s see; Bordeaux, Burgundy, Rhone Valley, Loire Valley, the Jura & Savoie and on and on and on and on. Can’t help but be one great tasting!
Friday, May 15th: Dry Rosé; Bring on Summer! ($15)
Time to check out the new batch of delightful dry rosé. I think French is hard to beat and we’ll take a look at the Loire Valley, Provence and more. Other potentials include Italy, Oregon and you never know what else.
Friday, May 22nd: May is Oregon Wine Month and We’re Joining the Party ($15)
We’ll participate in Oregon Wine Month by pouring wines from all over our great state. Umpqua Valley, Columbia Gorge and, of course, the Willamette Valley will all be featured. Come help us celebrate and enjoy the fine wines we can call our own.
Friday, May 29th: The Return of the Killer B’s; Barolo, Barbaresco & Barbera ($15)
We begin the month with the lesser known wines of Italy and end with some of the finest and most famous red wines in the world. The great Baroli and Barbareschi made from the Nebbiolo grape produce some of the longest lived wines. In my opinion, a 20 year old, perfectly stored wine like these makes for some of the most exciting drinking possible.I can’t say it enough, buy some, lay them down in a cool spot in your home or rent space at a wine storage facility and you will have fine wine drinking at its best. Just be patient!
Friday, April 3rd: Spanish Reds From Six Different Regions ($15)
We’re traveling thru the Spanish countryside tasting as we go. Beautiful Mencia from Bierzo, traditional Tempranillo from Rioja and Ribera Del Duero, Old vine Garnacha from Campo De Borja and Priorat and one of the great values in the world of wine, Monastrell from Jumilla. If you like Spain and their wines you need to come on down!
Friday, April 10th: The Rhone Valley; Some of my Favorite Wines and It Seems Yours as Well ($15)
There’s probably no other tasting we do that is such a pleasure to put together. I always have 3 or 4 new wines that I’m excited to show you. Right now we just got in the new vintage of Ferme Saint Martin from Beaumes De Venise, a biodynamic tiny estate that is a real personal favorite! All three of their cuves are in and don’t last long. Pick some up and lay them down and you’ll be rewarded. All cuves are under $30! Chateauneuf, Gigondas…….need I say more?
Friday, April 17th: White Burgundy! You Can’t Get Me Any More Excited ($15)
We’ll begin our white tastings this year with Burgundy. Whether it’s Puligny Montrachet, Macon, Pouilly Fuisse or Chablis these wine are, in my opinion, as good as white wine gets. I’m always looking for that chiselled rock minerality. To me the smell is like standing near a stream in the heat of midsummer and smelling the stones baking. Yum! The flavors are hard to describe but a good White Burg has perfect balance between lemony stoniness and a richness on the palate lifted with vibrant acidity. None of these characteristics stick out and the impression is just one of overall seamlessness.
Friday, April 24th: Oregon Pinot Noir & a Red Burgundy Premium Pour ($15)
It’s been a while since we’ve checked in on recent releases from our various AVA’s. I find it amazing how many new wineries are sprouting up. It seems that every week I get a call from numerous new labels wanting space on my shelves. The competition is brutal out there! Anyway, after tasting for the next few weeks we’ll select what we feel are the absolute best and it will be enjoyable to have a Burgundy to compare to our own.