Many of you who know me are aware that, unfortunately, I’m going in for another round of spinal fusion surgery. Because of the scheduling date we will have to remain closed until Wednesday, February 4th. While I’m out Kathleen will be running the shop and have total and complete access to me. The Friday tasting schedule will be altered and we’ll just have to play that one by ear. For now if you could please let Kathleen know she’s loved, make her feel comfortable and keep her very, very busy.

Our offerings will go off as usual so you can all be looking forward to;

2014 Ken Wright Single Vineyard Pinot Noir offering
We have another fantastic vintage in 2014 very similar in style to 2012. Good
qantity of darkly colored, full, velvety Pinots
2012 Domaine Du Banneret, Chateauneuf Du Pape
Spectacular Chateauneuf made in minute quantities. Among the great values
in the world of fine wine, period!
2013 McKinlay, Pinot Noir “Mt Tabor Fine Wines Selection”
The selection was strict and severe. This is the best of the best!


NEW WINTER HOURS/ Wednesday- Friday 11- 6:30/ Saturday 11-6

Oregon’s Best Pinots of the Year ($18) Friday, December 12, 2014 4 pm – 7:30 pm

I really get excited this time of year not only because the holidays are upon us but, as a perfect compliment to the season, we have our two strongest tastings of the year. I’ve also noticed that it’s a time and place for our friends to gather and share some time and amazing wines together before the end of the year.

These next two tastings are absolute must attends.This week the theme is not just, in my opinion, the best Pinots to have been released in the past year but also taking into account the different price points. I’ve selected two in the lowish range, two in the middish range and the final two in the upper endish range. The selection also has to do with how these six wines were received by you. Many of you from here and around the country have remarked that you think the 2012 Arterberry Maresh “Dundee Hills” is the single best Pinot in that lowish price range that you can remember. Stephen Goff hit it out of the park in 2012 with his two single vineyard Pinots, the Weber and the Shea. They were the absolute hits of our recent anniversary party! The Brick House was a wine we poured at a Friday tasting a few months back and was loved by all. The biodynamically farmed Brick House Vineyard is simply one of the most beautiful spots in the entire Willamette Valley. Cameron? Even though John Paul made 50% of his normal quantity in 2012 I squirreled away a few cases specifically for this tasting. The only wine missing is the Thomas and there is just too much demand and not enough supply to squirrel anything anywhere. Oh, and I just saw the latest Wine Spectator. It’s the year end issue where Matt Kramer selects his favorite two or three wines of the year. The Lumiére from J. Christopher was one of those. High praise indeed. The stars are aligned for one very amazing tasting this Friday!

The Lineup

2012 Arterberry Maresh, Dundee Hills Cuvee $24
Dundee Hills

2012 J.K. Carriere, Provocateur $24

2012 J. Christopher, “Lumiére” Eola-Amity Hills $39
Chehalem Mountains

2012 Stephen Goff, Weber Vineyard $40
Dundee Hills

2012 Brick House, Cuvée du Tonnelier $45
Ribbon Ridge

Premium Pour ($6)
2012 Cameron Winery, Abbey Ridge Vineyard $65
Dundee Hills

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