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.
I’ll be back to my usual high jinks in April but I thought it would be fun to invite two of my favorite wine reps from a couple of the best importers in Oregon to put on display for you some of their favorite wines. We’ll have a couple of our best angels to assist these fine folks so come on in and say hello and have a great flight of fine wines from Galaxy and Casa Bruno. It will be our usual format; a flight of five wines at different price points plus a sixth premium pour all served at the same time for your comparative contemplation.
Friday, March 6th/ The Globe Trotting Chuck Whitman From Galaxy Will be Here to Delight You With a Stellar Lineup of Rhone Valley Reds. Make Sure to Ask Chuck How He’s Able to Vacation in Far off Places Half the Year and Keep Such a Great Job at the Same Time. Like I Always Tell Him, “When I Grow Up……” ($15)
Friday, March 27th: With One of the Strongest Books of Oregon Wines, Casa Bruno’s Heather Lack Will Dazzle with Her Own Personal Lineup of a Diverse Selection from Our Own Back Yard. ($15)