This is the number one season for tasting and buying wine!
We have a nearly full slate of open wine shops, tasting Friday, so get out and taste the wine! Then buy! There is no question you have social gathering ahead of you. Wouldn’t it be nice to take along a wine you’ve found, and love? Sure!!
To help you with your wine tasting, here’s a helpful video; Winetasting 101: How To Taste Wine; very, very straightforward easy to under stand. For a direct, approach, this is more structured video presentation and included some elements seemingly new that will be used going forward, here.
Be sure to take along friends. We tend to be safer, drive more responsibly, and have a generally more wonderful time when with friends.
Now onto this week’s options to taste, enjoy and absolutely be safe!
2901 NE Alberta Street
Portland, OR 97211
FRIDAY NIGHT FLIGHT: Best Valu Reds for Holiday Parties
Friday, Nov. 30th • 4pm – 7pm• $10 Main Flight Fee*
”Friday Night Flight: With the holiday season in full swing, this week we will taste wines that are all about $10 or less and would be perfect for your holiday gatherings at the office, home or just to have around for midweek meals as you try and cope with the stress of the holidays. We promise a nice assortment of red options will be poured. 4pm-7pm. See you then!
*The Main Flight is complimentary at Friday Night tastings for cork club members. Limit 2 people per membership each week. All bonus pours and fees at other events receive the regular 10% cork club discount.”
339 Northwest Broadway Portland, OR 97209
5:00 pm-8:00pm every Friday
Date: February 1st – December 31st
Time: 5:00 pm-8:00pm every Friday
“Every Friday starting at 5pm we open 5 great bottles to taste for just 5 bucks. The meaningful banter is free. Here’s what’s on tap: Italian wine, new wine, young wine, old wine, small production wine, artisan wine, handmade wine, inexpensive wine, wine that’s ready to drink, wine that’s good to take to a party, and wine for apres-golf. Nice.”
1520 NE Alberta
Tues – Sat, 2 – 10
Friday night flights (5-9pm)
Friday, November 30th
Northwest Wines; $12.
Garrisons Fine Wines
1401 SE Morrison, Portland (503) 233 8060
2010 Oregon Pinot Noir Tasting
November 30th 5 to 7:30 PM ($19)
2010 Oregon Pinot Noir Tasting
2010 Evesham Wood Pinot Noir Illahe Vineyard
2010 Crowley Pinot Noir Gehrts Vineyard
2010 Illahe Vineyard Pinot Noir Reserve
2010 Eyrie Pinot Noir Reserve
2010 Matello Pinot Noir Durant Vineyard
Great Wine Buys
1515 NE Broadway
Portland, OR 97232
Tel: (503) 287-2897
Holiday Champagne Sale Tasting. Always a rowdy way to start your holiday season. 20% off all featured bubbly means the best prices of the year.
$14 (+ a special vintage bottling 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, November 30th our “Friday Tasting” …. 5:00 – 7:00 pm… only a $5.00 fee ...always ends at 7 pm sharp!
An Oregon focus, and a few incredible red wines for the money from Italy and Patagonia.
1) St. Innocent Winery 2011 Pinot Gris, Vitae Springs Vineyard. $18.99
A great local wine to serve with grilled Salmon.
2) Soter -North Valley Highland Rosé 2011 $21.99 (Oregon -Pinot Noir)
Nice aromatics of fresh strawberries, a last hurrah from our summer past.
3) Brooks 2010 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir $21.99
A perfect balance of fruit, structure and acidity–with red fruits, cinnamon, mushroom, and cedar.
4) “Denario” Pinot Noir 2011 $14.99 Rio Negro, Patagonia, Argentina
This is a spicy, mineral-driven Pinot Noir from Argentina.
5) Scarzello– 2010 Langhe Rosso $17.99 Piemonte, Italy (Nebbiolo)
Bright, fresh, this really delivers Piedmont character, a steal at this price. (Lilac and honeysuckle meet tar and roses.)
6) Nervi ‘Spanna’ Coste della Sesia $14.99 Piemonte, Italy. (90% Nebbiolo and 10% Vespolina)
An incredible deal from Northern Piedmont, I had this wine open for 3 days and it kept getting more and more interesting, savory and complex. This will age well, and is terrific now, serve with antipasti, mushroom pasta dishes, and grilled meats.
LINER & ELSEN, WINE MERCHANTS
2222 NW Quimby St.
(off 22nd Ave.)
Nov 30 No Tasting
Mt Tabor Fine Wines
4316 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97215
November 30th : Oregon Pinot Noir ($15)
We’re getting into the better 2010′s now and we’ll check out some of the best.
The Portland Bottle Shop
7960 SE 13TH Ave. Portland, OR 97202
November 30 – Port & Truffles
Portland Wine Merchants
1430 SE 35th Avenue
Portland, OR 97214
NOVEMBER 30TH! BUBBLES! Cava, Prosecco, Cremant & the REAL DEAL CHAMPAGNE! $15.00
137 SE 28th Av
Portland, OR 97214
“For you I’ll get right to our main event, which is a riff on our semi-regular “World’s Greatest $15 Red Wines” tasting, which as I’ve said before is one of my favorite Friday Flights to do. This time we’re going all old world with it, because frankly with the number of amazing values I come across I could do about 6 of these. And for those of you who are more western hemispheric, we’ll be doing the same for wines on this side of the pond soon. But tomorrow will be all about France, Spain, and Italy, and the wines will be rather impressive for their various modest price tags. Even the bonus-bonus, a stunning Chateauneuf du Pape, is staggeringly good for $45. It is the holidays. Perhaps it’s tome to treat yourselves to something special? Just putting that out there, along with these…..”
–2009 CHATEAU MILLEGRAND Minervois (SW France) $13.95
–2008 BODEGAS PINUAGA Tempranillo “Nature” (Spain) $14.95…90 pts-Wine Avocate
–2007 SOLARIA Rosso di Montalcino (Tuscany) $13.95
–2009 DOMAINE DES FORGES Anjou Rouge-Cab Franc “Les 3C” (Loire Valley) $14.95
–2009 CELLER CAN BLAU Montsant (Spain) $16.95
And then Europe’s Greatest $22, $24, and $45 Red Wines…..
–2005 CELLERS UNIO Priorat “Llicorella” (Spain) $21.95….91 pts-Wine Spectator
–2008 FRANCO SERRA Barbaresco (Italy) $23.95…a ridiculously excellent Barbaresco for this equally ridiculous price. 90 pts-Wine Spectator
–2010 DOMAINE DE LA COTES DE L’ANGE Chateauneuf du Pape (Rhone Valley) $44.95…Wow! Truly amazing grape juice. 93 points in both Wine Spectator and Wine Advocate
Woodstock Wine & Deli website in transition
4030 SE Woodstock Blvd
World Class Wines
269 A Avenue
Lake Oswego, Oregon 97034
Australian Wines Brianna Seeley takes us Down Under