July 7 Tasting

Kristen Cooper of Vertical Wine and Beer will be pouring selections from Italy, France, Greece and Chile.

Undurraga Brut Rose $12.99
Light pink with tiny and persistent bubbles. Fruity (cherry) and floral (roses), delicate aroma. Fresh and dry with a juicy sensation. Perfect as an aperitif, by itself, with desserts or Asian food. 100% Pinot Noir.

Gaia 14-18h Agiorgitiko Rose 2016 $16.99
A particularly attractive deep rosé color, a fruity aroma with strong hints of cherry and gooseberry, typical of Agiorgitiko, and light, refreshing flavors characterize the wine. Enjoy it with salt-baked foods, white meat, pizza without garlic, and cold plates. It is particularly charming when combined with Chinese and Southeast Asian dishes.

Chavy-Chouet Les Femelottes Blanc 2014 $23.99
This is a charming, rich, focused and delightful white. Medium-bodied with a smooth texture, the wine has a fresh backbone of acidity, clean apple and citrus flavors, and an excellent balance. A most refreshing quaff and one that is great value. A charming, expressive wine of exceptional quality. De-classified Puligny-Montrachet. Delicious!

Terzetto Dolcetto d’Alba 2015 $11.99
Aromatic with bright blackberry and rose petal scents.  Medium bodied and dry with ripe cherry and earthy flavors, light tannins and moderate acidity.

Poderi dal Nespoli Nespolino Rosso 2014 $9.99
With an intense ruby red colour, it’s a fresh and easy-drinking wine. The main notes are cherry and violet, typical of sangiovese, together with herbs and chocolate aromas from merlot. Dry and harmonious, well-balanced wine. Pairs perfectly with pasta dishes. Sangiovese 70%, Merlot 30%

Aglaea Terre Siciliane 2013 $19.99
“What stands out for me in the 2013 “Aglaea” is its energy and young red Burgundy-like crunch. With some Etna wines I’ve tasted, I’ve found kindred qualities to Pinot Noir and Gamay on the nose but not the palate, which can often skew a little more syrupy and Grenache-like, with alcohols to match. Not so with this wine, which showcases not just the wild red cherry aromatics of Nerello Mascalese but its brisk, pomegranate seed freshness.” -Somm Select

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February 17 tasting

February 17 tasting with Meredith Ball of Estelle Imports. Selections added soon…

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April 8 Tasting

Dane Belber of Galaxy Wine will be pouring selections from Oregon, France, Germany, and South Africa.

Dr. Loosen Sparkling Riesling $12.99
Dr. L Sparkling Riesling is 100% pure Riesling the crisp, fruity grape that has made German wine famous for centuries. We make it using the Charmat method, where the second fermentation is done in a pressurized tank to keep the bubbles in the wine. This produces bright, clean sparkling wines in a more affordable way, which makes it possible to offer this charming bubbler at a very nice everyday price. -Winemakers notes

Wine Enthusiast – “Exuberant green floral perfume, melon and peach abound on this profoundly aromatic sparkler. It’s delicate in mousse with soft, persistent bubbles and deeply penetrating flavors of stone fruit and tangerine. Vibrant and spine-tingling, it’s a remarkably elegant sekt for with a gentle price tag. ” 91 pts.

Villa Wolf Rose Pfalz 2015 $10.99
The Pfalz is a very warm and sunny region, often called the “Tuscany of Germany,” so all of the Pinot varieties do well here. The Villa Wolf Pinot Noir Rosé is a true rosé, made with a brief maceration before pressing to extract color. It is light and refreshing, with deliciously bright berry and fruit flavors and a clean, zippy finish. It’s perfect for holiday meals, especially when ham is involved.

Elk Cove Rose Willamette Valley 2015 $14.99
Pink apricot in color. Strawberry, rose and freshly cut watermelon aromas greet you in the glass. A creamy texture on the palate with flavors of strawberry rhubarb pie, complemented by a thrill of sour cherries. Finishes with a grip of orange zest and delicate accents of clove and fig.

Marc Bredif Chinon Cabernet Franc 2012 $18.99
This bright ruby red wine has intense, refined and fruity aromas. There are nuances of cherry, strawberry and spicy notes. In the mouth, it has a subtle attack and a fruity, light structure. There is a fresh and aromatic finish.

Delas Saint Esprit Cotes du Rhone 2013 $13.99
The Côtes-du-Rhône Saint-Esprit is made from a blend of Syrah (majority) and Grenache grapes, which come from a small village in the Ardèche region. The vineyard’s southern exposure on steep granite hillsides provides the best growing conditions for the vines. Average production is 500,000 bottles per year. The Saint-Esprit’s deep color has a dark, plum-like hue. The nose is classical Syrah, with berry fruit, violet and licorice. It has a full, rounded palate with delicate tannins, making it a unique wine in the Côtes-du-Rhône appellation.

Tormentoso Mourvedre Paarl South Africa 2013 $13.99
In the Tormentoso, however, Mourvedre makes up 85% of the wine with 15% Syrah added for depth and extra spice.  For those who might find Mourvedres somewhat caustic, they will find the Tormentoso more approachable. With a dark, oxblood color, this wine has many layers of intriguing aromas and flavors including cranberry, blackberry and black cherry fruit with herb, and spice notes of clove and licorice. The texture is medium bodied with smooth and velvety mouth feel. Tannins add complexity but do not overwhelm. Enjoy with red meat dishes, pasta, or hard cheeses. It goes particularly well with extra-sharp cheddar from Vermont. -Winemadeeasy

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March 18 Tasting

Kristen Cooper of Vertical Wine and Beer will be pouring selections from Oregon, New Zealand, Spain and South Africa.

Jules Taylor Sauvignon Blanc 2015 $14.99
This Sauvignon Blanc captures the true essence of Marlborough. Aromas leap out of the glass in an explosion of passionfruit, grapefruit, white fleshed nectarines and notes of nettle and jalapeño pepper. The palate shows concentrated flavours of citrus, passionfruit and lemon grass. It has a nice texture with a firm backbone of juicy acidity. -winery notes

Bodegas las Orcas Solar de Randez Rose Rioja 2014 $14.99
A stunning Rioja Rosado that is made from 60% Garnacha, 10% Tempranillo, 30% Viura.  This delightful Rosado is made in the Provencal style, veering away from the typical ‘Spanish’ approach to bigger rosé wines, and venturing into the more ‘French’ approach of lighter body and fruit. Beautifully pale in color, with great aromas and flavors of red fruit with ama depth of minerality, this spring release is perfect for many types of cuisine, and a perfect option for those seeking a leaner style rosé from Spain.

Stevenson-Barrie Freedom Hill Pinot Noir 2012 $29.99
Michael Stevenson is the winemaker at Panther Creek Winery. Stevenson Barrie is his personal winery, and he makes very small amounts of his wines. His Pinot Noir has a subtle, clean, and fresh style. He ages in used oak barrels, and his wine-making style emphasizes restraint. The Duschee Family planted the Freedom Hill vineyard in 1982.  The wine has a medium reddish-purple color in the glass. Aromas of dark red cherries, black raspberries, brier, oak and spice.  Earthy, slightly smoky, dark red fruited with a medium weight on the palate.

Ransom Grenache Willamette Valley 2011 $22.99
At Pheasant Hill Vineyard in the Southern Cascades, Grenache has found a new foothold. Opening with fetching aromatics of sweet pea, pomegranate, and a hint of lavender, the palate is rich and resonant with flavors of mountain sage and plum conserve and a vein of lively acidity. The finish is long and lithe, conjuring aromatics of spring iris blossoms emerging from the earth. Elegant and worthy of cellaring, but open and ready to drink now.

Lanzos Tempranillo 2013 $11.99
(100% tempranillo, done entirely in stainless steel):  Bright purple.  Black and blue fruits on the perfumed nose and in the mouth.  Lively and focused, showing good punch and a slightly clenched quality to its juicy, spice-tinged finish.

Riebeek Pinotage 2013 $9.99
The color is an attractive bright, ruby red with a purple rim, typical of a young Pinotage. The flavors of this unique South African cultivar are complex and exciting with ripe plum and fruitcake all beautifully integrated and then finished with subtle oak for a lingering aftertaste.

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January 15 Tasting

Dougal Reeves of Estelle Imports will be pouring selections from Italy, France, Oregon, Washington and Argentina.

Vallevo Trebbiano 2014 $7.99
Fresh and floral, this white is lightly creamy and well-balanced, offering subtle notes of white peach, stone and mandarin orange. Try this instead of a Pinot Grigio for a change!

Lobos Hills PGR Yakima Valley 2014 $16.99
“PGR is a blend of Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer and Riesling—those three varietals made famous in the Alsace and Rhineland. This happily complex nose wafts aromas of pineapple, peach, banana and lychee. The palate is soft yet structured, which makes for a perfectly robust food wine.” –Winemaker notes. 50% Pinot Gris, 40% Gewurztraminer, 10% Riesling

Vista Hills Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2014 $14.99
From high atop the Dundee Hills in the northern Willamette Valley, Oregon, John and Nancy McClintock are carefully crafting these amazing wines using entirely estate fruit from their sustainably farmed vineyards. This is an Oregon Pinot Noir through and through: dark and sensuous in texture, robust fruit and aromas and a nice balance of power and elegance. Initial flavors of deep, black cherry evolve into smoke, mocha and charcuterie-like fattiness. Goes with: Grilled salmon (especially with some sort of glaze), Filet Mignon.

Ca’ La Bionda Valpolicella 2014 $14.99
This wine is medium-bodied and fine, with ripe cherry fruit with just a touch of earth and spice. Perfumed, juicy, and vibrant; this Valpolicella is the perfect match for roasts, grilled meat, and hard cheeses.

Pascal Marthoret Syrah 2013 $12.99
Ripe and ready aromas of black plum, black currant, violets, black pepper, and licorice, a round mouth full of purple fruits with classic northern Rhone Syrah notes of iodine and tapenade, and firm, stony tannin.

Las Perdices Malbec Argentina 2014 $10.99
Intense purple red color. Complex berry aromas with delicate oak touches. Soft in mouth, balanced, plum and cherry notes. Ideal to serve with red meat, pasta, fish and white meat with spiced sauces.

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November 13 tasting at John’s Marketplace

Bonnie Jeuris of Grape X Wines will be pouring selections from France and California.

Champagne Moutard Grand Reserve $29.99
Tightly knit and pungent, offering floral overtones to the ripe apple, white raspberry, ground ginger and citruszest notes, all backed by minerally acidity. -Wine Spectator 90 pts

Les Pouches Saumur 2014 $9.99
Attractive, simply fruity Chenin Blanc, this is a wine for drinking now. It is full of nutty flavors and apple acidity, with just a touch of minerality to give the wine some tension.

Mas de la Garrigue 2013 $9.99
“From handpicked Grenache, Carignan and Syrah aged in cement tanks for an amazing sense of purity. Ripe, spicy and opulent on the nose. Super juicy with fine grained tannins carrying crunchy dark berry fruit. Impressive.” The Wine Buyer, 91 Points

Jean-Marie Arnoux Vacqueyras 2012 $18.99
“Saturated ruby A highly aromatic nose presents red and dark berry preserves, incense, lavender and anise, with a peppery nuance Adding lift Juicy black raspberry and boysenberry flavors deliver very good palate coverage, with zesty acidity giving the. ripe fruit lift and verve This rich, lively Vacqueyras finishes with Powerful thrust and lingering sappiness.. Range: 91-93 ” -Vinous / Antonio Galloni.

Michael Pozzan Annabella Cabernet 2012 $18.99
This classic Napa Valley Cab shows once again why this varietal has become synonymous with Napa Valley. The nose shows layer after layer of cassis, saddle leather, and dried leaves. The wine’s massive structure is complimented by flavors of pipe smoke, black cherry, and a lengthy finish of sweet vanilla oak. -winery notes

Gaudou Renaissance Cahors 2012 $18.99
Dark red in color with a purple sheen. A complex nose with lots of red and black fruit, plums, coffee, beautiful wood show through the quality vatgebruik and a spicy sophistication. The palate is fleshy with sultry black fruit, plum compote, nice acidity and a soft mouthfeel. A wine with great potential!

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Oct 30 Tasting at John’s Marketplace

Friday, October 30 our “Friday Tasting” 5:00 – 7:00 pm …always ends at 7 pm sharp! –$5.00 fee–

Joe Moura of Casa Bruno will be pouring selections from France, Italy, Spain and Oregon.

Andre Clouet Grand Reserve Champagne $34.99
The nose on this medium bodied Champagne has aromas of apples, pear, and marzipan. The palate shows more cream, pear and the nut element that was present in the nose come though quite a bit on the palate. D&M Tasting Notes
This réserve cuvée is made of 100% Pinot Noir. Initially showing a very fresh bouquet of high toned fruits with hints of hazelnuts and yeasty aromas, this cuvée yields to the highly structured red fruit notes on the palate that the area is famed for. Long lees aging, low dosage and Grand Cru Pinot Noir fruit combine for an opulent yet balanced Champagne. Importers Notes. Reg. $45.99, now $34.99!

Holloran Riesling Willamette Valley 2012 $16.99
Classic German kabinett style riesling.
Half the fruit is from the Eola amity hills site planted in 2001. The other half is from Le Pavillon planted in 1972.Non-irrigated. Biodynamic. All stainless steel. Sterile filtered.

Casa Benasal Garnacha Blend Valencia 2013 $9.99
The Spanish equivalent of a GSM blend: Monstrell, Syrah and Garnacha Tintorera.  Plum, blackberry, and blueberry on the nose, following through onto the palate.  A full-bodied winter wine; lots of fruit with a light dusting of tannins on the finish.

Lemelson Six Vineyards Pinot Noir 2013 $18.99
This case-worthy value clobbers more than a handful of higher-priced Pinots. Filled with dark cherry and plum, accented by anise and pepper, it’s a pure pleasure to drink, with right balance of silky and structured. Made from a blend of the winery’s six vineyards, this wines so over performs for the price. – Marcus, Northwest Wines

Andrew Rich Red Willow Merlot 2010 $13.99
Medium-deep red. Musky aromas of plum, milk chocolate, mocha, tobacco and spices: very merlot! Suave and smooth on the palate, showing a sexy restrained sweetness to the gently extracted flavors of currant, plum and mocha. This savory wine shows as much red as black fruits. Complex, inviting merlot with a fine dusting of sweet tannins and very good length.

Felsina Chianti 2012 $24.99
There are mushrooms on the nose of this Chianti Classico, but these soon give way to subtle, deep aromas of blackberry crumble with hints of mint and ivy. It soon fills up the mouth with beautifully dense fruit and fine tannins, nutty, woody undertones and long finish. Gorgeous now, but better in 2016. – James Suckling 93 Points

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October 23 tasting at John’s Marketplace

Friday, October 23 our “Friday Tasting” 5:00 – 7:00 pm …always ends at 7 pm sharp! –$5.00 fee–

Allison Blythe of Mitchell Wines will be pouring selections from Spain, Chile, Oregon and Washington.

Naveran Brut Vintage Cava $13.99
This wine is the least expensive vintage bubbly on the planet (taste it blind against a $40 non-vintage “big brand” Champagne). Made by the Naveran family since 1901. This bodega has a great tradition of crafting Cavas that are superb expressions of clean, bright, citrus-inflected aromas and flavors with the all-important tiny bubbles. -Ole Imports.

Milbrandt Pinot Grigio Columbia Valley 2013 $11.95
The 2013 Pinot Gris is crisp on the palate with lively flavors of white peach, a hint of cantaloupe giving way to a fleshy mid-palate with a clean, bright finish. Pairs perfectly with antipasti, summer salads, ripe white cheeses and simple seafood dishes such as steamed clams and oysters.

Stag Hollow Dolcetto Yamhill 2012 $22.99
Willamette Valley winemaker/grower Mark Huff’s 2 acres of Dolcetto were first planted in 1992, and he’s had growing success with this Italian variety. Aromas of plums, boysenberry and huckleberry cream include rustic notes of dried cherry and cedar with a whiff of sea air. There’s a bold purple fruit approach to the palate with more boysenberry and dried cherry along with red currant acidity. In the background, there’s a rub of thyme and tarragon, which is finished with a pleasing tug of chocolaty tannins. Enjoy with puttanesca or other tomato-based pasta. -Great Northwest Wine

La Antigua Rioja 2010 $16.99
“Indispensable as every night dinner wines,” our Tasting Panel and Stephen Tanzer fell in love with this 90 point rated, brilliant red. A blend of 50% Tempranillo, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 10% Syrah with big aromas of strawberries, cherries, with toasty/vanilla flavors and aromas from the oak, fruity and clean on the palate, it’s super quaffable any night of the week. -invino

Bodegas Barohonda Carro 2013 $10.99
Made with 50% of Monastrell grapes and 50% of Syrah, Tempranillo and Merlot grapes. Over 30 years old vineyards. The soils where the grapes are grown are made of limestone, sand and clay.
Strong cherry colour. Fresh in the nose with red berry scents. On the palate is pleasing, structured and with a great appearance.

Alpatagua Reserva Carmenere 2013 $14.99
The Apaltagua Reserva Carmenere is an intense wine, wild purple in color. From start to finish, the touches of tobacco, and red and black cherries intermingle, producing a great potency in the mouth. It possesses a generous body with smooth and friendly tannins. It is a well-rounded wine with a juicy and lingering finish.

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