About Our Tastings:
Saturday Afternoon Free Tastings, 12 - 4pm
Every Saturday we open up some featured newsletter wines for a complimentary tasting. Come on in to taste and chat; we hope you’ll find your next favorite wine!
Friday Evening Tastings, 5 - 7pm
The first and third Friday evening of every month, we cook up something a little special with themed flights. The themes will vary along with the price, but we’ll always aim to make it interesting.
Special Sit-Down Tastings, 6 - 8pm
When the opportunity arises to do a deep dive on a particular region, style, or producer, we will host a special guest speaker for a formal sit-down educational tasting. These are ticketed tastings and will be announced as they are planned.
Friday, March 1st, 5-7pm: A Special Tasting with Wines from Jenny & Francois Selections
When people who work in the wine industry purchase wine, we very often buy by the label. The back label, that is. Find a distributor or importer you know and trust, and you will always find a good bottle. This Friday night, we are pleased to host Bryan Schlessel from Jenny & François Selections. Started in 2000, this importer was the first in the country to focus exclusively on low-intervention, dependably clean and consistently delicious wines. Bryan is in town for Portland’s very own natural wine festival The Wild Bunch, and we are proud to host this official off-fair event and celebrate the legacy of Jenny & Francois.
Saturday, March 2nd, 12-4pm: Newsletter Selections from the Beginning of the Alphabet
Patterns are elusive creatures. Sometimes, they seem to have their own sense of humor. In organizing wines for our Saturday flights in March, I found that arranging them alphabetically yielded perfectly balanced flights with something for every palate.
Aphros Vinho Verde from Portugal
Bisci Verdicchio di Matelica from Italy
Cantine Borghi Chianti Classico from Italy
CVNE Ribeira del Duero from Spain
Thursday, March 7th, 5-7pm: Hedges Family Estate
Help us to welcome Sarah Hedges Goedhart from Hedges Family Estate, one of Red Mountain’s premier wineries that has very quietly been biodynamically farmed since 2008. Sarah, the daughter of founders Tom and Anne Marie Hedges, has been the winemaker since 2015, and instrumental in pushing the estate towards full biodynamic practice.
Saturday, March 9th, 12-4pm: Love & Squalor Wines at the Winemaker’s Barrel
In 2003, Matt Berson was rescued from the restaurant grind by a band of marauding Oregon vintners. By 2006 he had started making a tiny amount of his own wine – just a couple barrels in the corner – while he worked in other people’s cellars, and by 2007 he convinced designer Angela Reat to leave behind steady work in San Francisco and join him in making wine and eventually marriage. Together, they are Love & Squalor, named for a 1950’s era JD Salinger short story. It is still a small operation, making just a few thousand cases each vintage of gently handled wine without a lot of bells and whistles. Saturday afternoon, we’ll have Matt in store with a few of his latest releases.
Wednesday, March 13th, 6-8pm: An Evening Tasting of Camille Giroud Burgundy
On Wednesday the 13th, we’re tasting a showstopping selection of Burgundy from Camille Giroud’s 2020 Vintage. Camille Giroud is a relative newcomer to the winemaking game, but after a century of building relationships with growers in the finest vineyards of Burgundy as strictly a négocient, the house started producing wines in the 1990s with some of the best vines available. Once genius winemaker David Criox arrived, Camille Giroud shot to the front rank of Burgundy domaines, and they remain a sought-after wine for collectors. On Wednesday evening, we will be tasting a range of 2020 vintage wines with Tim Davey, representing Becky Wasserman wines.
Seating is limited, prepaid reservation required, $100 per seat.
Friday, March 15th, 5-7pm: The Loire
If Variety is the spice of life, there may not be a spicier wine region than the Loire. Join us Friday evening on the 15th for a flight of wines from up and down that long river.
Saturday, March 16th, 12-4pm: Newsletter Selections from the Middle of the Alphabet
Our second newsletter flight offers French reds from two different oceans, an Italian white from the foothills and a classic Oregon white from the valley. Their unifying characteristic, other than being great wines, is they’re found between E and G in the phonebook.
Elian da Ros Cotes du Marmandais from France
Domaine des Enfants Cotes Catalanes Le Jouet from France
Fontanassa Gavi Ca Adua from Italy
Cameron Willamette Valley Giovanni from Oregon
Saturday, March 23rd, 12-4pm: Claudia Cigliuti of Azienda Agricoli F.lli Cigliuti
We’re honored to have Claudia Cigliuti in the shop on Saturday the 23rd with some of her family’s latest wines. F.lli Cigliuti is one of the most important names in Barbaresco. Ronaldo Cigliuti’s family stayed in the country after the second World War when so many of their neighbors left for the towns and cities, and they passed their old-school winemaking methods down through the generations to today, when Claudia and Silvia Cigliuti have taken over the work of farming and making wine. Their style remains resolutely old. These are the sorts of deeply flavored, slow to mature and unapologetically structured wines Piedmont was known for before it became fashionable to polish up wines with too much oak.
Langhe Nebbiolo 2022
Barbera d’Alba Serraboella 2021
Barbaresco Vie Erte Bricco di Neive 2019
Barbaresco Serraboella 2019
Saturday, March 30th, 12-4pm: Newsletter Selections from the End of the Alphabet
At the end of the month and at the end of the Alphabet. My last name comes near the end of the Alphabet, so I have always known that sometimes we save the best for last. Three dramatically different reds, and a delightfully surprising white wine.
Mustilli Sannio Aglianico from Italy
Chateau Pajzos Tokaji from Hungary
Alessandro Rivetto Langhe Rosso from Italy
Chateau de de la Selve Petit Selve Rouge from France