Friday Night Flights

Welcome to Friday Night Flights, a weekly feature designed for those of you who very much like to try new wines, but can’t find the time and/or funding to jet off to the Willamette Valley/Corsica/Argentina/South Africa every weekend. Happily, come Friday evening, most wine shops in town host tastings of wines both local and farandaway, so it’s pretty simple–I harvest the pertinent Friday night tasting details out of their newsletters and websites, complete with oft-colorful wine merchant tasting notes and voila, you have a thirst-inducing read and a cheap date with a hot new fermented thing come quitting time.

storytellerlogoStoryteller Wine Company
A Few of My Favorite Things Tasting

May 18, 6-9pm, Free
5511-B SW Hood Avenue

This Friday I am selecting several wines that my family and I have been enjoying of late. All of the wines are brand new to the store and I hope they will become a few of your favorite things as well! There will be an Aglianico from Italy, a Pinot Noir from the Willamette Valley, a superb white from northern Italy, a nice little rosé from France and a few other new arrivals, all poured for no charge. Here’s the Friday night wine tasting lineup:

2011 Ameztoi Getariako Txakolina 17.00
2010 Colli di Lapio Fiano di Avellino 24.00
2010 Domaine de la Pépière “Clos des Briords” Vieilles Vignes Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie (from magnums) 39.00 for 1.5L
2009 La Nez Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 29.00
2009 San Martino “Siir” Aglianico del Vulture 18.00

That portion of the tasting is free. But there will be a “super pour.” The “super pour” will be the best bottle of wine I have ever opened for our bonus round. And frankly, that’s quite a statement given some of our “super pours.” It will be a South Block Pinot Noir from The Eyrie Vineyards that has a bit of bottle age. For a slightly more than nominal fee you can sip history with us. It’s Champions League Final eve and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate Chelsea’s impending victory over Bayern Munich han to break out a South Block.


linerandelsenLiner & Elsen
A Taste of Pinot–California Style

May 18, 5:30-7:30pm, $22
2222 NW Quimby St.

Great tastings held on the first and third Fridays of each month. We serve a “flight” of five wines and usually a super-pour (extra $ and optional). Informal and fun.

May 18: A Taste of Pinot – California-Style, $22

2011 Robert Sinskey Vineyards, Vin Gris of Pinot Noir, Los Carneros
2009 Calera, Ryan Vineyard, Mt. Harlan, Central Coast
2008 J Wine Co., Russian River, Sonoma
2008 Etude, Carneros
2009 Dutton Goldfield, Devil’s Gulch Vineyard, Marin County

Optional Super Pour: $7
2009 Williams Selyem, Westside Road Neighbors, Russian River Valley

Optional Super Duper Pour: $10
2004 Hanzell Vineyards, Sonoma Valley


corkalbertaCork Bottle Shop
Domaine Duclaux Côte Rôtie Vertical Tasting

May 18, 4-7pm, $15
2901 NE Alberta Street

We promised more opportunities this year to try verticals of single wines. Well, Elaine Testa of Casa Bruno has found us an amazing opportunity and she’s going to share it with you at this special tasting. Domaine Duclaux is perched on the incredibly steep, terraced slopes of Cote-Rotie in the Northern-most section of the Rhone Valley. It is here where the Syrah grape reaches its penultimate glory and tasting 4 vintages of this wine should prove an extraordinary experience. Elaine will be pouring the Duclaux La Germine bottlings from 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009. Make sure you get to this tasting early, as we will start at 4pm and pour until the bottles run dry or 7pm, whichever comes first. These wines sell for $65-70/bottle so this is truly a special opportunity to try great wines for a nominal $15 tasting fee*.


portlandbottleshoplogoPortland Bottle Shop
Apolloni Wines with Laura Tasting

May 18, 5-7:30pm, $10
960 SE 13th Ave.

This Friday night, we’ve got Apolloni Vineyards here pouring wines along with the assistant winemaker, Ben, and his own wine label. It will be fun to see what Ben is doing with his own wines compared to the wines he assists with.


everydaywineintEvery Day Wine
2011 Rosés, Round 1 Tasting

May 18, 5pm-9pm; $12
1520 NE Alberta St.

2011 Roses – Round I

- 2011 Saint Nabor Gris de Gris, Rhone Valley, France.
(Tempranillo, Grenache, Cinsault)
- 2011 Chateau Peyrassol “Commanderie”, Cotes de Provence, France.
(Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah)
- 2011 Maison Bleue La Famille, Yakima Valley, Washington.
(90% Mourvedre, 10% Grenache)
- 2011 Chateau Virgile, Costieres de Nimes, France.
(90% Grenache, 10% Syrah)
- 2011 Bonny Doon Vin Gris Cigare, Central Coast, California.
(Grenache, Mourvedre, Roussanne, Grenache Blanc, Cinsault)

Don’t forget, Every Day Wine is a BRING YOUR OWN FOOD hang out (pizza, cheese & crackers, fresh baked bread, gourmet olives, chips ‘n salsa, chocolates, desserts, etc)… the bartender does retain the right to sample all the goods.


fosteranddobbsextFoster & Dobbs

May 18, 4:30-6:30pm, Free
2518 NE 15th Ave.

Join us this Friday, May 18th, when we celebrate the Wines of the Loire! Bonnie Crocker from PDX Wines will be here to share tastes of the 2010 Luneau Papin Muscadet Clos des Allees, 2011 Domaine de Reuilly Rose of Pinot Gris, 2009 Francois Pinon Vouvray Silex Noir, 2010 Clos de Tue Boeuf Cheverny Rouge, and 2005 Olga Raffault Chinon Les Picasses. Plus, cheesemaker Liz Alvis from Portland Creamery will be sampling her fresh and tasty chevres. We hope you’ll join us this Friday between 4:30 & 6:30pm for a tasting of delightful wine and cheese on a fine spring evening!


vinoextVino Wine Shop
Friday Night Flights

Every Friday night, 4:30-8pm, $10
137 SE 28th Ave.

VINO’s Friday Flights happen every Friday from 4:30-8:00pm. You can drop by anytime to get your share of what’s pouring that week.The cost is ten dollars for our first five wines, then a nominal extra charge should you decide to venture into whatever bonus pours may be on offer. We highly encourage you to bring cheese, salumi, and other snacks along with you. We provide Grand Central Baking sliced rustic baguettes. We hope you’ll come check us out!


“Five for Five at Five” Tasting

May 18, 5pm, $5
339 NW Broadway

Please join us Friday evening for our usual “Five for Five at Five” tasting. A taste of five wines, for just $5, starting at 5pm. No brainer, Matilda.