Burger Wines!
Today August 16 from 1:30 - 6:30
Summer is concluding, hatch peppers arriving but burgers and wine never go out of fashion...Drop by to taste four favorite red wines that pair well with various sorts of burgers. Bring Your Own Burger if you wish because we aren’t cooking! PS – These wines also pair well with many other things aside from burgers.

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$19.99 BTL./$239.88 CASE

The name Cabasse is from Italian, casa bassa, which means house under the village. Situated just beneath the picturesque, Provençal village of Seguret, Domaine de Cabasse's roots date back to the 14th century. Along with having a fine hotel and restaurant, superb wines also come from this 33-acre estate that owns land in 3 southern Rhone villages, Seguret, Sablet and Gigondas.

Cabasse literally sits at the border of the villages of Sablet and Seguret. Garnacho is 75% Grenache, 10% Carignan, 8% Counoise, 7% Syrah and aged 6-9 months in large barrels. Instant leap from the glass. Strawberry, perfumed violet, abundant licorice. Lots of wild spices throughout. The texture is poised, expansive and very classy indeed. Lots of depth, perisitence and personality. More and more white pepper arrives. This pairs so well with provencal cuisine like lamb as well as tomato-based fare. Also matches up nicely with North African flavors. Very easy to drink now but no problem for this wine from a great vintage to age 7-8 years as well. This is my favorite with a burger with cheese, hatch pepper and BBQ sauce.

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$14.99 BTL./$179.88 CASE

Formerly known as Cuvee Prestige, the single parcel wine ‘Saint-Seurin’ is the Dietrich family’s wondrous luxury wine that not only shows very well early, also ages way too well than any 15-buck red wine ever should. From the estate’s oldest vines, the presence of 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 12 months aging in oak brings about a fine presence of depth, finesse and extensive potential.

Last year we offered this wine and 10 cases sold in about ten days. At this moment, the wine is quite impressive. Commencing with plum and violet, aromatic Moroccan spice, mocha and cassis notes from the Cabernet quickly appear. Classic Bordeaux spirit, nice vinous texture, with almost marine-like aspects around the edges. Extends with a combination of red earth, good fruit and plenty of spice on the very long finish. Very accessible now, especially with something like a rib eye or roasted rack of lamb but will continue to develop for another seven-8 years. A few years back the big discovery was just how good this is with a cheeseburger and even better when served from a proper Bordeaux glass.

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Made by famed high end Chardonnay and Pinot Noir producers, Jim & Bob Varner, Foxglove is their creation of California wines that are unoaked and really launch over the bar when it comes to bang for the buck. Over the last few years, many of you became acquainted with Foxglove's delicious value wines especially their Chardonnay.

It's now time for you to try one of their full-on, ravishing reds and their flavorful, generous Zin is the perfect way to get started. A whole lotta Zin, the 2016 explodes with brazen black raspberry, plenty of cracked pepper, cocoa powder and subtle briar and mineral tones follow through to a texture that is inviting, plush, generous and never ponderous. Have it with barbecued ribs or chicken. Go crazy with a jalepeno burger with bacon, onions, pepper jack and avocado with this Zin.

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Wanting to move to a new vintage, we have a stunning special on this Spanish red. Delicious at 26, it is a four-alarm robbery at 17-bucks!

With 5-hectares of land at 530 meters, rising star Veronica Ortega produces three wines from her vineyards. Made from mostly Mencia (a tiny portion of indigenous varietals are blended in), the 2015 ‘Quite’ Bierzo is very tasty indeed. Teeming with violet, plum, cinnamon, sandalwood and mineral, this wine changes like an obstacle course as it unfolds in the glass. Pure and satisfying with smoothed-over edges, this wine has fine expansion on the palate and follows over to a brisk, lively finish that soars. Do not be fooled; underneath there is ample teeth and structure which will allow it to pair well with pork, sausages and even a burger. Drink over the next 3-5 years. If you need score reassurance, this has 92 points from The Wine Advocate.

Older Piedmont wines, Oregon Pinot Gris, Malbec & more

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$17.99 BTL./$215.88 CASE

In any given growing region, there are always producers who will stand out and Italy’s famed Soave region is no different. Think of it as Soave MMA and without any doubt these days, the current titleholder is Pra. Graziano Pra started his estate in the 1980s and in no time became a force. Lately we have been seeing nothing but excellence and we are excited to offer the new 2018 Otto.

Otto is named after Graziano’s Border collie and is made from 100% Garganega from 30-60 year old vines. This is a white wine that I really dislike referring to as a mere entry wine because it has plenty of spine and doesn’t fold up its tent after a year in the bottle. Gorgeous aromatics seduce with notes of mineral, lemon, and white flowers. Bone dry, excruciatingly refreshing powdery citrus scents shine and not to mention even more mineral and a touch of mushroom and earth lingering beneath the surface. Very complex, and just plain fun to drink, this is one of our absolute favorite Italian white wines and it has enough substance to pair with salmon as well as being one of the ultimate white wines for fresh mussels.

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Since taking leadership of his family’s estate, Gregory Barbet and Chateau de la Terriere have been on quite a roll. This estate produces fabulous wines in Moulin-A-Vent as well as Regnie but if there is a specialty of the house, it would have to be Brouilly. 2017 for Cru Beaujolais is a small quantity but epic quality vintage that possesses broad fruit that is balanced by detail, mineral and ample structure.

Supreme sensuality is evident as soon as the wine is poured into the glass. Creamy raspberry fruit shines along with nutmeg and graham from the granitic soils. As it unfurls, mineral, peat and pepper arrive. A very mouth filling, chewy core that is very poised and succulent with engaging red earth on the layered, lifting, long finish. Beautiful now but will develop well for another six-7 years.

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Every now and again, one forgets things. Like me heading to the coast and leaving my wine bag on the table. Getting to Tigard and not wanting to drive back nor drink Safeway Swill, I made a call to Marcus Goodfellow and picked some bottles up including this new release.

Coming in at 12.5% alcohol, this Gris is so electric that it’ll make you want groove your ass but good! Marcus Goodfellow's magical touch has appeared and his new 2018 is quasi-inspired by old-school Alsace and seemingly Alto Adige but never leaves its Oregon roots. A bevy of fresh citrus flavors flow from the glass - tangerine, lime and lemongrass lead into a crisp, smoky palate that is at once mouth filling and quenching but also showing old vine richness all while maintaining poise and a dry personality. A fantastic way to begin the festivities on a warm evening with vibrant cheeses or perfect with sole or halibut.

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$29.99 BTL./$359.88 CASE

Here is an excellent treat to see just how well Marcus’s Pinot Noirs age. Given his use of whole cluster (50% in 2013), these wines often require some cellar time however; this wine is starting to reveal its character and personality. A superb site that was planted in 1990 and located in the Ribbon Ridge AVA, Whistling Ridge takes its name from the persistent summer winds that arrive every afternoon and evening.

2013 is a very underrated vintage from the state’s top producers, Marcus rocked it in 2013 and made an exquisite, sultry Pinot Noir that at age six, is really hitting its stride and doing what a slightly mature Pinot does, seduces and makes one think. The color here is pure and non-manipulated meaning that it is red versus something that is an opaque purple. Aromatics of plum, rhubarb, violet, mushroom and enhanced nicely by turned earth/cinnamon tones give way to a complex texture that crawls around and covers the palate in a sensuous manner. Drawn out and complex, one sees why Goodfellow's wines always age so handsomely. Grab a nice soft-ripened cheese and enjoy. One can also continue to age this and see more development for another decade.

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$13.99 BTL./$167.88 CASE

These days, Spain’s wine producers are less reliant on what journalist likes what style and we are seeing either small, emerging producers or established, over-oaked ones reimagining the wines. Forging a new path, producers like Casa Castillo are making wines that reflect the soils. The Sanchez-Cerezo family owns Casa Castillo and 20 years ago one needed tweezers to pull the splinters out of your tongue from all of the oak being utilized. These days the wines are so different and are magical with food.

The 2017 Jumilla Monastrell is a fantastic best buy that has strong varietal character as well as Spanish spirit. 100% Monastrell (Mourvedre) and packed with blackberry, iron, tea-leaf and scorched earth it is in the mouth an assertive red that has bold fruit then gains brightness and firmness in the back. This super little drinker should be consumed over the next 12-18 months with hearty dishes.

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$12.99 BTL./$155.88 CASE

Prototype Malbec, this is what everyone visions when drinking Malbec from Argentina. It does not hurt that it is from one of their superb producers as well.

Plum and raspberry tones surround spice and pepper follow into a texture that is solid, ripe, meaty and firm. The finish is deceptively long and finely tuned. Another monster slam-dunk from Zuccardi. Delicious with just about any red meat dish, pizza or tomato-based pastas.

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$34.99 BTL./$419.88 CASE

The Italian region of Piedmont, which is famous for Barolo and Barbaresco, also extends well north of these famous areas and regions like Gattinara have been producing wines for centuries. Recently the producers in this area (as well as Ghemme, Faro & Lessona) have really upped the ante on their quality and primetime Nebbiolo wines are sprouting up and not only do they represent excellent price/quality rapport, they can age quite well, too. Situated between Barolo and the Swiss border, the soils and overall terroir for Gattinara are significantly different being a combination of volcanic rock along with iron-rich gravel.

Petterino is a tiny producer who typically releases their wines later than most. As is evidenced in the rest of Piedmont, 2004 is structured, stupendous and drinking very well. A beautiful, secondary, antique nose with a mountain of camphor and mint. Dried flowers, prominent steely mineral tones with a generous, ripe core that has evolved beautifully and really excels in its frame of acidity and integrated tannins. Wiry, fine, smoothed out and full of Nebbiolo character, this wine is drinking perfectly now and over the next 5-6 years. Pair it with a slow braised beef or lamb and an eruption is bound to take place.

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$41.99 BTL./$503.88 CASE

The Riserva version is another step up and a slightly warmer vintage like 2007 can favor the Northern Piemonte areas.

Chocolate, licorice, mint, pekoe, mushroom and underlying rose petal. Develops more fragrance and allure as it opens. Assertiveness is still prominent but the depth of fruit from these older sites take hold. This can still age but is also very formidable now. Something very special for any Nebbiolo fiend. One can serve risotto with braised beef, osso buco or a pan-seared steak with mushrooms. A wonderful chance to enjoy an older, complex Piedmont wine, if you love them, do not miss these.


Burger Wines

This Friday August 16 from 1:30 - 6:30

Because we’re feeling the end of summer coming as well as hatch peppers arriving we have a few Burger reds to share with you...Bring Your Own Burger if you wish because we aren’t cooking! PS – These wines also pair well with many other things aside from burgers.


2017 Cabasse Seguret Cotes-du-Rhone Villages ‘Garnacho’
2016 Foxglove Zinfandel Paso Robles
2015 Veronica Ortega Bierzo ‘Quite’
2015 Haut-Rian Cotes-de-Bordeaux Rouge ‘Saint-Seurin’