The Cellar Door's 21st Annual Holiday Champagne Tasting Monday Night Bubbles!
It's on! We are ready for another top-notch Holiday Bubblebath. At 21, we are now permitted to seriously drink and this year I've changed things up a bit by using Champagnes that have never been featured in the previous twenty versions. A bit more focus on the smaller growers, we are going to explore the map and terroirs of Champagne with eight dynamite selections.

Monday December 10, 2018
Altabira City Tavern at Hotel Eastlund
1021 NE Grand Ave, Portland, OR 97212

$110.00 PER PERSON
Reservations are now being accepted. 55 seats and 55 only. Email or call early because given the mighty lineup, it will sell out.
Not only is Champagne a Celebratory Tipple, it pairs exceptionally well with food. The team at Altabira will be preparing a menu to pair with this exquisite range of four flights. We will announce the menu very soon

The Bubblebath XXI Lineup

  • Stephane Coquillette Brut Carte D'Or
  • Robert Barbichon Blanc de Noirs

  • Diebolt-Vallois Brut Rose
  • Laurent-Perrier Brut Rose

  • 2014 Frederic Savart Extra Brut 'Le Mont Benoit'
  • 2014 Frederic Savart Extra Brut 'Monts des Chretiens'

  • 2008 Larmandier-Bernier Vieilles Vignes du Levant Blanc de Blancs
  • 2008 Drappier Brut 'Grand Sendree'


The BubbleBath is always our most popular tasting. As mentioned in previous years, we have actually heard of divorce threats from Champagne-loving spouses if they are unable to obtain a seat. Seating is limited to 55 and they will go quickly! Call 503-221-7435 or email [email protected] (or click the link below) to reserve. A credit card is needed to secure your reservation. Cancellations must be made 72 hours prior to the event when we have to guarantee a total.

Say 'Hell No' to Nouveau/Turkey Wines Tasting
Today November 16 from 1:30 - 6:30
Always one of our favorite Friday Tastings of the year! Our annual celebration of le vrai Beaujolais which go very well with turkey. Come taste 3 top Cru wines from this hallowed region that aren't eight week old embryos. We’ll also be pouring an excellent white wine to pair with the Big Bird as well.

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$17.99 BTL./$215.88 CASE

Friends don't let friends drink Beaujolais Nouveau! Instead, have them drink REAL Beaujolais made by REAL growers. Authentic Beaujolais Villages and Cru Beaujolais are food friendly wines that are not to be confused with the Olde English 800 of red wine, Beaujolais Nouveau. These traditionally fermented red wines are super-food-friendly and the bottom line is that there is nothing more festive with holiday turkey. The Nouveau phenomenon helped to put this region on the wine map, however it has done a disservice for the growers in this zone making serious wine. Many of the Cru producers do not even put the name Beaujolais on their bottles, simply opting for the name, which helps to separate them from the common plonk that unfortunately prevails too often in this region. Unless you are familiar with wine from the Beaujolais villages of Moulin-À-Vent, Morgon, Fleurie etc., drop your former perception of this region and let's start over. Like a snort of whiskey at 9 AM, these wines are unmitigated eye-openers and they are phenomenal with all of the flavors that are on the plate at Thanksgiving.

Brouilly is a large appellation that surrounds Mont Brouilly. On the large, south side of the Mont, wines that are more “common” are produced. Terrière's vineyards for are located on the much smaller north side of the appellation where there are large amounts of red granite deposits. This area is widely regarded as one of the finest terroirs in all of Beaujolais. After tasting this wine over the weekend and last year in France, Bryan was amazed at the complexity and value of this wine.

Significantly layered and mineral, one immediately recognizes the step-up from Beaujolais Villages to Cru Beaujolais. Creamy raspberry with underlying spicy tones of coriander and pepper shimmer from the glass and carry over to a texture that is agile, snappy and penetrating with a total eruption of persistent flavors and depth that cascade into a long finish. Drink it over the next 5-7 years.

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$19.99 BTL./$239.88 CASE

Jean-Paul Brun started Terres Dorées in 1979 with 10 acres of vines in Charnay in the southern Beaujolais, an area that is slightly warmer and more limestone-driven versus the more renowned granite-rich cru villages in the northern Beaujolais. Today, the Charnay estate is around 30 acres, but Jean-Paul now has small holdings within the Cru villages of Beaujolais including this selection.

Cote-de-Brouilly is very, very different from Brouilly. Brouilly surrounds the Mont de Brouilly while the Cote-de-Brouilly is of higher elevation on the ‘mont’ and much tinier in vineyard size. From an extinct volcano and hard soils, Cote-de-Brouilly are always more concentrated than their Brouilly cousins and seemingly possess more spice. Consistently one of the most fragrant wines of the region and made using Burgundian techniques, 2016 brought superb quality. Delicious, complex aromas of strawberries with mineral and subtle notes of tarragon and prominent graham/black pepper spice. Bright, layered peppery fruit and herbs make a wine that's refreshing but worthy of more attention than just casual sipping due to its mouth filling texture that can best be described as a miracle in the mouth! Drink this gorgeous, vastly underestimated offering with roasted turkey that has been stuffed with mushrooms - preferably chanterelles.

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$21.99 BTL./$263.88 CASE

Clos de la Roilette’s vineyard butts up against Moulin-a-Vent, and when boundaries were established in the ‘20s, the landowner at the time was a bit irate. In response, he put a picture of his racehorse, Roilette, on the label. In addition, the wine’s site, Clos de la Roilette more prominently on the label instead of the appellation name, Fleurie. This remains the same today even under the present owner, François Coudert.

We are undoubtedly excited for the 2017 wines from the Beaujolais region of France, alas, the quantities are very small though. Fleurie is often noted as the Queen of Beaujolais with its feminine and sleek qualities. Clos de la Roilette is a different breed and we like to refer to it as the cross-dresser of Fleurie as it takes on many of the more masculine qualities of its neighbor, Moulin-A-Vent. Packed with candied, aromatic morello cherry, red licorice, some spicy earth and violet tones that dance from the glass and seduce the palate with wonderful, layered flavors that drive into a fresh, uplifting and engaging finish. This Autumnal beauty pairs well with grilled sausage, mushroom-laced pasta dishes, baked ham and turkey whether it is roasted, smoked or deep-fried. An amazing deal as it will also age nicely for 8-10+ years and almost become like a fine Pinot Noir. These days, what one gets for $18-$25 in Cru Beaujolais is a much more significant value that just about any Pinot Noir in the world in this price range.

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$23.99 BTL./$287.88 CASE

There really is a correlation when it comes to Ferris Wheels and Riesling - both have significant wimp factors. As the prophetic Funk Master-General himself, George Clinton sez: ‘Freeeee your mind and your ass will follow’! Helmut and Cornelius Donnhoff’s wines are a force of nature from genius terroirists and two of the world's foremost authorities on profound white wine. From top to bottom, Donnhoff produces scintillating white wines and gained fame through their single vineyard wines from the best sites of the Nahe region of Germany.

Explaining the virtues and intricacies of the noble Riesling grape is always one of the most frustrating aspects of my job. Riesling is a varietal that comes in all shapes and sizes and levels of sweetness. These range from some of the most ferociously dry (trocken) and ageworthy versions to some of the sweetest and most sought-after dessert wines in the world and then all points in between. Take pause and notice this wine. Yes, it's Riesling, yes, it's from Germany, and yes, we have to shout about it out to the non-believers: YES, IT IS DRY! The Trocken (dry) category of Riesling has become wildly popular because of its diversity. Like the sweet wines, Trocken is a blank slate for its terroir, but also goes with an abundance of food choices. This wine is a flat out blitzkrieg of character. Prominent lime on the nose along with some saline and subtle spice, too. Very varietal Riesling, quite pungent and tense. Bone-dry, virtual stony citrus that shimmers with the minerality, it has a racy lemon zest, flinty, finish that really goes on. I’m sort of thinking halibut or mussels but this will also work very well with white sausages and its mouthwatering succulence goes especially well the holiday big bird.


The Most Wonderful Day Of The Year!!

Next Wednesday November 21 from 1:30 – 6:30

Statistically the day before Thanksgiving has always been the biggest drinking day of the year and we are all for keeping the numbers at their lofty levels! Come and join us for our favorite in-house tasting of the year which includes the annual pouring of the new releases from Bisci (Verdicchio and Rosso) amongst others that will be poured. Bring your family, bring your friends, hell, bring your dog!!


2015 Bisci Rosso Fogliano
2017 Bisci Verdicchio di Matelica
2015 Bisci Verdicchio di Matelica 'Fogliano'
These are just to start, many other fun and exciting things will be uncorked!
I’m taking requests within reason :-)

A Cellar Door Exclusive Italian Red Wine

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$14.99 BTL./$179.88 CASE

If you love Italian red wines, there has never been a better time to get some of this one to be your versatile dinner red, which can be served for an upscale Italian dinner or with a steaming bowl of spaghetti & meatballs. Well, what is it? Read on...

A classic blend highlighted by Sangiovese from vines planted in 1978 in the Le Marches region of Italy, Bisci is most notably a great Verdicchio producer and this red shows that they are just a great wine producer, period. As big fans of this estate’s wines, we have it exclusively for the state and have 10 cases to work with. Loaded with scents and flavors of black cherry, blackberry, herbs, and black pepper, it is soft and silky in the mouth. This is a yummy-delicious red that pairs well with everything from pasta to roasted chicken yet is also one that can be served at more formal gatherings, too. Drink over the next 3-5 years. Versatility thy name is Bisci!


Say Hell No To Nouveau/Turkey Wines

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

Our annual celebration of le vrai Beaujolais which go very well with turkey. Come taste 3 top Cru wines from this hallowed region that aren't eight week old embryos. We’ll also be pouring an excellent white wine to pair with the Big Bird as well and if the Petit Chablis above isn’t sold out, we’ll uncork that, too.


2017 Clos de la Roilette Fleurie
2016 Terriere Brouilly
2016 Terres Dorees Cote-de-Brouilly
2017 Donnhoff Riesling Trocken (Dry)

Chablis, Chinon & Chateauneuf Specials/ Several Choices for Turkey/ Italian Faves and Under 12 reds

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[reg. $29.99]
SPECIAL - $19.99 BTL./$239.88 CASE

We love, love specials, especially when it occurs on a top-notch Chablis producer’s superb wines. Located in the village of Lignorelles in the northern portion of Chablis, Domaine Lavantureux was founded in 1979 and with the higher elevation than around the village of the Chablis, this is prime terroir for Petit Chablis and Lavantureux excels in this category. The difference between Petit Chablis and Chablis isn't its size but its soil, P-Chablis is grown in Portlandian soil versus Kimmeridgian.

2016 is a great vintage in this area and this wine is drinking extremely well. Perfumed flint, floral and with stylish underlying fruit. Excellent palate coverage is present in the mouth and deftly balances richness with brisk minerality. More stony aspects arrive as it opens and follows into a finish with persistence and character. Very likable and easy to latch on to. Quite a step up from many in this category, enjoy this white with oysters, mussels and especially fresh crab. A few years back I experienced this wine at Restaurant Soleil D’Or just outside of Chablis with merlu (a white fish) cooked on its skin and served over a mousseline of green lentils from Le Puy and green peas, a mighty combination! Only 14 cases available. If there is any left, I’ll open it for this Friday Sips Tasting.

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SPECIAL - $14.99 BTL./$179.88 CASE

At the tender age of 25, Bertrand Sourdais became a superstar while working in Spain. As winemaker in Spain’s Ribera del Duero region at the then unknown and now famed Abadia Retuerta estate. In 2002 France’s most influential critic, Michel Bettane along with Spain’s top critic, Jose Penin got together to blind taste the two nation’s 31 best wines. The shocker was Abadia Retuerta’s wine finishing tied with 1994 Vega Sicilia and ahead of the 1999 Chateau Latour. Soon after his father’s retirement, Bertrand returned home to create something top-notch in his native Chinon and over the last decade, we have seen these wines propelled into some of the best Cabernet Franc reds that the Loire Valley has to offer.

30 year old vines situated in a prime area not far from Baudry’s Croix Boisee site, this wine comes from average 30 year old vines and is 100% Cabernet Franc. Never an oak festival, Bertrand ages it in 3-4 year old barrels for 12 months then another six in concrete. When drinking this Chinon, we recommend using a Burgundy glass versus a Bordeaux glass because Cab Franc in this area is more about aromatics and less about heft. Now Chinon might not be for everyone, as it is certainly not a lollipop wine. Yet for those that love aromatic, refined wines it is not to be missed. Classic nose of baked cherry, sandalwood, jasmine, and spicy herb notes. Pure red cherry, and mineral assault the palate, with great intensity, yet texture wise more akin to red Burgundy. A long, complex and delicious finish keep you coming back for another glass. Such an amazingly versatile food wine, Chinon is always prevalent on the Paris bistro scene and one can see why. This wine works with a wide variety of foods from rillettes to beef curry dishes to your favorite lamb stew. It is also quite surprisingly delicious with your holiday turkey. Drink over the next decade.

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$23.99 BTL./$287.88 CASE

Goodfellow owner/winemaker Marcus Goodfellow always strives to make stylish Pinot Noirs that maintain detail and nuance. 2016 is no exception and having been working with his wines since their inception in vintage 2002, I thoroughly believe this excellent vintage is some of his finest work.

The 2016 Ribbon Ridge is one of the great values in Oregon Pinot Noir. From declassified fruit from the Whistling Ridge vineyard, this 2016 totally follows the patterns of the vintage's generosity and totally delivers the goods. Sensuous, refined aromas of blackberry, strawberry, soft, slightly elusive herbs, spices, and an underlay of earth and red-hot candy pepper tones build and build as the wine unfolds in the glass. Texturally, it is silky and seductive with clarity and exquisite finesse along with ultra-fine depth and tannins. All of the spices that are on the nose are very present on the drawn-out finish. This wine can be accessed now, however, like many 2016s, it has backbone and well-formed structure to allow it to age through 2027. This is also a nice local choice for turkey, which will nicely impress the out of town guests.

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$27.99 BTL./$335.88 CASE

Valdipaitta was founded 45 years ago but it was not until 1990 when Giulio Caporali purchased the estate and elevated all aspects. This offering is the flagship of the property. Farmed at over 1000 feet in the heart of Tuscany’s Montepulciano zone, it is a blend of 95% Sangiovese and 5% Canaiolo.

A classic beauty that woos you in from the first waft of violet, lush cherry, raspberry and sweet roasted Tuscan herbs. This wine is all about balance in the mouth with an undertow of intense depth of flavor, alluring spice and fine grained tannins that beautifully frame the rich fruit. The quality is echoed on the finish, as the depth and expansion of flavor lingers on the palate. Opening one now with a hearty meal would not be a crime but this delicious wine will continue to develop for a decade.

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$11.99 BTL./$143.88 CASE

Located in California’s Central Coast region and produced at Clos LaChance, the lineup of wines from this producer offer formidable bang for the buck. While this Cab certainly won't put Dominus or Chateau Montelena out of business, it also is about one-fifteenth the price and makes for a perfect glass pour on a Tuesday or Thursday evening.

Dusty, plummy and very up-front. Some spearmint and cocoa powder add enhancement. Succulent, middleweight, plush and not re-inventing the wheel, this delicious everyday comfort-food kind of wine will appease Cab fans who like a good deal.

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$39.99 BTL./$479.88 CASE

After visiting Piedmont this past May, one thing that opened my eyes, especially in Barbaresco, are the number of growers whose wines are on the upswing and may or may not have been brought in for one reason or another. One of the three main villages of Barbaresco, (along with Neive and Barbaresco) Treiso is now being recognized and its terroirs being shown by the many young producers in this area. Led by 32-year-old Danilo Nada, these wines are an absolute steal. Get in on them now!

The Manzola vineyard is located in Treiso and is becoming regarded as one of the fine sites. This site is best be described as benevolent. If aromas could be velvety, this would be the candidate. Classy, well formed and tender with raspberry, mineral, mint, roses along with subtle pepper. In the mouth, it is quite suave before firming up in the mid-palate. A vertical and very lengthy finish. Give this until the end of 2019 and enjoy it through the end of the next decade.

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$10.99 BTL./$131.88 CASE

The wines from Gaillac, a region located 45 minutes outside of Toulouse and near the city of Albi always excite us. When one of these toothsome reds arrives at an $11 price, it gets us as excited as a carnie finding a piñata full of crank at the Rose Festival!

50% Syrah, 50% Duras with scents of wild spices and wild little red fruits. Mineral, sanguine and licorice also turn up and all follows through to a supple, round and amply brisk texture that is soulfully France. Drink with duck, pork belly, soft-ripened cheese, smooth pate, pretty much anything that is bad for the blood sugar but good for the soul. Also a much-underrated choice to pair with upcoming holiday fare.

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Bodega Cesar Florido is a small but superb Sherry producer who makes the usual, entire lineup, however, this estate is dedicated to preserving the Moscatel grape of the village of Chipiona. One of the few producers to estate bottle, this sweet wine is aged one year in solera.

A big amber color with aromas of toffee, dried oranges, roses, smoked nuts, honey and caramel that really entice. Full of flavor, richness, finely grained acids to buffer the sweetness and a lengthy nutty finish. This is my favorite Thanksgiving Pumpkin Pie, Pecan Pie or Sweet Potato Bourbon Pie wine. It also is fabulous with chocolate.

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SPECIAL - $36.99 BTL./$443.88 CASE

With the distributor wanting to bring in 2016, we have a nice incentive on one of Chateauneuf-du-Pape’s very renowned producers. Domaine Pierre Usseglio led by Thierry, Jean-Pierre and Sandrine Usseglio produce highly touted, and neo-classical wines that stand the test of time very nicely.

The 2015 is a classic offering that possesses intense, full aromas of blackberry, rhubarb, lavender and ground pepper. In the mouth, it is everything the nose delivers. Full-bodied, plenty of Chateauneuf hot rock, nice spice and plenty of backbone. Like many 2015s, there is some accessibility in its youth and it will continue to develop nicely through 2028+.


Say Hell No To Nouveau/Turkey Wines

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

Our annual celebration of le vrai Beaujolais which go very well with turkey. Come taste 3 top Cru wines from this hallowed region that aren't eight week old embryos. We’ll also be pouring an excellent white wine to pair with the Big Bird as well and if the Petit Chablis above isn’t sold out, we’ll uncork that, too.


2017 Clos de la Roilette Fleurie
2016 Terriere Brouilly
2016 Terres Dorees Cote-de-Brouilly
2017 Donnhoff Riesling Trocken (Dry)
The Annual 'It's A Cameron Festivus' Celebration with Cameron Winery's own John Paul


November 9

Kelley Fox Wines - with Special Guest Kelley Fox

Sometime in November

The Ten Cru of Beaujolais

December 10

21st Annual Holiday Bubblebath Champagne Tasting

* Note: all Friday Sips may change based on late arrivals, distribution snafus or Bryan's ever-changing whims*