13.1% ABV. For California this is pretty earthy/funky on the floral, expressive nose; blackberry and black cherry scents are fascinating when combined with flaky pie crust, wet moss, light licorice and orange and black tea scents. Pure as fuck, this beauty seamlessly coats the palate with dark, tart cherry, cherry skin, toast, dark earth and blackberry flavors. Finishes dry and crisp with bright acidity carrying the blackberry, pie crust, tea, leather and wet earth flavors. Head-shaking delicious, and the best California wine I’ve tasted in years. Kudos Hirsch Vineyards! $69.99
Red Blends – Friday March 3rd, 6-9pm
First Friday, March 3rd, in the 6-9pm window we are tasting Red Blends: a savory Côtes du Rhône, a meaty yet clean French GSM, a South African Pinotage based Bordeaux-styled blend, a super-value Portuguese, a Loire Valley Pinot Noir/Gamay and a big, balanced Napa blend. This tasting is $15/person at the door. Must be 21 to attend.
Winesmith sells wine retail & by-the-glass Monday-Saturday 12ish-9pm. Cheers!
Pinot Noir & Cabernet, Friday March 10th, 6-9pm
Grand Prix Weekend calls for some fast, curvy reds. Friday March 10th in the 6-9pm window we are tasting Pinot Noir & Cabernet: a racy red Burgundy, a delicious value Oregon Pinot, a bold, heady California Pinot, a 2010 Southern Tuscany Cabernet, a gorgeous French Cab and a suave Paso Robles Cabernet. This tasting is $15 with advanced ticket purchase and $20 the day of. Tickets available here http://buytickets.at/winesmith/86874. Must be 21 to attend.
Bubbly – Friday March 17th, 6-9pm
St. Patrick’s Day at Winesmith is, of course, a sparkling wine tasting. Friday March 17th in the 6-9pm window we are tasting Bubbly: a bone dry, crisp Cava, a refreshing, not-too-sweet Prosecco, a full and lush Cremant de Limoux, a Cabernet based French Rosé, a Pinot Noir based beauty from Tasmania and a rich Pinot Menuier based Champagne. There will also be a selection of fine cheeses. This tasting is $20 with advanced tickets and $25 the day of. Tickets available here http://buytickets.at/winesmith/87074 Must be 21 to attend.
Crisp, Dry Whites – Friday March 24th, 6-9pm
Friday March 24th in the 6-9pm window we are tasting Crisp, Dry Whites: a high-acid Alsatian Riesling, a mineral driven Spanish Verdejo, a serious white Rioja, a rare German Elbling, a dry, finely textured Cava and a bone dry Australian Riesling. This tasting is $16 at the door. Must be 21 to attend.
Rocking $14.99 Wines – Friday March 31st, 6-9pm
I love finding great $14.99 wines that drink over $20 retail.
Friday March 31st we are tasting wines that rock for $14.99: an impeccably balanced California Petite Syrah, a silky, smoky Tannat from Uruguay, a rustic French Malbec, a killer, unoaked French Cabernet, a big South African blend and a white Rioja that comes close to white Burgundy. This tasting is $15 at the door. Must be 21 to attend.
My most popular Friday tasting: Bubbly. Please join us Friday February 17th in the 6-9pm window for the good stuff: a $50 Champagne from Bouzy, a crisp refresher from Alsace, a delicate Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, a funky, yeasty French country sparkler, a Pinot Noir based beauty from Tasmania and a dry rosé from New Mexico. Chef Sean Gwynn, formerly of Twisted Cork Grille and currently providing catering and personal chef services through Creative Craft Cuisine, will be here sampling some of his tasty creations. This tasting is $25 per person in advance, $30 the day of. Tickets available here http://buytickets.at/winesmith/81714. Must be 21 to attend.
The best wine tastings in town, every Friday in the 6-9pm window.
I do these every week because tasting is really the only way to learn about wine.
It’s casual, educational and about finding new wine likes.
Come join us this Friday and see. Cheers!
Winesmith always serves-the-glass & bottle in addition to retail.
Cocoa, baking spice, black cherry and black tea scents are inviting. Brisk on the palate with wild cherry, savory herbs, minerals and a tangy orange-laced acidity carrying you into the mouthwatering, dry finish. Damn tasty Pinot. Expressive in its exuberance. $24.99
Warm black cherry scents backed by savory spices and wildflowers. Soft and juicy up front with cherries and fine minerals carrying through to the powerful yet elegant, dry finish. Very tasty Oregon Pinot Noir. Graham’s Block 7 is single vineyard Pinot, all Dijon clones. This wine is limited as it’s mainly made for Montinore’s wine club. $45
Super fragrant with bright raspberry, cherry, cranberry and roses for days. Luscious red fruits are joined by fine minerals on the fleshy palate. Ripe acidity emerges, carrying the raspberry, cherry and mineral flavors on the zesty finish. Tasty Pinot.
Montinore Estate is a Demeter Certified Biodynamic® and Stellar Certified Organic estate that lies at the northern end of the Willamette Valley. The first time I tasted their Pinot Gris blind I thought it was French. Their wines are pure, clean and beautiful with a sense of place the French refer to as “terroir”.
Briary rhubarb and cherry scents with hints of strawberry and cocoa on the earthy nose. Scents transition to the palate seamlessly with fresh, vibrant acidity and perfect balance. Really pretty Pinot Noir. This has a distinction you rarely see from California. Mouthwatering on the dry finish with cherry and strawberry flavors carrying on relentlessly. Delicious. $22.99
Bright raspberry, cherry, rose petals, hints of cherry skin and savory earth and mineral scents on the inviting nose. The purity and balance in this wine are incredible. Brisk up front, fleshing out with raspberry, cranberry and cherry flavors. Finishes dry with lingering mouthwatering red fruits and minerals. I tasted a freshly opened bottle. I imagine this wine would develop more flavor complexity if decanted.
Montinore Estate is a Demeter Certified Biodynamic® and Stellar Certified Organic estate that lies at the northern end of the Willamette Valley. The first time I tasted their Pinot Gris blind I thought it was French. Their wines are pure, clean and beautiful with a sense of place the French refer to as “terroir”. All this and affordable too; the Borealis white is $16.99, the Pinot Noir is $21.99.