Hours of Happiness
19 Prospect St
"Best Wine Shop"
Wine of the Week
Pecchenino 2017 Dolcetto "San Luigi"
$16.99, $15.29 for Wine Club Members or by the case.
Dolcetto! Over the last 15 years or so a village just south of Barolo has been getting all the attention for this grape. Dogliani is a village that shows how great this varietal can be and the Pecchenino property has been leading the charge. We have followed and personally visited this property and are very excited to offer this wine at a discount (a supplier change up has opened a beautiful window for us). Thank you, Piedmont! We love what you're doing.
"Pecchenino's 2017 Dogliani San Luigi is rich, radiant and incredibly inviting. Super-ripe, inky fruit, menthol, lavender and sweet spice add tremendous immediacy. The 2017 turns increasingly delicate with time in the glass as it shows off its more nuanced side. This is very nicely done." "92 Points" Antonio Galloni Vinous
Mark Ryan Tasting
Meet the owner/winemaker-Mark Ryan McNeilly
Saturday, September 21st. 2-4 pm.
The Mark Ryan team - Mark McNeilly and Mike Macmorran - make some of the best, burliest, Washington wines.
Mark started making wine in a garage in Bellevue, Washington. Today the winery in the warehouse district of Woodinville is a destination for lovers of rich, robust reds.
Long Haul is a red blend named for the long drive across the Snoqualmie Pass in a rickety Ford truck full of grapes; Dead Horse is another red blend, made entirely from grapes from Ciel du Cheval (Horse Heaven) Vineyard.
McNeilly’s goal is to fashion flavorful, even-handed wines expressive of the region where the grapes originate. Classics Dead Horse and Long Haul are almost universally described as variations of “big” and “ripe,” labels which he agrees with wholeheartedly.
Mark has always been remarkably modest about his winemaking. In 2009, Mike Macmorran moved from assistant to full-on winemaker. The collaboration between them has produced the best Mark Ryan wines to date.
Mark will be in house pouring a library selection along with current releases.
Golden Cluster 2018 Vinous Obscura "Apini"
Columbia Gorge, Oregon
$27.99, $25.19 for Wine Club Members
Here we have another good reason why Portland is one of the coolest cities in America: Jeff Vejr, a non somm guy who learned on his own by traveling and making wine where ever he landed. Semillon was Jeff's first white wine love. While vineyard hopping with Barnaby Tuttle of Teutonic Wines, he was shocked to find that David Hill Vineyards, one of the oldest in Oregon, had 48+ year old Semillon vines. There was really only one thing to do, stay in Oregon and make some “old vine” wines. This was the creation of his brand-Golden Cluster.
The ‘Apini’ is a co-fermentation of 50% Fiano and 50% Semillon. Soaked on their skins for 21 days, this orange wine tastes like honey, apricots, and beeswax. Not just another orange wine. The Fiano is the first ever planting of that grape in Oregon. It’s the bees knees, honey.
To read more about Jeff's very interesting story
If you’re an ambitious young winemaker with somewhat limited resources who wants to make wine in a truly great terroir, there’s a good chance you’ll land in one of the 10 “cru” villages of Beaujolais. Though technically within southern Burgundy, vineyards here are more affordable, Gamay is easier to grow than Pinot Noir, and most important, the wines are commanding more respect than ever before. And we're just plum crazy for them.
Domaine Thillardon 2018 Chenas "Les Carrières"
$25.99, $23.39 for Wine Club Members
Not as well-known as it's neighbor Moulin-à-Vent, the cru village of Chénas delivers wines with similar nerve and muscle. Paul-Henri Thillardon is another example of how sustainable farming and smart, clean, natural winemaking continue to raise the profile of Cru Beaujolais.
"The 2018 Chénas Les Carrières is showing extremely well, unfurling from the glass with aromas of rose petals, raspberries, cherries and bergamot. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, satiny and enveloping, with exquisitely refined tannins that are entirely cloaked in fleshy fruit, concluding with a long, perfumed and precise finish. This is irresistible." "93 points" The Wine Advocate #244 Aug 19.
Jean Michel Dupre 2017 "Cote du Py" Morgon
$21.99, $19.79 for Wine Club Members
Côte du Py in the cru of Morgon is located on a hill of volcanic rock and decomposed schist that sits over 1100 feet above sea level. The intensity and structure of wines from this named site make them great candidates for aging but why wait? Jean-Michel Dupre has crafted this fabulous cru Beaujolais that is so enjoyable right now. It is gushing with ripe cherry, raspberry, violets and a slight kick of spice, joined by low tannins and higher acidity. You can have this with anything from chicken, pesto pasta, a cheese plate or grilled steak. With its gregarious personality and versatility with most foods, this Gamay really is the life of the party.
A classic Morgon Cote du Py with a nose that is exactly what you come to expect from a fine Cote du Py: layered and elegant, with hints of berry, rose petals, earth, and forest floor. The palate is alive with gorgeous berry fruit and pomegranate flavors, with zippy acidity and crunchy tannins. This is a fabulous value and drinks like a wine 2-3 times the price.
S & J Wine Club
As a Wine Club member, you will receive 2 bottles each month hand selected by Ted and Diane and accompanied by informative tasting notes for each.
Membership includes the exclusive 10% discount in the shop (excluding Cellar Select wines) and the opportunity to receive Club Member Only special offers.
You choose-1 red, 1 white or both. We have three clubs for you:
- World Tour, $29/mo
- Northwest Corner, $49/mo
- Grand Cru, $99/mo
There is no fee to join and you may cancel your membership at any time.
All tastings have no fees!
New Arrivals Tasting
"Wine of the Week"
Mark Ryan Winery
With Mark Ryan McNielly-owner/winemker
Saturday, September 21st.
Exploring two villages along the Duero River Spain with American Northwest Imports
With Mitch Flego
Saturday 28th 2-4 pm.
With owner Tim Steinke
Saturday October 5th 2-4 pm.