Wine Tasting: Four Whites & a Spanish Red

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Join our dynamic wine department duo Corinne & John as they share their favorite wines with us. Prior to each tasting, John delights us with his vast knowledge and colorful adjectives in describing our highly anticipated varietals. Cheers!

Co-op Wine Tastings: Every First & Third Friday, 5-7pm

Summer Nights

It might sound crazy right now but summer is on its way (right?). Remember shorts, T-shirts, flip-flops, a deck and a blazing hot sun? Okay, I'm not absolutely positive that it will return but I'm pretty darn sure that it will and when it does Sno-Isle Coop will have some nice white wines to help beat the heat!

Join us this Friday from 5 to 7 when we will have four whites you probably don't know and a new-to-the-shelf Spanish Rioja for you to sample (details below). All Co-op owners will receive 10% off any of these featured wines purchased that evening and, remember, everybody is welcome and the tastings are always free! Don't miss out on this preview of summer. I'll see you there! ~John

About Illahe Vineyards and Winery


"Illahe" is a Chinook jargon word meaning “earth,” “land,” or “soil.” At Illahe, our goal is to make wine as naturally as possible from the soil to the bottle. This requires working by hand on small lots with age-old techniques and materials.

"Our focus is to make and grow quality pinot noir and white wines that express the vintage and their varietal characteristics. We don't use enzymes or additives, and we don't fine or filter our pinot noir. Some of our lots are made entirely by hand with no electricity or mechanization. We use a gentle wooden basket press, and age our pinot noir in French and Oregon oak."


Illahe Estate Viognier 2016

Tasting notes: The 2016 Illahe Viognier leaps from the glass with expressive stone fruit, and floral aromas of apricot, tangerine, honey blossom and wet stone. The palate is layered with peach compote, banana peel, and lavender with a touch of peppercorn. Mouth-watering acidity and an off-dry palate makes this wine a crowd pleaser.

ABV: 11.5%

Vigne di San Martino Gavi di Gavi 2016

The grape in this Italian wine is Cortese and here's information, again, from Wikipedia: "Cortese is a white Italian wine grape variety predominantly grown in the southeastern regions of Piedmont in the provinces of Alessandria and Asti. The grape's moderate acidity and light flavors has made it a favorite for the restaurants in nearby Genoa as a wine pairing with the local seafood caught off the Ligurian coast."

Tasting notes: Bright, pure nutty citrus fruits and a touch of nuttiness. Driving minerality on the palate, chalky texture that does not diminish the graceful freshness and clarity of expression. Linear but unrelenting chalkiness with a pronounced finish.

ABV: 12.5%

Viña Reboreda Godello 2016

Godello is the grape for this wine from the Nortwest corner of Spain. I was unfamiliar with the grape so I looked it up in Wikipedea:

"The origins of Godello variety are located in the town of Godella (Valencia) where this variety was first planted back in the 19th century by a local landowner in their plantation of Campo Olivar by the Baron of this township. In the early 1920s the vineyards were transported by a Galician trader who took several samples up to Galicia. Godello can produce fine white wines, and yields the best results in Valdeorras, where plantations have increased after having previously been in decline."

And tasting notes from Thomas Matthews of Wine Spectator: This fleshy white delivers ripe pear, blanched almond and coconut flavors. Firm acidity and a briny note keep this balanced, giving way to mineral and leesy accents on the finish. Drink now through 2021.

ABV: 13%

Illahe Estate Grüner Veltliner 2016

Grüner Veltliner from Wikipeida: "Grüner Veltliner (Green Veltliner) is a white wine grape variety grown primarily in Austria, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic. The leaves of the grape vine are five-lobed with bunches that are long but compact, and deep green grapes that ripen in mid-late October in the Northern Hemisphere. It is the most-planted grape variety in Austria."

Tasting notes: The 2016 Grüner Veltliner introduces itself with light but dense aromas of dried peach, honey crisp apple, and fresh cedar board. This wine is fermented partially in acacia barrels which offer herbal flavors and complex texture. The palate also contains flavors of red grapefruit, graham cracker, and white nectarine. The balanced acid and strong mouth-feel create a beautiful wine ready for drinking or aging. 


Martinez Corta Cepas Antiguas Selección Privada 2016

This Tempranillo is from the Rioja area in Northern Spain. It was manually harvested from estate vineyards over 40 years of age in the Rioja Alta villages of Uruñuela, Cenicero and San Asensio. 

Tasting notes: Cassis and raisin aromas lead to a rubbery, grabby and pinching palate. This wine tastes of herbal, leafy berry and plum, while the savory finish lingers.

ABV: 13.5%