Author Archives: Bruce

A Night Of Piedmontese Barbera!!

Talk about attention getting subject/headlines! If the prospect of eight astoundingly good Barberas doesn’t get your attention, then what will? Well, actually any number of odd things I come across while trolling the interweb might. For example, I just saw a headline from the Daily Mail in the UK stating that “Sex With Animals Banned…

2013 Buckman Wine Co. Pinot Noir- the return!!

2013 BUCKMAN WINE CO. Pinot Noir "Willamette Valley"
$17.95 bottle/ $96.00 per 1/2 case/ $172.00 case

I may have hoped, but I never thought that this would be the wine I get asked about more than other. For all of who’ve been asking when we’ll have more, here’s your answer… Three years ago when we first came out with our private label Buckman Wine Co. Pinot Noir from the very underrated…

FREE: Night of Chianti, and other Italian delights!

>>> SPECIAL NIGHT OF CHIANTI (and more)!! <<< Thursday, September 25th, 5:00-7:00pm, FREE TASTING Once again I am feeling very grateful that yet another Italian winemaker wants to hold their public event at VINO (thanks to you all, by the way), so it is with great excitement that we will be welcoming Ms. Amandine Leclere,…

VINO Summer Pink Case!!

Don’t be fooled by this little bit of rain that is supposedly coming the next couple of days. Rosé season is still in full force for another two months at least, warm weather and entertaining outdoors are a certainty, and you’ll want to be prepared for these unavoidable eventualities! So with your future happiness in…

Savory Savoie: 2011Philippe Ravier Roussanne

2011 PHILIPPE RAVIER Roussanne

We’ve been seeing plenty of roussanne based wines coming from various NW wineries. They are usually fairly good, but unfortunately priced at about $15-$20 or more. Now here’s the thing: they are nowhere near as satisfying as this beautifully rendered bottle from Philippe Ravier’s tiny estate in eastern France’s picturesque Savoie region. It has classic…

Yves Cheron: Syrah as it should be!

2011 YVES CHERON Crozes-Hermitage "La Coteau de la Beaume"
$22.95 bottle/ $220.00 case

This hasn’t happened in a long time: a wine comes in from an area that I like but have never really been overly impressed with, and WHAM!, suddenly my palate pops open, my mind’s expectations get jolted awake, and I have one of those all too rare “Whoa, what the —- is going on here?”…

Cellers Santamaria: Spanish wine from the Old School!

2007 Cellers Santamaria "Gran Recosind"
$16.95 bottle/ $163.00 case

Describing a wine as sexy seems to be a bit pandering. What does that mean exactly? Then I took a taste of this sensual red from Spain’s little explored Emporda region in the northeast corner of the country, and I have to say I knew exactly what it meant. If this is wine- sexy, then…

Drinking well for less in Cahors, Beaujolais, & Tuscany!

When one is pouring for guests during this summer season (heck, during any season for that matter), one always likes their guests to think their generous hosts spent way more than they did on the liquid pleasure being offered. Or if you’re bringing a special bottle along to dinner it is always good to know…