Author Archives: Bruce

Spanish Satisfaction!!

First, with the next couple days forecast in mind, let me assure you that our a/c issue that made last weekend’s tasting maaaaybe  a little uncomfortable has been sorted out. The drinking environment is much more comfortable now, if not outside on the patio at least inside, where the temperature makes red wine actually taste…

Superb Saint-Chinian: 2013 Domaine de Cambis!!

2013 Domaine de Cambis Saint-Chinian "Carnet du Voyage"
$23.95 bottle/ $229.00 case

According to the Cambis website, “Carnet de Voyage is an ode to discovery and to travelling. We think that we have succeeded in making the taster of this wine travel while drinking it.” Believe me, it worked! I just tried this incredible red wine this past week and was absolutely blown away at the quality…

VINO Value Case #35!!

VINO VALUE  CASE #35 Enough time has gone by that you must have gone through those 12 bottles from Value Case #34, right? Assuming that is the “case”, as it were, and also assuming you still enjoy drinking very well for a pittance, then below you’ll find the latest installment of our delicious dozen bottles….

Walter Scott Wines and the Passion for Pinot!

I’ve been meaning to share this offering since I tasted through the remarkable 2014 single vineyard pinots from Ken Pahlow and Erica Landon’s Walter Scott Wines about, geez, 6 weeks ago. Things seemed to get in the way of my best intentions…vacation, life, etc….the usual first world problems. But finally I’m able to take the…

Amazing Alicante: 2009 Sierra Salinas Alicante!!

2009 Sierra Salinas Alicante "Puerto Salinas"
$19.95 bottle/ $192.00 case

What a great blend here, a Spanish red that comes across more like a $30+ Priorat than a tinto from the relatively more obscure Alicante region. Rich, full bodied, yet superbly balanced. This is crying out for some grilled steak or lamb. Here’s some pretty compelling praise from Parker’s Wine Advocate: “A remarkable value, and…

Shatter Grenache: C’est Grande!!

2012 Shatter Grenache "Cotes Catalanes"
$21.95 bottle/ $215.00 case

Just a quick FYI: this is not your usual subtle, reticent French red. This is a full-bodied, in-your-face red from SW France that is undeniably delicious. This review from Jeb Dunnuck in Parker’s Wine Advocate states it pretty completely: “A collaboration between Napa’s Joel Gott and Dave Phinney, the 2012 Cotes Catalanes Grenache is a…

Cigliuti’s Classic Barbera!!

2013 CIGLIUTI Barbera d'Alba "Campass"
$26.95 bottle/ $258.00 case

When you read a rec from me regarding any Barbera in the store keep in mind I am a huge fan of the wines made from this grape. Barbera is my usual go-to wine at home, and you might say I am a bit, um,  particular about what I bring in. That’s why when I…

Mencia Madness: 2012 VINOS DE ARGANZA Lagar de Robla

2012 Vinos de Arganza Lagar de Robla
$12.95 bottle/ $124.00 case

This is a shockingly good bottle of Spanish red that is made 100% mencia from the Castillo y León region of NW Spain that recently received a well deserved 91 Wine Spectator points. It’s not all about that validation, though. This wine absolutely rocks it with surprising depth and some serious intention in its bold…