Author Archives: Bruce

South American Sensations!!

Here’s some perspective on the last time we did a South American tasting: 1)-we recently had substantial November snow on Mt. Hood for the first time; 2)-Donald Trump and and his brand of idiocy was relegated to reality TV, not national news; 3)-Hillary “just wasn’t ready to commit” to the presidential race; and 4)- none…

Blockbuster Barbera: 2012 Giacomo Conterno!!

2012 GIACOMO CONTERNO Barbera d'Alba "Francia"
$55.95 bottle/ $302.00 half case/ $535.00 case

Blockbuster, world class red here. Absolutely stunning. Yes, expensive by Barbera standards but most assuredly blows away virtually all similarly priced wines. This is amazing! I could go on and on, and for a Barbera lover like me this is nirvana. But better to let a few like-minded wine critics have their sauy, ’cause I…

Loire Loveliness: 2013 FRANCK MILLET Sancerre

2013 FRANCK MILLET Sancerre
$23.95 bottle/ $229.00 case

Given that I obsess over fresh oysters and can consume, if offered the chance, unhealthy amounts of them, is it any wonder I love the great Sancerre from France’s Loire Valley? In truth, any fish or seafood based meal would benefit greatly from a liberal dose of this great bottle of sauvignon blanc. For my…

Oregon Winemakers in the House!! Saturday, Aug. 8!!!

Just one day of wine tasting this weekend as we’ll be closed Sunday for our annual VINO employee summer party. Since we do have just one day to strut our stuff, thought I might as well make it a really, really good one. The free tasting happens from 11-6 as always, but the special treats…

Oregon Classic: 2012 CROWLEY WINES Pinot Noir “Entre Nous”

2012 CROWLEY WINES "Entre Nous" Pinot Noir
$30.95 bottle/ $297.00 case

Since the first release I carried, his still delicious 2005 vintage “Entre Nous” Pinot, I have been very impressed with the pure, classically Oregon pinots from Tyson Crowley and his partner Evan Roberts. They make pinots that don’t need a wallop of oak or excessive hang time to express themselves. Just extremely careful vineyard management,…

Baby Chateuneuf: 2010 CHATEAU DE MONTFAUCON Lirac “Baron Louis”

2010 CHATEAU DE MONTFAUCON Lirac "Baron Louis"
$23.95 bottle/ $229.00 case

Oh, wow, is this something to be thrilled by! My love for the reds of the Rhone Valley runs deep and true, so to be this taken with a wine that frankly totally over-delivers at this price was such a treat! Lirac is a tiny appellation across the Rhone River from the hallowed vineyards of…

Single Vineyard Sensation: 2009 AZELIA “Vigna Punta” Barbera d’Alba

2009 AZELIA Barbera d'Alba "Vigna Punta"
$23.95 bottle/ $229.00 case

This is dazzlingly great Barbera from one of the Piedmont’s uncompromising traditionalists. Azelia’s wines are textbook examples of long-lived, character-driven vino rosso from this region I adore. If I was blindfolded and you poured me a glass of this single-vineyard beauty I would guess based on the layers of intriguing aromas and flavors, that you…

Mont Gras “Antu” Syrah: as good as it gets!

2012 MONT GRAS "Antu" Syrah
$19.95 bottle/ $192.00 case

When we carried the previous locally available release of this Chilean beauty, the 2009 “Antu” Syrah, I wrote that it was one of, if not the, best South American Syrahs I’ve had. At any price. Any cheaper and they tend to be flabby fruit bombs; any more and all you taste is vanilla from the…