Author Archives: Bruce

I want to buy the world a Languedoc!!

I’m still processing that Mad Men finale from Sunday, so this may be a bit disjointed. So much to take in. Betty being Betty, doing the classic cancer + ciggy death denying two step. Furry Stan and unaware Peggy bringing a tear to my eye. Trudy Campbell looking perfectly ravishing as she sweeps up to…

This Saturday: Winemakers in the House w/ Swick Wines and Fossil & Fawn!!

>>> SPECIAL SATURDAY TASTING <<< I am super pleased by two things this Saturday: first, what an incredible summer day in May we have to look forward to! Then, to enhance the loveliness even further, we are very fortunate and pleased to have the wines and winemakers of two of our favorite artisan Oregon wineries…

Oregon Pinot for a Pittance!

Un Autre Monde…translated means “Another World”…which is about how I’m feeling right now about this wine. Another world meaning, oh, say, buying Oregon pinot noir in the early to mid-1990’s. If you want to skip the long-winded version of why you have to take advantage of this wine then go right to the bottom “how…

Casa Contini’s Sublime Salento!

2013 CASA CONTINI Salento Rosso “Verso” $14.95 bottle/ $144.00 case You want to know what grapes that have ripened to perfection in the warm southern Italian sun taste like? Pop the cork on this deep, resonant rosso, pour a glass, take a sip and close your eyes. Intellectual transport to the Apulia region in the…

2012 Atticus Pinot Noir and 2012 Crowley Entre Nous Pinot Noir

Pinot Paradise Both of these are recent releases from two of my favorite small boutique wineries here in the Valley. As good as Oregon pinot gets, I would put either one up against pinots costing twice as much! And after the descriptions, we have a special mixed case offering available 2012 CROWLEY WINE “Entre Nous”…

Powerful Priorat at a Pretty Price!

2010 SENORIO DE CONVEY Priorat
$16.95 bottle/ $163.00 case

Wow! I just tasted this about 5 minutes ago with one of my reps and was absolutely blown away that a Priorat this good was available for so little and had to sit down and share immediately! This is astonishingly excellent Spanish red from the famous Priorat region. Made by the extremely quality oriented Cellers…

Argentinean Discovery: 2013 Zorzal Malbec

2013 ZORZAL Malbec "Terroir Unico"
$14.95 bottle/ $144.00 case

One of the great pleasures of life is a good surprise. When something wonderfully unexpected comes up, grabs us by the cheeks , and shouts  “Hey, here I am! How do you like this??” In my wine-centric world it happens all too infrequently, but after all these years I am always thrilled when it does….

Owen Roe: On Sale Now!

David O’Reilly’s Daring Duo! These are two fabulous new releases from Owen Roe. I’ve been telling anyone who will listen that the immensely talented major domo of Owen Roe, David O’Reilly  has never made better wine than he is right now. He has backed off from his all fruit bomb style of his early days,…