Author Archives: Bruce

FATTORIA DI PETROIO w/ Diana Lenzi, May 4th!!

In what is becoming an annual visit I am thrilled to welcome Diana Lenzi, who’s family owns the amazing Fattoria di Petroio in the heart of Chianti Classico, for a FREE in-store tasting this Wednesday  May 4th from 5-7pm! These are fabulous sangioveses, always so expressive of the beautiful Tuscan countryside. We have had Diana’s…

No #beyhive, just Great Piedmont Reds!!

Not to interfere with America’s current infatuation with the #beyhive and #iflifegivesyoulemons #lemonade, but we’ve got some important things to discuss VINO-wise this week. By the way, if you happen to need to google those things, remember 2 things: 1-Don’t! Those are 5 minutes you’ll never get back 2-Bey and Jay made about $5mil more…

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…

The Name Fits! 2011 Les Clos Perdus “L’Extreme”

2011 LES CLOS PERDUS “L’Extreme” Pays de Cotes Catalanes
$38.95 bottle/ $210.00 half case/ $373.00 case

I’ve rarely had a wine so aptly named. This is totally one of those “WOW!” wines, all caps intended, that I come across far too infrequently. Les Clos Perdus is a tiny winery in SW France’s Corbieres appellation who maintain fanatical standards in the vineyard and winery. From their organic/biodynamically grown grapes to the gentle,…

Rioja Revelation: 2009 SENORIO DE PECINA Crianza

2009 Senorio de Peciña Rioja Crianza
$18.95 bottle/ $182.00 case

This is stunning Rioja for the $$! In 2002 Pedro Peciña, long time vineyard manager of  the famed La Rioja Alta, one of the three finest Rioja estates, left them to pursue his dream of running his own Rioja bodega. He took over his family’s 20 ha. vineyard, where previously they had sold off the…

2014 Walter Scott Chardonnay “Cuvée Anne”

2014 Walter Scott Chardonnay "Cuvée Anne"
$39.95 bottle/ $215 per half case/ $380.00 case

Two firsts here on this stunning new Oregon chardonnay from winemaker Ken Pahlow and his wife Erica Landon: #1- I don’t think in 6 years of VINO I’ve ever felt the need to encourage you to buy a $40 bottle of Oregon chardonnay (and if I m doing it you know I believe); #2- it…

Single Vineyard Sensation! 2011 Montaribaldi “Du Gir” Barbera d’Alba

2011 MONTARIBALDI "Du Gir" Barbera d'Alba
$20.95 bottle/ $202.00 case

I love it when my Barbera lust gets satisfied. Long time VINO shoppers know how much we respect the Montaribaldi wines that come from Luciano and Roberto Taliano’s small family winery in the town of Barbaresco. Their wines almost always over deliver, and without question offer some of the best values coming out of the…

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…