Author Archives: Bruce

Company’s Coming! Boedecker Cellars & Montinore Estate in house!!

That’s right. After months of relying on my own wits and imagination for your Friday wine drinking entertainment, I have finally been able to admit, in yet another sign of personal growth, that sometimes even I need help. And who better to help, especially with next Friday being a VINO blackout due to vacation, than…

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…

Mindblowing Beaujolais and Maconnais, Free, Aug. 13th!!

Of all the tastings we’ve done with producers/importers over the years, none was more well received by all of you than last years event with Aurélien Fiardet, who lives in Portland and whose export company, Terroirs Originels, represents extremely high quality, small scale artisan producers in France’s Beaujolais and Maconnais, sub-regions of the greater Burgundy…

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…

Baby Barbaresco!

2011 FRANCO SERRA Langhe Nebbiolo
$14.95 bottle/ $144.00 case

I’ve been amazed at the values from Franco Serra’s small Piedmontese operation in the village of Mombaruzzo a few km’s from Alba. Whether it was a killer Barbaresco for around $25 or a spot on Barbera for a little more than ten bucks, he represents all we love but rarely find in the world of…