Author Archives: Bruce

California Dreamin’: Great Red Blends!!

We are definitely going beyond the normal with our epic Friday Flight tomorrow. That ever elusive combination of value and “wow” flavor will be very much represented in each of our adult beverages. I always hope those two things are represented in each wine we show you. Seems like a normal thing to strive for….

Ligurian Delight: Bisson Bianchetta Genovese

2013 BISSON Bianchetta Genovese “U Pastine”
$23.95 bottle/ $228.00 case

Should you happen to glance up and catch a peek of the vineyards dotting the hillsides above you while  hiking along the trail that connects the too picturesque villages of Liguria’s Cinque Terre region, a few of the vines in sight might belong to artist-turned-winemaker Pierluigi Lugano, who has made it his mission to resurrect…

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!

$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,…

Dolcetto Gets Real!

2012 ASCHERI Dolcetto d'Alba
$16.95 bottle/ $163.00 case

Ascheri is renowned for producing Barolos that are classics. Unyielding, bold, traditional nebbiolo that come from their impeccably maintained cellar in Bra. Their attention to detail, and the intense personality that gives their higher end wines their character, filters down through their other wines as well, as this incredibly dark, full, complex Dolcetto will attest….