Author Archives: Bruce

The Summer Bordeaux Bash!!

Before we get to the Bordelaise love fest that is our Friday Flight this week, this just in from the New Horizons spacecraft:           Just in case, you know, you need to make plans. Thanks to the “I F*cking Love Science” FB feed for that disconcerting image. What that pic tells…

July 23rd: Wines of Quady North w/ Herb Quady in store!!

A week from today we are having a tasting that I have been trying to arrange for about a year. For a long time I have been a huge fan of winemaker/owner/farmer Herb Quady’s terrifically good Rhone-style wines from southern Oregon. We first talked about doing this tasting almost a year ago, but schedules did…

D’Angelo’s Awesome Aglianico!!

2011 D'ANGELO Aglianico del Vulture
$16.95 bottle/ $163.00 case

I don’t know if I’d call this wine “savage”, although the intense, deeply colored and flavored wines grown on the slopes of Mt. Vulture in the Campania region of southern Italy do have their wild side. But this gutsy, dense red also has a certain refinement amidst all that mineral, smoke, and earth edged black…

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…

Superiore in Every Way!

2010 TRINCHERO Barbera d’Asti Superiore “Terre del Noce”
$23.95 bottle/ $230.00 case

You may have gathered over time that I am a huge Barbera nut. Probably my favorite wine to drink on a regular basis, which makes me somewhat, well, “particular” would be a good way to put it. That’s why I am so thrilled with this ’10 Trinchero which absolutely knocked me out. A “Superiore” level…

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…

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….