Author Archives: Bruce

Thanksgiving Wines for all your needs!!

For those of us obsessed with eating and drinking, is there any better holiday than Thanksgiving? This is the raison d’etre of the fourth Thursday in November. No gifts to give, no naughty or nice threats hanging like the sword of Damocles over the heads of the kids (as an aside, that whole “naughty or…

Aurelien Fiardet/Terroirs Originel’s Glorious Gamay!!

This is a spectacular opportunity to taste not only some of the best, but without question the best priced, Cru Village  Beaujolais in the world. Aurelien and his company, Terroirs Originel, have been relentless in seeking out distinctive, passionate, family run wine growers from the Beaujolais region (and a few from southern Burgundy) who make relatively tiny…

THE BUCK IS BACK: 2014 Buckman Pinot Noir!!

2014 BUCKMAN WINE CO. Pinot Noir
$17.95 bottle/ $172.00 case

Coming a month late (due to self-inflicted label ordering issues) but all the better for the additional bottle time is our latest baby from the soon-to-be-revered 2014 Oregon pinot noir vintage. As it seems to every year it exceeds my expectations, which I shouldn’t be surprised by as this custom VINO cuvée is made, as…

Sensational Sangiovese from Di Majo Norante!

2013 DI MAJO NORANTE Sangiovese "Terre degli Osci"
$10.95 bottle/ $104.00 case

This super value sangiovese from the Molise region has never been better than in this 2013 version. Di Majo Norantes is the foremost producer in this wine area that abuts the Adriatic Sea in southern Italy. It shows in this delicious vino rosso. Crazy amounts of über-drinkable fruit and a rich texture. This is a…

Blockbuster Barbera: 2012 Giacomo Conterno!!

2012 GIACOMO CONTERNO Barbera d'Alba "Francia"
$55.95 bottle/ $302.00 half case/ $535.00 case

Blockbuster, world class red here. Absolutely stunning. Yes, expensive by Barbera standards but most assuredly blows away virtually all similarly priced wines. This is amazing! I could go on and on, and for a Barbera lover like me this is nirvana. But better to let a few like-minded wine critics have their sauy, ’cause I…

Loire Loveliness: 2013 FRANCK MILLET Sancerre

2013 FRANCK MILLET Sancerre
$23.95 bottle/ $229.00 case

Given that I obsess over fresh oysters and can consume, if offered the chance, unhealthy amounts of them, is it any wonder I love the great Sancerre from France’s Loire Valley? In truth, any fish or seafood based meal would benefit greatly from a liberal dose of this great bottle of sauvignon blanc. For my…

Oregon Classic: 2012 CROWLEY WINES Pinot Noir “Entre Nous”

2012 CROWLEY WINES "Entre Nous" Pinot Noir
$30.95 bottle/ $297.00 case

Since the first release I carried, his still delicious 2005 vintage “Entre Nous” Pinot, I have been very impressed with the pure, classically Oregon pinots from Tyson Crowley and his partner Evan Roberts. They make pinots that don’t need a wallop of oak or excessive hang time to express themselves. Just extremely careful vineyard management,…

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…