Author Archives: Bruce

Piedmont’s TENUTA OLIM BAUDA w/ Gianni Bertolino!!

This is going to be a fantastic Monday evening! When I caught wind that Gianni Bertolino, owner/winemaker with his family of Tenuta Olim Bauda, one of my two or three favorite Barbera producers, was going to be in town, I worked it hard to make sure we had an evening with him at VINO. You’ve…

Drink American- Classic California Cabernet!!

This being an election year it seems only patriotic to honor our American way of life, as we’re reminded again and again by the candidates. At VINO it has nothing to do with electorate pandering, xenophobic fear-mongering, bad comb overs, or feeling an uncomfortable Bern.  It has everything to do with tasting through and being…

All about the new: 2014 SWICK WINES Grenache “Terre Brulée”

2014 SWICK WINES Grenache "Terre Brulée"
$22.95 bottle/ $220.00 case

I think that young Joe Swick is making some of the most interesting and exciting wines in Oregon right now. His Blanc de Noir from pinot noir was one of my favorite wines of the summer, his regular pinot noirs are exemplary. This grenache from the Underwood Vineyard in Dallesport out I the Gorge is…

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…

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…

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…