Author Archives: Bruce

Big Holiday Zins!!

To top off a great week where we saw the first glimmer of hope after a year+ of madness in our nation, where seemingly people can say “enough is enough” (well, at least 49.9% of them), then what better topper than some of our, and most definitely your, favorite red wines will be on full…

OREGON CLASSICS- don’t follow the herd!!

There is a great herd mentality in wine (not to mention most other facets of life). I mention this as a prelude to the two amazing 2013 Oregon pinot noirs on offer below (at an equally amazing discount). When the 2013 vintage was over, wine critics were quick to pounce on the cool, wet weather…

HOLIDAY IN OREGON WINE COUNTRY!! Dec. 13th

Very, VERY excited for a special, first-time-ever-at-VINO midweek Oregon winemaker event with FIVE of my favorite wineries and their makers, a  free, drop-in wine tasting that will run from 5-7pm this Wednesday, Dec. 13th. I thought this would be particularly holiday appropriate as I know a lot of you are looking for Oregon based wines…

Sea Creatures Beware: Luneau-Papin Muscadet is here!!

2015 DOMAINE LUNEAU-PAPIN “Clos des Allés” Muscadet Sevre et Maine
$16.95 bottle/ $163.00 case

I am totally into it this gorgeous Loire Valley beauty made from 100% melon de bourgogne grapes. An all-stainless fermented, mouthwateringly dry & crisp, mineral-driven white that is perfect with fresh crab, oysters, and other shelled sea creatures. Last night at my house I grabbed two live crabs from ABC Seafood out on Powell, boiled…

Vermentino: Fun to say, delicious to drink!

2015 SERGIO BREGANTE Vermentino “Segesta Tigolliorum”
$14.95 bottle/ $144.00 case

Believe me when I say in a place like the Ligurian coast of Italy, due south of the Piedmont, they know a thing or two about making wine that matches the natural bounty that comes from the sparkling Mediterranean waters that glimmer beneath the steeply terraced hillside vineyards that produce this mineral-driven vino bianco.  I…

VINO School: The Classics from France, Oct. 25!!

After a long summer break its time for your delicious and life enhancing wine education to continue. We’re very pleased to announce that Mayme Berman, the esteemed Dean of Liquid Knowledge at VINO U., will be leading a class on Wednesday, October 25th, covering the famous Wine Regions of France. It’s always important in any…

French Connection: 2015 RÉSONANCE Pinot Noir “Willamette Valley”

2015 RÉSONANCE Pinot Noir "Willamette Valley"
$39.95 bottle/ $383.00 case

Very excited to offer this new release from the much talked about Oregon outpost of Burgundy’s Maison Louis Jadot and their legendary winemaker Jacques Tardy. Not to give the spoiler, but this 2015 is fabulous! Incredible elegance and style, this is complex, rich, and beautifully balanced. Great now and sure to only get better with…

2016 BUCKMAN WINE CO. Pinot Noir

2016 BUCKMAN WINE CO. Pinot Noir "Willamette Valley"
$17.95 bottle/ $175.00 case

With the onset of Oregon’s grape harvest comes the annual release of the one wine I look forward to more than any other (parental pride talking here), that being the newest release of our store label pinot, the 2016 BUCKMAN WINE CO. Pinot Noir “Willamette Valley”. And as it has thankfully been for all 5(!!)…