Author Archives: Bruce

Red Burgundy and Oregon Pinot Noir: “Vive la Différence!!”

Very appropriate that we have this tasting right after this week’s E-Special extolling the delicious virtues of the ’09 Seufert pinot noirs (of which one will be representing). Also this is a tasting I get asked to do quite often (thanks for the final push Ann S.) and probably don’t explore often enough, which makes…

Piedmontese Pleasures!

Piedmont Pleasures Individually or at the special mixed case listed after the descriptions, these are world class red wines that have all found their way into my basement. Absolutely stellar winemaking involved here from one of the places in the world I am most passionate about! 2004 BREZZA Barolo “Sarmassa” $53.95 bottle/ $291.00- 1/2 case/…

Wines of OWEN ROE: Free in-store tasting Mar. 19th!!!

Talk about spring fever, what a way to welcome in the season of renewal! My friend who reps the Owen Roe wines in Portland, Garret Plocher (who many of you have met at previous Owen Roe tastings here), and I have been working on a date for him to be in store for weeks. We…

Francesco Moser: From Bikes to Bottles

Mention the name of Francesco Moser to any Italian bicycle aficionado of a certain age and they’re likely to have fond memories of Lo scerrifo, or “the sheriff”, as Moser was known during his bike racing heyday. The winner of the 1984 Giro d’Italia, and the third most prolific bike racing champion in the world,…

Spanish Steal: 2012 BODEGAS ATALAYA “Laya”

2012 Bodegas Atalaya Laya Garnacha-Monstrell
$9.50 bottle/ $92.00 case

This rather remarkable Spanish value hardly needs an introduction since this is the fourth year in a row we’ve featured it in our E-Special offering. Always over-delivering, always immensely satisfying, it is easily one of the best wine values in the world. Made by the highly respected Gil family, this 70% garnacha-30% monastrell blend is…

Burgundian Bargain!!

2009 DOMAINE DES 7 TERROIRS Bourgogne Rouge
$15.95 bottle/ $154.00 case

Cue question for the ages: “Why, when we have world class pinot noir vineyards less than an hour away from my front door do I have to go several thousand miles to get a bottle of classic pinot noir this good at this price?” And the answer is: “Damned if I know!” But if a…

Vacqueyras: The Poor Man’s Chateauneuf du Pape??

That “Poor man’s (fill in the blank)” moniker gets tossed around in all facets of life. Most times with more wishful thinking than truth. In the case of the wines of the Vacqueyras region and their kinship with their more famous neighbors in Chateauneuf du Pape in France’s Rhone Valley it may actually be true….

Owen Roe Cabernet Franc ON SALE!!

2010 Owen Roe Cabernet Franc "Rosa Mystica"
$27.95 bottle/ $150.00 per 1/2 case/ $285.00 case ($23.75)

What can I say about David O’Reilly’s wines that I haven’t said over these last 14 years. Fabulous, satisfying, impeccably made. What I haven’t been able to, and never thought I would, say is “Buy this bottle and save $14 a pop!” The Rosa Mystica Cab Franc was one of David’s first (maybe the first)…