Author Archives: Bruce

World Wide Pinot Noir!!

Another week, another gloriously perfect Friday evening ahead. Okay, maybe last week was a wee bit warm, but boy, it made those Frenchie whites slide down easily, didn’t it? But this Friday, high 70s, a patio filled with glassware waiting for your attention, and a flight of astonishingly good pinot noir from around the world?…

Drinking well for less in Cahors, Beaujolais, & Tuscany!

When one is pouring for guests during this summer season (heck, during any season for that matter), one always likes their guests to think their generous hosts spent way more than they did on the liquid pleasure being offered. Or if you’re bringing a special bottle along to dinner it is always good to know…

Baby Barbaresco!

2011 FRANCO SERRA Langhe Nebbiolo
$14.95 bottle/ $144.00 case

I’ve been amazed at the values from Franco Serra’s small Piedmontese operation in the village of Mombaruzzo a few km’s from Alba. Whether it was a killer Barbaresco for around $25 or a spot on Barbera for a little more than ten bucks, he represents all we love but rarely find in the world of…

Spring Pinks!! VINO’s Rose Case, pt. 1

All you need to know to rationalize buying this week’s VINO E-Spec is graphically illustrated in next week’s PDX forecast: And it looks like it continues on to at least next weekend. I’ve never had so many ros├ęs in so early, but I’m buying into this crazy global warming talk and like Boy Scout’s everywhere,…

2013 Love & Squalor Pinot Gris: leave bland behind!

2013 Love & Squalor Pinot gris
$17.95 bottle/ $172.00 case

Floating like a delicious life preserver in a sea of innocuous pinot gris comes this latest zesty white from winemaker Matt Berson, who seems to have knack for making whites that refresh, satisfy, and have ridiculous food affinity. With aromas and flavors of crisp green apple, fig, citrus zest, and hints of floral spice, this…

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/…

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,…

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…