Author Archives: Bruce

“ITALIAN ROSATOS +1”, June 28, 5-7pm, FREE!!

I’m kind of, sort of (i.e.-“Incredibly”) excited to be able to have Italian Import Specialist from PDX’s own Young’s Distributing, Ms. Lisa Cicconetti, making a VINO visit this coming Wednesday, June 28, for a FREE drop-in tasting event from 5-7pm. In a very seasonally appropriate manner she is going to be showing off seven different…

Global Grenache!!

Tomorrow’s tasting event, when I conceived it in 65* weather, seemed the perfect night for a flight of robust, spicy reds. But in my continuing awareness of the truism that it is always best to make concessions to Mother Nature (as opposed the ongoing and  abominable example being set for our kids by the current…

Spot On: 2015 CAMERON “Dundee Hills Pinot” Noir

2015 Cameron Winery "Dundee Hills" Pinot Noir
$25.95 bottle/ $249.00 case

John Paul has just released yet another rock solid pinot noir that sells for a good $5-$10 less that anyone else’s “Dundee Hills” bottling. Because that’s how he rolls. This has all the usual delights we’ve come to expect from John’s wines, purity of fruit, and that tell tale pop of 2015 acidiy to balance…

South American Satisfaction: Ca’de Calle & Viu Manent

Two Bordeaux-style blends at our recent exploration of the wines of Chile and Argentina stood out as awesome values, delivering big on both flavor and the all important bang-for-the-buck meter. As we are hitting the intersection of braising and barbecue seasons, these are perfect choices no matter which cooking method works for you! Comments after…

Swick’d Again: 2016 SWICK WINES Grenache Blanc

2016 SWICK WINES Grenache Blanc
$19.95 bottle/ $192.00 case

Joe Swick, who’s wines we’ve been championing for the last couple of years, has shown himself to be one of the state’s most innovative young winemakers. His pinots are terrific, but I feel his whites have been some of his most exciting wines. With his just-released 2016 Grenache Blanc, he may have just provided us…

2015 DOMAINE DE LA FERME ST. MARTIN Beaumes de Venise “Costancia”

2015 Domaine de la Ferme St Martin Beaumes de-Venise "Costancia"
$26.95 bottle/ $258.00 case

Holy cow! I just tasted this a few days ago and was blown away by this incredible Chateauneuf-du-Pape lookalike and had to share, stat! This is a wonderfully intense, hedonistic drinking experience. Deeply fruited aromas of blackberry, coffee, bittersweet cocoa, ground spice, minerals, bacon fat, and wild herbs soar from the glass. Full-bodied on the…

2014 Juan Gil Monastrell- aka “Marvelous Mourvedre”!

2014 BODEGAS JUAN GIL Monastrell
$16.95 bottle/ $163.00 case

So happy to have this long time VINO favorite back in store! A big, dark, full-bodied Monastrell (aka “mourvedre”) that never fails to satisfy and has a remarkable ability to age. I recently had a bottle of the ’07 Juan Gil that was gorgeous. This has everything I’ve come to expect in this wine, and…

Produttori Rising: 2012 Produttori del Barbaresco!!

2012 PRODUTTORI DEL BARBARESCO Barbaresco
$34.95 bottle/ $188.00 half-case/ $330.00 case

The Produttori co-op is unquestionably one of Italy’s greatest wine producers. Year after year they are absolute benchmarks of quality in Barbaresco. Adding to the allure of this 2012 is that in this vintage that they decided that the Riserva wines, of which they produce eight or so single-vineyard bottlings, weren’t up to their usual…