Author Archives: Bruce

Back On The Streets w/ The Rhone Rangers!

Wow, who would’ve thought that low-mid 40 degree weather would feel balmy?! Bare pavement, green grass, DRIVING without white knuckling the wheel. Life returns to normal, and dang, thank goodness! Well, for 24 hours, at least. All bets are off after tomorrow. But for now, I’ll take this reprieve, revel in the fact that I…

Ravishing Rioja: 2012 Palacios Remondo Montesa

2012 PALACIOS REMONDO Rioja "La Montesa"
$17.95 bottle/ $172.00 case

For whatever reason I hadn’t had this current release of one our favorite Riojas from past vintages, and when I recently had it with my rep I was kicking myself. This is a stunner! A beautiful Rioja for current consumption that will easily go on for several years. I’ll let the following review throw the…

Pravis Pinot Grigio: Orange wine done right!

2015 PRAVIS Pinot Grigio "Polin"
$15.95 bottle/ $153.00 case

Psst, have you heard? Orange wines are all the rage. Wine nerds world wide are getting all hot and sweaty for these white wines that are left on the skin to pull out some color. Problem is, too many of them are also oxidized, flawed, and rather unpleasant. Then you have this incredibly satisfying beauty…

Eric Solomon’s European Selections: Lafage and Espelt!!

Long time readers may have noticed a few times in the past we’ve featured wines from super importer Eric Solomon, whose French and Spanish imports under his European Selections brand are some of most value-laden wines coming off the continent. He works mainly with small family producers who farm their old vine vineyards, usually higher…

Voluminous & Vivacious Vinho Verde!!

2015 MENDES Alvarinho "Contacto"
$20.95 bottle/ $201.00 case

This is a brilliantly made Portuguese white, a vinho verde in name only. Incredible presence and style on the palate and an absolutely absurd affinity with food. Wines like this are so rare to come across.  This is serious, world class white, from one of Portugal’s great winemakers. Head-spinning aromatics and flavors! I highly encourage…

Rhone Revelation: 2014 Chateau Pesquie

2014 CHATEAU PESQUIE Ventoux "Terrasses"
$17.95 bottle/ $172.00 case

There are so many reasons to be enchanted by France’s Rhone Valley. Beautiful countryside, incredibly charming villages, the food, and, obviously, the fabulous wine! Every time I taste a wine like this stunning ’14 Pesquie I am immediately transported to a sunny sidewalk café, with plates of saucisson and maybe a bit of foie gras…

Pitch Perfect Pinot!!

2013 BOEDECKER CELLARS Pinot Noir "Athena"
$33.95 bottle/ $183.00 half-case/ $325.00 case

I was picking up some of our Buckman Wine Pinot Noir from Athena Pappas over at she and husband Stewart Boedecker’s Boedecker Cellars in NW Portland a couple of weeks ago and she was kind enough to bestow a bottle of her 2013 “Athena” Pinot Noir on me.  She said she thought it might be…

Un Autre UN AUTRE MONDE!!

n/v UN AUTRE MONDE Pinot Noir
$13.95 bottle/ $132.00 case

That’s right, a new version of our best selling wine ever, Ver. 2.0 if you will, is out and once again something you HAVE to take advantage of. The latest release of the n/v (non-vintage) AUTRE MONDE Pinot Noir is here, and once again it is hands down a remarkable value in Oregon pinot noir,…