Author Archives: Bruce

Cellers Santamaria: Spanish wine from the Old School!

2007 Cellers Santamaria "Gran Recosind"
$16.95 bottle/ $163.00 case

Describing a wine as sexy seems to be a bit pandering. What does that mean exactly? Then I took a taste of this sensual red from Spain’s little explored Emporda region in the northeast corner of the country, and I have to say I knew exactly what it meant. If this is wine- sexy, then…

The wines of OWEN ROE, July 29th!!

 ### SPECIAL FREE OWEN ROE EVENT, TUES., JULY 29 ### It’s never too early to start preparing your palates for pleasure when Owen Roe is in the house! This is an event long time coming, as Owen Roe’s marketing director/friend of VINO, Mr. Garret Plocher, have been working on getting him in here for about…

VINO’s Tour de France!!

This week we move on to our vinous homage to the world’s greatest sporting event, our annual tribute to Le Tour de France, where bicycle riders punish themselves for three weeks straight to win the grand prize of, well, a yellow t-shirt. This comes fast on the heels of what some consider the world’s other…

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 rosés 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 together, 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/ $517.00 case The deal with this one, apart…