Author Archives: Bruce

Sardinia & Sicily: A Tour of the Italian Isles!!

I would like to swear that nothing here is plagiarized, copied from another source, and 100% original. BUT, I have been writing these weekly ramblings for 16 years, for pete’s sake. If you think I’m gonna promise you haven’t heard this stuff before, you’ve got another thing think coming. I can barely remember what I…

Cigliuti’s Classic Barbera!!

2013 CIGLIUTI Barbera d'Alba "Campass"
$26.95 bottle/ $258.00 case

When you read a rec from me regarding any Barbera in the store keep in mind I am a huge fan of the wines made from this grape. Barbera is my usual go-to wine at home, and you might say I am a bit, um,  particular about what I bring in. That’s why when I…

Mencia Madness: 2012 VINOS DE ARGANZA Lagar de Robla

2012 Vinos de Arganza Lagar de Robla
$12.95 bottle/ $124.00 case

This is a shockingly good bottle of Spanish red that is made 100% mencia from the Castillo y León region of NW Spain that recently received a well deserved 91 Wine Spectator points. It’s not all about that validation, though. This wine absolutely rocks it with surprising depth and some serious intention in its bold…

THE BUCK IS BACK: 2014 Buckman Pinot Noir!!

2014 BUCKMAN WINE CO. Pinot Noir
$17.95 bottle/ $172.00 case

Coming a month late (due to self-inflicted label ordering issues) but all the better for the additional bottle time is our latest baby from the soon-to-be-revered 2014 Oregon pinot noir vintage. As it seems to every year it exceeds my expectations, which I shouldn’t be surprised by as this custom VINO cuvée is made, as…

Oregon Classic: 2012 CROWLEY WINES Pinot Noir “Entre Nous”

2012 CROWLEY WINES "Entre Nous" Pinot Noir
$30.95 bottle/ $297.00 case

Since the first release I carried, his still delicious 2005 vintage “Entre Nous” Pinot, I have been very impressed with the pure, classically Oregon pinots from Tyson Crowley and his partner Evan Roberts. They make pinots that don’t need a wallop of oak or excessive hang time to express themselves. Just extremely careful vineyard management,…

Mont Gras “Antu” Syrah: as good as it gets!

2012 MONT GRAS "Antu" Syrah
$19.95 bottle/ $192.00 case

When we carried the previous locally available release of this Chilean beauty, the 2009 “Antu” Syrah, I wrote that it was one of, if not the, best South American Syrahs I’ve had. At any price. Any cheaper and they tend to be flabby fruit bombs; any more and all you taste is vanilla from the…

Oregon Pinot for a Pittance!

Un Autre Monde…translated means “Another World”…which is about how I’m feeling right now about this wine. Another world meaning, oh, say, buying Oregon pinot noir in the early to mid-1990’s. If you want to skip the long-winded version of why you have to take advantage of this wine then go right to the bottom “how…

Casa Contini’s Sublime Salento!

2013 CASA CONTINI Salento Rosso “Verso” $14.95 bottle/ $144.00 case You want to know what grapes that have ripened to perfection in the warm southern Italian sun taste like? Pop the cork on this deep, resonant rosso, pour a glass, take a sip and close your eyes. Intellectual transport to the Apulia region in the…