Author Archives: Bruce

Southern Italian Sun!!

Two non-wine thoughts for the day: 1-Giants win! More to the point, what a treat to watch their pitcher Madison Bumgarner, country boy exemplified (I mean, the guy once gave his wife a cow for her birthday) pitch like a man possessed. One for the ages. If you’re a baseball fan, that was as good…

2012 Columbia Crest Cabernet Sauvignon H3

I don’t usually do things prompted by reviews I read in The Wine Spectator, especially wines that are made in the several thousand case quantity, but I know on this bottle when word hits the general public I’m going to get innumerable calls and this wine will most likely be sold out, so I hope…

2013 Buckman Wine Co. Pinot Noir- the return!!

2013 BUCKMAN WINE CO. Pinot Noir "Willamette Valley"
$17.95 bottle/ $96.00 per 1/2 case/ $172.00 case

I may have hoped, but I never thought that this would be the wine I get asked about more than other. For all of who’ve been asking when we’ll have more, here’s your answer… Three years ago when we first came out with our private label Buckman Wine Co. Pinot Noir from the very underrated…

VINO Summer Pink Case!!

Don’t be fooled by this little bit of rain that is supposedly coming the next couple of days. Rosé season is still in full force for another two months at least, warm weather and entertaining outdoors are a certainty, and you’ll want to be prepared for these unavoidable eventualities! So with your future happiness in…

Savory Savoie: 2011Philippe Ravier Roussanne

2011 PHILIPPE RAVIER Roussanne

We’ve been seeing plenty of roussanne based wines coming from various NW wineries. They are usually fairly good, but unfortunately priced at about $15-$20 or more. Now here’s the thing: they are nowhere near as satisfying as this beautifully rendered bottle from Philippe Ravier’s tiny estate in eastern France’s picturesque Savoie region. It has classic…

Yves Cheron: Syrah as it should be!

2011 YVES CHERON Crozes-Hermitage "La Coteau de la Beaume"
$22.95 bottle/ $220.00 case

This hasn’t happened in a long time: a wine comes in from an area that I like but have never really been overly impressed with, and WHAM!, suddenly my palate pops open, my mind’s expectations get jolted awake, and I have one of those all too rare “Whoa, what the —- is going on here?”…

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…

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…