Category Archives: Featured Wine

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 at the special mixed case listed after the descriptions, 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/…

Burgundian Bargain!!

2009 DOMAINE DES 7 TERROIRS Bourgogne Rouge
$15.95 bottle/ $154.00 case

Cue question for the ages: “Why, when we have world class pinot noir vineyards less than an hour away from my front door do I have to go several thousand miles to get a bottle of classic pinot noir this good at this price?” And the answer is: “Damned if I know!” But if a…

Owen Roe Cabernet Franc ON SALE!!

2010 Owen Roe Cabernet Franc "Rosa Mystica"
$27.95 bottle/ $150.00 per 1/2 case/ $285.00 case ($23.75)

What can I say about David O’Reilly’s wines that I haven’t said over these last 14 years. Fabulous, satisfying, impeccably made. What I haven’t been able to, and never thought I would, say is “Buy this bottle and save $14 a pop!” The Rosa Mystica Cab Franc was one of David’s first (maybe the first)…

2010 Chateau de Costis Bordeaux: Riding the tide!

2010 Chateau de Costis Bordeaux
$9.95 bottle/ $95.00 case

Perhaps nowhere is it more apt than in the wine world when, regarding great vintages, that the “a rising tide raises all boats” metaphor rings so true. Such is the case with this lovely, delicious 2010 Chateau de Costis. A right bank blend of 45% merlot, 35% cab franc, and 25% cab sauv, this shows…

Notre Dame de Laval: French bargain hunting!

2011 NOTRE DAME DE LAVAL Cotes du Roussillon
$8.95 bottle/ $85.00 case

This certainly comes under the “old friends” banner if I think of all there wondrous bargains I’ve had from southwest France over the years. It is always somewhat staggering how much wine you get for so little money with these reds. Made from old vine carignan (45%), grenache (30%), and syrah (25%) vineyards that dot…