February 16, 2016 by PWM



$19.95 BTL./$102.00 6-PACK

    Once again, we must stand back up on our wine-box to implore you to Experience the joys of the still relatively undiscovered yet fabulous & ridiculously valued wines of Portugal.   The Quinta do Vallado turned 300 years old last year & this famous Douro estate has once again produced a wine that rivals almost any in the world.

    This 2013 Quinta do Vallado's Douro Red is the perfect wine to introduce you to this exciting region. Portugal's dry red wines are starting to be taken very seriously on the world stage, in fact on the 2014 Wine Spectator Top 100 list, wines #1, #3 & #4 were all from the Douro region of Portugal.  Crafted by the same winemaker that made the #4 wine in the world in 2014, Quinto do Vallado consistently produces award winning, high quality reds that deliver intense levels of enjoyment. At just $17.00 a bottle in a six pack this 2013 Tinto is an old vines field blend (with 69% of the grapes sourced from vines 80+ years old, and 31% Touriga Nacional from 10-15 year old vines). Seeming full in the mouth, with a velvety texture, ripe sexy black fruits, earth, spice from the French oak, beautifully balance and the finish is almost eternal. This is a dramatic wine that calls for Big Dishes yet is absolutely delicious all on its own.  We have had difficulty getting any of this wine for several years due to the limited amount imported & because the importer was a Jerk.  A new friendly importer has given us the entire 35 cases allocated to the Northwest & even invited us and any of our customers to the estate for a tour!  COOL!


February 15, 2016 by PWM





      In a brilliant bit of market pre-positioning, these appears to be the beginning of the  soundtrack for the 2017 summer blockbuster Austin Powers meets The Jetsons: retro yet futuristic, sensual yet square, kitschy but debonair.

     For those of you who wonder about our music fixation, the reason we have such cool wines here is that we apply everything we learned ferreting out the best records in the cut-outs at Woolworths in the seventies to finding great libations in today’s frantically churning market.  And since these two wines are such No-Brainers, we thought we would instead of stating the obvious would share some of what is on our current playlist!  Because if music be the fruit of life……pour me another!   Great tunes to enhance your Beverage Experience.

Olu Dara “Neighborhoods” 

Olu Dara is our favorite Left Field Bluesman, Slow Motion Rapper, Science Fiction Griot with a trumpet, Reincarnation of both Robert Johnson AND Ebinezer the Obeah Man (he’s the only one actually but still our favorite). This outing calls for Petite Sirah with it and don’t forget the cornbread (smeared with some Miele di Tarrasco, pah-leeeze!) .

Charlie Christian “The Genius of the Electric Guitar”  

The Jimi Hendrix of Pre-War Jazz? The similarities are striking: a young black man comes out of virtually nowhere, completely reinvents the guitar, gives generations of future players homework with his scant recorded oeuvre then dies a tragic death all in three years. This is undeniable stuff, the very birthing cries of BeBop, mostly recorded with the Benny Goodman Sextet. No CD collection is complete without this.

Bobby Broom  "Modern Man"

A modern rethinking of the sort of slow burn, jazzy but not too out there, sexy but cool music that those of you with hip parents might have been conceived to: Mr. Broom is a monster Jazz Guitarist with credits ranging from Miles to Sonny Rollins to Dr. John and is joined here by Lonnie Liston Smith on B-3 and Ronnie Cuber on Bari Sax (half of the famous mid-sixites George Benson Quartet!) while he grooves through material ranging from the Bacharach chestnut “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again” to a wondrous retake on “Layla” by Eric Clapton plus some adventurous originals.