August 2, 2018 by PWM



$19.95 BTL./$102.00 6-PACK

    On every weekend in neighborhoods throughout Mexico, Texas & or anywhere that a Hispanic community thrives there is a respected ritual taking place & it is called Barbacoa. Barbacoa is a form of cooking meat (usually lamb) slowly cooked over an open fire or more traditionally in a hole dug in the ground covered with Maguey leaves & cooked until falling apart tender.  Usually enjoyed with nothing more than corn tortillas, cilantro, onions and your favorite form of sauce, Barbacoa is the root for the word us gringos know as Barbecue.

     Now one of my favorite winemakers & an old school Barbacoa loyalist from my days in California joined me at what has to be the only place you will find this delicacy in the Northwest & while he is famous for his vineyard designated Pinot Noirs he knows all too well that this needs something bigger, something bolder & something that can stand up to the Beast we know as Barbacoa. And while his Claret under his Tyrus Evan label is no more, like a phoenix rising from the ashes out of a brown paper bag comes a bottle of this 2014 Del Rio Claret from the Del Rio Vineyard in southern Oregon.  Del Rio was the source for one of Tyrus Evan two Claret bottlings & what many considered the best!

     Let me just say that anybody who enjoyed the Claret under the Tyrus Evan label is in for a treat!  A classic Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec & Cabernet Franc with the complete Cadillac treatment that was enjoyable with my Barbacoa but will match up well with anything that calls for a World Class wine.  

     The Del Rio estate is in the process of going through a label change & has made us an offer that is almost too good to believe on the last 48 cases of the 2014.


August 1, 2018 by PWM



$5.95 btl./$60.00 6-pack

     Due to our low, low prices and warehouse-style layout, many people mistakenly compare our store to “Pirate John’s”, a chain of natural food liquidators who dabble in the wine business. While we also buy our cheese and dried fruit there and often feature merchandise from bankruptcies and close-outs here, we beg to differ with their theory that cooked $20 dollar wine becomes a good value if they sell it for $2.99. Sorry, “John”, that just makes it cheap bad wine! You can be confident that every label in our store represents ten that we tasted and didn’t buy as we are always on the lookout for distressed merchants not distressed merchandise, a crucial distinction.  Remember our motto: “We taste the bad wine so you don’t have to!”

    This month our monthly missive is so chock full of 'Steals' making this column quite redundant BUT we have focused our crosshairs on one wine in particular:  2014 Cabernet Sauvignon from Gerard Bertrand from vineyards near the castle ridden town of Carcassonne.    

     Not only is this well endowed Cabernet full on delicious and really packs a punch BUT it also is made completely Organic & Natural. Crafted by Gérard Bertrand, a former rugby union player who represented France, RC Narbonne, and the Stade Français and then retired from rugby to take over the family estate to become a renowned winemaker of Languedoc-Roussillon.   In 2013, Gérard Bertrand is awarded the title of Red Winemaker of the Year 2012 in the International Wine Challenge.  Sporting a deep, saturated ruby color, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon is loaded with ripe black fruits, chocolate, licorice and smoked herbs give way to a ripe, sexy, concentrated and rounded effort that's a classic Old World red.