Dave the wine guy

I started in the wine biz in 1979 working tasting rooms in San Francisco and Sonoma county. From there I worked as a Sommelier and as a bartender in Palm Desert and La Quinta, CA. Since then it has been retail and wholesale sales in Santa Cruz, San Jose, CA, Wenatchee, WA and Portland, OR. I'm a Jazz fan and computer geek.

Meet David Kaplan - Chief Wine Virtuoso at John's Marketplace

I've helped people discover new wines for many years. No matter how many wine publications people read, nothing is better than tasting wines for yourself. Let your taste buds do the talking. Don't think you won't like a wine because of a label or words you're not familiar with. Remember, the one you don't taste may be your favorite, so taste them all. If you don't like one, at least you've found out. You learn about wine through your experience. My goal is to find a wine you don't think you like and you're surprised how good it is.

Dave Kaplan

Friday, July 28 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Dane Belber of Galaxy Wine will be pouring selections from France, Spain, Argentina and New Mexico.

Gruet Blanc de Noir $16.99
The rich and toasty character of the Blanc de Noirs is balanced and superb. Aged for two-year minimum, the palate is developed and shows rich complex flavors. The amazing berries aromas and the creamy texture play a leading role and create a great finesse. -winemaker's notes

Chateau de la Ragotiere Muscadet 2015 $12.99
The quintessential seafood wine, Chateau de la Ragotiere's Muscadet Sevre et Maine Sur Lie Old Vine Selection is dry, racy and full of freshness. The organically grown old vines average between 40 and 60 years old and contribute deep fruit flavours and mineral complexity to this delicious wine.

Muga Rose 2016 $14.99
"Lovely rosé with strawberry, peach and flower aromas and flavors. Medium body, light phenolic tension and a crisp finish." James Suckling, 91 pts

Domaine Dupeuble Beaujolais 2015 $13.99
The Dupeuble Beaujolais towers majestically over every other red on the market today yet retains the quaffable ‘légèreté’ we demand from this monumental appellation. At the same time, how can one ignore its eyeball-riveting color, its super concentrated body engorged with blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, olallieberries, boysenberries, cinnamon, cherry pit, violets, petunias, red currants, black currants and graham crackers? There is there, one might say, there. Multi-layered layers of sublime simplicity, a blood-boiling aftertaste, this is a palate hummer. -winemaker's notes

Camins del Priorat 2015 $19.99
"A superb introduction to Priorat could be the 2015 Camins del Priorat, the only wine where they still use French grapes varieties. This year yields broke all records, and the blend in 2015 was 40% Garnacha, 20% Cariñena, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Syrah and 10% Merlot. It's a heady, rich and aromatic red full of Mediterranean herbs, licorice, fennel and aniseed and a peachy sensation with a velvety palate, young and primary, accessible and easy to drink. It even feels a tad lighter than other vintages." The Wine Advocate

Bodega La Flor Pulenta Malbec 2015 $13.99
The vineyards is in the El Chiche estate, Agrelo in Lujan de Cuyo and from Viñedos de Don Antonio estate in Valle de Uco. Has an intense violet color with an aroma of fresh cherries and delicate notes of rose. Its balance among the subtle presence of oak, structure, and fruit personality gives a long and aromatic finish.

The selection is huge
The selection is HUGE!

Dave the wine guy

Dave the wine guy's OFFICE HOURS - most of the time:
WEDNESDAY 12:00 - 6:00
THURSDAY 12:00 - 6:00
FRIDAY 12:00 - 7:00
SATURDAY 11:00 - 4:00

Cheers!...- Dave
John's Marketplace
3535 SW Multnomah Blvd
Portland, OR 97219; store phone: 503-244-2617
Email orders and information:

" John's Marketplace .....and keep Portland weird." -DK

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