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, May 26 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Joe Moura of Casa Bruno Wines will be pouring selections from Corsica and Italy. Featuring two exceptional Chiantis from Felsina and Farnetella.  

Domaine Vetriccie Ile de Beaute Corsica Rose 2016 $9.99
The Nielluciu (Sangiovese in Corsica) gives the dark color, the Sciacarellu (Pollera Nera in Corsica) brings crispiness as the Grenache gives the fruitiness. Light pink almost clear with floral aromas like cranberry, blackberry and blackcurrant. Soft attack to the palate with generous fruit, explosion of berries to a lingering finish.
Blend: 50% Nielluciu, 35% Sciacarellu, 15% Grenache

Domaine Vetriccie Ile de Beaute Corsica Blanc 2016 $9.99
This stainless steel fermented blend of  literally smells like a sunny spring day.  Bursting with fresh apple, peach, citrus, honeysuckle and gentle spice notes, this will perk up your day in no time.  Easy drinking, uncomplicated, clean and fresh.
50% Vermentino, 50% Chardonnay

Corte alla Flora Giuggiolo Rosso 2013 $10.99
90% Sangiovese w/other indigenous Tuscan varieties. Aged 6 months in stainless steel tank, then 6 months in bottle before release. This intense ruby red colored wine presents typical aromas of Prugnolo Gentile, the local clonal name for Sangiovese in the town of Montepulciano. Red fruits, balsamico, liquorice, violet. A soft and velvety palate that shows good freshness. The aim is for finesse and elegance, rather than excessive extraction and structure. -winemakers notes

Castello di Farnetella Chianti Colli Senesi 2013 $14.99
So much fruit and richness for this appellation. Medium to full body, round and velvety tannins and a dried fruit, spice and light oak aftertaste. Drink now. Extremely well done. Owned by Felsina. 92% Sangiovese and 8% Merlot. 92 pts James Suckling

Gulfi Cerasuolo di Vittoria 2015 $19.99
The Cerasuolo di Vittoria is a simple red wine; light bodied and fragrant, with the balance of fruit, pepper and herbs. Best consumed while young, this is a typical terroir-driven expression of the Sicilian varietals Frappato (50%) and Nero d'Avola (50%).
Wine Enthusiast - "Aromas of spiced blueberry, blackberry and violet lead the nose on this juicy wine. The savory palate offers black cherry, crushed raspberry, vanilla and baking spice alongside round, soft tannins." 90 pts

Felsina Chianti Classico Riserva 2012 $29.99
"Traditional style Chianti Classico with cedar, dried meat, dark chocolate and tobacco aromas. Full body, silky and polished tannins and a fantastic finish. A wine that shows depth and lots of flavor. Lively acidity too. Drink now." 95 pts. James Suckling

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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