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, June 23 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Meredith Ball of Estelle Imports will be pouring selections from  Spain, Washington and France

Alain Cavailles 'Resilience" Crement de Limoux 2014 $15.99
This Blanquette de Limoux combines the typicality of Mauzac, the freshness of Chenin and Chardonnay long finish. Fine, dense bubbles favor the expression of the bouquet of ripe fruit. The excitement blends harmoniously with a creamy palate with apricot flavors.

Albarino Eleusis 2016 $12.99
Located in the village of Carril in the sub-zone of Val do Salnés, Maior de Mendoza owns and maintains 15 hectares of vineyards in some of the greatest terroir for growing Albariño. Using vines with an average age of 30 years, cold maceration and long alcoholic fermentation, the wines show great complexity and depth of character. Terrific aromatics of orange blossom, green papaya, tangerine, mango, lemon, fresh herbs, and sea salt lead into lively, lip-smacking array of citrus flavors and a crisp, dry finish that invites another sip. And, this is without a doubt what of the best values in Albarino.

Jean Paul Picard Sancerre 2016 $21.99
Made with 100% Sauvignon Blanc. Pale yellow with brilliant highlights. A very aromatic nose (exotic fruits, citrus fruits, etc.). In the mouth it is dry, focused, with a touch of minerality. Goes well with fish, shellfish, sea food, cheese, or especially crottin de Chavignol. Picard's Sancerre represents the pinnacle of stainless-steel fermented Sauvignon Blanc.

Little Wing Rose 2016 $14.99
Little Wing is a wine dedicated to the spirit, gratitude and humility of any table. Born in tradition, this vin gris, or rosé, wine is equal parts Grenache and Mourvèdre from the cool Yakima Valley. It was spontaneously fermented in barrel and aged on the lees withholding malo-lactic fermentation. It is both savory and fruit-driven with fresh aromas reflective of the high-desert climate from which it hails.

Mas Dels Mets Montsant 2015 $8.99
Montsant is adjacent to the prestigious Priorat wine region southwest of Barcelona.  Tremendous value with this blend of Garnacha, Tempranillo and Carinena.  Big juicy mouthful of ripe berries and plums with nuances of herbs, chocolate, and spice and good tannin structure.

Lobo Hills Cabernet 2014 $24.99
Lovely aromatics of plum, cassis, tea, anise and sagebrush. The mouth is rich and full but carefully balanced, consisting of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot, 8% Merlot and 4% Malbec. The wine was aged in 50% neutral oak and 50% new oak. -Mad Wine

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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