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, October 20 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 Oregon, California, Italy and France.

Banyan Dry Gewurztraminer Monterey 2016 $11.99
A refreshing bright wine with floral aromatics. This off dry 2015 Gewürztraminer is grown at Mission Ranch and Ventana Vineyards in the Arroyo Seco AVA of Monterey . Typical for that area, wind, fog, and cool temperatures predominate year round. The vineyard is carefully farmed to assure the specific ripeness, a balance of sugar and acidity, that we are looking for. A long growing season and temperatures that rarely rise above 80°F create an ideal spot for such an intensely aromatic wine.

Hayes Valley Chardonnay Monterey 2016 $11.99
 Hayes Valley Chardonnay opens up with aromas of tropical fruits—pineapples and bananas. Pears and apples are also prevalent, with a hint of toasty oak. Flavors of baked apples, banana and vanilla carry through the palate, along with a creamy mouth feel and a hint of butter. Solid acidity makes this a great wine to pair with many dishes or to drink on its own. -Westchester Wine Warehouse

Idealist Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2013 $18.99
As in past vintages, the 2013 Diplomat is a blend of two vineyard sites: Beacon Hill and Barron Wahl vineyards. The plant parentage of the Diplomat is 100% Pommard clone of Pinot Noir. The fruit was fermented without the help of added yeast. After 20 months in neutral French oak barrels, the Diplomat was blended and bottled.

Vallevo Montepulciano 2015 $8.99
Montepulciano makes some famous top-end big reds here in the Abruzzo, but the variety also makes amazingly good inexpensive red wine, far better than comparable Sangiovese. Aromas and flavors of black plum, black cherry, herbs, and black olives surround a wonderful meaty texture, with enough chewiness to make the wine stand up to food.

Casale del Giglio Casanese Lazio $14.99
Produced from Cesanese, an indigenous grape of Italy, this wine is deep ruby red with intense aromas of marasca cherry followed by spicy notes of white pepper, black pepper and violet. On the palate, it is soft and well balanced with persistent tannins and pronounced acidity, essential criteria for long aging. Excellent with white meat, turkey, or savory stew.

Pascal Marthouret Saint Joseph 2013 $22.99
The St Joseph gives up lots of minerality, pepper and dried cherry fruit to go with a medium-bodied, firm, focused feel. It has edgy tannin and an old-school, traditional feel

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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