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, August 18 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Anna Goodman of Estate Wine Group will be pouring selections from Italy, France, South Africa, Australia, California and Oregon.

Jeio Prosecco $15.99
The color is a light straw yellow. The nose is fruity and fresh The taste is sapid and elegant. Due to the "brut" personality, this wines makes an ideal accompaniment for the entire complement of cocktail sandwiches and elaborate canapes. Excellent for reception and cocktails parties. -winemaker notes

Dopff Irion Pinot Blanc 2015 $13.99
Pale-yellow color . Fruity (white plum, peach) and fresh nose, with smoked flavors. Round and soft , well-balanced, with a nice freshness. Fresh fruit aromas. Wine Enthusiast Best Buy!

Indaba Chenin Blanc 2016 $9.99
This crisp and refreshing white displays restrained yet inviting aromas of pineapple, kiwi, melon, banana, peach and honey. The palate is bright and refreshing with lengthy flavors of tropical melon, citrus and butter, while the finish introduces a hint of spice. Enjoy with mild cheeses, shrimp, red snapper, egg dishes, light pastas or salads. -DrinkUpNY

Grochau Cellars Pinot Noir 2013 $26.99
Grapes were sorted and mostly destemmed; 25%  of  the  grapes  went  into  the  fermenter  whole  cluster and  20%  were  fermented  in  new  French  oak.  Because  it  was  cool  in  the  cellar,  we  let  the  grapes  cold-soak  for  a  week.  Fermentation  began  spontaneously.  The  wine  was barrel aged for 18 months in a mix of  new and neutral barrels.  

Alexander Valley Vineyards Homestead Red 2014 $18.99
This dark purple wine has complex, aromas of plum, cassis, black cherry, vanilla, oak and  spice. In the glass there are spicy flavors of berry, plum, cherry, red fruits, oak and vanilla. This is a nicely balanced wine with a structured finish and lush tannins. 45% Merlot, 34% Zinfandel, 8% Grenache, 6% Mourvedre, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Syrah

D'Arenberg 'The Footbolt' Shiraz 2013 $18.99
Classic McLaren Vale Shiraz in every sense. Laden with dark fruits, old spices and woody notes on the nose and backed up with thick licorice, blackberry, plum and graphite-like characters on the palate. Striking fruit concentration paired with a bold and chewy, yet integrated tannin structure. Brutish in many respects but somehow manages to remain incredibly balanced. A wine to please even the most cantankerous wine aficionado. -winemaker notes

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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