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, February 17 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, Italy, Oregon and California.

Vina Clavidor Verdejo/Viura 2015 $10.99
Produced from 100% Verdejo, organically farmed, this is a crispy, minerally Verdejo. Less of the tropical / exotic fruit & more focus on the clean & chiseled. A wonderful style that would make an ideal accompaniment to a variety of foods, particularly cured ham, grilled or pan fried fish.

La Staffa Verdicchio 2015 $14.99
“The colour is straw yellow with greenish hues. The bouquet is intense, refined and persistent with notes of yellow flowers, peach and golden apple with underlying scents of almonds. The taste is dry and smooth, elegant and gentle with a refreshing acidity and a velvety finish of quince and almonds.” -Binny's

Vizar Tempranillo 2015 $9.99
High aromatic intensity. Primary aromas in all its breadth, clean, and above all varietal identity, memories of licorice, blackberry and sour strawberry, aromatic character tempranillo explosion. 100% Tempranillo.

Cristom Mt. Jefferson Pinot Noir 2014 $29.99
In the glass, the 2014 Mt. Jefferson Cuvée is showing like a classic Willamette Valley vintage with bright, red-fruit aromatics, elegant, balanced tannins and persistent acidity. We found impressions of pomegranate, Rainier strawberries, raspberries, Dark Hudson cherries, cocoa powder and sweet pipe tobacco along with earthy and dusty notes that are complex and intriguing. It is a mid-weight wine that is defined by its balance of smooth, seamless tannins and luscious acidity with good persistence. 94 pts James Suckling - "Aromas of walnuts, berries and spices with hints of orange peel. Full-bodied with a soft texture and chewy tannins. A juicy and delicious wine already. Needs a year or two to soften. Better in 2018."

Three Vineyards Old Vine Field Blend 2013 $17.99
Our Old Vines Field Blend is sourced from ancient vineyards in Contra Costa County and is a blend of  Zinfandel, Carignane, Petite Sirah,  and Mataro with a touch of Alicante Bouschet and  Black Malvoisie. All the grapes in this blend come from vineyard blocks with extremely sandy soils called Delhi Sandy Loam. Our Field Blend is a full-bodied, dark fruit driven wine that should evolve gracefully for many years to come. -winery notes

Runquist Massoni Ranch Amador County Zinfandel 2014 $22.99
From Jeff Runquist: "The 2014 wine has a deep purple color of substantial depth due to the contribution of 18% Petite Sirah which is also grown on the Massoni Ranch. The hues are bright garnet. The aroma is loaded with black raspberry, dark cherry and plum. Seventeen months in small barrels has contributed a bouquet of cocoa, hazelnut and dark chocolate. The flavors are soft and luscious and feature succulent red currants and raspberry."


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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