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, April 28 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Julia Bailey of C&G Wines will be pouring selections from France and Oregon

Pierre Boniface Savoie Les Rocailles Apremont 2015 $14.99
Apremont is Pierre Boniface's signature wine, produced from the Jacquère grape at Les Rocailles, a true earthly paradise nestled in the French Alps. A cornerstone of the HPS portfolio, this great value is the perfect introduction to the unique and distinctive wines of Savoie. Delicate and feather-light, it offers green apple and floral aromas on the nose. On the palate, it is dry and extremely refreshing, with crystal clear purity.

Moulin de Gassac Guilhem Rose Languedoc 2016 $11.99
Made from equal parts Syrah and Carignan, this medium-bodied and versatile Languedoc rose will stand up to lots of summer fare. And it is fine by itself – a very floral and mineral nose results from chalky clay soil with limestone and quartz chips.

Lorelle Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2014 $14.99
This Pinot is not trying to be a big beefy one, layered in oak and high in alcohol. It has a laser beam of cherry and blackberry fruit. A medium to light body and will be down right perfect with your spring meal.

Olivier Hillaire Cotes du Rhone 2015 $17.99
Our team flipped for this. A perfect, ready to drink Cotes du Rhone from a terrific producer. Medium bodied with outstanding purity of fruit and an elegant finish. This over delivers for the price! -90pts Wine Library

Rene Noel Legrand Saumur-Champigny Les Lizieres 2012 $19.99
Domaine René-Noël Legrand is all about Cabernet Franc as this wine reflects so of course this wine is 100% Cabernet Franc. This grape flourishes in cooler climates such as the Loire Valley producing aromas of ripe berry and sweet spices as well as graphite, and red licorice.

Domaine Cabirau Cotes du Roussillon 2014 $15.99
The Wine Advocate - "Made in a pretty, elegant style and a blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Carignan, the 2014 AOP Cotes du Roussillon sports a transparent ruby color to go with perfumed notes of kirsch, spice-box, licorice and dried flowers. Juicy and lively on the palate, with medium-bodied richness, fine, savory tannin and beautiful length, it’s ideal for drinking anytime over the coming 2-3 years." 90 pts

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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