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, September 15 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Joe Moura of Casa Bruno will be pouring selections from France.

Domaine du Petit Coteau Vouvray Brut $17.99
Pale yellow with green tints, this sparkling Vouvray comes from 20-45 year-old vines. Completely dry yet still delicate, this wine is a beautiful alternative to Champagne for a fraction of the cost.

Domaine du Vocoret Chablis Premier Cru Vaillon 2015 $27.99
From one of the northernmost wine-growing areas in the world, where a combination of cool weather, limestone soils and a layer of Kimmeridgian clay, the Premier Cru Vaillons vineyard produces iconic Chablis. Aromas of lime, slate, chalk and fresh citrus fruits leap out of the glass atop a concentrated, citrus and pineapple fruit on the palate. Layers of mineral and citrus on the finish with racy acidity. Enjoy with oily seafood and shellfish, in particular tuna or swordfish, over the next four years.

Oinos Les Capucins Coteaux du Languedoc 2015 $9.99
Les Capucins is produced on a great terroir situated on limestone soils at the foothills of Larzac (a high plateau at 700-950 meters high). In summer, during nights, fresh air comes from Larzac and gives coolness as a contrast to the high temperatures of the day.The grapes thus achieve an excellent phenolic maturity. This great terroir offers a perfect expression of syrah: Full mouth, fine tanins, fresh aromas, great balance Soil:Limestone hills situated at the foothills of Larzac. Mediterranéean climate with moderate temperatures during the nights in summer due to fresh air which comes from LarzacGrapes :Syrah 75% - Grenache 25%

Saint Cosme Cotes du Rhone 2016 $14.99
After the magnificent 2015, here is the superb 2016. The region combines old vines, magnificent terroirs, fairly low yields and an outstanding climate.This 2016 vintage shows top quality fruit of blackcurrant and wild raspberry, magnificently intense color and layered texture with notes of truffle and licorice. Although this wine is designed for early-drinking, it can be kept for long.

Chateau Magneau Graves Rouge 2013 $19.99
An aroma with hints of red fruits, a full-bodied wine, sharp and aromatic. Its elegant and well-blended tannic aromas complement entrecotes served with vine shoots, all red meats and cheeses.

Domaine Berthet Rayne Chateauneuf du Pape Fut de Chene 2015 $35.99
A complex wine that enchants with its pepperry, liquorice and plum complexity. It maintains elegance thanks to the succulent red fruit, which gives it a freshness to balance the ripe flavors and generous sweet oak aromas.This wine develops its complex aromas and flavors after three to five years, reaching its full maturity after seven years.65 % Grenache, 30 % Mourvèdre, 5 % Cinsault

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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