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, March 24 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--

Margo Durdel of Oregon Brand Management will be pouring selections from Italy, France, Oregon and Washington.

Alvise Lancieri Prosecco $13.99
Alvise Lancieri is the grandfather of this family owned winery, who started growing Glera in the Treviso hills of Veneto after he returned from WWI as a vetern. His winery continues to produce "100% Glera" Prosecco. An exclusive label that has unbelievable value for the money. Delicate, yet full bodied with crisp green apple flavors. -Madwine

Pennautier Chardonnay 2015 $11.99
Bright yellow-green color. Powerful aromas dominated by aromas of fresh fruits such as grapefruit and pineapple. Very well balanced in the mouth, vivid and sumptuous it develops a range of citrus flavors. As an appetizer, it accompanies very well the seafood salads, white meats and grilled fish.
Patton Valley Rose 2015 $13.99
Its beautiful salmon-pink color hints at the enjoyment that awaits you. Alluring aromatics spill out of the glass, with scents of fresh-cut ripe strawberry, candied rose petal, cotton candy and bubble gum harmonizing together and inviting deeper inspection. In the mouth, the first sensation is one of volume and a cacophony of lush ripe fruit flavors, followed by a zingy, green apple acidity and a slight mouth-watering frizzante, the trademark of Patton Valley Rosé. One glass is never enough. -Timeless Wines

Colene Clemens Pinot Noir Dopp Creek 2014 $24.99
Classic Pinot Noir from Ribbon Ridge area. Fuller bodied than the 2013. Another excellent Pinot from Steve Goff!

Povero Barbera 2015 $11.99
Brand new discovery. Excellent 'Asti' quality Barbera for well below going rate! Red and black berries, licorice, wild raspberries, truffled earth and bright acidity. Ultimate pasta, pizza and roast pork red. Fresh and quaffable -this is a nice versatile summer red, and already a top seller at Esquin! -Madwine

Wondrous Red IQ Columbia Valley 2013 $12.99
This Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot dominant blend comes from some top quality vineyards that seldom see at a wine at this price, including Seven Hills, Canoe Ridge, Wallula, Tapteil and Champoux. Aromas of herb, berry, cherry and toasty spices give way to clearly high-quality fruit that has seen a lot of love and care. It's a big time winner at this price. 91 pts Best Buy, Wine Enthusiast

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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