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2006 Louis Roederer "Cristal" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 8-28-2014
It's a shame that most Cristal is consumed so quickly after it's released because the 2006 is definitely one that will age and show its true beauty and potential with a few years in the cellar! The 2006 is the brightest, most structured vintage that I've had from Cristal in quite some time. Add the signature ripe, sweet fruit, full bodied richness and chalky minerality on the finish and you have a vintage Cristal that will match up to the best of them.

Bruno Michel "Blanche" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 8-28-2014
Such an amazing champagne for such an extraordinary price! This champagne is one of my favorites regardless of how low the price is, but when you factor in how beautiful this wine is for only $34.99, you wonder if its too good to be true!!! So incredibly delicate and elegant with such subtle layers, you wonder if its too sophisticated for everyone to understand.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Fleury "Carte Rouge" Blanc de Noirs Brut Champagne
Review Date: 4-25-2014
The NV Fleury Carte Rouge is a truly exceptional bottle of Champagne. Anyone skeptical of how great biodynamic wines can be, need to try the Carte Rouge. This NV cuvee elegantly expresses the balance between delicate yet rich. The nose is intense with aromatics of strawberry, black cherry and hints of toasted yeast. The surprise of the Carte Rouge is how low the dosage is in comparison to how ripe and expressive the fruit shows throughout the entire length of the Champagne.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Henriot "Souverain" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 1-31-2014
Beautiful toast aromatics on the nose open up to amazingly fresh green apples and quince on the palate. How a grand marque can make such an elegant cuvee at this amazing a price is truly impressive!

2007 Michel Arnould Vintage "Carte d'Or" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 11-13-2013
The 2007 Michel Arnould Vintage “Carte d’Or” Brut Champagne takes it to a whole new level. Yes, this half and half blend of Chardonnay from Oger and Pinot Noir from Verzenay needs time, but the potential for this Champagne is readily evident from the first moment the cork is popped. Upon first smelling the Carte d’Or, aromatics of chalk and wet river stone emerge from the glass but as the Champagne has time to breath, notes of salty brioche, baked butter and honeycomb take shape. On the palate, this Champagne is layered with flavors of dried flowers, acacia, sweet star fruit and bright tropical fruit. What truly makes the Carte d’Or transcendental is the intense palate, precise bead, focused structure and lengthy finish…a spectacularly balanced Champagne!
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Tequila Fortaleza Reposado Tequila 750ml
Review Date: 11-8-2013
I'm not much of a tequila drinker and when I do partake it's usually in the form of a margarita, but this tequila is a game changer for me. The Fortaleza is incredibly complex with earth and agave spice notes but is so incredibly balanced that even I can enjoy it neat.
Price: $54.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Krug Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 9-3-2013
Krug really doesn't need any extra validation from lil' ol me but I'm going to give it because they're just that great! This Krug rose is truly transcendent. Both sweet and savory at the same time, the Krug rose delivers with beautiful rose petals, sweet orange citrus, toasty lees and intense red fruit.

2010 Arnot-Roberts "Fellom Ranch Vineyard" Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 5-28-2013
I hate to be brutally honest, but I was sadly recovering from an awful head-cold when I had the pleasure of tasting with these two fabulous winemakers at their Healdsburg winery. But as stuffed up as I was, I could still smell the amazing aromatics coming from this Monte Bello adjacent vineyard. Beautiful aromatics of sweet savory herbs are matched by the commanding presence of ripe candied cherries, tobacco and delicate purple flowers. This wine is so beautifully old world in its elegance and finesse, even the most hardened new world naysayer would fall head over heels for this Santa Cruz Mountains cabernet sauvignon.

Launois "Quartz" Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne
Review Date: 3-30-2013
Get it while you can! Our favorite blanc de blancs Mesnil producer is in stock...but only for a short time. Perfect time to start stocking up for your summer festivities!
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Deligeroy Crémant de Loire Brut Rosé
Review Date: 2-28-2013
How can you not love a bottle of Bubbles from the Loire Valley that only costs $13 and tastes this good?!?!? Loaded with tons of fresh berry fruit and copious amounts of tiny, delicate bubbles.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Elisabeth Goutorbe "Cuvée Eclatante" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 2-28-2013
Intense, yet exquisitely balanced, the Cuvee Eclatante has a subtle minerality on the nose, the classic bright apple fruit in the mouth and an elegant, seamless hazelnut finish.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Baron Fuente "Grande Réserve" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 9-29-2012
This delicious Champagne is composed of 60% Meunier, 10% Pinot Noir & 30% Chardonnay and has been aged three years on the lees. Pinot Meunier is always characterized with upfront floral and fruity notes and that is exactly what jumps out of the glass with the Grand Reserve. Loaded with tons of ripe, fresh apple and carmalized citrus, this cuvee conveys how powerful and full-bodied Pinot Meunier can be while simultaneously having a clean and elegant finish.
Price: $23.99 Add To Cart WS 91 BC 0

Michel Loriot "Authentic" Brut Champagne (previously Cuvee Reserve)
Review Date: 9-29-2012
Exotic spice, tropical fruit and ripe citrus notes give this cuvee a fresh lifted air, but it stays true to its Meunier roots with a richness that keeps this champagne from being too angular.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart ST 90 BC 0

San Venanzio Prosecco Brut
Review Date: 7-31-2012
This new direct buy is filled with delicate high tones of floral on the nose and an abundance of upfront pear and peach on the palate. Just found my new BBQ bubble bottle.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Michel Dervin Brut Champagne
Review Date: 5-31-2012
I loved this champagne several years ago but it was really hard to get people on board with the outdated yellow label that was a serious hommage to the early 90's. Now that they've updated the label to a sophisticated black and grey label, this champagne is going to fly off the shelves! Hands down, this the best "full-package" champagne for under 30. Equally as beautiful as the outside, the inside of this bottle is full of fresh, clean, refreshing citrus fruit balanced by a friendly pinot meunier based fruitiness that keeps this champagne fun and playful.
Price: $32.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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