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Jean-Jacques Lamoureux "Réserve" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 4-1-2015
Gary has hit the ball out of the park with his latest DI offering! The Lamoureux Reserve Brut is sure to please every palate at the party. Elegantly toasty with notes of ripe pear and apple up front, this cuvee continues its decadent journey with a sumptuously sinful palate loaded with white nectarine and exotic starfruit. Couple this with a ridiculously creamy, full bodied texture and ultra fine bead and you have a true 5 star champagne!
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

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Club Price: $29.99
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Laurent-Perrier "Cuvée Rosé" Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 3-31-2015
Stylistically, Laurent Perrier is one of my favorite Grand Marques. I gravitate towards their bright, vibrant house style and that's exactly what you get in the Laurent Perrier "Cuvee Rose" Brut Rose Champagne?. While the rose is 100% pinot noir and macerated with full skin contact, this rose is surprisingly lifted and understated for receiving such a heavy handed treatment. The nose and palate are loaded with copious amounts of red berry fruit with ripe strawberries taking center stage supported by a backdrop of clean minerality. The refreshingly tart finish of cranberries and pomegranate make this rose the perfect accompaniment to any special occasion.

Ariston Aspasie "Cepages d'Antan" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 3-31-2015
How can you put a price on tasting rare, almost extinct varietals from champagne like Petit Meslier, Arbanne and Pinot Blanc? Especially when they taste as amazing as the Ariston Aspasie Cepages d'Antan! When first popped the nose is quite subtle and delicate. After a little time in the glass, the Pinot Blanc begins to dominate with aromas of white nectarine, star fruit and orange blossoms. With even more time in the glass, the native varietals begin to express themselves with strong notes of chalky minerality and a hint of savory herb. Top this off with a strikingly long finish of limestone chalk and you have a champagne that is unlike anything you'll find on most wine store shelves.
Price: $99.00 Add To Cart BC 0

Krug "Grande Cuvée" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 3-31-2015
Customers constantly ask me what my favorite champagnes are and I always tell people that each bottle is like a child to me and you can't possibily ask a mom to pick a favorite. But its a pretty well-known secret that Krug has always been a special little "baby" for me. Krug is hands down my go to tête de cuvée. While priced for those extra special occasions or a moment when you want to splurge, the Grand Cuvee over delivers and never disappoints. The grandeur of this cuvee is apparent immediately. Aromas of marzipan, asian spice, white flowers and meyer lemon are a mere tease of of what this cuvee possesses. The complexity on the nose is followed by a harmonious balance on the palate between the maturity of the oak-fermented reserve wines in juxtaposition with the focused, delineated acidity that comes from suppressing malolactic fermentation. Gorgeous now, even better with age, the Grand Cuvee is a must!

2013 Eric Cottat Sancerre
Review Date: 3-31-2015
Carmalized zesty meyer lemon, with hints of melon, grapefruit and a beautiful flinty minerality overwhelm the nose of this easy drinking porch pounder.
Price: $18.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Domaine de Bila Haut "Les Vignes de Bila-Haut" Côtes-du-Roussillon Villages
Review Date: 3-11-2015
Such a superb little wine. The nose on this Grenache-Syrah dominated blend is loaded with lavish amounts of ripe purple fruit and sweet mocha, leading one to believe that this cuvee is going to be a fruit bomb when it hits your lips, but the surprising tannin structure and acidity keep this delicious little bargain Rhone blend delightfully playful. At $12 this precious little Chapoutier gem isn’t going to last long.

2012 Masseria del Feudo "Il Giglio" Nero d'Avola
Review Date: 2-27-2015
Amazing palate full of juicy red fruit with hints of spice and sweet herbs. Perfect for an evening of family-style pasta or pizza.
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart

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2013 Cane & Fabel 373 Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 2-27-2015
This is an amazing $20 California Cab! The palate is loaded with tons of blue and purple fruit with hints of tobacco spice and sweet toast. This wine continues to please with a full bodied palate that can only be described as luscious.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Lewis Cellars "Barcaglia Lane" Russian River Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 2-27-2015
Rarely do I ever say this about a California Chardonnay, but the 2013 Lewis Cellars "Barcaglia Lane" RRV Chardonnay is beautiful. Over the top oaky, butter-bombs are at the bottom of my list and it's always a true pleasure when I find a Cali Chard that dares to veer away from that style. The Barcaglia Lane is elegant, sophisticated and in the best way possible, understated. Loaded with notes of tropical fruit and Asian spice, this Cali Chard is sure to please the adventurous Chardonnay drinker that is looking for something unique and special.
Price: $64.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2005 Launois "Spécial Club" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne (ships as 1.5L)
Review Date: 2-24-2015
This is one serious Champagne. Vintage "Special Club" of this caliber for only $60? Absolutely amazing! In complete opposition to the 2004, the 2005 Launois "Special Club" is a full-bodied, voluptuous cuvee packed to the brim with ripe apples, toasted vanilla and melted buttered on brioche. Drink this beauty now!
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Bodegas Puelles Crianza Rioja
Review Date: 2-19-2015
Classically Rioja with copious amounts of earth, incense, baking spice and beautiful bright red cherry fruit.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart RP 90 BC 0

2013 Domaine Renaud Mâcon-Charnay
Review Date: 2-17-2015
This bottling of the Charnay is everything you want and expect it to be in comparison to the Solutre; full bodied with more ripe chardonnay fruit and beautiful high-tone floral notes.
Price: $13.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Ariston Aspasie Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne
Review Date: 2-3-2015
Since their beginning in 1794, Ariston Pere et Fils has been the true epitome of a “grower-producer” Champagne house. The Ariston family has worked together for 5 generations to harvest and gently press the grapes in their own cellars to obtain the balance and finesse that represents their signature house style and terroir. What’s remarkable when tasting the Ariston Blanc de Blancs is that you can truly smell and taste the fossil rich soil. You can close your eyes and envision the steep hillsides drenched in sunlight as the grapes surrounding you ripen to a golden apple flavor.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Franck Bonville Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 2-3-2015
Looks can be deceiving, as is the case with the Franck Bonville Rose. One glance at the intense pink color would lead anybody to believe that this rose will be an over the top fruit bomb, but this Chardonnay-dominanted rose is exactly the opposite. With 92% Chardonnay, this rose is extremely elegant and fresh. Bright notes of strawberry and cherry are delightfully matched with aromas of ripe lemon and lime and the 8% Pinot Noir shines through in the creaminess on the palate. The perfect rose to please every palate at the party.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Ariston Aspasie "Carte Blanche" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 2-3-2015
The rich, deep, golden yellow color of the Ariston Aspasie Carte Blanche is a tiny hint at the expressive, and explosive purity fruit that lies within this cuvee of 40% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir and 30% Meunier. Very few Champagnes have the amount of chalky minerality that is present in the Carte Blanche, let alone a cuvee that is priced less than $30! What’s even more impressive than the amount of minerality is the broad, rich texture that lets everyone know how perfectly this Champagne with pair with foods of all fairs.
Price: $27.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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