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Olivia Ragni
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My roots are in Philadelphia, and to a greater extent, Italy. Wine has always been a focal point of my Italian-American culture, and the years I spent working in Philadelphia’s fine dining scene piqued my interest in the wine industry. Prior to Los Angeles, I was a resident of Portugal, Turkey, and Germany, three stops on my tour of Europe as an English teacher. Portugal was my first locale and the one that left the greatest impression. The wine culture of Portugal is so rich and so storied; I was completely taken by the people’s passion for wine. I decided to explore the vast expanse of European wine regions, including Italy, Andalusia, and Croatia. In each of these locations I discovered wines and cultures that I had previously not known and discovered my affinity for the bold sherries of Jerez de la Frontera and the crisp, maritime whites of Vrbnik. My hope is to share my love of these old world wines with people who have not yet had the pleasure of discovering them.


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2013 The Three Foxes Clairette Blanche Coastal Region
Review Date: 10-29-2014
This is one of the reasons I love South Africa, they aren't afraid to try things like this, oh and just so happen to perfectly execute it as well. Clairette partially macerated on its skins for 3 months, the outcome, quasi-orange wine. It shows notes of fresh pressed apples, chalky minerality, white flowers, and hops. The more I let the wine open, the more it unveiled itself, continuously opening and changing. Organically farmed and unfined and unfiltered. Delicious.
Price: $22.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 FRAM Pinotage Citrusdal Mountain
Review Date: 10-29-2014
Never have I experienced such an elegant Pinotage in my life. None of those unwanted burnt rubber aromas. If you’re not an admirer of Pinotage, this wine will certainly convert you. This is (hopefully) the new movement in Pinotage. It provides aromas of purple flowers, blackberries and cocoa, a palate of plush, fine tannins, juicy black fruits, plums and figs, with violets and spice to round it out. A Pinotage full of complexity and class.
Price: $22.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Quartz Reef "Zero Dosage" Sparkling Wine Central Otago
Review Date: 10-29-2014
While the nose may provide you with some toasty, brioche notes, the palate of the zero dosage is incredibly racy. Its high, mouthwatering acidity and frisky bubbles provide a great pairing for oysters or ceviche. The wine’s acidity is exceptionally balanced with ripe fruits and minerality. This bubbly is the perfect excuse to find something to celebrate.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Ad Lib (Larry Cherubino) "Avant Gardening" Malbec / Cabernet Western Australia
Review Date: 10-25-2014
This Malbec is such a steal; a must-have for Malbec lovers. Its juicy acidity and fine tannins are well balanced with ripe, dark fruits of fresh blackberries and figs and beautiful notes of spices such as black licorice, cracked pepper and clove. Certainly the best Aussie Malbec I’ve ever had!
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart JH 94 BC 0

2008 Taylor LBV Port
Review Date: 10-22-2014
This filtered LBV is ready to drink now. Its purple hue reflect the nose of enticing violets, blackberries, blueberries, plums and the faintest hint of peat. Its medium-sweet palate is full of dark plums, figs, dates, cocoa, and exotic spices. A beautiful after-dinner drink or for pairing with dessert.
Price: $21.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Lustau Dry Amontillado "Los Arcos" Solera Reserva
Review Date: 10-22-2014
This dry Amontillado is a perfect accompaniment to cured meats and other Spanish style snacks. With its beautiful amber color, this Amontillado has pungent aromas of roasted nuts, coffee and dried figs, while the palate includes candied orange peel, seawater, toffee and butterscotch. Its pronounced flavors open up your pairing possibilities to more than just snacks, it could even hold up to a full array of grilled meats.

2010 Quinta dos Roques Encruzado Dao
Review Date: 10-10-2014
An incredibly interesting and enticing wine made from the Encruzado grape, which is the most highly regarded white variety in Portugal, usually made in a very rich style, with intent for bottle aging. The Quinta dos Roques is no exception. A full, rich-bodied white with notes of almonds and hazelnuts, snap peas, sweet pears, resin and gorgeous floral notes. It’s bursting with minerality and stone fruits, while there are some noticeable oak characteristics, they are well integrated. This white is for those Chardonnay drinkers who want an Old World style Chard with the added bonus of decadence and the ability to lay this down for years to come.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Eric Cottat Sancerre
Review Date: 9-10-2014
A bright and vibrant Sancerre, with high acid and crisp zesty lemon and lime on the nose and the palate intertwined with an enticing white blossom nose and a dry orange zest finish. Keep a few of these stashed in the fridge for company and patio sipping!
Price: $18.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Dog Point Pinot Noir Marlborough
Review Date: 9-5-2014
While this is quite a big Pinot, it manages to maintain that bright freshness we all love in Pinot. A well balanced wine with notes of fresh blackberry juice, juicy black cherry, pine needles and cloves.

2011 Dog Point Chardonnay Marlborough
Review Date: 9-5-2014
The 2011 Chardonnay needs a little air to open up, but patience will reward you with a nose of toasty, brioche, toasted hazelnuts and a hint of pineapples. The palate is bright and forward with notes of apple, white peach, lemon zest and white pepper. Enjoy with chicken dishes or charcuterie.

2012 Domaine les Grands Bois "Cuvée Maximilien" Côtes du Rhône-Villages Cairanne
Review Date: 9-3-2014
What a stellar, beautiful Cotes du Rhone. Its elegant deep purple color is reflected on the nose and the palate with evident notes of fresh violets. The nose is full of minerality, like fresh dirt and wet stones. The wine’s soft, round texture takes over your taste buds with notes of fresh ground pepper, blackberry juice, cloves and a sultry chocolate finish. Easily my favorite Cote du Rhone this season.

2012 Oakridge Single Vineyard Series "Oakridge/Whitsend Vineyard" Shiraz Yarra Valley
Review Date: 9-3-2014
A Shiraz that will leave you wondering why they didn’t label it Syrah. A very classic expression of cold weather Syrah such as Northern Rhone. Full of baking spices, black pepper, blood orange and a slightly vegetal palate of carrots and tomatoes. An outstanding, complex Shiraz out of the Yarra Valley, very impressive!
Price: $22.99 Add To Cart JH 94 BC 0

2012 Mount Trio Estate Riesling Porongurup Western Australia
Review Date: 9-3-2014
Oysters, clams, ceviche!!! This Riesling is perfect for any fresh or raw seafood! The nose of that classic petrol but the palate provides bracing acidity and salinity, a perfect crisp, dry Riesling for seafood.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart JH 94 BC 0

2013 Pascal Janvier "Cuvée du Rosier" Coteaux du Loir Rouge
Review Date: 9-3-2014
An absolutely spectacular expression of Pineau d'Aunis. Extremely terroir-driven; you can taste the forest in this wine. An elegant nose of eucalyptus, tea leaf and cranberry. The palate is well balanced and delicate, yet powerful with flavors of forest floor, cedar, black liquorice, and crunchy, brambly fruits.
Price: $18.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Sittella Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon Margaret River Western Australia
Review Date: 9-3-2014
What a well-done blend. I want to drink this wine all day, everyday in the hot LA sun. It’s crisp and dry with great acidity! It’s bursting with zesty, juicy citrus fruits like lemon oil and lime zest but still has excellent minerality like wet stone and some notes of white blossom. A focused a linear wine, for quite a steal due to our direct import price.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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