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Michel Loriot "Palmyre" Brut Nature Champagne
Review Date: 12-1-2013
Raise your hand if you loved the Michel Loriot Extra Brut with the blue label! M. Loriot has revamped the look of his wines- the Palmyre is the Extra Brut you know and love! New labels include a disgorgement date, specific cepages, and QR code for scanning to learn more about his wines. That fabulous transparency aside, this wine continues to be a strong, delicoius, and nuanced. The disgorgement date of 8/2013 on this bottling is lovely- bright and lively, white flowers, citrus, mineral with a fine mousse and refreshing acidity. This continues to be one of my favorite (and my Mom's favorite!) Champagnes from the house of Loriot. Bravo!
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2012 Alfaro "A" Estate Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir
Review Date: 12-1-2013
Wow, what an incredible value at $20 this Santa Cruz mountains Pinot is! Bright red cherry, sandalwood, cranberry, spice, and red currant, with medium plus acidity and fine tannin. This is a holiday wine to buy by the case, rest assured. It will please your neophytes but also your wine lovers! YUM!
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Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Domaine Ballorin & F Côte de Nuits Villages "Le Village"
Review Date: 10-26-2013
Clay and limestone soils here lend classic Pinot Noir character to this lovely, friendly Burgundy. Red roses, red cherry, cassis, strawberry, chalky blueberry with medium plus acidity and medium tannin. A wonderfully approachable example of a 2011 red burg.
Price: $29.95 Add To Cart BC 0

Bruno Michel "Les Roses" Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 10-26-2013
Every time I taste this Champagne, I want to sit and linger with it for the rest of the afternoon. It's a totally nerdy rose, unlike anything else we have. Barrel fermented, all Pinot Meunier and aged in bottle for a year, this particular bottling is all from 2006 fruit. Red cherry, spice, vanilla, leather, funky earth with medium plus acidity and a long finish. What a fabulous, fun rose Champagne!
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Crabbies Ginger Beer, England 11.2oz
Review Date: 9-3-2013
My go-to closing beer! When my colleagues are sipping brews from our unique selection, I sip my Crabbie's. This puppy tastes like alcoholic, fresh ginger ale. I love it! Zesty, fresh ginger with hints of citrus, I drink this whenever I can! Y-U-M!
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Price: $2.49 Add To Cart BC 0

Louis Bouillot Cremant de Bourgogne "Perle d'Aurore" Brut Rosé
Review Date: 9-3-2013
Man, I love this wine. I had this again the other evening with pank-crusted salmon and a spinach salad, and it was light, pretty and delicious. Soft raspberry, strawberry and citrus with the tiniest hint of sweetness. The acidity really worked with my salmon's fattiness. Of course, the wine's pink sparkly glimmer on the dinner table in my wine glasses added to the ambiance. Stock up for birthday celebrations, brunch, baby showers, or just because it's a Tuesday night!
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Price: $14.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Caves Messias Santola "Crab Wine" Vinho Verde
Review Date: 9-1-2013
Love bright, fresh, affordable Vinho Verde? This is simply delish! Super low alcohol at 9%, this vinho verde is slightly fizzy, with notes of apple, pear and lime zest with fresh minerality and lots of zip. Stock up- this one has been flying out of the store in the hands of every staff member! (Including me!)
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Price: $8.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Qupé "Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard - K&L Selection" Edna Valley Syrah
Review Date: 7-28-2013
One swirl and black cherry leaps from the glass, along with violet, cassis, red currant and spice. Continues onto the palate with red cherry, vanilla, black and red berries, mineral with fine, well-integrated tannin & medium plus, approachable acidity. Long, lingering finish. Bright, fresh, elegant, lovely. CRAZY at $20!
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Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2001 La Rioja Alta "904" Gran Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 7-16-2013
The power and elegance of the 2001 Gran Reservas never cease to amaze me. The 904 shows stewed red cherry, sandalwood, red currant, cola, spice, meat and leather. The acidity is bright, sassy and lingering. Elegant, graceful and fresh, the 904 drinks beautifully now, and will continue to develop for at least another 10-15 years- I can't wait to try it as it ages! Grab as much as you can- try a bottle every year or every 5 years to witness the incredible development of tempranillo. Amazing.

2011 Beckmen "Cuvée Le Bec" Santa Ynez Rhône Blend
Review Date: 7-15-2013
Winemaker Steve Beckmen and his team begin to build the Cuvee Le Bec every year at harvest. They get to know the grapes during the growing season and decide upon co-fermentations when the grapes come in. Some years, the wine is more Syrah, sometimes it is more Grenache or Mourvedre. There is a consistent character to the wine, though each vintage speaks clearly. More recently, the Cuvee Le Bec has been Syrah dominant, as Beckmen feels that it creates a more elegant, balanced wine.
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Price: $16.99 Add To Cart BC 0

1999 Bodegas Puelles Gran Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 7-15-2013
Oh Gran Reserva, how I love thee...This gorgeous 1999 from Puelles is in the absolutely perfect spot for drinking! Stewed red cherry, red currant, leather, earth, spice, licorice, and mineral with silky, elegant tannin & medium plus acid. An excellent example of Gran Reserva for $20? Are you nuts!? Stock up now!
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Price: $19.99 Add To Cart RP 91 BC 0

2012 Raventos i Blanc "La Rosa" Penedes
Review Date: 7-15-2013
Move over, French rose! There are some new kids in town! 100% pinot noir. Strawberry, raspberry, jasmine, watermelon, cranberry. Medium-plus acidity, easy and juicy-drinkable. Try this new wine from our friends at Raventos! You will love it!
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Michel Loriot "Authentic" Brut Champagne (previously Cuvee Reserve)
Review Date: 7-8-2013
Apple, pie crust toastiness, chalky minerality with a beautiful, persistent bead and balanced acidity. This is the real deal, folks. I love this 100% Meunier, insanely affordable Champagne! Thank you, Gary Westby!
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Price: $29.99 Add To Cart ST 90 BC 0

2009 Saarloos & Sons "His" Santa Ynez Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 4-8-2013
Red cherry, red plum, red currant, sandalwood, spice, cassis. Medium plus acidity & medium plus tannin. Well-balanced and ridiculously juicy & drinkable.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Melville "Estate-Verna's" Santa Barbara County Syrah
Review Date: 3-26-2013
30% whole cluster fermentation is evident here- a perfumey, lavender, blackberry nose, with white pepper, blueberry, and an interesting asphalty/tar note. Medium plus acidity and medium tannin. Aged in neutral barrel, this is a great example of cool climate Syrah.

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