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Mike Barber

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2005 La Rioja Alta "Viña Arana" Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 3-29-2013
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This is a spectacular deal from one of the best producers in spain. The Arana is always a more muscular version of the Ardanza, with more fruit stuffing and youthful tannin, but that does not mean it is any less a world class tempranillo. This medium bodied wine is still elegant and delicious with loads of spice on the finish and wonderful plum and cherry notes up front. Very versatile, and at a perfect price!
Top Value! Drink from 2013 to 2023

2009 Trébiac, Graves
Review Date: 3-20-2013
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Wonderful wine- especially for this price! Slight hints of tobacco are on the edges of the wine's sweeter but earthier red fruits, with a good structured finish.
Top Value! Drink from 2013 to 2017
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Glenmorangie 18 year old Single Malt Whisky 750ml
Review Date: 3-7-2013
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Great price for a great whiskey! Glenmorangie cuts their heads and tails (look it up) more than probably any other distillery in the world- leaving and very pure and light distillate behind. This intense and long barrel age has left that pure spirit a rich and malty backbone with incredible vibrancy. A scotch this good at a price this good does not last long!
Drink from 2013 to 3013
Price: $89.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Nikka 12 Year Old Taketsuru Pure Malt Japanese Whisky 750ml
Review Date: 2-20-2013
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A respected brand and great distillery in Japan, Nikka has just recently hit the west coast market. Their whiskies tend be darker and richer than those of suntory, but no less serious. The Taketsuru is a blend of grains based on old recipes, much more dark and lush than Suntory's Hibiki, with great spice and intense body.
Drink from 2013 to 3013
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart WE 93 BC 0

Aberlour 16 Year Old Speyside Single Malt Whisky 750ml
Review Date: 2-20-2013
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What would you expect from this great distillery who's popularity keeps growing and growing? Classic speyside- the 16 year is especially rich and malty, with salted caramel flavors and a long, pure finish. Decadent and delicious!
Drink from 2013 to 3013

Ariston Aspasie "Carte Blanche" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 12-27-2012
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Bright and racy with a little toast, this is our best deal in champagne!
Top Value! Drink from 2013 to 2016
Price: $27.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Ariston Aspasie Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 2-2-2012
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This bottle rivals other champagne roses that are two or three times as expensive! It is filled with floral aromas and fresh fruit flavors, with a dry finish. Fun, bright, and delicious - the ariston rose is always one of the winery's best releases.
Top Value! Drink from 2012 to 2017
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart BC 0

ArteNOM Seleccion 1146 Anejo Tequila 750ml
Review Date: 12-24-2011
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It is tough in the tequila world to find small production, unique expressions of terroir and artful distillation, but that is exactly what the arte nom line of tequilas is all about. They each come from a single plantation of agave and a single distillery. They are all wonderful, but I'm an anejo guy, and this beauty is rich and lush with wonderful oaky notes over pure citrus flavors. If you're a real tequila fan- you have to try this.
Drink from 2011 to 3011
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Franck Bonville Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 5-31-2011
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Always one of our best direct import champagne producers! Clean, crisp, bright - and the price is amazing!
Top Value! Drink from 2011 to 2015

Bulleit Rye Whiskey 750ml
Review Date: 3-11-2011
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A great rye for a great price! Bulleit has done it again. This release is soft on the pallate, with a trademark Bulleit sweetness backed by a present rye spiciness. Very drinkable- and not as heavy handed as a lot of other ryes on the market.
Top Value! Drink from 2011 to 3011
Price: $21.99 Add To Cart WE 90 BC 0

High West Rendezvous Rye Whiskey 750ml
Review Date: 1-13-2010
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A great rye whiskey with plenty of spice and backbone. Its oak aging and bourbon percentage give a lush, rich core, but this is a whiskey for the serious rye enthusiasts from one of Utah's first distilleries!
Drink from 2009 to 3009

Zubrowka Bison Grass Polish Vodka 750ml
Review Date: 11-18-2009
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A delicious vodka - the slight flavoring from the blade of bison grass that floats inside works to accentuate the bready and full qualities of the spirit instead of overpowering them. This is a wonderful sipping vodka (and it works perfect in vodka sours as well).
Top Value! Drink from 2009 to 3009

Danzantes "Los Nahuales" Reposado Mezcal 750ml
Review Date: 10-14-2009
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This Mezcal is rich, dark and delicious! Smoky and dense - I love when agave is treated with this much dedication and respect!
Drink from 2010 to 3010
Price: $64.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Jean-Louis Denois Brut "Tradition"
Review Date: 10-14-2009
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Easily our best sparkling wine under $20, this is as close one gets to real Champagne without paying $30. Denois is a brilliant producer, and it shows in the Tradition: a crisp, focused, slightly yeasty, entirely beautiful Southern French sparkler.
Top Value! Drink from 2009 to 2014
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Marie Duffau Hors D'Age Bas Armagnac 750ml
Review Date: 8-7-2009
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This brandy is never out of my house - it's a delicious spirit at a great price. Duffau Armagnacs are almost rich enough to pass for Cognacs, with a lush, round texture and less spice than many Armagnacs. The age on the Hors d'Age shows well through its rich flavors, which are delicate but delicious.
Top Value! Drink from 2009 to 3009
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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