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Mike Barber

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2001 Marques de Legarda Gran Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 2-20-2013
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A fantastic wine from a fantastic vintage- this is old school tempranillo with a light, gamey funk and flavors of plum and black pepper. Incredibly elegant, this wine will work great with a wide range of different dishes.
Top Value! Drink from 2013 to 2018
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Brooks Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 12-27-2012
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This little family producer does it again with this very tasty and inexpensive pinot! 2011 is a very classic vintage in Oregon, with dark fruits and good structure present in many bottles I've tasted. Brooks' 2011 definitely shows these characteristics, but is still the rich and approachable pinot we've all come to love and expect from them.
Top Value! Drink from 2013 to 2016
Price: $21.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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

Urbanite Cellars "Redart" Red Blend
Review Date: 8-28-2012
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A great party wine- the blenders at urbanite always manage to craft a fresh and rich party red with lots of strawberry and cassis flavors.
Top Value! Drink from 2012 to 2014
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Collard-Picard "Prestige" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 3-16-2012
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This is the top of the line in the portfolio of the new Collard-Picard winery. Through their family connections, they have access to some of the best fruit in Champagne. This bottle is wonderful - bright and rich with lovely, high toned flavors over a dense core of yeast and red fruits. Age this forever, or drink it now and love it!
Drink from 2012 to 2027
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Ariston Aspasie Brut Rosť 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

2005 Ferrero Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 4-16-2011
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I became a fan of Harri's wines upon tasting the great Col d'Orcia releases of the 80's and 90's. His talent as a winemaker shines in his ferrero winery releases. This is wonderful sangiovese, with mouth coating tannins and dusty flavors of strawberry, cedar, and tomato.
Drink from 2011 to 2021

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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