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1999 Renaissance Vineyard Sierra Foothills Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 11-30-2010
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The Renaissance Vineyard and Winery, founded in 1978 in the remote Sierra Foothills town of Oregon House, has always devoted itself to crafting long-lived, high-altitude wines of uncompromising balance and structure. Polished, elegant and remarkably claret-like, their medium-weight wines defy the bigger-is-better trend found in so many huge Napa-numbing Cabernets. The unwelcome influence of new oak is eliminated by aging for 18 months in large, neutral barrels, allowing the wine to evolve slowly its extraordinary melange of flavors— blackcurrants, sweet spice, cloves, violets, pencil-lead, cedar, licorice, layer upon layer. I doubt there exists a $35 bottle of wine in California that can measure up to this, and the beauty is, this Cab is still evolving, and will drink well for another decade or more...
Top Value! Drink from 2010 to 2025
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Deligeroy Cremant de Loire Brut
Review Date: 10-31-2010
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A customer came in recently and asked for an elegant, delicate sparkling wine for a wedding celebration. Champagne was beyond his budget, so without hesitation I smiled and recommended this Cremant de Loire, arguably the greatest sparkling wine value in the world. Created with precise restrictions on everything from mandatory hand-harvesting of relatively older vines to aging regimens (a minimum of 12 months) to atmospheres of pressure (3.5 as opposed to 6 for Champagne), the Deligeroy is a finely-beaded beauty, discreetly aromatic, lacy and effervescent. The careful assemblage of Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay and Cabernet Franc adds aromatic complexity, giving this wine an added degree of sophistication. Highly recommended!
Top Value!
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2007 Domaine Senechaux Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Review Date: 10-30-2010
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This historic property can trace its origins back to the14th century, having produced vines intermittently for over 700 years before being bought by the Cazes family of Lynch-Bages fame a few years ago. The 2007 vintage in the southern Rhône will go down as one of the finest in decades, suffused with superlatively-ripened fruit, buoyant acidity and expressive tannins. The appealing weight, vibrancy and savory mouthfeel of this full-bodied wine will demand food equal to the task— coq au vin or better yet, Thanksgiving turkey with all the trimmings.

Zubrowka Bison Grass Polish Vodka 750ml
Review Date: 11-9-2009
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I enjoyed the London reminiscences by my colleague Susan Thornett about this wonderful vodka, and I too confess a special relationship with Zubrowka going back several decades, when I was first offered a bracing shot of this harmonic-bisonic elixir by a friendly Polish waiter in then East Berlin who, sadly trapped behind the Iron Curtain some years before Solidarnösc, desperately wanted to improve his English skills. Maybe it was the effects of the vodka, but before the evening ended I promised to "secure" him a dictionary from the West even though it was strictly against the policy of the rather coercive East German authorities at the time. Well, anyway, I succeeded, and thanks in part to Zubrowka, the Wall finally came down and democracy was finally restored to freedom-loving East Berliners. And today I'm really glad we can offer this rare vodka to our astute customers, as its singularly subtle and unique flavors of yellow straw, camomile tea and dried coconut promises to both stimulate conversation, energize the appetite and yes, liberate the spirit! Na zdrowie! (To health!)

Sorelle Bronca Prosecco DOCG
Review Date: 7-11-2009
This delightful Prosecco is a strong contender for best in class among its growing legions of fans, delivering dependably delicious flavors of sliced apples, citrus blossoms and almonds in a pure and sparkling persona. Showcasing both freshness and mineral vibrancy, it should complement most summer fare from salads to appetizers, and would be the perfect match for a basket of lightly-fried calamari.
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