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Jacques Moreira
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Having been born in Rio de Janeiro into a very proud French/Portuguese family, and living in France and the USA for almost 25 years, gave me the best of all worlds, one very old, and another very new. I’ve always had three different perspectives on everything growing up, three different opportunities to understand the world around me and to try to make sense of it all. From Ipanema Beach, to the bluest of seas in the Côte d'Azur and Nice, to the wonderful Big Sur. Caipirinha and Feijoada, codfish and Vinho Verde, Daube and Bandol, and the always present Rosé, and…beer for those 110 degree summertime days in Rio! I always worked in the food business, in Paris, Nice and San Francisco. While working at Jules Verne in Paris, I decided to devote my career solely to wines and eventually got my Sommelier certification through the International Sommelier Guild.


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2010 Malescot-St-Exupéry, Margaux
Review Date: 6-24-2014
Dark Garnet color. Very alluring nose of plums, cocoa, forest floor, cassis. Seamless palate with the tannins and acidity very well knitted. I did decant it before serving, and the cassis came out beautifully. Outstanding.

2007 Phélan-Ségur, St-Estèphe
Review Date: 6-24-2014
Definitely a product of a cooler vintage, and more of my liking as well... Garnet color, some classic pepper notes that aren't too intrusive. Touch of cocoa, cassis with say, medium tannins. I did not decant it before drinking it. Very classic and good to drink now. Quite good indeed.
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2006 Phélan-Ségur, St-Estèphe
Review Date: 6-24-2014
Served it at our Saturday tasting. Color showing some slight brickish development. Dark fruit, with a touch of cocoa and a delicious note of graphite and herbs. It needs decanting to be enjoyed now.
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Clarke (Baronne Edmond de Rothschild), Listrac
Review Date: 6-24-2014
When I first opened this wine I thought it a bit shut down, but after it passed through the decanter... Voilà! Garnet color, cocoa, cassis, and perhaps some dusty tannins and an intriguing savory finish. Definitely worth a try!
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Malmaison, Moulis
Review Date: 6-24-2014
Dark violet color. Bright high toned fruit, along with vanilla bean and... olives! Medium tannins, and juicy high acidity, makes this wine a great choice to drink right now, although it will age beautifully for some years to come. I did not decant it before drinking it, nor do I think it needs it.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2007 Fourcas Hosten, Listrac
Review Date: 6-23-2014
A blend of 45% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc. Aged for 12 months in 1/3 new barriques. Cassis and coffee notes, medium body, with structured tannins. The wine is ready to drink in my opinion.
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2009 Malescasse, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 6-23-2014
Very much a 2009. And that’s a very good thing in Bordeaux. Deeply colored, and rich with loads of cassis and blackberry fruit, along with coffee, cocoa and earthy notes. It definitely has structure, and the tannins are well present, which makes this wine ideal for aging. It also can be drunk now due to its fullness of fruit, but I would decant it. Excellent wine.
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2009 Gigault "Cuvée Viva" Premières, Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux
Review Date: 6-23-2014
I have known Cuvée Viva for a long time, but for some reason, I haven’t drunk it in a while. So what a surprise it was to reconnect with it in our staff tasting. Impeccably done, it is Merlot-plump, with nice cherries, cocoa, and a classic note of tobacco and exotic spices. Soft tannins and ready to drink. Definitely a must try.

2010 Buisson-Redon "Cuvée de Siecle", Bordeaux
Review Date: 6-23-2014
This is the product of the vineyards of Chateau Mayne-Vieil (Fronsac) that sits outside of the appellation. It is a juicy, easy going kind of wine. Inexpensive and quite frankly just perfect for having a glass on whenever night or let’s say… For a big opening at an art gallery? A wedding party? Got the idea?
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2008 Bodegas Muriel Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 3-30-2014
Ever so often I come across a wine that's text book classic of where it comes from. And in the case of the Muriel, it is not only classic but also a pleasure to be had. Beautiful coffee notes, along with plums, nuts, and coconut, perhaps due to slight oxidation and maturity in barrels. Complex and yet affordable, this will pair easily with say, a pork roast, Greek food especially moussaka, and of course... Lamb!
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart DC 95 BC 0

2012 Zind Humbrecht Muscat
Review Date: 2-5-2014
A very unique wine for those who want to experiment what a dry Muscat from Alsace is all about. Intense aromatics of orange flowers, fresh grapes, honey and exotic spices. One would swear by the nose alone that this would be a sweet wine. But no, sweet it is not, and that's the beauty of it. This contrast between the sweet nose and the dry palate is a perfect combination for the very difficult to pair items like white asparagus or artichokes, but also a divine combination with Thai food. Please give it a try.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart WS 89 BC 0

1989 Couly-Dutheil "Baronnie Madeleine" Chinon
Review Date: 1-22-2014
Absolutely stunning! A developed honeyed nose that strongly resembles of an old Bordeaux. Dark chocolate, smoked meat, and just a touch of bell pepper spices. Delicious.
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Michel Dervin Brut Champagne
Review Date: 12-2-2013
I agree with my co-worker Christie. This is a delicious Champagne that deliver a lot of quality for a great price
Price: $32.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Jean-Louis Denois Pinot Noir Brut Rosé
Review Date: 10-15-2013
Delightful bubbly, brimming with strawberry and raspberries, still quite dry, but with a full flavor.
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2012 E. Guigal Condrieu
Review Date: 10-15-2013
A gorgeous aromatic nose with violets, apricot, peaches and citrus. It sees a bit (30%) of new oak in the fermentation process, but still with a very fresh palate. This is a Rich, unctuous and full bodied wine.

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