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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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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.
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2009 Joanin Bécot, Côtes de Castillon
Review Date: 9-11-2013
Classic nose of spicy cloves and cinnamon, with a palate full of cherries, chocolate, plums and even a touch of espresso coffee. Lot's going on.

2012 Château Miraval Côtes de Provence Rosé
Review Date: 7-1-2013
Chateau Miraval, despite being better known nowadays for the Hollywood "liasons" it acquired, it still maintains itself as one of the best wineries of Provence. No kidding! This rosé is a picture perfect summer day in Provence. Cinsaut from old vines and Grenache. Fruity palate but perfectly dry. Pears, peaches and citrus on a very soft and pure palate.
Price: $23.99 Add To Cart WS 90 BC 0

2007 Baricci Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 10-14-2012
Drinking nicely now, this is a perfect example of a great Brunello, and for less than $40. Complex, rich, balanced, cherries, smoke, Cinnamon, cloves, and even a touch of cocoa, all within a very nice earthy frame

Elisabeth Goutorbe "Cuvée Eclatante" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 7-3-2012
This is a new Champagne for me that thanks to our buyer Gary Westby, I had the chance to taste and love it. With a fascinating nose of caramel toffee, some cocoa powder and a surprising wiff of pain-au-chocolat and cherries that brought back memories of a breakfast on a back street cafe around the Champs-Elisees. A great wine for a very elegant apperitif.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Franck Bonville Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 5-2-2012
Very crispy, clean, lemony with some surprising salinity on the palate. Not at all austere as the “extra-brut” suggests. It would be very good for aperitifs before dinner.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2005 Château de Montfaucon Côtes du Rhône
Review Date: 12-3-2011
So, it is back! One of the best vintages of Montfaucon. It is a serious wine in a simple Côtes du Rhône disguise. Lots of cherries followed by a touch of that old world barnyard nose that we in the know, just about adore. On the palate it has cocoa, dried herbs, plums and sure, cherries. Excellent buy.
Price: $21.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Deligeroy Crémant de Loire Brut Rosé
Review Date: 11-5-2011
Without a doubt one of my favorites sparkling rosé wines. Full of citron, wild strawberries, cherries and FUN! I recommend it for an aperitif on Valentine's day, or with the heart shaped box of chocolate! What?! It is not Valentines just yet? Just pretend, your significant other will love it!
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart BC 0

H. Billiot "Brut Reserve" Champagne
Review Date: 11-2-2011
Quite toasty, with some umami notes together with lots of spices and cherries on the nose. The palate is incredibly ripe with spicy cherry fruit, along with citrus and a touch of vanilla. I think this would be fantastic with sushi.

Fleury "Carte Rouge" Blanc de Noirs Brut Champagne
Review Date: 9-23-2011
Fascinating nose of caramel, toffee, some cocoa powder and a surprising whiff of pain-au-chocolat and cherries that brought back memories of a breakfast on a back street cafe around the Champs Elysées. A great wine not only for a very elegant apéritif, but also to enjoy with omelets, eggs Benedict, anything salmon, truffles (black and white), lobster and prawns, or even blue or goat cheeses.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart BH 90 BC 0

Michel Loriot "Authentic" Brut Champagne (previously Cuvee Reserve)
Review Date: 7-3-2011
Oh so rich and spicy, and yet refined and delicate. How do they do this? Plenty of dried cherry notes but quite complex in flavor due to the reserve cuvées used to make this delicious Champagne. A perfect example of a champagne that would go absolutely great throughout a dinner. From start to finish!
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart ST 90 BC 0

Antech "Brut Nature" Blanquette de Limoux
Review Date: 6-14-2011
Quite possibly the perfect aperitif for a great soirée, so crispy and refreshing. It is not austere at all as some might think, being a Brut Nature, just delightfully vibrant. As with food, think all kinds of appetizers, Caesar's Salad, Goat cheese, Eggs Benedict, Caviar, Asian food, and why not... lobsters!
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Marguet Pere et Fils Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 6-1-2011
Always delivers! Beautiful color, full of delicate cherries and raspberries with a touch of cocoa powder for good measure. But don't let that description fool you, it is quite dry, with high acid and incredibly elegant!
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Michel Loriot "Marie-Leopold" Sec Champagne
Review Date: 6-1-2011
Oh so lovely! I know that the description says "Sec" and that entitles it to be sweeter than you everyday "Brut". But trust me, this is far, far from being sweet! The sweetness comes across more on the mouthfeel than on the palate. Very soft, almost velvety. Incredibly complex. It can be served with a platter of cheese for an elegant end of a candlelight dinner, or as pairing to a spicy Thai soiree. Endless possibilities...
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart BC 0

St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur 750ml
Review Date: 5-4-2011
I love it to bits! A little drop of its magic will transform a simple bubbly into the most amazing Champagne cocktail. Thumbs up!

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