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2010 Château Trillol Corbières
Review Date: 11-20-2014
What an incredibly expressive nose! Crushed rose petals & smokey meaty wildness fly from the glass. The palate is full of dark, rich berries and savory forest floor. Incredible wine for less than $15.
Price: $13.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Brewer-Clifton/K&L Wine Merchants "B-C. Kessler-Haak Vineyard" Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir
Review Date: 11-20-2014
Succulent and seamless, this Pinot is silky & rich with ripe red berries and soft savory earth. The finish is long, lingering and mouthwatering.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Domaine Lafage "Novellum" Chardonnay Pays d'Oc
Review Date: 11-20-2014
This is a killer Chardonnay for $10.99. It's unconventional and delicious! This is full of ripe stone fruit, fresh tropical notes and is wonderfully dry. It's a fantastic choice for your holiday gatherings!
Price: $10.99 Add To Cart RP 92 BC 0

2010 Our Wine Rkatsiteli Republic of Georgia
Review Date: 11-14-2014
I LOVE ORANGE WINE (In case you're unfamiliar with what Orange Wine is, basically, it's white grapes pressed and left in contact with the skins/lees for a super long years instead of days or months...). This Georgian beauty is full of flavors of roasted citrus peel and a crazy wonderful herb garden. It's almost waxy in texture and so grippy tannic! This is so "new" to most Americans but so old school in Eastern Europe. This is my winter white.
Price: $18.99 Add To Cart W&S 95 BC 0

2012 Domaine Cabirau Côtes du Roussillon
Review Date: 11-6-2014
What a lovely wine! Raspberries, cedar, and crushed violet invite your nose. Silky floral and grippy earth entice your palate. This is a very pretty wine at a pretty awesome price!
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart RP 92 BC 0

2013 Zudugarai "Amats" Getariako Txakolina
Review Date: 8-30-2014
I'm in love with this Txakolina! High toned acidity, lime zest, bracing licking wet stones from a mountain stream. This is one of the most refreshing wines out there.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 TWR (Te Whare Ra) Chardonnay Marlborough
Review Date: 7-18-2014
It takes a lot for a Chardonnay to make my toes curl, and this one does! This New Zealander begins with buttery musk, dried stone fruit, and has a creamy smooth mid-palate. It's followed by a mineral driven chalky finish...what's not to adore?
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2009 Hermanuspietersfontein (HPF) "Die Arnoldus" Bordeaux Blend Sondagskloof
Review Date: 7-18-2014
My oh my oh I love this wine. A Bordeaux blend from South Africa, this vino beholds all 5 grape varietals. It pours the color of oxblood and has legs that would rival Tina Turner's. The nose explodes with green and black olives brined with wild savory herbs. The mid-palate is richly textured yet grippy, and full of black currant and black cherry skin. The smokey, saline, spicy finish goes on and on. Absolutely marvelous!
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2002 Daniel Ginsburg "Cuvee Prestige Louis XVII" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 2-5-2014
This Champagne is made exclusively from fruit grown in the Grand Cru of Ay and is comprised of 50% Pinot Noir & 50% Chardonnay. It's savory with leesy, buttery brioche flavors that are well matched with zingy, tart guava notes. There's so much complexity in this bottle! It's delicious and so satisfying. I want this with my next brunch spread when I have guests over....Mushroom & herb frittata, sizzling black forest bacon, crispy hash browns, and assorted olives. Turbo Yum.
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2004 Daniel Ginsburg "Cuvée Rene Millesime" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 2-5-2014
This wonderfully distinctive Champagne is made from 100% Chardonnay grapes that are grown Biodynamically. It's rich yet fresh, and full of red apple skin, lemon peel, and buttery baking spices. It's so gorgeous and it would please any Champagne lover!
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Chakana "Maipe Reserve" Malbec Mendoza
Review Date: 11-18-2013
What a lovely, plush Malbec! Full bodied with a mega-ton of blackberries and blueberries, a soft cocoa/white chocolate mid-palate, finishing with a bit of pepper spice and a wee zing of minerality on the very end. This would pair so very well with your favorite comfort food. Examples? Pizza with roasted peppers and spicy sausage, or grilled cheese with tomato soup would be so very nice with this vino.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart RP 91 BC 0

Guillaumette L'Authentique Génépi 375ml
Review Date: 11-7-2013
First, a bit of background: "This is traditional recipe from Thomas Bernard-Reymond's Grand Father. Thomas hand picks the flowers from the Ecrin National Park, one of the few producers permitted to do so. He produces two tiny batches each year and has specifically decided to remain true to the original recipe rather than expand at the expense of quality. This is truly one of the highest quality alpine liqueurs available on the market. Only 5500 liters are produced annually." This is one of the most complex and delicious liqueurs that I've ever had! It's floral with notes of lavender, herbal with rosemary and spearmint, and viscous and nectar-like with out being cloying on the finish (not even a little...). There's a sprig of wormwood twig in each bottle to keep every thing happy. Addictive!
Price: $25.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2009 Bodegas Muga "Selección Especial" Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 11-7-2013
Incredibly delicious Rioja! This Spanish beauty is super silky on the palate and is full of black cherries, dried herbs, and soft cedar. The finish is earthy with a leathery grip that lingers with a light minerality. A perfect wine to compliment your holiday feast or simply to sip on a cool evening.