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John Majeski

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2014 Domaine de Bila Haut "Les Vignes de Bila Haut" Côtes du Roussillon Villages
Review Date: 07-27-2016
As an unapologetic political animal, I actually sat through several hours of the 2016 Republican National Convention recently, and following that 'ultimate endurance test', believe me, I was ready for some red meat! But what to drink? Luckily we just received the new vintage of this robust red blend from the raw heart of Roussillon, and it didn't disappoint, delivering a full, mouthwatering array of blackcurrant, cherries, wild herbs, violets and smoke on the palate. Remarkably concentrated and rich for a wine of such modest price, it should, excuse the expression, 'trump' most reds in that category. Fortunately, there's plenty to go around for the DNC as well.....
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RP 90 WS 90

2015 Domaine Begude Chardonnay "Le Bel Ange"
Review Date: 07-19-2016
One of the purest expressions of unoaked, organic Chardonnay (with a splash of Chenin Blanc) in our stores, the Bel Ange ("beautiful angel") shimmers in the glass, radiating prismatic fruit aromas and flavors of apple, mango, apricot and pear, with enough citrus zest and finesse to spare At this great price, it would be advisable to buy this by the case and save it for casual parties, picnics, gatherings of the tribe, family or friends. Drink it, love it, live it, just don't leave it!
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2015 Domaine Begude Pinot Noir
Review Date: 07-19-2016
This lovely Pinot Noir reminds me of my cat Carmen, who would often pad silently into the room and leap up into my lap like a cloud, lithe and supple, knowing precisely where to land. Full of savoir faire and charm, this wine caresses the palate with bright red cherry, raspberry and strawberry fruit, yet remains delicately light, dry and poised with pleasant acidity. Purrs very well with any number of Mediterranean dishes from phyllo chicken to lamb skewers, this is your go-to everyday Pinot for the months ahead. Enjoy!
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2013 Chante Cigale Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Review Date: 06-29-2016
Imagine having to carefully keep an eye on, feed, raise and nurture various "children" from up to 45 different households, er, parcels, and you might get some idea of the task that Alexander Favier has in cultivating, harvesting, fermenting and caressing the thirteen Rhone varieties that eventually find their way into his signature wines in Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Ah, such a labor of love knows no end, at least until the wines reach our store shelves and can soon grace your dinner table. The 2013 is a classic CDP, slightly austere and redolent with black and red fruits, garrigue, spices and licorice, with enough body and scaffolding to endure for another decade if desired. Named for the little cicada that inhabits the region, Chante Cigale is one of our favorites and always an excellent value. Enjoy!
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$24.99
VN 91

2015 Domaine la Colombe Coteaux Varois en Provence Rosé
Review Date: 06-29-2016
Provence produces a panoramic profusion of elegant rosés, all an expression of the soul and of course, the soils and climate of each region. Domaine la Colombe hails from the newest appellation of Coteaux Varois, sheltered by limestone hills between the larger regions of Côtes de Provence and Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence. Made from Grenache, Cinsault and a dollop of Cabernet Sauvignon, this alluring, aromatic rosé projects flavors of bright red fruit, nectarine, mandarin and spice, and finishes with verve and clarity. A delicious aperitif and food wine, and definitely one to drink all summer long.
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2014 Emmolo Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc
Review Date: 06-29-2016
Syzygy is one of my favorite oddball words, referring to the perfect astronomical alignment of celestial bodies, as Earth, Moon and Sun. As a wine metaphor, it could express the perfect alignment of vineyard, terroir and winemaker, culminating in the shimmering juice that ends up in your glass. I suppose time, or rather, tradition also plays a role in the creation of such wines, and California being a land of immigrants, carries plenty of history in its myriad topography, soils and vineyards. The Emmolo property dates back to 1923, when Salvatore Emmolo landed in Rutherford and founded a rootstock nursery and winery, where today his great-grand daughter continues to harvest the fruits and produce both sumptuous Merlots and stunning Sauvignon Blancs. The latter is a refreshing, well-crafted version that speaks in delicate tones of orange blossom, white pear and grapefruit while sharing a pleasant mineral note and vibrant acidity to add harmony and cut to the mouthwatering finish. Lovely stuff, and 'syzygistically' well-aligned with you, your palate and what lies on the plate in front of you.
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2015 Domaine Begude Grüner Veltliner "Exotique" Pays d'Oc
Review Date: 06-16-2016
Now for something completely different. James Kinglake, owner of Begude, made an end run around the authorized French varieties when he brought cuttings of this grape from a fellow winemaker in Austria. One sip and you will appreciate the clandestine brilliance of his maneuver, for this is an elegant, tantalizing rendition—vibrant, dry, light-bodied, suffused with telltale white pepper, green melon and lentil flavors, finishing with a note of celery and cucumber. This complex wine would be well-paired with a stir-fry of Asian noodles, vegetables and pork.
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2015 Domaine Begude "Les Paradis" Viognier Pays d’Oc
Review Date: 06-15-2016
Planted to a southern exposure, this slow-ripening northern Rhône variety develops lovely fruit in Limoux—as long as the local wild boar, deer and birds, seduced by the profuse aromas, don’t get to it first! Picked immediately before pressing to preserve the succulent appeal of the fruit, this wine has a measure of restraint in its delicate interplay of pear, nectarine and honeysuckle aromas, with welcoming notes of peach and apricot on the enticing, mouthwatering palate. Recommended with a spicy Moroccan chicken tagine, this also drinks beautifully as an aperitif, and at a very desirable price.
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2015 Domaine Begude Pinot Noir Rosé Pays d'Oc
Review Date: 06-15-2016
Since springing into summer, everyone comes to a consensus for rosé— why deny yourself the pleasure of partaking in this globally warm-weather ritual? Apart from Champagne, it is hard to find a more versatile performer, and this delicately crisp, lightly fruity version certainly auditions well. Fragrant red berry fruit on the nose—cranberries and wild strawberries—carry through the palate with slices of watermelon and pink grapefruit appearing for the curtain call. Bring on an encore with grilled ahi tuna, sushi or summer salads, or just invite yourself, open a bottle and enjoy! 
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2015 Quinta da Aveleda Loureiro-Alvarinho Vinho Verde
Review Date: 05-25-2016
Full of effervescent exuberance and zesty citrus and exotic fruit flavors, Vinho Verde is the perfect poolside, picnic or party anytime white wine. Made by the same family since the 17th century, Aveleda is by far the largest producer of Vinho Verde in Portugal, with production now exceeding 13 million bottles, each one destined to satisfy the consumer craving for a crisp, fresh, fragrant and highly enjoyable wine. Stock up now, summer is coming!
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W&S 90

2008 Martinelli "Hop Camp Vineyard-Gravel Lens" Russian River Valley Syrah
Review Date: 05-25-2016
A little advice: decant this layered, full-bodied Syrah for a few hours before drinking it, as it harbors a veritable fleet of blackberry, warm spice and braised meat flavors on its dense, elegantly structured palate. As it develops in the glass, savory notes of bacon, dark chocolate and mint emerge, followed by more fruits and spice on the copious, lingering finish. Martinelli is a legendary Russian River winery, and this silky Syrah will further embellish its lustrous reputation.
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RR 92

2014 E. Guigal Côtes du Rhône Blanc
Review Date: 05-11-2016
The Guigal wines are truly an embarrassment of riches, and after reviewing the 2012 Côtes-du-Rhône​ red, I can't ignore his elegant companion, a beautiful and sumptuous melange of Viognier, Roussanne, Marsanne, Clairette and Bourbolenc, all contributing their expressive personalities to this artfully pristine blend. Inflected notes of white pear, wildflowers, orange zest, and ripe peach complemented by a cleansing acidity and prolonged finish, this white wine possesses more than enough elegance and sophistication to match its attractive price- almost a baby Chateauneuf-du-Pape! Enjoy with Moroccan cuisine or roast turkey and creamy polenta for a soulful, satisfying feast.
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2012 E. Guigal Côtes du Rhône
Review Date: 05-11-2016
Etienne Guigal started working in the vineyards and winery that today bears his name in 1924 (at the ripe old age of 14), and spent the 'next 67 harvests'... yes, you read that correctly... crafting his Rhône wines to perfection. His son Marcel took over the management in 1961, when his father was tragically struck with blindness, and today his own son Philippe is the winemaker. Three inspired and talented generations, all dedicated to creating perhaps the finest wines in the Rhône Valley, and capable of astonishing bottles from classic Côtes-du-Rhônes​ to world class Côte-Rôties. Composed of Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre​, the Côtes-du-Rhône​ red is ruby-hued and alive with aromatic intensity, promising a savory, textural palate of black fruits, licorice, violets and pepper, held aloft by well-knit, attractive tannins. Paired with everything from hamburgers to pizza to paella, it remains one of the most versatile and delicious everyday reds on the planet.
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VN 91 RP 90

2015 Chateau les Valentines "Le Caprice de Clementine" Cotes de Provence Rosé
Review Date: 04-30-2016
Cinsault doesn't usually take center stage in red wines, but it certainly finds a role in many of the gloriously dry and delicate rosés that emanate from Côtes de Provence, a region of lavender scented air, excellent seafood, glistening fruits and veggies and abundant sunlight. And let's face it, summer hasn't quite arrived until you uncork one of these lustrous, mouthwatering Provencal pinks for friends and family. A sophisticated, stunning strawberry and peach-scented rosé, perfect with salads, grilled sardines or a platter of fresh figs and cheeses.
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Jean-Louis Denois "Tradition" Extra Brut Reserve
Review Date: 04-30-2016
Whether in art, film, literature or wine, I've always been strongly attracted to iconoclasts, those who forge their own path through life's coombs and brambles, basing their decisions on an intuitive feel for what fits and arriving at a place where they know they belong. Call it 'sense of terroir' or what have you, but Jean-Louis Denois exemplifies this philosophy of place as well as anyone I've met in the wine world. The dust on his boots are the embodiment of his long journey from his native Champagne to Burgundy to South Africa and back again, and finally to the southwestern corner of the Languedoc, where he planted his vines in the foothills of the Pyrenees to create his signature red and sparkling wines. Keeping to the rhythms of nature have led him to adopt both organic and biodynamic precepts in the vineyards, and his brilliant sparkling wines express this with clarity and exuberance— the 'Tradition' Extra Brut is a fifty-fifty blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, created in a refreshingly crisp and lightly toasted style, with notes of red apple, orange blossom and brioche, the perfect sparkling for all festive occasions and dining without the high price of a Champagne. Stock up on this one for the long summer and beyond, it will never let you or your thirsty guests down.
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2010 Bava Barbaresco
Review Date: 04-30-2016
From a beautiful southern exposed vineyard planted on well-drained limestone and marl soils, the Bava Barbaresco is an exemplary model of refinement and structure, where evocative scents and flavors of licorice, violets, black cherries, smoke and warm spices engage and captivate the palate, rounded by harmonious tannins and abiding acidity. A treasure trove of a Barbaresco, enjoyable in its relative youth but promising a wonderful future for those willing to wait a few more years.
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Jean-Louis Denois Blanc de Blancs Cremant de Limoux Brut Nature (Sans Soufré)
Review Date: 04-30-2016
A delectably succulent, unsulfured blend of Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc, exhibiting flavors of white pear, figs, juicy apples and zwieback toast, with plenty of racy acidity to cleanse the palate. Remarkable quality in a thirst-quenching, elegant sparkler for half the price of its northern cousins. Jean-Louis Denois is one of the most brilliant winemakers in our corner, and it's always a pleasure to share his glorious wines with our discerning customers. Bon Appetit!
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2013 Alexander Valley Vineyards "Wetzel Family Estate" Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L)
Review Date: 04-11-2016
I'm sure you've all read those strange stories of fish or frogs falling from the sky during a rainstorm in Kansas or wherever, but full magnums of Cabernet rarely fall out of the sky, and if they did, they would make quite a splash! Well, we pulled a neat trick of our own by uncovering magnums of this well-crafted, medium-weight Alexander Valley Cab, brimming with mouthwatering cherry, plum and blackberry fruits complemented by warm licorice notes and nicely textural tannins. The great thing is, you won't have to look up or wait for it to fall from the clouds, because it's right here.....cheers!
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2012 Domaine du Pégaü "Cuvée Réservée" Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Review Date: 03-16-2016
Turn off the damn telly, find a comfortable armchair, nestle down with an irresistible page-turner, and pour yourself a glass of this captivating Chateauneuf while you pour yourself into the mystery. Time will stand still between sips of this storied red wine and slips of artfully-conceived dialogue, as you yield to the emergent aromas of blackberry, plum, violets and garrigue, devouring mid-chapters of warm spice, smoke and licorice evocative of the wild, stony terroir from which these beautiful grapes were born. This sensual, rollicking Rhone builds glass by glass to a bold climax, and by the end you will have finished the bottle, if not the book, and ask yourself perplexedly "who dunnit?'

2013 Unti "Estate" Dry Creek Valley Barbera
Review Date: 03-14-2016
The 2013 Unti Dry Creek Barbera was harvested following one of the driest growing seasons in memory, promising a very deep, intense wine with higher acidity that recalled the more serious wines of Piedmont. Brilliantly defined by vibrant cherry and floral aromatics and pitched flavors of Morello cherries, currants and plums. A delicious pairing with messy Cioppino or mushroomy pizza, this high-flying Barbera sings all the right notes.
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2014 Ermitage "Victor" Costières de Nîmes Rouge
Review Date: 02-29-2016
Give me ten bucks and I’ll give you a wine that seduces your palate with such remarkable finesse and savory, juicy black fruit, body and spice that you will ask “What the…?” This is a seriously delicious, eight days a week red from an under-appreciated appellation in the Rhône Valley that delivers an arresting bottle of wine for the price of roughly two grande lattes. Now you can have your wine and drink it too, because it will hardly cost you. Think smart, be smart, thank you.
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2009 Can Mayol Loxarel "Gran Reserva de Familia" Brut Nature Penedes
Review Date: 02-29-2016
Remember those great old cartoons where Daffy Duck’s head suddenly spins around in delirious disbelief? OK, get this, when I first took a whiff and a sip of this Cava I did a double-take so quickly I almost gyrated my head off its axis just to make sure what I was tasting….That any sparkling wine of this sublimely creamy, magnanimous character could sell for under twenty bucks…..with a melange of flavors from flaky brioche to summer-ripened berries to marzipan to Bosc pears, where does this superb wine end? With any luck, in the glittering flute in front of you, or me, for that matter. Buy it, try it, but be warned, one bottle will never suffice, or my name isn’t Daffy Duck…..
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Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
RP 93

2011 Kir-Yianni Ramnista Xinomavro Naoussa
Review Date: 02-09-2016
Grew up reading Greek myths, the toga and tiara struggle between gods and mortals, long before touching Greek wine to my all too mortal lips. One tale told of the Phrygian king Tantalus, who, when invited to dine with the big boys and girls at Mount Olympus, suddenly excused himself and made a hasty exit with their finest nectar and ambrosia stuffed in his bulging tunic. Big mistake. His punishment? Banished for thirsty eternity to a lonely hot tub in the Underworld, where whenever he reached for a mouthful of ripe fruit from the nearby vines, they receded just out of reach, and whenever he put his hand out to grasp a goblet of wine, it spilled its glistening contents… well fortunately we’ve made things much simpler by bringing you this truly ‘tantalizing’, reachable bottle of superb Xinomavro (which translates as 'acid wine'). This is a robust, earthy and deeply-scented red, effusive with aromas and flavors of cassis, black plums, red raspberries, forest leaf fall and licorice spice, caressed by lusty tannins and finishing firm and slightly tangy. Certainly ageworthy, but don’t wait for an eternity. And save the ambrosia, just bring on the moussaka!
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RP 92

2005 Bodegas Casa Juan Señor de Lesmos Reserva Especial Rioja
Review Date: 12-30-2015
Like pulling two large and lively rabbits out of the same hat, the artful maneuver by this favorite bodega of blending 50/50 Tempranillo and Mazuelo (aka Carignan) was an unexpected delight and an utterly delectable surprise. Perfumed and generous aromas of toast, wild berry fruits and kitchen spice reveal a complex labyrinth of flavors— red and black cherries, raspberries, plums, coffee, balsamic and tobacco spice. Although delicious in its own right, this deep wine possesses enough rabbits, er, elements that will evolve for another decade if left unattended in bottle. Now perform your own magic and open a bottle!
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2014 Rickshaw California Pinot Noir
Review Date: 12-30-2015
The winemaking gurus at Banshee scoured our abundant California AVAs again in 2014, and came up with a fresh cache of generous, tasty Pinot for a very modest price. High-toned flavors of rich plum, raspberry, cranberry and cherry dance pirouettes upon the palate, finishing with nice spice and an earthy note. Perfect for informal gatherings and mid-week openings, this wine is, in a word, ready when you are….
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2014 Franck Millet "Insolite" Sancerre
Review Date: 11-30-2015
This brilliant bottle of Sancerre Sauvignon Blanc should be listed on the ‘Most Wanted Wall’ in the Bivalveville Post office, as it has been responsible for contributing to the (gulp) demise of more oysters than I can count. And the exceptional 2014 vintage is the crowning touch of all that these remarkable chalky, limestone soils combined with select fruit and extended maceration can deliver— pleasantly pungent saline and mineral aromas, added vibrancy and roundness through the mid-palate, with intermingled flavors of lemon-zest, tart apple, boxwood and melon, finishing with attractive acidity and a surprising degree of suppleness. A beauty! Bring on the bivalves!
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2014 Veronique Anne Perret Roussette de Savoie
Review Date: 11-29-2015
Roussette is the local name for Altesse, a favorite dry white grape that finds itself in my personal wine glass with astounding frequency. Wondrously balanced components married to a generous dose of vibrant acidity, this wine manages to contain both while revealing aromas of lemony fruit, paraffin, blanched almonds and sliced apples on the exotic palate. You could even age this for a few years, but then again…just crack a bottle open and enjoy today! Cool, crisp and altogether refreshing.
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2014 Veronique Anne Perret Vin de Savoie Apremont
Review Date: 11-29-2015
Disaster struck this lovely village in the mid-thirteenth century when the limestone mountain overlooking it collapsed and tragically demolished the entire town and its inhabitants. Today it is renowned for its ability to grow finely-scented, full and flavorful Jacquère, and this charming wine possesses an aromatic nose of white peach, apricot, citrus flowers and lemongrass, with an expressive mineralized character balanced by delicious acidity and a persistent finish. Do me a favor, duck down to your nearest fine deli, buy a crusty baguette and a wedge of Tomme de Savoie, and have at it!
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2010 Solaria Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 09-30-2015
OK, time to drown, or at least temporarily sedate my sorrows: our beloved Giants are out of the race for yet another odd year… hey, maybe that’s why they’re called "odd" years! Anyway, I won't curse Kershaw, he showed great stuff out there, and besides, I think we have a store in LA.....congrats. Fortunately relief is only a shelf away with the glorious 2010 Solaria Brunello, its stylish label signifying the generous warmth of the sun upon the hills of Montalcino. A true wine evocative of the sun and soil, it is both finely structured and supple, a complex array of juicy, silky black fruit, wet earth, cigar leaf, licorice and spice, fleshy and firm on the tannins. Hold for a few more years to bring out the serious beauty of this wine, and open it, say in 2020, to celebrate a sixth Giants championship! See you at the ballpark!
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JS 95 VN 90

2014 Domaine de Verquière Côtes du Rhône
Review Date: 09-30-2015
Ten bucks will not even buy you a tepid beer at the ballpark, but it will, plus tax, get you into a nice bottle of this super-tasty, astonishingly low-priced Cotes du Rhone! After dis-inhabiting our shelves for almost a decade, it's back with a wave and a flourish, bringing all the right stuff with it in the way of crushed cherries, bruised plums (painless), lilting violets, licorice, wild garrigue and well-evolved tannins. A lip-smacking, delicious everyday red, so why not have it, um, everyday? OK, then, Wednesday?
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2014 GRÜNER by Etz Grüner Veltliner Kamptal (1L)
Review Date: 08-31-2015
Some ambitious marketeers have recently tried to promote Grüner Veltliner as simply GV or Gru-Vee, owing to its versatility and snappy ability to pair so well with lighter fare like summery radicchio salads, vegetarian tarts and those persnickety characters like asparagus and artichokes. Medium-bodied, delicately lees-suffused fragrances with traditional tinges of white pepper and crisp Granny Smith apples, this fantastic liter-sized bottle will literally Etz its way into your heart.
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2011 Seghesio "Old Vine" Sonoma County Zinfandel
Review Date: 05-26-2015
Whenever I open an old vine Zinfandel, I expect to be taken in, and frankly seduced, by a ravishing bouquet of robust dark fruit, savory spice, bold briary character, supple tannins and a mouth filling, juicy finish. This sinuous, provocative Zin did not disappoint, in fact, it was perfectly attired for the occasion. Bring it to your next outdoor barbecue and watch it charm the crowd.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart
WS 92

2012 Erik Banti "Carato" Toscana
Review Date: 05-26-2015
Opened another bottle of this yesterday just to see if my early notes were somehow hyperbole. Nope, this giveaway value is the real deal, an amazing baby Tuscan with super-luscious flavors of ripe cherry, dark plum, nice spice and a kiss of oak to satisfy your ardent craving for that perfect everyday red to go with virtually anything consumable by a human being on the planet Earth… ok, maybe not anything, there I go exaggerating again. You’ll know.
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Antech "Brut Nature" Blanquette de Limoux
Review Date: 05-26-2015
Zero is my favorite number, or rather ‘un-number’ when it comes to most sparkling wines, as I prefer the naked, pure, crystalline fruit unadorned by added dosage, and the sheer raciness and zing of this stainless fermented bubbly from Limoux answers the call with laser flavors of green apple, lemon and white pear. Bring on a platter of fresh raw oysters or mussels mariniere and watch the shells pile up. Gotta love it!
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2013 Outlier North Coast Pinot Noir
Review Date: 05-25-2015
Derek Rohlffs and Roger Scommegna, both rebels with a cause, got high in Mendocino... in fact higher than any vineyards in that beautifully lush region where fine Pinot Noir finds its natural habitat. Along with Roger's pristine Signal Ridge Vineyard, they selected fruit for this wine from nearby cool-climate, mountainside slopes, and aged it in older French oak, allowing the delicately fresh floral and mineral flavors to slowly meld and intensify into a beguiling Pinot Noir delivering sumptuous, velvety fruit with cherry, blueberry, dark chocolate, briar and cranberry notes. Guaranteed to satisfy those seeking a mouthwateringly delicious Pinot, this is a beautiful introduction to Anderson Valley's magical realm. Pair with a fresh-caught grilled salmon and live sublime!
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2012 Ellero "Pisa Terrace" Pinot Noir Central Otago
Review Date: 03-31-2015
Central Otago has, over the last decade, become the hot spot in New Zealand for Pinot Noir, and there are so many super producers and bottlings that it can be impossibly hard to keep up, but luckily we have Ryan Woodhouse, our inspired explorer and savvy spelunker of all things Kiwi-driven. Ok, maybe not spelunker, unless we’re talking wine caves. The Ellero comes from ‘Pisa Terrace’, a precious parcel of organic vines that may or may not grow on a badly tilted hillside …. anyway, this is a serious, well-wrought wine, combining both fine concentration and clarity, with a brilliant array of silky black and red fruits, savory tea spice, structured tannins and earthy, textural notes on the persistent finish. A masterful stroke of winemaking, likely to evolve beautifully for several more years.

Ariston Aspasie "Carte Blanche" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 08-02-2013
Vines have been cultivated on this tiny property in the hamlet of Brouillet for five generations, and it has remained a customer and staff favorite here for several years. Yeasty, full and complex, the Carte Blanche exhibits a fine intensely-focused bead with lively notes of tart apples, dried hazelnuts, vanilla and toast, all in all a remarkably well-built Brut that will compare well to cuvées at double the price. It is perfect for entertaining.
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Berry Bros & Rudd No. 3 London Dry Gin (750ml)
Review Date: 10-30-2012
As Britain's oldest wine and spirit merchant (1698), Berry Bros. and Rudd should know a thing or three about the traditional making of gin. Their No. 3 English Dry Gin is an unabashedly pure blending of fruits and spices selected and distilled in traditional copper pots in Schiedam, Holland. Made from Italian Juniper, Spanish oranges and grapefruit peel, with added spices including angelica root, Moroccan coriander and cardamon pods, this exquisitely crafted yet assertive gin remains, with its distinctively aromatic nose and prolonged finish, a highly-recommended personal favorite. The ideal suitor for a dry Martini or classic Gin and Tonic.
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Fleury "Cuveé Robert Fleury" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 06-01-2012
If you're searching for a non-vintage Champagne with generous texture, abundant freshness, depth of character and a distinctive aromatic profile, search no further! This stunning barrel-fermented assemblage of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Blanc....yes, I said Pinot Blanc, an odd wine out in most of Champagne, is a triumphant display of everything one can discover in a fine bottle of bubbly- sparkle, effervescence, layers of brioche, chalk, herbs, toast and lemon, ever-evolving complexity, with a lengthy, lingering finish.
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Einstök Icelandic White Ale, Iceland (12oz)
Review Date: 04-30-2012
With summer fast approaching we're all in need of a super thirst-quenching beer to alleviate the effects of absorbing too much solar energy on our bodies while we flare up the grill for a swirling smoke-athon (ok, admittedly I'm not Mr. Weber, more like one of the guys who stands around getting hot smoke in his face while acting like it doesn't matter).... anyway, just discovered a fantastic antidote to insurmountable thirst in the Icelandic Einstok White Ale, like melting an iceberg slathered in freshly-ground coriander and orange peel. Well, to be truthful, it's a witbier brewed with the same ingredients and tastes absolutely awesome. Beer here now. And in honor of the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the ill-fated Titanic, pouring an iceberg down your throat might be a good tribute.
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Fleury Blanc de Noirs Brut Champagne
Review Date: 12-03-2011
In his unwavering maxim that "we leave the earth to our children," Jean-Pierre Fleury was the very first winegrower in Champagne to adapt strict biodynamic principles and techniques in his steeply-sloping, calcareous vineyards near the northern village of Courteron. His exquisite Blanc de Noirs is an homage to the perfectability of Pinot Noir under his meticulous stewardship, and certainly one of the finest, long-lasting champagnes we carry at any price. Hand-crafted from select vintages, the Carte Rouge is emblematic, dry and complex, with a well-developed gamut of flavors from brioche and beeswax to cherry and acacia. Hard to say what 'not' to drink this with, but I guarantee you will be reaching for another glass after tasting this redolent, rewarding sparkler.
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Quartz Reef "Methode Traditionelle" Brut Central Otago (Biodynamic)
Review Date: 12-31-2010
Carefully blended from 76% Pinot Noir and 24% Chardonnay from the estate vineyard in Bendigo, this sparking wine first captivates the eye with its pale yellow highlights, and then flamboyantly seduces the palate with tightly-polished bubbles entranced by lively citrus fruits, crisp brioche and luscious cream. An alluring, wonderfully-harmonious champenoise sparkler for an amazing price!
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Dudognon Reserve Cognac (750ml)
Review Date: 11-30-2010
A voter santé! Raymond Dudognon first distilled his own cognac in 1946, following the venerable traditions laid down by his great grandfather in 1776. The heart of the Charente region, located about 100 miles northeast of Bordeaux, is called Grande Champagne, and consists of deep chalk-rich soils, perfect for creating fragrant, long-lived cognacs. Made from 100% natural Ugni Blanc, this singular spirit is blended and distilled in the traditional alambic Charentais pot and eventually aged in 350 liter barrels. The Dudognon homage to tradition stresses minimal intervention, using only pure water as an additive to create a stunning cognac that charms and caresses the palate, displaying a weightlessness and delicacy of fruit found less commonly in cognacs at twice the price. Highly recommended!
Price: $47.99 Add To Cart

Deligeroy Cremant de Loire Brut
Review Date: 10-31-2010
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!
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart

Sorelle Bronca Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Extra Dry
Review Date: 07-11-2009
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.
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart
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