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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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2015 Domaine Paul Pernot Volnay "Carelle Sous la Chapelles"
Review Date: 11-30-2016
A dazzling wine with incredible perfumed aromatics. Fine incenses, violets, brown sugar, dark cherry and plenty of elegance. It is perfectly ripe and balanced, but it still needs a couple of years to expose all its intricacies. Paul Pernot is on fire this vintage!
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2015 Domaine Paul Pernot Beaune Rouge "Clos des Marconets"
Review Date: 11-30-2016
The Dessus Marconets delivers a classic Beaune with its delicate light color, lots of cherry fruit and cola, sweet coffee and even honey, along with a touch of elegant spices, and smoke which definitely validates its more prestigious Lieu Dit. On the palate this wine is pure pleasure, and glides effortlessly with its present, but very soft tannins
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2012 Michel Gassier "Lou Coucardié" Costières de Nîmes Rouge
Review Date: 11-30-2016
A rich wine with plenty of plum, blackberry, vanilla, as well as dark flowers, brown sugar and dried fruit. The surprising bit is that is never heavy or cumbersome, in fact it is quite fresh and lifted, with velvety soft tannins. Really quite delicious.
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RP 93 VN 92

2015 Domaine Paul Pernot Bourgogne Chardonnay
Review Date: 11-30-2016
Paul Pernot delivers again a fantastic Bourgogne Blanc. Very clean notes, crispy with a touch of honey, crushed stones, cloves, cinnamon, and perfectly ripe and balanced. Honestly it tastes as if it comes from a much more prestigious appellation. This 2015 vintage is turning out outstanding indeed.
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2015 Domaine Paul Pernot Bourgogne Aligote
Review Date: 11-30-2016
A delicious Aligoté ... How is this possible? I normally only drink those acidic Aligotés with a good dollop of Crème de Cassis, not this one. The 2015 Pernot is perfectly ripe, with some herbal notes of thyme and tarragon. Even a delicate note of honey. Reminds me of a Pinot Blanc. Not only a perfect aperitif but also a great accompaniment to a light fish and salad dish. Go Aligoté I say!
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2011 Contino Graciano Rioja
Review Date: 11-28-2016
Very dark inky color. Loads of blackberry concentrate on the nose as well as cherries. It delivers a serious, balanced smoky palate with exotic spices. The high acidity frames the fruit, making it an absolutely pleasure to drink this wine.
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VN 92 WS 92

2009 Valenciso Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 11-28-2016
An incredibly elegant wine showing a touch of vanilla, dried cherries, along with leather and a delicate note of wood. Full body, rich but very well balanced. A classic Rioja
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JS 93 RP 91

2014 Tongue in Groove "Cabal Vineyard" Pinot Noir Waipara Valley North Canterbury
Review Date: 11-28-2016
Nice notes of cherries and quinine on the nose. The palate brings candied cherries, brown sugar, cola and spices. Very good indeed!

2014 Fromm "La Strada" Pinot Noir Marlborough
Review Date: 11-28-2016
Beautiful aromatics of spicy cherries, strawberries and quite floral as well. This is a charming Pinot that also carries structure on the palate, rounding all the lifted aromatics and also giving it a touch of earth as well.

2015 Schmelz Steinriegl Riesling Smaragd Wachau
Review Date: 11-27-2016
A great Riesling with beautiful notes of orange, honey, white flowers and even jasmine. Quite exotic! On the palate it is very crisp, fresh and absolutely delicious.
Price: $28.99 Add To Cart

2012 Les Fiefs de Lagrange, St. Julien
Review Date: 11-27-2016
A very classic Saint Julien with cassis, lacquer and wood spices, coffee beans, along with cigar box, plum and a very elegance note of honey! It also represents the vintage very well, with its high notes and acid balanced by the depth of flavors. Without a doubt one of the best seconds wines we currently have in stock.
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2014 Ancient Peaks/K&L Wine Merchants Paso Robles Zinfandel
Review Date: 11-16-2016
A beautiful Zinfandel, with all the exuberant notes one expect from this variety, but at the same time with an incredible sense of balance on the palate. Plums, blackberry and black cherries go side by side with dark chocolate and violets. The fresh acidity plays an essential role here. This is an elegant, fresh and incredibly food-friendly wine.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart

2013 Ancient Peaks Paso Robles Zinfandel
Review Date: 11-14-2016
A beautiful Zinfandel, with all the exuberant notes one expect from this variety, but at the same time with an incredible sense of balance on the palate. Plums, blackberry and black cherries go side by side with dark chocolate and violets. The fresh acidity plays an essential role here. This is an elegant, fresh and incredibly food friendly wine.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart

2009 Priban, Haut-Medoc
Review Date: 11-07-2016
A very small, boutique producer, with less than 2.5 acres of vineyards, and very hard to find in the USA. The vineyards are located in the Haut-Medoc, close to Margaux appellation. A captivating nose greets you with its sweet cocoa, violets, cassis, a delightful note of capsicum and...roses? On the palate the sweet coffee, and chocolate comes to the the forefront along with cassis, and a touch of spices and earth. It is a generous, pleasing wine, with perfectly ripened tannins and balanced acidity. It is very pleasant to drink right now.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2015 Saint Cosme Côtes du Rhône
Review Date: 11-07-2016
Perhaps one of the most surprising of the Côtes du Rhône, not only because it is made by none other than the legendary Château de St. Cosme, but also because it is made with 100% Syrah of the highest quality from vineyards in Vinsobres. The wine delivers charming aromatics of fresh blueberries, violets and dare I say, even grapes! On the palate though, the acidity frames all this fruit firmly but nicely. This is a pretty wine to be enjoyed with a wide variety of lighter dishes or even by itself.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart
WS 91

2015 Domaine Renaud Mâcon-Charnay
Review Date: 10-31-2016
Very gracious wine, with the bright and delicate tropical fruit notes framed by the intense minerality. Complex and yet quite easy to drink.
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2000 Léoville-Poyferré, St-Julien
Review Date: 10-31-2016
One of the stars of our annual Grand Bordeaux Tasting in Hollywood. Not an easy feat considering it was in the company of the likes of 2012 Mouton Rothschild, and Chateau Margaux! Captivating note of graphite, pencil lead and lacquer/cigar box, along with cocoa, cherries, cassis, and forest floor, and leather. A stunning wine.

2000 Brane-Cantenac, Margaux
Review Date: 10-31-2016
Beautiful and elegant, with the classic Margaux notes of violets and coffee, along with bright notes of red fruit as well. It is developing beautifully and showing notes of forest floor, with very soft tannins, lending to a more rounded structure. I would say this wine would be a perfect bottle for a very fancy dinner.

1996 Vieux Château Certan, Pomerol
Review Date: 10-31-2016
VCC as some people call Vieux Château Certan is a surprising wine for those not accustomed to its charms. Firstly it has an unusual proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon for a Pomerol, but somehow, the Cab here lends a very soft structured elegance, and not heavy tannins at all. How do they do it? Hopefully I will have the opportunity to ask them myself one day. One would find coffee beans, plums, cassis, exotic herbs and spices, and a delicate note of honey which for me is a sure sign of some development in the best red wines. This is not an over the top, chocolaty Pomerol, but a wine filled with elegance.
Price: $149.99 Add To Cart
WS 93 ST 90

2014 d'Yquem "Y Blanc" Bordeaux Blanc
Review Date: 10-31-2016
We open a bottle of this incredible wine for our annual Grand Bordeaux Tasting, and it was quite an experience. The dry wine of Yquem is really that... A Yquem dry! And by that I mean, the incredible quality, complexity, richness and elegance one expects in Yquem Sauternes, one also finds those qualities here as well. The aromatics of fresh picked summer peaches, citrous, orange flowers, honey, and even crème Chantilly with cloves, almost deceit one's perception that this would be a sweet wine. It is not. The soft, creamy textured palate, with all of those flavors caressing the taste buds, it is marked by a dazzling freshness and a striking dry finish. As I said, this is an experience.
Price: $139.99 Add To Cart

2012 Domaine du Grand Ormeau, Lalande-de-Pomerol
Review Date: 10-26-2016
This wine offers an exquisite nose of smoke, coffee, and wild herb notes. It really opens up in the mouth with the espresso beans, and plums coming to the forefront, followed by some exotic spicy herbs. It is quite nice and very upscale.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
JS 90 RP 90

2012 de Pitray, Castillon
Review Date: 10-26-2016
Very floral nose with violets, blackberries and plums. On the palate it offers an interesting combination of the fruit and a touch of earthiness that is so typical of Bordeaux - I would recommend decanting it for fleshing it out and experiencing its full potential.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart
WE 90

2014 Fontana Bordeaux Rouge
Review Date: 10-26-2016
I was very impressed with the complexity and value of this wine. Beautiful woodsy notes, and a deeper, more profound fruit notes of plums. The fruit is there of course, but is not a fruity wine. It has a very well balanced palate, with all its components in the right place for enjoying this wine now and even for a few more years to come. Great value.
Price: $10.99 Add To Cart

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2015 Laubarit Rouge, Bordeaux
Review Date: 10-26-2016
A very nice, easy Bordeaux to dress up a dinner, to take to a casual dinner with friends, or to just enjoy on its own. Its fruity nose is very enticing, with raspberry, plums and even a touch of vanilla. The palate is very friendly, with soft tannins. A crowd pleaser.
Price: $10.99 Add To Cart

2015 Château de Montfaucon "Comtesse Madeleine" Lirac Blanc
Review Date: 10-26-2016
A classic example of a white Chateauneuf, wait... It's not Chateauneuf, but it sure tastes like it! A rich aromatics of white flowers, peaches, nectarines, honey, bee's wax, and lanolin. On the palate it delivers a beautiful array of stone fruit and spices. It is rich and fulfilling and yet crisp. An elegant wine to pair with any creamy dishes, curries, and spicy dishes in general.
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart
WS 90

2013 Olema Sonoma County Chardonnay
Review Date: 10-25-2016
Very easygoing Chardonnay, lots of pineapple, citrus and even a touch a clove spices. An easy choice for a big event.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart

2014 Trail Marker Wine Co. "Manchester Ridge Vineyard" Mendocino Ridge Chardonnay
Review Date: 10-25-2016
Beautiful Chardonnay with qualities that I would expect more in an European wine. It is quite crisp and with a juicy acidity that would be a perfect pairing with seafood, and light Greek food. I had it with Dolmas and Taramasalata and it was heavenly!
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart
VN 92

2013 Knez "Demuth Vineyard" Anderson Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 10-25-2016
That is an elegant Chardonnay with its feet firmly planted in Chablis, in style. Enticing flinty nose, with citrus notes. Then the palate is crisp, dry and subtle. A great wine to dress up any dinner!
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart
VN 93

2015 Donkey & Goat "Linda Vista Vineyard" Napa Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 10-25-2016
An inviting nose of marron glacé and orange. On the palate this is absolutely crisp and quite refreshing with its elegant, dry finish. Well done!
Price: $31.99 Add To Cart
WE 93

2013 Donkey & Goat "Ramato" Pinot Gris Anderson Valley
Review Date: 10-25-2016
A breathtaking nose first greets you with notes of exotic flowers, citrus, and even strawberry. It is deliciously tangy on the palate, with the citrus and the strawberry also reflected, along with some exotic spices and a slightly dusty finish. A very versatile wine.
Price: $27.99 Add To Cart

2014 Two Shepherds "Fanucchi Vineyard" Russian River Valley Trousseau Gris
Review Date: 10-25-2016
This wine took my breath away not only for being one of the most European-style wines I have ever tasted from California, but also for its delicate complexity. It looks, smells and tastes like a Jura wine, with what I call wild berries (petit fruit du bois), flint, exotic spices, and wild herbs. Quite crispy and tangy and with a depth of flavor that defies its lightness.
Price: $26.99 Add To Cart

2013 Sergio Barale "Bussia" Langhe Chardonnay
Review Date: 10-10-2016
What a great surprise is this Chardonnay from Langhe. Very seductive notes of cream, honey and almonds. It is soft, rich, but never heavy. Absolutely delicious to drink either by itself or with food.
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart

2014 Te Mata "Awatea" Bordeaux Blend Hawkes Bay
Review Date: 10-05-2016
I am always intrigued by a Bordeaux blend from anywhere, but this one from NZ definitely caught my attention. Perhaps a touch riper than most Bordeaux, yet still possesses complexity and poise. Lacquer, leafy tobacco, cassis, a touch of capsicum, with dusty tannins. One of the best Bordeaux blends I have tasted this year.

2015 Pencarrow Sauvignon Blanc (Palliser) Martinborough
Review Date: 10-04-2016
A very complex wine with exotic aromatics of white flowers/Jasmine, tangerine, guava marmalade and flint. The palate also follow the nose with all these flavors, but finish dry and light. Exquisite and absolutely delicious and with an incredible price!

2015 Tongue in Groove Chardonnay Waipara Valley North Canterbury
Review Date: 10-04-2016
I was quite impressed by the wines of New Zealand in our last staff training. this Chardonnay has pretty lifted notes of pineapple candy, lemon drops, and a touch of cream, but being completely dry on the palate. This mix of flavors creates a balanced wine that is hard to resist a reach for a second glass...
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart
DC 93

2014 Pencarrow Pinot Noir (Palliser) Martinborough
Review Date: 10-04-2016
Easy drinker and absolutely delicious. Sweet coffee, maple syrup/brown sugar, black cherries, cola. Very soft tannins round it up. A very good choice.

2013 Domaine Serene "Yamhill Cuvée" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 10-04-2016
Delicate aromatics of cherries, cola and earth, with a very light touch of herbaciousness giving this wine a very elegant finish. It will dress up any dinner with a lighter fare of meats and a fantastic gift.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart
WE 92

2012 Boekenhoutskloof Old Vine Semillon Franschhoek
Review Date: 10-04-2016
A classic Semillon with its creamy texture and lanolin, dry flowers, pineapple, peaches honey, but dry and with a touch of earthy minerality. Very appealing and although an easy drinker it is very complex and will pair very well with spicy foods, or fish with creamy sauces.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart
WS 92 VN 90

2014 Akitu "A2" Pinot Noir Central Otago (White Label)
Review Date: 10-04-2016
Lifted aromatics, cherries, blueberries, a touch of cola, but also some earth and wet stone minerality. Very nice wine to pair with any sort of spicy food.

2014 Maude Pinot Noir Central Otago
Review Date: 10-04-2016
The light color reminds me of a Burgundy. Very nice aromatics of cherries, cola and woodsy spices.

2010 Misha's Vineyard "High Note" Pinot Noir Central Otago
Review Date: 10-03-2016
The 2010 is their current release, so it is showing delicious notes of some development. Coffee, honey, cherry, and a touch of quinine. Very complex and very good.

2015 Cognizant Pinot Noir Marlborough (Te Whare Ra)
Review Date: 10-03-2016
It is light in color and very aromatic, almost perfumed; a very pretty wine. Cola, cherry, plums on the palate. Medium body. I would serve it with a very light chill with spicy foods or even richer fish.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2015 TWR (Te Whare Ra) Chardonnay Marlborough
Review Date: 10-03-2016
That's a very charming Chardonnay, not shy, but definitely not over-the-top, either. It has a beautiful floral nose with notes of roses, popcorn and cloves. The palate is very refined and spicy. Absolutely recommended
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart
RC 92 - 93

2016 TWR (Te Whare Ra) Riesling "M" Marlborough (Medium)
Review Date: 10-03-2016
The "M" stands for "medium sweet" but the wine comes across much drier than it is due to its acidity. Peaches, citrous, white flower. Very enticing, and a perfection with spicy food.
Price: $18.99 Add To Cart
RC 95 - 96

2015 TWR (Te Whare Ra) Riesling "D" Marlborough (Dry)
Review Date: 10-03-2016
Nice aromatics of honeyed lime, and white flowers. Generous palate but completely dry. Lots of minerality and delicious notes of citrus and honey.
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2012 Clinet, Pomerol
Review Date: 10-01-2016
This wine has a perfect balance between opulence and finesse that is hard to describe. The tannins are quite present even though enveloped by lush flavors of chocolate, plums and vanilla, which suggests that a longer term in the cellar may benefit the wine.

2014 Domaine des Carabiniers "Lunar Apogé" Lirac
Review Date: 09-26-2016
Very floral on the nose, which is very charming, also blood orange marmalade, coffee along with a touch of earth and truffles. Quite delicious and not heavy at all. Good find Mr. Mabry!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2011 Domaine Santamaria Patrimonio Rouge (Corsica)
Review Date: 09-26-2016
Despite its dark color, it reminds me of a Brunello. IT has an intriguing nose of spicy BBQ, meat along with cocoa, cherry and earth. I can thing of nothing else with a Pasta Bolognese right now!
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2015 Domaine Santamaria Patrimonio Blanc (Corsica)
Review Date: 09-26-2016
Golden in color and a lifted apricot, stone fruit nose. Reminiscent of a light Viognier. Almost exotic. Another candidate for a spicy curry, or say, Cuban cuisine?
Price: $21.99 Add To Cart

2015 Domaine de la Réserve d'O "La Reserve d'O" Saint Guilhem le Desert Blanc
Review Date: 09-26-2016
A beautiful wine that is reminiscent of a spring field of flowers. The nose and the palate is full of red apple, pears, some stone fruit, and white flower. This wine would be a great pairing with a spicy Indian curry!
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