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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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2014 Olema Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 02-20-2018
A Cab for those looking for a step up from the everyday, but still affordable and with a great pedigree...
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JS 92

2005 Bodegas Casa Juan Señor de Lesmos Reserva Rioja (1.5L)
Review Date: 02-20-2018
Stunning value for a fantastic Rioja. Very classic, soft spices, incense, raisins. Medium tannins, delicious and ready now, but it will age beautifully still.
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JS 92

2015 Antech "Cuvée Eugenie" Cremant de Limoux
Review Date: 02-20-2018
Most definitely one of the best deals in bubbles outside of Champagne. With an intriguing balance between richness and delicacy, this is lemony and honeyed but perfectly Brut. Pair it with any creamy fish dishes, blinis, fondue, banana-based desserts, carrot cake, or just as an aperitif watching the sun setting over the Pacific!
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2014 Antech "Cuvée Eugenie" Cremant de Limoux (1.5L)
Review Date: 02-20-2018
Most definitely one of the best deals in bubbles outside of Champagne. With an intriguing balance between richness and delicacy, this is lemony and honeyed but perfectly Brut. Pair it with any creamy fish dishes, blinis, fondue, banana-based desserts, carrot cake, or just as an aperitif watching the sun setting over the Pacific!
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2014 Pichon-Baron, Pauillac
Review Date: 02-20-2018
A beautiful nose of dark fruits, like cassis, blackberry, plums and an elegant note of pencil lead. The palate not only follows the nose but also offers plums, tobacco and cedar. My exact notes about the palate was: "beautiful fruit behind a fine veil of tannins and earthy minerality". I think that describes the elegance of this sumptuous wine.

2014 Antech "Emotion" Cremant de Limoux Brut Rosé
Review Date: 02-20-2018
I love its delicate color and its aromas of wild strawberries and raspberries. Completely Brut, and it pairs beautifully with salads, sandwiches and by the pool!
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2014 Smith-Haut-Lafitte Rouge, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 02-20-2018
A very elegant nose of black currant, plums, brown sugar, coffee and graphite, which follows on the palate. It is all a bit restrained now, not surprising being such a young wine, but it is all there. The body is medium to full, and the acidity gives it a nice freshness throughout It will blossom into an incredible wine. I liked very much. 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot

2014 Haut-Bailly, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 02-20-2018
A very enticing nose of blood oranges, tobacco, forest floor and a touch of vanilla. Very fine tannins on the palate making it all round and balanced. Very nice wine. I expect it to receive high scores for sure. 66% Cabernet Sauvignon and 34% Merlot.

2013 Rocca di Montegrossi Chianti Classico (375ml)
Review Date: 02-20-2018
That wine is a perfect balance between the classic and the more bold style. Dark cherries, blackberry, and very intriguing spices around the fruit, along with a flowery note. It is pretty, but it has power. as I said a perfect balance.
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2016 Domaine de Millet Colombard-Ugni Blanc Côtes de Gascogne Blanc
Review Date: 02-20-2018
It amazes me that we are now drinking wines from Gasgogne, and beautiful wines at that! This Colombard/Ugni Blanc offers a lot of tropical fruit along a juicy acidity that not only frames the wine nicely but also entices the appetite for another sip. Try that with light appetizers, salads, light seafood, and I could go on...
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2015 La Source du Ruault Saumur-Champigny Rouge (375ml)
Review Date: 02-20-2018
Really delightful Cabernet Franc, from Saumur, medium bodied, and very floral, with an intense nose of crushed rocks, violets and little red fruits. I would suggest serving it a bit chilled. Perfect with Indian food.
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2015 La Source du Ruault Saumur-Champigny Rouge
Review Date: 02-20-2018
Really delightful Cabernet Franc, from Saumur, medium bodied, and very floral, with an intense nose of crushed rocks, violets and little red fruits. I would suggest serving it a bit chilled. Perfect with Indian food.
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2015 Joanin Bécot, Côtes de Castillon
Review Date: 02-20-2018
Owned by the Bécot brothers from Beau-Sejour- Bécot in Saint-Émilion, this property is located in a rather privileged terroir in Castillon. It has loads of dark cherries in its aromatics along with cocoa powder and kirsch, very Right Bank indeed. The palate shows a bit more restraint, but still the chocolate, spicy oak and plums abound along with its firm tannins.

2015 Haut Charmes, Sauternes (375ml)
Review Date: 02-20-2018
The lifting acidity balancing the beautiful amalgamation of fruits and honey, makes this Sauternes a perfect choice to accompany a Pâté/foie appetizer - at the beginning of the meal instead of at the end! Although, of course it will work wonders with dessert or as "the dessert" with nuts and cheese. A great choice of wine for those with an adventurous sense of the culinary.
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart

2016 Rombauer Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc
Review Date: 01-29-2018
Very refreshingly crisp, with an ever slight pétillance. The tropical notes of guava along with grapefruit, make this well balanced Sauvignon Blanc a delight at any occasion, any time!
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JS 90

2015 Patz & Hall Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
Review Date: 01-29-2018
Nice and balanced, with beautiful aromatics of cherries, strawberries and cola. On the palate it is never heavy, and its velvety tannins make the whole experience quite phenomenal. A deliciously elegant Pinot showing off California greatest.
Price: $36.99 Add To Cart
WE 93

2015 Le Cleméntin du Pape Clément, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 01-29-2018
And yet another example of fantastic second wines from a fantastic a vintage. No doubt Le Clementin delivers an impressive wine, and also maintain its classic Pessac-Leognan style. Cocoa powder, plums and cassis jam and wet stone and a great tannin/acid structure framing it, and balancing this elegant wine.
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VN 88 - 90

2015 Les Tourelles de Longueville, Pauillac
Review Date: 01-29-2018
Another 2nd wine that showcases the marvelous 2015 vintage. And what we often say about buying second wines in great vintages really holds true. Les Tourelles needs some decanting of course, but it is all there, the floral notes, cocoa, cassis and yet earthy. Outstanding.

2015 Ormes de Pez, St-Estèphe
Review Date: 01-29-2018
A classic St-Estèphe, with lots of exotic spices, a touch of leather, earth and lots of dark purple fruit, cedar,dark fruit and I could go on, and on... Incredibly complex for such affordable wine. Viva 2015!

2015 Busquet, Lussac St-Emilion
Review Date: 01-29-2018
Very nice medium body wine that showcases the qualities of the Cabernet Franc. It is approachable with its floral, violet aromatics. The light touch of spices along with its lifted aromas make this perfect with light, uncomplicated fares. Quite nice.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart
RP 90

2015 Seigneurs d'Aiguilhe, Côtes de Castillon
Review Date: 01-29-2018
Lush aromatics of cassis, cocoa, wild berries and vanilla let you know this second wine really is second to none! It has a "sweet" palate showing the perfect ripeness of the grapes alongside smoke, blueberry, cinnamon and french vanilla. Rich and complex, this delicious wine is a classic example of what to expect from the excellent 2015 vintage - and I hear the 2016 is even better... Impressive. Really.
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2015 Haut-Musset, Lalande-de-Pomerol
Review Date: 01-29-2018
very attractive nose of fresh berries, followed by an medium-body palate with soft tannins, along cassis, and even a touch of chocolate milk. Quite approachable and a delight to drink now.
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2015 Croix Mouton, Bordeaux Supérieur
Review Date: 01-29-2018
Approachable, easy drinking and yet complex. Lots of fruits-du-bois (wild berries). a delicious note of blood orange, and a touch of spices, deliver a wine that would be perfect with lighter fare red meats, roast chicken, and even pizza!
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart
JS 90

2014 G Blanc From Guiraud
Review Date: 01-29-2018
Crisp and dry, this wine from sec wine from Guiraud, shows the rich flavors of the fully matured grapes (50% Sauvignon Blanc +50% Sémillon), along side with juicy acidity, making a very useful white wine that would easily compliment any richer, creamy white meat/fish dish. A great way to explore a high quality Bordeaux whites.
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart

2015 D'Alix, Pessac-Leognan
Review Date: 11-27-2017
Don't get fooled by its pretty violet aromatics. The d'Alix is a wine for the cellars, despite its price. It possesses the classic earthiness of Pessac, along its fruit core. It is serious and needs time in the bottle or a good decanting. Great buy.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2010 Andron, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 11-06-2017
Hard to believe it's been almost 8 years since the outstanding 2010 vintage, but it is, this wine is aging beautifully. The cocoa and sweet plums are joined by the gentle and round tannins. The woodsy notes are not quite yet forest floor, but it is there, and make this wine irresistible for me.
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WS 91

2014 Le Murmure de Larcis-Ducasse, St-Emilion
Review Date: 11-06-2017
An absolute pleasure to be enjoyed right now, with a sweet fruit palate of cherries, plums, and some intriguing spicy notes that certainly elevate this wine to the category of the not-to-miss wines!
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JS 94 VN 91

2014 Medoc de Beychevelle, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 11-06-2017
Coming from one of my favorite estates in all of Bordeax - Beychevelle - This Médoc delivers delicious Merlot fruit, with its dark flavors and elegant juiciness. Indeed it is quite complex and would easily dress up any dinner party.
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2014 Haut de Poujeaux, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 11-06-2017
Fabulously well made wine, with elegant aromatics of black cherries, roasted coffee. The palate is absolutely seamless, revealing its high pedigree.
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2015 Moulin du Sud Bordeaux Superieur
Review Date: 11-06-2017
What a nice little wine! Although the fruit is on the forefront with its plum, and cassis notes, it also possess beautiful cedar notes and even a touch of leather. A nice wine to pair with a cheese platter.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart

2016 l'Avocat Blanc, Graves
Review Date: 10-09-2017
The white Avocat for me is a classic white Bordeaux. It processes a nice balanced richness, with a lanolin, honeyed nose, along with a broad palate. The addition of Sauvignon Gris definitely makes its beautiful presence known. The full breakdown of the cepages is 50% Semillon, 40% Sauvignon Blanc and 10% Sauvignon Gris
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart

2009 d'Issan, Margaux
Review Date: 10-09-2017
I confess, d'Issan is my favorite Margaux, and for many reasons. The style is absolutely seductively classic Margaux. Violets, acacia, coffee, mocha. Never heavy, and perfect with dinner! Indeed beautiful.

2014 Larrivet Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan Rouge
Review Date: 10-09-2017
Nice lifted aromatics of cherries and other red fruit, followed by a floral note that makes it a very attractive wine. Good tannin and acid structure, along with its fruit, lend this wine a nice balance. I would enjoy now after decanting, but it can be cellared for sure.

2015 Bel-Air, Pomerol
Review Date: 10-09-2017
An impressive Pomerol, full bodied for sure, but it is never heavy. In fact it has a quite lifted nose. It is balanced and absolutely enjoyable now.
Price: $27.99 Add To Cart
JS 94 - 95

2014 Segonzac Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux Vieilles Vignes
Review Date: 10-09-2017
Ah the little Segonzac... Always a nice appearance on any table. It is all about its Merlot fruit giving enticing aromatics and a very friendly palate. It is ready to be enjoyed.
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart

2012 Brown Rouge, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 10-09-2017
I have always find the Brown to be a very reliable chateau year in, year out. And I have a sweet spot for 2012's. The always present sweet coffee, brown sugar, cocoa aromatics are irresistible. the palate has the fruit core and a good depth, making this wine a winner. It needs decanting though. A good hour, and it is a beauty.

2015 Haut-Vigneau, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 10-09-2017
2015 one of the best vintages on record, makes it easy to buy wines at this price range. They are for the most part very approachable, and yet can certainly age if you wish. Haut-Vigneau is a perfect example. Nice primary fruit core right now, but with a nice structure framing it. Drink it now or cellar for some more years.
Price: $18.99 Add To Cart
JS 92

2016 Loyasson, Bordeaux
Review Date: 10-09-2017
I was very impressed with the seriousness of the wine at this price range. Plum notes with a soft but nicely framed core and beautiful woodsy notes,
Price: $10.99 Add To Cart

2015 Motte Maucourt, Bordeaux Supérieur
Review Date: 10-09-2017
Another easy going Bordeaux showing a fruity core and lifted aromatics. Good quality for everyday drinking.
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2015 Jouanin, Cotes de Castillon
Review Date: 10-09-2017
A very approachable wine that's a pleasure to drink.The Merlot fruit delivers its plums flavors and floral violet aromatics. Soft tannins and a delicious sweet core. Perfect for enjoying on any night.
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart

2007 Haut-Bailly, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 08-28-2017
This classic wine, from a cooler vintage still has a long way to go in the cellars, however after decanting it for say... 1 hour or 2, it delivers a nicely perfumed aromatics and a robust palate that really shows off its terroir.

2007 Tronquoy-Lalande, St-Estèphe
Review Date: 08-28-2017
This wine is right now drinking beautifully. The tannins softened providing for a silk palate, with cherry and plums notes along a coffee and spice touch.
Price: $27.99 Add To Cart

1990 Poujeaux, Moulis-en-Medoc
Review Date: 08-14-2017
Here is a wine that is absolutely ready to drink. We all know how beautiful 1990 was, and it shows here. The fruit is very much present, along with its silky tannins in this medium body Bordeaux. Absolutely perfect choice for an elegant dinner.
Price: $69.99 Add To Cart

2012 Grand-Puy-Lacoste, Pauillac
Review Date: 07-03-2017
What a classic Pauillac, rich and elegant with an attractive Cabernet Sauvignon nose. As with most 2012's it is more approachable than its young age would led us to believe. Also the very reasonable price it carries, make it a very wise choice for those wanting some Pauillac to either cellar or drink.

2009 Branas Grand Poujeaux, Moulis
Review Date: 07-03-2017
There's something about the terroir of Moulis, that I find irresistible. The Branas is no exception. Very elegant and soft palate, with notes of cocoa powder, earth, and tobacco. I did decant it before serving and it was marvelous.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart
RP 90 WS 90

2014 La Reserve de Malartic, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 07-03-2017
This second wine of Malartic Lagravière is showing extremely well right now. Very classic Pessac-Léognan with its woodsy, forest floor along with pretty notes of plums, cocoa and a touch of vanilla. Delicious.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2016 Reichsrat von Buhl Spätburgunder Rosé Pfalz
Review Date: 06-12-2017
Very nice floral aromatics and sure... It is completely dry on the delicate palate. Reminiscent of a Sancerre rosé. The cool label sure makes it stand out in a crowded rosé line up these days.
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2015 Sohm & Kracher "Lion" Grüner Veltliner Weinviertal
Review Date: 06-12-2017
The "lion bottle" as I affectionate call this wine delivers a quite nice "roar" - The perfectly ripe grapes are picked a bit early to preserve their natural acidity. the wine is then aged with lees stirring to add richness. The result is a Gruner that is rich and tangy at the same time. It possess that "je ne sais quoi" that is so Alpine-y, and it is quite delicious. I can see this being marvelous with fresh oysters.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2016 Weingut Fürst Elbling Mosel (1L)
Review Date: 06-12-2017
A great surprise for me as I don't recall ever drinking "Elbling" - Reminiscent of a Gruner on the nose, but on the palate, it has this most attractive saline note. Quite dry but with a welcoming vinous texture. Acidity is high, but balanced. This is an easy, nice wine that is very useful in many settings, from summer get-togethers, to a seafood dinner extravaganza!
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart

2016 Heitz Cellars Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc
Review Date: 06-12-2017
The lively, no oak influence Sauvignon has lifted aromatics of peaches and citrus, it is very refreshing, and a perfect accompaniment to salads, seafood and oysters. The fruit comes from the famed Ink Grade Vineyards, with its cool mornings and warm afternoons influencing the crispness, and ideal ripeness of this perfect aperitif wine.
Price: $21.99 Add To Cart

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