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1970 La Rioja Alta "Viña Ardanza" Rioja
Review Date: 04-04-2017
One of the great pleasures in this world is beautifully aged Rioja. The 1970 Vina Ardanza from La Rioja Alta is a perfect example. People who walk into the room will literally stop and ask you what you are drinking (this happened almost immediately after we popped the bottle). The bouquet dominates. It's sweet smelling and full of dried fruits, flowers, and a notable herbal savory quality. The palate boasts both flesh and great freshness from remarkably high acid. The length is tremendous and the finish a touch nutty. You know what else is nutty? The price. It's absolutely crazy to me that one of the world's premier wine regions still has prices this low for prime examples of historic bottles from top producers.
Top Value!
Price: $129.99 Add To Cart

2015 Ronco Blanchis Pinot Grigio Collio
Review Date: 03-13-2017
What a steal! This is a perfect example of the marl and clay from the Collio DOC. Not only do you have the great fruit of golden apples and citrus - but you get a wonderful minerality and salinity too. A little more textural than you might expect for the typical Italian style of Pinot Grigio, there is just enough body to satisfy and stand up to a rich meal. Top marks.
Top Value!
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart
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2014 Argyle "Reserve" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 03-08-2017
I tasted this and didn't know the price until just before writing this. It's definitely WAY cheaper than I thought it would be. I was expecting a $35-$40 price tag for this reserve Pinot. The first thing that strikes you is that it looks like Pinot Noir and not Cabernet like so many Pinot's today. It's a rich ruby red, but still markedly translucent. The aromatics are powerful: loads of cherry and cranberry tangle with the earthier side of the spectrum. Like a forest full of dew, wild herbs, and fresh, savory mushrooms. The palate is friendly and inviting, but with a nice acid cut. The soft fruit is delicious and the velvety texture pleasing. The lengthy finish is clean and bright. All in all an excellent value for high quality Pinot Noir!
Top Value!
Price: $28.99 Add To Cart
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2011 Bodegas Muga "Selección Especial" Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 03-06-2017
Deeply concentrated nose of dark cherries, boysenberries, cedar, and stone. The palate is expansive, both bright and complex. It shows layered notes of cola, cherry, blueberry, mocha, cedar box, tremendous minerality and length. The finish is dry, with slightly dusty tannin but lengthy. It definitely leaves you wanting another sip, and perhaps a bite of a succulent roast. If you're not familiar with the incredible value that Muga has to offer - this is the place to start. This is a hugely versatile wine that would make a great cocktail party or complement your favorite meal - not to mention convert all your friends to Spanish wine lovers.

2009 Caol Ila 6 Year Old "Old Malt Cask" Single Sherry Barrel Single Malt Whisky (750ml)
Review Date: 03-02-2017
Big and young Caol Ila. Salty and herbal - like dried Nori- this young buck is full of iodine, cooked and candied apples, smoky, and a little dusty. For all of the grace that ancient smoky whisky can offer, there is definitely something to be said for the brash and spunky young smoke of a great malt like Caol Ila. It's a clean and bright smoke and feels full of life and earth.
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart

1996 Allt-a-Bhainne 19 Year Old "Old Malt Cask" Single Sherry Barrel Single Malt Whisky (750ml)
Review Date: 03-02-2017
You don't have to be paying attention to catch the sherry on this bad boy. Generous and supple this gem is loaded up on fudge, almonds, malt, cocoa, vanilla, fruits and balanced out by a pinch of salinity. The finish is long and sweet yet with a dash of wood tannin it feels quite dry. All in all, very well balanced, well priced whisky. Another victory for the strong dollar and David's hard work scouring the cellars.
Price: $79.99 Add To Cart

Old Pulteney 21 Year Old Single Malt Whisky (750ml)
Review Date: 03-02-2017
Extremely weighty and rich on the palate. This Maritime malt is brimming with vanilla cakes, honey, and Kosher salt. There is beautiful spice and dried stone fruit weaving in-between the robust maltiness. An excellent treat for yourself or a friend if you're in the market for something special yet classic.
Price: $159.99 Add To Cart

2011 E. Guigal Gigondas
Review Date: 03-02-2017
Once again E. Guigal shows why they are a classic Rhone producer. Not only do they bring Rhone wines to new heights in their top expressions which sell for hundreds of dollars per bottle, but they show why there is so much value in the Rhone with wines like this amazing Gigondas. The nose is bright and intense dripping with dense purple fruits and layers of spicy nuance. The palate is rich and textural, but not lacking for acid which provides tremendous length. This is a special value for Rhone lovers and should drink well from tonight through the middle of the next decade without any compromise.

2013 Domaine A " Lady A" Sauvignon Blanc Tasmania
Review Date: 01-31-2017
This positively jumps out of the glass and to the top of my greatest Sauvignon Blanc's list. Ryan, our buyer shared a sample of this wine with the staff over a year ago and everyone who tasted it basically went crazy. It is finally here and every bit as good as I remember. This is for the serious white Bordeaux fans or anyone who has ever enjoyed the wines of Didier Dagueneau. It's loaded with intense floral and tropical notes and very densely fruited. However, the name of the game here is balance. The wine is in 100% new French oak, but you'd never guess it. It has tremendous richness, but is never heavy. It does NOT suffer the fate of many new oaked California Chardonnays. The bright acid keeps the wine alive and lifted glass after glass. Not to mention it endows the wine with the ability to age effortlessly for quite some time. I never thought I'd find a Sauvignon Blanc that might bring challenge to the great Didier Dagueneau wines of the Loire, but here it is. I'm buying one for now, and a few for the cellar.
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart

2014 Pencarrow Pinot Noir (Palliser) Martinborough
Review Date: 01-31-2017
Who doesn't love a good deal? This is serious Pinot Noir that is not only dangerously easy to drink, but splendidly affordable. And that is pretty much my favorite combination. Of course it has the pretty new world fruit that you'd expect, but you also get so much wonderful earthiness and a bounty of complex herbal notes. What's not to love?

2010 L'Argenteyre, Medoc
Review Date: 01-17-2017
As a general rule, if you see 2009 or 2010 Bordeaux for under 20 bucks it's going to be worth grabbing a few. The winemaking in the modern era is so good across the board and the vintages were so spectacular that it's hard to go wrong. L'Argenteyre is no exception. This shows phenomenal vintage characteristics. There is a ton of structure underneath generous fruit. Loaded with cassis, mocha, and tons of depth--I'm excited to drink this bottling over the next decade or so.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart
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2015 Averaen (Banshee) Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 01-10-2017
I love the guys at Banshee and I've never met them. I have consumed enormous amounts of their Pinot and Chardonnay from Sonoma, and now I have a new favorite. They've made an amazing Willamette Valley Pinot Noir to showcase amazing fruit sources. It's a mix of stainless steel, neutral oak, and neutral oak foudre letting the bright cherry and cranberry fruit shine through. While it's got tons of zip and acidity, it also shows a beautiful level of ripeness. I'm so pumped that they're working on an Oregon project because they always let the terroir shine through, so this is wholly something new to love from the folks at Banshee.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
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2014 Gary Farrell "Russian River Selection" Russian River Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 01-10-2017
This is an extraordinary achievement. Gary Farrell has managed to secure unbelievable fruit sources for their Russian River Selection Chardonnay and it shows in the finished product. There is great lively acidity, ripe apple and pear notes, and ample fresh cream without overwhelming heft and oakiness. A really well balanced California Chardonnay.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart
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2014 Domaine Drouhin "Arthur" Dundee Hills Chardonnay
Review Date: 01-10-2017
Wonderful Oregon Chardonnay from a classic producer. This bottling is whole cluster pressed Dijon clone Chard with a mix of oak and stainless steel aging. It goes through natural malo giving it a wonderful richness without feeling fat and heavy. It maintains a bright snap and vibrancy to go with the lovely baking spice and apple notes. Great wine, great vintage, great producer, AND a great price -- it is a must try!

2014 Jax "Y3 Taureau" Napa Valley Red Blend
Review Date: 01-10-2017
Beautiful pure and lush fruit! This is a tremendous red blend consisting of Merlot, Cab, Syrah, and Zin. It's got the wonderful mouthfeel of great Merlot, the structure of Cab, the pepper spice of Syrah, and the intensity of fabulous zinfandel. Best of all, this wine has control and finesse, not just a giant kitchen sink blend of leftover. It's made with intention and the results show it. A great value!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
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2006 Worthy Park 10 Year Old "Golden Devil" Single Barrel Jamaican Rum (750ml)
Review Date: 12-17-2016
I must admit: while I'm quite an adventurous drinker, I had never before taken home a bottle of Jamaican pot stilled rum. Until now. They're funky, they're different, they're loaded with unique flavors and take some getting used to -- but they are also an absolute pleasure to drink if you delight in flavor exploration. I love spirits that demand you come back to the glass. In each nosing and every sip there is something new to behold. The 10-year-old Worthy Park offers cream soda, sarsaparilla, and crème brûlée all in one. It's loaded with herbal notes and fruit flavors; I had to take one home because the idea of mixing up a plethora of interesting and new-to-me cocktails was too enticing. If you're looking for that simple, sweet, easy rum that dominates the world of fine sugar cane spirits, this is not the bottle for you. If you want to check out something totally different that might make you a little uncomfortable at first and challenge you to think differently about your booze, don't miss this one. At 50 bucks -- the experience is worth every penny.
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart

1998 Faultline 17 Year Old "K&L Exclusive" Caribbean Rum (750ml)
Review Date: 12-15-2016
My new favorite rum. This has a beautifully sweet nose reminiscent of Calvados with soft baked apple and apple skin notes. There is honey, tea, and a touch of menthol along with both fresh sugar and caramel on the palate. Wonderfully smooth, easy to drink, and the perfect thing to sip on it's own. If you don't mind mixing your fine booze into classic cocktails, may I suggest you make a Cuba Libre? I think if you do, you'll find this rum to be right at home.
Price: $79.99 Add To Cart

Sean Thackrey "Pleiades XXIV Old Vines" California Red Blend
Review Date: 11-16-2016
This is always such a cool wine. A total kitchen sink blend, this particular release seems much lighter in color and body than my recollection of previous releases. It is bright, floral, spicy, and tons of fun. It reminds me a little bit of the Heitz Grignolino in its intensely floral nose. It is a bit like Pinot Noir in its lighter body, bright acidity, and incredible pairability with all kinds of food (a traditional Thanksgiving dinner comes to mind...) It's a touch like a great Italian red in its structure. It really hits the great points of so many types of wine, but stands all on its own as a unique and crowd-pleasing blend. Don't miss this one!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2014 Louis M. Martini Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 11-16-2016
Holy Smokes! Great Sonoma Cabernet for under 15 bucks that I'm actually excited about putting in the cellar?! This is a triumph for the "high quality yet extremely affordable" category. It's loaded with dark cassis and blackberry fruit and balanced by the more savory and herbal tones of great Cab: tobacco, cedar and mocha. The spicy oak wraps everything together, and poof -- you have the perfect present for your holiday celebrations. Put an extra case in your cellar and you'll have the gift that keeps on giving for years to come.
Price: $13.99 Add To Cart
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Old Potrero Single Malt 18th Century Style Whiskey (750ml)
Review Date: 11-04-2016
Fantastically smooth, supple, and full of spice. Most notably, cinnamon and nutmeg. It truly smells like Christmas in a glass. Warm and beautiful. The perfect complement to a hearty winter meal.
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart
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2005 Ballechin (Peated Edradour) 10 Year Old K&L Exclusive Single Bourbon Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml)
Review Date: 10-19-2016
Big peat -- you'll smell it while pouring, let alone stuffing your nose in the glass. But then, something more subtle. Past the rush of alcohol, if you're drinking it neat, you'll find stone fruits and a field of grain -- beginning to dry under intense sunshine after a hard rain. The palate is spicy, full, and gripping. It's loaded with smoke, charred seaweed, and composting earth. But again, subtlety works its way through the story. The finish is long and pleasing, not overwhelming in the least. A very interesting and delicious whisky. Truly a unique gift for the Scotch drinker who has everything.
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart

2013 Dunn Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 10-10-2016
Splendid bottling from Dunn in a remarkable vintage. The nose is spectacular - earthy, sweet, a tinge of green pepper. The tannin structure is robust, but somehow forgiving - surprisingly approachable, but utterly and completely mouth-filling. There is a bountiful selection of dark fruits, dominated by cassis and blackberry and complemented by a more savory graphite note hinting at the greatness to come after many quiet years in the cellar. It will be tempting to drink this now (and you should definitely try one, 'cause it's amazingly drinkable) but the patient will get their reward.

2012 Storybook Mountain "Mayacamas Range" Napa Valley Zinfandel
Review Date: 07-11-2016
The Mayacamas Zin is tremendous wine showcasing intensity without excessive weight. The aromatics are cool and dominated by baking spices. Cinnamon and cloves stand out above the more commonly found black pepper. Beautiful briar fruit weaves its way throughout from the bouquet through the lovely finish. If you like your Zins well balanced – great acidity, moderate alcohol, and a combination of fruit and savory notes, all with great intensity – this the bottle for you.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart
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2012 Storybook Mountain Vineyards ''Antaeus" Napa Valley Red Blend
Review Date: 07-10-2016
The Anteaus is modern in its blend, but old school in its winemaking. Structured and dry but displaying robust fruit, this fun blend is perfect for any rich meal or on its own at a cocktail party. It starts with all the fun blackberry bramble and peppery spice of Zin, but finishes with the serious concentration and structure of great Bordeaux. Open your cookbook, open your mind, and find your new favorite pairing!
Price: $42.99 Add To Cart
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Benchmark #8 Kentucky Straight Bourbon (1L)
Review Date: 07-07-2016
Well this just instantly became the best deal on the liquor shelf. It comes in a 1L bottle, it's well under $20 bucks, and it's a 4 year old bourbon from Buffalo Trace. What more could you ask for? The whisky delicious. It's smooth and full of caramel, vanilla, and shows a great charred oak with a touch of rye spice. Did I mention smooth? Very easy drinking. Buy it by the case for your next cocktail party.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart

Don Amado Pechuga Mezcal (750ml)
Review Date: 07-07-2016
The only thing missing from this Pechuga is the meat. And that's not a bad thing. The fruits, nuts, and spices added instead of turkey breast make for one of the best Mezcal's I've ever tasted. The bouquet shows off the fruit, specifically the extra sweet and tender bit right near the pit. The earthiness that is present on the Largo Mezcal is definitely present here too, but with the marked addition of nuttiness and clove. The finish is tantalizingly sweet and clean. Absolutely fabulous!
Price: $89.99 Add To Cart

Don Amado Largo Mezcal (750ml)
Review Date: 07-07-2016
100% Karwinskii (Cuishe) agave and a gentle steaming process load this Mezcal with sweet, wet earth. If you've ever been in the desert right after a much needed hard rain you'll know what I'm talking about. The smokiness so often associated with Mezcal is quietly sitting in the back of the class, if it shows up at all. The palate is creamy and smooth, but doesn't sacrifice the peppery bite I want from great agave spirits. This is a nuanced and thoughtful Mezcal capable of making a great cocktail or being enjoyed neat.
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2005 Hendry "Hendry Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 06-30-2016
I love aged Cabernet, especially when it still has loads of tasty fruit. The ’05 is in a beautiful spot right now, showcasing intense cassis and savory development notes of leather and cedar. It’s all connected by the sweet spices that show through, oddly reminiscent of a fine aged Burgundy. If you’re a fan of the flavors a decade or more in the cellar can impart to your wine, don’t miss Hendry’s triumph.
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart

2012 Hendry "Blocks 7 & 22" Napa Valley Zinfandel
Review Date: 06-30-2016
I often start my wine notes with a single word that jumps out, my first impression. The 7&22 is, simply, “kicking.” It’s my favorite kind of Zinfandel— big, ripe berries in a trim package. The tangy acid alleviates Zin’s tendency to weigh down the palate. This is a tremendously balanced bottle of wine.
Price: $27.99 Add To Cart
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2013 Hendry "Block 13" Napa Valley Merlot
Review Date: 06-30-2016
Visually striking, this deeply colored ruby tipple is supple and fresh. Sweet and graceful, the black and blue fruits are delicious. A rich mocha character plays with an intense, savory, leather element. This is a wine worth drinking over several days to see how it slowly evolves, if you can manage to not finish the bottle on the first.
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2013 Hendry "Block 24" Napa Valley Primitivo
Review Date: 06-30-2016
Often, I find Primitivo (basically, an Italian selection of Zinfandel) doesn’t distinguish itself enough from other California Zinfandel. Not so here. Much of what you’d expect from a great Zin is here. It has loads of fresh bramble fruits and cracked peppercorn. But there’s also a lovely smokiness, a cross between smoked meat and the earthy aroma of cardamom, that endows this Primitivo with depth. Prickly acidity keeps things feeling fresh. It’s terrific for food pairing—grab a bottle and experiment with your barbecue.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

2012 Nicolas Idiart Blanc de Blanc Brut
Review Date: 06-30-2016
The food pairing possibilities here are endless. This sparkler is light and fresh with a great acidic cut. Fresh apples and pears dance around ready to play nice with all your favorite summertime dishes. The fruit is rounded out by some steely minerality and the lovely faint scent of your favorite bakery just down the street. Oh yeah, and the price lets you drink it every night of summer without any guilt.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart

2015 Nicolas Idiart Sauvignon Blanc Touraine
Review Date: 06-30-2016
What a lovely nose! Apples, peaches, and tangerines reach out from the glass complimented by a beautiful steely minerality and a touch of lanolin. Of course the lovely acid drive of the Loire valley is present, but isn't blistering. Everything is wonderfully balanced and designed to deliver great wine at a great price!
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart

2014 Domaine des Falaises "Angelliaume" Chinon
Review Date: 06-20-2016
Need a little spice in your life? This Chinon is for you. Cedar cigar box and cinnamon spice jump out of the bottle upon popping the cork. Get it into your glass and a world of red and black fruits open up. Raspberries in particular come to mind. A touch of roasted green pepper adds a pleasant vegetal quality, but is never offensive. It plays well with the fruitiness. Quite light in body, but with a nice tannin mouthfeel and fresh acidity. All around, an excellent wine at a very reasonable price!
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2014 Domaine de la Noblaie "Le Temps des Cerises" Chinon
Review Date: 06-20-2016
Don't spill! The decidedly purple hue of this wine is beautiful and deeply staining. The nose is loaded with peppercorn, earthy spice, and an hint of something sweet - like nutmeg perhaps. Layers of fruit unfold as you delve into the glass. Black and purple cassis and plums are wrapped up with flinty minerality. The whole package is carried by a very pleasant tannic structure and medium body. The wine is quite dry, but never austere. A great value for good Chinon.
Top Value!
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart

Charles Baur "Emotion" Cremant d'Alsace Brut
Review Date: 06-20-2016
The color is a beautiful pale straw. The bubbles are lively. There is a generous toasty nose to make the champagne lover blush. The Chardonnay dominates with green and golden apples, a touch of pear on the palate and a satisfying autolytic character. The bracing acidity gives a lemon lime zest and leaves this bubbly extremely refreshing. A great party-time sparkler.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
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2012 Hendry "Block 28" Napa Valley Zinfandel
Review Date: 06-20-2016
Deep and powerful, Block 28 is a classic. Dark blackberries, mulberries, plums, and cherries abound. High quality oak spice with a hint of sweet vanilla compliments the fruit’s more intense array of cooking spices - think Jerk chicken. A must have for any summer cookout.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart
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2013 Ladera Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 06-20-2016
The 2013 Ladera Cab is exceptionally pretty. The fruit is gorgeous. It’s elegant. It’s approachable. It has terrific structure. It’s got everything; most noticeably, a ludicrously low price tag for its impeccable quality. All estate fruit, the Napa Valley Cab blends some of Ladera’s valley floor holdings with their extraordinary mountain fruit leading to a wine bursting with black cherry, dark bramble berries, cocoa, hints of olive character, and a backbone built to carry the weight of greatness. Ladera doesn’t set out to make value wines, they aim to make some of Napa’s best. They just happen to do both.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

2014 Ladera Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc
Review Date: 06-20-2016
Ladera Sauvignon Blanc is an achievement in contradiction, or perhaps more accurately, the balance of opposite elements. It can accurately be described as supple, rich, and textural, as well as bright, zesty, and refreshing. There are lovely notes of sweet melon, green pear, apples, and lively citrus. Thanks to regular lees stirring the body is rich and full for a Sauvignon Blanc and extremely complex. A deep vein of acid runs through the wine giving it focus and a lengthy and energetic finish. The power of Howell Mountain is evident.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2015 Domaine Cherrier Père & Fils Sancerre
Review Date: 06-16-2016
I tasted the same bottle twice for this review - once upon opening it, and again after 2 days open in the fridge. At first blush it was laser-focused. Tons of bright acid and a blast of refreshing lemon-lime citrus. Perfect hot weather drinking. After 2 days...my goodness. The mouthwatering freshness still makes for an incredibly satisfying glass of wine, but the tight focus on citrus has opened beautifully into fresh, but never overripe stone fruit. The mineral drive and chalkiness is readily apparent yet well integrated. The texture is smooth and eminently enjoyable. If you can manage to not finish the bottle on the first go around, keep it for a day or two and try it again. You'll be glad you did.
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart
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2013 Dominus "Napanook" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend
Review Date: 06-02-2016
While this isn't the 3x100 point masterpiece that is the 2013 Dominus, it is a wonderful alternative at a spectacular price. Truly a second wine of the Dominus, the Napanook possesses an incredible level of depth and concentration. The intensity of the blue and black fruits is mesmerizing. The palate is clean, pure, and full bodied without an ounce of extra fat or fluff. Everything is in perfect balance. The alcohol is just high enough to add a smooth glycerol weight, but low enough to leave the wine feeling cool and complete. With all of the hype of the 2013 vintage in Napa and the accompanying price increases, this is absolutely a top value. Don't miss it.
Top Value!

2008 Martinelli "Hop Camp Vineyard - Gravel Lens" Russian River Valley Syrah
Review Date: 02-11-2016
This wine is in its absolute prime. Everything has come together so beautifully. There is a tremendous balance here. The earth and cedar have meshed beautifully with the blackberries and cocoa powder, and there is that elegant touch of pepper spice and a bit gaminess. The wine has a dramatic presence and full mouthfeel, but never feels too weighty or bulky. It is silky smooth and remarkably clean. Getting access to such a legendary producer in the Russian River at this amazing price doesn't happen often. This wine is an excellent opportunity for any drinker looking to seize a deal.
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2014 Varner "El Camino Vineyard" Santa Barbara County Chardonnay
Review Date: 02-02-2016
Bob and Jim Varner make some of my favorite wines. Not only are they extremely local (just up the road from our Redwood City store) but they make Pinot and Chardonnay to rival the greats. They always manage to strike a balance between rich, textural Chardonnay and bright acid and freshness that keep things interesting. The El Camino Vineyard Chardonnay is no exception. With fruit grown in Santa Barbara County that goes through full malo-lactic fermentation, but no new oak treatment, this wine is bright and clean. It has notes of baked apples and pears and well as a sparkling clean lemon freshness. At a very modest price given it's quality, this is the perfect middle of the road Chardonnay that will surely pleas the crowd at your next party.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart
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Baron Fuente "Grande Réserve" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 09-25-2015
"Value Champagne" doesn't begin to do this bottle of bubbly justice. Baron Fuente brings all of the class and elegance of the Grand Marque Champagne brands to your table for such a reasonable price (and with more flavor and finesse!). The aroma wafts out of the glass like freshly rising bread finished in a lemon and tangerine zest. The wine strolls gracefully balanced down your palate and finishes with a clean and friendly flourish that brings you right back to the glass wanting more. This is a remarkable bottle of Champagne, especially when you consider it's only 24 bucks.
Top Value!
Price: $23.99 Add To Cart

English Harbour 5 Year Old Rum (750ml)
Review Date: 09-02-2015
This is a spectacular and honest dry rum. Not sweetened after the fact, this rum starts its life as molasses, is distilled in one of only 2 copper column stills in the Caribbean and then spends 5 years in ex-bourbon barrels in a warehouse without temperature control on the island of Antigua. That's it. No game playing here, just a beautiful, honest rum. Clean and retaining the richness of its molasses base, the 5 year also expresses a touch of vanilla, biscuit, and structure from the oak influence. This is an outstanding sipper or wonderful in a very simple rum cocktail like a Cuba Libre.
Price: $26.99 Add To Cart
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Ventura Spirits "Wilder" Gin (750ml)
Review Date: 07-01-2015
Woah! This is a trip and a half. Step into this gin and you'll feel like you're hiking the Santa Barbara back country. Miles of it. Sagebrush, cactus fruit, and a rich manzanita tea strike you but this spirit still holds tons of classic juniper. Take a walk on the wild side and liven up your next martini (aka - gin straight outta the freezer, with or without vermouth) or change up your classic G&T this summer. Extra points if you garnish with some locally foraged lavender or rosemary.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

Deligeroy Crémant de Loire Brut Rosé
Review Date: 06-28-2015
Tiny bubbles make me happy. Very happy. They can make you happy too! This $13 Cremant De Loire Rosé is just the ticket to add a little zip to your summer. Remarkably fresh and inviting, this sparkling wine offers sweet cherry, strawberry, and tart raspberry. The minerality, acidity, and structure of this wine is worth so much more than the price tag suggests. Give it a try today, tomorrow, and perhaps every weekend until labor day...
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart

Underwood by Union Wine Co. Oregon Rosé (375ml can)
Review Date: 06-04-2015
This non-vintage rosé is super crushable. Yes, crushable. As in, I will crush this all day long. By the pool, on the beach, with a tasty plate of oysters--anywhere, really, that you're looking to conveniently consume a tasty rosé loaded with peach and watermelon flavors and a fresh acidity without being tangy. This is the "go-anywhere" wine you've been looking for. Grab it while you CAN. #pinkiesdown
Price: $5.99 Add To Cart

Quartz Reef "Methode Traditionelle" Brut Central Otago (Biodynamic)
Review Date: 05-19-2015
The first thing to note about this crowd pleasing Brut is its beautiful biscuity aroma and focused acidity. Bright fruit pairs beautifully with the acid to offer tremendous clarity and refreshment. Fully certified as bio-dynamic in 2011, Quartz Reef is sure to be a hit at your next gathering.

Bank Note Blended Scotch Whisky (1L)
Review Date: 05-11-2015
Fantastic. This whisky - while killer neat or on the rocks - is the ideal whisky to mix up some great cocktails. The smooth vanilla and clear fruit notes are so well defined that they are not lost or wasted in the mix. Try it in a Horse’s Neck or use it to mix up your next classic Rob Roy. At 20 bucks a liter (Yes, one full liter) this is the blend every household bar should have. It's also available in 1.75L bottles if you need to stock up.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart