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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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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!
Price: $23.99 Add To Cart
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.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart
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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.
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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.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
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.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart

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.
Price: $18.99 Add To Cart

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
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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.
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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.
Price: $10.99 Add To Cart

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.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

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

2015 Heitz Cellars Napa Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 06-12-2017
This Chardonnay has a well balanced oak influence that lends the wine just a hint of woodsy spices, creaminess, and a touch cinnamon and cloves. The oak is never intrusive, and is in perfect harmony with the elegant minerality and fruit. A style of Chardonnay that’s clearly aimed towards elegance and balance.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart
WE 94

2012 Heitz "Martha's Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 06-12-2017
Here we have a multi-layered wine, with its classic notes of cassis, along with berries and that Martha’s Vineyards’ famous Eucalyptus note. The sweet fruit is restrained and discreet; it intermingles perfectly with pleasant green notes and the perfectly ripened tannins. A truly multilayered, and complex wine that, although would be more than at ease with the Bordeaux greatest, it is a Napa Cabernet – In a class of its own.

2014 Le St-Estèphe de Montrose, St-Estèphe
Review Date: 05-27-2017
Showing absolutely beautifully right now, lots of elegance and poise. It is approachable and yet could be put in the cellars for a while.
Price: $27.99 Add To Cart

2014 La Conseillante, Pomerol
Review Date: 05-22-2017
An absolutely overachiever this wine. A palate with lots of complexity, with notes that run the spectrum from the beautiful Jasmin scent, to blood orange, incense and exotic spices. A premium bottle.

2015 Petit Figeac, St-Emilion
Review Date: 05-22-2017
Petit Figeac is definitely a wine for those who appreciate a balanced wine that although soft it does deliver a complex and well integrated experience. I appreciated that very much.

2014 Branaire-Ducru, St-Julien
Review Date: 05-22-2017
A very classic 2014 Bordeaux with a relative lighter body, cassis, plums and a touch of coffee. It's old school as usual, and its structure tells me it will need time in the cellar.

2015 Gabaron, Bordeaux
Review Date: 05-22-2017
I enjoyed this wine very much for what it is. Not for what it isn't. Reminiscent of a Cabernet Franc from the Loire Valley, and it works in similar ways. It is of a light color, medium-light body, floral and very fresh, and I would even put a bit of a chill on it to drink outside on an summer day.
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart

2012 Bellegrave, Pauillac
Review Date: 05-08-2017
Surrounded by the likes of Latour, Pichon-Longueville and Lynch-Bages, Bellegrave could not have asked for a more prestigious neighborhood! Its gravely soils are textbook-perfect for Cabernet Sauvignon, and also give the château its name. The wine is medium-bodied, with plum fruit and an intriguing citrus note. Showing the lighter side of the vintage, its fruit will need more time to flesh out and put on a bit of weight. A few more years in the cellar will do just that.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart
RP 91

2014 de Braude, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 05-08-2017
Its deep and profound aromatics of cassis, blueberry and ripe cherries are surrounded by woodsy, tobacco notes. Those notes also follow the very elegant palate that is framed by medium tannins and acidity. The De Braude is drinking exceptionally well at the moment, but will be stunning if held for five or so years. This is a Cru Bourgeois that it is proudly showing its attributes.
Price: $18.99 Add To Cart
WE 92 RP 90

2014 Trébiac, Graves
Review Date: 05-08-2017
This is a classic 2014 wine with its high-toned fruit. It might surprise some for its blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, and it is delicious. A nose with fruit notes of cherry, plums and a touch of cola, along with an earthiness that is so typical of the best Graves wines. The palate shows its fruit in all its juiciness, but it doesn’t end there: spices and even a surprising note of salty minerality make sure this wine will be perfectly at ease at the table. I would age it for a couple more years, or a put it through a quick passage in the decanter if you are impatient.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart

2009 Chateau Bouscassé "Argile Rouge" Madiran
Review Date: 04-24-2017
I have always had a soft spot for Madiran , and the 2009 Bouscasse absolutely reaffirms it for me. This dense, rich wine with its dark color, delivers generous aromatics of cassis, cigar box, along with a very attractive floral note, and crushed stones. It does have an elegant woodsy/ oak note as well. It is a very balanced wine, that will age beautifully for many years. Indeed this is a great opportunity to put some Madiran away, because it is almost impossible to find aged Madiran this side of the Atlantic.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
WE 93 WS 90

2014 Trail Marker Wine Co. "Saveria Vineyard" Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir
Review Date: 02-20-2017
Intriguing notes of smoke, and the umami flavors, along with the cherry, and spice notes that embrace the palate, make this wine an intriguing Pinot, that is unfiltered. The finish shows an almost "piquant" note that I found delicious. This wine would be great with full flavor spicy foods like a chicken curry.
Price: $36.99 Add To Cart
VN 92

2015 Alheit Vineyards "Cartology" Chenin Blanc Western Cape
Review Date: 02-13-2017
Another beautiful showing from South Africa. The Cartology shows a rich, creamy palate with the Semillon being very prominent. Quince, lanolin, and a nice herbal component. It is never heavy, with a perfect balance between the richness and the acidity. It can definitely fill the niche for those wanting something different, and yet quite delicious!

2015 Felton Road "Calvert" Pinot Noir Central Otago (Biodynamic)
Review Date: 02-06-2017
Very elegant with intense and pretty floral aromatics. Violets, along with cola, black cherries, along with wild berries and delicate spices. A wine that is never overwhelming, with a soft palate and incredibly velvety tannins. Excellent indeed
Price: $54.99 Add To Cart
BC 96 WS 94

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