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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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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.
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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.
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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

2015 Stony Bank Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough
Review Date: 02-06-2017
A thoroughly enjoyable wine, with loads of juicy red grapefruit and minerality. This crispy combination makes a perfect it a perfect wine for just about any summer dish, but I had with Mexican food and it was a match made in heaven. Great price too.
Price: $10.99 Add To Cart

2014 Carbonnieux Blanc, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 01-30-2017
This wine showed really well at the UGC tasting last January. Tantalizing notes of Marzipan, citrus, and some exotic herbs. The palate is round with glycerol, medium acidity and lots of minerality. A tremendous white Bordeaux, that's classic, very elegant, and quite delicious as of today.

2012 Malartic-Lagravière, Pessac-Léognan (1.5L)
Review Date: 01-24-2017
Have to tell you this is one of the best 2012s I've tasted so far. The wine is rich, complex and will keep evolving for a long time. Mocha, coffee, dark red fruit, exotic spices on the nose, followed by a palate that's layered with complex flavors. This is a stunner.

2015 D'Arce, Côtes de Castillon
Review Date: 01-22-2017
Another great chance to try the fantastic 2015 vintage. The d'Arce is a pleasing, juicy wine with elegant notes of coffee, cherries, plums, with very velvety tannins. Very versatile and completely drinkable from the get go.

2007 Malescasse, Haut-Medoc
Review Date: 01-15-2017
This wine is a beauty. The garnet color with some lighter tinges tells us this wine is developing nicely, and very much ready to drink. It has an appealing, sweet fruit note on the nose, but is enveloped by even more enticing woodsy, cocoa and violet notes. It has a medium body, with present but caressing tannins. Above all it is a fresh and classic Bordeaux for the table. I don’t usually talk about the prices, as I find it is up to the consumer to decide if it is a good value, but in this case I have to point out that this is a great opportunity to buy, and buy by the case.
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart

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

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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.

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

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

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

2015 Pike Road Willamette Valley Pinot Gris
Review Date: 09-19-2016
I confess I do have a soft spot for Pinot Gris, usually from Alsace, so it was a welcoming surprise when I tried this one from Oregon. In comparison with the Alsatian ones, it definite has more lushness and ripeness, but not heaviness at all. I had it twice with an Indian chicken curry and later with a Thai chicken satay. It was a divine pairing both times.
Price: $13.99 Add To Cart

2010 Bel-Orme Tronquoy de Lalande, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 09-19-2016
Very intriguing nose of an intermingling of fruit and woodsy character. The sweet spices of vanilla along the notes of cassis and cocoa. Decant or cellar for a few more years. A very good value.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
JS 90

2012 La Fleur de Boüard, Lalande-de-Pomerol (1.5L)
Review Date: 08-29-2016
A very balanced wine. It has a lush fruit profile full of dark berries, plums, and attractive floral aromatics, along with a gentle herbal note that I found extremely enticing. Its velvety tannins adds even more appeal to this lush but definitely not over the top Lalande-de-Pomerol.

2004 Moulin-Haut-Laroque, Fronsac
Review Date: 07-16-2016
Very attractive notes of dark cherries along with cherry noyaux, milk chocolate and plums. Although soft and easy on the palate it has its tannins still very much present holding the soft fruit. Very pleasant and very food friendly.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart
RP 90

2012 Léoville-Barton, St-Julien
Review Date: 10-14-2015
Very well polished with the classic notes of cola and cassis. The palate is structured for sure, but all its elements are in such harmony that one forgets it is only a 3 year old wine. Dark fruit, coffee, cola and violets. Quite a stunner.

2009 Larrivet Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 08-15-2015
This Pessac-Léognan is a remarkable effort, and for sure one of the best wines I have tasted this year, so far. It is full bodied, and not shy on the palate, with beautiful notes of truffles, plums, coffee, currant jam, espresso beans and mocha. Outstanding.

2012 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 06-08-2015
It is showing very elegant aromatics of cassis, cigar box, crushed stones and leather. On the palate, its sweet dark fruit reveals itself with its dark cherries, cassis, a touch of wood smoke and leather. The tannins are quite rounded and in perfect tune with the acidity. It is a delicious wine and one of my favorites for its quality/price. 56% Cabernet Sauvignon - 36% Merlot - 6% Petit Verdot - 2% Cabernet Franc.

2012 La Dauphine, Fronsac
Review Date: 06-08-2015
This one is not holding anything back; it is a full, rich wine with the aromatics showing off its cherry and cocoa notes. The palate reveals its fullness with chocolate, kirsch and underbrush notes. 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. A steal at this price!
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart
JS 90 RP 90

2014 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac
Review Date: 05-12-2015
Although not surprisingly a little closed up on the nose, one can still notice the elegant style of Lynch Bages, with its pencil lead, and black currants in the background. Very refined tannins and the high acidity on the palate make this wine a classic for this vintage, not opulent, but quite alluring!

2015 Nenin, Pomerol
Review Date: 05-11-2015
Very pretty and lifted nose of violets (perhaps from the Cabernet Franc?), with a touch of dusty minerality and coffee. On the palate the the fleshy Merlot appears,and offer delicate berries, plums and cocoa. It is a beautiful wine!

2009 Potensac, Médoc
Review Date: 05-04-2015
A very complex wine from a great vintage! Enticing nose of leather, dried meat, dark fruit, cocoa and vanilla. Carrying on the palate the leather, olives, currants and cocoa. Medium+ tannins, and acidity. I would recommend decanting this beauty for about 1 hour before drinking.

2012 Fleur Cardinale, St-Émilion
Review Date: 05-04-2015
A pleasure to drink already. Lots of dark cherries, kirsch, vanilla, dark chocolate and a touch of meat. Needs decanting.

1999 Canon-La Gaffelière, St-Emilion
Review Date: 06-24-2014
Intense and lavish aromatics of cassis, cocoa, smokey mesquite BBQ, meat and bacon as well. It is rich, it is lush, the fruit quite sweet, yet it has structure and balance. Really quite delicious.

2010 Malescot-St-Exupéry, Margaux
Review Date: 06-24-2014
Dark Garnet color. Very alluring nose of plums, cocoa, forest floor, cassis. Seamless palate with the tannins and acidity very well knitted. I did decant it before serving, and the cassis came out beautifully. Outstanding.

Jean-Louis Denois Pinot Noir Brut Rosé Sparkling Wine
Review Date: 10-15-2013
Delightful bubbly, brimming with strawberry and raspberries, still quite dry, but with a full flavor.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart

2005 Bodegas Casa Juan Señor de Lesmos Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 12-05-2012
Stunning value for a fantastic Rioja. Very classic, soft spices, incense, raisins. Medium tannins, delicious and ready now, but it will age beautifully still.
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List
JS 92

Egrot (formerly Elisabeth Goutorbe) Brut Champagne
Review Date: 07-03-2012
This is a new Champagne for me that thanks to our buyer Gary Westby, I had the chance to taste and love it. With a fascinating nose of caramel toffee, some cocoa powder and a surprising wiff of pain-au-chocolat and cherries that brought back memories of a breakfast on a back street cafe around the Champs-Elisees. A great wine for a very elegant apperitif.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

Franck Bonville Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 05-02-2012
Very crispy, clean, lemony with some surprising salinity on the palate. Not at all austere as the “extra-brut” suggests. It would be very good for aperitifs before dinner.
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart

Deligeroy Crémant de Loire Brut Rosé
Review Date: 11-05-2011
Without a doubt one of my favorites sparkling rosé wines. Full of citron, wild strawberries, cherries and FUN! I recommend it for an aperitif on Valentine's day, or with the heart shaped box of chocolate! What?! It is not Valentines just yet? Just pretend, your significant other will love it!
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart

Fleury Blanc de Noirs Brut Champagne
Review Date: 09-23-2011
Fascinating nose of caramel, toffee, some cocoa powder and a surprising whiff of pain-au-chocolat and cherries that brought back memories of a breakfast on a back street cafe around the Champs Elysées. A great wine not only for a very elegant apéritif, but also to enjoy with omelets, eggs Benedict, anything salmon, truffles (black and white), lobster and prawns, or even blue or goat cheeses.

Antech "Brut Nature" Blanquette de Limoux
Review Date: 06-14-2011
Quite possibly the perfect aperitif for a great soirée, so crispy and refreshing. It is not austere at all as some might think, being a Brut Nature, just delightfully vibrant. As with food, think all kinds of appetizers, Caesar's Salad, Goat cheese, Eggs Benedict, Caviar, Asian food, and why not... lobsters!
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart

St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur (750ml)
Review Date: 05-04-2011
I love it to bits! A little drop of its magic will transform a simple bubbly into the most amazing Champagne cocktail. Thumbs up!
Price: $32.99 Add To Cart
WE 96 - 100

Ariston Aspasie Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 08-09-2010
Profound and fun at the same time. Deliciously rich but still delicate, with an explosion of berry fruit. My first choice for a Lobster Bisque, hors d'oeuvre, sushi or to accompany a romantic sunset...
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

Franck Bonville Grand Cru Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 10-20-2009
If there is such a thing as a Champagne for everyday use, well this has to be it. Not because of the price, but for its quality and poise. Very crispy, citrousy end elegant. Perfect for hors d'oeuvres, seafood, egg dishes, guacamole, goat cheeses, and "fantastic" with caviar!
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart
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