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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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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

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

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.
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2016 Reichsrat von Buhl "Bone Dry" 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: $16.99 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

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.

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.

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 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

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.

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.

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.

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.

2000 Grand-Puy-Lacoste, Pauillac
Review Date: 09-26-2016
A powerful and very elegant wine. Developed aromatics of truffles, brown sugar, along with sweet coffee, crème de cassis, plums and wet earth. On the palate it is almost creamy and incredibly soft, but still framed by the caressing tannins. Think of it as one of those rare wines you could drink now or leave in your cellars for another 20 years easily. It is excellent!

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

2012 Les Pagodes de Cos, St-Estèphe
Review Date: 03-02-2016
Showing incredibly well already. Les Pagodes offers a soft, bright and seamless experience. Very reflective of the 2012 vintage.

1996 Lynch-Moussas, Pauillac
Review Date: 10-14-2015
This 1996 is soft and sweet, with attractive notes of black olives, cherry, plums, wet stones and thyme, framed by an earthy notes with a touch of "animal" It is a beautiful wine, and just about ready to be enjoyed now.
Price: $69.99 Add To Cart

1989 Haut-Bailly, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 08-15-2015
Beautifully aged, and ready now. Leather, olives, plums and a touch of pepper. It is so soft on the palate, that I must use the word silk to describe the experience. An outstanding wine.
Price: $149.99 Add To Cart
WS 92 RP 91

2009 Reserve de la Comtesse Lalande, Pauillac
Review Date: 08-15-2015
Always a classic, and very balanced. Cassis and plums followed by coffee beans and a great structure. A very elegant wine.
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart
RP 91 WS 91

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 Malescot-St-Exupéry, Margaux
Review Date: 06-24-2014
Deep-inky purple color. Very aromatic with an almost candied plum note, crème de cassis, espresso coffee beans, concentrated palate and yet not heavy. Super velvety tannins and all very integrated, very balanced. It is ripe, but not hot. Awe-inspiring.

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: $15.99 Add To Cart

Deligeroy "La Petite Marquise" 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 Blanquette de Limoux Brut Nature
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
WE 91 WS 90

Patrick Bottex "La Cueille" Bugey Cerdon Rosé (Méthode Ancéstrale)
Review Date: 04-17-2008
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Fun, fun and more fun! Here’s a wine bursting with raspberries and bright red apples. Very light in alcohol (8%) and full of bubbles. Rosé from gamay and the very indigenous "poulsard" . For me this wine is picture perfect for Thanksgiving— the last thing I would want is a heavy and cumbersome wine for this late afternoon dinner. Instead this is a light, refreshing, food-friendly wine, with just enough residual sugar to pair just about perfectly with turkey, cranberry and everything that goes with it. And it doesn’t give me a headache! I could give this wine nothing less than 5 stars for what it is!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
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