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2016 Chateau Vitallis Macon-Fuissé
Review Date: 02-21-2018
Scented with a touch of flora and honey, this super bargain Macon Fuisse is one of my go-to Chardonnays for its value, complexity, and versatility. On the palate, the wine has lovely viscosity with notes of oak spice and yellow grapefruit. Overall, it's a well-made, perky wine perfect for any day of the week dinner.
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart

2016 Château Vitallis Pouilly-Fuissé "Les Vignes du Chateau"
Review Date: 02-21-2018
Here's a total bargain! If you are a fan of richer style chardonnay, this Pouilly Fuisse is a great example of that approach. The wine offers a warm toasted oak character that is paralleled in perfect harmony with lemon-like acidity. The palate shows nice volume and with flavors of minerals and citrus fruits. Recommended!
Price: $21.99 Add To Cart
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2015 Domaine Charles Audoin Bourgogne Rouge
Review Date: 02-15-2018
The Domain Audoin is an absolutely crushable bottle of Bourgogne Rouge at a bargain price! Super fresh notes of red raspberries and cherries add vigor and intensity to the wine while layers of clove spice and earth add dimension and length. Super recommended!
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart

2014 Tilia Malbec Mendoza
Review Date: 02-06-2018
Here's a great entry point wine into the wonderful world of Mendoza. With dark spicey aromas on the nose, the wine is smooth and juicy on the palate with dense black fruit and hints of tobacco and chocolate. This is a super contender in the under $10 weeknight category!
Price: $7.99 Add To Cart
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2014 Domaine Trapet Bourgogne Blanc
Review Date: 11-30-2017
Here's a sunny day sipper that is easy and ready for immediate drinking.The nose has aromas of a lemon-like confection and on palate releases ripe and juicy pear and stonefruit notes with a nice texture and body. This would be an excellent choice for a quick mid-week pan-roasted fish dinner.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart

2015 Domaine Pernot-Bélicard Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru "Les Perrières"
Review Date: 06-14-2017
With a distinctly spicy nose, the palate is rich and round expressing generous yellow ripe fruit notes with stony layers of minerality and salinity. This is juicy and luxurious!
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart

2015 Maison Henri Boillot Bourgogne Blanc
Review Date: 06-14-2017
Maison Henri Bouillot Bourgogne Blanc offers an amazingly fresh and surprisingly complex expression. Drinking well-above the price point, this wine has a super fragrant, pretty nose, and shows off plenty of layered fruit notes of lemon, pear and apple. With mouth-quenching acidity, this is my go-to white this summer. Super recommended!
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

2014 Bodegas Puelles Segundo Año Rioja
Review Date: 05-31-2017
Perfect party wine! Here you have a flirtatious, ripe, red fruited nose backed with generous fresh cherry flavor and a hint of oak spice. This is a luscious, value-driven sipper perfect for your next BBQ. Recommended!
Price: $10.99 Add To Cart

2014 Laventura Viura Rioja
Review Date: 05-30-2017
New Wave Rioja producer, Laventura are making energetic, fresh and terroir-driven wines that are worth paying attention to. This mouthwatering expression mixes pretty floral aromatics with a hint of stone fruit, and salinity framed with perky acidity and round mouthfeel. This is clean, delicious drinking and super recommended!
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart
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2014 Thibault Liger-Belair Bourgogne "Les Deux Terres"
Review Date: 04-19-2017
Drinking supremely fresh and inviting is the "Les Deux Terres" or "the two lands" which is a perky and delicious blend of 75% Cru Beaujolais and 25% Bourgogne rouge. With notes of black cherry and clove spice, the entry displays bright ripe red fruits, but has enough structure and layers to please even the most skeptical Gamay drinker. A super pick for your next picnic!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

Gut Hermannsberg Blanc de Blanc Sekt Nahe (Dry)
Review Date: 04-12-2017
This is my new favorite sparkling wine under $20! Made with a super elegant blend of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Blanc, this is clean and fresh on the palate. The mousse is fine followed by a rich, creamy texture and delicious notes of stone fruit. Perfect Spring/Summer time bubbles. Super Recommended!!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2015 Jean-Michel Dupre "1935" Morgon
Review Date: 01-03-2017
$15 Morgon? Wow, this is just an amazing bargain and value that comes from some of the regions finest terroir! Showing off a very pretty nose of ripe berries and plum, the wine exhibits depth with a mix of crowd pleasing fruit flavors, spice, structure and voluminous body. Buy a case, drink some now and hold some for later. You won't be sorry!

2009 Trimbach "Cuvée Frédéric Émile" Riesling Alsace
Review Date: 04-07-2016
Riesling fans will want to splurge on this one! The Cuvée Frédéric Émile is a beautiful Riesling drinking incredibly well and showing a deliciously liberal expression. Fueled with all the classic hallmarks -- aromas of petrol and citrus blossom, generous acidity and stony minerality, a mid-palate rich with tropical fruit and weighted texture -- this wine just plain delivers. The finish is a mix of zesty, salty fruit that just lingers and lingers. A lovely wine, well worth the $50 price point.

2013 Mercedes Eguren Cabernet Sauvignon Vino de la Tierra de Castilla
Review Date: 02-15-2016
Cab fans, don't miss out on this killer $10 screw top! Full bodied, dark fruited, and plummy with cedar notes, this wine is an easy drinker with plenty of delicious, juicy fruit and bright acidity. Showing fine tannin on the finish, this makes for one perfect burger wine or everyday cab drinkers delight. Do yourself a favor and pick up a case!
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart

Deligeroy Cremant de Loire Brut
Review Date: 11-29-2015
Here's a top holiday pick for the sheer quality to value! Providing a light, elegant entry marked with a streak of refreshing acidity and hint of stone fruit, this is a perfect go-to party bubble. Recommended for any occasion big or small!
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart

Pierre Paillard "Les Parcelles" Grand Cru Extra Brut Bouzy Champagne
Review Date: 11-29-2015
Light, bright and golden on the eyes, this delicate champagne displays tight, creamy bubbles with the aroma of fresh, zesty citrus peel. On the mouth, the entry is marked with lively acidity, a hint of toast, wet stone and green apple. Poised and pretty, this is a super treat and a perfect celebratory cuvée at a well-priced $50 mark. Super recommended!
Price: $48.99 Add To Cart
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Capurro Estate Grown Single Vintage Quebranta Premium Pisco (750ml)
Review Date: 10-05-2015
Taste the terroir of Peru with this single varietal Quebranta, one of the strongest yet non-aromatic of the 8 designated varietals that can be used to make pisco. What quebranta lacks in aroma more than makes up for with rich, texture and complex flavors of sweet fried plantains, almonds and pepper. The full body of this spirit makes it a great emulsifier and perfect for making Pisco Sours, or it would work just fine alone as a soothing, slow tropical sipper.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

Capurro Estate Grown Single Vintage Moscatel Premium Pisco (750ml)
Review Date: 10-05-2015
Of the single vintage 2012 Capurro piscos, the Moscatel, an offshoot of the Muscat grape, has the aromatic scent of orange blossoms and honeydew. The mouthfeel displays medium richness and develops into a spicy, dry, smooth finish. Sip alone to enjoy a true farm-to-bottle experience with the unique personality of one of Peru's top varietals! Delicious stuff.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

Capurro Estate Grown Single Vintage Torontel Premium Pisco (750ml)
Review Date: 10-05-2015
From the organic and sustainable vineyards of Peru, here is a single varietal expression of Torrontes called Torontel with pronounced aromatics of jasmine, citrus, and fresh herbs. This is the most feminine of the trio of 2012 single varietals. Clean on the entry, the mouthfeel is pure and fresh with a slight pepper bite and develops a hint of sweetness on the long, round finish. This is a perfect candidate for a pisco punch cocktail or to sip alone.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

Capurro Estate Grown Single Vintage Acholado Premium Pisco (750ml)
Review Date: 10-05-2015
Tropical and unique, Capurro's family blend of grapes called Acholado is a clear, colorless and delicious spirit exploring complex notes of dried grass, flora, pepper and light stone fruit flavors. This is an excellent choice to play with your standard tiki recipes and mix something truly exotic. Have some fun!
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

2005 Bodegas Casa Juan Señor de Lesmos Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 08-03-2015
Rioja fans take note! When "wine geeks" say that great bargains can be found in Spanish wines, this is exactly what they are taking about. At 20 bucks, you'll get a delicious example of a reserva from the excellent 2005 vintage! The wine is the color of deep maroon and radiates the scent of cherry soda and sandalwood. On the palate, the flavors are more restrained, with notes of dark fruit reminiscent of fig and plum. Slightly peppered with clove and hints of tobacco, the body is medium, silky, and round with just enough fine tannin to keep everything delicately in balance. This is super drinkable tonight, and definitely worth putting a few bottles in your cellar for years to come. Super recommended!
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List
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Cut Spike Nebraska Single Malt Whiskey (750ml)
Review Date: 07-17-2015
Now this is a whiskey to get excited about. The sensation of flavor is an American hybrid marrying qualities of bourbon and Scotch. This sits in the glass with deep hues of burnt orange. The nose on this whiskey is totally delicious with fruity notes of tangerine, freshly cut fennel, and dried apple. The mid-palate is clean, soft and delivers characteristics reminiscent of cream soda, all culminating in a spiced, toasty rich finish. Get a bottle while they last!
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart

Deligeroy Crémant de Loire Brut Rosé
Review Date: 06-27-2015
No one's going to burst your bubble here. If you have Champagne taste on a shoestring budget, this might be the perfect antidote. With a killer price point, fun flavors of strawberry-orange, and a tart lively finish this bottle is an amazing value and super versatile. This would be the perfect choice to accompany a bucket of fried chicken, bring to a pancake brunch or just sip while binge watching Orange is the New Black.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart

Westland American Single Malt Whiskey (750ml)
Review Date: 04-03-2015
Now here's a truly distinct and cool American whisky hailing from Seattle that will capture the hearts of craft whisky drinkers and beer nerds alike. Mixing tried and true old style Scottish pot distilling techniques with uniquely Pacific Northwestern malts and Belgian brewers yeast, Westland produces a libation with complex aromas — rich with scents reminiscent of fruit and spices. The body is robust yet smooth and easy-drinking with healthy doses of root beer and cocoa. This is delicious and a must for super, satisfying sipping. American single malt is here folks, take a dram.
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart
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Rare Wine Company Historic Series "New York" Malmsey Madeira
Review Date: 03-23-2015
Here's an absolutely delicious treat and a lovely example of a classic sweet Madeira made from the Malvasia grape. Rich in color and luscious in body with notes of toasted hazelnuts, toffee and dates. This would make an excellent pairing with any nutty dessert.
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart
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