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Diana Turk

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Laurent-Perrier "La Cuvée" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 05-04-2018
Wow! This is everything I love about Laurent-Perrier's classic brut, just amplified. More chalky Chardonnay and an extra year on the lees give the La Cuvee boosted minerality and complexity. It still shows the easygoing apple fruit of the original, with a sophistication that belies its great price point.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart
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2016 Domaine de Pallus "Messanges" Chinon
Review Date: 05-02-2018
Wines like this lovely, complex Messanges remind me why Loire Valley is my favorite region for Cab Franc. Fresh with crushed violets and bright cherry fruit, the 2016 Domaine de Pallus has herbal notes of thyme plus supple tannins and just enough structure to stand up to just about any food. Medium-bodied but nimble, and soft yet earthy, this hits all the marks of classic Chinon – for under $20!
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart
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2015 Château de la Charriere Bourgogne Pinot Noir
Review Date: 04-25-2018
Surprisingly plush for Burgundy, this is still vivid with cranberry fruit and lift. Charriere is killer value and a release I anxiously await every year.
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart

2015 Clos de l'Anhel "Les Terrassettes" Corbières
Review Date: 04-25-2018
I'm shocked by this price! A stellar release from Sophie Guiraudon of the powerhouse women's wine collective Les Vinifilles, the lively, organically-farmed Terrassettes shows darker berry fruit and more structure than previous vintages, with spice and black pepper through the velvety finish. This is a delicious, sophisticated wine but still pairs well with casual meals. Get it while you still can.
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Wathen’s Private Barrel #59 "K&L Exclusive" Single Barrel Straight Kentucky Bourbon (750ml)
Review Date: 03-31-2018
Private Barrel #59 is awesome. Toffee and caramelized brown sugar on the nose, plus a hint of banana and toastiness through the palate, this is elegant and delicious, with satisfying heat on the finish. Plus you get the quality of a single barrel and the expertise of eight generations behind it. If you like special Bourbon with a backstory, do not miss our Wathen’s Single Barrel.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

2017 Casa Smith "VINO" Columbia Valley Sangiovese Rosé
Review Date: 03-31-2018
Lively and bright, with a pleasant streak of acidity thanks to Sangiovese, Casa Smith "VINO" Columbia Valley Rosé is a welcome addition to our domestic lineup. Don’t let the deeper color fool you – this is light with a super dry finish and, perhaps most importantly, the 2017 is already here! Perfect for warmer weather and party-priced.
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart

2011 Egrot (formerly Elisabeth Goutorbe) Brut Grand Cru Champagne
Review Date: 03-31-2018
As vintages go, 2011 is not as celebrated as its neighbors, but our friends at Egrot – namely winemaker Elisabeth Goutorbe – worked some magic with a difficult year. This release, composed of 2/3 Pinot Noir and 1/3 Chardonnay, is both crisp and rounded, showing off baked apple fruit balanced with chalky minerality. As with all Goutorbe wines, this has a delicate bead, an elegant, dry finish and overdelivers for the price.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

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2011 Bocale Sagrantino di Montefalco
Review Date: 03-24-2018
Finally my favorite Sagrantino hits the store! I visited the winery in Umbria a few years back and fell in love, and have been pining away for it ever since. The quality is excellent and the wine delicious, but what makes it even better is that Bocale is also a family-run operation where the winemaker is literally the mayor of Montefalco. His congeniality and care is evident in this gorgeous red, and when combined with the coveted 2011 vintage, created an exceptional wine. Notes of violet on the nose, dark with cherry fruit, a plush yet earthy palate and a grippy finish, this release shows depth and complexity, but is round enough to please a crowd. This will age beautifully but has plenty of life now, and is a standout with heartier dishes. Enjoy!
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

2016 Domaine de Verquière Côtes-du-Rhône
Review Date: 02-24-2018
Another year, another stellar release from fan (and staff!) favorite Domaine de Verquière. For a high quality, versatile, food-friendly red, it’s hard to beat Côtes-du-Rhône in general, and this particular producer, a family operation organically farming in coveted chalky soils, is exceptional for the price. Both sophisticated and crowd-pleasing, it pairs the best of fruity Grenache with just enough peppery Syrah to create a harmonious, expressive workhorse wine that will impress everyone at the table or better yet - party.
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart

Egrot (formerly Elisabeth Goutorbe) Brut Champagne
Review Date: 02-24-2018
Don't let the new look fool you! This release was formerly called Elisabeth Goutorbe, named for the pedigreed winemaker who charmed guests at many a Champagne Tent Event. She's ventured out on her own and while the label underwent a makeover, what's inside the bottle is as impressive as ever. Crisp with red cherry Pinot fruit, this is both chalky with elegant mousse, and shows complex leesiness tempered by bright acid and structure. This nonvintage release is drinking beautifully now, and the price - especially for Ay - is nearly impossible to beat.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

Baron-Fuenté "Grande Reserve" Brut Champagne (1.5L)
Review Date: 02-24-2018
Incredibly, a magnum of Baron-Fuente is priced lower than some bigger name 750 ml bottles of Champagne – the value is almost unbelievable! Concentrated fruit with a hint of spice, luxurious toastiness, and creamy finish, this Meunier-based Champagne is both expressive and easygoing, with more pronounced acidity in this larger format. And while there’s technically better aging potential to the 1.5L, it’s tough to keep this cellared when it’s so exciting (and affordable) to pop at a party.
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart

2016 Fratelli Barale Dolcetto d'Alba "Le Rose"
Review Date: 02-24-2018
More restrained than previous vintages, the balanced 2016 Barale Dolcetto shines with cherry fruit and violet aromatics, plus lifted acidity through the palate. Lean and elegant, with a subtly earthy finish, staff favorite Barale always delivers, and this delicious release is no exception. Also, this could be a coincidence, but I had a great night’s sleep after sharing a bottle of this. An awesome red wine in all respects.
Price: $13.99 Add To Cart

2009 Baron-Fuenté "Grand Millesime" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 02-24-2018
While 2008’s strength was structure and acidity, 2009 shines with supreme drinkability and luxurious texture. Buttery notes on the nose with pure pear fruit through the palate, plus hints of lemon and leesy toastiness, this release of Baron-Fuente’s "Grand Millesime" finishes cleaner than expected for such a rich style. A welcome addition to our Direct Import Champagne collection, and a killer value as well.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

Baron-Fuenté "7" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 02-23-2018
Leesy with coveted brioche notes, pear fruit, and bright acid – and much more vivid than the other offerings by one of our favorite Direct Import producers – the “7” is the most sophisticated Baron Fuente I’ve tasted. It’s aged for seven years on the lees and it shows: this is astonishing quality for the price, with lovely texture and focus.
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart

2016 Les Terres Blanches "Anjou Demon" Anjou Rouge (Natural)
Review Date: 02-22-2018
Anjou Demon is a terrific wine, especially for the price, and a perfect first foray into the non-interventionist winemaking world. While that sounds pretentious, this lively red is actually pretty accessible. Less fruity than the 2015, with more pure cab franc earthiness, the 2016 is herbal, with red berry notes and great lift. This was the hit of our New Year’s natural wine tasting event, and while it certainly shows some funky character, there is enough easy drinkability to win fans of all palates.
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart

2014 Domaine Tabordet "L'Autre Rive" Pouilly Fumé
Review Date: 02-22-2018
Is it Sancerre? Mais non! C'est Pouilly Fumé! Sophisticated, crisp, and perfect for everything from the holidays to spring picnics, the delicious and bright 2014 Tabordet is finally here! This Sauvignon Blanc has the familiar minerally taste profile of neighboring Sancerre, but with the unique flintiness that defines Pouilly Fumé. Domaine Tabordet is an especially focused, high quality producer, and L'Autre Rive really showcases how lean yet complex Loire whites can be.
Price: $23.99 Add To Cart

2014 Pasetti Montepulciano d'Abruzzo
Review Date: 02-20-2018
A delicious Italian stunner, the Pasetti Montepulciano D'Abruzzo is the a charming red to make any meal special. No matter your menu or guest list, Montepulciano is a sophisticated yet crowd-pleasing option at a price that won't bust your budget. Pasetti's vineyards lie in the heart of Italy's Abruzzo, an area with a favorable climate, varied terrain and chalky soil, ideal conditions to create complex wine. Plus their vines are inside a national park! The perfect interesting but easygoing weeknight red, Pasetti is a minerally, elegant choice to impress at your next party. Buon Appetito!​
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart

Michel Arnould Verzenay "Brut Tradition" Champagne (375ml)
Review Date: 01-27-2018
Bright cherry fruit really comes through on the nose of the Michel Arnould "Brut Tradition" half bottle, which lent an almost Northwest vibe when I paired it recently with salmon. Although there is structure and that hallmark hazelnut toastiness unique to Verzenay, this is a refreshing, crowd pleasing option, with a crisp finish. Clean, but with a richness that almost defies its stainless and enamel aging, Michel Arnould has delivered a creamy, picnic-ready Champagne. The great price, especially for Grand Cru fruit, makes this little beauty go down even easier.
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart

Michel Arnould "Grand Cuvée" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 01-26-2018
The decadent, complex Michel Arnould "Grand Cuvée" Brut is the creamiest of their lineup, featuring a toasty hazelnut note and a crisp finish, which balances well with the richness and bright cherry fruit of the palate. Although not technically a vintage release, this is from the warmer 2009 harvest, making it instantly accessible, with weighty texture and just the right amount of lift. North-facing slopes in Verzenay ripen Pinot Noir beautifully but maintain a snap of acidity that pairs well with sushi, and the raciness here cuts through anything with ponzu sauce. This is easily one of my favorite Pinot-based Champagnes in the store, and a killer value.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

Michel Arnould Verzenay Extra Brut Champagne
Review Date: 01-26-2018
Clear lemon fruit on the nose, with a stream of salinity through to the finish, the Michel Arnould Extra Brut is based on the 2010 harvest, a vintage celebrated for creating more linear Champagne. Although this is 100% Pinot Noir and Blanc de blancs is typically the favored suggestion for fish, the Extra Brut is a natural with sushi, especially yellowtail and snapper, which benefits from the sharper acid and low dosage. As a bonus, the Extra Brut's crisp yet easygoing style (it is still a berry-scented Pinot) not only works with food, but as a lively pre-dinner drink if you’re not-so-patiently waiting on delivery.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

2013 Silverado Vineyards Estate Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 01-24-2018
What a gem! Surprisingly green on the nose, with pepper notes and subtle mocha through the palate, Silverado is a well-balanced Cabernet Sauvignon that somehow showcases classic Napa style while feeling reminiscent of Bordeaux. In fact, we sneaked it into a lineup of Left Bank new arrivals and it held its own! This is still California though: dark berry fruit shines through, with a welcome structure to the finish. Grip, elegance, and all estate fruit for barely 40 bucks – the 2013 Silverado will impress Napa fans and beyond.

Ariston Aspasie Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne (375ml)
Review Date: 01-02-2018
I can't believe this is under $20! Delicious and elegant, this paper-wrapped Champagne is a departure from the searing acid of Blanc de blancs and instead shows golden apple fruit up front, followed by toastiness and a luxurious mouthfeel. Though there is a crisp backbone of minerality from the fossil-rich soil, this is a slightly unusual offering in that it’s 100% Chardonnay, but with a creamier spin. Paul-Vincent Ariston is committed to making exceptional value Champagne, and there’s no doubt he’s accomplished that here. Aspasie Blanc de blancs is textured and age worthy, but in a smaller, more portable size.
Price: $18.99 Add To Cart

Ariston Aspasie Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne
Review Date: 01-02-2018
Delicious and elegant, this paper-wrapped Champagne is a departure from the searing acid of Blanc de blancs and instead shows golden apple fruit up front, followed by toastiness and a luxurious mouthfeel. Though there is a crisp backbone of minerality from the fossil-rich soil, this is a slightly unusual offering in that it’s 100% Chardonnay with a creamier spin. The current release is from a single vineyard and spends over five years on the lees. Paul-Vincent Ariston is committed to making exceptional value Champagne, and there’s no doubt he’s accomplished that here. Aspasie Blanc de blancs is textured and age worthy, and I love turning savvy drinkers on to this family-owned favorite.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

Ariston Aspasie Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne (1.5L)
Review Date: 01-02-2018
Party perfect! Just when I thought I couldn’t love Aspasie more, they charm us at the annual Champagne Tent Event AND make improvements to their production facilities that send their wines over the top in elegance and quality. An unusual offering for the Aristons in that this is 100% Chardonnay, but with a creamier spin. The current release is from a single vineyard and spends over five years on the lees. Paul-Vincent Ariston is committed to making exceptional value Champagne, and there’s no doubt he’s accomplished that here, especially given the celebration-ready magnum format. Aspasie Blanc de blancs is luxurious and age worthy, and I love turning savvy drinkers on to this family-owned favorite.
Price: $74.99 Add To Cart

Ariston Aspasie "Carte Blanche" Brut Champagne (375ml)
Review Date: 12-26-2017
Half-bottles are not always the most economical option for Champagne, but Aspasie's 375 mls prove to be an incredible exception. Holiday-ready, the current release of Carte Blanche still spends five years on the lees, and has the biscuity notes to prove it, but shows even crisper acidity. Paul-Vincent Ariston is committed to making high quality entry level wine, and there’s no doubt he’s accomplished that here. A traditional cépage of 40% Chardonnay and 30% each of Pinot Noir and Meunier, the Carte Blanche shows apple and crunchy pear fruit, tempered by underlying chalky notes, mousse texture, and a toasty finish. This is a bright spot in our DI Champagne line up – both figuratively and stylistically – and I'm happy to turn savvy drinkers on to this value.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart

Ariston Aspasie "Carte Blanche" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 12-26-2017
Just when I thought I couldn’t love Aspasie more, they charm us at the annual Champagne Tent Event AND make improvements to their production facilities that send Carte Blanche over the top in elegance and quality. The current release of Carte Blanche still spends five years on the lees, and has the biscuity notes to prove it, but shows even crisper acidity. Paul-Vincent Ariston is committed to making exceptional entry level wine, and there’s no doubt he’s accomplished that here. A traditional cépage of 40% Chardonnay and 30% each of Pinot Noir and Meunier, the Carte Blanche shows apple and crunchy pear fruit, tempered by underlying chalky notes, mousse texture, and a toasty finish. This is a bright spot in our DI Champagne line up – both figuratively and stylistically – and I love turning savvy drinkers on to this value-driven, family-owned favorite.
Price: $27.99 Add To Cart

2010 Louis Roederer Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne
Review Date: 12-05-2017
Biodynamically farmed and sourced from the celebrated Grand Cru Chardonnay villages of Avize and Cramant, this focused Blanc de Blancs is a sparkling powerhouse from a great vintage. Bottled at a slightly lower pressure than most Champagne, Roederer’s 2010 release has more delicate bubbles and a subtly coating mouthfeel through the palate. It was dosed at 9g/L and feels like it, with heady golden fruit and supple texture, but still shows all the bright acid and coveted chalkiness of a killer high-end Brut Champagne.
Price: $79.99 Add To Cart
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Pol Roger "White Foil - Extra Cuvée de Réserve" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 11-29-2017
An exceptional, value-priced offering from a house with clout, “White Foil” is subtly smoky and weightlessly creamy, with rich apple fruit balanced by enough acid to maintain focus through to the snappy but long finish. Pol Roger is the Champagne of royalty, and the care that goes into this cuvée is apparent. Aged 48 months on the lees and based on key spectacular vintages, this shows hints of toastiness, despite seeing no oak, and – like all Pol Roger releases – is still hand-riddled. This is one of our most requested Champagnes in Hollywood, and for good reason.

Jardesca California Red Aperitiva (750ml)
Review Date: 11-28-2017
Surprisingly nimble and not at all cloying, Jardesca Red is a welcome addition to this California producer’s lineup, and was the hit of a recent customer tasting. Rounded and rich with enough body to stand up to a variety of additions, this Zinfandel-based apertif is a mixologist’s dream for the holidays: festive color, crowd-pleasing drinkability, and infinite versatility. Try it with a twist of orange or a cinnamon stick for seasonal take.
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Russell's Reserve K&L Exclusive Single Barrel #089 Kentucky Bourbon (750ml)
Review Date: 11-11-2017
What a cool experience in the glass #089 is! Concentrated herbal nose gives way to softer caramel and brown sugar on the palate, with an underlying woodsy character and satisfying peppery finish. While this doesn’t need much water to develop, it just gets more complex as the ice melts, if that’s your preference. I’m happy to have so many bottles of this gem on hand here in Hollywood.
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart

Russell's Reserve K&L Exclusive Single Barrel #550 Kentucky Bourbon (750ml)
Review Date: 11-11-2017
Possibly my favorite of our Russell’s barrels, although they’re all so great, it’s tough to pick a clear standout. #550 is fruity and subtly aromatic up front, but develops more intense spice and woodsy character through the palate. This feels the richest in body, with heady honey notes and a long, soothing finish, plus just enough kick. A decadent bottle at a killer price.
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart

2006 Bollinger Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 11-07-2017
Not to be confused with the pricier Grand Annee rosé, this limited edition release – sourced entirely from the stellar 2006 vintage – is special. Aged on the cork and 100% barrel-fermented, it’s leesy and subtly oxidative, with toasty richness, yet also precise with linear minerality. Pinot Noir-driven, it showcases serious berry fruit, a hit of racier orange, and a luxuriously long finish. This powerful Champagne is ready to drink now, and will work beautifully with food.
Price: $119.00 Add To Cart
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2009 Louis Roederer "Cristal" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 11-07-2017
There’s a real purity of fruit to Cristal’s 2009: apple shines through, with lovely sweetness tempered by bright acid and a delicate finish. This is an easygoing vintage, so much so that Roederer pushed it ahead of the more structured 2008, and there’s a lot to love about this layered release: creamy roundness, subtle leesy character, and for the first time, all organic, Grand Cru vineyard sources! 40% Chardonnay from chalky soil adds freshness, while the remaining 60% Pinot Noir lends accessibility. Cristal is always a treat, but the complex, age-worthy 2009 overdelivers.

2010 Louise Brison Brut Champagne
Review Date: 10-27-2017
Bright with golden apple and leaner citrus fruit, plus more lift here than the easygoing 2009, 2010 Louise Brison Brut Champagne feels aligned with the crisp 2008, pairing vivid acid with accessibility. This showed beautifully at our Champagne Tent Event, where we were charmed by the story of the family’s matriarch and brand namesake, and impressed by the quality of this DI release. This is bargain-priced Champagne, and in stock just in time for a season full of celebrations – cheers!
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart
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2008 Louise Brison "Cuvée Tendresse" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 10-27-2017
What a fascinating new addition to our Louise Brison lineup! While their other cuvees lean to the fruity side thanks to 50% Pinot Noir, this sharp beauty is 100% Chardonnay coupled with the cooler 2008 vintage, resulting in a racier option with long term aging potential. This is crisp, while still singing with rounded citrus and bitter almond notes and a clean finish. This release is elegant and lean, but with an accessibility that will only increase as it’s cellared. The fact that the team from Louise Brison charmed us all at our Champagne event is only a bonus reason to support this Direct Import.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart
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2014 La Chablisienne Chablis "La Sereine"
Review Date: 07-01-2017
Leaner than the other La Chablisienne offerings but just as complex, this mineral-driven Chablis shows expressive Meyer lemon and other bright fruit with subtle salinity and racy acidity. If my rusty memory of Francis Cabrel serves, “La Sereine” means mermaid in French, and this refreshing stunner certainly lives up to its beautiful name. An elegant summer favorite, perfect for oceanside sipping.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2013 Groth Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 06-20-2017
Old school in style with incredible drinkability, Groth Cabernet Sauvignon is an icon of Napa Valley, showing currant and cherry fruit, with subtle smokiness and substantial structure, and finishing with silky tannins. With its depth, elegance, and purity of fruit, the 2013 is an easy go-to for California fans and Bordeaux drinkers alike.
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2007 Bollinger "Grande Année" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 06-13-2017
Green almond on the nose, with vivid citrus and hints of rounder stonefruit fruit through the palate, this Grande Année feels significantly sharper than the 2005 – thanks to a cooler 2007 vintage – but keeps the honeyed, vinous character Bollinger does so well. This is a substantial Champagne with a structured backbone of acidity, while the delicate mousse keeps it lively and elegant. Fresh-drinking for now but with real aging potential, this bright release was a hit at the last customer tasting, and is a worthy addition to any cellar.

2005 Bodegas Puelles Gran Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 06-06-2017
Puelles is a classic Spanish producer that in previous releases has straddled the line between modern, fruit-forward drinkability and more traditional dusky Rioja. The 2005 – a killer vintage – feels like a throwback to the older style, more restrained than the powerful 2004 but just as enjoyable. There is balance here, with a distinct savory quality, but Tempranillo’s bright cherry fruit still shines through, with hints of tobacco and leather on the finish and noticeable (though well-integrated) oak. Puelles is a Direct Import that truly is a crowd pleaser: a rich but easy going Gran Reserva that sings with quality, unbelievably only $20.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

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$16.99
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2016 Pollerhof Grüner Veltliner Weinviertel (1L)
Review Date: 05-30-2017
A new favorite liter-size Grüner is here! This ticks all the boxes for what I want in a summery white wine, but the quality far exceeds what's expected of a value-format bottling. The 2016 Pollerhof is mineral-driven and crisp, with that classic Grüner white pepper lift and subtle, but apparent, arugula notes. Plus the estate rescues chickens! Delicious, fresh, and philanthropic: Pollerhof Grüner Veltliner is finally back in stock with a stellar new vintage, and ready for all your warm weather needs. You don't even have to pack a corkscrew.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart

Franck Bonville Brut Rosé Champagne (375ml)
Review Date: 05-23-2017
Now featuring the new labels! Bonville’s delicate, visually-stunning brut rosé is delicious and elegant, but also substantial: this feels like important Champagne, with quality that far exceeds its price point. Featuring 8% Pinot Noir from celebrated Grand Cru village of Ambonnay, this crisp rosé features vivid red fruit on the nose but finishes fresh, with the linear snap expected of 92% Chardonnay, mostly from the colder 2011 vintage. There is electric acidity on the palate but also a plusher component thanks to a luxuriously fine bead. Luxurious, dry, and easydrinking – this is a favorite rosé for not only celebratory occasions, but to make any day special, and the smaller size is picnic-perfect.
Price: $21.99 Add To Cart
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2008 Fallet-Dart Vintage Brut Champagne
Review Date: 05-13-2017
Vivid and enticing immediately upon opening, this is a connoisseur’s Champagne that is still super accessible. Gorgeously floral on the nose, hits of honeysuckle and white flowers give way to tart green apple and lusher pear fruit and a subtly creamy mouthfeel. The acid is apparent but not overpowering: just enough to showcase the colder 2008 vintage’s more bracing minerality. Fallet-Dart is always a budget-friendly option, but this vintage Direct Import is an especially complex, sophisticated offering at an astounding price... I can already tell I'll be turning to this powerhouse all summer.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

Laurent-Perrier "Grand Siècle" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 04-25-2017
With a dramatic bottle shape and sometimes limited-edition packaging, Laurent-Perrier’s tête de cuvée is a prestige Champagne that feels like it. Aged ten years on the lees, Grand Siècle is sourced from 100% Grand Cru vineyard sites, and is a multi-vintage blend: the latest release includes reserve wines from 1997, 1999, and the coveted 2002 harvests! Light straw yellow in color, this is bright with vivid stonefruit, and although undoubtedly fresh, the most notable quality is the honeyed, leesy depth – you can feel its storied age. Grand Siècle is sumptuous and yet still nimble, effervescent and easy-drinking. While I’d feel confident laying this down, my guess is you won’t want to; I received a bottle as a birthday gift, and though I tried to hold out for a "Grand" occasion, LP turned out to make an ordinary lazy Sunday special.

2013 Xanadu Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River Western Australia
Review Date: 04-04-2017
Wow, the nose on this is gorgeous: with notes of cedar and wet earth, the 2013 Xanadu Estate is reminiscent of walking through a forest, but with the addition of that distinctly Australian eucalyptus hit. Fruit is on the darker side and concentrated, and while this is rich and gutsy, there is restraint, with super soft tannins on the finish. Dusty and drinkable, Xanadu feels more expensive than its price implies, making this a perfect party pick. An old world-style stunner with modern sensibility, this is a spicy, sophisticated Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon that would make Olivia Newton John proud.

2014 Valle dell'Acate "Tenuta Ibidini" Nero d'Avola Sicilia
Review Date: 03-29-2017
Dusty on the nose, with that unmistakable licorice note that only comes from Nero D’Avola, "Tenuta Ibidini" opens with concentrated dried currants followed by dark berry fruit – both blue and black – and lively acid. I paired this fruit-forward Sicilian red with a garlicky penne arrabiata and it balanced the heat beautifully.
Price: $13.99 Add To Cart

2015 Don Rodolfo Malbec Mendoza
Review Date: 03-28-2017
Impressive and sophisticated, the 2015 Don Rodolfo opens with an almost old world feel, presenting a dusty nose and hints of spice, but rings true to Argentinean Malbec’s black plum and dark, bold berry fruit through the palate. There is structure and some pepper to the finish, but overall this is a supremely drinkable, juicy option at a surprisingly low price.
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Pierre Paillard "Les Parcelles" Grand Cru Extra Brut Bouzy Champagne
Review Date: 03-14-2017
Bouzy Grand Cru superstar! Such brilliant purity of fruit here – the nose is classic red berried Pinot Noir, while the bright acidity of Chardonnay shines through the palate. “Les Parcelles” is surprisingly juicy for the low dosage (3.5g!), and although the linear minerality shows up in a big way, this is easygoing for racy Extra Brut. Add its delicate bead and lingering finish and you have incredible quality non-vintage Champagne with the muscle to age well while drinking beautifully now. I indulgently paired this Pierre Paillard with weeknight Thai takeout and it was one of my happiest meals of the year.
Price: $48.99 Add To Cart
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Le Brun de Neuville "Authentique Assemblage" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 02-28-2017
Bright but also mushroomy, earthy and slightly oxidative thanks to aging five years on the cork – an intensive process normally reserved for Tête de Cuvées of big houses (Bollinger Grande Année comes to mind) – this is an incredible value that encompasses (seemingly) conflicting qualities, all in the same glass. Creamy but lively with elegant acid, rounded yet crisp fruit, plus chalky undertones and a subtle nuttiness, the “Authentique Assemblage” nevertheless drinks cleanly through to the finish. This multifaceted Direct Import is a high-quality Champagne from a talented winemaker: Le Brun de Neuville was one of the biggest hits at our Los Angeles Champagne Tent Event, and after taking home a bottle, it’s easy to see why.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart
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2012 Giacomo Fenocchio "Bussia" Barolo
Review Date: 02-21-2017
Black tea on the nose, with lifted fruit and hints of tar and licorice, this Giacomo Fenocchio Barolo is classic and complex, sourced from perhaps the best part of the renowned Bussia vineyard, and treated to extended maceration – nearly 40 days on the skin! The earthy 2012 will benefit dramatically from more time and air but is still drinking beautifully now.
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart
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Billecart-Salmon Extra Brut Champagne
Review Date: 02-14-2017
Elegant with citrusy fruit and a saline edge, the Extra Brut is one of my favorites in Billecart-Salmon’s impressive line up. Exuberant with a superfine bead and gorgeously searing acidity, this still shows creaminess on the palate and a longer – albeit crisp and mineral-driven – finish. Age worthy.

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