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Diana Turk

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2013 Chateau Ste. Michelle "Cold Creek Vineyard" Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 08-14-2018
What a gem! Dark with berry and plummy fruit with hints of coffee and a long finish, this Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is surprisingly sophisticated. Though this 2013 shows enough richness and oaky vanilla to please full-bodied Cab fans, there is a lean elegance here that feels fresh and subtly earthy. And single vineyard from a classic producer for less than twenty bucks? Chateau Ste. Michelle "Cold Creek Vineyard" is a must-try.

2015 Domaine de l'Enchantoir "Le Pied à L'Étrier" Saumur Puy-Notre-Dame Rouge
Review Date: 07-31-2018
Easygoing yet just as herbaceous and aromatic as you'd want from a Cab Franc, this Loire Valley stunner is bursting with bright berry fruit and an earthy finish, and is especially delicious chilled.
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart
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2012 Louis Brochet "Alain" Millesime Brut Champagne
Review Date: 07-29-2018
I love Louis Brochet, and the lively 2012 is no exception. Green apple up front, this opens up immediately but still shows bright acid and great effervescence. Floral on the nose, with a textured, honeyed palate, the "Alain" nevertheless finishes crisp and lean. This is one stylish crowd-pleaser: a layered, accessible Champagne that still feels accessible and shows all the hallmarks of this "miracle vintage."
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

2016 Tenshen Central Coast White Blend
Review Date: 07-28-2018
Tenshen is not just a clever name for this California Rhone-style white blend: there's great lift and yes, tension in this 2016 Central Coast white. But while there's good acidity, it doesn't overpower the friendly fruitiness. This wine is a beautiful balance of heavier textured Roussane, floral Viognier, rounded Grenache Blanc, and the unusual but welcome addition of bright Chardonnay. And it's priced under twenty bucks! This is a great summertime white to impress both Francophiles and domestic wine lovers.
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart
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Brasserie Dupont "Saison Dupont" Farmhouse Ale, Belgium (750ml)
Review Date: 06-30-2018
The original! Six or seven breweries in Belgium make true Saisons, and the undisputed classic of the style is Saison Dupont. While there may be some hipper variations that seem more in demand lately, this holds its own against the hyped versions. Saison Dupont is refreshing, with a brightness that is balanced by underlying earthiness. Plus the price is a steal considering the quality, and the fact that this is a 750 ml bottle. At once both crisp and funky, Saison Dupont is a clean, yeasty, satisfying beer, perfect for summer nights.
Price: $10.99 Add To Cart

2017 Maritma "The 4 Old Guys" Sangiovese Toscana
Review Date: 06-30-2018
A classic for a reason, The 4 Old Guys – so called because the label displays the portrait of group of elderly Italian friends – is what you imagine Sangiovese to be when you dream of a perfect rustic table wine. Fresh with bright cherry up front, there is lively acid here, but there’s enough darker fruit notes and tannin to make this feel like a substantial red. Easygoing and crowd-pleasing, this is perfect to pair with pair with simple weeknight dinner, but still impresses.
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart

Gin Mare Mediterranean Gin (750ml)
Review Date: 06-30-2018
This tastes like what sitting by the Mediterranean, dining alfresco on olive tapenade must feel like. The botanicals are fresh up front, with a notable lavender floral component, but the finish is textured and mouth-coating. This is a unique take on gin that enhances cocktails or could easily be enjoyed with just a bit of ice and soda.
Price: $33.99 Add To Cart

2017 Meyer-Näkel Spätburgunder Rosé Ahr
Review Date: 06-30-2018
Wow! Sweet-tart raspberry fruit with vivid, almost spritzy acid, this German producer is one of my favorites, and their reliable Pinots overdeliver. Though Ahr is so far north that it could easily be too cold to ripen grapes, the sun bounces off the slate soil and warms the vines enough to create magic. Try this beauty while you can - there's not much available.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart

2017 Zudugarai "Amats" Rosé Getariako Txakolina
Review Date: 06-30-2018
Wow! 2017 Amats rose is like a pleasant punch in the mouth, with searing acidity and racy lift, plus a touch of spritz. More dry and lean than fruity, this vivid Basque favorite is refreshing, and would be great with charcuterie.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart

Charles Heidsieck "Brut Reserve" Champagne (1.5L)
Review Date: 06-30-2018
Layered and heady, this Brut Champagne is composed mostly of reserve wines dating back to the 1990s, yet still shows a crisp core of minerality, with a satisfyingly long finish. There's even that coveted hint of brioche character. This format is perfect for aging, and the price is a steal for a House of this caliber.

2017 Waterkloof Circumstance "Cape Coral" Mourvèdre Rosé Stellenbosch (Biodynamic)
Review Date: 06-30-2018
South Africa's answer to elegant Bandol, this Mourvedre rose is just as light and crisp as you'd want a summer quaffer to be, yet still shows dark fruit character and flinty complexity. Plus it's biodynamic, and the screwcap is ready to take along on your outdoor adventures! A winner all around.
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart

Charles Heidsieck "Brut Reserve" Champagne
Review Date: 06-30-2018
Layered and heady, this Brut Champagne is composed mostly of reserve wines dating back to the 1990s, yet still shows a crisp core of minerality, with a satisfyingly long finish. There's even that coveted hint of brioche character. The value here is really incredible, especially considering Charles Heidsieck's smaller operation, storied history, legendary caves, and quality.

2009 Bois-Malot, Bordeaux Supérieur
Review Date: 06-30-2018
While I loved the subtly plush 2010 Bois-Malot, the stony 2009 vintage is great in its own right, albeit a bit more herbaceous, with hits of bell pepper and an earthy finish. Complex with cocoa and dark fruit, this still shows structure and a long finish. It blows my mind that you can get so much sophistication and easy-going elegance - plus the Bordeaux label! - for barely eleven bucks. Incredible value!
Price: $10.99 Add To Cart

2014 Le Cirque Côtes Catalanes Rouge
Review Date: 06-29-2018
Packs quite a punch for ten bucks! The 2014 Le Cirque is dense with dark fruit and smoky notes – almost bacony – and plenty of spice. Full-bodied, this Côtes Catalanes would feel right at home at your next BBQ.
Price: $8.99 Add To Cart
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2017 Stolpman "Para Maria" Santa Barbara County Rosé
Review Date: 05-31-2018
Local rosé at its best, from favorite producer Stolpman! This crisp central coast rosé wine is 65% Syrah, similar to a classic Rhône-style rosé. The 2017 Para Maria pink is serious wine without taking itself too seriously - refreshing, delicious, structured yet light. BBQ-ready, this is killer with food and supports our neighbors.​
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart

2017 Domaine la Colombe Coteaux Varois en Provence Rosé
Review Date: 05-31-2018
This is the rosé you've been waiting for! Crisp, dry, easydrinking, and bargain-priced, Colombe is the customer (and staff!) favorite that was literally on the slow boat from France... until now. The awesome new vintage is here! Minerally and delicious, with that coveted light color and Provence provenance, Colombe is a warm-weather staple. Perfect for pool parties, weddings, or just relaxing with a good book, this versatile yet sophisticated Colombe is a Provencal powerhouse. Pick up a case and Instagram away #roséallday! Or ignore the hype and just enjoy alfresco.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart

Laurent-Perrier Demi-Sec Harmony Champagne
Review Date: 05-31-2018
Very bright considering the higher dosage, this elegant release from Laurent-Perrier is a natural for dessert, balancing sweetness with lift, and pairing with everything from appetizers to cake.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

Laurent-Perrier "La Cuvée" Brut Champagne (187ml)
Review Date: 05-31-2018
Small in size but not in taste, this adorably-sized version of L-P is everything I love abouttheir classic brut, just amplified. More chalky Chardonnay and an extra year on the lees give the La Cuvée boosted minerality and complexity. It still shows the easygoing apple fruit of the original, with a sophistication that belies its great price point. Perfect for party favors!

Laurent-Perrier "La Cuvée" Brut Champagne (375ml)
Review Date: 05-31-2018
Picnic perfect! 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 Cuvée boosted minerality and complexity. It still shows the easygoing apple fruit of the original, with a sophistication that belies its great price point, even in the half bottle. Drink now!

Laurent-Perrier "La Cuvée" Brut Champagne (1.5L)
Review Date: 05-31-2018
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 Cuvée boosted minerality and complexity. It still shows the easygoing apple fruit of the original, with a sophistication that belies its great price point. Plus the Magnum ages beautifully, much appreciated with the larger Chardonnay component. A beautiful choice for your next party.

Fallet-Dart "Clos du Mont" Brut Champagne (2004)
Review Date: 05-31-2018
Ten years - TEN YEARS - on the lees for less than $100? Less than $80, even? Incredible. This is a sophisticated, yet hugely accessible Champagne, with depth, texture, and a honeyed quality saved from being too fruity by the 80% Chardonnay and a backbone of acidity and that coveted toastiness. I first met Paul Fallet at our annual Champagne Tent Event in 2017, where he charmed with his shy, sincere personality, and then dazzled us with his high quality wines. Fallet-Dart is a great family-run Direct Import house to support, and even without the backstory, I'd want to drink these delicious, complex Champagnes. Plus, this is fruit from a Clos, based on the 2004 vintage! We always have customers come too late to this party, and only realize how lovely this Champagne is when our limited quantity is gone. Don't let that be you.
Price: $79.99 Add To Cart

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.

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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2012 Franck Bonville "Millesime" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 04-25-2018
Miracle vintage! While I love all our Franck Bonville Champagnes, this 2012 release is really special. Ripe with apple and golden pear fruit, it nevertheless shows the vivid snap of acidity and chalkiness this incredible Direct Import Blanc de blancs producer is best known for. It's accessible now but bracing and structured, plus the backstory of the vintage is irresistible. A must try for fans of crisp Champagnes.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

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
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2008 A.D. Coutelas Vintage Brut Champagne
Review Date: 03-09-2018
Another hit from the steely vintage that keeps on giving! While the 2008 Coutelas is already drinking beautifully now, this racy release is primed for ageing as well. Lemony brightness soars up front but the fruit shows more apple through the palate, with just enough creaminess to smooth out the solid backbone of acidity. Everything from fan (and staff!) favorite Coutelas feels at once complex and somehow easy drinking. The 2008 in particular is perfectly balanced between rich texture and earthy, spicy tertiary notes that will only intensify with time. Plus the value is incredible.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart
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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

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
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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
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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
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2016 Les Terres Blanches "Anjou Demon" Anjou Rouge
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.
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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 "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.
Price: $39.95 Add To Cart
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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.
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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.

2008 La Rioja Alta "Viña Ardanza" Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 12-05-2017
It’s hard not to gush about any release from favorite producer La Rioja Alta, but the 2008 "Viña Ardanza" Reserva is especially gorgeous. Cherry fruit, reminiscent of the most classic Tempranillo, shines from the glass immediately, with hints of smoke and heady spice followed by leather notes. There’s lifted acid indicative of the colder vintage and brighter-than-expected red fruit, but this still drinks with all the deeper, old world elegance of serious Rioja. It’s both focused and luxurious in texture, and will age beautifully. Perfect for the holidays and well beyond.

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.

2015 Domaine Petroni Corse Rouge (Corsica)
Review Date: 11-17-2017
Petroni's minerally rosé has always been a summer staple, so I was excited to finally try their take on a red blend. I was not disappointed – the Rouge is a complex, value-driven stunner! Black plum fruit up front, with plenty of lift from the Niellucciu (a clone of Sangiovese), this is earthy through the palate with a peppery kick to the finish. Corsican wine feels like rustic Italian wine made with French sensibilities, and the 2015 demonstrates that beautifully.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart
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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

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