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Thierry Thibault Brut Champagne
Review Date: 11-27-2018
Yay! Our Champagne buyer has picked up another fantastic grower-producer Champagne that drinks well above its price. Thierry Thibault's Brut is beautifully crisp with flavors of white peach, kiwi and granny smith apple with a solid acid backbone and subtle toastiness. This is definitely a bottle of bubbles I'll be stocking in my fridge for the summertime!
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

2016 Fess Parker "The Big Easy" Santa Barbara County Red Blend
Review Date: 11-06-2018
The Big Easy just screams Central Coast Rhone! It has big, juicy, ripe fruit characters that are inviting and great to have around for the holiday season. Notes of blackberries, raspberry liquor, chocolate and vanilla are shown on the nose as well as on the palate. The finish is nice and smooth with moderate tannin and acidity. If you love bold, juicy wines, the Big Easy is your bottle!
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart
VN 95 JD 92

2013 Site Wines "Stolpman Vineyard" Roussanne Santa Barbara County
Review Date: 09-29-2018
Jeremy also makes a great Roussanne from the famed Stolpman estate. A deft balance of power and finesse, this wine combines rich stone fruit flavors, spicy lees notes, broad texture and crystalline acidity. Lovely length and complexity. Aged in 500-liter puncheons.
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VN 92 RP 91

2013 Site Wines "Larner Vineyard" Grenache Ballard Canyon Santa Barbara
Review Date: 09-29-2018
\This is another wine that Jeremy poured for us that was really impressive. Larner Vineyard, dominated by sandy soil, is on the southern end of Ballard Canyon, a warmer wine growing region in Santa Barbara County. Like the Site Syrah, this wine possesses real power with black cherry, blueberry, baking spice and floral notes. Fresh, with fine tannin, this wine will easily continue to age for another 6–8 years.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart
RP 94 VN 91

2013 Site Wines "Bien Nacido Vineyard" Syrah Santa Maria Valley
Review Date: 09-29-2018
This is a stunner of a wine. The fruit source, Bien Nacido Vineyard, is the most famous site in the Santa Maria Valley, dominated by Los Osos clay loam soil and greatly influenced by the nearby Pacific Ocean. Other well-known wineries that grab fruit from here include Sine Qua Non, Jonata, Au Bon Climat and Ojai. About 85% of the fruit was destemmed, 15% foot-stomped, and then it was aged 20 months in new barrique. This Syrah is powerful and concentrated without losing balance of acidity and finesse. Notes of smoked meats, raspberries, spices and herbs really take the stage with ageworthy structure and a long finish that’ll keep you coming back.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart
RP 94 VN 92

2016 Adelaida Estate Adelaida District Zinfandel
Review Date: 09-27-2018
Adelaida’s Zinfandel block was planted in 2003 with cuttings taken from two of the oldest vineyards in Paso Robles (planted in the 1880s). The heritage clones are head-trained and dry farmed at 1,500–2,000 feet in elevation in the district’s mountainous terroir. Lots of brambly fruit, briary notes, lift and freshness from the calcareous soils.
Price: $24.95 Add To Cart

2016 Adelaida "HMR Estate Vineyard" Adelaida District Chardonnay
Review Date: 09-27-2018
The Chardonnay from HMR vineyard is quite unlike other Paso expressions of this varietal. The combination of these old vines and shallow, limestone soils really shows on the mineral-infused palate intertwined with fine acidity from the cooling coastal breezes. Remarkably refined and elegant, a surprise favorite for many of us on the trip to the Central Coast.
Price: $34.95 Add To Cart

2015 Deovlet "Sanford & Benedict Vineyard" Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir
Review Date: 09-27-2018
A gorgeous wine and my favorite of our Central Coast trip. Incredibly aromatic and concentrated with plump blackberries, cherries and baking spices, and extraordinary depth and elegance from an amazing vineyard!
Price: $49.95 Add To Cart
RP 93 VN 93

Laurent-Perrier "Cuvée Rosé" Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 09-07-2018
The Laurent Perrier Cuvee Rose is one of my favorite rose Champagnes in the store! It comes from all Grand Cru vineyards mostly in the south and north of the Montagne de Reims and is entirely Pinot Noir. It has a gorgeous salmon-pink color in the glass, and is very expressive on the nose and palate. It's full of red fruit character and richness from 5 years aging on the less. Every time I go back to this wine it never disappoints!

2013 Wild Horse "Cheval Sauvage" Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 09-06-2018
When our domestic wine buyer approached us with this wine, I was blown away by how approachable and balanced it was. Then when we were told our pricing and then the winery price of $65. What?! This is a fantastic top tier Pinot Noir from Wild Horse, a well established winery started by central coast winemaker Kenneth Volk. The Cheval Sauvage is from Wild Horse's top vineyards in Santa Maria Valley, and has a red-fruited profile, hints of earth and spice with an unbelievably elegant, silky texture. This is a killer deal you don't want to miss.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart
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2017 Kalinda Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
Review Date: 09-05-2018
Some of you may know the Kalinda drill, and that we cannot tell you who makes this wine. However, we can say that this Pinot Noir is at a price much lower than what you'd pay at the winery, making it an amazing value. The nose is delicate with red fruit and floral notes and a hint of spice. On the palate this wine has both good acidity and tannin and will have great aging potential. This wine will really start to blossom with another year in the bottle.
Price: $26.99 Add To Cart

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2016 Hahn "SLH" Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir
Review Date: 09-05-2018
This year's release of the Hahn SLH is a killer value and the ultimate crowd pleaser! It has a bold nose of blackberries, plum, earth and toasted oak while the palate has fantastic balance with plenty of fresh acidity. This wine is ready to drink and would make a great wine for any party or occasion. It's no wonder why vintage after vintage, the Hahn SLH is a best seller among our customers!

2016 Substance "Sunset Vineyard" Columbia Valley Sauvignon Blanc
Review Date: 09-05-2018
This Sauvignon Blanc from Washington was a pleasant surprise. It has an interesting, complex nose that is savory and flinty, reminding me of a French inspired style white. Bright citrus and stone fruits also come through on the palate along with persistent acidity and freshness. The price point is a bonus, making it a great value.

2016 Intrinsic Columbia Valley Red Blend
Review Date: 07-26-2018
This is a Columbia Valley red blend made with Bordeaux varieties but in a unique way. Winemaker Juan Muñoz-Oca aged Malbec juice on Cabernet Franc skins and Cabernet Franc juice on Malbec to make a decadent, layered red. Bold flavors and aromas include black cherries, dark chocolate, fig and raspberry liqour with a smooth, silky mouthfeel and mellow tannin. The balance is simply on point, and can be enjoyed now.
Price: $19.95 Add To Cart
JS 94 JD 90

2016 Seghesio Sonoma County Zinfandel
Review Date: 07-26-2018
Seghesio's Sonoma Zinfandel is easily one of the best Zinfandels at this price point. Sourcing from all over Sonoma including Alexander Valley and Dry Creek Valley, this wine is nicely balanced with black and red fruits and lovely spice. A touch of Petite Sirah is added to amp up that classic California Zin character. Pair it with your barbecued meats this summer and you won't be disappointed!
Price: $19.95 Add To Cart
WS 93

2015 Stonestreet "Estate Vineyards" Alexander Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 06-29-2018
This wonderful, voluminous Chardonnay comes from the top of the Mayacamas Mountains, looking out over Alexander Valley. 100% barrel fermented Chardonnay with monthly lees stirring gives a delicious richness and body to this wine. Aromas of peach, lemon creme, green apple and graham cracker are complemented with a palate balanced with acidity and precision.

2015 Roserock (Drouhin Oregon) Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir
Review Date: 06-13-2018
I became a big fan of these Roserock wines when I tasted their previous releases and this 2015 did not disappoint. Roserock is a special site on the southern tip of Eola-Amity Hills in the Willamette Valley dominated by ancient volcanic soils. This wine is beautifully balanced with floral, spice, lifted dark berries and a medium tannic structure. I highly suggest this to all the Oregon Pinot fans out there!

2014 AXR Napa Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 06-12-2018
This is one of my favorite California Chardonnays I’ve tasted recently. This wine is made by Jean Hoefliger, a Swiss native who’s full time job is crafting wines for Alpha Omega Winery. AXR's 2014 Chardonnay shows excellent balance with a round, full palate and driving acidity. This crowd pleaser has complex character with stone fruits, citrus, minerality and a bright, clean finish.

Woodinville Straight 100% Rye Whiskey (750ml )
Review Date: 06-12-2018
Rye fans should definitely check out this Washington handcrafted whiskey. You immediately know it’s rye from the nose by it’s rye bread and spice aromas. On the palate there’s cinnamon, cedar, spearmint, subtly fruity notes and oak character throughout. The overall body is rich and full and is a perfect candidate for your rye cocktails.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart
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Woodinville Straight Bourbon Whiskey (750ml)
Review Date: 06-12-2018
The coolest thing about this distillery is that they are truly grain to glass. They grow all their own grains, do everything by hand and are meticulous in their craft which really shows in this whiskey. Full of flavor, Woodinville’s Straight Bourbon shows creme brulee, caramel, vanilla, spice and a nice sweet finish. Don’t miss out on this distillery's debut to California.
Price: $36.99 Add To Cart

2015 Halcón "Cerise Vineyard" Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 05-31-2018
Anderson Valley is becoming one of my favorite California regions for Pinot Noir because of its cooler climate, lighter, acid driven wines. Cerise Vineyard is a special site of about 12 acres ​situated above the town of Boonville. Halcon's 2015 offering has wild strawberry, violet and earthy tones on the nose while the palate has lively acidity, silky texture and a very long finish. ​A really awesome showing from this vineyard that shouldn't be missed!
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart
RP 93

2013 Jonata "Todos" Central Coast Red Blend
Review Date: 05-31-2018
This is a wine that certainly has everything. Todos is an unexpected blend of Syrah, Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauv, Viognier, Cabernet Franc, Petite Verdot and Merlot and all these components work together seamlessly. This wine is super complex with raspberries, strawberries, dark chocolate, cured meats and spices with balanced acidity. The is a great central coast offering worth every penny that can be enjoyed in the near term.

2015 Robert Craig Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 05-31-2018
What a truly phenomenal value for top notch Mount Veeder Cabernet! The fruit for this wine comes from the Pym Rae vineyard which is one of the highest in the AVA at over 1800 feet in elevation. This is Robert Craig's last vintage from this property, so I wouldn't hesitate to grab a bottle. The nose just screams Mount Veeder with blackberry, cherry, pencil shaving and eucalyptus character. It has a big, robust palate with firm structure that will begin to show fantastically in a few years.

2016 Halcón "Alturas" Yorkville Highlands Syrah
Review Date: 05-17-2018
The previous vintage of this Syrah from Halcon was stunning, but this 2016 ​is even better. This Syrah has 50% stem inclusion, and also has 3% of Viognier​ co-fermented to give it a beautiful floral lift. There's complexity and balance in this wine with expressed notes of violets, red and black fruit, exotic spice and dried herbs. It's full-bodied with nice structure, so there's definitely aging potential in this Syrah. All this for 30 bucks? You can't go wrong.

2013 Maysara "Cyrus - Momtazi Vineyard" McMinnville Pinot Noir (Biodynamic)
Review Date: 05-12-2018
This is a fantastic Pinot from Oregon, especially if you want to dabble in biodynamic/natural wines. It's an alluring wine that's rustic, savory, floral and doesn't fail to show fruit too. Notes of blackberries, earth, violets, incense, cedar and spice are expressed with a medium body. Shows great with some decanting and even the next day.

2017 Stolpman "Para Maria" Santa Barbara County Rosé
Review Date: 05-01-2018
Stolpman's Para Maria Rose (and Para Maria Red Blend) is named for Maria Solorzano, Stolpman's quiet, hard-working vineyard crew manager. This brand is a 50/50 partnership between the Solorzano and Stolpman families. Inspired by Rhone-style roses, this Syrah/Cab blend has delicious light red fruit character like red cherries and watermelon. There is also a nice roundness on the palate that is created from the neutral barrel aging. This is a perfect summer sipper at a great price!
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart

2014 Dierberg "Dierberg Vineyard" Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 04-29-2018
Dierberg's 2014 Chardonnay is bright and refreshing and great for the upcoming summer months! On the nose, there are restrained citrus, honey and graham cracker notes. The citrus continues onto the palate along with green apple, saline minerality and racy acidity. This would be delicious paired with some seafood or simple poultry dishes.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart
VN 93 WE 91

2017 Aerena San Francisco Bay AVA Rosé
Review Date: 04-17-2018
The team behind this rose and the Resolute brand is Blackbirds Vineyards, who are known for their Napa Valley Cabernet. Winemakers Aaron Pott and Kyle Mizuno sourced the Cabernet Sauvignon and Carignane for this rose oddly enough from the San Francisco AVA. This playful, red fruited, dry rose is absolutely perfect for the upcoming summer months. It is also a fun opportunity to try something from this unknown wine growing region.
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Petit & Bajan Nuit Blanche Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne
Review Date: 04-17-2018
When our Champagne buyer comes back from his annual buy trip, we are always eager to see what awesome new wines he has discovered. The Petit Bajan Blanc de Blanc is one of those wines and what a gem it is! Complex and rich in texture, this Champagne expresses lemon peel, stone fruit with a nutty back end and solid acid backbone. Champagne fans should not miss this one!
Price: $42.99 Add To Cart

2014 Keenan "Reserve" Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 04-10-2018
This is an absolutely beautiful Cabernet Sauvignon from the family owned and operated Keenan winery. This solar-powered, sustainably grown property is up in the historic Spring Mountain District where Cabernet thrives and produces concentrated berries and wines that are made to last. This reserve bottling definitely shows that. Rich, dark fruit character with dried herbs and eucalyptus and a solid tannic structure. With some time spent in the cellar, this wine will shine.

2015 Brewer-Clifton Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay
Review Date: 03-20-2018
This is not your typical California Chardonnay as it's racy and minerally, yet maintains fruit richness. All estate fruit from 3 vineyards in St. Rita Hills contribute orange blossom, ​lime zest, kiwi and mineral flavors and aromas. This sharply focused wine only sees neutral barrels and does not go through malolactic fermentation to keep this wine elegant and fresh. If you lean towards a more French style Chardonnay, I'd say give this one a shot!

2016 Wilson Foreigner "Rorick Vineyard" Albariño Sierra Foothills
Review Date: 03-07-2018
This is an Albarino that is absolutely worth the money! Wilson Foreigner is a collaboration between a Napa based couple and a South African couple who strive to show case true terroir with minimal intervention. The lovely richness of this wine comes from fermenting in neutral French and Hungarian barrels, as well as full malolactic fermentation. Fresh citrus, floral and saline are expressed on the palate and finishes with a nice softness.
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2016 Windchaser "Red Triangle" Mendocino Red Blend
Review Date: 03-07-2018
Berekley based winery Windchaser is a small production winery sourcing from high quality vineyards throughout Northern California. Red Triangle is an interesting blend of Syrah, Grenache and Pinot Noir that work quite well together. Dark fruit, floral, tea and cedar are expressed on the nose and palate with medium-body and freshness. Give this delightful blend a try!
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2014 Galerie "Pleinair" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 02-22-2018
Napa Cabernet at this price does not get any better. I absolutely love the balance of rich fruit, tobacco and baking spices that are shown in this wine. The dusty, earthiness this wine has is compelling and the structure is firm with lovely acidity. This delicious wine can be drunk now, or held for several years.

2014 Galerie "Latro" Knight's Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 02-22-2018
Winemaker Laura Díaz Muñoz creates Galerie's Latro from Knights Valley which is slightly cooler than Napa and lends elegance and minerality to the wine. This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon has intense, dark fruit character coming from the small berries in the vineyard and mountainous soils gives mineral and earthy notes. Cocoa powder, dried herbs, blackberries, currants and a fine tannic backbone tie this Cab together. This is a serious Cabernet for this price, and it will age beautifully.

2015 Argyle "Reserve" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 02-14-2018
Those who are familiar with Argyle probably know about their sparkling wines that put them on the Oregon wine map back in 1987. The winery has since then expanded their portfolio to include other wines, like this Reserve Pinot Noir which comes from their estate vineyards throughout Willamette Valley. This inviting Pinot is bursting with bright red fruit, a touch of spice and is silky on the palate with some tannin to pull it together. Incredibly approachable and drinkable.. you won't be disappointed!
Price: $28.99 Add To Cart
JS 93 VN 93

2014 Amapola Creek "Monte Rosso Vineyard" Sonoma Valley Zinfandel
Review Date: 02-08-2018
This is an amazing Zinfandel at a great price point. Delicious red cherry, vanilla and spice are shown on the palate with a surprising freshness and brightness. A touch of sweetness is expressed on the mid-palate with the finish being more on the dry side. This is for sure stand out!
Price: $34.95 Add To Cart
RP 94 JD 90

2015 Domaine Serene "Evenstad Reserve" Dundee Hills Chardonnay
Review Date: 01-23-2018
Domaine Serene makes one of my favorite Chardonnays from Oregon, and their 2015 really delivers. Bright citrus, brioche and honey aromas jump from the glass while the palate has melon, lemon and cedar notes. Spent a little over a year in 40% new French oak, but this wine remains incredibly balanced from its crisp acidity. This is a serious Chardonnay that is well worth its price.

2014 Domaine Serene "Yamhill Cuvée" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 01-23-2018
This is one of Domaine Serene's entry-level wines that comes from their estate vineyards in Willamette Valley's Dundee Hills, Eola-Amity Hills and Yamhill Carlton. The cuvée is very approachable and intended for near-term consumption. Ripe red fruits, dried herbs and dark chocolate are expressed on the nose while the palate unfolds more layers of spice and coffee. Fresh and silky on the palate, this wine will please many Pinot Noir lovers!

Canard-Duchêne "Authentic" Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 10-04-2017
​This is a fabulous rosé Champagne that is incredibly crisp, light and finishes super dry. It shows delicate flavors of red fruits like strawberries and cranberries. There is also an intriguing mineral character that comes through on the finish creating freshness along with the bright acidity. You can't go wrong, especially for the price!
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

2004 Laurent-Perrier "Cuvée Alexandra" Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 09-14-2017
Wow! What a beautifully complex Champagne from Laurent Perrier. The Grand Siecle Brut is one of my favorites, so I already knew this rose would be special. The 80% Pinot Noir that's in this wine provides red berry, floral and an overall rich and decadent mouthfeel. With some food, this Champagne will be absolutely delightful!

2014 Taken Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend
Review Date: 08-29-2017
Taken is a lovely blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot that's full bodied and would be delicious paired with easygoing dishes like barbecued ribs, pizza or burgers. Zinfandel like qualities are shown in this wine but with more grip and structure. Blackberries, plum, dark chocolate, oak spice are shown on the palate with a smooth and round finish. A great value for Napa Valley reds!
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart
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2014 Mount Peak "Rattlesnake" Sonoma County Zinfandel
Review Date: 08-18-2017
Mount Peak's Rattlesnake Zinfandel is gorgeous and packs a real punch with concentration and high quality fruit. The majority of this wine comes from the Monte Rosso Vineyard, a renowned site in the Mayacamas Range with bright-red, volcanic soils and 100+ year old vines. This wine is loaded with dark berries, pepper, oaky spice and a rich, full-bodied, silky finish. A perfect match for the classic California Zinfandel lover!
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart
RP 92

2014 Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend
Review Date: 08-11-2017
The 2014 Pahlmeyer Bordeaux blend really hits the mark when it comes to luxury, elegance and balance, just what we'd expect from a high-end Napa producer. Fabulous aromatics fill the glass of ​black cherries, cocoa powder, licorice and cedar box. On the palate this wine is super silky and concentrated with bold flavors and balanced out with tannin and mid-palate acidity. This wine is sure to age well, but could be enjoyed young as well.

2015 Jax Vineyard "Y3" Napa Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 05-16-2017
This is a great Napa Chardonnay in the $20 range that falls in the middle of buttery/oaky and crisper styles. 100% Chardonnay aged in concrete tanks with complex flavors of lemon zest, caramel, tropical notes, apple and minerality that's full-bodied but with a lovely freshness. There is a lengthy finish that will keep you going back for more.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
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2015 Martinelli "Grace Nicole - Zio Tony Ranch" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 03-17-2017
Zio Tony Ranch, originally an apple orchard, is home to Chardonnay, Syrah and Pinot Noir vines that thrive with the vineyard's warm/cool temperatures. This 2015 Pinot from Martinelli is a dense wine with vibrant fruit and good balance. Fruit flavors include red cherry, blueberries and plum with tobacco and baking spice notes as well. This is a wine that's well worth the price and could age for quite some time.
Price: $69.99 Add To Cart
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2013 Thomas Fogarty "Estate" Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay
Review Date: 03-01-2017
I don't think you could go wrong with this bottle of wine as it is quite delicious and a good deal. This Chardonnay is made from a winery that's been in the business since 1981 and is made of all estate, single-vineyard fruit from the Santa Cruz mountains. Lemon creme, fresh peaches, white floral and ocean spray are interlaced with bright acid and a weighty mouthfeel.

2014 Maison L'Envoyé "The Attaché" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 02-28-2017
Maison L’Envoye, founded by Mark Tarlov, began in Burgundy and is now making wine in Tasmania and Williamette Valley as well. The Attache Pinot Noir is a barrel selection of the best lots and showcases true Williamette Valley terroir. Lifted and lush with blue and red fruits, the oak and spice add even more layers to this powerful Pinot.

2013 Fuenteseca Huerta Singular "El Maguey" Blanco Tequila (750ml)
Review Date: 02-03-2017
​​​​​​This is an amazing tequila and it's honestly unlike any tequila I've tasted before. The Fuenteseca Ensamble is one of the my favorites in the store and this blanco version is just as delicious. The fact that this tequila is from a single area with a specific terroir makes it even more unique and special. It's complex and full-bodied, yet it has pure, concentrated agave aroma and flavor. This is a tequila to not miss out on!
Price: $79.99 Add To Cart