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Staff Favorites - Morgan Laurie

Morgan Laurie

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2015 Domaine Les Pins Bourgueil Vieilles Vignes
Review Date: 12-07-2018
Domaine Les Pins is an estate that always churns out fantastic wine with a great price tag. Family run and focused on quality, this old vines Bourgueil is brimming with concentrated fruit. The nose is perfumed and seductive, and while this can be cellared for some time, it's also drinking beautifully now. There's a structure to this that is at once slightly firm but also completely approachable. The tannins have a bit of chew, but the wine itself is soft with ripe fruit easing the firmness of the structure. This a great bottle at an "everyday drinking" price point that feels way more elevated than a $16.99 price point.
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart
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2017 Domaine la Croix Belle "Caringole" Côtes de Thongue Rouge
Review Date: 11-30-2018
What an amazing little everyday red for under $10! Mostly Syrah and vinified in stainless steel, this is bright, fresh and ready to drink now. It's got a bounty of red, ripe fruit and a well integrated structure. A must for anyone looking for a great value for weeknight wines.
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart

2017 Domaine Renaud Mâcon-Solutré
Review Date: 11-30-2018
One of best value's for white Burgundies in the store! Fresh, vibrant and easy drinking, this under $20 beauty drinks well above its price point. Great mineral notes, orchard fruit and white flowers are the dominant notes on the nose, with a palate that feels lush but still retains zippy acidity. A great, crowd pleasing Chardonnay for the Holidays!
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart

2016 Allram Grüner Veltliner "Renner 1ÖTW" Kamptal
Review Date: 11-27-2018
It's no wonder Gruner Veltliner is so en vogue right now with wines like this! Fresh and elegant with a nice, rounded palate balanced by a zippy little line of acidity. This has lovely notes of yellow stone fruits, spice and saline along with ripe green pears and winter citrus. If you're unfamiliar with the varietal, pick up a bottle of this Allram to really see the potential this wonderful grape has, and if you're already a fan, you're going to love this!
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart
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2015 Château de Montfaucon Lirac
Review Date: 11-21-2018
A richer, heartier Lirac for those cold winter nights! Lovely aromatics with notes of lavender, cinnamon dusted black cherries and plums. Some bright acidity and slightly dusty tannin provide some nice structure making this a fantastic pairing for winter dishes like stews and roasts. You get a lot of wine for under $20 with this one!
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart

2017 Bedouet "Clos des Grands Primos" Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie
Review Date: 10-19-2018
This is a great little crisp white to have around for the upcoming Dungeness crab season! The estate, which began converting to organic in 2010, is now fully organic from the farming to the production. This is refreshing and bright, brimming with notes of freshly sliced citrus, stone fruit and saline. It spends a good deal of time on it's lees, so you get a little note of richness on the nose, but the palate is zippy and clean. This is a great bottle to have around for any type of seafood, but it also hits the spot for any time you need a crisp, light white wine.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart
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2015 Domaine Les Pins "Le Clos les Pins" Bourgueil
Review Date: 10-19-2018
Domaine Les Pins is a family owned estate, making wine for over five generations. As an independent grower/producer, they are hands on with every aspect of their production and work traditionally at every stage. The "Le Clos les Pins" is a single parcel of Cabernet Franc, the only varietal they work with. This is a little more savory and rustic in it's profile. The nose has an almost umami aspect to it with rich black olive notes, a touch of menthol and a bit of saddle leather that marries nicely with the bright, punchy red fruit. The palate has a bit of tannin, but it's all very soft and velvety with a nice punch of acid, making this a fantastic wine for the dinner table. This would be great with everything from roast chicken to roast beef. Another delicious Cab Franc to add into my weeknight rotation!
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart
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2013 Bagueri Ribolla Gialla Slovenia
Review Date: 10-13-2018
The nose on this wine is unctuous and powerful, filled to the brim with ripe, fleshy peaches and apricots, saline tinged honey, roasted citrus and yellow flowers. The palate is textured and full but has a wonderful lift of acidity to keep it light on its feet. This is a perfect wine for the upcoming Holiday season and would make a natural match for the rich, butter and cream laden dishes of Fall and Winter. A must try if you're looking for a unique, cold weather white.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart
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2016 Joël Taluau "Expression" Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil
Review Date: 10-07-2018
One of my favorite everyday reds! Fresh, vibrant and youthful, this easy drinking Cab Franc from Loire is a fantastic value. Pretty floral aromatics, crunchy red fruits and a bit of peppery spice make this intriguing and versatile for almost anything you throw at it. A great buy!
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart

2015 Rusack "El Rancho Escondido" Santa Catalina Island Zinfandel
Review Date: 10-06-2018
On our recent staff education outing to Santa Barbara County, we stopped at Rusack on our last day for a tasting of their portfolio. The Catalina Island Zinfandel stood out for me in a lineup of outstanding wines. Santa Catalina was home to a thriving vineyard and winery that was established in the late 1800s until the entire operation was shut down and the vines ripped out with the onset of Prohibition. Armed with only a rumor about a few surviving wild vines, the winemaker at Rusack went to the island's Central Valley to investigate. Luckily the Nature Conservancy allowed them to gather a few cuttings and the clones now reside at El Rancho Escondido on the island. This Zinfandel is exceptionally unique. Incredibly fresh and lively, this is full of peppery spice and bright, tangy red fruit. Notes of wet cedar and damp soil give this an earthy edge. If you're a fan of lighter bodied, complex and interesting reds, this is a really intriguing wine to try. Far and away one of the most memorable wines of our three-day trip.
Price: $69.95 Add To Cart
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2015 Tyler "Bien Nacido Vineyard - W Block" Santa Maria Chardonnay
Review Date: 10-06-2018
What an incredibly lovely Chardonnay. Richly textured and lush on the palate, it’s balanced beautifully with a firm streak of acidity that cuts through. Aromas of honeysuckle, saline, citrus and orchard fruit with a hint of hazelnut give the nose serious depth. Another outstanding selection from Tyler Winery.
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart
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2016 Tyler "Dierberg Vineyard - Block 5" Santa Maria Pinot Noir
Review Date: 10-06-2018
Wonderfully structured and complex, the nose has a darker fruited and exotic profile with notes of blood orange zest, pomegranate and iron. The palate is expressive and complex, full of crushed berries and dried floral notes with a precise, laser-like finish. A beautifully made wine!
Price: $49.95 Add To Cart
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2017 Domaine du Vieil Orme Sauvignon Touraine Blanc
Review Date: 10-06-2018
A refreshing and vibrant Sauvignon Blanc from the Touraine appellation in Loire. This is youthful and fun with notes of freshly sliced lemons and limes, limestone minerality and pineapple. Perfect for lighter fare and seafood with the citrus inflected, clean palate!
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart

2012 Franck Bonville "Millesime" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 08-21-2018
Franck Bonville is killer Champagne, always priced reasonably and drinks far above its price point. He's one of my go-to Champagne producers for myself, gifts for friends and recommendations for customers. The 2012 "Millesime" is made with all Grand Cru Chardonnay. This has a very mineral heavy nose with tons of chalk and crushed seashells along with white cherry, apples and pear. There is a slight weight on the palate but it's not too rich. Full of verve and freshness this is a Champagne for those who like a cleaner style.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

2008 A.D. Coutelas Vintage Brut Champagne
Review Date: 08-21-2018
A 50/50 blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay coming from plots over 40 years old, this wine is fermented in stainless steel then aged on its lees for 9 years. 2008 is considered one of the best vintages in a generation in Champagne, providing incredible depth with the perfect balance of acidity and natural ripeness in the harvested grapes. The nose is complex and rich with a slight floral note and aromas of biscuit, pears, butter and lemon candies. The palate is rich but still has a vibrant acidity giving this some backbone. A great find in a great vintage. Highly recommended.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart
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Gilbert Jacquesson "Cuvée Eugénie" Brut Rose Champagne
Review Date: 08-21-2018
A light, delicate Brut Rose for those that prefer an understated style. Ripe strawberry and smashed raspberry give way to a slight spice note with a touch of limestone minerality. A bit of structure makes this a fantastic wine for the dinner table. A killer Brut rose for under $30!
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

2012 Gilbert Jacquesson Vintage Brut Champagne
Review Date: 08-21-2018
Produced with 2 Pinot Meunier plots, each over 40 years old, this low dosage Brut has a lovely aromatic profile and a richer palate from the lees aging while still providing zippy acidity and a clean finish. Brioche and baked apples dominate the nose with a touch of chalky minerality. A fantastic vintage Champagne for everyday drinking.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

2017 Eric Cottat Sancerre Rosé
Review Date: 08-17-2018
A staff favorite year after year, this 100% Pinot Noir Rose from Sancerre displays zesty minerality and crunchy red fruits. The palate is vibrant and zesty with refreshing acidity. The perfect rose for grilled salmon or steamed mussels!
Price: $18.99 Add To Cart

San Venanzio Prosecco Valdobbiadene Superiore Brut
Review Date: 08-13-2018
This is a delightful little Prosecco that delivers a lot for a small price tag! Fruity and floral, this wine has notes of ripe pears, peach blossoms and key lime pie. It's dry and crisp with a creamy mouth feel and a touch of sweetness to balance the bracing minerality. Truly a steal at $12.99!
Price: $13.99 Add To Cart
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A.D. Coutelas "Cuvée Louis Victor" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 07-24-2018
This is a really cool take on Champagne with a solera style barrel being the base wine. The added richness and complexity from the perpetual blend adds tons of character with aromas of toasted hazelnuts, spice cake, chalk and roasted apple. A really incredible bottling and completely unique, especially considering the price point. Stunning!
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart
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2017 Domaine Tabordet "Le Champs des Vignes" Pouilly Fumé
Review Date: 07-21-2018
A lovely, characterful Sauvignon Blanc with a little extra dimension from the slightly flinty aromas. A truly terrior driven wine, the subtle hints of flint come from the Silex soil the vines are grown in. This is a wonderfully aromatic and refreshing wine for light poultry and seafood based dishes.
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart

2017 Terra Santa Ile de Beaute Rosé Corsica
Review Date: 07-21-2018
I discovered this fun little Rose last year and I am so happy its back! Bright and fresh with great texture and notes of crisp red fruits, this is a must for picnics, parties or Sunday afternoon sipping!
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart

2008 Trimbach "Cuvée Frédéric Émile" Riesling Alsace
Review Date: 07-08-2018
Trimbach's "Cuvee Frederic Emile" is sourced from the Gaisberg and Osterberg Grand Cru vineyards. Each year it's made it's held back for at least five years before release. This has been sitting in the Trimbach cellars ageing since its bottling in April 2009 and it shows in the incredible complexity and rich aromatics. Powerful and layered, the nose shows notes of dried peaches and apricots, roasted almonds, petrol and wet hay. The palate is bold and round with a savory nuttiness. There's still incredible acidity and the capacity to age further is evident. You could drink this now (because it's delicious) but you could hold this for several more years. An incredibly special bottle of Riesling to add to your collection.

2017 Pedro Martinez Alesanco Rosado Rioja
Review Date: 07-08-2018
I poured this Rosado recently at our Summer Rose tasting and far and away this was the days most popular. This little stunner knocks it out of the park for a pittance. Juicy, mouthwatering and fresh with notes of blood orange, smashed strawberry and tangerine zest this is perfect for grilled prawns, paella or mussels with chorizo. Good stuff!
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart

2017 Domaine des Côtes Blanches Sancerre Rosé
Review Date: 07-08-2018
I've always loved Rose of Pinot Noir and this is exactly why! Crisp, refreshing and delicate, this is the perfect bottle for all of your Summer festivities. This Rose is bursting with pretty red fruits, subtle floral aromas and fresh mineral notes. Pick this up for your next picnic, beach day or cook out!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2017 Framingham F-Series Pinot Gris Marlborough
Review Date: 06-24-2018
It's rare that I like every single wine in a tasting line up, but when we were treated to a selection of Framingham wines led by the winemaker Andrew Hedley I liked EVERY SINGLE THING. Seriously. I'm always looking for a high payoff on the quality/price ratio and the wines from Framingham excel at delivering complex, incredible wines at around a twenty dollar price point. This Pinot Gris is in one word, killer. Full of spice, quartz mineral, lychee and all manner of floral notes, it has a soft sweetness balanced by a slight phenolic bitterness. Just buy a bottle and keep it around for the inevitable night when you're too tired to cook dinner and you order in some Indian takeout and you don't want to think about what to drink with it. Trust.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2014 Domaine de la Begude Bandol Rouge
Review Date: 06-19-2018
This is a bottle to buy now and stash away for a bit. Or at least until the weather changes into grey, wind swept skies that call for rich, smothered pork chops, braised meats and warmly spiced lamb dishes. This Bandol Rouge is meaty, spicy and full of sweet, rich fruit all at once. Intense and brooding, the finish on this has impressive length. If you decide to drink this sooner rather than later, decant for as long as possible, but if you can put it somewhere and forget about it for awhile, this can cellar for the next ten years.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart
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Jean-Louis Denois "Bulles d'Argile" Extra Brut (Sans Soufre)
Review Date: 06-19-2018
This sulfur free bubbly is the perfect sparkling wine for any occasion. Bright, fresh and youthful, this little value sparkler is a steal. Crisp Asian pears, Anjou pear pastilles and green banana give this easygoing wine quaffability, and before you know, the bottle will be empty! It can easily be sipped alone as an aperitif or paired with light picnic or party friendly fare.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2014 Domaine Vincent Carême "Le Peu Morier" Vouvray Sec
Review Date: 05-28-2018
Vincent Careme is a young winemaker out of the Loire with a recently established estate that is quickly gaining prominence. His estate was founded in 1999 making his accomplishments even more impressive. He makes a full range of Chenin Blanc from sparkling to moelleux, all of which is certified organic. His "Le Peu Morier" is dry, bright and fresh with a nose that smells like freshly harvested beeswax rolled in fresh stone fruit. The flinty, limestone based soils provide tons of mineral notes and the terrior really shines through. An excellently priced Vouvray that is sure to please any lover of Loire Chenin Blanc!
Price: $27.99 Add To Cart
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2015 Domaine Antoine Jobard St-Aubin 1er Cru "Sur le Sentier du Clou"
Review Date: 05-19-2018
Wow, this is quite a bottle! This wine exudes elegance and is suitable to be drunk now or can be held for the next ten to fifteen years. Upon first opening, this show copious oak with some really beautiful aromatics behind it. After peeling back the layers, there were some savory notes of hay and something that read as orange water, along with gardenia and something that reminded me of white peach iced white tea. Incredibly complex on the nose, the palate tastes cleaner than you assume it will. The oak plays more of a textural role versus a flavor component. It's full and rich but carries the weight well with fresh acidity. A really beautiful bottle from a highly regarded estate, and one for collectors of fine white Burgundies.

2016 Hugel "Gentil" Alsace
Review Date: 05-19-2018
Wines labeled "Gentil" from the Alsace region are high quality blends composed of at least 50% of the four noble varietals (Gewurtztraminer, Riesling, Muscat and/or Pinot Gris) with the remaining blend either Sylvaner, Pinot Blanc and/or Chasselas. Each varietal must be vinified on its own and must also officially qualify as an AOC Alsace wine. Pretty good for a $10.99 price point! Alsace continues to be a favorite region to look to for well crafted, value priced wines that pair wonderfully with food. The 2016 Gentil from Hugel is like Spring in a glass. Youthful, fresh and aromatic with notes of elder flower, spiced lychee, sweet lime, and white peach, the palate has bright, zippy acidity and a slightly soft, rounded texture. If you're having anything that has spent its life in water before making it to your plate, this would be a lovely match. You could also have this with Indian food, Moroccan food or Thai. A charming, fun wine to have on hand!
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart
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2017 Vignoble Dragon Côtes de Provence Rosé
Review Date: 05-18-2018
Juicy, fresh and very easy going this delightful little rose from Provence is full of notes of ripe berries and white cherry. Perfect for a bowl of steamed mussels or a weekend picnic in the park.
Price: $13.99 Add To Cart

2016 Dancing Crow Vineyards Lake County Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 05-18-2018
Looking for a great value in California wine? Look to Lake County! A viticultural area that's gaining esteem, this Cabernet Sauvignon from Dancing Crow is beautiful, soft and balanced with flavors of warm baking spice, black cherry and ripe black plums. Give a glass to your most staunch Napa Cab fan and see if they can spot the difference. A fantastic California Cabernet under $20!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2016 Domaine Noiré "Soif de Tendress" Chinon
Review Date: 05-01-2018
The 2016 “Soif de Tendresse” Chinon is a certified organic wine from vines aged 25 to 30 years. Stylistically, it is produced for early enjoyment and the palate feels lively and youthful. I tasted this once when it was just opened, then again several hours later. The first pass was already showing well: aromatic and soft. By the time I tasted this again, it was singing! The nose was so perfumed with tons of violet, sage, wet leaves, red clay and dark, ripe berries. The palate was soft and inviting, true to its name: “Soif de Tendresse,” or “thirst for tenderness.”
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart

Chateau de Miniere "Bulles de Miniere" Petillant Natural Rouge
Review Date: 03-31-2018
I've had sparkling rosé from Loire made of Cabernet Franc, but I've never had a full skin contact sparkling red made of the grape. This wine is awesome! It has a super interesting nose, with tons of Cab Franc aromas. It's slightly earthy and dusty with notes of smashed strawberries and raspberries. The palate is very dry and fresh. If you're looking to try something new, unique and interesting, pick this up. It could be served with a charcuterie plate, pizza (in place of a Lambrusco) or with simple desserts . More versatile than you would think and quite tasty!
Price: $21.99 Add To Cart

2015 Mad Furmint Dry Tokaj Hungary
Review Date: 03-21-2018
Another fantastic dry Furmint to add to your Hungarian wine repertoire! This is on the slightly rounder side of things and has a rich mouthfeel without being full bodied. It's expressive and aromatic with an almost Chenin Blanc-like nose. Ripe peaches and pineapple mingle with notes of honey, wax and yellow flowers. This dry Tokaj sees all stainless steel to preserve the freshness and minerality of the unique soils of the vineyards of Mád. Something to try if you like Chenin Blanc from the Loire Valley!
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart

2016 Jean Reverdy "La Reine Blanche" Sancerre
Review Date: 02-26-2018
The Jean Reverdy La Reine Blanche is a classic Sancerre from Verdigny, one of the top villages in Sancerre. The estate dates back to 1650 and has been in the Reverdy family for 10 generations. This single vineyard Sauvignon Blanc is vinified in all stainless steel with no usage of oak and no malolactic fermentation, keeping this crisp, sharp and focused. Chalky, limestone minerality, white peach and lime zest lead into a fresh, elegant palate. Perfect for seafood based dishes.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
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Egrot (formerly Elisabeth Goutorbe) Brut Champagne
Review Date: 02-16-2018
This bottling from Elisabeth Goutorbe showcases why our direct imports are such a steal. Balanced, elegant and charming, all under $35. The palate is rich and complex while also having tons of fresh minerality and bright acidity. Tons of black cherry with a little toast and hazelnut. One to grab for any occasion or gathering and sure to please even the most finicky of palates.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

2015 Pike Road Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 02-12-2018
Pike Road produces their Pinot Noir with grapes sourced from 6 different estate vineyard sites, all 100% Willamette Valley fruit. The grapes are hand picked, hand sorted and fermented in stainless steel before barrel aging in french oak for 10 months. That's an insane level of care and quality in wine making for a sub $20 price point! What you get is a beautiful, elegant and complex Pinot Noir that's priced to be an everyday drinker with notes of bright red fruit and a little spice. Perfect for simple weeknight meals like a roast chicken or seared salmon.
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart

Mas Codina Cava Brut Reserva Penedès
Review Date: 01-29-2018
This truly is one of the best values in sparkling wine we have. It's fresh, crisp and drinks well above it's price. Dry with small bubbles and an elegant mouth feel, it goes down (almost) too easily. Notes of green apple, stone fruits and a slight nutty richness make this an easy choice for any occasion!
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart

2016 Domaine Ostertag "Les Jardins" Riesling
Review Date: 01-28-2018
The wines of Andre Ostertag are some of my favorite in the store and I'm always very happy when we are able to bring them in. Ostertag has rejected the official classifications of the A.O.C. and instead created his own categories. The Les Jardins is part of his "vins de fruit" wines and are made to express varietal character and the taste of the grapes themselves rather than expressing a single vineyard site and the terroir from which the grapes came. The Les Jardins is fermented dry lending it versatility at the dining table. They're meant to be drunk young and fresh. I drank this over the course of two nights, each with different seafood based meals and it was fantastic. Crisp and intensely mineral, with notes of lime/lime leaf, white flowers and under ripe nectarine, this wine is beautifully aromatic and a natural match for lighter fare.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart
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2009 Baron-Fuenté "Grand Millesime" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 01-19-2018
Another fantastic bottle from Baron Fuente! The nose starts off with apple butter and poached pears, then gives way to a rich kouign amann pastry, roasted lemon and yeast. The palate has an intense nuttiness, almost like eating a handful of raw hazelnuts while still providing a clean mineral note and vibrant acidity. A great bottle to pick up for your next Champagne craving.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

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2016 Au Bon Climat/K&L Wine Merchants "Bien Nacido Vineyard" Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 11-28-2017
This is what I want from my Pinot Noirs! The first note I wrote down while tasting this was "yum" - not exactly a tasting note but I was impressed. This is so aromatic and enticing. It's complex and lovely. It's....just really good. Along with the fruit and warm baking spice, I get what can be described as a "clean earth" note. Like fresh potting soil. It's like if you were planting peonies and pink roses in your garden with fresh, wet earth. It's subtle, but I love me some clean earth and flowers in my wine. I already love Au Bon Climat and the fact that I can get a ridiculous Pinot from a highly celebrated estate for under $20, makes this even better. I might need one for decanting and drinking now, and one to lay down for a bit.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2016 Franck Millet "Insolite" Sancerre
Review Date: 11-28-2017
Back just in time for the Holidays! The grapes for the Insolite cuvée are selected from the chalkiest soils on their property in Bué. Franck and Betty (the husband and wife team behind the estate) allow the wine to macerate with the skins at close to 32 degrees to coax as much aroma and flavor as possible. On the nose the wine is fresh and racy with pronounced mineral tones, freshly cut grass, sweet green herbs and lots of fresh citrus and stone fruit. The wine has some texture, almost a creamy feel on the palate with a zippy, lively undercurrent of acidity. Considering that Dungeness crab season is in full effect, I would happily pair this with a big old plate of the good stuff, but this would work with any seafood really.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart

Deligeroy "La Petite Marquise" Crémant de Loire Brut Rosé
Review Date: 11-27-2017
This old favorite is back again just in time for the holidays! Perfect as an aperitif, a bottle to toast with or something to open for friends and family who drop by, this little bottle of bubbles is sure to please everyone! Fresh, zippy, lively and full of finesse, this is an inexpensive gem to pick up a few bottles of so you'll always be prepared.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart

2008 Le Brun de Neuville "Grand Vintage" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 11-21-2017
In what's shaping up to be a classic Champagne vintage, this wine delivers a lot for a sub $40 price point. Clean & graceful with mid palate richness and bracing acidity. Intriguing chalky mineral notes and rich brioche add depth to the lovely array of orchard fruit. This wine is a superb value and and drinks well above its price point. Ready to drink now or a wonderful Champagne to age and enjoy down the road.
Price: $44.99 Add To Cart
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Louis Roederer "Carte Blanche" Demi-Sec Champagne
Review Date: 11-11-2017
I took this home on a whim without realizing it was a demi-sec and opened it one night after bringing home a fried chicken sandwich topped with spicy wasabi coleslaw. Now, some people may scoff at a demi-sec Champagne but if anyone can do it right, it's the house of Roederer. After the first sip I immediately realized that I hadn't brought home a Brut, but was pleasantly surprised (and pretty happy) that of all nights, I decided to open this on a spicy fried chicken sandwich night! Fried chicken and Champagne is already one of those mystical high-low pairings that works like magic, but factor in a little residual sugar and spice...whoa Nelly. The wine is soft, still has some lift from a vein of acidity and elegant all at once. The fruit is ripe and creamy and it all manages to avoid being cloyingly sweet, despite the fact it's dosed at 38gm/L. If there ever was a balanced demi-sec, this would be it.

2015 Rickshaw Chardonnay
Review Date: 10-23-2017
Rickshaw sources their grapes for this Chardonnay from Santa Barbara all the way up to Mendocino. Blending fruit from warmer weather regions along with fruit from cooler climates gives the wine a lovely balance of richness along with structure and aromatics. It's got citrusy, tropical brightness along with a vanilla and toast undertone from the partial barrel fermentation (20%) and 6 months in French oak. A killer wine for an amazing price, this would please anyone looking for a fresh, fruit forward wine with some texture and structure.
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2016 Domaine du Petit Clocher Anjou Blanc
Review Date: 09-15-2017
This is a well balanced, aromatic and complex wine for under $15. What more could you ask for!? It's round and full but carries a bracing acidity to keep things lifted. It's got a great, driving minerality surrounded by notes of delicious dried apples and apricots. There's also something that reminds me of having steeped black tea alongside a pear upside down cake that I find especially appealing. The 2016 vintage in Loire is regarded as high quality. Throw an Indian summer into the mix which helped the parcels of Chenin Blanc ripen to their full potential, and you've got a particularly noteworthy Loire wine to grab. This would be great with a savory tart or a ham, cheese and asparagus quiche.
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Jean-Louis Denois "Tradition" Extra Brut Reserve
Review Date: 08-29-2017
Looking for Champagne taste on a beer budget? This is the solution! With a creamy mouth feel, delicate bubbles, and a slightly toasty, yeasty goodness you'd think you were drinking Champagne if I poured you a glass and never let you see the bottle. Great for parties, weddings, or really anytime you want to have a glass of bubbles, this $15 sparkler knocks it out of the park!
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart

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