HOW ARE YOU DOING?

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How are you all holding up? We all love wine. But right now, we need a little more than hollow offers of free shipping, deep discounts and tone deaf marketing and comms. Wine for us is the most important of the least important things in life, we, and I imagine many of you are (especially […]

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DARIOUSH – A MODERN NAPA VALLEY CLASSIC

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Courage, commitment, an entrepreneurial spirit and a healthy measure of graciousness best describe Darioush Khaledi, who left behind a successful engineering career in his native Iran and emigrated to the United States seeking opportunity, freedom and personal liberty. Darioush founded his namesake winery in 1997. When asked to reflect on his dual vision to make […]

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2018 BURGUNDY OFFERING & RARE OLDER VINTAGES OF DARVIOT PERRIN

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BURGUNDY OFFERING – A FOCUS ON THE 2018 VINTAGE AND A RARE OFFERING OF OLDER PREMIER CRU WHITES. Domaine Morey Coffinet It doesn’t get more Chassagne-Montrachet than this. Domaine Morey-Coffinet produces 14 different wines. Only one of them comes from vines outside the village. Domaine Morey-Coffinet goes back to 1978, when it was created from […]

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GAMBLE FAMILY


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  2016 GAMBLE FAMILY VINEYARDS NAPA VALLEY $99.95 92 Points Lisa Perrotti-Brown, MW, Robert Parker Wine Advocate “The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley is a blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Malbec, 4% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot and 3% Merlot. It has a very deep garnet-purple color and struts a flamboyant nose of crushed […]

December 7, 2019

WILLAMETTE DAMMIT


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We’ve managed to get our hands on a little more of our favourite Pinot Noir.  Described as the Prince of Pinot, Winemaker Steve Doerner has been making wine for 37 years, 14 years at Calera in California and 23 years at Cristom in Oregon. Luke Jefferson is his personal project and Symbion is his value oriented bottling. […]

December 6, 2019

BAROLO IN EXCELSIUS – SANDRONE 2015


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We’ve taken stock of  the 2105′ from the great Luciano Sandrone, these wines are possessed with a thrilling sense of energy and seamless balance. inquire about allocations. 2015 Luciano Sandrone • Barolo Aleste – 95 Points  There is more purple and black fruit in the 2015 Barolo Aleste compared to past vintages from Luciano Sandrone […]

December 6, 2019

“BLACK OLIVES AND TREE BARK” 100 POINTS RP


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LAIL VINEYARDS J. DANIEL CUVEE CABERNET SAUVIGNON 100 PTS . COMING SOON – “One hundred percent Cabernet Sauvignon aged 20 months in 75% new French oak, the 2016 J. Daniel Cuvée is deep garnet- purple in color and offers up exuberant notes of creme de cassis, chocolate-covered cherries, wild blueberries, violets and unsmoked cigars with […]

November 21, 2019

“WELL WORTH A LOOK” JOHN SZABO MS


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District 7 Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Monterey County, Central Coast. $17 per bottle  “Rich and abundantly flavourful” “well-made with authentic character and mouth-filling generosity” “ Excellent concentration for the price” “This is a surprisingly complex and complete Cabernet from California’s Central Coast” “delivering far more than the mean at this price level from the Golden State” […]

November 9, 2019

“THE PETRUS OF THE COTES DE FRANCS”


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This excellent little property in the obscure Côtes de Francs is producing delicious wines. Owned by the president of Bordeaux negociant, Dourthe, Jean-Marie Chadronnier, Chateau Marsau has been heralded by Robert Parker as “The Petrus of the Côtes de Francs”. Lying at the top of a hill, north-east of the village of Francs, the vineyards […]

October 21, 2019

2015 BAROLO VINTAGE – BEST SINCE 2010


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2015 Barolo Vintage – Best since the great 2010…….. 2015 Bovio Barolo Gattera (10 x 6pks available at – $69.95) 96 Points – James Suckling Very typical 2015 with purity of ripe fruit, from strawberries to cherries. Flowers, too. Full-bodied, very tight and dense with chewy tannins and a long, flavorful finish. Intense finish. Top notch. […]

September 27, 2019

DOMAINE DE CHEVALIER – LUNE D’ARGENT


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Lune d’Argent is the new project of the Bernard family, owners of the iconic Domaine de Chevalier in Pessac-Leognan. This dry white comes from an exceptional terroir located between the Châteux d’Yquem and Guiraud. These soils are not only known to produce the best Sauternes but also stunning dry white wines, a blend of 70% Semillon and […]

September 11, 2019

OLD GUARD NAPA CABERNET VIA LUCCA, ITALY & OMAGH, IRELAND


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The story of the Ballentine and Pocai Familes winds its way from Lucca, Italy and Omagh, County Tyrone, Ireland into the beautiful Napa Valley where the family has been making wines from the same estate vineyards since 1906. The Winery harks back to a simpler, less glamourous time in the Valley, the Ballentine’s are a […]

August 23, 2019

NO Rosé ALL DAY – JUST A BOTTLE OF THE BEST


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2018 Chateau Vignelaure Rosé – Coteaux d’Aix – en- Provence  93 Points Wine Enthusiast   Coming from an historic estate east of Aix-en-Provence, Vignelaure is a benchmark producer of the delicious, dry rose for which Provence is famous. Chateau Vignelaure is always a star among the rosés, this vintage does not disappoint. It is perhaps fatter than usual but […]

August 14, 2019