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California Dreaming: 2014 Ridge Vineyards Petite Sirah “Lytton Estate”

2014 Ridge Vineyards Petite Sirah "Lytton Estate"
$41.95 bottle/ $227.00 -1/2 case

Oh, boy!! We’ve been waiting a long time for this to land, and now that it is here it exceeds expectations on all levels! An absolutely drop dead gorgeous Petite Sirah that has Ridge’s trademark intensity, class, and sense of boundless energy. This is what other petite sirah’s hope to be when they grow up!…

Great Washington Reds, pt. 1!!

Hard not go on and on about the latest and greatest Washington wines we’ll be pouring tomorrow, and I found it impossible to contain it to just one evening, so tomorrow we’ll do part one of two and let you in on what has grabbed our attentive palates the past few weeks. I don’t need…

World Wide Pleasures!!

I keep being offered proof that the quality of winemaking from around the world has never been better. No matter what your pricing comfort zone you can find something quite extraordinary to keep you and yours very happy. As evidence…. *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    * 2012 BODEGAS VOLVER “Tarima Hill” Monastrell…

Intro To Wine: the basics and more!

This is a two session class that will run from 6:30-8:30 on two consecutive Wednesdays, Sept. 21st and 28th, which will cover the basics of wine appreciation. You’ll find out why it is actually a good thing to swirl, sniff, and taste in that oddly intriguing way. What to look for when you taste a…

Superb Saint-Chinian: 2013 Domaine de Cambis!!

2013 Domaine de Cambis Saint-Chinian "Carnet du Voyage"
$23.95 bottle/ $229.00 case

According to the Cambis website, “Carnet de Voyage is an ode to discovery and to travelling. We think that we have succeeded in making the taster of this wine travel while drinking it.” Believe me, it worked! I just tried this incredible red wine this past week and was absolutely blown away at the quality…

VINO Value Case #35!!

VINO VALUE  CASE #35 Enough time has gone by that you must have gone through those 12 bottles from Value Case #34, right? Assuming that is the “case”, as it were, and also assuming you still enjoy drinking very well for a pittance, then below you’ll find the latest installment of our delicious dozen bottles….

Walter Scott Wines and the Passion for Pinot!

I’ve been meaning to share this offering since I tasted through the remarkable 2014 single vineyard pinots from Ken Pahlow and Erica Landon’s Walter Scott Wines about, geez, 6 weeks ago. Things seemed to get in the way of my best intentions…vacation, life, etc….the usual first world problems. But finally I’m able to take the…

Amazing Alicante: 2009 Sierra Salinas Alicante!!

2009 Sierra Salinas Alicante "Puerto Salinas"
$19.95 bottle/ $192.00 case

What a great blend here, a Spanish red that comes across more like a $30+ Priorat than a tinto from the relatively more obscure Alicante region. Rich, full bodied, yet superbly balanced. This is crying out for some grilled steak or lamb. Here’s some pretty compelling praise from Parker’s Wine Advocate: “A remarkable value, and…