Category Archives: Featured Wine

Sensational Sangiovese from Di Majo Norante!

2013 DI MAJO NORANTE Sangiovese "Terre degli Osci"
$10.95 bottle/ $104.00 case

This super value sangiovese from the Molise region has never been better than in this 2013 version. Di Majo Norantes is the foremost producer in this wine area that abuts the Adriatic Sea in southern Italy. It shows in this delicious vino rosso. Crazy amounts of über-drinkable fruit and a rich texture. This is a…

Blockbuster Barbera: 2012 Giacomo Conterno!!

2012 GIACOMO CONTERNO Barbera d'Alba "Francia"
$55.95 bottle/ $302.00 half case/ $535.00 case

Blockbuster, world class red here. Absolutely stunning. Yes, expensive by Barbera standards but most assuredly blows away virtually all similarly priced wines. This is amazing! I could go on and on, and for a Barbera lover like me this is nirvana. But better to let a few like-minded wine critics have their sauy, ’cause I…

Loire Loveliness: 2013 FRANCK MILLET Sancerre

2013 FRANCK MILLET Sancerre
$23.95 bottle/ $229.00 case

Given that I obsess over fresh oysters and can consume, if offered the chance, unhealthy amounts of them, is it any wonder I love the great Sancerre from France’s Loire Valley? In truth, any fish or seafood based meal would benefit greatly from a liberal dose of this great bottle of sauvignon blanc. For my…

Oregon Classic: 2012 CROWLEY WINES Pinot Noir “Entre Nous”

2012 CROWLEY WINES "Entre Nous" Pinot Noir
$30.95 bottle/ $297.00 case

Since the first release I carried, his still delicious 2005 vintage “Entre Nous” Pinot, I have been very impressed with the pure, classically Oregon pinots from Tyson Crowley and his partner Evan Roberts. They make pinots that don’t need a wallop of oak or excessive hang time to express themselves. Just extremely careful vineyard management,…

Single Vineyard Sensation: 2009 AZELIA “Vigna Punta” Barbera d’Alba

2009 AZELIA Barbera d'Alba "Vigna Punta"
$23.95 bottle/ $229.00 case

This is dazzlingly great Barbera from one of the Piedmont’s uncompromising traditionalists. Azelia’s wines are textbook examples of long-lived, character-driven vino rosso from this region I adore. If I was blindfolded and you poured me a glass of this single-vineyard beauty I would guess based on the layers of intriguing aromas and flavors, that you…

Mont Gras “Antu” Syrah: as good as it gets!

2012 MONT GRAS "Antu" Syrah
$19.95 bottle/ $192.00 case

When we carried the previous locally available release of this Chilean beauty, the 2009 “Antu” Syrah, I wrote that it was one of, if not the, best South American Syrahs I’ve had. At any price. Any cheaper and they tend to be flabby fruit bombs; any more and all you taste is vanilla from the…

Superiore in Every Way!

2010 TRINCHERO Barbera d’Asti Superiore “Terre del Noce”
$23.95 bottle/ $230.00 case

You may have gathered over time that I am a huge Barbera nut. Probably my favorite wine to drink on a regular basis, which makes me somewhat, well, “particular” would be a good way to put it. That’s why I am so thrilled with this ’10 Trinchero which absolutely knocked me out. A “Superiore” level…

Oregon Pinot for a Pittance!

Un Autre Monde…translated means “Another World”…which is about how I’m feeling right now about this wine. Another world meaning, oh, say, buying Oregon pinot noir in the early to mid-1990’s. If you want to skip the long-winded version of why you have to take advantage of this wine then go right to the bottom “how…