Category Archives: Featured Wine

Piedmontese Pleasures!

Piedmont Pleasures Individually or at the special mixed case listed after the descriptions, these are world class red wines that have all found their way into my basement. Absolutely stellar winemaking involved here from one of the places in the world I am most passionate about! 2004 BREZZA Barolo “Sarmassa” $53.95 bottle/ $291.00- 1/2 case/…

Spanish Steal: 2012 BODEGAS ATALAYA “Laya”

2012 Bodegas Atalaya Laya Garnacha-Monstrell
$9.50 bottle/ $92.00 case

This rather remarkable Spanish value hardly needs an introduction since this is the fourth year in a row we’ve featured it in our E-Special offering. Always over-delivering, always immensely satisfying, it is easily one of the best wine values in the world. Made by the highly respected Gil family, this 70% garnacha-30% monastrell blend is…

Burgundian Bargain!!

2009 DOMAINE DES 7 TERROIRS Bourgogne Rouge
$15.95 bottle/ $154.00 case

Cue question for the ages: “Why, when we have world class pinot noir vineyards less than an hour away from my front door do I have to go several thousand miles to get a bottle of classic pinot noir this good at this price?” And the answer is: “Damned if I know!” But if a…

Owen Roe Cabernet Franc ON SALE!!

2010 Owen Roe Cabernet Franc "Rosa Mystica"
$27.95 bottle/ $150.00 per 1/2 case/ $285.00 case ($23.75)

What can I say about David O’Reilly’s wines that I haven’t said over these last 14 years. Fabulous, satisfying, impeccably made. What I haven’t been able to, and never thought I would, say is “Buy this bottle and save $14 a pop!” The Rosa Mystica Cab Franc was one of David’s first (maybe the first)…

2010 Chateau de Costis Bordeaux: Riding the tide!

2010 Chateau de Costis Bordeaux
$9.95 bottle/ $95.00 case

Perhaps nowhere is it more apt than in the wine world when, regarding great vintages, that the “a rising tide raises all boats” metaphor rings so true. Such is the case with this lovely, delicious 2010 Chateau de Costis. A right bank blend of 45% merlot, 35% cab franc, and 25% cab sauv, this shows…

Notre Dame de Laval: French bargain hunting!

2011 NOTRE DAME DE LAVAL Cotes du Roussillon
$8.95 bottle/ $85.00 case

This certainly comes under the “old friends” banner if I think of all there wondrous bargains I’ve had from southwest France over the years. It is always somewhat staggering how much wine you get for so little money with these reds. Made from old vine carignan (45%), grenache (30%), and syrah (25%) vineyards that dot…

Lady Hill Winery “Procedo” & “Ad Lucem”: Legends in the making?

The Next Chapter How do you move on from a legend? If you’re Jerry Owen, half of the dynamic duo with David O’Reilly that brought you the stunners from Owen Roe Winery, you part ways with your long time collaborator and start creating your own delicious stories. Hence Jerry and his wife Elaine’s newest passion,…

2011 BUCKMAN Riesling: do not fear the Riesling. Embrace the Riesling!

2011 Buckman Wine Co. Riesling "Willamette Valley"
$14.95 bottle/ $142.00 case

If you have ever heard yourself, or anyone else for that matter, think “I don’t like Riesling, it’s too sweet”, then please, do yourself a favor and pop the cork on our latest Buckman project, our new 2011 “Willamette Valley” Riesling. Let me state right off that bat: THIS IS TOTALLY DRY RIESLING! There, your…