Category Archives: Featured Wine

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…

Ligurian Delight: Bisson Bianchetta Genovese

2013 BISSON Bianchetta Genovese “U Pastine”
$23.95 bottle/ $228.00 case

Should you happen to glance up and catch a peek of the vineyards dotting the hillsides above you while  hiking along the trail that connects the too picturesque villages of Liguria’s Cinque Terre region, a few of the vines in sight might belong to artist-turned-winemaker Pierluigi Lugano, who has made it his mission to resurrect…

Casa Contini’s Sublime Salento!

2013 CASA CONTINI Salento Rosso “Verso” $14.95 bottle/ $144.00 case You want to know what grapes that have ripened to perfection in the warm southern Italian sun taste like? Pop the cork on this deep, resonant rosso, pour a glass, take a sip and close your eyes. Intellectual transport to the Apulia region in the…

Powerful Priorat at a Pretty Price!

2010 SENORIO DE CONVEY Priorat
$16.95 bottle/ $163.00 case

Wow! I just tasted this about 5 minutes ago with one of my reps and was absolutely blown away that a Priorat this good was available for so little and had to sit down and share immediately! This is astonishingly excellent Spanish red from the famous Priorat region. Made by the extremely quality oriented Cellers…

Dolcetto Gets Real!

2012 ASCHERI Dolcetto d'Alba
$16.95 bottle/ $163.00 case

Ascheri is renowned for producing Barolos that are classics. Unyielding, bold, traditional nebbiolo that come from their impeccably maintained cellar in Bra. Their attention to detail, and the intense personality that gives their higher end wines their character, filters down through their other wines as well, as this incredibly dark, full, complex Dolcetto will attest….

2012 Columbia Crest Cabernet Sauvignon H3

I don’t usually do things prompted by reviews I read in The Wine Spectator, especially wines that are made in the several thousand case quantity, but I know on this bottle when word hits the general public I’m going to get innumerable calls and this wine will most likely be sold out, so I hope…

Savory Savoie: 2011Philippe Ravier Roussanne

2011 PHILIPPE RAVIER Roussanne

We’ve been seeing plenty of roussanne based wines coming from various NW wineries. They are usually fairly good, but unfortunately priced at about $15-$20 or more. Now here’s the thing: they are nowhere near as satisfying as this beautifully rendered bottle from Philippe Ravier’s tiny estate in eastern France’s picturesque Savoie region. It has classic…

Yves Cheron: Syrah as it should be!

2011 YVES CHERON Crozes-Hermitage "La Coteau de la Beaume"
$22.95 bottle/ $220.00 case

This hasn’t happened in a long time: a wine comes in from an area that I like but have never really been overly impressed with, and WHAM!, suddenly my palate pops open, my mind’s expectations get jolted awake, and I have one of those all too rare “Whoa, what the —- is going on here?”…