VINO Deals

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…

Vacqueyras: The Poor Man’s Chateauneuf du Pape??

That “Poor man’s (fill in the blank)” moniker gets tossed around in all facets of life. Most times with more wishful thinking than truth. In the case of the wines of the Vacqueyras region and their kinship with their more famous neighbors in Chateauneuf du Pape in France’s Rhone Valley it may actually be true….

Owen Roe Cabernet Franc ON SALE!!

2011 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)…

Pitch Perfect Pinot Gris!

2010 BELLE PENTE Pinot Gris ‘Willamette Valley” $16.95 bottle/ $163.00 case If you’re looking for a local white that is drinking perfectly right now for your dinner tables, grab this rapidly disappearing white while you can. I’ve always been a huge fan of owner/winemaker Brian O’Donnell’s wines at Belle Pente. He has a deft touch…

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…

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…

California Dreamin’: The bold & the beautiful!

California Dreamin’ I think it was the trip to Napa and Sonoma a few weeks ago that rekindled my passion for American red wine. And when I talk American, I mean big, rich, jammy wine that tame the smoke and heat off the ‘que and complement the intense flavors on your plates. Plus, when things…

Saint-André Corbin’s Cellar Worthy Bordeaux Bargain!

2010 CHATEAU SAINT ANDRE CORBIN St-Georges-St-Emilion $22.95 btl/ $225.00 case Once again the myth that you have to spend a large percentage of your discretionary income to get a Bordeaux of consequence, something that will reward 10+ years in the cellar, is proven false. Case in point is the latest release of a regular presence…

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Burgundian Bargain!!

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