VINO Deals

Drinking well for less in Cahors, Beaujolais, & Tuscany!

When one is pouring for guests during this summer season (heck, during any season for that matter), one always likes their guests to think their generous hosts spent way more than they did on the liquid pleasure being offered. Or if you’re bringing a special bottle along to dinner it is always good to know…

Baby Barbaresco!

2011 FRANCO SERRA Langhe Nebbiolo
$14.95 bottle/ $144.00 case

I’ve been amazed at the values from Franco Serra’s small Piedmontese operation in the village of Mombaruzzo a few km’s from Alba. Whether it was a killer Barbaresco for around $25 or a spot on Barbera for a little more than ten bucks, he represents all we love but rarely find in the world of…

2013 Love & Squalor Pinot Gris: leave bland behind!

2013 Love & Squalor Pinot gris
$17.95 bottle/ $172.00 case

Floating like a delicious life preserver in a sea of innocuous pinot gris comes this latest zesty white from winemaker Matt Berson, who seems to have knack for making whites that refresh, satisfy, and have ridiculous food affinity. With aromas and flavors of crisp green apple, fig, citrus zest, and hints of floral spice, this…

Piedmontese Pleasures!

Piedmont Pleasures Individually or together, 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/ $517.00 case The deal with this one, apart…

Francesco Moser: From Bikes to Bottles

Mention the name of Francesco Moser to any Italian bicycle aficionado of a certain age and they’re likely to have fond memories of Lo scerrifo, or “the sheriff”, as Moser was known during his bike racing heyday. The winner of the 1984 Giro d’Italia, and the third most prolific bike racing champion in the world,…

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)…

Featured Wines
Pascal Aufranc’s Glorious Gamay!

There is hardly a grape more “holiday friendly” than Gamay. And this fabulous bottle, made from 75 year old Gamay vines (hence the “1939″ on the label) in the heart of the Cru [more]

Nada Nebbiolo: Barbaresco Quality at a Bargain Price!

When you speak of traditionalists, Bruno Nada, carrying on for his father Fiorenzo, is making wines that challenge anybody’s in the Piedmont for excellence. This nebbiolo is sensational. Rich, b[more]

Dolcetto Gets Real!

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[more]

Pico Maccario’s Piedmont Gem!

Wow, did this knock me out when I recently had it with a rather satisfying pasta at home the other night! A big, rich blend of Barbera (60%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (40%) from a small, family-run estat[more]

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 gen[more]

2013 Buckman Wine Co. Pinot Noir- the return!!

I may have hoped, but I never thought that this would be the wine I get asked about more than other. For all of who’ve been asking when we’ll have more, here’s your answer… Three y[more]

Savory Savoie: 2011Philippe 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 n[more]

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 expectati[more]