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Pascal Aufranc’s Glorious Gamay!

2012 PASCAL AUFRANC Chenas "1939"

auThere 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 village of Chenas in Beaujolais is spot on. A terrific, even absurd, bargain that delivers amazing richness and balance, with plenty of cherry and cranberry tinged fruit and an invigorating finish that more than matches up to the food fracas that lands on our Thanksgiving or December holiday tables. Forget those $20+ bottles of local gamay. Much as I might like them and the people who make them (and I do guys, really), this is every bit as good (okay, for the sake of  honesty, to me actually better) at 25%-50% less. You know where my money’s going!

Nada Nebbiolo: Barbaresco Quality at a Bargain Price!

2011 FIORENZO NADA Nebbiolo Langhe
$17.95 bottle/ $172 case

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, bold, earthy, with the classic rose petal and cherry aromatics followed by smoke, spice, and loamy earth. Aged completely in large oak casks that serve to…

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….

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]