Tradition Come to Life: Pecina is Back!

Tradition Come to Life: Pecina is Back!

These Bordelaise inspired traditions have all but disappeared including in Bordeaux itself, but the hard work pays off producing wines that are both complex as well as capable of aging gracefully for decades. 

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Burgundy's "Other" Grapes

Burgundy's "Other" Grapes

We wrote a blog about the "other" grapes of Burgundy. You know, the ones that aren't Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

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Naturally Elegant wines from the Delta

Naturally Elegant wines from the Delta

Their wines are delicious, exceptional and unique, light on their feet but with structure and acidity that point to ancient vines.
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Life's a Beach: Set E Mez Beach Lambrusco

Life's a Beach: Set E Mez Beach Lambrusco

The wines are grown on the beach 300 meters from the Adriatic Sea. THIS is summer, beach wine. Cheers!
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We Go Hard for Mee Godard

We Go Hard for Mee Godard

They are ready for you to jump right in. Just decant and serve at cellar temp.

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Greek Natural Wines: Perfect for Summer

Greek Natural Wines: Perfect for Summer

While they are all infused with a Mediterranean quality, they are a snapshot of the variety of natural Greek wines available today. There is no better time to set out of your own personal Grecian wine Odyssey.
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Beurer: A Peek Into the Future

Beurer: A Peek Into the Future

Don't be fooled by the humble price, these are the work of a master and are a sneak peek into the future of German wines.
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Celebrating Dad with Spirits and Brunello!

Celebrating Dad with Spirits and Brunello!

Here’s your quick and easy gift guide for all those picky dads out there. 

He puts on a tough face, but we know that Dad secretly wants everything to be perfect on father’s day. So no more tools or trinkets! Get Dad something he really wants. 

We’ve gathered our favorite spirits and Brunellos. And we think there’s something for every dad. From the elegance and power of Brunello to the richness and smoke of rye whiskey--let’s celebrate Dad. 

Casanova di Neri, Brunello di Montalcino “White Label”, 2016 

A mainstay in classic Brunello since 1978, the White Label is the flagship wine of this estate and the fruit comes from 7 different parcels throughout the commune of Brunello, and therefor is a great snapshot of the region writ large. This wine balances the estate’s robust, powerful style with the elegance of the Sangiovese Grosso made in a traditional manner. 


Le Potazzine, Brunello di Montalcino, 2015 

From an excellent and forward vintage, this is a perfect show-stopper Brunello. A highly rated and reviewed estate, Potazzine is known for its ability to capture the fleshy, silky red fruits of Sangiovese and balance them perfectly with saline minerals and earthy, truffle notes that speak to the terroir of Montalcino. 2015 was warm and dry and this makes the house style even more pleasurable and richly textured. Beautiful, seductive and powerful, like an old school Italian sports car. 


Podere Scopetone, Brunello di Montalcino, 2016

If you like traditional winemaking and classically styled Brunello, Scopetone is perhaps one of the best values in Montalcino. Elegant, red fruited and full of earthy complexity, this wine really over delivers on quality. While still somewhat under the radar, in the know fans of old-school Sangiovese are starting to take notice. 

Pinhook Flatiron Wines and Spirits Single Barrel Rye Whiskey

A great representation of how high young MGP rye can soar. Classic notes of fresh wild herbs, bright citrus fruit, and lightly toasted baking spices like clove and Ceylon cinnamon, but with a backbone of bitter sweet chocolate and snappy oak. 

Rampur Double Cask Single Malt Whisky 

A really cool and delicious Single malt coming from India. The distillery description is:"Malt Whisky Non-Chill Filtered.,,This beautiful expression is crafted by maturation in handpicked American Bourbon barrels & European Oak sherry casks.,,Delicate balsamic vanilla notes from the American white oak compliment the full-bodied aroma; Rich caramel, dried dark fruits and spicy tonality from European oak add to the depth." 

El Mero Mero Mezcal Espadin 

We couldn’t help but include this impressive small-batch Mezcal to pair with carnitas tacos or any meat coming off the grill. Notes of cooked agave, white pepper, caramelized pineapple and clay with a lingering finish.

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What Lambrusco Can Truly Be

What Lambrusco Can Truly Be

We’re talking about the wide range of traditional wines from central and Eastern Emilia-Romagna. They're almost always dry and hold bright acid and tickly effervescence.
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Cristom's Chardonnay: A Rare Oregon Gem

Cristom's Chardonnay: A Rare Oregon Gem

So here we find ourselves in an enviable position of having one of the best West Coast Chardonnays, from an amazing vintage that we can sell at an amazing price. For lovers of Chardonnay the world over, this is not to be missed.
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Jenny Lefourt's Darling, Gaspard

Jenny Lefourt's Darling, Gaspard

The wines are truly representative and are a treat for lovers of Loire Valley wines. But like the best natural wines there is a nervy, vibrant energy that makes them a joy to drink.
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A.R. Lenoble: Chardonnay, Specialized

A.R. Lenoble: Chardonnay, Specialized

Champagne A.R. Lenoble is a small, family owned and operated estate in the village of Chouilly. This is the heart of the Cote de Blancs, which is where the best Chardonnay in Champagne is grown. And Lenoble are definitely Chardonnay specialists. 
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