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Jacques Moreira
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Having been born in Rio de Janeiro into a very proud French/Portuguese family, and living in France and the USA for almost 25 years, gave me the best of all worlds, one very old, and another very new. I’ve always had three different perspectives on everything growing up, three different opportunities to understand the world around me and to try to make sense of it all. From Ipanema Beach, to the bluest of seas in the Côte d'Azur and Nice, to the wonderful Big Sur. Caipirinha and Feijoada, codfish and Vinho Verde, Daube and Bandol, and the always present Rosé, and…beer for those 110 degree summertime days in Rio! I always worked in the food business, in Paris, Nice and San Francisco. While working at Jules Verne in Paris, I decided to devote my career solely to wines and eventually got my Sommelier certification through the International Sommelier Guild.


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2018 Domaine la Colombe Coteaux Varois en Provence Rosé
Review Date: 08-19-2019
Very much a Provençal rosé in its lightness, and approachability. It also has what most people consider the "Provence light salmon color". It is fruity but completely dry!
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2016 d'Arce, Côtes de Castillon
Review Date: 08-19-2019
Another great chance to try the fantastic 2016 vintage. The d'Arce is a pleasing, juicy wine with elegant notes of coffee, cherries, plums, with very velvety tannins. Very versatile and completely drinkable from the get go.

2017 Franck Millet "Insolite" Sancerre
Review Date: 08-19-2019
There is something tropical in the air... Insolite is always a riper style of Sancerre that is quite unusual. In some vintages it is almost "unsettling" in a good way. I enjoy this wine very much. Something about the ripe juicy lemons, richness of flavors and accompanying minerality that makes it a memorable wine. I would suggest a more richer fare of for example: Chicken Piri-Piri or Teriyaki, Jambalaya, stir-fries, Thai food, Seafood Pasta, Jambon Persille.
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2006 Haut-Bergey, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 08-19-2019
This wine must be one of our best bargain at the store right now. If not THE best one! Perfectly aged, and ready to be enjoyed, but far, far from being over its peak. The sweet fruit on the palate is the icing on the cake of a wine layered with exquisite classic aged Claret notes. Aromatic cedar, leather and smoke, olives and earth. This bottle would transform the most mundane of meals in a feast fit for a king. I really liked this one.
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RP 91 ST 90

2016 Le Thil, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 08-19-2019
A very refined wine, with enticing aromatics of cassis, cherries, cocoa, graphite, and coffee. It is medium body with present but agreeable tannins. Approachable and ready to go!

2016 La Dauphine, Fronsac
Review Date: 08-19-2019
La Dauphine is proudly putting Fronsac in the forefront of the Right Bank, and in my humble opinion outperforming many a Saint-Émilion. Luscious chocolate, cedar, cigar box, coffee bean and vanilla aromatics entice and charm the lucky wine drinker that opens this bottle. The palate is pure velvety ganache, with plums, cocoa powder and a pleasant earthiness. My choice to make an impression at dinner parties.

2009 Brane-Cantenac, Margaux
Review Date: 08-19-2019
One of the best wines I tasted this year so far. Very elegant with incredible pretty floral aromatics, violets, cocoa powder, plum and a touch of menthol. The ripe tannins are very caressing. All comes together with an sweet spicy finish. the epitome of graceful wine.

2016 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 08-19-2019
Showing strong Cabernet characteristic, with notes of ripe berries and currents, along with an intriguing note of menthol. This is a tremendous value that should not be missed by those looking to buy some cases of a quality wine to drink within the next 5 or 10 years.

2016 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 08-19-2019
Showing strong Cabernet characteristic, with notes of ripe berries and currents, along with an intriguing note of menthol. This is a tremendous value that should not be missed by those looking to buy some cases of a quality wine to drink within the next 5 or 10 years.

2016 La Tour de Mons, Margaux
Review Date: 08-19-2019
Another classic Margaux and for a price that is astonishingly affordable. Raspberries, cocoa, touch of tobacco, and inviting notes of incense and spices. Approachable now. A Perfect pairing with a rack of lamb!

2016 La Tour de Mons, Margaux
Review Date: 08-19-2019
Another classic Margaux and for a price that is astonishingly affordable. Raspberries, cocoa, touch of tobacco, and inviting notes of incense and spices. Approachable now. A Perfect pairing with a rack of lamb!

2016 de Chantegrive Rouge, Graves
Review Date: 08-19-2019
De Chantegrive has been making consistently quality wines in every vintage and the 2016 is no different. Chocolate, and currants, touch of fresh roasted coffee and olives, with a distinctly Cabernet Sauvignon character. A great wine for the cellars.
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart
WE 92 JS 90

2016 de Chantegrive Rouge, Graves
Review Date: 08-19-2019
De Chantegrive has been making consistently quality wines in every vintage and the 2016 is no different. Chocolate, and currants, touch of fresh roasted coffee and olives, with a distinctly Cabernet Sauvignon character. A great wine for the cellars.
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WE 92 JS 90

2016 Les Grands Chenes, Médoc
Review Date: 08-19-2019
A generous and full body wine, that is toasty, and with a tremendous amount of fruit. Still, it is balanced and complex. I would suggest decanting for an hour, and indulge with grilled meats and vegetables!

2015 Baron de Brane, Margaux
Review Date: 08-19-2019
The second wine of the prestigious Margaux producer Brane-Cantenac, is a text-book perfect example of what a Margaux should be, floral with notes of violets, as well as lifted aromatics of raspberries, strawberries and cedar. Very elegant indeed.

2015 du Vallier, Bordeaux
Review Date: 08-19-2019
A fantastic opportunity to to experiment with a Bordeaux that is accessible now and of a good value. Soft palate with notes of currents, berries and coffee. Not to mention, the classic Bordeaux minerality. This wine would certainly impress guests on a dinner party.
Price: $13.99 Add To Cart
JS 92

2014 Tronquoy-Lalande Blanc, St-Estèphe
Review Date: 08-19-2019
A rare white wine made in the heart of the prestigious red wine realm that is Saint-Estèphe! Of course it cannot be labeled as a St-Estèphe, but only as a modest Bordeaux Blanc AOC. But it anything but "modest". Rich, with pleasant aromatics of stone fruits, honey comb, lanolin. The palate is complex and with ripe peaches and glycerol, but with a perfect level of acidity to frame this elegant and honestly really pretty white wine!
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart

2018 Joel Gott California Sauvignon Blanc
Review Date: 07-15-2019
Very appealing wine, full of tropical notes. Guava, and even a note of a more exotic soursop fruit! The acidity frames all the fruit, delivering a wine that is interesting, very pleasing and refreshing.
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2017 The Fableist Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 07-15-2019
All round delicious wine with its notes of vanilla, red current, plums and some exotic wood spices. A Cabernet that is utterly pleasing, and would be as comfortable on the table, with a juicy steak or as a solo wine glass coming home from a hard day at work.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2017 Château Vitallis Pouilly-Fuissé "Les Vignes du Château"
Review Date: 07-15-2019
A classic Burgundy in every way. It is broad, with its richness of fruit perfectly balanced by its minerality and oak spice notes. Very nice with broiled lobster tails.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
DC 93

2016 Ancient Peaks "Santa Margarita Ranch" Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 07-15-2019
I tend to shy away from those over-the-top, high alcohol, heavily oaked Cabernet wines, regardless of how many points they are awarded. And that's why I enjoyed this wine. Its complexity along with its approachability, makes a perfect pairing with a wide variety of foods. From red meat to roasted vegetables...Perfection!
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart
JD 90 WE 90

2018 Domaine Begude Chardonnay "Le Bel Ange"
Review Date: 07-15-2019
The word I have in mind regarding this wine is "delightful." This is an unoaked Chardonnay with its classic melon and pear aromas, but there's something else... Crispy, fruit forward but with a definite core of minerality, true to its "terroir" of Limoux.
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart

2016 Ferrero "Pepita" Rosso di Toscana
Review Date: 07-15-2019
This is the kind of a wine I like to have around for my Italian soirées. Light in tannis, but still with structure, lots of cherry fruit and tobacco. Very good indeed with a slice of pizza or a more elaborate Italian fare.
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart

2015 Fort Lignac, Haut-Medoc
Review Date: 07-15-2019
Very elegant wine, with graphite notes, followed by plums, cassis and cocoa. A good structured tannins that are perfectly ripened. A quick decanting and it is ready to be enjoyed.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart

2015 Ronan by Clinet, Bordeaux Supérieur
Review Date: 07-15-2019
An everyday wine that is very approachable, and it would go with just about everything - I'm thinking burgers here... - 100% Merlot goodness!
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart

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2009 Paloumey, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 07-15-2019
Getting better and better each vintage, the 2009 Paloumey it's really showing off its beautiful vintage. Ripe cassis fruit, some capsicum, and tobacco. Impressive!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
WE 92

2008 du Glana, St-Julien
Review Date: 07-15-2019
A classic St. Julien for a Haut-Médoc price! This wine showed magnificently in our public tasting. Cassis, cola, soft tannins and pretty spices. A perfect pairing with a rack of lamb.
Price: $21.99 Add To Cart
WE 92

2009 l'Avocat "Cuvée Speciale", Graves
Review Date: 07-15-2019
A "just released" offering from l'Avocat that will impress even the most jaded Bordeaux drinker. Very pretty notes of violets followed by coffee, cassis and cocoa. It is ready to be drunk with some decanting.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

2016 La Fleur de Boüard, Lalande-de-Pomerol
Review Date: 07-15-2019
Definitely showing its pedigree here. Impeccably made, and even though its sensuous profile makes it quite a delight to drink it now, this will age beautifully for say... 15 years or so.

2015 Siaurac, Lalande de Pomerol
Review Date: 07-15-2019
A right bank classic! Lush, velvety, full of bramble fruit, coffee, and some exotic spices - guava paste? - The tannins are present but ripe, and the whole experience is one of pure pleasure.

2015 Hyot, Côtes de Castillon
Review Date: 07-15-2019
A very approachable wine, with pleasing notes of plums, cherries, cocoa and even smoked bacon! It offers quite a lot for a wine of its price
Price: $13.99 Add To Cart
JS 90

2013 Larrivet-Haut-Brion Blanc, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 07-15-2019
This is a full, rich white wine, that is showing some development. from a vintage that we tend to forget was actually good for white wines in Bordeaux. On the palate it has very appealing stone fruit, waxy lanolin, an almost oily sensation, followed by honey notes and of course completely dry finish. I would pair it with rich, oily fish, grilled sardines for example for a gourmet paradise!

2017 Lamouroux Blanc, Graves
Review Date: 07-15-2019
A very dry and refreshing style of Bordeaux blanc, with lively citrus notes and high minerality. I would suggest pairing with some oyster this coming season!
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart

2017 Ferrero Rosso di Montalcino
Review Date: 06-03-2019
Now we're talking a perfect Sangiovese to bring home. With the pedigree of a Brunello, but with a much lower cost. This would be perfect accompaniment to your Italian soirée.
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart

2016 Olema Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 06-03-2019
A Cab for those looking for a step up from the everyday, but still affordable and with a great pedigree...

2018 Domaine Begude Sauvignon Blanc Pays d'Oc
Review Date: 06-03-2019
Crisp with lots of minerals, this is more reminiscent of a Sancerre (an appellation hundreds of miles to the north), but still full of elegant fruit and refreshing to the core. An absolutely "must have" for summer. I have ceviche in mind right now.
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart

2017 Eric Cottat Sancerre Rouge
Review Date: 06-03-2019
- Oh what a neat wine! Delicate Pinot Noir full of delightful bright cherries, and quite flowery. Not for those wanting power and muscles, but for someone who is looking for a red wine to go with a more lighter fare for this is a light wine, to be served cool (even though it's red) as an aperitif in a warm Summer evening, brought to a picnic, or to accompany salmon, tuna steaks, all kinds of charcuterie, baked ham, quail, potato salads, grilled vegetables, chicken salad, and even strawberry or raspberry desserts.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2017 Lioco Sonoma County Chardonnay
Review Date: 06-03-2019
With hand-harvested and carefully sorted fruit, this NO OAK Chardonnay, really delivers what California is capable of doing, without the "oak-overload" we so often see. Delicious, crisp Chardonnay.
Price: $19.95 Add To Cart

Patrick Bottex "La Cueille" Bugey Cerdon Rosé (Méthode Ancéstrale)
Review Date: 06-03-2019
Fun, fun and more fun! Here’s a wine bursting with raspberries and bright red apples. Very light in alcohol (8%) and full of bubbles. Rosé from gamay and the very indigenous "poulsard" . For me this wine is picture perfect for Thanksgiving— the last thing I would want is a heavy and cumbersome wine for this late afternoon dinner. Instead this is a light, refreshing, food-friendly wine, with just enough residual sugar to pair just about perfectly with turkey, cranberry and everything that goes with it. And it doesn’t give me a headache! I could give this wine nothing less than 5 stars for what it is!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
RP 90

2017 La Craie Vouvray
Review Date: 06-03-2019
Done in a "tendre" style, the la Craie shows the classic Vouvray notes of bruised apples, quince and pears. All with the most refreshing acidity. I can think of nothing else better to pair with goat cheese, especially a Crottin de Chavignol.
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart

2018 Domaine Begude Pinot Noir Rosé
Review Date: 06-03-2019
And Begude does it again! A very fresh, crisp rosé wine, with delicate Pinot Noir notes, and completely dry. Quite delicious!
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart

2016 Domaine Nicolas Rossignol Volnay
Review Date: 06-03-2019
A very attractive floral nose is the first thing that greets you, followed by a palate that is just about wonderfully Volnay! Raspberries, cherries, and earth, with very velvety tannins. Kudos!

2017 Domaine Faiveley Mercurey Rouge
Review Date: 06-03-2019
A very approachable and elegant Burgundy from Mercurey. Raspberries, cherries, some earthiness and spiciness. The very round tannins give it a balanced structure.
Price: $25.99 Add To Cart
WS 91

2017 Henri Boillot Meursault
Review Date: 06-03-2019
A text book perfect Meursault - in its infancy right now, though quite delicious with primary notes of peaches, nectarines, and even a touch of honey surrounding its flinty core . It will age beautifully, and I would advise to put some bottles in the cellars for another 5 to 10 years.

2004 l'Avocat "Cuvée Speciale", Graves
Review Date: 06-02-2019
This quite special bottling from l'Avocat is showing quite magnificently now. A very elegant woodsy, forest floor aromatics, that evolves into plums, cassis, and cocoa on the palate. Seamless tannins. Very elegant indeed.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

2017 Pessac-Léognan de Haut Bailly, Pessac-Leognan
Review Date: 05-20-2019
I have always find the Pessac Léognan de Haut Bailly a classic example of an incredibly well made wine, that captures exactly what Pessac Léognan should smell and taste like - but beyond that, there's always an inherent elegance about it. Which should not be surprising, as it is of course made by Haut Bailly, and Veronique Sanders does indeed know what she's doing - Kudos!
Price: $21.99 Add To Cart

2016 Bibian, Haut -Médoc
Review Date: 05-20-2019
This mostly Merlot wine, offers quite a bit of spices and complexity. I would suggest decanting - as I did before tasting - to coax all the goodness out of this wine. Mocha, cedar, berries and spicy oak. Quite a deal.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart
VN 92 JS 91

2015 l'Esprit de Chevalier Blanc, Pessac-Leognan
Review Date: 05-20-2019
Showing more richness and weight than the 2014. A serious nose of peaches and citrous and acacia. The palate offer a creamy, round experience, and a complexity not often seen in a second wine. Bravo!
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart
JS 94 RP 90

2016 Baron de Malleret, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 05-20-2019
Incredibly solid wine. Very lifted aromatics of raspberries that evolves on the palate into more serious notes of cocoa and coffee, along with cassis and vanilla. Lots of complexity and perfect for having handy for any event or a dinner party.
Price: $13.99 Add To Cart

2009 Sainte-Marguerite, Medoc
Review Date: 05-06-2019
Showing the classic richness and softness of the perfectly ripened grapes of the 2009 vintage, this direct import delivers elegant aromatics, full of plums, cherries and cocoa. Soft, rich and warm, and sure to please those looking for a good valued aged wine.
Price: $21.99 Add To Cart

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