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2017 Diatom "Katherine's" Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 05-03-2019
This is not your typical California Chardonnay. Focused with minerality and bright acid, Diatom truly shows its terroir of gravely soils, old vines and maritime climate. There is generous citrus and tropical character on the nose intertwined with subtle spice. On the palate the fruit is ripe, but with incredible salinity and wet rock to offer balance. This is a serious wine that would pair great with fresh seafood and light dishes.

Krug "Grande Cuvée" 167 Ème Édition Brut Champagne
Review Date: 05-01-2019
Krug's 167 edition is an absolute knock out of the park. It is blended with wine over 20 years old, aged 7 years on the lees and truly demonstrates great winemaking. This is a full bodied Champagne beautifully balanced with minerality, stone fruits, citrus and baked bread flavors with a long finish. This wine is 100% worth the splurge and has an abundant life ahead of it. Don't miss it!
Price: $169.99 Add To Cart
RP 95

Hermitage Brewing "Simcoe" IPA, California (16oz Cans)
Review Date: 04-25-2019
This is another fantastic offering from Hermitage's Single Hop IPA series. The Simcoe hop provides complex aromas and flavors in this beer that accents the malt bill well. On the nose there is passionfruit, grapefruit and piney notes. The palate leans more towards citrus, pine and peppercorn and finishes dry.
Price: $3.59 Add To Cart

Thierry Thibault Brut Champagne
Review Date: 11-27-2018
Yay! Our Champagne buyer has picked up another fantastic grower-producer Champagne that drinks well above its price. Thierry Thibault's Brut is beautifully crisp with flavors of white peach, kiwi and granny smith apple with a solid acid backbone and subtle toastiness. This is definitely a bottle of bubbles I'll be stocking in my fridge for the summertime!
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

2016 Fess Parker "The Big Easy" Santa Barbara County Red Blend
Review Date: 11-06-2018
The Big Easy just screams Central Coast Rhone! It has big, juicy, ripe fruit characters that are inviting and great to have around for the holiday season. Notes of blackberries, raspberry liquor, chocolate and vanilla are shown on the nose as well as on the palate. The finish is nice and smooth with moderate tannin and acidity. If you love bold, juicy wines, the Big Easy is your bottle!

2013 Site Wines "Larner Vineyard" Grenache Ballard Canyon Santa Barbara
Review Date: 09-29-2018
\This is another wine that Jeremy poured for us that was really impressive. Larner Vineyard, dominated by sandy soil, is on the southern end of Ballard Canyon, a warmer wine growing region in Santa Barbara County. Like the Site Syrah, this wine possesses real power with black cherry, blueberry, baking spice and floral notes. Fresh, with fine tannin, this wine will easily continue to age for another 6–8 years.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart
RP 94 VN 91

2015 Adelaida Estate "Anna's Red" Adelaida District Red Blend
Review Date: 09-27-2018
An homage to the legendary wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, grown on steep, south-facing slopes at high elevations, this GSM blend has a dash of Petite Sirah. Rich, full-bodied, smoky dark fruits. Leather, dried herbs, scorched earth. Ripe tannins, lovely purity and balance.

2016 Adelaida "HMR Estate Vineyard" Adelaida District Chardonnay
Review Date: 09-27-2018
The Chardonnay from HMR vineyard is quite unlike other Paso expressions of this varietal. The combination of these old vines and shallow, limestone soils really shows on the mineral-infused palate intertwined with fine acidity from the cooling coastal breezes. Remarkably refined and elegant, a surprise favorite for many of us on the trip to the Central Coast.
Price: $34.95 Add To Cart

2015 Deovlet "Sanford & Benedict Vineyard" Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir
Review Date: 09-27-2018
A gorgeous wine and my favorite of our Central Coast trip. Incredibly aromatic and concentrated with plump blackberries, cherries and baking spices, and extraordinary depth and elegance from an amazing vineyard!

Laurent-Perrier "Cuvée Rosé" Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 09-07-2018
The Laurent Perrier Cuvee Rose is one of my favorite rose Champagnes in the store! It comes from all Grand Cru vineyards mostly in the south and north of the Montagne de Reims and is entirely Pinot Noir. It has a gorgeous salmon-pink color in the glass, and is very expressive on the nose and palate. It's full of red fruit character and richness from 5 years aging on the less. Every time I go back to this wine it never disappoints!

2016 Substance "Sunset Vineyard" Columbia Valley Sauvignon Blanc
Review Date: 09-05-2018
This Sauvignon Blanc from Washington was a pleasant surprise. It has an interesting, complex nose that is savory and flinty, reminding me of a French inspired style white. Bright citrus and stone fruits also come through on the palate along with persistent acidity and freshness. The price point is a bonus, making it a great value.

2016 Intrinsic Columbia Valley Red Blend
Review Date: 07-26-2018
This is a Columbia Valley red blend made with Bordeaux varieties but in a unique way. Winemaker Juan Muñoz-Oca aged Malbec juice on Cabernet Franc skins and Cabernet Franc juice on Malbec to make a decadent, layered red. Bold flavors and aromas include black cherries, dark chocolate, fig and raspberry liqour with a smooth, silky mouthfeel and mellow tannin. The balance is simply on point, and can be enjoyed now.

2016 Seghesio Sonoma County Zinfandel
Review Date: 07-26-2018
Seghesio's Sonoma Zinfandel is easily one of the best Zinfandels at this price point. Sourcing from all over Sonoma including Alexander Valley and Dry Creek Valley, this wine is nicely balanced with black and red fruits and lovely spice. A touch of Petite Sirah is added to amp up that classic California Zin character. Pair it with your barbecued meats this summer and you won't be disappointed!
Price: $19.95 Add To Cart
WS 93

2015 Roserock (Drouhin Oregon) Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir
Review Date: 06-13-2018
I became a big fan of these Roserock wines when I tasted their previous releases and this 2015 did not disappoint. Roserock is a special site on the southern tip of Eola-Amity Hills in the Willamette Valley dominated by ancient volcanic soils. This wine is beautifully balanced with floral, spice, lifted dark berries and a medium tannic structure. I highly suggest this to all the Oregon Pinot fans out there!

2014 AXR Napa Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 06-12-2018
This is one of my favorite California Chardonnays I’ve tasted recently. This wine is made by Jean Hoefliger, a Swiss native who’s full time job is crafting wines for Alpha Omega Winery. AXR's 2014 Chardonnay shows excellent balance with a round, full palate and driving acidity. This crowd pleaser has complex character with stone fruits, citrus, minerality and a bright, clean finish.

Woodinville Straight 100% Rye Whiskey (750ml )
Review Date: 06-12-2018
Rye fans should definitely check out this Washington handcrafted whiskey. You immediately know it’s rye from the nose by it’s rye bread and spice aromas. On the palate there’s cinnamon, cedar, spearmint, subtly fruity notes and oak character throughout. The overall body is rich and full and is a perfect candidate for your rye cocktails.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart
WE 91

Woodinville Straight Bourbon Whiskey (750ml)
Review Date: 06-12-2018
The coolest thing about this distillery is that they are truly grain to glass. They grow all their own grains, do everything by hand and are meticulous in their craft which really shows in this whiskey. Full of flavor, Woodinville’s Straight Bourbon shows creme brulee, caramel, vanilla, spice and a nice sweet finish. Don’t miss out on this distillery's debut to California.
Price: $36.99 Add To Cart

2015 Robert Craig Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 05-31-2018
What a truly phenomenal value for top notch Mount Veeder Cabernet! The fruit for this wine comes from the Pym Rae vineyard which is one of the highest in the AVA at over 1800 feet in elevation. This is Robert Craig's last vintage from this property, so I wouldn't hesitate to grab a bottle. The nose just screams Mount Veeder with blackberry, cherry, pencil shaving and eucalyptus character. It has a big, robust palate with firm structure that will begin to show fantastically in a few years.

2013 Maysara "Cyrus - Momtazi Vineyard" McMinnville Pinot Noir (Biodynamic)
Review Date: 05-12-2018
This is a fantastic Pinot from Oregon, especially if you want to dabble in biodynamic/natural wines. It's an alluring wine that's rustic, savory, floral and doesn't fail to show fruit too. Notes of blackberries, earth, violets, incense, cedar and spice are expressed with a medium body. Shows great with some decanting and even the next day.

Petit & Bajan Nuit Blanche Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne
Review Date: 04-17-2018
When our Champagne buyer comes back from his annual buy trip, we are always eager to see what awesome new wines he has discovered. The Petit Bajan Blanc de Blanc is one of those wines and what a gem it is! Complex and rich in texture, this Champagne expresses lemon peel, stone fruit with a nutty back end and solid acid backbone. Champagne fans should not miss this one!
Price: $42.99 Add To Cart

2014 Keenan "Reserve" Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 04-10-2018
This is an absolutely beautiful Cabernet Sauvignon from the family owned and operated Keenan winery. This solar-powered, sustainably grown property is up in the historic Spring Mountain District where Cabernet thrives and produces concentrated berries and wines that are made to last. This reserve bottling definitely shows that. Rich, dark fruit character with dried herbs and eucalyptus and a solid tannic structure. With some time spent in the cellar, this wine will shine.

2015 Dominus "Napanook" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend
Review Date: 04-05-2018
Here is a fantastic opportunity to experience Cabernet from the same vineyard as the famous Dominus at a fraction of the cost! This year's Napanook is simply classic with violets, black cherry, cassis, mint and lovely oak integration. It's approachability gives you the opportunity to open this beauty up in a couple years and another in 10 years to see how its evolved.

2014 Galerie "Pleinair" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 02-22-2018
Napa Cabernet at this price does not get any better. I absolutely love the balance of rich fruit, tobacco and baking spices that are shown in this wine. The dusty, earthiness this wine has is compelling and the structure is firm with lovely acidity. This delicious wine can be drunk now, or held for several years.

2015 Argyle "Reserve" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 02-14-2018
Those who are familiar with Argyle probably know about their sparkling wines that put them on the Oregon wine map back in 1987. The winery has since then expanded their portfolio to include other wines, like this Reserve Pinot Noir which comes from their estate vineyards throughout Willamette Valley. This inviting Pinot is bursting with bright red fruit, a touch of spice and is silky on the palate with some tannin to pull it together. Incredibly approachable and drinkable.. you won't be disappointed!
Price: $28.99 Add To Cart
JS 93 VN 93

2014 Amapola Creek "Monte Rosso Vineyard" Sonoma Valley Zinfandel
Review Date: 02-08-2018
This is an amazing Zinfandel at a great price point. Delicious red cherry, vanilla and spice are shown on the palate with a surprising freshness and brightness. A touch of sweetness is expressed on the mid-palate with the finish being more on the dry side. This is for sure stand out!
Price: $29.95 Add To Cart
RP 94 JD 90

Canard-Duchêne "Authentic" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 10-05-2017
Canard-Duchene's Authentic Brut is truly an impressive Champagne in the sub-$30 range. The blend here is 43% Pinot Noir, 25% Meunier and 20% Chardonnay​ and has amazing balance and elegance. Flavors of orchard fruits and citrus are paired with lovely richness, nuttiness and bright acidity. THIS IS A CHAMPAGNE STEAL!
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

Canard-Duchêne "Authentic" Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 10-04-2017
​This is a fabulous rosé Champagne that is incredibly crisp, light and finishes super dry. It shows delicate flavors of red fruits like strawberries and cranberries. There is also an intriguing mineral character that comes through on the finish creating freshness along with the bright acidity. You can't go wrong, especially for the price!
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

2004 Laurent-Perrier "Cuvée Alexandra" Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 09-14-2017
Wow! What a beautifully complex Champagne from Laurent Perrier. The Grand Siecle Brut is one of my favorites, so I already knew this rose would be special. The 80% Pinot Noir that's in this wine provides red berry, floral and an overall rich and decadent mouthfeel. With some food, this Champagne will be absolutely delightful!

2015 Jax Vineyard "Y3" Napa Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 05-16-2017
This is a great Napa Chardonnay in the $20 range that falls in the middle of buttery/oaky and crisper styles. 100% Chardonnay aged in concrete tanks with complex flavors of lemon zest, caramel, tropical notes, apple and minerality that's full-bodied but with a lovely freshness. There is a lengthy finish that will keep you going back for more.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
WE 93

Le Brun de Neuville "Authentique Assemblage" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 02-24-2017
The Authentique Assemblage from Le Brun De Neuville definitely drinks well above its price. Aged 5 years on the lees, this wine expresses baked apple spice and nutty flavors with fresh acidity resulting in a very well-balanced, delicious bottle of bubbles. For champagne that is made with all estate fruit and lees aging, you can't go wrong for 35 bucks.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart
WE 92 WS 90

2013 Fuenteseca Huerta Singular "El Maguey" Blanco Tequila (750ml)
Review Date: 02-03-2017
​​​​​​This is an amazing tequila and it's honestly unlike any tequila I've tasted before. The Fuenteseca Ensamble is one of the my favorites in the store and this blanco version is just as delicious. The fact that this tequila is from a single area with a specific terroir makes it even more unique and special. It's complex and full-bodied, yet it has pure, concentrated agave aroma and flavor. This is a tequila to not miss out on!
Price: $79.99 Add To Cart