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Cliffs Wine Picks – October 2017 Vol 1

 

2012 Treana White Central Coast

2006 Mitolo Shiraz Savitar

2016 Domaine de Bendel Côtes de Provence

2011 Chateau de Vaudieu Chateauneuf-du-Pape

2013 Myriad Cellars Sémillon McGah Family Vineyard

2012 Romanelli Montefalco Rosso

 

 

 

2012 Treana White Central Coast

This is a 50/50 blend of Marsanne and Viognier.

 

The wine is a light golden yellow color.  The fresh and lively nose has green apples, white peach, wet stone minerals, lemongrass, orange blossoms and vanilla bean.  This has medium to full body with decent acidity.  On the palate tart apples, peaches and minerals come through on the front end with lemon grass and orange blossoms coming in later.  The finish has nice length with sweet vanilla providing some depth.  Traces of alcohol peak through at times on the back end and finish.  This tastes very nice but should be opened over the next year before the alcohol becomes more pervasive.  This has 14.5% alcohol and the bottle is sealed with a natural cork.  (88 pts)

2012 Treana White Central Coast

2012 Treana White Central Coast

 

 

 

2006 Mitolo Shiraz Savitar – $32.50

It may put me in the “uncool” camp but I still love an occasional Australian Shiraz.  I avoid the low end offerings that inevitably end up in “close out” sales, but there are outstanding bargains out there in high end wines if you look around.

 

The wine is a deep, dark, inky purple color.  The rich and luxurious nose has blackberries, blueberries, dark chocolate, vanilla, smoked meat, dried herbs, warm baking spices and some earthiness.  This has a full body, fairly solid ripe tannins and good acidity.  This is a massive wine on the palate with loads of spicy, peppery berries with a nice smoked meat element followed by spicy oak and dried herbs.  The finish is very long and like the palate, packed with flavor.  No subtlety and not the most complex wine out there, but very balanced and tasty.  Not a wine for everyone nor an everyday wine, but on occasion, this one will rock.  This is in a prime drinking window and should hold nicely for several years.  This has 14.5% alcohol by volume and the bottle is sealed with a natural cork.  (93 pts)

2006 Mitolo Shiraz Savitar

2006 Mitolo Shiraz Savitar

 

 

 

2016 Domaine de Bendel Côtes de Provence – $16.99

This is a blend of 50% Grenache, 40% Cinsault and 10% Syrah.

 

The wine is a light, pale pink color.  The inviting nose has strawberries, cherries, white peach, orange blossoms, lime zest and minerals.  This has light to medium body with good acidity and just a hint of sweetness.  On the palate strawberries and cherries pop out quickly with orange blossoms and minerals coming in later.  The finish has nice length with lime zest providing depth and a crisp acidic closing note.  The slight sweetness makes this very easy to sip on a warm, sunny day.  This has 13% alcohol and the bottle is sealed with an agglomerated cork.  (88 pts)

2016 Domaine de Bendel Côtes de Provence

2016 Domaine de Bendel Côtes de Provence

 

 

 

2011 Chateau de Vaudieu Chateauneuf-du-Pape – $29.66

This bottle was purchased from Last Bottle wines, my favorite “flash” wine site.  If you use the provided link and sign up, you get an immediate credit and I get a credit if/when you make a purchase.  Check them out, they have awesome deals and their Marathons are always something special.

 

This is a blend of 74% stainless steel aged Grenache and 26% barrel aged Syrah.

 

The wine is a nice ruby red color.  The exuberant nose has cherries, stony minerals, garrigue, raspberries, scorched earth and dried wildflowers.  This has medium to full body with moderate tannins and very nice acidity.  On the palate cherries, raspberries, minerals and garrigue come through on the front end with scorched earth coming in on the back end.  The finish has very good length with a nice dried floral note providing depth.  This is drinking very nicely but there is absolutely no hurry to open this one.   I liked this one more and more as the evening wore on.  This has 15% alcohol and the bottle is sealed with a natural cork.  (93 pts)

2011 Chateau de Vaudieu Chateauneuf-du-Pape

2011 Chateau de Vaudieu Chateauneuf-du-Pape

 

 

 

2013 Myriad Cellars Sémillon McGah Family Vineyard – $25

This wine is 100% Sémillon from the McGah Family Vineyard in Rutherford.

 

The wine is a light, pale straw yellow color.  The sexy nose has melon, pineapple, lemon zest, spices, orange blossoms and dusty minerals.  This has medium body with good acidity.  On the palate nice up front fruit is balanced with spice, orange blossoms and minerals.  The finish has great length with tart lemon zest urging you to grab another sip.  This is one of the best Sémillon wines I have had the pleasure to drink.  This has nice richness with good acidity providing very nice structure.  This has 14.6% alcohol and the bottle is sealed with a natural cork.  (93 pts)

2013 Myriad Cellars Sémillon McGah Family Vineyard

2013 Myriad Cellars Sémillon McGah Family Vineyard

 

 

 

2012 Romanelli Montefalco Rosso

Rosso wines from Montefalco are required to contain 60-70% Sangiovese, 10-15% Sagrantino and 15-30% other varieties of the winemaker’s choosing.

 

This is a blend of 65% Sangiovese, 15% Sagrantino, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot.  The varieties were fermented and aged separately in a mix of small and large previously used French oak barrels.

 

The wine is a bright ruby red color.  The appealing nose has cherries, dry underbrush, plums, baking spices, roasted herbs, violets and chalky minerals.  This has medium to full body with moderate tannins and very nice acidity.  On the palate cherries, plums and dry underbrush jump out on the front end with baking spices and roasted herbs coming in on the back end.  The finish has good length with minerals and violets providing nice depth.  This is a fairly luxurious Rosso that tastes very good.  I really liked this one.  This has 14.9% alcohol and the bottle is sealed with a natural cork.  (93 pts)

2012 Romanelli Montefalco Rosso

2012 Romanelli Montefalco Rosso

 

 

 

Here are a few meals that featured some of the wines reviewed above.

 

Boneless Pork Loin Chop that was cooked with the Sous-Vide before being finished in a hot cast iron pan.  A pan sauce with shallot, red wine and the juices from the sous-vide bag was than made in the pan.  Some breaded and fried, fresh from the garden Okra and a baked potato completed the meal.

 

To pair with the Myriad Sémillon I breaded a couple fish filets with panko breadcrumbs and quickly sauteed.  The fish was then cut into chunks and served with fresh from the garden greens and cheese as Fish Tacos.  A little Mexican Rice was served on the side.

 

What goes better with a nice Italian Rosso than pizza?  In this case a pie from the local pizza shop with two types of pepperoni, Italian sausage and extra cheese.

 

 

 

 

 

I am a big fan of the “Flash Wine Sale” site Last Bottle.  You probably noticed some of the wines in this post were purchased from the site.  All of these wines were purchased at a big discount.  I highly recommend getting on their e-mail list.  Like most of the flash sale sites, they offer one wine per day until it sells out.  They also have a couple two-day marathons during the year.  Last Bottle is a great site to buy special wines at prices low enough to open any day of the week.

 

If you sign up using this link you will get a $10 credit that can be used on your first purchase.  I will also get a credit if you make a purchase.

 

Other than getting a credit as explained above, I have no financial interest in the site.  After you are on the list, you can also get the same credit by introducing friends to Last Bottle.

 

 

 

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Notes – I use the “official” Cellar Tracker name for the wines.  I use Cellar Tracker to help manage and organize my cellar.  I highly recommend checking it out at www.cellartracker.com.  Loading you existing cellar is a lot less intimidating than it would first appear.  There is a good chance 99% of your wine is already in the system, so you generally only need to enter part of the wine’s name and the system will find it for you.

 

 

Prices noted are the prices I paid at the time of purchase.  I don’t shop around to find the best prices, but always check out the sale and close out items when in a store.  Wines purchased direct from a winery do not include any shipping charges.  None of the prices include the sales tax.

 

 

All wines that were sent to me free of charge to sample will be noted and I will show suggested prices when available.

 

 

 

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Cliffs Wine Picks – Dec 30, 2013 to Jan 2, 2014

 

 

2008 Big Basin Vineyards Grizzly

N.V. Pierre Péters Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut Cuvée de Réserve

2008 Saxum Broken Stones

1995 Weingut Franz-Joseph Justen-Schmitges Erdener Treppchen Riesling Auslese

2008 Belle Pente Pinot Noir Estate Reserve

2006 Mitolo Shiraz Savitar

 

 

 

2008 Big Basin Vineyards Grizzly – $35.46

Big Basin has been a personal favorite for several years.  I was on their “Rhone Lover’s” mailing list for a few years.  The winery also produces Pinot Noir based wines but I’ve not had the opportunity to try those yet.  This wine is a blend of 62% Grenache and 38% Syrah from California’s Santa Cruz Mountains.  There were less than 2 barrels produced of this wine.

 

This has 15.8% alcohol by volume and the bottle is sealed with a natural cork.

 

My Tasting Note

The wine is a deep, saturated ruby color.  The spellbinding nose has black cherries, raspberries, minerals, cola, potpourri, Asian spices and dark chocolate.  This has a full body, moderate to solid tannins and nice acidity.  On the palate this is fully loaded and nicely layered with nice balance between the fruit and savory elements.  The finish has very nice length with some slowly building dark chocolate entering the picture.  No big hurry with this one, but I wouldn’t let it spend more than a few years in the cellar.  For now the alcohol is nicely buried but no guarantees as the wine ages.  (92 pts)

2008 Big Basin Vineyards Grizzly

2008 Big Basin Vineyards Grizzly

 

 

It was an extremely cold day up here, with the high struggling to get above 0.  This was perfect weather for one of our favorite cold weather meals, Baked Potato Soup.  The soup is thick and creamy and delicious.

 

We use the recipe from The Machine Shed.

Baked Potato Soup

 

 

 

N.V. Pierre Péters Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut Cuvée de Réserve – $49.99

This has quickly become our “house” Champagne.  For several years we weren’t really big sparkling wine consumers, but this one has opened our minds to venture out and start experimenting and drinking them more often.

 

This had 12.0% alcohol and had a disgorged date of April 2012.

 

My Tasting Note

The wine is a pale golden straw color with tiny, persistent bubbles.  The very alluring nose had apples, yeasty bread, lemon zest, minerals, and a slight toasted nut element.  The wine is light and crisp with nice effervescence.  On the palate tart apples, yeast and lemon zest grabs hold and slowly allows chalky minerals, some melon, and a nice herbal note to slip into the picture.  The finish has nice length with lemon zest, minerals, and a yeasty note leaving a crisp and clean closing impression.  (92 pts)

N.V. Pierre Péters Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut Cuvée de Réserve

N.V. Pierre Péters Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut Cuvée de Réserve

 

 

2008 Saxum Broken Stones – $75.00

Saxum.  There are more expensive wines coming out of California, but is there a more popular mailing list out there?  I remember a glitch in their system allowed people to place their orders before the actual e-mails were even sent.  The wines sold out almost immediately.  Since that time, the wines have gone up in price considerably but still sell out.  This wine is a blend of 79% Syrah, 13% Grenache and 8% Mourvedre.

 

The wine has 15.6% alcohol by volume and the bottle is sealed with a natural cork and a wax seal.

 

My Tasting Note

The wine is a deep, dark, inky purple color.  The intoxicating nose is full of blackberries, minerals, black pepper, blueberries, dried flowers, toasted Asian spices, roasted herbs and vanilla.  This has a full body, moderate to solid tannins and good acidity.  On the palate spicy, mineral driven fruit grabs hold and slowly relents to allow black pepper and roasted herbs to slip though.  The finish is very long and layered with a nice candied violet note coming into the picture.  This is on the young side but absolutely stunning with some air.  (96 pts)

2008 Saxum Broken Stones

2008 Saxum Broken Stones

 

 

1995 Weingut Franz-Joseph Justen-Schmitges Erdener Treppchen Riesling Auslese – $28.93

Far and away, our favorite white wine is a German Riesling with some age on it, in this case a 19 year old Auslese.  These wines are delicious when young but turn magical with a decade or two in your wine cellar.  One of the best sources for reasonably priced, winery cellared, aged German wines is Garagiste Wine out of Washington.  I highly recommend checking out and joining their e-mail list.

 

This wine has 7.0% alcohol by volume and the bottle is sealed with a natural cork.

 

My Tasting Note

The wine is a shimmering golden yellow color.  The irresistible nose has apples, honey, petrol, orange blossoms, minerals and orange zest.  This has light to medium body, crisp acidity and nice sweetness.  On the palate, tart apples dipped in honey hits first with orange zest and minerals coming in on the back end.  The finish is extremely long with apples and orange citrus acidity very slowly fading away.  Tastes outstanding today but will last in the cellar for many more years.  (95 pts)

1995 Weingut Franz-Joseph Justen-Schmitges Erdener Treppchen Riesling Auslese

1995 Weingut Franz-Joseph Justen-Schmitges Erdener Treppchen Riesling Auslese

 

 

2008 Belle Pente Pinot Noir Estate Reserve – $38.25

I had the good fortune to split a case of this wine with a friend who was on the winery’s mailing list.  Even though I’m a big fan of the ripe and rich style of Pinot Noir being made in California, I also very much enjoy Oregon Pinot Noir.

 

This wine has 13.8% alcohol and the bottle is sealed with a natural cork.

 

My Tasting Note

The wine is a nice red to ruby red color.  The very nice nose has cherries, baking spices (think cherry pie), some earthiness, fresh wild flowers, minerals, smoke, and a touch of dark chocolate.  This has medium body, fairly solid ripe tannins, and good acidity.  This is fresh and lively on the palate with cherries and spice carrying the load until some earthy elements come into the picture on the back end adding depth.  The finish is long and easy going with the bright cherries and spice again doing the heavy lifting.  This may be on the young side but it is very approachable and enjoyable, which really is all that counts.  (94 pts)

2008 Belle Pente Pinot Noir Estate Reserve

2008 Belle Pente Pinot Noir Estate Reserve

 

 

2006 Mitolo Shiraz Savitar – $29.99

It may put me in the “uncool” camp but I still love an occasional Australian Shiraz.  I avoid the low end offerings that inevitably end up in “close out” sales, but there are outstanding bargains out there in high end wines if you look around.

 

This has 14.5% alcohol by volume and the bottle is sealed with a natural cork.

 

My Tasting Note

The wine is a deep, dark, inky purple color.  The rich and luxurious nose has blackberries, blueberries, dark chocolate, vanilla, smoked meat, dried herbs, warm baking spices and some earthiness.  This has a full body, fairly solid, ripe tannins, and good acidity.  This is a massive wine on the palate with loads of spicy, peppery berries with a nice smoked meat element followed by spicy oak and dried herbs.  The finish is very long and like the palate, packed with flavor.  No subtlety and not the most complex wine out there, but very balanced and tasty.  Not a wine for everyone nor an everyday wine, but on occasion, this one will rock.  This is still on the young side, it should improve with additional cellar time.  (93 pts)

2006 Mitolo Shiraz Savitar

2006 Mitolo Shiraz Savitar

 

 

Connect with me

You can follow me on Twitter for more wine info, potential food pairings, and an occasional recipe or two.  Be warned, I’m also a sports fan and there are occasional Pittsburgh Penguins, Steelers, and Pirates tweets.  I attended the University of South Carolina, so during football season, there will also be some Gamecock posts.

 

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Notes – I use the “official” Cellar Tracker name for the wines.  I use Cellar Tracker to help manage and organize my cellar.  I highly recommend checking it out at www.cellartracker.com.  Loading you existing cellar is a lot less intimidating than it would first appear.  There is a good chance 99% of your wine is already in the system, so you generally only need to enter part of the wine’s name and the system will find it for you.

 

 

Prices noted are the prices I paid at the time of purchase.  I don’t shop around to find the best prices, but my local store is usually VERY competitive.  I generally get case discounts, and since I work there part time, I get a 5% discount.  Wines purchased direct from a winery do not include any shipping charges.  None of the prices include the sales tax.

 

 

All wines that were sent to me free of charge to sample will be noted and I will show suggested prices when available.

 

 

 

Cheers!

 

Cliffs Wine Picks – Aug 23, 2013 to Aug 25, 2013

 

 

2006 Mitolo Shiraz Savitar

2011 Calera Pinot Noir

2010 Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc

2010 Ladera Cabernet Sauvignon Stile Blocks

 

 

 

2006 Mitolo Shiraz Savitar – $29.99

Mitolo is one of the premiere wineries in Australia.  The wine maker, Ben Glaetzer, is one of the Australia superstars in the wine business.  I’m a big fan of their lower priced Reiver Shiraz but jumped on an opportunity to take a few bottles of this wine off a friend’s hands after they bought a case at a very special price.  This wine had a release price of $65 but I was able to grab a few at less than half that price.  That’s only a win if you like the wine.  Based on a bottle I had several months ago, this is a win!

 

This wine is a blend of only the best barrels of Shiraz and will provide serious enjoyment for anyone that is a fan of big, rich, Aussie Shiraz.

 

Winery history

For such a young winery, Mitolo’s history is rich.  It’s one studded with success, wide acclaim, and – most importantly – truly memorable wines.  But that’s only to be expected from a winery which, since the very first day, has been motivated by three potent words:

 

Purity. Elegance. Power.

 

Those were the guiding principles Frank Mitolo wrote down when he created the winery in 1999.  With his Italian heritage and a family history of working the land, Frank was only interested in pursuing excellence.  And the results were there immediately in the release of the first Mitolo wine – the 2000 G.A.M. – named after Frank’s children Gemma, Alexander and Marco.

 

Attracted by this commitment to only create wines of outstanding quality, acclaimed winemaker Ben Glaetzer joined Mitolo as a partner in 2001.  With grapes sourced from two of Australia’s premier wine regions, McLaren Vale and the Barossa Valley, Frank and Ben now work tirelessly to surpass their already impressive achievements.  Mitolo Wines, praised by some of the world’s toughest critics, are now enjoyed in more than 20 countries around the world.

 

And that is just the start.

 

My Tasting Note

The wine is a deep, dark, inky purple color. The rich and luxurious nose has blackberries, blueberries, dark chocolate, vanilla, smoked meat, dried herbs, warm baking spices and some earthiness. This has a full body, fairly solid, ripe tannins, and good acidity. This is a massive wine on the palate with loads of spicy, peppery berries with a nice smoked meat element followed by spicy oak and dried herbs. The finish is very long and like the palate, packed with flavor. No subtlety and not the most complex wine out there, but very balanced and tasty. Not a wine for everyone nor an everyday wine, but on occasion, this one will rock.  This is still on the young side, it should improve with additional cellar time.  (93 pts)

2006 Mitolo Shiraz Savitar

 

 

 

2011 Calera Pinot Noir – $24.69

I’m a big fan of the single vineyard offerings of Calera Pinot Noir wines.  Unfortunately, most of these single vineyard offerings are a bit pricey to open on a week night.  That’s where their appellation wines come into play.  These are generally very nice, varietally correct Pinots, that can be found for south of $25.

 

This wine is made of fruit purchased from over a dozen vineyard sources in California’s Central Coast region.  In this vintage, grapes from seven different vineyards were blended for the final product.

 

Winery history

Calera is a vision, and Calera’s wines truly express the sense of place.  Rather than follow the recommended path, Josh Jensen became a pioneer in search of the perfect spot on the globe to grow grapes.  Taking his cue from the great domaines of Burgundy which have grown grapes in limestone soil for centuries, he set out in search of the perfect spot in California to create wines unique to the world but in the style of the greatest wines of France.  Site selection was vital as he ventured off the grid to plant on the site of an old limekiln in the Gavilan Mountains of California.  Today Calera wines still express that pioneer spirit and are revered the world over.  We are proud to report that even Robert Parker is convinced: “Calera is one of the most compelling Pinot Noir specialists of not only the New World, but of Planet Earth.”

 

My Tasting Note

The wine is a light to medium ruby red color, much lighter at the rim. The fresh smelling nose has cherries, flowers, baking spice, eucalyptus, crushed stone minerals, and a touch of forest floor. This has medium body, soft tannins, and nice acidity. Nice red fruit on the palate with spice and just a touch of earthiness. The finish has nice length with the eucalyptus and minerals making an appearance to go with the sweet fruit. A very nice, easy drinking, under $25 Pinot Noir.  (90 pts)

2011 Calera Pinot Noir

 

 

 

2010 Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc – $15.19

Cloudy Bay has been my favorite New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc for several years.  Obviously that opinion is shared by a lot of wine drinkers.  This is not the lowest priced Sauvignon Blanc in the marketplace, at times it is a challenge to find it for under $25.  A couple years ago, when my local store had it on sale for under $16, I loaded up.  Unfortunately, this is my last bottle from that buy.

 

If you are a fan of Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc and want to find a lower priced alternative, try to source some Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc.  The owner/winemaker for Greywacke is Kevin Judd, the founding winemaker for Cloudy Bay.  After 25 vintages at Cloudy Bay, Kevin set out on his own.

 

My Tasting Note

The wine is a light, pale yellow to straw color.  The fresh and tropical nose has lime, grapefruit, minerals, fresh cut grass, and orange blossoms.  This has light body with tart, citrusy acidity.  On the palate the crisp fruit and minerals steal the show with the grapefruit notes giving way to lime with a nice herbal edge.  The finish has very good length with the lime and grapefruit allowing minerals and herbal elements to poke through.  As usual, another outstanding offering from Cloudy Bay.  (91 pts)

2010 Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc

 

 

 

2010 Ladera Cabernet Sauvignon Stile Blocks – $39.99

I’ve had and loved the Ladera Howell Mountain Cabernet for a number of years.  This is the first vintage of this specific wine.  This wine was actually created mainly for restaurants to have on their wine list as an earlier drinking, Howell Mountain cab, that could be listed for under $100.  Since this is a new wine and I bought it without tasting it, I didn’t know if it needed a bit of cellar time.  Luckily, the local store had a big wine tasting yesterday and this was one of the wines being poured.  I was lucky enough to grab a taste and decided it was good to go now.

 

This is a blend of 98% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Petit Verdot from Napa Valley’s Howell Mountain.

 

My Tasting Note

The wine is a fairly deep maroon color.  The big and fully open nose is full of cassis, licorice, warm baking spices, black pepper, leather, dried herbs, and a touch of cedar.  This has medium to full body with soft, ripe tannins, and decent acidity.  On the palate this is soft and jammy for a Howell Mountain wine.  Big, ripe, juicy, berries and spice hit the front end of the palate coating it in flavor with dried herbs and spicy oak coming in on the back end.  The finish has good length and shows jammy fruit and spice with an oaky over lay but could use some additional complexity.  This is an easier drinking wine than I expected, this isn’t one to stash in the cellar for an extended time.  (89 pts)

2010 Ladera Cabernet Sauvignon Stile Blocks

 

 

 

Connect with me

You can follow me on Twitter for more wine info, potential food pairings, and an occasional recipe or two.  Be warned, I’m also a sports fan and there are occasional Pittsburgh Penguins, Steelers, and Pirates tweets.  I attended the University of South Carolina, so during football season, there will also be some Gamecock posts.

 

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Cheers!

 

 

This is original to CliffsWinePicks.com.  Copyright 2013 Cliff’s Wine Picks.

All rights reserved.

 

 

 

***** Shameless Self Promotion *****

 

Here is a link to a YouTube video of me getting “coal” from Santa for being named the “Nicest Person in Social Media” in 2012.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOvQTeGR3-c

 

Breaking news from Klout:

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Remember to support your local wine store!

 

 

 

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Notes – I use the “official” Cellar Tracker name for the wines.  I use Cellar Tracker to help manage and organize my cellar.  I highly recommend checking it out at www.cellartracker.com.  Loading you existing cellar is a lot less intimidating than it would first appear.  There is a good chance 99% of your wine is already in the system, so you generally only need to enter part of the wine’s name and the system will find it for you.

 

 

Prices noted are the prices I paid at the time of purchase.  I don’t shop around to find the best prices, but my local store is usually VERY competitive.  I generally get case discounts, and since I work there part time, I get a 5% discount.  Wines purchased direct from a winery do not include any shipping charges.  None of the prices include the sales tax.

 

 

All wines that were sent to me free of charge to sample will be noted and I will show suggested prices when available.

 

 

 

Cheers!

 

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