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Holiday Bordeaux 2019

I tasted through a lot of Bordeaux in 2019. Not a disproportionately high amount, but Bordeaux has been on a fairly unprecedented run of quality vintages dating back to 2014, so there are a lot of great wines both currently available and coming soon to market (the 2017 and 2018…

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Seresin Leah Pinot Noir

Seresin Pinot Noir is a wine I recently had the pleasure of enjoying. I overheard our wine guys talking to one of our guests about it and I also picked up a bottle. I think what piqued my curiosity was their talk of the region in New Zealand where it…

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In the Caribbean, the name “Zafra” is a rather old name that means “Sugar Harvest.” Zafra became a big deal after Cuba began to use it for their national seasonal sugarcane harvest in the 1960s. Similarly, this 30-year-old Panamanian rum is such a big deal, we’re honored to have grace…

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Fresh and focused with a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Merlot, aged eight months in French and American oak barrels. Offers fresh, dusty red and black fruit showing spicy cherry-berry character combined with gravelly earth terroir, dusty mixed oak, and accents of cedar, tobacco, black pepper, leather,…

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Mumm Napa Brut Rosé

A methode champenoise blend of 85% Pinot Noir and 15% Chardonnay from vineyards in Napa Carneros and southern Napa Valley. A portion of the Pinot part of the blend is red Pinot Noir (riper, longish cold soak, punchdowns) to give the wine its full, darker rosé color. After aging en…

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In an area best known for Pinot Grigio, Castellargo is producing one of the best quality white blends in the region without the use of its most popular grape. Albus is a blend of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Friulano that is not aged in oak to preserve the freshness and…

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Sweet, but balanced 100% Riesling sourced mainly from growers in Bernkastel, Wehlen and Graach (with some Brauneberger, Zelting and others) fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel without malolactic fermentation. Offers lovely classic apple juice and lime Mosel Riesling fruit with lots of minerals and a hint of peach. Super fresh and…

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Pale-gold-straw in color and fully sparkling; dry, medium-plus-bodied with acidity still fresh. A blend of Macabeo, Xarel·lo and Parellada (the classic Cava trio) together with some Chardonnay fermented using methode champenoise (same as the Perelada Cava Brut Reserva) but aged 27 months on the yeasts in the bottle and an extra three…

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Château de Lancyre Rosé Pic Saint Loup 2014

A 13.5% alcohol richer Rosé blend of 50% Syrah, 40% Grenache and 10% Cinsault, grown on clay/limestone-based soils and made using a mix of press must and tank-bled wines. Red-salmon-pink in color, bright and clear with good legs; dry, medium-bodied with freshly balanced acidity and very light phenolics. Bigger, richer,…

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Domaine De La Laidiere Blanc - Bandol 2008

Domaine de la Laidiere Blanc, Bandol 2008

Made from Clairette and Ugni Blanc, Laidiera Blanc is floral and fresh with pleasant acidity and minerality. White Bandols are tricky. They are not inexpensive and don't usually fit into the crisp and citrusy category of a Sauvignon Blanc or buttery and creamy category of Chardonnay So where does that…

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Chateau Carbonnieux Blanc, Pessac-Léognan 2009

I try every Bordeaux Blanc I can get my hands on, and this effort from Chateau Carbonnieux is one of the prettiest white wines I've ever had the pleasure of tasting. Carved out of the Graves region of Bordeaux, Pessac-Leognan is known for developing some of the most elegant white…

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