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Winter Shipping Alert

Winter Shipping Alert

Attention customers in the Midwest, Great Plains, Rocky Mountains, Northeast and Southeast regions, and parts of the Basin & Ridge regions of the USA

Winter weather conditions are too cold along the road and rail routes to you for safe shipping of wine. UPS Ground runs the risk of prolonged exposure to temperatures below 30 degrees, resulting in damage due to freezing.

We suggest shipping wine by Three Day Select or Second Day Air. Alternatively, we can hold your order here until the spring. You can select Three Day Select during checkout or call for quotes on 2nd Day and Next Day Air shipping methods.

We urge you to consider these seasonal shipping risks when placing your order.… Read the rest

VinopolPick: Domaine Fougeray de Beauclair, Burgundy 1-19-17

f beauclairParceled vineyard ownership can make Burgundy’s Côte d’Or seem chaotic. But this allows small, family growers like Fougeray de Beauclair to produce twenty-one wines from the Côte de Nuits and de Beaune. Founded in 1978, Fougeray de Beauclair grows Pinot Noir and Chardonnay across 45 acres, from straight-forward villages like Marsannay and Fixin, to prestigious Bonnes Mares, to richly structured Puligny-Montrachet. Patrice Olliver has been growing and making wine at Fougeray de Beauclair, created by his parents-in-law, for over two decades. Synthetic fertilizers were abandoned, and the sorting of grapes takes place in the vineyard and at the winery. Quality becomes a matter of pride at a domaine of this size. The wines get oak in the proportion they deserve: 15 months in 30% new for the Gevrey-Chambertin, 18 months in 100% new for the Bonnes Mares, 6 to 8 months in 50% new oak for the Puligny-Montrachet.… Read the rest

Wine of the Day: Domaine de l’Edre 2013 1-15-17

Domaine de L’Edre Cotes du Roussillon Villages 2013 750ML ($49.95) Buy Now $41.90 special, in-stock

Case-6 Domaine de L’Edre Cotes du Roussillon Villages 2013 750ML ($299.95) Buy Now $239 special, in-stock (That’s only $39.83 per bottle!)

l'edreIt seems France’s Roussillon region was made to grow fine wine. Proximity to the vine’s favorite sea, the Mediterranean, and planted in classic limestone-clay soil, winemaking talent thrives in this area. Founded by a pair of Frenchmen in 2002, Domaine de l’Edre produces ripe yet balanced and stylish wines of terrific character and terroir definition. Here’s the perfect match to a leg of lamb or even a pot au feu, to veggie dishes rich in grilled peppers and eggplant, and of course to charcuterie and cheese.… Read the rest

VinopolPick: Ayres Vineyards and Winery 1-13-17

brad-ayresDown to earth: Ayres grows and makes wines in the true Oregon tradition. From certified-sustainable viticulture in the Ribbon Ridge AVA, to hands-off winemaking (learned at Domaine Drouhin Oregon), and extremely reasonable pricing, Ayres represents Willamette Valley Pinot Noir with respect. The Lewis Rogers Lane and Perspective cuvees satisfy that plump red/blue fruit craving, while the Pioneer gives a deeper, darker taste. Meanwhile, to keep it bright, fresh, and under $20 a bottle, the Willamette Valley 2015 already drinks wonderfully. Pick one, two, or all four to taste and we’re sure you’ll add Ayres to your list of favorite Oregon producers. They’re definitely one of ours. – Daniel

Ayres Lewis Rogers Lane Pinot Noir, Ribbon Ridge 2014 750ML ($34.95) Buy Now $29 special, 23 bottles available, in-stock

Ayres Perspective Pinot Noir, Ribbon Ridge 2014 750ML ($29.95) Buy Now $26 special, 23 bottles available, in-stock

Ayres Pioneer Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2014 750ML ($39.95) Buy Now $33 special, 18 bottles available, in-stock

Ayres Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2015 750ML ($24.95) Buy Now $19 special, 31 bottles available, in-stock

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Inman Family Wines’ Spectacular OGV Pinot Noir

Inman Family Vineyards “OGV Estate” Pinot Noir 2010 750ML ($49.95) Buy Now: $33 special – in stock now!

We can be homers for Pinot from Oregon here, but every now and then we get a wine from California that is spectacular enough to break the spell of the Willamette–at least for a minute.  That’s how it is for us with the wines of Inman Family Vineyards in the Russian River Valleybarrel_taste_3, especially for the OGV estate Pinot Noir.

Kathleen Inman is one of the most delightful winemakers we know of and the wine she makes from her estate vineyard, “Olivet Grange,” is the highlight of her portfolio every year.  Her wines manage to combine a grace and elegance that one usually associates with old world wines with the rich, cherry fruit of the Russian River Valley.  … Read the rest