Vinopolis Newsletter – 11-28-16

Newly Featured December Sales: Reynvaan Classic Cab & Araujo Altagracia; Featured Arrival: Piedlong from Brunier/Vieux Telegraphe; New Week – New Arrivals; New December Sales: Washington & California; K Vintners – Rockin’ Cuvees Back in Stock; Zind-Humbrecht Vendanges Tardive Gewurztraminer Back in Stock (…for now!); Sherry Featurette; Mature Champagne – In Stock Now; Six Pack Deals – Red Wine to Warm Your Winter Nights; Arriving Dec 2nd: Rare & Exclusive Picks from California & Piedmont; December Sales Recap; November Sales Recap


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Featured December Sales

Reynvaan Family Vineyards ‘The Classic’ Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley 2013 750ML ($89.95) Was $79, Now $69, 18 bottles available
Wine Advocate 94-96 points “First made in 2012, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon The Classic comes from vines planted in 2008 and is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Aged in 40% new French oak, it sports an inky purple color to go with awesome notes of cassis, jammy blackberries, wild herbs and graphite. Full-bodied, fresh and elegant, yet with rocking concentration, this is a serious Cabernet that has the class to drink nicely in its youth, yet the balance, depth and structure to evolve for upward of two decades.”

This is the lowest listed price in the USA today!
The average price is $83

Araujo Estate Altagracia Red, Napa Valley 2013 750ML ($149.95) Was $125, Now $118, 12 bottles available
James Suckling 95 points “Glorious aromas, like walking into a flower shop, from roses to lilacs. Lots of dark fruit too. Then goes to slate and dark mushroom. Full body, super refined tannins and refresh and ultra-clean finish. A thoroughly balanced and refined wine. 80% cabernet sauvignon, 10% cabernet franc, 6% petit verdot, and 4% malbec. So delicious to drink now.”
Robert Parker 93 points “As for the 2013 Proprietary Red Altagracia, the blend is slightly different, at 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petit Verdot and 4% Malbec. One of the finest Altagracias I’ve tasted to date, the color is saturated ruby/purple, much darker than the 2012 and the wine slightly less fragrant and more coiled tight. Yet, it is also more concentrated and promising. The wine is a heck of a second wine, but does require some patience. For now, deep, rich blackcurrant and blackberry fruit with floral notes (white flowers?), medium to full body and sweet tannin are all present in this relatively larger-scaled Altagracia than we’ve seen in the past (14.8% alcohol). The finish is long, still youthful and certainly approachable, but this wine will be better with 2-4 years bottle age and should keep for at least two decades.”

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We’ve added ten new wines to our December sales list. See the rest below and browse the full list online at


Featured Re-Arrival

The inaugural vintage of the Piedlong bottling from Brunier is produced from two parcels on the famous Plateau du Piélong. Here are found the sandy soils that produce profound and elegant Chateauneufs. The two parcels (lieu-dit Piélong for the Grenache and lieu-dit Pignan for the Mourvèdre) are adjacent to the famous Le Rayas vineyard and produce wine for 1/10 the price of their famous neighbor…

Piedlong Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone 2012 750ML ($59.95) $39 special
Josh Raynolds–Vinous 93 points “Deep ruby. Assertive aromas of fresh black and blue fruits, potpourri and garrigue, along with hints of cola and anise. Sappy and seamless on the palate, with juicy boysenberry, cassis and floral pastille flavors that flesh out with air. Fine-grained tannins build on the finish, which lingers with excellent tenacity and resonating spiciness.”


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New Week – New Arrivals


Crowley Entre Nous Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills 2014 750ML ($31.95) $28 special
Winery note “What can we say about this wine? It’s always great…owing to the signature combination of Pommard and Wadenswil. It’s distinction this year is the multiple levels of whole cluster inclusion in each of the lots…ranging from no stem to 100% stem and everything in between! It’s a fascinating result and we expect a complexity that unravels short term but especially long term. We’re glad this is the 10th Anniversary edition because it demonstrates quite possibly our best Entre Nous yet. 50% La Colina Vineyard, Dundee Hills AVA,  30% Laurel Hood Vineyard, Chehalem Mountains AVA,  20% Four Winds Vineyard, Coast Range. All dry-farmed.  Aged 20 months, no new oak.”

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Case-6 Long Shadows Vintners Collection, Columbia Valley, USA 2014 750ML ($449.95) $333 special
Note: Contains one 750ML bottle each of Long Shadows’ six acclaimed red wines, packaged together in a beautifully etched wood box:
Pirouette: A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Merlot.  Richly layered and complex, with a generous spectrum of aromas and flavors including black cherry, sweet spices and a hint of earth.  The wine’s refined texture provides a seductive mouth feel and lengthy finish.
Feather: Randy Dunn selects the Cabernet Sauvignon the Feather from a diversity of sites: the estate Benches Vineyards for dark fruit and earthiness, the Wahluke Slope for structure and ripe tannins, and two of Washington State’s oldest vineyards, Weinbau and Dionysus, for complexity.  The wine is concentrated and beautifully balanced, offering an array of fresh berry aromas, complimented by spicy, dark cherry and dried current flavors that persist on the palate.
Pedestal: Michel Rolland selects the Merlot from the Conner Lee, Dionysus and Benches Vineyards to produce an unusually complex Merlot.  Tapteil Vineyards Cabernet gives it its strength and extra richness.  The wine shows intense, fruit-forward notes, bursting with fresh blueberries, ripe plum, cedar and spice.  Good concentration in the wine adds to its pleasing mouth feel; balanced acidity enhances its appeal.  Supple tannins are well-integrated on the entry, across the mid-palate and throughout a long, layered finish.
Sequel: John Duval, formerly of the iconic Penfolds Grange, uses grapes from the Benches Vineyard for its dark flavored fruit, the Red Mountain Vineyard adds structure, and Boushey Vineyards add elegance.  A generous and concentrated wine of great character.  Almond, dark chocolate and cherry notes fill the glass, complemented by hints of black licorice, blackberry, cocoa powder and a touch of smoke.
Saggi: Saggi is a blend from father and son team Ambrogio and Giovanni Folonari of Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese (from a 1993 planting) and Syrah. Dark cherry aromas and raspberry flavors combine with a hint of nutmeg and smoky earthiness.  An elegant entry in the front of the mouth reveals refined tannins with focused concentration, enhanced by the wine’s rich and supple mouth feel.
Chester-Kidder: The back bone of this wine is Cabernet from Walla Walla and nearby Candy Mountain.  Its deepness and darkness is Syrah from the estate’s Benches Vineyards with a touch of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc.  Aromas of dried figs and cocoa powder, along with hints of tamarind and toasty oak are followed by intense violent and blueberry jam flavors beautifully integrated around a spicy core.

Pahlmeyer Jayson Chardonnay, North Coast 2013 750ML ($51.95) $39 special
Wine Spectator 92 points “Clean and pure nectarine, tangerine, citrus blossom and white peach notes mingle amid the core of pithy flavors, touching on fruit skin textures and tannins. Mounts a strong finish, turning to a chalky limestone aftertaste. Drink now. 2,600 cases made.”

This is the lowest listed price in the USA today!
The average price is $51

Newton Vineyard Red Label Claret, Napa Valley 2013 750ML ($19.95) $14 special
Producer Notes “Aromas of plum, blackberry, allspice, vanilla and juniper mingle on the nose. The flavors continue onto its broad, round palate, supported by cedar and cocoa notes. The supple tannins linger through the long finish.”

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France – Burgundy

Thomas Pico Domaine Pattes Loup Chablis 2014 1.5L ($119.95) $99 special
Distributor Notes: “Aromas of fresh apricot, exotic fruits and a spicy hint of ginger. Rich and ripe but with lively acidity and a hint of salinity and stone.”

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Domaine Ghislaine Barthod Bourgogne Rouge 2014 750ML ($59.95) $49 special
Importer note “Sourced from the lovely parcel of “Bons Batons” situated at the crossroads of Chambolle Musigny and Gilly les Citeaux, this cuvee is as refined as any you will find at the Bourgogne level.”

Domaine Ghislaine Barthod Les Chatelots, Chambolle-Musigny Premier Cru 2014 750ML ($179.95) $149 special
Importer note “The “Chatelots”, a holding of about one-quarter hectare, is just now (written as of 2012) revealing its identity as its vines reach a pleasant point of maturity (about 25 years old). Located in the central part of Chambolle, this cru presents itself as an excellent cross between the elegant and fine aromatics that this appellation is noted for married to a backbone of graceful but solid tannins.”
France – Bordeaux

Clos du Clocher, Pomerol 2010 750ML ($119.95) $89 special
James Suckling 93 points “Attractive nose with dark cherries, blueberries and chocolate. Some cool stony mineral notes and raw licorice when opening. Full with intensely juicy fruit on the palate with a layered texture. Polished fine tannins and a long finish with a ripe juicy acidity and outstanding complexity. Drink from 2016.” JS
Italy – Fruili

Miani Colli Orientali del Friuli Bianco, Friuli-Venezia Giulia 2014 750ML ($89.95) $79 special
Miani Chardonnay Colli Orientali del Friuli, Friuli-Venezia Giulia 2014 750ML ($89.95) $79 special
Miani Tocai Friulano Colli Orientali del Friuli, Friuli-Venezia Giulia 2014 750ML ($99.95) $89 special
VinopolNote: Enzo Pontoni, winegrower/maker at Miani, is a man of great stature. The man, who grew up beside his father in the vines and cellar, stands at almost seven feet tall. Some have called him “arguably Italy’s finest white winemaker” for the Friuli wines he creates. Enzo focuses his yields down to 20 hl/ha, in pursuit of glorious concentration, which has the result of producing amazingly rich wines that are also very hard to find: production hovers around 700 cases per vintage. He organically farms his family’s handful of acres and the vineyard land he rents, some 25 acres in total; ferments with a good amount of French oak; and lets only the Chardonnay go through malo (no temperature control here). Like Radikon, these bottles merit their price. Miani translates to some of the best Friuli ever made. Disagree? Go talk to towering Enzo.

Marques de Vargas Reserva, Rioja DOCa 2009 750ML ($27.95) $21.90 special
Case-12 Marques de Vargas Reserva, Rioja DOCa 2009 750ML ($299.95) $236 special (that’s only $19.67/bottle!)
Josh Raynolds–Vinous 91 points “(75% tempranillo, 10% mazuelo, 10% cabernet sauvignon and 5% garnacha): Saturated ruby. Assertive aromas of raspberry, rose oil and oak spice show very good intensity and focus. Smooth, sweet and spicy, with ripe red and dark berry flavors, a subtle vanilla nuance and strong back-end lift. Sweet and energetic on the long, floral finish, which shows no rough edges. This is pretty delicious and looks just about ready to go.”

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Quinta do Ameal Loureiro, Vinho Verde, Portugal 2015 750ML ($21.95) $16 special
Wine Advocate 94 points “The 2015 Loureiro (bottled January 19, 2016) is unoaked, dry and comes in at 11.5% alcohol. I’ve been talking a lot about the great 2015s and also about how well this estate has performed over the years. (Check out the reviews of library wines this issue.) If it seems that the fates are pointing in this direction–you bet. The category, perhaps, also deserves some reevaluation upwards, but right here, right now, this has to go down as one of the best moments for the “regular” Loureiro in this fine estate’s history. (Admittedly, as I see some older ones continue to age and notably improve with age, the competition is increasingly stiff. They’ve exceeded expectations.) In any event, this 2015 is astonishingly wonderful, gloriously fresh and alive. It is one of the more aromatic wines I’ve had from Ameal. It is fun to just smell in its youth, very floral and almost exotic. It is also remarkably powerful. If it seemed quite nice on the first day, then on the second day the big acidic core took over, a hint of herbs popped up and it became even more powerful. The fine tension on the finish allows the fruit to linger and grip the palate. The juicy finish can make you drool. Reasonable in body for the grape, which in some years is more on the ethereal side, it seems multilayered, transparent and bursting with controlled flavor. As good as it was on the first two days, it seemed like the essence of Loureiro on the third day. As much as I preferred the library versions this issue for drinking now, here is an example of how delicious and exciting they can be when young, too. In that regard, this is built to age and we might have to wait a few years to be sure how truly great it is. If you don’t know top-end Vinho Verde and Ameal, you may be shocked at that. This will become more complex and (I suspect) flesh out over the next few years. It is, if anything, a bit too aggressive just now. You get this amazing value only because owner Pedro Araújo labors in Vinho Verde, where the top wines are undervalued. Take advantage. This is something you can buy a case (or two) of and likely drink happily over the next 15+ years. It will be something different and wonderful every time you come back to it.”
New Zealand

Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough 2015 750ML ($34.95) $26 special
Wine Spectator 92 points “Impressively intense and focused, with vibrant Meyer lemon notes up front, followed by pineapple, green apple skin, dried apricot and green tea details, coming together on the smooth, spicy, juicy finish.”

Cloudy Bay Chardonnay, Marlborough 2012 750ML ($31.95) $24 special
Wine Spectator 90 points “Offers a laser beam of fruit intensity, with Meyer lemon, tangerine and ruby grapefruit flavors, accented by notes of crushed rock and apricot. A vivid, crisp acidity gives the flavors extra focus.”

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Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir, Marlborough 2012 750ML ($39.95) $33 special
James Suckling 93 points “A pinot noir that is subtle and complex with dried strawberry, cedar, nut and light meat character. Full to medium body with hints of chocolate, wet earth and mushroom. Such balance and finesse here.”

This is the lowest listed price in the USA today!
The average price is $39


More New December Sales
from Washington

Dunham Cellars Lewis Estate Vineyard Syrah, Columbia Valley 2011 750ML ($79.95) Was $69, Now $59, 33 bottles available
Wine Advocate 94 points “Another terrific effort, and one of the strongest Syrahs in the vintage, the 2011 Syrah Lewis Vineyard is 100% Syrah that spent 30 months in 90% new French oak, which you’d never know by tasting it. Gorgeous blackberry, blueberry, wild herbs, licorice, chocolate and hints of crushed rock all emerge from this beauty, and it flows onto the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, bright acidity and a seamless, elegant profile. It’s enjoyable now, but will shine for another decade at least as well.”

This was the lowest listed price in the USA today,
Now it’s even lower!
The next best price is $74.95

Reynvaan Family Vineyards In The Hills Syrah, Walla Walla Valley 2014 750ML ($79.95) Was $69, Now $59, 36+ bottles available
Wine Advocate 94 points “Another beauty is the 2014 Syrah In the Hills, which is this estate’s take on a Cote Rotie and incorporates 5% co-fermented Viognier. Raspberries, bacon fat, violets and olive all emerge from this medium-bodied, elegant, ethereally textured beauty. It too will drink beautifully for 10-15 years.”

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Now it’s even lower!

Reynvaan Family Vineyards ‘The Contender’ Syrah – Marsanne, Walla Walla Valley 2014 750ML ($99.95) Was $89, Now $77, 36+ bottles available
Wine Advocate 94-96 points “Checking in as a mix of 94% Syrah and 6% Marsanne, the 2014 Syrah The Contender is another elegant, medium to full-bodied, layered wine from this estate that offers plenty of texture and length. Blackberries, violets, plums, pepper and hints of iron all emerge from this beauty, which can be enjoyed on release or cellared for a decade or more.”

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Reynvaan Family Vineyards The Unnamed Syrah, Walla Walla Valley 2014 750ML ($79.95) Was $69, Now $59, 36+ bottles available
Wine Advocate 92-94 points “Incorporating 8% Grenache Blanc and from the Rocks region of Walla Walla, the 2014 The Unnamed Syrah offers a unique profile with pretty notes of white peach (from the Grenache Blanc no doubt), dried violets, plums and bouquet garni. Medium to full-bodied, supple, layered and beautifully balanced, it should shine right out of the gate, yet also evolve gracefully.”

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from California

Joseph Swan Vineyards Ziegler Vineyard Zinfandel, Russian River Valley 2011 750ML ($31.95) Was $28, Now $24, 36+ bottles available
Winery note “Tasting notes:  Medium deep garnet color. Aromas of dark berry compote with hints of fig, baking spices and black pepper. In the mouth the aromas are echoed but with a bit more brightness due to its excellent acidity. Still fairly tannic. Decanting and/ or opening a couple of hours ahead of drinking is highly recommended for this young pup!”

This is the lowest listed price in the USA today for any Joseph Swan wine!

Inglenook Rubicon Estate ‘Rubicon’ Red, Rutherford 2012 750ML ($189.95) Was $169, Now $149, 6 bottles available
Robert Parker 95 points “The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Rubicon, which used to be a proprietary blend and had a somewhat rustic, Italian personality, has now been put under the Inglenook Vineyard designation. Where the Cabernet Sauvignon was a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 12% Cabernet Franc and 3% Merlot, the Rubicon has abandoned any Italian varietals in favor of a blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Merlot. I think it’s safe to say this is potentially the best Rubicon made to date. It’s not to denigrate other vintages, but there is a finesse and elegance combined with great richness and an avoidance of any rusticity that plagued some of the other vintages – which is to be admired. At three times the price, it’s not three times the wine of the Cask Cabernet Sauvignon. It possesses a dense purple color, beautiful, sweet crème de cassis notes with a floral underpinning. I don’t see any of the Rutherford dust, per se, but there is an undertone of earthiness. The wine is full-bodied, rich, potentially complex and certainly capable of lasting 20 to 30 or more years. This is a great young Rubicon that will have its peak in 5-7 years and last 25-30.”

This is the lowest listed price in the USA today!
The average price is $178

Orin Swift Palermo Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2014 750ML ($44.95) Was $39, Now $33, 20 bottles available
Robert Parker 91 points “I tasted three Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines from Orin Swift. The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Palermo, all Napa Valley fruit and a blend dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon with a little Merlot and Malbec, was aged only 10 months in 35% new French oak. Bottled early to accentuate its fruit, this wine has soft, low-acid flavors, plenty of crème de cassis, chocolate and tobacco leaf, a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel and a long finish. It should drink well for the next 10-15 years, perhaps longer.”

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Robert Biale Vineyards Monte Rosso Vineyard Zinfandel, Sonoma Valley 2014 750ML ($69.95) Was $58, Now $49, 11 bottles available
Robert Parker 94+ points “From one of the most iconic vineyard sites in all of Northern California, the 2014 Zinfandel Monte Rosso Vineyard kicks up the level of concentration. It finishes at 15% natural alcohol but has tremendous inner depth and richness. The color is a handsome, dense bluish purple. The wine officers a spectrum of blue and purple fruits along with earth. It is full-bodied, super-concentrated, with adequate acidity and nicely integrated, ripe tannins. This is a beauty to drink over the next 10-15 years.”

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See the complete list of wines on sale for the month of December at the bottom of this newsletter. Shop our sale and read full reviews online at


Trending: K Vintners

Rockin’ Cuvees Now Back in Stock

K Vintners The Cattle King Syrah, Snipes Mountain 2013 750ML ($89.95) $79 special, 15 bottles available
Wine Advocate 98 points “The 2013 Syrah Cattle King is a smokin’, layered, sexy, voluptuous Syrah that does everything right. Coming from the River Rock Vineyard in Walla Walla and the Upland Vineyard in Snipes Mountain, not destemmed and brought up all in larger barrels, this beauty offers a sensational perfume of smoked meats, pepper, licorice, black olives and assorted ripe black fruits. Deep, layered and concentrated, yet always light on its feet and elegant, this fabulous Syrah has a terrific mid-palate, a core of sweet fruit and blockbuster length. It’s a tour de force in vintage and certainly one of the top wines. It needs a decant if drinking anytime soon, but should be at its best from 2020 to 2038.”

K Vintners The Boy Grenache, Walla Walla Valley 2014 750ML ($59.95) $49 special, 24 bottles available
Wine Advocate 95-97 points “There’s 300 cases of the potentially profound 2014 The Boy, which is mostly Grenache from the Powerline Vineyard in Walla Walla. Fermented with 100% whole clusters and aged in neutral oak, it offers sensational ripeness and depth in its meaty, olive, pepper, currant and kirsch scented bouquet. This gives way to a massive, concentrated and voluptuously textured Grenache that has a great mid-palate, ripe tannin and a finish that just won’t quit.”

K Vintners The Deal Sundance Vineyard Syrah, Columbia Valley 2013 750ML ($49.95) $39 special, 29 bottles available
Wine Advocate 95 points “Coming all from the Sundance Vineyard on the Wahluke Slope, the medium- ruby colored 2013 Syrah The Deal Sundance Vineyard is a unique, singular Syrah that gives up beautiful notes of kirsch, blackberries, sandy, dried soils and hints of olive tapenade. Full-bodied, concentrated, with a great mid-palate and satin-textured tannins, it will benefit from 2-3 years of bottle age and cruise for a decade after that.”

K Vintners The Hidden Syrah, Wahluke Slope 2013 750ML ($89.95) $79 special, 14 bottles available
Wine Advocate 97 points “Reminding me of a Northern Rhone Syrah from the Le Meal lieu-dit on Hermitage Hill, the 2013 Syrah The Hidden Northridge Vineyard comes entirely from the Northridge Vineyard on the Wahluke Slope, was fermented with 100% whole clusters and aged in mostly neutral oak. It offers thrilling notes of black raspberries, toasted bread, caramelized meats and licorice in a full-bodied, ultra-pure, supple, incredibly sexy style. Possessing building, fine tannin, it needs a lengthy decant if drinking anytime soon, but this utterly seamless, perfectly balanced beauty will offer upward of two decades of overall longevity.”

K Vintners The Hustler Syrah, Walla Walla Valley 2012 750ML ($149.95) $138 special, 10 bottles available
Wine Advocate 95-97 points “Still in barrel at the time of this tasting, the 2012 Syrah The Hustler is a blockbuster-styled Syrah that’s overflowing with notions of sweet red and black fruits, toasted bread, cured meats and cedar. Only made in special vintages (it was previously made in ’03, ’07 and ’09) and aged 38 months in French oak, it’s full-bodied, decadent and layered, with a weightless, elegant, seamless feel. Coming all from the Morrison Lane Vineyard (it’s actually the Morrison Lane Syrah with extended barrel aging), it should be ready to go on release and dish out tons of pleasure over the following decade or more. The extended elevage has given this a more upfront feel, yet I suspect it will also allow it age more slowly as well.”

We offer 13 wines from K Vintners in stock & available here now (that’s 161 bottles!). See the full list below or visit our web store to order and read full reviews!



Trending: Zind-Humbrecht Restock

It’s been a few years since we’ve been able to get ahold of the Zind-Humbrecht wines and it’s certainly not for lack of trying. When we heard the wines were in the market again we dropped everything to snap them up. We are quite proud of the range – many of these new arrivals were initially not intended for release in the USA. You’ll be glad we did, though, when you see the unreal deal on these wines. The star of the show is the Vendanges Tardive Gewurztraminer – a late-harvest wine from gravelly vineyard parcels that line an ancient Roman path between the communes of Wintzenheim and Turckheim. Our offer for the 750ML bottle is well below the next best price on the 375ML!

Domaine Zind-Humbrecht Gewurztraminer Herrenweg de Turckheim Vieilles Vignes Vendange Tardive, Alsace 2011 750ML ($69.95) $31.90 special
Case-6 Domaine Zind-Humbrecht Gewurztraminer Herrenweg de Turckheim Vieilles Vignes Vendange Tardive, Alsace 2011 750ML ($719.95) $179 special (that’s only $29.83/bottle!)
Wine Spectator 95 points “Lacy in texture and seamlessly integrated, this off-dry, lightly honeyed version features racy acidity, providing fine balance and enlivening notes of mango puree, lychee, grapefruit granita, honeycomb and apricot. Hints of smoke and wax linger on the lush, mineral-driven finish. Drink now through 2030. 40 cases imported.”

These bottles arrived directly from the Domaine cellar!
Best ever price in the USA!
The next best price is for the half-bottle: $34.96

We have eight wines in stock from Zind-Humbrecht, browse the full list below. Visit our web store to order and read full reviews:



Our Current
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Welcome to the club, Colorado!

Along with Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and California,
we now offer flat rate shipping to Colorado. Here’s the scoop:

Single orders of any quantity of wines qualify for the flat rate;
this does not apply to orders held in storage for any reason
or multiple orders consolidated into one shipment.
The flat reach for each state is, as follows:

-to Oregon for $17,
-Washington & Idaho for $20,
-and California & Colorado for $25

Take Advantage of the Flat Rate!


When the Weather outside is Frightful/

A Glass of Sherry by the Fire makes it Delightful

We offer 29 Sherries in stock and available here now, browse our featured selections below or visit our web store for the complete list:

Manzanilla: Light, bone dry and salty, Manzanilla is perfect with snacks and appetizers

Valdespino Manzanilla Deliciosa Sherry, Andalucia NV 750ML ($19.95) $16 special, 6 bottles available
Valdespino Manzanilla Deliciosa Sherry, Andalucia 375ML ($13.95) $10.90 special, 3 half-bottles available
Wine Advocate 89 points “The impressive line-up is opened with the pale-colored NV Manzanilla Deliciosa, which is produced with Palomino grapes from the Miraflores vineyard and aged for five years under yeast. It is a finer version of La Guita, easy to drink, with a sweet note of apples in the nose, a polished and gentle palate, ending with a saline touch.”

Fino: Light, dry & crisp, try this unoxidized wine with chicken dishes or light appetizers!

Equipo Navazos La Bota de Fino No. 35 ‘Macharnudo Alto’ Sherry, Andalucia NV 750ML ($59.95) $49 special, 4 bottles available
Wine Advocate 95 points “The La Bota De Fino Macharnudo Alto 35 was bottled in June 2012, and shows a deep golden color. This wine is sourced from the Inocente solera from Valdespino, and averages 10 years under flor. The idea is that once the wines age for a long time and the flor sharpens the wine, if you continue to age it further it gains in volume and intensity, making them much more powerful and if you like, less fine. An old wine that is a complex gentle giant crying for food. It shows a deep old-gold color, and feels dense and concentrated. The very complex nose is redolent of yeast, chalk, esparto grass, salted almonds and iodine, and keeps changing and developing as the wine stays in the glass. The palate is full-bodied, intense, balanced, ending dry with a bitter note. As good as Fino gets. Drink 2013- 2019.”

Palo Cortado: a unique style – light in body yet enchantingly oxidized – Palo Cortado sets off heavier appetizers and nuts beautifully!

Bodegas El Maestro Sierra Vinos Viejos Palo Cortado Sherry, Andalucia NV 375ML ($99.95) $81.90 special, 5 half-bottles available
Producer note “It takes a skilled capataz, or cellar master, to recognize an unruly sherry; sherry that chooses its own path to aging. These aren’t Amontillados, and they’re not Olorosos. They are something unique and all their own, they are Palo Cortados. 100% Palomino from Albariza or chalk soil.  The Solera is over 70 years old.”

This is the lowest listed price in the USA today!
The next best price is $84.99

Amontillado: a richer, lightly oxidized style to pair with cheese, charcuterie and meat dishes

Equipo Navazos La Bota de Amontillado No. 37 ‘Navazos’ Sherry, Andalucia NV 750ML ($79.95) $69 special, 4 bottles available
Wine Advocate 95 points “The Lot 37 La Bota de Amontillado is selected from around 100 butts from the amontillado Soleras of Rainera P. Marin that were acquired by the Estevez Group and the idea here was to choose butts with freshness and heightened aromatics. Bottled in September 2012 it has a lucid deep straw color. The nose is very attractive with caramel, hazelnut, Turkish Delight and a touch of wild honey that are all very well defined and vibrant. The palate is very well-balanced with that caramel note coming through and combining beautifully with quince, white pepper, dried honey and marmalade. The oxidative element is perfectly judged on the finish with a delicate, nutty aftertaste that renders this approachable and for want of a better word – delicious!”

Oloroso: This robust style is dark, nutty and rich, making it a fine match for roasted meat and strong cheese or sipping on its own

Osborne Solera India Oloroso (1922) Sherry, Andalucia NV 500ML ($399.95) $299 special, 1 500ML bottle available
Wine Advocate 95 points “The NV Rare Sherry Oloroso Solera BC 200 has an average age of 40 years from a solera created in 1864. It shows a dark bright orange color, a discrete, aristocratic nose showing some aromatic herbs, perfumed flowers, not easy to define. The palate is even more peculiar, only medium- to full-bodied, dominated by balsamic flavors, aromatic herbs, old furniture, with good persistence and length, and a warm finish. 250 bottles are produced each year. A most unusual wine. Drink 2013-2022.”

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Pedro Ximenez (PX): The sweetest, darkest, most unctuous sherry, packed with flavors of spice, dried and candied fruits, and nuttiness. A little bit of PX goes a long, delectable way. Try with chocolate, spice or dried fruit desserts or on its own!

Bodegas Toro Albala Don PX Convento Seleccion, Montilla-Moriles 1931 750ML Z($399.95) $279 special, 10 bottles available
Wine Advocate 98 points “If someone told you they kept a wine for 84 years in barrel before bottling, you’d think they are nuts, right? Well, that’s what the folks at Toro Albalá in Aguilar de la Frontera – in the province of Cordoba, part of the Montilla Moriles appellation – did with their 1931 Don PX Convento Selección. This is part of what they call ‘vinos olvidados,’ which means ‘forgotten wines.’ The border is amber, with green tints that denote very old age. Such old age provides an array of unusual aromas and flavors, including iodine and salt that compensate the sweetness (403 grams) and even the alcohol (18%). It’s terribly balsamic, with notes of dry herbs and spices, cigar ash, carob beans (algarrobas), incense and noble woods. The palate is very, very sweet and concentrated, unctuous, dense, with a chewy texture. This goes beyond a glass of wine, a drop of it is like having a piece of cake. I don’t think this reaches the complexity and depth of the 1946, which remains the benchmark for these old sweet PX, but it’s truly terrific!… bottles were filled in June 2015.”


The Glory of Mature Vintage Champagne

Mature vintage Champagne can offer one of the most glorious yet underrated experiences in the world of wine.  Wine from good or great declared years will age effortlessly for a few decades, gaining richness and a toasty complexity that is impossible to replicate any other way.

We love to drink older vintage Champagne and so try to keep as much in stock as we can get our hands on.  It usually isn’t inexpensive, but we find that it delivers exceptional value, over and over again, in a way that no other wine or collection of wines manage to. So we’re proud to offer a selection of Champagne from the 2002 vintage and older that we think will be a wonderful addition to your cellar or holiday table, in-stock now:

Philipponnat Clos des Goisses Brut, Champagne 2000 750ML ($219.95) $189 special, 5 bottles available
Gilbert & Gaillard 99 points “Deep gold. Intense nose deploying notes of stone fruits, dried fruits and toasted undercurrents after swirling. The palate combines abundant fullness, vinosity and magnificent freshness. Already nicely open, this 2000 is at its peak. Excellent.”

Philipponnat Clos des Goisses Brut, Champagne 1996 750ML ($399.95) $348 special, 10 bottles available
Antonio Galloni 97 points (December 2015); Antonio Galloni 96 Points (March 2015)
“One of the all time greats from Philipponnat, the 1996 Clos des Goisses captures the essence of a vintage in which both sugars and acidities were elevated. Tension, energy and salinity are the signatures. Readers who can wait on the 1996 will be rewarded with a stunning bottle of Champagne that will likely still be profound at age fifty.”

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Billecart-Salmon Cuvee Nicolas Francois Billecart Millesime, Champagne 2002 750ML ($219.95) $189 special, 2 bottles available
Antonio Galloni 97 points “A mesmerizing, thrilling Champagne, the 2002 Cuvée Nicolas François Billecart is a great example of the vintage at its best. Silky and racy on the palate, yet a bit more restrained than many wines of the year, the Nicolas François Billecart remains vivid and remarkably nuanced. Brioche. apricot jam, wild flowers and honey are some of the many notes that blossom as the Cuvée Nicolas François Billecart shows off its voluptuous personality.”

Claude Cazals Clos Cazals Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Brut Millesime, Champagne 2002 750ML ($149.95) $133 special, 3 bottles available

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Pierre Peters Les Chetillons Oenotheque Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Brut, Champagne 2000 750ML ($319.95) $299 special, 2 bottles available
Wine Advocate 95 points “The 2000 Brut Cuvee Speciale “Les Chetillons” is a sumptuous, opulent wine that flows with layers of smoke, licorice, lime, minerals, ripe fruit and spices, all of which are supported by a gorgeous streak of minerality. This is an exciting, racy wine that I find completely irresistible and sensual. Needless to say, the 2000 Cuvee Speciale “Les Chetillons” is highly recommended. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2020.”
Stephen Tanzer 93 points (Nov/Dec 08): “Light, bright gold. Bright lemon and orange aromas give way to richer pear and white peach with air. Round and sappy, offering candied lemon and honeysuckle flavors, with impressive mineral snap on the back. Becomes richer on the finish, which repeats the lemon and mineral notes. Put this youthful, impressively pure wine in a cool spot for another five years or so.”

Alfred Gratien Brut, Champagne 1998 750ML ($199.95) $159 special, 4 bottles available
Wine Advocate 94 points “A relatively rich, broad shouldered wine, the 1998 Brut Millesime is showing beautifully. Here the aromas and flavors have begun to develop the early hints of tertiary complexity, making the 1998 a great choice for drinking today. Suggestions of white truffles, apricot jam, hazelnuts, hard candy and dried flowers wrap around the gorgeous, striking finish. The 1998 is 60% Chardonnay, 20% Pinot Noir and 20% Pinot Meunier. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2020.”

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Tarlant La Vigne d’Antan Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut, Champagne 2002 750ML ($249.95) $219 special, 2 bottles available
Antonio Galloni 96 points “The 2002 La Vigne d’Antan is utterly breathtaking from the very first taste. A vivid, crystalline wine, the 2002 emerges with the essence of crushed rocks, salt and bright, citrus-infused fruit. Hints of white pepper and flowers add elements of exoticism in a striking, pure Champagne loaded with class. Readers who can find the 2002 should not hesitate as it is magnificent.”

Taittinger Collection Zao Wou-Ki, Champagne 1998 750ML ($499.95) $399 special, 2 bottles available
“The Taittinger Collection Series bottles are released only in great vintages, from a selection of the year’s finest cuvées. The wines are made from Chardonnay mainly from the Grands Crus of the Côte des Blancs, and Pinot Noir from Montagne de Reims and Vallée de la Marne vineyards. The fruit is pressed in the vineyards and the first pressing is transported to the winery for fermentation, followed by a second fermentation in the bottle. Aged for five or more years on the lees, the wine acquires complexity and the fine, pinpoint bubbles characteristic of its sparkle.”–Importer Notes

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Pol Roger Cuvee Sir Winston Churchill, Champagne 2000 1.5L ($519.95) $419 special, 3 magnums available
Antonio Galloni 94 points “The first thing that is evident about the 2000 Brut Cuvee Sir Winston Churchill is its finesse and total silkiness. The 2000 is a rich, creamy and deeply expressive Winston Churchill. I don’t see the 2000 being an especially long-term ager, but it is wonderfully radiant and open today. Hints of pastry, spice, apricots and succulent ripe pears blossom on the expansive, broad-shouldered finish. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2030.”

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Winter Nights Compel Compelling Red Wines

Winter nights are coming and we like to make like squirrels and stockpile big red wines for drinking in cozy environs.  All of the wines we’re highlighting today have some really sweet deals if you buy a six-pack. They’re wonderful wines that would make a mean accompaniment to braised meats, cassoulet, or a roasted bird—you know, winter food!

Case-6 Chateau Devise d’Ardilley, Haut-Medoc 2010 750ML ($159.95) $136 special, 5 cases available (that’s only $22.67/bottle!)
Chateau Devise d’Ardilley, Haut-Medoc 2010 750ML ($29.95) $24 special, 28 bottles available
Wine Enthusiast 91 points –Editors’ Choice “From a small estate, this big, ripe and fruity wine has swathes of black fruits to go with the dark, brooding tannins. Very broad and fruity, the wine is always likely to be structured. Drink from 2017.”

Case-6 Chateau du Fort Pontus, Fronsac 2010 750ML ($149.95) $99 special, 5 cases available (that’s only $16.50/bottle!)
Chateau du Fort Pontus, Fronsac 2010 750ML ($24.95) $18 special, 36+ bottles available
Winery note “100% Merlot. Tasting Notes : Intense first nose, opening up to reveal subtle spicy aromas when swirled in the glass. Opens with a hint of sweetness, which soon gives way to a smooth, warm mid-palate capped with the crisp, tannic finish so typical of Fronsac. Once home to French artist René Princeteau, tutor to the no less celebrated Henri de Toulouse–Lautrec, the imposing Château du Fort Pontus stands proudly overlooking the Fronsac appellation. For many centuries the exceptional terroir of this appellation made Fronsac the wine of kings and the king of wines. The Pradel de Lavaux family has maintained this tradition of excellence, crafting a wine of superior pedigree which strikes a delicate balance between elegance and vivacity. Dominated by red fruit aromas and delicate spicy notes, evolving and maturing with time to reveal the noble character of this fine terroir.”

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Case-6 Domaine de L’Edre Cotes du Roussillon Villages 2013 750ML ($299.95) $239 special, 4 cases available (that’s only $39.83/bottle!)
Domaine de L’Edre Cotes du Roussillon Villages 2013 750ML ($49.95) $41.90 special, 36+ bottles available
Wine Advocate 95 points “One of the wines of the vintage is the 2013 Cotes du Roussillon Villages Domaine de l’Edre. While this cuvee had a rustic edge in the past, today it’s incredibly polished and pure, with brilliant aromatics of cassis, black raspberries, licorice, crushed flowers and chalky minerality. Medium to full-bodied, ripe, yet elegant and balanced, it’s a classic Roussillon that can be enjoyed today or cellared for a decade.”

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Case-6 Renato Ratti Barolo Marcenasco, Barolo DOCG 2011 750ML ($299.95) $216 special, 3 cases available (that’s only $36.50/bottle!)
Renato Ratti Barolo Marcenasco, Barolo DOCG 2011 750ML ($49.95) $39 special, 16 bottles available
James Suckling 93 points “This is very ripe with a dried berry, almost raisin character and Asian mushroom undertone. Full body, chewy tannins and a long finish. Needs time to soften. Better in 2017.”
Wine Advocate 92 points “The Ratti family has done a terrific job with its well-priced 2011 Barolo Marcenasco. The wine shows ripe fruit at the beginning, but the intensity of the bouquet quickly finds good balance with just a few swift swirls of the glass. Those aromas are painted in broad brush strokes with thick lines of black fruit, spice, rose and anise seed. It shows moderate complexity, but just enough to keep your interest as the wine continues to shift and evolve in the glass. In all, Barolo Marcenasco exhibits a plush, fruit-forward style with soft tannins and rich texture. It is best for near and medium-term drinking.”

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Arriving December 2nd

Select wines from California & Piedmont

Limited: if you want them, don’t miss them!

Colgin Cellars IX Estate Red, Napa Valley 2013 750ML ($699.95) Regularly $579, $539 subscriber-only special, 12 bottles available
Robert Parker 100 points “Another perfect wine from Ann Colgin and her winemaking team is the 2013 IX Proprietary Red Estate, a blend of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 8% Petit Verdot. An absolutely compelling wine, with notes of lead pencil shavings, spring flowers, blueberry, blackberry and cassis, it has the full smorgasbord of black and blue fruits, wonderfully integrated, toasty oak, acidity and tannin, a floral note that is unmistakable, and great richness, density and purity. It is an utterly exceptional wine and a tribute to not only a great vineyard, but impeccable winemaking and upbringing. It should drink well for 30+ years as well.”

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100 Point Wine

From Eisele Vineyard

Arriving December 2nd

Chateau Latour’s newest venture into Napa is the Eisele Vineyard, an ancient Napa vineyard in the New World sense. First planted in 1880 by Spanish missionaries, the vineyard has seen several illustrious names work the land over the years, including most recently the Araujo family. We’re happy to announce the arrival of the first release under Latour’s stewardship, arriving in early December:

Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2013 750ML ($599.95) $499 pre-arrival special, 6 bottles available
Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2013 375ML ($299.95) $259 pre-arrival special, 12 half-bottles available
Robert Parker 100 points “Both 2013s are clearly the finest Eisele wines made under the administration of François Pinault and his top lieutenant, Frédéric Engerer, who also runs the show at Château Latour. The utterly compelling 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon in this vintage and 1,800 cases were made. The wine is off-the-charts great, with an opaque bluish/purple color to the rim, an aroma of pen ink, graphite, blackberry and blueberry fruit, a hint of licorice, camphor and incense. The wine is full-bodied, with extraordinary concentration, remarkable equilibrium and noticeable, but sweet, well-integrated tannin. This is a large-scaled Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, but flawless and with no edges. It is an amazing effort and a great achievement from this incredible terroir. Drink it over the next 30-40 years…Readers should note that the relatively new owners of what was formerly known as the Araujo Estate have finally changed the name to the Eisele Vineyard.”

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From Giacomo Conterno

Giacomo Conterno ‘Cerretta’, Barolo DOCG 2012 750ML ($249.95) $219 pre-arrival special, 11 bottles available
Antonio Galloni 94-97 points “Conterno’s 2012 Barolo Cerretta boasts superb aromatic presence, precision and overall silkiness, with seemingly endless layers of fruit that come from all directions. Freshly cut flowers, sweet red cherry/plum fruit, hard candy, spice and new leather lead to the pliant, silky finish. The 2012 might very well be the most precise, nuanced Cerretta yet.”
Wine Advocate 94 points “To be released in October 2016, the 2012 Barolo Cerretta opens to a profound and buoyant bouquet that is particularly driven by menthol freshness, as well as pretty nuances of balsam herb and forest fruit with licorice, tilled earth and truffle. The wine is balanced and ethereal. It’s so difficult to achieve this level of aromatic definition (especially in a warm year like 2012), but Roberto Conterno has done so with a deft hand. This is a complete expression of Barolo with aromatic intensity that is matched by an enduring sense of structure and medium-weight appeal.”

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Giacomo Conterno (Cascina) Francia Barolo DOCG 2012 750ML ($219.95) $199 pre-arrival special, 12+ bottles available
Antonio Galloni 94-97 points “The 2012 Barolo Francia is dark, virile and intense, with a huge center of fruit to match its distinctly brooding personality. Today, the 2012 also comes across as quite closed in on itself, but there is a level of pure depth here that is absolutely compelling. Conterno has decided not to bottle a Monfortino, so there is good reason to think the bottled Francia has the potential to be stellar.”
Wine Advocate 95 points “Since the 2010 vintage, this wine is named Francia (not Cascina Francia) to keep with the new Menzioni Geografiche Aggiuntive (or official cru naming) in Barolo and Barbaresco. The 2012 Barolo Francia is a seductive and silky expression that flows gracefully over the palate with power and determination. The nose is expressive, and decidedly more articulate than many of the more muted wines made by neighboring estates in this warm vintage. The quality of the mouthfeel is of special interest. This beautiful Barolo already shows stunning texture, richness and integrity, despite this very early preview tasting. I tasted this wine in barrel shortly before bottling.”


Rare Burgundies from Cecile Tremblay

It’s almost ironic to call Cecile Tremblay’s estate up-and-coming when she can trace back her heritage to the esteemed Henri Jayer and she tends the three hectares of vines owned by her family for generations. In 2003, long term leases in the appellations of Nuits-St-Georges and Gevrey-Chambertin expired (including several Grand Crus), so Cecile took control of her family’s vines. She is converting the vines to organic and employs traditional practices in the winery (vertical press, moderate new wood amounts, etc. We’re certain you’ll find these to be exceptional examples of fine Cote de Nuits wines!

Arriving December 2nd

Domaine Cecile Tremblay Chambolle-Musigny Les Cabottes 2014 750ML ($119.95) $99 pre-arrival special, 24 bottles available
Wine Advocate 89-91 points “The 2014 Chambolle-Musigny les Cabots has an intriguing and complex bouquet. There is a faint tincture of wet clay interwoven through the black and red fruit. There is a touch of wilted violets here with a touch of orange blossom developing in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin and well-judged acidity. It is nicely structured, perhaps even understated with a touch of bitter cherry on the structured finish. I sense this might close down after bottling and come back after several years.”

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Domaine Cecile Tremblay Morey-Saint-Denis Tres Girard 2014 750ML ($99.95) $89 pre-arrival special, 24 bottles available
Wine Advocate 89-91 points “The 2014 Morey-Saint-Denis les Très Girard, which will include 25% new oak in the final blend, has a very attractive floral bouquet with blackcurrant pastilles and light violet scents. The oak here is discrete. The palate is medium-bodied with supple, ripe tannin. There is a pleasing salinity here, but it is the backbone, the tannic framework that really works here, with those marn soils coming through nicely. This is recommended.”

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Domaine Cecile Tremblay Vosne-Romanee Vieilles Vignes 2014 750ML ($119.95) $99 pre-arrival special, 9 bottles available
Burghound 89-91 points “Outstanding. A subtle touch of wood sets off the exuberantly spicy aromas of plum, cassis and violets. There is exceptionally good richness to the dense and quite powerful medium-bodied flavors that also coat the palate with dry extract while delivering impressive depth and length. This is not an especially elegant Vosne villages but it is certainly powerful and concentrated.”

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December Sales Recap

We’re already up to 25 wines on sale this December! Hurry, these prices expire December 31st!

Read reviews and browse the full selection of sale wines by searching for “December Sale” on our web store – we’re also happy to talk you through the offerings if you email us at or call 503-223-6002.



November Sales Recap

Don’t Hesitate – These Sales Expire in Two Days!

We’re up to 56 wines on sale this November. Act now – these prices expire November 30th.

Read reviews and browse the full selection of sale wines by searching for “November Sale” on our web store – we’re also happy to talk you through the offerings if you email us at or call 503-223-6002.