“There she goes … there she goes again!” And whether or not you’re familiar with that poppy 90’s song from “One hit wonder”, The La’s from Liverpool (The rest of that album, btw, is great. Really. Reminds me of some of the early stuff from The Who), y’all should be familiar with our superstar winemaker Diane Puymorin from Chateau d’Or et des Gueules. Deservedly, we have been singing her praises for years; and when the wine press began to chatter about the power of the 2007 vintage in the southern Rhone, we were eagerly anticipating Diane’s releases. We are waiting no more. As just listed in our top ten wines of 2009, the 2007 Les Cimels (formerly “Select”) is the perfect example of what happens when you combine old vines, perfect weather, and expert winemaking … poetry in a bottle!



For the Les Cimels, Diane blends 50% Syrah, 25% Grenache, and 25% old vine Carignan. The result? You tell us, because year after year it sells out; and there is ALWAYS a good chunk of that going to employees! This will be no exception. It will sell out, and we employees will participate in that effort. (It’s been here less than a week, I’ve taken two so far …). As you can see, we like to write about Diane and her wines.



I am going to make a concentrated effort this year to keep my tasting notes more on the fun side than the mundane. I will confess that this wine shows hints of black tea and forest floor; and if you know anything about my tastes, you can envision me snuggled up in the corner with my arms around this precious beauty! I’m talking about the bottle of wine! 

As a side note: When this email lands in your inbox, the staff of TWH will be together enjoying our annual Holiday Party. Rumor has it there will be some special bottles being popped tonight … in addition to a first class spread hosted by none other than our Anya and her husband, Tony. Thanks in advance you two! – Peter Zavialoff


2007 Chateau d’Or et de Gueules Costieres de Nimes Select

Red Wine; Rhone Blend; Languedoc-Roussillon;
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$12.40 per bottle with case discount. Website will not reflect discount. We will apply it when we actually process your invoice and charge your card.
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