or whatever else you may call your sparkling wine, there is no question that THE most popular time of year for the stuff is upon us now. So whether you need a bottle or two to ring in the New Year, for Sunday Brunch, or if you would just like a great pairing partner for your caviar, fried chicken, or bowl of potato chips, we've got a nice selection of sparkling wine at a variety of price-points.
Beginning with our sub $10 Cava sparkling wines from Spain, we have a handful of offerings which range from $10 - $30, each one with its own allure. Then, we have a fine line of great Champagnes, many of them Grower Champagnes, ranging in price from the $30's all the way up to a very special bottling of Krug (Pssst: It's on sale!).
So, no matter your budget, we've got the sparkling wine for you this year. Need help choosing? Our friendly, knowledgable staff is more than happy to give recommendations and help you zero in on that special bottle for 2018! Come see us or give us a call - we'll be here!!! Happy (up-coming) New Year!
2014 Cantine Russo Mon Pit Brut Blanc de Blancs $25.98
Feed your inner wine-geek, and/or impress your friends with this two grape blended fizz from Sicily. Grown in volcanic soils around Mount Etna, the grapes are Carricante and Catarratto, the former is known for its inherent acidity, while the latter is known for its lemon fruit expression. This sparkler from Sicily can take the world by storm ... once the world tastes it!
1998 Arlaux Millesime Rare Reg. $84.98 SALE $64.95
What a great way to ring in 2018! This soon to be 20 year old bottle of Champagne is in a glorious place at the moment. The tiny bubbles push an initial yeasty/briochey element which opens the door for an incredibly complex bouquet. The palate is racy and lively with all of that complexity pinging every sensor.
NV Jean-Marie Chaland Crémant de Bourgogne Perle de Roche Brut Nature $28.98
That's a mouthfull, we know, but it's the mouth feel of this Crémant de Bourgogne that has our staff buzzing. Tiny bubbles, soft lemon verbena aromas, and a well-constructed palate had our staff in agreement that this could be a "ringer" in a Champagne tasting. It's all Chardonnay, and it's amazing.
2007 Vilmart & Cie Coeur de Cuvée $144.98
A most extraordinary Champagne from one of the region's greatest growers and producers. Made of 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir, this Champagne is refined, expressive, complex, even grandiose. It's like Montrachet with bubbles.
NV Marc Hebrart Premier Cru Cuvée de Réserve Brut $43.98
It all started when David purchased a few cases of the Marc Hebrart Champagnes and declared them, "My kind of Champagne." Well, that was enough for us. Several of our staff took a bottle or two home, and recommended it to our customers. It's already sold out twice, so it must be our kind of Champagne too!
NV Krug Grande Cuvée 164ème Édition Reg. $199.98 SALE $168.95
From Antonio Galloni: "Krug's NV Grande Cuvée 164 Edition is a total knockout. The flavors are brisk, delineated and pulsing with energy, while the more oxidative notes that are such a signature of Krug Champagnes are not especially evident. 97 points."
We're ten days away from the end of 2017!! What to do? Why, celebrate, of course!! If you're in need of wine to celebrate with, we've got you covered!
As is customary this time of year, sparkling wines are very popular as celebratory wines, and we have good stocks of fizz ranging from sub $20 sparklers to fancy, hard to find Champagnes. Click here for a link to our selection of bubbles.
If you like to celebrate like I do, then maybe a bottle of Sauternes from our anniversary sale is the way to go. I always like to celebrate with Bordeaux's Gold wines, and a glass of Sauternes on New Year's Day is a must, if one is going to have a sweet year!
Remember, our sale lasts through January 2, 2018, so if you haven't checked it out, time is running short.
Our ever-popular, dry, pear-scented, Giavi Prosecco is quite an elegant drink for its party-wine price. Careful - the bottle tends to be finished before you know it!
2005 Château De Malle Sauternes 375ml Reg. $27.98 SALE $19.95
From a vintage known for its abundant level of botrytis, the 2005 de Malle is showing rich aromas with citrus fruit and spicy aromas. The palate is well-balanced and harmonious. It's in a great spot right now.
Vivacious Champagne-method bubbly produced from organically farmed Côt, Cabernet Franc, and Grolleau grapes, grown on limestone-clay hillside soils. Fresh and crisp, with surprising complexity.
2007 Chateau Rieussec Sauternes 375ml Reg. $44.98 SALE $34.95
"The palate is very pure and balanced with a wonderful seam of acidity that slices through the viscous botrytis fruit, quite spicy on the finish" - Neal Martin
2004 Pascal Doquet Grand Cru Le Mesnil Sur Oger Coeur De Terroir Reg. $99.98 SALE $74.95
Or one can go the way of true vintage Chamagne with this 2004 Grand Cru from Pascal Doquet. Expressive, yeasty, and nutty, 2004 was great for Chardonnay-based Champagne.
2005 Chateau De Fargues Sauternes 375ml Reg. $59.98 SALE $49.95
Owned by the Lur Saluces family (former owners of Château d'Yquem), the 2005 de Fargues is Sauternes lover's dream. It's intense, complex, rich, and powerful. It's a great wine - for now, or for up to 15-20 years.
that we put wines from Bordeaux on sale, and now's the time! The wines from Bordeaux are among the most highly sought after wines in the world. Why is that? Because they deliver. Something I often tell customers is that the wines from Bordeaux are the most reliable wines money can buy. Spend $50 on a bottle of Bordeaux and it will deliver. I don't mean to disparage any other wine region, but sometimes even the sum of $50 won't guarantee you satisfaction if the wine were to come from elsewhere.
Shortly after David sent me the list of wines which would be going on sale for this year's anniversary, my personality switched from merchant to consumer, and the first place to check out was Bordeaux. I quickly identified which wines were the best deals, and put a star next to them. I've listed 6 of these wines below, 3 below $50 and another 3 below $100. There are plenty more Bordeaux wines (and wines from all over) on sale, so if you haven't yet had a look at our sale wines, now's the time! - Peter Zavialoff
2012 Château Cantemerle Haut-Médoc Reg. $38.98 SALE $29.95
For me, this is kind of a no-brainer. Cru Classé wine for less than $30. Has some old-school Bordeaux funk, and terrific berry fruit expression.
2005 Château Beau-Séjour Becot Saint-Émilion Reg. $94.98 SALE $79.95
Now in bottle for over a decade, this is just beginning to hit its drinking plateau. Power-packed and sturdy, this wine can be consumed now (with decanting), or it will last another 20 years in your cellar.
2011 Château La Lagune Haut-Médoc Reg. $59.98 SALE $39.95
La Lagune has been on my short list of favorite chateaux for quite some time now. When I first saw that sale list, I identified this to be the best deal of all the Bordeaux on sale.
2012 Chateau Pontet Canet Pauillac Reg. $108.98 SALE $89.95
In the northern part of Pauillac, just a small road separates Pontet Canet from Mouton Rothschild, so their terroirs are similar. Big, dense, and chewy with hints of iron. This is a classic Pauillac with a long life ahead of it.
2012 Château Nenin Pomerol Reg. $59.98 SALE $48.95
This from the Delon family's (Léoville Las-Cases) property right in the heart of Pomerol. 70% Merlot, 30% Cab Franc. Fresh, harmonious fruit and spice impeccably balanced.
2006 Chateau Troplong Mondot Saint-Émilion Reg. $144.98 SALE $99.95
Another in the 10+ years old category, though the 2006 Troplong Mondot is drinking marvelously now. It's more medium than full-bodied with a healthy level of fruit concentration, tar, black pepper and tobacco. Delish!
Special Holiday Hours: We will be open both Sunday, December 17 & December 24 From 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm
Our 40th Anniversary Sale continues ...
And, as in years past, our most popular annual sale will be extended through the end of the year. That means savings on wines from all over the shop for the rest of 2017!
Now that we're in the middle of the holidays, maybe it's time to leave some of our favorite "weeknight wines" in their respective boxes and pop the cork of something a little more special. Our sale has that covered.
Do you like Burgundy? If you're reading this email, that's a rhetorical question. We've picked out a handful of highlights from our Burgundy wines on sale; both red and white. These wines were great values BEFORE they went on sale - You've got to love them now!
First, a trio of fancier reds from the outstanding 2012 vintage. Clive Coates, MW, has written that, "There are some who regard the potential of 2012 reds as superior to anything recent, and that includes 2010, 2009, 2005 and other years." That motivated me to stock up on 2012's.
For the whites, we have 3 different vintages represented, including the already famous 2014. If studying vintage charts is your thing, then you probably know that the quality has been great for white Burgundy for quite some time, year after year. These fancy whites will impress all who sample them. - Peter Zavialoff
2012 Xavier Monnot Beaune 1er Cru Les Toussaints
Reg. $55.98 SALE $39.95
"The mouth feel of the medium-bodied flavors is lush to the point of opulence with good mid-palate density before culminating in a beautifully complex, round and solidly complex finish." - Allen Meadows, Burghound
Sounds like he liked it.
2014 Claudie Jobard Rully Blanc Montagne La Folie
Reg. $27.99 SALE $19.95
Claudie Jobard is Laurence Jobard's daughter. Laurence was head oenologist at Maison Josef Drouhin for 3 decades. Winemaking is in her blood - and we love her wines. Don't let the low price put you off - this is special wine!
2012 Château de la Matroye Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Clos St. Jean
Reg. $64.99 SALE $45.95
Made by the meticulous Jean-Pierre Cournut (he's a former aeronautical engineer), the wines from Maltroye are known for their high-toned expression and balance. The clay soiled vineyard of Clos St. Jean allows the fruit to ripen fully, giving the wines a core of crunchy berry-like fruit.
2012 Xavier Monnot Meursault 1er Cru Les Charmes
Reg. $106.99 SALE $59.95
White Burgundy lovers know one cannot go wrong with Meursault, though there is something particularly special about the wines from the Charmes vineyard. This 2012 is ready for action with bright pear and apple fruit, stony mineral, and a crisp finish. Yum!
2012 Stephane Magnien Grand Cru Clos-Saint-Denis
Reg. $149.99 SALE $114.95
The youthful Stephane Magnien may only have 4.5 hectares to tend, but in what impressive vineyards do they lie??!! This Clos-Saint-Denis will be the wine to pour for New Year's 2025, but there may not be any around by then.
2013 Chateau de la Maltroye Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Le Dent De Chien
Reg. $199.99 SALE $124.95
And in the super-special wine department, there is this Dent de Chien. Rumor has it that these two plots once belonged to the Grand Cru Le Montrachet vineyard. This wine certainly gives credence to that claim.
We all did, and though we are all still full from all of that food, we're OPEN today, regular hours: 10:00 - 6:00. We will also be open tomorrow, Saturday, November 25 from 10:00 - 5:00.
And for your calendars, we are usually closed on Sundays, but we will be open the following two Sundays: Sunday, December 17: Noon - 4:00PM Sunday, December 24: Noon - 4:00PM
The Holidays, that is. With Turkey Day behind us, we now see December coming into view, and all the madness that comes with it! The timing of our Anniversary and its subsequent sale is perfect for those of us needing wine for all of our December entertaining, as the sale will run through the end of the year!
To give you an idea as to what may be on sale, here are a couple of goodies from our Rhône section:
2013 Ventoux Rouge, Domaine Fondrèche Winemaker Sébastien Vincenti is no stranger to the Rhône Valley, having spent a few years under the tutelage of the widely respected, André Brunel. Sébastien has some of the finest terroir in the Ventoux region, east of the river. In 2013, he discontinued his prestigious "Nadal" label, and combined the fruit which normally went to those bottles with his entry-level "Fayard," to make this Ventoux Rouge. Made from 50% Grenache, 40% Syrah, and 10% Mourvèdre, think of it as a classier wine than previous incarnations of his entry-level red. With that sale price, it's a no-brainer! Reg. $16.99 Sale $9.95
if your needs call for something a little more special, there are some fancy northern Rhône wines on sale too, such as:
2011 Côte Rôtie Champon's, Domaine Stéphane Pichat The wines from Côte Rôtie can be some of the hardest wines to track down. The vineyards are located on super steep hillsides along the banks of the Rhône River in the north, and let's just say machine harvesting is impossible. We've been importing Stéphane Pichat's Côte Rôtie wines since the 2010 vintage, and we've been loving them ever since. We're not alone here, here's what former Wine Advocate Rhône Valley reviewer, Jeb Dunnuck had to say about Pichat's 2011 Champon's:
"Comprised all of Syrah and aged 24 months in 40% new French oak, the 2011 Côte Rôtie Champon’s exhibits a perfumed, complex bouquet of black raspberry, smoke, incense, saddle leather, violets and underbrush. This is followed by a medium to full-bodied, supple, elegant and pure 2011 that can be consumed any time over the coming 10-15 years.
Run by the young Stéphane Pichat (who worked for Jean-Michel Gerin and Gilbert Clusel in the Rhone, as well as a stint in Sonoma), Domaine Pichat has produced superb wines in both 2011 and 2012. The vinification here is quite modern, with the grapes mostly destemmed, and then plenty of new oak (and extended duration) used in aging (also called elevage in French). Nevertheless, the wines show beautiful Cote Rotie meatiness and have seamless, polished textures. Moving to the 2011s, this too is a serious, solid lineup that makes the most of the vintage." Reg. $63.99 Sale $45.95