Author: Christopher Massie

“Don’t Miss These Incredible Wines!” RP

You’ve heard me singing the praises of Julien Brechet and his Domaine des Bosquets for months. Today, I thought I’d let you hear from those professional critics who make their living tasting and reporting on thousands of wines per year… “Looking at the classic cuvee, this Gigondas is a wine that readers should buy by the case.”                 ~ Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate “Readers wanting to … Continue reading “Don’t Miss These Incredible Wines!” RP »

Our Italians Have Arrived!

First Offer: 95-point Vintage Barbaresco! Our long-awaited shipment from Italy has FINALLY arrived! One of the first wines I want to focus on from this glorious new collection comes from one of the most important vintages for its region in years. I’m talking about the all-important 2016 Barbaresco harvest. Now if you follow such things, I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know: 2016 … Continue reading Our Italians Have Arrived! »

Outstanding Value Barolo from the Excellent 2015 Vintage

Part III of Our New Arrivals from Italy While Piedmont is ruled by a handful of elite producers consistently producing superstar collectibles that fetch $100s a bottle, therein lie a few select, secret wineries that connoisseurs and collectors latch onto for superb value. Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate highlights Piazzo as that “producer to turn to when looking for value buys from Barolo” and Forbes echoes; “this is a little known producer in a small hamlet of … Continue reading Outstanding Value Barolo from the Excellent 2015 Vintage »

VALUE ALERT: 94 point Chateau Bel Air 2016

Stunning Value at only $17.99! “The bottled 2016s capture every bit of the potential I sensed when I started tasting the wines from barrel, prior to en primeur, in January 2017. I found many 2016s to be even better from bottle than they were during the spring futures campaign. The best 2016s are powerful, richly layered, vibrant and stunningly beautiful, not to mention incredibly delicious and alluring. For … Continue reading VALUE ALERT: 94 point Chateau Bel Air 2016 »

Brilliant, Bodacious Viognier-Based Beauty

My #1 Best Selling White Wine All Time  Without question one of my best-selling wines is Ogier’s Cotes Du Rhone Blanc “Artesis”. It’s all about the Viognier, I’m convinced, as this has one of the most pronounced aromatic profiles, followed by the most exciting flavors you’ll ever taste in the for $18! As with its stablemates, the grapes for this perennial overachiever are grown on terraces of … Continue reading Brilliant, Bodacious Viognier-Based Beauty »

Viotti’s Irresistible, Drink-Me-Now Albarossa

Nothing Like it in All of Italy One of the most unique and delicious wines I brought in with our recent Italian shipment comes to us from the Viotti company in Piedmonte. The grape varietal they’re using dates to 1939 when one Professor Dalmasso – one of Italy’s most famous experts in the study and classification of cultivated varieties of grapes, an ampelographer – crossed … Continue reading Viotti’s Irresistible, Drink-Me-Now Albarossa »

One of the Greatest Chardonnays We’ve Tasted!

Meursault or Napa, this will Thrill You! So, you say you’re a fan of Meursault but don’t want to pay the tariff for the pleasure of the ride? Well look no further my friend, for the perfect substitute just made its way across my palate. It comes to us from Luca, in the Tupungato of the Uco Valley in Argentina. It’s the perfect balance between a Burgundian … Continue reading One of the Greatest Chardonnays We’ve Tasted! »

100-point Winemaker’s $16 Steal!

Only 5 Cases at this Price! One thing I have constantly stressed when assisting folks with ferreting out tremendous wines that fly under the radar – those hidden jewels costing a third of what that should – is to learn the winemakers behind the wines. Often, especially in Bordeaux, very wealthy and well tenured winemakers – those who own multi-million-dollar properties in pristine appellations – will find … Continue reading 100-point Winemaker’s $16 Steal! »

Brechet’s 96-point Rockstar Pure Grenache Lirac

Drinks Like a $75 2016 Chateauneuf! The Brechet family, owners of the world-renowned Chateau Vaudieu Chateauneuf du Pape, have been producing their stunning wines across three appellations since the 1700s. Passed from one family member to the next, it would be upon the death of Gabriel Meffre in 1987 when his daughter Sylvette Bréchet stepped in to take control. She was joined by her son … Continue reading Brechet’s 96-point Rockstar Pure Grenache Lirac »

Abrigo Giovanni’s Outstanding Barolo Ravera

One of the Finest 2015s Bottled! The story of today’s phenomenal Barolo estate, Abrigo Giovanni, began much like many do, with a patriarch arriving to Barolo and setting down new roots. The estate’s founder, Giovanni Abrigo, moved to Diano d’Alba from Treiso in 1968, purchasing the old Crava farmhouse which now houses the family’s historical cellar. Giovanni and his wife Maria managed what was then a … Continue reading Abrigo Giovanni’s Outstanding Barolo Ravera »