Killer New Arrival Michel Chapoutier is one of the greatest winemakers of our time. His ability to coax the most incredible flavors from so many of the world’s once unheard-of sites is truly magical. In the nearly 40 years since taking full control of his family’s 200-year-old business, the wines from M. Chapoutier have risen to the ranks of the most coveted. Every major critic … Continue reading Chapoutier Magic for a Song!
One of my personal favorites from the Bedrock line up is their Zinfandel Old Vine. From the first time I tasted it as a mailing list recipient, I have bought it every year. There’s something extra special about it, its texture, its amazing fruit, its incredible balance. Never heavy handed, never candied, or soupy, it’s simply one of the finest of its kind. But for … Continue reading “Buy As Much As You Can” Galloni
Our Hottest Selling Italian Wine All Time! As it always does when dealing with direct imports, it took a while, but our shipment from Italy FINALLY arrived! And in this shipment – as promised – we restocked our best-selling Italian wine of all time (heck, it may be our best-selling wine period). Those of you who have been purchasing this treasure by the case already … Continue reading Armando Piazzo Dolcetto D’Alba
Decades Worth of Tastings led to This As some of you are aware, in my previous life – ca the 1990s – I was an importer, travelling the backroads and highways of France and Italy in search of the finest wines to be brought back to America and peddled to an ever-increasing list of clients across the U.S. My favorite visits were those to the … Continue reading The Holy Grail of Vacqueyras
“Shows such intensity and finesse” – Suckling Way back in 1988, Luca Sanjust launched what would become one of the most successful and sought-after proprietary wines of our generation. Known as Il Torrione, based primarily on Sangiovese, Sanjust’s first vintages became the darling of the American press, a cult wine was born. One of the first vintages to hit the pages of the Wine Advocate, … Continue reading Il Torrione – One of Tuscany’s Great Cult Wines
Part I, A Couple Killer Whites We recently restocked some of our – and, based on the sales, your – favorite wines since our opening back in January. These are wines which cover the spectrum; white to red, lite to full, easy going to complex. But the one thing they all have in common is their uncanny ability to wow! Each time I’ve suggested one … Continue reading Outstanding Best Sellers – Now Back In Stock
Four to Choose, All Priced Under $100! Back in our Houston stores, in the 1990s and early 2000s, one of the most successful offerings we did were our mix & match sampler cases. Back then, these offers acted as sort of a wine club for us, where I would hand pick three or four different cases each month and offer them via email and our … Continue reading All New Sampler Cases
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate LOVES This! In Italy’s deep south, resting just off the toe of her “boot,” lies the Mediterranean’s largest island, Sicily. Sicily’s eastern edge is home to Mount Etna, one of Europe’s highest active volcanoes at just under 11,000 feet high. Mount Etna is not just active, it is volatile, frightening and quick to erupt. So why plant vineyards here? Furthermore, why … Continue reading 2014 Etna Rosso Animardente Now on Sale!
Their Flagship Cuvee – Premices – is Now Available! To date, I’ve been able to offer the Brother’s Durand’s killer, smokin’ hot St. Josephs to all of you. And based on the responses, you’ve fallen just as much in love with the wines as have I. Well, folks, OUR SHIP HAS COME IN! I have finally gotten my hands on the Brother’s most important wine. … Continue reading The Wait is Over! Durand Cornas has Arrived!
Best Priced Cru Bourgeois for the Money Many of you have enjoyed our Chateau Panigon, as it’s one of our best-selling Cru Bourgeois in the shop. But Panigon is so much more than just a great tasting Bordeaux, it’s a wine with a magical, ancient history, as is so often the story with wines of its caliber. The word “Panigon” appeared for the very first … Continue reading 2015 Panigon – François Rabelais Fav, Yours Too!