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Damien Hugot Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Brut Champagne
Review Date: 08-05-2020
By bringing this grower-producer into the fold of our Direct Import Champagnes, buyer Gary has completed a vision of K&L carrying Chardonnay from nearly every Grand Cru village in the Côte des Blancs – an incredible feat! Damien Hugot grows this prized varietal on 50 year-old vines from just eight hectares in the northern villages of Chouilly and Cramant, with vineyards that include the renowned Mont-Aigu. This racy Blanc de blancs will age beautifully and reward patience. Drinking now, there is the expected chalky minerality but also a richness through the palate that belies its 7g/L, with brioche notes and a hint of nuttiness. Impressive.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

2012 Jean-Jacques Lamoureux "Alexandrine" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 07-31-2020
This bright Blanc de blancs feels luxurious: subtly toasty with a delicately creamy mousse, plus plenty of nervy energy and cut. Crafted from a single vineyard, "Alexandrine" hails from miracle vintage 2012 and showcases true Chablisienne character, tucked into a little pocket of the Aube. Lemon-lime and green apple fruit provides lift, while brioche notes from the longer lees aging adds depth. Powerhouse winemaker Vivien Lamoureux has deftly crafted something elegant and hedonistic at the same time, balanced and crisp, with stunning complexity for the price.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

2018 Franck Millet "Insolite" Sancerre
Review Date: 07-31-2020
Staff and customer darling "Insolite" Sauvignon Blanc is back and better than ever with the lively 2018! There's incredible minerality thanks to chalky limestone soil (that Franck Millet ships to us with the wine!), plus vivid citrus and tropical fruit, a broader-than-expected palate and super crisp finish. This iteration has more of a pithy bite than previous vintages but stays as easygoing as ever. Complex and bright, "Insolite" is a bargain for sophisticated Sancerre and perfect for alfresco dining.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

Nicolas Maillart "Platine" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 07-24-2020
One of our newest Direct Imports, Nicolas Maillart wows with his polished "Platine" release. The caramelly nose gives way to tart green apple fruit, a creamy yet balanced palate, and a fresh but exceptionally long finish. Aged over four years on the lees with 55% in oak and a dosage of 6 g/L that feels even lower, this Champagne has a welcome mercurial quality that makes it feel rich one moment and bright the next. Toasty notes change to saline and citrus, and the finish is generous but still crisp. All this complexity - plus the quality of Grand and Premier Cru vineyards, a family-run estate, environmentally-friendly production, and a price under $35 - is a spectacular feat.

2017 Domaine Dugois "En Grevellière" Trousseau Arbois
Review Date: 07-22-2020
So much life and depth, intensity and brightness in one bottle! This sensational Trousseau from Domaine Dugois is a delicious exercise in both contradiction and harmony. Brooding berry and cherry fruit give way to a lifted palate and a rounder finish that still feels nimble. This is a great food wine, destined to be paired with gourmet feasts but equally at home with frozen pizza. Vin jaune and voile-aging may take center stage when one thinks of Jura wines, but the full-bodied, balanced reds of Arbois can be just as dazzling.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

Laurent-Perrier "Cuvée Rosé" Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 07-22-2020
It can be tricky to define pricey Rosé Champagne as a "bargain," but when one considers just how much care goes into each bottle of Laurent-Perrier, it suddenly seems underpriced. Made with extended maceration and using the more difficult saignée method, their Cuvée Rosé is special. Deep red berry fruit shines through the lifted palate, with both richness and minerality coming through to the clean finish. This is a substantial rosé – great with food – yet elegant with tiny bubbles and a citrusy freshness. The fact that the bottle is gorgeous and the house pedigree dates back to 1812 only adds to the glamour of this lovely, high quality Pinot Noir Champagne.

Montechiara Prosecco
Review Date: 03-31-2020
This is it: the Prosecco your toast has been dreaming of. Subtly sweeter than Brut but not overwhelmingly so, the Extra Dry style of Montechiara is the perfect cocktail base - pair it with Aperol for spritzer magic! Once you experience the value and versatility of this bella little workhorse, you'll want to buy a case and celebrate.
Price: $10.99 Add To Cart

2016 K Vintners "Milbrandt" Wahluke Slope Syrah
Review Date: 03-26-2020
How is this only $20?! Dusty on the nose and gravelly in the best way possible, K Vintners "Milbrandt" Wahluke Slope is a brooding Syrah, with dark berry fruit on the palate and a bit of classic bacon-y aromatics. The 2016 feels both plush and peppery, with bright acid and a substantial finish. Washington Syrahs can be big, and at 14.5% abv, this K Vintners release is no exception. But there’s a freshness and sophistication that tempers it back to a more nuanced red, with great ageing potential.

2017 Leviathan California Red Blend
Review Date: 03-25-2020
Velvety and rich, with blueberry intensity, pronounced Dutch cocoa and cola notes, and a lingering mouthfeel, the Leviathan California Red Blend is not for shy red drinkers, but it nevertheless feels approachable and fun. In fact, this review was tricky for me to write, because my notes just read, “delicious!” While the 2017 is a beast at nearly 15% abv, it goes down easily.
Price: $34.95 Add To Cart

Cellador Ales "Gosesque Nectarine" Gose Sour Ale w/ Masumoto Nectarines, Coriander and Salt, California (375ml)
Review Date: 03-25-2020
One of my favorite releases in recent memory from Los Angeles-based Cellador Ales, Gosesque Nectarine is a sour dream, with pronounced saline flavor, vivid acidity, and distinctive citrus character, thanks to being fermented on Summer Grand nectarines from Masumoto Family Farm. (Locals note: you can sometimes find Masumoto at the Sunday Hollywood Farmers’ market, and their fruit is sublime fresh – you can only imagine how great it tastes when amplified in a beer). This is clean yet subtly savory, a welcome twist on the classic German gose that somehow also retains a Belgian feel. Gosesque Nectarine is a deliciously creative pairing with charcuterie, or lovely drinking on its own, preferably al fresco.
Price: $10.99 Add To Cart

2018 Stoller Estate Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 03-25-2020
Ripe raspberry and vivid cranberry fruit mingle with a hit of smoke and spice in this easygoing red from legendary Willamette Valley producer, Stoller. Fruity up front but green and unobtrusively earthy on the finish, this is a lively option that still shows depth and richness without losing any of that nimble Oregon Pinot character. And the 2018 release is here just in time for springtime food pairings. Enjoy!
Price: $24.95 Add To Cart

2017 Domaine Giraud "Tradition" Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Review Date: 02-25-2020
Not for the faint of heart, Domaine Giraud’s “Tradition” is a flashy, full-bodied red that nevertheless feels balanced, with a rush of concentrated black fruit giving way to a vibrant, almost mineral-driven palate and long, velvety finish. The complex 2017 opens with an aromatic nose full of violets and baking spice, followed by a plush mouthfeel that's tempered by black pepper and apparent-but-integrated oak. There is a lot going on here that will refine beautifully with time. Domaine Giraud is a perfect ambassador for this legendary region, showcasing classic CDP style while staying accessible.

Canned Oregon (Stoller) Oregon Pinot Noir (cans - 375mls)
Review Date: 02-25-2020
Whoa, this is better than you’d think canned wine could be. Bright red berry fruit cues you into the classic Willamette flavor profile, with subtle herbal notes and a balanced, earthy finish. While there is depth through the palate, Stoller’s rosy Pinot Noir stays supremely crushable, without a hint of the dreaded aluminum taste. These easygoing cans are ready for a field trip!
Price: $5.99 Add To Cart

2017 Eyrie Dundee Hills Pinot Gris
Review Date: 02-25-2020
This is a special wine. Bright and linear, with hits of lime fruit, Eyrie's Dundee Hills Pinot Gris shows both texture and nimble acid through the palate, and finishes refreshingly dry. The 2017 Dundee Hills release feels more substantial than any Pinot Gris I’ve ever tried, but is light enough on its feet to stay crisp and lean. This is a perfect wine to drink al fresco and a lovely pairing with a wide range of foods. Plus, the quality for the price – especially from a landmark Oregon producer – is astonishing. Don’t miss out on this secret weapon white.
Price: $16.95 Add To Cart

Philippe Gonet "3210" Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 02-18-2020
Though the 3-2-1-0 name feels a bit reminiscent of a pop song, Philippe Gonet’s Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne is serious, with hints of citrus as well as cherry fruit and spice (surprising for Chardonnay) and a shockingly long finish for zero dosage. Somehow this stunning release is both lush and lean, full-bodied through the palate with a super crisp finish. I even sold a bottle to a representative of a rival Champagne house – it was too good for her to pass up after tasting. The vineyards Gonet sources from cannot be beat for quality, and there’s a focus here that balances the lively freshness. What an incredible value.

Bernard Lonclas Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne
Review Date: 02-18-2020
Whoa. This is a serious Champagne wrapped in an unassuming package. Bernard Lonclas is a new addition to our Direct Import and Champagne Club, and the debut is stunning. 100% Chardonnay, this feels like it, with nervy tension and gorgeous salinity, plus Meyer lemon fruit. But there’s also creaminess and weight to the palate, creating a lovely mouthfeel and providing enough backbone to shine with food. Editorial notes attribute this complexity to the region’s Turonian limestone soil, which I thought was merely marketing copy until I tasted the wine and experienced its unique minerality. In a recent Wine Club newsletter, buyer Gary Westby likened this Blanc de Blancs Brut to Chassagne Montrachet, and I agree. I’ve already had two bottles – one to take to a party and then one to replace it after I couldn’t resist drinking the first prematurely! Chalk up another winner for our DI collection with this delicious, sophisticated sparkler.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

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2017 Fossil Point Edna Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 02-07-2020
One of our best sub-twenty dollar California Pinots in the store, this sophisticated crowd-pleaser is back with an excellent new release. There is freshness and dark berry fruit - a bit deeper and more plush this vintage - balanced by great acid and an earthy finish. Fossil Point will make California fans happy while still feeling reminiscent of Burgundy. Delicious, balanced, and an incredible value, the 2017 is a go-to for picnics and parties; an easygoing red that will impress everyone at the table.
Price: $18.99 Add To Cart

2016 Leeuwin Estate "Art Series" Chardonnay Margaret River Western Australia
Review Date: 02-04-2020
This is consistently one of my favorite wines in the lineup when we pour it at tastings. My notes from our most recent customer event just say, “Wow.” With its welcome acid, perfectly integrated with pear and apple fruit, plus Meyer lemon aromatics and just enough oak to provide texture, the 2016 Leeuwin Estate "Art Series" is everything I want Margaret River Chardonnay to be. Actually, it’s what I hope ALL Chardonnay aspires to, and I am a diehard chalky-minerally-racy Champagne drinker! Lively, but with depth, this is a weighty, more rounded offering that doesn’t skimp on brightness. Balanced and focused, Leeuwin Estate feels special in the glass.

Bollinger "Special Cuvée" Brut Champagne (1.5L)
Review Date: 02-04-2020
Just when I thought I couldn’t love Bollinger Special Cuvée any more, this magnum came into my life. While I have always appreciated the Bollinger process of hand-riddling their larger format, and it’s clear that bigger bottles age a bit more slowly than 750ml and 375ml, I hadn’t given much thought to the taste differences between sizes. This was a revelation. I shared a 1.5L bottle at brunch recently, and the laser-like acidity and steely brightness were opposite the more oxidative, rounded style expected of Bollinger. While the texture and leesy character were apparent, the magnum showed a freshness and nimble quality that paired perfectly with any food we tried. It was the opulent character of Bollinger, amplified and tempered by raciness. Awesome.

2017 Domaine Anne Parent Ladoix 1er Cru "La Corvée"
Review Date: 01-28-2020
Prestige without the price! Clear raspberry fruit sings out of the class of this 1er Cru stunner, with subtle herbal earthiness on the finish. The 2017 Domaine Anne Parent Ladoix "La Corvee" is light enough to feel nimble and elegant, but maintains a bit of underlying muscle. I took a bottle home and it only got better with a bit of time and air. Lovely.
Price: $54.99 Add To Cart

2008 Laurent-Perrier Brut Champagne
Review Date: 01-21-2020
This gorgeous vintage brut by Laurent-Perrier has been much anticipated, as it was released behind other grand marques, with reason. 2008 is a sharp, tightly-wound vintage, and while it will prove to be one of the best in years, the wines benefit from a bit longer aging. This has more chalk than we usually see expressed in L-P’s Champagnes, thanks to 50% Chardonnay, although there is a rich undertone of berried Pinot Noir as well. Fresh with minerality and complex through the palate, the 2008 Laurent-Perrier Brut Champagne also shows an extraordinarily long, dry (8g dosage) finish. I was a big fan of their 2007 release, but this vintage outshines even that beauty.
Price: $69.99 Add To Cart

1988 L'Encantada 30 Year Old "Domaine Le Frêche #17" Bas-Armagnac (750ml)
Review Date: 01-21-2020
Wow. There is a lot going on with Le Frêche #17, with lively cinnamon spice underscored by leather notes on the nose and velvety texture and red berry fruit through the palate, to a nutty finish that never seems to end. Hints of orange and ginger come through as well. This packs a punch but is somehow easy drinking, inexplicably both elegant and rustic, and comes alive with a bit of water. While the rest of us spent 1988 dancing to Milli Vanilli, these “mystery” producers were making magic. Don’t miss this classic yet extraordinary Armagnac.
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2008 Pierre Paillard "La Grand Récolte" Grand Cru Extra Brut Champagne
Review Date: 11-29-2019
Wow. Razor-sharp acidity, gorgeous berry fruit, and a long, chalky finish, the 2008 Pierre Paillard "La Grand Récolte" Grand Cru Extra Brut Champagne hits it out of the park. Paillard wines are always excellent - with balance and complexity, and a bit racier than most, thanks to super low dosage - but this release takes a celebrated vintage and elevates it. Layered yet focused, this release showcases all the character and quality of Grand Cru village Bouzy and makes it a stellar cellar-worthy investment. But you won’t want to wait to drink it.
Price: $69.99 Add To Cart

2018 Foxglove Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 11-29-2019
Undeniable quality, impressive pedigree, incredible balance - at all an unbelievable price, Foxglove Cabernet Sauvignon is a go-to wine for everything from BBQs to elegant holiday affairs. A side project from Bob and Jim Varner, of Varner and Neely fame, this wine is beautifully made and sourced from top vineyards. The lovely 2018 clocks in well under twenty bucks and works a both a crowd pleaser and a sophisticated offering for more discerning guests. Do not sleep on this Paso Robles stunner!
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart

Damien Hugot Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 11-29-2019
I’m excited to welcome another stellar Côte des Blancs winemaker into our Direct Import family! Damien Hugot is a producer who grows Chardonnay on 50 year-old vines in the villages of Chouilly and Cramant, with vineyards that include the coveted Mont-Aigu area. This rosé is almost completely Chardonnay (93%) with a tiny amount of red wine from Monthelon blended in. (That 7% Pinot Meunier, by the way, comes from the same village as another favorite DI producer whose name you might recognize: Alexandre Le Brun.) The wine features super concentrated fruit and a tight focus – you know this is Chardonnay from the laser-like acidity, but it’s wrapped in a thoroughly gulpable package of red berry notes. This release was one of my favorites from our annual staff Champagne Summit, and is sure to please anyone looking for a bright yet easygoing option that packs a punch.
Price: $39.99 Add To Waiting List

Pierre Peters "Cuvée de Réserve" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 10-29-2019
Finally, we have enough of this in stock to stack! A classic grower-producer based in the esteemed Grand Cru village Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Pierre Peters really exemplifies the style of Côte des Blancs Champagne. This elegant Cuvée de Reserve Brut is 100% Chardonnay, aged 24 months of the lees. It is sleek and racy, with vivid acidity, chalky minerality through the palate, and a super long finish.

J. Lassalle "Cachet Or" 1er Cru Brut Champagne
Review Date: 09-24-2019
What a lively, historic Premier Cru grower-producer Champagne! A classic blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Meunier, the J. Lassalle "Cachet Or" is still made using a traditional wooden press, and aged three years on the lees! A lot of work goes into this tiny production (farmed from just 16 hectares on clay and limestone soil in Chigny-Les-Roses), which features three generations of women at the helm. This release sings with tangerine and orchard fruit, tempered by a slightly herbaceous, almost camphor, nose and a chalky finish. There is subtle toastiness from the lees, but mostly this is easygoing, bright Champagne – my notes literally read “crushable.” I can’t wait to enjoy a bottle al fresco as summer heat gives way to fall.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

Paul Bara "Réserve" Brut Grand Cru Champagne
Review Date: 09-24-2019
An exceptional value for fans of Bouzy Pinot Noir, Paul Bara’s Réserve Brut Champagne exemplifies the rich, powerful style for which this Grand Cru village is best known. In fact, Paul Bara himself wrote the history of Bouzy, and his tiny production (10,000 cases) is all top quality fruit. His daughter Chantal is making the wines now, and her deft winemaking style stays true to Paul’s vision. This release is 80% Pinot Noir, 20% Chardonnay, and shows bright berry fruit on the nose with a tight, racy core of acidity. This is a food-pairing dream, with enough body to stand up to heavier, less traditional choices and a brightness that keeps it light enough on its feet to be served as an aperitif. Stunning.
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart

Fallet-Dart "Cuvée de Réserve" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 09-05-2019
Incredible quality in a crowd-pleasing style, this exceptional release from our friend Paul Fallet (come meet him at the Champagne Tent Event!) is fresh with vivid lift and plenty of structure, yet still easygoing and beautifully accessible. Grower-producer Champagne that is somehow less than $30?! Don't toast without it.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

Bollinger "Special Cuvée" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 08-13-2019
Bollinger’s classic release, the Special Cuvée, is one of my go-tos when looking for a Grande Marque, since it offers both the prestige name and relative value - the quality feels higher than many fancy brands at a similar price point. On any given day, the wine has a quicksilver character about it: nimble and bright enough to cut through fried foods, yet lush when complementing more classic pairings such as seafood. Founded in 1829, Bollinger clearly cares about luxury and detail at every level. Yet the house itself is set among its own vineyards in the unassuming village of Aÿ. For the Special Cuvée, 80,000 magnums are disgorged by hand! Wines are aged at least three but often five years (more than the appellation’s required fifteen months). Bollinger only seems expensive if you haven’t seen the care that goes in to making it.

Bollinger "Special Cuvée" Brut Champagne (375ml)
Review Date: 08-13-2019
Subtly richer than the standard 750 ml bottle thanks to advanced aging through a larger bottle-opening-to-surface area-ratio, the 375ml format of Bollinger’s classic release, the Special Cuvée, is one of my go-tos when looking for a Grande Marque. The half bottles are drinking perfectly now and the wine shows a quicksilver character: nimble and bright enough to cut through fried foods, yet lush when complementing classic seafood dishes. Bollinger somehow offers both the big name and relative value - the quality feels higher than other prestige brands at similar price point. Make your next picnic luxurious!

Kizakura "Bushido Way of the Warrior" Ginjo Genshu Sake 180ml
Review Date: 08-13-2019
Silky in texture with citrus notes and a clean finish, Kizakura "Bushido Way of the Warrior" is a genshu – undiluted – sake that hits hard but goes down easily. A beautifully classic, dry Ginjo sake, perhaps its most intriguing selling point is the packaging: awesome cans with reusable lids! Refreshing and portable, this 180ml release from Kizakura is perfect for an al fresco sushi stop.
Price: $5.99 Add To Cart

Gilbert Jacquesson "Cuvée Tradition" Blanc de Noirs Brut Champagne
Review Date: 07-02-2019
How is this Champagne only $25? While last year’s shipment was dark and rich, with cherry fruit and considerable length, the most recent bottle I tasted showcased that same complexity, but with added lift. White floral and honeycomb on the nose, the smell is reminiscent of Los Angeles in the summer, with jasmine notes leaping from the glass. The fruit – 100% Pinot Meunier – is full bodied with apple purity, the palate weighty but fresh through to a toasty finish. It took a bit of time for Champagne Club favorite Jacquesson "Cuvée Tradition" to develop, but whoa, it was worth the wait.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart

2018 Astrolabe Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough
Review Date: 06-28-2019
Classic Marlborough Sauv Blanc without any cloying stereotypes! The tropical fruit is there, plus lush stonefruit, but both are lifted by bright acidity and a crisp finish. This is a sophisticated white that still feels fresh enough for a summer day. The food pairings are endless, and it’s barely twenty bucks for one of the most serious producers in NZ. Wow.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

Asahi Shuzo Dassai "45" Junmai Daiginjo Nigori Sake (300ml)
Review Date: 06-25-2019
One of the driest Nigori sakes I've ever tasted, Dassai's 50 Junmai Daiginjo is made only for the US market, and we’re lucky enough to carry it. Fresh with cantaloupe fruit and a super satisfying creamy texture, this is subtly sweeter than unfiltered sake, yet the finish is bright and crisp. Lovely.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart

2016 TWR (Te Whare Ra) Pinot Noir Marlborough
Review Date: 06-25-2019
Red-fruited with pure cranberry notes, this 2016 Te Whare Ra Pinot Noir shows complexity, with a bright core of acidity and an earthy finish. One of my favorite Southern Hemisphere Direct Imports, TWR’s quality is unbelievable for the price – biodynamically farmed, handpicked, balanced, and most importantly: delicious.

2015 Tongue in Groove "Cabal Vineyard" Pinot Noir Waipara Valley
Review Date: 05-07-2019
This is a gorgeous, underrated wine. The 2015 shows spice and texture, while staying focused. This is a clean, light-bodied style that still feels substantial. Great purity of fruit, savory and herbal notes, lower alcohol and racy minerality makes this a great food red. Plus the winemaker is a woman who excels at minimal interventionist (dare I say natural?) winemaking with a sophisticated edge. Although there is no shortage of interesting Pinot Noir here at the store, I find myself reaching for the Tongue in Groove offerings again and again.

Domaine Baud "Cuvée Sauvage" Brut Cremant du Jura
Review Date: 02-28-2019
What an offbeat yet elegant wine.Notes of apricot and citrus shine up front, but is not particularly pronounced. Then the minerality hits and carries the wine over the palate. Plenty of texture and a clean finish, with just enough Jura character to keep things interesting, this is a steal at $20.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

Dérot-Delugny "Cuvée Fondateurs" Brut
Review Date: 01-19-2019
Expressive on the nose, with hits of white flowers and tropical fruit, this 100% Pinot Gris (!) Champagne displays its uniqueness right out of the gate. The palate shows lush but snappy citrus - think mandarin oranges - followed by a creamy texture through to the super long finish. There’s enough crunchy minerality here to remind you that this is classic Champagne, but it’s balanced with an easygoing drinkability. Dérot-Delugny "Cuvée Fondateurs" Brut would be great with food, and is delicious enough to be a crowd-pleaser that’s a bit out of the ordinary.
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Launois "Cuvée Réservée" Grand Cru Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 12-05-2018
Crisp and linear with an incredible, almost creamy, texture, the nuanced Launois Cuvée Réserve over delivers every time. This Champagne is magical: Grand Cru Chardonnay from chalky soils shows minerality, but that racy backbone is balanced by moussy elegance. There's a sparkly acidity that will impress Blanc des blancs connoisseurs while still pleasing a crowd. I've even paired it with weeknight takeout and it's been perfect. When we say buy as much as you can now, we mean it: this sells out incredibly quickly! I am so proud to support Séverine Launois and her family's tradition of exceptional wines - do not miss this value-driven stunner.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

Launois "Cuvée Reserve" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne (1.5L)
Review Date: 12-05-2018
Do not sleep on this: our best selling Direct Import Champagne in an age-worthy size! Crisp and linear with an incredible, almost creamy, texture, the nuanced Launois Cuvée Réserve overdelivers every time. This Champagne is magical: Grand Cru Chardonnay from chalky soils shows minerality, but that racy backbone is balanced by moussy elegance. There's a sparkly acidity that will impress Blanc des blancs connoisseurs while still pleasing a crowd. I've even paired it with weeknight takeout and it's been perfect. When we say buy as much as you can now, we mean it: this sells out quickly! I am so proud to support Séverine Launois and her family's tradition of exceptional wines - do not miss this value-driven stunner.
Price: $74.99 Add To Cart

2008 Dom Pérignon Brut Champagne
Review Date: 09-13-2018
What a beauty this Champagne is: exciting and elegant right out of the gate! Raw honey on the nose, with a hint of white floral alongside coveted yeasty notes, the 2008 vintage Dom Pérignon shines from the very first sip. Heady aromatics give way to sparkling minerality and bright lemon fruit on the palate, with surprisingly nimble richness. While the hallmarks of the racy 2008 vintage come through with laser precision, there is a roundness present as well, making this feel opulent yet vivid, all the way through the long, chalky finish. I can only imagine how incredible this will be with age. Plus, it’s 95% grand cru fruit, with the remaining 5% 1er cru from Hautvillers included as an homage to village of Dom Pérignon's abbey. Historic and celebrated, this 2008 is a stellar release and an experience not to be missed.

2016 Tenshen Central Coast White Blend
Review Date: 07-28-2018
Tenshen is not just a clever name for this California Rhone-style white blend: there's great lift and yes, tension in this 2016 Central Coast white. But while there's good acidity, it doesn't overpower the friendly fruitiness. This wine is a beautiful balance of heavier textured Roussane, floral Viognier, rounded Grenache Blanc, and the unusual but welcome addition of bright Chardonnay. And it's priced under twenty bucks! This is a great summertime white to impress both Francophiles and domestic wine lovers.
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart

Brasserie Dupont "Saison Dupont" Farmhouse Ale, Belgium (750ml)
Review Date: 06-30-2018
The original! Six or seven breweries in Belgium make true Saisons, and the undisputed classic of the style is Saison Dupont. While there may be some hipper variations that seem more in demand lately, this holds its own against the hyped versions. Saison Dupont is refreshing, with a brightness that is balanced by underlying earthiness. Plus the price is a steal considering the quality, and the fact that this is a 750 ml bottle. At once both crisp and funky, Saison Dupont is a clean, yeasty, satisfying beer, perfect for summer nights.
Price: $10.99 Add To Cart

Gin Mare Mediterranean Gin (750ml)
Review Date: 06-30-2018
This tastes like what sitting by the Mediterranean, dining alfresco on olive tapenade must feel like. The botanicals are fresh up front, with a notable lavender floral component, but the finish is textured and mouth-coating. This is a unique take on gin that enhances cocktails or could easily be enjoyed with just a bit of ice and soda.
Price: $33.99 Add To Cart

Charles Heidsieck "Brut Reserve" Champagne
Review Date: 06-30-2018
Layered and heady, this Brut Champagne is composed mostly of reserve wines dating back to the 1990s, yet still shows a crisp core of minerality, with a satisfyingly long finish. There's even that coveted hint of brioche character. The value here is really incredible, especially considering Charles Heidsieck's smaller operation, storied history, legendary caves, and quality.

Laurent-Perrier "Harmony" Demi-Sec Champagne
Review Date: 05-31-2018
Very bright considering the higher dosage, this elegant release from Laurent-Perrier is a natural for dessert, balancing sweetness with lift, and pairing with everything from appetizers to cake.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

Laurent-Perrier "La Cuvée" Brut Champagne (187ml)
Review Date: 05-31-2018
Small in size but not in taste, this adorably-sized version of L-P is everything I love abouttheir classic brut, just amplified. More chalky Chardonnay and an extra year on the lees give the La Cuvée boosted minerality and complexity. It still shows the easygoing apple fruit of the original, with a sophistication that belies its great price point. Perfect for party favors!

Laurent-Perrier "La Cuvée" Brut Champagne (375ml)
Review Date: 05-31-2018
Picnic perfect! This is everything I love about Laurent-Perrier's classic brut, just amplified. More chalky Chardonnay and an extra year on the lees give the La Cuvée boosted minerality and complexity. It still shows the easygoing apple fruit of the original, with a sophistication that belies its great price point, even in the half bottle. Drink now!

Laurent-Perrier "La Cuvée" Brut Champagne (1.5L)
Review Date: 05-31-2018
Wow! This is everything I love about Laurent-Perrier's classic brut, just amplified. More chalky Chardonnay and an extra year on the lees give the La Cuvée boosted minerality and complexity. It still shows the easygoing apple fruit of the original, with a sophistication that belies its great price point. Plus the Magnum ages beautifully, much appreciated with the larger Chardonnay component. A beautiful choice for your next party.

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