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Staff Favorites - Stephanie Vidales

Stephanie Vidales
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2012 Fallet-Dart Brut Champagne
Review Date: 12-13-2019
Our Champagne buyer Gary opened this up for us the other day, and wow, what a treat! This bottle of bubbles from our direct import Fallet Dart is perfectly balanced and is sure to please you and your guests. There's a combo of floral and fruit notes that are not overly ripe, with beautiful acidity and texture. So happy to have this in just in time for the holidays!
Price: $44.99 Add To Cart

Egrot (formerly Elisabeth Goutorbe) Brut Champagne
Review Date: 12-03-2019
What a deal! This Pinot Noir dominant Champagne from Egrot is simply delicious and a great choice for your holiday festivities. It packs a punch with flavors of red cherry and grapefruit along with chalky texture and bright acidity. It has fantastic balance and can be enjoyed as an aperitif or with food.
Top Value!
Price: $36.99 Add To Cart

2018 Matt Connell "Rendition" Pinot Noir Central Otago
Review Date: 10-30-2019
You absolutely need this wine on your Thanksgiving table! "Rendition" is classic Central Otago Pinot Noir expressing notes of dark fruits, violet and subtle spice and chocolate coming from the 25% new oak. It finishes dry and supple with a small touch of tannin. The winemaker has experience from top-notch producers, including one of my favorite Oregon Pinot producers, Elk Cove. This is a fantastic new direct import from New Zealand and I’m excited to try more.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

2017 Diatom "Katherine's" Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 05-03-2019
This is not your typical California Chardonnay. Focused with minerality and bright acid, Diatom truly shows its terroir of gravely soils, old vines and maritime climate. There is generous citrus and tropical character on the nose intertwined with subtle spice. On the palate the fruit is ripe, but with incredible salinity and wet rock to offer balance. This is a serious wine that would pair great with fresh seafood and light dishes.

Krug "Grande Cuvée" 167 Ème Édition Brut Champagne
Review Date: 05-01-2019
Krug's 167 edition is an absolute knock out of the park. It is blended with wine over 20 years old, aged 7 years on the lees and truly demonstrates great winemaking. This is a full bodied Champagne beautifully balanced with minerality, stone fruits, citrus and baked bread flavors with a long finish. This wine is 100% worth the splurge and has an abundant life ahead of it. Don't miss it!

Hermitage Brewing Unfiltered Pilsner, California (16oz Cans)
Review Date: 04-25-2019
This is the perfect summer crusher! Hermitage's Unfiltered Pilsner is made in the classic German Zwickelbier style using Saaz and Saphir hops. Although it's unfiltered, this pilsner is rather clear in appearance with bright citrus, light herbal notes and a dry malt backbone. Nothing is better for a hot day spent outdoors!
Price: $3.59 Add To Cart

2015 Adelaida Estate "Anna's Red" Adelaida District Red Blend
Review Date: 09-27-2018
An homage to the legendary wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, grown on steep, south-facing slopes at high elevations, this GSM blend has a dash of Petite Sirah. Rich, full-bodied, smoky dark fruits. Leather, dried herbs, scorched earth. Ripe tannins, lovely purity and balance.

Laurent-Perrier "Cuvée Rosé" Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 09-07-2018
The Laurent Perrier Cuvee Rose is one of my favorite rose Champagnes in the store! It comes from all Grand Cru vineyards mostly in the south and north of the Montagne de Reims and is entirely Pinot Noir. It has a gorgeous salmon-pink color in the glass, and is very expressive on the nose and palate. It's full of red fruit character and richness from 5 years aging on the less. Every time I go back to this wine it never disappoints!

Woodinville Straight 100% Rye Whiskey (750ml )
Review Date: 06-12-2018
Rye fans should definitely check out this Washington handcrafted whiskey. You immediately know it’s rye from the nose by it’s rye bread and spice aromas. On the palate there’s cinnamon, cedar, spearmint, subtly fruity notes and oak character throughout. The overall body is rich and full and is a perfect candidate for your rye cocktails.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

Woodinville Straight Bourbon Whiskey (750ml)
Review Date: 06-12-2018
The coolest thing about this distillery is that they are truly grain to glass. They grow all their own grains, do everything by hand and are meticulous in their craft which really shows in this whiskey. Full of flavor, Woodinville’s Straight Bourbon shows creme brulee, caramel, vanilla, spice and a nice sweet finish. Don’t miss out on this distillery's debut to California.
Price: $36.99 Add To Cart

2015 Brewer-Clifton Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay
Review Date: 03-20-2018
This is not your typical California Chardonnay as it's racy and minerally, yet maintains fruit richness. All estate fruit from 3 vineyards in St. Rita Hills contribute orange blossom, ​lime zest, kiwi and mineral flavors and aromas. This sharply focused wine only sees neutral barrels and does not go through malolactic fermentation to keep this wine elegant and fresh. If you lean towards a more French style Chardonnay, I'd say give this one a shot!

Canard-Duchêne Brut Champagne
Review Date: 10-05-2017
Canard-Duchene's Authentic Brut is truly an impressive Champagne in the sub-$30 range. The blend here is 43% Pinot Noir, 25% Meunier and 20% Chardonnay​ and has amazing balance and elegance. Flavors of orchard fruits and citrus are paired with lovely richness, nuttiness and bright acidity. THIS IS A CHAMPAGNE STEAL!
Price: $29.99 Add To Waiting List

Canard-Duchêne Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 10-04-2017
​This is a fabulous rosé Champagne that is incredibly crisp, light and finishes super dry. It shows delicate flavors of red fruits like strawberries and cranberries. There is also an intriguing mineral character that comes through on the finish creating freshness along with the bright acidity. You can't go wrong, especially for the price!
Price: $34.99 Add To Waiting List

2004 Laurent-Perrier "Cuvée Alexandra" Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 09-14-2017
Wow! What a beautifully complex Champagne from Laurent Perrier. The Grand Siecle Brut is one of my favorites, so I already knew this rose would be special. The 80% Pinot Noir that's in this wine provides red berry, floral and an overall rich and decadent mouthfeel. With some food, this Champagne will be absolutely delightful!

2014 Provenance Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 04-04-2017
I loved last years Provenance Cab, but this 2014 may be even better. Less showy than the 2013, however it is all you'd want in a California Cab. Dark fruited with baking spices and silky tannins, this is a solid bottle of wine for 35 bucks!
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

2013 Hanzell "Estate" Sonoma Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 03-01-2017
The 2013 Hanzell Vineyards Chardonnay is comprised of fruit from older vines on the Hanzell property averaging about 34 years old. This wine has a beautifully expressive nose showing lemon curd, fresh mango, lime zest and brioche notes coming from the lees stirring during the fermentation process. About a fourth of the wine went through malolactic fermentation creating a full, rich texture on the palette but still has that balancing acidity. Drinking fabulously now, this wine also has amazing cellaring potential and can be enjoyed ten or more years from now.
Price: $64.99 Add To Cart

Le Brun de Neuville "Authentique Assemblage" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 02-24-2017
The Authentique Assemblage from Le Brun De Neuville definitely drinks well above its price. Aged 5 years on the lees, this wine expresses baked apple spice and nutty flavors with fresh acidity resulting in a very well-balanced, delicious bottle of bubbles. For champagne that is made with all estate fruit and lees aging, you can't go wrong for 35 bucks.

2013 Fuenteseca Huerta Singular "El Maguey" Blanco Tequila (750ml)
Review Date: 02-03-2017
​​​​​​This is an amazing tequila and it's honestly unlike any tequila I've tasted before. The Fuenteseca Ensamble is one of the my favorites in the store and this blanco version is just as delicious. The fact that this tequila is from a single area with a specific terroir makes it even more unique and special. It's complex and full-bodied, yet it has pure, concentrated agave aroma and flavor. This is a tequila to not miss out on!
Price: $79.99 Add To Cart