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2014 Rhys "Alpine Vineyard" Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir
Review Date: 05-18-2019
A beautiful, elegant wine. The nose is savory and perfumed with notes of olives and jasmine tea and violets. On the palate there is a graceful, seamless texture with an enormous sense of poise and balance. The finish is epic. In short, it's a wine that is drinking really well right now with everything falling into place. Gorgeous.

2017 Domaine des Bernardins Beaumes de Venise Rouge
Review Date: 05-18-2019
This is absolutely delicious, lifted and very aromatic, exuding notes of candied violets and orange zest. I love the texture--a medium body with a dry finish. If Gamay and Muscat were to have a baby this would be it. This is going to be in heavy rotation for me this summer.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
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2015 Giuseppe Cortese "Rabaja" Barbaresco
Review Date: 04-18-2019
This is a gorgeous wine. Rose petals and black tea leaves and an epically long finish. There is an understated elegance here; it's not showy or flashy at first, but once you take a sip, you realize this wine has got the goods. I'd invite it home any day.

2015 Bodegas Palacios Remondo "La Montesa" Crianza Rioja
Review Date: 11-17-2018
Bright and fresh Garnacha with juicy cranberry, raspberry, and currant flavors. This has an elegant, medium-weight texture that makes it great for weeknight pork chops or weeknight porch pounding. Producer Alvaro Palacio is a bright star in Spain's winemaking firmament, and this is an easy wine to love.

2016 Domaine de la Ganse Vacqueyras
Review Date: 09-25-2018
This is a bright, juicy charmer, with lively acid and tons of personality--its energy is almost Richard Simmons level! On the nose there are notes of red berries that smell like they're fresh off the tree, leading to a sprightly, spicy palate and firm tannins. This would be lovely with sausages and cheese, or maybe even a gazpacho. What's even better is that winemaker Coralie Onde farms her estate organically and biodynamically. A super fun wine.
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Tamagawa "Red Label" Heirloom Yamahai Genshu Sake (720ml)
Review Date: 08-17-2018
This earthy, intense sake is made by the first-ever non-Japanese brewmaster in Japan, Philip Harper. It is very expressive, packed full of umami and mushroom notes. It's full-bodied and gamey, and would be gangbusters with cheese.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

Miyasaka "Sake Matinée" Yawaraka Junmai Sake 720ml
Review Date: 08-17-2018
This is from a 356-year-old brewery that is very well regarded among sake circles in Japan. The 24th-generation heir to the throne has been very innovative, collaborating with DJs, for instance, and rebranding a few of their sakes. It’s completely 2.0 for the sake business. The Miyasaki family has been making Masumi traditional sake, and he wanted to do something avant-garde, so he introduced the Sake Matinée, made in a session style (as in a session-style beer) with lower alcohol. It has a smooth, mild character and delicate flavors of citrus, wild plums, and vanilla. It's delicious and eminently, dangerously drinkable. Good thing for that low ABV!
Price: $22.99 Add To Cart