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2017 Tahbilk "Estate" Shiraz Nagambie Lakes Victoria
Review Date: 08-27-2020
Tahbilk's Shiraz is a delicious wine at a very affordable price point. It expresses bold, dark fruit without being overly ripe or high in alcohol. It has underlying savory notes and would pair wonderfully with barbecued meats or pizza. I was able to enjoy this over three nights and it held up great!
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart

Pierre Paillard "Les Parcelles" Grand Cru Extra Brut Bouzy Champagne
Review Date: 08-27-2020
This is an absolute steal from Pierre Paillard. This bone dry Champagne comes from the Grand Cru village of Bouzy which is known for its Pinot grapes and deep bed of chalk. This wine has wonderful citrus, red fruit and saline notes with a solid mineral backbone. I imagine this bottle of bubbles will drink very well over the next 8 year or so.

Laurent-Perrier "Cuvée Rosé" Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 07-21-2020
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!

Tentaka Kuni "Hawk in the Heavens" Junmai Sake (720ml)
Review Date: 06-09-2020
Hawk In The Heavens is an incredibly food friendly, earth driven sake perfect for your summer barbecues. On the palate, this Junmai is dry yet rich with flavors of mushroom, walnut and grass. It can be served slightly chilled, or room temperature to accentuate the rounder body and umami character.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart

2006 Billecart-Salmon "Cuvée Nicolas François Billecart" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 06-09-2020
This is a fantastic bottle of bubbles from one of the great houses in Champagne. Aged 11 years on the lees, Billecart Salmon's 2006 Cuvee Nicolas Francois boasts ripe citrus fruits, brioche, pear and apricot. The ripe stone fruits continue on palate, balanced with a toasted nuttiness and ripeness throughout. This bottle goes down easy now, but will have a long life in the cellar as well.

Canard-Duchêne Brut Champagne
Review Date: 05-20-2020
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 Champagne is a steal!
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

Fallet-Dart "Clos du Mont" Brut Champagne (2004)
Review Date: 05-14-2020
What a special bottle of bubbles! Fallet Dart's Clos Du Mont is complex, layered and great to drink with a wide variety of foods. It spent a ton of time on the lees which gives it beautiful nuttiness, yeasty character and a creamy texture. Baked apple and pear notes are expressed on the nose and palate with underlying minerality and acidic drive. If you are serious about Champagne, you will not want to miss out on this one!
Price: $79.99 Add To Cart

Baron-Fuenté "Grande Réserve" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 02-12-2020
Baron Fuente's Grand Reserve is a K&L staple that you should have in your fridge all the time. It's full-bodied with stone fruit, apple, a hint of toast and finishes dry. It's aged 3 years on the lees, double the aging required for Brut Champagne bumping the quality up even more. This is by far one of our best Champagne deals in the store, and makes the best party wine for any occasion.

Krug "Grande Cuvée" 168 ème Édition Brut Champagne
Review Date: 02-12-2020
As with all Krug I have tasted, this 168 release did not disappoint. This wine is based on 2012, with 10 vintages of reserve wine going back to the mid 90's. It's brilliantly blended with over half Pinot Noir, a third Chardonnay and a bit of Pinot Meunier. It has a full mid-palate with nuttiness, citrus and lees, then finishes dry with tons of minerality. This is Champagne that will age beautifully in your cellar, or drink now for any special occasion!

2012 Bollinger "Grande Année" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 02-12-2020
This is a superb bottle of Champagne that you won't want to miss out on. The 2012 Grand Annee is concentrated and open right out of the bottle. Notes of citrus, brioche and lime zest are shown on the palate, with a mineral and saline layer. It has great depth and a beautiful long finish. It drinks well now and I think you'd also be happy after 5-10 years in the cellar.

Pierre Mineral Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 02-05-2020
This is one of my favorite rose Champagnes that we direct import. It's made from almost all Grand Cru Mesnil Chardonnay with 10% Pinot Noir added to give it a gorgeous salmon-pink color. It's super dry with subtle strawberry fruit notes and prominent minerality. It's versatile enough to enjoy with all kinds of dishes, or enjoy it alone. A perfect pick for Valentine's Day!
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

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

2008 Pierre Paillard "La Grand Récolte" Grand Cru Extra Brut Champagne
Review Date: 11-19-2019
Fans of Pierre Paillard will undoubtedly love this Champagne. It has energy and focus, and is a great representation of the stunning 2008 vintage. It's layered with apple, pear, brioche, a touch of nutty character and long dry finish. This Champagne has a long life ahead of it, so it's a true winner for collectors, but don't be afraid to enjoy it now with your favorite seafood dishes!
Price: $69.99 Add To Cart

Thierry Thibault Brut Champagne
Review Date: 11-27-2018
Yay! Our Champagne buyer has picked up another fantastic grower-producer Champagne that drinks well above its price. Thierry Thibault's Brut is beautifully crisp with flavors of white peach, kiwi and granny smith apple with a solid acid backbone and subtle toastiness. This is definitely a bottle of bubbles I'll be stocking in my fridge for the summertime!
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

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

2016 Wilson Foreigner "Rorick Vineyard" Albariño Sierra Foothills
Review Date: 03-07-2018
This is an Albarino that is absolutely worth the money! Wilson Foreigner is a collaboration between a Napa based couple and a South African couple who strive to show case true terroir with minimal intervention. The lovely richness of this wine comes from fermenting in neutral French and Hungarian barrels, as well as full malolactic fermentation. Fresh citrus, floral and saline are expressed on the palate and finishes with a nice softness.
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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 Cart

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!

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.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart