French you can afford


Everyone knows France makes a lot of great wine, but everyone also seems to know that French wine is difficult to understand, as well as being way too expensive for the average wine drinker. Well all that’s changing. There’s still a market among collectors (many of them newly rich Chinese business tycoons) for the arcane “cellar selections,” but the rest of the French wine world wants to sell its bottles to the rest of the wine drinking world. So we’re getting well-made wines with understandable labels and very attractive prices.

Wines for Holiday Feasts 2010

Holiday Wine

It’s only a couple of weeks until Thanksgiving and then we experience the rush toward Chanukah and Christmas. This is a season of tradition...religious tradition, family tradition, national tradition. There are special worship services, annual family gatherings, national proclamations. And it’s a season of gift giving, a time when we think about those we love, as well as remembering our neighbors, friends, teachers, the mailman.

Castle Rock Wines and California's Little Secret


It’s not really a secret. There have been articles in the wine press about it. But it’s something California premium wine makers, marketing their products as exclusive and having limited availability, don’t want you to know about - there’s way too much wine made in California to support the elitist prices the better labels want to charge. I’m not talking about the mass-produced, mass-marketed labels that fill the grocery store shelves and the glossy magazines.

Sometimes it's Good to Have the Blues

Cabrales cheese, that is. Don’t be scared! Tangy, salty, pungent blue cheese is not everyone’s taste, I know. But in order to stimulate some blue sales (and turn you on to something mighty tasty), we’ve decided to Feature some of the blues we have in stock, offering samples, recipes, wine pairings...and a 20% discount from the regular sale price.

Some "Best Buys" in Wine

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I am by no means a slavish adherent to the scores given to wines by the big-name wine tasters - Robert Parker of The Wine Advocate, Wine Spectator magazine, Steven Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar and Wine Enthusiast magazine. Sometimes I disagree with their assessments and I have the audacity, amateur that I am, of having my own opinion. I also don’t trust that wineries with big advertising budgets for the slick publications like Wine Spectator don’t get a better deal in the tastings.

A couple more newbies for Fall

Pacific Rim White Flowers Sparkling Riesling Brut

Pacific Rim White Flowers Sparkling Riesling Regular $16.95/ Feature $13.56

What's New?

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We’ve had a great time this last couple months exploring some of the wines we carry from two of the great wine regions of the world - Spain and France. It’s fun for us to search for wines that fit particular slots in a theme, but sometimes we miss a few newbies that come our way and don’t fit into the theme. When that happens, we need to have a catch up of “What’s new?”

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