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Category: Staff Picks

Carlos’ Pick: Valdespino Sherry Fino Inocente

Carlos' Pick: Valdespino Sherry Fino Inocente, $28  This single-vineyard Sherry from the Macharnudo Alto is a testament to tradition. While most other makers are using stainless steel, Valdespino is all about the oak. Fermenting under the 'flor' of native yeasts in barrels gives this wine depth and a rich texture, as well as a relatively…

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Adam’s Pick: Chateau Taillefer Pomerol

Adam's Pick: Chateau Taillefer Pomerol 2011, $35 As most Pomerol these days approaches a $100+ price-point, it is refreshing to know that you can still find (a few) relative values from this provincial region that produces some of the greatest wines in the world (Petrus, anyone?). The 2011 vintage will not be as long-lived as…

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Adam’s Pick: Domaine Philippe Gilbert Menetou-Salon

Adam's Pick: Domaine Philippe Gilbert Menetou-Salon 2014, $22 Everyone is looking for great Sancerre at around $20 and to be honest, it's a little hard to find. Enter Menetou-Salon. Located a short distance south-west of Sancerre, Menetou-Salon often offers wines made from Sauvignon Blanc that rival those of its more expensive neighbor. This one from…

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Gary’s Pick: Hillrock Solera Aged Bourbon Whiskey Hudson Valley

Gary's Pick: Hillrock Solera Aged Bourbon Whiskey Hudson Valley, $85 Given the proliferation of “artisanal” distillation operations, Hillrock emerges as something meaningfully differentiated. Founder and real estate investment banker Jeff Bank has built his operation upstate around a pristinely restored 1805 Georgian house that once was the home of a prominent grain merchant and Revolutionary…

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Jess’ Pick: Courtault-Tardieux Touraine Pineau d’Aunis Rosé

Jess' Pick: Courtault-Tardieux Touraine Pineau d'Aunis Rosé 2015, $15 I love this rosé for offering something a little bit different. The grape, 'Pineau d'Aunis,' is the current darling of sommeliers, and for good reason. Woefully little is produced, and yet what is available is fresh, nuanced and bright with ruby-red grapefruit, cranberry and delicate minerals.…

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Adam’s Pick: Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosato

Adam's Pick: Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosato 2015, $22 Year in and year out, this rosé from Sicily proves to be one of my favorites. Pale orangey-pink in hue, this rosé is not the delicate stuff of Provençe, but a lip-smacking, mouth-watering wine with flavors of blood orange, raspberry, tarragon and stone. Made from…

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Adam’s Pick: Palacio de Canedo Godello Bierzo 2014

Adam's Pick: Palacio de Canedo Godello Bierzo 2014, $15 This is without a doubt one of the best inexpensive wines in the store, and yet it usually doesn't stand a chance when sitting on the shelf next to a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. This is, undoubtedly because it is a Godello, and no one knows…

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Jason’s Pick: Albert Mann Pinot Gris Rosenberg 2014

Jason's Pick: Albert Mann Pinot Gris Rosenberg 2014, $25 Based in Wettolsheim, about 20km south of Ribeauville, Albert Mann sits firmly in the top rank of Alsace producers. The quality of wines from here is always incredibly consistent, but at the same time has been on a constant upward curve; a fact that must be…

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Adam’s Pick: Domaine La Manarine Côtes-du-Rhône Blanc 2015

 Domaine La Manarine Côtes-du-Rhône Blanc 2015, $16 I often shy away from white wines from Côtes-du-Rhône because, quite frankly, they can be boring and out of balance (often hot, with low acidity, and a neutral-fruited character). But! This doesn't have to be the case. On the right soils, and from the right grapes (in this…

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Carlos’ Pick: Zahel Orangetraube “Orange T” 2014

 Zahel Orangetraube "Orange T" 2014, $21 I love finding unique varietals like Orangetraube, because it keeps my inner wine geek guessing. This German-born, Austrian-grown beauty come straight from Vienna! Originally picked from wild vines in 1840, it is rarely bottled as a single varietal wine. With notes of orange blossom, lemon and peach, and great…

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