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Category: Staff Picks

Adam’s Pick: Icardi Cortese Piemonte L’Aurora 2014

Adam's Pick: Icardi Cortese Piemonte L'Aurora 2014, $15 So if you've never heard of Cortese, it's because it usually goes by the name of the place that famously grows it: Gavi. This is grown right outside the Gavi area so it's not technically allowed to be called by that name, but this is to our…

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Travis’ Pick: Red Newt Cellars Riesling 2012, $25

Don't balk at this New York riesling. Yes, there's a bit of sugar. But it's well-integrated and juicily adorned with a creamy lemon custard fruitedness and subtle stoniness. And frankly, it's just the best guest ever at a spicy Thai dinner. It's true: a spoonful of sugar does make the medicine go down.

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Jason’s Pick: Champagne Jacquesson Cuvée 737, $77

One of the four oldest houses in Champagne (tied with Veuve Cliquot after Ruinart & Gosset) Jacquesson is something special. These guys taught Henri Krug how to make great champagne before he married a Jacquesson daughter and absconded to start his own Champagne house. The house style is very similar; superb still wines made in…

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Jess’ Pick:Marie-Noelle Ledru Grand Cru Brut NV $65

You probably have not heard of Marie-Noelle Ledru, her wines aren't advertised in magazines, they don't come in odd holiday containers, and there are not millions of bottles floating around.  She is a one woman show, working on just a few hectares of land in the Grand Cru Village of Ambonnay. Her Brut NV is…

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Why Not Try….Passetougrains

  It's hard to find good values in Burgundy these days, but we're going to let you in on a little secret...Passetougrains.  A wonderful blend of  Pinot Noir and Gamay which, to us, is perfect. Think tart cranberry fruits, a deep minerality, and low tannin. Pair it with food or drink it while you're watching Netflix- it's pretty versatile. The…

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Jason’s Pick: Domaine Michel Gros Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de Nuits

When Jean Gros retired and split his Vosne-Romanée domaine between his two sons Bernard and Michel and their cousin Anne some very serious decisions were made. Anne and Bernard both received parcels of some Burgundy's greatest vineyards; Richebourg and Échezeaux and Clos du Vougeot vineyards. Michel on the other hand gave up these Grand Cru vineyards all…

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Adam’s Pick: Wódka Vodka, $14

I can hear the cries already: "Are you really recommending a $14 Vodka? Will it give me a headache?!" Answers: 1) Yes I am, and 2) Only if you drink too much of it. But seriously this is the vodka James Bond would drink if for some reason he lost his fortune and developed a…

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Caitlyn’s Pick: Valana Gattinara 1997 – – $36

This wine from Gattinara in Alto Piemonte is 100% Nebbiolo, called Spanna by the locals. The 1997 vintage has old Rioja-esque characteristics like leather and truffle, supported by classically Nebbiolo aromatics tar and flowers, and a hint of citrus. Once a cult wine from the '50s and '60s, the 1997 Vallana Gattinara has been recently…

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Adams Pick: Mulderbosch Faithful Hound 2012 – – $22

South African wines have come a long way in the last 10 years. Where as once the market was flooded with, frankly, weird Pinotage, the diversity and quality has soared. Mulderbosch is one producer that's making distinctive wines at very reasonable prices. The Faithful Hound is a Bordeaux blend that is at once savory and…

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