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Category: Staff Picks

Connor’s Pick: High West Double Rye

Connor's Pick: High West Double Rye, $31 By simply being a high quality small batch straight rye for just over $30, High West's Double Rye has already distinguished itself from its competition. The distillery is situated high in the Rocky Mountains and was the first licensed distillery in Utah since Prohibition. Despite most rye whiskey…

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Connor’s Pick: Colpetrone Montefalco Sagrantino

Connor's Pick: Colpetrone Montefalco Sagrantino 2009, $30 Earning their status as one of Montefalco's benchmark producers year after year, the current vintage of Colpetrone's Montefalco Sagrantino has a deep, earthy nose that gives way to a rich body with notes of dried berries and chocolate, reminiscent of decidedly more expensive Amarones. Searching for the perfect…

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Jess’ Pick: Leonardo Bussoletti Ciliegiolo di Narni ‘05035

Jess' Pick: Leonardo Bussoletti Ciliegiolo di Narni '05035' 2015, $17 New vintage, same adorable label, and it checks off all the boxes for the perfect summer red.  Reminiscent of a lip-smacking Beaujolais, this Ciliegiolo over-delivers with bright cherry notes, a light earthy quality, and a refreshing acidity. Serve with a light chill for optimal enjoyment…

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Adam’s Pick: Palacio de Canedo Limonada de Mencía

Adam's Pick: Palacio de Canedo Limonada de Mencía, $14 Sangría that's naturally made with Organically grown estate fruit is surprisingly hard to come by. And when you taste the difference in quality you won't go back to the mass produced stuff ever again. You've probably seen their Godello on our $15 and under shelf, which…

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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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