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Top 10 Sauternes

posted by Karen Orlandi on March 3, 2016 in Aabalat lists

Serving Sauternes at a dinner party is a true sign that a sophisticated wine drinker is present. Yes, Sauternes is a sweet wine, which isn't the majority of what we consume, but it is such a delicate process and special wine that it definitely has a place at the dinner table. And we happen to have several top name Sauternes for sale.

Obsidian Ridge / Poseidon Vineyard

posted by Karen Orlandi on March 1, 2016 in Wineries

Obsidian Ridge has been one the "everyday drinkers" in our home for years. The quality and balance are amazing - beautiful fruit with wonderful minerality and supple tanins - and the price is right at roughly $25/bottle. 

Domaine Drouhin-Laroze

posted by Bob Orlandi on February 15, 2016 in Wineries

The Drouhin-Laroze domaine, situated in the middle of Gevrey-Chambertin, goes back 6 generations. A marriage in 1919 merged the vineyards of the Laroze and Drouhin families. Philippe and Christine Drouhin currently manage the operations with help from their children, Nicolas and Caroline.

Domaine Dujac

posted by Bob Orlandi on February 15, 2016 in Wineries

Domaine Dujac is a relatively "young" addition to Burgundian winemaking (because the 1960's is considered contemporary for the that region). After Jacques Seysses, a fine food and wine enthusiast and wealthy businessman in his family's buscuit-making company, purchased a property in the Morey-Saint-Denis area in 1967, they began growing estate vines and purchasing fruit from their neighbors. Jacques Seysses had studied in Burgundy for two years, used his keen palette for fine wine to guide winemaking decisions and often mimicked the processes employed by Domaine Romanee-Conti.

Giuseppe Mascarello Barolo

posted by Bob Orlandi on February 15, 2016 in Wineries

Mauro Mascarello, the owner and winemaker of this fantastic Barolo winery, is part of a family legacy that includes his father, Giuseppe, and grandfather, Maurizio. Upon recognizing the outstanding quality of the Monprivato vineyard, as something special that stood out from the other Mascarello vineyards, Mauro began making the single-vineyard label in 1970. The perfume and richness of the Monprivato will enchant and move you, which is why this wine has had world-class status for the past 45 years.

What is Port? Wine From Porto

posted by Karen Orlandi on December 8, 2015 in Wine Regions

Port is a sweet, red, fortified wine from the Duoro Valley area of Portugal. Unlike typical dry wines, Ports add a neutral grape spirit known as aguardente to fortify it. Most commonly enjoyed as a dessert wine because it is rich and sweet, Port comes in several styles (see list below). We offer many of them and in all price ranges.

Half Bottles - The Perfect Size

posted by Karen Orlandi on December 7, 2015 in Aabalat lists

For many, half bottles are the perfect bottle size. They are great for enjoying fine wine at dinner and for giving as gifts.

With roughly two glasses of wine in each bottle, there is plenty for one or two people to enjoy. The smaller size (375-ml) suits many people who aren't able to finish a standard 750-ml bottle in a single sitting, which is critical to enjoying a fine wine. Or, as we like to do, you can use half bottles as a way to sample several different wines from around the world at one time.

Best Corporate and Holiday Gifts

posted by Karen Orlandi on November 28, 2015 in Aabalat lists

Looking for a wine gift for someone special? How about a corporate gift for a list of recipients? Or perhaps a little something extra to accompany that special bottle of wine? We are ready and able to help you secure the perfect bottle and/or add a wine country themed gift basket to your order.

Wine As Gifts
Wine is a wonderful gift. It can hold nostalgic value or just be a special treat. If you need help selecting a special bottle for your special someone, our Wine Concierges are available to help you customize the selections accordingly.

Chateau Mouton Rothschild

posted by Bob Orlandi on October 28, 2015 in Wineries

In 1853 Baron Nathaniel de Rothschild bought the estate that was formerly known as Chateau Brane-Mouton. It continued to thrive and expand, particularly through the 1900's. In 1973 Chateau Mouton Rothschild finally achieved Premiere Cru Classe, a well deserved honor that befits their high quality wines. Known equally for the very special artwork that adorns their First Growth labels, Chateau Mouton Rothschild represents a long-term family business that is dedicated to the pursuit of producing the world’s highest quality wine.

Bordeaux Blanc - A Dry White that is Crisp, Fresh, Perfect For Sipping in the Hot Sun

posted by Bob Orlandi on October 21, 2015 in Wine Regions

Yes, Bordeaux produces mainly red wine, but did you know that about 10% of all Bordeaux wine is white? Dry White Bordeaux, primarily from the Pessac Leognan appellation, are in the same class as the world's best white wines. We have many Pessac-Leognan dry whites featured in the list below, but we also have several from other sub-appellations, like the popular "Y" wines from Yquem.

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