Check out our Wine Events Calendar!

Hey fellow wine enthusiasts! We just wanted to share with you our Wine Events Calendar on our site which will always keep you in the loop about all kinds of wine events and expos going on. We update our events on the 1st of every month, so be sure to watch for it. We also send off a reminder on our Facebook page every time we update our calendar, so please visit our page and like us to stay in the loop!

And if you ever have any you don’t see and would like to share, just send us an email at!


Don’s November Collector’s Series Top Picks

November presented me with some especially tough choices. I really enjoyed the 2005 Croze Cabernet Sauvignon (November’s other feature), but since Joseph Perrier’s outstanding Cuvée Royale Brut Champagne and Pasanau’s 2008 Ceps Nous Priorat offer such an ideal combination of wines to plan a dinner party around, I couldn’t help but give them top billing this month.  Joseph Perrier (not to be confused with the less expensive and more commercial Perriet Jouet) produces traditional non-vintage Champagne of the highest order.  Also, I have always found the quality of Joseph Perrier’s Cuvée Royale to be extremely consistent.

Meanwhile, Pasanau’s 2008 Ceps Nous sheds a new light on Priorat, a wine that is enjoying considerable favor at the moment.  Priorats are full-bodied Spanish wines that offer tremendous flavor, but they can at times be tough and brooding, especially when young.  Conversely, Ceps Nous offers our members an authentic Priorat experience without having to wait years for enjoyment.  There is a certain sophistication in Ceps Nous, too, that is absent in many other Priorats.  Moreover, the 2008 Ceps Nous will continue to improve in bottle for years to come, which excites me.

A Votre Santé!



Don’s November Premier Series Top Picks

My November Premier Series special features of the month are a delicious red blend called “1448” from Jeff Runquist, one of California’s premier producers of Petite Sirah, and Torre Oria, an exuberant, flavorful Spanish Cava.  The 2009 Runquist “1448” is blend of Petite Sirah, with sizeable percentages of Barbera, Petit Verdot, and Syrah added for good measure.  “1448” is big, bold, and to my taste quite beautiful, and it’s only just begun its life.  Torre Oria’s non-vintage Brut Cava is precisely what good Cava ought to be: lively, delicate, and flavorful without an edge.

As of late, Torre Oria’s Cava has enjoyed considerable critical acclaim, but more important in my opinion is consumer reaction to this wine: Torre Oria’s Brut Cava has been a real crowd pleaser at classes, tastings, and dinners I’ve attended over the last year.

A Votre Santé!


Don Lahey on the Task of Posting His Top Picks

Each month we post our featured wines in each level of our service both on our web site and on our Facebook page so that members that eagerly await their next shipment have the opportunity to check them out before they arrive.  I’ve been asked to highlight which of our featured wines are my personal favorites each month and have to say that choosing a favorite monthly feature is akin to “Sophie’s Choice.”  It causes me true anxiety, leaving me with a guilty conscience and profound sense of paternal betrayal.  Why?  Choosing one wine over another tends to diminish the character and quality of the other features, which is never my intention.

There isn’t a monthly feature our tasting panels choose that I wouldn’t drink and enjoy.  However, I do have personal preferences, and therein lies the source of my guilt – preferring one child over the others.  No matter how much you love a child or a wine, you may like one better on any given day.  Consequently, we will be highlighting two wines each month, one from our Premier and one from our Collector’s Series.  These wines are Don’s choices, either because of personal preference or some special attribute on the part of the “favored child.”

A Votre Santé!


The Wonders of Spanish Wine

At a recent panel tasting, we were truly blown away by the quality and incredible value of the Spanish wines we tasted.  It is no secret that for a decade or more Spain has been the source of some of the very best red wines made anywhere in the world.  And the outstanding offerings from Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Priorat we tasted that night from top bodegas were no disappointment.  In fact, they were truly outstanding.  Yet, what impressed us the most were wines from lesser known regions and relatively obscure red and white varietals.  An old vine Bobal from La Mancha, a blend of Syrah, Merlot and Graciano from Aragon, and Godello and Mencia offerings from Bierzo were some of the evening’s favorites, and not one of those wines has a retail price of more than $17.00.

This recent experience just reinforces our belief that no matter how hard the marketing gurus try to convince us otherwise, we can never drink a label or a price tag.  Moreover, wine drinkers will find a treasure trove of interesting, tasty, well made wines from names and places they have never heard of, and nowhere will their search be more fruitful than in Spain.  Look for some of these gems to appear as upcoming monthly features.  In the meantime, happy hunting!