Walter Massa: The Mad Master of Barbera

Where to start with this one... Walter Massa has been producing wine the hills around Tortona (Colli Tortonesi) in Eastern Piedmont since  1978... ...and I've tasted his '78 Barbera Monleale twice now... ...and if you think Barbera doesn't age, well, then I urge you to pay attention to this one.

Two Absolute Stunners from the Jura

If you see the labels in the above picture, they're probably ringing a bell.  I've offered the red wines from Fabrice Dodane, proprietor of Domaine Saint Pierre, a few times already and, each time, they sold out within a day, and you all gave them some pretty rave reviews.  Today, I'm offering two

Three Great Wines I've Had Recently
(Two Old, One Young)

This is a really fun offer, and not the type that I get to do all that often.  A lot of times, new customers will walk in the door and be surprised to not see many older and/or higher-end wines sitting on my shelves.  The reason for that is quite simple.  Most of the time, when I receive older or

Spanish Styles


Single Malt Scotch


Old...and French...and Cool (and also really Tasty)...

Being that it's 16 years old at this point, I think you can say today's wine is 'old'...or at least 'mature'. It's French, though from a part that's probably not top of mind when you think 'France'.  And in terms of overall feel, I think it's really 'cool'.  And it's definitely tasty.  'It' is t

New Releases from My Favorite (and IMO, the most important) Winemaker

Yes, that's right, I believe Luigi Tecce is the most important winemaker in Italy (and perhaps the world) right now.  Those of you who've been on the list for a few years aren't surprised, but if you have only been reading these for the last year or so, you might just now be lowering your eyebrows.

Icons & Classics

New World or Old, these are classic wines that carry the weight of winemaking history on their shoulders. In each case, these wines come from renowned producers that have helped define the wines from their regions.

Guillaume Gilles Cornas 2015

Allow me to transport you back in time for a a time called 2010.  In the early days of my shop's existence, there was a wine I had on my shelf that I was so excited about, but couldn't give away to anyone but the most adventurous casual fans.   It was a wine that, when I made the recomme

German Chablis

How's that for a splashy subject line?   I suppose it could also be what we'd now refer to as 'clickbait'. And, full disclosure, I'm conflicted in using it because 1) I think (and hope you feel the same) that the wines I select don't need gimmicks to be sold and 2) I've never been too big a fan of

Gahier's Crystalline 2016 Reds

In an article he wrote about the Jura for Punch a few years ago, Jon Bonné said the following - I’ve never quite understood why Gahier’s wines didn’t catch fire the way that Overnoy’s or Puffeney’s did. His reds are a perfect demonstration of that Jurassic ability to offer both depth and weightles

From Italy, With (Some) Age

The theme of today's offer is simple, I suppose.  All three wines are - - from Italy - have some age on them Instead of rambling on at length about each one in separate offers, I thought that rambling on about all of them in one offer was a great idea.  It's a you!  BISCI VE

Forey's 2015s

I'm just going to start this out and say right off the bat that Regis Forey's wines have been favorites of mine for a long time.  Their cool, pure, highly floral style is, for me, one of the more pleasant experiences in the Cote de Nuits.   He's got great 1er Cru holdings in Nuits, Morey and Vosne

Cerbaiona 2013: The One

Just a few weeks ago, I cracked the Brunello 2013 floodgates with what I referred to as 'the old standby' (Il Poggione). Today, I'm happy to smash the gates wide open with the one of the most legendary producers in the appellation.  Along with the region's other two immortals - Soldera and Biondi

Austria & Germany


Another Bordeaux Value from 2004

By now, most of you have either come to know Greg from dealing with him here in the shop or over phone/email and he stays on top of the incoming and outgoing wines.  Greg joined us at the end of last Summer after nearly 30 years in Paris, the last 10+ of which were spent managing a wine shop not al

A Beautiful Little Gevrey

A few years back, I was introduced to the wines of Derey Freres in the form of their fantastic 1er Cru Marsannay Champs Perdrix from the 2010 vintage. It was a delicious glass of proper Burgundian Pinot Noir that punched way above its weight class.   Needless to say, the 15 cases we had on hand wer