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Château Léoville Las Cases St.-Julien 2004

Château Léoville Las Cases St.-Julien 2004 95 points / $90 20,000 cases made France Bordeaux’s wet, cool 2004 vintage got lost between the exceptional 2003 and 2005, but Jean-Hubert Delon’s St.-Julien estate consistently delivers excellent wines in both great and difficult years. Half of the château’s 250 acres are planted in the famous Clos Léoville […]

Red Wine

Tenuta dell’Ornellaia – Bolgheri Superiore Ornellaia 2004

Tenuta dell’Ornellaia Bolgheri Superiore Ornellaia 2004 97 points / $150 11,710 cases made Italy Ornellaia—a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot from a 225-acre estate overseen by Lamberto Frescobaldi—remains among the flagship wines from the rapidly developing Bolgheri area on the Tuscan coast. The warm Mediterranean coastal climate tends to favor […]

Red Wine

Mollydooker – Shiraz McLaren Vale Carnival of Love 2006

Mollydooker Shiraz McLaren Vale Carnival of Love 2006 95 points / $80 4,738 cases made Australia Carnival of Love is made with grapes from three contiguous blocks of the Gateway Vineyard, the same site that produces the Mollydooker Shiraz Velvet Glove. Sarah and Sparky Marquis find that they best capture color and fresh fruit character […]

Red Wine

Robert Mondavi – Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Reserve 2004

Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Reserve 2004 95 points / $125 8,688 cases made California The 2004 vintage was the very last in which the Robert Mondavi family was involved with the winery, and it produced the best Mondavi Reserve since the 1996. Comprising 86 percent Cabernet Sauvignon with Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, […]


Krug – Brut Champagne 1996

Krug Brut Champagne 1996 99 points / $250 10,000 cases made France Released this year, Krug’s 1996 is one of the last ’96 vintage Champagnes to reach the market, and it is the last vintage to draw on the experience of three generations of the Krug family (including now-director Olivier Krug) during the base wine’s […]

Red Wine

California’s Other Cabernet – Cabernet Franc

Cabernet Sauvignon, with apologies to Pinot Noir, is arguably the world’s most distinguished red wine grape. It’s the principal red grape of Bordeaux and the sine qua non of the extravagant new SuperTuscans. It’s what Spanish winemakers add to Tempranillo to bring it up to snuff. And in California… Cabernet is king! The earliest distinguished […]

White Wine

Some Of The Reasons Chardonnay Is A Favorite Among White Wines

Chardonnay wine is named for the Chardonnay grapes that are used to create it. These grapes originated in the Burgundy and Champagne regions of France but have adapted well to conditions all over the world. The ease of growing Chardonnay grapes have helped them to spread to many parts of the world. Chardonnay grapes are […]


Manolo Classic

It takes bags of bravery and a skilled chef (not to mention a healthy bank balance) to resurrect a failed restaurant. Les Oliviers opened in a flurry of hype a couple of years ago, resplendent in a landmark Georgian manor in the midst of much architectural (and culinary) mediocrity. With its eye-catching bold red and […]


Vinturi Essential Wine Aerator

Vinturi Essential Wine Aerator Product Features * Better bouquet! You’ll appreciate the subtle aromatic differences and the full aroma of the wine. vinturi allows wine to display its intended aromas. * Enhanced Flavors! Vinturi’s wine tastes better. It is more flavorful and has better mouthfeel * Smoother Finish! Vinturi’s aeration is very effective at softening […]