New Arrivals

New Spanish Wine, May 2014

2012 Bodegas Avanthia Avancia Cuvée de O, Valdeorras, Godello Godello is a varietal found principally in Galicia in NW Spain. To my palate, it typically produces full-bodied whites with citrus (think lime zest), stone fruit (peach and apricot) and fresh stream aromas (we’ve just returned from a walk along our fresh stream, so that may […]


Domaine de Enfants, Scherl photo

Southern and Western French Red Wine Arrivals

2010 Domaine des Enfants, l’enfant perdu, Cotes Catalanes– $31.99 The domaine is owned by a young couple, Marcel Buhler and Carrie Sumner—she is from Oregon, committed to working with the vines to give the grapes the opportunity to express their personalities. Marcel works mostly in the vineyard, while Carrie nurtures the juice in the cellar. […]


New Australian Reds

2011, Raw Power, Shiraz, Adelaide Plains– $11.99 What a surprise! There is a lot to say about this wine—2011 was a terrible vintage in Australia (remember the pictures of towns underwater? That was 2011.) Shiraz at this price point is usually jammy and one-dimensional; the owner/producer, Rawley Power, is a punk rocker??? Well, despite all […]


101 year Old Grenache Besson At Harvest

New White Wines In May

Whites Australia 2011 Zontes, Footstep, Love Symbol, Savagnin, Langhorne Creek–$17.99 This relatively young vineyard (9 years old for the 2011) was planted with the white varietal associated most frequently with the Jura. Jancis Robinson’s tome, Wine Grapes, locates Savagnin in the Traminer family, so a very aromatic wine with aromas of dried apricots, orange zest, […]