a few faves from our vast selection
We’ve tasted and tested wines from around the globe and shared the best with friends and clients.
Now we want to share it with you.
Our selections change every month, are always seasonally appropriate and you’ll never get the same bottle twice.
Remarkable bang for the buck. Wine for everyday moments that will leave you smiling (and your friends very impressed).
Boekenhoutskloof The WolftrapBoekenhoutskloof The Wolftrap
This wine is named for one of the wild animals that used to roam through the valley when the winery was first established in 1776 (the same year other great things happened!). A blend of three varietals this wine has layers of smoke, licorice, and dark fruit. Pairs well with items off the grill.
Grape • Syrah, Mourvedre, Viogner
Place • Cape of Good Hope, South Africa
FYI • Boekenhout is an indigenous Cape Beech tree.
The darling grape of California is brilliant here with layers of flavors ranging from blackberry to tea to cedar. No need to worry about this being an over-the-top style. This red, from Gregory Ahn, is a medium bodied delight that pairs well with lasagna.
Grape • Zinfandel
Place • Lodi, California
FYI • Lodi is also famous for it's huge raisin production.
J Ramos Vila Santa RoseJ Ramos Vila Santa Rose
João Portugal Ramos is Portugal’s most famous winemaker and is largely credited with modernizing his countries winemaking methods. This luscious rose is full of ripe cherry notes that play off well with shellfish dishes as well spicy foods such as chicken curry.
Grape • Touriga Nacional
Place • Vinho Verde, Portugal
FYI • Portugal is the world's largest producer of natural cork.
Rubus Vin Gris RoséRubus Vin Gris Rosé
It only takes a sip of this wine, with it's delicate notes of strawberry and peach to transport one to the south of France. Hand harvested grapes that age on the lees for three months create a depth in this wine that make it food friendly. Pair with grilled fish, grilled veggies, or chevre & fresh herbs.
Grape • Grenache, Carignan, Cinsault
Place • Corbieres, France
FYI • Rubus is a large genus of plants in the rose family.
Volver Paso a Paso BlancoVolver Paso a Paso Blanco
For a millenia wine has come from this region that is also home to Toledo, an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Bursting with crisp minerality and flavors that have a hint of peach, this delightfully refreshing white pairs well with sushi or tuna salad.
Grape • Verdejo, Macabeo
Place • Castilla-La Mancha, Spain
FYI • Castilla-La Mancha is a "meseta" or large windy plain.
Santa Julia CSSanta Julia CS
This wine comes from one of the most important wine regions in Mendoza: Uco Valley. Since Familia Zuccardi started in 1963 they have helped revolutionize the industry here by instituting such practices as sustainable farming. Full of blackberry and plum this is great with most items off the grill.
Grape • Cabernet Sauvignon
Place • Mendoza, Argentina
FYI • The Uco Valley is a key part of the Argentina Wine Route.
Annalisa Pinot GrigioAnnalisa Pinot Grigio
Easy, refreshing, simple. What else can you ask for when you want something uncomplicated? A textbook example of Italian pinot grigio, this one comes from the Veneto region. Enjoy as an aperitif or with lighter fare such as lemon chicken, garden salad or pan fried trout.
Grape • Pinot Grigio
Place • Veneto, Italy
FYI • Known as pinot gris in France due to its grey hue.
Maipe ChakanaMaipe Chakana
This winery is relatively new, founded in 2002 by Juan Pelizzatti. It is named after Maipe, the Lord of the Winds for the ancient Andean people. This red with it's attractive garnet color and rounded notes of fig and plum make it a perfect pairing with pastas and pizza.
Grape • Malbec
Place • Mendoza, Argentina
FYI • Mendoza is Argentina's largest wine region.
San Elias ChardonnaySan Elias Chardonnay
Viña Siegel is a family owned operation that started in the 1980’s. With plantings throughout the expansive 250-mile long central valley they look to take advantage of its many microclimates. This chardonnay with its straw color and exotic overtones is perfect for any cocktail reception.
Grape • Chardonnay
Place • Colchagua Valley, Chile
FYI • Colchagua Valley is south of Santiago, the capital.
Cholila RanchCholila Ranch
A fascinating part of the world, Patagonia has coasts on three oceans. Along with it's mountains, it has a dynamic geography but the wine region itself is very arid. With notes of plum, vanilla, and mulberry, this pairs well with grilled steak or pork tenderloin.
Grape • Malbec
Place • Patagonia, Argentina
FYI • Named for the ranch owned by Butch Cassidy and the SK.
Kick things up a notch with wines that have a touch of pedigree. Better vineyard sites equals better vino. A “making dinner for a second date” kind of wine.
Damilano Barbera d'AstiDamilano Barbera d'Asti
The soil of Asti is particularly well-suited for this varietal. The first vintage from Damilano was a very recent 2008. A lively red meant to enjoy young (so forget about the cellar) it has a gorgeous purple color and tastes of red currant, bing cherry, and vanilla. Try it with charcuterie.
Grape • Barbera
Place • Piedmont, Italy
FYI • The area of Asti is also known for sparkling wine.
Carlos Serres ReservaCarlos Serres Reserva
The pioneering spirit of Carlos Serres is legendary in Rioja. Today, it is one of the few producers in the D.O.C. that is over 100 years old. Spending 24 months in oak, this toothsome wine delivers big with notes of anise, plum preserves, and tobacco. Pairs well with a grilled t-bone steak or grilled chorizzo.
Grape • Tempranillo, Graciano
Place • Rioja, Spain
FYI • Rioja is divided into three zones: Alta,Baja, & Alavesa.
Mastroberardino RedimoreMastroberardino Redimore
The Mastroberardino family has made wines near the foothills of Mt. Vesuvius for ten generations. The Italian government has even recognized their efforts to preserve indigenous grapes and viticultural techniques. This well-structured red has notes of dark berries, cocoa and coffee. Try with game or mature cheeses.
Grape • Aglianico
Place • Campania, Italy
FYI • Redimore means the King of Blackberries
Mazzolino BonardaMazzolino Bonarda
When the Lombards settled this area in the Dark Ages they brought with them the knowledge of curing meats with salt. Fast forward a bit and "Salame di Varzi DOP" is born. It is an ideal pairing with this wine that is also "of" this region. Crunchy tanins with a hint of fresh herbs on the back palate.
Grape • Croatina
Place • Lombardy, Italy
FYI • Croatina means "Croatian girl."
A perenial favorite, this cabernet whistles across the palate with full flavors of black currant, blackberries, dark chocolate, and coffee beans. There's a hint of vanilla on the finish. A hit with Sunday dinner's pot roast!
Grape • Cabernet Sauvignon
Place • Sonoma, California
FYI • Alexander Valley is the largest region in Sonoma County.
Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona RossoCiacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Rosso
One of the most sought after producers in Italy, the brother and sister duo inherited the operation after their father died in 2004. Plush and round with notes of leather, plum, and cherry, this is a very satisfying wine. Pairs well with cheese and charcuterie.
Grape • Sangiovese, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon
Place • Tuscany, France
FYI • Members of the organic farming group "Lotta Integrata."
Domaine de La Begude RoseDomaine de La Begude Rose
Guilllaume Tari is the owner and winemaker of Begude and also serves as the president of the Bandol AOC. He is truly committed to his craft and the region. With concentrated notes of strawberry and watermelon this is a great pairing with Bouillabaisse as well as a number of Chinese dishes.
Grape • Mourvedre, Cinsault, Grenache
Place • Provence, France
FYI • The cellars at Begude are in a 7th century chapel.
Dom. Le Roc Des Anges 'Segna de Cor'Dom. Le Roc Des Anges 'Segna de Cor'
The "Rock of Angels" is a quartzite outcrop of mostly old-vines. It is a delicious offering from a young female wine maker who named this wine after the domaine - spelled backwards. Rich and luscious with notes of dried cherries, plum, cocoa and kitchen spice, this pairs well with lamb.
Grape • Carignan
Place • Rhone, France
FYI • Carignan is originally from Carinena, Spain.
Prosper Maufoux Cremant de BourgogneProsper Maufoux Cremant de Bourgogne
In quite the career change, Prosper left his job as a notary in 1860 to pursue winemaking. His son grew the business through export markets and by 1970 his grandson was running things. A classic sparkling from Burgundy, look for notes of exotic fruits and citrus. Great aperitif.
Grape • Chardonnay
Place • Burgundy, France
FYI • This is made in the same style as Champagne.
Venica Collio Pinot GrigioVenica Collio Pinot Grigio
Nestled in the north-east corner of Italy is this acclaimed family run estate. One of the things that makes this white so memorable is it's beautiful copper hue. This is a REAL pinot grigio full of stone fruit, especially peach. Deliciously pairs with shrimp scampi.
Grape • Pinot Grigio
Place • Friuli, Italy
FYI • Jesera means "little lake."
These wines are about as good as it gets. Pampered grapes, outstanding vineyards, impeccable winemaking. A level of wine that can cellar for several years.
Ch. Laplagnotte-BellevueCh. Laplagnotte-Bellevue
Bordeaux always has something beautiful to offer. It's smart to look for it outside of the usual suspects. This estate produces remarkable wine year after year. A bullet of fruit-driven deliciousness - cassis, anise, plum preserves. Honestly? This is heavenly when paired with braised lamb.
Grape • Merlot, Cabernet Franc
Place • Bordeaux, France
FYI • This estate produces but one wine - and this is it.
In the winemaker's own words "Beeslar Pinotage is one of the most profound interpretations of the often tricky Pinotage grape that you can imagine. It's the Grand Cru Burgundy of Pinotages: complex, elegant, ageworthy." Pairs well with most lamb dishes.
Grape • Pinotage
Place • Stellenbosch, South Africa
FYI • Winery was founded in 2011.
Dom. Grand Veneur "Les Champauvins"Dom. Grand Veneur "Les Champauvins"
Literally a "stones throw away" this lieux dits is less than 10ft from the 1936 established boundary that begins Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The three varietals are blended after aging on their own first. Arromatic with notes of cassis, violets, and black pepper. Pairs well with grilled meats and smoked Gouda.
Grape • Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre
Place • Rhone Valley, France
FYI • Rocks in the vineyard warm to 131F in the summer.
Tyrrell's Heathcote Rufus StoneTyrrell's Heathcote Rufus Stone
Bright, fruit driven, and rewarding from a place that has the know-how on making a full-bodied red. Regularly a favorite in Australia this french-oaked red is full of dark fruit, black pepper, and cassis. Pairs nicely with a quality steak...try it with a peppercorn sauce too!
Grape • Syrah
Place • Victoria, Australia
FYI • Established in 1858 by an English immigrant.
Machine BreakerMachine Breaker
This is a truly wonderful wine planted on original vinifera rootstock. Critters known as phylloxera love to eat this type of rootstock so the clock is ticking on this vineyard. In the meantime enjoy this wine full of rich cherry and plum flavors and a hint of earth. Goes well with game meats.
Grape • Pinot Noir
Place • Willamette Valley, Oregon
FYI • The wine's name refers to a 19th century protest mvmt.
Reverdy Sancerre "Les Coutes"Reverdy Sancerre "Les Coutes"
You think you know sauvignon blanc until you try this stunning wine from the Reverdy brothers. From the humble looking village Maimbray comes an unforgettable white with delicate citrus and floral notes. Ideal with oysters or a salad topped with baked chevre.
Grape • Sauvignon Blanc
Place • Loire Valley, France
FYI • The Loire River is the longest in France.
J. Wilkes Santa Maria ChardonnayJ. Wilkes Santa Maria Chardonnay
Despite the fact that this wine goes through 100% malolactic fermentation (fancy word for making the body of the wine seem richer) it is remarkably lean with a long finish. Excellent winemaking at it's finest. Will go beautifully well with oysters, scallops, or cod.
Grape • Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc
Place • Santa Maria Valley, California
FYI • The SMV appellation is the second oldest in the U.S.
Chateau de Saint Cosme GigondasChateau de Saint Cosme Gigondas
Louis Barroul, whose family has owned this property for fourteen generations, seems up to the task of carrying on great things. His boundless energy comes through in his wines. Phenomenal depth with notes of blackberry, black pepper, and gingerbread, don’t be afraid to try this with poultry. For real!
Grape • Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Cinsault
Place • Rhone, France
FYI • A vineyard has existed on this property since 1416…wow.
Donatella Cinelli Rosso di MontalcinoDonatella Cinelli Rosso di Montalcino
This enthusiastic red from a perfect vintage will put a smile on your face. It's from talented female wine maker Donatella. Versatile at the dinner table, where we encourage you to serve it, it pairs well with everything from soups to meat dishes. Will easily age 5-10 years.
Grape • Sangiovese
Place • Tuscany, Italy
FYI • Rosso vs Brunello de Montalcino is meant to drink young.
Smith & Hook Proprietary Red BlendSmith & Hook Proprietary Red Blend
There are crowd pleasers and then there are CROWD PLEASERS. This is the latter. Fruit sourced from four vineyards and artfully blended and aged in french oak produces an opulent wine. Rich flavors of blueberry and vanilla will have you grinning from ear to ear on your first sip. Pair with a NY strip.
Grape • Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, P. Sirah
Place • Central Coast, California
FYI • Smith and Hook were initially cattle ranches.