March 2013

  1. Classified 95pt. Bordeaux for under $40? Oui!

    To all Best Winers, Us "old-timers" have fond memories of the great vintages of Cantemerle.  The problem is, there weren’t too many of them… Until now. Prior to this larger Classified 5th Growth getting ‘serious’ in 2005 and revamping the whole nine yards, Cantemerle could only hang its hat on the 2000 the terrific 1989 and pretty darn good 1983. ...
  2. The Northern Rhone in Southern Australia? Chapoutier's 93 point, $14 genre-bender...

    To all Best Winers, American wine importer + French winemaker = Value-priced, high scoring Australian Shiraz. Confused by that equation? Fine, that’s what we’re here for… Tony Terlato, the long-time importer and American agent for the wines from the Rhone Valley’s Michel Chapoutier, partnered up with Chapoutier on this unique project in the Pyrenees area of Victoria in Australia. Back...
  3. Straight outta Bordeaux: The 96pt. Ch. Guiraud 2001 Sauternes @ opening price!

    To all Best Winers, This wine brings back some seriously good memories for me. The 2001 vintage in Sauternes  was something of a watershed event. Highly anticipated prior to release, the wines met and exceeded all possible expectations.  No other way to say it, these were thrilling sweet wines on release, dazzling our palates with their razor focus, raw extract...
  4. Top-flight 92 point Vacqueyras at nearly 50% off!

    To all Best Winers, Yves Cheron is a lucky guy. His father, Denis, was smart enough to purchase the Domaine Grand Montmirail at a time when pretty much only people living in the Rhone Valley itself really cared about the wines.  Gigondas? Vacqueyras? These wines weren’t on the radars of even the savviest American wine consumers until Bob Parker brought...
  5. Dueling 94 point Barbarescos at unbeatable prices...

    To all Best Winers, Rabajà. The name sends chills up the spines of aficionados of the wines of Italy’s Piedmont region. It is one of the greatest vineyards in the Barbaresco zone of Piedmont and, accordingly, many of Piedmont’s (heck, Italy’s) greatest wines have been produced from this historical site…and still are. Giuseppe Cortese is one of the few caretakers...
  6. The Future of Malbec? His name is Matias...

    To all Best Winers, The photo to the right is of Matias Riccitelli. Take a long look at the future of Argentine wine. Matias strikes that perfect balance when it comes to the art and skill of winemaking, he takes wine seriously but, obviously, not himself.  Wine should be fun, right? No pretension, no noses up in the air. Wine...
  7. A Pair of 100 point, 2010 Bordeaux at super-hot prices!

    To all Best Winers, Mark our words, the 2010 Bordeaux Harvest was a special one. In fact, many of the wines run neck and neck with their 2009 counterparts. The 10's have a bit more structure to them. A bit more of everything actually. They are a powerful, tightly wound combo of fruit, extract, tannin, acid, color, you name it...
  8. A Best Wines Direct Import: R&L Legras' Grand Cru Champagne at 'White Star' prices!

    To all Best Winers, Best Wines Online is proud to re-introduce the scintillating Champagnes of R&L Legras! It seems like Jeffrey Davies, Legras’ international agent for the last, like, 100 years or so, suffers from a constant case of being ahead of his time. I remember Jeff trying to sell me Legras’ wines almost 20 years ago.  Understand something. This...
  9. Montagna Cabernet: One of Galloni's 'Rising Stars' and a deal to boot!

    To all Best Winers, Montagna means ‘mountain’ in Italian, though the already-legend vineyard that this comes from is more like a hill. But not just any hill, we are talking Pritchard Hill, home to some of the Napa valley’s finest (and priciest) Cabernet Sauvignon wines. And just who exactly is producing wine from Pritchard Hill? Names like Bryant Family ($570/bottle...
  10. Just Arrived: Sixtine's 2010 Chateauneuf, 96 pts., $39.88!

    To all Best Winers, “The 2010 Chateau Sixtine Chateauneuf du Pape performed exquisitely and, again, was one of the top wines of the vintage. 96 points” – Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #203 Jean-Marc Diffonty has stepped up his game…again. When Cuvee du Vatican exploded onto the Southern Rhone winescape in 1998 it was readily apparent that Jean-Marc had the chops...

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