January 2018

  1. Northern Rhone 2015 Update: 94-98pt Stars from Courbis and Coursodon

    To all Wine Exchangers, “No doubt, 2015 in the Northern Rhône has been trumpeted as the latest "vintage of the century." And if one confines the search for analogs to the 21st century, that may very well be true.” – Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate #234 “2015 is a truly sensational vintage that should not be missed by any Rhône lover out...
  2. 98pt 2015 Orma Scores the Same as Sassicaia & Ornellaia for 1/3 the Price!

    To all Wine Exchangers, Let’s keep this offering simple, because that’s how we know Orma proprietor Antonio Moretti would like it. Is the name familiar? It should be. Antonio has produced some of the most compelling Tuscan wines of the last decade at his home property, Tenuta Sette Ponti. Many of you have purchased numerous cases of these wines (Oreno...
  3. Killer Knez Closeout Part III: $35 Pinot Now Just $14.98!

    To all Wine Exchangers, If the following saga sounds a bit familiar, it’s because we had a couple of rounds of insane Pinot Noir closeouts from the Knez winery earlier this year.  The ‘back story’ itself is one of the more unusual we have told in all of our years of doing this and this ‘Episode 3’ is quite the climax...
  4. History Made: Triple 96pt Sauvignon Masterpiece, Only $11.98!

    To all Wine Exchangers, In this case, the story is a short one, being pretty much all about this wine, and other people’s perceptions of this wine. The background for this Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc is one you’ve heard before, with one special twist.  Tohu is a Māori-owned wine company.  As Tohu puts it, “The Māori are the indigenous people of...
  5. 100pt Winemaking Team's Triple 90pt Bordeaux Bargain!

    To all Wine Exchangers, Chateau Senejac is one of the oldest and finest Cru Bourgeois estates in the Medoc, dating back to the 15th Century.  Situated in the Southern end of the Haut-Medoc just south of the appellation of Margaux, it a huge property of 350 acres yet only 90 acres are under vine.   It’s a very recognizable name here...
  6. Fresh Faustino: The Double-93pt 2005 Gran Reserva Is Another Legend in the Making!

    To all Wine Exchangers, How do you follow up a legend?  The Faustino I Gran Reserva 2001 was one of the highest volume wines in our 35-year history, it got a 97-point score from Decanter Magazine as well as being named their Wine-of-the-Year for 2013.   What the press did was create a scenario where exponentially more people tried the wine...
  7. 2015 Languedoc Update: 92-94Pt. Direct-Import Minervois "Superstar"

    To all Wine Exchangers, Back in the early-to-mid-90s there was something of a ‘modest’ period for potentially great vintages of red Rhone wines.  Perhaps coincidentally, we started seeing a ‘new breed’ of wine emerging from the South of France.  About that time a number of vignerons came to the realization that, with the warm climate, Mediterranean breezes and old vines...
  8. Ultimate Chardonnay Deal: 93pt $23 Ritual Now Only $9.98!

    To all Wine Exchangers, Man, the hits just keep coming.  When we were offered this amazing deal on what was already one of the finest Chardonnay deals on the planet, we were frankly speechless. …for a second. Then we calmly blurted out, “We’ll take it all!” Some of you may be familiar with the Ritual Chardonnay Casablanca Valley 2015 since...
  9. 2015 Burgundy Update: Serious Value on Grand Cru-Adjacent Vosnes from Cacheux

    To All Wine Exchangers, Wine Detectives. That’s kind of what we have to be once in a while.  Oftentimes, the true story of a property doesn’t pop out at you, the true significance of a wine doesn’t emerge, until you put the work in and figure it out for yourself. Especially with BURGUNDY.  So many stories so many little patches...
  10. To all Wine Exchangers, Because of what we do, it is not unusual for us to be asked what our favorite wines are.  There are a couple of recurring scenarios that occur as we try and answer the question honestly and not sound like we’re too above it all.  If you have only tasted two wines in your life, the...

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