March 2018

  1. German Riesling Steal: Pristine 2002 Kabinett, Only $9.98!

    To all Wine Exchangers, The Paul Anheuser winery is no stranger to these pages.  In our quest to see as broad a spectrum of German wines as we can, we have found some interesting efforts from this Nahe producer. Our previous muses from them were, of all things, some rather compelling rosés.  Current owners, brothers Rudolf and Paul, grow the...
  2. 2015 Bordeaux Pre-Arrival Update: 94pt Ch. Puygueraud, Only $15.98!

    To all Wine Exchangers, Back in 2006, I was interviewed for a magazine article and was asked how one can invest in Bordeaux without spending too much money.  And, while many of the classified growth chateaux were on my list, this property also came up seen as it nearly doubled in price, going from $15 to $30 seemingly overnight after Wine Spectator gave it 92...
  3. Big-Time Beaujolais Update: High-Scoring Winex Picks from the Classic 2016 Vintage!

    To all Wine Exchangers, “Hot on the heels of the superb if atypically ripe and powerful 2015s, most 2016 Beaujolais are built along more classical lines, emphasizing lively, sharply delineated red fruit, floral and spice qualities and offering succulent early drinkability…Unfortunately, severe hail events in some of the region’s best vineyards cut production for many producers, often dramatically.” – Josh...
  4. 93 pts Again & Still only $19.98! Greatest Zin Value Ever?

    To all Wine Exchangers, Here we are…again.Still in awe of Ted Seghesio, still in awe of how he can pull together as much of this wine as he does, price it like he does, and make it as good as he does.The makeover that started with Pete and Ted Seghesio grabbing the reins of the family winery from the parents...
  5. Delicious 95pt. Italian Stunner, Only $14.98!

    To all Wine Exchangers, As we’ve covered in these pages previous, Aglianico is, essentially, Italy’s Nebbiolo of the south. Those of you enamored by the perfume, structure and longevity of the wines from Piedmont's Barolo and Barbaresco areas should definitely be cozying up with this, the most important grape of Italy's Campania region.This is most certainly the best grape going in...
  6. Cabirau's Back: 93-96pt New Releases from Parker's Value Star!

    To all Wine Exchangers, Sometimes the ‘cult’ of a particular wine doesn’t necessarily start with a ‘score’, sometimes it can start with a simple quote… “…most of us agreed on the top 3 wines, just differed on the order...that said Peuch Haut's 2011 Reboussier blew my ass away (brain and palate too) but so did the 2010 Pegau Capo and...
  7. A Tale of Two Juffers: Brilliant Riesling, Brilliant Prices!

    To all Wine Exchangers, There are many ways to present a wine and, honestly, over all the time we have been doing this, we thought we had probably done them all at one point or another...until today.  But then, offers like this don’t come along that often. We recently had the opportunity to purchase two different Rieslings at great prices...
  8. Miss the Beauséjour? How about a 97pt Neighbor at a Fraction of the Price...

    To all Wine Exchangers, Miss the Beau-Duffau? No worries, here’s another Pre-Arrival knockout from St. Emilion that might actually up the value ante. Chateau Bellevue is another gem of a property in the heart of St. Emilion. Located right across the street from the renowned (and much pricier) Chateau Angelus and kitty korner to the previously-offered Beausejour. Prior to Thienpont...
  9. 2015 Bordeaux Update: 100pt Beausejour Duffau at an Incredible Price on Pre-Arrival Now!

    To all Wine Exchangers, A few weeks back, I spent ten days in Bordeaux tasting through many of the finished 2015’s among other wines you’ll soon see in offers to come.  The trip cemented my opinion that 2015 is truly an impressive vintage and will go down as one of Bordeaux’s greats. Each vintage, or should I say each great...
  10. On Pre-Arrival Now: 2006 Chateau Latour & 2012 Les Forts!

    To all Wine Exchangers, Here’s the fact. If you were to create a hierarchy of all the wines in the world, Bordeaux’s First Growths would be at the top of the pecking order.  And, of those five First Growths, Chateau Latour, in the opinion of many, reigns supreme. A few years back, Latour’s director, Frederic Engerer, along with owner Francois Pinault broke away from the...

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