October 2018

  1. 'Terrific' 2007 Library Release from a Nebbiolo Master!

    To all Wine Exchangers, Story time. So, we recently cut this deal with one of the premier Nebbiolo producers in Piedmont, Malvira, for a selection of older vintages culled directly from their cellars. Cool, right? Well, the other day, one of the greatest Barolo and Barbaresco producers walks into our store (can’t tell you who) and notices the stacks of...
  2. 2016 Chateauneuf Update: Janasse's 99pt Chaupin Is a Steal!

    To all Wine Exchangers, “Domaine de la Janasse is one of the great winemaking estates of not only France, but of the world... Year in and year out, the wines, both reds and whites, are among the finest one will find ... anywhere!”- Robert Parker Boy, if I was hazarding a guess as to which Chateauneuf producer’s wines I’ve enjoyed...
  3. Ojai's Bien Nacido Chronicles Part I: Best-Ever 95pt Chardonnay, Only $29.98!

    To all Wine Exchangers, As we pointed out a few years back, Adam Tolmach is one of the true Central Coast pioneers. He, along with Jim Clendenen (his early partner at Au Bon Climat) and Bob Lindquist (Qupé) was instrumental in the development of the Central Coast as a premium, viable wine-growing region. Their releases back in the early 80’s...
  4. We Found More! The EPIC 1990 Bel-Air Lagrave Back on Pre-Arrival Now, Still Only $29.98!

    To all Wine Exchangers, One of our fastest-selling and downright EPIC Bordeaux library finds is back on Pre-Arrival! 1990… Nelson Mandela is released from Prison Wrecking cranes begin tearing down the Berlin Wall at the Brandenburg Gate Operation Desert Shield begins - US deploys troops to Saudi Arabia Tim Berners-Lee publishes a proposal for the world Wide Web Last episode of...
  5. Pure 2016 Port Perfection: The 100pt Taylor Fladgate & More!

    To all Wine Exchangers, The world's rarest wines?  I'm thinking Vintage Port.  Think about it, perhaps only three times a decade do the Douro's famous Port houses get together and decide their wines are great enough to produce a Vintage Port.  The result of this intense internal scrutiny is when a bottle of Vintage Port is released it is the bomb...
  6. Bordeaux's Young Guns Dinner at Playground: October 25th, 2018

    Dear Wine Exchangers,   If you are local to us here in Southern California then you will not want to miss out on the coolest wine dinner experience of 2018! There are only a handful of seats left for this unique wine dinner so join us this Thursday October 25th at Playground Santa Ana:   We continue our 2018 series...
  7. As Good as Gaja for 1/12th the Price? Produttori Came to Play!

    To all Wine Exchangers, So here we are again with the newest edition of the not-so-regular ‘entry level’ Barbaresco bottling from one of the greatest co-operatives in the world, Produttori del Barbaresco.  This wine has been a staple here chez Winex for a long time and, as most of you know, it has been a regular feature of our email...
  8. Just $22.98 Gets You This 94pt Pinot Noir from an Unexpected Source!

    To all Wine Exchangers, Finally, we can talk Tasmania! Yeah, I know, the first thing that pops into your head is the Tasmanian Devil, Bugs Bunny’s arch-nemesis and a guy that really liked to eat. So, what the heck, shouldn’t he have something to go with his roast rabbit? And that’s where this wine comes in. Pinot Noir in Tasmania...
  9. Chateauneuf Update: Clos Saint Jean's Brilliant 2016's, Two Great Ways to Buy!

    To all Wine Exchangers, Is there a better estate in Chateauneuf-du-Pape than Clos Saint Jean? This domaine really kicked it up a notch when star consultant Philippe Cambie started to work with the Maurel brothers in the 2003 vintage.   They instantly hit the elite level that vintage with their reserve bottlings, Deus Ex-Machina and Combe des Fous, which gave the...
  10. Riveting, Just-Released 2010 Loire Valley White from An Exciting, New Source!

    To all Wine Exchangers, Most people who have had any extended exposure to French wine eventually run across Muscadet.  The overwhelming image is of a crisp, relatively serviceable wine to wash down some oysters or a chilled seafood plate popular in French bistros.  That’s pretty much what we knew about it until one day our world was seriously rocked by...

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