November 2018

  1. Not a Typo: Opus One's Oakville Neighbor, at 1/10th the Price!

    To all Wine Exchangers, Nick Goldschmidt has traveled the wine world. This New-Zealand born winemaker has worked in New Zealand, Australia, and South America, eventually landing in California where he settled in Healdsburg back in 1990. He became the assistant, and then chief winemaker at Simi back in the early 1990s back when Simi was still a sought-after label. He...
  2. Our 'Hits' from The Wine Spectator Top 100!

    To all Wine Exchangers, Yes, it’s that time again.  We have done an early-in-the-game offering of the Wine Spectator Top 100 for as long as we have been doing our email outreach program.  This year’s Spectator ‘100’ list followed the more established pattern of years past...a number of the wines were sold out already (some quite a while ago) and there...
  3. Big-Time Beaujolais Update: High-Scoring Winex Picks for the Holidays

    To all Wine Exchangers, Believe you me, nothing is finer with the Bird or a Christmas ham than a bright, persistent, classy bottle of Beaujolais! Yes, with absolute certainty one (or more) of these wines will be gracing my holiday table(s) but, with four great vintages in a row, it’s getting really tough to decide. Do I go with the Jean Foillard...
  4. Big-Time Chards: 98pt Kumeu, 96pt Greywacke, 97pt By Farr & More!

    To all Wine Exchangers, I know and understand that, us being from the northern hemisphere and all, we’re slightly biased towards the Chardonnays from our ‘neck of the woods’.  Who’s to argue that the finest Chardonnay on the planet comes from France and California, right?  Makes our job of picking out a top-flight example easy…perhaps too easy. So, let’s make...
  5. Crazy Good 93pt Albariño Only $14.98!

    To all Wine Exchangers, There is a confluence of stories here.  The first is our soft spot for this crisp, expressive Galician white.  Some of the first examples we tasted early on in our Spanish immersion really set the tone.  The best examples, typically from the Rias Baixas (ree-as by-shas) were bright and lifted, with tropical/citrus fruit tones, and whiffs...
  6. A $20 2015 Value Star from the Mind Behind Pape Clement!

    To all Wine Exchangers, Chateau Les Grands Chenes… If you’ve been following us over the years, you know that this estate has been an overachiever since the late 1990’s when Bernard Magrez, owner of Chateau Pape Clement among other Bordeaux estates bought the property. When a guy like Bernard puts his name on a bottle, He is going to do...
  7. Chateauneuf Quality at Half the Price: 94 and 93pt Rhone Stunners from Alain Jaume!

    To all Wine Exchangers, Man, Alain Jaume is on fire! I don’t remember tasting a more impressive run of wines, from the winery’s most basic Cotes du Rhone, up to their 100-point Chateauneuf Vieilles Vignes, in my life.  And to come out on top in the midst of one of the Southern Rhone’s greatest vintages ever?  Well, let’s just say...
  8. Ojai's Bien Nacido Chronicles Part II: 97pt Pinot and Syrah!

    To all Wine Exchangers, Welcome to Part II of Ojai’s Bien Nacido Chronicles.  It’s truly been a championship season for the Ojai guys with regards to the wines they’ve recently produce from this special site.  Today, we continue with the remarkable Ojai Vineyard Pinot Noir Bien Nacido Vineyard 2016 and Ojai Vineyard Syrah Bien Nacido Vineyard 2015.  For those of...
  9. Vintage-of-the-Century Again? A Striking 2016 Chianti Classico from Castellare

    To all Wine Exchangers, It’s time.  We’ve been waiting to unleash this little nugget of Sangiovese perfection upon you and we feel the time for this wine is now. We’ll start by stating the problem.  How do you talk about one of the best examples of its breed from one of the best vintages we have tasted and convey our...
  10. 96 & 97 Point Pinot Legends Including Spectator's Highest-Scoring 2015!

    To all Wine Exchangers, As NBA broadcaster and former Knicks Point Guard Mark Jackson is prone to remark when there appears to be a player in the game that is simply unstoppable… “Mama, there goes that man.” And Larry McKenna is unstoppable. The pioneer of modern, serious Pinot Noir in New Zealand, Larry McKenna, created Escarpment in 1998 using his...

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