The Most Underpriced Cru Beaujolais in My Book – Half What it Should Be at Under $23

Before I begin I would like to share some sad news about Marie-Elodie-Zighera Confuron.The frost that gripped Beaujolais destroyed 100% of her Morgon in 2016. I'm still upset and I found out two weeks ago.

Having said that, she has wine to sell and we are thrilled to offer two of her wines today. These are probably the most extraordinary wines in the entire Beaujolas portfolio. For those of you who don't know she is married to the owner of the great Burgundy Estate Confuron-Coteidot, which is barely if ever imported here which is a shame as their Vosne-Romanee "Les Suchots" is maybe the best I've ever had. We did a 6 vintage vertical when I was there in March 2015.  Fass Selections old-timers will recall that I was introduced to Clos de Mez by Jeremy Seysses of Domaine Dujac, who buys her wines for his cellar.

I bring ...

City Kitchen: A Cinnamon-Scented Soup to Break the Ramadan Fast

Harira, a soup with lentils, chickpeas and favas, is a staple of Ramadan in Morocco, but that doesn’t keep cooks from making it all year long.

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Four Californian Pinot Noirs

Byron Pinot Noir 2013, Santa Barbara County, California (£16 Slurp.co.uk) Some will like the soft, vanilla tinged ripe red berry flavours here, but others will think that (like many Californian Pinots) it veers too much towards the overripe. I tasted this over a couple of days to see if a subtler edge emerged, but it […]

Ballparks & Brews: Petco Park – San Diego Padres

I've only been to a handful of major league ball parks but for now the San Diego Padres' Petco Park is in a league of their own. The park embraces craft beer embraces craft beer - not just tolerates it like Nationals Park. I only strayed between the third base line and home plate in the 200 level but saw dozens of unique craft beer options at multiple stands. There's even a dedicated stretch of pavement for craft beer carts. And all local craft breweries: Stone Brewing, Pizza Port, Mission Brewery, Karl Strauss Brewing Company, AleSmith Brewing, and Mike Hess Brewing Company. Walking past these carts will take you to a larger craft beer vending area (with longer lines) including Coronado Brewing Company, The Lost Abbey / Port Brewing Co., and Saint Archer Brewing Company among others.

There are other craft beer options ...

Taste of Mendocino 2016 in San Francisco

Getting to the Mendocino region is not quite as simple as it is to visit Napa Valley or Sonoma; however, it is worth the extra effort. If you love wine and can’t make it to the region itself, numerous wineries will be present in San Francisco at the Taste of Mendocino event this Saturday, June 25. Taste of Mendocino will take place at the Gallery 308 building at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture. Attendees at the event will have access to numerous wines and artisanal foods from Mendocino. Ticket holders are entered into a drawing to win one of two round trip tickets to any Surf Air destination including Las Vegas, Santa Barbara and Palm Springs. Tickets are $60. More information is available online. Taste of Mendocino 2016 Wineries
  • Barra of Mendocino
  • Bonterra
  • Edmeades
  • Frey Vineyards (features certified Biodynamic Wines)
  • Goldeneye Winery
  • Handley Cellars
  • Husch Vineyards
  • Kimmel Vineyards
  • ...
Barra of Mendocino
Frey Vineyards, a Biodynamic winery
Mariah Vineyards
Husch Vineyards
Parducci Wine Cellars
Navarro Vineyards

Keller’s Star Disciple – Some of the Most Sought after Small Production Wines in Germany (A New Limited Cult German Pinot Noir)

We were arranging the pickup of the rising young star of the Rheinhessen, Julianne Eller's Rieslings and she asked if we wanted to sell small allocations of her Weissburgunder and Spatburgunder.  I had wanted to sell these but was not offered them.  I guess I made the cut.

I can barely explain how terrific these two wines were.  Both are utterly brilliant wines.

First, let me start by saying this is one of the greatest debuts for a Spatburgunder I've ever tasted. I'm thrilled to offer the 2014 Juwel Alsheim "Spatburgunder" for as little as $29.99 on a 3-pack (3-pack as it is limited). This wine was shockingly great. It had a unique style that reflects the influence of her mentor, Klaus-Peter Keller, but all her own. It is driven by brambly fruit and spice. And this is such pure, mid-season brambly blackberry/raspberry fruit that just crunches in your ...