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  1. Pol Roger Brut Reserve NV
    Pol Roger Brut Reserve NV
    Pol Roger's infamous 'White Foil' is an attractive and refreshing aperitif style, as clean, crisp and well constructed as ever.  A sneak preview of the pristine 2008 base on the eve of its release is elegantly refreshing, harmonising lemon, white peach and nectarine purity of fruit and restraint.  Hints of apple and nougat glide over an elegant structure of soft, mineral presence.  The 2007 base has taken on a nutty, creamy persona, accented by subtle spice, showing a little more richness as it approaches the end of its run, yet retaining all of its fresh citrus energy.  While disgorgement dates are not marked on bottles, the packaging date on the carton is about three months after disgorgement.
    TYSON STELZER, The Champagne Guide 2014-2015

    Full-flavored yet crisp and delicate. Nicely doughy on the nose with distinctive mature toasty and nutty flavors. Harmonious brut with lovely balance and a great lingering finish.
    WINE SPECTATOR
    NV
    Champagne
    France
    376
  2. Delgado Zuleta La Goya Manzanilla
    Delgado Zuleta La Goya Manzanilla
    SANLUCAR DE BARRAMEDA (100% Palomino)

    Manzanilla is the appellation name for a Fino sherry which is raised at Sanlúcar de Barrameda, a relatively cool, humid seaside village. The resultant sherry has a definite tang of the sea, and perhaps a suggestion of camomile flower (manzanilla is Spanish for camomile). Much finer, and more delicate than finos from Jerez, inland, and usually bottled at about 15% alcohol.

    We bottle and ship fresh every two months, to ensure this definitively crisp, refreshing young white wine is always in spanky form. Camomile and oyster-shell aromatics, Chablis-like mid-palate fruit, long and tangy. SCOTT WASLEY
    Sherry
    Spain
    410
  3. Andre Clouet Rose No.3 NV
    Andre Clouet Rose No.3 NV

    Clouet's rose epitomises elegance and focus, while flamboyantly celebrating the generous red cherry, strawberry, watermelon and pink pepper fruit of Bouzy.  It encapsulates that wonderful talent of pinot noir to build and rise on the finish, all the while retaining graceful precision as delicate as rose petal perfume.  Structure is fine and elegant, driven both by chalk minerality of the village and a very finely executed tannin presence.  It finishes with great length and poise of exquisite red cherry fruit.  A pristine and enticingly priced rose. Older disgorgements have taken on savoury suggestions of tamarillo, while upholding their primary integrity.  TYSON STELZER

    The NV Brut Rosé No 3 Grand Cru is a pure Bouzy Pinot Noir that gets its beautiful intense onion-skin color from the addition of 8% red wine. The nose is rich and complex but at the same time pure and refined, with a nice chalky layer and vinous fruit intensity. Round and rich but fresh and vital on the pure and elegant palate, this is a full-bodied, pretty intense and persistent rosé to be served with main courses. This rosé is seriously complex and expressive, with grip, tension and a long finish. Remarkable in class and style. STEPHAN REINHARDT, Wine Advocate

    (made from 100% Grand Cru Bouzy pinot noir, with 8% still wine): Vivid orange-pink. Aromas and flavors of ripe red berries, candied rose and toasty lees. Fleshy but nervy and focused, with strong mineral cut and hints of bitter herbs on the very long, energetic finish. Smoothly blends richness and vivacity, making it extremely flexible with food or without. JOSH RAYNOLDS

     

    NV
    Pinot noir
    France
    376
  4. Andre Clouet Silver Brut Nature NV
    Andre Clouet Silver Brut Nature NV

    Jean-Francois Clouet's zero-dosage ideal is realised with magnificent clarity here.  Such is the concentration and richness of his pinot noir that it has absolutely no need for any sweetness.  The bouquet is delightfully fresh, lifted, pure and expressive, with lemon zest, yellow mirabelle plums and red apple fruits.  The palate follows impeccably, showcasing the concentration of Bouzy with exceptional purity and focus.  Its barrel work blends impeccably contributing nuances of nougat, brioche and honey.  Succulent yellow summer fruits pull seamlessly into a crunchy finish of red apple and lemon zest, concluding long and refined, with refreshingly taut acidity and soft, chalky minerality.  Classic Bouzy of the finest order. TYSON STELZER, The Champagne Guide

    Light yellow-gold. A highly aromatic nose displays lemon zest, fig, pear and ginger, with a bright mineral overtone. Tangy and precise, offering a complex blend of lime, white flowers, quinine and dusty minerals. Juicy, tightly focused Champagne, with nervy acidity adding cut to a long, sappy finish. This wine reminded me a lot of an old-school Chablis. JOSH RAYNOLDS

    The NV Brut Nature Silver is naturally a very focused, driven wine given the no-dosage style. This shows wonderful nuance and depth all the way through to the long finish, with bright aromas and flavors but less of the toastiness than some of the house's other wines. The mousse and finish are both utterly impeccable in their elegance. ANTONIO GALLONI

    NV
    Champagne
    France
    376
  5. Dolin Vermouth Rouge 16%
    Dolin Vermouth Rouge 16%
    Dolin Vermouths are notably lighter, drier and less pungent than their larger commercial counterparts. The particular mixture of plants found near Chambéry give a fresh, restrained and elegant nose, with a subtle, complex bittersweet palate. Even the Blanc and Rouge retain great balance, with the sugar never cloying, and just enough bitterness to whet the appetite. Each can be enjoyed as aperitif on ice, with a twist of citrus, or in a broad array of traditional cocktails.
    France
    $26.00
  6. Dolin Vermouth Blanc 16%
    Dolin Vermouth Blanc 16%
      Dolin Vermouths are notably lighter, drier and less pungent than their larger commercial counterparts. The particular mixture of plants found near Chambéry give a fresh, restrained and elegant nose, with a subtle, complex bittersweet palate. Even the Blanc and Rouge retain great balance, with the sugar never cloying, and just enough bitterness to whet the appetite. Each can be enjoyed as aperitif on ice, with a twist of citrus, or in a broad array of traditional cocktails.
    Vermouth
    France
  7. Henriot Brut Rose NV
    Henriot Brut Rose NV
    Vivid orange-pink. High-toned aromas of fresh red berries, smoky minerals and orange peel, with a hint of buttered toast emerging with air. Spicy raspberry and strawberry flavors are supported by a firm spine of acidity and a refreshingly bitter orange pith nuance. At once silky and bright on the long, penetrating finish, which leaves a sexy rose pastille nuance behind. JOSH RAYNOLDS, Vinous Media
    Champagne
    France
    376
  8. Tromba Blanco Tequila 750ml
    Tromba Blanco Tequila 750ml

    From the highest point of Los Altos, Tromba Blanco is the epitome of great highland tequila. Like all Tromba tequilas, it is made exclusively from hand-selected blue agave, and is lovingly crafted in small batches, resulting in a silky, light, sweet and refreshing tequila that is wonderfully pure and spicy.

    Signature Serve
    PALOMA
    1oz Tromba Blanco
    3oz Grapefruit soda
    Squeeze of lime
    Cracked pepper
    Cucumber ribbons or grapefruit wedge. Build all ingredients over ice in a tall glass and charge with grapefruit soda. Garnish with a wedge of grapefruit or a cucumber ribbon and cracked pepper.

    Tequila
    Mexico
    $93.00
  9. Monkey Shoulder Whiskey 700ml
    Monkey Shoulder Whiskey 700ml
    The nose is nice and sweet with sherry, not quite ripe plum, cinnamon sprinkled baked pears (pretentious, I know, but I think that describes it better than pear and cinnamon separately), butterscotch, barley and strawberry. There is also a distinctively Bourbon-esque vanilla note. Very pleasant nose, I would rate it highly amongst blends so far as aroma goes. The palate is surprisingly tangy with a heathery/sweet nutty honey sweetness which is paired with tinned fruit, citrus and mint. Towards the end you’ll also notice some oak notes and orange peel which stay in the finish which is medium-long. The nose is more impressive, but the palate has nothing to be ashamed of. I could see this going really well in a Rob Roy, actually.
    WHISKYCRITIC.COM 

    A blended Scotch from William Grant, Monkey Shoulder features a proportion of whisky from Kininvie, Balvenie and Glenfiddich. The nose is of medium-body and quite sweet. There are notes of milkshake, spice, a touch of strawberry jam and a little barley sweetness. The palate is of medium-body and quite well-balanced. There are notes of mint and crème anglaise, a distinct fruit salad note with honeyed sweetness. The finish is of medium-length with developing oak.
    MASTEROFMALT.COM
    Whisky
    Scotland
    $82.00
  10. Theakston Old Peculier
    Theakston Old Peculier

    Theakston's has been around since 1827, and Old Peculier has been brewed since at least 1890--and probably long before that. So it is in fact, not just style, a fairly old ale. You have a sense of traveling back in time when you pour out a bottle. It is thick and viscous, and froths into a nice head in the manner you imagine medieval ales might have. I held it up to the sunlight, which refracted dimly and murkily only through the narrowest part of the glass. It's mostly an opaque brown, but under summer sunlight, it has a cloudy, dark amber-brown color, similar to iced tea. The aroma is bready and hearty, much as the beer looks. Fruity notes waft up with raisin and plum. There is one additional quality that I could only identify after I tasted it--we'll come to that in a moment.
    I bet many people don't notice the odd spelling of the beer, or forget it once they take their first sip. It's a strange beer. First of all, it's rather thick in a way most commercial beers aren't. It is sweetish and estery, and again, I picked up a plum note. I suspected--and later confirmed--that sugar was employed, for it had that characteristic estery quality that seems to come mainly from fermented sugar. However, here again the main identifying quality about Old Peculier is a bit of funkiness. It's not like the funkiness you'd find in a Belgian or even an Irish stout, and it took me a long time before I could figure out how to describe it.
    Rye is by itself not a sour grain, but when bakers make rye bread, they generally use the sourdough method of adding a little old dough that's gotten a bit of lactic-acid funkiness to it. Thus are most ryes varying degrees of sour.
    Eventually, I came to discover that this is what Old Peculier reminds me of--liquid rye bread. It's dark and hearty and slightly sweet, but it's predominant characteristic is that "peculiar" note--a little bit of sourness like old dough.
    So, perhaps we need to revise our definition of old ales, or at least tip our hat to the depth of meaning in this curious style, of which Old Peculier remains the world standard.
    BEERVANA.BLOGSPOT.COM

     Old Peculier is possibly one of the country’s most well-known and loved ales. This unique, beautiful brew is often imitated but never matched and is sold literally all over the world. With countless awards to its credit, it is something of which every Briton can be very proud and is the epitome of the greatest of British brewing tradition. In the early years of the modern brewing era, about two hundred years ago, many brewers produced a dark, strong ‘stock’ beer in the winter months, to provide a base amount of fermented beer to add to beers brewed in the rather more volatile months of the summer. Old Peculier probably owes its origins to this. The name pays tribute to the unique ecclesiastical status of Masham as a ‘Court of the Peculier’ and is also reference to the strong characteristic of the beer! For many years it was affectionately referred to as Yorkshire’s ‘Lunatic’s Broth’.

    Old Peculier is a beautiful, yet very simple beer, brewed using a very generous blend of finest pale, crystal and roasted barley with two bitter hops combined with the majestic and noble ‘Fuggle’ hop to produce a beer of awesome full-bodied flavour with subtle cherry and rich fruit overtones. It tastes superb when accompanied by rich stews, strong cheeses and sweet puddings.
    THEAKSTONS.CO.UK

    beer
    England
  11. Bleasdale Vineyards Sparkling Shiraz NV
    Bleasdale Vineyards Sparkling Shiraz NV
    TYSON STELZER"S SPARKLING WINE OF THE YEAR UNDER $25

    The same blend that has wone a beloved place among the most legendary of Australia's bargain sparkling reds. All the plush, spicy mulberry and blackberry fruits of Langhorne Creek are enveloped into its fold, laced with pepper and a wonderful greengage tang.
    Impeccably managed, fine tannins, lively acidity and just the right level of dosage unite harmoniously on a finish of line, length and integrity completely unexpected at this price.
    It's a downright delicious drink - and begs the question of why there aren't more sparkling red made in Langhorne Creek. TYSON STELZER
    NV
    Sparkling Red
    Australia
    417
  12. 4 Pines Pale Ale
    4 Pines Pale Ale
      Copper - amber, hazy. Aroma: fruity with hints of citrus and tropical fruit. Palate: upfront fruity notes are balanced by sound malt weight and lively bitterness.
    WILLIE SIMPSON, Good Living

    A beer crammed with four varieties of American hop and a hefty malt bill that results in a deep amber beer with a touch of ruby. The hops give you aromas of pine and grapefruit before the malt gives way to a solid bitter finish. CRAFTYPINT.COM
    beer
    Australia
  13. Thienot Brut Rose NV
    Thienot Brut Rose NV

    45% Pinot Noir including 7% of Red Wines from old vineyards, 35% Chardonnay, 20% Pinot Meunier
    Light orange-pink.  Lively red berry and orange zest aromas are complemented by musky rhubarb.  Dry and taut on the palate, offering bitter cherry and redcurrant flavors and a touch of licorice.  Finishes on a tangy note, with good cut and length. JOSH REYNOLDS, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

    Champagne
    France
    376
  14. Fonseca 10 Year Old Tawny Port
    Fonseca 10 Year Old Tawny Port

    Reddish-tawny color. Slightly roasted aromas of bonfire, toffee and almond; slight hint of maderization. Sweet and smooth, but rather powerful, with youthful red berry flavor and a bit of heat. Smoke and nutskin on the lingering finish. STEPHEN TANZER, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

    Portuguese paradox. Old and rich nut, tobacco and toffee flavors yet fresh, thick and fruity, adding a slight tannin bite. WINE SPECTATOR
     

    Port
    Portugal
    450
  15. Veuve Fourny Grand Reserve 1er Cru Brut NV
    Veuve Fourny Grand Reserve 1er Cru Brut NV
    NV Brut Premier Cru Grande Reserve is gorgeous. It shows remarkable depth and balance for a NV bottling. The wine blossoms beautifully on the mid-palate, with expressive pears, apples, flowers and depth, all of which come together in a finessed, totally irresistible style. The Grande Reserve is 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir reserve in cask. This is Lot # L18053. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2015.
    ANTONIO GALLONI, Wine Advocate, 2011
    NV
    Champagne
    France
    376
  16. Cocchi Vermouth Di Torino (750ml)
    Cocchi Vermouth Di Torino (750ml)

    Unmistakably Cocchi in character, Vermouth di Torino is one of only two geographically protected AOC vermouths (the other being Chambery). This Storico Vermouth di Torino follows the regional tradition of using fine Moscato wine as its base, which is then infused with a secret recipe of local and exotic botanicals.

    This is a remarkably complex aperitif wine. On the nose you immediately find aromas of singed orange peel, vanilla and caramel. Over time, faint menthol notes develop into aromas reminiscent of dandelion and burdock. This vermouth is very full flavored, the palate immediately detecting a bitter, earthy character which is very well balanced against the sweeter notes of licorice, orange zest and sugar. A very bold, long finish, with the bitter/sweet balance staying with you to the end.

    Traditionally drunk on its own or over ice, this vermouth will also add another dimension when used as an ingredient in your classic cocktails.

    Italy
    $84.00
  17. Cocchi Americano Bianco Aperitivo (750ml)
    Cocchi Americano Bianco Aperitivo (750ml)

    Cocchi Americano means much more to Asti than a simple wine made with the infusion of herbs and spices. An aperitif par excellence. Cocchi's is widely regarded as the original Aperitivo Americano, and has been made continuously since 1891 using only natural ingredients. To aromatise the white wine a secret blend of herbs and spices, to name a few, gentian,  cinchona and bitter orange peels, are added to the wine base which is then steeped over a period of time.

    In recent years Cocchi Americano has become a cult product in the circle of best sommelier and bartenders of the world. The complexity of this product is the first thing that surprises you. On the nose you initially detect notes of orange zest, orange flower and elderflower before more mature aromas of baked apple and pear drops emerge. Your palate will immediately appreciate the bitter/sweet balance as more bitter notes mingle with honey and citrus flavors, mainly orange and lemon zest. More wine-like characteristics become evident as the flavors develop into a long, vibrant finish, with the bitter and sweet notes remaining fresh until the end.
    Serve chilled with ice, a twist of orange peel and a splash of soda.

    NV
    Aperitif
    Italy
    457
  18. Maidenii Sweet Vermouth 750ml
    Maidenii Sweet Vermouth 750ml

    When Maidenii was conceived over a year ago, there was no Australian Vermouth on the market. Shaun and Gilles wanted to fill this niche to showcase Australia's unique native botanicals. Their Vermouth uses fresh wine to make a vibrant product distinct from others.

    The Sweet Vermouth is made by stoping the fermentation of cabernet grapes. Grapefruit, mace and angelica root all feature. Inspired by the classic Negroni, the Sweet is an ideal element for a white spirit cocktail, or perfect pairing for both soda and cider.

    Wonderful packaging aside, this is seriously brilliant to drink or mix. All Australian, very complex with herb, zest, spice and exotic botanicals aromas and flavours. It's got some great brine-meets-chalk texture too, kissed with a touch of glycerol sweetness. A must have. MIKE BENNIE
    Australia
    500
  19. Eric Bordelet Sydre Brut Tendre Apple Cider NV
    Eric Bordelet Sydre Brut Tendre Apple Cider NV
    The biodynamic orchards are comprised of trees upto 50+ years old containing 40-50 varieties of heirloom apples. The hand-harvested fruit is dehydrated for 4-5 weeks and simply ground and pressed then settled for clarification before fermenting naturally, originating in tank and finishing in bottle. Bubbles develop within two weeks of bottling. It has lovely aromatics of graham and baked apple, followed by elegant bubbles and an off-dry profile on the palate.
    ERIC BORDELET
    NV
    cider
    France
    449
  20. Larmandier Bernier Longitude Blanc de Blancs NV
    Larmandier Bernier Longitude Blanc de Blancs NV

    A captivating wine, blended from four of chardonnay's most beguiling villages, sharing roughly the same 'Longitude.'  As always, it's the tremendous chalk minerality of these terroirs that is the most engaging, gliding long and seamless from start to finish, utterly defying the lesser 2011 base vintage in a manner that very few other growers and houses have pulled off.  Stunning purity of lemon and apple is backed by the complexity and appeal of bottle age in notes of brioche, biscuits and toast, seamlessly connected by a focused, tense acid line.  In recent tastings, notes of red apple and starfruit have begun to materialise, accurately encapsulating the subtle exoticism of Vertus.  TYSON STELZER The Champagne Guide 2016-2017

    NV
    Champagne
    France
    376
  21. Charles Heidsieck Rose Reserve NV
    Charles Heidsieck Rose Reserve NV
    Light, bright orange. Intensely perfumed scents of raspberry, orange zest, white flowers and chalky minerals.  Juicy and precise in the mouth, offering vibrant red berry and blood orange flavors and a complicating hint of brioche.  The floral quality comes back strong on the very long, incisive finish, which features a subtle anise quality and smoky minerality. JOSH RAYNOLDS, Vinous Media
    NV
    Champagne
    France
    376
  22. Delord 1983 Bas Armagnac (700ml)
    Delord 1983 Bas Armagnac (700ml)
    Delord is siturated in Bas-Armagnac, in the village of Lannepax, the ancestral home of the Delord family who have been distilling for generations. Their pride and joy is their old Sier Armagnac alambics, which produce less than 30 litres of eau-de-vie an hour. their cellars contain some incredibly old and treasured vintages and include more than 700 oak barrels that protect and age the Armagnac eau-de-vie dating from the 20th Century to the present day.

    The 1983 is in a lovely spot with plenty of time under its belt to give that mellow, rancio richness and buttery soft palate with poached pear dried red fruits, pastry and more grilled hazelnut on lurking in the background. While it is plump and soft it still feels lively with a gentle zing and freshness.
    1983
    Armagnac
    France
  23. Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve NV
    Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve NV
    The base wine is equal parts pinot noir, chardonnay and pinot meunier from the'07 vintage, and 40% reserve wine is added prior to the wine being bottled for its second fermentation. The reserve wine has an average age of 10 years, so after three years on lees prior to disgorgement the Brut Reserve has an average age of just under six years. Aromas of brioche, almond and peach; the palate has great length and complexity, the youthful base wine's freshness contrasting with the velvety/creamy nuances of the Reserve. JAMES HALLIDAY
    NV
    Champagne
    France
    376
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