Oxford Lions Club Wine Tasting Coming September 14th!

Oxford Lions Club Wine Tasting

September 14, 2019 / 5:00-8:00PM

98 Jackson Cove Road, Oxford, CT 06478

Ticket $35.00 per person

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Oxford Liquor Shoppe will be participating in a Wine Tasting hosted by the Oxford Lions Club on September 14th. The event details are contained in the flier above for anyone interested. Dave (the owner), Oxford Liquor’s own Sommelier, Matthew Slywka, and representatives from our local distributors will be on hand to pour and discuss wines at the event. Beer will be poured as well. There will be food, music and a raffle. Come out to support this fun night!

3 Great Summer Wines!

July is the height of the Summer. Typically too hot for Cabernet Sauvignon at this point but even if you do you’ll be sweating bullets. This calls for some chilled Summer wine. Oxford Liquor Shoppe has 3 recommendations that are delicious and won’t break the bank. It all depends on what your having!

2016 Mason Sauvignon Blanc

2016 Mason Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley $16.99

We still have some of this and it is still drinking great! It was featured on the Wine Spectator Top 100 wines of 2017 and we loaded up. This goes great with lighter seafood dishes in the Summer and is perfect on it’s own!

Wine Spectator 90 Points

“Clean, smooth and crisp, offering a lip-smacking mix of pear, melon and Key lime flavors, with plenty of intensity on the finish. Drink now.”

2016 Beringer Chardonnay Napa Valley $19.99

The little brother to the more expensive Private Reserve, this delivers great quality in this vintage, practically matching it’s older sibling. This is a full throttle California Chardonnay that will pair well with your heavier seafood dishes like lobster and salmon.

Wine Spectator 91 Points

“A juicy, full-bore style, with concentrated apple, mango and ripe pear flavors that are intensely spiced. The buttery finish is mouthfilling and quite rich-tasting. Drink now through 2022.”

Bodegas Breca Vina de Espana Rose

2018 Bodegas Breca Vina de Espana Rose $9.99

Rose is great because it pairs well with a lot of different things but best of all it’s a great substitute for what you would pair red wines with in the warm weather making it a great Summer wine. Burgers on the grill? Check! Grilled port chops? Check! London Broil? Check! It delivers great quality for $10.

Wine Spectator 90 Points

“This deceptively pale-colored rosé is quite rich, aromatic and dense. Berry, watermelon, spice and vanilla flavors mingle in a plush texture, with just enough acidity to stay focused. Drink now.”

Tasting Notes on 6 Spanish Wines from our Spring Wine Club Meeting


The theme for the night was Spanish wines and the wines did not disappoint. Spain is a very diverse region so I was looking forward to trying many different grapes and regions. We also had some great food we made from the chicken with Spanish rice, a cheese board, BBQ chicken and taquitos as well as some delicious desserts.

  • 2009 Bodegas Muga Rioja Selección Especial – Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alta, Rioja
    Tasted blind. Decanted for 2 hours prior to serving. Aromas of raspberry, cherry, earth and menthol. Flavors of raspberry, earth, tobacco and iron. Ends with a 30 second finish with cherry and tobacco notes. This was drinking better than the last time I had it but still not a blockbuster in my opinion. May be drinking at peak now but a long, long life ahead of this. I gave this 93 points and it was the wine of the night. (93 pts.)
  • 2013 Descendientes de José Palacios Bierzo Pétalos – Spain, Castilla y León, Bierzo
    Tasted blind. The nose was a bit closed down at first but upon retasting, it had aromas of cherry, smoke and matchstick. Nose kind of was evolving as the night went on. Flavors of cherry, currant, a touch of plum and some earthiness. Ends with a 25 second finish with cherry notes. Once this came around it was drinking pretty well. Was difficult to tell this apart from the Rioja’s because it had that similar Spanish earthiness. I gave this wine 92 points and it finished tied for 2nd. (92 pts.) In stock
  • 2014 Marqués de Cáceres Rioja Reserva – Spain, La Rioja, Rioja
    Tasted blind. Aromas of vanilla, cherry and currant. The nose on this really stuck out because it was the only one with vanilla on it. Just different from the others. Got flavors of cherry, blackberry and plum. Ends with a 15-20 second finish with cherry notes. I initially liked this a bit more but after re-tasting and comparing to the other wines I downgraded it. Not a bad wine but just a notch below the other in my opinion. (89 pts.)
  • 2015 Bodegas La Cana Albariño Rías Baixas – Spain, Galicia, Rías Baixas
    Tasted blind. This had a aromas of mineral, apple, and citrus. Bit flinty as well. Flavors of apple, pear, mineral and slate. Ended with a 20 second finish. This reminded me of a dry Riesling in a way. Happy that I got the grape right on this one. Very nice Summer wine. I gave this 90 points and it finished 6th on the night. (90 pts.) In Stock
  • 2015 La Enfermera Tempranillo Toro – Spain, Castilla y León, Toro
    Tasted blind. Aromas of blackberry, cherry, smoke and matchstick. Flavors of boysenberry, cherry, fig and licorice. Ends with a 25 second finish with boysenberry notes. A solid, well made wine. I gave this 90 points and it finished tied for 2nd place. (91 pts.)
  • 2010 Bodegas Olarra Rioja Cerro Anon Reserva – Spain, La Rioja, Rioja
    Tasted blind. Aromas of cherry, tobacco, raspberry and a bit gamey. Flavors of cherry, earth, blackberry and mineral. Ends with a 25 second finish with earthy notes. Wines 5 and 6 were very similar. The main difference was the age, which you could taste more in this wine. I gave this 91 points and it finished tied for 4th. (91 pts.)

The wines were more similar than different tonight, with 4 of them being Tempranillo and 3 of those hailing from Rioja. With that being said, the first wine we tried, the Muga, stood out from the other Spanish wines in my opinion although they were all solid wines. Until next time!

Few Wines at Tequila Revolucian in Fairfield, CT

A few of us got together for some authentic Mexican food at Tequila Revolucion in Fairfield. A more casual spot, they served up some nice fair. We brought some killer wines to drink though and brought our own glasses to drink everything with.

The 3 whites of the tasting.

2014 Scholium Project Blowout – USA, California
Nose of apple, salt and slate. Flavors of grapefruit, star fruit and sour Beer almost. Ends with a 15+ second finish. This is very sour. It’s not bad. Just sour. I ended up dumping this wine because I just could not finish it. The Scholium Project wines I have had are very hit or miss. The one thing I will say though is that the guy likes to push the envelop and whether I like them or not, they are interesting to try. (87 pts.)

2009 Dom Pérignon Champagne – France, Champagne
Aromas of slate, lime, mineral and hint of nut. Flavors of lime, slate, some citrus note I can’t identity and mineral. Ends with a long finish of 25-30 seconds with mineral notes. Not creamy but mineral driven with citrus notes. A very nice Dom but nothing like the 2002, my favorite recent vintage. (94 pts.) Available

2002 Louis Roederer Champagne Cristal Brut – France, Champagne
Aromas of sour apple, mineral, bread dough and slate. Flavors of slate, bread dough, splash of citrus, mineral and a lime note on the finish that goes on for 35+ seconds. Totally different style of wine from the Dom. This had much more weight to it and was expansive on the palate. The Dom was more edgy and crisp. The Cristal is a very exquisite wine for sure. (96 pts.) Other vintages available.

The 3 reds of the tasting.

2004 Château Palmer – France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux
This was decanted 2.5 hours before serving. Aromas of earth, blackberry, currant, black cherry and hint of smoke. Flavors of iron, earth, blackberry, currant and smoke. Ends with long iron and smoke driven finish of 30+ seconds. I liked this more than some of the other people. They complained it had no structure but I did not share that compliant. I will say that this still needs more time to come together in my opinion. A very solid wine from a less renown vintage. (94 pts.)

2012 Dominus Estate – USA, California, Napa Valley
Opened but not decanted at 3PM. Aromas of currant, blackberry, iron, mineral and cherry. Flavors of cherry, currant, blackberry, iron and earth. Ends with a long, long finish of 40+ seconds with blackberry and iron notes. This is still a baby and could have used a long decant. Tasting this after the Palmer was interesting because it wasn’t all that different in style but just a bigger, better wine. (97 pts.) Other Vintages available

2009 Schrader Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard – USA, California, Napa Valley, Oakville
I decanted this for 4 hours before serving. Aromas of blackberry, currant, black cherry, plum and touch of iron. Flavors of cherry, currant, blackberry, grape and touch of earth. Ends with a large, long finish of 45+ seconds with blackberry notes. Had this last because it’s huge. It was an interesting evolution of styles, starting with the 04 Palmer, the 12 Dominus then this. I had this neck and neck with the Dominus. Schrader is always reliable to deliver a great wine drinking experience. (97 pts.)

Always a pleasure getting together with this group. Some great wines tonight!

Tasting Notes on 6 Wines from our Winter Wine Club Meeting

Our Winter Wine Club meeting had some very solid wines. The meeting had no theme so everyone could bring whatever they wanted. We also had some delicious food on hand with burgers, a fine selection of cheeses, smoked salmon, homemade chicken cutlets and homemade chocolate chip cookies for desert. Onto the wines!

Photo of the wines for the winter wine club meeting.

  • 2016 Louis Jadot Pouilly-Fuissé – France, Burgundy, Mâconnais, Pouilly-Fuissé
    Tasted blind. Aromas of stone fruit, peach, lychee and a touch of honeysuckle. Flavors of tangerine, passion fruit and a really nice stony minerality. Ends with a mineral driven finish of 20+ seconds. Second meeting in a row we tasted this wine. Don’t think that has ever happened before. I gave this 91 points and it finished 6th on the night. (91 pts.)
  • 2011 Francois Protheau & Fils Meursault – France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Meursault
    Tasted blind. Aromas of baked brie, honeysuckle and stone fruit. Flavors of mineral, star fruit and a touch of honey. Ends with a mineral and star fruit driven finish of 15-20 seconds. I was worried this might have premox because it was so inexpensive but showed no signs of aging. Was off on my guess though. Thought it was a Godello from Spain. I gave this 90 points and it finished 5th on the night. (90 pts.)
  • 2000 Château de Pez – France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe
    Tasted blind. Upon tasting this initially I wrote down that it needed more time to open up. Was served too cold as well. When I came back to it, it really paid off. Aromas of cherry, touch of leather, currant and a little bit of funk. Flavors of currant, blackberry, cherry and leather. Got some notes of leather and blackberry of the 25-30 second finish. I gave this 93 points and it finished 2nd on the night. (93 pts.)
  • 2017 Daou Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles – USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles
    Tasted blind. Stark contrast from wine #3. Big nose of plum, cherry, blackberry and touch of earth. Flavors of plum, vanilla, cherry and blackberry. Ends with a cherry and plum finish of 20-25 seconds. I guess the Intrinsic Cab from Washington but I was wrong. This is definitely more jammy than the 2015, which has a bit more structure. A big wine for sure. I gave this 91 points and it finished 4th on the night. (91 pts.) 2015 in stock!
  • 2016 Château de Cornemps – France, Bordeaux, Bordeaux Supérieur
    Tasted blind. Aromas of cherry, currant, touch of leather and blackberry. Flavors of currant, blackberry, eucalyptus and a touch of iron. Has a pleasant cherry and mineral driven finish of 25 seconds. I still guessed a Bordeaux on this but it was more youthful for sure than the first one. I gave this 91 points and it finished 3rd on the night. (91 pts.)
  • 2012 Bodegas Alvarez de Toledo Bierzo Senorio de la Antigua Finca Cabanela – Spain, Castilla y León, Bierzo
    Tasted blind. Aromas of currant, blackberry, roasted herb, olive and balsamic. Flavors of cherry, roasted herbs, olive and something like game. Ends with a big finish with cherry and herb notes that lasts about 40 seconds. The shock of the night. I had this pegged for a Chateauneuf-du-pape but I should have known better. The flavor profile didn’t really match. The few Mencia’s I have had were very earthy and I found unpleasant but this was quite good. I gave this 94 points and it was the wine of the night! (94 pts.) Available

While I was thrilled the Meursault I brought was not flawed and tasted young even, the real shock was the Mencia. Will need to explore this grape a bit more to get a better read on it.

The Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines of the Year at Oxford Liquor Shoppe!

At the end of every year, Wine Spectator comes out with their Top 100 Wines of the Year. Once the wines are announced, there typically is a mad dash to obtain these wines. The Wine of the Year instantly becomes very hard to find and goes up in value. Some people say it might be a little over-hyped and there are plenty of good wines not on the list but one thing that can’t be denied is the wines on the list are all high quality. The list contains a nice variety of red wine, white wine, sparkling wine and dessert wine as well as a good balance between imported wine and domestic, including selections outside of California. Oxford Liquor Shoppe has done a good job over the years bringing in these wines, most of the time we have them in stock before the list is announced. For the last few years we have been posting what wines we have in stock from the current year’s list as well as wines we may have from a previous years list.

Top 100 Wines of 2018

Le Vieux Donjon 2016 Chateauneuf-du-Pap

#8 Le Vieux Donjon 2016 Chateauneuf-du-Pape Price $69.99

Wine Spectator 95 Points

“This offers a blitz of bay leaf and juniper notes out front, followed by a racy and tightly coiled core of red and black currant, damson plum and cherry fruit flavors. Lots of brisk iron and garrigue accents rifle through the finish. Clear, precise and streamlined, this should age wonderfully. Best from 2020 through 2040.”

nv roederer estate brut

#27 NV Roederer Estate Brut Anderson Valley Price $23.99

Wine Spectator 93 Points

“Seamless and silky, showing an almost effortless sense of complexity, with notes of lemon and pear paired with toasty brioche, fresh ginger and hazelnut details. Drink now.”
Bodegas Breca 2015 Garnacha Aragon Old Vines
#29 Bodegas Breca 2015 Garnacha Aragon Old Vines Price $14.99

Wine Spectator 92 Points

“Round, smooth and dense, this red shows harmony and balance. Plum and blackberry flavors mingle with black olive, toast and mineral notes, supported by well-integrated tannins and fresh acidity, leaving a lovely floral finish. Drink now through 2027.”

#40 Cline 2016 Zinfandel Ancient Vines Price $14.99

Wine Spectator 91 Points

“Lively and supple, with floral raspberry and fresh pepper aromas and sleekly appealing cherry and licorice flavors that glide lightly along the finish. Drink now through 2022.”

Hamilton Russell 2017 Chardonnay
#57 Hamilton Russell 2017 Chardonnay Hemel-en-Aarde-Valley Price $33.99
Wine Spectator 93 Points
“Melon, yellow apple, white peach and quince flavors give this an opulent feel, harnessed by honeysuckle and quinine accents through the finish, showing refinement and length in the end. Drink now through 2021.”
#62 Joel Gott 2017 Sauvignon Blanc Price $13.99
Wine Spectator 90 Points
“Juicy pear, peach and citrus flavors are bright and smooth, with a touch of dried chamomile and lemon verbena lingering on the finish. Impressive for the focus and aromatic detail. Drink now.”
#67 Tiefenbrunner 2017 Pinot Grigio Vigneti delle Dolomiti Price $15.99
Wine Spectator 90 Points
“This balanced, light-bodied white offers a lively mix of peach, passion fruit, floral and pink grapefruit zest notes, with tangy acidity and a floral finish. Drink now through 2021.”
#78 Landmark 2016 Chardonnay Overlook Sonoma County Price $19.99
Wine Spectator 91 Points
“Well-built and rich, with a solid core of apple pastry, fig and guava flavors that offer a creamy texture. Nutmeg and clove notes show on the spicy finish. Drink now through 2022.”
Past Glories Still Available

Top 100 Wines of 2017

2015 Santa Ema Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva

#29 2015 Santa Ema Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva Price $12.99

Wine Spectator 91 Points

“Dark plum and dried red berry flavors dominate this muscular red, with plenty of minty and savory accents. Medium-grained tannins support chocolate and cream details on the finish. Drink now through 2021.”

Sidebar 2015 Sauvignon Blanc

#32 2015 Sidebar Sauvignon Blanc High Valley Price $19.99

Wine Spectator 91 Points

“Focused and precise, with detailed lemon meringue, orange blossom and lime zest flavors that are intense, fragrant and harmonious on the long, crisp finish. Drink now.”
2014 Spring Valley Federick
#39 2014 Spring Valley Frederick Red Blend Price $64.99
Wine Spectator 94 Points
“Refined and impeccably structured, with floral black cherry and dusty dried spice aromas, and complex plum, olive and mocha flavors that glide toward polished tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec. Drink now through 2023.”
2016 Matua Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

#40 2016 Matua Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough Price $10.99

Wine Spectator 90 Points

“Succulent, fleshy peach and nectarine flavors are accented by Key lime, mango and ruby grapefruit notes. Shows nice intensity on the long, expressive finish. Drink now.”
2015 Il Poggione Rosso di Montalcino

#46 2015 Il Poggione Rosso di Montalcino Price $19.99

Wine Spectator 91 Points

“Bright, delicate and vibrant, with berry and floral flavors. Accents of earth, tobacco and spice add interest as they linger on the finish. Well-rounded and long. Drink now through 2023.”
2016 mason sauvignon blanc
#57 2016 Mason Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley Price $17.99
Wine Spectator 90 Points
“Clean, smooth and crisp, offering a lip-smacking mix of pear, melon and Key lime flavors, with plenty of intensity on the finish. Drink now. 4,900 cases made.”
2015 the Calling Chardonnay Dutton Ranch

#67 2015 The Calling Chardonnay Russian River Valley Dutton Ranch Price $34.99

Wine Spectator 91 Points

“Ultra rich and extracted, offering a firm core of pear, apple, melon and spice flavors. A truly impressive effort, with depth and dimension. Drink now through 2022.”

Top 100 Wines of 2016


#73 NV Korbel Brut California Organic Grapes Price $14.99

Wine Spectator 90 Points

“Crisp and luscious, this is a winning bubbly for a big party. Aromas of cinnamon, ginger and citrus lead to creamy flavors of pear and blanched almond. Drink now.”

#75 2014 Bodegas Godeval Vina Godeval Valdeorras Cepas Vellas Price $16.99

Wine Spectator 91 Points

“Pear, peach and quince flavors mingle in this expressive white, while notes of mineral, tangerine and ginger add complexity. Shows depth and focus, with a clean, juicy finish. Drink now.”

Top 100 Wines of 2015

#16 2009 Taylor Fladgate Late Bottled Port Price $22.99

Wine Spectator 93 Points

“Dense and rich, with amply spiced flavors of ripe dark plum and cherry compote. Mineral notes emerge midpalate, leading to a lush, chocolate-filled finish. A fresh and engaging style. Drink now.”

#78 2012 Chateau St. Jean Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley Price $29.99

Wine Spectator 91 Points

“Exhibits ripe and juicy yet firm flavors of currant and blackberry amid a gravelly earthiness before finding focus on the finish, where the tannins are chewy, revealing a licorice touch. Drink now through 2025.”

Top 100 Wines of 2014

#16 2012 Two Hands Shiraz Bella’s Garden Price $79.99

Wine Spectator 95 Points

“Utterly seamless, focused, powerful and elegant, layered with cherry, boysenberry and red plum fruit, revealing glints of coffee, jasmine and cardamom that add extra nuances. Delivers complexity without extra weight. The finish won’t quit. Drink now through 2022.”

Top 100 Wines of 2007

#7 Robert Mondavi 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Reserve Points Price $102.99

Wine Spectator 95 Points

“Weaves together a complex array of ripe, rich currant, anise, smoky oak and black cherry. Dense, concentrated and persistent, with great depth and focus. Ends with an amazingly long, richly flavored finish. Best from 2008 through 2018.”

Top 100 Wines of 2002

#37 Rosemont 1999 Syrah McLaren Vale Balmoral Price $32.99

Wine Spectator 93 Points

“A bit more aristocratic than most Aussie Shirazes, this one strikes a beautiful chord of rich blackberry and currant fruit, hinting at anise and pepper. Has a fleshy frame, with sweet spicy notes darting in and out through the long, harmonious finish. Drink now through 2010. 10,000 cases made.”

4 Tasting Notes from Our Fall Wine Club Meeting


The fall meeting proved to be an interesting one for sure. We only had 1 red wine, which is probably a first when no theme is scheduled. The wines all seemed to be very close in quality. We also had some great food with stuffed clams from Stowe’s in West Haven, pheasant marsala, crab cakes and mushroom ravioli with truffle oil.

  • 2016 Louis Jadot Pouilly-Fuissé – France, Burgundy, Mâconnais, Pouilly-Fuissé
    Tasted blind. Aromas of grape, petrol, slate and mineral. Flavors of pear, mineral, slate, star fruit and anise. Ends with a mineral driven finish of 25+ seconds. I had this pegged for a Alsatian Riesling. I’ve seemed to have trouble with identifying Pouilly-Fuisse in previous blind tastings if I remember. I gave this 92 points and it finished 3rd on the night. (92 pts.)
  • NV Charles de Cazanove Champagne Brut Rosé – France, Champagne
    Tasted blind. Aromas of cherry, raspberry, mineral and toast. Flavors of cherry pit and raspberry tart. This didn’t have a wide range of flavors but must admit I have never had such cherry flavor come through in a Rose sparkling wine before. It was quite interesting. Ended with a cherry finish of 20+ seconds. I nailed this one and gave it 91 points. Finished 4th on the night. (91 pts.)
  • 2008 Louis Jadot Meursault – France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Meursault
    Tasted blind. Aromas of almond, vanilla and a bit of buttered popcorn. Nose was a touch closed down in the beginning. Might have been a little too cold. Flavors of vanilla, slate, apple, mineral and a touch of nut. Ends with a nice 25+ second finish that touched on the primary flavors. I nailed this as a White Burgundy so I was happy with that. Wasn’t over the hill or anything but could taste and see it was aged. An interesting wine. (92 pts.)
  • 2012 Concrete Zinfandel Old Vine – USA, California, Central Valley, Lodi
    Tasted blind. Aromas of blackberry, currant, cherry and earth. Flavors of blackberry, mint, currant and touch of iron. Ends with a 25+ second finish with currant notes. I again was wrong as I had this pegged as a Sonoma Cabernet. Was a bit surprised when it was a Zin, but I have had some trouble with some funkier Zins in the past. Was surprised to see this was 15.5% alcohol because it wasn’t heavy or hot at all. I gave this 92 points and it was the wine of the night. (92 pts.)

5 Great Wines for Thanksgiving Dinner

While Christmas gets all the attention for trees and presents, the Thanksgiving holiday focuses on food. And as you know if there is food, a bottle of wine can’t be far behind. Here are 5 great selections currently in stock at Oxford Liquor Shoppe that will go perfect for your Thanksgiving dinner.

1. Pannier NV Champagne Brut Sélection $29.99

Pannier NV Champagne Brut Selection

Sparkling wines may be the best wine to pair anything with and turkey and gravy are no exception. But this can go anywhere in the meal or even be served first as a aperitif. $30 is basically the price of entry these days for Champagne and this delivers for the money. Some great notes of ginger, lime, slate and shortbread goes with a nice mineral driven finish.

2. De Wetshof 2016 Chardonnay Limestone Hill $16.99

2016 De Wetshof Chardonnay Limestone Hill

Most people shy away from this wine because it is from South Africa but I’d be willing to put this in a blind tasting and most people would think it’s a Chablis. They don’t call it Limestone Hill for nothing. Not a touch of oak is in this and for people who appreciate minerality in wines will love this. Don’t be fooled though, the fruit sings with lime and Fuji apple notes. It’s just more old world than new world.

Wine Spectator 91 Points

“A fresh white, with a quinine edge giving the core of green fig, yellow apple and white peach flavors extra zip through the floral-edged finish. Drink now through 2018.”

3. Weingut Tesch 2015 Laubenheimer Karthäuser Riesling $19.99

Riesling is the perfect wine to match with Turkey. Turkey is not a fatty meat so white wines pair very well with it. Riesling, sweet and dry, both work. The sweet works because the sugar works in the same way cranberry sauce does. The dry works because the turkey is lean so it doesn’t need the tannins of a big red wine to pair with the fat. The Tesch is a dry Riesling that has some great smoke and mineral notes. The acidity on this just washes over your palate, begging you to take another sip.

Wine Advocate 92+ Points

“Subtle, pure and flinty on the nose, the 2015 Laubenheimer Karthäuser Riesling Trocken intertwines ripe, but very precise and fresh white fruit aromas with a spicy flavor. On the palate, this is a very intense but also racy, vital, firm and salty Riesling. It has remarkable elegance and complexity. It is quite powerful and has a very good potential to age. Keep this wine for at least another four years.”

4. Chanson Pere & Fils 2015 Bourgogne $19.99


2015 is a great year in Burgundy. They say in the great years buy the entry level wines and bad years by the top wines. This Bourgogne is entry level but delivers very high quality with textbook notes of cherry and mushroom.

Wine Spectator 90 Points

“This has some density to the cherry, berry, spice and smoke flavors, but remains ripe and charming. Firms up on the finish, where earth and spice notes mingle. Drink now through 2023.”

5. Borgo Scopeto 2015 Chianti Classico $13.99

2015 was also a great year for Chianti and this wine from Borgo Scopeto is an insane value! Heavy enough to please the hardcore red wine drinker but light enough to pair well with the Thanksgiving meal, this Chianti Classico will leave you wanting more! All this for only $14! You will not be disappointed!

Wine Spectator 90 Points

“Bright cherry, strawberry, floral and earth aromas and flavors are the hallmarks of this elegant red. Firm and balanced, persistent on the finish. Give this a year to integrate. Drink now through 2028.”


Tasting Notes on 6 Wines from our Summer Wine Club Meeting


Our Summer meeting we decided to do Rose. Figured it would be nice in the Summer weather but we could not have picked a worse day to have the meeting. It was pouring outside. So much for grilling and having the meeting on the deck.

We did not let the weather keep us down though. We tried some interesting Rose’s and had some great food. We started off with a great selection of cheeses I picked up at Bon Appetit in Hamden and had a great shrimp dish in a slightly spicy marinade. We also had a great beef dish called Bulgogi with rice, a potato salad specifically to pair with Rose and a selection of sliced, cured meats. But the real stars of these meetings are the wines.

Picture of the bottles from the Summer Wine Club meeting

  • NV Scharffenberger Brut Rose Excellence – USA, California, North Coast, Mendocino County
    Tasted blind. Nose wasn’t giving up much. All I was really getting was strawberry. The palate made up for it though with flavors of strawberry, raspberry and lime. Ended with a rather short finish and seemed to loose it’s bubbles quite quickly although I did not receive a huge pour. A nice easy drinking wine but just shy on complexity. This wine finished tied for 2nd and I gave it 89 points. (89 pts.) In Stock
  • 2017 Château d’Esclans Whispering Angel – France, Provence, Côtes de Provence
    Tasted blind. Nose was badly corked although it wasn’t showing up on the palate yet. Tried to do the saran wrap thing. Brought the corked nose down a notch but it was still really bad. NR (flawed) In Stock
  • 2017 Château de Trinquevedel Tavel – France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Tavel
    Tasted blind. This was my favorite wine of the night. Had some great aromas of watermelon and strawberry that lead to flavors of watermelon, strawberry and cherry. Ends with a great finish of about 20 seconds with strawberry notes. To me, this wine showed the most complexity on the night and just edged out wine #4 with a slightly better finish. This finished 1st on the night and I gave it 91 points. (91 pts.)
  • NV Roederer Estate Brut Rosé Anderson Valley – USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley
    Tasted blind. Aromas of strawberry, mousse, lime and slate. Flavors of strawberry, raspberry and lime. This also had a nice strawberry finish that wasn’t quite as pronounced as wine #3. Bit surprised this was the Roederer because I thought it was French. Guess they have done good replicating their operation in California. This wine finished 5th and I gave it 90 points. (90 pts.) In Stock
  • 2016 Francis Ford Coppola Sofia Rosé – USA, California, Central Coast, Monterey County
    Tasted blind. Got some strawberry on the nose but this was even more shut down than wine #1. Some simple flavors of cherry and strawberry on the palate and ended with a rather short finish. My least favorite wine of the night and my score was probably a little generous. This wine finished tied for 2nd and I gave it 88 points. (88 pts.)
  • 2017 Bieler Père et Fils Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence Rosé Sabine – France, Provence, Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence
    Tasted blind. Aromas of strawberry, watermelon and cherry on the nice. One of the more fragrant noses on the night. Flavors of strawberry, watermelon and lime. Ends with a decent 15 second finish. This is a nice, easy drinking Summer sipper. This wine finished 4th and I gave it 89 points. (89 pts.) In Stock

Overall another successful meeting. One thing I will say is the wines we had tonight were a lot more similar than different. Lot of the same flavors and aromas with only a few differences here or there. Would be interested to find a Rose that offered more in terms of complexity.

Tasting Notes On 6 Wines From Our Spring Wine Club Meeting

SEYMOUR WINE CLUB MEETING 4/21/18 – Home of the Alapatt’s (4/21/2018)

We had another interesting meeting. For food we had a few different types of breads, a selection of fines cheeses, shrimp cocktail, chicken pot pie and a few other things I can’t remember at this point. The wines were stellar as always but we had a ringer thrown in that really stumped everyone.

  • 2007 Turley Zinfandel Dragon Vineyard – USA, California, Napa Valley, Howell Mountain
    Tasted blind. Aromas of dried raspberry, dried cherry, spice and pepper. Flavors of boysenberry, raspberry, blueberry and tomato. Ends with a boysenberry and blueberry infused finish of 25-30 seconds. I guessed a Turley Zin and got it. Still had some nice fruit although not as vibrant as these can be in their youth. Kind of surprised this was holding on so well. I gave this 92 points and it finished 3rd on the night. (92 pts.)
  • 2015 Maysara Winery Pinot Noir 3° – USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, McMinnville
    Tasted blind. Aromas of mushroom, earth and cherry led to flavors of cherry, mushroom and earth. Ends with a nice finish of about 25 seconds. This improved as the night went on. Nice value for $20. I gave this 90 points and it finished 5th on the night. (90 pts.)
  • NV Tisdale Vineyards Chardonnay – USA, California
    Tasted blind. Aromas of kiwi, grapefruit and lychee led to flavors of lychee, pear and kiwi. Finish lasted 20 seconds and I compared it next to the other white that night, the Chanson, and it had a longer finish. I guessed a Viognier, others guessed Gewurztraminer. Only one person pegged this a Chardonnay. Did not taste anything like one in my opinion. A perplexing wine and would be lying if I said I didn’t like it. Could be one of those wines that after a glass it becomes undrinkable. I gave this 90 points and it came in 2nd on the night! (90 pts.) In Stock
  • 2013 Bocale Montefalco Rosso – Italy, Umbria, Montefalco, Montefalco Rosso
    Tasted blind. Aromas of cherry, earth. Nose was a tad shut down, especially compared to the other wines. Flavors of cherry, earth, touch of tar and a touch of iron. Ends with a 25 second finish of cherry and earth. I gave this 90 points but it came in 6th place on the night.
  • 2006 DuMOL Syrah Jack Robert’s Run – USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
    Tasted blind and decanted for 1 hour. Aromas of cherry, game, raspberry and flowers. Flavors of cherry, raspberry, coffee and earth. Finished last 35 seconds with cherry and game notes. This tasted so young. Never would have guessed it was 12 years old. This, for me, was by far the best wine on the night. I gave it 94 points and it finished 1st. (94 pts.)
  • 2015 Chanson Père & Fils Viré-Clessé – France, Burgundy, Mâconnais, Viré-Clessé
    Tasted blind. Aromas of nut, kiwi and sweet banana. Flavors of pear, nut, lychee. Had a great acidity to it but a shorter finish than all the other wines. I guessed a Godello but was wrong. I gave this 89 points and it finished 4th on the night. (89 pts.) In Stock