Champagne for the New Year!

Everyone always thinks of Champagne for celebrations. Weddings, birthdays, promotions, but New Year’s Eve is where everyone can get in on the action! We always stock a nice selection of sparkling wine to meet any of your needs. We also offer it chilled for your convenience! Here are 5 great selections we have in house that are perfect for New Year’s Eve!

Segura Viudas Cava

NV Sigura Viudas Brut Cava $9.99

One of the best values for sparkling wine comes from Spain! Cava is the Spanish equivalent of Champagne but it’s typically a fraction of the cost! This cava offers some delicious flavors for only $9.99! Quality like this in Champagne would start at $40! We have been stocking this for years and it never disappoints! Find out why!

Korbe; Champagne Extra Dry

NV Korbel California Sparkling Wine Extra Dry or Brut $12.99 (Connecticut Bottle Minimum)

Always reliable, Korbel is typically widely available and we have it for the CT bottom min, meaning you can’t find it any cheaper than this in Connecticut by state law. If your looking for something that tastes good, is easy drinking, affordable and not have to think too much about, this is the wine for you!

Mumm Brut Prestige Napa Valley

NV Mumm Brut Prestige Napa Valley $19.99

Mumm does an excellent job in their Napa Valley venture of providing a delicious and complex sparkling wine. This is consistently a favorite of Wine Spectator and appeared on their Top 100 Wines of 2014.

Wine Spectator 91 Points

“Packs in a lot of complexity, with aromas of apple, fresh ginger and rubber that lead to crisp and layered flavors of raspberry and spice. Drink now.”

Vollereaux Champagne Brut

NV Vollereaux Champagne Brut $31.99

When Champagne is done right there is really no better sparkling wine in the world. The Vollereaux is something we have stocked for years and is always on the money. Costs less than both Moet & Chandon and Veuve Clicquot but is better than both in my opinion. Here’s the last time is was reviewed in Wine Spectator.

Wine Spectator 92 points

“Rich and refined, with layers of pear pastry, black cherry, hazelnut, lemon cream, honey and floral notes. A spicy thread of minerality winds through this wine, as does the precise and seamlessly integrated acidity.”

2002 Dom Perignon

2002 Dom Perignon Champagne Brut $189.99

For those looking for a New Year’s splurge, look no further than the 2002 Dom Perignon. I’ve had this wine several times and it is just an unbelievable Champagne, truthfully one of the best I’ve ever had. 2002 was an excellent year and this one is going to go down as one of the all time greats for Dom Perignon. Other vintages are available. Call for pricing and availability.

Wine Spectator 95 Points

“A rich and smoky Champagne in a graceful package, with a beautiful, fine-grained texture to it and layers of flavor—biscuit, candied lemon peel, coffee liqueur, chamomile, pine, crystallized honey and wood smoke. This is the haute couture of the Champagne world—all about elegance, texture and attention to detail.”

Wine Advocate 96 Points

“The 2002 Dom Perignon is at first intensely floral, with perfumed jasmine that dominates the bouquet. With time in the glass the wine gains richness as the flavors turn decidedly riper and almost tropical. Apricots, passion fruit and peaches emerge from this flashy, opulent Dom Perignon. The wine’s volume makes it approachable today, but readers in search of more complexity will want to cellar this for at least a few years to allow for some of the baby fat to drop off. Geoffroy describes the vintage as very ripe and adds that some of the Chardonnay showed the ill-effects of the hot growing season in the somewhat burned, dehydrated fruit that came in that year.”

That Perfect Bottle of Wine for the Holidays!

Oxford Liquor Shoppe can’t take the stress out of the holidays. But we can take the stress out of finding that perfect bottle of wine. Whether a gift for someone special, something to compliment dinner or just something to sip on, Oxford Liquor Shoppe has what your looking for. Here are some great inexpensive bottles of red wine and one white we have in stock that are great for the holidays! We even tells you what it pairs with!

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2013 Columbia Crest Horse Heaven Hills (H3) Cabernet Sauvignon $13.99

A perennial favorite, The H3 packs big, juicy Cabernet flavors into a fantastic price point. Bottles like this from California cost three times what this costs. A real steal for the money!

Wine Spectator 91 Points

“Supple, focused and distinctive, with a core of ripe plum, currant, sage and floral flavors, mingling effectively and harmoniously on the long, expressive finish. The tannins are nicely shaped. Drink now through 2020.”

Pairs with Steak, Venison, Aged Cheddar Cheese, Lamb

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2013 Columbia Winery Cabernet Sauvignon $13.99

Not to be confused with Columbia Crest, Columbia Winery also hails from Washington but presents a different Cabernet Sauvignon. While the H3 has that big upfront fruit, this shows more balance and is made in a more classical style. While still having nice fruit, earthy flavors balance it out to present a nice contrast to the H3.

Wine Spectator 90 Points

“This dense and focused red plays its coffee and mineral-accented blackberry flavors against a blanket of fine tannins, coming together smoothly on the purposeful finish. Best from 2016 through 2019.”

Pairs with Steak, Venison, Aged Cheddar Cheese, Lamb

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2013 Meiomi Pinot Noir Monterey-Sonoma-Santa Barbara Counties $19.99

Year in and year out the Meiomi delivers the goods and the 2013 may be the best yet! Big, rich, pure Pinot flavors dance across your palate and are mesmerizing. One of the easiest bottles to drink because the tannins are so soft and it goes down so easy. Unless your an old school idealist, your going to love the Meiomi!

Wine Spectator 92 Points / #20 on Top 100 Wines of 2015

“Rich yet medium-weight, offering an exciting interplay of berry, oak, earth and spice notes, with subtle edges to the blueberry, raspberry, mocha and fresh-turned earth flavors. Ends with an aftertaste of melted black licorice. Drink now through 2020.”

Pairs with Pork, Roast Chicken, Turkey, Salmon

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2010 Bodega Classica Hacienda Lopez de Haro Crianza $9.99

Speaking of old world wines, this is classic old world style Rioja! Not the fruit driven wine like the H3, this mixes more mature red fruits with more earthy flavors for a elegant, nuanced wine.

Wine Advocate 91 Points

“The 2010 Hacienda Lopez de Haro Crianza feels quite classical in its style, lightly-colored, with clean red spicy fruit, a touch of leather and a polished, soft palate that makes it very pleasant and easy to drink. At this price level this wine is a steal! Drink 2014-2018.”

Pairs with Pizza, Bolognese Sauce, Parmesan Cheese and Pork

2013 Byron Chardonnay Santa Barbara County

2013 Byron Chardonnay Santa Barbara County $14.99

The list would not be complete without a white wine and figured we should stick to the most popular white grape: Chardonnay. Byron has always turned out beautiful Chardonnay and Pinot Noir but they introduced the Santa Barbara County line a few years ago and it presents a nice entry level price point. This Chardonnay is a great value and if this came from Napa or Sonoma it would cost twice as much! Displaying classic Chardonnay flavors, this uses the right amount of oak to please the people that like it and the people that don’t.

Wine Advocate 90 Points

“A smoking value that’s made in serious quantities, the 2013 Chardonnay Santa Barbara County has classic stone fruits, white peach, white flowers and classy oak/vanilla notes in a medium-bodied, supple, elegant and fruit-forward style. Fermented and aged half in tank and half in neutral barrel, it’s a no-brainer Chardonnay to enjoy over the coming couple of years.”

Pairs with Lobster, Roast Chicken, Brei and Salmon

Stop by the store at 19 Oxford Rd in Oxford, CT to see these and other great selections. Our in house Sommelier can tailor something to your specific needs so come by and say hello!

Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines of 2015 Available 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 wines.  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 these 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 2015

#16 2009 Taylor Fladgate Late Bottled Port Score 93 Price $22.99

“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.”

#20 2013 Meiomi Pinot Noir Score 92 Price $19.99

“Rich yet medium-weight, offering an exciting interplay of berry, oak, earth and spice notes, with subtle edges to the blueberry, raspberry, mocha and fresh-turned earth flavors. Ends with an aftertaste of melted black licorice. Drink now through 2020.”

#21 2014 Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough Score 93 Price $29.99

“Stylish and generous, exhibiting a complex array of flavors, from white grapefruit and lemon curd to candied ginger, lemon verbena, honeysuckle and lime zest. Achieves elegance, power and refreshment in lovely harmony. Drink now.”

#29 2014 Tenshen White Santa Barbara County Score 92 Price $19.99

“This is lush and powerful, offering fleshy peach and apricot flavors at the core, with plenty of aromatic highlights, including orange blossom and honeysuckle. The texture is appealingly smooth and mouthwatering, with the complex details gaining momentum on the finish, where this reveals hints of dried spice and matcha green tea. Viognier, Roussanne, Grenache Blanc and Chardonnay. Drink now through 2020.”

#35 2013 Rombauer Chardonnay Carneros Score 93 Price $38.99

“A creamy-textured, charming style that’s easy to drink yet is deceptively complex and layered, with a mix of vanilla-scented oak and vibrant peach, nectarine, honeydew and apricot flavors. Long on the finish. Drink now.”

#36 2013 Bodegas Godeval Valdeorras Viña Godeval Cepas Vellas Score 92 Price $17.99

“This alluring white delivers a broad range of flavors in a pillowy texture, while crisp, well-integrated acidity maintains the focus. Melon, coconut, spice and smoke flavors mingle harmoniously on the plush palate. The mineral element is fresh and long. Godello. Drink now through 2018.”

#38 2012 Solena Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Grand Cuvee Score 92 Price $24.99

“Sleek, lithe and inviting, with juicy cherry, black cherry and gentle spice flavors that glide quickly over polished tannins into a long and vivid finish. This has presence, harmony, depth and persistence. Best from 2016 through 2022.”

#78 2012 Chateau St. Jean Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley Score 91 Price $29.99

“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.”

Past Glories Still Available

Top 100 Wines of 2014

#16 2012 Two Hands Shiraz Bella’s Garden Score 95 Price $79.99

“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.”

#43 2013 Charles Smith Kung Fu Girl Riesling Score 91 Price $12.99

“Crisp and sleek, with juicy, expansive nectarine and peach flavors that play against citrusy acidity, finishing with zing and a sense of softness that lets the finish keep singing. Drink now through 2020. 128,806 cases made.

#54 N.V. Mumm Napa Brut Napa Valley Prestige Score 91 Price $22.99

“Packs in a lot of complexity, with aromas of apple, fresh ginger and rubber that lead to crisp and layered flavors of raspberry and spice. Drink now. 173,000 cases made.

#78 2012 Acrobat Pinot Noir Score 90 Price $18.99

“The crisp tannins and sleek structure give the up-front blackberry, currant and floral spice flavors good lift, coming together smoothly on the persistent finish. Drink now through 2016. 38,000 cases made.”

Top 100 Wines of 2008

#65 Bodegas Muga 2004 Rioja Reserva Score 91 Points Price $39.99

“Focused and balanced, this vivacious red delivers black cherry, mineral, mint and citrus peel flavors, with firm but well-integrated tannins and a fresh, floral finish. Drink now through 2012. 4,000 cases imported.”

Top 100 Wines of 2007


#7 Robert Mondavi 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Reserve Score 95 Points Price $102.99

“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 Score 93 Points Price $32.99

“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.”