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Gramercy SyrahWorking in wine, I’m lucky to have access to wines from all over the world. So what has caught my palate recently? Cool climate Syrah. While Syrah has been more associated with the jammy style of Australian Shiraz or California’s high-temp Paso Robles, this grape has so much more to offer. “Floral”, “iron-veined”, “spiced berry”, “feminine elegance”, “perfect acidity”—all are often applied to Syrah grown in choice locations, cooled by wind, fog, or altitude. It’s easy to see why I’ve been seeking out these wines for my cellar and my table more and more! I’m happy to highlight today a bottle th...

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Champagne Perfect Wedding GiftSummer is filled with endless celebrations, including one of the most important occasions – weddings. A lot of thought goes into selecting just the right gift for the newly weds, and we’re here to tell you that the gift of Champagne is a perfect one. To make gift-giving easy, we’ve outlined our top three Champagne gift recommendations, all premier bubblies at the top of the quality hierarchy that are modern day legends. It doesn’t get any better than these, so you can gift with confidence. The couple will be thrilled to pop the cork on any of these bottles to celebrate a future anniversary or ...

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Rosé pairs well with a side of sunshine, and with summer quickly approaching, we’d like to share our top recommendations that we love and our customers love. All selections featured here come from Provence, the world leader when it comes to Rosé. They can be enjoyed at the beach, on a picnic or sipping poolside. Not only are these selections delicious and drinking well now, they are all priced under $22!

2016 Whispering Angel Rosé has been a Sokolin best-seller for many years. It has a beautiful, pale pink color with a silky texture that exemplifies Provencal Rosé. Created by Sacha Lichine, son...

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Whispering Angel Rose“In the Esclans Valley angels whisper. If you drink this wine, you might hear them. If by chance you visit us, you might see them.”—Sacha Alexis Lichine

For us at Sokolin, it’s not truly spring or summer until we have heard the angels whisper! This wine is a perennial favorite, offering consistent value and a depth of flavor that sets it apart in Provence rosés. Using Grenache, Vermentino, and Cinsault among others, Whispering Angel has a beautiful, gold-tinged pink hue that brings to mind the pastel stone buildings of La Motte from which the grapes are sourced.

Though Whispering Angel has come ...

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There is no doubt that Chateauneuf-du-Pape  is a unique wine region—from its famous rounded “galet” stones which blanket the vineyards to the sometimes extravagant lengths that appellation rules go to in protecting the land (a 1954 law banning UFO flyovers is still in effect). It’s only fitting then that we should be tasting a unique wine! While some 95% of Chateuneuf-du-Pape wines are reds, there exists a small minority of whites produced—including today’s 2015 Chante Cigale Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc.

Chante Cigale is a producer that is as much a specialist in white Chateauneufs as any, dedica...

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For many Americans, no wine better encapsulates Italy than Chianti. Having come into vogue packaged in a straw basket known, foretellingly perhaps, as a “fiasco”, this wine had the ideal combination of food-friendly taste and low-price that made it a pasta night classic. Chianti was destined, however, to become a victim of its own success. Feeling the pressures of a burgeoning market, producers took to increasing harvest yields and adding in higher percentages of unremarkable grapes leading to thoroughly lackluster wines. For a while, Chianti seemed to be destined to the bottom shelf.

But as th...

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Producer Stephane Riffault (son of the titular Claude) and the Sancerre region have one thing in common—a close connection to Burgundy. For Sancerre, the relationship to Burgundy is physical. A mere hour and a half by car from Chablis, it shares some of the climatic and geological traits of this other region famed for its crisp whites. For Riffault, it’s emotional. Riffault spent time both working and studying with Burgundy producer, Leflaive. His brother, Etienne, has also found success making wine in Puligny-Montrachet and the two often share winemaking critiques and the fruit of their labor...

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In European winemaking, family feuds are nothing unusual.  Angelo Monaldeschi, nearly 700 years ago, made his home in the Castello della Salla hoping to rule the city of Orvieto. He faced competition, however, from his three brothers, each of whom raised their own fighting force to conquer the town. As told by Marchesi Antinori’s website, “the largest was called the Cervara (the Stag), […] another the Cane (the Dog), a third the Aquila (the Eagle), and, the clan of Angelo, the most warlike of the entire family, the Vipera (the Viper).” The Vipera and the Cervara clans would continue to fight f...

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We at Sokolin pride ourselves on bringing you not only the most sought-after and well-known wines, but also less-familiar, hidden gems from across the world. Today’s wine, the 2007 Bisceglia Gudarra Aglianico del Vulture Riserva, is one example. Hailing from Basilicata, Robert Parker’s “favorite underdog Italian region”, this wine is one defined by its terroir. Produced on Mount Vulture, an extinct volcano, the vines dig deep into the thick ancient ash to produce wines of incredible depth. To taste this wine is to experience both a far-away place and an ancient time. “Wine has given me the abi...

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While the Garden of Eden might be known for its apples, California drinkers know that Mount Eden means grapes and seriously good wines, such as today’s 2013 Mount Eden Estate Chardonnay.  

Far from the bucolic greenery of the biblical pastures, the Mount Eden vineyards are located high in the Santa Cruz Mountains on rocky shale soils. Nearly 1000 feet above the fog line on east-facing hills, the vines receive ample sunlight, dry weather, and cool, consistent temperatures that help the grapes reach optimum ripeness year after year. The area, the first mountainous zone to be made an AVA in 1981, ...

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