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It’s Chablis Season!

Spring is right around the corner, and that means more hours of daylight and warmer temperatures. It’s also the time of year when we wine lovers move to more seasonally appropriate wines, and Chablis is one of our favorite wines to pour and enjoy when it’s warm outside.

Chablis is located in northern Burgundy, and the cool climate produces wines that are sometimes described as “steely” or “flinty.” Most Chablis is vinified in stainless steel tanks, and it’s the crispest white Burgundy of them all. Chablis is 100% Chardonnay and is known for having less fruit flavors than Chardonnay grown in warmer climates like California. Some describe California Chardonnay as having the potential to be over-concentrated and over-oaked. However, this is not what you get with Chablis. If you’ve ever enjoyed a Chablis, you know that wines from Chablis have a very distinct style marked by minerality, raciness and steeliness.

Chablis has become one of the most under-priced meet over-delivering white wine regions in the planet. Today’s Chablis rival the best Puligny Montrachet in complexity, flavor and length, at a fraction of the price. It’s why the Chablis craze continues. In the past ten years, Chablis has become the staple white wine in so many collections – probably because of the qualitative revolution that occurred without the usual price hikes.

Our Chablis inventory has never been better and includes wines from the legends like Dauvissat, Fevre and Raveneau, as well as new-comers like Piuze and Droin that offer great value. Here are a few Chablis highlights you don’t want to miss. All are from the brilliant 2017 vintage that’s the best since 1989. It’s A+ in quality that drinks like A+ now. There are some great vintages that take time and age, but rarely does one drink great upon release and go on for perhaps decades.

2017 Patrick Piuze Chablis Vaillons Les Minots – 93 JG - $54.95 / btl Patrick Piuze is a rising star in Chablis and part of the new guard. Even if you haven’t heard of him, his wines are shockingly great. The premier crus are gorgeous and way under-priced (for now). His wines are very small production, so grab them while you can. This delicious, 93 point premier cru is an incredible deal at only $54.95. You’ll be happy you opened this beauty!

2017 William Fevre Chablis Bougros Cote Bouguerots – 96 VM - $119 / btl William Fevre is one of the masters of Chablis and is known for producing some of the best values in Chablis. He’s one of the only producers who charges significantly less than he could. Some of the values of his grand crus are wild, and many are priced like some producers’ entry-level wines. But make no mistake – his wines are at the top of the quality hierarchy. This 96 point grand cru is an amazing bottle of Chablis from one of the best vintages in Burgundy that will leave you smiling and wanting to order more!

2017 Jean Paul Droin Chablis Fourchaume – 93 VM - $46.99 / btl This family has been producing wines in Chablis for almost 400 years, with their roots traced back to the 17th century. Droin is one of the leading Chablis producers whose quality has risen to the top over the last few years. Droin’s wines deliver well beyond its price points, and if you’re looking for a great quality Chablis at an affordable price, check out this vibrant wine. It’s drinking well now and should continue to cruise until 2032.

Cheers!


Best US Wine Shop of the World for 2020 by BWW

Sokolin Voted Best US Wine Shop in the World 2020Currently celebrating our 86th year as a premier wine retailer, Sokolin was founded in 1934 and received one of the very first liquor licenses issued by New York State after Prohibition was repealed. What began as a family business continues to be family-owned and operated; a company that is very much built on integrity, high quality and excellent service. Each and every client is treated to an exceptional level of service. Behind our fierce commitment to selection and customer service is our team of dedicated and knowledgeable wine professionals who are passionate about what they do. We know wine inside and out, and we are able to marry the needs of our clients with the fine wines in our collection. Our expert guidance has certainly made a name for Sokolin among wine collectors and enthusiasts alike, and we are proud of the reputation it has earned us.

And so, we are beyond thrilled to have been awarded the title of Best US Wine Shop of the World for 2020 by BWW. The Best Wine Shop of the World competition is part of the Best Wine of the World Competition (“BWW”). 214,198 votes from wine professionals and wine lovers from 71 countries were cast during the voting period. BWW is the largest wine competition in the world and is considered to be the toughest. We are very proud of this award!

The competition is held by Tastingbook.com, the world’s largest wine information service. Tastingroom.com is trusted by thousands of wine professionals and wineries from around the world and provides up-to-date information on wine. Its users include several well-known wine professionals, such as Antonio Galloni, James Suckling, Allen Meadows, Jeb Dunnuck, Neil Martin, Stephen Tanzer and more.

Thank you for continuing to choose Sokolin as your source to the world’s greatest wines and everyday, amazing values. We continue to look forward to putting our passion and expertise to work for you!

Cheers!
The Sokolin Team


Give Dad Something He’s Sure to Love… the World’s Greatest Wines!

Father’s Day is right around the corner (Sunday, June 21st) and we know how hard it can be to select the perfect gift for Dad. This year forget the usual tools, neckties and sweaters and give Dad something he’s sure to love… the world’s greatest wines!

Here at Sokolin, we make it easy to find the wines that Dad is sure to love, because we only sell the best and we truly have something for everyone. Not sure where to start? Head over to our “Summer Samplers” page where you’ll find expert selections that are sure to please even the most discerning Dad. If you’re looking to make this Father’s Day absolutely perfect make sure you check out our huge selection of 100-point wines! We can handle whatever your Dad's personal wine preference may be ranging from Bordeaux, Burgundy, Tuscany, Calfornia, Cabernet Sauvignon and more than we can list. And, if you find yourself in need of a little help, our expert team of personal wine consultants is standing by to help select the perfect gift for Dad.

Visit our Shop Wine section to see our vast inventory of premier wine or call 800.946.3947 to speak with a personal wine consultant today.

Check Out Some of these Top Categories to Help Jump Start your search for the Perfect Father's Day Gift

Happy Father's Day!


All Eyes are on 2008 Champagne

Pop, fizz, clink! 2008 may not have been a great year for the financial sector, but when it comes to Champagne, 2008 was firing on all cylinders! All eyes are on 2008 Champagne as it has become the most sought-after vintage since the epic 1996 vintage, and the demand has been off the charts! The buzz in the industry about the this vintage is to buy as much as you can find. The overall popularity of top vintage Champagne is growing, and the 2008s are ones you don’t want to miss. We’ve seen ’08 releases from top Champagne houses like Billecart Salmon, Dom Perignon, Bollinger, Louis Roederer, Piper-Heidsieck (and more), and they are truly incredible! Packed with freshness and complexity, the ’08 Champagnes are approachable now, but are built to last. Jean-Baptiste Lecaillon, chef de cave of Louis Roederer (the producer of Cristal) said, “I think the 2008 is my best Cristal to date.”

Not only does our inventory include the absolute top 2008 Champagnes available on the market, but we also offer excellent Champagnes from this vintage that are lower priced from producers like Laurent Perrier, Henriot, Delamotte and Veuve Clicquot. Click here to view our full portfolio, which includes legends and values.

This vintage is one you don’t want to miss and is perfect for all of your upcoming celebrations and milestones!

Cheers!


Wines to Transition You from Summer to Fall

Summer is now behind us, and fall is in full swing, which means shorter days, cool temperatures, crisp breezes and falling leaves are the norm. It’s the season for football, pumpkin spice everything and the time of year when we wine lovers move to more seasonally appropriate wines. We’re sharing a few seasonal staples that we’ll be sipping on during the transition from warm weather to cool days.

Roussanne
Fall isn’t just for red wines. We love enjoying a full-boded white wine, such as Roussanne, as the temperatures cool. You’ll find this varietal most often in the Rhone region, but you can also find it in California. We recommend 2016 Alban Vineyards Roussanne from California, which has been called “one of the standout expressions of Roussanne in California…” (Jeb Dunnuck). This bottle will cost you less than $50 and leave you smiling on a cool autumn day. 93 points.

Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir may be the obvious choice this time of year and for good reason. It’s a very food-friendly varietal, so it pairs well with a lot of different dishes. Top Pinot Noirs aren’t just coming out of Burgundy – California and Oregon are producing excellent wines, and quality has never been better. 2015 Brewer-Clifton Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills is from an amazing producer, has a score of 94 points and is under $36. This is a solid choice that offers great quality for the money. If you’re looking to branch out into Oregon Pinot Noir, check out 2016 Ayres Pinot Noir Lewis Rodgers Lane Ribbon Ridge ($31.99 / btl). This wine is very limited, with only 251 cases produced, and you’ll be happy you opened this beauty.

Cabernet Sauvignon
Cabernet Sauvignon should definitely be on your fall wine list. For a more affordable choice, check out the 2015 Waterstone Cabernet Sauvignon, which could offer the best bang for the buck in Napa Valley Cabernet. It’s priced at only $33.95, but could easily be mistaken for a wine that costs 3-4x the price. This Napa Cabernet offers the taste of Cali-Cult wine without the Cali-Cult price. If you’re looking to splurge, 2013 Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon to Kalon Vyd delivers the goods! The outstanding 2013 vintage is one of the best ever to come out of Napa Valley. This vintage also marks the 50th anniversary of the legendary Robert Mondavi’s “vision to create something special in the heart of Napa Valley” (Robert Parker).

Syrah
If you’re a value seeker, Cotes du Rhones are perfect to have on hand for fall. Pesquie Cotes de Ventoux Terrasses is one of our go-to values from the Rhone region, and the 2017 vintage is a winner. Priced at only $12.99, this is a wine to order by the case, which is a blend made of 60% Grenache and 40% Syrah. Jeb Dunnuck commented “I love this cuvee, which is year in, year out, one of the great value buys out there.” We couldn’t agree more. For a wine that’s 100% Syrah, 2015 Sleight of Hand Syrah Levitation is a sure-fire winner. Production is very limited, and this full-bodied red from Washington will pair perfectly with hearty fall foods.

Tempranillo
If you’re looking for a red wine to warm you up on a cool autumn day, 2015 Alegre Valganon Rioja Tinto is for you. It’s a blend of Tempranillo and Garnacha, and it’s a wine that’s built to last. Priced at only $18.95, this 93 pointer should be on your fall list. “It is an excellent wine from an exciting new winemaking couple in the firmament of old school Rioja…” (John Gilman).

Cheers!


One of the Best Values in Fine Wine

Brunello di Montalcino is one of Italy’s most well-known red wines and is also one of the best values you can find in the world of wine. If you’re looking for a wine that will over-deliver for the price, Brunello is your answer! It comes from central Italy in the vineyards surrounding the town of Montalcino. While wines have been produced in Italy for a few thousand years, Brunello is a relatively modern wine in comparison.

Brunellos are 100% Sangiovese and must be aged for five years prior to release. Full-bodied, Brunellos are long-lived, packed with red fruit and the right balance of acidity and smooth tannins.

All bottles we’re featuring below come from superstar winemakers, have high scores from great vintages and are priced under $50. It's hard to find this level of price to points ratio in any other region! These wines drink great today and will cruise for the next 10 years. Take advantage of the low prices now!

2012 La Rasina Brunello di Montalcino - $36.95 – JS

2012 Nardi Brunello di Montalcino - $39.99 – 93 JS

2012 Mocali Brunello di Montalcion Vigna Delle Raunate - $39.99 – 94 JS

2012 Abbadia Ardenga Brunello di Montalcino Vigna Piaggia - $39.99 – 95 WE

2013 Piancornello Brunello di Montalcino - $49.99 – 96 VM

 

Cheers!


5 Terrific Wines to Serve with Burgers

Fire up the grill! There’s just a couple weeks of summer left, so get outside and enjoy the last days for backyard cookouts and burgers. We're sharing five terrific wines to serve with your favorite burger just like the way you like it! Starting at only $27.95, these wines will provide a fantastic pairing experience whether you’re serving up a classic or are trying something new and different.

2015 Stonestreet Cabernet Sauvignon – this wine is a hidden Cali gem that we love! Grown in the Alexander Valley, the 2015 Stonestreet Cabernet Estate has a score of 92 points and is priced at only $27.95. It’s such a deal when it comes to California Cabernet. This estate was established in 1995 by Jess Stonestreet Jackson and Barbara Banke, and his son and daughter-in-law now run the estate.

2015 Waterstone Cabernet Sauvignon – this Napa juice offers some of the best bang for your buck when it comes to Napa Valley Cab! Over the past decade, Waterstone Winery has built a reputation for its top quality Napa Valley Cabernets. Part of what makes Waterstone so special is that its wines taste like Cali-Cult wines without the Cali-Cult prices, impressing wine aficionados as well as those just discovering the world of wine. Priced at only $33.95, this wine tastes like it costs 3-4x the price, and your friends will think that you paid way more for this bottle.

2012 Castiglion del Bosco Brunello di Montalcino – some of the best deals in fine wine can be found in Brunello di Montalcino! This 96 pointer for only $44.95 offers so much quality for the money, and the 2012 vintage is A+. This wine drinks great today and will continue to improve.

2016 Janasse Chateauneuf du Pape - you’ll fall head-over-heels for this 95 point Chateaunuef du Pape! Janasse is one of the best producers whose quality is consistently amazing, yet so few people have tried it. This wine is a must-try, especially for the low price of $49.95. 

2015 Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve – California continues to produce world-class Cabernets that compete with the greatest wines in the world, and Beringer is at the top of the quality hierarchy! You’ll be in total awe over this 99 pointer, and it will take your burger to the next level.


This Could Be the Best Bang for the Buck in Napa Valley!

Many of you are already familiar with Waterstone Cabernet Sauvignon. Over the past decade, Waterstone Winery has built a reputation for its top quality Napa Valley Cabernets. Part of what makes Waterstone so special is that its wines taste like Cali-Cult wines without the Cali-Cult prices, impressing wine aficionados as well as those just discovering the world of wine.  

We were first introduced to this winery several years ago, and 2001 was the first vintage we sold. Waterstone has been a best-selling wine at Sokolin, year after year.

The 2015 vintage ($33.95 / btl) is now in stock, and they hit it out of the park with this vintage, which was an outstanding one for Napa Valley. The same remains true in this vintage as in previous vintages of Waterstone - this wine tastes like it costs 3-4x the price!

2015 Waterstone Cabernet Sauvignon is Bordeaux-like on the nose with licorice, forest floor, plums, crème de cassis with a hint of cedar, baking spices and oak. It’s elegant, pure and layered, medium to full bodied and bursting with fruit that flows across the palate with a 60+ second finish.

2015 is also the first full vintage with Laurie Hook (formally of Beringer) at the helm. She’s taken over the reigns as winemaker, and it shows in the purity and seductiveness of this extraordinary vintage.

Production for the 2015 was down substantially from prior vintages and is 1/3rd of what Waterstone historically produced, meaning we have very LIMITED quantities available.

This is the perfect wine to serve with steak, burgers or lamb, and it’s also an affordable and great wine to gift.

If you're a fan of Waterstone, act quickly and order your case today. This is your chance to experience maybe the best bang for the buck in Napa!


Rosé All Day - The Rise of Rosé

Wine lovers seem to love to Rosé All Day, especially millennials, and Rosé has taken the wine world by storm. It’s now said to be the fastest growing wine category in America. Its popularity has resulted in phrases like “Rosé All Day” and “Yes Way, Rosé.” There are nearly 3 million pictures on Instagram tagged #rosé. The right marketing and branding, coupled with attractive packaging and influencer associations came together to further propel an already hugely popular wine into a stratospheric level. Another influence in its rise came from celebrities joining the movement and producing their own Rosés, including Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and Bon Jovi.

Beyond that though, there’s a big reason that it’s so popular, and that’s because it’s delicious and so versatile! Rosés can be enjoyed with a variety of food, making it a perfect choice to pour during summer days. It’s great for the beach, a picnic or sipping poolside. The price is nice, too. You can find really great Rosés in the $20 range, and sometimes for a little less.

Provence is the Rosé capital of the world, and chances are, if you’ve been drinking Rosé, you’ve likely had one from Provence. The Rosés from this region are crisp and light and not fruity or big. Today, we’re sharing a few of our best-selling Rosés that our customers love.

2018 Diving Into Hampton Water Rosé - $19.99

This Rosé was released last year for the first time, and it quickly became one of the most sought-after Rosés. Wine Spectator ranked the 2017 vintage higher than any other Rosé on its list of Top 100 Wines of 2018. Diving Into Hampton Water Rosé is a collaboration between rock star Bon Jovi, his son and the famous winemaker, Gerard Bertrand. The entire 2017 production sold out very quickly on allocation, and we’ll most likely see the same thing happen with the 2018 vintage. The bottle is gorgeous, featuring a graceful woman diving into a pink colored pool. It’s made up of a blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Mourvedre grapes and is priced at only $19.99. This vintage will disappear quickly, so order yours before it's sold out!

2018 Chateau Saint Roseline Cru Classe Lampe de Meduse - $16.99

This Rosé is one of Provence’s best kept secrets. We started offering the 2016 vintage two years ago, and we immediately knew that it was a winner. If you think the bottle is beautiful, just wait until you taste the Rosé! Our team is blown away by the quality coming from Chateau Sainte Roseline, a prestigious, one thousand year old terroir and one of the richest historical sites in Provence. This Rosé is one of the few in Provence to have achieved the elite ‘Cru Classe’ status, a mark of supreme quality. It’s priced at only $16.99, but don’t fear underpaying for a great Rosé.

2018 D’Esclans Whispering Angel Rosé - $19.99

This Rosé is always a HUGE best-seller at Sokolin. The ’18 vintage has a beautiful, pale pink color with a crisp and pure finish that exemplifies Provencal Rosé. It was created by Sacha Lichine, son of the famous Alexis Lichine, who spent time working at his family’s chateau in Bordeaux. Whispering Angel Rosé is a world-class Rosé that is priced at only $19.99, yet it tastes like it costs twice the price.

2018 Miraval Rosé (Pitt – Jolie – Perrin) - $22.95

Miraval Rosé has been one of the most popular Rosés for the past few summers. It’s always a highly anticipated arrival and is a huge customer favorite. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie teamed up with the famous winemaking Perrin family of Chateau Beaucastel, and together created an amazing, sought-after Rosé from one of the most prestigious estates in Provence. It’s a pure expression of Provencal Rosé that is priced at just $22.95.

2017 Domaine Ott Rosé Cotes de Provence Chateau de Selle - $39.99

Domaine Ott has always been the leader of quality when it comes to Rosé, and it has a certain je ne sais quoi that keeps people coming back for more, year after year! It’s at the top of the Rosé quality hierarchy and is arguably the most recognized Rosé on the planet. Customers love this wine, and demand increases every year. Chateau de Selle is one of Domaine Ott’s premium Rosés that's sure to impress. This is a Rosé that ages well.


The Best Bang for the Buck in Grand Cru White Burgundy

As you know, red Burgundy is skyrocketing in price, but more recently, the top white Burgundy producers have taken note and are starting to raise prices just because their red counterparts are. Nowhere is this more evident than in Corton Charlemagne where just a few years ago, most bottles were priced around $80-125. Now, many wines start at $140 and go to thousands for the top ones like Coche Dury.

I see this trend continuing and wouldn't be surprised if many of the wines you’ve known and loved are $400 bottles in the next few years. Are they worth it? I'll let the market figure that out, but I want to share with you a Corton Charlemagne producer who hasn’t raised prices, yet the quality keeps ticking up. That producer is Louis Latour, consistently one of our top-selling producers of Corton Charlemagne, year after year. The Latour family has been producing wines for over 200 years. Louis Latour is my perpetual favorite because it stands tall to other top producers, yet costs a lot less.  And reliably ages for decades.

I’m loving the 2015 vintage of Louis Latour Corton Charlemagne! It received a 97 point score and is priced at only $109. It’s a staple in my house, an old school legend and a steal when it comes to Grand Cru white Burgundy! The ’15 vintage is in stock and ready to ship, so stock up for the summer months.