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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.

Robert Parker Announces His Retirement Last Week

Robert Parker announced his retirement from The Wine Advocate last week, marking the end of a 40 year career. What does this mean for the fine wine business?

Today, it's easy to forget just how big Parker's contributions to both the wine consumer and the wine industry really were, but let's look back to 1978 when it all began. 

1) Parker created the 100 point rating system, which was revolutionary, and with it, increased global interest in wine.

2) Parker was the first critic to expand upon Emile Peynaud's "The Taste of Wine: The Art and Science of Wine Appreciation" in a way that gave depth, clarity and life to wine reviews in a way that increased overall interest and access to learning about wine for the general public.

3) He was the first to do a non-advertising based, unbiased subscription model that followed his Ralph Nader like zeal to out corruption and give the real deal, which he did.

4) He broke the old caste systems of "Famous Chateau" by rewarding quality over the name and pedigree of vineyards. In doing so, he forced old world, big name producers to upgrade their vineyards and winemaking practices and allowed relative newcomers to shine based solely on their merits over name and history.

5) Parker could have impact on the GDP of France just by declaring a good vintage!

What does this mean for the rare wine industry?

The wine rare wine business has and most likely never will find a singular lead wine critic who had the power of Robert Parker again. Today, there have been approximately five different publications who have picked up the slack - even Parker's own Wine Advocate has been purchased and filled with competent critics. Antonio Galloni, James Suckling, Allen Meadows and Jeb Dunnuck have all stepped in and have, as a group, done a great job filling the void that Parker's retirement has left. The business will move on and perhaps a leader will emerge, or maybe each will find a niche that they excel at, in the same way that Parker thrived in the Bordeaux, Rhone and California markets.

What does this mean for wine investment?

During his career, Parker handed out high scores to a limited number of wines in each region, even less so with the coveted 100 point score. Though you might see many of those wines on our offers, it's what we specialize in, and in reality, these wines are extremely rare. In the past, Parker was often inclined to change scores with each tasting, but as of today that option is gone, and these scores are set in stone, historic records of a bygone era… "The Parker era."

I believe that the highest scoring wines of Robert Parker's career are now going to become even more valuable with his retirement. They are, in essence, the definitive mark of quality that cannot be replicated today.  Many of these wines have anticipated maturities well beyond both Parker's and many of our lives, up to 100 years out in the future for some 2009 Bordeaux. Parker was the only one with the experience and authority to make such bold pronouncements. As a result, wines with big scores, especially 100 pointers will continue to rise in price.

During his reign, Parker was considered to be the single most influential critic in any field. Think about it - movies, art, food, and Wall St. all had a variety of sources to choose from to gain insight into a market, but in wine, Robert Parker was THE market for several decades. His influence and power will live on in his reviews and the wines that he has championed.

We all owe Bob a lot, and I am at the top of the list of appreciators. I've had the pleasure of dining with Bob and his wife and adore them. I truly thank Bob on behalf of Sokolin and the wine business for all he has added to it.  I wish him the very best in retirement.

Thoughts on 2018 Bordeaux

Our team recently traveled to Bordeaux for the 2018 En Primeur campaign and spent days tasting barrel samples at many top chateaux. They tasted over 100 wines on both the Left Bank and Right Bank and reported back with the following information:

Team 1:

2018 was an unusual vintage to say the least. The entire region experienced an unprecedented amount of rainfall through the spring months until mid-July. The rain caused headaches for many producers as they fought diligently to protect their vines from mildew. Several chateaux lost a significant portion of their crop to mildew causing overall production numbers to be historically low. It was a very odd feeling to walk through the barrel rooms of Pontet Canet and Palmer and see the cellars nearly empty.

But after the rains stopped in July, the region experienced very even temperatures and very little rain through the end of the summer, which allowed the remaining vines to grow strong, concentrating the flavors within the grapes. Those chateaux lucky enough to not be too adversely affected by mildew were treated to beautiful crops that produced spectacular wines.

Many people attending the 2018 En Primeur tastings quickly noted the power and concentration displayed by the vintage. The best wines could easily age for 50+ years while many wines will be very approachable over the next 5-10.

One word that I found repeated frequently in my notes was “fresh”. So many of the wines had that great fresh, fruity characteristic that perfectly balances the big, tannic structures found in 2018.

With regards to pricing and availability, there will be many producers that will most likely open at higher prices than 2016 simply because of the decreased production. But, I am confident that there will still be a lot of value to be found in 2018. Many of the “2nd” wines produced in 2018 were the best we have ever tasted. Some great examples to look for are La Dame de Montrose, La Chapelle de la Mission Haut Brion, Croix de Beaucaillou, Duhart Milon, and a new label from Chateau Haut Bailly called “Haut Bailly II”.

While there may not be as many great wines from top to bottom in 2018 as there were in 2015 and 2016, there will still be plenty of “value wines” worth chasing at release.

As for the “1st Growths,” 2018 is going to be a very strong vintage for Lafite, Margaux, and Haut Brion. On the Right Bank, look out for Cheval Blanc, Ausone, Canon and Vieux Chateau Certan.

Team 2:

A very impressive vintage in 2018 with many exceptional wines. The best wines seem to match or even eclipse some of the best recent vintages. The opulence and seductiveness of the 2009 vintage, the structure and tannins of the 2010 vintage and the pure, fresh fruit of the 2016 vintage.

On the left bank, St. Julien, St. Estephe, Pauillac and Margaux excelled with the top producers while on the right bank, Pomerol seemed to really shine along with Ausone and Cheval Blanc in the St. Emilion. 

The one major difference between this vintage and the 2016, 2009 and 2010 vintages is that it isn’t as consistently great across the entire vintage like those vintages were. While there are fabulous highs, there are also some wines that underperformed. It will be important to be selective when purchasing.

What wine critics are saying:

“At the very peak of quality, the 2018s are mind-blowingly incredible.” – Robert Parker Wine Advocate

“I think it could turn out to be an all-time great, similar to 2010, 2009 and 1989 or even such classics as 1982 or 1959.” – James Suckling

“Bordeaux has another incredible vintage on their hands with 2018. Following the opulent 2015s and the pure class of the 2016s, the 2018s resemble a hypothetical mix of a sunny, dry year such as 2009 or 2015 mixed with a cooler, more classic year such as 2010 or 2016.” - Jeb Dunnuck

“…the 2018s are ripe, sexy wines loaded with fruit and texture, yet they also display a remarkable freshness and purity (as well as singular characters) that make the vintage so special. It’s not a year that favored one side of the river over another, and there are truly profound wines from both the Right and Left Banks.” - Jeb Dunnuck

“The best 2018s are aromatically intense, deep, dark wines that beautifully marry fruit intensity with structure.” – Vinous Media

You can view a listing of our 2018 Bordeaux futures available for purchase.

https://www.sokolin.com/2018-bordeaux-futures

Pairing Wine with Cheese

Nothing goes better together than wine and cheese, but not every cheese pairs with every wine. Impress your friends at your next get together by doing the perfect cheese and wine spread.

Pairing Tips:

Always taste the wine before you taste the cheese. Cheese has a much bigger impact on the flavors and aromas in wine than the other way around.

You want to make sure the texture of the cheese and the wine are compatible. If the cheese is heavy, it is less likely to go with a light wine since the wine will get overpowered by the strong cheese.

Hard cheeses, like cheddar, go best with oaky wines.

Note on soft cheeses, like Brie, the rind can affect the taste of the wine. Try tasting with and without the rind to see if you enjoy one more than the other.

Avoid salty cheeses all together as it can clash too harshly with the wine.

In order to get the full flavors from cheese and white wines, the cheese should be served at room temperature (around 68˚F) while the wines should be allowed to warm up to between 50˚F – 55˚F after being taken out of your wine cellar or wine fridge.

 

White Wines


Wine: Chardonnay

Pair With: Brie, Gouda, Parmesan

Favorites We’re Loving:

2016 Pence Ranch Chardonnay Santa Rita Hills - 750 ml

2014 Talbott Chardonnay Sleepy Hollow Vineyard - 750 ml

 

Wine: Sauvignon Blanc

Pair With: Feta, Goat, Mozzarella, Parmesan, Brie

Favorites We’re Loving:

2014 Dipoli Voglar Sauvignon Blanc - 750 ml

2018 Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough - 750 ml

 

Wine: Riesling

Pair With: Bleu cheese, Feta, Cambozola

Favorites We’re Loving:

2014 Trimbach Riesling - 750 ml

2016 Richter Brauneberger Juffer Riesling Kabinett Fuder 4 - 750 ml

 

Red Wines


Wine: Pinot Noir

Pair With: Goat, Chevre, Feta, Swiss, Gouda, Brie, Camembert

Favorites We’re Loving:

2014 Varner Pinot Noir Spring Ridge Vineyard Hidden Block - 750 ml

2016 Soter Vineyards Planet Oregon Pinot Noir - 750 ml

 

Wine: Syrah

Pair With: Parmesan, Pecorino, Smoked Gouda, Dry Jack

Favorites We’re Loving:

2015 Gramercy Cellars Syrah Lagniappe - 750 ml

2013 Copain Wines Syrah Hawks Butte - 750 ml

 

Wine: Cabernet Sauvignon

Pair With: Gorgonzola, Aged Jack, Brie, Camembert

Favorites We’re Loving:

2015 Stonestreet Cabernet Sauvignon Estate - 750 ml

2015 BV Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford - 750 ml

Must-Have Wines for Under $25

Searching for exciting quality wines that are also affordable? We're your source to not only the most sought-after, rare wines on the planet, we're also equally passionate about discovering inexpensive gems that still taste like the world's greatest wines. Below, we’re sharing seven wines that you need to have on your wine list for spring and summer, and the best part is that they’re all under $25!

2018 D'Esclans Whispering Angel Rose - Kick off spring and summer with this seasonal favorite, Whispering Angel Rosé! The new 2018 vintage just checked into stock and will sell out quickly. It has a beautiful, pale pink color with a crisp and pure finish that exemplifies Provencal Rosé. It’s 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 our customers love and keep coming back for year after year. And, it’s priced at only $19.99, yet it tastes like it costs twice the price! It’s great to have on hand for the BBQ, beach, picnics, or sipping poolside.

2016 La Massa Toscana - Tuscany has time and again proven to be one of the greatest wine regions in the world. What we love about this region is that outstanding wines are being produced at every price level. This Tuscan red is a great representation of the value that exists there. 93 points at only $21.95 is a deal you should not pass up!

2015 The Paring Chardonnay – Nothing says springtime like a great bottle of Chardonnay. This 92 pointer priced at only $22.95 offers a lot of value for the money and is perfect to enjoy on a warm spring day. Created in Santa Barbara, California. Our quantities are very limited, so if you’re a California Chardonnay lover, act quickly! This is “…a terrific Chardonnay that's going to compete with wines that cost 2-3x its going rate.” – Jeb Dunnuck 

2015 Pepiere Muscadet Sevre et Maine Clisson - This beauty comes from a great producer from the Loire region of France. It’s powerful, but charming. With touches of pear, dried flowers, and minerals, it has the perfect combination to taste just like an ocean breeze. Perfect for beach days, or just pretending that you are at the beach. Make it a theme by pairing with scallops, smoked salmon and other fish cooked in a sauce and have yourself a sea themed getaway.

2015 Teyssier - You can still afford to drink great Bordeaux! Our expert team searches high and low to find delicious values from every region that are priced for everyday enjoyment. 2015 is the first great vintage of this decade for Bordeaux and is the first must-own vintage since 2010. For the first time in years, Bordeaux has priced its wines to sell quickly. This 91 pointer priced at only $22.95 is a terrific deal.

2016 Bruno Giacosa Roero Arneis – This lovely wine is from one of Italy’s greatest winemakers and a legend in Piedmont, Bruno Giacosa, who passed away last year. It’s a delicious and buoyant white wine filled with tangy tropical fruit, pineapple and honeydew melon, which makes for quite the refreshing taste. It's the 2nd highest score for the varietal in Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate (92 points). At only $23.95, it's a wonderful white wine to enjoy as an aperitif or with starters, as well as with vegetable, poultry or ham courses or dishes with carbonara or lighter cheese sauces

2015 Wilde Farm Pinot Noir Donnelly Creek Vineyard Anderson Valley- You don't have to look to Burgundy to find great Pinot Noirs. Producers in California are creating amazing Pinot Noirs! Wilde Farms never disappoints with their amazing wines. This wine combines dried rose petals, orange rind and lavender to give a bouquet of freshness. The sweet after taste of peach and pear will surely have you coming back for more. Don’t fear underpaying for a great bottle of Cali Pinot Noir!

The New “IT” Rosé for 2018

The season to drink pink is right around the corner, and to meet its arrival, there’s a brand new Rosé that just hit the market, 2017 Diving Into Hampton Water Rosé. It’s from the legendary rock star Bon Jovi and is one of the most demanded Rosés available right now. In fact, the entire 2017 production already sold out on allocation! We were lucky enough to receive a small shipment, which we don’t expect to last long. It’s being chased by Rosé lovers and will likely be one of the most-Instagrammed wines this summer.

Bon Jovi teamed up with renowned French winemaker, Gerard Bertrand, and his son, former Notre Dame football player, Jesse Bongiovi, to create Diving Into Hampton Water Rosé. 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. Inspired by summers Bon Jovi spent vacationing in the Hamptons with family, his son is said to have come up with the name “Hampton Water.”

Delicious, versatile and food-friendly, 2017 Diving Into Hampton Water Rosé is a must-have for summer days. Order your case before it’s gone for good!

Easter Dinner Wines

Top Easter WinesEaster is quickly approaching, and we have the greatest wines for you to pour with your Easter celebration!

Here are ten amazing wines - five Chardonnays and five Pinot Noirs from Burgundy and California that are sure to impress you and your guests.

 

PINOT NOIR:

2015 Wilde Farm Pinot Noir Donnelly Creek Vineyard Anderson Valley - An earthy wine, like this one, is a great one for your Easter Dinner. Its black plum, allspice, strawberries and minerals make it a really delicious and complex tasting for your meal. It’s under $25 and a great value when it comes to California Pinot Noir. 

2015 Brewer-Clifton Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills - This tasteful wine is from one of California’s top producers and delivers so much quality for the money. It offers aromas of cranberries, juniper and cherries that make it a perfect pairing with your Easter dessert. 94 points and $35.95.

2015 Walter Hansel Pinot Noir Cuvee Alyce - If you’re looking to have a fancier Easter dinner this year, this is the wine you’ll want to choose to have with your meal. This Russian River Valley wine is full flavored with fruit and almond notes that will keep your guests happy and smiling.

2016 Antonin Guyon Corton Clos Du Roy - The Guyon family has been in the wine trade for several generations, and this 95 point wine is a star that has it all. It will also drink for many, many years to come. This Point Noir has a very mature and complex aftertaste of strawberry jam and sweet honey taste.

2015 Henri Gouges Nuits Saint Georges Pruliers – 2015 was a top vintage for red Burgundy that you’ll want to experience. “This is a superb les Pruliers from Domaine Gouges and it should give a couple decades worth of drinking pleasure.” – Robert Parker Wine Advocate. Quantities are very limited, so act quickly.                 

 

CHARDONNAY:

2016 Calera Chardonnay Mt Harlan - This new release Chardonnay is 93+ points, only $39.99 and is offered at the bottom of the market pricing. Calera is one of the top winemakers in California whose wines are highly sought-after. This Chardonnay is clean and taut on the nose, with aromas of lemon peel, Pink Lady apple, honeysuckle and a hint of toast. The palate is extremely well rounded and deep.

2016 Au Bon Climat Chardonnay Sanford & Benedict Vineyard - This is an outstanding deal in California Chardonnay from one of the region's top producers. With 95 points and only $34.95, we can’t believe how low the price is for a wine of this quality. There are citrusy notes of lemon and orange along with a minerality that will have your guests impressed with your taste in great wine. "I was very impressed by the wines I tasted...at Au Bon Climat... these new releases are positively brilliant. I can't recommend them highly enough." - Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media

2015 Ramey Chardonnay Hyde Vyd. – David Ramey is one of our favorite producers and is “…one of the veterans of high-quality winemaking..." - Robert Parker. This rare find of lemongrass, ginger and Asian pear flavors will take you by surprise and leave you begging for another sip. This impressive wine has a 97 point score that over-delivers.

2016 Antonin Guyon Bourgogne Chardonnay - With a price tag of under $25, its tropical fruit flavor and hints of caramel, this wine has a smooth and buttery finish that pairs perfectly with ham and potatoes. Don't fear underpaying for a really good bottle of white Burgundy!

2015 Louis Latour Corton Charlemagnethis 97 pointer offers the best bang for the buck in Grand Cru white Burgundy! Louis Latour is an old school legend and one of the top producers of Corton Charlemagne.  The 2015 vintage is the best vintage in years. "For my money, Corton Charlemagne is as good as any Grand Cru white Burgundy (Montrachet, Chevalier Montrachet, etc.) at a fraction of the price." - Dave Sokolin