Category: Wine

Opolo ~ Mountain Zinfandel 2016

Not for the faint of heart.

Extremely dense, jammy, and full-bodied, Opolo’s Mountain Zinfandel is not for the faint of heart. This is a massive Zin, with Raspberry Jam and Mocha aromatics, and a big rich structure.

A bustling French café welcomes you at the curb with aromas of fresh dew on a sidewalk, sweet tobacco, and tea leaf, all while inviting you inside to try one of the pâtissier decadent damson plum cheesecake bars, drizzled with a warm raspberry compote all framed in by rich vanilla spiced latte’. Drink now, cellar for maximum 5 years. Pair with grilled quail with a plum chipotle sauce.

“Happiness is opening a 2016 Opolo Mountain Zinfandel! Swathed in sumptuous layers of dark berries, sweet smoke, and warm spice notes, it’s just so yummy! Decadent aromas & flavors of grilled plums, black cherries, and spices. The plush palate entices with secondary notes of strawberries, rooibos, new leather, and smoked butterscotch, all beguilingly wreathed in smooth cherry pipe tobacco. At a head-spinning 15.5% alcohol, the effect is unarguably dizzying…a happy-making wine, indeed! (Cheers, Vivinoers!)”

Opolo Vineyards ~ Paso Robles


Opolo’s estate vineyards were established from 1994-1996, with sites on both the west and east side of Paso Robles. The topographically diverse, coastal landscape of the westside vineyards provides for an intense and unique flavor profile. The heat and dryness of the east side vineyard make it an ideal microclimate for growing Bordeaux varietals. Home to a wide range of varietals, the estate vineyards help allow the team at Opolo to create many unique single varietals as well as award winning blends.

Most important in making high quality wine is starting with high quality grapes. Opolo’s vineyard team carefully monitors each lot of grapes throughout the season in order to produce the highest quality fruit possible. From taking leaf, petiole, and soil samples, to monitoring water uptake in the vines, all aspects of viticulture is carefully notated and examined with the intent of producing only high quality fruit for our winery. The entire Opolo production team works together every year to provide the best quality product possible.

Really Good Beer ~ Blood Orange IPA

“Thank you for your wine California”..MJagger ~ Don’t forget the beer

From the micro-brew capital San Diego our relentless pursuit to bring the world unparalleled craft, we discovered a hidden treasure with Latitude 33 Brewing Blood Orange IPA. As blood orange stands above everyday citrus, it is not your typical citrus infused IPA. With a crisp entry and slightly sweet finish, Blood Orange IPA has fans raving.

Year Round



Latitude 33 Brewing
1430 Vantage Court #104
Vista, CA 92081

Tasting Room:
Monday-Thursday 3-9pm
Friday 12-10pm
Saturday 12-10pm
Sunday 12-7pm

Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur

Cassis, typical village of the region, popular vacation destination

Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (French pronunciation: ​[pʁɔvɑ̃s alp kot dazyʁ]OccitanProvença-Aups-Còsta d’AzurItalianProvenza-Alpi-Costa AzzurraRégion Sud) is one of the 18 administrative regions of France. Its capital is Marseille.

The Sugiton Calanque, Marseille, a tourist attraction


Châteauneuf-du-Pape ~ Chateau of the Pope

The 2016 Château de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape is a simply stunning showing in this vintage. It is composed of 30% Grenache, 30% Mourvèdre, 15% Syrah, 10% Counoise, 5% Cinsault and 10% other allowed varietals, with each harvested separately and manually and aged in oak foudres for a year before being bottled. The result is an absolutely beautiful wine which begins with gorgeous aromas of raspberries and dark cherries which come together with florals, spices, wet stones and grilled herbs all coming together in the glass.

On the palate this is exudes class and refinement, as it possesses a wonderful texture, with a seamless mouthfeel. It continues to thoroughly impress as it displays remarkable overall balance and finesse along with incredible concentration and length. This is already utterly captivating in its youth, however it possesses the characteristics which indicate an incredibly long evolution ahead. This will ultimately become a special vintage for Beaucastel.

Châteauneuf-du-Pape is a commune in the Vaucluse department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region in southeastern France. The village lies about 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) to the east of the Rhône and 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) north of the town of Avignon. In the 2012 census the commune had a population of 2,179.

A ruined medieval castle sits above the village and dominates the landscape to the south. It was built in the 14th century for Pope John XXII, the second of the popes to reside in Avignon.

Almost all the cultivable land is planted with grapevines. The commune is famous for the production of red wine classified as Châteauneuf-du-Pape Appellation d’origine contrôlée which is produced from grapes grown in the commune of Châteauneuf-du-Pape and in portions of four adjoining communes.

Rocky vineyards in the commune of Chateauneuf-du-Pape Sotheastern France

Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2016 Tour Saint-Michel Cuvée des Deux Soeurs

Grenache grapes flourish throughout the warm, rocky vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, serving as a key component in one of France’s most concentrated red wine styles.

Domaine Tour Saint-Michel’s Grenache-dominant 2016 Cuvée des Deux Soeurs stays true to form by offering savory notes of cherry liqueur, herbes de Provence, ground black pepper, and smoky minerality swathed in a voluptuous, lingering structure. For under $25, this critically acclaimed blend from the Southern Rhône won’t be around for long – grab a case and indulge for years to come

Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2016 Tour Saint-Michel Cuvée des Deux Soeurs

Hybrid Coffee Shop–Wine Bar

The Hybrid Coffee Shop–Wine Bar Is My Favorite Place to Drink Right Now ~ From bon appetit

Some might say I spend too much time in coffee shops. And others might argue I spend too much time in bars. Whether or not they’re right, I’m happy to say that I’ll be cutting my time in half.


Why? How? Not because I’ll be drinking fewer cortados or saisons, but because local beers, natural wines, and dialed-in cocktails are cropping up all over coffee shop menus. The espresso joints I already love are turning into my favorite places to grab a drink at night.

And it makes sense that groovy alcoholic drinks are showing up on coffee shop menus. The commitment to quality booze mirrors the terroir-driven coffees sold at third-wave coffee joints, so it’s no surprise that those who put care into choosing organic Kenyan coffee are geeking out over biodynamic Riesling.

But it’s also about the money. “Having high alcohol margins allows us to keep our coffee affordable and get customers in the door more than once a day,” says Andrew Trautman, one of the owners of Remedy House in Buffalo.

The snacks at Remedy House make it easy to stay all day. PHOTO BY LAURA MURRAY

Remedy House – Buffalo, NY

Yeah, let’s start with Remedy house, because this place absolutely rules. The espresso drinks are exceptional, made with beans from a rotating list of roasters, and whether you want a cocktail or a glass of wine, beer, or amaro, you’ll get a good one here.

The wine list features local natural winemakers like Liten Buffel, as well as bottles from places farther afield, including France and Slovenia. The beer list is constantly changing and filled with New York craft brewers. And the spritzes coming from behind the bar are always in-season, even with a couple feet of Buffalo snow.

WTSO ~ Wine Flash Sales

Great Wine At The Best Price Online – One At A Time – ‘Til Sold Out

Founded in 2006 and Headquartered in Pennsauken, New Jersey, WTSO is the leader in Wine Flash Sale sites with over 25 million bottles sold. With access to an extensive wine network, we have been able to connect members to thousands of wineries around the world.

Maison Champy ~ Burgundy

Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru 2015

For lovers of Pinot Noir, Burgundy stands head and shoulders above the rest, with the wines of Gevrey-Chambertin representing some of the best-known and most dramatic expressions of this fastidious variety.

Maison Champy’s 2015 Premier Cru offering brims with flavor and intensity in its youth, but with a few years in your cellar will evolve into sheer elegance.

93 Points – Wine Spectator!

“Aromas of cherry and raspberry are surrounded by sweet, spicy oak. Shows a slightly exotic feel, with chalky tannins that are well-integrated and supportive.”

Wines Til Sold Out

Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

2016 (1.0 Liter) ~ Nice (big bottle) ~ Always Good

The Wagner Family’s Caymus line is among their top rated red wines, which they produce in a time-honored New World style. The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley impresses with its luscious texture and seductive flavors of chocolate-covered cherries and spiced blackberry pie that will have you reaching for more.

“Flavors of crème de cassis, mocha, tar, graphite and blackberry jam continue to build on the palate and expand through the long finish. A stunning wine, with outstanding weight and poise…”

1945 Romanée-Conti

Burgundy Grand Cru ~ $558K single bottle at auction

1945 Romanée-Conti Burgundy Wine

When a private Asian collector bid an eye-popping $558,000 for a single bottle of 1945 Romanée-Conti at Sotheby’s sale this past Saturday in New York, a world record was smashed. This was not just the highest price ever reached for a 750ml bottle of Burgundy, but also the highest for any bottle of wine ever at auction.

Moments later, a second private collector, from the U.S., paid $496,000 for a second bottle of the same wine, and that too broke all previous records, minus the new one that had just been set.

Which begs the question: Why would someone pay half a million dollars for a bottle of wine?

After all, you could buy many cases of superb vino—even stellar Burgundy—for the same price, which amounts to about $100,000 per glass. (The Liv-ex online wine market points out that 133 bottles of 2010 Château Pétrus, a one-bedroom flat in London, and 400 ounces of gold would each set you back the same amount.)

Fabled Vineyard

All the wines from the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, in the charming, tranquil town of Vosne-Romanée, are famous, sought-after Burgundies. An entire mystique surrounds the domaine, which is known by the nickname DRC. Farmed biodynamically, its grand cru vineyards are meticulously cared for, the grapes sorted individually.

But of its seven fabled reds and one white, those from the tiny 4.5-acre Romanée-Conti vineyard are absolutely iconic, the epitome of the highest-quality Burgundy. The late food writer Richard Olney once called this plot of land “timeless perfection.” Several years ago an extortionist threatened to poison the vines unless the domaine paid him a €1 million ransom. (He was caught.) The 2015, which I tasted earlier this year, has amazingly complex aromas, long, savory layers of earth and spice flavors, and a silky texture that transfixes your tongue.

Veuve Clicquot


Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Brut has been the symbol of the House since 1772. A perfect balance between power and finesse, its complexity comes from the predominant presence of Pinot Noir and Reserve Wines. It showcases our superb vineyards and the consistent style of our House


Grapes from as many as 50 to 60 different Crus go to the blending of Yellow Label. Traditionally, the proportion of each grape variety used is 50 to 55% Pinot Noir, 15 to 20% Meunier and 28 to 33% Chardonnay. These figures vary slightly from year to year according to conditions.