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Bordeaux DIY

As much as we may joke that our French wine buyer, Josh Hoover, secretly vacates to the Côte d'Azur every year to hang out with George Clooney and the like (we're looking at you, Joe!), we know that he actually takes quite seriously the role of "doing it yourself' regarding the store importing our own hand-picked selections from Bordeaux (in partnership with another Southern California wine shop). The vast majority of our wines comes through an importer or distributor-- this has to do with legalities (alcohol, as you may imagine, is pretty heavily regulated) and practicality. While we would love to visit each and every winery (or brewery, distillery, etc.) to try the various bottlings at the river's mouth, as it were, while talking tête-à-tête with the winemaker gleaming their insights, there are just too many places and too little time to really do it justice.

That said, our wine buyers and wine staff relish their chances to get into the field, eye some vines, touch some dirt, taste firsthand some wines, chat with the good folks making the juice we all love so much. And, while he was suspiciously tan coming back from his last visit to France, Josh also came back with a list of what turned out to be quite a fantastic haul of red wines from Bordeaux that he picked for our store and for our friends and customers-- you! Even the California wine guys were impressed!

Seriously, however, these are some top-notch examples of red Bordeaux (blends of mostly Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet France with Petit Verdot, Malbec and Carménère occasionally used in the mix) and shows why we send our people out into the world every year-- they come back with wines like these! Come taste them this month:



ROBERT PARKER 90 POINTS - “A major sleeper of the vintage, this blend of equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot is another “best ever” performance. Notes of tobacco leaf, hot rocks, sweet kirsch and black currants are impressively displayed in this medium to full-bodied, velvety textured, very seductive style of wine. Drink it over the next decade.”

WINE SPECTATOR 90 POINTS - “Dark and winey, with lots of steeped currant and crushed blackberry fruit wrapped with tarry grip. A licorice root edge frames the finish, which stays fleshy and muscular. Very solid. Best from 2014 through 2022. 16,666 cases made.” –JM

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WINE SPECTATOR 90 POINTS - “Displays a dark profile, offering smoldering tobacco and charcoal notes wrapped around steeped plum and black currant fruit. Polished in feel, with an engaging finish. Drink now through 2022.” –JM

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Amongst the vines of Château Boyd-Cantenac in the noble Margaux terroir, a stone cross stands proudly, an emblem of the estate and keeper of the ancestral memory of this vineyard, which has always produced fabulous wines year in, year out. The cross bears the magnificent engraving “Heureux celui qui croit” (He who believes shall be happy), as if to encourage the land to produce an even better wine each year, and to implore the heavens to show generosity to the vines.

If Château Boyd-Cantenac, 1855 Grand Cru Classé, charms by its subtlety, elegance and suppleness, the estate’s selection, La Croix de Boyd-Cantenac, boasts similar qualities. Lighter and fruitier, La Croix de Boyd-Cantenac is made with grapes from vine plots that are younger yet just as rich and promising as their elders. Deep red in color, this feminine wine has a generous bouquet dominated by lightly smoky vanilla notes and forest fruits: cherry and blueberry.The tannins are supple and very silky, giving a structured, balanced 2010 vintage.

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Over several generations the Anney family brought this vineyard to the forefront of the wine scene. With the same passion and energy as his forefathers, Christophe Anney is now at the helm of this priceless terroir he has inherited. The utmost care and attention, the strictest requirements, next-generation equipment… No stone has been left unturned to produce a rare, smooth, charming wine with elegant yet powerful tannins. Château Haut Baradieu is produced with great care and shows itself to be a dense, flavorsome wine. Perfectly embodying the Saint-Estèphe character, a strong wine with powerful, velvety tannins, it demonstrates all the richness of its terroir.

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This is one serious bargain-- the juice is excellent and the price is, too! On the nose, mixed red fruits blend seamlessly with light spice, sandalwood, red plum reduction and fruit leather. The palate keeps the red fruit theme with raspberry and cherry cola in the foreground. This is forward and easy-drinking, light in acidity with gentle tannins. The dominant sweet fruits mesh with warm flavors of carob and light earthiness; the finish is relaxed with a focus on, again, sweet fruit. This is very tasty wine and a great way to introduce your friends to Bordeaux at a quite reasonable price (i.e. great for holiday gatherings, celebrations, etc.).

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ROBERT PARKER 90+ POINTS - “Abundant notes of spicy oak, elegant black currants and rich fruitiness along with hints of forest floor and damp earth are followed by a medium to full-bodied wine with sweet tannin and the classic Pessac-Leognan/Graves characteristics of tobacco leaf and smoke. Deep fruit, moderate tannin and a long finish give this wine enough potential to last for up to two decades or more.”

WINE SPECTATOR 92 POINTS - “Dense, but supple along the edges, offering a packed core of cassis, blackberry and black cherry fruit. The lovely licorice, dark tobacco and violet notes glide to the finish, which shows solid, latent grip. Best from 2015 through 2025.” –JM

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JAMES SUCKLING 91 POINTS - “Wonderful perfumes of flowers and ripe strawberries, follow through to a full body, with silky tannins and a delicious succulent finish. Bright acidity too. Second wine of Cantenac-Brown.”

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WINE SPECTATOR 90 POINTS - “Delicious blueberry, plum and boysenberry notes cascade over one another, allied to modest but polished structure, with lingering violet and anise on the finish. Very accessible now, but the fruit is really gorgeous. Drink now through 2020.” –JM

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Already the owner of the renowned Pavie, Pavie-Decesse, Monbousquet and Bellevue-Mondotte estates, Gérard Perse has now created "Esprit de Pavie", bearing the Bordeaux appellation. Esprit de Pavie comes from a great diversity of terroirs situated on the south-facing slopes of the Dordogne valley and enjoys the same care and attention in winemaking as its illustrious siblings to ensure each bottle's high level quality.

The heady, perfumed nose seamlessly blends violets and night florals with assorted blue and purple fruits and cocoa. Primarily Merlot (65%, with 20% Cab Franc, 15% Cab Sauv), this wine definitely bats fourth in the lineup: it's a powerhouse! Lush in the mouth, with notes of cherry kirsch, toasted earth, red licorice, a touch of dark savory spice and dried meat, both the acidity and tannins are king-sized. Red meats, aged cheeses will beg for this one. Big, brash, bold, beautiful wine.

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Born out of a strong attachment to the appellation of which this is most representative and most distinctive, Château Belle Coline comes from a 12-hectare domain recently acquired by Christophe Reboul Salze, a merchant of Bordeaux wines for more than thirty years and owner of Château Les Grands Merechaux and of Château Gigault. Scents of spicy cherry, persimmon, raspberry tea and light florals lead to a palate filled with high-toned fruit, red plums, cherry heering, light sweet brown spices and mixed red berries. Excellent acidity and biggish tannins shore up the fruit flavors, ready for some red meats, game or similar rich fare.

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In this second wine of Château de Malleret, fruits comes to the fore without being overbearing. Its aromas are graceful on both nose and palate, and the finish is superb. Its tannic, rounded structure reflects on the nobility of its origins. In the nose we find a nice complexity, merging dark red fruits, charred earth, campfire, autumn spice, forest mushrooms and night florals. The palate showcases forward fruits, cherry and loganberry, with strong, balanced tannins and acidity leading to a finish of fruit leather and subtle earth. Rack of lamb? Yes, please!

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Situated on the left bank of the river Dordogne in the Bordeaux appellation, this domaine is planted only with Merlot vines. Jacques Lurton is bringing a long family tradition and personal skills gained from all over the world to this grape variety offering a refreshing, modern red style, very supple and easy drinking. This Merlot-based wine is medium ruby in color. On the nose, red fruit is augmented by violets, herbs and fresh-tilled earth. On the palate, fresh bing cherries predominate with enough acidity to provide lift. The smooth, supple tannins make this an easy drinking wine to be enjoyed now.

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The North American Report


This Pinot Noir is the product of Hi-Time’s successful bid at the legendary Carneros Wine Alliance Annual Auction! By winning this lot, Hi-Time was able to taste through numerous barrels at the historic Buena Vista winery alongside the winemaker, to ensure that we would come up with a unique, distinctive, and delicious Pinot Noir for the money! Our wine buyer, Dan Williams, was so meticulous in his process that winery owner Jean-Charles Boisset was impressed, and commended him on his barrel selection and the final product! Fresh off the cork, the aromatics of this “Hi-Time Cuvee” Pinot Noir are very warm and inviting. Focused on red fruit, notes of an array of different types of cherries literally pop out of the glass and within minutes the bouquet was developing, showing what we could describe as a bowl of fresh red berries including strawberries, cherries and raspberries with hints of baking spices at the end. Upon first sip the aromatics pull through showcasing the red fruit that was once popping out of the glass but is now dancing across the palate. Beautifully integrated acidity balances and keeps this wine very focused! Our mouths were salivating as we tasted and in that instant we knew this would be Hi-Time worthy for your Turkey Day extravaganza!

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The Santa Maria Valley (located within Santa Barbara County) is one of California’s coolest AVAs, with one of the longest growing seasons in the world. The region is defined by its well-drained, lean soils and the unique east/west transverse mountain ranges that act as a funnel for fog and cold winds off the Pacific Ocean. For this reason, the Santa Maria Valley is considered one of America’s premiere appellations for Burgundian varieties, such as Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. For quite some time, Byron has been touted as a quality leader within the region, and their reasonable prices make their wines very attractive! 100% of the grapes for this Pinot Noir were harvested from their historic, estate-owned Nielson Vineyard. The vineyard’s sandy loam soils are ideal for minimizing plant vigor, which creates low yields, small berries, and intense flavor in the fruit. This Pinot Noir comes from both older Pinot Noir vines planted on their own rootstock and new vines planted in high density spacing to the latest clones and rootstocks.

WINE ADVOCATE 91 POINTS - “Kicking off the Pinot Noirs and coming all from sandy soils, the 2012 Pinot Noir Santa Maria Valley is another rocking value from this estate. Exhibiting classy cassis, toasted bread, creamy licorice and loads of spice, this medium to full-bodied, concentrated and ripe Pinot Noir has solid mid-palate depth and a great texture. Spending 15 months in 20% new French oak, enjoy it over the coming 3-4 years.”

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Clay Court sits atop a picturesque hillside in the Chehalem Mountains region of Oregon’s Willamette Valley. This 15-acre all-Pinot-Noir vineyard was planted in 2001 with the classic Pommard and modern Dijon 115 and 777 clones of Pinot Noir. These two clones contrast and complement each other in the final wine. Clay Court was purchased by Elk Cove in 2009 and is the home of founders Joe and Pat Campbell – and their beloved tennis court (get the name?). With gentle east-facing slopes, dark red Jory clay soils, and a proven track-record for producing high-quality Pinot Noirs, Clay Court Vineyard was immediately a great addition to Elk Cove’s estate vineyards. All of Elk Cove’s delicate Pinot Noir fruit undergoes the same gentle handling through their gravity flow system. This allows them to achieve the elegance, texture and luscious quality that are the hallmarks of exquisite Pinot Noir. Clay Court Pinot Noir fruit is fermented in small, temperature-controlled steel tanks, hand-punched down twice daily then aged for ten months in 40% new French oak. Elk Cove’s winemaking team then carefully blends the barrels most representative of the spicy flavors and concentrated red cherry fruit that characterizes this vineyard. Red-velvet in color with spicy plum, raspberries, forest floor and ripe red cherries on the nose, the wine entices with a smooth texture showing very concentrated red fruits of currents, fresh cranberry sauce, and raspberries falling ripe off the vine. Silky, plump, and full-flavored on the finish, this wine is sure to entice even most discerning palate!

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Greg Brewer and Steve Clifton are two of the best winemakers ever to come out of Santa Barbara County. Put these two winemakers in the same facility, and let them run wild with their love of Burgundy, and you’ve got some of the hottest wines in California! Brewer Clifton began working with the Machado family in 2008. Brewer Clifton’s 15-acre parcel is located adjacent to Clos Pepe, and the site is marked by a gorgeous rolling terrain with sandy clay loam soils. The vineyard is tightly-spaced, with increases color and flavor within the grapes, and the vineyard is planted to “heritage clones” such as Pommard, Merry Edwards, and Mount Eden.

WINE ADVOCATE 94 POINTS - “Even better, the 2012 Pinot Noir Machado has sappy, grippy texture to go with notions of rose petal, earth, underbrush and both blackberry and raspberry-styled fruit. Medium to full-bodied, rich, textured and beautifully balanced, I love the overall energetic vibe here, and it should evolve nicely for upward of a decade.”

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Every so often, you’ll peruse our newsletter and see that we ask why more people aren't doing things like Winery “A”. Well… this is one of those times! While the noteworthy wines from Tablas Creek have been around for a little while (and they are still exciting), their latest Patelin bottlings are shaking things up! This blend of Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre and Counoise comes from their Westside Paso neighbors who have planted vineyards using Tablas clones. In theory, this Patelin red should be tight, young, and tart… but on the contrary, this wine is rich, concentrated and immensely delicious. In fact, our buyer wouldn’t spit this wine out! Deep ruby/garnet in color, the nose is loaded with Asian spices, raspberry, currants, strawberry, black cherry, and orange marmalade while the palate follows suit and adds hints of grilled meats and graphite, and cocoa. This wine is flavorful and complex, but finishes with silky tannins, so it’s a great match for meals like Thanksgiving. This is a great value in wine, and one that just may make you ask yourself why you haven’t tried these wines before!

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In the last year, this has become one of the favorite whites of our wine staff, and customers keep coming back for it, too! Müller-Thurgau is a white grape that is widely planted in Europe, but has only recently become a focus for more boutique producers from the United States. The grape’s inherit freshness, bright fruit characteristics, and well-placed acidity make it refreshing and a lovely pair with food! Stainless steel fermented at a low 45 degrees for freshness and maximum varietal character, this is a vibrant, zippy, and mineral-laced wine with aromas of green apples, kaffir limes, and white flowers, while the flavors show star fruit, lime, passion fruit, and granny smith apple. Clean, and with good acidity, this is an amazing value, and might possible become your new house white!

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O.K., first off, let’s get this out of the way… this is not sweet! Now since that’s out of the way, we cannot remember the last time we had a Gewurztraminer this amazing out of California! The Valley Foothills Vineyard planted in 1995 is situated on the floor of the Anderson Valley. The 170 planted acres in the vineyard, formerly an apple orchard, has mature vines almost 30 years old. The vineyard’s unique geography includes highland meadows, plateaus and multiple river tributaries to the Navarro River which flows two directions through the coastal areas. Mixing grapes from these microclimates give this wine complexity not typically seen in California Gewurztraminer. Alsatian in style, this is dry and crisp, with tea and a slightly earthy apple aroma. Layers of spice, apple, grapefruit and pear greet your palate before leading to a crisp, clean, and vibrant finish. Only 160 cases made!

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Steve MacRostie started making Chardonnay under his own label in 1987 and MacRostie Chardonnay has been a staple at Hi-Time for nearly as long. A few years ago, MacRostie released a new wine label, with a new appellation, and newly refined style to the wine. Steve and his team noticed over the years that their best lots of Chardonnay were coming from the Sonoma side of Carneros and we must say-- this Sonoma Coast Chardonnay is delicious and with a sub-$20 price point it is stunning! Pale straw gold in color, with honey-suckle and jasmine aromas, citrus flavors, kefir lime and tangerine dominate the taste profile while the mouthfeel is elegant and full, with ripe pear and a touch of vanilla caramel from the oak. The finish is soft and smooth, very dry, but leaves lingering lush primary fruit flavors.

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Talley’s Rincon Vineyard (eight miles northeast of the Pacific Ocean) is the oldest of their vineyards with the first plantings dating to 1982. The soil in the Rincon Vineyard is shallow and composed of loam and calcareous clay. This soil type is reminiscent of the vineyards of Burgundy, particularly those in the Côte de Nuits. The shallow soil, coupled with steep hills, facilitates drainage and results in Chardonnay and Pinot Noir yields averaging less than three tons per acre (this is very low). This wine sees the same élevage (or upbringing) as their Rosemary’s bottling, so the only difference in taste comes from the vineyard itself. Beautiful aromas of vanilla and honeydew lead into a chalky minerality in this 2012 vintage that is classic Rincon Vineyard. Saturated straw gold in color, the palate opens up with concentrated notes of citrus and lemon curd. The softer, leaner acidity of this wine leads into a smooth finish. Pair this wine with buttery seafood dishes like seared scallops… and mashed potatoes!
92 points from Antonio Galloni!

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Wine of the Month


Picture this…our California wine buyer is tasting with Mac Myers, the winemaker at Barrel 27 and McPrice Myers, up in Paso Robles. Mac has barrels of Syrah that are destined for specific bottlings (like Les Galets, Beautiful Earth and Right Hand Man), but he also has a few barrels of Syrah that are absolutely delicious, but just don’t quite fit into any of these existing wines. At that point in time, the light goes off in our buyer’s head. ”Hey Mac, why don’t we work on a blend with these barrels for Hi-Time’s limited run of Rock Garden wines?” Mac totally agreed.

They worked on blending specific amounts from certain barrels and came up with a few more-than-worthy candidates. But Mac, whose heart is as big as they come, pulled a barrel away from one of his premium wines because he wanted to be sure that our Rock Garden wine was a hit. We tasted this new blend…BOOM! Rock Garden Syrah is here to rock your world!

The wine is a blend of fruit comprised of 80% from Camp 4 Vineyard and 20% Kymsi Vineyard, two properties in the Santa Ynez Valley. Camp Four is in the eastern part of the valley, where it is very warm to downright hot, and brings rich, dense fruit to the wine. Kymsi is in Ballard Canyon, the middle of Santa Ynez Valley, and brings black fruit, structure and spice. In addition to the Syrah, 5% Viognier was co-fermented with the Syrah. This helps to create darker color, lifted aromatics and a more approachable wine.

When this wine was popped open for the wine staff, more than one remarked that this may be our best wine of the month ever! Dark garnet in color with a purple hue, the nose is chocked full of plums, boysenberry, blackberry, baking spice, white pepper, and grilled meat. On the palate the wine is juicy, but not overpowering, possessing good freshness and lift, with fresh fruit compote, soy, a mélange of blue and black fruit, with a hint of raspberry, bacon, and graphite. Velvety, fleshy, and with a long lasting finish, this is a steal of a wine!

This is one of our best wine of the months ever!

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Wine of the Month 2


This is one deeply expressive wine with 50% Sangiovese and 50% Montepulciano. Dense in color with layers of dark fruit, juicy ripe black cherries, tobacco, cocoa and grilled meat all coming together with structure, elegance and a lingering finish. A beautifully textured wine loaded with personality.A great crowd pleaser through the holidays! Savor with braised steak, wild boar ragu, tagliatelle with porcini mushrooms and stuffed olives.

The Podere San Lazzaro is a family-owned company and they work organically as much as possible to respect the environment and the vineyards. The craftsmanship is very important, from the birth of the first buds until the harvest of the grapes. The philosophy is simple, total respect of nature without the use of pesticides in the vineyard. All the work is done by hand by founder and winemaker Paolo Capriotti and his father.

The vineyards are located along gentle rolling hills in between the Apennines and the coastline of the Adriatic Sea in the rising region of Marche becoming known for its exuberant value reds. The name "Podere72" is a nod to year that the vineyard was planted in 1972 by Paolo and his father with a clone of Sangiovese grosso (biotype Montalcino) and Montepulciano (Ap Mp1) one of the historic clone of Montepulciano.

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New & Notable
Champagne Discoveries
by Jim "Bubblehead" Duane

The fall is always a busy time when we are inundated with new Champagne arrivals and this year is no exception. In fact we can’t recall encountering more worthy contenders vying for shelf space in our cellar. This month we are proud to have three exciting new producers representing the Côte des Blancs and The Montagne de Reims.

Cotes Des Blanc - Champagne Suenen

Semi-pro basketball player Aurélien Suenen made an about-face in 2008, leaving basketball and returning to the family estate to help his ailing father Daniel. A year later, upon the passing of his father, Aurélien assumed management of the domaine at the tender age of 23 and hasn’t looked back since.  He farms five hectares of Chardonnay vines in the Côtes des Blanc (Cramant, Chouilly and Oiry-- all Grand Crus), and Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay in the St. Thierry hills, due northwest of Reims. Approaching sustainable viticulture with the same zeal as his athletic training, he has been steadily revitalizing his soils—implementing mostly organic practices—and seeks longer hang-time for the grapes than his neighbors. Heavily influenced by Burgundian winemaking and his mentors Anselme Selosse and Pascal Agrapart, he seeks slow, gentle, temperature-controlled vinifications and a separation of cuvées by individual parcel to achieve rich, ripe and mineral-driven Champagnes.



This Brut “Reserve” is a blend of 45% Pinot Noir, 45% Pinot Meunier and 10% Chardonnay, all from the 2010 harvest and finished off with moderate dosage of 7 grams/liter. The result is a deftly crafted Brut that showcases exceedingly fresh aromas of red apples, kiwis and orchard fruits. The palate is mouthfilling and expansive with plenty of lively bubbles that support peach, apple and honey flavors that are accented by pleasing acidity and a touch of chalk. A real standout for it freshness and vividly rendered fruit.

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This Chardonnay Champagne is sourced exclusively from Aurélien’s Grand Cru parcels in Cramant, Chouilly and Oiry, and as one would expect it is more linear, tense and focused than the Brut Reserve. John Gillman (Notes from the Cellar) writes: “...The wine is a blend of the base years of 2008 and 2009, did not undergo malo and its dosage is four grams per liter. This is truly a stunning debut wine, soaring from the glass in a complex and very refined aromatic blaze of pear, fresh apricot, crème patissière, complex, limestone minerality and white flowers. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, crisp and absolutely rock solid at the core, with very elegant mousse, great focus and grip, zesty acids and superb length and grip on the very poised finish. Stellar juice! 93 Points.”

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This 2007 is drawn from Aurélien’s best two parcels of Chardonnay, one in Chouilly and one in Oiry. This beauty combines and expands upon the best attributes of the above wines. It has the ample texture of the Brut Reserve even at its very low 3 g/l. dosage, yet displays more length, flavor facets and minerality than the non-vintage Blanc de Blancs. While already a showstopper, this 2007 will surely develop event more flavor intrigue over the next five years or so.

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Doyard Mahe

Philippe Doyard is understandably proud of his grandfather Maurice Doyard who founded in 1941 the CIVC (Comité Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne). Today Doyard farms 15 acres of vineyards (90% Chardonnay, 10% Pinot Noir) in the southern Côte des Blancs village of Vertus. The soil and climate of Vertus produces fruitier Champagnes than those of its northern neighbors a factor that dovetails with the Doyard Mahe house style. For twenty years the family’s has been guided by a keen respect for the environment--i.e. viticulture raisonnée. Philippe strives to make accessible, fruit-forward Champagnes that reflect all his hard work in the field. To this end he employs stainless fermenting vats with temperature control, malolactic fermentation and extended aging on the yeast.



From the outstanding 2008 Champagne harvest, this E.B. was and was aged sur latte for four years in the cellars prior to a manual riddling just prior to disgorgement. Dosage is a minimal 4 g/l which works well to rein in this Champagne’s copious Chardonnay fruit. It sports a burnished straw hue that serves as a brilliant backdrop for its numerous strands of bubbles which releases delicate aromas of lemon blossoms, pears and dried apricots. The kinetic palate tingles with stone and citrus fruit flavors that are surprisingly generous for such a low dosage bottling. The memorable finish reverberates long and pleasingly with notions of limes, lemon drops and wet chalk. Here then, is a lively, but balanced Champagne that showcases the brilliance of the 2008 vintage at a very affordable tariff.

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Montagne de Reims - Maurice Vesselle

Fifth-generation vignerons Didier and Thierry Vesselle proudly follow the footsteps of their father, Maurice Vesselle, and the classic, grower-Champagne house-style he started in 1955. These talented but humble récoltants-manipulants might go unnoticed if it weren’t for their fabulous vineyards from the Montagne de Reims appellations of Bouzy and Tours-sur-Marne—known for producing some of Champagne’s finest Pinot Noir. The duo is part of the avant-garde of Champagne’s sustainable viticulture movement, and they have earned the rigorous HVE III Certification (High Environmental Value) by the European Union for their high standards in sustainable farming. In the cellars, the brothers prefer quick fermentations without malo but employ long, costly élevages for up to five years in order to attain the texture and complexities that can only come from such aging. As Didier Vesselle says, “...the mark of a great wine is when you can finish it without even realizing it. It should be easy to drink.”



Displaying fine bubbles and a deep straw color, this Brut is a blend of 85% Pinot Noir and 15% Chardonnay. It beckons the taster with effusive aromas of wild strawberries, red currants, and mandarin oranges. Ample and extroverted on the palate with Queen Anne cherry, apricot, and citrus sensations that gather pleasing inflections of chalk and stones in the long-play finish. Rich and harmonious, this easy drinking Champagne performs the deft trick of being sleek and well-toned at the same time. Wonderful all on its own but possessing the gravitas and red berry flavor profile that is tailor-made to work wondersl with rich Holiday fare.

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Sparkler of the Month


Graham Beck is no stranger to quality, especially when it comes to sparkling wine. Award winning Cellarmaster, Peter Ferreira, gained valuable work experience in Champagne before returning to his South Africian homeland to take on his duties at Graham Beck. Brut Zero is a blend of 87% Chardonnay and 13% Pinot Noir that is aged no less than 6 years on the yeast, a costly practice which imparts a satisfying richness to this bubbly’s flavors despite its having had no sugar added in the dosage. This is truly a study in mouth-filling minerality that features impressions of fresh green apples and citrus with hints of brioche. This may not be Champagne, but we dare you to deny its similarities. Or course when it comes to bang for the buck, this limited bottling is really in a league of its own.

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Turkey Trot
Wines that Pair with the Bird


Just in time for Thanksgiving we discovered this very pretty Kabinett. With loads of kiwi and red gooseberry flavors, this very exotic Riesling is a pleasure to drink. Schloss Schönborn is the oldest estate in Germany and one of the oldest in the world, continuously owned by the same family (27 generations). Certainly, they have perfected the science of winemaking which even shows in their lower priced wines. With 11% alcohol this wine is slightly sweet. It is rich in flavor and refreshing which makes it the PERFECT companion for your Thanksgiving dinner. Bring on the turkey!

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As with all of Pierre Dethune’s Champagnes this 2010 based Rose his family’s organically farmed plots all of which are situated within the Ambonnay Grand Cru. For his rosé, Déthune uses both the maceration (i.e. saignee) and blending methods: first, the Pinot Noir grapes undergo a short maceration, giving the juice a deep color that’s close to a red wine’s depth. To this reddish juice, Paul adds about 20 percent of Chardonnay, both to lighten the color and to add finesse to the blend. The result is a deeply toned salmon colored rose with a delicate effervescence that liberates a profusion of red fruit esters (cherries, raspberries, strawberries, and red currants). In the mouth this Champagne is certainly flush with red berry goodness but what is even more impressive is its detailed core of nougat infused chalk and spice. A memorable rose tailor-made for grand celebrations.

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With the Holidays looming, we have been feverishly searching for a rose sparkler near the ten dollar price point that we can enthusiastically recommend. Well, our prayers have truly been answered with gem from the historic Perelada castle in Spain’s Cataluña province. This dark cherry tinted sparkler is a novel blend of Grenache (74%), Pinot Noir (18%), and Trepat (8%) presents unabashed aromas of crushed cranberries, pomegranates, and orange zest. More cranberries flow over to the palate where they are joined by impressions of dark cherries and citrus. This Champagne method bubbly finishes with a remarkable buoyancy and purity given its vivid red berry demeanor. An obvious call for budget conscious toasting and Holiday hoisting.

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Turkey Flat Winery dedicates an entire Barossa Valley vineyard to the blend of grapes used for this delicious rosé. The 2014 is composed of 93% Grenache, 4% Shiraz, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Dolcetto. This delightful wine has a deep salmon pink color and a forward nose featuring scents of strawberries and raspberries. Medium-bodied, dry and crisp in the mouth, it offers a good core of vibrant red berry flavors (cherries and raspberries) and a medium-long finish. The minute trace of residual sugar (4.5 grams per liter or about half a percent) is well balanced by crisp acidity. This will go beautifully with turkey and all the trimmings as well as ham, salmon, roast chicken or quiche. Turkey Flat has some of the oldest Shiraz vines in the world. It was here, on the banks of Tanunda Creek in the Barossa Valley, where bush “turkeys” once roamed, that pioneer Silesian settlers planted the first Shiraz vines in 1847.

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This is a fun, fresh and lively wine from the Puglia region of Italy, an area known as the heel of the Italian boot. The Tormaresca winery was founded by the iconic Antinori family who continue to showcase traditional Italian wines while pursuing exciting new ideas as well. Fichimori is a delicious, fruity blend of the indigenous grape, Negroamaro, with Syrah. It shares some of the characteristics of Pinot Noir or Beaujolais wines in both body and flavor profile. This wine is a bright-colored medium ruby; on the nose it displays vibrant red fruits including cherry and pomegranate, which mingle nicely with sweet herbs. It is medium-bodied with moderate acidity and light tannins resulting in an easy-drinking style. This soft and fruity wine is best served chilled and will drink beautifully with a variety of food including holiday fare such as turkey with cranberry and all the trimmings. The Italians also enjoy this wine after dinner or as a base ingredient for several refreshing cocktails. Go to page 21 to see some of these fun cocktail recipes. Salute!

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Cellar La Vinyeta

In 2002, Josep Serra, a young oenology and viticulture student, combined his life savings with money he had to borrow to purchase a little less than five acres of 50-80 year old vineyards in the town of Mollet de Perelada, a small village in the Emporda DO. The vineyard is located in the northeastern corner of Catalonia, nestled next to the Pyrenees Mountains and the Mediterranean Sea. Since the release of his first vintage in 2007, Josep now sustainably farms 19 varietals on over 50 acres. La Vinyeta is a play on words focused around the idea of storytelling, which combines the words for ‘vineyard’ and ‘comic strip’ in Catalan. The wines themselves continue that story: Heus, from the expression ‘Heus aquí una vegada’ (Once upon a time…), Llavors (and then…) and Puntiapart (and so the story ends).



A crisp and aromatic blend of Macabeu, Xarel.lo, Garnatxa Blanca, Moscat, and Malvasia, this wine’s bright acidity and lower alcohol (11.5%) make it ideal to start any holiday meal. Mineral salinity streaks through the aromas and palate of lemon and green apple with some fresh floral notes of jasmine and lemongrass.

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A fresh and lively blend of Samso (the local name for Carignan), Syrah, Garnatxa and Merlot, this is a great wine to complement any holiday meal. Red fruits and spice dominate the Heus Negre. While the fruit is quite ripe, it is tempered and restrained with smooth texture, round tannins and a hint of crisp acidity. Tangy, tart and bitter cherry are all present along with fresh cracked pepper notes and dried rose petals. The Heus Negre will sing with the cranberry sauce while it dances with your Turducken.

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2010 Barolo Part 2

This is Part II of our 2010 Barolo feature (see our JULY 2014 newsletter for Part I!). Like the Barolo producers and the press, we are quite excited to be offering this spectacular vintage. We are continuing the story about the awesome Barolo vintage and the main characters are now on stage with these releases-- really highlighting good 2010 was and is. With or without the exuberant press and lofty verbiage, this is a great time for wine fans, in general, and Barolo fans in particular: these wines are the real deal.

“... Simply put, 2010 is the greatest young Barolo vintage I have tasted in 18 years of visiting the region and a lifetime of buying, cellaring and drinking these wines.”

“As structured as the 2010s are, these aren’t your father’s (or mother’s) Barolos. In other words, the wines won’t take decades to become approachable. Significant strides in viticulture and winemaking have made today’s young Barolos more approachable than they have ever been. For example, the 2008 Barolos, wines from another cool, late-maturing vintage, are surprisingly open today. Those wines may close down at some point in the future, but the days of needing to cellar Barolos for decades before they drink well is largely a thing of the past. The last vintage I can remember with truly forbidding youthful tannins is 1999.” - ANTONIO GALLONI... Vinous Media (January 2014)



The Brovia single-vineyard wines are vivid demonstrations of their terroirs, and it’s always a treat to taste them together to see the differences between the vineyards. ‘Classico’ is a preferred term for Barolos / Barbarescos that are not single-vineyard wines, as no producer is very keen on calling their wine ‘base Barolo’ or ‘basic Barolo’. Brovia’s Barolo (classico) is a blend of 4 vineyards, with the biggest share coming from 25 year-old vines in Brea, which gives the wine a very mineral, chalky backbone. Classico bottlings are always less expensive than the single-vineyards, and there’s a strong tendency to diminish the importance of the classico wines in favor of our obsession with the single vineyards, but the best blended Barolos express the complexity that comes from combining fruit from different terroirs - think B. Mascarello, G. Rinaldi. We miss out on some great wine if we ignore a classico wine that’s as good as Brovia’s, which is altogether a serious wine, and something very fine.

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JAMES SUCKLING 95 POINTS - “Very pretty aromas and flavors of dried strawberries and plums follow through to a full body, with velvety tannins and an intense finish. ItÍs all in the finish here. Needs at least five years to come together. Impressive structure. Best blended Barolo ever from here.”

Our staff has always been extremely enamored with the delicate and super elegant wines of Oddero. Upon tasting the 2010 Barolo, we are glad to inform you this is another excellent achievement from our old friends. Bravo! The Oddero family released its first bottle of wine in 1878. Since then, the winery has been handed down six generations, father to son. That tradition changed with the seventh generation. Today, sisters Mariacristina and Mariavittoria (daughters of Giacomo Oddero) own the winery and 35 hectares of vineyard spread across the townships of Serralunga d’Alba, La Morra, Monforte d’Alba and Castiglione Falleto.

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ANTONIO GALLONI 96 POINTS - “Scavino’s 2010 Barolo Carobric stands out for its focus and clarity. Sweet red berries, mint, crushed rocks and rose petals are some of the many notes that take shape in the glass. The 2010 Carobric is bright, aromatically lifted and gorgeous in its precision. Today the 2010 is an infant, but it has gorgeous intensity and length. All the elements are in the right place. This is one of the best vintages of Carobric I can recall tasting. As a reminder, Carobric is a blend of fruit from Cannubi, Rocche di Castiglione and Bric del Fiasc.”

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ANTONIO GALLONI 96+ POINTS - “ The 2010 Barolo Bricco delle Viole is going to need quite a bit of time to fully come together. Dark cherries, plums, tobacco and spices burst from the glass in an intense, structured Barolo that hits all the high notes. Next to the Ravera, the Bricco delle Viole is more floral, lifted and finessed, especially with time in the glass. Rose petals, savory herbs and sweet spices add the last nuance of complexity. The 2010 is fabulous; it’s as simple as that.”

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E. Pira & Figli "Chiara Boschis"

Barolo is a place of peasants and royalty. The king of Savoy famously owned a prominent Barolo winery, but the most famous wines today come from old farming families working small plots of land. Chiara Boschis is part of the Borgogno clan who helped define the best of Barolo from the 1760s. Her father and two brothers ran the family winery leaving little place for Chiara. When the last heir of another Barolo farming family, E. Pira, suddenly passed away, Chiara bought the historic brand and transformed it. Chiara’s innovations have largely been in the vineyard, reducing yields to focus flavors. During her second harvest at E. Pira in 1994, a concerned neighbor called Chiara’s father to inquire if he thought his daughter was totally nuts—she had simply dropped more crop at pruning than any of the Barolo old-timers had ever seen. Chiara’s methods are hands-on and intense, demanding a small production. She recently doubled the size of E. Pira—from 1,500 cases a year to nearly 3,000. Production on her signature wine, “Cannubi” Barolo, is just 800cs.



ANTONIO GALLONI 95 POINTS - “The 2010 Barolo Mosconi, the estate’s first wine from this south-facing site in Monforte, is showing beautifully today. In this cold, late-ripening vintage, the south exposition and richness typical of this site give the Mosconi a level of mid-palate pliancy and richness the other 2010 Barolos don’t have. Mosconi has never given Barolos of finesse or elegance, but this is just about as good as it gets."

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ANTONIO GALLONI 94 POINTS - “The 2010 Barolo Cannubi is a drop-dead gorgeous beauty. Freshly cut flowers, mint, spices, new leather and violets all waft from the glass in a refined, impeccable Barolo loaded with class. The 2010 is all about delicacy, finesse and elegance. Sweet, floral and impeccable in its balance, the 2010 is striking from start to finish. This is pure sensuality.”

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ANTONIO GALLONI 98 POINTS - “The 2010 Barolo Gavarini Vigna Chiniera is a wine of breathtaking purity and finesse. The year that comes to mind is 2008, but the 2010 has a more classic sense of structure, tannic cut and intensity. Bright red berries, crushed rocks, mint and dried flowers are some of the many notes that linger in the glass. Sweet floral notes begin to emerge over time but the 2010 is a reticent, austere wine built for the cellar. Razor-precise veins of acidity and minerality support the brilliant, crystalline finish. This is an especially thrilling Gavarini, but readers are going to have to be patient. The 2010 is a wine to buy and forget about for a decade, perhaps longer. Hints of the 1989 and its extraordinary perfume linger on the finish. Gianluca Grasso adds that for the first time in 2010 he had the courage to pick this fruit a few days later than normal.”

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ANTONIO GALLONI 97 POINTS - “Dark red cherries, plums, smoke, tar, menthol and licorice all take shape in the 2010 Barolo Ginestra Vigna Casa Matè. Today the 2010 is painfully young and less expressive than the Gavarini, but equally promising. A generous, resonant wine, the 2010 blossoms in all directions with seemingly endless layers of dark, balsamic-inflected fruit. Today, the Casa Matè is closed and shut down, but it has all the qualities to develop into a spectacular Barolo. The future is bright, especially for readers who can be patient.”

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ANTONIO GALLONI 95 POINTS - “The most open of the 2010s, the 2010 Colonnello has a wonderful immediacy to it. Dark cherry, plum, cloves, new leather, menthol and a hint of oak. Firm yet well-integrated tannins provide the backbone for a core of explosive fruit in this racy, extroverted wine. The Colonnello marries the round, supple personality of this site with the classic sense of structure and tannin of the year. If I were going to open any of Conterno’s 2010s before age ten it would be the Colonnello, but even then I would try to hold off. Quite simply, this is one of the very best Colonnellos in recent memory. 2020 – 2030”

WINE SPECTATOR 98 POINTS - “A beautifully crafted Barolo, with ripe cherry, plum, leather, spice, mineral and smoke elements. Starts off supple and approachable, but the gripping tannins soon move in, securing the lengthy, spice-filled finish. An underlying mineral vein adds depth. Best from 2018 through 2036. From Italy.—B.S.”

$129.99 750ml [303649]



ANTONIO GALLONI 97 POINTS - “Conterno’s 2010 Barolo Cicala boasts razor-sharp minerality and acidity in support of the beautifully delineated, resonant fruit. Rose petals, tar, licorice, dark cherries and tobacco are some of the many nuances that burst from the glass in an exotic, intense Barolo loaded with class and personality. The Cicala is going to require considerable patience, but it is a stunner. Vivid and alive through to the finish, the Cicala is easily one of the wines of this great Barolo vintage. 2025 – 2040”

WINE SPECTATOR 98 POINTS - “A gorgeous red, scented with rose, mint, menthol, cherry and leather notes, with intense flavors matching the aromas. Dense with tannins, finely wrought and dovetailing on the long, detailed finish, this is very harmonious, yet will need time to fully express itself. Best from 2018 through 2038. From Italy.—B.S.”

$129.99 750ml [303288]


Franco Conterno with our own Patty Quick at October's Aldo Conterno tasting (it was awesome!)... Sommelier Patton Penhallegon from Pizzeria Mozza stopped by to provide appropriate Barolo-worthy food. What a night!!

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Greek Wine: The Wine Dark Sea

Wine has been made in Greece for over 6,000 years. In the past two decades Greek winemaking has undergone a quality revolution and world class wines are now being made there. The Wine Spectator, in their issue dated Nov. 15, 2014, discusses the revival of Greek wines, particularly the crisp whites made from Assyrtiko or Aidani on the island of Santorini. Among their recommended wines are some of our favorites:

ARGYROS 2013 ESTATE ASSYRTIKO, SANTORINI  WS 91 POINTS  $24.98 [304572] Hi-Time Wine Cellars add to cart button

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Pumpkin Beers

Shipyard Pumpkinhead 12oz 6-pack $9.47 [490733]

Shipyard Brewing is coming out of Maine and this seasonal Pumpkin beer is one of their most popular offerings. Unlike a lot of other pumpkin ales, this one is a wheat ale that contains the popular spiced pumpkin flavoring. Its flavor is so liked amongst beer drinkers that their website has come up with an entire drink menu using Pumpkinhead beer as their key ingredient for them all. Whether it is with a shot of vanilla vodka, spiced rum, Butterscotch schnapps, or just by itself, this is a beer that many love-- you might, too!

Mendocino Pumpkin Ale 12oz 6-pack $9.97 [495261]

Mendocino Brewery is a brewery that accordingly started out in 1983 in Mendocino County in a city called Ukiah that is 110 miles north of San Francisco but has also expanded across the country to Saratoga Springs, NY. We couldn’t resist bringing in this delicious seasonal pumpkin ale from them. Starting out with rich malts, pumpkin spices, nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon, and cocoa nibs, this beer is one pint that is a mouth-punch worth of flavor. With all these delectable adds to this brew, you would think it would be very dark and intense with high alcohol, but actually, on the contrary this beer is made in a lighter style (Session ale) that is deceiving to the look when it comes to all the taste packed inside.

Howe Sound Pumpkineater 1L $10.97 [471432]

Howe Sound Brewery is the only brewery out of this Pumpkin-loaded lineup that isn’t coming from one of the U.S. craft breweries. Instead, this is coming to us from the land of maple leaves and poutine, our friends and neighbors to the north, Canada! A newbie to our beer shelves, we have a few different styles from them but, of course, our focus this month, is on their PumpkinEater Imperial Pumpkin Ale. Coming in a 1L swing top bottle, it has packaging that is hard to miss. A high gravity pumpkin ale brewed with barley, fresh roasted pumpkin, hops, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, star anise, water and yeast, this is a local favorite up in British Columbia, where it's brewed at Horseshoe Bay on BC's spectacular Howe Sound.

Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale 12oz 6-pack $8.47 [400289]

One of the most recognized pumpkin ales offered over the years is definitely Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale. This beer is known for having tons of dedicated followers that wait all year for this delectable treat to grace our shelves. People usually aren’t even aware they brew other beers! They started brewing this seasonal treat as soon as they opened their doors in 1983 during the “Craft Beer Revolution” and it still is as popular and delicious as it was then. The amber color and rich flavor coming from real pumpkin is something that they have never strayed away from.

Sam Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale 12oz 6-pack $8.97 [495671]

Sam Adams has always been respected as a brewery with a wide variety of different brew selections but it has gotten a bad rap as trying to be a craft brewery even though they are a mass production large brewery. This rap isn’t deserved though; their craft selections and special brews compete yearly in many different competitions across the world and U.S. and consistently win in varying categories. This seasonal selection from them is one that is a pinnacle of the Pumpkin ales by offering tons of that malt sweetness and pumpkin spices in each taste.

Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale 12oz 6-pack $9.97 [474447]

Smuttynose Brewery has slowly started to take over more and more of our beer shelves and is one that is looking to stay. Coming out of New Hampshire, this brewery is named after Smuttynose Island, the third largest of nine islands that form the Isles of Shoals. They began in 1994 and have continually grown across the U.S. and even in Europe. They use their knowledge of local history to continue the brewing tradition that has been around since colonial times of using pumpkins in beer. It is another one of the lighter pumpkin ales and can be considered Session Pumpkin Ale. Enjoy!

Hangar 24 Local Fields Gourdgeous Imperial Porter 22oz $7.97 [472780]

Now we are going to delve into the more intense styles that the Pumpkin brews have offering. Hangar 24 Gourdgeous is a series from their Local Fields line and is a strong porter brewed with pumpkins, molasses and spices. The Local Fields line gets its name from using all local ingredients from locally owned San Bernardino- and Riverside-based farms. The pumpkins used are coming right down the street from the Larry Jacinto farms and they used over 1,000 pounds of pumpkins to brew this year’s Gourdgeous batches. This is definitely more of a rich, more viscous style then some of the other pumpkin beers we’ve previously discussed. The velvety mouthfeel of this beer will impart a lingering sweetness of the molasses and spices that will leave you thirsting for more.

Anderson Valley Pinchy Jeek Bourbon Barrel Pumpkin Ale 22oz $9.47 [474602]

In this pumpkin beer lineup, we have saved the most intense, flavor-packed one for last. Anderson Valley has added this new beer to their lineup, the Pinchy Jeek Barl Pumpkin Ale. The unique name portrays the unique brew dwelling inside of it. This is pumpkin ale that is aged for 6 months in Wild Turkey Bourbon barrels. This is unique for two reasons; first it is pumpkin ale that’s aged in a bourbon barrel; secondly, the barrels they use for aging are actually branded by Wild Turkey. Usually any beers that use bourbon barrels don’t distinguish the company that the barrels came from but by doing this, Anderson Valley has tapped not just into the crazy craft beer world but also into the growing Bourbon craze market by using a well known and respected company to provide their barrels. This is definitely the most filling and most intensely flavored beer of all the pumpkin ales we have discussed but all the different variations of these pumpkin ales shows that there is one for every type of style you could be looking for.

Thanksgiving Beer

Bière de Garde - The Biere de Garde style or “Beer for Keeping” is a brew that originated in the Northern parts of France and has spread to Belgium and American brewers as well. It is one of the most universally recommended styles for Thanksgiving due to its rich caramel malts that stand up well to the intense flavors of Thanksgiving. This style, though, has many variations that different breweries have utlized to make their own versions. Whether it be mildly hoppy with toasted malts, earthy, musty aromas, or different ranges of alcohol and carbonation…they all do well with different parts of the Thanksgiving feast. With all the different variations within the style, we wanted to show off a bunch of different beers coming from different companies that can accompany any part of your Thanksgiving meal.

Adelbert’s Brewery Scratchin’ Hippo Bière 750ml $9.47 [485523]
Lost Abbey Avant Garde 750ml
$7.97 [490028]
Castelain Blond Bière de Garde 750ml
$12.47 [400090]
Brasserie Dupont’s Bière de Beloeil 750ml
$10.97 [472407]
Ommegang Scythe & Sickle Harvest Ale 120z 4-pack
$10.47 [472929]

Brown Ale - Brown ales is a style that started out being brewed in England in the 17th century but have evolved into a much different brew today then how they started the style. Similar to that of the Biere de Garde, these beers have a wide variation of flavors that can be coming from a plethora of different companies coming from the US, Belgium or England. They range from being sweet with low alcohol, medium strength with mild bitterness, and hop heavy beers with a complement of the dark brown malts. Whether it be the turkey or roasted ham, the mild bitterness of one of the more medium-bodied browns go well with their savory flavors. Don’t let that limit you though; the low alcohol sweeter varieties will definitely do well with some pumpkin or pecan pie as an added treat to any dessert.

Alesmith Nut Brown 22oz $4.67 [472799]
Lost Coast Downtown Brown 12oz 6pk
$8.97 [400201]
Big Sky Moose Drool Brown Ale 12oz. 6pk
$8.97 [469256]
Port Brewing Board Meeting 22oz
$6.47 [402320]
Epic Brewing Santa Cruz Brown 22oz
$6.27 [473362]

Belgian Dubbel - There is an overall theme here that you might be catching on to with these Thanksgiving beers; they all contain a certain level of complex malts that allow them to really hold well against the richness that a Thanksgiving feast can bring to your palate. The Belgian style Dubbel is no exception and is another addition to the list that can go well with all courses offered during the feast. As is tradition, most are corked large 750ml bottles that portray great flavors of dark fruit and peppery notes that pair well with sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce and of course, good ol’ turkey. The high amount of carbonation also does well to relieve your palate of all the rich gravy and mouth-coating sauces that Thanksgiving has to offer.

Westmalle Dubbel Ale 375ml/750ml $5.97/$12.97 [400159]/ [496462]
Ommegang Game of Thrones Valar Morghulis Dubbel Ale 750ml
$8.47 [473459]
Affligem Dubbel Ale 750ml
$9.47 [400330]
Brugse Zot Dubbel Ale 330ml 4-pack
$19.97 [401197]
Ommegang Abbey Ale
$8.27 [420023]

German Märzen  - Even if you have never tried a beer before in your life, you are probably familiar with the notion of Oktoberfest. This German celebration held in ‘Oktober’ is the largest funfair that lasts for 16 days starting in late September and ending in Oktober. One of the most popular brews enjoyed at this festival is the German Märzen style. The theme of toasty malts continues in this German style that contains usually lower alcohol and and a mild bitterness that creates a great crowd pleasing brew. This is one of the more mild styles we have talked about but it is one that almost every level of beer drinker can enjoy. This inexpensive selection offers a ton of choices that allow you to have a “table beer” or beer for the masses that doesn’t absolutely break the budget. We would like to recommend this style as more of the opening goblet you pour your guests as they sit down to take in their first couple bites of your delicious Thanksgiving dinner.

Paulaner Oktoberfest Marzen 12oz 6-pack $10.47 [430021]
Aecht Schlenkerla Marzen 500ml
$5.67 [472271]
Hacker Pschorr Oktoberfest Marzen 12oz 6-pack
$10.47 [487968]
Sam Adams Oktoberfest Marzen 12oz 6-pack
$8.97 [495671]

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November Spirits

Selvarey Rum - In much of the world, rum is worshiped as the pinnacle of civilization. Yet too many Americans associate the sugarcane spirit with cartoon pirates, cruise ship blenders and hangovers. Selvarey (in Spanish, Selva = Jungle and Rey = King), is determined to change what you expect from your rum.
  • The White, a delicate blend of 3 and 5 year old rums aged in bourbon casks, is pure enough to be sipped on the rocks.
  • The Cacao, a rich 5 year old rum infused with locally sourced chocolate, is out of this world delicious.

Special Pricing through the end of December, 2014!


Co-founded by musician Bruno Mars, Selvarey (pronounced Sel-vuh-ray) is far from just another celebrity brand. Rather, Mars worked with legendary master blender Don Francisco “Pancho” Fernandez, the former Cuban Minister of Rum and thirty-five year veteran of Havana Club, to create a new standard of white rum. In the midst of sugarcane fields on the coast of Panama, Don Pancho crafts Selvarey White from a blend of three and five-year-old rums, distilled in 1922 copper column stills, aged in American oak and carbon filtered to remove the color without losing the deep flavors imparted in the aging process. The 3 year-old rum brings the youth and vibrancy which is rounded off by the full-bodied richness of the mature 5 year old. Unlike many white rums, Selvarey has been painstakingly designed with the distinct goal of being fine enough to sip on the rocks. But it has garnered an incredible amount of press for its prowess as a mixer in high-end cocktails. It’s already earned numerous accolades including a 94 rating from the Tasting Panel Magazine, the highest rating ever awarded to a white rum in the history of the publication.

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With Selvarey Cacao, Don Pancho hand selects a rich five-year-old rum whose inherent flavor is brought out by the infusion of natural chocolate. The result is a spirit that elevates coffee cocktails, mudslides, or chocolate martinis into a luxury experience yet it’s an absolute a pleasure just to sip on its own. Selvarey Cacao has quickly become one of the most awarded new spirits in recent memory, receiving an astounding 95 rating from the Tasting Panel Magazine as well as winning the gold medal at the 2014 Miami Rum Fest and the coveted Chairman’s Trophy at the 2014 Ultimate Spirits Challenge in New York City, the first flavored rum ever to do so.

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Bas Armagnacs Francis Darroze
by Linh Do

For three generations, the Darroze family has been dividing its time and passions between cooking and Armagnac. The adventure started in the 1950s and 1960s when Jean Darroze scaled the heights with the family restaurant in Villeneuve de Marsan, right in the heart of Bas-Armagnac. He shared his passions and his work with his children all of whom played a part in the national and internationally renowned family restaurant. It was here that Francis, the youngest member of the family, was in charge of the wine list and of course the Armagnacs. During his regular visits to the different vineyards, Francis acquired an extraordinary collection of eaux de vies coming from all different areas in the Bas Armagnac region. At the beginning of the 1970s, Francis decided to age the eaux de vies himself, in his own cellar and under his sole control. He hunted throughout the Gascony countryside far and wide searching for the best barrels from different estates. In more than 30 years, the Darroze family collection grew and today amounts to an impressive 250 different armagnacs coming from 30 properties and including more than 50 vintages.

CHATEAU DE GAUBE 1966 $306.99 [105552] 750ml Hi-Time Wine Cellars add to cart button
“Brown sugar and candied plums are the main dominant flavors. Surprisingly not dry nor chalky. Walnut finish... orange syrup undertone.”

CHATEAU DE GAUBE 1970 $253.99 [105553] 750ml Hi-Time Wine Cellars add to cart button
“Plums, star fruit, dragon fruit and has a Little bit of heat. Picks up in spice and kick... though I can taste a little bit of the alcohol kick on the finish I really like this one too!”

DOMAINE DE POUNON 1971 $243.99 [104545] 750ml Hi-Time Wine Cellars add to cart button
“Chocolate tootsie roll with tannin notes and brown sugar.”

DOMAINE DE BERNADOTTE 1973 $213.99 [105551] 750ml Hi-Time Wine Cellars add to cart button
“Dry, a bit chalky though there’s mainly apricots with a hint of salt .”

DOMAINE DE TILLET 1975 $186.99 [105550] 750ml Hi-Time Wine Cellars add to cart button
“Soft and gentle. Hints of walnuts, dragon fruit and orange zest with a long candied dry plum finish that leads to lychee.”

DOMAINE DE JAULIN 1976 $191.99 [104048]
“I love this one, too! It’s super soft and gentles peach and apricots. Secondary orchard blossoms and floral apple tree. :) “

DOMAINE AUX DUCS 1978 $194.99 [100017] 750ml
“Brown sugar sweetness with candied apricots and nutmeg ! Love this one too!!”

DOMAINE DE LABURTHE 1980 $162.99 [119060] 750ml Hi-Time Wine Cellars add to cart button
“Sweeter than ‘81. Brown sugar then gets more dry and floral. Finish like walnuts and spice.”

DOMAINE DE COUILLERON 1981 $159.99 [103495] 750ml Hi-Time Wine Cellars add to cart button
“Coffee that leads to licorice, bark roots , tannin ..super dry long finish ..plum and coffee that leads to nutty peach finish !!”

DOMAINE DE BERTRUC 1984 $162.99 [105626] 750ml Hi-Time Wine Cellars add to cart button
“Soft tropical fruit. Softer than the ‘93 though my coworkers said this was more robust. Apple orchard blossom and nutty finish!”

DOMAINE DE POUNON 1993 $119.99 [102636] Hi-Time Wine Cellars add to cart button
“Flavor is dry and had some minerality. Damp maple leaves, sandlewood, cherry Chapstick and dried fruits.”

50 ANS D'AGE $399.99 [104045] Hi-Time Wine Cellars add to cart button
“Dry walnut , orange peal, mineral earthy tone and red grape pits.”


KIRK AND SWEENEY was a wooden schooner, best known for smuggling rum from the Caribbean to the Northeast during the early years of Prohibition. In 1924, it was seized off the coast of New York with a massive amount of rum aboard. The schooner was subsequently re-named “Chase” and pressed into duty as a Coast Guard trainer, serving until the late 1940s when it was retired and salvaged.

Aroma: This deep mahogany colored rum presents a sweet aroma balanced heavily toward cane honey, with earthy sugar cane undertones, along with a hint of vanilla, luscious toasted oak, caramel and dried fruits.
Taste: Initial taste reveals a nectar-sweet quality, leading to a weightier body that indicates substantially aged rum that’s serious in character but not overbearing. Light notes of vanilla and wood hit the palate transforming into an incredibly smooth offering.
Finish: Bold, ripe, and sweet vanilla flavors evolve near the end, providing a smooth, long and luxurious finish.

$27.99 750ml [102614] Hi-Time Wine Cellars add to cart button



Phraya is a unique rum. From the first glance at the opulent, gilded packaging all signs signal that we are in for something different and perhaps magnificent. Phraya is distilled from sugar from Nakhon Pathom, using the soft, natural waters of the Ta Chin River; it is then matured 7 to 12 years in freshly ‘fired’ oak in a lush, tropical environment; only after all of this are barrels selected to be included in the final blend. Phraya reveals aromas of nutmeg, caramelized honey, clove, Brazil nuts and raisins that are so very tantalizing. The flavors start out at the aromas, increasing to add baked coconut, apricot, butterscotch, grilled pineapple and overripe citrus. The finish is gratifying and silken, showing dainty redolence and pleasant spice that fades elegantly. Alluring balance, full flavor and the completeness of Phraya rum make it an incredibly easy recommendation; it is brilliant. Try it neat or at the most with an ice cube to cool it down and revel in the beauteous splendor of Thai Rum.

$49.99 750ml [101735] Hi-Time Wine Cellars add to cart button

Fall Into Whisk(e)y!
by Linh Do


As Scotch brands are slowly getting rid of their age statements, this one doesn’t disappoint. It’s full bodied, bottled at 46.8% ABV and is aged in first fill sherry casks. In some ways, it has similar characteristics of Highland Park 18, where I pick up dark fruit tones with an undertone of char, minus the peppercorn spice and honey finish. Black cherries linger on the tongue and there’s a creamy, oily texture that clings to the palate. Regardless of it being classified as a NAS, I think this is a great buy.

$79.99 750ml [105683] Hi-Time Wine Cellars add to cart button



This was hand-selected by the staff here at Hi-Time Wine Cellars and is bottled at 90 proof. On the palate it tastes of vanilla and Bananas Foster cream when one first cracks it open, while the finish remains long, adding hints of coconut and cashews. Upon revisiting the bottle after it has oxidized it gets dryer; there’s not so much sweetness here, but there’s a minerality element that reminds me of some of the wheated style bourbons I’ve come across, such as Weller 12 Year. Walnuts, cashews and dark coffee dominate the palate, while apricots, black coffee and baked peaches linger on the finish.

$30.99 750ml [119941] Hi-Time Wine Cellars add to cart button



Arran, a distillery that’s been established since 1994, produces some amazing Scotches and bottles their expressions at a great deal. Arran Amarone is aged in both ex-Bourbon and Sherry casks for about 8-9 years. After that, it gets married into one barrel and then is divided into 3 different casks, which includes an Amarone, Sauternes and port wine barrel for about 11-12 months. Here, you’ll get to see a distinct difference between the three as a result of these flash finishes. This particular one is dominated by dry, tannic red fruits and peppercorn spices that lead to a dark chocolate finish. There is some kick when you have it neat, but with a few drops of water, the spice is muted and juicy raspberry fruits and black cherry emerge, in addition to undertones of apricots. It is incredibly delicious and if you ever hold a scotch tasting, I think it would be fun to have all 3 bottles side by side to see how different types of barrels can create a dramatic difference.

$69.99 750ml [101021] Hi-Time Wine Cellars add to cart button



Nose: The color of sharp honey, on the nose heathery floral notes are balanced with the richness of poached pears and the sweetness of malted barley.
Palate: Crème brûlée and sweet ripe banana at first, then comes a light oakiness with pear fruitiness, leading to a long smooth, creamy and fragrant finish. Seriously, try this with Parmigiano-Reggiano... this 12-year-old binds the dryness of the cheese, which in return provides a platform for the malt’s sweet fruitiness and enhances its clean barley notes.

$56.99 750ml [101798] Hi-Time Wine Cellars add to cart button



Distilled 1980; 43%; region: Highland (Inverness); water source: Loch Ness.
Glen Mhor Distillery (pronounced by purists as Glen Vwar), was named after the Great Glen that flowed west to Fort William. Birnie and Mackinlay built it in 1892 and from that time until 1972 the distillery was managed by the Birnie family. The Distillery had once been powered by a water turbine and had also been the first distillery to exercise the use of malting in Saladin boxes. Its outstanding flavor proved greatly popular as a single malt even when the market was dominated by blends. In 1972 the distillery was bought by DCL but sadly closed in 1983 and was demolished 3 years later.

Color: Pale gold.
Without water, Nose: Sweet and floral - herbaceous. With a subtle touch of wood and vanilla.
Palate: minty with a long and spicy finish.
With water, Nose: A strong citrus nose - reminiscent of freshly made lemonade.
Palate: Very sweet influences.

$399.99 750ml [105526] Hi-Time Wine Cellars add to cart button


The apple is the basic ingredient to make quality Calvados.The mild and damp weather and clayed soil of the Pays d'Auge give the Château du Breuil ideal growing conditions for its 22,000 apple trees which surround the castle. This bottling has been chosen out of the noblest and oldest Calvados of the Château du Breuil cellars. Very amber in color and strong in tannins, the aromas are well-rounded. Distinguished, graceful and supple Calvados. Hints of spices, honey, cinnamon, dried fruits with a great and long finish. This one's aimed at both connoisseurs and amateurs-- as long as you can appreciate old and high quality alcohols. Taste with close friends, family and fellow aficionados-- particularly after a good meal or in front a of a fireplace.

$129.99 750ml [102945] Hi-Time Wine Cellars add to cart button



Clément Cuvée Homère is the top of the Cellar Master’s Selection Series and features the highest rated vintage rums of the last fifteen years aged in French Limousin Barriques and re-charred Bourbon Barrels. Each vintage brings its own unique flavor profile, which makes Cuvée Homère one of Clement's more complex rums with tremendous flavor and a long lasting finish.

"Starts out as sugarcane juice and ends as a blend of vintage rhums aged in French and American oak. It’s big and clean without being the least bit cloying, and has distant hints of ginger and pepper. As any great rum, this one is to hide away even from friends and family" - Men’s Journal

$87.99 750ml [166415] Hi-Time Wine Cellars add to cart button



The label says “Aur Cymru” which translates into “Welsh gold.” I think that is an appropriate name for this whisky. This was the first distillery in Wales in over 100 years and tasting this wysgi (Welsh word for whisky) I can not for the life of me figure out what the heck they were waiting for! Distilled from malted barley in a custom still, using world famous water and aged in bourbon barrels until they give all they can to the spirit which is then transferred to Madeira barrels to rest until perfection. Penderyn doesn’t tell you how old this whisky is; they aren’t worried about that. The wysgi is bottled when it is perfectly ready. The nose is sweet and fruity, showing fruits like mango, grape, green apples and honey dew melon with oak structure, white tea, nougat, heather and soft vanilla. The palate eloquently translates the aromas into flavors and builds to include herbs, sultanas and tea biscuit. The finish spins to stewed fruit spices and ginger but is comparatively short while maintaining a completely fresh, crisp persistence. This is exquisite whiskey- a treasure to be savored neat, with a drop of water or an ice chip and the time to enjoy it thoroughly.

$64.99 750ml [165793] Hi-Time Wine Cellars add to cart button

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To honor the heritage of this all-American product, the Master Distiller chose to make this whiskey from red, white and blue corn similar to the multicolored native corn used in the earliest American corn whiskies in the 1620s.

• Made 100% with Organic and Non-GMO Red, White & Blue Corn
• Naturally Gluten Free
• Semper Fi, short for Semper Fidelis, is Latin for "always faithful."
• Bottled at a "Marine Strength" 111.0 proof.

Celebrating Marine Day, November 10th, 2014
November 10th, 1775
The United States Marine Corps traces its institutional roots to the Continental Marines of the American Revolutionary War, formed by Captain Samuel Nicholas by a resolution of the Second Continental Congress on November 10th, 1775, to raise 2 battalions of Marines. Thus, November 10th is regarded and celebrated as the date of the Marine Corps' birthday. A portion of the proceeds from SEMPER FI go to U.S. veterans’ charities. This year we are donating to Marines Helping Marines, a non-profit working with wounded Marines at the Bethesda and Balboa Naval Hospitals.

Please call or order in advance via hitimewine.net (takes 2-3 days for us to receive Semper Fi Corn Whiskey).

$39.99 750ml [105576] Hi-Time Wine Cellars add to cart button

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Pure sake, 100% natural rosé made from heirloom purple rice varietals of the ancient Helan ruins in Akita, Japan. Enchanting aroma of cherry and plum blossoms. Fruitiness of assorted red berries. On the palate, the sake is pleasant with a touch of sweetness that is balanced by crisp acidity and a light texture that create a balanced, transcendent sake.

Brewery: In the romantic snow country of Akita, Japan, just 5 minutes from Akita Seishu Brewery in Daisen, is the ancient ruins of Hotta No Saku, an active fort built for the Yamato Imperial Court in the Heian Era,792-1185AD. When it was excavated, 1000-year-old "Murasaki Mai" purple rice grains from faraway lands in southeast Asia were found. These grains were the origins of purple rice strains developed over a millennium to grow in northern regions. In 1996 the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries along with the Association for the Revitalization of ancient rice petitioned Akita Seishu brewery to craft sake made with this ancient heirloom purple rice strains. Honored and inspired, Mr. Ito challenged his master sake brewers to capture the magnificent cherry-blossom-blush of color of this ancient rice. So Sakura Emaki came to be. Sakura means cherry blossom and refers to the beautiful flower, so emblematic of Japan, while Emaki refers to the illustrated scrolls on which the first ever novel The Tales of Genji were written and preserved.

$19.99 360ml [362149] Hi-Time Wine Cellars add to cart button

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The Smoke Shack - Cigar of the Month

The Banker by H. Upmann - In 1844, German bankers Carl and Henry Upmann travelled to Cuba where they created an exceptionally unique cigar, and securely locked it away in their vaults only to be gifted to their most special clients. Now, after nearly 170 years, H. Upmann has recreated that original blend.

Today, like the original, The Banker by H. Upmann is made exclusively of Cuban seed tobaccos: rich, full-flavored and spicy, with robust body and aroma. A true delight to smoke from beginning to end, and by end I mean I smoked this cigar until nothing was left. I couldn’t get enough of the tatse of the Cuban seed tobacco from Nicaragua and Dominican Republic packed into this beauty. The Ecuadorian Habano wrapper went seamlessly, adding just enough spice, but not at all overpowering. Creamy flavor, with earthy tones throughout this wonderful cigar. Rarely is there a cigar that is liked throughout the industy, between consumers and retailers, this is one of those rare cigars that is liked across the board, and is talked about by the water cooler within the industry. These cigars are flying off the shelf, get them while you can!!

$10.25 [104979]
CURRENCY 48 x 5 1/2" -
$8.95 [104978]
ANNUITY 52 x 6" -
$9.75 [104977]

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