Hardy VSOP Cognac

Sip from a tulip glass, adding a single drop of water to bring out the aromatics if you want to. At this price, you can use this fine Cognac to make cocktails, too.
The vineyard at Champagne Philipponnat

2013: A Vintage Year in Champagne?

As the year draws to a close, and the base wines have finished their alcoholic fermentation the people of Champagne are excited about the 2013 vintage.  Many had been worried by the late harvest dates; it has b...
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Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut

Invest a few dollars in a champagne stopper for this champagne, and serve it for two occasions. First, sip it with caviar on New Year’s Eve.  The wine is a pale tan-yellow with tiny bubbles in the glass, and th...

2012 Coté Mas Rouge Intense

Candied black raspberry and coffee grounds show on the nose. Black raspberry shows on the palate, too, with coffee, then red plum on the mid-palate. Tannins are medium-grained. The overall sense is juicy, rathe...