Category : Wine

Failla Estate Vineyard

Alan Uncorks Napa

When arriving at Failla you find yourself in a shady, bucolic, weekend getaway, a bungalow filled with the long since emptied library wines of various Chateaux, comfortable and worn furniture, trodden hard wood floors and pine paneled walls. It reminds…

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Red Wine of the Month

2014 Cave de Roquebrun, Col de Lairole, Coteaux Languedoc, France, $12.99/Sale $10.99: The Coteaux du Langedoc AOC is a catchall appellation for wide swath of land stretching from the SW Mediterranean coast of France up to the Central Mastiff. The…

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2011 El Enemigo “The Enemy” Cabernet Franc

New Arrivals

UNITED STATES 2013 Deovlet Chardonnay, Santa Barbara, CA, $37.99/Sale $29.99: Wow…what a scrumptious Chardonnay! It has a core of richness with flavors of golden delicious apple, baked pear and baking spices. Aging for 16 months in French oak, 16% new,…

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White Wine of the Month

2014 Nine Hats Pinot Gris, Horse Heaven Hills, WA, $13.99/Sale $11.99: Nine Hats is the “good value” second label of Washington’ state’s Long Shadows Wineries. Nine Hats refers to the nine highly acclaimed vintners, from major wine regions of the…

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Rosé Wine of the Month

2015 Domaine de Montfaucon Les Gardette Rosé, France, $13.99/Sale $11.99: This rose does not display an AOC, but the sixty hectares of vineyards are situated directly across the Rhone river from Chateauneuf du Pape. The estate is planted to all…

0 Comments / 469 View / March 2, 2016


Coaltrain’s Jolly Christmas

Ho-ho-ho, we’ve been hard at work at this trade for almost 35 years. When we started out in 1981, we were one-fourth the size we are now. Our latest expansion and renovation is really a dream come true. We now…

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Champagne & Sparklers

Moutard Grand Cuvée Brut, Champagne, France, $37.99/Sale $29.99: There’s a reason this region is the only one that can bear the prestigious name of ‘Champagne’ on the label. No other area in the world can compete when it comes to…

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2014 Cidrerie du Vulcain, Fribourg, France, $23.99/Sale $22.99: Cider’s time has come, and we carry many wonderful bottlings, but we found this one particularly unique and remarkable. The Vulcain, or Red Admiral, butterfly is the icon of this cidrerie, as…

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Dessert Wines

Quinta do Noval Black Porto, Douro, Portugal, $19.99/Sale $17.99: Fresh and fruity but with depth, this unique port emphasizes fruit with a focus on tremendous aromatics, beautiful balance and complexity. Enjoy now, no decanting or other stuffy, stodgy dramatics necessary!…

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Coaltrain’s Treasures

2011 DuMol Chardonnay, Russian River, CA, $57.99: A blend from some of the finest Sonoma vineyards. Essences of white peach, brioche and crème brulée. “Full bodied with purity and texture, it is the equal of any Chardonnay selling for twice…

0 Comments / 297 View / December 9, 2014



We recently had lunch with Bobby Stuckey and tasted Scarpetta Wines, made in Italy by Bobby and his partner Lachlan Mackinnon Patterson. Stuckey is a well known Master Sommelier whose career has taken him from the Little Nell in Aspen…

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Flowers Vineyard & Winery

In 1989, Walt and Joan Flowers purchased 321 acres high above the Pacific Ocean on the northern, “extreme” Sonoma Coast, and proceeded to produce their favorite cool-climate varietals, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, in a place they believed uniquely suited to…

0 Comments / 293 View / September 19, 2014


“These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things” – Merv

The following is a group of red wines that highlights the benefits – such as balance, depth, and finesse – that blending of grape varietals can provide us. 2009 Pervale, Toscana Rosso, Italy, 26.99: Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot,…

0 Comments / 265 View / May 2, 2014

Chime Pinot Noir

Coaltrain Favorites

2011 Chime Pinot Noir, California, $9.99:  Considering the price this is an amazing Pinot.  It actually captures some of the nuances of the grape.  Whoever is blending this has a clue.  A versatile devil that could enhance dishes from grilled…

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Visca Els Barça, Mes De Un Equipo

Que sorpresa. Lionel Messi, the superstar of Barcelona, has released some wine. Don’t snigger. These are Malbecs from his homeland of Argentina. Even more noteworthy is that part of the wine sales go to aid underprivileged Argentine youth. All of…

0 Comments / 206 View / December 5, 2013

2009 Emilio Moro Malleolus, Ribera del Duero

Coaltrain Gems

These are a selection of the finest wines we have a Coaltrain. They don’t come cheap. But they are perfect for an awe inspiring gift or a divine holiday dinner. Naturally, supplies are minute. 2009 Emilio Moro Malleolus, Ribera del…

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Best Liquor Store, Best Wine Store and Best Beer Selection

0 Comments / 65 View / November 1, 2013

Chateau Saint-Jacques d’Alba


2008 Chateau Saint-Jacques d’Alba, $16.99/Sale $13.99: Imagine you are in the south of France. You can’t quite see the Mediterranean, but you can smell it. There are so many regions here to keep straight, but Minervois is among the most…

0 Comments / 124 View / August 28, 2013


Big Change In Barolo Labeling Laws

Starting with the 2010 vintage, Barolo makers will not to be allowed to list multiple crus (vineyards) on their labels. This is creating quite a ruckus among traditional makers who hold that blending different vineyards is the key to Barolo’s…

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2009 Domaine Thenard Givry, 1er Cru

Amazing Value from Burgundy

2009 Domaine Thenard Givry, 1er Cru, $26.99, Sale $22.99: Besides being King Henry IV’s favorite wine, Givry offers us commoners value and pleasure in a Burgundy. It is soft, mouth filling and elegant with that beautiful Pinot Noir cherry fruit…

0 Comments / 54 View / August 27, 2013