Category : Wine

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Rosé Wine of the Month

2015 Eugene Carrel Rose, Jongieux, France, $13.99/Sale $11.99: This winery dates back to 1830; however, the modern era really started in the 1970s when Eugene took over for his father. From 30 hectares of vines in the foothills of the…

0 Comments / 310 View / March 2, 2016

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Red Wine of the Month

2014 CR Gold 5, Spain, $14.99/Sale $12.99: Equal parts Syrah and Monastrell, this red blend from Jumilla is aged 5 months in French oak. Creamy, with dark fruit flavors, spice, strong tannins and more than enough body weight, it is…

0 Comments / 720 View / March 2, 2016

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New Arrivals

UNITED STATES 2014 Banshee Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast, CA, $19.99/Sale 18.49: Ross Cobb is the winemaker for this beautifully balanced Chardonnay from the highly acclaimed Sonoma Coast. He has impressive credentials having worked at Williams Selyem, then moving to be head…

0 Comments / 469 View / March 2, 2016

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White Wine of the Month

2014 Cantine Colosi Bianco IGP, Italy, $12.99/Sale $10.99: Colosi is situated on the South side of Sicily a little East of the town of Marsala. This white is a blend of native Sicilian varietals Inzolia, Catarratto and Grillo. The grapes…

0 Comments / 650 View / March 2, 2016

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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…

0 Comments / 348 View / December 11, 2015

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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…

0 Comments / 380 View / December 11, 2015

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Cider

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…

0 Comments / 95 View / December 11, 2015

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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!…

0 Comments / 213 View / December 11, 2015

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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 / 242 View / December 9, 2014

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Scarpetta

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…

0 Comments / 924 View / September 19, 2014

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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 / 238 View / September 19, 2014

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“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 / 226 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…

0 Comments / 155 View / February 21, 2014

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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 / 168 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…

0 Comments / 215 View / December 5, 2013

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Best Liquor Store, Best Wine Store and Best Beer Selection

0 Comments / 53 View / November 1, 2013

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Minervois

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 / 96 View / August 28, 2013

Barolo

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…

0 Comments / 785 View / August 27, 2013

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 / 42 View / August 27, 2013

Wind Gap Winery

The Wonders Of Wind Gap

Wind Gap Winery is a compelling new project of Pax and Pam Mahle. This mini-winery is focused on producing honest, authentic and moving wines from special vineyard sites. It sources from vineyards throughout California. Many of their vineyards are planted…

0 Comments / 281 View / June 11, 2013