Category : Wine


Thanksgiving Wine Suggestions

Camille Braun Crémant d’Alsace Brut, Méthode Traditionelle, NV, France, $24.99: Crémant is the term used for sparkling wine made outside of the Champagne region.  This one is crisp and fresh with great bubbles and a light lemony hint. It is…

0 Comments / 1 View / November 19, 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…

0 Comments / 63 View / September 19, 2014


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…

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Rosé Wine of the Month

2013 Domaine Sainte-Eugénie Rosé, Corbières, France, $13.99/Sale $11.99: Sainte-Eugénie has been one of our favorite rosé’s for several years running. Mostly Cinsault, with a little Grenache and Syrah, this bright, attractive raspberry pink wine is very fresh, indeed! Its expressive…

0 Comments / 42 View / September 19, 2014


Red Wine of the Month

2012 Verso Rosso, Salento, Italy, $13.99/Sale $10.99: This comes from the Small Vineyards portfolio, which only includes wines that are from a family-owned estate, hand harvested and farmed in an ecologically friendly manner. A blend of 60% Negroamaro, 35% Primitivo…

0 Comments / 199 View / September 19, 2014


New Arrivals

USA 2011 No. 33 Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley, Oregon, $15.99/Sale $13.99: This delicious Pinot Gris gets its moniker from Oregon’s place as the 33rd state to join the Union. With aromas of green apple, lemongrass, grapefruit, and pear, the wine…

0 Comments / 145 View / September 19, 2014


White Wine of the Month

2013 Château de Paraza Minervois Blanc, Languedoc, France, $13.99/Sale $11.99: We had the pleasure of tasting the wines from Château de Paraza over dinner at the Summit with Matthieu Danglas, who is the owner/winemaker. This little white wine was delightful….

0 Comments / 118 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 / 89 View / May 2, 2014

Chime Pinot Noir

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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 / 25 View / February 21, 2014


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 / 34 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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2010 Gundlach Bundschu Mountain Cuvée, Sonoma County

Christmas Sale Wines

United States 2012 Cameron Hughes Chardonnay, Arroyo Seco, Monterey County, Lot 412, $13.99/Christmas Sale $11.99:  Cameron Hughes is an international negoçiant, producing minute quantities of wine from around the globe.  Anyway this wine gives you lush tropical notes, lemon zest,…

0 Comments / 53 View / December 5, 2013

Christmas cocktails

Coaltrain’s Christmas Goals

Ho-ho-ho, we’ve been hard at this trade for 32 years.  Back then, in the beginning, we were just a hole in the wall.  Today we’re the whole wall (the entire Uintah Street building, and expanding this Spring). And, as our…

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Best Liquor Store, Best Wine Store and Best Beer Selection

0 Comments / 13 View / November 1, 2013

2009 Wavertree Pinot Noir, San Luis Obispo County

Thanksgiving Wine Suggestions

2011 Plateau des Chènes Lirac, $18.99: Lordy this can battle “mano a mano” with lots of Chateauneuf du Pape. And it’s a third the price. For carnivorous dishes or potent cheeses. 2011 Chateau Moncontour Vouvray, Demi-Sec, $15.99/Sale $14.49: Ideal turkey…

0 Comments / 39 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 / 22 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…

0 Comments / 401 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 / 14 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 / 83 View / June 11, 2013


Solar do Vinho do Porto, Lisbon’s “Port Authority”

Lisbon – All wine bars are not created equal. That is apparent to anyone. But some are radically different. Take Jacques Melac in Paris, where you used to need a doctor’s prescription to obtain a glass of water. Or walk…

0 Comments / 61 View / June 10, 2013