Our staff – the best in the business – hand-picks every wine we carry. We stock the highest quality, most interesting wines at every price point and can help you find just what you’re looking for.


New Arrivals

OREGON AND WASHINGTON 2012 Klee Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $22.99/Sale $18.99: The name, of course, inspired by the famous Swiss artist, Paul Klee.  Like Klee, from the Bauhaus school, the wine gives us functionality and affordability.  It goes for the…

0 Comments / 17 View / February 21, 2014

J Cuvée 20 Brut NV

Sparkling Wine of the Month

J Cuvée 20 Brut NV, Sonoma County, $31.99/Sale $24.99: From the renown Jordan Winery, this graceful, lively sparkling wine shows aromas of green apple, cream and fennel. Lemon and spice flavors, along with a bright, palate-cleansing acidity and wonderful finesse,…

0 Comments / 4 View / February 21, 2014

Chateau de Vaugelas Corbières

Red Wine of the Month

2010 Chateau de Vaugelas Corbières, Languedoc, $12.99/Sale $10.99: Quite the humdinger from the rocky hills of southern France…a stone’s throw over the Pyrenees from Spain. This is a hearty red that the monks at the Abbaye of Lagrasse are said…

0 Comments / 7 View / February 21, 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 / 2 View / February 21, 2014

Herencia Altés Benufet Blanc

White Wine of the Month

2010 Herencia Altés Benufet Blanc, Spain, $14.99/Sale $12.99: Monks first introduced the Garnatxa Blanca variety Batea in the 15th century. The Altés family planted the Garnatxa Blance vineyard in Benefut in 1915. It is believed to be one of the…

0 Comments / 2 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 / 0 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 / 1 View / December 5, 2013

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 / 3 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…

0 Comments / 0 View / December 5, 2013


Best Liquor Store, Best Wine Store and Best Beer Selection

0 Comments / 0 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 / 0 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 / 0 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 / 5 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 / 0 View / August 27, 2013

Wines of France

Wild Wines of France at the New La Baguette Wine Bar in Old Colorado City

We can’t think of a finer local venue for a unique wine tasting than amid the brick and beams of La Baguette’s new wine bar. And following the bakery’s tradition, we will pour uniquely fine French wines. These will be…

0 Comments / 4 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 / 0 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 / 1 View / June 10, 2013

Foam Or Forage

Foam Or Forage, One Courtesy Clerk’s Gastronomic Dilemma

Editor’s note: Coaltrain’s Courtesy Clerks traverse the globe sniffing out the finest food and wines. Lately they have interjected themselves in the “Foam and Forage” debate stewing internationally. Basically this is, should the world’s greatest cuisine be synthesized in a…

0 Comments / 1 View / June 10, 2013

2010 Adegas Guimaro

The End Of Restaurant Wine lists As We Knew Them

By Raul Espinosa, Coaltrain Junior Courtesy Clerk Editor’s apology: Espinosa is perpetually trying to curry favor and fortune with his outré notions. That is why he has been recently assigned to our European bureau in Kiev, though he begged for…

0 Comments / 0 View / April 14, 2013

2011 Domaine Emile Beyer Riesling “Tradition,”

The Wine Festival Of Colorado Springs In Retrospect

This year’s Wine Fest was a rip-roaring riot once again. Besides the Grand Tasting and dinner, all the seminars were particularly inspiring. CLAUDE GAUDIN was here from France and provided wines from several of his Bordeaux estates. He has a…

0 Comments / 0 View / April 14, 2013