Category : Wine


Coaltrain’s Jolly Christmas Sale

Ho-ho-ho, we’ve been hard at this trade for 33 years now. Back then, in 1981, we were just a hole in the wall. Today we’re the whole wall (the entire Uintah Street building) that has grown exponentially over the past…

0 Comments / 78 View / December 9, 2014


Dessert Wines for Christmas

2012 Château Tirecul La Gravière Les Pins Monbazillac, France, $21.99/Sale $18.99: Simple and elegant from the magnificent terroir of Tirecul, this wine is sweet and peachy with apricot and just a hint of candied peel, yet fresh and bright on…

0 Comments / 29 View / December 9, 2014


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 / 30 View / December 9, 2014


Christmas Champagne & Sparklers

Mumm Napa Brut Prestige, California, $22.99/Sale $15.99: This well known French champagne producer does an admirable job with this much less expensive California sparkler. The Brut Prestige features fine bright citrus, red apple, stone fruit and creamy vanilla aromas with…

0 Comments / 26 View / December 9, 2014


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 / 63 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 / 126 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…

0 Comments / 52 View / September 19, 2014


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 / 53 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 / 233 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 / 154 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 / 136 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 / 96 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 / 36 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 / 36 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 / 57 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 / 83 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 / 38 View / December 5, 2013


Best Liquor Store, Best Wine Store and Best Beer Selection

0 Comments / 15 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 / 49 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 / 26 View / August 28, 2013