Category : Wine

Le Tour de France

Le Tour de France 2014 Mixed Case

$125 This year’s Tour de France is on, and so is this terrific mixed case (12 bottles) of wines from winegrowing regions hosting several stages of this year’s race. This is a mix of whites, reds and rosés, complete with…

0 Comments / 52 View / July 14, 2014

Biutiful Cave Brut Rosé

Sparkling Wine of the Month

Biutiful Cava Brut Rosé, NV, Requena, Spain, $14.99/Sale $11.99: This lightly sparkling Cava comes from an area 70 km west of the Mediterranean with a grape growing history dating back to the seventh century BC. Its color is indeed “biutiful,”…

0 Comments / 51 View / July 14, 2014

Montebuena Rioja

Red Wine of the Month

2010 Montebuena Rioja, Spain, $13.99/Sale $10.99: Produced from 100% Tempranillo grapes, which are hand harvested from the Montebuena vineyard, this wine’s deep ruby color and fruity aromas will reel you in. A spicy vanilla bouquet gives way to smooth fruit…

0 Comments / 124 View / July 14, 2014

Recuerdo Torrontés

New Arrivals

CALIFORNIA 2012 Chamisal Chardonnay, Central Coast, $17.99/Sale $13.99: Sourced from a number of coastally influenced vineyards ranging from Monterey County to San Luis Obispo, the common theme amongst these vineyards is cool climate, elevated sites with well drained sedimentary soils…

0 Comments / 110 View / July 14, 2014

Fratelli Povero Roero Arneis

White Wine of the Month

2013 Fratelli Povero Roero Arneis, Piemonte, Italy, $13.99/Sale $11.99: The last time one of our illustrious “Courtesy Clerks” was expelled (86’d) from a wine bar was after drinking copious volumes of this wine. It was at Al Enoteca in the…

0 Comments / 86 View / July 14, 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 / 76 View / May 2, 2014

2013 Le Provençal, Côtes de Provence

Rosé Wine Of The Month

2013 Le Provençal, Côtes de Provence, France, $13.99/Sale $12.99: We welcome back Rosé season and the Rosé of the Month with this lovely light offering. This is a splendidly typical example of the style from its traditional bottle to its…

0 Comments / 83 View / May 1, 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 / 18 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 / 22 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 / 33 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 / 33 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 / 20 View / December 5, 2013


Best Liquor Store, Best Wine Store and Best Beer Selection

0 Comments / 10 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 / 24 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 / 16 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 / 264 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 / 13 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 / 101 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 / 61 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 / 39 View / June 10, 2013