Category : Wine

2014 Domaine Magellan Le Fruit Défendu Rosé, France

Rosé Wine of the Month

2014 Domaine Magellan Le Fruit Défendu Rosé, France, $13.99/Sale $12.99: Domaine Magellan is owned and run by the well-known Bruno Lafon, who has been farming there organically since 1998. Made from 50-year-old vine Cinsault, fermented and aged in lined concrete…

0 Comments / 155 View / October 7, 2015


Thanksgiving Wine Suggestions

2013 Cuvée Jean Philippe Brut Rosé Crémant de Limoux, Languedoc, France, $16.99/Sale $14.99: Our distributor found this at a small winery in southern France near the Spanish border. A light, delicate and dry blend of Chenin Blanc, Pinot Noir and…

0 Comments / 156 View / October 7, 2015

2012 Trumpeter Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina

Red Wine of the Month

2012 Trumpeter Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina, $11.99/Sale $9.99: From high altitude vineyards in the Uco Valley comes this delightful Malbec made by Mariano di Paolo, one of the top 30 winemakers in the world according to Decanter magazine. Full and fruity,…

0 Comments / 487 View / October 7, 2015


New Arrivals

United States 2014 Presqu’ile Sauvignon Blanc, Santa Maria Valley, CA , $20.99/Sale $19.99: From the cool climate and sandy soil of the Santa Maria Valley comes this different style of Sauvignon Blanc – more pineapple and less grapefruit flavors. The…

0 Comments / 339 View / October 7, 2015

Trumpeter Torrontés, Mendoza, Argentina

White Wine of the Month

2014 Trumpeter Torrontés, Mendoza, Argentina, $11.99/Sale $9.99: Torrontés is Argentina´s signature white varietal, and the Trumpeter has a distinctive floral character, with enticing aromas of white peaches, jasmine and roses. It’s fresh and lively with appealing crisp citrus notes. Perfect…

0 Comments / 388 View / October 7, 2015


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 / 97 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 / 130 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 / 55 View / December 9, 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 / 507 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 / 80 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 / 131 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 / 72 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 / 54 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 / 89 View / December 5, 2013


Best Liquor Store, Best Wine Store and Best Beer Selection

0 Comments / 26 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 / 41 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 / 555 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 / 24 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 / 137 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 / 112 View / June 10, 2013