Category : Wine


Red Wine of the Month

2014 Domaine Terrasses d’Éole Ventoux, Côtes de Ventoux, Rhône, France, $14.99/Sale $12.99: Its name literally means “terraces of the God of Wind.” A blend of 65% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre, this elegant, full-bodied red delivers a delicious mouthful of…

0 Comments / 968 View / September 16, 2016


New Arrivals

UNITED STATES 2013 Fritz Russian River Chardonnay, Sonoma, CA, $27.99/Sale $19.99: Fritz Winery is a must visit for anybody going to Healdsburg. Started in 1979, this winery was built completely underground, using all gravity flow methods. This 2013 Chardonnay is…

0 Comments / 663 View / September 16, 2016


White Wine of the Month

2015 Tête du Rhône Blanc, Côtes du Rhône, France, $14.99/Sale $12.99: Grapes selected from key vineyards on both sides of the Rhone, primarily Grenache Blanc and Viognier, with a dash each of Roussanne, Clairette and Bourboulenc, are carefully blended to…

0 Comments / 1418 View / September 16, 2016

Failla Estate Vineyard

Alan Uncorks Napa

When arriving at Failla you find yourself in a shady, bucolic, weekend getaway, a bungalow filled with the long since emptied library wines of various Chateaux, comfortable and worn furniture, trodden hard wood floors and pine paneled walls. It reminds…

0 Comments / 130 View / June 21, 2016


Coaltrain’s Jolly Christmas

Ho-ho-ho, we’ve been hard at work at this trade for almost 35 years. When we started out in 1981, we were one-fourth the size we are now. Our latest expansion and renovation is really a dream come true. We now…

0 Comments / 415 View / December 11, 2015


Champagne & Sparklers

Moutard Grand Cuvée Brut, Champagne, France, $37.99/Sale $29.99: There’s a reason this region is the only one that can bear the prestigious name of ‘Champagne’ on the label. No other area in the world can compete when it comes to…

0 Comments / 502 View / December 11, 2015



2014 Cidrerie du Vulcain, Fribourg, France, $23.99/Sale $22.99: Cider’s time has come, and we carry many wonderful bottlings, but we found this one particularly unique and remarkable. The Vulcain, or Red Admiral, butterfly is the icon of this cidrerie, as…

0 Comments / 121 View / December 11, 2015


Dessert Wines

Quinta do Noval Black Porto, Douro, Portugal, $19.99/Sale $17.99: Fresh and fruity but with depth, this unique port emphasizes fruit with a focus on tremendous aromatics, beautiful balance and complexity. Enjoy now, no decanting or other stuffy, stodgy dramatics necessary!…

0 Comments / 281 View / December 11, 2015


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 / 305 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 / 1152 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 / 296 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 / 271 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 / 201 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 / 210 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 / 280 View / December 5, 2013


Best Liquor Store, Best Wine Store and Best Beer Selection

0 Comments / 69 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 / 128 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 / 972 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 / 57 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 / 342 View / June 11, 2013