A. Zirnhelt Gewürztraminer Vin D’Alsace

January 7, 2013
A. Zirnhelt Gewurztraminer Vin D' Alsace

A personal favourite. Although ‘Gewurz’ can be made into various styles; aromatic complexity, full body & spiciness are common characteristics. Expect flavours of lychees & roses with some residual grapey-ness. This example is vinified true to the original drier style. Loves to consumed as an aperitif or with Foie Gras.

Price: ¥140

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A. Zirnhelt Riesling Vin D’Alsace

January 7, 2013
A. Zirnhelt Riesling Vin D'Alsace

Update: June 2013: Another 6 months bottle age has turned this offering into a much drier experience with greater savouriness. It’s bone dry. Aromas of freshly sliced lime; the citrus zing showing in the flavour profile via lemony elements typical of Riesling. The acid is refreshing and vibrant, and would mix with – cut through – most oil-based foods. A very juicy wine with a minerally finish, making it more alluring. Yum Yum.

Price: ¥130

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Alexander Grappa Cellini 700ml

December 13, 2011
Alexander Grappa Cellini  700ml

Appearance: Colourless and clear. Aroma: Hints of fresh fruits and wild flowers. Taste: Fresh, powerful, modern. Persistent flavour of fresh fruits.

Price: ¥155

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Aperol

November 4, 2011
Aperol

Aperol is the No.1 selling Spirit in Italy; an aperitif cocktail mixer at 11%. Sophisticated and delightful aromas of tangerine and rhubarb. The palate entry is delightfully citrusy and sweet; the mid-palate phase offers just enough herbal bitterness to balance. Ends up refreshing, orangey sweet and delectably herbal.

Price: ¥120

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Armand Dartois Cotes du Ventoux Rhone: Wine Man Pick

December 2, 2012
Armand Dartois Cotes du Ventoux Rhone

Currently, at the lower mid-point of its price range. This unpretentious interpretation of the Grenache grape has a relatively light body with an earthy, spicy character that is typical of the French approach to grenache within the Ventoux appellation and is naturally low in acid. Its lightness makes it easy drinking. Notice how it develops more complexity as you quaff your way through the bottle.

Price: ¥78

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B.P. Rothschild Maipo Mapu Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon

October 27, 2011
B.P.Rothschild Maipo Mapu Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon

“Beautiful dark red. Aromas of black currant, blackberries and blueberries. The taste is fresh and elegant, with round and soft tannins that gives the wine excellent balance. The long and expressive finish rounds off a wonderful fruity and powerful wine.”

Price: ¥95

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B.P. Rothschild Maipo Mapu Reserva Chardonnay

October 27, 2011
B.P.Rothschild Maipo Mapu Reserva Chardonnay

Beautiful golden colour. Delicate fragrance with notes of citrus and tropical fruit, a hint of hazelnut. A wide rich flavour, full of ripe fruit leads to a nice round after taste. A fragrant, fresh and powerful wine.

Price: ¥95

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B.P. Rothschild Maipo Mapu Reserva Merlot

October 28, 2011
B.P.Rothschild Maipo Mapu Reserva Merlot

A bright and clear ruby red. Fresh and seductive, combining red berry fruit aromas with touches of vanilla. The refined mid-palate reveals cherry flavours perfectly complemented by a suggestion of toast and supported by mature tannin, building to a well-balanced and elegant finish.

Price: ¥95

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B.P. Rothschild Mapu Red (Cab Sauv / Carmenere) : Wine Man Pick

November 22, 2011
B.P.Rothschild Mapu Red (Cabernet Sauvignon/Carmenere)

Very attractive Chilean blend with ruby red and violet tints. Rich & generous, an explosion of red fruit, blackcurrant and blackberry mingled with subtle, spicy notes. A fresh, round, fruity attack. Elegantly structured with silky tannins. Balanced, harmonious finish lingering on the richness and freshness of the fruit. Nice blend.

Price: ¥88

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B.P. Rothschild Mapu White (Sauvignon Blanc/Chardonnay): Wine Man Pick

November 22, 2011
B.P. Rothschild Mapu White (Sauvignon Blanc/Chardonnay)

Same story as the red: A successful Chilean blend. Bright and brilliant pale yellow. Fresh and elegant, it opens on grapefruit and mango notes. A fresh elegant attack leads into a succulent mid-palate that starts on citrus and goes on to develop notes of tropical fruit, building to a lively and well-balanced finish.

Price: ¥88

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Baron De Ley Reserva Rioja: Bronze MEDAL 2014

April 19, 2012
Baron De Ley Reserva Rioja

Old style, traditional Rioja from the land of ‘fantastic values and wonderful cellaring’. A deep and characterful red-black wine. Crushed black fruits on the nose, with plenty of the hoped-for soot, tar, and cigar smoke complexity. Medium to full bodied on the palate, with crushed blackberry and blueberry flavours. Also available: Baron De Ley Gran Reserva Rioja, Rosado & Blanco

Price: ¥230

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Baron de Ley Rioja Blanco: New Wine

February 27, 2015
Baron de Ley Rioja Blanco

Check out this write-up. So funny. I had to leave it, despite the fact that I rather like white Rioja. Light Yellow colour with a green hue. Clean and bright. Amazingly attractive grass and dill nose, showing a uniqueness of Rioja whites. Tastes a good harmony of acidity and alcohol with a excellent structure. It’s a brilliant apertif. Pairs with Roast fish or seafood.

Price: ¥130

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Baron de Ley Rioja Rosado Rosé: New Wine

February 27, 2015
Baron de Ley Rioja Rosado Rosé

This is a great find. We are very happy to have introduced this to a couple of rosé fans, who in turn spread the word amongst their friends and in the case of a club; their members. Of course, in Spain the term for rosé is rosado. This is a very light rosé Rioja, often new to many people who associate Rioja with fruity red, full bodied, easy-drinking wines. Easily drinkable on its own, it would work well alongside light canapés or desserts.

Price: ¥130

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Baron Philippe de Rothschild Chardonnay Languedoc

December 2, 2011
B.P.Rothschild Chardonnay

Lovely pale gold colour with brilliant highlights. Refined and complex tropical fruit, toast and hazelnut aromas. A body full of fresh and generous fruit builds to a powerful, well-rounded finish. A rich, fragrant and well-balanced wine. This wine will be perfect with cheese or with grilled poultry.

Price: ¥143

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Baron Philippe de Rothschild Chateau Clerc Milon: Pauillac (5th Growth): Wine Man Pick

December 12, 2011
B.P.Rothschild Chateau Clerc Milon

French masterpiece. Notes of blackberry and raspberry mingled with a suggestion of liquorice and vanilla. The attack reveals a fine, rich tannic structure of considerable character. The tannins, both powerful & elegant, supporting clearly defined but expressively complex oaky flavours of toast, coconut & cigar.

Price: ¥1,753

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Baron Philippe de Rothschild Chateau d’Armailhac: Pauillac: Wine Man Pick

December 13, 2011
B.P.Rothschild Chateau d'Armailhac

French Second Fiddle. A fine, vivid red colour with a ruby tint. An open, complex nose of fresh fruit and floral aromas mingling with denser vanilla, tobacco leaf & cedar. The body builds rapidly from a substantial attack on round, harmonious tannins which unfold over elegant, well-integrated oak, developing into liquorice, menthol and spice on the palate.

Price: ¥1,534

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Baron Philippe de Rothschild Sauvignon Blanc Languedoc

December 21, 2011
Baron Philippe de Rothschild Sauvignon Blanc

Brilliant, very light yellow. The expressive nose reveals notes of white peach, citrus fruit and white blossom. Very complex, fresh and pleasant, it is typical of a southern Sauvignon. The attack is supple, with a strongly mineral cast, leading into a fresh finish with lime and grapefruit flavors. The wine displays a fine balance between roundness and freshness.

Price: ¥143

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Baron Philippe de Rothschild Viognier Languedoc

December 2, 2011
B.P.Rothschild Viognier

Fine, deep golden colour. Fruity bouquet displaying a highly complex mix of fresh and preserved fruit aromas with some lovely floral notes. Ample and generous, on the palate it is both unctuous and full of flavour. Ideal to accompany all sorts of salads and vegetable pasta dishes.

Price: ¥143

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Bass Phillip Pinot Noir Premium

December 19, 2011
Bass Phillip Pinot Noir Premium

“Make no mistake about it…these are brilliant Pinot Noirs, undoubtedly the finest being produced in Australia.” Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, May 2002. Rated in the top twenty Australian wines by Langtons, this wine has a distinctive style which is seamless, complex, layered, textured and long.

Price: ¥2,542

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Bodegas Alina Emblema Cabernet Sauvignon: Wine Man Pick

September 19, 2012
Bodegas Alina Emblema Cabernet Sauvignon

First sampled in 2011: an instant hit. Staggeringly good value. An every day red wine of…forest berries & spices on a rich background of leather & liquorice. Sweet healthy tannins. Vegetal nuances typical of this variety at this price point and above and yet (Still) retailing elsewhere for around ¥138. That’s us, I guess: Generous to a fault. Grab a case; watch it evolve for very little outlay.

Price: ¥85

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Bodegas Alina Emblema Sauvignon Blanc: Wine Man Pick

September 18, 2011
Bodegas Alina Emblema Sauvignon Blanc

BRILLIANT!!!! 2014 vintage is here. Fresh & powerful Chilean White with plenty of proper zingy acidity. A strong fresh floral wine with an intriguing mix of exotic fruits (passion fruit, grapefruit). The medium full body is a silken palate and exquisitely intense, with a supportive acidic structure and a nice finish. Our top selling white for the last 36 months (Dec 2015), sold elsewhere online at 138. Ouch.

Price: ¥85

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Bodegas Bilbainas Vina Pomal Rioja Crianza: Wine Man Pick SILVER MEDAL 2014

November 3, 2011
Bodegas Bilbainas Vina Pomal Rioja Crianza

Lovely example of a tasty Spanish Rioja with nice balancing acidity. Dark, intoxicating hues and aromas hit you with a strong attack of integrated oak and fruit. This 100% Tempranillo Rioja Crianza has spent over one year in oak, has plenty of acidity, which rounds off the fruit and oak, nicely.

Price: ¥160

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Bodegas Bilbainas Vina Pomal Rioja Reserva: Wine Man Pick: Bronze MEDAL 2014

November 3, 2011
Bodegas Bilbainas Vina Pomal Rioja Reserva

Here at last: a really decent Spanish Rioja Reserva , with around 18 months in Oak for under ¥250. Food pairing is written all over it.. Yum yum. A ‘go-to’ wine (to impress). Awards and accolades all over it. It’s fans come time and time again. Enough said.

Price: ¥230

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Bottega Sambuca Bianco Cellini 700ml

December 12, 2011
Bottega Sambuca Bianco Cellini 700ml

Appearance: Sambuca is an Italian aniseed-flavoured, usually colourless liqueur. Its most common variety is often referred to as white Sambuca.

Price: ¥104

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Callia Alta Chardonnay/Torrontes : Wine Man Pick

November 10, 2011
Callia Alta Chardonnay/Torrontes

The future? Adding a healthy dash of Argentina’s own varietal makes Chardonnay interesting. Complex aroma of tropical fruits with hints of honey and flowers. It is fruity and fresh on the palate, with well-balanced acidity and a pleasant finish. Reminds of Pinot Blanc from Alsace.

Price: ¥88

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Callia Alta Syrah/Malbec: Wine Man Pick

October 27, 2011
Callia Alta Syrah/Malbec

Now 2013 vintage of this Argentine blend. Our joint top selling red wine. It is a wine of great aromatic intensity. Its prevailing penetrating & vigorous notes are ripe blackberries, plums & figs, which, together with their sweet tannins & balanced acidity, render a full-bodied wine with a long finish. Sweet nectar. Never found a single detractor in 3 years.

Price: ¥88

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Callia Osaado Chardonnay: Wine Man Pick

November 22, 2011
Callia Osaado Chardonnay

This fresh and fruity Argentine wine is lush with intense aromas of citrus and tropical fruits. Its delicate, satisfying mouth-feel is enhanced by a lingering finish. Callia is one of the wineries of the season as far as we are concerned and one we fully intend to watch develop into master crafts-folk, despite their relatively…

Price: ¥80

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Callia Osaado Shiraz: Wine Man Pick

November 22, 2011
Callia Osaado Shiraz

Fruity, spicy and with backbone from the house of Callia. The future ‘De Bortoli of Argentina?’ : masters of low priced attractive wines. This has prunes and spicy aromas typical of Shiraz. The mouth-feel has a strong presence of fruits with medium structure, is complex and creamy.

Price: ¥80

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