Friday, May 1, 2015



2012 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Cask 23 Napa Valley $225/BTL.

Stag's Leap Wine Cellars
A Cabernet Sauvignon Dry Red Table wine from

USA, Napa Valley, California, USA














Current (Release) Cost #215
Oct 2014

Robert M. Parker, Jr.


Drink: 2014 - 2038


The spectacular 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Cask 23 appears to be the finest Cask 23 since the glory years of the mid-eighties. It boasts a dense purple color, complex notes of spice box, Christmas fruitcake, blackcurrant jam, mulberries and spring flowers, as well as a full-bodied, opulent personality. It is a profound example of this iconic wine. Drink now-2038.

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Celebrating 31 years in business in San Antonio


Celebrating 31 years in business in San Antonio

Thursday, March 19, 2015

all three NEW 90/100 rated NUGAN wines from down under, just in.

                    There's a new look at Nugan Estate…and some great wines as well!!!

We've pleased a lot of customers with Nugan Estate over the years and we have some exciting new wines from this outstanding Australian winery.  Each of these wines received 90 points from Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar(a very tough rater) and they represent fantastic values at $16.95/btl. Recently, Matthew Nugan paid us a visit here and we got to taste his new single vineyard "Personality Series" wines and we've put Tanzer's reviews by each wine.  The personalities are as interesting as the wines and Matthew tells the story on how each wine was named.


2012 Drover's Hut Chardonnay:  Stephen Tanzer – "Ripe nectarine, melon and tangerine on the fragrant nose and in the mouth.  In a lush, open-knit style, with a jolt of bracing acidity adding lift and focus.  Picks up a stony, almost Chablis-like hint of minerality on the finish, which lingers with very good intensity and focus."


Why "Drover's Hut?":  Back in the late 1800's, when men were men and sheep were scarce, the rugged outback of Australia was tamed by our drovers (cowboys).  Because of the vastness of the landscape and the size of cattle stations, these men would be away from home for months at a time, taking shelter along the way in these rugged little wooden shacks with tin roofs and bare floors.  Very few of these huts are left and we've been careful to take good care of the one on the edge of our Chardonnay vineyard, which sits on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River.  We keep fishing tackle (and a pile of good booze) in it now, for our staff who want to fish from the river.




2012 Scruffy's Shiraz:  Stephen Tanzer – "Spicy blackcurrant and cherry aromas are complimented by Asian spices and floral oils.  Lively and precise on the palate, offering gently sweet, incisive dark fruit flavors and a hint of spice cake.  Finishes on a gentle tannic note, with very good clarity and an echo of candied flowers."


Why "Scruffy's Shiraz?":  Scruffy is the nickname of our Shiraz vineyard manager Brett – he's a mountain of a man (picture the Marlboro man on steroids) and always looks like he's been wrestling the local wildlife.  Despite constantly looking untidy and in desperate need of a shave, he's a real charmer with the ladies.  We excuse him for being so rough around the edges since he really knows what he's doing in our vineyards – and because we get to tell silly stories about him at our local pub.  On a side note, Scruffy is always ready in public moments with a "pre-emptive" comment.  When at wine tastings or dinner parties,  before Scruffy dives into the wine he created, he'll always apologize to everyone in the crowd on what he might say after the wine is opened.




2012 Stomper's Cabernet Sauvignon: Stephen Tanzer – "Tight, sharply focused nose displays scents of blackberry, cassis, graphite and mint, lifted by a lavender topnote.  Dense, yet lively on the palate, offering intense dark fruit flavors that become sweeter with air.  Supple tannins frame the incisive finish, which lingers with very good fruit-driven intensity."


Why "Stomper's Cabernet Sauvignon?":  My mom Michelle, is the matriarch of the family wine business and is a pretty tough customer (she was named Australia's business woman of the year in 2004).  That being said,  one of  her favorite winery workers is a vineyard manager named Stomper and my mother has never given him a harsh word (I wish I could say that myself).  Stomper has seemingly found a way to sidestep her wrath with his carefree attitude.  We call him Stomper because the whole building shakes when he walks in, and he leaves mud everywhere because he's too lazy to wipe his feet.  And he keeps doing it!





All of these wines sell for $16.95 a bottle.  Please call us at (210) 828-2222 or email us at or to reserve a case of any of these wines.

Monday, February 23, 2015

It's "raining " VERY HIGH END CABS including-FINALLY-the newly releasd SUPERB FAUST CAB 2012

Faust cab $49.95 
2012 FAUST ( Second label of QUINTESSA )Napa Cabernet Sauvignon  $49.95  90/100 AND 91/100....From the GREAT/CLASSIC 2012 vintage in Napa.
Outstanding 2012 FAUST exhibits gorgeous breadth to its FULL bodied,very concentrated personality...This well-extracted wine has outstanding depth of fruit. Intense, juicy and powerful. It coats the taster's palate with blackberries, cassis and spices.
The second label of the super sought out, super premium producer QUINTESSA winery, this is a gorgeous, rich, fat wine that Parker-loving first labels would sell their souls for. A big, intoxicating aroma of ripe, plummy fruits and cedar knocks you back into your chair. There are cedary, sweet, rich, thick, black fruit flavors with a massive mouthfeel more typical of port than wine. Try with roast lamb or filet mignon or a grilled burger. DELICIOUS!
 ONLY 15 CASES AVAILABLE//////////////////////// 5 CASES OF MAGNUMS AVAILABLE TOO AT $129/MAG. Same fabulous 2012 vintage.

In the German legend, Dr. Faust trades his soul to the devil in exchange for limitless knowledge and pleasure. It's moral lesson to all, as tempting as this is on many, many levels. Imagine the parties? But while you will trade about $50 for the Faust Cabernet, made by the legendary winemakers at Napa Valley's Quintessa winery, plenty of pleasures are found within the bottle.

Quintessa has made its reputation in Napa by showcasing the strengths of vineyard sites within this famed valley, but Faust reflects a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes sourced from AVA regions throughout Napa, namely Rutherford and Coombsville. This allows the winemakers to commingle subtle flavor differences and build a wine with rounded (yet challenged?) character. But it's not just one, flat note. They crafted a diabolical blend of many different Bordeaux grape varietals for our drinking delight: 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot.

The Faust 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon offers layers of complexity. Aromas of dark fruits of black cherry, plum, tinged with green tobacco float from the glass and meet, then meld at the palate crossroads. Here, dusty tannins, menthol, lush black fruit and a hefty helping of vanilla oak complete the negotiation. Elegant yet masculine, seductive yet forceful, this Napa Cabernet would make Mephistopheles proud.

It's "raining" very HIGH END cabs:
Dalle Valle cab-6 pack-2011-$194.00. On a hold but weI can get a few 6 packs if requested
Silver oak Napa cab-2009-$106...NICE TREAT to be able to drink Silver Oak's flagship with 6 YEARS OF AGE!
Plumpjack cab estate-2012-$106.00
On a hold but weI have a few cases

Here are some other great options/temptations-

Darioush Signature cab-2011-$111.00
Phelps cab-2012-$66.75  AMAZING BUY and from the GREAT 2012 VINTAGE!
Staglin cab salus-2011-$85.00
Only 12bottles  in stock
Stay WARM!
Celebrating 31 years in business in San Antonio

Celebrating 31 years in business. 1984-2014


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Leonetti CULT reds FINALLY available for retail in TX, a few cases anyway.95 AND 94 POINTS

Here is what is available; the LEONETTI  FIGGINS FAMILY  ESTATE GIANTS, usually NEVER available except through their private wine club in Walla Walla WA:

Indulge yourself in the BEST of the BEST the entire Pacific NW has to offer!



95/100 (Parker) Cabernet 2011. $107 cost. 7X6 PACKS



94/100 (Parker and WS) Red Reserve BLEND 2011. $169 cost. 6X6 PACKS


Thank you very much.


Celebrating 31 years in business in San Antonio


Monday, February 2, 2015


Talk bout three MASSIVE WINNERS! Two reds from Spain (both rated 91/100 by Parker) and one California red "Rhone blend" from Sonoma County/Mendocino County (rated 92/100 by Parker),
super rich (all three over 15%), super smooth, super affordable ($15 to$19), especially when you consider the rating/price ratio! 
MARIETTA CELLARS CHRISTO LOT 1 -CALIFORNIA- 92/100, $19/BTL. (Blend of Syrah, Grenache and petite syrah) bring on the rich grilled meats, sausages, PERFECT WITH GAME as the wild boar on the label will hint...we have been DELICIOUSLY enjoying this gorgeous blend ON A REGULAR BASIS with rich, extremely spicy Thai curry (At Thai Dee) , yes IT STANDS UP TO EVERYTHING!   see pdf     don't take our word for it, Parker: "a killer wine...delivers flavor and value in incredible proportions"
and now...the two SPANISH BEAUTIES:
TARIMA HILL OLD VINES MONASTREL(=Mourvedre grape, the same one used in Chateauneuf du pape)-ALICANTE, SPAIN 2012- 91/100, $15.95     see pdf
BRECA OLD VINES GARNACHA(=Grenache grape, another grape used in Chateauneuf du Pape)-CALATAYUD, SPAIN 2012- 91/100, $16.95     see pdf
Celebrating 31 years in business in San Antonio
Monica A. Ressel
Grape Wine Company, Inc.
Celebrating 31 years in business. 1984-2015


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Everyday wines from California and Spain incl some MAGNUMS,PERFECT for PARTIES and GIFTS

Ready for some good Holiday party/gift major VALUE "guzzlers" ?
This offer features TWO fresh, rich, smooth PRE SELECTED REDS and ONE fragrant, crisp, versatile PRE SELECTED WHITE.
My favorite  of the bunch is the ALL AMERICAN smooth, chocolaty and chewy 2012 California (Paso Robles) SHADOW RIDGE CABERNET SAUVIGNON , AT $12.95, the most expensive wine in this entire offer!!! 
Enjoy the magnums from LATIERRA DE CASTILLA in SOUTHERN CENTRAL SPAIN too, first time ever imported and a LOT (And we just don't mean the size of the bottle!) OF WINE for the money.
1)2013 HACIENDA ALBAE CHARDONNAY-Tierra de Castilla, SPAIN $13.95/MAGNUM(1,5L)
ONLY 23 CASES AT THAT CRAZY PRICE OF $13.95/mag , 6 magnums to a case, if you do the math, it comes to LESS THAN $7 PER BOTTLE...GREAT FOR GIFTS and PARTIES
Hacienda Albae Chardonnay: Golden-yellow color with greenish reflections typical of Chardonnay. Shown as an elegant and complex wine. Use notes of tropical fruits like pineapple and mango, accompanied by floral notes. The fermentation and barrel aging is present with toasty notes and aromas of a little butter and honey. The entry on the palate is fresh and fruity. The wine is fat and a lot of volume, leaving a long aftertaste and creamy notes and toast
A very nice effort, it has pretty pear and flower aromas and feels substantial in the mouth, but neither hot nor heavy. Pear fruit flavors are accented with hints of Meyer lemon and butter. Very aromatic and flowery on the nose. Super CRISP and CLEAN like a good French white Burgundy BUT not as austere and more fruit forward..Nice yet very subtle tropical and oak flavors followed by a smooth, light buttery yet crisp finish.
One tasty and unique party wine! And only $13.95/MAGNUM, 6 MAGS TO A CASE ! 
Visit   they even have a real fine/fancy hotel in the winery
Smooth and  complex wine  for the money , Very cool/classy label too, looks and tastes more expensive. .

The nose on this wine opens up with bright Berry fruits. Plums, Tobacco and a subtle floral note. Full and rich on the palate, blueberries, blackberries and dried cherries are the major fruit flavors in this wine. Dried plums and a little Anise spice mixed with dark chocolate flavors round off the wonderfully smooth finish. Moderate Tannins make this a wonderful wine to drink with and compliment many foods.

3)2012 HACIENDA ALBAE  MERLOT- Tierra De Castilla, SPAIN-$13.95/MAGNUM.(1,5L) 
A  brilliant dark ruby red color with violet overtones leads to a VERY robust (14% ALC), elegant and generous nose of berries and red fruit. The taste is well balanced, VERY velvety and refined, ...a versatile and unique dinner/cocktail/party red.
Pretty amazing "LITTLE BIG RED" for ONLY $13.95 PER MAG, THAT'S UNDER $7 PER BTL.
Hacienda Albae Merlot: A wine that covers a wide range of tastes, as its fruit accompanied by a wooden bed gives complexity and makes it a very complete wine. Highlighted in black fruit nose like plums and blackberry accompanied by notes of vanilla and cocoa gives the wood. In the mouth the tannins are round and sweet perceive giving all his own persistence aromatic range of wine in its class.  
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Happy Holidays, let's celebrate!!!-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
210-828-2222 PH
1747 Citadel Plaza, suite 112
San Antonio, Tx 78209
Monica A.Ressel
Grape Wine Company, Inc.
                                                                                                                                                       Celebrating 30 years in business. 1984-2014


Friday, November 7, 2014

Tait Offering -SUPER RARE/HIGHLY RATED CULT AUSTRALIAN REDS from TAIT,nice smooth meaty wines for cooler weather and richer meals.

Happy Friday! 




Throughout the last several years, many of you have purchased and enjoyed the wines from Tait Winery from the Barossa Valley in Australia.  Both The Ball Buster and The Wild Ride have been tremendous success stories with The Ball Buster being the only wine in the world that sells for $20.00 and under to garner eleven consecutive scores of 90 points or higher from Robert M. Parker's  WINE ADVOCATE.


A couple of weeks ago, we had the pleasure of meeting proprietor and winemaker Bruno Tait while he was visiting Texas and he brought two wines that he produces in very limited quantities that we had never had the opportunity to taste before.  We jumped at the chance to buy everything we could and needless to say, they will go in a hurry.



Oliver and Monica Ressel with Bruno Tait-in the middle- at The Grape Wine Company's office 


2008 TAIT BASKET PRESSED SHIRAZ:  It is Bruno's philosophy that all quality wine starts in the vineyard.  The Barossa fruit that he uses is always very low yielding and produces highly concentrated flavors and aromas.  He uses traditional winemaking methods including open fermentation, extended maceration and, basket pressing in his uncompromising pursuit of excellence. Great with game too, by the way.


92 pts. PARKER'S  WINE ADVOCATE: "Very deep garnet colored with a touch of brick, the 2008 Basket Pressed Shiraz offers a complex nose of mulberries, blackberry preserves and dried plums over hints of baking spices, Ceylon tea, tobacco, and sandalwood.  Very full-bodied, big and powerful in the mouth, it offers generous layers of warm berry, dried fruit and baking spice layers supported by refreshing acidity and a medium to firm level of rounded tannins.  The finish is long, spicy and just a little warm.  Drink this one now to 2018."


As mentioned, it is very limited.  We have only 17 six-packs available.                                         DOWN TO 8X6 PACKS NOW AS OF TODAY, FRIDAY. 


$49.95 a bottle


2006 TAIT BASKET PRESSED CABERNET SAUVIGNON:  The grapes that make up the 2006 Basket Pressed Cabernet Sauvignon are sourced from Tait's own vineyard located in the Barossa Valley.  The vineyard is approximately 80 years old, practically dry grown and hand pruned on clay soils.  The vineyard is visited twice a week during the maturing season to ensure that the fruit is maturing slowly and that water is applied only when necessary.


90 pts. PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE: "The 2006 Basket Pressed Cabernet Sauvignon was aged for 15 months in new French oak and seasoned American oak.  It is purple/black in color with an enticing bouquet of toast, scorched earth, black currant, and blackberry liqueur.  On the palate, this behemoth is full-bodied (16.3% alcohol), layered, corpulent, and mouth-filling.  It should drink well for another six years."


90 pts. International Wine Cellar: "Powerful candied cherry and cassis aromas are brightened by smoky minerals and fresh lavender.  Chewy, youthfully bitter cherry and cassis flavors become sweeter with air, picking up suave vanillin oak spice.  I like this wine's finishing clarity and snap."


Only 12 cases available! $34.95 a bottle

                                                                                                                                                   DOWN TO 7 CASES NOW AS OF TODAY,FRIDAY.


Please call us at (210) 828-2222 or email us at either or to reserve a case.