Wednesday, July 19, 2017

it's HOT/Miraval rose IS IN,92/100! Domaine Figuiere rose IS IN/we were just there in Provence in June...

 
it IS  making our mouth water….HIGH 99 today..."C'est la canicule"! Have a nice week . Stay COOL! Remember, August will BE EVEN HOTTER! 
 
Both PRE SELECTED DRY ROSES from Provence in  France have been thoroughly enjoyed by the pool at the Casa Ressel this Summer,reminds us of my parents' house in Provence by the Med-WELL KIND OF.......
Those EXTREMEY REFRESHING dry roses are all made out of red wine grapes, see below and pdf:
 
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1) MIRAVAL ROSE COTES DE PROVENCE $21.95///92/100///
 
 
What a  huge "ranch" in the middle of nowhere in wild and rugged Provence "hill country" near Brignoles, we were there last month...beautiful wild property (with wild boars everywhere...YUM, LUNCH TIME,see our pic below with a FEW bottles of MIRAVAL at the "ranch"!) Also it has an old recording studio-HUGE-where Pink Floyd recorded the WALL...followed by many Rock artists over many years like ACDC, the Cure..etc..
 
Also, security cameras everywhere, of course and about 30 employees on the property all year round! It is-after all-the home of BRAD PITT and ANGELINA JOLIE and all their children-see pic below-.
 
92/100
$21.95/btl. 
MIRAVAL ROSE COTES DE PROVENCE 2016, $21.95 (Normally $26/$27)  Blend of Syrah, Grenache and Roussane again, your classic Chateauneuf du Pape grapes
 
with a STUNNING 92/100 RATING-See pdf-
 
 The famous joint venture of PERRIN(owner and winemaker of the superb CHATEAU DE BEAUCASTEL CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE) BRAD PITT and ANGELINA JOLIEBy far the most refined of all, what do you expect with "Perrin's hands in/on it". Was on  the COVER OF WINE SPECTATOR twice now.
 
 Enjoy a couple of chilled glasses with a refreshing salade Nicoise on a very cold plate, yum!
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2) DOMAINE FIGUIERE LE SAINT ANDRE-FAMILLE COMBARD-COTES DE PROVENCE 2016  $15.95/BTL. 
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Good News, a GORGEOUS hand crafted rose-big and dry, truly a RED WINE DRINKER'S ROSE made by the COMBARD family in LA LONDE LES MAURES (a few hundred meters from the "MED." SEA) where my parents retired 25 years ago...
 
Bad News, only 10 cases are to be had...then THAT'S IT!
 
BLEND OF CABERNET-SYRAH-GRENACHE and CINSAULT
 
 Figuiere is located on the Mediterranean sea in La Londe Les Maures. "There is a five degree difference in temperature from our vineyards to those of the interior" says Magali, "the freshness found in our wines is very singular to La Londe region".

Alain Combard-her dad-passed away so she runs the estate with her sister and brother, the cool coastal climate and unique schist soils are keys to making robust yet easy to enjoy wines, a classic Provencal Rose!

Le Saint Andre has gorgeous aromas and flavors of peach, orange skin and white flowers, all accented by a super refreshing crisp acidity and salty minerality, thanks to the influence of the sea.

Domaine Figuiere-Provence-lunch with owner Magali Combard (on the far left) and a FEW bottles of her wines!
Oliver and Monica(on the right) with Magali Combard and her brother-winemaker-and sister...look behind us, it's all about the rocky soil(Schist)...
Domaine Figuiere in La Londe Les Maures, Provence
Stay COOL!
 
 
 
OLIVER-PIERRE RESSEL
MONICA RESSEL
GRAPE WINE CO, INC.
210-828-2222
oliver@gwineco.com
gwineco@bizsatx.rr.com
Celebrating 33 years in business in San Antonio
 

 

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

CRAZY deal on Faust cab2014, 94/100-HIGHEST RATING EVER- 10 off PER BTL. 17 CS avail

 
Crazy-CRAZY DEAL on 
                                                 2014  FAUST NAPA CAB,  ONLY $39.95
$39.95(average retail price in the US: $52)
 
 
Only 17 cases of the 2014 to be "STOLEN" NOW... SELLING OUT VERY QUICKLY, FOR SURE!  Highest rating for Faust EVER...94/100!
 
 
 AT THAT PRICE, MAKE SURE TO GET AT LEAST TWO CASES, YOU ARE BASICALLY SAVING $120 PER CASE!  
 
 
ONE OF OUR FAVORITE  NAPA CAB AND FAVORITE WINERY AND UNDER $40 TOO, A WONDERFUL "BARGAIN" and ONE of the BEST FAUST CAB ,THESE "GUYS" AT QUINTESSA KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DOING, FOR SURE!) and I HAVE BEEN "PUSHING" FAUST and QUINTESSA from the "trenches" since their INCEPTIONS, A TRUE POWEHOUSE NAPA GIANT for UNDER $50:
 
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.

 

 

Critical Acclaim

  • JS94
    James Suckling - "This is very intense with blackberries, dark chocolate, fresh mushrooms and blackcurrants. Full-bodied, fine and fruity yet complex and intense. Structured and lightly austere. Beautiful."
  • RP90
    The Wine Advocate - "Another strong effort from Quintessa is the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon The Faust. This has an inky blue/purple color and notes of Asian plums, blackcurrants, road tar, and charcoal embers in a deep, wonderfully fruited, rich and savory, lush style. Drink it over the next 10-15 years."
 
2014 FAUST NAPA CAB  $39.95 average retail price around the country $52!!!
Wow! This gorgeous cab is so rich, muscular, concentrated and dark in the glass, it looks more black than red!

"Faust is the epitome of the style that has made Napa Cabernet Sauvignon world renowned: bold and powerful, yet elegant and concentrated. Dense and inky, the core is a beautiful, rich ruby color. The aromas lift out of the glass with blackberry, black cherry, ripe raspberry and tea leaf. The entry is impressive with a fleshy mouthfeel and notes of cassis, dark chocolate and ripe berries. The layers continue to unfold throughout a long finish." - Winemaker's notes-

The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Faust is designed as a second wine of Quintessa. It exhibits a very dense dark/ruby/purple color, cassis fruit,  blackberry, chocolate, coffee in a delicious, very rich , fruit-forward, open-knit style. Enjoy it now through 2028+.
 
 
 
OLIVER-PIERRE RESSEL
MONICA RESSEL
GRAPE WINE CO, INC.
210-828-2222
oliver@gwineco.com
gwineco@bizsatx.rr.com
Celebrating 33 years in business in San Antonio
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Monday, June 26, 2017

part 2/4TH of July BIG CABS/new 2014 Dominus cab 98/100.New 2014 Napanook-by Dominus-cab 95/100

Happy Monday
 
 
#1) DOMINUS ESTATE, super high end Napa cab meritage 2014-98/100 and 97+/100-is coming Wednesday, and they have lowered the price too as this is the FIRST TRANCHE pricing, $223/btl.
 inside track for you, the new 2014 Dominus, 97+ points by Parker  and 98+/100 by Laube /is being released tomorrow, as always the first tranche (means first slice in French) / pre release price is around $40-50 less PER BOTTLE than the second tranche price, so please let me know.
 
 10-only 10- 6 bottle wood crates available at the first tranche price

Winemaker's Notes

Blend: 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc and 7% Petit Verdot

Critical Acclaim

  • JS98+
    James Suckling - "Loads of dark tobacco aromas with blackcurrants and black olives. Boysenberries, too. Full to medium body, ultra-fine tannins and lots of flavors of smoke, dried roasted chillis, black truffles, mushrooms and fruit. Bright acidity on the finish. Sexy, refined and subtle  austerity. Alluring. Very approachable now but better in 2021. "
  • RP97+
    Parker's Wine Advocate - "The 2014s, where the production of Napanook was only 2,200 cases and Dominus slightly more than the 2015 at 4,000 cases, was another early harvest, although somewhat later than 2015. The 2014 Dominus, which is 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc and 7% Petit Verdot really struts its stuff. Moueix's belief in dry farming seems to be paying off with stronger and stronger vintages, each successive year, and the 2014 is a sexy, opulent, layered, multidimensional wine with notes of red and blackcurrant, cedar wood, tobacco leaf , spice box and licorice. The color is a dense plum/ruby/purple, much like the Napanook. This is a beauty that is already drinking gorgeously – as most 2014s are – and will continue to evolve for 25 or so years. " see pdf  

Dominus

Dominus Winery
In the late 1960s, while attending the University of California at Davis, Christian Moueix(Who has become a personal friend of ours and is super fun/jolly fellow) fell in love with the Napa Valley and its wines. Son of Jean-Pierre Moueix, the famed wine merchant and producer from Libourne, France, Moueix returned home in 1970 to manage the family vineyards, including Chateaux Petrus, La Fleur-Petrus, Trotanoy in Pomerol and Magdelaine in Saint Emilion.

His love of Napa Valley lingered and in 1981, he discovered the historic Napanook vineyard, a 124-acre site west of Yountville that had been the source of fruit for some of the finest Napa Valley wines of the 1940s and 1950s. In 1982, Moueix entered into a partnership to develop the vineyard and, in 1995, became its sole owner. He chose the name 'Dominus' or 'Lord of the Estate' in Latin to underscore his longstanding commitment to stewardship of the land.

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#2) 2014 NAPANOOK(second label of Dominus)Estate Napa CAB, one their best ever, 95/100, $68.95/btl.
14x 12 bottles pretty wood crates available
 
Same ultra high end ownership (Christian Moueix of DOMINUS and CHATEAU PETRUS)
Same fabulous land in Napa (DOMINUS)
Same winemaking dream team (DOMINUS)
1/3rd the cost of Dominus! 
 
see pdf 
 
Enjoy both ALL AMERICAN winners, just on time for the Fourth of July! 

 

OLIVER-PIERRE RESSEL
GRAPE WINE CO., INC.
210-828-2222 PH
Oliver@gwineco.com
Gwineco@bizsatx.rr.com
Celebrating 33 years in business in San Antonio 

 
Monica  Ressel
Grape Wine Company, Inc.
210-828-2222
Monica@gwineco.com
Celebrating 33 years in business. 1984-2017

 

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

GWC and RESSEL SUPER FAVORITE has ARRIVED: 2015 Latour Montagny 1st cru white Burgundy/90/100 and BEST BUY of ALL white Burgundies

 
 
 
 This 2015 French beauty just released now:
 
An excellent effort, 90/100 it should drink well for 8+ years."
We say it's got value, class and style written all over it.
 
How can you go wrong? Drink now through 2025, we drink this wine ALL THE TIME, it's LIKE DRINKING A NICE CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET FOR HALF THE PRICE!
 
We CRAVE this Montagny when it is out of stock, FOR REAL! 
THE WHITE BURGUNDY from LOUIS LATOUR: 2015 LATOUR MONTAGNY 1ST CRU "LA GRANDE ROCHE" ONLY $19.95!!! (was $25.95 )
 
see pdf
 
NICE CRISP and SUPER REFINED...perfect white Burgundy at the PERFECT price! 
 
 Amazing VALUE, you get a 1st cru single vineyard white Burgundy UNDER $20!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
The expression of the Chardonnay grape reaches incredible levels of complexity in Burgundy, I call white BURGUNDIES "RED WINE DRINKER'S WHITE WINE". Latour Montagny is full-bodied without being heavy displaying gorgeous meyer lemon, herb, straw and mineral flavors that race through the smooth rich, lengthy finish. Think slightly buttery croissant or brioche feel/YUM!YUM!There is NO better wine in the world with fish and seafood, of course chicken CORDON BLEU or bacon wrapped quail work well too! DRINK NOW-2025-90/100-
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Merci bien! Sante! Have a nice week.
Latour Montagny PREMIER CRU La Grande Roche 2015  $19.95/btl. 

Will be advertised soon, 15 cases will be available.  
 
 
OLIVER-PIERRE RESSEL
MONICA RESSEL
GRAPE WINE COMPANY,INC.
210-828-2222
Gwineco@bizsatx.rr.com
                                                                                             Celebrating 33 years in business in San Antonio-1984-2017
 

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Friday, May 5, 2017

Happy Friday!favorite B duo IS back:Spanish WINNER:90/100(Parker)BARAHONDA Carro meritage beauty/ch.BOISSON wh.Bordeaux from France.

TWO GRAPE WINE CO FAVORITE EUROPEAN BARGAINS ARE FINALLY BACK AFTER OVER A YEAR(and they both start with the letter B), THE BARAHONDA CARRO TINTO FROM SPAIN AND THE CH BOISSON WHITE BORDEAUX FROM FRANCE, JUST ON TIME FOR ALL YOUR SUMMER PARTIES!
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1) BARAHONDA CARRO TINTO 2014/$14.95
 
 Viva Espana!!!
 
Last year we sold out IMMEDIATLEY!

 DON'T MISS out on this RIDICULOUSLY PRICED GEM. 8 CASES LEFT NOW...

"Oliver & Monica have done it again. Another great find & great Value from 

Spain. Please purchase now, product is going fast!!!!!Here is a History of our 

Delicious Wine."



Barahonda Carro Tinto 2014-Spanish Red Blend, 90/100 AND ONLY $14.95!!!ONLY 8 CS LEFT NOW



Carro, made by Bodegas Señorío de Barahonda in the DO of Yecla, is a perfect example of how

Spain offers the best wine values in the world! The wine is made with grapes from vines that were

planted in 1977 and are tended in limestone soil which receives a mere 8-10 inches of rainfall each

year. The state-of-the-art winery is a perfect "kitchen" to transmit this unique terroir. Carro is

100% un-oaked made with organically grown grapes. With a wine making heritage that dates back

to 1925, the Candela family owns about 340 hectares (840 acres) of vineyards. Yecla is one of only

a few wine regions in Spain(South East Spain near the MED) that has remained unaffected by phylloxera. Carro's richness, depth

and profound earthy flavors will transport you to the arid, rugged and tranquil terrain of Yecla.



WHAT MAKES THIS WINE UNIQUE: 

The winery has used estate-owned grapes since 1925. The wine is organically

grown and the grapes are from 35-year-old vines. Carro is a 100% un-oaked wine, made using a Rhone-like blend of

grape varieties. The amount of care and the quality of the grapes that go into Carro are the same used to make more

expensive cuvées. This great value offers high quality for price.



 

GRAPE: 

50% Monastrell (Cousin grape to cab-Bordeaux style), 20% Syrah, 20% Merlot, 10% Tempranillo. 


PAIRING SUGGESTIONS: 

This simple, unpretentious, easy-to-drink and juicy red will pair well with most any flavorful,

casual dishes—summer or otherwise—you're likely to see it on the backyard deck , at the beach, or at a picnic. Grilled

cheddar burgers with bacon or BBQ brisket are perfect. Try with Monica's Grilled Chicken with Red & Yellow peppers, served on a 

Monica's soon to be famous Jasmine Rice . 




TASTING NOTES FROM ROBERT PARKER*(see below)

Carro is a ridiculous value in a full-bodied, complex, rich and savory dry red wine. Dense ruby/purple with notes of blackberry and blueberry fruit, licorice and camphor, the wine is totally un oaked and naked. This is a beauty of purity and richness and just goes to show what one can buy if careful with researching importers. Drink it over the next several years. Decant or put in a big wine glass 30 minutes before drinking it..YUM!


2014 Senorio de Barahonda Carro
Senorio de Barahonda 
A Proprietary Blend Dry Red Table wine from
Spain, Yecla, Spain
         

       
Source Reviewer Rating Maturity Current (Release) Cost
eRobertParker.com #Interim - November 2015
Nov 2015
Robert M. Parker, Jr. 90 Drink: 2016 - 2019
The 2014 Carro is a ridiculous value in a full-bodied, complex, rich and savory dry red wine. Dense ruby/purple with notes of blackberry and blueberry fruit, licorice and camphor, the wine is totally unoaked and naked. This is a beauty of purity and richness and just goes to show what one can buy if careful with researching importers. Drink it over the next several years.

These six remarkable wines are from proprietor and winemaker Antonio Candela, who runs this estate in the backwater appellation of Yecla, sandwiched in Southeastern Spain between Alicante on the coast and neighboring Jumilla further inland. All of these are beautifully crafted and just fabulous values!
CARROs are the carts used to carry the grapes by hand, this poem is in the front of each bottle (in Spanish, of course!)
 
Avanza ligera en cada surco,                   Advancing light in each groove,slight
timidamente el polvo del                         road dust rises to my step,
camino se levanta a mi paso.                  The load is heavy, but it is
La carga es pesada, pero es un                a triumph, a conquest. At every
triunfo, una conquista.A cada                 step the vintage flourishes....
paso la vendimia prospera....                 every moment, the wine comes alive....
a cada instante, el vino va tomando vida....
 


only 8 cases left NOW at this RIDICULOUS $14.95 PRICE!!!



 

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2) CHATEAU BOISSON WHITE BORDEAUX 2015/$13.95
 
CHATEAU BOISSON WHITE BORDEAUX 2015  Boisson means drink in French.
 
                                                              90% Sauvignon Blanc 10% Semillon

WOW - $13.95/BTL.!!!!

At Grape Wine Company we are always on the lookout for an exceptional White Bordeaux and we have found another one yet again several years ago, it has been out of stock for over a year and a lot of customers have been "crying" waiting for the new release...well, it IS FINALLY HERE! 

From the southern region of Bordeaux where the clay-limestone soil is ideal to produce world renowned Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. This is a well-rounded wine with delightful volume, richness and yet is still crisp and super clean. There are pleasant notes of white daisies on the nose with the presence of lime and grapefruit on the palate. There is a hint of smokiness on the finish due to the Semillon. It is a delightful classy drink for both light meals and casual sipping.. perfect for parties too, WE ALWAYS KEEP TWO BOTTLES, NOT JUST ONE IN THE FRIDGE BY THE POOL, FOR REAL!

 

A favorite at Chateau Ressel with cold refreshing ceviche or moules marinieres or shrimp cocktail!

 
14 cases left...
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Enjoy TWO MAJOR WINNERS/VALUES .
 
OLIVER-PIERRE RESSEL
GRAPE WINE CO, INC.
210-828-2222
oliver@gwineco.com
gwineco@bizsatx.rr.com
Celebrating 33 years in business in San Antonio
 

 

MONICA A. RESSEL
GRAPE WINE CO. INC.
monica@gwineco.com
gwineco@bizsatx.rr.com

Celebrating 33 years in business in San Antonio

 

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Temptation 4CS LEFT/Stone Street cab 91/100 SUPERSTAR CAB/Their best EVER!

 
Viva Fiesta!!! Last month, we SOLD OUT IMMEDIATELY, a superb-sold out-Alexander valley cab beauty...well, four more cases just showed up at that great discounted price:
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 2013 STONESTREET ESTATE ALEXANDER VALLEY-MONUMENT RIDGE- CABERNET SAUVIGNON  $39.95/BTL...TRIPLE 91/100 (WW/WS/WE) AND 90/100(PARKER)....see attachment
 
 
iF YOU ARE A BIG, SMOOTH RICH CALI CAB FAN, PLEASE LOOK NO FURTHER THAN THIS DELICIOUS TAMED BEAST! WE CANNOT BELIEVE HOW MUCH THIS 2013 STONESTREET CAB OVERDELIVERS FOR UNDER $40!!!!!! WE BLIND TASTED IT (for real!) NEXT TO $100 NAPA and ALEXANDER VALLEY CABS and  WOW!!!
 
"VERY full-bodied (14.5 %), rich, very concentrated wine with soft velvety tannins, a multidimensional mouthfeel, and a long, rich finish displaying well-integrated acidity, tannin, alcohol , chocolate and wood. This beauty is one of the top STONESTREET  cab EVER and from the classic 2013 vintage. It drinks great now and should age easily for 15+ years. "

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As mentioned earlier, thIS wine  IS available in limited quantities so please call us at (210) 828-2222 or email gwineco@bizsatx.rr.com or oliver@gwineco.com or monica@gwineco.com to reserve a case or two....you WILL not regret it.

 

 


 


 

 

 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Hobbs Single Vyds cabs arriving next week, 95/100 to 98/100

 
 
 
 

Here is what is on order...all ratings from Parker's Wine Advocate...SUPER HIGH END SINGLE VINEYARD PAUL HOBBS CULT CAB:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bottles soon to be in stock AND still not spoken for:

114586

PAUL HOBBS CABERNET SAUVIGNON -BECKSTOFFER DR CRANE- 2012

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98 WA

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$266.00

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15

115937

PAUL HOBBS CABERNET SAUVIGNON -BECKSTOFFER LAS PIEDRAS- 2012

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95 WA

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$254.00

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60

116657

PAUL HOBBS CABERNET SAUVIGNON -NATHAN COOMBS ESTATE- 2013

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96 WA

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$399.50

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8

117878

PAUL HOBBS CABERNET SAUVIGNON -BECKSTOFFER LAS PIEDRAS- 2013

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98 WA

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$269.00

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30

115938

PAUL HOBBS CABERNET SAUVIGNON -BECKSTOFFER TO KALON- 2012

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97 WA

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$433.00

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OLIVER-PIERRE RESSEL
GRAPE WINE CO, INC.
210-828-2222
oliver@gwineco.com
gwineco@bizsatx.rr.com
Celebrating 33 years in business in San Antonio