Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Three very classy French Summer white and Roses incl Brocard "St Claire" Chablis 2014/91POINTS and FABULOUS

3 major winners from France for our hot Summers,
1)ONE WHITE BURGUNDY (Very classy) from  BROCARD in CHABLIS
 
2)ONE ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS (bottle is beyond gorgeous) ROSE from GERARD BERTRAND,
 
3)ONE BEYOND CRAZY ROSE DEAL from JABOULET in the RHONE, ALMOST HALF PRICE
 
   ..................................................................................................................oulalal!! 
 
 
 
WINE#1)

Jean-Marc Brocard

CHABLIS SAINTE CLAIRE 2014    $20.95, 91/100(WS)----see pdf----one FABULOUS WHITE BURGUNDY for ONLY $20.95

12 cases available

Born in 1946 in Chaudenay-le-Château in Côte d'Or from a family of farmers, Jean-Marc Brocard follows the advice of his father and swiftly from agriculture whose future is not enough carrier in the late 60's. He chose a HND in engineering and became an engineer at Auxerre.

The meeting with his future wife, and his in-laws family, winegrowers in Saint-Bris-le-Vineux will initiate in the work of the vine and wine.

In 1973, the birth of Julien, Jean-Marc plant his first vines in Préhy, where it will build a few years later, his winery that will become the domaine Jean-Marc Brocard situated in the center of Chablis vineyards.




Recommended by:  Bon Appetit, the New York Times and a Smart Buy, 91/100, AND Top 100, per the Wine Spectator

 

                             Enjoy :

It is a wine with an intense nose of citrus fruit and flowers such as verbena, acacia and honeysuckle combined with a very light whisper of oak.

Very perfumed on the palate, it is as fresh as it is supple, a wine of great elegance. (very elegant green cap and label as well)



91 points Wine Spectator

  #47 Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2015!! A textbook flinty aroma gives way to green apple, lemon and mineral flavors in this white, which shows fine depth and richness, offset by vibrant acidity. Excellent length. Drink now through 2020.   (11/2015)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

  The 2014 Chablis les Domaine Sainte Claire has a slight reduction on the nose that is quite pleasant and still allows the chalky scents to filter through. The palate is well balanced with fresh lime and quince on the entry, a nice edginess here with a punchy, spicy finish that yells "seafood!" Partner with some fruits de mer and you'll be onto a winner. (NM)   (8/2015)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

  (organically made; from three parcels; recently bottled): Light yellow. Deeply pitched nectarine and peach on the nose, with hints of flowers and marzipan. Fatter and broader in the mouth, showing more texture and fruit than the basic Chablis bottling but could still use greater clarity and cut. More volume and salinity here. (ST)   (8/2015)

Wine Enthusiast

  Named after the church just next to the Brocard winery, this is a fresh, crisp and intensely fruity wine. Pure apples and lemons, lively and fragrant, just shine here. It's a wine to drink now, or to age a few months.   (10/2015)


Tasting Notes:

 

Expressing a classic dusty Chablis nose, the entry is fresh and juicy with lemon and crisp yellow apples notes. The mouthfeel shows a generous body with creamy texture off set by streaks of oyster-esqe salinity that develop in the palate to a very balanced and satisying finish. 



PAIRING SUGGESTIONS: 

This wine begs for Oyster's on the half shell. Also, Halibut-pan seared, topped 

off with shallots, capers, lemon & a hint of dill. Try with Jumbo King Crab legs, served 

w/ Drawn-Garlic butter w, fresh lemons. Also great for our "Hot Texas Summers"



Sainte Claire - Chablis | Domaine Jean Marc Brocard



 

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

 

WINE#2)

 

GERARD BERTRAND ROSE  COTE DES ROSES-Languedoc-  2015 $16.95...GORGEOUS ROSE/PACKAGE/BOTTLE, only 15 X 6 packs available-see pdf-

 

WHAT A CLASSY BLEND OF GRENACHE, SYRAH, CINSAULT......only $16.95/btl,but buy 2x6 packs...$14.95..WOW! A very SPECIAL promotion thanks to Monsieur Bertrand HIMSELF.

 

 

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 

WINE#3)

 

PAUL JABOULET AINE COTES DU RHONE ROSE PARALLELE 45 2014 $8.95

See pdf

tht

 

 

The "buck stops here" and as the label says "the South starts here" (=ici commence le Sud) 

we stole-STOLE-the last 30 cases of that classy/classic COTES DU RHONE ROSE that NORMALLY SELLS FOR $14!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

THIS CLASSIC BLEND OF GRENACHE, CINSAULT AND SYRAH is going to a different importer, their LOSS, your GAIN!

Dry and peppery like a Chateauneuf du Pape (SAME REGION), complex, super crisp and clean, soooooooooo REFRESHING, we ARE keeping TWO bottles in the fridge by the pool and the hot tub , it's French ROSE SUNDAY at Chateau Ressel ALL YEAR ROUND! 
DELICIOUS and DANGEROUSmake sure to buy not JUST ONE, but TWO CASES at that INSANE $8.95 PRICE!!!

 

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

 

Please call us at (210) 828-2222 or email us at oliver@gwineco.com or monica@gwineco.com to reserve a CASE of those

majestic  French wines, SANTE!

 


OLIVER-PIERRE RESSEL
GRAPE WINE CO, INC.
210-828-2222
oliver@gwineco.com
gwineco@bizsatx.rr.com
Celebrating 32 years in business in San Antonio

 

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

Celebrating 32 years in business in San Antonio

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Monday, May 2, 2016

THE NEW ADELAIDAs are FINALLY ARRIVING

Enjoy your week, HAPPY MONDAY!
 
A few cases of each WILL BE HERE SOON...
 
ADELAIDA from Paso Robles, our ALL TIME FAVORITE small boutique winery from California since I first brought them into TX back in 1988:
The  current ADELAIDA releases ARE almost ALL SOLD OUT NOW and are-AS ALWAYS-super rare/hancrafted/fabulous and the prices on some  of them are down too :) :
 
As most of you know, we have developed quite an " Adelaida follow up cult" with our customers since we first started bringing into Texas their wonderful, totally handcrafted wines back in 1988.Adelaida cellars specialize in tiny amounts of very intense, massive high quality wines from their wild and rugged mountainside vineyards in Paso Robles.
 
 
 
RESERVE NOW TO BE SURE TO GET THE QUANTITIES/WINES YOU WANT (you know how it goes with ADELAIDA availability), PAY ONLY WHEN THEY ARRIVE (in 1 WEEK or LESS) 
 
 
Adelaida Recess Red 2012                $16.95             15 cs (This FABULOUS "entry level" ADELAIDA is BETTER and BETTER every year)
 
Adelaida Pinot Noir Estate 2014         $ 24.95            10 cs
 
Adelaida Zinfandel Estate 2013          $ 24.95            10 cs
 
Adelaida Chardonnay Estate 2014     $ 24.95            10 cs  (First Chardonnay estate made there in 5 years, a PERFECT combination, California meets white Burgundy, the best of both worlds)
 
Adelaida Viognier Anna's single vineyard 2014           $ 32.95            5 cs     ONLY AVAILABLE
 
Adelaida Anna's single vineyard Rhone red meritage 2013       $ 32.95           2 cs ONLY AVAILABLE, THINK OF AN "ADELAIDA VERSION of CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE"!!!
 
Adelaida Viking single vineyard cab meritage 2013        $ 36.95             10 cs (400 cs made total, their INCREDIBLE flagship"monster" cab meritage, FIRST TIME EVER in TX)
 

Here is link to 2 minute video addressing the new label and the "pull of the place".

 The Story of Adelaida

  

OLIVER-PIERRE RESSEL
GRAPE WINE CO, INC.
210-828-2222
oliver@gwineco.com
gwineco@bizsatx.rr.com
Celebrating 32 years in business in San Antonio
 
 
 
MONICA A. RESSEL
GRAPE WINE CO, INC
210-828-2222
monica@gwineco.com
gwineco@bizsatx.com
Celebrating 32 years in business in San Antonio

Monday, March 21, 2016

90/100(Parker)BARRAHONDA Carro Spanish meritage beauty UNDER 13/now ONLY 10cs.avail then all sold out

"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 $12.95!!!



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(Sout 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.


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 10 cases left NOW at this RIDICULOUS $12.95 PRICE!!!



 

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 
Enjoy a MAJOR WINNER/VALUE .
 
OLIVER-PIERRE RESSEL
GRAPE WINE CO, INC.
210-828-2222
oliver@gwineco.com
gwineco@bizsatx.rr.com
Celebrating 32 years in business in San Antonio
 

 

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

Celebrating 32 years in business in San Antonio

 

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Romanico Spanish beauty, 92/100(PARKER) RIDICULOUSLY priced, 9 CS to be had

92/100, excellent, RIDICULOUSLY priced at $16.95, 9 cases to be had. 
 

92 Points Robert Parker

The 2012 Romanico (1,500 cases produced) is made from 100% Tinta de Toro (the local name for Tempranillo), and is aged for six months in a combination of new and used French oak. Malolactic is done in oak, and the result is full-bodied, opaque purple-colored wine with superb richness as well as lots of blackberry, charcoal and cassis intermixed with licorice, new saddle leather, pepper and bouquet garni. This nearly viscous red should drink beautifully for 7-10 years.

This  estate in Toro is owned by the Eguren family, who also owns the Dominio de Eguren winery. These two value-priced cuvées, primarily fashioned from old vines planted between 1880 and 1999, are from head-pruned vines. They represent
impressive quality.

 

What a STEAL!!!

 

Only 9 cases at that RIDICULOUS PRICE. $16.95!!! A rich, gorgeous 92 rated Spanish beauty under $17!!!

 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

 
See pdf 
 
OLIVER-PIERRE RESSEL
GRAPE WINE CO, INC.
210-828-2222
oliver@gwineco.com
gwineco@bizsatx.rr.com
Celebrating 32 years in business in San Antonio

 
Monica A. Ressel
Grape Wine Company, Inc.
210-828-2222
Monica@gwineco.com
Celebrating 32 years in business.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Antucura Malbec 2014 will be here next week - Casarena Sinco cab/malbec meritage too. 90/100 AND 92/100

 
 
ANTUCURA HAS DONE IT AGAIN!!!

One of our favorite South American wineries from the UCO Valley in Mendoza, Argentina is Antucura.  We've loved their Cabernet Sauvignon as well as their sparkling Rose.  Monica and I opened up a bottle of their newest release the other night, the 2014 Malbec and once again, the wine is absolutely lovely AND stunning for the money.

 

Intense and brilliant in color with violet reflections.  Aromas of ripe red fruit and floral aromas.  On the palate, soft and lush with sweet tannins with notes of cherries, blackberries and cassis. If you enjoy grilled meats, game, BBQ, and/or hearty chunks of lasagna, DON'T PASS UP THIS MAJOR WINNER!

 

Apparently, the wine press agrees:

90 pts. – The Wine Enthusiast

90 pts. – Wine & Spirits Magazine "Best Buy"

90 pts. – James Suckling "Very aromatic and flavorful with dark berry, violet and

                                                                                      blueberry character."

 

Like the Cabernet Sauvignon – a tremendous value!

 

$16.95 a bottle

 

 

 

Introducing for the FIRST TIMECASARENA SINCO

Casarena (from Lujan de Cuyo in Mendoza, Argentina) has introduced a wonderful blend made of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Malbec and, it's a blockbuster of wine.

The 2014 Sinco is intense with aromas of Asian spices and ripe dark fruits.  The palate is bold and complex, full-bodied with an extremely long finish.

 

92 "Best Buy" - "Casarena is based in two classical regions: Agrelo and Perdriel.  Winemaker Bernardo Bossi blends Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec in a wine that shows a delicious array of fresh red fruit and spice

                                                       notes, like pepper and cinnamon.  It's gentle enough to drink now yet

                                                       structured enough to cellar for another five years."

 

$19.95 a bottle

 

Please call us at (210) 828-2222  or email us at

oliver@gwineco.com or monica@gwineco.com

to reserve a case of either or both of these two

splendid Argentinian wines.

                                                      

 




 

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

New ANTUCURA FLAGSHIP CAB and BARGAIN RED AND WHITE LATOUR BURGUNDIES, sooooo MUCH wine for the buck, as always

 
1)
 
 
              Antucura cab… Again! 

Antucura winery from Vista Flores in Mendoza, Argentina has wowed us once again with not one,

But two wines!

 

Many of you jumped on the chance to purchase the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon which scored 95 pts. in

Decanter Magazine.  The 2014 ANTUCURA Cabernet has just been released and it's also a real stunner, of course, it doesn't hurt that WORLDWIDE SUPER STAR WINE MAKING CONSULTANT MICHEL ROLLAND IS INVOLVED IN THIS WINERY, JUST LIKE WITH CASARANA WINERY "NEXT DOOR".. 

 

 

 

The wine has deep, bright ruby tones.  On the nose, there are red fruits, pepper, spices and licorice.  On the palate, it has

a beefy, rich mouthfill with gentle tannins, with redcurrant, raspberries, chocolate and fresh herbs.  It has not been reviewed yet and will likely be

sold out before the reviews come out. EXPECT A 92/100 OR MORE...AS ALWAYS...and for UNDER$16   Trust us on this one… don't pass it up! RIDICULOUSLY PRICED AT $15.95/BTL. ONLY 12 CS AVAIL. AT THIS POINT

 

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

 

 .

 

2) 2013 LOUIS LATOUR MONTAGNY 1ST CRU "ROCHE" White Burgundy and 2013 LOUIS LATOUR MARSANNAY Red Burgundy, both RIDICULOUSLY PRICED at $19.95/btl!....See pdf.

 

UNBELIEVABLE! You get a wonderful 1ST CRU SINGLE VINEYARD white Burgundy (Montagny) and a  wonderful TRUE red Burgundy (Marsannay), both in pretty original wood crates  for UNDER $20, YES UNDER $20 for REAL Frwnch Burgundies!

LATOUR 2013 MARSANNAY RED BURGUNDY $19.95/BTL.

                       

A great vintage – this wine has a dark, deep color with very vibrant and lively fruit flavors. This Marsannay has an amazing elegance (it is pinot noir grape after all), with well-integrated, round, silky and velvety tannins and barrel aging that are almost undetectable.

An excellent effort, it should drink well for 10-15 years."
We say it's got value and style written all over it. See pdf
 
 
 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 
 
                               LATOUR 2013 MONTAGNY 1ST CRU "LA GRANDE ROCHE" WHITE BURGUNDY ONLY $19.95!!! (was $25 last vintage)
 
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. 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. There is NO better wine in the world with fish and seafood, of course chicken CORDON BLEU works too! DRINK NOW-2021
 

 

                                                                         

 

Please call us at (210) 828-2222 to reserve  cases or email us

oliver@gwineco.com or monica@gwineco.com.  By the way,

we got lucky with our shipment  as both Burgundies are packed in pretty 12 BOTTLE WOOD CRATES.


 

 

 

 

 


 


Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Part 2/ FEW cases Super ALLOCATED JORDAN cab and chard FINALLY available and ON DEAL,a few cases anyway

Happy New Year!
 
 
JORDAN "FAMILY" OFFER, Jordan-second family generation winery is AS CONSISTENT AS IT GETS :
 
Finally available after being very allocated for the last  year, we have been re allocated/allowed 15 cases of each two Jordan wines, super consistent, complex and smooth, as always, THE JORDAN CHARD is SO REFINED, IT REMINDS ME OF A TOP SHELF WHITE BURGUNDY WITH A CALIFORNIA TWIST TO IT, THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS:
 
 
2011 JORDAN-Alexander Valley-CAB $53.95 on deal this week ONLY $51.95 4 cases left now!
 
 
2013 JORDAN-Russian River Valley-CHARD $32.95on deal this week ONLY $25.95That IS a TOTALLY INSANE PRICE for this iconic top shelf Chardonnay! 5 cases left now!
 
Enjoy both CLASSIC winners!
 

Jordan Russian River Chardonnay 2013 $ 32.95, NOW ON CRAZY-CRAZY DEAL $25.95!!!

Perfume-like aromas of mandarin orange and white raspberry open to a rich palate of fresh green apple and mango. Hand-crafted French oak nuances on the mid-palate are supported by a creamy texture and balanced finish, creating a white wine designed to stand the test of time. Enjoy now paired with seasoned white meat or creamy pasta dishes or cellar through 2018.

 

Jordan Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 $ 53.95, NOW ON DEAL $51.95!!!

Delicate aromas of fresh cranberry and red cherry mingle with enticing notes of cassis, chocolate and blackberry. Jordan cab is ALWAYS A TRUE CABERNET DRINKER'S CAB, dry, earthy , powerful-BUT NEVER HEAVY/CLUMSY/TUTTI FRUTi-and ALWAYS velvety smooth. The wine is round, soft and refined with elegant flavors of red currant, freshly cut herbs, vanilla bean and allspice. Predominantly French oak aging lends structure to the mid-palate with soft tannins and an inviting mouthfeel, balanced by a backbone of clean acidity. 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, 1% Malbec. This wine's enduring finish makes it perfectly suited to enjoy today or cellar worthy through 2022-2027.

 
 
Thank you!  
 
OLIVER-PIERRE RESSEL
GRAPE WINE CO, INC.
210-828-2222
oliver@gwineco.com
gwineco@bizsatx.rr.com
Celebrating 32 years in business in San Antonio 

MONICA A. RESSEL
GRAPE WINE CO. INC.
monica@gwineco.com
gwineco@bizsatx.rr.com
Celebrating 32 years in business in San Antonio