Curating Wine for a single delivery, an event or an entire cellar-this is one of the highlights of our work!
Thanks @mookharjea for the opportunity to curate this case of 12.
As you said, June will be Italian 🍕🇮🇹
Always a privilege to serve
This lovely case includes
1. Chianto Classico Montemaggio 2012 from the heart of Classico region in Radda from @montemaggio
2. Saint Emiliano Barbera 2015 superiore that is showing like a marvel from the Incisa della Rocchetta family
3. The amazing Barco Reale 2016 from the historical wine growing region of Carmignano, Tuscany from @tenutadicapezzana
4. The beautiful and an absolutely amazing effort in Maremma Morelino di Scansano 2016 from @fattoriadeibarbi
5. The Rosso di Montalcino 2017 that more than lives upto its name and legacy by @fattoriadeibarbi
6. The beautiful Barbera d'Alba 2015 from @mauro_veglio that has matured like a true artisanal bottle
And all of this in under $450 😃 🍷🍷
CB helped 🇸🇬 get to this phased opening.
Let's do our part in staying home 🏡.
The Legend of Sassicaia 1975
Sassicaia 1975 -another great birth year gift wine
Everyone has probably heard of the legendary status of the 1985 Sassicaia?
The one that was first rated 100 points by Robert Parker. Why? Because it seems he mistook it for a 1986 Mouton-Rothschild. Thanks to that tasting, the wine now trades at a premium of about 5-6x of any other great vintage of Sassicaia. Damn you Robert Parker!
But did you know 🤔, before the legendary 1985 stole the show, it was actually the 1975s which enjoyed that same legendary status and were considered among the best ever?
It seems, in 1978 Decanter held a tasting called "Great Clarets" of the world's elite wines.
This consisted of 33 wines, including Bordeaux First Growths. It was here, that the 1975 Sassicaia vintage took the first place 🏆 among all these legends.
As Jancis Robinson, who joined the heir Niocolo Incisa for a tasting of back vintages a decade ago put it, "heady, quite amazing colour. And just lovely silky, racy complex palate with all the tannins melded. Lovely fresh stuff. So racy, Just perfect now! This has lasted magnificently - much better than most red bordeaux. 19/20 points."
So not only the people born in the year 75 are absolutely the most amazing 😜, even the wines 🍷🍷 from our birth year are equally awesome!
Have a lovely weekend all.
Natural Wines (or Orange Wines)
Natural Wines - a revolution in its own right
How do you make history 📜 take note of you? Remember you like one of her own?
You rewrite it, ✍ beautifully ofcourse, and with deep passion and love 💕
Stanko Radikon was a revolutionary winemaker, and a pioneering figure for natural wine movement and now, stuff of legend.
Some whites referred to as orange wines (because of the color), are made without addition of any sulphur and with a long skin contact.
Sounds simple? Except sulphur is a critical stablising agent and when you take that out completely, you make that already very difficult winemaking process incredibly, incredibly hard.
Stanko turned to tradition of what his ancestors taught when he started to work on this small 12 hectare estate on the Slovenian border of Italy and over the 36 vintages he presided over, refined every aspect of it to the point of perfection.
My favorite of course is the work he did on unique bottling of 1L so his wines could age well (borrowing from how magnums are considered the best format for ageing).
It seems that project led him onto a journey where he had to convince glass makers to design the special bottle with special necks to allow the special corks to fit in perfectly.😅
That's like making an already tough job of severe selection and natural fermentation, minimal intervention without any latest technological help, ten times harder.
Thanks to Stanko, what he envisioned, is now for the 🌏 to taste, admire, love and collect.
The bottles have great ageing potential and are an absolute treat. In the glass, Ribolla Gialla made from Ribolla grapes is often described with citrus notes of lemon, lime and orange, very floral and deeply meditative.
Ribolla Gailla undergoes extended maceration in oak vats for 2 to 4 months before being left to age for 4 yrs in 35hl casks followed by 2 yrs of bottle ageing.
Stanko's work with oak in the winery is beyond exceptional 🏆🏅
Sasa, Stanko's son, who trained under him for years, and led the winery together with him took over the mantle after Stanko's untimely death in 2016. He is continuing the great tradition 💕
It's 2012 vintage now. Normally $130, CB special, $110.
We also have a few '07 😇
Wine Subscription Plan
Looking for a monthly wine subscription plan? One that doesn't offer:
1. Free wine fridge (so you can use your own 🍷)
2. Free 🚠 travel (obviously not safe!)
3. Free food🍛🍜 (I mean sure food goes with wine but it's a wine subscription)
1. Wines by wine lovers looking for loved wines
2. Wines by wine lovers looking for value for these loved wines
3. Wines delivered by wine lovers who love delivering these loved wines
4. Wine lovers saving your hard earned 🎖 for well, more wine 🥂🍾🍷
On the face of it, a monthly wine subscription plan isn't really for everyone.
Those who prefer to go deep prefer turning the wine list upside down a few times;
or those who are buying in truck loads, a wine subscription plan will barely make a dent into their buying, might seem unnecessary;
or those who buy occasionally, well, they can just pop into a wine store at the last minute and pick up what the store offers;
or those who know way too much for their own comfort; every wine deal offered is a cause for deep inspection and some retrospection.
And yet, these are precisely the reasons why a wine subscription plan is a great addition to your monthly wine buying.
When was the last time you got some wine that totally surprised and excited for the unknown, of wonder 🙃 what really is in there?
To discerning buyers, it's an automatic value buy, our wine subscription plans come with price guarantee;
for those, who are still finding their wine joy, a chance to try more than what a store's best offer is;
for those knowledgeable folks, well there's fun in letting go once a month, isn't it? Let's take the weight of expectations off your shoulders for a day?
From $100 'Monk's red-value date' that is beautiful and totally fuss free,
to $150 'Sparklers from Heaven' for the bubbly lovers,
to the exclusive one of a kind plans:
-$250 'Monk's red- true love' for those who study deep
-$500 'Monk's red-everyone's envy' that will transport you to heady realms of wine exclusivity.
We have the plans to chill, thrill, sit back, mesmerise and fall in love, all at the same time.
And you can buy a wine fridge (or two) with the saves 🎖🙃
For details on how to go about it, click below:
Secrets of the Sommelier -an old trusted companion
A friend in need is a friend indeed. And a real friend indeed is a friend in-deed, one who never ever, ever opens an aged Super Tuscan or a classified growth or a Grand Cru from the slopes ⛰of Côte de Nuits without you 🍷🍷
But amid the lockdown, the most well intentioned of these true 'friends in-deed' are opening those famed bottles themselves, mind you, against their own will. Some are even regrettably posting on IG (@vinchel_b @barry21p) of how they would have loved to share the bottles which are being decanted for hrs 😂 but couldn't.
If you find yourself in need of wine company and are looking for an old trusted companion, then Secrets of the Sommeliers is a true friend indeed.
It won't just open up the bottles 🍾, it will open up the entire enigmatic 🌎 of wine, of Sommeliers, and tastings, and their mad work days and yearnings, of vineyards and stupendous skills of blind tasters to passionate and in some cases obstinate winemakers.
Rajat Parr Master Sommelier, the author and a towering wine figure and @therealjordanmackay take u on the wine journey by sharing their own, one so beautiful and inspiring that if you were sitting on the fence, you would fall headlong. If you were already into wine, then it will kindle the passion and patience to explore how deep that rabbit hole goes.
Over the years, I get regularly asked on what really inspired and started my own wine journey. And as I have reflected on this, two momentous occasions stand out. One our very first tasting of a Tignanello (mind you it was infanticide at how young it was but still delicious) and two our very first wine book, Secrets of the Sommeliers.
A lot of wine books are v informative but so massively dry, they will either kill that little flame 🔥 if you are a lover or make it so incredibly complicated, you would give up any attempt at learning.
Secrets of the Sommelier stands out because it gives just enough to excite curiousty that makes you want to go and explore more. You would also start to accept that like any area of expertise, Sommeliers, especially the coveted Master Sommelier holders are experts, with wine memories so entrenched and so deep, its like wine speaks to them directly.
Moscato Passito-Produced with 100% Moscato grapes
Never have I ever... tasted a cake that tasted so delicious. So I took another slice. And then I realized it wasn't perhaps the cake but the wine. So I drank more wine.
A few such rounds and there was neither any of that cake 🍰 left nor a drop of that wine 🥂.🤗
Pairing a dessert 🍰 with an artisanal dessert wine may often feel like an unnecessary luxury.
But if you pair it right, it will deliciously change your eating of desserts for ever♾. That much is certain.
(If you are into calorie counting, well, you might want to consider fasting for a day before reading any further 😅🍷).
Moscato Passito from @tenutailfalchetto featured here, is one such wine 🥂
Produced with 100% Moscato grapes. from the extraordinary terroir of Ciombi estate that lends the structure and intensity, this is Moscato in all its glory.
The steep slopes facing South help these grapes reach the perfect ripeness.
The best Moscato grapes in the Ciombi estate are selected and left to wilt on the vine for about thirty days. These grapes are then picked and fermented and the finished wine rests for one year in little French oak barrels and a further six months in the bottle.
The result is an extremely elegant, rich, intense dessert wine with flavours of crushed flowers, melon and apricot. Goes really really well with sweet desserts and cheese but also with foie gras.
(Remember the golden rule, 🎗📏 the sweetness of the wine needs to be more than the sweetness of the dessert).
Once you do,
Never will you ever...feel like having that dessert without a bottle of a delicious dessert wine again.
(To the calorie conscious, I am beginning to think it might actually optimise your dessert 🍮🎂🍩 intake 🤔
This beautiful half at $35 (Normally $42/-)
The Joys of Wine Delivery
Saturday Morning Wine Delivery
Saturday morning wine delivery. 🚚
Thank you @markieong for the opportunity.
These wine deliveries were among the best parts of this business. A chance to meet, greet and share a glass of wine 🍷
With the contact-less 👏🚫 wine delivery as standard, now we are just voices, delivery a bit of a transaction 📤📥 to get the job done.
(Though I must admit some of the security teams 🔐 in various🏫 estates do add a bit of adventure. 😅
I really think we could train some of them on how to implent safe distancing measures and contact-less safe deliveries 😅😂🍷)
These reposts are now some much needed reminders of the common wine passions shared by all of us. Please keep them coming.
Look forward to the times when we can get together and share some of these gems 🍷🍷
Moscato - a sweet wine worth revisiting
Who hasn't heard of Moscato? Considering the no of bottles and labels that line up the supermarket shelves one can't be faulted to wonder if there really is anything artisanal left in a Moscato? That it has it's own DOCG (Italian wine classification for place, grape, yield and region guaranteed by tasting) in Moscato d'Asti is almost lost in translation 🤔
Moscato is a victim of it's own success in some ways. While it took Italy 🇮🇹 to the world, 🌍 it wasn't as lucky as its other illustrious Italian siblings from other regions in achieving a more exalted status.
Moscato, which originates from the Moscato d'Asti region is not just a sweet, frizzy beverage but a real serious effort in the hands of artisanal vintners such as @tenutailfalchetto -a family of farmers 🚜🧺 dedicated to vines and wine for four generations with the first bottles of Moscato coming in as early as 1940.
Grown and lovingly tendered in vineyards 🌿 and wineries, the wines are enjoyable and meant to be drunk young, but are not without their moments of glory.
Pair them right with a semi sweet dessert (remember the golden rule- the sweetness of the wine must exceed the sweetness of the dessert) or pour one as an accompaniment to some breakfast and the Moscato will sing.
Moscato's birthplace is in Northern Italy's Piedmont region in the town of Asti and some surrounding provinces. Better known as Moscato d'Asti, these are v different from the basic Moscato produced and sold liberally worldwide or Asti Spumante, it's another Italian cousin.
With alcohol of under 6%, and a flavor profile of pear, melon, green apples and citrus fruit, a couple of 🥂 with breakfast will perk you up for the day!
The Ciombo and Tenuta del Fant aren't just an easy drinking sweet wine, but something much much more pleasurable, a real conversation starter.
If you think you have 'outgrown' the Moscato then we encourage you to give these two lovely bottles a go. It would be like rekindling an old passion.
The wines have earned some serious fame with the Ciombo from Il Falchetto earning Tre Bicchieri from Gambero Rosso a few times over.
Now at a delicious $29 ($25 for 6)
Wine Scholar, seller of quality wines that reflect the terroir and the passion of the winemaker. Love to share a glass of great wine.