One of the most enjoyable part of the wine business is in finding those sometimes obscure, often weird and almost always wonderful wines, that no one has ever heard of! South Africa’s wines are very much like this. Most of you are familiar with the entry-level South African wines; they typically offer good value and are decent drinkers. Very few people, however, have tasted the best wines from SA; they are rarely exported and when they are, they are sent to the UK or US markets. I am fortunate enough to travel regularly to the South African wine regions and during my trip there recently, I was amazed at the quality of their top wines. We need to also put this into perspective; the top wines from California or France are easily $500 and up. For these prices, you are definitely getting a great bottle and relatively small production. With the top South African wines, you are paying $100 or so and, in my opinion, gaining the same quality level at a much lower price! This is the kind of stuff that gets me excited – tasting people on some of these jewels blind and then explaining the wine, its price and its origin.
This month, I have tried two very incredible wines from South Africa. Both are extreme limited production and both are real wines, from real wineries and are at the top in regards to the quality that South Africa can produce. Read more →
I struggle at times in making the decision to place these special offers into ‘What Jim’s Drinking’, since they have appeal to a smaller sector of wine drinkers. Having said this, my very eclectic group of wine friends always surprise me with your level of interest for unique stuff.
The Bordeaux wines offered here are currently in our warehouse in Richmond and ready to deliver. All of those listed come in their original wood case and are certified by Yvon Mau, one of THE pre-eminent Bordeaux negotiants. Prices are per bottle and are pre-GST. Each of these wines had been stored at Yvon Mau’s temperature and humidity-controlled warehouse in Bordeaux, and were shipped to us with temperature controlled containers. In other words, these wines have each been treated with the respect they deserve! Read more →
After three years of construction, Familia Zuccardi has officially inaugurated Bodega Zuccardi Uco Valley, located in Paraje Altamira which is located 130 kilometers southwest of the city of Mendoza. Read more →
First, for those of you that actually keep track, thanks for noticing that I missed my March post. Gratifying to know that at least three people read this each month!
I absolutely love showing my Greek wines to people; few seem to have explored Greek wines outside of the in-famous Retsina Wine, however the country offers such amazing wines outside of Retsina! Read more →
Thanks to all of you who took advantage of the Bin End Deals in January. These were some exceptional wine values and they certainly moved through quickly! I’ll add the Bin End feature to articles from time to time.
Though February is almost done, I promised a rundown on some great Scotch Whisky that I have been “experiencing” lately at various industry events. I get a lot of questions surrounding the current practise of distilleries releasing Single Malt Scotch which is not age-specific; some see these as inferior, however I disagree; it is these Whiskies which allow Master Distillers the flexibility and creativity, to develop a specific taste profile for a Whisky. Read more →