So you may have noticed that we have been sending some e-mails out on Wednesdays. We have a

pretty solid 3 email a week thing going with two mid end and one high end wine on Friday but we have been sneaking in a new offer, what we call internally "Lyle Wine Wednesday." These are wines that I passionately am behind and love very much but, because they are less well known, they don't sell enough to get a spot on Tuesday or Thursday. They are unusual wines by definition. Maligned varietals, odd places, grapes grown in odd places, strange processes, and/or any combination of these factors make up a Lyle Wine. Oh, also great acidity. I love wines with good acidity as they keep the wines fresh tasting for years.  So look out for Lyle Wine Wednesday.

I was at the Salon des Vins this recent February in Tain l'Hermitage and I was sulking. I had just

tasted the sick Cornas of Guillhaume Gilles and wanted to sell the wines and he said he was already represented in America so I then asked him who was his choice for the best wineries in the room. He immediately pointed me in the direction of Michelle Luyton.

Herve Murat is perhaps our most popular producer in Burgundy. It's no wonder why, as the wines are

very fairlypriced for a super high quality micro negociant with 4-5 incredible estates wines (the HCDN wines and Beaune 1er Cru Tuvilains) that always perform above their pay grade. Herve is always in the vineyard and the work shows in the finished product. As I have stated previously his 2011's were uniformly better than his excellent 2010's because he improved as a winemaker.

I was drinking the 2007 Martin Muellen Krover Paradies Spatlese "Deare" with a dear friend and

colleague the other night and it just had a remarkably complex showing; when you can get two wine geeks to turn their heads, that's quite an achievement. Martin is surely among the most old school and traditional Mosel producers (he actually uses a basket press).

When I decided to open my own wine retailer, the first question I asked myself was what kind of wines would I sell?  The easy answer, of course, is “good wines.”  The follow-up question is,

naturally, what is a good wine?

If you ask the majority of wine drinkers what constitutes a good wine, they will say the same thing.  A good wine is a wine that I like.  This is, of course, tautological,and thus completely begs the question.

Taste this Blind Next to Metras Beaujolais-Villages - I Dare You

One topic that I always find to be a so called "hot topic" is the fetishization of a certain producer in a

region that has a number of very good to great producers. I admit that I try not to but sometimes I can in emails for certain wines.  But I am very good at being critical of myself and the wine business even though I might participate in what I am being critical of some of the time.

Many of you have had Nicolas Serrette's brilliant Cornas. We have shipped twovintagesof that wine

now and it is one of our most talked about and most popular wines. I think it is in the top tier of Cornas and qualitatively I put it up there with Stephan Robert of Domaine du Tunnell and Franck Balthazar which is heady company. I also see some Juge qualities in there. The purity and density of Nicolas' Cornas is wonderful and he picks up a fantastic soil signature.

It takes a certain approach to life to tend vines all year, harvest the grapes, make the wine, age it,

bottle it and then decide that you are going to wait almost two decades to make money on it.  Fortunately, I have found a winemaker today that has done this and for some reason, is selling the wine for a very reasonable price.

Today, I am offering the 1995 Bel Air Marquis d'Aligre Grand Cru Exceptionnel for as little as $59.99 on the 3-pack.

I tend to look past generic vintage hype when evaluating wines; there is so much variation between

sub regions and even microclimates that it is hard to generalize.  Having said that, I tend to agree with the across the board consensus (among wine lovers, wine makers, wine critics, sommeliers, importers, distributors and retailers) that the 2012 Burgundy vintage is as good as it gets. It has it all.

Two Absolutely Joyous Wines from a Forgotten Region - It Won't be Forgotten for Long

Everyone has personal preferences when it comes to wine, which has no bearing on any sort of quality hierarchy. Your favorite wine does not have to be considered the best wine and vice versa.

Quality in wine can be discerned by some things like length, depth, complexity, structure, etc. But notice one thing quality cannot be quantified in is pure unadulterated joy.