This extensive release contains eight champagnes of which only four were made available for wine writers to taste. The remaining are priced at around $ 300.00 a bottle, and no doubt were imported in small quantities.
Beyond that, there is a good selection of American wines (California, Oregon, and Washington ) and many others that offer good value, and range.
My fiorst choices are from a number of regions, followed by others that offer good value and punch well above average.
Corryvreckan Islay Single Malt, Ardbeg, Scotland
An outstanding, and powerful single malt that smells of seaweed, smoke, tar, dark chcoclate, and stone fruits.
211730, $ 187.95
Bas Armagnac, Delord, Armagnac, France
Armagnac was produced before Cognac became fashionable. This Armagnac from the Bas Armagnac smells of dried fruits, and earth, and offers a buttery complex texture.
367615, No price provided
Vieux Pontarlier Absinthe 65
Disitillerie Les Files d’Emile Pernot
If you want to imagine yourself in flip-flops in a sidewalk café on the Mediterranean coast of France, buy this bottle. Lingering flavours of anise, and citrus make it most appealing. Dilute it with water, and eat marinated seafood, deep fried calamari, olives, and sausages while sipping a generous portion.
305821, 700 ml $ 99.95
Crème de Cassis, Gilles Joanet, Burgundy, France
Smells of blackberries dominate. Sweetened to make it palatable. Blend wit dry white Burgundy wine.
383794, 350 ml $ 31.95
Brut Rose, Gaston Chiquet, Champagne, France
A blend of 40 per cent pinot meunier, 30 pinot noir, and 30 chardonnay, this is an excellent rose that smells of ripe berries. An elegant wine that can be enjoyed as an aperitif, or with light foods.
362574, $ 54.95
Red icewine, 2012, Stratus, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada
Rich intense ripe strawberry aromas waft out of the glass. In the mouth, the wine offers complex and intense fruit flavours, a balanced sweetness that lingers.
56689, 200 ml $ 39.95
Chardonnay, 2012, Stag’s leap Winery, Napa valley, California, U.S.A
An exceptional wine from an exceptional vintage. Youthful, well integrated ripe fruit (green apples, cherries) aromas.
Crisp, with a fine acid-backbone.
655381, $ 34.95
Hattenheimer Wisselbrunnen Riesling Kabinet, 2012, Schloss Reinharthausen, Rheingau, Germany
A splendid riesling from Rheingau. Absolutely delightful, delicate, and compelling. Enjoy a glass with friends and lively conversation, or with light seafood.
114801, $ 20.95
Buissonier Montagny Premier Cru, 2011, Vignerons de Buxy, Burgundy, France
Fruity, elegant, acid-driven, succulent food wine.
382879, $ 19.95
Chenin Blanc, 2013, Simonsig, South Africa,
981167, $ 13.95
Chardonnay, 2012, Seven Falls, Wahluke Slope, Washington
385773, $ 19.95
Backyard Block Sauvignon Blanc, 2013, Creekside Winery, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada
341792, $ 17.95
Highland Series Foghead Reserve Pinot Noir, 2012, Delicato Family Vineyards, Monterey California
An easy drinking, yet complex, well balanced, and clean pinot noir, Versatile and enjoyable with light foods.
212944, $ 19.95
Saurus Select Pinot Noir , 2012, Familia Schroeder, Patagonia, Argentina
Dried cherry and ripe plum aromas dominate the nose. A fine well-knit pinot noir from a cool climate region of Argentina
212944, $ 19.95
Chateau Lagrange, St. Julien, Bordeaux, France
A phenomenally rich, and concentrated wine from a Left Bank. Smells of raspberry and blackberry are noticeable. Long and satisfying after taste.
199372, $ 98.95
Pinot Noir, 2012, Sperling British Columbia, Canada
Pinot Noir, 2012, Waipara Hills, Central Otago, New Zealand,
312876, $ 24.95
Valpolicella Classico 650 Anniversario, 2009, Seregho Alighieri, Veneto, Italy
661306, $ 23.95
Pinot Noir, A to Z Winery, Oregon. U.S.A.
229781, $ 24.95
Vaqueras, 2011, Domaine des Amouriers, Rhone Valley, France
381038, $ 24.95
Chateauneuf-Du-Pape, 2011, Domaine Patrice Magni, Rhone Valley, France
380626, $ 47.95
Porcupine Ridge Syrah/Viognier,2012, Boekenhoutskloof Winery, South Africa
79442, $ 16.95
Napa Angel Cabernet Sauvignon, 2008, A. Montes, Napa Valley, California, U.S.A.
25582, $ 37.95
Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009, Silverado Winery, Napa Valley, California, U.S.A.
111880, $ 61.95
Penfold`s Bin 128, 2012, South Australia, Australia
509919, $ 34.95