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Dear Friends and Wine Lovers,

Australia makes wines in many styles but lets be honest, they specialize in huge, teeth-staining monsters. Some are so heavy, concentrated and alcoholic they could be mistaken for port. I’ve tried a few that were so thick I could’ve painted my apartment with them. That richness and intensity is the reason some people love them and others just won’t touch them at all.

We opened a few Australians at a barbecue last week and one bottle really struck me as distinctive - the Teusner “Joshua” 2005, an unoaked blend of Grenache, Mourvèdre and Shiraz. The winemaker, Kym Teusner used to make wines for Torbreck where he worked on their 99 pointers “Run Rig,” “The Factor,” and “Les Amis.” He sources his grapes from a 70 year old vineyard in the Barossa Valley owned by the uncle of his girlfriend and only 300 cases come to this country. That’s our kind of wine…. old vines, minimal handling, small production, crafted by a talented, visionary winemaker.

As you would expect, it is fruit forward with loads of sweet, ripe raspberry and blackcurrant fruit but what really impressed me was the superb balance and depth. The flavor hangs in your mouth forever without the massive weight I associate with the Barossa Valley. That is why I call it “the Australian wine for people who don’t drink Australian.”

The Teusner has received high scores and praise from critics as diverse as Robert Parker to Jancis Robinson.

We have it on the shelf for $24.99

If you buy three bottles we discount it 5% to $23.74
If you buy six bottles we discount it 10% to $22.91
If you buy twelve bottles we discount it 15% to $21.24

We also have a very limited supply of “Joshua’s" big brother, the 2003 Teusner “Avatar”. It has the same blend of fruit but was aged in neutral oak for 16 months. The oak gives it more structure, darker fruit, licorice and smoke. There are also some savory notes reminiscent of a well made southern Rhone wine. 92 Pts - RP

We have it on the shelf for $38.99

If you buy three bottles we discount it 5% to $37.04
If you buy six bottles we discount it 10% to $35.09
If you buy twelve bottles we discount it 15% to $33.14


Cool-off next Thursday, August 3, from 5:30-8:00pm with wines from the breezy Pacific Northwest.

No disrespect to California but Washington is home to some of the finest Cabernet and Merlot in the country. If you’ve been ignoring Merlot post-“Sideways,” we urge you to come and sample the Seven Hills Merlot which has true varietal character, absolutely one of the finest we’ve tried lately. Also, the Claar Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot is a fantastic deal, clean and elegant with pure fruit flavors.

Seven Hills Merlot - Columbia Valley, Washington - 2003 -$29.99
Claar Cellars Cabernet/Merlot - Washington – 2001 - $15.99

All Pinot lovers know that Oregon is home to some outstanding small producers of Pinot Noir. Witness Tree has been a favorite of ours since we opened. It has a great combination of new world fruit and Burgundian earthiness.

Witness Tree Pinot Noir – Willamette Valley, Oregon – 2003 - $29.99

As a bonus we will also be pouring a bottle of the Torre Dei Beati, Montepulciano. Torre dei Beati is a tiny winery founded by two former sommeliers, a husband and wife team who are committed to doing things the right way: they reduce yields, farm biodynamically, harvest by hand, ferment gently, and age their wines in a combination of large casks and small barriques for complexity. No shortcuts result in a top quality, ageable Montepulciano.

Torre Dei Beati Montepulciano – Abruzzo, Italy – 2004 - $21.99

And don’t forget there’s the usual 10% discount on all wines poured!


This Saturday, August 5 from 3-6pm we will be hosting the debut of Tscharke Wines in America. Damien Tsharke will be in the store to pour what Dan Phillips from The Grateful Palate calls “some of the most innovative, exciting, ground breaking new Australian wines I’ve seen in 10 years.” Get your taste buds ready because you will be the first in the country to sample Damien’s …Montepulciano, Tempranillo, Albarino and Zinfandel. You read that right, traditional Italian, Spanish and American varietals grown in the Barossa Valley of Australia!!

Damien Tsharke who is not even 30 years old comes from an old Barossa family going back six generations. Until recently they’ve been growers supplying Grange, Rockford, St. Hallet’s Old Block, and Torbreck. Needless to say, these are some of the greatest wines to come out of Australia. Damien got the bug, studied winemaking and started Glaymond Wines to make wine from these distinguished vineyards. Dan Phillips calls Glaymond “a gold mine. I’m not kidding. If it’s not THE key vineyard site in the Barossa, it’s one of them.”

Don’t miss this very special tasting. Here’s what we will be pouring...

Tscharke Albarino
Tscharke Montepulciano
Tscharke Tempranillo
Tscharke Zinfandel
Glaymond Grenache
Glaymond Landrace - 60% Shiraz with 40% Mataro

We hope to see you here...

Jean-Luc Le Dû.

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