Allow me to let you in a a dirty little secret. In the wine
industry, we have "private labels"..... importers and/or merchants seek out
decent wines and obtain the exclusive rights to a label. Under this
arrangement, there is no benchmark by which to price the wine. You can pay
$3/bottle to import and go ahead and sell the wine for $9.99-$11.99. If you
buy carefully enough, even the inflated price represents decent value and
I say, find great wine value and put a reasonable markup on it. Have you
noticed all the unknown 2009 Bordeaux labels out there? Have you also
noticed that you'll usually pay $15-$25 per bottle? Wanna pay less than $9?
(when bought by the case)
It's been a long time since we've been able to offer this kind of quality
for this kind of price, and it may well be a long time until we can do it
You're getting a 2009 vintage Bordeaux.... one of the greatest vintages of
all time for less than $9 per bottle. You're getting a fairly priced wine,
not a very profitable "private label."
The quality here is not to be believed!
Pop's Wines & Spirits, June, 2012
2009 Chateau Monrepos, Bordeaux, 750ml
$11.69 - Good Wine Stores
$10.52 - Pop's Single Bottle Price
$9.35 - Pop's Mixed Case Price
$105.21 - Pop's Case Price
have the value and personality of Frenzy....."
..... 92 points too!!
"There isn’t much that hasn’t already been written about
Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, but when you come across a Sauvignon like
Frenzy, some of the praise bears repeating. Frenzy is almost colorless, but
the aromatics are loaded with ripe passion fruit combined with subtle grassy
notes, even slightly pungent on first sniff. The flavors are bright with
plenty of citrus and tropical fruit, 13% alcohol and good length through the
finish. There is a lot of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc around, but few have
the value and personality of Frenzy.
92 points, WIneReviewOnline.com, Gerald D. Boyd, March` 27, 2012
2011 Frenzy Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, Wine of New Zealand, 750ml
$12.09 - Good Wine Stores
$10.88 - Pop's Single Bottle Price
$9.67 - Pop's Mixed Case Price
$108.81 - Pop's Case Price
say $21 (Wine & Spirits Magazine), we say $16+,
when bought by the case!!
..... 92 points too!!
“A Lisa represents Noemia’s basic wine, composed of Malbec (90
percent) with Merlot and Petit Verdot. Rather than the typical sweet attack
of a voluptuous modern wine, this Malbec feels like a beam of light made of
fresh red fruit, its structure linear and tight. An exceptional wine for
Roast Beef.” ($21)
92 points, Best Buy! Wine & Spirits Magazine, June 2012
2010 A Lisa, Rio Negro Valley, Bodega Noemia, Patagonia, Argentina, 750ml
$21.75 - Good Wine Stores
$19.57 - Pop's Single Bottle Price
$17.40 - Pop's Mixed Case Price
$195.75 - Pop's Case Price
Gavi is so great that'll make you forget about Pinot Grigio....."
"20 years ago there were 40 Gavi's on the shelf and very few
Pinot Grigio's. Times have reversed. Now there's an ocean of Pinot Grigio
and very few Gavi's. Gavi is coming back!
Here's an Outstanding Gavi for the Sancerre drinker...... This Gavi is so
great that'll make you forget about Pinot Grigio... ...If you drink
Sancerre, this is your Go-To Italian white for the Summer.
Cortese di Gavi, or simply Gavi, is an Italian white wine produced in a
restricted area of the Province of Alessandria, Piedmont, close to the
Ligurian border. Cortese di Gavi made from vines within the commune of Gavi
may be labeled Gavi di Gavi. The name derives from Gavi, the town at the
centre of its production zone, and Cortese, the local variety of grape from
which it is exclusively made and whose existence is reported from the 17th
century. The current style of production dates to 1876.
The Giustiniana hails from a single vineyard within the commune of Gavi di
Gavi. We all know how wines from a single vineyard far outshine ones that
are blends from different sites... .. The same is true here with this
Outstanding Gavi..... Stock up & Save!
Ted Clark, Wine Consultant, Pop's Wines & Spirits, June, 2012
2011 Gavi, Giustiniana, Lugarara, 750ml
$18.10 - Good Wine Stores
$16.29 - Pop's Single Bottle Price
$14.48 - Pop's Mixed Case Price
$162.90 - Pop's Case Price
say $24 (WineReviewOnline.com), we say $18+, when bought by the case!!
..... 92 points too!!
“Villa Antinori was the label Antinori used previously (since 1928) for a
serious, upscale Chianti meant to develop with bottle age. In 2001 he
changed the label to an IGT Toscana because it gave him more flexibility.
Who better than Antinori to come up with an intriguing and balanced blend.
He’s been experimenting with non-traditional blends for decades. It was he
who pioneered the then outrageous idea of blending Cabernet Sauvignon with
Sangiovese in Tuscany and eliminating the white grapes from the Chianti
blend. With a blend of Sangiovese (55%), Cabernet Sauvignon (25%), Merlot
(15%) and Syrah, the Villa Antinori Rosso is like Chianti on steroids--in a
good way. No one variety sticks out. They come together to give this robust
wine power (and only 13.5% stated alcohol) and polish, which means it’s
lovely to drink now, without further bottle aging. It would go well with a
hearty pasta dish or short ribs.” ($24)
92 points, WineReviewOnline.com, November 8, 2011
2008 Villa Antinori, Toscana, 750ml
$24.15 - Good Wine Stores
$21.73 - Pop's Single Bottle Price
$19.32 - Pop's Mixed Case Price
$217.35 - Pop's Case Price
are among the finest values readers will find
anywhere in the world......"
.....90 points too!!
“The 2010 Chardonnay is one of the top values in California wine. It
possesses tons of ripe, varietal fruit in a style that is quite rich but not
heavy. Clean citrus and floral notes add freshness on the long finish. Lees
stirring gives the wine much of its richness, while aging in steel helps
maintain freshness. There is remarkable depth and textural finesse here,
never mind a price that is mind-boggling for this level of quality.
Anticipated maturity: 2011-2014.
I was blown away by the two wines I tasted from Foxglove, Bob and Jim
Varner’s negociant label. The Varners clearly have the magic touch. These
are among the finest values readers will find anywhere in the world.”
90 points, The Wine Advocate, August, 2011
2010 Foxglove Chardonnay, Central Coast, (Varner), 750ml
$18.70 - Good Wine Stores
$16.83 - Pop's Single Bottle Price
$14.96 - Pop's Mixed Case Price
$168.30 - Pop's Case Price