Champagne isn’t just for special occasions, Champagne makes every occasion special.
My daughter Molly is the true Champagne lover in our family, but I do love a good bottle of bubbly. Locally, we host a hugely popular Champagne Tasting each December in our store. What does that mean to our online clients? Great access to fabulous sparklings as we stock up each holiday season. However, I've always said: "Champagne isn't just for special occasions, Champagne makes every occasion special." With so many options, there’s no excuse to let the bubbles fade out at New Year’s Eve. Click here to view our current selection of Rose, Champagne, Prosecco, Cava and other sparkling wines.
In the summer of 2012, our group explored Spain's La Rioja and Ribera del Duero wine regions to discover new gems...My wife Terri and I have the great pleasure of leading travelers on exclusive wine buying trips throughout some of the world's most exciting food and wine destinations each year.
Organized in conjunction with Admiral Travel International and through my personal friends in the wine industry, each Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club journey is a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
In the summer of 2012, our group explored Spain's La Rioja and Ribera del Duero wine regions to discover new gems to bring back to many personal cellars, and great wines I was able to source for our store. Click here to view our latest selections of Spanish wines.
In December 2012, The Sarasota-Manatee Originals hosted "Top of the Class," an inaugural wine competition for the 2013 Forks & Corks Food and Wine Festival which was celebrated in Sarasota, January 25-27. Michael's Wine Cellar is pleased to have all three "Best of Show" wines available for sale in the store.In December 2012, The Sarasota-Manatee Originals hosted "Top of the Class," an inaugural wine competition for the 2013 Forks & Corks Food and Wine Festival which was celebrated in Sarasota, January 25-27.
A panel of 16 area-based wine experts tasted nearly 250 wine entries from Forks & Corks participating wineries from around the world. The judges, each of whom sampled at least 60 wines apiece, spent nearly six hours evaluating the wines before coming up with the top winners. (A tough gig, right?)
And the winners are:
2011 Highfield Estate Sauvignon Blanc
Marlborough, New Zealand
2011 Willamette Valley Vineyards Riesling
Willamette Valley, Oregon
2008 Alexander Valley Vineyards Cyrus, Cabernet Blend
Alexander Valley, California
(Very limited quantity available.)
Michael's Wine Cellar is pleased to have all three "Best of Show" wines available for sale in the store, Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
"After spending nearly two weeks there at the end of January, this is unquestionably the greatest Bordeaux vintage I have ever tasted," Robert Parker declared on March 1, 2012 when making his final remarks about 2009 Bordeaux for The Wine Advocate.
The frenzy around 2009 Bordeaux has continued to build ever since, and Michael's Wine Cellar continues to feature spectacular "sleepers of the vintage." Have you discovered the quality of the cru bourgeois and the petits vins available?
Please click here to view Michael’s great values among this superior vintage of Bordeaux.
I'm often asked about my the processing of buying Bordeaux through "Futures." Please take a moment to review my take on “En Primeur,” the French term for purchasing Bordeaux wine while it is still maturing in barrel.
Wine buyers, critics and representatives traveled to Bordeaux in mid March for the 2010 En Primeur tasting, while the wine is still in the barrel. Once again, the 2010 Bordeaux vintage is being applauded by wine experts as a great vintage in modern history.
The critics are saying… “Bordeaux 2010 is an exceptional vintage”! James Lawther of Decanter.com, was in Bordeaux for the 2010 En Primeur tastings. He has this to say about the 2010 vintage… “Only time will tell if it is better than 2009. “Adding, :The wines of 2010 are more ‘classically’ defined.”
Why buy now?
There are significant advantages to buying futures now, here are a few reasons we think you might want to consider.
• To purchase wines at the initial release prices. Wines re-released after bottling or sold at retail in an excellent vintage will usually be considerably more expensive.
• To secure allocations of small-production wines that may not be commercially available after “En Primeur” release. When they are gone, they are gone.
• To own a wine from the start of its life – provenance is priceless. You know that you bought it and have controlled its storage from the beginning.
• To purchase a birth year vintage for a child, grandchild or godchild.
• To purchase a wedding year vintage.
• To be able to choose large format wines – magnums or double magnums. Or to be able to order half bottles – especially in Sauternes.
• To purchase the latest vintages of a Château that you have followed and purchased over the years. This is especially important for wines where there is always more demand than there is supply.
En Primeur Terms
Bordeaux futures basically work like other market-traded commodities. Investors buy wine that has not yet reached the market. This allows the investor to obtain a potentially rare wine, at a bargain, then watch it increase in value. The wine is still in the barrels, un-bottled, and won’t be released for 12 to 18 months. Wine will begin to arrive after about 2 years.
Many of these wines have very limited availability. Purchases are on a first-come first-served basis and are available by the solid case only (12 bottles unless otherwise noted). Bottle prices are displayed for comparison purposes only and do not indicate that these wines are available by the bottle. 2010 Bordeaux will be delivered in the spring/summer of 2013.
Prices are “net”, very date sensitive and are subject to change without notice. Case discounts and Connoisseur Club points do not apply.
Full payment is required to confirm order. Priority for additional limited stock or special wines will be based on client’s purchase history.
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Our Bordeaux Relationship
Michael Klauber is a Bordeaux specialist and has spent a considerable amount of time in France exploring the vineyards, tasting the wines, and building relationships with the Chateaux owners.