Martin Wine Cellar

 

  • March 27, 2017

    Olivier Merlin Bourgogne Chardonnay 2014

    Very refreshing. On the nose, the wine is very aromatic, with notes of exotic fruits. The palate is very fruity and soft, with white peach aromas.

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  • March 20, 2017

    Cantine di Ora Amicone Rosso Veneto IGT 2013

      “I am always apprehensive of something seeking to be the ‘value alternative’ to some other, more noble wine, but the Amicone does make a somewhat convincing argument to be taken seriously. This is Amarone? No. But, for less than a third of the price, you do start to get what a good Amarone is […]

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  • March 13, 2017

    Cleto Chiarli Blan de Blancs Brut NV

      Bright yellow colour with greenish tinges. White-pulp fruit aromas and light floreal notes on the nose. Dry and nicely crisp with a pleasant acidity, aromatic aftertaste and fine as well as lively perlage.

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  • March 06, 2017

    Rutherford Ranch Sauvignon Blanc 2016

      “2016 was another great harvest for Napa Valley and this sauvignon blanc was no exception. This wine has plenty of lively, citrus fruit and touch of minerality on the clean finish. When pairing this wine, think grilled shrimp or seared scallops.” – Alex, Uptown Store Manager

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  • Willamette VV Pinot Noir Whole Cluster
    March 01, 2017

    Willamette Valley Vineyards Pinot Noir Whole Cluster 2015

    “‘Whole Cluster’ refers to the process of fermenting the wine with whole grape clusters. The breakdown of the skins of the grapes during this process gives off esters making for a more aromatic wine. On the palate, this wine is bright and fruity and will compliment most dishes. This wine will work well for parties […]

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  • 14571 Chateau de la Negly L’Oppidum Chardonnay 2015
    February 20, 2017

    Chateau de la Negly L’Oppidum Chardonnay 2015

    “This wine comes from Southeast France about 50 miles up the Mediterranean Coast from the Spanish border. 80% Chardonnay, and the rest is a combination of Sauvignon and Muscat d’Alexandrie. Aromas of citrus, minerals, and some white flowers. Light to medium-bodied. Beautiful citrus acidity keeps this wine lively and the Chardonnay grape gives some body […]

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  • Bodegas Zerran 2014
    February 13, 2017

    Bodegas Zerran 2014

    “A red blend from Northeast Spain, just a little inland of the Mediterranean Sea. 50% Grenache, 40% Mazuelo (regional name for Carignan), 10% Syrah. Great body and richness with aromas of berries, floral notes, and a touch of spice. Flavors of dark berries, with some earthiness, and a hint of black pepper. Enjoy this wine […]

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  • February 06, 2017

    La Valentina Pecorino Colline Pescaresi 2015

    “Granny Smith apple aroma bursting out of your glass. Clean and crisp, a perfect companion to seafood or anything spicy.” – Calen, Mandeville Store Manager

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  • Castle Rock Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2014
    February 02, 2017

    Castle Rock Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2014

    “Cherry, baking spice, and cinnamon aromas come leaping out of the glass with great intensity. Full concentration of flavor gives this elegant wine a long finish. An amazing Pinot Noir out of Oregon that won’t break the bank.” – Calen, Mandeville Store Manager

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  • January 26, 2017

    Domaine Robert Serol Petillant Turbullent NV

    “Fun, unassuming and fresh, this Loire bubbly is juicy and light. There is a pretty strawberry and boysenberry fruit character perfectly balanced with the lively acidity of fresh apples. It all comes together for a soft and lingering finish.” – Jeff, Metairie Wine and Spirits Consultant

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  • January 16, 2017

    Bodegas Ordonez Tineta 2014

    “Full oak meets juicy strawberries in this Spanish beauty. The wine is soft on the palate with well-integrated tannins to add body on the mid-palate. This is a crowd pleaser!” – Jeff, Metairie Wine & Spirit Consultant

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  • January 11, 2017

    Bodegas Borsao

    LOCATION: Campo de Borja, Spain KNOWN FOR: Bodegas Borsao is one of the most prominent growers of Garnacha (Grenache) in the world. They are also recognized as producing wines that vastly over deliver for their price. HISTORY: When you can claim that the oldest vineyards in your region date to 1145, then you know that “tradition” is not […]

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  • Winery of the Month - Castle Rock
    January 11, 2017

    Castle Rock Winery

    LOCATION: California, Oregon and Washington WINEMAKER: Eric Laumann KNOWN FOR: Castle Rock has the reputation of being one of the best value wineries in America. They source grapes from a multitude of renowned growing regions to bring a variety of crowd-pleasing wines to market. HISTORY: Quality and Value — Castle Rock makes no secret about their goal when making […]

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  • Domaine du Salvard Sauvignon Blanc Unique 2015
    January 09, 2017

    Domaine du Salvard Sauvignon Blanc Unique 2015

    Domaine du Salvard Sauvignon Blanc Unique 2015 “Classic Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc here. The slight grassy aromatics give way to citrus and passionfruit flavors culminating in a racy, minerally finish. A crisp, clean, lovely wine.” – Marc, Uptown Wine Consultant

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  • January 02, 2017

    Bodegas Borsao Berola 2012

    “A delicious blend of Garnacha, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon from high elevation vineyards in Spain’s Campo de Borja,  this wine is a knockout value at $13.99 (AND it’s on sale for less!). Juicy, ripe black fruits give way to an almost volcanic minerality on the finish.  This is a tremendous value from Jorge Ordonez.” […]

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  • December 26, 2016

    Delamotte Brut Le Mesnil sur Oger NV

    “Subtle power, appealing freshness, soft curves & a precise, fresh fruit finish. This dry and extremely attractive champagne is balanced and elegant. Each grape plays a part as Chardonnay sets the wine in place, its foundation and roots. Pinot Noir gives it more breadth and depth. Pinot Meunier brings its aromatic charm to produce a […]

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  • December 21, 2016

    12 Days of Martin’s – Top 10 Whiskeys

      Our Spirit Expert’s Top 10 Whiskeys   Hazelburn 1997 Single Malt Scotch 18 yr Beautiful citrus peel and sea spray with notes of vanilla and toffee. Herbal and malty with a great balance of vanilla and caramelized fruits on the back of the mouth. The finish is pleasant with notes of cacao nibs and […]

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  • Borgo Scopeto Borgonero
    December 19, 2016

    Borgo Scopeto Borgonero 2013

    “A lovely charged ruby in the glass with an ethereal and ample bouquet, refined and enticing, with noble aromas. Full-bodied with extraordinary structure, terrific harmony, and surprising softness. An awesome Italian blend (Super Tuscan) that any Napa Cabernet drinker would enjoy. Try it with roasts, grilled meats, truffled dishes, and aged cheeses.” -Leah, Metairie Wine […]

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  • December 16, 2016

    The 6 Best Holiday Beers

    Our beer experts have chosen their choices for the 6 best holiday beers this season. See their picks below!      The Bruery ‘9 Ladies Dancing’ Allocated item, made with vanilla bean, cocoa nibs, and coffee. Tastes like tiramisu.        Mikkeller ‘Winbic’– A Saison, spontan ale hybrid, this wild ale is new to […]

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  • December 14, 2016

    Guilt-Free Eggnog Frozen Yogurt

    Try out this quick, easy, and nutrient-dense version of a holiday favorite – eggnog. I used Swerve confectioner’s style sweetener as a zero-calorie, plant-based alternative to sugar. Perfect as a guilt-free dessert, snack, or post-workout treat! Rich in protein, low in added sugar, and delicious! Eggnog Frozen Yogurt Makes approximately 8 four-ounce servings 24 ounces […]

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  • December 14, 2016

    Tips To Cut Down On Holiday Sugars

    Practical Tips for Reducing Holiday-Induced Added Sugars By Andrew Adorno, DTR Added sugars during the holidays can skyrocket faster than Santa and his reindeer on a winter night’s sky. We know that high intakes of added holiday sugars are linked with chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis – but […]

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  • December 13, 2016

    12 Days of Martin’s – Day 4 – 4 Aged Rums

      On the 4th day of Martin’s my true love gave to me…FOUR Aged Rums, Three French Roses, Two Cabernets and a Parmesan we bought from Italy! Our Spirit Expert recommends these four aged rums to enjoy at any of your holiday gatherings: Appleton Estate Rare Blend Rum Aged 12 yrs (Jamaica) Possesses a dark amber […]

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  • December 06, 2016

    Martin’s Gift Guide – Liquor Gifts

      Martin’s Cocktail Kits Cocktail Kit Sazerac $79.99 One of Six Martin’s Cocktail Collection gifts, this kit provides everything you need to craft delicious Sazerac Cocktails using local Cocktail & Sons syrup. For even more ways to craft flawless cocktails such as the classic Old Fashioned, Mojito, French 75 and more, see the entire collection […]

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    December 05, 2016

    Donati Family Vineyards

    LOCATION : Templeton, California & Paicines, California WINEMAKERS : Denise Valoff KNOWN FOR :  Donati is one of the few wineries in the relatively unknown Paicines AVA in Central California. They are known for making quality California wines for prices far lower than similar wineries in the more famous growing areas. HISTORY : LDonati Family Vineyard was founded […]

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  • Riff Pinot Grigio
    December 05, 2016

    Riff Pinot Grigio Progetto Lageder 2015

    “A great example of the quality one can expect from Alto Adige​ in Northeast Italy. More German-speaking than Italian, try this dry, minerally Pinot Grigio with some crawfish sausage from our gourmet department!” – Candace, Uptown Wine Consultant

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  • Donati Ezio Paicines 2013
    November 28, 2016

    Donati Ezio Paicines 2013

    “Donati’s Ezio is a Bordeaux-style Cabernet that hits the mid-palate with tart blackberry and cassis. Finishing with bright acidity and lingering tannins, this Cabernet is made to pair with steak or any other hearty protein.” – Drew, Baton Rouge Wine Consultant

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  • Louis Latour Grand Ardeche 2014
    November 21, 2016

    Louis Latour Grand Ardeche 2014

    “A French Chardonnay made in the Californian style. Latour Grand Ardeche hits the palate with fresh apricots, and vanilla finishing in rich buttery cream. A fantastic wine to enjoy throughout the holidays and beyond.” – Drew, Baton Rouge Wine Consultant

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  • November 14, 2016

    Saintsbury Pinot Noir Carneros 2013

    “The grapes for this wine come from Carneros, California. The cool climate of Carneros is ideal for growing Pinot Noir. This wine has a classic garnet color with a bouquet of plum, raspberry and black cherry. It is medium-bodiedand is seamless from start to finish.” – Steve, Metairie Wine Consultant

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  • November 09, 2016

    Louis Latour

    LOCATION : Aloxe-Corton, Burgundy, France WINEMAKERS : Louis-Fabrice Latour KNOWN FOR :  Maison Louis Latour has been family owned and a benchmark in Burgundian winemaking since 1797 HISTORY : Louis-Fabrice Latour, the seventh Louis Latour, now operates Maison Louis Latour, one of the most important producers and negociants in Burgundy.  From their entry level Ardeche line to their […]

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  • November 09, 2016

    Ridge Vineyards

    LOCATION : Santa Cruz, California WINEMAKERS : Eric Baugher, John Olney, David Gates KNOWN FOR :  This iconic winery has been making Zinfandel based blends and the world famous Monte Bello Cabernet since the mid-1960s. HISTORY : The history of Ridge actually begins in the late 1800s when Italian immigrants began planting grapes on Monte Bello Ridge, south […]

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