Buehler 2005 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa

This hearkens back to the halcyon days of when my friend Jonathan Newman was the Chairman of the PLCB. I still remember all those great deals on top-shelf Napa Cabernet.This is a fantastic wine, although the cheap cork tells me this was possibly a special bottling for...

Viña Cobos 2004 Malbec “Bramare” Marchiori Vineyard, Mendoza

Snap up as much of this as you can–at $19.99 (marked down from $49.99 in the state), it’s one of the deals of the season. This rich red is kept in check by a spine of minerality that gives it both depth and lift. Lovely, and downright...

Helfrich 2005 Gewurztraminer Grand Cru, Alsace

The great wines of Alsace often represent some of the best deals at the high-end of the fine-wine world. This minerally, floral, spice-scented steal is just as delicious on its own as it is with holiday-season foods. And at $17.99, it’s cheap enough to buy...

Jardin 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon, Stellenbosch

A brick-like color leads to a nose of pure graphite and green pepper–quintessential cabernet sauvignon. That green quality follows through on the mid-palate, but it’s softened by some herbal tea and fig notes hovering around the edges. The finish, however,...