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Unknown RP 93pt Cote du Rhone for $11.99!

Unknown RP 93pt Cote du Rhone for $11.99!

It’s really exciting when you sample a wine that unanimously blows everyone away. Truthfully, that rarely happens. One of us is inevitably less enthusiastic than everyone else. What’s even more exciting is when we bring in that wine only to find out it got a HUGE rating. What’s even more exciting than that is when we bring in a wine that everyone loves, gets a HUGE rating AND only costs $11.99/bottle. The wine I’m referring to is the 2009 La Grand Ribe Cuvee Centenaire Cotes du Rhone.

Personally, I’m not very familiar with Cotes du Rhone. It’s not because I don’t like them, I just don’t drink them. This wine changed my mind. It’s full bodied, fruit forward and like drinking silk. Robert Parker himself from the Wine Advocate rated it 91-93pts. That’s a big score for an unknown wine. Here’s his review:

“The blockbuster 2009 Cotes du Rhone-Villages Centenaire tastes more like a Chateauneuf du Pape than a Cotes du Rhone. Dominated by Grenache with a small amount of Syrah included in the blend, the wine possesses great intensity, a terrific texture, full-bodied power, and wonderful purity and Provencal typicity. This sensational effort is filled with red and black fruit, roasted herb, barbecue smoke, meat juice and bouquet garni characteristics. Enjoy it over the next 7-8 years or longer.”

Like I said before, we are featuring this wine for $11.99/bottle. Believe me, you can find Chateauneuf du Pape’s for 3-4 times more money that can’t hold a candle to La Grand Ribe. Believe me this wine will BLOW YOU AWAY! BUY A CASE!

All alcohol shipped to NJ is subject to 7% NJ sales tax. We reserve the right to limit quantities while supply lasts. Prices effective for a limited time. Prices in this ad are set by Shoppers Vineyard, Clifton, New Jersey ©2012

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Let’s get right to the point. The Cameron Hughes release OF THE YEAR is the Lot 400 2010 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. The juice was sourced from some of the TOP wineries in Oakville and Rutherford and is considered heads and tails above Lot 300, which was BY FAR our best seller to date. These same wineries sell their own wines for $100 or more and are consistently scored in the mid to upper 90’s.

So, here’s the deal. The CHwine.com website is selling Lot 400 for $28/bottle. Right off the bat I’m going to feature it for $24.99/bottle. However, this isn’t a sale price, which means if you mix and match 12 or more bottles you will receive a 20% discount on Lot 400. That would bring the price down to $20/bottle, which is a 29% discount off the Cameron Hughes price. Take advantage of this pre-sale because we might sell out before it even walks in the door.

Check out the CHwine.com website for the Lot 400 and be sure to listen to Cameron’s review.

All alcohol shipped to NJ is subject to 7% NJ sales tax. We reserve the right to limit quantities while supply lasts. Prices effective for a limited time. Prices in this ad are set by Shoppers Vineyard, Clifton, New Jersey ©2012

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My wholesaler is offering a pretty significant discount on the 2010 Mollydooker Carnival Of Love Shiraz. Why are they offering a discount on one of the most sought after releases from one of the top boutique wineries in Australia? Very simple; the new vintages are going to released soon and the 2010 Carnival of Love was last years release. They just want to move their cases, no different than we do when something isn’t selling fast enough. It’s a little shocking since this vintage was rated 95pts by the Wine Advocate and 94pts by the Wine Spectator.

The original wholesale cost was $86.66/bottle, which is what we were selling it for. The new wholesale cost is $61/bottle, which will be my new sale price. I didn’t commit to a lot of cases and I don’t know how much is left at my distributor. In other words, supply may or may not be a problem, but I’m leaning towards it not being a problem. At this price, it’s worth picking up a few bottles.

All alcohol shipped to NJ is subject to 7% NJ sales tax. We reserve the right to limit quantities while supply lasts. Prices effective for a limited time. Prices in this ad are set by Shoppers Vineyard, Clifton, New Jersey ©2012

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This is the time of the year when we sell a lot of Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon. That’s not too surprising considering it’s a Top Shelf Steakhouse wine that we feature at wholesale cost. Normally, my distributor will run a promotion on this wine for November and December. For some reason, they decided not to feature it in December. This causes a dilemma as a retailer because I don’t know how much to buy. The last thing I want to do is not have enough or have too many. That’s why I’m only going to feature the Artemis this week at wholesale cost. After that, whatever happens happens. Worst case scenario is I feature another Steakhouse Cabernet.

All alcohol shipped to NJ is subject to 7% NJ sales tax. We reserve the right to limit quantities while supply lasts. Prices effective for a limited time. Prices in this ad are set by Shoppers Vineyard, Clifton, New Jersey ©2012

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I’m looking to move my remaining inventory of the 2009 Far Niente Chardonnay to make room for the 2010 vintage. The Wine Spectator rated the 2009 Far Niente 92pts and I’m going to put it on sale for the wholesale cost of 42.09/bottle. Additionally, I’m going to offer free ground shipping on a bottle. That means you can buy 1 bottle or 100 bottles of the Far Niente and ground shipping will be free. Of course, there is a catch. I don’t have 100 bottles. In fact, I have far less. Once we sell out of the 2009 we will offer the same deal on the 2010. We will inform you if we sell out of the 2009 vintage and give you the option for replace it with the 2010 vintage. Happy Cyber Monday!

All alcohol shipped to NJ is subject to 7% NJ sales tax. We reserve the right to limit quantities while supply lasts. Prices effective for a limited time. Prices in this ad are set by Shoppers Vineyard, Clifton, New Jersey ©2012

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There’s a weird story to todays special. As many of you know, the Wine Spectator Top 100 for 2012 was just released. I’m sure you can surmise that we don’t take every item on the list, but inevitably we get tons of phone calls from salesmen trying to sell their wines that made the list. 99% of the salesman won’t just send the wine in without permission. That leaves 1% that do send in wines without permission and that 1%’er goes by the name of “Moe”.

I will admit Moe is a bit of a character. He can literally be here for hours, do absolutely nothing, but make it appear like he saved the universe. It’s funny to see, actually. He’s also pretty slick. He knows I don’t like it when salesmen just send in items without asking. He gets around this by telling someone else that he’s sending it in. For example, he will tell a stock clerk, “I’m going to be sending in some wines that got ranked in the Top 100. Tell Seth.” Of course I don’t find out until after it’s been delivered, which results in a nasty phone call from me, to which Moe responds, “It’s a great wine and I didn’t want you to miss out. You really need this wine. I was just trying to help.” It’s very passive aggressive. I don’t know how he hustled me, but I wound up keeping the wine

The wine Moe send in was the 2009 Veramonte Primus Red, which got rated 90pts and #95 on the Top 100. I’m putting it on sale for $11.99/bottle. That’s the cheapest price I’ve seen. I really just want to move the cases through the system, which is why I’m selling it so cheap. Take advantage of this deal. And in case you were wondering, this story is 100% true. Moe is probably the only guy that could EVER get away with this stunt.

All alcohol shipped to NJ is subject to 7% NJ sales tax. We reserve the right to limit quantities while supply lasts. Prices effective for a limited time. Prices in this ad are set by Shoppers Vineyard, Clifton, New Jersey ©2012

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I’m slapping this email together because it’s really busy at Shoppers Vineyard. Schild Shiraz Barossa Valley 2010 was just ranked #30 on the Wine Spectator’s Top 100 for 2012. It’s on sale for $16.99/bottle. Here’s the Review:

“Smooth and spicy, with distinctive black olive and tar overtones to the blackberry and spice flavors, finishing with supple texture and refinement. Drink now through 2018. 22,000 cases made.

Obviously, this will sell quickly. I would snatch it up before it’s gone

All alcohol shipped to NJ is subject to 7% NJ sales tax. We reserve the right to limit quantities while supply lasts. Prices effective for a limited time. Prices in this ad are set by Shoppers Vineyard, Clifton, New Jersey ©2012

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