When national publications name their "Wines of the Year," they are limited by many factors - the biggest of which is the wine's availability. It doesn't make sense for them to drive the public into a frenzy over a bottle of wine that is hardly available.
As a small independent retailer, we have more freedom!
Granted, we also use a different set of criteria. We want outrageous quality for the money, of course, but we also seek respectful winemaking, a wine that speaks of where it comes from and what we call the x-factor - that inexplicable, inexpressible, toe-curling sense of something extraordinary.
Stay tuned this week as we reveal the 2008 Crush Wines of the Year!
Monday: Stephen & Joe's Pick - 2004 & 2005 Macle Cotes de Jura
Tuesday: Tom's Pick - 2005 Palari Faro
Wednesday: Ian's Pick - 2006 Simon Bize Savigny-les-Beaunes Aux Vergelesses
Thursday: Robert's Pick - 2004 Fevre Chablis Grand Cru Vaudésir
Friday: 2006 Ponsot Clos de la Roche VV