Beverly Hills Wine Club

Mastro’s Wine and Cocktail Mixer – June 20th, 2019

 

Sip and Socialize with fellow #902wine0’s at one of our all time favorite watering holes. Best of Award of Excellence by Wine Spectator 2018. Live entertainment typically starts at 7pm. This is a casual meet up with no event fee.  Order direct from menu.

Mastro`s collection of sophisticated, classic Steakhouses and Ocean Club Seafood locations are recognized for their combination of world-class service, highly acclaimed cuisine, and live entertainment in an elegant yet energetic atmosphere. A truly unparalleled dining experience…

 

Thursday, June 20, 2019
6:00 PM
to 8:00 PM

246 N Canon Dr · Beverly Hills, CA

2nd Level Steakhouse Bar

 

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We Asked 15 Sommeliers: What’s the Most Expensive Wine You Ever Tasted? 

“One of my favorite aspects of the wine community is the culture of sharing,” says one sommelier. If Petrus, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche, or Screaming Eagle are on the table, we’re inclined to agree. Learn about 15 wine professionals’ most expensive wines here.

Domaine de la Romanée-Conti. Screaming Eagle. Petrus. Château Margaux. We asked wine professionals across the country to share the most incredible (and incredibly pricey) wines they’ve ever tasted, and their answers are unsurprisingly enviable. Here are the most expensive wines 15 sommeliers have had the pleasure of knowing.

“Thanks to the generosity of patrons, I’ve tasted both Screaming Eagle and Château Petrus 2015. One of my favorite aspects of the wine community is the culture of sharing — we’re all committed to enhancing the palates of those around us!” — Paulina Schermanski, Sommelier, Mabel Gray, Hazel Park, Mich.

“I have been privileged to have been included in a tasting of the famed Egon Muller’s Schartzhofberg Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese 1988! At over $1,000 a bottle, that has been etched into my memory for life. This extremely rare and ethereal wine tasted like marzipan, dried citrus fruits, and quince wafting out of the glass. The length on this wine felt like an eternity.” — Jeremy Halker, Sommelier, DBGB DC, Washington

 

“The most expensive wine I’ve tasted was about six years ago, when I first worked the floor as a sommelier. A 1989 Château Cheval Blanc from Saint Emilion — a Premier Grand Cru Classé wine from Bordeaux’s Right Bank. The vintage is a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc and was one of the most amazing wines I’ve ever tasted. We sold it for about $1,300 at City Winery in NYC; today it runs for upwards of $3,000.” — Jamel Freeman, Wine Director, Bellemore, Chicago

 

“While working at Bern’s Steak House in Tampa, Fla., circa 1997, I had the pleasure to serve a bottle of 1953 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche. The buyer was a regular guest of Bern’s and he was gracious enough to share a taste of the wine with me. It was an ethereal experience to say the least. While I don’t remember the exact price, I believe it was somewhere between $2,500 and $3,500. The opportunity to serve and taste it was priceless.” — Larry O’Brien, Master Sommelier of Kendall-Jackson and Jackson Family Wines

 

“The most expensive wine I tried was a 1990 Château Margaux. I tried it many years ago when I was about 16 after my mom got married. It was delicious from what I remember. I think the bottle now goes for about $1,200.” — Alvaro Umano, Beverage Director, O-Ku DC, Washington

 

“This is definitely one of the toughest questions. I have had the amazing opportunity of tasting a great deal of monumental wines in my career. One that really stood out was the 1970 Château Palmer, a third-growth Bordeaux, at approximately $400 per bottle.” — Alisandro Serna, Wine Director, Boka, Chicago

 

“Château Lafite Rothschild Red. The price can vary depending on the year, and can range from $40 to 50 per bottle to upwards of thousands. I was fortunate enough to have some that was left over from an Open Bar Hospitality event of ours, and it truly was amazing.” — George Duval, Beverage Consultant, Open Bar Hospitality, DeKalb Market Hall, Brooklyn

 

“1990 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti. Around $25,000 at auction. Probably the most iconic Burgundy producer from their best site from an epic vintage with almost 30 years on it.” — John Filkins, Beverage Director, Officina & Masseria, Washington

 

“The most expensive wine I have ever had the pleasure of tasting was a 1983 Château Mouton Rothschild. The restaurant I was working at had it on the list for just north of $2,000 and the guest that ordered it was kind enough to share it with me. It was also the first time I had ever had a highly regarded wine from Bordeaux with considerable age and it immediately changed my opinion of the wines from that region. It was so captivating how the age had made the wine so delicate but at the same time it maintained the power of its youth.” — Jake Yestingsmeier, Director of Food & Beverage, Monarch Prime & Bar, Omaha

 

“I had the privilege to taste with Piero Mastroberardino a Taurasi from the personal collection of the Mastroberardino’s Cellar. The opportunity to taste the Taurasi Aglianico from 1934 was an unreal experience because the condition of the Taurasi 1934 was ethereal. It is a wine that endures history and delivers the journey of the land. The bottle is not for sale and is priceless.” — Pietro Caldarelli, Beverage Director/Certified Sommelier at Feroce Ristorante , Feroce Caffé, and Bar Feroce, New York

 

“The most expensive bottle that I have ever tasted was a Domaine de la Romanée Conti ‘La Romanée’ 2010. The bottle was priced at $10,000.00.” — Bill Burkhart, Sommelier at The Grill Room, New Orleans

 

“Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 1985 (750ml). The last bottles we bought at auction were almost $1,900 each. I’ve been fortunate enough to taste three of these, and they were each fascinating in their own right. — Anncherie Saludo, Beverage Director, L’Artusi, New York

 

“1986 D.R.C La Tâche from jeroboam at a Sotheby’s pre-auction tasting. That was quite special.” — Alex Zink, Beverage Director and Partner, The Dabney, Washington

 

“Whenever I have the opportunity to drink an expensive glass of wine, I like to sit down and actually enjoy it. The most expensive bottles of wine I ever drank were Opus One 1996(currently valued between $400-$550) and Château Rayas 2003 (currently valued between $550-$750). My grandfather bought the Opus One while traveling through Napa, and even after 20 years, the wine still had an intense richness to it. The Château Rayas was at its peak drinkability at after 15 years — it was elegant yet gave off multiple layers of spice and fruit.” — Karen Lin, General Manager and Beverage Director, Bar Moga and SakaMai, New York

 

“1959 Château Margaux from a magnum. I was told it was worth close to $15,000 on the wine list; I wasn’t buying.” — David Metz, Wine Director and Sommelier, The Jefferson, Washington

Source: We Asked 15 Sommeliers: What’s the Most Expensive Wine You Ever Tasted? | VinePair

Take a trip to Champagne on South Beverly – Beverly Hills

Maude, Curtis Stone’s dream little restaurant, on South Beverly will take guests on a culinary journey to France for its summer menu.  With a focus on the world’s great wine regions, the quarterly menus have the team of chefs and sommelier embarking on enviable research & development trips around the globe, hobnobbing with the region’s farmers, purveyors, and winemakers, in order to seek inspiration for the degustation and wine pairings.

Maude opened in February 2014 with the daunting ambition of creating a new tasting menu every single month, using a focal hero ingredient as inspiration.  With menus highlighting asparagus, peaches, walnuts, and white truffles, dishes were constructed from the culinary encyclopedia that challenged the chefs creativity and never were repeated.  During this time, the sommeliers were equally enticed and tested each month to curate three pairings for each menu.  After four years, nearly fifty unique menus, and recognition from both guests and critics, Curtis and his team decided to turn to the great wine regions of the world to reignite the challenge to their creativity.  The first of the wine region menus debuted in January 2017 with an ode to Rioja, Spain and subsequent inspirational visits to Burgundy, the Central Coast of California, Piedmont, Western Australia, and most recently, Sonoma.

The restaurant marks its fifth anniversary this year and that’s reason to celebrate.  Curtis knew the team would pop the cork with a champagne menu at some point, and with the glorious produce available this time of year at the farmers’ market, summer seems like an opportune moment to commemorate their birthday in Beverly Hills.  Expect courses of melon alongside cucumber, fish with a summer squash, lamb & eggplant, and a light stew served as an homage to grape pickers.  As is customary, guests retire upstairs to the wine loft for the final courses of cheese and a menagerie of desserts.  Optional wine pairings accompanying the menu and feature respected benchmark producers to small families of winemakers.  Guests are encouraged to bring in bottles of the region from their own collections and corkage will be waived.  The Champagne menu runs from July through September.

And for guests who like the first bite, Maude has partnered with Resy as a sneak peek to preview courses of the Champagne menu on Monday, June 17, in a special dinner series to mark the highly anticipated release of Champagne Bollinger’s La Grande Année 2008.  LE GRAND DÎNER helps break the misconception that Champagne is for before the meal, rather than during it. The fruity, spicy and floral notes of La Grande Année 2008 intertwine to reveal a wide spectrum of aromatics that build on the palate with a creamy effervescence, fresh structure and gentle saline finish that beg to be enjoyed throughout a meal.

So join Maude this summer in France.  You won’t need a passport or luggage, just an appetite and a taste for adventure.

Source: Take a trip to Champagne on South Beverly – Beverly Hills

Wine and Spirits Magazine Tasting Event

Wine & Spirits Magazine invites you to join us on Sunday, June 2, to taste 83 wineries from around the world and mingle with chefs from some of LA’s hottest restaurants including 71 Above, Maude, Tabula Rasa, Hippo, Terroni and NoMad LA.

 

Click the links to see a full list of participating wineries and restaurants.  This event is a benefit for LA Waterkeeper, which continues to protect local waters and the Southern California coast.

 

WHERE: The Unique Space – 1275 East 6th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90021

WHEN: Sunday, June 2

TIMING:

VIP: 1:00pm – 5:00pm

General Admission: 2:00pm – 5:00pm

PRICE:

VIP: $79.20 for Beverly Hills Wine Club Members (usually $99)

General Admission: $68 for Beverly Hills Wine Club Members (usually $85)

 

Members may email us here for discount link.

 

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Exclusive: Whispering Angel Will Release a New Luxury Wine This Summer

It’s never been a hotter time to be in the rosé business.

Rosé has long been a summer staple—at least for wine lovers, winemakers, vintners, and oenophiles of all skill levels. But it’s arguable that Whispering Angel put rosé and its source regions on the map for millions of consumers worldwide—especially in the United States—over the last several years.

The year 2017 marked the first time that rosé replaced French red and white wines as the top category seller in the U.S., and approximately one in five bottles of rosé sold stateside now comes from Chateau d’Esclans, the French wine house behind Whispering Angel. The Château d’Esclans portfolio grew by 34% in the U.S. last year to ship 414,000 cases.

Pink and blush wines, in particular, now dominate the rosé market, reaching 16.4 million cases on a 4% rise last year, according to Nielsen, with value up 13% to $1 billion. Rosés from Provence—the preeminent region in France for producing rosé wine—topped 2 million cases in the U.S. on 14% growth last year, according to French government agency Business-France. Overall, the volume of rosé imported to the United States is projected to reach 3 million cases by 2020—a fivefold expansion from 2010. Less than a decade ago, rosés from Provence stood at just 123,000 cases in the U.S. market.

Suffice to say, It’s never been a better time to be in the rosé business, and the uber-popular brand—which often sees a restaurant markup of $17 to $18 minimum per glass (or upwards of $100 per bottle) of Whispering Angel rosé—is ready to launch its next wine just in time for its hottest time of year (pun intended). Château d’Esclans is releasing a new luxury wine to the high-end hospitality market this summer, eyeing luxury hotels and restaurants in some of the world’s most popular—and most expensive—travel destinations.

Named for its house, the Chateau d’Esclans 2018 will sit in the middle of the brand’s portfolio in terms of pricing and sophistication. Many consumers might not realize that Whispering Angel is really the entry-level wine of the existing quartet, which still comes with a suggested retail price of only $19.99. (Distributors, however, are free to mark that up as they see fit.) That’s followed by Rock Angel ($35), truly a food-driven wine that is begging to be paired with popcorn or oysters, and then Les Clans ($65), which is reminiscent of a white Burgundy. The portfolio is capped off by the $100 Garrus, made from a small production rosé from 80-year-old Grenache and Rolle vines and then aged gracefully for five to 10 years.

Château d’Esclans owner and founder Sacha Lichine is often credited with initiating the movement toward producing a drier style of rosé from Provence. When Lichine acquired Château d’Esclans in 2006 (the estate itself is centuries older), many of his colleagues thought he was crazy for getting into the rosé business let alone how he was going to go about it. But it was his method—incorporating refrigeration throughout the fermentation process—for the wine we now know as Whispering Angel, fermented in all stainless steel barrels, that set his rosé apart and launched his brand to global stardom.

“What it’s supposed to do is give you the same style throughout. The difference is the intensity of each product, with an extension of complexity,” explains Lichine during an interview while in New York last week.

This approach results in a paler, drier rosé—on purpose to distinguish it from darker rosés, which are often (and sometimes falsely) associated with sweetness. Lichine describes this process as “a game changer” for the rosé industry, with which many other Provençal are still trying to catch up.

“As far as I’m concerned, competition is healthy. We’re interested in growing the category,” Lichine says. “Growers are pleased because it has sort of elevated the price, but they all know we only buy the best quality, so if they want to get that price, they have to make the effort.”

Lichine credits female consumers with propelling the brand to success, notably English women who would often visit the Cote d’Azur for weekend jaunts, bring bottles back home, and recommendations spread via word of mouth. Similarly, he observed Americans from the East Coast (especially those with summer homes in Nantucket and the Hamptons) and Los Angeles would follow suit.

On Instagram, rosé has since become practically a lifestyle of its own—just look up the hashtag #roséallday—inspiring everything from clothing to pop-up museums to gummy bears.

“People were looking for something festive as well. It’s the only wine, besides a few white wines, that comes in a clear glass bottle,” Lichine says, reiterating that the wines’ very pale hues are key to their popularity. “The consumer was looking for something new to associate themselves to.”

However, with great popularity often comes great backlash. Whispering Angel is often synonymous (for better or worse) with being an expensive wine by the glass at rooftop bars and nightclubs.

Thus, the new Chateau d’Esclans wine, which will be bottled within the next two weeks, is meant perhaps more for sommeliers and wine directors more than anyone else. As Lichine describes, somms might not want to add Whispering Angel to their wine lists, and Lichine understands why. Thus, this is a way for the company to get a new wine with a certain level of sophistication on those lists without all the baggage of Chateau d’Esclans’s most famous bottle.

The initial run will be dispatched in a much smaller batch than its predecessors with a select allocation of 3,000 cases distributed to target markets.

As the wine will be exclusively focused in the on-premise sector, there is no suggested retail price from the house, but a representative for Chateau d’Esclans says wine directors should place it as they determine in the vein of an estimated $100 per 750-milliliter bottle.

An exact release date has not been set yet, but the new wine will be available starting at luxury and boutique hotels and restaurants in Dubai, Japan, Switzerland, Greece, Ibiza, Thailand, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Australia, with more locations planned soon.

Source: Exclusive: Whispering Angel Will Release a New Luxury Wine This Summer

Garagiste Wine Festival: Urban Exposure

Bringing California wine country to the City…Meet the Winemakers, Taste their Passion!

Taste and discover the wines from 60 high-quality, commercial micro-wineries from all over California. This unique festival is the heart of the hands-on, small-lot winemaking explosion now happening in California. We will have ultra-premium winemakers from all over the state – from Napa & Sonoma to Mendocino, Paso Robles, Santa Barbara and all points in between. It would take months if not years of research and travel to discover this many artisan “garagiste” wineries on your own.

What makes the Garagiste Festivals different?:

•   No long lines – we purposefully keep the guest-to-winery ratio low to provide a more intimate experience for tasters. No fighting a shoulder-to-shoulder crowd to get to the winery table. It’s a comfortable, fun, and no-snobs allowed event.
•   Meet the Winemakers – you get to taste with the winemakers/owners at EVERY table. Hear their stories and taste the wines with the people who actual craft them. Not salespeople or brokers, the winemakers themselves. It makes for a completely different wine tasting experience, trust us.
•   No supermarket wines – These are rare wines that can very hard to find – even in wine country. Most of our wineries do not have tasting rooms and are not on “wine country” maps – you have to know where to look. Now you can find 50 of them under one roof at the Garagiste Festival. No supermarket wines here, unlike most other wine events.
•   Unmatched variety – There is no better place to vastly increase your wine knowledge. Whether you are an expert, a novice, or somewhere in between – you will be able to taste and compare an incredibly wide range of varietals and styles. You will have the completely unique opportunity to taste almost every grape being grown under the CA sun.
•   First Vintages – there’s nothing more exciting than being the first to try something and we have 8 wineries participating in LA sharing their very first bottles of wine. How cool is that? You can say you knew them when…

VIP SEMINAR & EARLY ACCESS – 11:30am-5:00pm 

“Garagiste Goes Local: The Rebirth of the Los Angeles Wine Industry”

Think great wine can’t come out of LA County? Think again. The California wine industry was born in Los Angeles in 1782 thanks to Spanish missionaries and vineyards were planted in Glendale (that’s right!) as early as 1784. Over a hundred and fifty years ago the region was home to one hundred vineyards with a flourishing local community that was the heart of the California wine business. It was even the place where Bordeaux vine cuttings were first planted! While urbanization has overtaken all of these original vineyards, the drive to regain world-renown for LA’s wine scene is on! The three winemakers on our panel are all-in, propelling the return of LA wineries (and vineyards) to prominence and striving to place this AVA back on the map as a must-visit wine region. Discover – and taste – the variety of quality wines hand-crafted right under your nose!

  • With panelists Jasper Dickson of Angeleno Wine Co., Mark & Jenny Blatty of Byron Blatty Wines and Patrick Kelly of Cavaletti Vineyards

GRAND TASTING: 2:00-5:00pm – Unlimited tastes with 60 CA wineries, cheese & charcuterie board and a 16oz crystal keepsake wine glass. See list of participants below.

PARTICIPATING WINERIES INCLUDE: 13th & Third Wines*, Adron Wines*, Aldina Vineyards*, Alma Sol Winery, Angeleno Wine Co.*, Ann Albert Wines, Armitage Wines*, Ascension Cellars, Bella Luna Winery, Bevela Wines, Brooks Note*, Byron Blatty Wines, Cavaletti Vineyards, Cholame Vineyards, Cloak & Dagger Wines, Copia Vineyards, DB Cellars*, Deno Wine, DeWitt Vineyard*, Dusty Nabor Wines, Enriquez Estate Wines*, Ferguson Family Wines*, Frostwatch Vineyard*, Gary Kramer Guitar Cellars*, Greyscale Wines*, Hoi Polloi Winery, Kings Carey Wines*, Kitson Wines, Lions Peak Wines*, LXV Wines, Marin’s Vineyard, MCV Wines, Metrick Wines, Montagne Russe, Ocean’s Churning*, Playground Cellars*, Powicana Farm*, Record Family Wines, RF Fine Wines*, Say When Wine*, Torch Cellars, Turiya Wines, Two Papas Wine*, Two Shepherds, Velvet Bee Wines, Vino Vargas and Wander-Must*.

* First time LA participants

Garagiste Events, Inc. is a 501c3 nonprofit whose proceeds go towards the education of future professionals within the wine industry.

 

 

Source: Garagiste Wine Festival: Urban Exposure

City of Beverly Hills Celebrates the Grand Re-Opening of the Iconic Beverly Garden Park – Beverly Hills

After 8 years of renovation and restoration, the Beverly Gardens Park will celebrate its Grand Re-opening Thursday, May 30th. The Friends of Beverly Gardens Park have worked to restore one of Beverly Hills’ treasures to its pristine beauty as a place for not only residents, but visitors from all over the world, to enjoy.

The Beverly Gardens Park spans the length of the city along Santa Monica Boulevard, occupying 23 blocks with gardens, fountains, walking paths and of course the iconic Beverly Hills monument sign. Once deemed “the garden city of the world,” the City of Beverly Hills and its loyal residents have always regarded the park as an integral part of the community and its history.

In 1911, the park was brought to life, not only to be an oasis in the urban expanse that is Los Angeles, but to separate the commercial and residential districts of the City of Beverly Hills itself. The Electric and Doheny Fountains, the Cactus Garden, the Beverly Hills monument and miles of walking and running paths make this park a perfect gem for residents and tourists alike to enjoy on a beautiful Los Angeles day.

Each of the 23 blocks of the park were renovated with the goal to modernize and update while maintaining the original beauty of the park during its conception. The project began with the hard work of Beverly Hills resident and businessman, Steve Gordon. He led fundraising efforts to kick-start the project, raising a grand total of $4 million for the Friends of Beverly Gardens Park.

Efforts started with the restoration of the iconic lily pond laying in front of the 40-foot Beverly Hills monument sign. The pond was replaced with a cement platform due to lack of maintenance years ago, but the restoration project happily brought back the beautiful lily pond for all to enjoy.

Other cosmetic updates have been made to modernize the beautiful park, bringing drought tolerant landscaping, new irrigation systems, new lighting for evening use of the park and updates to all drinking fountains throughout. The magnificent fountains scattered among the almost 2-mile expanse have been restored with new equipment and the granite walkways have been resurfaced for easy strolls through the park.

Through generous donations from community members, the project has been largely successful. It is these benefactors who have enabled the park to fully represent the City of Beverly Hills and its dedication to not only modernization but its respect for the city’s rich history and roots.

Join the City of Beverly Hills Community Services Department, the Recreation & Parks Commission and the Friends of Beverly Gardens Park on Thursday May 30thfrom 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM at the Beverly Hills Sign and Lily Pond for light refreshments and live entertainment. More information on the long-awaited Ribbon Cutting Ceremony can be found by calling (310) 285-6830 or online.

Source: City of Beverly Hills Celebrates the Grand Re-Opening of the Iconic Beverly Garden Park – Beverly Hills

Wally’s Wine & Spirits Continues to Innovate in Beverly Hills and Santa Monica

When it comes to wine in L.A., few names carry as much weight as Wally’s, founded in 1968 as a neighborhood wine and liquor store in West L.A. Since then, longtime Wally’s president Christian Navarro and his team have worked to be the “communicators of all things delicious.” As a result, it’s never been a […]

Source: Wally’s Wine & Spirits Continues to Innovate in Beverly Hills and Santa Monica

Interview with Justin Smith of Saxum Vineyards, Cult Wine King of Paso Robles

Justin Smith looks and acts a little like The Dude, Jeff Bridges’ world-class slacker from the Coen Brothers classic, “The Big Lebowski.” But don’t let that resemblance fool you. Smith is not the kind of guy to sit around in his housecoat drinking White Russians all day. His small-output Paso Robles winery, Saxum Vineyards, has produced some of the most highly rated wine in America over the last few years.

Interview by Paul Hodgins on a trip visiting Justin Smith at Saxum Vineyards in Paso Robles. Waiting >>>more

Source: Interview with Justin Smith of Saxum Vineyards, Cult Wine King of Paso Robles

How to Source Back-Vintage Wines for a List

Wine professionals share advice on finding and purchasing aged wines for restaurant programs

Nothing intrigues wine-loving guests more than a wine list full of back-vintage bottles. Iconic wine programs like those of Bern’s Steakhouse in Tampa, Florida, and Pappas Bros. Steakhouses in Houston and Dallas have become known for their depth of aged wines. Other, newer establishments, like Marta in New York City, which has a reserve list of old Italian wines, and St. Anselm in Washington, D.C., which lists older wines from classic regions at more approachable price points, draw guests in with limited, aged selections that complement current releases.

At Augustine Wine Bar in Los Angeles, which opened in February 2015, offering vintage wines by the glass was an important part of the program’s philosophy from the start. “This allows us to offer our guests a taste of the history that had only been afforded to the wealthy or on fancy wine lists around the world at big prices,” says Matthew Kaner, the wine director and co-owner of Augustine Wine Bar, Bar Covell, and Good Measure in L.A. “Our vintage wines by-the-glass chalkboard [menu] changes daily.”

It’s a strategic way to attract attention to the wine program, but how do buyers manage to acquire these bottles in the first place? The means of obtaining sound back-vintage wines for a restaurant program depend on state-specific laws, but if such acquisitions are permitted, it’s important to know that some methods result in more reliable wine quality than others. SevenFifty Daily spoke with experts who specialize in acquiring back-vintage wines to explore the best options for sourcing them and using them to enhance a program.

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Source: How to Source Back-Vintage Wines for a List | SevenFifty Daily