Battle of Bosworth Puritan Shiraz - in a similar spirit to Luke Lambert's Crudo but cut from much sturdier cloth

Battle of Bosworth Puritan Shiraz - in a similar spirit to Luke Lambert's Crudo but cut from much sturdier cloth

Seasmoke Southing Pinot Noir - opulent Cali Pinot the way we like it

Seasmoke Southing Pinot Noir - opulent Cali Pinot the way we like it

2012 Oakridge 864 Chardonnay – Willowlake Vineyard Block 6.  So good the Aussies don't let any out of the country, apparently.  We're working on them...

2012 Oakridge 864 Chardonnay – Willowlake Vineyard Block 6. So good the Aussies don't let any out of the country, apparently. We're working on them...

Mount Pleasant Lovedale Semillon 2003 - 12 years old and they sell it from the winery.  Too yummy to be true.

Mount Pleasant Lovedale Semillon 2003 - 12 years old and they sell it from the winery. Too yummy to be true.

Bressan Schioppettino - actually available in Hong Kong at 121BC if I'm not mistaken: an unbelievably crowd-friendly wine for such a deeply unfriendly grape name.  (Pronunciation hint: skyoh-peh-TEE-no, still a tricky first syllable I realize).

Bressan Schioppettino - actually available in Hong Kong at 121BC if I'm not mistaken: an unbelievably crowd-friendly wine for such a deeply unfriendly grape name. (Pronunciation hint: skyoh-peh-TEE-no, still a tricky first syllable I realize).

Noon Eclipse - how can this be so big, so generally not my style (16% alcohol???), and still so mind-blowing at the same time (and not by giving you a black-out drunken episode)?  The mystery stands.  Try it.

Noon Eclipse - how can this be so big, so generally not my style (16% alcohol???), and still so mind-blowing at the same time (and not by giving you a black-out drunken episode)? The mystery stands. Try it.

Luke Lambert Shiraz 'Crudo' - the opposite of crude, and a synonym for fun.  Juicy, funky, whoops we've finished it.

Luke Lambert Shiraz 'Crudo' - the opposite of crude, and a synonym for fun. Juicy, funky, whoops we've finished it.

Majolini Franciacorta - still my favorite Franciacorta and house sparkler after all these years.

Majolini Franciacorta - still my favorite Franciacorta and house sparkler after all these years.

Viarte Schioppettino de Prepotto - if you're trying to find it just ask for Viarte and look for the grape that starts with S.  It's like Pinot with several generous helpings of ground pepper.

Viarte Schioppettino de Prepotto - if you're trying to find it just ask for Viarte and look for the grape that starts with S. It's like Pinot with several generous helpings of ground pepper.

Obsidian Reserve Chardonnay - big thanks to my buddy Roland Muksch for reminding me about this little gem we found on a day trip to Waiheke last year.

Obsidian Reserve Chardonnay - big thanks to my buddy Roland Muksch for reminding me about this little gem we found on a day trip to Waiheke last year.


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Rotie Cellars Little G - bought a few bottles of 2009 on a visit in 2010, wishing I had bought more...

Rotie Cellars Little G - bought a few bottles of 2009 on a visit in 2010, wishing I had bought more...

Luke Lambert Shiraz 'Crudo' - the opposite of crude, and a synonym for fun.  Juicy, funky, whoops we've finished it.

Luke Lambert Shiraz 'Crudo' - the opposite of crude, and a synonym for fun. Juicy, funky, whoops we've finished it.

Carbonnieux Blanc (white Bordeaux).  We still have a few bottles of 2005 that I managed to scoop up for a dinner and were somehow overlooked in favor of, inevitably, white Burgundy.  I am forced to conclude that my friends are insane.

Carbonnieux Blanc (white Bordeaux). We still have a few bottles of 2005 that I managed to scoop up for a dinner and were somehow overlooked in favor of, inevitably, white Burgundy. I am forced to conclude that my friends are insane.

Mayer Close Planted Pinot Noir - super-intense veggie character, a real individual (try the Bloody Hill for something a little tamer with fewer rough edges)

Mayer Close Planted Pinot Noir - super-intense veggie character, a real individual (try the Bloody Hill for something a little tamer with fewer rough edges)

Pewsey Vale The Contors Rielsing - An utter classic, and so my thing right now that I am attempting to eschew sweeter Riesling (apologies Germany - I'll make an exception for you!)

Pewsey Vale The Contors Rielsing - An utter classic, and so my thing right now that I am attempting to eschew sweeter Riesling (apologies Germany - I'll make an exception for you!)

Marco Cirillo 1850 Grenache from Barossa Valley - if you can find a bottle, hoard it.

Marco Cirillo 1850 Grenache from Barossa Valley - if you can find a bottle, hoard it.

Damilano Lecinquevigne - another one of my wedding wines, this was inhaled before I got much myself.  Oh, the risks of sharing.

Damilano Lecinquevigne - another one of my wedding wines, this was inhaled before I got much myself. Oh, the risks of sharing.

2012 Oakridge 864 Chardonnay – Willowlake Vineyard Block 6.  So good the Aussies don't let any out of the country, apparently.  We're working on them...

2012 Oakridge 864 Chardonnay – Willowlake Vineyard Block 6. So good the Aussies don't let any out of the country, apparently. We're working on them...

2012 Hunting Hill Chardonnay - sorry New Zealand, we know you're sold out of this and we're not sharing the few bottles we have left!

2012 Hunting Hill Chardonnay - sorry New Zealand, we know you're sold out of this and we're not sharing the few bottles we have left!

Greywacke Chardonnay - apparently there isn't any 2012 left in HK at the moment, and I am being blamed for using it all for my wedding.  But it was good, wasn't it?

Greywacke Chardonnay - apparently there isn't any 2012 left in HK at the moment, and I am being blamed for using it all for my wedding. But it was good, wasn't it?

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