Sunday, December 15, 2013

Great premium wines at affordable prices with 90+ Cellars!

This weekend I attended a fantastic tasting at Lucia's Bodega in Windham, NH. It was my first visit to this wine shop and won't be my last. If you're in the area and can attend a tasting that they hold on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays I recommend it. They have a great tasting bar. The tasting this past Saturday featured 90+ Cellars and I was able to meet the CEO, Kevin Mehra. I had heard such great things about their wines and was happy to be able to sample 7 of their wines: Lot 85 Chardonnay, Lot 98 Spatlese Riesling, Lot 53 Cabernet Sauvignon, Lot 94 Cabernet Sauvignon, Lot 90 Rosso Toscana, Lot 100 Monster Red and Lot 101 Syrah.

To give you some background on 90+ Cellars, their business started in 2009. They are a Boston based company and they buy high end surplus wines from wineries all over the world. They are the number 1 fasting growing brand in New England and are #3 in premium wine sales. They currently sell their wines in 8 states. The wineries they purchase from have extra inventory that they sell off. Some of the wines 90+ Cellars receives are bottled ready without a label, they put their label on it and sell it for a fraction of the price. Each state is different with the way they handle this process and most wineries will sell their surplus to other wineries. If they don't sell off their surplus and can't move their wines they now would have to reduce their prices, which in turn would affect their status and reputation in the market so this turns out to be a great option for them.

The wines they carry are from all over the world. Some of the wines I tasted were from the Mosel region in Germany, Mendoza in Argentina, Bordeaux in France and Rutherford, CA. They carry a few different levels of wines from the entry levels at $10-15 then those around $15-$20 and then those that are more limited and highly allocated. They purchase their wines by the lot. They are the same producer time after time to provide consistency. Sometimes they get their hands on some great wine and it's a one time deal so they will retire that lot number once they are sold out.

My personal favorites from the weekend were Lot 85 Chardonnay and Lot 101 Syrah, with a close third being Lot 100 Monster Red, which was a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. I look forward to continuing to tasting more of their wines and I strongly suggest you go out and grab a bottle or attend a tasting of their wines. It's a great way to taste some premium wines at an affordable price. Especially during this time of the year with the holidays. Impress your family and friends with some great bottles of 90+ Cellars.

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