The Wine Mystic

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Monkey 47 Gin

Often times I learn about cool new products from my own customers. I was first tipped off to Monkey 47 gin from a good customer who had it while in Paris. This was about 6 months ago and at the time it was not yet being distributed in the USA. As I looked into acquiring […]

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How to store wine

A question that I frequently get as a fine wine retailer is how to store wine to keep it from going bad and/or lasting longer. The single greatest danger to wine from the time that it is bottles to when you drink it is poor storage. Wine ages best when resting between 55-60 degrees F. […]


How to become a sommelier

Thanks to the recent release of the movie “Somm”, there has been more interest than ever in what it takes to become a sommelier. The internationally recognized Court of Master Sommeliers is considered by most in the wine trade as the organization responsible for bestowing the title of sommelier. There is nothing to stop someone […]


Signatory Scotch Whiskey

If you are looking for a special bottle of Scotch for yourself or as a gift might I recommend an independent bottler rather than straight from a distillery? I know it sounds strange, but let me explain. There are a few bottlers that purchase barrels directly from a distillery and then age it themselves. In […]


Rosé Wine is on Fire

Living in Hawaii I tend to assume that whatever is popular right now was popular somewhere trendy on the mainland about 10 years ago. I am stoked that it seems that rosé aka blush wine has finally hit it’s stride out here. The days of cloyingly sweet White Zin are behind us and hello light/crisp/refreshing/floral […]

Finding the next big thing in wine

A question I often get is how I find the amazing new stuff. Apart from the obvious tasks of tasting and keeping up with trends through media, there is another area I keep my attention too. Quality is not something that happens by mistake. Quality over time is directly tied to individuals with exacting standards […]