$50 off $200 from Wine.com with code SEPT50

Thursday, September 20, 2018

$50 off $200 with code SEPT50. Expires 10/1/2018.

This can be stacked with a $10 off $50 Amex Offer that's going on at the moment, or used with gift cards purchased from previous promotions. Log into your Amex account to see if your cards have been targeted. You need to activate the Amex Offer before using it, and keep in mind that Amex Offers are limited to a single use per SSN.

Wine.com coupon codes tend to be single-use per account.

If you don't want to dork around with shopping portals, you could do me a favor and start your shopping through my affiate link:

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Fine print: *Order must be placed by 10/1/2018. The $50 discount is given for a single order with a minimum of $200 excluding shipping and tax. Items with pricing ending in .97 are excluded and will not count toward the minimum required. Discount does not apply to corporate orders, gift certificates, StewardShip membership fees, select Champagne brands, Riedel glassware, fine and rare wine, and all bottles 3.0 liters or larger. No other promotion codes, coupon codes or corporate discounts may be applied to order.

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Amex Offer: $50 off $150 from WineAccess.com

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Amex is back with another offer from WineAccess.com:

$50 off $150, expires 1/1/2019

The deal is both better and worse than it was last time. Let me explain...

$50 off $150 is 33% off, whereas last time they ran it, it was $60 off $200 for 30% off. But Amex changed how Offers worked recently.

Whereas before you could add the offer to each Amex card, you can only add the offer to one card per social security number now.

That limits the useful scale of the deal, though between you and your spouse you can still get some leverage out of the deal.

Revisit my previous post on the deal for tips on how to maximize it.

The key is catching wines you like when they offer them. Their model is such that they have some wines on an ongoing basis, and others as limited time offers.

I've been very pleased with their short-time offers, espeically the 2014 Black Kite Gap's Crown Pinot Noir.

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One Vineyard, Two Classic California Pinot Noirs

Monday, September 3, 2018

One of the most interesting parts of wine discovery is connecting the dots. Once you find something you like you can follow the producer, follow winemakers, explore the grape variety, or explore a region.

The two wines below come from a common vineyard: Gap's Crown in Sonoma.

Gap's Crownn Vineyard
East of Rohnert Park between Santa Rosa and Petaluma
Map from everyvine.com
You'll find grapes from Gap's Crown in bottlings from top Pinot Noir producers like Kosta Browne, Gary Farrell, MacPhail and others.

I recently enjoyed these bottlings from Black Kite and Sojourn tremendously but didn't realize until a few days later they were from the same vineyard.

2014 Black Kite Gap's Crown Pinot Noir
14.6% alcohol
292 Cases produced
$60


Black Kite's "Kite's Rest" bottling is sourced from grapes from their estate vineyards in the Anderson Valley. It's been reliably outstanding and is the Black Kite wine I have the most experience with. The Gap's Crown bottling is similar stylistically, which is to say full of goregous cola notes and a pure brambly expression of California Pinot Noir. Not an off note in the bottle. Absolutely delicious.

95/100 WWP: Classic


2016 Sojourn Gap's Crown Pinot Noir
14.6% alcohol
1,350 Cases produced
$69


In my 10 years writing about wine here at the Wellesley Wine Press, Sojourn Pinots have been the most reliably oustanding wines I've found. This Gap's Crown bottling is aligned with their luscious house style, with laser-beam focus on the palate. Light in color and body relative to its tremendous depth of flavor. What California Pinot Noir can be when at its best.

95/100 WWP: Classic


I bought the Black Kite from WineAccess as a one-time offer they ran. You can find their wines around at retail in most states, but if you want to try something specific it would be best to order direct.


I bought the Sojourn off their mailing list. It's one of the few I'm happy to order from again and again. Reasonable prices. Free shipping on 6+ bottles. 10% 12+ bottles.


California Pinot Noir continues to be my go-to category. It's delicious on its own, I love the flavor profile, and it pairs with just about anything.

Definitely check out more from Black Kite and Sojourn. And definitely Pinot Noir from Gap's Crown if you get a chance.

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