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BARLOW IN BORDEAUX: THE 2021 VINTAGE

Hello Ladies and Gentlemen, I traveled to Bordeaux to attend En Primeur Union des Grand Crus in April of this year to taste through the 2021 vintage. It’s the first time Spec’s has attended without Bear Dalton in over 25 … Continue reading

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JAMES BARLOW’S ‘THE THIRTEEN’ PICKS OF AUGUST 2022

Hello Ladies and Gentlemen, This may be the hottest summer I can remember in the twenty years that I’ve been here and it’s just now hitting August! I have had the unfortunate onus of catching Covid in both June and … Continue reading

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CAYMUS VINEYARDS PORTFOLIO TASTING ON WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 3RD FROM 6:30-8PM

Hello Ladies and Gentlemen, Please join us for the Spec tacular wines of Caymus Vineyards! It’s great to finally be able to offer these classes again, so we decided to give you a REALLY GREAT one to kick it back … Continue reading

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An Evening with Sullivan Winery on Tuesday, August 9th from 6:30-8PM

Hello Ladies and Gentlemen, It’s been awhile since I’ve done one of these due to Covid, but I’m ready to jump back in the saddle! Join me on Tuesday, August 9th from 6:30PM – 8PM (and after) as we will … Continue reading

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THE 12 UNDER $12 FOR JULY 2022

Simply Cabernet Sauvignon Washington State Cash Price $10.99 Aromas of dark fruit Flavors of blackberry and currant Pairs with pulled pork sliders Chemin de Provence Rose France Cash Price $11.99 Aromas of red fruit Light flavors of raspberry and rose … Continue reading

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THE 12 UNDER $12 FOR JUNE 2022

Raywood Sauvignon Blanc California Cash Price $10.99 Aromas of lime citrus Flavors of zingy grass and spring flowers Pairs with hot summer days! Martenot Red Blend France Cash Price $11.99 Aromas of juicy red fruit Flavors of bright red cherry … Continue reading

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Unions des Grands Crus de Bordeaux 2019 vintage Houston event on June 23rd

Howdy! It’s been far too long since we have been able to host our annual Bordeaux preview tasting – an event conceived long before my time by our friend and my mentor, the incomparable Bear Dalton. After a prolonged hiatus, … Continue reading

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JAMES BARLOW’S ‘THE THIRTEEN’ PICKS OF JUNE 2022

Brooks ‘Concho’ Pinot Noir 2018 Willamette Valley, Oregon Cash Price $44.99 but ONLY $34.99 with a $10.00 Spec’s Key for a limited time! This wine was produced for Country rock star singer Clay Walker. He’s a Cabernet Sauvignon fan, but … Continue reading

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JAMES BARLOW’S ‘THE THIRTEEN’ PICKS OF APRIL 2022

Hello Ladies and Gentlemen, I apologize for missing last month’s reviews, but I have been quite busy. I recently visited Alexander Valley (several picks in this blog) and Burgundy. I haven’t traveled in two years due to Covid, so I … Continue reading

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12 UNDER $12 FOR APRIL 2022

McGuigan ‘The Plan’ Shiraz Australia Cash Price $9.99 Aromas of dark fruit Flavors of plum, blackberry, and spice Pairs with Momma’s everyday cooking Fairhall Sauvignon Blanc New Zealand Cash Price $8.99 Aromas of citrus Flavors of grapefruit, lemon, and prickly … Continue reading

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