Cellar Up! Wines and spirits to shape your cellar

In this space, we have mainly spoken about the importance of a balanced personal cellar. If you’ve been following along and following our advice, you will have amassed exactly that. Let’s talk about enjoying the fruits of your labour.


Where to begin?

There are so many ways to maximize the benefits of your well-stocked cellar. Where to begin? At home of course! How about an easy-drinking white with your soup and sandwich at lunch? Prefer to wait ’til later in the day? A flute of sparkling is a great way to celebrate the end of the workday or the beginning of the evening. A glass of your everyday favourite while you cook dinner (or watch your dinner being cooked) is never a bad idea. Pairing with dinner is common for a reason. It enhances both the food and mood.


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Exclusive Opimian wine

Let’s talk entertaining now. Whether it is at your house, their house or you take your wine out for dinner, a bottle is always a welcome addition. Your generosity will not go unnoticed. Often, your contribution of an exclusive Opimian wine will be the first time others have seen it. An excellent conversation starter.


Celebrate life’s milestones

Don’t forget celebrations. Pull out your show-stopper wines for birthdays, anniversaries, weddings and significant holidays. Celebrate life’s milestones with the joy of wine. Cheers!


wine by vintage




Cellar UP!

Wines and spirits to shape your cellar. Order by Feb 20, 2023



Pairs with anything, celebrations, romance


Espumante Lois Rosé Malbec, Lot 3956

You won’t have to sell the house to afford this tasty sparkler. Pleasantly fresh and fruit-forward, this makes an excellent starter.


Espumante Lois Rosé Malbec, Lot 3956



Full-Bodied White

Seafood such as oysters, scallops, sashimi, or salads with mild vinaigrettes


Le Chardonnay Grand Vin, Casablanca Valley, 2020, part of Mixed Case Lot 3971

The winemaker says it best: “Elegant wines made for serious gastronomy.” That describes both wines in the mixed case. Food-friendly, rich, and enjoyable. The perfect combination. Try a vertical tasting of the two vintage—2019 and 2020. The differences and similarities will enhance your understanding of what elevates a great wine.


Le Chardonnay Grand Vin Casablanca V



Full-bodied Red

Heavy stews, many game meats, lamb, strong cheeses, and even dessert


Cornellana “Deep-Soil Colluvial” Carmenère, Peumo, 2020, Lot 3983

What a difference soil makes. Growing Carmenère in this deep soil brings out the best in this variety. The next time you have lamb or any other flavourful roast, have this special wine at the ready. The food and wine will sing together.


Cornellana Deep-Soil Colluvial Carmenere



Medium-bodied Red

Versatile; many meats without heavy sauces, casseroles


Bakan, Low Intervention Grenache Zinfandel, Central Valley, 2021, Lot 3988

This new wine from perennial favourite partner Echeverria got our attention. Vibrant and plush at the same time, this one checks all the boxes for a well-made, medium-bodied red that will pair with almost anything and even be a pleasant sipper for the red wine drinkers among us.



Bakan, Low Intervention Grenache Zin



For dessert, rich foods like foie gras


Riesling Vendanges Tardives, AOC Alsace, 2020, Lot 4014

We so often sing the praises of dessert wines. For good reason. They add so much to the dessert course of a great dinner. Enjoy the effect of botrytis and late harvest. Such deep, intense flavour will accompany your confection beautifully.


Riesling Vendanges Tardives



This Cellar’s highest-scoring wines

Order these Coups de Coeur by February 20, 2023



Everyday drinking


Lorca Fantasia Syrah Valle de Uco

Lorca Fantasía Syrah, Valle de Uco, Mendoza, 2022, Lot 3950


El Barrio Carignan Maule Valley



Cellaring Potential


L'Assemblage Grand Vin, Casablanca