Al's Package Store

(508)627-4347 258 Upper Main Street
Edgartown, MA 02539-5932
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  • Santa was generous this year wasn't he? You guys are better at this than I expected. 2/3 of you already know who your Santa was. That should make the guessing easier for the 4 still left guessing.What did you get?JD -  2011 Damilano Barolo Brunate - from FoxalllRBA - 2008 Spring Mountain Vineyard Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - from vinOvinOVV ... Read More

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  • Secret Santa 2015 was a success!  We eventually figured out who the senders and recipients were based on past drinking habits and assorted sleuthing.  Some bottles were consumed quickly but others are in storage awaiting the right moment to enjoy them.  Thanks to everyone for participating.  Final pairings are listed below:JONDERRY - received bo... Read More

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  • Hey, I hear that VTs are coming back, with one scheduled for March!  Not to steal the thunder, so I won't leak what the region/grape is going to be (regulars, watch your mail boxes if you live in the US), but it's going to be good if my inbox is any indication.I'm opening up the floor to ask the question, "Who do you think will be the host?"  Ma... Read More

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  • Emark - it's the anniversary of the founding of the site and many producers offer special pricing and deals to the members on that day only. Sometimes it's free shipping too, but it all depends on the producer and their finances. It's a good day.Almost all will be CA wines, and if memory serves, mostly Sonoma and more southern CA wineries. If yo... Read More

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  • Southern California, Al, specifically, eastern Los Angeles County.As much as I respect and typically agree with our most informed participants, I am going to buck GregT a bit and offer a defense of wine clubs.  Now, my comments are restricted to winery clubs that offer only their wines.  I have no interest in things like wine.com that want to se... Read More

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  • Due to popular demand (don't ask where that demand came from or you'll spoil my fun), we appear to need some new wine discussion topics.  This topic was only relevant to Thursday as a test case but was subsequently expanded to cover the weekend too.  What ever you bring up in this topic should either occur on a Thursday - Sunday, or it could be ... Read More

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  • It being earth day tomorrow I thought this would be a fine time to explore attitude towards the whole organic/natural/biodynamic movement. I reached out to some wine professionals to get their opinions about these wines, but before I turn the stage over to them I’d like to explore the situation briefly.Before we consider the value of these wines... Read More

    From the article Organic for Earth Day?


  • Wanting to refresh my memory on certain French vintages in the Rhône Valley I came across (as I often do) the Robert Parker Vintage Chart.  Parker includes vintages from 1970 through 2010 on his website and scores them on the usual 100 point scale.  He claims that scores of 70-79 are "average" while those of 80-89 are "above average to excellent... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Robert Parker's Vintage Ratings


  • The cork vs. screwcap as a wine bottle closure argument/discussion has been done more than once on these pages.  My point here is to encourage some discussion around the merits (or lack-there-of) of arguments in favor of cork as an ethical choice, similar to choosing organic wines, etc.The journalof the Ecological Society Of America published th... Read More

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