Reviews & Accolades

Tortoise Creek Sauvignon Blanc “Cuvee Jeane”

90 Points – Best Buy!

Tortoise Creek Sauvignon Blanc

Cuvée Jeane is beautifully balanced and aromatic with suggestions of passion fruit and grapefruit. The palate is crisp and dry, but not too acidic, with a good depth of flavor.

Wine Enthusiast

A bouquet of 16 rosés to pack for your summer picnic or enjoy during a summer storm

2017 Mont Gravet Rosé. Made from grapes sourced in the south of France, this 100 percent cinsault is full of strawberry, incense and herbal notes, with a touch of salinity.

Michael Austin

The Pour Man, Chicago Tribune

Summer in a Can: A Trio of Organic Wines for Summer Fun and Travel

“Great for on the go fun and outdoor activities, these organic wines … were a beach essential on my recent trip to the Bahamas!”

Cara Rutherford

Best Buy 2017 – Exem Bordeaux

Ripe red and black fruits with no green notes found in ‘old fashion’ Bordeaux reds. The palate is rich and harmonious. The tannins are soft and elegant. You will find with Exem a new style of Bordeaux, profiling perfectly ripe fruit.

Wine Enthusiast

The Complete Package

This is not only a really nice example of Grillo but it also does everything you would expect a wine in a can to do to be considered a success.

Reverse Wine Snob

Local Masters of Wine

“You might very well run in to Rye residents Mel and Janie Master on the Seacoast, pouring wine where they operate as wine negociants for Master Wines, a selection of fine wines from California, France, and Italy.”

JoAnn Actis-Grande

Tiamo Grillo 2016 Can

Tiamo Grillo CanWine of the Week – June 21, 2017

“I’m excited to report that the Tiamo Grillo does for canned wine what almost no one else has done… The Tiamo Grillo, a Sicilian white, is the first canned wine worth drinking.”

Wine Curmudgeon

Tortoise Creek Zinfandel “The Chelonian”

Tortoise Creek Zinfandel "The Chelonian" 90 points Wine Enthusiast 2017

Wine Enthusiast 2017 Best Buy

90 Points!

Wine Enthusiast

Le Charmel Muscadet sur lie

Review from A Cork, Fork and Passport

“The result is a light yet fruity wine with aromas of sweet pear, with a hint of orange blossom, and delicate mineral notes that make it so attractive with seafood.”

Julie Cohn

A Cork, Fork, and Passport

Mont Gravet Carignan

The Best for $10 or Less

“Juicy and fresh, an easy-going Carignan with a rose-hip tang to its berry fruit.”

Wine & Spirits Magazine

Le Charmel Rosé

everydaysomThanks to Everyday Sommelier for featuring us in your latest article on Rosé wine, Everything’s Coming Up Rosés. “…wonderful as an aperitif or paired with a juicy turkey burger…”

Ralph Hersom

Everyday Sommelier

Mont Gravet Rosé

Mont Gravet RoseWine Enthusiast BEST BUY!

“Wonderfully fresh and fruit-forward dry rosé wine. Lovely aromas of raspberry and blackberry. On the palate, full-bodied and lingering.”

Wine Enthusiast

Le Charmel Rosé

le charmel roseKind words from The Sommomlier:

“So you see, it’s the bone dry style of Provence rosé with delicate flavors and color that holds such allure for me. Such an example is the Le Charmel Côtes de Provence 2015. The pale pink color is spot on for what I look for in a rosé and it shows delicate flavors of strawberry, raspberry, guava, pear, and nectarine, along with a floral aroma. It’s light bodied, dry, and has a nice high level of acidity – perfectly refreshing for the warmer weather ahead. Gimme that sun, sand, and rosé, s’il vous plaît!”

The Sommomlier

Mont Gravet, Pays d’Oc (Languedoc, France) Cinsault Rosé 2017

93 Points

The grape-growing region of southwestern France is influenced by both Atlantic and Mediterranean conditions, and by the stony soils in which the vines grow. Delicate pale pink in color, this rosé is as dry and refreshing as an ocean breeze without being bitingly austere. Discreet fruit flavors plus mouthwatering salinity and gravelly minerality add to the overall appeal. Make no mistake, despite its low price this is a serious wine, not a sweet and rosy distraction.

Marguerite Thomas

Wine Review Online

Dining Review: War of the Rosés

Orlando Magazine War of the RosesMont Gravet Rosé. The south of France brings us a 100% Cinsault from Languedoc. Slightly sweet, it appealed in hue (“I want lipstick this color”) and origin (revealed as from France, a smiley face and “Ooh La La” appeared one critique sheet). An enjoyable berry taste.

Le Charmel Rose, Tortoise Creek Wines. A multi-layered blend of Syrah, Cinsault, Mourvèdre, Grenache and Rolle from coastal Provence. Extremely pale and very fruity with an intense taste of raspberries and a “dry apple aftertaste,” it appealed as a “salad dinner” companion.

Joseph Hayes

Orlando Magazine


We love Tiamo’s rosé and red for three simple reaons: They’re Italian, made with organic grapes, and are lower in alcohol than much of the competition.

Tim McKirdy


Hot Prospects Award – Two Consecutive Years!

2015 & 2016

Shanken News Daily

Organic Wine in Aluminum Cans

For picnics, barbecues, camping and more, consumers can sip organic white and rose wines from the Italian producer, available as individual cans or packs of four.

Prepared Foods

Raise Your Glass: A Lively White Wine Made From an Uncommon Grape

“Mont Gravet, a light, refreshing, low-alcohol white wine, is perfect for drinking on warm summer evenings.”

“It’s a wine that reminds me of others made from grapes grown in southwestern France and northwestern Spain, such as Albarino and Picpoul, all of which seem particularly well-suited to enjoy with fish and seafood or as a light drink with appetizers.

We had Mont Gravet with grilled shrimp and asparagus, and it was a natural match.”

Warren Johnston

Valley News

Tiamo White and Rosé Cans

“…in many ways, it’s brilliant.”

“I tried my first can, the Tiamo Rosé 2016, at a local concert. I found it to be very drinkable…It’s just right for sailing, picnics, BBQ gatherings, concerts…or whatever you enjoy doing outdoors.”

Carole Kuhrt Brewer

Chicago Eats

Tortoise Creek Pinot Noir “Mission Grove”

Wine Spectator “Extreme Values!”

“Lightly aromatic with spicy cherry and red plum flavors that are smooth and elegant.  An easy drinking style.”

Wine Spectator

Wine Of The Month Club

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Wine of the Month Club

Tortoise Creek “Mission Grove” Pinot Noir

Tortoise Creek Pinot Noir88 points – BEST BUY!

“Our Pinot Noir ‘Mission Grove’ has lovely aromas of violets and red cherries and soft on the palate, delicate but with delightful impressions of raspberries and other red fruits.”

Wine Enthusiast

Le Charmel Rhone

Le Charmel RhoneYEAR’S BEST RHONE!


“A beautiful wine with generous aromas of blackberries, chocolate and spice.  On the palate, it is remarkably smooth and long with a rich finish.”

Wine & Spirits

Tortoise Creek Zinfandel “The Chelonian”

12000797_901020106646147_6793599659948785097_oWine Enthusiast 90 points – BEST BUY!

“This wine has a lovely, spicy, cherry-like bouquet, and is bursting with sweet berry flavors.  There are also delicious overtones of black-currant and plums, with a welcoming finish of vanilla and cinnamon toast.”

Wine Enthusiast

Le Charmel Pinot Noir

Mark Bona at writes:

“Cherry, but a very fresh-tasting one, not the usual black-cherry flavor Pinots can have. A long finish belies its soft flavors. Light-bodied, it smells fruitier than it tastes. Really nice dry sipper, “light and bright,” as a tasting pal notes.”

Mark Bona