Just in time for Mother’s Day weekend we’ve got your May Wine Club ready for pickup. Not in the Wine Club yet ?? – this is a great time to try one or more of these tasty selections.
Jadix – Picpoul de Pinet – France > Languedoc. Literally translated, Picpoul means “stings the lip” – referring to this grape’s naturally sky-high acidity. Displays flavors of lemon and saline with white blossoms and wet stone.
Two Angels – Petite Sirah > California > Lake County. An avalanche of dark berry flavors with an undercurrent of clove and nutmeg. Pair this with big, bold foods such as pulled pork or a juicy burger loaded with bacon and blue cheese!
D’ Addario – Casale Ciliani Primitivo – Italy > Puglia. We call it Zinfandel – but in Italy it’s known as Primitivo. No matter how you say it – this wine gives notes of black cherry, plum and blackberry with hints of spice and almond fig on the finish.
May’s “If You Insist” Wine Club:
2017 Domaine Drouhin – Pinot Noir
Oregon > Willamette Valley > Dundee Hills
Fragrant nose of black cherries, berry bramble, orange peel, spices and a touch sweet oak.
Elusive and elegant – this wine is wonderful now but will be in a perfect place with 5 to 10 years of cellaring.
Just an incredible line-up for the April Wine Club this month.
Or, as we say here . . “mask up . . and drink up!!!”
Borealis – White Blend – Oregon > Willamette Valley. Mouthwatering blend of Muller-Thurgau, Gewurtzraminer, Riesling and Pinot Gris. Lots of peach, pear, guava and kiwi. You’ll want to pick up a second bottle for a perfect patio pour over the weekend!
Melini – Chianti Reserva – Italy > Tuscany. Aged for 18 months in French oak casks followed by 6 months in bottle prior to release. Ruby red color with raspberry, blackberry and a touch of violet.
Maddalena Vineyards – Zinfandel – California > Paso Robles. Zinfandel thrives in the warm days and cool nights of Paso Robles. Wild berry and ripe boysenberry notes are complimented by spicy oak from the barrel aging.
April’s “If You Insist” Wine Club:
2018 Gibbs – Cabernet Sauvignon
California > Napa Valley
The Cabernet grapes come from Gibbs estate vineyards in Saint Helena.
Aromas of black pepper and roasted French oak support a mid-palate of black currant, ripe black cherries and a long, textured finish.
Soft tannins make this vintage incredibly food friendly.
That “pre-Spring” feeling is in the air . . and a great time to pick up and enjoy your March Wine Club.
If you’d like to find out more about our monthly Wine Club – stop in and we’ll tell you all about it!
Maison Albert – Chardonnay – France. Presents fresh and powerful aromas of citrus with fruit and white flowers. Perfect with shellfish, fish or white meats.
Masion Albert – Pinot Noir – France. A fruit-driven Pinot Noir with notes of raspberries, cherries and strawberries. Carries delicate floral flavors with a feel of silk. Nice supple tannins.
Roth Estate – Cabernet Sauvignon – California > Sonoma > Alexander Valley. Bold, full-bodied and rich with aromas of black cherry, blackberry and baking spices. Layered flavors of mocha, blackberry and vanilla complement the firm tannins.
March’s “If You Insist” Wine Club:
2015 Finca Ambrosia – Precioso Malbec
Argentina > Gualtallary – Tupungato
This is a limited and numbered production Malbec – hand selected from estate plots high in the Gualtallary district in the heart of the Uco Valley.
The soils contain pure limestone over quaternary gravels delivering the distinctive mineral character.
The wine spends 18 months in new French Mercurey oak barrels with a medium toast and then another 12 months in bottle before release.
If you’re not in the Wine Club . . this would be a great time to check out these fantastic wines.
Cantina Di La Vis – Pinot Grigio – Italy. Delicately perfumed with scents of flowers and spice with flavors of tangerine, apricot and almonds. Textured and balanced with a crisp citrus finish. Pairs with seafood and salads.
Castelmaure – Corbieres – France > Languedoc. Corbieres (pronounced: core – bee – air) is a wine region in the Languedoc area of France. This is a blend of 50% Carignan, 30% Grenache, 15% Syrah and Cinsault. Medium body with brambly berry, cherry, raspberry, spices and black pepper.
Franz Keller – Vom Loss Pinot Noir – Germany > Baden. Full-bodied, rich and expansive. Black cherry and berry with layers of savory earth concentrate as you allow this wine to open. Drink now – or will age for another 5 – 8+ years.
February’s “If You Insist” Wine Club:
2015 Valadorna – Toscana Red Blend
Italy > Tuscany
This Super Tuscan is a blend of Merlot, Cab Sauv, Cab Franc and Petit Verdot.
Black cherries and blackberries come together with spice, graphite and light toast for a lush, velvety texture. Dark fruit and hints of tobacco on the finish.
Welcome to all the new Wine Club members who’ve joined us over the holidays. Your wines are ready for pickup anytime.
We’re kicking off our 11th year of Wine Club – so it’s a great time to join and try new wines from all over the world!
Biscaye Baie – Sauvignon Blanc – France > Cotes de Gascogne. Nose of white flowers, white peaches, pineapple, pear and citrus fruits. Fresh and crisp with a nice long finish. Enjoy this one with seafood dishes, creamy pasta or cheese.
Enrique Foster – Ique Malbec – Argentina > Mendoza. Reminiscent of fresh cherry and dark plum with a subtle touch of oak and spice. Young and fruity with balanced acidity. Excellent with chocolate!
Santa Rita – Medalla Real Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon – Chile > Maipo Valley. Rich nose full of blueberries, blackberries, dried figs and some soft spice notes. Rounded ripe tannins lead the wine into a creamy, dark fruit finish.
January’s “If You Insist” Wine Club:
2016 Lassegue – Saint Emilion Grand Cru
France > Bordeaux
Opulent and rich Cabernet Franc with an addition of dense Merlot and a touch of Cab.
Richly oaked and full-bodied it has an elegance with a long line of black-currant flavor.
Drink now or let it gain more complexity with some time.
The November Wine Club is ready for pickup just in time for the weekend.
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Chasing Venus – Sauvignon Blanc – New Zealand > Marlborough. A classic New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc with a robust nose and aggressive flavors of grapefruit, kiwi and lime. Nice mineral notes follow with a crisp, lingering finish.
Chevalier Du Grand Loc – Bordeaux Rouge – France > Bordeaux. 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon. Rich and concentrated with cherry and strawberry flavors, grippy tannins and notes of cedar and cigar box spice.
Vidal – Fleury – Cotes du Rhone – France > Rhone Valley. Blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre and Carignan. The aromas are dominated by notes of cocoa, cherries and spice. On the palate you get bold blackcurrant, cherry and roasted nut flavors.
November’s “If You Insist” Wine Club:
2016 Freemark Abbey – Cabernet Sauvignon
California > Napa Valley
Dark fruits of blackberry, black current, blueberry and dark cherry.
Nuances of dark chocolate, cocoa powder, cola, cinnamon, graham crackers and hint of tobacco.
Has a touch of Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cab Franc.
The December Wine Club wines are all set and ready for pick up anytime. We’ve got four fantastic wines you can drink now . . or save one for a holiday meal coming up.
Our monthly Wine Club makes a great gift too!!!
Santi – Valpolicella – Italy > Veneto. Valpolicella is a red wine made from Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara – three grape varieties in the north-east region of Veneto. This shows intense aromas of ripe cherry, blackcurrant and blackberry followed by notes of cocoa and dried fruit.
Terre del Fico – Chianti – Italy > Tuscany. The bouquet hints of small red fruits with flowers and aromatic herbs. It’s full-bodied with nice smooth tannins. You can taste the red fruits typical of Sangiovese.
Frog’s Leap – Chardonnay – California > Napa Valley. Unlike the overbearing “sweet and oaky” California Chards this wine is pure and beautiful with flavors of crisp, fresh fruit, an elegant mouthfeel and zesty minerality. Perfect dinner wine!
December’s “If You Insist” Wine Club:
Cakebread Cellars – Two Creeks Vineyard Pinot Noir – California > Alexander Valley
Cherry and rose petal aromas with black and red fruit, plum and some minerality. Supple but complex tannins and a long finish.
Delicious now or age another 3 – 5 years for more complexity.
The October Wine Club is ready for pickup . . and we’ve got another great lineup to kick into Fall.
Now’s a great time to join our Wine Club and open up your palate to some interesting and tasty wines.
St Supery – Rose – California > Napa Valley. A bright and crisp Rose with aromas of raspberry, pomegranate and rose petal. Flavors of strawberry and watermelon dominate with a tough of raspberry cordial.
Kalpela Vineyards – Cabernet Sauvignon – California > Mendocino County. Comes from two, old-vine Cabernet vineyards located on the benchlands of Mendocino County. Displays a rich, brick red color and deep aromas of plum, black pepper and vanilla with hints of toasty oak.
Trivento – Amado Sur Red Blend – Argentina > Mendoza. Red blend of 70% Malbec, 20% Bonarda and 10% Syrah. Fruit-driven and juicy with aromas of black fruit and herbs. Lush red berry flavors give way to velvety tannins and a pleasant, persistent finish.
October’s “If You Insist” Wine Club:
2015 Huge Bear – Cabernet Sauvignon
California > Sonoma County
Aromas of cedar, oak, leather, black fruit and baked plums jump from the glass.
A perfect blend of sweet and savory with notes of black raspberry, ripe pomegranate and lush oak. Full tannins provide a velvety mouthfeel.
Just in time for the holiday . . your September Wine Club is ready for pickup!
If you’re not in the Wine Club – this would be a great time to join our Wine Club family and open up your palate to some interesting and tasty wines.
Panther Creek – Pinot Gris – Oregon > Willamette Valley. Delicately fresh with floral notes and aromas of green apple, melon and lemon zest. A smooth mid-palate of apple and pear flavors with a crisp finish that shows slight minerality with a hint of citrus.
Castoro Cellars – Merlot – California > Paso Robles. Mostly Merlot with Petite Sirah and Malbec. Beautiful red and black fruits with floral aromas. A combination of French and American oak add a vanilla and spice richness complimenting the fruit.
NEXT – “Between Heaven and Earth” Red Blend – Washington > Columbia Valley. From King Estate this is a blend of Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Has inviting aromas of blueberry, cassis and cigar box. Juicy flavors of blackberry and plum accentuated by tobacco leaf before a long finish.
September’s “If You Insist” Wine Club:
2016 Silverado Vineyards – GEO Cabernet Sauvignon
California > Napa Valley > Coombsville
This is a single vineyard Cab from Mount George Vineyard at the base of Mount George volcano.
Aromas of black- berry pie, mocha and slate with a spicy middle of clove, leather and anise. Plush and generous.
Masciarelli – Villa Gemma Bianco – Italy > Abruzzo. From the mountainous region of Abruzzo this Italian white wine is made from the Trebbiano grape. It has intense flavors of peaches, yellow apples and bananas with aromas of white flowers and jasmine.
Joseph Drouhin – Bourgogne Pinot Noir – France > Burgundy. The nose is rich with aromas of raspberry, red currants. wild strawberry and earthy vineyard. This delicious wine if full of charm with light tannins, fruity and refreshing. Uber food friendly!
Tommasi – Rafael Valpolicella – Italy > Veneto. Three grapes: Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara are blended to make Valpolicella – which is a red wine made in the province of Verona in northeastern Italy. Aromas of dried spices, leather and cherry with flavors of red and black fruits along with notes of sage and mint.
August’s “If You Insist” Wine Club:
2017 Sequoia Grove – Cabernet Sauvignon
California > Napa Valley
Intense aromas and flavors of blackberry, red and black cherries with sweet spice, floral and mineral notes.
Has a big, round palate with smooth tannins, balance and a long, flavorful finish.