Many of you are already familiar with our very popular Wines of the Month Club. Below are the wines we packed for our members – this was the mixed half case of three white and three reds. The wines are discounted, and each one has been tasted an approved by us, here at the store. It costs nothing to join, and you have a choice of all red, all white, or the combo (which most people select.)
Ciccariello Viognier, Lazio, Italy. 2015. This white, typically of the Condrieu region of France, comes to us instead, from Lazio, Italy. Picked when fully ripe, it’s aromatic -- redolent of peaches, pears, violets, and pairs beautifully with spicy foods (Thai, anyone? Or Indian?) This grape was nearly declared extinct, but made a remarkable recovery to the credit of some very enterprising vignerons. Viognier is unbelievably a genetic cousin of Nebbiolo. Sante!
This white blend from Portugal, is a perfect example of what happens when grapes are grown in clay and limestone-based soils. Balanced, fruity, and brought to you by a family-owned vineyard, it pairs well with chicken, turkey, and lightly sauced pork dishes. It is a lovely blend of arinto and fernao pires grapes. Slightly tropical, and not at all sweet.
Ribeauville is one of the oldest medieval towns in Alsace, and produces some of the region’s most delicious wines. It is located on the “wine route” and most of the vineyards have been in existence since the Middle Ages. We chose this Pinot Gris for its light and spicy style. The wines can be colored from yellowish to coppery to almost pink – and have a full-bodied, well balanced acidity. Pinot Gris has a similar DNA profile to pinot noir (it’s a red skinned grape). A floral bouquet is common in this gem, and is enjoyed with cheeses, chicken and veal dishes with deep sauces (Marsala comes to mind.)
A perfect light red, the Beaujolais, from the gamay grape (always) with an occasional white thrown in (totally allowed) to lighten it. Morgon tend to be the deepest of the Beaujolais, and are versatile with foods as well. Flavors you might detect are cherries and other dark fruits (plums) with a juicy texture not usually found in Beaujolais. They also, uncharacteristically, age well. Enjoy with meats, cheeses, and richer foods. Chill for a few minutes to get the temp to about 60-65 F
It is almost as if this wine was made for steak. It certainly requires red meat. The ten year old vines producing this vintage are sitting in sandy loam soil, in the Colchagua Valley, enjoying temperate conditions, with cool springs, warm summers, and mild winters. The intense ruby red of this wine delivers big strawberry and raspberry notes (allow it to linger a moment or two on the tongue) and relish the long finish with not too intense tannins.
Meritage was an invention of the California vintners more than 20 years ago to combat the insurgence of the Bordeaux wines from France. In order to label the wine as such, each winery needs to be a part of the Meritage Association and pay dues. They must also use only the wines of Bordeaux (Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot). In addition, they must use at least two of these grapes and can combine up to all five. This beauty shows blackberries, cherries and plums!
Many of you are already familiar with our very popular Wines of the Month Club. Below are the wines we packed for our members – this was the mixed half case of three white and three reds. The wines are discounted, and each one has been tasted an approved by us, here at the store. It costs nothing to join, and you have a choice of all red, all white, or the combo (which most people select.) Call us anytime to join. You can sign up for 3, 6, or 12 months.