September 3, 2010

Labor Day 6-pack/12-pack

Labor Day Weekend

Get a 12-pack and you receive a free marinade/grilling sauce!

Here’s how this works - we put together a selection of delicious wines and you just have to dash in and pick them up! If you want to make a substitution, please feel free to do so.

You may choose to get a 6-pack. You may want a 12-pack. You may want to pick-and-choose and put together your own selection.

The 6-pack:

Reg. $78.94, Sale $67.39…’re saving 15%!

The Whites:

Broadbent Vinho Verde 2009 (Portugal) $10.99 - Wonderful wine for warm days! Delicious, easy to drink, fresh, crisp, light! Slightly spritzy – you really won't notice bubbles in the glass, but you will notice it in the mouth. Clean, good citrus (lime) aromas and flavors. Well-balanced. Many in Portugal refer to Vinho Verde as "mother's milk" - traditionally low in alcohol & meant to be consumed young & fresh....This wine is 9% alcohol - most whites & reds are 12-13.5% alcohol. Food pairing - Great with shellfish, fish and lighter poultry dishes. Great for just drinking!

Domaine Gayda L’Archet Cuvée Occitane Blanc 2006 (France) Reg. $16.99, Sale $15.99 – I love Southern French whites – especially this time of year! This is a crisp, full white with lots of white stone and apple flavors. It’s spicy with great minerality. The finish is creamy and rich. Blend of Marsanne, Roussanne and Grenache Blanc. Barrel-aged for 9 months in neutral French oak. Food pairing – seafood, grilled chicken, chicken salad.

The Reds:

Dehesa de Rubiales Alaia 2006 (Spain) Reg. $11.99, Sale $8.99 - This is a wonderful red....perfect for summer days! Aromas of dark berries, blueberries, currants, minerals and smoke. Flavors that are rich with lots of dark and red fruit. Juicy texture. Great value. Drink over the next 1-2 years. Blend of 50% Prieto Picudo, 45% Tempranillo and 5% Merlot. Food pairing – grilled meats, harder cheeses, mushroom dishes, etc. Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, Great values under $25…”

Tola Syrah 2008 (Sicily, Italy) Reg. $11.99, Sale $8.99 – The Tola family has grown grapes and made wine for over 150 years on their farm 10 miles west of Palermo. Mimmo Tola is the son of the estate’s owners. They encouraged him to purse a degree in wine-making. He did. He returned to the estate and set about improving vineyard practices and winemaking. He also planted grapes such as Syrah. This is one of his wines. It is spicy with great dark and red fruit and softer tannins. Food pairing – meat dishes, grilled meat, game.

Domaine Gayda L’Archet Cuvée Occitane Rouge 2006 (France) Reg. $16.99, Sale $15.99 – Lots of complexity – but, it should be with this blend of grapes - 45% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 15% Mourvèdre and 10% Carignan. Barrel-aged for 9 months in neutral French oak. Aromas of red berries, pepper, baking spices and Provencal herbs. Full-bodied. Flavors of dark plums, blueberries, black currants and spice. Great length on a smooth, silky finish. Hints of dark chocolate at the finish. Medium tannins. Food pairing – grilled meat, pasta dishes with mushrooms.

Venta Morales Tempranillo 2008 (La Mancha, Spain) $9.99 – This is a great value from one of the leading importer’s of Spanish wines, Jorge Ordonez. Stainless steel fermentation and aging. This has great aromas of black cherries, smoked, dark berries and spices. Flavors of dark berries and cherries. This is not a fruit-bomb. Rather it is dusty with great length and nicely balanced fruit. This delivers a lot of bang for the buck! Food pairing – grill some chicken or pork. Make a pizza! Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, 88 points

The 12-pack (including a free marinade grilling sauce):

Reg. $157.38, Sale $123.19…’re saving over 20%!

The Whites:

Ken Forrester Stellenbosch Chenin Blanc 2009 (South Africa) $9.99 - Great summertime white wine! Aromas of limes, lemons & light crisp fruits that I just can’t place – but, they are tasty! Flavors of limes, lemons, almonds and melons. Light, fresh-tasting wine! Dry with nice crisp fruit and a clean finish. This is a perfect white for a warm summer day! Stainless-steel fermentation. 100% Chenin Blanc. Food pairing – Drinking on a hot summer day! Pair this with lighter foods.

MontAsolo Pinot Grigio 2008 (Veneto, Italy) $8.99 – Great value in a good-tasting Pinot Grigio! Great choice for summer! Light, clean with refreshing citrus flavors and aromas. A hint of fresh bread in the aromas. The MontAsolo wines are produced by Cantina Montelliana e dei Colli Asolani, which was established in 1965. Montelliana is a cooperative of which the 1,100 members are the owners and supplier of the grapes. Food pairing – seafood, poultry, salads and lighter soups.

The Reds:

Il Bacio Negroamaro 2008 (Puglia, Italy) $9.99
– The deep dark color made me think I was going to get a lot of dark berries in the aromas. Instead, the wine is mostly red cherries and plums in the aromas. The flavors continue with the cherries and plums with a little earth. 100% Negroamaro – this is a grape indigenous to Puglia. Stainless steel aging. Food pairing – pizza, pasta, grilled/roasted meats and strong cheeses.

Hewitson “Ned & Henry’s” Shiraz 2007 (Barossa Valley, Australia) Reg. $22.99, Sale $15.99 – This is a big, rich lush Aussie red! Aromas of blackberries, raspberries and blueberries and licorice. Flavors of red and dark berries with lots of good minerality. Finish is loaded with plums and cherries. Food pairing – grilled meats. Drinks well with or without food. Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, 90 points

Arenal Carmenère 2009 (Chile) $9.99 – We just tasted this with Doug from SOPO and loved it! Carmenère is the “lost Bordeaux” grape. It’s barely produced in France anymore and for generations in Chile, they thought they were growing Merlot. Turns out, it was Carmenère! Often, poorer Carmenères are too green and vegetal – almost dominated by green bell peppers. This one is ripe and rich and full-bodied. Delicious, soft dark fruit with subtle herbal notes. Food pairing – Great pizza and/or pasta wine! Grilled meats & other hearty dishes go well with this wine. Drinks well with or without food!

Novy Family Cellars Four Mile Creek Red 2008 (California) $10.99 - I love these California “field blends” because they pack a lot of flavor into a bottle for NOT a lot of $$$! Peppery, big and rich. Lots of tart cherries, stewed plums and roasted herbs in the flavors and aromas. Nice long finish. Blend of Zinfandel, Syrah, Grenache, Nebbiolo and Viognier. This is a “classic” California “field blend!” Food pairing - Grilled meats & other hearty dishes go well with this wine. Great pizza wine! Wine Spectator, “Best Buy”

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