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Elqui Red Blend of Carménère-Syrah-Malbec (Elqui Valley, Chile) -- Reg $18.99 | Mixed Case $15.19 -- Bold, ripe black berries, plums, currants with layers of mint, tannins and hints of spice.

... includes mixed cases!
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07.11.2017  New World Wine | Argentine Varietals - Not Just Malbec

On the spectrum of New World wine country (i.e., Australia, New Zealand, South America, South Africa & the United States), it is not necessarily a time punch card as it is so much a style of wine. Argentina has the classic fruit driven, higher alcohol wines with mild outlining characteristics of New World wine. As the fifth LARGEST producer of wine in the world, what defines Argentinian wine varietal history? Layers of migration and the cultures that brought varietals to Argentina, as well as the investment in South American wines over the last thirty years.

A story of wine is not without cultures immigrating with vines. Truly, no different than that of Grenache vs Garnatxa from France to Spain and then back and forth again as the Moors battled. Yet Argentina is overseas, continents and mountains, and it is a saga in which varietals that lasted tell a story for each New World wine region. Argentina... the immediate thought is Malbec.

That resurrected varietal from the famous six used for Bordeaux red blends made a 1990's debut and killed it. Bordeaux, France, may produce wines with a combination of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Carménère. Malbec is otherwise known in Cahors, France; however it is unctuous, inky, tannic... like a 1800's sailor fresh from the sea but not 'refreshed' yet. (Still amazing in my opinion...) Malbec in Argentina is anything but that- it is plush with ripe plums, macerated cherries, black raspberries then layered with cocoa nibs, herbs, sometimes a hint of crushed green peppercorn. Not a surprise that the masses would devour that?! But that is not the only varietal that Argentina is successful with. These other varietals are perhaps not internationally renowned out of Argentina but definitely worth seeking out.  READ MORE >>

Cheers!  Jaci

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Sep 29   Luck of the Draw
Sep 30   Pinot Noir
Oct 01    Special Italian Goodbye Tasting
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Elqui Red Blend of Carménère-Syrah-Malbec (Elqui Valley, Chile) -- Reg $18.99 | Mixed Case $15.19 -- Bold, ripe black berries, plums, currants with layers of mint, tannins and hints of spice.

... includes mixed cases!

Burgundy Blow Out!

Domaine Claude Nouveau 2011 Santenay "Le Chainey" (Burgundy, France) -- Reg $44.99  | INSIDER $29.99 -- Crisp Pink Lady apples embraced with toast, black peppercorn, depth and elegance.
Paul Reitz 2007 Volnay (Burgundy, France) -- Reg $57.99  | INSIDER $39.99 Bold dark fruits- black cherries, blue currants, figs and plums with rustic mushroom, pine needles and great structure. 
Paul Reitz 2011 Santenay (Burgundy, France) -- Reg $41.99 | INSIDER $29.99 -- Bright cherries and currants layered in vanilla, cinammon, soft tannins. Stunning.

... includes mixed cases!

Barons Winery 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon (Red Mountain, Washington) -- Reg $35.99 | Mixed Case $28.79 -- "Beautiful black currant, cedar, blueberry and Asian spice flavors. Ultimately, it’s a refined, exquisite Cabernet built for drinking over the next decade."
... includes mixed cases!

Charles Smith 2013 Royal City Syrah 
(Columbia Valley, Washington) -- Reg $179.99 | Mixed Case $143.99 -- 95 points Wine Spectator "Rich and opulent, this towering wine offers layers of blueberry, plum and clotted cream flavors, with just enough mineral character to stay honest. Comes together into a vivid and expressive finish. Has plenty of power, but remains graceful. Best from 2018 through 2023." (HS)    (12/2016)   Ratings Key>

... includes mixed cases!

Bodegas Maset Garnatxa (Penedès, Spain) -- Reg $14.99 | Mixed Case $11.99 -- Jammy cherries, black berries, and blueberries with lingering hillside herbs and white peppercorn.

... includes mixed cases!

Tenuta Montecchiesi Preziosaterra Toscana Rosso (Tuscany, Italy) -- Reg $23.99 | Mixed Case $19.19 -- "Black currants, summer cherries, hints of black berries with a zing of spice, tannins! Big!" -- Jens  ...Who's Jens?

... includes mixed cases!

Yo-Ho Brewing Yona Yona Ale (Otai, Saku city, Nagano, Japan)  --$5.89 12 fl oz -- Yona Yona Ale is the flagship ale,translating to “Night after Night” in Japanese "with a hope that people would enjoy our ale night after night". It has won gold medals at the International Beer Competition for 8 years in a row. " Pale ale is a medium bodied American Pale Ale with generous amount of cascade hops. Citrus flavor from premium cascade hops and well-balanced bitterness and sweetness are its main character."

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