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November 10th 2017 – Bodegas Avancia, Valdeorras Cuvée de O Godello (2015)

Bodegas Avancia, Valdeorras Cuvée de O Godello (2015) Grape: Godello Geography: Galicia, Spain Appellation: Valdeorras A project of Bodegas Godeval and Jorge Ordonez, Bodegas Avancia is located in the mountains next to El Barco de Valdeorras, in the province of Galicia in northwest Spain. The 35 year-old Godello vineyards are located on mountain slopes in […]

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November 10th 2017 – Château du Trignon, Vacqueyras (2011)

Château du Trignon, Vacqueyras (2011) Grapes: Grenache and Syrah Geography: Rhône Valley, France Appellation: Vacqueyras Chateau du Trignon was bought by the Quiot family in 2006. Winemakers since 1748, the family own other properties including Domaine du Vieux Lazaret in Chateauneuf-du-Pape and Domaine Houchart in Cotes de Provence. The family actively participates in all aspects […]

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November 10th 2017 – Marietta Cellars, Old Vine Red Lot 66

Marietta Cellars, Old Vine Red Lot 66 Grapes: Petite Sirah, Syrah, and Carignan Geography: California, United States Marietta Cellars, located just outside of Geyserville in Sonoma County, was founded by Chris Bilbro in 1978. In recent years Chris’s sons, Jake and Scot, representing the second generation, have taken over most of the responsibilities. Marietta Cellars […]

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November 10th 2017 – Viña Eguia, Rioja Reserva (2013)

Viña Eguia, Rioja Reserva (2013) Grape: Tempranillo Geography: Rioja, Spain Appellation: Rioja The Vina Eguia winery and vineyards were established in 1973 in Elciego and purchased by Bodegas Muriel in 2010. Elciego is a historic village in the Rioja Alavesa, which borders the Spanish “Basque” region, and the language spoken there often includes Basque words, […]

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November 3rd 2017 – Julien Meyer, Nature (2013)

Julien Meyer, Nature (2013) Grapes: Sylvaner and Pinot Blanc Geography: Alsace, France Appellation: Alsace Features: Biodynamic Patrick Meyer, a non-conformist winemaker, took over the 9ha domaine from his mother in 1982, converted it to organic in 1985 and to biodynamics by 1995. This wines comes from the parcel called Mukenthal with soils made up of […]

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November 3rd 2017 – Laureano Gomez, Valle de Uco Malbec (2014)

Laureano Gomez, Valle de Uco Malbec (2014) Grape: Malbec Geography: Mendoza, Argentina Appellation: Valle de Uco Laureano Gomez was inspired to set up his own small shop in the Uco Valley after over two decades as a winemaker for two of Mendoza’s top wineries – Trapiche and Salentine. While at Trapiche, he was one of […]

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November 3rd 2017 – Aguijon de Abeja, Salta Cabernet Sauvignon (2015)

Aguijon de Abeja, Salta Cabernet Sauvignon (2015) Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon Geography: Salta, Argentina Appellation: Salta Features: Organic Hector and Pablo Durigutti are the winemakers behind the Aguijon de Abeja wines. Their backgrounds are quite complementary: Hector started at Alto Las Hormigas at the age of 15 and has completed 25 projects at various well-known wineries, […]

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October 27th 2017 – Storm Point, Chenin Blanc Western Cape (2016)

Storm Point, Chenin Blanc Western Cape (2016) Grape: Chenin Blanc Geography: Western Cape, South Africa A joint project between Mick Craven and Ronnie Sanders of Vine Stree Wines. This is delightfully fresh. Savory and herbal aromas lead to subtle stone fruit and delicate citrus blossoms with lemon zest. This is textbook Chenin Blanc with a […]

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October 27th 2017 – Poggio Anima, Salento Primitivo Lilith (2015)

Poggio Anima, Salento Primitivo Lilith (2015) Grape: Primitivo Geography: Puglia, Italy Appellation: Salento Calling its creations “weeknight wines” belies the pedigree, power and panache behind Poggio Anima. A joint venture between Montalcino superstar Riccardo Campinoti of Le Ragnaie and Ronnie Sanders of Vine Street Imports, Poggio Anima takes a simple idea and turns it into […]

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October 27th 2017 – Viña Maquis, Valle del Colchagua Cabernet Franc (2012)

Viña Maquis, Valle del Colchagua Cabernet Franc (2012) Grape: Cabernet Franc Geography: Central Valley, Chile Appellation: Valle del Colchagua Carmenère and Cabernet Franc are two challenging grapes to grow, says chief wine maker Rodrigo Romero at Viña Maquis. “You have to pay very close attention both in the vineyard and in the cellar.” When the […]

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October 27th 2017 – Cantina San Biagio Vecchio, ‘PorcaLoca!’ Sangiovese (2014)

Cantina San Biagio Vecchio, ‘PorcaLoca!’ Sangiovese (2014) Grape: Sangiovese Geography: Emilia-Romagna, Italy Appellation: Ravenna Features: Organic, Vegan 100% Sangiovese from the hill facing the Oriolo Tower near the Adriatic Sea. Vineyards face Southeast and lie on calcareous clay soils. 10 day of skin contact maceration; fermentation with indigenous yeast. Malolactic fermentation is done naturally. No […]

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October 20th 2017 – Château Corconnac, Haut-Médoc Cru Bourgeois (2011)

Château Corconnac, Haut-Médoc Cru Bourgeois (2011) Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot Geography: Bordeaux, France Appellation: Haut-Médoc A family property, Château Corconnac is located in Saint-Laurent-Médoc, a stone’s throw away from Saint-Julien-Beychevelle. For twenty years the team has been producing an Haut-Médoc on 21 acres of clay-limestone soils, where 40 year-old Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot vines […]

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October 20th 2017 – Château Haut La Grenière, Lussac Saint-Émilion (2012)

Château Haut La Grenière, Lussac Saint-Émilion (2012) Grapes: Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon Geography: Bordeaux, France Appellation: Lussac Saint-Émilion The origin of the vineyard goes back from XVII century. In the 1868 edition of “Bordeaux et ses vins” (ed. Feret et fils), the vineyard was already quoted among the most famous wines produced in […]

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October 20th 2017 – Contour, Napa County Pinot Noir (2016)

Contour, Napa County Pinot Noir (2016) Grape: Pinot Noir Geography: California, United States The carefully selected range of vineyards stretch along the Pacific coastline, defined by picturesque terraces; each is uniquely characterized by rolling hillsides with definitive contours, inspiring their wine’s name. Known for producing stellar Pinot Noirs, the 3 vineyard sites maintain a cooling […]

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October 20th 2017 – Fess Parker, Santa Barbara County Marcella’s White (2015)

Fess Parker, Santa Barbara County Marcella’s White (2015) Grapes: Viognier, Roussanne, Marsanne, and Grenache Blanc Geography: California, United States Features: Sustainable For those of you old enough to remember, yes, it’s that Fess Parker, the actor who made an eminently successful career portraying two iconic American figures, Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone. Parker left Hollywood […]

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October 13th 2017 – Vidal + Vidal, Rueda Verdejo La Seca (2015)

Vidal + Vidal, Rueda Verdejo La Seca (2015) Grape: Verdejo Geography: Castilla y León, Spain Appellation: Rueda Vidal + Vidal Verdejo is made from a dry farmed vineyard where the family follows the moon for harvesting and has an infinite respect for nature. No pesticides nor fungicides are used and six generations have been making […]

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October 13th 2017 – R.O.Q. Corporation, Montsant R-OH* (2015)

R.O.Q. Corporation, Montsant R-OH* (2015) Grapes: Grenache and Carignan Geography: Catalonia, Spain Appellation: Montsant The R.O.Q Corporation [Republic of Quibia] was launched by winemakers on the island of Mallorca who decided they wanted to make great wines from old bush vines that had captured their heart in continental Spain- this is their first project. The […]

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October 13th 2017 – Guelbenzu, Azul (2013)

Guelbenzu, Azul (2013) Grapes: Tempranillo, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Graciano and Syrah Geography: Aragón, Spain Appellation: Ribera del Queiles Established since the mid-nineteenth century, Guelbenzu built a new winery in Vierlas, in 2001. With 46 hectares of vineyard in the Queiles Valley, their Lombana estate has stony soils with good drainage supporting low yields. The nearby […]

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October 6th 2017 – Bere, Toscana (2015)

Bere, Toscana (2015) Grapes: Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot Geography: Tuscany, Italy Appellation: Toscana Bere, which means “to drink” in Italian, it’s Super Tuscan blend and begs just that, to be drunk and enjoyed easily thanks to its rich, crushed berry fruit, earthy backbone and smooth, fresh finish. An inviting blend of Sangiovese with Cabernet […]

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October 6th 2017 – Pepi Lignana, Vermentino Leopoldino (2016)

Pepi Lignana, Vermentino Leopoldino (2016) Grape: Vermentino Geography: Tuscany, Italy In 1817, Grand Duke Leopold of Tuscany commissioned an updated land survey (cadaster) of the Maremma, the coastal area of southwestern Tuscany with its center at Grosseto on the Mediterranean and stretching into the wild forests and backwaters of the interior. Known as the Leopoldin […]