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September 22nd 2017 – Domaine La Roche Buissière, Côtes du Rhône Flonflons (2015)

Domaine La Roche Buissière, Côtes du Rhône Flonflons (2015) Grapes: Grenache and Syrah Geography: Rhône Valley, France Appellation: Côtes du Rhône Located northeast of Vaison-La-Romaine in the southern Cotes du Rhone, Antoine and Lawrence Joly work 18 hectare of organic vineyards making fabulous wines in the region that sit between 300-450 metres in altitude. They […]

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September 22nd 2017 – Adega Eloi Lorenzo, Ribeiro Blanco Villa Paz (2015)

Adega Eloi Lorenzo, Ribeiro Blanco Villa Paz (2015) Grapes: Treixadura, Albariño, Godello, and Torrontés Geography: Galicia, Spain Appellation: Ribeiro Eloi Lorenzo founded the winery in 1976 but it’s actually his grand son Javier Monsalve who is currently running the show. Javier has been doing everything from the farming to the winemaking since 2007. Located in […]

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September 22nd 2017 – Marenas Viñedo & Bodega, Córdoba Blanco Montepilas (2016)

Marenas Viñedo & Bodega, Córdoba Blanco Montepilas (2016) Grape: Montepila Geography: Andalucía, Spain Appellation: Córdoba José Miguel Márquez is on a mission to recover the old winemaking traditions of his native town Montilla in Cordoba. As an aficionado of everything natural, genuine, and authentic, he makes sure his vineyards and wines are treated with the […]

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September 15th 2017 – Zuschmann-Schöfmann, Weinviertel Grüner Veltliner Klassic (2016)

Zuschmann-Schöfmann, Weinviertel Grüner Veltliner Klassic (2016) Grape: Grüner Veltliner Geography: Niederösterreich, Austria Appellation: Weinviertel Features: Organic Located at the rolling hills gently flow from the Czech Republic into the Danube River, where all good things come to thrive, far away from the smogs of industries and traffic, this is Austria’s largest wine region: the Weinviertel. […]

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September 15th 2017 – Grapesmith & Crusher, Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (2014)

Grapesmith & Crusher, Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (2014) Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon Geography: Washington, United States Appellation: Columbia Valley You remember the typewriter, don’t you? Kind of like a loud, heavy laptop. Grapesmith & Crusher encourages retrospection. The grapes come from Wahluke Slope and Snipes Mountain and are fermented and aged in barrel. A smooth throwback […]

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September 15th 2017 – Viña Olabarri, Rioja Reserva (2009)

Viña Olabarri, Rioja Reserva (2009) Grapes: Tempranillo, Graciano, and Mazuelo Geography: Rioja, Spain Appellation: Rioja Bodegas Olabarri was founded by Pablo Olabarri, who´s passion for wine started in 1958 in Haro. He bought an old winery in the village of Anguciana in 1985. Due to the need of having more modern and larger wine making […]

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September 8th 2017 – Valle Vini, Colli Orientali del Friuli Friulano (2016)

Valle Vini, Colli Orientali del Friuli Friulano (2016) Grape: Friulano Vintage year: 2016 Geography: Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy Appellation: Colli Orientali del Friuli Tocai Friulano, and also known as (Sauvignonasse) is a grape variety most famous for its role in the white wines of Friuli, northeastern Italy. These wines, usually varietal, are lively and fruit-driven with […]

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September 8th 2017 – Cesari, Boscarel (2015)

Cesari, Boscarel (2015) Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Sangiovese Vintage year: 2015 Geography: Veneto, Italy Appellation: Veneto Founded in 1936, Gerardo Cesari soon became synonymous worldwide wines, located in Cavaion Veronese in the province of Verona, the Boscarel vineyard is comprised of morainic, alluvial soil. Back in the early Seventies, Cesari Amarone was one of […]

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September 8th 2017 – Château Malbec, Bordeaux (2014)

Château Malbec, Bordeaux (2014) Grapes: Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot Geography: Bordeaux, France Appellation: Bordeaux The diversity of the Château Malbec terroirs coupled with superb end-of-summer sunshine in 2014 meant grapes could be harvested at the peak of ripeness. A blend of 75% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Malbec planted on […]

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September 8th 2017 – Bodegas Oro, Bluegray (2014)

Bodegas Oro, Bluegray (2014) Grapes: Garnacha, Cariñena, and Cabernet Sauvignon Vintage year: 2014 Geography: Catalonia, Spain Appellation: Priorat Gil Family Estates and Orowines unify a series of interesting winery projects developed in Spain. The companies are located in different DO’s, each one with its own personality perfectly defined but working in excellent tuning with the […]

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September 1st 2017 – Château Mont-Thabor, Côtes du Rhône (2015)

Château Mont-Thabor, Côtes du Rhône (2015) Geography: Rhône Valley, France Appellation: Côtes du Rhône Château Mont Thabor was built in the 17th century, deriving it’s name from one of the most famous mountains of Galilee, Israel (widely mentioned in sacred writings for it’s strategic and religious importance). In 1881 Fritz Stehlin bought the estate, continued […]

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September 1st 2017 – Domaine de l’Herré, Sauvignon Blanc (2015)

Domaine de l’Herré, Sauvignon Blanc (2015) Geography: Southwest France, France Appellation: Floc de Gascogne Domaine de l’Herré is a superb and vast 130 hectares estate located in the heart of Gascony at the foot of the Pyrenees, South-West France. Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Gros Manseng wine varieties become magnificent in this region and offer excellent wines […]

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September 1st 2017 – Château des Bormettes, Château des Bormettes (2016)

Château des Bormettes, Château des Bormettes (2016) Geography: Provence, France Appellation: Côtes de Provence La Londe Château des Bormettes is located on the French Riviera, nestled in the heart of a nature preserve featuring ancient oak trees and views of the Mediterranean sea. The rocky soil, full of schist & quartz, Provence’s sunny climate, and […]

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August 25th 2017 – Moure Viños Artesans, Ribeira Sacra Mencía Tradición (2014)

Moure Viños Artesans, Ribeira Sacra Mencía Tradición (2014) Grape: Mencía Geography: Galicia, Spain Appellation: Ribeira Sacra In Galicia, the most green and humid area in the Northwest of Spain, there is a legendary, magic and mysterious land: The Ribeira Sacra, a land of extraordinary beauty and strong contrasts. Its deep river valleys combine clayed mineral-rich […]

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August 25th 2017 – Bodegas Õran, Flor (2014)

Bodegas Õran, Flor (2014) Grape: Tempranillo Geography: Extremadura, Spain Appellation: Ribera del Guadiana Flor is a Red still wine from the D.O. Ribera del Guadiana, made from a careful selection of Tempranillo variety grapes within the Matanegra region, a fresh area with clay soil that is characterized with a great capability of water retention. A […]

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August 25th 2017 – Bodegas Valdelosfrailes, Cigales Val Rosado (2016)

Bodegas Valdelosfrailes, Cigales Val Rosado (2016) Grapes: Tinta del País, Garnacha, and Verdejo Geography: Castilla y León, Spain Appellation: Cigales In the twelfth century the Cistercian monks arrived at the monastery of Palazuelos and implanted the vineyard in the area of Cubillas, Cigales, Mucientes, etc. Always around the great monastic center. Over the last years […]

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August 25th 2017 – Chan de Rosas, Rías Baixas Albariño (2016)

Chan de Rosas, Rías Baixas Albariño (2016) Grape: Albariño Geography: Galicia, Spain Appellation: Rías Baixas The experience and the knowledge he obtained of the area and the Albariño grape, led Marcos Lojo to the selection of 12 Salnés Valley winemakers with vineyards in privileged lands for the quality of grapes produced Albariña. These vineyards are […]

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August 18th 2017 – Agrina Doo, Fruška Gora Portuguiser (2016)

Agrina Doo, Fruška Gora Portuguiser (2016) Grape: Portugieser Geography: Serbia Known locally as Machkov Podrum, this winery changed its name at the behest of our portfolio director so that it would be easier to pronounce for the American market. Thus was born Agrina. This winery specializes in village wines; that’s to say, unpretentious, easy-to-drink, food-friendly […]