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January 19th 2018 – Kanonkop, Stellenbosch Pinotage (2015)

Kanonkop, Stellenbosch Pinotage (2015) Geography: Western Cape, South Africa Appellation: Stellenbosch Features: Sustainable, Vegan Kanonkop derives its name from the “kopje” (hill) from which a cannon was fired to alert surrounding farmers of trading ships stopping in Cape Town. This was some 300 years ago, but the farm continues to reverberate with the sounds of […]

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January 19th 2018 – Glenelly Estate, Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon Glass Collection (2014)

Glenelly Estate, Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon Glass Collection (2014) Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon Geography: Western Cape, South Africa Appellation: Stellenbosch Glenelly Estate is located on the southern slopes of the Simonsberg in Stellenbosch. Originally granted to a French Huguenot by Cape governor Simon van der Stel in the late seventeenth century, It was purchased in 1865 by […]

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January 19th 2018 – Terre Brûlée, Swartland Le Blanc (2016)

Terre Brûlée, Swartland Le Blanc (2016) Grape: Chenin Blanc Geography: Western Cape, South Africa Appellation: Swartland Vincent Carême of Domaine Vincent Carême in the Loire Valley, brings his expertise and techniques from France to Swartland in this flagship bottling of which 2014 marks the second vintage. Vincent is passionate about Chenin Blanc, making several styles […]

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January 12th 2018 – Ciu Ciu, Offida Pecorino Merlettaie (2015)

Ciu Ciu, Offida Pecorino Merlettaie (2015) Grape: Pecorino Geography: Marche, Italy Appellation: Offida Pecorino The lace workers of Offida weave together the threads, with precise and quick movement of their fingers. They are the last witnesses of a precious art of ancient origin… so it is the origin of Pecorino, a noble Italic, austere, harsh […]

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January 12th 2018 – Mustilli, Sannio Aglianico (2015)

Mustilli, Sannio Aglianico (2015) Grape: Aglianico Geography: Campania, Italy Appellation: Sannio VINIFICATION AND REFINEMENT Grape of the Pozzillo vineyard in the municipality of Sant’Agata dei Goti, selected and harvested by hand. Fermentation in steel at controlled temperature for about two weeks with subsequent malolactic fermentation. Aging in steel and a small part in French oak […]

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January 12th 2018 – Antica Tenuta Pietramore, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo (2015)

Antica Tenuta Pietramore, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo (2015) Grape: Montepulciano Geography: Abruzzo, Italy Appellation: Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Wine expresses a delicate equilibrium that harmonises the sky, the earth and mankind. Biodynamic agriculture, regard for the environment and the cyclical nature of life. PRODUCTION AREA Province of Chieti and Province of Teramo TYPE OF LAND of medium clay mixture […]

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January 5th 2018 – Gota Wine, Dão Prunus Tinto Private Selection (2015)

Gota Wine, Dão Prunus Tinto Private Selection (2015) Grapes: Jaen, Tinta Roriz and Alfrocheiro Preto Geography: Dão, Portugal Appellation: Dão Prunus red 2015 From the Dao DOC in North-Central Portugal, this is a blend of 80% Jaen (same grape as Mencia in Spain, 10% Tinta Roriz (same grape as Tempranillo), 5% Alfrocheiro, and 5% other […]

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January 5th 2018 – Marques de Tomares, Rioja Excellence (2015)

Marques de Tomares, Rioja Excellence (2015) Grape: Tempranillo Geography: Rioja, Spain Appellation: Rioja Marquis of Tomares It is a family winery, whose beginnings date back to 1910 when “The grandfather D. Román Montaña” began to devote himself to the elaboration and aging of wines, being the founder of a saga of master craftsmen in wines, […]

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January 5th 2018 – Gota Wine, Dão Prunus Branco Private Selection (2016)

Gota Wine, Dão Prunus Branco Private Selection (2016) Grapes: Encruzado, Bical, Malvasia Fina, and Cerceal Branco Geography: Beiras, Portugal Appellation: Dão HISTORY Gota, Lda started in 2010 in response to growing demand for Portuguese wines. Portugal is writing a new chapter in its wine history, marrying rich tradition with modern thinking to produce fresh, flavoursome […]

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December 22nd 2017 – Martinčič, Modra Frankinja (2015)

Martinčič, Modra Frankinja (2015) Grape: Blaufränkisch Geography: Posavje, Slovenia The Wines of Slovenia Sitting at the crossroads of many an empire and country that has come and gone, Slovenia has been quietly making high-class wines for over two millenia with many of the current wineries founded as far back as the 1500’s. Notes: 1 Liter […]

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December 22nd 2017 – DOQI, Kisi Qvevri (2015)

DOQI, Kisi Qvevri (2015) Grape: Kisi Geography: Kakheti, Georgia Features: Orange wine The Wines of Georgia At the crossroads of Western Asia and Eastern Europe, Georgia is considered the homeland of viticulture and winemaking. New levels of investment have allowed Georgian producers to improve quality through modernization and innovation while reviving the region’s ancient winemaking […]

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December 22nd 2017 – Gilvesy Winery, Bohém Cuvée (2015)

Gilvesy Winery, Bohém Cuvée (2015) Grapes: Olaszrizling, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Gris Geography: Transdanubia, Hungary The Wines of Hungary For centuries, Hungary has been home to some of the most prized wines on earth. Again today, this rich winegrowing culture is a hotbed of innovation, a magnet for international investment and talent, and the […]

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December 15th 2017 – Bouchard Aîné & Fils, Mâcon-Villages (2015)

Bouchard Aîné & Fils, Mâcon-Villages (2015) Grape: Chardonnay Geography: Burgundy, France Appellation: Mâcon-Villages When Michel Bouchard settled in Burgundy in 1731 to set up a flourishing enterprise in the fabric trade followed by branching out to become a wine broker, he laid down the family’s Burgundian roots. In 1750, his eldest son, Joseph, followed his […]

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December 15th 2017 – Monteverro, Verruzzo Red Blend (2013)

Monteverro, Verruzzo Red Blend (2013) Grapes: Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Sangiovese Geography: Tuscany, Italy Appellation: Toscana Terra di Monteverro is a Cuvée with abundant aromas of fresh herbs, such as thyme and rosemary, balanced by black currants and sour cherry. Toasted notes of tobacco are accented by subtle mineral nuances. A velvety wine […]

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December 15th 2017 – Château Barreyres, Bordeaux Rouge (2011)

Château Barreyres, Bordeaux Rouge (2011) Grapes: Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon Vintage year: 2011 Geography: Bordeaux, France Appellation: Haut-Médoc This Cru Bourgeois from Haut-Médoc from Château Barreyres is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, each accounting for one half. The vineyard is located between the town of Arcins and the Gironde, thus satisfying the saying […]

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December 15th 2017 – Smith & Perry, Pinot Noir (2015)

Smith & Perry, Pinot Noir (2015) Grape: Pinot Noir Geography: Oregon, United States PIONEERS ABSALOM SMITH & WILLIAM PERRY realized the fertile promise of the Oregon territory more than a century ago. This balanced Pinot Noir captures the land’s character with bright red fruit and floral aromas—perfect for toasting adventures past, present and future. This […]

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December 8th 2017 – Wölffer Estate Vineyard, Long Island Classic White (2016)

Wölffer Estate Vineyard, Long Island Classic White (2016) Grapes: Chardonnay and Riesling Geography: New York, United States Appellation: Long Island Wölffer Estate Vineyard is unquestionably a beautiful place. But the creation of it spanned over three decades and required a creative vision, an ability to bring dreams to reality and a great deal of dedicated […]

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December 8th 2017 – Francesc Sanchez Bas, Cellers De La Cartoixa Montsalvat (2010)

Francesc Sanchez Bas, Cellers De La Cartoixa Montsalvat (2010) Grape: Garnacha Geography: Catalonia, Spain Appellation: Priorat Winery Overview Francesc Sanchez Bas is an agricultural engineer who certifies organic viticultural practices for the Spanish government and teaches agriculture at the University of Tarragona. He owns the vineyards that formerly supplied old-vine grapes to the winery Fra […]

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December 8th 2017 – Leone de Castris, Salice Salentino Rosso Riserva (2014)

Leone de Castris, Salice Salentino Rosso Riserva (2014) Grapes: Negroamaro and Malvasia Nera Geography: Puglia, Italy Appellation: Salice Salentino Leone de Castris specializes in traditional wines. This exceptional wine commemorates the winery’s 50th anniversary vintage, or “vendemmia,” which has been featured on the label since 2004. This wine is made from hand-harvested, select grapes from […]

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December 8th 2017 – Château de Montfaucon, Lirac Baron Louis Rouge (2013)

Château de Montfaucon, Lirac Baron Louis Rouge (2013) Grapes: Syrah, Cinsault, Carignan, and Mourvèdre Geography: Rhône Valley, France Appellation: Lirac Montfaucon is located opposite to Châteauneuf-du-Pape, just across the Rhône River. The vineyards are spread out between Montfaucon and the two neighbouring towns, Roquemaure and St Genies de Comolas. The original 18 hectares (1995) of […]