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crasto

January 30th – Quinta do Crasto, Late Bottled Vintage Port (2008)

Quinta do Crasto, Late Bottled Vintage Port (2008) Category: Wine — Fortified — Port Geography: Douro, Portugal Appellation: Porto Quinta do Crasto has been making wine for almost 400 years. Today, the estate is owned by the Roquette family. In 1910, Quinta do Crasto was purchased by Constantino de Almeida, founder of the Constantino Port […]

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January 29th – Benito Ferrara, Aglianico Vigna Quattro Confini (2013)

Benito Ferrara, Aglianico Vigna Quattro Confini (2013) Grape: Aglianico Geography: Campania, Italy Appellation: Irpinia Gabriella Ferrara manages this small estate, that has been in her family for many generations, together with her husband Sergio. The major part of the vineyards (5.5 hectares) stands in the district of San Paolo within the commune of Tufo. The […]

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January 29th – Domaine des Ouches, Bourgueil Rouge Cuvée 20 (2014)

Domaine des Ouches, Bourgueil Rouge Cuvée 20 (2014) Grape: Cabernet Franc Geography: Loire Valley, France Appellation: Bourgueil Domaine Des Ouches is located in the village of Ingrande, anciently called Igoranda, on the right bank of the Loire near the town of Bourgueil. The appellation Bourgueil, AOC since 1937. The Domaine des Ouches belongs to the […]

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January 29th – Celler del Roure, Valencia Cullerot Blanco (2014)

Celler del Roure, Valencia Cullerot Blanco (2014) Grape: Malvasia, Macabeo/Viura, Chardonnay, Pedro Ximenez, Verdil Geography: Valencia, Spain Appellation: Valencia Fruit of the effort to recover the winemaking tradition of this area of ​​the DO Valencia, the winery Celler del Roure has regained command and red variety Verdil variety of white grape. And the latter sample […]

Awestruck dry

January 23rd – AWESTRUCK Premiun Hard Cider EASTERN DRY

AWESTRUCK Premiun Hard Cider EASTERN DRY Awestruck Hard ciders are lovingly created, by hand, in small batches. We press a variety of New York State apples to craft beautifully balanced ciders with just the right combination of aromatic and tannin-rich fruit. A TRADITIONAL LIGHT CIDER This is our Eastern Dry Hard Cider – barely-sweet, light […]

Awestruck ginger

January 23rd – AWESTRUCK Premiun Hard Cider HIBISCUS GINGER

AWESTRUCK Premiun Hard Cider HIBISCUS GINGER Awestruck Hard ciders are lovingly created, by hand, in small batches. We press a variety of New York State apples to craft beautifully balanced ciders with just the right combination of aromatic and tannin-rich fruit. A ZINGY, REFRESHING CIDER As a result, inside this bottle you’ll find 750ml of […]

anko torrontes

January 22nd – Anko, Torrontes Los Cardones Salta (2013)

Anko, Torrontes Los Cardones Salta (2013) Grape: Torrontés Geography: Cafayate Salta, Argentina Anko means “high water” in the native Indian language of Salta, located in the northwest corner of Argentina. Cafayate’s intense sunshine and cold andean nights produce a bright, refreshing style of Torrontés, with intense floral aromatics, citrus fruit flavors and a stony minerality. […]

Monica

January 22nd – Il Nuraghe, Monica S. Bernardino (2013)

Il Nuraghe, Monica S. Bernardino (2013) Geography: Sardinia, Italy Appellation: Monica di Sardegna Grapes: Monica 85%, Bovale 15%. San Bernardino is the holy saint of of Mogoro village. LA MONICA It’s a varietal of Sardinian tradition, existing from the period of Spanish Aragon domination in Sardinia (about 1325 AC). It’s very popular in the island […]

anko malbec

January 22nd – Anko, Malbec Los Cardones Salta (2013)

Anko, Malbec Los Cardones Salta (2013) Grape: Malbec Geography: Salta, Argentina Wine Enthusiast quoted Anko winemaker Jeff Mausbach as follows: “Salta is a land of extremes—extreme beauty, extreme altitude, extreme sunlight. These extremes make for a singular expression of Malbec—powerful, structured wines with a savory minerality that is very different from other regions in Argentina.” […]

mottura

January 15th 2016 – Mottura, Orvieto Secco (2014) Italy

Mottura, Orvieto Secco (2014) Italy Grapes: Procanico 45%, Verdello 25%, Grechetto 20%, Rupeccio 10% Geography: Lazio, Italy Appellation: Orvieto Since 1933 the Mottura family has run this 320 acre agricultural estate which straddles the central Italian regions of Lazio and Umbria. The 110 acres of vineyards are located primarily on gentle hillside slopes. The volcanic […]

clos

January 15th 2016 – Clos de Caveau, Côtes du Rhône Les Bateliers (2014) France

Clos de Caveau, Côtes du Rhône Les Bateliers (2014) France Grapes: Grenache and Syrah Geography: Rhône Valley, France Appellation: Côtes du Rhône CLOS DE CAVEAU is a small 20h vineyard located 45mins north of Avignon and nestled in the foothills of the Dentelles de Montmirail, a UNESCO protected forest. This delightful wine is from a […]

pitray

January 15th 2016 – Château Pitray, Bordeaux (2011) France

Château Pitray, Bordeaux (2011) France Grapes: Merlot and Cabernet Franc Geography: Bordeaux, France The majestic estate of Château de Pitray has been in the de Boigne family for 600 years. Situated on the Gardegan plateau in the west of the Dordogne Valley, the property falls under the Côtes de Castillon appellation, but it lies just […]

Mustiguillo Mestizaje

January 8th 2016 – Bodegas Mustiguillo, Mestizaje Blanc (2014)

Bodegas Mustiguillo, Mestizaje Blanc (2014) Geography: Valencia, Spain Appellation: El Terrerazo The wine 75% Merseguera, 20% Viognier, 5% Malvasia Say it with us, mest-i-zah-hay. From the almost lost indigenous variety, Merseguera, these estate vines are grown organically at Finca Calvestra, at over 900 meters altitude. These vines were grafted onto existing Bobal vines (of over […]

La Bastide

January 8th 2016 – Château La Bastide, Syrah Vieilles Vignes (2013)

Château La Bastide, Syrah Vieilles Vignes (2013) Grape: Syrah Geography: Languedoc-Roussillon, France Nestled in a green setting surrounded by maritime essences , this impressive chateau which had already been mentioned in topographical layouts of 1770 and refurbished several times, offers a unique character . The owners, Anne-Marie et Guilhem DURAND, bought the property in 1989. […]

Ultraviolet

January 8th 2016 – Ultraviolet Wines, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (2013)

Ultraviolet Wines, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (2013) Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon Geography: California, United States Appellation: Napa Valley Single vineyard Cabernet from St Helena, made buy Sam Sheehan of Poe wines. This has 10% Merlot and is a concentrated but approachable Napa Cabernet that has spent 16 months in 40% new French oak. This rich Cabernet […]

brut_nature

December 18th 2015 – Alma Negra, Brut Nature, Argentina

Alma Negra, Brut Nature, Argentina Grapes: Malbec and Pinot Noir Geography: Mendoza, Argentina Appellation: Mendoza The expression of beauty is different in every soul, and there can be a dark, mysterious side. Alma Negra, which means dark soul, honors the unexplored depths of beauty in the shadows of our souls. The winery achieves this by […]

Santa Maria

December 18th 2015 – Podere Santa Maria Falanghina (2014) Terre Irpine IGP

Podere Santa Maria Falanghina (2014) Terre Irpine IGP Grape: Falanghina Region: Campania Sub-Region: Irpinia Producer: Podere Santa Maria The wine is quite rich for its type. Good ripe flavors with excellent acidity and a sapid mineral finish that is quite persistent but clean and pleasant. Tasting Characteristics Straw yellow in color with green highlights, aromas […]

Americano

December 18th 2015 – Americano, Petite Sirah (2011)

Americano, Petite Sirah (2011) Grape: Petite Sirah Geography: California, United States Appellation: Lodi As a member of the fourth generation of Sebastianis in the wine industry, Donny Sebastiani, proudly offer this Petite Sirah as a tribute to his great-grandfather, Samuele. Big. Bold. Americano. Notes Americano 2011 Petite Sirah explodes out of the glass with bold […]

Alberdi

December 18th 2015 – Rioja Reserva Viña Alberdi (2009) La Rioja Alta

Rioja Reserva Viña Alberdi (2009) La Rioja Alta Grape: Tempranillo Geography: Rioja, Spain Appellation: Rioja One of the great old estates of Rioja, La Rioja Alta began in 1890 when five Riojan and Basque families merged their vineyard holdings and established a winery in Haro (relocated in 1996 to be closer to the vineyards in […]

Max Sauv

December 11th 2015 – Errazuriz, Max Reserva Sauvignon Blanc (2015)

Errazuriz, Max Reserva Sauvignon Blanc (2015) Grape: Sauvignon Blanc Geography: Aconcagua, Chile Appellation: Valle de Casablanca Don Maximiano Errazuriz founded Viña Errazuriz in 1870 in the Aconcagua Valley, 65 miles north of the capital, Santiago. Recognizing that this valley, with its hot, dry summers and cool Pacific Ocean breezes, was ideal for growing grapes, Don […]