7 Moons Red Blend comes out of California’s Central Coast and Lodi regions. A heady, rich blend of 7 grapes (Syrah, Merlot, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, and Grenache), 7 Moons is just what you’d expect: tons of cascading dark fruit aromas and flavors in a smooth, soft, fruity style. Great BBQ or party wine. 13.00
Chateau de Berne Inspiration, 2017 is the product of Grenache Noir, Cinsault, and Syrah from near the Mediterranean coast of France. Subtle, but tangy cranberry, cherry, and pomegranate. Outstanding fresh fruit flavors in a classy rose. 20.00
Urban Provence 2017 Rose is a blend of Greanche, Cinsault and Syrah produced just thirty minutes from Saint-Tropez–the French Riviera. Elegant raspberry, strawberry and pepper combine with some tart cherry notes to create a nicely balanced wine–perfect for seafood or charcuterie. 23.00
Moet & Chandon Nectar Imperial is a heavenly blend of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, and Chardonnay grapes. What makes it stand out from the other Champagnes from Moet & Chandon is that it is NOT dry. In fact, Nectar (as the name implies) falls into the demi-sec (slightly sweet) category. Think tropical fruit, peach, and honey–or just think “Nectar”. A sublime bubbly if you are looking for a change from bone-dry (brut/natural) Champagne. 60.00
Moet & Chandon Nectar Imperial
Ravenswood Teldeschi Zinfandel, 2015, is a reminder of just how amazing a good Zinfandel can be. Sourced exclusively from the Teldeschi Vineyard in Dry Creek, this Zin will knock your socks off with its blue fruits, dark berry and chocolate, and peppery notes. Bring on the ribeye. 39.00
2015 Ravenswood Teldeschi Zinfandel
Leese-Fitch manages to do it again: make solid wines at everyday low prices. Twelve bucks with get you into the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon (78%)…the rest being an exotic combination other red varietals. Bottom line: great crowd-pleaser–perfect for a house wine. 12.00
Leese-Fitch Cabernet & Firehouse Red Wine
The other new release I just is Leese-Fitch Firehouse Red Wine (Petite Sirah, Zin, Merlot, Mourvedre, Syrah and Tempranillo). With all those varietals, Firehouse should be a mouthfull–and it is! 12.00
Just the words “Asti” and “Prosecco” bring to mind bubbly delight. Add the Martini name to the mix and you’ve got yourself a couple of Italian classics.
Martini Collezione Speciale Asti is a sweet Spumante from the Piedmont region of Northeastern Italy–known for its impressive, robust reds–AND its famously fun Asti Spumante. Based on 100% Moscato Blanco, this little Asti Spumante will remind of nothing so much as dessert in a glass. Fun, but light, too, Asti comes in at only 7.5% abv. 25.00
Martini Collezione Speciale Asti Spumante & Prosecco
Matini Collezione Speciale Prosecco originates in the Veneto/Friuli region in Italy’s Northwest–the product of 100% Glera grapes.Aromatic, refreshing and Extra Dry (less dry than “Dry”….I know). In a word, Martini’s Prosecco makes the perfect aperitif..and just 11.5% abv 25.00
Game of Thrones Pinot Noir might be trading on the name of the mega-series–but who cares when this cool Oregon pinot delivers estate grown fruit from the Willamette Valley. Premium fruit, and time in quality oak produced rich fruit aromas with notes of spice, vanilla and toasty oak. Game of Thrones Pinot Noir is no mythical fantasy. 20.00
2016 Game of Thrones Pinot Noir
Every time I taste a wine from Sardinia I ask my myself why I don’t visit them more often. Sella & Mosca’s Cannonau di Sardegna is no exception. BTW, “Cannonau” is the Sardinian designation for Grenache (or “Garnacha” in Spain.) Whatever you call it, expect to be treated to rich red tones in the glass, a hint of violets on the nose is followed by warm, plum flavors on the palate. Put a taste of the Mediterranean in your glass without leaving the country. A deal at about 16.00.
Sella & Mosca Cannonau de Sardegna Reserva 2014
La Kiuva Rouge de Vallee is a blend of Sardinian grapes (largely Nebbiolo). Light ruby color, intense aromas of red fruit and spice, and a dry, tannic finish. The perfect wine for pizza or pasta. Drink like an Italian for 15.00.
La Kiuva Rouge de Vallee
2015 Lucas & Lewellen Pinot Noir. Santa Barbara County
A nice California for twenty bucks? You betcha: 2015 Lucas & Lewellen Pinot Noir. This little beauty from Santa Barbara County benefits from first class vineyards and the cooling breezes of the nearby Pacific. Burgundian in style, L&L Pinot shows lively red fruit in tandem with well balanced acidity. ‘Nough said. 20.00
I have long been a sucker for Gewurztraminer–hard to find one I don’t like–and when it comes to Alsatian Gewurztraminer, what’s not to like. These three beauties illustrate the diversity and complexity of the little grape with the big name.
2016 Beck-Hartweg Gewurztraminer comes from a small historic (back to 1590) winery. Expect delicate aromas, a fruity palate, and a clean finish. 20.00
2016 Meyer-Fonne Gewurztraminer is a relative newbie in the business (only three generations). Complex aromas evolve on the palate as ripe fruit and honey notes emerge. 24.00
Barmes Buecher Gewurztraminer Tradition 2012 carries on a long tradition indeed–going back to the 17th century. Rich, sensuous and intense, Barmes Buecher, makes a big impression with its tangy finish. 31.00
Beck-Hartweg, Barmes Buecher & Meyer-Fonne Gewurztraminers