2016 DIVISION-VILLAGES “LES PETITS FERS” GAMAY NOIR (WILLAMETTE VALLEY, OR)
We are downright freaking obsessed with the Gamay grape at the moment, and we won’t stop until you’re joining us in drinking red wine straight from the fridge at the end of a hot day.
Gamay has it all – a wonderful, fresh, grape-y flavor and lots of acid. It’s a perfect pairing for summer noshing – cheese and crackers, prosciutto, and the like – but also tastes great with pizza off the grill or a big, juicy burger. The possibilities are endless. And yes, it really does taste best with a chill on it.
There is a lot of really cool wine coming out of South Africa right now. Once known for their dedication to the polarizing Pinotage grape, the country’s winemakers are diversifying their offerings and experiencing with varietal, terroir, and production techniques. The resulting wines are intriguing, palate-friendly, and most importantly, wallet-friendly as well.
There is so much that we can tell you about the 2015 Ayres Pinot Noir, but here is one of the most important things to know: our sales associate David, who lives and breaths French wine, believes that this Oregon stunner is one of the best under $30 Pinot Noirs on the market. Period.
2013 HUBERT BOUZEREAU-GRUERE et FILLES “LES TILLETS” MEURSAULT (BURGUNDY, FR)
White Burgundy seems to be made for Spring meals. Picture sitting down to a meal of citrusy salmon, barely cooked asparagus, new potatoes, and a glass of chilled, Old World-style Chardonnay. Nothing shakes off the winter blahs like that scene!
Hubert Bouzereau is the 7th generation of winemakers in his family, and he passed his love of farming and wine down to his daughters, Marie-Laure and Marie-Anne. Together they created Domaine Bouzereau-Gruere et Filles in 2001.
Their wines pay homage to the old vines that constitute their estate, and they make wines with well-balanced minerality and aromatic purity. And, of course, vibrant acidity runs throughout their offerings.
While these wines do see some light oak aging, the oak influence is not greatly felt throughout the palate. Instead, they are fresh and bright, with sweet fruit on the palate and the region’s tell-tale peanut finish. This is a pretty wine, and a perfect one to have in your glass to welcome Spring!
We have very limited quantities of this wine. Click the “Buy Now” button now to ensure your order is filled!
2014 DOMAINE JOSEPH VOILLAT VIEILLES VIGNES PINOT NOIR
Try as we might, we just can’t drag our taste buds away from Burgundy. The more we drink it, the more we love it. But having a love affair with Burgundy can be an expensive proposition. That’s why we like this week’s Spotlight wine even more – all the quality with none of the price. Especially with this week’s six-bottle case discount of 25% bringing the bottle price down to just $25.50 a bottle!
Domaine Joseph Voillat’s estate has been in the same family for five generations, and their careful winemaking techniques have been passed down with each turning of the guard. The vineyards are spread over twenty acres across the famous Burgundy sub-regions of Volnay, Pommard, Meursault, and Beaune.
This wine sources old vine grapes from Volnay and Pommard. The resulting wine is brightly flavored with fresh herbs and raspberry. Despite being light on its feet, it has a rich and well-integrated mouth feel, meaning you’ll love it on it’s own, but it will pair well with dinner too.
If you’re craving a pop and pour Burgundy that leaves money in your wallet, stock up today’s wine by clicking the Buy Now button below!
Regular Price: $34/bottle
15% per Bottle Discount: $28.90/bottle
25% Case Discount (Six Bottle Case): $153 ($51 savings at $25.50 a bottle) *That’s like buy 3, Get 1 Free!
If you want the honest truth, Spring is kind of pissing us off. It was the hail in April that did it. Then one pretty day to give a little hope and now, bam. A week of cloudy, rainy weather on its way again. Spring needs a jump start, and we’ve got just the wine to make that happen.
2014 JEAN DAVID “CUVÉE BEAU NEZ” SEGURET (CÔTES DU RHONE, FR)
This is such a pretty, unassuming wine, that’s it’s easy to miss it’s complexity. “Beau Nez” means beautiful nose, which refers to the rich aromas of black fruit, licorice, and kirsch.
Winemaker Jean David (that’s him on the label with his self-described red nose and red pom pom hat!) was originally hesitant to begin farming organically, but his son convinced him that his wine would be the better for it. Now organically farmed and wild yeast fermented in cement vats with no added sulfites, this wine has found fame thanks to its alluring natural wine appeal. It seems his son was correct after all!
The nose is indeed beautiful, but the flavors are no slouch themselves. It’s reminiscent of spicy black cherry compote, with noticeable acidity and smooth tannins. This wine showcases the best of the Côtes Du Rhone – an enjoyable treasure that lacks intimidation in presentation or price! At just over $20 a bottle, you’ll feel no guilt slurping this one down with slice of pizza!
Regular Price: $30 15% off per bottle: $25.50
25% off Four Bottles: $90 ($30 savings at $22.50/bottle) That’s Like Buy 3, Get 1 Free!
When TJ and I got married in 2004, we served the Swanson Vineyards “Alexis” as our wedding wine. Ever since, we’ve had a soft spot in our hearts for this iconic Napa winery, but we’ve never carried them in the store before. Happily for all of us, Swanson’s quality wines are now on our shelves.
Swanson’s Merlot is blended with 19% Cabernet and 2% Petit Verdot, which helps this robust and round wine from becoming too jammy or sweet. The 2013 has a gorgeous deep purple color, with signature cocoa and black cherry fruit aromas. The palate of the wine is both complex and delicious, with elements of cedar and mocha, and nice big tannins. This is a premier Merlot made by one of Napa’s best winemakers, Chris Phelps, who came to Swanson by way of Chateau Petrus and Dominus.
Terroir, pedigree, flavor, and complexity – this wine has it all, but as you can see from the offer below, doesn’t come with the expected big price tag. It’s just $24 a bottle! Click the “Buy Now” button below to be connected with Brian in our Special Orders Department!
Regular Price: $32/bottle
15% per Bottle Discount: $27.20/bottle
25% four-bottle Discount: $144 ($48 savings at $24 a bottle) *That’s like buy 3, Get 1 Free!
1999 GIORGIO PELISSERO “ANNATA” BARBARESCO (PIEDMONT, ITALY)
Nebbiolo is hands-down TJ’s favorite varietal and he has a passion for Barbaresco, which is often considered more approachable and feminine in style than its big brother Barolo. The knock on Nebbiolo is that it can take a long time to be ready to drink, especially Barolo. At lot of us just don’t have the patience to let these wines mellow out.
South Africa is doing absolutely incredible things with Chenin Blanc, and these wines are fast becoming our new wine obsession. For those of you picturing your grandmother’s sweet Chenins of yesteryear, you can’t imagine how much these wines have changed over the decades. They are now lovely and balanced, with wonderful aromatics and a vibrant palate.
This wine from Alheit Vineyards in the Western Cape region of South Africa is 89% Chenin Blanc and 11% Semillon, the famous Bordeaux grape. It has aromas of honey and lime tropical notes, and a lovely bees wax quality on the finish. TJ’s tasting note is just one word – “AWESOME.” As for me, my mouth is watering just thinking about drinking this wine.
Chenin Blanc will continue to be a hot wine trend in 2017. Get yours on sale this week!
Regular Price: $55 15% off per bottle: $46.75
25% off Four Bottles: $165 ($55 savings at $41.25/bottle) That’s Like Buy 3, Get 1 Free!