From the Vine

From the Vine

May 2017 Urban Sampler

“It’s a Rosé Soirée!

Four great bottles of wine handpicked by our staff, always $50

This May it’s a Rosé Soirée, and just in time for Mother’s Day! The country that comes immediately to the fore, boasting a multi-hued range of pink wine would be none other than France and her Mediterranean Coast! From Roussillon to Rhone, the Pyrenees to Provence – there is no larger garden of rosés. This sampler of Rosé Mediterranée is sure to offer a little something for everyone and all of your spring-time affairs!

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Guess Who’s Back?

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I am. I am back!

It’s been approximately 365 days since I wrote on this blog in any serious, substantial way. I have hated ignoring the blog, but the process of writing Drink Progressively, our wine education and food pairing book out this fall, was creatively draining. Even on the days when I wasn’t writing the book, it was like a soul-sucking creature looming over my every move (I promise it’s going to be great despite that last sentence!). But it’s done, and I’m free to remember the joy of writing a quick little something every morning on the blog.

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SPOTLIGHT WINE: 2013 HUBERT BOUZEREAU-GRUERE et FILLES “LES TILLETS” MEURSAULT

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!

Regular Price: $60/bottle

15% per Bottle Discount: $51/bottle

25% 6-bottle Case Discount: $270 ($45 a bottle)

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SPOTLIGHT WINE: 2014 DOMAINE JOSEPH VOILLAT VIEILLES VIGNES PINOT NOIR

2014 DOMAINE JOSEPH VOILLAT VIEILLES VIGNES PINOT NOIR

(BURGUNDY, FR)

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!

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April 2017 Urban Sampler

 “Fritalian Face-Off: Savoie Vs. Sicily”

Four great bottles of wine handpicked by our staff, always $50

Bigger than David and Goliath? More like Goliath vs. Goliath. Two of the world’s most classic regions are facing off in April’s Urban Sampler: France and Italy, Savoie Vs. Sicily. In one corner we have Savoie, wines offer compelling flavor profiles and great aging potential. These are food-friendly, unusual wines for those of us who are bold enough to, occasionally, venture off-piste. In the other corner we have Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea and the island’s inhabitants have been drinking wine as far back as the 17th century B.C.

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SPOTLIGHT: 2014 JEAN DAVID “CUVÉE BEAU NEZ” SEGURET

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!

 

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SPOTLIGHT WINE: 2013 SWANSON VINEYARDS MERLOT

2013 SWANSON VINEYARDS MERLOT

(NAPA VALLEY, CA)

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!

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