December 2014

Discovery

2013 Faustino Rivero Ulecia White Label Tempranillo

Fruity, light and very approachable Tempranillo from Rioja, in northern Spain. Aromas of red berries and anise. Bright on the palate with red berry fruit and a hint of spice. Soft, supple and extremely sippable. A gorgeous accompaniment to wild mushroom risotto.

Cleopatra’s Pearls

2012 Red Autumn Chardonnay

Delightfully delicious Chardonnay in the classic California style, with plenty of oaky spice and buttery smoothness. Golden pear aromas mingle with lemongrass in the bouquet, leading to a palate of sultry pineapple and mango kissed by sweet baking spice. Beautiful, full-bodied white wine to enjoy as the temperature drops, perhaps with chicken casserole.

Treasured Rubies

2012 Collegiata Montepulciano d’Abruzzo

Ripe, juicy Montepulciano from Abruzzo, in east-central Italy, that’s a whole lot of wine for the money. Aromas of red cherries abound on the nose, while nuances of almonds appear behind raspberries and red currants on the palate. Perfect with grilled soy-glazed pork chops.

Patrician

2012 Vigilance Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc can achieve ideal ripeness and acid balance in Red Hills AVA, where the summer heat is tempered by the cool breeze off of Clear Lake. A blend of three vineyard lots from this corner of Lake County, California, with aromas of fresh melon and lemongrass. Crisp, refreshing grapefruit flavors lead to a velvety finish. Amazing with garlicky shellfish pasta.

Wondrous Whites

2012 Castoro Cellars Chardonnay

A beautiful collage of tropical and citrus flavors steal the show in this Chardonnay from Paso Robles, California. Meyer lemon, pineapple, apricot, and passion fruit meld with aromas of vanilla, pear and apple. A couple of months in French oak adds a hint of baking spice. Try it alongside grilled chicken over creamy fettuccine Alfredo to warm up the coldest winter evening.

Regal Reds

2013 Barkan Vineyards Classic Cabernet Sauvignon

This aromatic and intense Cabernet Sauvignon was sourced from estate vineyards in the Galilee, the region best suited for viticulture in Israel, where winemaking has a 3000-year history. Full-bodied flavors of cassis and oaky spice make this a great companion for steak.

Aristocrat

2013 Hugo Grüner Veltliner

Grüner Veltliner is the most-planted grape in Austria, where it makes up the bulk of that nation’s wine production. This is a classic take on the grape, displaying delicate, fresh green apple aromas with herbaceous hints. Flavors of lemon, lime and peach, with beautiful length and minerality on the finish. Ideal with seafood, like poached salmon with beurre blanc.

American Beauties

2012 Santa Barbara Winery Pinot Noir

Sourced from vineyards in the Sta. Rita Hills AVA in Santa Barbara County, one of the finest growing regions in California for quality Pinot Noir. Fruit-forward and accessible, with flavors and aromas of black cherry, strawberry, violets and black tea. Try it with roast duck!

European Classics

2012 Clos des Miran Cuvée Spéciale Côtes du Rhône Rouge

An aromatic red blend of Grenache and Syrah from France’s southern Rhône Valley. Fresh and lively, with loads of berry fruit, a peppery nose and a hint of herbes de Provence. Perfect wine for partnering with hearty casseroles, sausages, pasta or cheese fondue.

Ultimate

2013 Calera Central Coast Chardonnay

A blend of Chardonnay sourced from vineyard sites across California’s Central Coast AVA. Ripe peach, star fruit and floral notes waft from the glass. Flavors of tropical fruit, Honeycrisp apple, nectarine and hints of sweet oak. A real treat with homemade lobster rolls!

The Bubbles

NV Roger Coulon Premier Cru Grande Tradition Champagne

Gorgeous grower Champagne! 50% Pinot Meunier, 25% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay from vineyards situated in the Premier Cru villages of Vrigny, Coulommes and Pargny. Aged 3 years prior to disgorgement and modest dosage. Fresh and floral, yet still lush and full-bodied.

Cellar Master

2010 Copain Les Voisins Pinot Noir

Beautifully aromatic Pinot Noir from the “deep end” of Mendocino County’s Anderson Valley, the coolest part of this 18-mile growing region in northern California. Earth and spice decorate the bouquet, while the palate is all ripe red cherries and silky tannins. Medium-bodied with bright acidity, this is stunning with crabmeat- and wild mushroom-stuffed veal roulade.

 

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