July 2014

Discovery

2013 Domaine de Pellehaut Harmonie de Gascogne Blanc

A veritable tour of Gascony’s white grapes, this is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Colombard, Ugni Blanc, Chardonnay, Gros Manseng and Petit Manseng. It’s bright, citrusy and floral, with brisk acidity and subtle minerality. Simply delicious with spicy grilled chicken.

Cleopatra’s Pearls

2013 Frontera Specialties Pedro Jimenez

In Chile, Pedro Jimenez is grown primarily for Pisco and communion wine. Rarely is it turned into a wine of this quality! Fresh grapefruit and lime on the nose, and juicy fruit flavors of tangerine and apricot. Fun and fruity, a great companion for lighter summer fare.

Treasured Rubies

2012 Siciliana Nero d’Avola

Nero d’Avola is the most-planted red wine grape in Sicily, from which this bottling takes its name. Nero loves the hot Mediterranean climate, which allows it to achieve maximum ripeness for full-bodied, well-rounded drinkability. Its plush, plummy, layered dark fruit melds seamlessly with fine tannins, making this a great cocktail red that’ll work overtime on pizza night!

Patrician

2012 The Curator White

This intriguing South African blend of Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay and Semillon is likely to become your new favorite summertime wine! Aromas of lemon candy, stone fruits and white flowers are lifted by exotic notes of honey, vanilla and baking spice. Fruity and silky, lively and complex, this is delicious wine to enjoy on its own or with grilled shellfish.

Wondrous Whites

2012 La Galope Sauvignon Blanc

Fresh, citrusy Sauvignon Blanc from the heart of Gascony in southwest France. Passion fruit and grapefruit notes frame the bouquet, accented by a subtle grassy quality. The palate is crisp and dry, with well-balanced acidity and a hint of minerality on the finish. Enjoy this intensely aromatic dry wine any time, by itself or with chilled seafood salad.

Regal Reds

2012 ágil Tinto

Known for blends of native grapes with few influences from more global varieties, Portugal is making a name for itself in the modern wine world without sacrificing tradition and history. This is a red blend of old-vine, hand-tended Aragonês, Trincadeira, & Syrah with intense dark berry fruit, a little spice and well-integrated tannins. Grill some sausages and enjoy!

Aristocrat

2012 Paul D Zweigelt

Paul Direder is not yet 25 years old, and 2014 will represent his seventh vintage crafting top-quality Austrian wines. His Zweigelt is very aromatic, with lively violet and jammy raspberry aromas. Clean, spicy and pure, with fresh acidity through the finish—and since it’s a 1-liter bottle, that finish comes later, letting you enjoy more of your new favorite BBQ wine.

American Beauties

2013 Kings Ridge Riesling

Most of the grapes for this Riesling are sourced from one of the oldest vineyards in Oregon, planted in the Willamette Valley in 1968. This old-vine fruit adds depth and complexity without sacrificing the fresh, vibrant green apple, white flower and peach notes Riesling comes by naturally. Dry and delicious, pair this with your favorite grilled fish this summer!

European Classics

2011 Hillinger First Hill White

In addition to world-class Pinot Noir, Austria makes some wonderful white wines like this light and fresh cuvée of 70% Sauvignon Blanc, 20% Welschriesling and 10% Grüner Veltliner. Fresh, fruity and floral on the nose, with green apple and pear notes kissed by a hint of pepper. The palate is well-balanced, with bright acidity elevating all that fruit. Wonderful with crab legs!

Ultimate

2012 Casillero del Diablo Legendary Collection Red Blend

Casillero del Diablo crafted this Chilean red blend to commemorate Manchester United’s legendary football (that’s soccer) team. 90% Cabernet, 10% Carmenere. Concentrated aromas of plums, black cherries, cassis and cocoa. Grilled a ribeye, turn on the footie and enjoy!

The Bubbles

NV Cruzat Clásico Brut

A bubbly blend of 60% Pinot and 40% Chardonnay from Argentina. “Método tradicional” means this sparkler is made like true Champagne, where the secondary fermentation (that’s where the bubbles come from) happens in-bottle. The Pinot offers soft tropical fruit with a layer of creaminess, while the Chardonnay provides a burst of citrus and bright acidity.

Cellar Master

2009 Kanonkop Pinotage

Pinotage is South Africa’s signature red grape, a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault (locally known as “Hermitage,” hence the portmanteau) bred to thrive in the unique climate of the Cape of Good Hope. Complex wine from 59-year-old bush vines, with red fruit flavors, hints of earth and spice, and elegant, ripe tannins. Ideal with spicy tandoori-style lamb kebabs.

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