July 2015


2013 Anakena Pinot Noir

We’re seeing more and more great-value Pinot Noir coming out of South America, like this bottling from Chile’s San Antonio Valley. Sweetly aromatic fresh cherry fruit and a hint of spice. On the palate, cherries and berries are braced by subtle tannins and earthy notes. One of the great things about Pinot Noir is its versatility. Pair with anything from salmon to roast beef.

Cleopatra’s Pearls

2013 Pata Negra Verdejo

Verdejo thrives in western Spain’s Rueda region, where hot days and cool nights make for wonderfully ripe but balanced white wines. The palate is brimming with grapefruit, mango, pear and herbaceous notes. Sheer and citrusy on the finish, with cleansing acidity. Delicious by itself, this wine also pairs well with everything from fruit salad to grilled fish.

Treasured Rubies

2013 Fragosa Douro Tinto

Today’s Portuguese lesson begins above. Fragosa is the name of the winery. Douro (say: DOH-roo) is the river valley home to the vineyards that grew the Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz and Touriga Franca that make up the blend, and Tinto means “red.” Deep, dark fruit with nice weight. Try it with grilled lamb.


2013 Marchese Guadagni Orvieto Classico Superiore

Classic white wine from Umbria, in central Italy, with traditional grapes Trebbiano (50%) and Grechetto (30%) rounded out by Chardonnay (10%) and Sauvignon Blanc (10%). Aromas of green apple, pear and hints of hibiscus. Refreshing with cool summer vegetable soup.

Wondrous Whites

2014 Domaine Paul Buisse Touraine Sauvignon

Sauvignon Blanc from vineyards lining the hillsides surrounding the Loire River, in central France’s Touraine region. Delicately fruity and aromatic, with white peaches, acacia blossom and lemongrass. Delicious with lighter summer seafood dishes.

Regal Reds

2012 Ercavio Tempranillo Roble

100% Tempranillo (called Cencibel in Castilla-La Mancha) fermented in concrete amphorae and aged 6 months in French and American oak. Aromas of dark fruits, black pepper and even a bit of licorice. On the palate, the wine has gobs of blackberry and currant flavors balanced with wild herb undertones. A can’t-miss pairing with smoked beef brisket.


2013 Coto de Hayas Garnacha Centenaria

Garnacha from 100+ year-old vines in Campo de Borja, an arid region in north-central Spain, aged 4 months in French oak. Elegant, concentrated and full-bodied, with flavors of strawberry jam, preserved cherries and anise. A terrific accompaniment to ancho-rubbed grilled pork.

American Beauties

2013 Christopher Michael Red Wine

A blend of classic Bordeaux varieties Cabernet, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Merlot from Washington State, aged 18 months in French oak. Loads of character, with black cherry, currant and floral violet aromas. The palate is lively with dark fruit flavors, refreshing acidity and peppery spice. Open this bottle next time you’re thinking about rich, flavorful Moroccan tagine of lamb.

European Classics

2013 Terredora Falanghina

 Grown in the coastal regions of Campania, north of Naples, Italy, Falanghina is known for its rich aromatic character. Terredora’s sports an intense bouquet of apple, peach, pineapple and citrus. Fresh and bright, with clean acidity and excellent structure. Falanghina is wonderful with Mediterranean seafood dishes, so try it with linguine ai frutti di mare.


2013 Domaine Grosbois Chinon La Cuisine de ma mère

Cabernet Franc is king in Chinon, an appellation in the Touraine region of France’s Loire Valley. Fresh and expressive notes of ripe raspberry, tobacco and peppercorn. Un-oaked, silky and fruit-driven, with subtle spice making it great with savory tandoori dishes.

The Bubbles

NV Château Gaudrelle Vouvray Brut

Crisp and fresh sparkling Chenin Blanc from its homeland in the Touraine. Dried apricot, brioche, melon and kaffir lime leaves float along on fine perlage. The grape’s characteristic high acidity makes this bubbly a wonderful accompaniment to all sorts of cuisines.

Cellar Master

2012 Krutzler Eisenberg DAC Reserve Blaufränkisch

Only Blaufränkisch is permitted in wines bearing the Eisenberg DAC appellation from southeast Austria, home to some of the finest examples of this variety. Krutzler’s is textured and minerally, with serious weight to the palate of cherry, pepper and smoke.


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