White Wines    Other White Blends    Other California    California   
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White Wedding II Proprietary White Blend
White Wedding II Proprietary White Blend
(search item no. 121220)
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PRICE ON 9/30/2014: $9.99

Winemaker's Notes:

This unique and trailblazing marriage of two of our favorite white varietals was a happy blending trial accident that we deliberately refined over time. Multi-vintage. The Viognier gives a lift to the wine's fruit aromatics. Platinum gold color with concentrated aromas of honeysuckle and stone fruit. Nectarine flavors with citrus highlights, a hint of butterscotch, and candied fruit accent the palate of this mouthcoating wine.

This medium-bodied, approachable wine compliments salads, Chinese food, seafood, shellfish, and chicken dishes. Perfect for every occassion.

Blend: 86% Napa Sauvignon Blanc, 14% Sonoma Viognier, 100% Unique

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About White Wedding:

Bravium translates from Latin as "reward, prize, or gift" and sums up Proprietor and Winemaker Derek Rohlffs’ feelings about wine – namely that it is a reward for their labors, a prized part of mealtime, and a gift to be shared. Derek's winemaking philosophy is an extension of his Environmental Studies background and belief that great wine begins in the vineyard. Bravium utilizes minimalist winemaking practices and its wines are balanced and food-friendly. One of Derek's music heroes, Jack White, has said: "Technology is the disease you have to fight in any creative field…ease of use [is the enemy]." And while winemaking is part art and part science, Bravium emphasizes traditional methods whenever possible. Bravium was created to give back to charitable organizations by way of its Sip&Give donation platform.


Champagne & Sparkling    Rosé    Other Spain    Spain   
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Jaume Serra Cristalino Brut Rose Cava
Jaume Serra Cristalino Brut Rose Cava
(search item no. 73471)
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International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 9/30/2014: $8.99

Winemaker's Notes:

60% Pinot Nior, 40% Trepat

Beautiful scents of raspberry and cherry on the nose with fresh, clean strawberry and cherry flavors in the mouth and a consistent bead. The finish is clean and crisp and invites another sip.

Cristalino Brut Rose Cava is an excellent match for fried appetizers such as calamari or light desserts such as creme brulee. It is also excellent on its own or with fresh fruit.

Did you get a bottle with a gold label rather than this white label? No worries, it's still the same great Cava. Cristalino is undergoing a label change and released some bottles with the original packaging and some with the white label packaging.

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About Jaume Serra Cristalino:

The winery behind Cristalino, Jaume Serra, was founded in 1943 by distinguished enologist Jaume Serra Guell. It is located in the Garraf subdivision of the Denominacion de Origen Penedés, the largest wine growing area in Catalonia. Jaume Serra lies within the “El Padruel” estate in the Mediterranean Coastal town of Vilanova y la Geltru, some 50 kilometers south of Barcelona,. Wine making began on this property in 1947. The winery underwent renovations in 1984 and then again in 1997, after the J. García Carrión family purchased the property.

The white varietals of Parellada, Chardonnay, Macabeo and Xarel-lo are grown in Jaume Serra's vineyards situated in the Alt Penedés, a sub region of the Penedés, and are used to produce the area's famous sparkling wines, called "Cava". By law, Cava must be made in the Methode Champenois or Champagne Method. Due to European regulations prohibiting use of that term, Cava is now labeled as Methode Tradicional, which has the same requirements with an added stipulation that cava must age for a minimum of nine months on the lees before release. After researching local yeasts, the Jaume Serra winery has taken the extraordinary step of importing their yeast from Champagne, France in order to impart the finest quality to their Cavas.



Champagne & Sparkling    Non-Vintage    Other Spain    Spain   
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Segura Viudas Brut Reserva Cava
Segura Viudas Brut Reserva Cava
(search item no. 4104)
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Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 9/30/2014: $8.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Segura Viudas Brut Reserva Cava, created from a blend of reserve and non-vintage wines, is clean and delicate, yet rich in flavor.

Brut is a cuvée of Macabeo, Parellada and Xarel-lo grapes grown in the renowned Penedès region of Spain. The wine is vinified according to méthode champenoise technique and is aged in the bottle for up to 2 years.

This fine cuvée is fairly crisp with an interesting floral note and mouth-pleasing sensation of creaminess.

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About Segura Viudas:

Segura Viudas was established in 1954 in the heart of Spain's Penedes region, one of the world's best sites for growing and producing grapes for production of sparkling wine. Segura Viudas has become one of the top Spanish sparkling wine producers and is noted for its high production standards of traditional Methode Champenoise.


White Wines    Pinot Blanc    Alsace    France - Other regions   
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Pierre Sparr Pinot Blanc 2008
Pierre Sparr Pinot Blanc 2008
(search item no. 114566)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 9/30/2014: $8.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 86 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Light yellow with green highlights. This easygoing thirst quenching wine which reveals green apple and white flowers aromas; concentrated, dry, with a fresh citric acidity which balanced so well with all this fruit.
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About Pierre Sparr:

The Pierre Sparr estate was created by one of the oldest and most prestigious wine producing families in France's Alsace region, established since 1680. It produces an award-winning and diverse range of 32 different red, white, still, sparkling, dry and sweet wines and owns 80 acres of vineyards spread across five different Grand Crus – Brand, Mambourg, Schlossberg, Schoenenbourg and Sporen. Any additional grapes are purchased under strict quality control with other growers, for which Sparr pays a premium. In July 2007, passionate Alsatian winemaker Vincent Laillier was brought in to revolutionize winemaking at Sparr from vineyard practices through to bottling processes. Typical of the region, Sparr wines are rich in fruit and firmly structured. With a belief that mature wines are more exciting, the winery will regularly hold back top wines from the market until they are at their optimal drinking window.


Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Central Coast    California   
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Big House Red (3 Liter Octavin Home Wine Bar) 2009
Big House Red (3 Liter Octavin Home Wine Bar) 2009
(search item no. 105682)

PRICE ON 9/30/2014: $24.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Each variety selected for this blend brings its individual characters and distinct personality: spiciness from the Syrah, cherry and raspberries from the Sangiovese and Barbera, blueberries from the Tannat, cassis from the Grenache and chocolate from Mourvèdre. A wonderful mix of the best each variety has to offer.
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About Big House:

The Big House wines were born of the notion that the California climate is quite hospitable to the rollicking, sun loving grapes of Mediterranean France, Italy and Spain. Big House has found that by blending, rather than relying upon a single variety, they can create far more complex, rich wines that elegantly match a very wide variety of cuisine, from pizza, to BBQ ribs to roast chicken.


Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Hungary    Other Europe   
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Pinot Evil Pinot Noir (3 Liter Octavin Home Wine Bar)
Pinot Evil Pinot Noir (3 Liter Octavin Home Wine Bar)
(search item no. 103412)

PRICE ON 9/30/2014: $22.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Hungary's wine regions tend to be in cooler climates, therefore it's a perfect place for Pinot. Its best growing regions are situated with southern exposures to maximize ripening potential. Our inaugural Octavin Pinot Noir is crafted from grapes grown in Sopron, in the foothills of the Alps, next to Austria's Burgenland wine region, and from Balatonboglari, a popular local wine region also referred to as Hungary's "Riviera". These up-and-coming wine regions have a long viticulture heritage that is still being rediscovered following Hugary's emergence from Communist rule in the late 1980s. Utilizing traditional techniques like cold fermentation that maximize color and and barrel aging in Hungary's unique Aszok Hungarian oak barrels to optimize fruit intensity, the wines present with earthy red current and black cherry aromas. It's a medium-bodied red wine with notes of cranberry and rhubarb, with a lingering, creamy finish.

About the Octavin
Octavin Home Wine Bar's patent-pending package design prevents oxidation. Every glass tastes as fresh and flavorful as if the wine was just opened, even up to six weeks after your first sip. It's the perfect choice for those interested in just one glass with dinner.

Octavin Home Wine Bar's innovative design allows us to invest in making great wine, not expensive packaging. By eliminating heavy glass and expensive cork and closures, we reduce the cost of packaging and shipping, and pass on those savings to you. While each Octavin contains the equivalent of four standard bottles of distinctive artisan wine, you often end up paying the price of just three bottles.

So go ahead and break the glass habit--and mother nature just might thank you for it. By choosing Octavin Home Wine Bar over four carbon-inefficient heavy glass bottles, you reduce packaging waste by at least 85% and carbon emissions by 55%.

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About Pinot Evil:

Pinot Evil's artisan winemaking team shares a passion for Pinot in all forms. Julian Halasz has a distinctive advantage in making these Hungarian wines having been born and raised in Budapest, a descendent of a Hungarian winemaking family. He officially came to California to study enology after working at his uncle's and other smaller Hungarian wineries learning all about Hungary's microclimates and the old world winemaking practices still widely employed there. He interned at several Livermore, CA wineries as well to learn the best of New World techniques. Heis now one of the lead winemakers for Concannon, and he also partners with Mario to craft Pinot Evil. Now a veteran California winemaker, Mario Pulido, was first inspired to become a winemaker after an extended trip throughout Europe in the 1970s. Inspired by its old world wine and food culture, Mario loves to craft both Pinot Grigio and Pinot Noir given their food-friendly natures. "I enjoy Pinot Grigio's versatility and the challenges that Pinot Noir present a winemaker, especially with finding the balance between the wine's texture and fruit components." Julian shares this sentiment about his two favorite Pinots. He feels fortunate that with Pinot Evil's Hungarian ties, he can return so closely to his roots, "Winemaking is in my blood. I have grown up around wine, and one day I just realized how much I loved the artistic aspects of it."


White Wines    Riesling    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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Eroica Riesling 2007
Eroica Riesling 2007
(search item no. 96190)
Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 95 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 9/30/2014: $23.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2012 Tasting Panel rating: 93 points
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2008 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 93 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2005 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This Eroica shows the crisp acidity of the 2007 vintage, which was the best acidity holding year in the past five years. The wine delivers mandarin orange and sweet lime aromas and flavors with subtle mineral notes. The cooler September, along with selecting fruit from higher elevation and cooler sites, contributed to the mouth-watering acidity balanced by beautiful Washington Riesling fruit.

An amazing pairing with sweet, flavorful Dungeness crab.

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About Eroica:

Launched in 1999, Eroica is a labor of love for two of the world's great Riesling producers. One from the Old World, Dr. Loosen estate of Germany, and the other from the New World, Chateau Ste. Michelle of Washington state. An intermingling of Old and New World philosophies and technique enables the crafting of an extraordinary Riesling from Washington state grapes. Named for Beethoven's Third Symphony, Eroica reflects not only its variety and site, but also its heritage: bold and forward from its Washington roots, elegant and refined from German inspiration.

The first five vintages of Eroica Riesling (1999-2003) were named to Wine Spectator's "Top 100" list.

"I have long believed that a Riesling revival would have to start with a prominent New World winery like Chateau Ste. Michelle."
- Ernst Loosen, Dr. Loosen estate



Red Wines    Gamay    Beaujolais    France - Other regions   
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Duboeuf Morgon 2005
Duboeuf Morgon 2005
(search item no. 90962)

PRICE ON 9/30/2014: $10.49

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine News rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Morgon displays a beautiful intense purple color highlighted with glints of ruby. Its fruit character lies in the direction of apricot, peach, cherry and plum, with subtle hints of kirsch and anise.

Food pairings: Prosciutto and carpaccio, red meats cooked in a wine sauce, feathered game, assertive cheese.

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About Georges Duboeuf:

For over 40 years Georges Duboeuf has been the Beaujolais region's most renowned négociant and is today regarded in the wine world as the "King of Beaujolais." Born in 1933 in Pouilly-Fuissé, the son of a winegrower, Georges began selling his family's wines from the back of his bicycle to now-legendary local chefs such as Paul Bocuse and Paul Blanc. In 1964, Georges realized his dream and founded his own company: Les Vins Georges Duboeuf.

Over the years, Georges has developed long-standing relationships with the region's top growers and winemakers. Georges is involved in every aspect of his enterprise and is known for his passion and his legendary palate. In 2003, the Duboeuf family opened a new, modern winery in Romanéche-Thorins. The following year, the Duboeuf and Deutsch families jointly purchased Château des Capitans in Juliénas. With annual sales of 30 million bottles, Georges Duboeuf is one of the world's best-known French brands.



Dessert, Sherry & Port    Sherry    Other Spain    Spain   
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Alvear Pedro Ximinez 1927 (375ML half-bottle)
Alvear Pedro Ximinez 1927 (375ML half-bottle)
(search item no. 92464)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
PRICE ON 9/30/2014: $25.99

Winemaker's Notes:

The vineyards, located at an elevation of 1,050 feet, are comprised of the famous chalky soil called Albariza and the 40-year-old vines produce extremely low yields. The grapes were hand-harvested at the peak of maturity and dried on mats in the sun. This is one of the oldest wines in the cellar since the Solera was started at the beginning of the last century.

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About Alvear:

Alvear S.A. was established by Don Diego de Alvear in 1729, and since that time has remained under control of the Alvear family. This is the oldest winery in the region and its fino is today one of the three most popular fino wines in Spain. Located in the town of Montilla, in the province of Cordoba, in the interior of Andalucia. Grapes are sourced from their own vineyards, of 307.2 acres. They also buy grapes and wines from local growers. The area is dominated by small parcels. The terrain is formed by undulating hills and slopes of a singular whitish color. There are two basic types of soil: Albero and Arenas. Albero is a whitish, chalky soil, found on the higher ground in the Sierra de Montilla and Moriles Alto, both of which are classified as superior zones and produce finos of good, clean character. This type of soil is highly absorbent and can supply the vines with needed water during the long, dry summers. The sun bakes the surface to a hard crust, reflecting the heat and preventing the moisture from evaporating. Arenas is found in the Ruedos made up of largely sand, with some stony clay and a small proportion of limestone. The climate is Southern continental, with hot summers, reaching at times temperatures of 120°F, resulting in early harvests. The temperature drops sharply at night, cooling the fermenting musts. Winters are cold.


Red Wines    Barbera    Central Coast    California   
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Tamas Estates Barbera 2005
Tamas Estates Barbera 2005
(search item no. 92821)
screw cap wine


PRICE ON 9/30/2014: $12.29

Winemaker's Notes:

With nice up-front acidity, sweet oak flavors and a crisp, refreshing finish, this Barbera has many pleasing elements. Its red cherry and pomegranate flavors are integrated with vanilla nuances from the oak aging. With a bold, full finish, it is a wonderful accompaniment to rich pasta sauces and grilled meats.
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About Ivan Tamas Wines:

In 1984, Iván Tamás Fuezy and Steve Mirassou left their respective companies to start Iván Tamás Winery. Having worked in the wine business for decades in a time when the industry was far more fraternal than it is now, Ivan and Steve's paths crossed often. In fact, Ivan worked with Steve at Mirassou Vineyards for a time. Thus, the partnership began with a high level of familiarity. After several years as negociants, the two partners found a home in the Livermore Valley. Today Iván Tamás is a bonded winery producing about 60,000 cases per year of eight varietals, including the "house" Chardonnay and Cabernet for the Ritz-Carlton Hotels around the world.