Champagne & Sparkling    Vintage    Argentina    South America   
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Vida Organica Sparkling Chardonnay 2009
Vida Organica Sparkling Chardonnay 2009
(search item no. 115738)
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PRICE ON 7/24/2014: $12.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Golden yellow colors with green hues. Delicate and persistent bubbles. Aromas of apple, pear, banana and pineapple with delicate yeast scents on the back. Fresh flavors, with ample body and a good balance between sugar and acidity.
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About Vida Organica:

Vida Organica is an extension vineyard of the Zuccardi Family of Mendoza, Argentina. The Zuccardi family, have been living in Mendoza since the late 19th century. In 1963, Don Alberto purchased the site of what is now the family's Maipu vineyard to demonstrate his irrigation systems. The main varietals grown at this vineyard are Tempranillo, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Torrontés.

The Zuccardis have always believed that working with nature is the way to produce wines of quality, character and appeal. Vida Orgánica is a celebration of a healthy lifestyle and a vibrant environment. Santa Julia...think of a daring new direction for Argentine wines and you will find that our Santa Julia range is already leading the way. As a tribute to his only daughter, Julia, Jose Zuccardi named his wines after her.



Champagne & Sparkling    Non-Vintage    Napa Valley    California   
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Mumm Napa Cuvee M
Mumm Napa Cuvee M
(search item no. 80229)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/24/2014: $22.99

Winemaker's Notes:

The naturally ripened fruit selected from more than 50 separate vineyards, reveals layers of crisp and creamy textures that are rich and lingering. Individually selected lots were kept separate during initial fermentation in order to highlight their vineyard differences and extract the quintessence of their specific strengths. The resulting blend is a soft and elegant wine that highlights the delicious and powerful ripe fruit flavors that characterize the world-class grapes of the Napa Valley.

Cuvée M exhibits a graceful stream of very fine bubbles gently rising to a persistent mousse cordon with a light peach rose color. The aromas are elegant, rich and complex, showing fresh white and yellow stone fruits with subtle hints of wild strawberry. A light touch of fresh brioche, with hints of vanilla and honey add to the wine's complex bouquet. On the palate, full flavors of peach and pear combine with a creamy caramel character, which lingers into a long satisfying finish.

Mumm Napa's Cuvée M is the perfect sparkling wine for champagne cocktails or as an apéritif to pair with hors d'oeuvres. It is also a perfect match with creamy desserts and spicy foods.

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About Mumm Napa:

Mumm Napa draws from the rich heritage of Champagne Mumm of Reims, France while integrating a unique Napa Valley style to make internationally respected wines of excellent quality. Ludovic Dervin carries on the inspiration that began with Guy Devaux in making Mumm Napa wines, bringing the ripe character of Napa fruit to the forefront while maintaining the classic balance and structure necessary in an outstanding sparkling wine.


Champagne & Sparkling    Non-Vintage    New Mexico    Other US   
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Gruet Brut
Gruet Brut
(search item no. 12333)
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Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 7/24/2014: $18.99

Winemaker's Notes:

The Brut offers a crisp, and full-bodied sparkling wine, which has developed rich complexity and fine mousse. The allure of toasty finish from twenty-four months on tirage, is a complement to the sophisticated apple and citrus flavor. Winemaker's Note: Brilliant with ultra fine bubbles. A wonderful fine bouquet dominated by green apple and grapefruit flavors.
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About Gruet:

Gilbert Gruet founder of Gruet Winery was born in Bethon, France in 1931. He grew up in a poor family, and began working at a young age. In 1952, Gilbert Gruet, along with his wife Danielle, dreamt of producing fine quality Champagne. Gilbert followed his heart and in 1967 created the U.V.C.B. (Union Vinicole des Coteaux de Bethon), a co-op in the village of Bethon.

In 1983, the Gruet family was traveling through the Southwestern part of the United States, and while in New Mexico met a group of European winemakers who had successfully planted vineyards In Engle, near the town of Truth or Consequence, 170 miles south of Albuquerque. The land was inexpensive and the opportunity golden. In 1984, Gilbert Gruet, whose Champagne house, Gruet et Fils had produced fine Champagne in Bethon, France, since 1952, made the decision to plant an experimental vineyard, exclusively planted to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes. His children, winemaker Laurent and daughter Nathalie, then relocated to the great state of New Mexico to begin their American wine making adventure.



Dessert, Sherry & Port    Port    Portugal    Portugal   
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Warre's Otima 10 Year Tawny (500ML)
Warre's Otima 10 Year Tawny (500ML)
(search item no. 10296)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 7/24/2014: $26.99

Winemaker's Notes:

The latest addition to the range of fine ports from Warres, Otima is an aged 10 year old tawny especially suitable for those with a preference for the lighter style of Port. Its delicate palate challenges the traditional perception of Port as a dark and full-bodied after-dinner drink.

Otima is a Premium Quality Port from a renowned Port house, and brings a lighter, more contemporary style to reflect today's lifestyle - a contemporary, quality drink, versatile enough to be enjoyed anytime.

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About Warre's:

Founded in 1670, Warre & Co. is the oldest British company in Portugal and one of the most highly esteemed port shipping firms in the world. It was the first Port company to build a lodge in Gaia for the proper ageing of its Ports. For the last 65 years, Warre's has made the wine at Quinta do Bom Retiro Pequeno. All the wine is made in the traditional stone lagares by treading and has been a fundamental part of all great Warre's Port.