White Wines    Pinot Gris/Grigio    Napa Valley    California   
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Luna Pinot Grigio 2010
Luna Pinot Grigio 2010
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PRICE ON 10/24/2014: $11.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2005 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2010 Pinot Grigio is a light golden color. The nose is scented with grapefruit and pear, and on the palate orange fruits come to the forefront. Mango and orange zest are accented by notes of guava and a pronounced minerality. The wonderful acidity and full-bodied texture carry through a delicious lemony finish with hints of apricot.
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About Luna Vineyards:

Luna Vineyards was founded in 1995 by George Vare and Mike Moone. Both Vare and Moone have been Presidents of major California wineries and important influences in the California wine industry since the mid-1960's.

The founders purchased the St. Andrews winery, located at the foot of the Silverado Trail in Napa Valley, and set out to produce Italian varietal wines - Pinot Grigio, Sangiovese and Merlot.

In 1996, after 20 years experience with other wineries, the last 13 at Newton Vineyards where he established himself in the forefront of Napa Valley winemakers, Winemaster John Kongsgaard joined Luna as Vice President and partner. John is particularly noted for his outstanding Merlots and spent seven years in collaboration with Michel Rolland from Bordeaux perfecting winemaking techniques in the Napa region.

With a passion for Italian wines combined with a desire to live slightly on the edge, John happily joined Luna. He was excited by the opportunity to travel to the "Old World" and learn how to adapt their traditional and new techniques for growing grapes and making wine from Sangiovese and Pinot Grigio.



Red Wines    Petite Sirah    Other California    California   
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HandCraft Petite Sirah 2010
HandCraft Petite Sirah 2010
(search item no. 120631)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/24/2014: $17.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Jammy fruit from beginning to end—starting with aromas of blueberry pie, nutmeg and pepper. In the mouth, flavors expand to include boysenberry, plum, blueberry and spice. This full bodied wine has a bold tannin structure and balanced acidity that lead to a long finish. This big wine is anything but "petite."
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About HandCraft:

Cheryl Indelicato’s life reflects a joyful meeting of her inspiring, bounteous California home and her cherished Italian heritage.

As part of one of California’s oldest winemaking families, Cheryl has been in the wine industry since she was a little girl, doing odd jobs at the winery and in the vineyards with her siblings and cousins. Today, that group of hard working kids represents the current leadership of DFV Wines: the third generation of the family owned and operated vineyards and wineries.

Originally built on the hard work of patriarch Gasparé Indelicato, the company went from farming grapes to making its first vintage of wine in 1935 after Prohibition ended. “We have such a strong family tradition with wine, and that’s important to me,” Cheryl explains. “My grandfather, Gasparé, learned winemaking from his father. And my Dad and his brothers learned it from Gasparé. I knew I would work toward continuing that legacy.”

Although Cheryl grew up working at the winery, her parents insisted that all of “Generation Three” graduate from college and gather outside experience by working elsewhere for at least three years before coming back to the family business. Taking this sage advice, she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business in 1989 from California State University, Stanislaus and a Registered Nursing degree in 1985.

It did not take long for Cheryl to return to the winery. Launching her official career in 1990, she worked in various facets of the business; from sales and marketing to human resources to public relations and is now proprietor for HandCraft wines.

HandCraft wines provide Cheryl with the opportunity to recreate the fruit forward, delicious wines that she remembered on the family table when she was growing up. A dash of Italian varietals are added to the final wine blends and the result is simply delicious. It’s what makes HandCraft wines easy to enjoy, distinctive and memorable.



White Wines    Chardonnay    Chile    South America   
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Veramonte Chardonnay Reserva 2010
Veramonte Chardonnay Reserva 2010
(search item no. 115092)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 10/24/2014: $9.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Intense golden yellow. Fresh tropical fruit aromas with a hint of toasty oak. Peach and nectarine flavors with a hint of banana and a fresh vibrant finish. Chile's Casablanca Valley is surrounded by coastal mountain ranges creating a diversity of unique microclimates and terroir. Its close proximity to the Pacific Ocean provides an exceptionally long growing season for intense fruit flavors.
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About Veramonte:

Veramonte represents a return to Agustin Huneeus' Chilean roots. When he spearheaded development of the Veramonte Estate in 1990, there were less than 100 acres of grapevines planted in the Casablanca Valley.

The coastal mountain ranges surrounding the Casablanca estate create a unique terroir with a diversity of microclimates. The valley floor's cool climate is reminiscent of Carneros and ideal for growing premium Chardonnay. The foothills are warmer, akin to the more Northern reaches of the Napa Valley. Here, the climate is more suited to varieties like Carmenëre, the lost Bordeaux grape that has become Chile's citizen and the basis of Primus, our racy, exotic Chilean blend.

Using the latest viticultural technology developed in California, rootstock has been matched to each vineyard block and clone. Vertical trellising and dense vine spacing balance growth and fruit production. Veramonte's Casablanca vineyard produces significantly lower yields than other grape growing regions in Chile, resulting in grapes with more intensity and concentration.

Recognizing that the region also had potential as a tourist destination for its proximity to Santiago, Huneeus began to plant the estate and in 1995, constructed the first Napa Valley style hospitality center in Chile. The first wines were released in 1996.



White Wines    Sauvignon Blanc    Marlborough    New Zealand   
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Yealands Sauvignon Blanc 2011
Yealands Sauvignon Blanc 2011
(search item no. 116761)
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Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/24/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2013 James Suckling rating: 90 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
2008 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This wine shows flavours of passionfruit and blackcurrant with underlying notes of wet stone and thyme. The palate displays good weight and texture, with a focused mineral acidity which delivers fantastic length to the wine. An amazing match with goats cheese salad, poultry dishes and seafood dishes such as freshly shucked oysters, prawns, green lip mussels and creamy scallops.
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About Yealands:

Stretching over 2,400 acres of prime viticultural land, the Yealands Estate is New Zealand's single largest vineyard under private ownership. Located in the Awatere Valley of Marlborough, the Seaview Vineyad is exposed to some of the toughest growing conditions in the country: low rainfall, high sunshine, cool nights and strong winds. The result is a smaller, thicker-skinned berry and lower yielding vines which create wines of intensity, purity and complexity.

The hallmark of the Yealands Estate is an absolute commitment to sustainable wine production, an undertaking we have made from the vine to the bottle. This commitment to premium sustainable wine production has resulted in a number of notable achievements.

The Yealands Estate Winery was created to operate sustainably at every level.

As a result we have already achieved a high industrial sustainability rating. We have also been awarded carboNZeroCert™ status, joining a select group of wineries around the world who have earned this recognition.



Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Trentino-Alto Adige    Italy   
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Cavit Alta Luna Phases 2009
Cavit Alta Luna Phases 2009
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Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/24/2014: $12.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

#52 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2012

Alta Luna Phases represents the finest selection of grapes from prime vineyard sites in the foothills of Italy's breathtaking Dolomite Alps. This elegant yet robust fusion of Merlot and native varieties Lagrein and Teroldego combines flavors of blackberry, dark cherry and plum with distinctive spicy notes. Aged in oak barrels for 12 months, this vibrant red is smooth and beautifully balanced, with fine tannins and a lingering finish.

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About Cavit:

Founded in 1957, Cavit has earned an international reputation as an innovative leader in Trentino winemaking. Today it is responsible for approximately 70% of this northern Italian province's entire wine production.

The company is based on a partnership between 5,000 member growers, organized into 14 associated cellars located throughout Trentino in zones noted for the quality of their production. Grapes are crushed and vinified at each cellar and after selection sent to Cavit's central winery near Trento for finishing, bottling and aging.

Cavit is a capital example of cooperation and size on a human scale. Trentino winemaking families are able to tap into a pool of resources and attain levels of quality that might otherwise lie beyond their reach.

Strength in numbers has also enabled Cavit to develop its own showcase hospitality and research center (which works closely with Italy's most prestigious school of viticultural research at nearby San Michele all'Adige), at the beautiful Maso Torresella, a former archbishop's castle on the shores of Lake Toblino.

The rewards of cooperation between Cavit's growers are apparent at every level, not least among consumers, for whom Cavit produces consistently high quality, affordably priced premium wines that have captured literally hundreds of awards and medals to date and are in demand in over 20 countries worldwide.



White Wines    Riesling    Mosel-Saar-Ruwer    Germany   
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Clean Slate Riesling 2011
Clean Slate Riesling 2011
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Winemaker's Notes:

On the steep hills above the winding Mosel river grow the world's most celebrated Riesling vines. From their noble grapes, we craft a crisp, refreshing and elegant wine. The balanced taste profile of Clean Slate is created by carefully selecting grapes from vineyards throught the Mosel. Grapes from the Lower Mosel provide mineral notes, grapes from the Middle Mosel create a hint of spiciness and grapes from the Upper Mosel supply fresh, peach flavors. The result is clean, fresh flavor that is delicious with food and perfect to share with friends.
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About Clean Slate:

Clean Slate was born of a partnership between Moselland of Bernkastel-Kues, Germany and the Click Wine Group of Seattle, Washington. Moselland is the largest vineyard owner in the world-class region of Mosel-Saar-Ruwer and one of Germany's top exporters of Riesling. Known for its innovation and consumer insight, the Click Wine Group owns and imports unique wine brands that take the intimidation out of the wine buying process.

Credited with producing the finest Rieslings in the world, the slate soil of Mosel-Saar-Ruwer is where the long-ripening Riesling grape finds its most perfect grwoing conditions. Prolonged ripening allows for maximum flavor development from the terroir and a crisp, refreshing acidity with mineral notes. The result is a truly unique and elegant Riesling that is simply not possible to produce in warmer, early-ripening climates.



White Wines    Chenin Blanc    South Africa    South Africa   
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Ken Forrester Petit Chenin 2010
Ken Forrester Petit Chenin 2010
(search item no. 110764)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 10/24/2014: $11.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Ken Forrester's "Petit" range offers friendly value wines, perfect for everyday drinking.

The grapes for Petit Chenin are harvested early in order to maintain a bright, fresh, fruity character. This youthful wine displays clean, mouthwatering flavors of crisp green apple, quince and pear, with notes of honeysuckle and ripe melon.

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About Ken Forrester:

In 1993, hospitality industry veteran Ken Forrester and his wife Teresa purchased the historic Scholtzenhof estate, nestled at the base of the Helderberg in Stellenbosch. Originally established in 1689 as Zandberg, the property is one of the oldest wine farms in the Cape. Ken enlisted the help of his winemaker friend Martin Meinert in replanting and revitalizing the vineyards, with an aim to craft a white wine that could rival any in the world! And so it was that Ken Forrester Vineyards was established, with a focus on Chenin Blanc production.


Red Wines    Rhone Red Blends    Cotes du Rhone    France - Rhone   
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Delas St. Esprit Cotes-du-Rhone Rouge 2010
Delas St. Esprit Cotes-du-Rhone Rouge 2010
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The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 10/24/2014: $12.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The Saint-Esprit's deep color has a dark, plum-like hue. The nose is classical Syrah, with berry fruit, violet, licorice and spices. It has a full, rounded palate with delicate tannins. Saint-Esprit is a unique wine in the Cotes-du-Rhone appellation and can be paired with Provençale-style cuisine, game, stuffings and mixed grills.
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Founded over 160 years ago, Delas Frères was acquired by Champagne Deutz in 1977.

Delas Frères cultivates vineyards on the steep granite slopes of the northern Rhône, in some of the region's most prestigious appellations. Additional grapes are supplied through long-term agreements with southern Rhone growers dedicated to providing only top quality grapes.

Crafted by winemaker Jacques Grange to epitomize finesse and elegance, recent Delas Frères vintages from the vineyards of Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Côte Rôtie, Condrieu, Côtes-du-Rhône and Côtes-du-Ventoux have won renewed praise for their intensity of flavor and excellent value.



Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    South Australia    Australia   
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Bulletin Place Shiraz 2009
Bulletin Place Shiraz 2009
(search item no. 108496)
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Wine & Spirits rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 10/24/2014: $7.95

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A dry, low cropping season following a continuation of drought conditions in Southern Australia which have now entered their eighth year.

The color has bright youthful purples and dark red, with an aroma of mixed berries with peppery, spicy overtones. On the palate the wine has very sweet fruit with fine grained tannins, excellent fleshy middle palate and a long soft finish.

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About Bulletin Place:

Named for Bulletin Place House, Australia's oldest commercial building, which for 20 years was the home of Len Evans Wines. Wines for this label range from grapes grown in The Riverland and Adelaide plain. The wines offer extraordinary drinkability, assertive yet accessible varietal character, and represent a wonderful value.


Red Wines    Tempranillo    Rioja    Spain   
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Marques de Caceres Rioja Crianza 2008
Marques de Caceres Rioja Crianza 2008
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Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/24/2014: $14.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 86 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 87 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Intense ruby color. Expressive bouquet with notes of raspberries, bilberries and cherries, enlivened by a touch of spice and a depth of vanilla. Charming fruit in the mouth with good structure that highlights concentrated flavors and fleshy tannins. Nice complexity on the tasting resulting in good length. This Crianza is made from our best "cuvees" from the 2008 vintage and conserves in full the character derived from top quality grapes.
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About Marques de Caceres:

Founded in 1970, with its first release in 1975, Marqués de Cáceres the Rioja bodega was established by Henri Forner, whose family has been active in the wine business for generations. The winery is named for a Spanish peer who was also an investor in the winery and a friend of Henri Forner.

The Forner family fled Spain during the Spanish Civil War and settled in France. In the early 1960s, Henri Forner and his brother Elysée bought and restored two abandoned châteaux, Château Camensac and Château Larose-Trintaudon. These châteaux are now recognized as two of the finest properties in Bordeaux. When Henri decided to establish a bodega in his homeland, he selected what he considered the finest viticultural area in Spain: Cenicero in Rioja Alta.

Emile Peynaud, former professor and chief wine researcher at the University of Bordeaux, was initial consultant to the winery. Today, Michel Rolland is wine consultant at Marqués de Cáceres and Henri and his daughter, Christine, are at the helm. The vinification methods at Bodegas Marqués de Cáceres are similar to those used in Bordeaux. Thus, French winemaking techniques and expertise have been applied to native Spanish grapes to produce one of the finest modern Riojas.