White Wines    Riesling    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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Pacific Rim Sweet Riesling 2010
Pacific Rim Sweet Riesling 2010
(search item no. 112520)
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Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/30/2014: $11.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Pacific Rim Sweet Riesling 2010 is moderately sweet and refreshingly low in alcohol with flavors of pineapple and peach. This Sweet Riesling brings perfect balance to all fiery fare – especially Thai, Szechwan, Mexican, Middle Eastern and Caribbean cuisine... or simply enjoy as an aperitif.
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About Pacific Rim:

Riesling, simply, is the most versatile, complex and food-friendly of all the noble grapes. if you enjoy inspiring your palate, then Riesling is your ideal wine. No other varietal so purely expresses terroir. Washington's Columbia Valley - home of Pacific Rim - provies the ideal soils and climate for growing Riesling. Purity is at the core of Pacific Rim's winemaking philosophy. They exclusively use stainless steel tanks, allowing the true character of Riesling to speak for itself, they do not use malolactic fermentation and their wines are fermented only with native yeasts. Pacific Rim produces 10 different Rieslings from bone dry to sticky sweet, and Riesling represents 95% of all the wines they produce. Pacific Rim is an Organic and Biodynamic certified winery.


Champagne & Sparkling    Non-Vintage    Champagne    France - Other regions   
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Veuve Clicquot Demi-Sec
Veuve Clicquot Demi-Sec
(search item no. 706)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 8/30/2014: $59.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Boasting a brilliant yellow color with deep golden highlights, this wine offers delicate bubbles and an intense nose of ripe fruit with hints of brioche. It is supple and full on the palate, while preserving its delightful, inherent freshness. After cellaring for two to three years, the Demi-Sec will take on even richer notes of praline. When serving Demi-Sec, connoisseurs continue a tradition unique to the Champagne region: they offer Veuve Clicquot in a decanter. A French style of life that celebrates the refined Epicurean.
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About Veuve Clicquot:

The House was founded by Philippe Clicquot in 1772. Since its inception, Veuve Clicquot has been a specialist in Champagnes based on Pinot Noir, especially Rosé. In 1803, François Clicquot was married to Barbe-Nicole Ponsardin. Madame Clicquot was widowed just two years later. Veuve Clicquot (Veuve means widow in French) took over her husband's business. In 1810, the house took the name Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin. The way that she ran her company, from risky overseas ventures to startling technological innovations, changed Champagne forever. Her motto is still the guiding principle of our company – "Only one quality – the finest."

In 1816, Mme. Clicquot invented the process, called rémuage or riddling, that removes the yeast from the bottle. She used holes cut in her kitchen table to perfect the method of slowly tilting and turning the bottles to gather the spent yeast in the neck of the bottle. Once settled it could be removed by freezing the neck in a brine of salt and water, removing it, and recorking.

The company was taken public in 1963, and merged with Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessey in 1986. Today, Jacques Peters is the chief winemaker at Veuve Clicquot, and was appointed cellar master in 1985. He has undertaken an ambitious program since this time to upgrade the grape sources, improve the vineyards, and improve the cellars and production facilities.



Dessert, Sherry & Port    Hungary    Other Europe   
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Royal Tokaji Wine Company 5 Puttonyos (Red Label) (500ML) 2007
Royal Tokaji Wine Company 5 Puttonyos (Red Label) (500ML) 2007
(search item no. 110012)
Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 8/30/2014: $47.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Tasting Panel rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2005 Tasting Panel rating: 91 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Medium gold in appearance, with a fine, fresh bouquet of orange peel and flowers. On the palate it has an excellent balance, the sweetness being offset by fine acidity. There are flavors of tropical fruit and oranges with a great length. This is a perfect example of a five puttonyos wine.

Tokaji Aszú wines are wonderful on their own as an apéritif or with cigars and petits fours. These wines also pair well with a wide variety of foods, including foie gras, fruit tarts, chocolate desserts, and blue and soft cheeses.

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About Royal Tokaji:

The first Tokaji Aszú (toh-KAY ah-SOO) wine was created in the 1600s, perhaps by accident - a harvest delayed by threat of enemy invasion. In 1700, Tokaj became the first European region to have its vineyards classified, its uniquely varied terroirs and climates rated Primae Classis, Secundae Classis, Tertius Classis ("1st Growth, 2nd Growth, 3rd Growth") by Prince Rakoczi of Transylvania. This classification system is still used in Hungary today. Louis XIV of France (1638 - 1715) declared Tokaji "the wine of Kings and the King of wines", while in the 18th century, Catherine the Great stationed soldiers in Tokaj to protect her vineyards.

Quality production ended with World Wars I and II and the Communist takeover of Hungarian winemaking. Aszú grapes were used for mass production in factories, with vineyard distinctions lost in giant tanks. Tokaji's renaissance began after the collapse of communism with the Royal Tokaji Wine Company (RTWC) in 1989, inspired by well-known wine author, Hugh Johnson, and others. RTWC's founders started the winery in an effort to preserve what they considered a dying art. "I couldn't resist bringing back to life a wine that had been so renowned centuries ago," says Johnson.



Dessert, Sherry & Port    Fruit Wine    None    Various Regional   
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Neige Apple Ice Wine (375ML half-bottle)
Neige Apple Ice Wine (375ML half-bottle)
(search item no. 103279)
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Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/30/2014: $34.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Neige (which means snow) is made from apples harvested in the fall and pressed at Christmas time. Their juice is then kept outside in the freezing winter cold, in order to naturally separate the sugar from the water through the process known as cryo-concentration. This is the way we then obtain our precious syrup, which we let slowly ferment over a period of 6 to 7 months.

The color is a golden yellow with light reflections. On the nose it is pure and clean, the aroma of freshly-picked ripe apple with striking intensity. On the palate it's a crisp, flavorful attack. A perfect balance of sugar and acidity. Perfect as an aperitif or to accompany sharp cheese (Cheddar or goat) or veined cheese (blue), and desserts. Serve chilled.

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About Neige:

Driven by a passionate desire to create an authentic product inspired by the bracing chill of the Québec winter, François Pouliot, a well-known film producer, helped to develop the first apple ice wine in 1994 at his boutique cidery, La Face Cachée de la Pomme (The Hidden Face of the Apple) in Hemmingford, Québec. Neige, which means snow in French, is made from the pressed juice of apples, which is concentrated as it freezes during the cold Québec winters at La Face Cachée de la Pomme.


Rosé Wine    Rose    Victoria    Australia   
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Innocent Bystander Pink Moscato (375ML half-bottle) 2010
Innocent Bystander Pink Moscato (375ML half-bottle) 2010
(search item no. 106538)
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International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/30/2014: $10.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2014 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2013 Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
2012 Australian Wine Companion rating: 89 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Traditionally a sweet wine with a little frizzante (meaning light fizz), Moscato is known for its aromatic qualities and low alcohol content. Australians have been charmed by this frivolous sipper as it pairs perfectly with brekky, as well as dessert!

Innocent Bystanders pale pink 375 ml. serve of Moscato is a refreshing sipper, offering delicious aromas of watermelon, musk and rose petals alongside red apples and Hubba Bubba. On the off-dry palate, strawberries and sherbet ice cream are lifted by a fresh acid zing and a gentle mouth-tingling fizz. The classy bottle flaunts a crown seal to maintain absolute freshness and a lively spritz. Enjoy immediately or cellar up to 12 months.

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About Innocent Bystander:

The idea behind Innocent Bystander is to produce great value, food friendly wines that are not your run of the mill varietal blends. Taking fruit from various sources in Central Victoria (in particular Sangiovese, Shiraz, Pinot Gris and Viognier) the team at Innocent Bystander is inspired to utilize and showcase the natural qualities of each region in their unique blends.

As a group of winemakers and viticulturalists who eschew the bland direction and market dominance increasingly exerted by the large corporate winemaking groups, the folks behind these wines see themselves as innocent bystanders. They remain accountable to their craft, not shareholders.