Champagne & Sparkling    Non-Vintage    Trentino-Alto Adige    Italy   
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Cavit Prosecco Lunetta
Cavit Prosecco Lunetta
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Tasting Panel rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 9/23/2014: $12.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Lunetta ("Little Moon" in Italian) celebrates life's small pleasures. The grapes are handpicked and vinified at Cavit's state-of-the-art sparkling wine facility in the northern Italian region of Trentino, dedicated exclusively to producing world-class sparkling wines.

Enticing aromas of apple and peach give way to a palate that is refreshing, and harmonious, with crisp fruit flavors and a clean finish.

Lunetta Prosecco is delightful as an aperitif or enjoyed with antipasti, hors d'oeuvres, sushi, shellfish and seafood.

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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    Sauvignon Blanc    Sonoma County    California   
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Ferrari-Carano Fume Blanc 2012
Ferrari-Carano Fume Blanc 2012
(search item no. 122227)
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Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/23/2014: $14.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Tasting Panel rating: 91 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Ferrari-Carano's 2012 Fume Blanc has aromas of orange blossom, quince, white peach, Meyer lemon and mango complemented by flavors of pineapple, pear and guava. This wine has bright acidity and crisp freshness from the cool, stainless steel tank fermentation, while the subtle oak character from barrel aging adds, body, complexity and depth.

This Fume Blanc pairs well with simple seafood and poultry dishes, and also holds up nicely with white meats such as veal and pork. The wine has lively flavors that go well with spicy and ethnic cuisines such as Japanese, Vietnamese, Thai, Chinese, Korean, Mexican and Southwestern dishes.

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About Ferrari-Carano:

Family-owned and operated since 1985, Ferrari-Carano has been a leading producer of world-class, nationally acclaimed wines. From a small, 30-acre plot of grapes to the present 20 estate vineyards, Don and Rhonda Carano's success is based on their commitment to quality as well as the dedication of the vineyard and winemaking teams to make the finest wines, vintage after vintage. Ferrari-Carano owns vineyards in six appellations: Dry Creek Valley, Alexander Valley, Russian River Valley, Napa/Carneros, Anderson Valley and Mendocino Ridge.


White Wines    Sauvignon Blanc    Marlborough    New Zealand   
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Cupcake Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Cupcake Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 2012
(search item no. 120184)
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ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

It's the long cool growing season in the South Island that allows our Sauvignon Blanc grapes to mature slowly, giving them levels of complexity and a vibrant zing. This wine is reminiscent of a lemon chiffon cupcake. The aromas are integrated, delighting the senses with flavors of Meyer lemons, Key limes and a finish that awakens the appetite.

Serve chilled with oysters on a half shell or with a rich, creamy lobster risotto.

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About Cupcake Vineyards:

At Cupcake Vineyards, our goal is to craft the richest, smoothest and most elegantly textured wines. To ensure this, we select our grapes from vineyards that are truly expressive of the varietals that we grow. Our Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot come from California’s sun-drenched Central Coast, where the distinctive topography and climate moderated by the Pacific Ocean yields some of California's best world-class wines. Our Sauvignon Blanc comes from the Marlborough valley of New Zealand, where the long days and cool climate allow the grapes to mature slowly over a longer period of time.


Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Other California    California   
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Menage a Trois Red Blend 2011
Menage a Trois Red Blend 2011
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Winemaker's Notes:

The 2011 Menage a Trois exposes the fresh, ripe, jam like fruit that is the calling card of California wine. Forward, silky and soft, this delicious dalliance makes the perfect accompaniment for grilled meats or chicken.

Blend: 46% Zinfandel, 36% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon

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About Menage a Trois:

Given the choice, would you rather be a party of one…or a Ménage à Trois? In a blended wine, the different varietals each bring something to the table, making for a more complex, delicious wine. As a master chef uses different ingredients to achieve the perfect recipe, a winemaker skillfully selects and blends different grape varieties to create harmonious and intriguing wines. With each of our playful blends of three, there's no doubt that the whole is greater (and more fun) than the sum of its parts.