Rosé Wine    Rosé    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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Chateau Ste. Michelle Neillie's Garden Dry Rose 2007
Chateau Ste. Michelle Neillie's Garden Dry Rose 2007
(search item no. 96260)

PRICE ON 12/28/2014: $7.69

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A blend of 98% Syrah and 2% Grenache.

This is a special collaboration of the red and white winemaking teams from Chateau Ste. Michelle. The Syrah grapes are received and pressed at just the right color and fl avor at our red facility in eastern Washington. Then most of the juice is transported to Woodinville in western Washington where it is cold fermented to retain all the wonderful fruit and fl oral aromas of the Syrah grape. It shows beautiful fruit aromas and fl avors of strawberry, raspberry and subtle spice notes.

Enjoy this during your summer parties and fall barbecues. For a change of pace, try this with some hard cheeses and even turkey.

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About Chateau Ste. Michelle:

Founded in 1934, Chateau Ste. Michelle is the oldest winery in Washington with some of the most mature vineyards in the Columbia Valley. The winery combines Old World winemaking with New World innovation and is best known for its award-winning Riesling, Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Chateau Ste. Michelle receives some of the highest accolades in the industry, including "American Winery of the Year" by Wine Enthusiast for 2004 and "2005 Winery of the Year" by Restaurant Wine. In addition, the winery's Eroica Riesling, crafted from a partnership with German winemaker Ernst Loosen, has been named to Wine Spectator's prestigious "Top 100" wines list for five consecutive years.

Chateau Ste. Michelle is one of the few premium wineries in the world with two state-of-the-art wineries, one devoted to whites and another to reds. This dedicated approach to winemaking allows winemaker Bob Bertheau to build winemaking programs to the unique specifications of red and white wines. While all of Chateau Ste. Michelle's vineyards are located on the east side of the Cascade Mountains where the climate is dry and sunny, Bob Bertheau makes the award winning white wines in Woodinville, 15 miles northeast of Seattle. The winery's expansive, 87-acre estate hosts more than 250,000 visitors annually for tours, tastings, dinners and outdoor summer concerts.



Red Wines    Barbera    Carneros    California   
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Jacuzzi Barbera 2005
Jacuzzi Barbera 2005
(search item no. 91877)

PRICE ON 12/28/2014: $21.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Our Carneros Barbera produces a crisp and vibrant wine with lively raspberry and cherry characters along with a hint of tobacco and a nice bright acidity. Try it with barbecued ribs or pepperoni pizza.
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About Jacuzzi Family Vineyards:

Jacuzzi Family Vineyards pays tribute to Giovanni and Teresa Jacuzzi, who first moved to America in 1921. Their strong sense of love, unity, diligence and determination provided prosperity and a rich family legacy.


Rosé Wine    Rosé    Napa Valley    California   
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Francis Ford Coppola Sofia Rose 2007
Francis Ford Coppola Sofia Rose 2007
(search item no. 93791)

PRICE ON 12/28/2014: $14.19

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Francis Coppola Sofia Rosé is a wine of unparalleled beauty. From its shapely, distinctive bottle adorned with masterful artwork to its fruity, delicate essence, Sofia Rosé is a wine like no other. A wine made for summer sipping, it should be served chilled.

Sofia Rosé is a refreshing, dry wine with a lovely pink hue and perfume that alternates between sun-warmed rose petals and just picked strawberries. Black cherry, raspberry and strawberry flavors share the palate with a vibrant acidity.

Its refreshing style makes it a delicious partner to all kinds of savory dishes, from tostadas and spicy grilled chicken to a nicoise salad.

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About Francis Ford Coppola Winery:

Francis Ford Coppola Winery, re-opened in July 2010, is the latest venture from Francis Ford Coppola, whose passion for wine, food and adventure is nowhere more evident than in this new production – a winery resort located in the heart of Alexander Valley, California. Among the many attractions at the property, Francis Ford Coppola Winery features a wine tasting bar, two restaurants, swimming pools, a movie gallery, a performing arts pavilion and a park area with game tables and bocce courts.

Francis puts it best, saying the winery is meant to be "a wine wonderland, a park of pleasure where people of all ages can enjoy all the best things in life – food, wine, music, dancing, games, swimming and performances of all types. A place to celebrate the love of life."



Champagne & Sparkling    Vintage    Other Australia    Australia   
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Paringa Sparkling Shiraz 2004
Paringa Sparkling Shiraz 2004
(search item no. 92234)

PRICE ON 12/28/2014: $13.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The juice is Paringa Shiraz with bubbles and a dosage. It's dark, rich, and juicy - full of fruit flavor and bubbles. It is gorgeous to look at and surprisingly complex and stunning to drink.
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About Paringa:

Alan Robb Hickinbotham (David's grandfather) became a founder of the Australian wine industry almost by accident. In May of 1936, Hickinbotham established the Roseworthy Oenology course with the intent of furthering winemaking by instructing viticulturalists to use scientific research to produce better wine.

David eventually purchased 300 acres of prime vineyard land in McLaren Vale early in the 70's. There was no irrigation at that time so the vines were dry grown. This produced grapes of intense flavor that captured the distinctive character of McLaren Vale fruit.

The Paringa vineyard is set on about 1700 acres of prime Riverlands property about 150 miles northeast of Adelaide in South Australia. The rainfall in the region is quite low but the Paringa property abuts the historic River Murray so they have a convenient source of water for the vineyard's drip irrigation system. The vineyard has been planted to Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot, plus small sections of Chardonnay, Columbard, and Ruby Cabernet.

Yields are maintained at approximately 6 tons per acre and careful attention is paid to canopy management and irrigation technique. David Hickinbotham and winemaker Mike Farmilo both agree that the quality of the wine improves with lower yields and have made the decision to go for quality over quantity.