Champagne & Sparkling    Non-Vintage    Languedoc-Roussillon    France - Other regions   
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Toad Hollow Risque French Sparkling Wine
Toad Hollow Risque French Sparkling Wine
(search item no. 112552)
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PRICE ON 7/22/2014: $14.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Risqué is a crisp and fruity sparkling wine with low alcohol (6%) and a delicate sweetness made from 100% Mauzac. The taste is crisp and fruity with nice acidity and a touch of natural sweetness.
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About Toad Hollow:

Toad Hollow Vineyards began operation in 1994, with 3000 cases of 1993 Russian River Valley Chardonnay. Our Chardonnay is 100% Stainless Steel fermented, using no oak at all. Since then we have added additional wines, a Russian River Merlot (Richard McDowell Vineyard), a Russian River Pinot Noir (Goldies Vines) a Zinfandel from Paso Robles and a Rose of Pinot Noir from Carneros. In 1995 we started to import wines made by our French friends at Sieur D'Arques and now have two sparklings and three still wines in our portfolio. Our mission is to produce quality wines that are interesting at a reasonable price. Our labels are whimsical, supporting another element of our philosophy - we believe drinking wine should be FUN!

Toad Hollow is a collaboration of two old friends who, more or less, retired to an existence of peace and quiet in the Hollow, after a life of whirlwind world travel. Neither of these two gentlemen believed in self-denial, and over the years had probably wined and dined at every major eatery and watering hole in the universe. They began to discuss the fun times they had experienced over many years, remembering all the wonderful people they had met. During their conversation they decided they wanted to find a way to repay the warmth and friendship shown them along the way.



Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Other California    California   
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Apothic Red Blend 2010
Apothic Red Blend 2010
(search item no. 113577)

PRICE ON 7/22/2014: $11.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Tasting Panel rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Apothic Red reveals intense fruit aromas and flavors of rhubarb and black cherry that are complemented by hints of mocha, chocolate, brown spice and vanilla. The plush, velvety mouthfeel and smooth finish round out this intriguing, full-bodied red blend.
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About Apothic:

More than 800 years ago, vintners blended and stored their most coveted concoctions in a mysterious place called Apotheca. In late 2005, a Master Winemaker envisioned an epic red wine combining Old World traditions of blending while realizing a markedly New World style. Thus began the path that led his protégé, winemaker Boyd Morrison, to select grapes from California's bountiful vineyards for this new blended red. Morrison was inspired to blend spicy Zinfandel, with smooth Merlot and lush, dark Syrah to create Apothic Red.


White Wines    Other White Blends    Idaho    Other US   
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Ste. Chapelle Soft White 2009
Ste. Chapelle Soft White 2009
(search item no. 110808)

PRICE ON 7/22/2014: $8.99

Winemaker's Notes:

2009 was a good vintage with plenty of season to reach peak ripeness. We cold-fermented our Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscat Blanc juice in stainless tanks and then stopped the fermentation to achieve a lower alcohol level with balanced residual sweetness.

Soft White is finished sweet but with enough acid to keep it in balance. The 2009 Soft White shows tropical notes, a hint of citrus and floral notes in leading to a clean and crisp finish.

Our Soft White is delightful on its own or serve well-chilled with fruit, cheese, and light desserts. The wine is also a perfect complement to marinated fish and poultry dishes.

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About Ste. Chapelle Winery:

From high atop "Winery Hill", Ste. Chapelle Winery overlooks thousands of acres of fertile orchards and farmland in Southwestern Idaho. Ste. Chapelle was founded in 1976 and named after La Sainte-Chapelle Church in Paris, France. The winery has grown to produce over 120,000 cases and by adhering to a quality focus, their wines have eraned national and international recognition since the beginning.


White Wines    Pinot Gris/Grigio    Willamette Valley    Oregon   
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Chehalem Reserve Pinot Gris 2009
Chehalem Reserve Pinot Gris 2009
(search item no. 118231)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/22/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 86 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Pale golden color with oily, filling, yellow fruit. The palate is bone dry but the luscious roundness makes it appear much more mouth-watering and full. There is a lingering presence of lychee fruit, slate, Earl Gray tea, soft vanilla, sage, and balanced acid. Very powerful and beautiful at the same time.
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About Chehalem:

With two vineyards on either end of Chehalem Ridge and one in the Dundee Hills, Chehalem is dedicated to reflecting as purely as possible what the vineyard has produced. With minimal processing and without compromising great fruit, Chehalem wines promise good ageing but are very drinkable young. Production quantities of all Chehalem wines are limited, to assure ultimate winemaking control.


White Wines    Chardonnay    Chile    South America   
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Tabali Chardonnay Reserva Especial 2009
Tabali Chardonnay Reserva Especial 2009
(search item no. 107764)
Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/22/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A golden yellow colored wine. On the nose it is fresh, intense and complex, where mineral aromas predominate. Elegantly complemented by hints of honey and citrus fruits that evoke a smooth maturity with a balanced acidity. This Chardonnay has a toasted finish.
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About Tabali:

The winery started its vineyard plantings in 1993 in the exciting Limari Valley, in Northern Chile. Its closeness to the Atacama Desert, the proximity of the Pacific Ocean (just 29km), the clear, pure skies, hot days and fresh nights, result in an exceptional terroir for the elaboration of premium and super premium wines.

At Tabali winery they are totally committed to crafting unique wines with distinct regional character and Limari expression. They are passionate about producing the highest quality wines by carefully balancing all elements, growing healthy vines, a careful selection of grapes and ultimately the best winemaking techniques. Their young and enthusiastic team is dedicated to producing wines that wine lovers around the world can taste and enjoy.



Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    South Africa    South Africa   
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Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz 2011
Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz 2011
(search item no. 114185)
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PRICE ON 7/22/2014: $10.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz is packed with fresh, juicy flavors of blueberries, blackberries and raspberries with dark chocolate undertones. Striking a perfect balance between sweetness and acidity, this refreshing and approachable wine is great to sip on its own and matches up equally well with meat dishes, cheeses, and desserts.
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About Jam Jar:

Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz was born out of the realization that there are not a lot of options available to consumers seeking quality sweet red wine. This fresh, fruity, semi-sweet Shiraz aims to fill that void. Most of the grapes are grown in Paarl, a region with Rhône-like climate that is ideal for Shiraz cultivation, and production is overseen by critically acclaimed winemaker Bruwer Raats. The brand’s packaging has a nostalgic, “retro” feel inspired by classic red and white checkered jam jar lids. Jam Jar is sweet perfection…Simple, pure, and honest.”


White Wines    Chardonnay    Russian River    California   
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Dry Creek Vineyard Foggy Oaks Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2008
Dry Creek Vineyard Foggy Oaks Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2008
(search item no. 108434)
Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 7/22/2014: $9.99

Winemaker's Notes:

At first swirl, Foggy Oaks Chardonnay presents a crisp exotic spice character. After several minutes in the glass, more subtle notes of melon, honeysuckle, and apricot appear. On the palate, the wine is balanced and luscious, held together with bright acidity and good structure. Flavors of vanilla, pear, and nutmeg round out the mouth feel, leading to a seamless finish that lingers on and on.
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About Dry Creek Vineyard:

In 1972, when David S. Stare opened the doors to Dry Creek Vineyard, it was the first new winery to be built in the Valley since Prohibition. Dry Creek created the first Sonoma Fume Blanc, originated the Dry Creek Valley AVA, and was an early advocate for Bordeaux-style blending.

Today, Dry Creek Vineyard is committed to vineyard diversity, vinifying individual lots of fruit separately, and then blending carefully for each final cuvee. Dry Creek Vineyard is also a leader in the stewardship of pre-Prohibition Zinfandel vines and vineyards, and has isolated a clone, called the "Heritage Clone," which is bottled separately from their "Old Vines" Zinfandel (containing wine only from vines no younger than 50 years old), and which has made very promising wines.



White Wines    Pinot Gris/Grigio    Other Italian    Italy   
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Barrymore Pinot Grigio 2011
Barrymore Pinot Grigio 2011
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PRICE ON 7/22/2014: $17.99

Winemaker's Notes:

A pale straw color, this charming Pinot Grigio has hints of fresh apricot and lively citrus flavors.

Drew Barrymore has created this wine in honor of her family. Her travels throughout Italy inspired her to create a Pinot Grigio that she enjoys with family and friends, and hopes that you will as well. Proceeds from the purchase of this wine will benefit charity.

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About Barrymore:

Wine is all about the journey. Any wine lover would have to agree. The discovery of new wines, new regions and new vintages is what keeps wine exciting to novices and enthusiasts alike.

For Drew Barrymore, it was the journey that propelled her to delve into the world of wine and with an eponymously named Pinot Grigio. A fan of crisp, fruity white wines, Barrymore has created a wine that reflects her style and personality: fresh, dynamic and fun.



White Wines    Other White Blends    Other California    California   
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promisQous White Blend
promisQous White Blend
(search item no. 118440)
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PRICE ON 7/22/2014: $11.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Aromas of melon, pear, tangerine, rose petal, lychee and lemon rond. Yummy!

Pair with oysters, caviar, grilled cheese sandwiches, omelets the morning after, chicken casserole, fish tacos, salads and seafood. For when you're in a light-hearted mood and want to drink a light-hearted wine.

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About promisQous:

[Refering to many partners.] The act of blending multiple, mutually attractive grape varieties in assortment of unorthodox combinations. Implies a wanton disregard for convention. May result in an intense sensory experience. Practice safe sipping.


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Apothic White Blend 2011
Apothic White Blend 2011
(search item no. 118292)
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PRICE ON 7/22/2014: $11.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Apothic White is an approachable blend that combines Chardonnay, Riesling and Moscato to create a luscious, vibrant wine in the bold style of Apothic. Intense flavors of peach, pineapple, honey and vanilla spice make this smooth white blend unforgettable.
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About Apothic:

More than 800 years ago, vintners blended and stored their most coveted concoctions in a mysterious place called Apotheca. In late 2005, a Master Winemaker envisioned an epic red wine combining Old World traditions of blending while realizing a markedly New World style. Thus began the path that led his protégé, winemaker Boyd Morrison, to select grapes from California's bountiful vineyards for this new blended red. Morrison was inspired to blend spicy Zinfandel, with smooth Merlot and lush, dark Syrah to create Apothic Red.