Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
(search item no. 115131)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 10/24/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1996 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep, dense and concentrated, the flavors echo intense aromas of blueberry, bramble and cassis intermingled with cocoa, cinnamon and sweet, toasty oak. Bold, yet supple on the palate, the dark, richly fruity flavors are balanced by a bright acidity and long finish.

Blend: 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 2% Syrah, 1% Petit Verdot, 1% Malbec

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About Robert Mondavi Winery:

For more than 40 years, Robert Mondavi Winery has been the symbol of Napa Valley. Founded in 1966, it was the first major winery built in Napa Valley in the three decades following the repeal of Prohibition (1933), and went on to establish the foundation for modern California winemaking. Robert Mondavi Winery's mission-styled architecture, with the expansive archway and bell tower designed by Cliff May, has become an enduring landmark that honors California's history. With the philosophy that great wines reflect their origins, Robert Mondavi Winery pursues the fullest expression of the terroir of its Napa Valley vineyards: the historic To Kalon Vineyard in the Oakville American Viticultural Area (AVA), and the Wappo Hill Vineyard in the Stags Leap Vineyard AVA.


White Wines    Other White Wine    Portugal    Portugal   
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Aveleda Quinta de Aveleda Vinho Verde 2011
Aveleda Quinta de Aveleda Vinho Verde 2011
(search item no. 118334)
Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/24/2014: $9.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A harmonious wine in which the floral aromas of the Loureiro grape variety are merged to perfection with the tropical notes of the Alvarinho. The result is a complex, elegant wine with a long, persistent after-taste in the mouth.
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About Aveleda:

Aveleda is a name which spans several generations. The first records of the sale of bottled wine date back to 1870, with Manuel Pedro Guedes (1837-1899), known for his strong enterprising spirit and believed to be the founder of the business as we know it today. His work bore fruit and the quality of the Aveleda wines started to be recognised, as the gold medals won in the international competitions in Berlin (1888) and Paris (1889) attest.

Today the Guedes family still owns 100% of the company, always committed to maintaining this family legacy which spans several generations. The son of Manuel Pedro Guedes, Fernando Guedes da Silva da Fonseca (1871-1946) continued his father’s work, significantly increasing the production capacity at the Estate. He had 7 children and it was Roberto Van-Zeller Guedes (1899-1966) who led the family business, dedicating his whole life to working at Aveleda. The 4th generation includes the six children of Roberto Van-Zeller Guedes: Fernando, Luís, António, Maria Isabel, Maria Helena and Roberto – who today manage the company’s future, together with the following generation: 14 cousins who make up the 5th generation.



Red Wines    Malbec    Argentina    South America   
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CARO Aruma 2010
CARO Aruma 2010
(search item no. 110806)
Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 10/24/2014: $16.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2013 James Suckling rating: 91 points
2012 James Suckling rating: 90 points
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The wine is very deep purple in color. Intense red ripen fruits, strawberries, raspberries and violet. Subtle vanilla and chocolate scents come to complete the bouquet.
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About Bodegas Caro:

CARO was born of an alliance between two wine cultures (French and Argentine), two noble grape varieties (Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec), and two renowned wine families (Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) and Nicolas Catena.)

Immediately after CARO's 2002 release, the first vintage of CARO, 2000, was acclaimed by professionals. The achievement of CARO has naturally led the partners to elaborate another wine based on the traditional Argentinean Malbec, conserving the fine balance between the characteristics of Argentina and the style of Bordeaux wines. As a commemoration to the Andean roots, the Indian name of a pretty little flower, which grows on the high altitude of the Andes has been chosen: Amancaya.

Vignerons since the 19th century, these two powerful organizations have combined their deep knowledge of Mendoza's high altitude terroir and the art of winemaking to create truly unique wine.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
(search item no. 107549)
Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 10/24/2014: $12.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Sourced from Columbia Valley vineyards in eastern Washington including our Cold Creek, Canoe Ridge Estate and Indian Wells vineyards.

Our goal with the Columbia Valley Cabernet is to highlight concentrated Washington red fruit in an accessible style. This is our inviting Cab with plenty of complexity and structure with silky tannins. It's also very versatile with food-try it with beef, pork or pasta.

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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.



White Wines    Torrontes    Argentina    South America   
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Crios de Susana Balbo Torrontes 2010
Crios de Susana Balbo Torrontes 2010
(search item no. 107279)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/24/2014: $12.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2013 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Enticing aromas that are strikingly similar to Viognier, with hints of peach pit, white pear, flowers, and orange citrus fruit. On the palate, it has beautiful structure and acidity similar to Sauvignon Blanc along with enticing fruit flavors that keep you coming back for another sip and plenty of body for a wine that shows such delicate aromas and flavors. Fruity, floral and yet still quite dry, this wine has to be tasted to be believed. Best enjoyed in its youth either by itself, or as a wonderful partner with smoked meats, mild to medium-strong cheeses, and seafood (especially sushi!). Keep one in the fridge at all times.
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About Crios de Susana Balbo:

After 22 years of winemaking, Susana Balbo has a strong sense of what she wants from her wines. From every harvest, she creates the grandest possible wines under her Susana Balbo label. To achieve this, she makes a rigorous selection of the finest barrels prior to making her final blends, dividing them into the parents (reserve level wines) and offspring or "crios."

Wines under her Crios label display ripe fruit flavors, excellent balance and concentration, and are meant to be enjoyed in their vibrant youth. These wines are produced under Dominio del Plata's code of sustainable agriculture.

Like Susana's own crios (a boy and a girl), they are extremely lovable and fun to be around. The label features a series of three connected and overlapping hands, an image inspired by a Mayan artifact. The artifact illustrates the interconnectedness of every generation, and the irony that we will be both the parent and the offspring at different times in our lives.



Rosé Wine    Rose    Argentina    South America   
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Crios de Susana Balbo Rose of Malbec 2010
Crios de Susana Balbo Rose of Malbec 2010
(search item no. 108119)
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International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 10/24/2014: $11.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A beautiful, deep, vibrant rosé color. Has a surprising amount of body for a rosé wine, and beautiful aromas of fresh, ripe wild strawberries. On the palate, the flavors of strawberries and young cherries come rushing in, accompanied by some spice notes and a clean, dry finish. This is the perfect chicken wine and a charming companion to mildly spicy Asian cuisine. Keep one in the fridge at all times and you'll always have a delicious wine to enjoy with light snacks and cheeses. Best consumed in its youth.
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About Crios de Susana Balbo:

After 22 years of winemaking, Susana Balbo has a strong sense of what she wants from her wines. From every harvest, she creates the grandest possible wines under her Susana Balbo label. To achieve this, she makes a rigorous selection of the finest barrels prior to making her final blends, dividing them into the parents (reserve level wines) and offspring or "crios."

Wines under her Crios label display ripe fruit flavors, excellent balance and concentration, and are meant to be enjoyed in their vibrant youth. These wines are produced under Dominio del Plata's code of sustainable agriculture.

Like Susana's own crios (a boy and a girl), they are extremely lovable and fun to be around. The label features a series of three connected and overlapping hands, an image inspired by a Mayan artifact. The artifact illustrates the interconnectedness of every generation, and the irony that we will be both the parent and the offspring at different times in our lives.



Red Wines    Zinfandel    Sonoma County    California   
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Valley of the Moon Zinfandel 2008
Valley of the Moon Zinfandel 2008
(search item no. 104461)
Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 10/24/2014: $11.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 87 points
2007 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 91 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Jammy and briary berry aromas are accented with vanilla, cumin and baking spices. Ripe, rich blackberry jam with notes of black currant on the palate; complimented by cocoa, roasted coffee and black pepper spice notes. Soft tannins, balanced acidity and light toasty oak frame the finish.

This versatile Zinfandel is especially suited to Mediterranean and spicy ethnic dishes as well as barbecued meats and hearty pastas.

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About Valley of the Moon Winery:

Valley of the Moon Winery encompasses both the rich history and the innovative spirit of California wine.

Situated in the Sonoma Valley on land first planted to grapes in 1863, Valley of the Moon Winery is housed in a beautifully restored stone and redwood winery built in 1887. Blessed with rich volcanic soils and a distinctive “banana belt” microclimate, the estate vineyard has been a revered source of grapes for well over a century. A block of “old vine” Zinfandel planted in the 1940s is complemented by more recent plantings of Barbera, Sangiovese and Petite Sirah; all farmed sustainably with natural soil amendments and natural pest controls.

Yet Valley of the Moon Winery is a thoroughly modern - even cutting-edge - producer. The state-of-the-art production facility features a full complement of temperature-controlled stainless steel fermenters, and small French and American oak barrels; ideal for Valley of the Moon’s artisan winemaking. In addition to making superb Sonoma County Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel and Pinot Noir, Valley of the Moon Winery is a leader among California wineries in the production of several exciting up-and-coming wines: Syrah, Sangiovese, Pinot Blanc, Rosato di Sangiovese and Cuvée de la Luna, a proprietary Bordeaux-inspired blend. Sometimes hard to find, Valley of the Moon wines are definitely worth the search.



Red Wines    Merlot    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot 2007
Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot 2007
(search item no. 109052)
Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 10/24/2014: $24.97

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
1996 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

We craft this wine to be our complex yet approachable Merlot. The wine off ers aromas of black cherry, leather and spice with layers of rich dark red fruit and cola flavors. Think of this inviting wine as a great "everyday red".

Serve with beef, lamb, grilled salmon, hearty pastas.

Varietal Blend: 89% Merlot, 8% Syrah, 3% Malbec.

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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    Pinot Noir    Other California    California   
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Pennywise Pinot Noir 2009
Pennywise Pinot Noir 2009
(search item no. 111988)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/24/2014: $12.79

Winemaker's Notes:

Light brick red in color with hints of emerald, the 2009 Pinot Noir blend boasts aromas of cherries jubilee, root beer, rose petal, and cotton candy. In the mouth, flavors of delicate plum, freeze dried strawberry, watermelon rind, cream caramel, and vanilla bean. This blend finishes with delicate notes of fresh summer sweet strawberries that seem to linger endlessly.

Pair this wine with salads to pork chops to burgers with ease. Try this wine with rolled pork tenderloin stuffed with dried cherries and Brie cheese or a mushroom and sausage pizza. The possibilities are endless.

Blend: 94% Pinot Noir and 6% Syrah

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About Pennywise:

Smart wine. Old world traditions and values are the essence of what makes Pennywise wine memorable. Reflecting a time when folks worked hard to make a better life for their families... we reclaim this time-honored philosophy.


Champagne & Sparkling    Non-Vintage    Other Spain    Spain   
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Jaume Serra Cristalino Brut Cava
Jaume Serra Cristalino Brut Cava
(search item no. 6619)
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Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 10/24/2014: $7.99

Winemaker's Notes:

This fine Spanish sparkling wine is made using the Traditional Method, in which the secondary fermentation producing a sparkling wine's bubbles occurs in the bottle. Its fresh, toasty nose, beautiful citrus, green apple and mineral flavors, supple, lively mouth-feel, and clean, crisp finish make it the ultimate celebratory wine. Enjoy it on its own and with caviar, sushi, seafood, fried foods and Asian dishes

Varietal Blend: 50% Macabeo, 35% Parellada, 15% Xarel-lo<

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About Jaume Serra Cristalino:

The winery behind Cristalino, Jaume Serra, was founded in 1943 by distinguished enologist Jaume Serra Guell. It is located in the Garraf subdivision of the Denominacion de Origen Penedés, the largest wine growing area in Catalonia. Jaume Serra lies within the “El Padruel” estate in the Mediterranean Coastal town of Vilanova y la Geltru, some 50 kilometers south of Barcelona,. Wine making began on this property in 1947. The winery underwent renovations in 1984 and then again in 1997, after the J. García Carrión family purchased the property.

The white varietals of Parellada, Chardonnay, Macabeo and Xarel-lo are grown in Jaume Serra's vineyards situated in the Alt Penedés, a sub region of the Penedés, and are used to produce the area's famous sparkling wines, called "Cava". By law, Cava must be made in the Methode Champenois or Champagne Method. Due to European regulations prohibiting use of that term, Cava is now labeled as Methode Tradicional, which has the same requirements with an added stipulation that cava must age for a minimum of nine months on the lees before release. After researching local yeasts, the Jaume Serra winery has taken the extraordinary step of importing their yeast from Champagne, France in order to impart the finest quality to their Cavas.