Champagne & Sparkling    Non-Vintage    Veneto    Italy   
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La Marca Prosecco
La Marca Prosecco
(search item no. 24828)
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Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/11/2014: $14.99

Winemaker's Notes:

This sparkling wine is a pale, golden straw in color. Bubbles are full textured and persistent. On the nose the wine brings fresh citrus with hints of honey and white flowers. The flavor is fresh and clean, with ripe citrus, lemon, green apple, and touches of grapefruit, minerality, and some toast. The finish is light, refreshing, and crisp.
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About La Marca:

La Marca Prosecco is named for the La Marca Trevigiana zone, located in the heart of Italy's Prosecco region, where its grapes are grown. Founded more than 40 years ago, the La Marca winery joins tradition and innovation, ensuring the highest quality product.

In 2007, the winery was awarded a "Top 100 Wines of the Year" by Wine Spectator. La Marca is the only Prosecco producer from the Veneto region to be awarded this honor.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Argentina    South America   
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Tilia Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Tilia Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
(search item no. 112049)
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PRICE ON 7/11/2014: $9.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon offers aromas of red fruit, sweet spice and a touch of fresh mint. It is full and soft with layers of red currant and cassis, note of cigar box, leather and ripe black fruit. The wine finishes with finely grained tannins that add structure and length.
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About Tilia:

Named after the Tilia (Linden) tree commonly found throughout Argentina’s wine country, Tilia wines possess true varietal character and embody the rural Mendozean lifestyle. For years vineyard workers have used the flowers of the Tilia to make an herbal tea for enjoyment after a hard day’s work. The name Tilia is chosen in honor of this wine country tradition.

The Tilia wines are made at Bodegas Esmeralda, a Catena family winery in the Eastern region of Mendoza that is dedicated to making value wines for the Argentine domestic market. Tilia wines offer a unique combination of fruit sourced from the traditional Eastern region and the dynamic Southern region of Mendoza. The Eastern region of Mendoza enjoys warm, sunny days and cool desert nights. The grapes have very ripe, rich fruit flavors and excellent mid-palate depth and concentration. Bright sunshine and low temperatures of the Southern region lend a cool freshness. The fruit from this area shows clean acid balance and soft, supple tannins.

Tilia is dedicated to responsible use of the environment. The winemaking and viticultural team actively engage in many practices and programs throughout the community to implement sustainability. Water conservation and reuse, minimal use of pesticides and organic fertilization are several examples of the team’s dedication. Furthermore, the entire Tilia viticultural team attends regular sustainability training sessions at the National University of Cuyo and National Agricultural Research Institute. They take this training into the field to share and implement with their grower partners.



White Wines    Chardonnay    Chile    South America   
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Los Vascos Chardonnay 2011
Los Vascos Chardonnay 2011
(search item no. 112984)
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PRICE ON 7/11/2014: $11.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 85 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This Chardonnay shows a bright yellow robe with golden glints. The nose offers pineapple, banana, and grapefruit aromas combined with some pawpaw notes. Fresh, balanced, and round mouthfeel and pleasant finish. Ideal as an aperitif or the perfect match for fish, oysters, poultry, and some mild cheeses.
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About Los Vascos:

Los Vascos traces its roots to approximately 1750 and to the original vineyard of Miguel Echenique. The vineyard passed down through the family throughout the succeeding centuries.

The acquisition of 50% of Los Vascos by Rothschild (Lafite) in 1988 was the result of a careful search among more than one hundred Chilean wines for one that could meet their criteria for excellence. A team of winemakers from Domaine Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) control the viticulture, harvest, maceration, fermentation and aging of the wines at Los Vascos. Strict control of yields from the estate and adherence to the winemaking techniques of Chateau Lafite result in wines of high quality, whose characteristics do not escape connoisseurs. All production is estate bottled.



Red Wines    Bordeaux Red Blends    Sonoma County    California   
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Lyeth Red Meritage 2010
Lyeth Red Meritage 2010
(search item no. 116152)

PRICE ON 7/11/2014: $19.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep in color, this wine is rich with aromas of dense purple fruits, brambly, blueberry and boysenberry, with notes of leather, tobacco, dark chocolate and cedar. Flavors of fresh strawberries and boysenberries are lush and pronounced on the palate, followed by hints of roasted coffee and maple. This is a big wine that is well-structured and has a long finish. Excellent when served with rich and robust foods, such as bold cheeses and game.
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Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Chile    South America   
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Cono Sur Bicycle Pinot Noir 2011
Cono Sur Bicycle Pinot Noir 2011
(search item no. 115503)
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Decanter rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/11/2014: $9.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Red color with violet hints, showing aromas of berries, black cherries, sweet fruits with hints of toasted oak. On the palate, soft sweet fruits combine with fine tannins that contribute to its rich texture and mouth-filling sensation. Best paired with red and white meats and mature cheeses.
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About Cono Sur:

Cono Sur Vineyards and Winery was founded in 1993, with the vision of producing premium, expressive and innovative wines conveying the spirit of the new world. Their name refers to the company's geographic position; it represents wines proudly made in South America's Southern Cone, on whose western edge lays Chile and its gifted wine valleys. Their logo is a freehand drawing of the silhouette of South America. Right from the start, Cono Sur applied new ideas and technology to winemaking traditional methods. Nowadays, Cono Sur's original claim, "No family trees, no dusty bottles, just quality wine," continues to inspire them towards quality, innovation, style and creativity.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    South Australia    Australia   
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Yalumba Y Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Yalumba Y Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
(search item no. 110567)

PRICE ON 7/11/2014: $12.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 87 points
2008 Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A dark scarlet with purple hues, this wine exhibits classic varietal aromas of crushed blackcurrants, violets and mint leaf, which are enhanced by hints of dusty French oak, tobacco leaf and cinnamon.

A full bodied and rich wine on the palate, the Y Series Cabernet Sauvignon shows classical flavours of mint leaf and blackcurrant with hints of chocolate. Balanced ripe tannins parade across the palate, leading to a long and persistent finish.

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About Yalumba:

Yalumba is one of Australia's oldest family-owned wineries and was founded in 1949 by Samuel Smith. From modest beginnings, the Yalumba Wine Company has grown to become one of Australia's most successful medium-sized wineries, owned by 6th generation Robert Hill Smith. Yalumba regularly receives accolateds for its distinctive wines, as well as for its leadership role in the Australian wine industry in the areas of viti-innovation and environmental policy. The Yalumba premium wine portfolio commences with the fresh and flavorsome varietal wines of the Y Series, then moves up to capture the essence of the Barossa Eden Valleys, explores old world varieties through innovated, modern wines in the Hand Picked line, and culminates with the coveted, collectible Yalumba Rare & Fine wines.


White Wines    Chardonnay    Other Spain    Spain   
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Vega Sindoa Chardonnay 2010
Vega Sindoa Chardonnay 2010
(search item no. 116067)
International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/11/2014: $7.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Yellow-gold. Leesy lemon, quince and pear aromas are brightened by dusty minerality and white flowers. Broad and smoky on the palate, offering sweet orchard fruit and fresh butter qualities along with anise and baking spices. Becomes nervier on the long, sappy finish.
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About Vega Sindoa:

Although the Valley of Valdizarbe has always been considered one of the best areas of production in Navarra and viticulture there is centuries-old, it almost disappeared due to the depressed prices of grapes and extreme weather conditions. This winery is one of the first to bring the vineyards back to the valley by the hands of an energetic winemaker, Concha Vecino, and an innovative vineyard manager, Jose Manuel Urricelqui.


Dessert, Sherry & Port    None    Various Regional   
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ChocoVine Chocolate Dessert Wine
ChocoVine Chocolate Dessert Wine
(search item no. 108277)
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PRICE ON 7/11/2014: $7.99

Winemaker's Notes:

ChocoVine is a fine French Cabernet subtly combined with a rich dark chocolate from Holland, paired together to create a decadent, silky smooth drink. It can be served on the rocks or as the main ingredient to an array of sinful cocktails.
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About ChocoVine:

ChocoVine is blended in Holland by one of the oldest and most respected cream manufactures in the world. Chocolate and wine can be paired in a way that features the best and the most interesting aspect of each flavor profile. But they are also both incredibly complex and pairing them has always been a daunting process, often leading to dreadful results. After years of research, however the perfect union on wine and chocolate is not only a reality but the outcome is a true match made in heaven! With ChocoVine, the two concepts are blended to perfection to create pure bliss. ChocoVine is gluten free.


White Wines    Chardonnay    Sonoma County    California   
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Simi Chardonnay 2010
Simi Chardonnay 2010
(search item no. 115054)

PRICE ON 7/11/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 86 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 86 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 86 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The remarkable color of this wine cannot be ignored. It is brilliantly clear straw with glimmers of gold throughout. The nose is similarly expressive, with tropical notes of guava, pineapple, bright nectarine, peach, green apple, and citrus delicately spiced with toasty oak. Lifted aromatics of orange blossoms and a hint of smoke add a savory character. It all comes together on the palate with well-defined, supremely balanced and forward flavors of tangerine, peach, and green apple that are lifted by a light toasted and warm oak character that reveals itself as sweet vanilla, hazelnut, nutmeg, and smoky bacon. This wine is perfectly balanced with a delicate, lightly floral finish. We suggest you show off this 2010 Chardonnay by serving it with clam linguine, a classic wedge salad, or Florida stone crab claws.
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About Simi:

In 1876, brothers Giuseppe and Pietro Simi began making wine in San Francisco from Sonoma County grapes and eventually planted vineyards near Healdsburg. Simi's historic stone cellars were built in 1890 and are still used to age the wines. Today, Simi is recognized as a leader in innovation and experimentation with a history of over 125 years of cutting-edge winemaking.

Their Alexander Valley vineyards possess some of the most diverse soils of any wine-growing region. Years of geologic activity – from an ancient mudflow to the meandering Russian River and Mayacama Creek – has created numerous distinct soil types and a range of microclimates. Here they grow the red Bordeaux varietals for their Reserve Cabernet and Sauvignon Blanc as well as Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon for their Sendal.

Their Russian River Goldfields vineyard is planted to field selections chosen from the oldest and best Chardonnay vineyards in California. The combination of diverse clones and the cool, Russian River Valley climate produce Simi’s distinct Reserve Chardonnay.

Simi's winemakers focus on site-specific winemaking and use the most modern advances in vineyard management, fermentation and blending to best express the personality and flavors of each vineyard site.



Red Wines    Malbec    Argentina    South America   
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Dona Paula Estate Malbec 2010
Dona Paula Estate Malbec 2010
(search item no. 112644)

PRICE ON 7/11/2014: $12.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Tasting Panel rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Intense violet color; plums, black cherries, licorice and dried herbs aromas in the nose. Sweet, round and ample in the mouth, with a lingering finish. 100% Malbec.
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Located in Ugarteche, Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza Argentina, Dona Paula is an estate winery, producing wines from Dona Paula's own vineyards in the winegrowing regions of Mendoza. Dona Paula's history began in 1990, when a period of exhaustive research on the different Argentinean terroirs and their potential to fully express each varietal began. Dona Paula acquired its first vineyard in 1997 in Ugarteche, Lujan de Cuyo, a region in the foothills of the Andes Mountains that is famous for its Malbec. In 2002, Dona Paula began exporting into the US, UK and the Netherlands, and is now one of the leading Argentinean wineries that exports premium wines; with 97% of the winery's production exported to more than 60 countries.