White Wines    Riesling    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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Pacific Rim Organic Riesling 2011
Pacific Rim Organic Riesling 2011
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PRICE ON 7/25/2014: $11.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Our Riesling displays aromas of jasmine and citrus. The subtly sweet profile is balanced by bright and refreshing acidity. We've crafted a wine to pair with the foods that today's wine lovers place on their dinner tables.

Our Riesling beautifully complements all manner of Asian cuisines, spicy fare and flavorful, fresh, local foods.

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About Pacific Rim:

Riesling, simply, is the most versatile, complex and food-friendly of all the noble grapes. if you enjoy inspiring your palate, then Riesling is your ideal wine. No other varietal so purely expresses terroir. Washington's Columbia Valley - home of Pacific Rim - provies the ideal soils and climate for growing Riesling. Purity is at the core of Pacific Rim's winemaking philosophy. They exclusively use stainless steel tanks, allowing the true character of Riesling to speak for itself, they do not use malolactic fermentation and their wines are fermented only with native yeasts. Pacific Rim produces 10 different Rieslings from bone dry to sticky sweet, and Riesling represents 95% of all the wines they produce. Pacific Rim is an Organic and Biodynamic certified winery.


White Wines    Torrontes    Argentina    South America   
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Finca Las Nubes Torrontes 2012
Finca Las Nubes Torrontes 2012
(search item no. 123828)
The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 7/25/2014: $18.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The ultimate balance of intensity and lightness. The fruit is a little waxy with nice white flower notes and a dry, lingering melon finish– it's reminiscent of a lightweight wildflower honey.
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Champagne & Sparkling    Rosé    Alsace    France - Other regions   
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Lucien Albrecht Cremant d'Alsace Brut Rose
Lucien Albrecht Cremant d'Alsace Brut Rose
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Winemaker's Notes:

The grapes are hand picked. The whole cluster grapes are directly pressed in a pneumatic press with a long and soft pressing, hence the coral/ light pink salmon color. Cremant Rosé is made by the Champagne Methode. The second fermentation takes place in the bottle. Afterwards it stays on its lees for 9 months follow by the remuage and disgorging.

100% Pinot Noir

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About Lucien Albrecht:

The history of the Albrecht family as winegrowers can be traced back to 1425 with Romanu Albrecht, who was established in the town of Thann.

The fifteenth century was golden era for the Alsace wines and it was during this period that the winegrowers guild of Alsace was founded. Each year, the most deserving vinegrower was elected by the guild of the winegrowers as Bangard, a highly respected positions. It was held by 8 generations of Albrecht's, between 1520 and 1698.

Domaine Albrecht experienced a major development under the guidance of Lucien Albrecht, the father of Jean, to become one of the most important in Alsace with holdings in 9 villages surounding Orschwihr. Lucien Albrecht, extended the winery with new cellars and expanded the sales of his wines in bottles. In 1972, Lucien Albrecht was also a pioneer of Cremand d'Alsace. Today the Cremant is one of their specialities and a major part of the business.

150 years were needed to make up the Domaine Albrecht located in the very best Alsace terroirs. Jean Albrecht is now the ninth generation settled in Orschwihr, leading the Domaine.



Champagne & Sparkling    Non-Vintage    Sonoma County    California   
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Kenwood Yulupa Sparkling
Kenwood Yulupa Sparkling
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Winemaker's Notes:

A light refreshing balanced sparkling wine with fruit flavors and aromas of citrus, pear, peaches, followed by a nuance of spice.

Enjoy this sparkling wine as an aperitif, or with salads and spicy dishes, especially those using citrus fruit. For dessert this wine pairs well with fresh berries or a fruit tart.

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About Kenwood Vineyards:

Located in the heart of the Sonoma Valley, Kenwood Vineyards is dedicated to producing premium wines truly representative of Sonoma County’s world-class vineyards.

Kenwood Vineyards was established in 1970 in the former Pagani Brothers Winery, a historic cellar dating back to 1906. Thoroughly refurbished and modernized, the facility now boasts more than 125 stainless steel fermenting tanks and large oak uprights, and 20,000 small French and American oak barrels, all devoted to Kenwood Vineyards’ “small lot” style of winemaking.

In addition to the 22-acre vineyard surrounding the winery, Kenwood Vineyards sources grapes from dozens of vineyards – many farmed sustainably, using natural soil amendments and pest controls whenever possible rather than chemicals - in Sonoma County’s best appellations, including Russian River Valley, Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma Valley and Sonoma Mountain. Each lot from each vineyard is kept separate throughout the winemaking process, enabling the winemaker to bring it to its fullest potential. This “small lot” or “cuvee” style of winemaking also enables the winemaker to draw on an exceptionally broad “palette” to assemble wines that showcase classic character, subtle complexity and superb balance. As a result, every Kenwood Vineyards wine – whether Table Wine Series, Sonoma Series, Reserve, Jack London Vineyard or Artist Series – is consistent in quality and consistently delicious.



White Wines    Pinot Gris/Grigio    Other California    California   
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J Vineyards & Winery California Pinot Gris 2011
J Vineyards & Winery California Pinot Gris 2011
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PRICE ON 7/25/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This Pinot Gris has an enticing bouquet of Fuji apple, ripe cantaloupe, and apricot. The crisp, clean mouthfeel is bursting with flavors of lemon and lime. A hint of kiwi and sweet orange blossom honey on the palate complements the fruit and acid. The lingering finish invites you to relax and enjoy another taste. In fact, it is the perfect sipper when entertaining with friends. This layered and well-balanced wine is a great accompaniment to a variety of foods, from Japan and Mexico, to India and China, all accented with a variety of spices.
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About J Vineyards & Winery:

Founded by Judy Jordan in 1986, J Vineyards & Winery is an independently owned Sonoma County winery. Located on Old Redwood Highway south of Healdsburg, the winery focuses on Brut and Brut Rose sparkling wines, as well as Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris - terroir-driven varietal wines, produced from estate-grown grapes farmed primarily within Sonoma County's Russian River Valley appellation. In 1994, the first small lots of Pinot Noir varietal wines were produced at J, but sparkling wine continued to be the winery's focus. In 2006, J formally launched an estate varietal program based on its 254-acres of Russian River Valley vineyards. Today, under the direction of winemaker Melissa Stackhouse, J Vineyards & Winery produces several small-lot Pinot Noirs. The winery celebrates its 25th harvest in 2012.


Rosé Wine    Rose    Provence    France - Other regions   
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Chateau d'Esclans Whispering Angel Rose 2012
Chateau d'Esclans Whispering Angel Rose 2012
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James Suckling rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 7/25/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2013 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Whispering Angel is a blend of Grenache, Rolle, Cinsault, Syrah, and Mourvedre grapes. Strikingly pale pink in color, the aromas are fresh and fruity. On the palate, it is bone dry through the finish. The name really suits the delicate nature of this wine.
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About Chateau d'Esclans:

Also enchanted by the Provence his father speaks of with emotion, Sacha Alexis Lichine, convinced by the potential of these sun-drenched soils, become the owner, with the Angostura group, of Chateau d'Esclans in 2006. Since then, he hasn't ceased to combine his talent and know-how to this magical terroir, and has given a new dimension to Provence Rose, making a unique assemblage of refinement and pleasure. A new chapter has begun in the world of Rose.

Patrick Leon has unparalleled experience in making among the great wines of the world. Leon served as a Managing Director for Baron Phillipe de Rothschild, overseeing technical departments including the company's vineyards and winemaking facilities for Chateau Mouton Rothschild, d'armailhac, Clerc Milon, le Petit Mouton, Aile d'Argent, Opus One in California, Almaviva in Chile, Domaine de Lambert & Barn' Arques in the Languedoc, Mouton Cadet in Bordeaux as well as other wines in the Baron Phillipe de Rothschild portfolio, including Escudo Rojo in Chile. Patrick's wide breadth of experience and knowledge has established the foundation to becoming a consulting oenologist and working with Sacha Lichine in this capacity. Towards that end, Patrick has been instrumental in overseeing the wine making for Chateau d’Esclans. Patrick Leon's guidance and his enduring counsel have made an immeasurable difference to making all the Lichine wines as great as they are.

Chateau d'Esclans is located on an exceptional site, on elevated land near the Gorges de Pennafort. The surrounding land around Chateau d'Esclans is known as La Vallee des Esclans (the valley of the clans).



White Wines    Torrontes    Argentina    South America   
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Alta Vista Premium Torrontes 2011
Alta Vista Premium Torrontes 2011
(search item no. 119186)
Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/25/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

With delicate floral aromas, this wine has fresh, lively flavors that are clean, energizing and easy to drink.

This wine pairs wonderfully with grilled fish, fresh shellfish and focaccia topped with tapenade.

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About Alta Vista:

Founded in 1997 and owned by the d'Aulan family, former owners of the Piper-Heidsieck Champagne house, Alta Vista is guided by the philosophy of expressing the best terroirs of Argentina and highlighting the typical Argentine varieties: Malbec and Torrontes. The winemaking team's system of terroir management led Alta Vista to produce the very first single-vineyard Malbecs in Argentina. Alta Vista has gained the respect of other wine professionals both in Argentina and in other wine-producing countries on the basis of the quality of its wines, which have been internationally classified as being among Argentina's finest.


White Wines    Sauvignon Blanc    Marlborough    New Zealand   
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Loveblock by Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Loveblock by Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc 2012
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Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/25/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2013 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2013 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Water white color with a hint of green and gold. Lifted aromatics with peach, fig and a hint of tomato leaf. Explosive palate with white peach, underscored with subtle herbaceous notes and linear acidity.
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About Loveblock by Kim Crawford:

Loveblock was forged from a love affair with a view and a challenge. Perched high on the hills overlooking Marlborough's Awatere Valley, our Loveblock is far removed from the agricultural bustle in the valley below. From here you can almost see the end of the planet; the peace lifts you above your troubles. At Loveblock, we are charged with creating the best wine we can to express this extraordinary place and its unique aspect. We follow our deeply held belief in ethical farming which enables the wine to show its true and naked terroir.


White Wines    Sauvignon Blanc    Marlborough    New Zealand   
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Nautilus Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Nautilus Sauvignon Blanc 2012
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PRICE ON 7/25/2014: $18.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2013 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2004 The Wine News rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The Nautilus Sauvignon Blanc 2012 is intensely aromatic and complex on the nose displaying multi-layered characters of fresh basil, mint and coriander with subtle notes of mandarin peel. A mouth-watering yet smoothly integrated palate reveals notes of passion fruit, papaya and a strong textural component.

Try with Snapper ceviche with chilli and lime, avocado and tomato, with coriander salsa.

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About Nautilus Estate:

Ever since the first fine wine from Nautilus Estate of Marlborough was released in 1985, they have been striving to make wines that are truly synonymous with the best of New Zealand. Celebrated around the world for their intense fruit flavors and zingy freshness, Marlborough is the place that made New Zealand wines famous.

Today, Nautilus Estate produces and exports Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir from across five estate vineyards (70 hectares in total) in the Marlborough wine region. A dedicated and enthusiastic winemaking team applies the best of modern winemaking technology, deftly combined with traditional techniques. Nautilus is run by Managing Director, Clive Weston, and owned by the Hill Smith family, proprietors of Negociants New Zealand and of Australia's oldest family-owned winery, Yalumba.



White Wines    Riesling    Barossa Valley    Australia   
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St Hallett Eden Valley Riesling 2011
St Hallett Eden Valley Riesling 2011
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 7/25/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 95 points
2008 Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A pristine and focused wine, St Hallett's Riesling remains true to Eden Valley character. Typical of a great Riesling, this wine has the pedigree, structure and acidity to develop and truly reward those with the virtue of patience.
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As one of the founding wineries of the region and in the strength, warmth and honesty of its wines, St Hallett has come to be regarded as quintessential Barossa.

In the heart of the Barossa Valley, Australia's best known wine region, lies St Hallett, one of the country's premier wine producers. Established by the Lindner Family in 1944, for many years St Hallett's winemaking focus was, like many local wineries, on producing fortified wines. However, during the seventies and eighties, St Hallett turned to explore the true potential of the Barossa through premium table wines. This has resulted in St Hallett's status as one of Australia’s best producers.

St Hallett is renowned for crafting full-flavored, textured wines entirely from Barossa Valley fruit and is credited with producing benchmark wines of the region such as the iconic St Hallett Old Block Shiraz, made from vines aged up to 100 years old.

Winemaker and General Manager, Stuart Blackwell spearheaded the commissioning of the new winemaking facilities in 1988 and the installation of some of the world's most advanced fruit processing and handling equipment. Despite this modern approach, traditional winemaking techniques prevail at St Hallett as they are best suited to the winery's classic style.