Red Wines    Zinfandel    Sierra Foothills    California   
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Terra d'Oro Deaver Ranch Old Vine Zinfandel 2010
Terra d'Oro Deaver Ranch Old Vine Zinfandel 2010
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PRICE ON 8/23/2014: $24.99

Winemaker's Notes:

The Terra d'Oro 2010 Deaver Zinfandel has a deep garnet color with lifted aromas of clove, allspice and cracked white pepper. The palate is focused with crisp and juicy layers of ripe blackberry, plum and cinnamon and a lingering baked cobbler flavor on the finish. The briary tannins and baked spice components add complexity to this bold wine and support a great balance of power and restraint.

For a zesty pairing, serve this wine with a roasted guinea hen or a juicy ribeye steak.

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About Terra d'Oro:

For more than 150 years, fortune seekers have been lured to California's rugged Sierra Foothills. Though they once came for the gold, these days they come for the wine—Terra d'Oro, to be more specific. Handcrafted from some of Amador County's most historic vineyards, Terra d'Oro wines are rich indeed, full of the character and intensity that perfectly captures the essence of this "Land of Gold."


White Wines    Rhone White Blends    Central Coast    California   
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Treana White 2010
Treana White 2010
(search item no. 121576)
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PRICE ON 8/23/2014: $22.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This white Rhone blend displays varietal characteristics of Marsanne and Viognier; vibrant floral aromas of citrus blossom and jasmine are followed by elegant flavors of ripe stone fruit, hints of pear, pineapple and honey overtones. A wine of excellent balance and complexity, the 2010 Treana White will age beautifully over the next decade.
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About Treana Winery:

Treana symbolizes a trinity of natural elements - the sun, the soil, and the ocean - the elements that make Paso Robles and the rest of the Central Coast a prime area for premium wine grapes.

The Hope family began planting vineyards in the area in 1978. Two decades of experience has taught them not only how to grow the finest quality wine grapes, but has also shown them the tremendous potential of the region.

Formerly, the Hopes sold wine under the Hope Family label directly from the winery's tasting room. Beginning with the 1990 vintage, the Hope ranches became the sole source of fruit for Liberty School Cabernet Sauvignon. In 1996, they founded Treana Winery after years of hands-on experience in viticulture and winemaking. Today, the Hopes cultivate mature vineyards of the varietals best suited to their area; Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Grenache, Petit Verdot, Mourvedre and Merlot.



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 8/23/2014: $7.99

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.


Red Wines    Carmenere    Chile    South America   
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Nativa Reserva Carmenere 2009
Nativa Reserva Carmenere 2009
(search item no. 118585)
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PRICE ON 8/23/2014: $9.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep violet-red in color, with scents of ripe red fruit, dark chocolate, cinnamon and a touch of black pepper grace the bouquet. Lush, rich and fruit forward, with silky, soft tannins.

Ideal with aged cheeses, smoked meats, and pastas with well-seasoned sauces.

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About Nativa:

Nativa wines capture the very essence of Chile's superior and unique terroir with organically grown grapes nurtured only by the warmth of the sun and the nutrients in the soil. This producer’s naturally distinctive wines are, as a result, full of the flavors and aromas that are helping to make the country one of the most exciting wine producing regions in the world.

Nativa wines were the first in Chile to be made with grapes certified as organically grown. The country, indeed, offers excellent growing conditions for organic agriculture, with its four natural barriers – the Atacama Desert to the north, the Andes Mountains to the east, the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Antarctic glaciers to the south –providing natural isolation and protection of the vineyards.

Led by Chief Winemaker, Felipe Ramírez, the Nativa team is passionate about embracing the natural environment and has implemented sustainable winemaking practices. The winery uses recycled materials for labels and packaging, produces grapes free of chemical residue, strives to improve soil fertility, and utilizes the maximum amount of renewable resources, all while maintaining the genetic diversity of the ecosystem.



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 8/23/2014: $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.


Champagne & Sparkling    Non-Vintage    Loire    France - Other regions   
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Marquis de la Tour Brut
Marquis de la Tour Brut
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PRICE ON 8/23/2014: $11.99

Winemaker's Notes:

The wine is pale gold with fine bubbles. The aroma is delicate with floral aspects, while the taste is crisp, clean and light with melon flavors.

Ugni Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay

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About Marquis de la Tour:

The Loire Valley has often been called the "garden of France." This pastoral landscape, with its gently rolling hills and majestic châteaux, also happens to be the largest sparkling wine region in France, outside of Champagne.

One of the best known names in fine Loire Valley sparkling wines is Marquis de la Tour from Rémy Pannier. Rémy Pannier, which has been identified with premium quality Loire Valley wines since 1885, is the Loire Valley's single largest wine producer, with markets in over 40 countries worldwide.

Approximately one third of production at Rémy Pannier is devoted to the internationally popular Marquis de la Tour, an dry, youthful and appealing sparkling wine blend comprising 50% Chenin Blanc, 25% Sauvignon Blanc and 25% Chardonnay grapes, all grown exclusively in the vineyards of the Loire Valley. Each variety is fermented independently in stainless steel. The individual wines are then tasted and blended to achieve a desired consistency of style. The resulting blend is fermented a second time, with the addition of selected yeasts and sugar, after which it rests under pressure on the lees for six months before bottling and release.



White Wines    Riesling    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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Pacific Rim Dry Riesling 2011
Pacific Rim Dry Riesling 2011
(search item no. 118632)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 8/23/2014: $12.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The wine is crisp, dry and lush with flavors of citrus, jasmine and minerals. Our Dry Riesling is endlessly versatile and harmoniously complements the world's most vibrant and flavorful cuisine.

Pair with anything from Asian to European to a wide variety of seafood, cheeses and cold meats.

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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    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 8/23/2014: $13.97

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

PRICE ON 8/23/2014: $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.


Champagne & Sparkling    Non-Vintage    Other Spain    Spain   
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Freixenet Sparkling Cordon Negro Brut Cava
Freixenet Sparkling Cordon Negro Brut Cava
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Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 8/23/2014: $9.99

Winemaker's Notes:

35% Macabeo, 25% Xarel·lo, 40% Parellada. A Cava with an exceptional, fresh, fruity style and a lingering aroma. It is the perfect partner for the finest food and excellent at any time.
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About Freixenet:

The Freixenet cava business started in 1914. Pere Ferrer Bosch was the son of "La Freixeneda", the family estate located in the Alt Penedès region since the XIIIth century. Right from the start they decided to produce only cava, a natural sparkling wine, following the method used in Champagne (France) for a couple of centuries. The cellars were set up in Sant Sadurní d'Anoia (Catalonia, Spain), a town situated in the heart of the Penedès region--already well-known from the era of the Roman Empire, for the quality of the wines produced there. In 1941, Freixenet launched what in time would become one of its leading products, the cava Carta Nevada and in 1974 the cava Cordon Negro.