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 7/23/2014: $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.”


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 7/23/2014: $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.


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 7/23/2014: $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 7/23/2014: $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.


Red Wines    Bordeaux Red Blends    Other Bordeaux    France - Bordeaux   
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Chateau Saint-Nicolas Premiere Cotes de Bordeaux 2006
Chateau Saint-Nicolas Premiere Cotes de Bordeaux 2006
(search item no. 101179)
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PRICE ON 7/23/2014: $15.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Elegant berry fruit on the nose. Great balance and complexity on the palate. Firm tannins matched with lingering fruit gives this wine exceptional charm.

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White Wines    Viognier    South Africa    South Africa   
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Spice Route Viognier 2009
Spice Route Viognier 2009
(search item no. 109289)
screw cap wine

Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 7/23/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The vineyard is starting to mature well and producing fruit with complexity and great potential. The intense fruit character of the wine is well-supported by the addition of oak, making a bold wine with good aging potential.

Light bronze in the glass. Perfumed aromas of tropical fruit and candied orange peel. Spicy complexity and rich mouthfeel, with ripe fruit reappearing on the palate. Perfume and warming spice continue for an elegant and lengthy finish.

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About Spice Route:

Five centuries ago the ancient mariners braved uncharted seas to round the Cape in search of exotic spices. Their nerve and dash inspired Charles Back to found the Spice Route Winery in 1997. Charles had bought the farm Klein Amoskuil, and this Malmesbury based farm is now home to Spice Route's Swartland terroir styled wines. The Spice Route Winery has found its signature wine style in the warm rolling hills along the Cape West Coast. Matching traditional practices in the vineyards with modern, minimalist approaches in the cellar, they produce exceptionally ripe and deep-flavoured wines. The deep red soils sustain unirrigated bush vine through the long warm summers. These harsh conditions are tempered by cool Atlantic breezes rolling in overnight. In its few years since inception had a stratospheric climb into the top echelons of the South African wine industry.


Dessert, Sherry & Port    Port    Portugal    Portugal   
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Graham's Six Grapes Reserve Port (375ML half-bottle)
Graham's Six Grapes Reserve Port (375ML half-bottle)
(search item no. 5967)
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Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 7/23/2014: $13.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Six Grapes has a seductive, rich aroma of ripe plums, cherries and dark chocolate notes. On the palate it's complex, with an excellent structure and a long, lingering finish. Six Grapes is one of Graham's original Port blends--it is a very full-bodied, luscious wine drawn from the same vineyards as Graham's Vintage Ports. Blended from two or three years' harvests, the wine is an average of five to six years old when it is lightly filtered and bottled.

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Six Grapes is bottled ready to drink after about five years of cask aging. It has a t-cap closure, which means that you don't need a corkscrew to open it and that it should stay fresh for up to two months if stored in a cool, dark place or the refrigerator. Serve it in a glass with at least a six ounce capacity so that you may appreciate the wine's aromas. Six Grapes pairs particularly well with dark chocolate, but is also fantastic on its own as a luscious dessert in a glass.

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About Graham's:

The firm of W & J Graham & Co has its roots in a Glasgow-based textile concern. In 1820 the brothers William and John Graham, who were then managing the company office in Oporto, accepted 27 pipes of Port wine in settlement of a bad debt.This Port was shipped to the parent company in Glasgow which initially reprimanded the brothers for not sending cash. Fortunately however, after it was sold the Port turned out to be very popular and soon William and John were being urged by their parent company to acquire and ship more of this finest of fortified wines. Within the next few years Graham's reputation grew as a shipper of fine Port, first to Scotland and gradually all over the Port-drinking world. In 1882 Andrew James Symington, a young Scot whose family was well known to the Grahams, took up a position with Graham's in Oporto. The firm of W & J Graham was acquired by the Symington family, his descendants, in 1970. Today James Symington, grandson of Andrew James, and other members of the family draw on their century of experience in the Port trade to ensure that the quality and reputation of Graham's is maintained.


Dessert, Sherry & Port    Sherry    Other Spain    Spain   
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Alvear Pedro Ximinez 1927 (375ML half-bottle)
Alvear Pedro Ximinez 1927 (375ML half-bottle)
(search item no. 92464)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
PRICE ON 7/23/2014: $25.99

Winemaker's Notes:

The vineyards, located at an elevation of 1,050 feet, are comprised of the famous chalky soil called Albariza and the 40-year-old vines produce extremely low yields. The grapes were hand-harvested at the peak of maturity and dried on mats in the sun. This is one of the oldest wines in the cellar since the Solera was started at the beginning of the last century.

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Alvear S.A. was established by Don Diego de Alvear in 1729, and since that time has remained under control of the Alvear family. This is the oldest winery in the region and its fino is today one of the three most popular fino wines in Spain. Located in the town of Montilla, in the province of Cordoba, in the interior of Andalucia. Grapes are sourced from their own vineyards, of 307.2 acres. They also buy grapes and wines from local growers. The area is dominated by small parcels. The terrain is formed by undulating hills and slopes of a singular whitish color. There are two basic types of soil: Albero and Arenas. Albero is a whitish, chalky soil, found on the higher ground in the Sierra de Montilla and Moriles Alto, both of which are classified as superior zones and produce finos of good, clean character. This type of soil is highly absorbent and can supply the vines with needed water during the long, dry summers. The sun bakes the surface to a hard crust, reflecting the heat and preventing the moisture from evaporating. Arenas is found in the Ruedos made up of largely sand, with some stony clay and a small proportion of limestone. The climate is Southern continental, with hot summers, reaching at times temperatures of 120°F, resulting in early harvests. The temperature drops sharply at night, cooling the fermenting musts. Winters are cold.


White Wines    Muscat    Other Italian    Italy   
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Bartenura Moscato 2010
Bartenura Moscato 2010
(search item no. 107951)
kosher wine


PRICE ON 7/23/2014: $13.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Crisp and refreshing, semi sweet, with lingering pear, tangerine, nectar and melon flavors on the finish.

Food Pairing Recommendations - Hors d'oeuvres or sipping at poolside ice cold and perfect with dessert or fresh fruit

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White Wines    Viognier    Central Coast    California   
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Robert Hall Viognier 2010
Robert Hall Viognier 2010
(search item no. 114378)

PRICE ON 7/23/2014: $17.59

Winemaker's Notes:

Featuring honeysuckle, orange blossom and sweet spice aromas, our 2010 Viognier shows flavors of apricot and white peach with a burst of tropical mango with a hint of tangerine. On the palate the wine is medium-bodied and refreshingly dry with balancing crisp acidity. Enjoy chilled by itself, or with fresh fruits, cheeses, and spicy dishes.
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About Robert Hall:

Tucked into the hillside east of Paso Robles, along California’s enchanting Central Coast, lies a dream 40 years in the making. This is Robert Hall Winery, where years of hard work and infinite attention to detail are invested into every bottle of wine made. As farmers first, the goal is to nurture the land and coax from it the finest fruit possible from the vineyards on the Hall Ranch -- each with its own personality and each expressing unique nuances that strive to capture the essence of Paso Robles.

An entrepreneur with tremendous business acumen, Robert L. Hall’s past success include ventures in construction, bowling centers, travel agencies, restaurants and champion horse breeding. A native of Minnesota, Robert resided in Arizona prior to finding a home in the Paso Robles AVA.