Red Wines    Malbec    Argentina    South America   
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Anoro Malbec 2009
Anoro Malbec 2009
(search item no. 120706)
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Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 7/23/2014: $17.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Intensely red with violet tones, with earthy, forest floor and bittersweet chocolate aromas. Elegant and smooth with black cherry liqueur on the edges and a touch of vanilla from the oak. It is well-structured but graces the palate with soft, sweet tannins and good acidity on a closely-knit frame. Made with 100% Malbec.
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About Anoro:

Añoro (pronounced ‘ahn-your-o’) is a unique word with no direct translation into English. In Spanish it often refers to the act of reminiscing or dreaming of a special time in one’s past. For us, it means creating something that we once only dreamed of – the wines of Añoro.


White Wines    Sauvignon Blanc    Chile    South America   
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Veramonte Sauvignon Blanc 2011
Veramonte Sauvignon Blanc 2011
(search item no. 115017)
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Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/23/2014: $9.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2013 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Good clarity with light straw color. Medium-bodied with tropical and citrus fruit flavors of white grapefruit and lime with a long crisp finish and some minerality.
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About Veramonte:

Veramonte represents a return to Agustin Huneeus' Chilean roots. When he spearheaded development of the Veramonte Estate in 1990, there were less than 100 acres of grapevines planted in the Casablanca Valley.

The coastal mountain ranges surrounding the Casablanca estate create a unique terroir with a diversity of microclimates. The valley floor's cool climate is reminiscent of Carneros and ideal for growing premium Chardonnay. The foothills are warmer, akin to the more Northern reaches of the Napa Valley. Here, the climate is more suited to varieties like Carmenëre, the lost Bordeaux grape that has become Chile's citizen and the basis of Primus, our racy, exotic Chilean blend.

Using the latest viticultural technology developed in California, rootstock has been matched to each vineyard block and clone. Vertical trellising and dense vine spacing balance growth and fruit production. Veramonte's Casablanca vineyard produces significantly lower yields than other grape growing regions in Chile, resulting in grapes with more intensity and concentration.

Recognizing that the region also had potential as a tourist destination for its proximity to Santiago, Huneeus began to plant the estate and in 1995, constructed the first Napa Valley style hospitality center in Chile. The first wines were released in 1996.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Central Coast    California   
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Liberty School Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Liberty School Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
(search item no. 114475)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/23/2014: $11.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Tasting Panel rating: 88 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2009 Liberty School Cabernet Sauvignon offers up-front aromas of ripe red fruit, followed by similar vibrant and rich berry flavors. Silky but firm tannins lend excellent structure, while maintaining a soft approachability reflective of Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine has a ripe finish with good length. Its fruit-driven style lends ease to food-pairing.
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About Liberty School:

Varietally on target, reliable year after year, Liberty School Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Cuvee consistently over-deliver value wines of outstanding quality. The Hope family has been making Liberty School Cabernet Sauvignon since 1990. In 1996, when the Hopes established Treana Winery, the Liberty School brand officially became part of Hope Family Wines. Liberty School wines are made in a traditional style. Fruit driven, they are crafted to reflect true varietal character. The wines are barrel-aged, employing very little new oak. Oak is used as a building component rather than a flavoring agent.

A big brand, made by a small, close family, Liberty School is the home of delicious wines that are easy to enjoy.



Red Wines    Petite Sirah    Other California    California   
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HandCraft Petite Sirah 2010
HandCraft Petite Sirah 2010
(search item no. 120631)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/23/2014: $17.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Jammy fruit from beginning to end—starting with aromas of blueberry pie, nutmeg and pepper. In the mouth, flavors expand to include boysenberry, plum, blueberry and spice. This full bodied wine has a bold tannin structure and balanced acidity that lead to a long finish. This big wine is anything but "petite."
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About HandCraft:

Cheryl Indelicato’s life reflects a joyful meeting of her inspiring, bounteous California home and her cherished Italian heritage.

As part of one of California’s oldest winemaking families, Cheryl has been in the wine industry since she was a little girl, doing odd jobs at the winery and in the vineyards with her siblings and cousins. Today, that group of hard working kids represents the current leadership of DFV Wines: the third generation of the family owned and operated vineyards and wineries.

Originally built on the hard work of patriarch Gasparé Indelicato, the company went from farming grapes to making its first vintage of wine in 1935 after Prohibition ended. “We have such a strong family tradition with wine, and that’s important to me,” Cheryl explains. “My grandfather, Gasparé, learned winemaking from his father. And my Dad and his brothers learned it from Gasparé. I knew I would work toward continuing that legacy.”

Although Cheryl grew up working at the winery, her parents insisted that all of “Generation Three” graduate from college and gather outside experience by working elsewhere for at least three years before coming back to the family business. Taking this sage advice, she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business in 1989 from California State University, Stanislaus and a Registered Nursing degree in 1985.

It did not take long for Cheryl to return to the winery. Launching her official career in 1990, she worked in various facets of the business; from sales and marketing to human resources to public relations and is now proprietor for HandCraft wines.

HandCraft wines provide Cheryl with the opportunity to recreate the fruit forward, delicious wines that she remembered on the family table when she was growing up. A dash of Italian varietals are added to the final wine blends and the result is simply delicious. It’s what makes HandCraft wines easy to enjoy, distinctive and memorable.



Champagne & Sparkling    Non-Vintage    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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Michelle Brut
Michelle Brut
(search item no. 1619)

PRICE ON 7/23/2014: $11.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Not too dry or sweet, Michelle Brut is a palate-pleasing sparkling wine that delivers aromas and flavors of apples and citrus with a light, toasty finish.

Blend: 63% Chardonnay, 19% Pinot Noir, 18% Pinot Gris

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About Michelle:

Michelle, by Domaine Ste. Michelle is the largest producer of sparkling wines in Washington state. The winery has crafted highly acclaimed wines for over 35 years since the wines were introduced in 1978. Michelle wines are crafted using the traditional Methode Champenoise technique. The winery offers a Brut, Brut Rose and Extra Dry sparkling wine.


White Wines    Sauvignon Blanc    Chile    South America   
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Santa Ema Amplus Sauvignon Blanc 2009
Santa Ema Amplus Sauvignon Blanc 2009
(search item no. 105263)
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Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 7/23/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The color is bright, crystalline straw yellow. The aroma is very expressive and exuberant, with tremendous personality. Notes of herbes fines framed by aromas of lime and mineral notes that lend complexity and elegance. On the palate it's voluminous, well-balanced, and fresh, with the clear notes of green chilies that are so typical in this valley and a harmoniously crisp finish. with oysters and ceviches. Also good with baked or grilled fish and goat cheese.
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About Santa Ema Winery:

Over the years, Santa Ema has been recognized by the most important national and international organizations and has earned numerous medals in competitions such as the Concours Mundial de Bruxelles and distinctions in the prestigious international trade magazines. It was recently added to Wine Spectator's list of Top 20 World's Finest Value Brands, Wine Advocate rated four Santa Ema wines above 90 points, and Wine & Spirits named it Value Winery of the Year. But for Santa Ema, the most important distinction of all is the preference of its consumers around the world to appreciate the work of three generations dedicated to the production of consistently high quality wines.


Champagne & Sparkling    Non-Vintage    Veneto    Italy   
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Zardetto Brut Private Cuvee
Zardetto Brut Private Cuvee
(search item no. 117853)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 7/23/2014: $9.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Brilliant straw-yellow in color, enhanced by the perlage. The fruity flavors of pears, apples and peaches dissolve into floral notes, with a hint of citrus fruit and an aromatic quality that is fresh and rich in sensations. To pair with fish and vegetables hors d'oeuvres, first courses of seafoods and baked fish. Perfect as an aperitif as well.
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About Zardetto:

As one of the first companies to introduce and distribute Prosecco in Italy, Zardetto is conquering the global market, and is having great success thanks to the high quality of its products. Owner Fabio Zardetto, always attentive to his customers' needs, has invested countless resources in search of quality, resulting in consistent technological improvements that have strengthened the company’s business and consolidated its market position. Zardetto now delivers a complete and versatile Prosecco to the educated consumer, the discerning journalist, or the curious visitor, thanks to the powerful combination of land and climate, state-of-the-art technology, hard work, and most importantly, excellent wine.

Zardetto, located in the heart of the famous Prosecco vineyards in the beautiful Conegliano hills, 40 miles from Venice, has been a leader in sparkling wine production for more than 30 years. Zardetto controls the entire production process, starting from vineyard management and continuing until the Prosecco reaches the consumer. In 2002, Fabio turned his efforts to the construction of a new winery. Today, Zardetto owns a large and modern winery, that houses a tasting room with picturesque vineyard views and a Prosecco wine shop. The winery incorporates the most sophisticated technologies, a team of skilled experts, and a strong partnership with grape growers.



Champagne & Sparkling    Non-Vintage    Other Spain    Spain   
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Cavas Masachs Mas Fi Brut
Cavas Masachs Mas Fi Brut
(search item no. 120847)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 7/23/2014: $9.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Mas Fi Brut Cava is an elegant and balanced sparkling wine. Undergoing second fermentation in this bottle, it is aged for 10 months providing its fine bubbles and complex and structured palate. There are notes of white flowers and citrus on the nose, with fresh stone fruits and pleasant creamy flavors in the mouth. Perfect for your next celebration, as an aperitif or with a wide array of cuisines.
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Red Wines    Tempranillo    Rioja    Spain   
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Bodegas Valsacro Dioro Rioja 2005
Bodegas Valsacro Dioro Rioja 2005
(search item no. 116072)
International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 7/23/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The earlier Valsacros were made from a field selection of the older vineyards. Now, thanks to a new wine facility, Valsacro Dioro is produced with a four-stage selection process that includes an initial field selection of the fruit followed by a second table selection as the grapes come into the winery. After fermentation wine from selected tanks is transferred to new French oak barrels for 12-14 months of barrel age. Finally, the best barrels are set aside for this Dioro.
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About Bodegas Valsacro:

The Escudero family has been making wine and growing grapes for generations in the rugged, semi-desert foothills around Grávalos in the southwestern corner of the Rioja Baja region. Over the last 15 years or so, the Escudero brothers led by Bordeaux-trained winemaker Amador have transformed the small family "bodega" into a major Rioja wine producer. The changes have come gradually and in addition to the new winery at Pradejón (near Calahorra) they have greatly extended vineyard acreage, a very successful "cava" sparkling wine venture (one of the few non-Catalonian cava makers), and extensive Chardonnay plantings (disallowed in Rioja, but OK for cava).


Dessert, Sherry & Port    North Coast    California   
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Beringer Nightingale Semillon-Sauvignon Blanc (half-bottle) 2006
Beringer Nightingale Semillon-Sauvignon Blanc (half-bottle) 2006
(search item no. 116256)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 7/23/2014: $19.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1996 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Aromas of candied pineapple and fig, and flavors of honeydew, butterscotch and graham cracker. Flavors of apricot nectar, honey and figs are accentuated by caramel and hazelnut notes.
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About Beringer Vineyards:

No winery or vineyard more thoroughly embodies the timeless appeal and seductive flavor of Napa Valley than Beringer Vineyards, Napa's benchmark producer since the establishment of the vineyard in 1876.

Now in its third century of crafting classic wines from Napa's finest appellations and vineyards, Beringer today is guided by the inspired partnership of celebrated Winemaster Emeritus Ed Sbragia and Winemaker Laurie Hook. Together, they craft Napa Valley wines that speak eloquently of the rich heritage of the Beringer Vineyard, while offering cutting-edge quality and contemporary elegance. The exquisite wines crafted at the Beringer Vineyards display a single minded dedication and pursuit of excellence instilled by its founder, Jacob Beringer.