Champagne & Sparkling    Non-Vintage    Veneto    Italy   
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Zardetto Brut Private Cuvee Prosecco
Zardetto Brut Private Cuvee Prosecco
(search item no. 117853)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 10/22/2014: $12.99

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 10/22/2014: $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 10/22/2014: $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 10/22/2014: $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.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Mount Veeder Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Mount Veeder Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
(search item no. 108967)

PRICE ON 10/22/2014: $35.97

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2010 Tasting Panel rating: 90 points
2009 Tasting Panel rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 91 points
2004 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 1990 vintage of this wine was ranked #7 on the Wine Spectator's Top 10 Wines of 1993

To the eye the wine displays a deep ruby red. The aromas include bold cassis with ripe layers of black plum and dark cherries, complemented with complex notes of clove, molasses, bay, and vanilla.

On the palate, the wine has a full and dense mouthfeel with rich, velvety tannins. Flavors of blackberry, cocoa, tobacco, mocha, and cassis fill the palate with generous body and supple texture.

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About Mount Veeder Winery:

Mount Veeder Winery is a dramatic estate with three vineyards carved high in the hillsides of the Mayacamas Mountains, overlooking southern Napa Valley. The property totals 121 acres, mostly forest and brush, out of which only 47 are planted to vine.

Vines ranging from 1,000–1,600 feet in elevation cling to rugged, steep slopes that offer cool conditions that lead to slow ripening, which extends the growing season. Mount Veeder is usually the last to harvest in Napa Valley. The result is fruit with highly concentrated flavors - big, bold and brambly - a Cab lover's feast.

Mount Veeder Winery was the first in Napa Valley to plant all five red Bordeaux varieties in the same vineyard. Its expertise with these grapes is manifest in Mount Veeder Winery Reserve, a meritage blend of these noble grapes, which are still grown on the property.



White Wines    Riesling    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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Chateau Ste. Michelle Dry Riesling 2010
Chateau Ste. Michelle Dry Riesling 2010
(search item no. 113579)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 10/22/2014: $8.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2011 Decanter rating: 90 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The Chateau Ste. Michelle Dry Riesling is a dry, crisp, refreshing style of Riesling with beautiful fruit flavors, crisp acidity and an elegant finish. It exudes beautiful white peach and floral aromas with a clean finish.

This is an incredibly versatile food wine and a favorite with oysters.

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About Chateau Ste. Michelle:

Founded in 1934, Chateau Ste. Michelle is the oldest winery in Washington with some of the most mature vineyards in the Columbia Valley. The winery combines Old World winemaking with New World innovation and is best known for its award-winning Riesling, Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Chateau Ste. Michelle receives some of the highest accolades in the industry, including "American Winery of the Year" by Wine Enthusiast for 2004 and "2005 Winery of the Year" by Restaurant Wine. In addition, the winery's Eroica Riesling, crafted from a partnership with German winemaker Ernst Loosen, has been named to Wine Spectator's prestigious "Top 100" wines list for five consecutive years.

Chateau Ste. Michelle is one of the few premium wineries in the world with two state-of-the-art wineries, one devoted to whites and another to reds. This dedicated approach to winemaking allows winemaker Bob Bertheau to build winemaking programs to the unique specifications of red and white wines. While all of Chateau Ste. Michelle's vineyards are located on the east side of the Cascade Mountains where the climate is dry and sunny, Bob Bertheau makes the award winning white wines in Woodinville, 15 miles northeast of Seattle. The winery's expansive, 87-acre estate hosts more than 250,000 visitors annually for tours, tastings, dinners and outdoor summer concerts.



Red Wines    Bordeaux Red Blends    Napa Valley    California   
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Mount Veeder Winery Reserve Red 2006
Mount Veeder Winery Reserve Red 2006
(search item no. 114153)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 10/22/2014: $39.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Tasting Panel rating: 94 points
2008 Tasting Panel rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2001 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 95 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A feat of complexity, perfumed and profound, the 2006 Mount Veeder Reserve presents layer upon layer of wild mountain berry, plum, and forest floor aromas wrapped in notes of sage, mocha, clove, and bay. Romantic and brooding on the nose, with hints of cassis and violets, this Reserve brings a lush, bold mouthfeel with further notes of vanilla and dark chocolate on the palate. The full-bodied, integrated tannins lend robust structure that extends into a lengthy, infinitely expressive finish.

Blend: 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Malbec, 4% Petit Verdot, 2% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc

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About Mount Veeder Winery:

Mount Veeder Winery is a dramatic estate with three vineyards carved high in the hillsides of the Mayacamas Mountains, overlooking southern Napa Valley. The property totals 121 acres, mostly forest and brush, out of which only 47 are planted to vine.

Vines ranging from 1,000–1,600 feet in elevation cling to rugged, steep slopes that offer cool conditions that lead to slow ripening, which extends the growing season. Mount Veeder is usually the last to harvest in Napa Valley. The result is fruit with highly concentrated flavors - big, bold and brambly - a Cab lover's feast.

Mount Veeder Winery was the first in Napa Valley to plant all five red Bordeaux varieties in the same vineyard. Its expertise with these grapes is manifest in Mount Veeder Winery Reserve, a meritage blend of these noble grapes, which are still grown on the property.



White Wines    Pinot Gris/Grigio    Other Oregon    Oregon   
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King Estate Signature Collection Pinot Gris 2010
King Estate Signature Collection Pinot Gris 2010
(search item no. 111453)
Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/22/2014: $16.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2013 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2012 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Light straw color with an emerald green hue. Aromas of green apples, citrus, honeysuckle, white peach, and floral notes. Pear, melon, lemon and lime, wet stone, kiwi, and honey on the palate. The mouthfeel has soft rich entry, nice texture, good weight, and a long lively crisp finish.
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About King Estate:

King Estate is a sustainably-farmed 1033-acre certified organic vineyard complex and state of the art winery situated atop the rolling slopes in the Coast Range foothills, near the southern end of Oregon's Willamette Valley. In addition to world-class vineyards, their estate is home to organic orchards, vegetable gardens, and a host of native wildlife; including cougar and black bear. Organically-farmed and managed as a fully-integrated ecosystem, King Estate is also home to an innovative culinary program whose focus is the synergy of local, organically produced food and wine created just outside the winery doors. King Estate's critically-acclaimed Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir are available through fine restaurants and retailers around the world.