For over 4 generations, the family who crafts Cuvèe Joëlle has strived to produce wines of balance and grace. With over a century of winemaking experience, they craft food-friendly wines that are pleasant and full of joy. This blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Loin De L’oeil gives flavors of gooseberry, citrus and notes of green. Blending with Loin De L’oeil gives the wine a vibrant but full-bodied mouthfeel with balanced acidity. A perfect wine for sharing with friends over a variety of seafood dishes like black cod with shaved fennel.
The lands of Pavillon La Tourelle draw their unique character from the inimitable terroir of Bordeaux. A blend of 50% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc, and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine has a vivid red color. The wine has medium depth, and reveals clean but intense flavors of cherry and black currant with a fleshy mouth feel. Pavillon la Tourelle is an enjoyable, supple, smooth wine with an easy finish on the palate.
Moscato is an amazingly versatile grape. It can be produced dry or semi-sweet and each classification has it's own unique set of floral and fruit components that make it truly unique. Moscato produced in the new world style are semi-sweet fruit forward refreshing style that has lots of floral aroma attributes. MYTH is this kind of wine, flaunting peach and tangerine flavors, with honeysuckle and sweet flower aromas. Not only do they smell and taste amazing, they pair well with some of the world's most flavorful cuisine. You can match MYTH Moscato with Thai and Indian cuisine and anything with sweet and spicy flavors.
A fun and spritzy white wine from Lomdardia providence in Northern Italy. With concentrated flavors from the sun-soaked days and cool nights, the result is a beautifully floral and sweet white wine that is ideal for an aperitif or with a delectable dessert.
Buying a bottle of Chardonnay shouldn’t be complex. The world loves Chardonnay because of its clean, fruity, yet dynamic characteristics. It is just an all-around great wine. Light in body with a delightful pale yellow hue, the 2014 Leaping Horse Vineyards Chardonnay is bright and crisp from start to finish. It has citrus highlights to green apples and tropical fruit aromas and flavors. The finish hints to a bit of lemon zest and a tight minerality that is enjoyable and refreshing. This wine is excellent with vegetarian pastas, herb roasted chicken, grilled salmon, barbecued scallops or a seafood pasta in cream sauce.
Cavas are absolutely sensational and truly an amazing value for sparkling wine. The Fincalegre Cava was produced by Bodegas Luis Alegre with the goal of providing a luxurious bubbly with an approachable price. The Cava Brut is the flagship wine of this effort. Made with the local Spanish grapes of Macabeo (40%, also known as Viura) and Xarel-lo (40%) as well as 20% of Chardonnay, the product for this wine is picked by hand to ensure the highest quality. The winemakers of Bodegas Luis Alegre are perfectionists and they control the winemaking process from vine to glass. This control enables them to ensure that everything is as they like it. This includes the natural aromas of the varietals (green apple and citrus) to be present on the nose. The technique used in making this wine enables the complex flavors of a great sparkling wine to be added to the fresh fruit flavors. Perfect as an aperitif, it can also pair with food like sushi or spicy Mexican and Asian dishes. Stunning sparkler and an affordable price.
On the western edge of Central Italy sits Tuscany, wine region drowning in wine making history. With its rolling hills, towering Italian Cypress Trees and reputation for world renowned wine, we look forward to trying as many wines as possible from this area. Why? Honestly, these wines have bright fruit flavors, medium body weights and a pleasant finish that goes with so many foods and can be enjoyed in almost any circumstance. Val Di Botte Toscana Rosso has up front flavors of raspberry and strawberry with hints of roasted pepper and fresh herbs like thyme. The finish is light to medium and high but smooth tannin structure. We recommend you open and let it breathe before consuming. Enjoy with margherita pizza with fennel sausage or a pasta dish like Spaghetti Bolognese.
Sauvignon Blanc has quickly become the signature grape of Chile. Crisp and refreshing, a good Chilean Sauvignon Blanc is something to be treasured. The Camartina is one of the best Sauvignon Blanc from Chile that we've had the fortune to taste. Made from perfect fruit that comes from an estate vineyard in the Colchagua Valley, the Camartina is extraordinary. Tropical fruit aromas abound immediately in this wine tempered by the slightest bit of herbaceousness and green chili. Refreshing and balance, these flavors intertwine nicely on the palate. A beautiful aperitif or an accompaniment for a light starter or seafood dish.
Hailing from the cooler climate Basque region of Alava, this is the epitome of a refreshing summer white. Old-vine Viura (80%) meets Sauvignon Blanc that gave us the perfect blend for the Kepe Blanco. The result is a fresh tasting white wine full of tropical fruit notes and flavors like gooseberry and melon with a rich mouthfeel and a long leisurely finish to truly linger and make this wine absolutely perfect. It will make a beautiful pair for seafood, tapas or vegetarian cuisine. Simply fantastico!
Some sparkling wines are perfect as an aperitif and some are perfect with dessert. This unique wine happens to be both. Produced in Piedmont, the same region that produces coveted truffles and sought after cheeses and meats. This moscato-based sparkling wine carries a D.O.C.G rating, the highest level of wine certification from the Italian National Government, ensuring that this wine is of the utmost top-tier quality.
A light and distinctive sparkling wine is that is perfect for pairing with sponge cake, soufflés, fruit salads, and strudels, among the many other tasty treats we enjoy. It’s delicate, floral, and fruity nature is perfect for anyone to enjoy anytime.
A blend of native grapes to the country of Portugal, Anta De Serra is for red wine lovers who love lush bold fruit with a full mouth feel while retaining the characteristics of the terrior. What you get is deep colored wine with full robust flavors of blackberry, raspberry, and cherry, paired perfectly with firm tannins and a soft but full mouth feel. More and more, we are finding that Portuguese wines are becoming a hit of the party as they evolve into producing wines of world-wide fan fare. More recently in fact, Wine Spectator's number one wine of 2014 was in fact, from Portugual.
In 2014, Portugal was home to the #1 wine in the world as rated by Wine Spectator Magazine. So it is easy to say that they are on the verge of being a powerhouse of wine quality that rivals premier regions like Napa Valley and Bordeaux, France. Portugal has some unique grapes when blended together, produce awesome results. Here is a unique white blend of Roupeiro, Fernao Pires and Arinto grapes. They produce a wine with deliciously fruity and floral aromas that lead into rich, dry flavors of citrus and stone fruit with vibrant acidity and a clean finish.
Anticipation is our favorite feeling. There’s nothing better than hearing familiar footsteps, putting a date in our calendars, or opening wine early so it can breathe. This smooth, central Italian red will reward your patience with up-front flavors of raspberry and strawberry, and hints of roasted pepper and fresh herbs. Get in the moment and enjoy NV Bertoli Rosso with your favorite tomato-based Italian dishes.
This vivid, violet-red Chilean Carmanere leads with fresh raspberry and cherry aromas, along with notes of herbs and toasted coffee beans. This continues to the palate, where flavors of red fruits, spices and bittersweet chocolate abound. Carma Carmanere is an elegant wine with juicy concentration and persistence.
A claret style Zinfandel with full, jammy flavors of blackberry, raspberry, black cherry and wild berry flavors with a hint of black pepper and anise. A nice touch of acidity makes a clean, food friendly finish. Our expert wine panel enjoyed it from appetizers through to dessert and wished they had more.
After two solid days tasting Zinfandels at the annual ZAP festival in San Francisco (the largest gathering of Zinfandel winemakers and enthusiasts in the world), this wine captured our attention immediately – unpretentious, understated and easy drinking. Aromas focus on sweet berry and licorice. Delicate fruit flavors complement the aromas while gentle tannins permit the flavors to shine through a nicely structured texture.
Produced in Wine Enthusiast's Wine Region of the Year in 2005, Yapa Chardonnay from Colchagua Valley, Chile is a fresh alternative to traditional Chardonnays. Made form 100% estate grown Chardonnay fruit, this Chardonnay is refreshingly crisp with balanced acids, tropical and white fruit flavors of pineapple, pear, and apples with buzzing citrus zest. In Chile, Yapa means gift and this is truly a gift to the senses bringing joy with every sip.
From its glowing, straw-like hue, to its fruity and floral aromas, to the delicious flavors of green apple, melon and lemon zest, to the vibrant and refreshing finish, fresh and dry Cantus Bianco is made to give you everything you want in a white wine.
Spain’s most famous wine region is renowned for creating top quality wines with exceptional ageing ability. It lies in northern Spain, along the River Ebro from which the region’s name is derived. Elegance and poise are the hallmarks of wines made here. Rioja’s different soil types, together with the use of modern and traditional growing practices, allow winemakers to produce a wide range of wines with different personalities, although always within the framework of the Denominación de Origen Calificada (D.O.C.) regulations. Castillo de Albali flaunts deep cherry red with purple reflections and powerful aromas of red fruits, strawberries, and flowers on the nose. Fresh and smooth on the palate, while the fruit intensity mirrors the aromas and includes lovely long finish. A wonderful wine to complement a range of dishes including red meat, pasta, cheese and paella, and some fish dishes like “bacalao a la riojana”.
Just seeing the word Alba makes us excited. Known as the gourmet capital of Italy, many things come from Alba that bring us tremendous joy. White truffles, savory cheeses, homemade pastas, and roasted meats make our mouths water and the exquisite wines to go with it all. From Alba, we turn to Dolcetto to enjoy for a nightly meal. Known as the “Shy” Italian, it drinks in one way, simply to be enjoyed. It is not like its sister variety, Nebbiolo, which is far too complex and requires too much thought and attention. Here, you can enjoy wines from Alba, especially Dolcetto, for what it is, a great wine to enjoy, now. What to expect from Dolcetto? It simply drinks beautifully when paired with anything with tomatoes. Even though Dolcetto means ‘little sweet one’: this wine is dry and definitely not little. Flavors of blackberry and boysenberry flow through its velvety mouthfeel with a firm finish.
Chilean Chardonnays are different from the ones produced in California. Most chardonnays from Chile have a far closer zesty style than the creamy, silky style of their California counterparts. This is due to the grapes being picked earlier, capturing the green essence of the world’s most popular white wine varietal. Big Cirrus flaunts green apple and citrus zest flavors in a slightly vibrant but full mouth feel. The finish is clean and smooth, with a short linger on the palate. If you prefer Chardonnays of a crisper nature, then Big Cirrus Single Estate is your next white wine to try.
Champagne and celebrations just go hand in hand. From weddings to graduations to anything in between, a glass of Champagne just makes the atmosphere feel festive. Soutiran is a small garage producer of insane quality Champagne that rivals the big Champagne houses. One of the keys to this wines stunning success is the premium fruit used in the wine. In this case, the grapes come from vineyards designated Premier Cru, a coveted high tier in the French rating system. The blend of 40% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Meunier is a Champagne classic. A striking gold in color, the nose is both yeasty and fruity, providing everything that a Champagne should. The palate is fine and delicate with a soft mouthfeel that is absolutely elegant. This Champagne was made for celebrations.
Certainly, when you think of Portuguese wine, the first thing that comes to mind is the signature port. Port is delicious but the layers of Portuguese winemaking are so much deeper than that. Albarrada is a new and exclusive winery that makes amazing wine that showcases local grapes. This red wine (or vinho tinto, in Portuguese) features a local grape, called Castelão. Native to the soils of Portugal, Castelão. It is unusual, finding a better home in the drier and harsher climate of Portugal than the normally more grape friendly soils of temperate climates. When well cared for, the wine that results is aromatic and fruit-forward with notes of red berries and slight hints of floral notes. This profile has made Castelão one of the most beloved grapes of Portugal and this Albarrada is a brilliant representation of the native grape.
This Cabernet Sauvignon from Colchagua Valley, Chile is a shining example of how Chilean winemakers are using modern techniques to produce high quality, great tasting Cabernet Sauvignon at an amazing value. Camartina is a produce to continue to watch in the future as its' modern practices and efforts in sustainability puts Camartina on our do not miss list.
Think of that perfectly broken-in pair of boots. They’re tough enough for bad weather, but refined enough to add something to your favorite suit. Bertoli Primitivo di Puglia IGT is those boots. This powerful red, from Italy’s heel, soft and deep with flavorful vanilla, raspberry and spice notes. Pack it for a trip, or pair it with spicy sausages, venison, duck, or tomato dishes like chili and lasagna.
France is no doubt the world’s foremost winemaking region in regal varietals and collectable wines from notable appellations. For most of the wine loving community, being able to drink great French wine on a daily basis is beyond our grasp. For those not in the know, French table wine otherwise also known as Vin Rouge can be captivating and delightful to drink. You get the character of French terroir for a fraction of the price. When we discovered Maison Gourmand, our smiles were wide with joy. Soft flavors of black cherry and raspberry coat the palate with a note of leather and a savory bitterness that mingle together brilliantly.
One of the most amazing grapes has produced another new arrival to our cellar. Chianti is very regal and Sangiovese produces some of the world’s most amazing and sought after wines. Chianti, located inside of Tuscany, in the heart of Italy is the home for this wine. Flavors of tart cherry, red plum, and fresh strawberries mingle with hints of tobacco, oregano, clay, and dried roses. There are tannins the come with this wine but they are about average, not to overwhelming and a light to medium finish. Plus, this wine is rated Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG), one of the highest ratings granted by the Italian government, ensure that the wine is exactly what you are supposed to be receiving, which in our opinion is one elegant and delicious Italian Sangiovese.
If you love crisp refreshing white wines like Pinot Grigio, you need to try this wine. Made from a blend of some of Italy’s most beloved grapes including 70% Trebbiano Bianco, Val Di Botte Toscana Biano has everything you could want in a white wine. The color is pale, straw like. It has pleasant, fruity aromas with hints of fresh flowers. It is fresh and dry, with intense fruits flavors like green apples, melon, and lemon zest with a vibrant and refreshing finish. Toscana Bianco is perfect for fresh fish and seafood dishes.
Qapay Sauvignon Blanc is a classic example of what can be done with this popular variety in Central Chile. The grapes are exposed to wonderful sun and an almost greenhouse-like regularity of dry, hot days and dry, cool nights throughout the growing season--near perfect ripening conditions. The result is a clean, citrusy, lean and fresh wine. The nose is full of grapefruit and green apple followed by zesty flavors of green fruits, lime, and floral notes and a long, crisp finish. Outstanding as an aperitif or a cocktail wine, it is also ideal with salads using arugula, fennel, or roasted bell peppers, and is a refreshing companion for richer white meats like pork and lobster.
The vineyard that gifts the grapes for this wine is planted on the hillsides, plateaus and at the foot of the slopes of rolling hills in coveted Saint-Emillion. The resulting blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon is a wine with deep vivid red color with red ripe fruits of cherry and spice with hints of cedar on the nose and palate. The wine is perfectly balanced with soft and silky tannins and a wonderful well-rounded finish.
This wine made from 100% Merlot, is a round and fruity wine, which expresses the character of its French soil. Made exclusively from this emblematic grape by legendary wine producer Bernard Magrez, its aromatic elegance makes it the ideal partner for red meats and sharp cheeses.
Both Zinfandel and Merlot are popular grapes on their own and this combination with Syrah proves that the sum can be greater than its parts. Concentrated blackberry and cherry aromas are joined by notes of black currant, plum, spice and violet. Fruit forward flavors are accented with a touch of sweet tobacco and spice. A smooth texture and ripe tannins make this wine very food friendly.
Chile’s Central Valley (Valle Central in Spanish) is the hot bed of the country’s burgeoning wine industry. The Kiyapura Cabernet is composed of grapes from two of the region’s vineyards. One is right near the gorgeous Maipo River and the other is in the cooler Maule region. The combination of the two vineyards results in a stunningly balanced wine. A bright ruby red, this wine has charming aromas of ripe red fruit and spices like black pepper with maybe even a hint of vanilla. Full-bodied with elegant tannins, there is no mistaking that this is a juicy red. Chocolate and red berries define the palate with a subtle of coffee in the finish. Brilliant.
The grapes that make up the blend of Maison Gourmand are picked at the perfect ripeness to ensure that the wine represents the true terroir of Southwest France. Sauvignon Blanc provides this Vin Blanc a subtle, fruity flavor profile with heavy notes of citrus. Adding 40% of Loin De L’oeil to the Sauvignon Blanc gives the wine a full-bodied mouthfeel providing a luxurious sensation on the palate. The end result is a French white wine that is round, audacious, and fresh. A perfect accompaniment to light seafood pastas and desserts like apple tart.
This spritzy and light-hearted moscato joins us from northern Italy’s esteemed Pavia region. Villa Amoroso Moscato offers a floral feel with sweet peach and citrus flavors. Let this festive white bookend any meal, serving it chilled as an apertif or with dessert.
Most people do not consider German wines when making their choice of wines to drink on any given occasion. I ask you, why not? Germany produces high quality wines that are for the white wine lover who enjoys crisp acid-driven whites. Baron Kokot is a white wine from the Mosel region which is known for wines of perfect balance of fruitiness and acidity. It is vibrant and slightly sweet, making it the perfect complement to Thai and Indian dishes as or standing alone as an aperitif.
Exploring the wines of Chile is certainly a great adventure, especially because they are becoming so renowned in the wine world. Chile’s Central Valley (Valle Central in Spanish) is the hot bed of the country’s burgeoning wine industry. The Kiyapura Cabernet-Carmenere is composed of grapes from two of the region’s vineyards. One is right near the gorgeous Maipo River and the other is in the cooler Maule region. The combination of the two vineyards results in a stunningly balanced wine. A bright ruby red, this wine has charming aromas of ripe red fruit and spices like black pepper with maybe even a hint of vanilla. Full-bodied with elegant tannins, there is no mistaking that this is a juicy red. Chocolate and red berries define the palate with a subtle of coffee in the finish. Brilliant.
Open this Italian Red from Cantus early, giving it time to breathe before drinking. When you taste the flavors of raspberry and strawberry, you’ll know it was worth the wait. This smooth, central Italian red follows the up-front fruit with hints of roasted peppers and fresh herbs that start a fascinating conversation with your favorite tomato-based Italian dishes.
Wine has been produced at Château Canon LaForêt for more than half a century. The small 2 hectare property changed ownership in the 1970s, purchased by the Mio family, who have been crafting these wines since. With its composition of clay and limestone soil and 30-year-old vines, the distinguished terroir of Bordeaux’s Saint-Emillion produces charming wines. The nose of red fruit and cherries is very pronounced, with a velvety, tender, and unctuous mouthfeel, finishing with an ideal balance. The winery continues to build on the success of previous vintages, continually improving the quality and character of this small Bordeaux house.
White Bordeaux is not on most people's wine radar, but we get excited for white Bordeaux. For us, it has everything we love about Sauvignon Blanc, while adding complexity that true enthusiasts can appreciate. When we found Le Parlement Bordeaux Blanc, we were blown away by the balance. It is delicate, with levels of finesse layered into its pale straw color. Attractive flavors of zesty citrus, fresh grass, gooseberry, and honeysuckle yield generously after every sip. This is a limited wine that must not be missed.
This is the debut of a California white wine blend from one of our favorite wineries. Crisp and light with a wonderful natural acidity due to its 85% French Colombard content. Opens with inviting fruit and floral aromas of white peach and sweet mango with subtle touches of fresh jasmine blossom and white chai tea. Ripe, juicy flavors include nectarine and grapefruit. A bright, slightly off-dry flavor profile lingers well through a clean, refreshing finish.
The region of Puglia makes up the “heel” and “back of the boot” region of Italy. It is here that the Sangiovese grapes share much of the spotlight like it does in Tuscany. With unlimited coastal access, the warm Southern Italian sun and cool breezes throughout the day and night, produce balanced grapes that have big fruit and light. This combination is perfect for the acids of the tomato-centric cuisine of Puglia. Pastas, pizza, you name it. It works well. Val di botte Sangiovese flaunts flavors of red currant, raspberry, and aromatics reminiscent of potpourri and elements of clay. We recommend decanting for 30 minutes or so to lets the flavors evolve.
This lovely wine from Bayshore is produced from one of the first vineyards in California planted with Pinot Grigio that originally focused on dessert wines. That is until a wine importer, seeing the potential for table wines, used these grapes to launch a line of food-friendly table wines. Gorgeous aromas jump out of the glass and delicious flavors of melon, citrus and tangerine are completed by a refreshing thread of crisp acidity.
A fruit-forward wine with layers of generous dark berry and cherry aromas. Flavors emphasize cassis, raspberry and cherry with a hint of cedar. An easy-to-enjoy wine and example of what makes Cabernet Sauvignon so popular all around the world. This classic California Cab was one of our expert wine panel's favorites.
Just south of Milan close to the Italian Alps and boarding Alto-Adige, probably the definitive source for the world’s best Pinot Grigio, is where Val di Botte sources the amazing grapes that produce this exquisite white wine. This low alcohol balanced acid driven Pinot Grigio flaunts citrus zest, apple, pears, and nectarine flavors mingling with slight almond and ginger notes. The quintessential summertime wine, it is light, refreshing, and perfect for the season. We recommend this wine served ice cold to maximize the crispness.
Classics started off great, and developed into something respected, excellent, refined, and reliable. Think gourmet grilled cheese, your favorite singer’s surprising 10th album, or Sangiovese wine--the most famous Italian grape, known for its delicate and elegant fruitiness. Bertoli Sangiovese di Puglia IGT croons from the glass with supple berry flavors, silky mouth feel, and a lively encore.
A well-tuned vintage car has a special rumble. It’s strong and familiar and makes you feel like you can go anywhere. Montepulciano’s the ruby red 1959 Alfa Romeo of wines—one of the most popular Italian grapes, robust and able to hold its own with meaty meals. Cantus Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC is dry and harmonious, with aromas of tobacco and leather. Enjoy this medium-bodied red after you’ve been out for a spin.
Portugal is truly a wonderland of exotic grapes that many in America have never been exposed to before. This Albarrada white, an exclusive wine, is a great example. Bringing together two white grapes native to Portugal, Roupiero and Rabo-de-Ovelha, that most Americans have never sampled, this exotic wine is a great way to be introduced to the wonderful grapes of Portugal. The Vinho Branco (white wine in Portuguese) from Albarrada is a crisp and refreshing white blend. Rabo-de-Ovelha is a beautiful blending grape, that normally is bold untethered and the Roupeiro provides a maturity and subtlety that makes the whole blend simply extraordinary.
Domaine De Ménard has been producing wines and cultivating vineyards in Gascogne since 1920. Since then, generations of family winemakers have produced wines and numerous awards have been earned in international wine competitions every year. Located in Southern France, this white blend represents the style of vibrant French wines that come from this region. A blend of Colombard, Sauvignon, and Gros Manseng, all local varieties, this wine is aromatic, elegant, and crisp, with tropical fruit notes, pineapple, and grapefruit, with subtle green flavors of bell pepper. We recommend this wine with any of your favorite shellfish dishes.
The region of Buzet AOC in Southwest France is known for producing quality Bordeaux style blends. The primary grapes of Buzet, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Merlot are great by themselves, but when blended together, the results are wines with deep personalities. Pretium is a blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Malbec with grapes only from vineyards in Buzet, located along the Garonne River. The winemaking team combines traditional winemaking techniques with modern equipment—a fusion of ideology in winemaking that yields an elegant profile of red fruits and spice in a well-balanced mouthfeel and a delicate finish.
A quick glance at this stunning Rosé and you’ll instantly notice the gorgeous salmon hue sheening from the bottle. Some say this is the perfect color for judging Rosé from the South of France, noting that it will be light, refreshing, and have layers of fruit and depth that you would desire. A blend of Grenache and Cinsault, the Les Collines de Cézanne Rosé holds true to this ideology.
The Cotes du Gascogne is home to some very sought after white wines. Usually blends, these lovable white wines are crafted uniquely by some of the France’s prestigious châteaux, including Château de Cèdre, the producer of this wonderful white blend. Blandine Le Blanc is a blend of 60% Colombard and 40% Ugni-Blanc and is crafted from vines that are up to 30 years old, adding complex layers of flavor to the wine. The end result is an easily enjoyable white wine that is beyond basic. Elegant flavors of pineapple, grapefruit, and tropical fruits, with subtle green bell pepper, along with enticing aromatics, round out this fantastic white wine from Southwest France. Enjoy Blandine Le Blanc with an array of seafood, poultry, and light summery dishes.
Ribera del Duero is in a never-ending competition to be Spain's greatest wine making region producing wines of impeccable quality. This flat and rocky region provides the perfect amount of sunlight for this ripe and fruit driven red. Altos De Tamaron is a wine with deep cherry red and purple tones. Immerse your senses with aromas and flavors of ripe blackberry, licorice and spices. The finish is long and the mouth feel is silky and fruity. Enjoy this Spanish red with grilled flank steak and roasted tomatoes to bring out the near perfect acid structure.
This classic California Chardonnay has delicious flavors of apple, nectarine and melon. A hint of toasty oak and vanilla adds depth and complexity, while a touch of acidity balances this refreshing wine that goes great with grilled or steamed seafood, especially shellfish.
When we taste 1000's of bottles every year looking for only the very best, there is a lot of hit and miss when it comes to find balanced Chardonnays. It has to be just right and that is exactly what Snickerdoodle is, just right. The fruit is fresh with flavors of green apple, necatrine, and juicy melon. With only a small touch of oak, this wine remains crisp and refreshing with a perfect amount of linger in the finish. Purely delicious Chardonnay, a gem of a find from California. We know you are going to love it.
Brace yourself for a harmonious and balanced wine with velvety tannins and ripe black fruit flavors of blackberry and cassi. Licorice and cedar add complexity to a smooth finish producing a drink that's a perfect match for meat and mushrooms.
We don’t own smoking jackets, but drinking this velvety Chianti makes us feel like we’re wearing them. Like a friendly debate, this plush Italian red is intense but refined, with wild berry flavors and a slight smokiness. Bertoli Chianti DOCG is a delight at the dinner table. Enjoy it with cheese and charcuterie, hearty pastas, pizza, and meat or fish.
Portuguese have been making wine for over a thousand years. Mostly known for their export of Port wines, Portuguese vintners are in movement to be known for something else as well. Every year, we see these blends become more popular and they are an excellent wine for the value. Usually a blend of two to three grapes, they produce wines that are ripe, juicy, easy to drink and enjoyable in about any setting. Longitude is a blend that is no exception. Longitude has flavors of plums, strawberries, with a easy going finish and very smooth tannins. This is a wine we love to have sitting around that can be enjoyed in any occasion.
Explore Carménère, the premier grape of Chile. Grown in select pockets in the central valley, this red grape flaunts flavors of ripe red fruits like raspbery and cherry with fresh herbs and green flavors. A true delight to sip. If you love Cabernets and Merlots, you should try this wine.
Chardonnay is the world’s most versatile white grape with regards to the different characteristics it can display in the wine. It is highly dependent on two things—the growing region, and when it is picked. After that, the winemaker can choose different processes to shape the profile even more. The eventual end result is found in the bottle, making it difficult to hit the bullseye on the Chardonnay that best fits you. Within lots there are special groupings that winemakers covet more than others. These lots are isolated and bottled separately, also known as Winemaker Select. With this in mind, we offer our sister label of our ever-popular California Cabernet, Bear Hug Winemaker Select California Chardonnay. From the first sip, you will find flavors of green apple, nectarine, honeysuckle, and melon, all in a perfect harmonious balance.
There are many reasons to be a fan of Sauvignon Blanc. It is light, refreshing, vibrant and pairs well with so many situations. It is grown all over the world and within each of the small regions, Sauvignon Blanc grapes adopt a unique style each their own. Cépage Sauvignon Blanc is from France, the origin of Sauvignon Blanc where the ideal weather allows for grapes to adopt a very expressive style. Revealing notes of citrus and exotic fruits, Cépage is perfectly balanced with a sense of freshness and a lingering finish. This wine is drinks brilliantly on its own but when paired with fresh fish and creative salads, it truly shines.
Viognier is not on the tip of everyone's tongue when you're choosing wines to enjoy. When you discover the power of Viognier's persuasion, you won't look back. If you love wines that are fruity with nice vibrancy and a beautifully floral nose, then MYTH is a Viognier you want to try. Flavors of peaches, apricots, Meyer lemons and hibiscus are with nice minerality and lush finish round out this particular offering from California. Pick a bottle up today or take two, just in case. MYTH will make you fall in love with Viognier.
La Petite Tour wines were introduced more than 30 years ago. This blend of white grapes has remained the familys favorite. It was only made in small lots for their own table, until now. Exclusive to Wine Insiders, it is a delicately aromatic, medium-bodied wine with flavors of ripe pear and surprisingly bright citrus notes. And, it’s a versatile food wine, that pairs well with fish, grilled chicken or vegetables.
As the name says, this is a wine big on flavor and bold, with ripe flavors floating over a fine structure of natural fruit acidity. If you haven’t already tried it, there’s no better time than now. The Geja’s Big Bold Red is a feisty, impudent red with prominent, aggressive tannins that are fresh and forward. This is one wine you can enjoy every day of the week at a price that’s hard to beat.
Coming to us from some of the oldest Zinfandel plantings in California, the Sierra Trails Old Vine Zinfandel is a complex wine offering aromas of ripe berry, dried plum and red currants. These remarkable fragrances are echoed in the flavoring where a hint tobacco, black pepper spice and sweet oak lifts the fruit and carry them through a lingering finish.
Vinum Africa is a winery that loves a challenge. So when they looked at Chenin Blanc, the former “ugly duckling” of Stellenbosch, they knew they could make great wine from the oft neglected grape. Once again, they stepped up and performed beautifully. At one sniff of the one, one can already sense the elegance and vibrancy it possesses; the notes of white petals and crisp citrus are sure to excite. The palate has layers of fresh lime and gentle spices all underscored by fruit. The fruit finishes with a refreshing minerality the lets the wine resonate. The Chenin Blanc is highly versatile and may go best with somewhat exotic cuisine; Thai or Indian perhaps?
Classics started off great, and developed into something respected, excellent, refined, and reliable. Think gourmet grilled cheese, your favorite singer’s surprising 10th album, or Sangiovese wine--the most famous Italian grape, known for its delicate and elegant fruitiness. Cantus Sangiovese di Puglia IGT croons from the glass with supple berry flavors, silky mouth feel, and a lively encore.
Crisp flavors of grapefruit and green apple with notes of ripe fig are the most distinguishing charatceristics this fruit-forward, award-winning selection. Produced from a vineyard established more than 100 years ago by descendants of European winemakers, its grapes provide a marvelous complexity and balance. The winemaker recommends serving this delicate treat with grilled or sautéed seafood in a butter or cream sauce. And, it brings out the best in veggie dishes like spinach and cheese-stuffed pasta shells.
Think of this ripe, Spanish-style red as the guest who takes the festivities to the next level. Raspberry, strawberry, plum, and black currant flavors start in the aroma and get everyone dancing through to the party’s satisfying finish. Open Kepe Tempranillo anytime and invite it by to enjoy your favorite foods like pizza, pasta, and grilled meats.
Nectarine, citrus, white pepper and green flavors in a dry, crisp vibrant white.
This Kiyapura product is made from 100% Sauvignon Blanc, and is a classic example of what can be done
with the variety in Central Chile, a region becoming renowned for its Sauvignon Blanc. The grapes are exposed to wonderful sun and an almost greenhouse-like regularity of dry, hot
days and dry, cool nights throughout the growing season--near perfect ripening conditions. The result is a clean, citrusy, lean
and fresh wine. The nose is full of grapefruit and green apple followed by zesty flavors of green fruits, lime, and floral notes
and a long, crisp finish. Outstanding as an aperitif or a cocktail wine, it is also ideal with salads using arugula, fennel, or
roasted bell peppers, and is a refreshing companion for richer white meats like pork and lobster.
The lands of Asti are located between Milan and Genoa in the Italian Northwest. A leisurely drive between the two takes you through lands lined with vineyards, rolling hills, and some of the world’s best wines and cuisine. It is here where they make the Asti wines of Dolcetto, Moscato, Brachetto, and importantly Barbera. Known all over the world, the Barbera made here is second to none. An elegant wine that is full and dry, its tannins hold a firm grip bring along full ripe red berry flavors. Although Barbera can be aged, it has a tenacious youthful nature that we love and enjoy at the young stages of its bottle life.
Rueda is situated in the heart of the Iberian Peninsula right between the two most famous Spanish wine growing regions of Ribera del Duero and Toro. The high plateau of this region produces long cold winter, short springs, and hot summers, which provides optimal ripeness to the berries. This perfect climate combine with modern winemaking techniques produces bright wines with character. Pale yellow with subtle golden hues, Blume flaunts juicy tangerine, orange peel and white flowers, with a slight hint of fennel to add a touch of sweet aroma. Body is medium and the finish is dry.
This 2013 Merlot is a wine you’ll fall in love with on the first silky, smooth sip you take. Inviting aromas of sweet berry and cherry jump out of the glass, while harmonious flavors of berry, plum and spice create a deliciously full-bodied taste experience. Enjoy it around the fireside or alongside your dinner plate as the perfect complement to roast chicken, beef roast or even thick, juicy burgers.
Like a suit that fits so well it’s actually fun to wear, fresh and dry Bertoli Bianco is tailored to be everything you want in a white wine. The color is pale and straw-like. It has pleasant, fruity and floral aromas. The flavor hints at green apple, melon and lemon zest; and the finish is vibrant and refreshing. You’re sophisticated now. Enjoy it.
Chateau Beau-Puits is a 35 acre property located in the Entre-Deux-Mers region of France and is home to the Tarride Family, the winemaking team behind this traditional Bordeaux wine. The 35 year old vines located on the property of this Château produce a red wine with a velvety easy-to-drink quality that is perfect for wine lovers who covet wines from this region. A traditional Bordeaux Blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, Château Beau-Puits flaunts full fruit aromas with flavors of ripe cherries, fresh herbs, and hints of fresh mint accompanied by round tannins.
River's End offers rich blackberry and cherry aromas with ripe fruit flavors complemented by hints of spice and vanilla from integrated oak. A Merlot that's a perfect choice for grilled portabello mushrooms, grilled chicken or ribs and a nice partner for tomato based pasta dishes. You'll want to stock up on this one!
These days, Chianti means way more than basket-woven bottles of table wine. Villa Amoroso sets itself apart with a joyful blend of 85% Sangiovese and 15% regional varietals, creating a foodie-thrilling balance of tart red fruit and spicy herb flavors. The notes of smoke, clay, peppers and tomato perfectly compliment tomato-based Italian dishes and dried meats. Don’t believe us? Pick up a bottle and see for yourself why Chianti is the most consumed, talked, and written-about Italian wine.
This wonderful Chardonnay is a limited production wine created as a tribute to one of California's pioneering vineyard families. It has a refreshing "say no to oak" style – bright and light with citrus, apple and tropical fruit aromas and flavors. A gentle acidity adds structure while allowing the delicate fruit flavors to shine. Versatile and food-friendly, it makes a good choice with seafood, poultry, or pasta dishes with butter-based sauces.
Produced by Coli, a leading wine producer in Italy since 1926, this Pinot Grigio from the Pavia region inside of Lombardy defines what makes Italian Pinot Grigio great. With its sun laced days and cool winter nights, the grapes get special treatment from Mother Nature, allowing the grapes to ripen consistently, ensure the proper balance of flavors and acids, gifting us an amazing drinking experience. You can expect flavors of citrus zest, apples, pears, and nectarines that is accompanied by slight flavors of almond and ginger. We recommend serving this wine ice cold to maximize its refreshing attributes.
The Colchagua Valley has become an esteemed and innovative winemaking region, with an ideal climate for the production of world class white wines. So good in fact, that it was awarded Wine Region of the Year by Wine Enthusiast Magazine in 2015. The Camartina Estate Bottled Chardonnay is a smooth and well-rounded wine with moderate acidity, aromas and flavors of tropical fruit and some lean pear with a clean minerality. Perfect for full-bodied fish, creamy seafood recipes, and white meats as well as corn-based dishes.
The legend behind Racine, Bruno Lafon, is a descendant of a well-known Burgundy winegrowing family. Producing and sourcing the very best wines has been something that in which Lafon takes tremendous pride. The wines he influences have a certain savoir-faire and we see this in Racine Rose. Côtes du Provence is special in itself for Rosé and combining the two together has yielded perfect results. It offers flavors that are full and expressive, including lychee, peach, and mango, with an essence of rose and finish that has a perfect level of finesse.
Portuguese white wines are not on the tip of most people's tongue and honestly, we are not sure why. We've carried a few Portuguese whites in the past and they have been big sellers. I assume it is because of the flavor profile and value combination that it delivers, its an easy choice to make. We welcome Longitude white to our lineup and it delivers with out a hitch. A crisp white that delivers flavors of melon, honey, and citrus with a vibrant but slightly weighted finish. Its a wine that at the price, is perfect for having around, chilled, ready to go at a moments notice.
A charming and indulgent wine that is ideal as an aperitif or for a casual meal amongst friends. Flaunting a lively cherry red color with great intensity, the flavors are clean and fruity, with pronounced cherry, spice, and fresh herbs on the palate, a rounded mouthfeel, and supple tannins. Traditional style and character shine in this charming Bordeaux produced from 70% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon.
In Bordeaux, Bernard Magrez is well-known. He owns four Grand Cru Classés châteaux and makes amazing wines all over the world. He is deeply passionate about wine and it shows in every bottle he produces. Magrez is on a mission of excellence for the benefit of its four Grands Crus and the cultural patronage to the help of others. He may be well-known for his Bordeaux but the wines he makes in other parts of the world, including the South of France are equally as special and unique. Villa Ruby Rosé is crafted in a style highlighting the nature of the fruit in this rosé. Its off-dry profile is very attractive with luscious of peaches and strawberries.
Here’s a classic, fruit-forward Chardonnay that offers lush flavors of apple, citrus and melon with a note of hazelnut. It has a naturally crisp acidity that adds structure and carries the fruit flavors through a clean, dry finish. As a result, it makes an ideal choice for serving with fresh seafood or poultry, especially dishes featuring an herbed cream or butter based sauce. It is produced by one of the pioneer families of California’s Central Coast growing region, who started with a “pocket” vineyard in their backyard. Today, Treehaven Lane farms vineyards in Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Madera, growing wine grapes for some of California’s top rated wineries, as well as creating its own award-winning wines. The winery continues to be a favorite of our expert panel because of the consistent quality and affordability of the wines they produce.
Italy is home to almost 350 different wine grape varieties, giving wine lovers a plethora of styles to choose from. One of our favorites, Nero d’Avola from Sicily has found a home in our cellar. These wines are bold in nature. After all, Nero d’Avola also is known as the “Black Grape of Avola.” When crafted well like the Della Flora Nero d’Avola, they yield a bold wine with lots of dark blackberry fruits, plum, sweet and smoky nuances and hints of spice. This combination in perfect harmony is a blessing on our palates with its smooth and sultry finish. Enjoy this wine with hearty stews, gamy meats, and our favorite, bacon buffalo cheeseburgers.
Washington state is known for making wines of a richer style showcasing the power of the fruit while still showing finesse and balance. Due to Washington State’s Cascade mountain range, the surrounding valleys get intense sun and cool pacific winds optimizing ripeness and sugar levels. The end result of mother nature’s pixie dust sprinkled over the Evergreen State shows brightly in Myth, our newest Riesling. Enticing aromas of nectarine, apricot, and honey fill your nose. Flavors of honey-crisp apple, honeycomb, and stone fruit caress the taste buds. Riesling is inherently versatile, letting you enjoy this wine at a cocktail party or with Thai and Indian inspired cuisine.
Monterey’s Salinas Valley, the home of this delicious Cabernet Sauvignon, receives intense sunshine throughout the day. At night, cool air funnels in from the Pacific Ocean, giving the vines optimal balance to fully ripen. With all these gifts from Mother Nature, the end result is a Cabernet expressive in flavor. The careful process of crafting this wine by hand has led to flavors of black currant, cherry, red bell pepper, and baking spices. All in all, River’s End Cabernet Sauvignon is a youthful wine that drinks full and is satisfying all around.
Nestled off the coast of Southern Italy, the terroir of the island of Sicily produces wines so unique, it is nearly impossible to duplicate their charismatic style. The prominent grape of Sicily, Nero d’Avola, also known as the “Black Grape of Avola” crafts wines that are bold in nature, with sweet fruit flavors, subtly sweet smoky notes, and nuances of spice that actually become sweeter with decanting. When sipping on Val di Botte Nero d’Avola, you’ll notice a strong presence of blackberry and plum, with hints of licorice and chile pepper. Try pairing this wine with unique dishes like oxtail stews and other gamy meats and anything with applewood-smoked bacon.
Walking the vineyards of Collio in the Lombardy region in Northern Italy is an experience like no other. Strolling down the rows upon rows of vines giving life to Glera, a very special Italian varietal when proper crafted with care, produces a unique sparkling wine. For those looking for a little more out of Prosecco, look no further. Our Cuvee Prestige bottling from Abbazia is produced in the charmat method, ensures a complex palate of flavors and tiny concentrated bubbles that give the wine its refreshing attributes. It is fruity and pleasant with flavors of pleasant golden apples and spring flowers coming together in a harmonious balance on top of a dry finish. Sparkling wine is no longer just for celebrations and is now considered an everyday delight. If you must celebrate an event or just the day, we can think of nothing better.
Looking for a wine with immense fruit flavors with a dramatic expression of unique aromatics that will leave you savoring each and every sip? Check out this Pinot Noir from California. One of the more difficult grapes to grow in California, this wine is a shining example of how Pinot can thrive beautifully if grown with special attention to detail.
Check out a wine with big, ripe blackberry aromas joined by concentrated flavors of plum, currant, and berry with just a hint of toasty oak. This wine features all the signatures of a stylish Cabernet Sauvignon. Gentle tannins carry fruit flavors through to a clean, crisp finish.
This is a Cabernet Sauvignon that we are particularly excited about. Bringing you a barrel select vintage from California, this exclusive wine is very tasty. First off, we recommend opening it and walking way. I know, I know, it’s a difficult thing to do but letting it open up for 30 minutes allows this wine stretch its legs and really show its stuff. First pass with your nose brings enticing aromas ripe cherries, flowers, and cotton candy. After your nose has had its fill of this intriguing blend of aromatic flavors, it’s time take the first sip. Savor bright cherries, cassis, and ripe blackberries and contributes to a mouth feel that is full and pleasing with a smooth, easy going finish.
The 2013 Treehaven Lane California Petite Sirah is a medium-bodied wine with aromas of raspberry and strawberry leading to powerful flavors of crushed red berry fruit, plum jam and the spicy notes typical of this up-and-coming varietal. A great combination for grilled meats, cold cuts and strong cheeses, this is a wine that is sure to get people talking at your next dinner party.
Chianti is a wine region inside Tuscany in Central Italy. If you don’t know it by name, you might know it by its reputation. I’m not talking about the wine you get in neighborhood Italian restaurants with the woven baskets caressing the bottles. I’m talking about Chianti in all its glory, the Chianti region that makes wines that rival the best in the world. Val Di Botte Chianti is 85% Sangiovese and a blend of Canaiolo Nero and Cabernet Sauvignon. The results of this blend are intense, but refined, with flavors of wild berries and spicy notes intertwining. This fruity, spicy, slightly smoky, and generally pleasant red wine is a delight to have at the dinner table. It's versatile with food, getting along with everything from cheese and charcuterie, hearty pastas, pizza, and meat and fish dishes in the Tuscan style.
In Bordeaux, Bernard Magrez is well known. He owns four Grand Cru Classés Châteaux, houses a multiple Michelin Star Restaurant with world renowned Chef Joel Robuchon and leaves his mark on amazing wines all over the world. He is deeply passionate about wine and it shows in every bottle he produces. Magrez is on a mission of excellence for the benefit of its four Grand Crus and the cultural patronage to the help of others. The wine is crafted from select parcels expressing the character of their terroir. The vineyards from which this classic style of wine is produced are located at the end of the Médoc region in Bordeaux. The climate allows the fruit to be optimal at picking producing a rich blend of Cabernet, Merlot, and Petit Verdot. This wine delivers fruit aromas and flavors of cassis, blackberry, dark cherry, vanilla, coffee bean, spice, and licorice. A powerful and firm wine with “grippy” tannins.
Among the many grapes that originate from France, two come to mind that have been known to craft stunning wines. Malbec has a dark, rustic nature and Merlot with its fruit forward, soft, and herbaceous character are two wines, that when put together, craft a unique wine flavor. Cuvèe Joëlle is a perfectly balanced blend of Malbec and Merlot fusing flavors of red plum, raspberry, blackberry, vanilla and fresh herbs. This wine is meant to be paired with fun and exciting dishes like bacon-wrapped blue cheese stuffed dates, pungent cheeses, and bacon blue cheese burgers.
There is something inherently special about Tuscan wine. It has an undeniable charisma that some say is instilled by the vine, while others are charmed by the balance and full-flavor. What wins us over is the wine’s proven food-friendliness. The contrast of tart cherry, plum, and strawberry flavors fuse with earthy notes of oregano, smoke, and tobacco, making it a wonderful dinner companion. Villa Amoroso Toscana Rosso hits every flavor note we expect, leaving us to want nothing else, except for maybe a few more bottles.
This is a clean, citrusy, lean and fresh white wine. Carma Sauvignon Blanc’s nose is full of grapefruit and green apple, followed by zesty flavors of green fruits and lime, floral notes, and a long, crisp finish. This versatile sauvignon blanc is outstanding as an aperitif or cocktail wine, and also a refreshing compantion to arugula salads and richer white meats like pork and lobster.