A beautifully balanced wine that is delicate, soft and approachable yet refreshingly crisp. Fruit takes center stage in both aromas and flavors of meyer lemon, pink grapefruit and peach. Grapes for the Tied Knot Riesling come from one of the first vineyards planted to Riesling in California. This is a wine that pairs well with richly sauced seafood, poultry or fruited rice dishes.
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.
For a beautiful summer’s day, nothing is more enjoyable when it comes to sipping wine than a glass of refreshing Sauvignon Blanc from California. Our newest find, 2013 Pepi Sauvignon Blanc happens to come from one of our favorite innovative California producers, Pepi, who sources grapes from the cool climate Clarksburg and Lake County growing regions to produce this light and refreshing white wine. This Sauvignon Blanc has notes of vibrant grapefruit and zesty citrus, accompanied by slight green flavors to round it the refreshingly crisp mouthfeel. It compliments a cocktail party or light fare dinner. Pepi has back to back vintages of award winning wines and we are confident that the 2013 will surpass expectations and become a crowd-pleasing favorite white wine.
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!
After the stunning success of the earlier vintages of Carma Carménère, the vintners at Carma stepped it up yet again for this next vintage. The grapes used for the impressive 2013 Carma Carménère come from the winery’s estate vineyard in the sector of Palmilla, a region considered by many to be in “the center of gravity” when it comes to Chilean wine. The 10 year-old vines benefit from deep soils that are clay-like and sandy, are trained onto vertical shoot-positioned trellises, and cane pruned. The wine is a violet red color and the aroma is of fresh red fruit—raspberries and cherries—along with notes of herbs and toasted coffee beans. The aromas follow through on the palate with red fruits, spices and bittersweet chocolate. It is an elegant wine with juicy concentration and persistence.
There is no argument that Cabernet is the leading grape in California’s wine portfolio. It grows perfectly in the Golden State and produces wines that are stunning. We carry quite a few Cabernets, but we sample hundreds every year and only a select few are chosen. Lone Vine Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of Cabernet fruit from across California, capturing nuisances from the regions that make this grape spectacular. Blackcurrant, cassis, cocoa, and vanilla flavors are delightfully intertwined to provide perfect sipping satisfaction.
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.
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.
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.
Each daybreak, the ocean-cooled California coastal fog slowly rolls into the open valleys, blanketing Pinot Noir vineyards. These small areas across California are the haven for Pinot Noir producers as these unique micro-climate regions produce some of the best Pinot in California. This creates one of the world's finest wine grape growing regions. This elegant, light-bodied Pinot Noir opens with graceful aromas of sweet cherries, strawberries and a slight earthiness, followed by soft flavors of vanilla, light oak and ripe raspberry.
There are several components that make a wine successful. Kepe is one of those rare wines that truly has it all. The first is a cutting edge packaging that is truly extraordinary and immediately grabs you. However, there is so much more to wine that a great label. Thankfully, Kepe fully delivers on the promise of the label. Starting with the results of a search for amazing fruit, Kepe was involved with the process every step of the way. This Tempranillo is full of ripe fruit right from the outset. Raspberry, strawberry, plum and black currant notes can all be found, even on the nose. These flavors continue through the palate to the finish. This wine aims to be something that can be opened every day and pair with our favorite every day foods like pizza, pasta and grilled meats. Of course, the last thing that can make a wine successful? Value, which Kepe delivers in spades.
The producers of Gravelly Ford Wines believe in producing wines with profiles that are pure, honest, and unadorned of the varietal. There is nothing better than a wine that has been made with focus on the work in the vineyard, so the process of turning grapes into wine has less human interaction and more focus on the natural process. Gravelly Ford Zinfandel is a wine of such ambition. It has a ruby, purple hue that coats the glass. Swirl after swirl unleashes the deep ripe fruit of blackberry and blueberry. The fruit is rich but the body is light, making a wine that can be enjoyed with or without food. Further inspection uncovers thin layers of vanilla, clove, and coffee. We are excited about this new addition to our line up up California greats.
Argentina has been producing wine for more than 400 years. The first grapes for wine were planted in 1544. There are 960 wineries in Argentina with over 600 located in Mendoza. Blended with Syrah, the 2013 Pico Malbec is deep red in color with violet flashes with intensely fruity aromas of cherries and blueberries leading to a palate of delicate tannins and sweetness, and a smoky, persistent finish.