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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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. The Tarride family is one a permanent quest for quality and value which shows whole-heartedly in this 2014 vintage.
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.
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.
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.
Nestled in the French Countryside about an hour and a half east of Bordeaux is the picturesque region of Cahors. This area located in the middle of the Pyrénées in South West France is home to brothers Pascal and Jean-Marc Verhaeghe. The main property, Château du Cèdre is where the Verhaeghe family produces Marcel Malbec, a robust and rich Malbec from this talented winemaking family whose motto is to “move forward, experience new ways.” Farmed with no herbicides and chemicals since 1990, these grapes yields a savory but slightly tart flavor profile of plums, blackberry, and smoked meats. Possessing a solid structure and firm tannins, Marcel Malbec is structured and concentrated, yielding a deeper more complex wine.
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.
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.
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.
Carménère is the predominant grape of Chile. It flourishes widely in the many micro climates with in this narrow country. Hot days in the valley and cool nights puled in from the pacific ocean ensure these grapes ripen steady to ensure balanced flavors. Yapa Carménère displays a violet red color and the aromas 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. So no matter which side of the country you live, whether it be coastal or inland, you can find joy in this fun and flexible wine from Chile. Serve this wine with a zesty pork dish, or a hearty tomato seafood stew.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Scoops Red Blend is a succulent wine bursting with the flavor of raspberry and ripe plum. With lovely richness in the mouth and a long, pleasing finish, this wine is a perfect match to everything from pasta to grilled meats. A red blend from the beautiful California Central Coast, this pleasing wine is perfect for anytime and any occassion.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Grenache is a varietal grown around the world and in the country of Spain, it goes by the name Garnacha. Each country where Grenache is grown, it expresses the unique terroir and shows different flavor profiles. For Spain and specifically the grapes in Buscado, Garnacha produces intense and pleasant aromas of licorice and wild berries with slight mineral undertones. Flavors of ripe red fruit, fresh thyme and hints of minerals linger on the finish of this silky and full-bodied expression of Garnacha.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Spur Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon pays tribute to the ever developing pioneering spirit that is the California Wine Industry. Ever transforming, the winemakers of the vast and well regarded region continue to impress vintage after vintage. This California Cabernet boasts flavors of ripe currants, fresh herbs, hints of cherry and raspberry fruits that is balanced and held together with a touch of leather and oak. A great wine for the money, pair this wine with a juicy steak or a savory burger.
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.
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.
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.
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.