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.
Benessere is Italian for ‘well-being’ and the Benish family named the winery to describe the feeling of life in the Napa Valley. Classic varietal aromas of Bing cherry, a hint of strawberry and fruit leather lead to flavors of piecrust, blackberry and vanilla with a touch of spice on the long finish. This hearty Sangiovese pairs wonderfully with traditional fare such as grilled steak or Portobello mushrooms.
From the highly rated Novato, California winery of Aussie-born Bruce & Kim Cunningham, this exquisite white wines from the Carneros region shows an amazing balance of acidity and structure while filling the palate with rich, developed fruit flavors. A great choice with mild, luxurious dishes based on shellfish, flaky white fish and poultry.
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.
This enchanting Napa Valley red blend is dark and seemingly ominous in color. While on the palate, it bursts juicy red fruits with a slightly sweet and sensuous body with a hint of dark espresso chocolate. It's a good kind of hex.
This excellent Portuguese red brings out the best in light meat dishes, such as pork, or flavorful, hard cheeses, such as Italian cow and sheep’s milk cheeses. Dark red in color, with crimson highlights and intense, mature red fruit aromas, the wine’s amazing flavors are nicely structured with a full-bodied elegance, and mature, round tannins, leading to a long, persistent finish.
Inside Tuscany, the winemaking industry has very strict laws about what grapes you can use within a region of Italy, including the amount, and blending composition. To most, this means nothing but to us, we know that when we select wines for our customers, we are ensuring a level that would be expected from wines from this region. But with this, it limits innovation and in the 1970s, winemakers were bursting through the boundaries of blending and were creating wines that would rival many and score extremely well among critics. So in the 1980s, “Super Tuscans” were taking the stage of what would become a wine making revolution in Tuscany. Sangiovese, the principal grape of Tuscany was being blended with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot to create truly dynamic wines. Bigger in color and flavor from normal Tuscan wines, this elegant and enthusiastic red wine has bold cherry and strawberry fruits mixed with plum and a hint of fig. It’s herbaceous, has hints of smoke, earth, tobacco, and is a delight to drink. Gather up some Italian food, good friends and enjoy.
It’s time to face facts folks, It’s hard to resist a California Cabernet, especially when it’s delicious and at such an amazing value. This is one we are particularly excited about. Bringing you a barrel select vintage from California, this exclusive wine is very 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, ripe blackberries, that contributes to a mouth feel that is full and pleasing with a smooth, easy going finish. All in all, a great wine for the money. Unfortunately, this wine is in limited quantities so get all the Bear Hug you can get your arms around, while you can.
Do you love a well-balanced pleasing Chardonnay that isn't too vibrant or too oaky? We'll let us introduce you to Coastal Passage, a balanced Chardonnay with a style and charisma of all its own.
Not only is this terrific wine delicious as an aperitif, but its complexity and verve make it a great match with seafood, from shrimp and scallops to salmon and mackerel. Aromas of lime, pear, white flowers, green apple and honeydew melon lead to a crisp clean acidity with refreshing cucumber, kiwi, and apple flavors, finishing with a refreshing minerality.
This exquisite 2012 Fleurelle Pinot Blanc takes white wine lovers on delightful flavor journey. It’s flavors showcase apple and citrus, with a streak of distinctive minerality. It makes a wonderful aperitif, perfect with a buffet, or sipping while relaxing in the afternoon sunshine. Produced by renowned vintner Gustave Lorentz, a family making wine since 1836 in the heart of the French Alsace.