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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.