Best of Europe Mixed Case
Your Best of Europe Mixed Case includes one bottle each of
A stylistic red blend of Syrah, Cabernet Franc, and Tannat, some of the noble grapes that populate the southern region of France. When these three grapes get blended together, the results are outstanding. Cherry, raspberry, and blackberry combined with pepper, clove, and hints of earthiness round out the flavor profile in this French beauty.
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 one that can be opened anytime and pair with your favorite everyday foods like pizza, pasta, and grilled meats.
Val Di Botte Chianti D.O.C.G.
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.
Vila Nova Red Duoro Blend
The Duoro region of Portugal is in the spotlight because in 2014 it produced 4 of the top ten wines in the world as rated by Wine Spectator Magazine. Now in the forefront of wine lover’s minds, the wines from this region are becoming more and more sought after. A blend of Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo), Touriga Franca and Touriga Nacional, Vila Nova is a fresh red wine that has a dark, deep and intense ruby color, with a nose dominated by fruity aromas that carry through. It is well-balanced with silky tannins finishing long and balanced with silky tannins, finishing long and fruit-filled. The grapes from Vila Nova Douro Red wine are from the oldest wine region in the world. Harvest is conducted 100% by hand from vines that are 20-to- 30 years old, with the best grapes of each of the above varietals chosen for fermentation at controlled temperatures in stainless steel tanks. Fifty percent of the finished wine is then aged for six months in used 400 liter French oak barrels. This wine is ideally served at room temperature with light meat dishes, such as pork, or flavorful, hard cheeses, such as Italian cow and sheep’s milk cheeses.
Vina Albali Reserva Tempranillo
Vibrant cherry red color, with violet highlights and bursting with ripe fruit flavors of cherry and strawberry, combined with a perfumed nose. It drinks well, with a fine structure and a smooth finish. We recommend opening the bottle and walking away for a half hour allowing the wine to breath.
Porta De Ravessa Red Blend
The Porta Da Ravessa Tinto (red) is a blend of Trincadeira, Aragones, Alicante-Bouschet, and Casteleo that delivers an earthy, spicy, and rich yet well-rounded wine with a velvety texture. Trincadeira, also called Tinta Amarela, provides deep color, dark berry flavors, and firm tannins. Aragones, which most know well as Tempranillo, enhances the berry/cherry flavors and the soft texture. Castelao, known by some as Periquita, brings a youthful fresh fruitiness. And Alicante-Bouschet offers its trademark deep purple color and some additional softness. Perfect with braised lamb (or goat) shanks, or broiled garlic steak.
Luca Bosio Cortese di Gavi
In the Northwest Italian region of Gavi, inside of Piedmont, the Cortese grape is a household name. However, in the United States, it is a little known. Capable of producing highly enjoyable white wines, the Cortese grapes for this wine come from Bosio Estate vineyards, located in Gavi village, at 100 to 200 ft. above sea level. The nose and palate on this very pale white wine show clean and crisp floral overtones, with captivating hints of pineapple, apricot and peach. This wine is a perfect accompaniment to white meats like chicken and pork, as well as white-flesh fishes. It’s a real winner and should be a favorite those who love refreshing and clean white wines.
Val Di Botte Pinot Grigio I.G.T.
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.
Terra d' Osa White Blend
The terroir of Portugal produces some truly unique wines. Recently, Portugal has been under a spotlight of attention producing 3 of the top 10 wines in the world awarded by Wine Spectator Magazine. The level of detail and care shows when producing these flavor-packed grape varieties, blending them together to make some unique and enjoyable blends. Terra D'Oso delivers flavors of melon, honey, and citrus with a vibrant but slightly weighted finish. It pairs brilliantly with a wide range of poultry and seafood dishes making this wine a easy selection to enjoy any day of the week.
Torre Di Vil Vinho Verde
Vinho Verde is on a serious hot streak since 2014. This light and refreshing white wine from Portugal is a must-have for almost any occasion. Torre Di Vil Vinho Verde is light pale yellow in color and this refreshing white wine has a nose and palate that shows fresh fruit, such as peach, with hints of orange blossom. There is a streak of minerality that makes for a bracing wine, with a well-balanced acidity and a freshness that carries through to the crisp, clean finish.
Baron Kokot Michelsberg White
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 a stand alone aperitif.
Racine Cotes du Provence Rosé
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.