What’s the difference between Champagne, “Methode Traditionelle,” and Prosecco?

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Champagne… Prosecco… “Methode Traditionelle?” Aren’t they all the same thing? Just a bubbly wine?

Wrong! There are some important differences between these popular beverages.

Champagne:

Champagne is the grande dame of sparkling wines.

  • Traditionally made with ChardonnayPinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes
  • A sparkling wine can only legally be called “Champagne” if it’s been produced in the champagne region of France.
  • Primary champagne flavors are more citrusy, almond-y, and toasty.
  • Champagne is usually the most expensive of the three options.
  • Our favorite champagnes: an impeccable champagne with a storied history; a classic champagne that’s elegant and expressive;  and a delicious fruity gem with a hint of ginger,

Methode Traditionelle: 

Wine made with this method (the “traditional method”) still sparkles and has many of the same qualities of champagne, but is made outside of the Champagne region.

  • These taste similar to champagne since they are made with the Champagne Method, but are slightly less expensive.
  • Our favorite methode traditionelle sparkling wines: an incredible Australian sparkling rose; a fruity and fresh cava

Prosecco: 

Prosecco is a sparkling wine that’s traditionally made in the Veneto region of Italy.

  • Usually made with Glera grapes, but it can also include other varieties
  • Made with the “Charmant” method, which is quicker and less expensive than the Champagne Method. It also produces larger, livelier bubbles.
  • These wines are usually lighter and slightly fruitier than Champagne or methode traditionelle sparkling wines.
  • Our favorite Proseccos: a delicious rose prosecco for under $12; a great young prosecco with award-winning packaging; and a yummy extra-dry prosecco with a lovely floral bouquet.

Weekly Wine Sale & Tasting July 27th-August 2nd: Spanish Thirst Quenchers with Mercedes!

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Finca Luzon Altos de Luzon Jumilla 2011 Spanish Red Wine–$16.99 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 8.2.16)

Monastrell, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Tempranillo: 91 Points Vinous Media September 2015

“(aged for a year in new and used French and American oak): Deep ruby. Pungent, highly perfumed scents of ripe black and blue fruits, licorice and vanilla are joined by a spicy quality that carries onto the palate. Sweet boysenberry and cherry flavors, with a suggestion of mocha. Very nicely concentrated, but lively thanks to a cutting, smoky mineral componenton the back end. Supple tannins build on the finish, with sexy oak spice and floral pastille notes.” – Josh Raynolds

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Launa Seleccion Familiar Crianza Rioja Tempranillo 2011 Spanish Red Wine–$15.29 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 8.2.16)

91 Points IWC Issue # 164 Sept/Oct 2012
“The espresso, smoke and licorice flavors frame a core of black cherry fruit in this round red, focused by slightly chewy tannins and kept fresh by lively acidity. Drink now through 2018. 2,000 cases imported.”

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Kalfu Kuda Leyda Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Chilean White Wine–$15.29 SAVE 15% (on sale through 8.2.16)

Review for Previous Vintage (2013): 91 Points – Wine & Spirits Magazine, June 2015
“Capturing the freshness of a cold year in Leyda, this sauvignon is all nerve, an electric pulse of flavor powered by acidity that sends its rays of freshness in all directions. Ideal as an aperitif, to serve with fresh goat cheese, Kalfu is a new brand from Ventisquero, a winery based in the Maipo Valley.” — Patricio Tapia

 

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Bodegas Nora Vina Nora DO Rias Baixas Albarino 2015 Spanish White Wine–$15.29 SAVE 15% (on sale through 8.2.16) 

Previous Vintage (2014):
91 Points Vinous Media September 2015
“Light gold. Vibrant aromas of fresh orchard fruits, tangerine, smoky lees and jasmine, with a strong mineral overlay. Suave, silky and expansive, offering sappy citrus fruit and poached pear flavors complemented by honeysuckle and chamomile. Finishes seamless and very long, with lingering floral and mineral qualities. Ninety percent of this wine was fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks, the rest fermented and aged in used French oak barrels.” – Josh Raynolds

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Campillo Rioja Rosado Tempranillo 2015 Spanish Rose Wine–$11.04 SAVE 15% (on sale through 8.2.16)

“Made with Tempranillo grapes employing traditional free-run methods, it is a wine to delight all the senses. At first glance it is clean, bright wine in an attractive raspberry-pink with purplish and orange reflections. In the short distance, it is intense and very fruity, with hints of ripe fruit and a touch of acidity to make it unforgettable. Fresh in the mouth, with a good, fruit counterweight, providing an ample, fruity, persistent finish.” – The Winery


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Sonim Brut Reserva Cava NV Spanish Sparkling Wine–$11.04 SAVE 15% (on sale through 8.2.16)

88 Points – International Wine Cellar, November 2009
“(40% parellada and 30% each of macabeo and xarel-lo): Bright straw. Peppery lemon and lime aromas are complicated by herbs and white flowers. Spicy, tightly wound citrus zest flavors are dusted by pungent herbs and white pepper. Turns slightly bitter on the back half and finishes with a strong lime zest note. No fat on these bones; in fact this tangy Cava is more grown-up than plenty of big-house non-vintage Champagnes, and the price is a steal.” -Josh Raynolds

Also on sale this week for a song!

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Bodegas Abanico Creta Roble Ribera del Duero Tempranillo 2013 Spanish Red Wine–$13.59 SAVE 15% (on sale through 8.2.16)

91 points Wine Advocate July 2015
“The 2013 Creta Roble is made from 60-plus-year-old vines from an area of Ribera del Duera known as La Horra (Pingus and Aalto emerged from this area as well). This expansive, savory, complex, deep ruby/purple red wine shows notes of new saddle leather, black and red currants, has a savory, medium-bodied expansive mouthfeel, with loads of black fruits, licorice, subtle smoke and earth. This is a lovely, sexy, opulent style of wine to drink over the next 4-5 years.” -Robert Parker

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Pazos del Ray Pazo de Monterrey Godello Monterrei 2013 Spanish White Wine–$12.50 SAVE 15% (on sale through 8.2.16)

90 Points International Wine Cellar September 2014

“(100% godello)(aged in stainless steel tanks): Pale yellow. High-pitched aromas of citrus and orchard fruits and chalky minerals are complemented by a deeper suggestion of honeydew melon. Sappy, stony and vibrant, offering bitter quince and pear skin flavors and a touch of lime pith. Notes of tarragon and green apple linger on the lucid, mineral-driven finish” -Josh Raynolds

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Torello Malvarello Penedes 2014 Spanish White Wine–$13.25 SAVE 15% (on sale through 8.2.16)

Malvasia & Xarel·lo “Bright straw-yellow colour with a golden hint. On the nose this wine is fresh and intense, with citrus and floral aromas and exotic notes of lychees. The palate is very fresh with lovely, brisk acidity and a silky texture…The ideal accompaniment for dishes such as fish and shellfish, or for adding an elegant touch to any fresh fruit dessert.” -The Winery

Weekly Wine Sale & Tasting July 6th-12th: Barbeque Reds and a Bright White!

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Domaine Zind Humbrecht Alsace Gewurztraminer 2013 French White Wine–$25.49 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 7.12.16)

90 Points Vinous Media April 2015
“Bright golden yellow. Intense aromas and flavors of ripe tropical fruits and sweet spices. More explosive than the 2012, with even better lift and precision. Finishes clean and long, with serious peppery bite. “I sell ten times as much abroad as I do in France,” Olivier Humbrecht told me, a consequence of the fact that this is a classically dry wine (in France, they like their Gewürztraminers on the sweet side). Made with grapes from the early-ripening Herrenweg site, which Humbrecht picked in the last days of August and beginning of September.” — Ian D’Agata

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Alta Mora Etna Rosso DOC Sicilian Nerello Mascalese 2014 Italian Red Wine–$21.24 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 7.12.16)

Previous Vintage: 92 Points Wine Advocate September 2015

“The 2013 Etna Rosso is 100% Nerello Mascalese that sees six months in botte grande. In fact the wood element is absolutely neutral and the fruit has plenty of room to express itself. Dark berry fruit, dried cherry, spice and balsam herb are presented with sheer volume and brawn. The wine opens to a dark ruby color and imparts luscious dark fruit to the senses. It shows no sign of premature oxidation. It offers medium build with firm tannins and a streamlined finish. This is an impressive showing from young vines and a challenging vintage. I look forward to tasting more wines from Alta Mora.” -Monica Larner

 


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Madrigal Family Winery Napa Valley Petite Sirah 2012 California Red Wine–$21.24 SAVE 15% (on sale through 7.12.16)

88 Points Wine Spectator December 2015
“Roasted coffee, toffee and baking spice notes work well with the plum, wild berry and fig flavors, graced by robust tannins. The spiciness lingers on the finish, along with toasty, cedary details. Drink now through 2025. 850 cases made.” –MW

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Michael-David 6th Sense Lodi Syrah 2013 California Red Wine–$16.99 SAVE 15% (on sale through 7.12.16) 

90 Points and Editor’s Choice for Wine Enthusiast May 2016
“This wine is a big one, going all out to make friends. New-oak aromas like clove, cedar and cinnamon explode out of the glass, then flavors of dark chocolate and cherry spread across the palate for a generous—almost thick—impression. Fine layers of tannins and firm acidity blanket the texture.” – Jim Gordon


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Palacios Remondo La Montesa Rioja DOC Garnacha 2013 Spanish Red Wine–$16.14 SAVE 15% (on sale through 7.12.16)

For the 2012 Vintage:

92+ Points Wine Advocate April 2015
“2012 was one of the driest and warmest years on record (the third driest August since 1961, the fourth warmest since 1961). The 2012 Rioja Crianza la Montesa is a blend of 80% Garnacha, 15% Tempranillo and 5% Mazuelo (Cariñena) from grapes grown in the La Montesa estate in Alfaro, Rioja Baja where the red Garnacha reigns over Tempranillo. The wine is getting lighter and more ethereal, but this ripe 2012 has a heady nose of cherries in liqueur but also black and sour cherries, unnoticeable oak plus just a pinch of dark spices. The palate is soft and silky, with ultra-fine tannins, great acidity and balance. Again, a great showing for La Montesa. This wine is a true bargain; typical Rioja at unbeatable prices. They are transforming their trellised vines to head-pruned. Hard to beat as a great value. 700,000 bottles produced.” – Luis Guttierez


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Michael-David 7 Deadly Zins Lodi Old Vines Zinfandel 2013–$14.44 SAVE 15% (on sale through 7.12.16)

90 Points Wine Advocate August 2015
“A softer, more lush and voluptuous texture can be found in the 2013 7 Deadly Zins, which is also 100% Zinfandel from Lodi. The production here is 280,000 cases! To produce such a high-volume wine of this quality is pretty remarkable winemaking. Loads of ripeness, fruit, glycerin and medium to full-bodied silky mouthfeel make for a delicious effort. Drink it now-2017.” – Robert Parker

 

Weekly Wine Sale & Tasting June 29th-July 5th: Carolyn Presents: Wines that Pop, Sparkle, and Dazzle!

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Orin Swift Palermo Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014–$39.99 SAVE 20%! (on sale through 7.5.16)

Tasting Notes: “Rich aromas of seasoned oak meld effortlessly with ripe boysenberry and candied cassis. The entry of the wine is soft and delicate, but quickly evolves into a serious mid-palate replete with opulent and concentrated flavors of dark fruits. Black currant and kirsch provide background to lively raspberry and cherry notes that create a near endless finish.” The Winery

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Villalobos LOBO Reserve Limited Edition Vinedo Silvestre Valle de Colchagua Carmenere Chilean Red Wine–$27.99 SAVE 20%! (on sale through 7.5.16)

“Color: Reddish purple with violet hues.
Aroma: The nose reveals a hint of herbal undertones and a strong scent of ripe, macerated cherries gently followed by a trace of green pepper with a chocolate touch.
Taste: Marked acidity and smooth tannins, fruity, with a bitter chocolate finish.
Pairing: Fatty, seasoned fish, ripe cheese, farmhouse sausages, game meat.” -The Winery


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Rojac Istra Slovenija Refosk 2013 Slovenian Red Wine–$15.29 SAVE 15% (on sale through 7.5.16)

“The grape was frequently referenced in Roman times for its health qualities.
These hills of Gažon give the great acidity and elegance for growing refošk, due to the poor soil, altitude, and positioning to the sea.” – The Importer

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Lykos Pop Art Evia Athiri and Malagousia 2015 Greek White Wine–$12.74 SAVE 15% (on sale through 7.5.16) 

“The Lykos “Pop Art” is produced from indigenous Greek varieties grown in Evia, considerably north of Athens. The wine is fresh and crisp and represents the best qualities of Greek white wines. crisp acidity and freshness that really pops. Enjoy this wine as an aperitif or with classic Greek Seafood dishes.” – The Winery

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Gertie and Max Gutedel 2015 German Dry White Wine–$11.04 SAVE 15% (on sale through 7.5.16)

“This delicate, dry white wine is created from a grape called Gutedel (rhymes with fruit ladle), a.k.a. Chasselas in Alsace and Switzerland. It is said to be the world’s most ancient variety. Gutedel’s silky mouthfeel and nutty character make it a wonderful cocktail wine, a versatile partner for light seafood dishes, and a classic accompaniment to cheese in general and cheese fondue in particular.” -The Importer

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Bisol Desiderio Jeio Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Rose Italian Rose Sparkling Wine–$10.19 SAVE 15% (on sale through 7.5.16)

87 Points – Vinous/Int. Wine Cellar, August 2010
“The NV Prosecco Brut Rosé Jeio is made from equal parts Merlot and Pinot Noir. It is a fairly restrained wine with excellent balance and a refined mousse. I am not generally a fan of rosé Prosecco, a category that has been created to exploit the growing popularity of both rosés and sparkling wines, yet everything here works beautifully, and this is one if the very few examples that merit attention. This is Lot 10027A.” – Antonio Galloni

Weekly Wine Sale & Tasting June 8th – 14th: Wines from Five Countries!

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Willm Riesling Alsace Reserve 2014 French White WineWillm Riesling Alsace Reserve 2014 French White Wine–$11.89 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 6.14.16)

Previous Vintage: 90 Points – Wine Spectator 2013

“Crackling with bright acidity, this sleek white offers a fine array of yellow and green apple, crunchy white peach, mango, blood orange and anise, with a lip-smacking, mineral-tinged finish. Drink now through 2020. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 20,000 cases made.” –Alison Napjus

E. Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2011 French Red Rhone Wine

E. Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2011 French Red Rhone Wine–$13.59 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 6.14.16)

Rated 90 points Wine Enthusiast February 2015

A perennial favorite, it’s reassuring to see that the quality continues to remain high even from Guigal’s least expensive cuvée. Red fruits—cherries and raspberries—marry easily with hints of clove, cracked pepper, black olive and espresso. It’s round on the midpalate, showing more focus and ample length on the finish.


Errazuriz Max Reserva Aconcagua Valley Carmenere 2012 Red Chilean WineErrazuriz Max Reserva Aconcagua Valley Carmenere 2012 Red Chilean Wine–$14.44 SAVE 15% (on sale through 6.14.16)

“Spicy character predominates on the nose, with aromas of black pepper and paprika, all followed by notes of figs and plums, as well as subtle touches of black olives. The aging in barrel added harmonious notes of coffee and black chocolate to this blend of aromas. The wine feels velvety on the palate, with round and polished tannins that emphasize the flavours of black fruits and figs, as well as the variety’s classic spicy character.” -The Vineyard

Henri Bourgeois Sancerre La Porte du Caillou 2014 French White Wine

Henri Bourgeois Sancerre La Porte du Caillou 2014 French White Wine–$19.54 SAVE 15% (on sale through 6.14.16) 

Previous vintage rating 89 Points – Wine Spectator, August 2013 “Shows serious cut, with bony chive, flint and gooseberry notes, featuring a pure, stony finish. Drink now. 7,500 cases made.” -James Molesworth “The nose is powerful and very aromatic with notes of very ripe yellow fruits (even tropical fruits), vanilla and spices. The palate is round, full and powerful yet well-balanced.” -Winery

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Chateau Marsac Seguineau Margaux 2009 French Red Bordeaux Wine–$30.59 SAVE 15% (on sale through 6.14.16)

Rated 90 points Wine Spectator

“Black cherry, plum, graphite and tobacco flavors show good density in this firm, crisp red. Light herbal notes keep it fresh. Grippy, but focused,pure and dense. Drink now through 2022.” –TM by Wine Spectator, TM, 2012.

Weekly Wine Sale & Tasting June 1st-7th: Wines by the Water for Hot Summer Days!

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Mollydooker Vineyards Blue Eyed Boy McLaren Vale Shiraz 2014 Australian Red Wine–$47.59 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 6.7.16)

Rated 93 Points Wine Spectator May 2016
“Starts off with a plush mix of dried cherry, blueberry and mocha flavors, building momentum just as the tannins gain traction. Finishes with a mouthful of velvety spice, cedar, smoke and black tea details. Drink now through 2030.” -MW 

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Chateau D’Esclans Cotes de Provence Whispering Angel Rose 2015 French Rose Wine–$19.54 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 6.7.16)

Rated 89 Points Wine Enthusiast July 2016
“The entry-level wine in the Esclans range, this is as fresh and fruity as possible. Juicy red currant and tangy acidity combine in this delicious blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah. The wine is dry while showing exuberant fruit. It can be drunk either as an apéritif or with food.” – Roger Voss

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Intrinsic Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Washington State Red Wine–$17.84 SAVE 29% (on sale through 6.7.16) 

Rated 92 Points Wine Spectator April 2016
“Firm in texture, brimming with raspberry, black cherry, violet and herb flavors that come together harmoniously on the finish against refined tannins.” -H.S.

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Villa Maria Private Bin Selection Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015 New Zealand White Wine–$12.74 SAVE 15% (on sale through 6.7.16)

Rated 90 Points Wine Spectator July 2016
“Light and crisp, with tangy lime, melon and peach flavors that are succulent and smooth, finishing juicy, with plenty of focus and intensity. Drink now.”—M.W

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Vidal-Fleury Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2012 French Red Wine–$11.89 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 6.7.16)

Rated 89 Points Wine Enthusiast August 2015 and a Wine Enthusiast Best Buy!
“This mouthfilling blend of 65% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre and 5% Carignan features ample cherry fruit, with some chocolaty richness on the palate and hints of bay leaf and anise. It’s bouncy and fresh, showing enough tannin in the finish to think it will stand up well to grilled burgers or chops.” — J.C

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Vidal-Fleury Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2013 French White Wine–$11.89 SAVE 15% (on sale through 6.7.16)

Rated 89 Points Wine Enthusiast August 2015 and a Wine Enthusiast Best Buy!
“This is largely Viognier from the Southern Rhône, and that’s reflected in its aromas of honey and pineapple. The flavors are fresh and slightly herbal, but based in melon and pineapple. It’s medium in body, then finishes on a mouthwatering citrus note.” — J.C.

 

Weekly Wine Sale & Tasting May 25th-31st: Wines from Piedmont, Provence, and the West Coast!

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Domaine La Suffrene Bandol Rouge Millesime Provence 2011 French Red Wine 2011–$26.54 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 5.31.16)

89 Points Wine Advocate Feb 2014
“A blend of 55% Mourvedre, 20% Grenache, 15% Cinsault and 10% Carignan, the 2011 Bandol exhibits classic aromas and flavors of black cherries and assorted dark fruits, licorice and ample spice to go with a sweetly fruited, nicely balanced and overall fresh feel on the palate. Enjoy this excellent, medium-bodied effort over the coming 7-9 years.” – Jeb Dunnuck

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Evesham Wood Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2014 Oregon Red Wine–$19.54 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 5.31.16)

“Although the Willamette Valley bottling is our least expensive and largest production bottling we put just as much of ourselves into it as our top cuvées. Vineyards such as Eola Springs, Illahe and Mahonia who Evesham Wood has been working with for decades make up the bulk of the blend and those grapes are fermented in small lots and punched down twice a day. Very forward with plum, dark cherry, red cherry with a slightly sweet smokiness reminiscent of a toasted marshmallow. It will be fun to watch this wine evolve over the next five years.” – The Winery

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Skinner Vineyards Smithereens El Dorado Red Blend California Red Wine–$16.99 SAVE 15% (on sale through 5.31.16) 

“Blend of 50% Grenache, 26% Mourvedre, 21% Syrah, 3% Counoise. Organically Farmed. Aged for 23 months in French Oak Barrels, 86% neutral, and 14% new. Grown in clay and volcanic soils… Smithereens Red is a unique Rhone style red blend from the Sierra Foothills. It is rich and deep but bright and spicy at the same time. It complements red meat and spicy braised dishes.” – The Importer

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Barrique Sonoma Coast Chardonnay California White Wine–$14.44 SAVE 15% (on sale through 5.31.16)

“Fermentation: spontaneous in barrel
Malolactic: long and cool, indigenous flora
Maturation: 4 months in French Oak”

“The 2015 vintage offered excellent growing conditions. A mild winter and spring compounded with almost no rain contributed to early ripening, low to moderate yields and highly concentrated grapes resulting in exceptional quality.” – The Winemakers

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Mauro Veglio Dolcetto D’Alba 2014 Italian Red Wine–$13.59 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 5.31.16)

86 Points Wine Spectator Web Only – 2016
“Lean and racy, this red reveals black cherry and pomegranate flavors fused to a solid, linear frame. The finish is chewy and compact. Drink now through 2018. 1,083 cases made.” –BS

 

Weekly Wine Sale & Tasting April 27th- May 3rd: Wines from Spain, Argentina, and Washington!

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Greenhook Ginsmiths Beach Plum Gin Liqueur–$42.39 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 5.3.16)

“Greenhook Ginsmiths boasts the world’s first ever, commercially released Beach Plum Gin Liqueur. Inspired by the traditional and somewhat forgotten Sloe Gin, Steven has set out to create a regionally authentic version that is undeniably extraordinary. The beach plum is harvested along the coast of Long Island, and infused into the American Dry Gin. Turbinado sugar is added to balance the liqueur and provide it with depth and richness.” -Michael Skurnik Wines


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 Altos Las Hormigas Appellation Altamira Malbec 2013 Argentine Red Wine–$38.24 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 5.3.16)

95 Points from Wine Advocate August 2015
“The 2013 Malbec Appellation Altamira is sourced from the alluvial terraces of the Tunuyán River in Altamira where the soils are very rich in calcium carbonate, the ideal for Altos las Hormigas in terms of elegance and minerality. The wine matured in untoasted 3,500-liter French oak foudres, like all in this range. There’s more peach here compared to the florals of the Gualtallary, and it feels a little less ripe than the Vista Flores. The palate is medium-bodied with good acidity and very fine tannins. It ends with a chalky minerality that sticks to your teeth. Great terroir Malbec at an incredible price.” – Robert Parker Jr.

 

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La Rioja Alta Vina Alberdi Reserva Tempranillo 2009 Spanish Red Wine–$17.84 SAVE 15% (on sale through 5.3.16) 

92 Points Vinous Media October 2015 

“Ruby-red. Aromas of ripe red berries, candied rose, vanilla and pipe tobacco, with a mineral element contributing vivacity. Juicy, penetrating and gently sweet on the palate, offering vibrant raspberry and cherry flavors that deepen on the back half. Shows very good heft and power on a long, focused finish framed by harmonious, slow-building tannins.” – Josh Raynolds


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Raventos i Blanc L’hereu Cava 2013 Spanish Sparkling Wine–$16.99 SAVE 15% (on sale through 5.3.16)

“L’Hereu is the “premier,” the finest symbol of how we like to work complexity in varieties and soils, with Macabeu as the structural base… The grapes are harvested by hand and rapidly delivered to the winery, where they are processed via a gravity flow system. At each stage of the production process the atmosphere is controlled by dry ice. Assemblage is followed by bottle fermentation and ageing for at least 15 months in the neck-down position. Blend: 40% Macabeo, 40% Xarel-lo and 20% Parellada” – Winemaker’s Notes

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Altos Las Hormigas Valle de Uco Malbec 2013 Argentine Red Wine–$14.44 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 5.3.16)

88 Points Wine Spectator November 2015

“Features accents of dried beef and hoisin sauce to the roasted plum and dried berry flavors. Notes of green herbs show on the finish. A firm and fleshy red. Drink now.”
–KM

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Charles & Charles Columbia Valley Rose 2015 Washington State Rose Wine–$11.89 SAVE 15% (on sale through 5.3.16)

“Made from mainly Syrah with Mourvedre, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Cinsault, and Counoise as well. The Charles and Charles Washington State Rose is quite simply an awesomely complex and complete Rose. The winemaking hasn’t changed a great deal over the years; so we attribute much of this complexity to the diversity of grape varieties and, even more, to the mix of vineyards that are increasingly on the very fringe of where these grapes can ripen. The color is vibrant pink, salmon and fuchsia edges. with wild red fruit of strawberry, raspberry and Bing cherry interwoven with Herbs de Provence and grass, a touch of citrus and an even greater presence of minerality.” – The Winery

Special Wine Sale & Tasting on Thursday, April 21st: Wines from Israel for Passover!

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“These wines are deeply discounted for one week. We feature a wide variety of wines in a wide price range
so have a look there is something for everyone. They have all been fully taste tested as well.” -Rich

daltonpetitesirah

Dalton Oaked Petite Sirah 2012 Israeli Red Wine–$21.25 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 4.26.16)

93 Points “Editor’s Choice” Wine Enthusiast April 2015
“Dark violet-red in color, this wine has aromas of black cherry, lavender and confectioner’s sugar. Cool and bright notes play off each other, with flavors of ripe black cherry, anisette, cranberry and sage. Soft tannins lead to a finish that is long-lasting but doesn’t overstay its welcome.”

 

Dalton Alma GSM

 Dalton Alma Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre 2012 Israeli Red Wine–$21.25 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 4.26.16)

92 Points “Editor’s Choice” Wine Enthusiast April 2015
“Dark violet-red in the glass, this Rhône-style blend offers bewitching aromas of black cherry, anise and crème brûlée. Its mouth-pleasing texture envelops flavors of black cherry, anise, clove and vanilla custard. The smooth, lasting finish presents a bright note at just the right moment.”

 

 

barkanchard

Barkan Special Reserve Winemaker’s Choice Chardonnay 2012 Israeli White Wine–$21.25 SAVE 15% (on sale through 4.26.16) 

90 points Wine Enthusiast April 2015
“Medium-gold in the glass, this wine has a bouquet of clementine and brioche. It is clean and crisp in the mouth, with flavors of lime sorbet, vanilla and toasted bread. It offers a good balance of citrus fruit and toasty notes right into the bright, lasting finish.”


seagalscab

Segals’s Special Reserve Galilee Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Israeli Red Wine–$18.99 SAVE 15% (on sale through 4.26.16)

90 Points Wine Enthusiast February 2016
“This wine is dark red-violet color to the eye, offering aromas of blackberry, roasted red pepper and juniper berry. It is very smooth on the palate, with flavors of black plum, blackberry, white peach, elderberry and violet. There is a slightly dominant eucalyptus flavor that backs off at the finish, replaced by a fresh cherry juice flavor.”

dalton pinot gris

Dalton D Unoaked Pinot Gris 2014 Israeli White Wine–$15.29 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 4.26.16)

90 points “Best Buy” Wine Enthusiast September 2015
“This pale straw-colored wine has a bouquet of melon and nutmeg. Flavors of pear, peach, apple, lemon curd and soft spice mingle on the palate into the smooth, lemon-tart finish.”


 

 

Weekly Wine Sale & Tasting April 13th-19th: Wines from France, Italy, California, and Argentina!

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“These wines are deeply discounted for one week. We feature a wide variety of wines in a wide price range
so have a look there is something for everyone. They have all been fully taste tested as well.” -Rich

ch berliquet

Chateau Berliquet Grand Cru Classe Saint-Emilion Bordeaux 2006 French Red Wine–$26.34 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 4.19.16)

90—92 [Barrel sample] Points from Wine Enthusiast December 2009
“Very modern, polished in style, a wine whose new wood doesn’t mask the rich fruit. The tannins are more to do with wood than fruit. This will be delicious.” —Roger Voss


piattelli malbec

 Piattelli Vineyards Premium Reserve Malbec 2013 Argentine Red Wine–$14.44 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 4.19.16)

90 points from Wine Spectator December 2015
Also included among Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines 2015
“A refined style, this red offers lively acidity behind the flavors of dried berry, cherry and pomegranate. This features zesty minerality and medium-grained tannins, showing seductive spicy notes on the finish. Drink now through 2018.” –KM

 

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Broken Earth Quadrant Gold Paso Robles 2011 California White Wine Blend–$13.59 SAVE 15% (on sale through 4.19.16) 

“Our first Quadrant White is a blend of Chardonnay(50%), Viognier(26%), Pinot Gris(16%) & Albarino(8%). Note the flavors of green apple, peaches & apricots. It can be best described as offering subtle spicy oak aromas surrounded by a cacophony of fruit, including melons, peaches, coconut and elderberry.” – The Winery

beaulieulabel

Chateau de la Selve Beaulieu Ardeche 2010 French Red Wine–$12.74 SAVE 15% (on sale through 4.19.16)

“Benoit Chazallon Chateau de la Selve Beaulieu is an organic blend of 55% Cabernet-Sauvignon, 25% Grenache, 15% Merlot, 5% Cinsault. Dark purple, ruby color. Expressive and rich nose allying berries, spices and guarrigue. Freshness, generosity with delicate tannins and a finale on the fruit, long lasting. A wine for cellaring.” -The Winery

pullCH

Pull Paso Robles Chardonnay 2012 California White Wine–$11.89 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 4.19.16)

“…the final blend selected emphasizes the more subtle varietal characteristics of the Chardonnay grape. There are many of the tropical fruits present but with an emphasis on those of a more citrus nature. The balancing natural acidity allows far more flexibility with successful wine and food parings…The oak shows as spice rather than nutty, further adding another layer of complexity.” -The Winery

 

 

terrazzoprosecco

Terrazzo Prosecco Extra Dry NV Italian Sparkling Wine–$11.04 SAVE 15% (on sale through 4.19.16)

“This Terrazzo Prosecco produced by Colli del Soligo from late ripening grapes grown in the foothills of the Alps, on the Strada del Vino Bianco, between Conegliano and Valdobbiadene. Think of it as ‘baby’ Anime Prosecco, providing a more fruit forward style at an even more competitive price point, along with packaging from award winning designer Louise Fili.” -The Importer