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September Newsletter

New Zealand is a land like no other. New Zealand wine is an experience like no other. The special combination of soil, climate and water, the innovative pioneering spirit of the good folks who live there and their commitment to quality-- this all comes together to deliver pure, intense and diverse experiences. In every glass of New Zealand Wine is a world of pure discovery.

Our Wine of the Month is a perfect late summer, early fall wine. The nose is rich and multilayered, with lots of dark fruit scents, blackberries, dark plums, meshed with Dutch licorice, graphite, earth, exotic florals, cigar box and peppercorn. Black fruits dominate on the palate but are balanced with good acidity. The mouthfeel is lush but not over-the-top, as the fruits play with baking spices, earthy minerality and a soupçon of black pepper. The mid-length finish reverberated with the dark fruit theme, receding gently. Perfect late summer, early fall wine-- get away one more weekend, or keep the grill handy for that last barbecue as this wine will help the sun shine just a bit longer.

Our Champagnes of the Month have been unavailable in recent years but thankfully things have finally changed and the firm has secured a quality importer for California. Though our experience with Tarlant dates back to the late 1990s, we must say these latest releases are their best yet. While global warming may be playing a role, the real key to this improvement is the family’s relentless tweaking of their farming and winemaking practices.

We also have a North American Wine Report, 2009 Brunello di Montalcino, Wines of France, a tasty Wine of the Month 2, Spirits, Cigars, Sake, Beer,  and more!

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