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Each month, these selections are sure to bring a smile to both the aficionado and novice.

Why? Because nobody is more qualified than the Wise Buyers at Hi-Time Wine Cellars who have been scouring the globe to seek out wine treasures for more than 50 years.

No long-term commitment: Simply choose the program and let us know when you want to stop and we'll take care of the rest. We'll send an announcement to the gift recipient along with background information and tantalizing tasting notes on each wine.


August Taster's Advantage

Hi-Time Wine Club March Gold 1 SelectionGold Selection Plan 1 $24.95 Wine Club Sign Up

 2 Bottles of red wine (tax & shipping not included)

Feudi di San Gregorio 2015 Rubrato, Campania, Italy

Grape Variety : 100% Aglianico, Origin : Campania, Italy

JAMES SUCKLING 95 POINTS - "This shows such a beautiful density and texture with licorice and blackberry character. Full and layered yet always tight and focused. A fantastic young red. Drink or hold."

Feudi di San Gregorio today epitomises the oenological renaissance of southern Italy, promoting a wine culture for the rediscovery of Mediterranean flavours. To promote southern Italy grape varieties, such as Aglianico, Fiano di Avellino and Greco di Tufo, to invest in the land and in the century old tradition of Irpinia wine making, means offering a future to a unique environmental heritage. Established in 1986 by two Irpinian families, Feudi di San Gregorio has its roots in the town of Sorbo Serpico in the province of Avellino. Since its early days, the winery focused on the preservation of authentic top-quality productions and on the definition of a premium quality standard to meet the highest and most severe market requirements. The new winery was inaugurated in 2004, reflecting Feudi di San Gregorio’s wish to blend its long-standing tradition with a futuristic architectural project. Climbing up the hill towards Sorbo Serpico, you enter a magical world, with streams of water, herb gardens and blossoming rose bushes.

Wine Tip: Campania has not the fame of Piedmont for example, and as a result there is some very good deals like this one to make.

Alamos 2016 Malbec, Argentina

Grape Variety: 90% Malbec, 5% Cabernet sauvignon, 5% Bonarda
Origin: Mendoza, Argentina

JAMES SUCKLING 91 POINTS - "A medium-bodied red with firm tannins and a fresh and clean finish. Really intense and flavorful. Lovely balance and finesse. One of the best deals out there."

The purple-colored Malbec Blend contains 5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Bonarda. The wine was aged in French and American oak. It offers up a nose of cedar, black cherry, and plum leading to a dense wine with plenty of savory black fruit flavor, a forward personality, and good length.

This organic wine is stored in American and French oak barrels for nine months; a quarter of this time is spent in new oak barrels. Rich dark violet colour. Intense aroma of dark berries and plums. The taste has elegant tones of concentrated fruit, coffee and tannins.

Wine Tip: Bonarda is not a very famous grape variety, although it is the second most planted grape in Argentina after Malbec of course. Bonarda wines are intensely fruity (blackberry, black cherry, plum..), have low tannins and high acidity.

 


 

Hi-Time Wine Club March Gold 2 SelectionGold Selection Plan 2 $24.95 Wine Club Sign Up

1 Bottles of red wine and 1 bottle of white wine (tax & shipping not included)

Feudi di San Gregorio 2015 Rubrato, Campania, Italy

Grape Variety : 100% Aglianico, Origin : Campania, Italy

JAMES SUCKLING 95 POINTS - "This shows such a beautiful density and texture with licorice and blackberry character. Full and layered yet always tight and focused. A fantastic young red. Drink or hold."

Feudi di San Gregorio today epitomises the oenological renaissance of southern Italy, promoting a wine culture for the rediscovery of Mediterranean flavours. To promote southern Italy grape varieties, such as Aglianico, Fiano di Avellino and Greco di Tufo, to invest in the land and in the century old tradition of Irpinia wine making, means offering a future to a unique environmental heritage. Established in 1986 by two Irpinian families, Feudi di San Gregorio has its roots in the town of Sorbo Serpico in the province of Avellino. Since its early days, the winery focused on the preservation of authentic top-quality productions and on the definition of a premium quality standard to meet the highest and most severe market requirements. The new winery was inaugurated in 2004, reflecting Feudi di San Gregorio’s wish to blend its long-standing tradition with a futuristic architectural project. Climbing up the hill towards Sorbo Serpico, you enter a magical world, with streams of water, herb gardens and blossoming rose bushes.

Wine Tip: Campania has not the fame of Piedmont for example, and as a result there is some very good deals like this one to make.

De Chansac, Rose 2017, France

Grape Variety: 100% Cinsault Origin: Languedoc Roussillon, France

The vines used for De Chansac are located in the northern mountains of the Pyrenees and the Cevennes. The Mediterranean Sea in the south offers hot and dry summers, with various terroirs. The soil is dense which gives perfect medium-bodied fruity wines. The grapes are harvested at night when the temperature is cool, in order to prevent oxidation. The juice is directly pressed for an elegant pale color. Low temperature fermentation enhances the aromatic profile. The wine stays on its fine lees at least two months and is stirred periodically, offering a smooth texture.

Made from 100% Cinsault, De Chansac has a nose filled with soft, ripe orchard fruits. White peach and melons lead to a touch of cream, citrus, mixed tropical fruits and a hint of spice. The flavor profile reflects the nose well, leading with a lush texture layered with tropical fruits and stone fruits, peach and pear, with light acidity keeping it lively. The finish reiterates the ripe fruits, finishing with a flourish of flavor and texture. Enjoy with tapas, fish, fruits and cheeses, good friends and the warmth of the sun.

Wine Tip: Cinsault is often used in red blends from this region to “soften up” the wines. It reduces the heat feeling that these wines rich in alcohol can develop.

 


 

Hi-Time Wine Club March Platinum 1 SelectionPlatinum Selection Plan 1 $49.95 Wine Club Sign Up

2 Bottles of red wine (tax & shipping not included)

Alain Jaume, 2016, Lirac, clos de sixte, France

Grape Variety : 50% grenache noir, 35% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre
Origin : Lirac, Rhone, France
Organically Produced

LIRAC vineyard is facing Chateauneuf du Pape, opposite side of the Rhône river. As showed by the picture and following geologist George Truc, soils are almost similar in both sides. They are marked by the violence wrought by the Rhone river. It consists of a layer of marine molasses of the Miocene period covered by alpine alluvium. The presence of a great number of rounded stones known as "galets" in the earth is evidence of the time when the Rhone, then a torrent, tore fragments of rock from the Alps and deposited them on the plain. LIRAC is one of the up-coming best area from the southern Rhône valley, as it delivers outstanding wines.

Winemaking & Ageing: Traditional wine-making in stainless still vats. Hand sorted bunches crushed and destemmed grapes. Ageing in concrete vats and french oak barrels.

Tasting: Intense inky colour. On the nose, aromas of red and black ripe fruit (kirsch and wild Blackberry) are dominant. The mouth is full, with aromas of blackcurrant liquor and spice. Tannins are both harmonious and elegant thanks to the fleshy of the wine. The end display hints of licorice and vanilla, which give to the wine length and complexity.

Wine Tip: Pretty much a chateauneuf du Pape for way less. Good value. Serve at 62° to enjoy at his best.

Chateau Vieux Clos 2014 Saint-Emilion, Grand Cru, France

Grape Variety: 60% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Malbec.

ROBERTPARKER.COM: "The Vieux Clos Saint Emilion 2014 is blend of 60% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Malbec. It has a clean blackberry and briary nose. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp tannin, well-integrated oak, touches of tobacco on the refined finish. Classic Saint Emilion, well crafted and possibly a good value."

Wine Tip: This Saint-Emilion is a very classic expression of the appellation. Balanced wine, definitely on the bright side of the spectrum. Approachable now, he will definitely will be enjoyed best with food, some delicious BBQ tri-tips would make a great pairing.

 


 

July Wine Club Platinum 2 SelectionPlatinum Selection Plan 2 $49.95 Wine Club Sign Up

1 Bottle of red wine and 1 bottle of white wine (tax & shipping not included)

Alain Jaume, 2016, Lirac, clos de sixte, France

Grape Variety : 50% grenache noir, 35% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre
Origin : Lirac, Rhone, France
Organically Produced

LIRAC vineyard is facing Chateauneuf du Pape, opposite side of the Rhône river. As showed by the picture and following geologist George Truc, soils are almost similar in both sides. They are marked by the violence wrought by the Rhone river. It consists of a layer of marine molasses of the Miocene period covered by alpine alluvium. The presence of a great number of rounded stones known as "galets" in the earth is evidence of the time when the Rhone, then a torrent, tore fragments of rock from the Alps and deposited them on the plain. LIRAC is one of the up-coming best area from the southern Rhône valley, as it delivers outstanding wines.

Winemaking & Ageing: Traditional wine-making in stainless still vats. Hand sorted bunches crushed and destemmed grapes. Ageing in concrete vats and french oak barrels.

Tasting: Intense inky colour. On the nose, aromas of red and black ripe fruit (kirsch and wild Blackberry) are dominant. The mouth is full, with aromas of blackcurrant liquor and spice. Tannins are both harmonious and elegant thanks to the fleshy of the wine. The end display hints of licorice and vanilla, which give to the wine length and complexity.

Wine Tip: Pretty much a chateauneuf du Pape for way less. Good value. Serve at 62° to enjoy at his best.

Argyros 2016 Atlantic White, Greece

Grape variety : Assyrtico (90%) Aidani (5%)and Athiri (5%).
Origin : Santorini, Greece

The Argyros Estate, located on Santorini, is one of the best wineries in Greece. Their Atlantis white is made from the indigenous varietals Assyrtico (90%) Aidani (5%)and Athiri (5%). Delightful citrus aromas lead to fresh, dry citrus and mineral flavors and a crisp finish. The vineyard’s extremely low yield offers body, structure and substance. This is the perfect choice on a hot summer evening as an aperitif or to accompany seafood and fish dishes.

About the Winery: Argyros Estate, founded in 1903 by George Argyros, was transformed by his grandson, Yiannis into one of the largest estates on Santorini, with vineyards totaling 30 hectares today. Now his son Mathew, the 4th generation of Argyros, has taken over management of the winery and continues the family’s long tradition in winemaking. Argyros Estate combines the ancient traditions of Santorini together with the latest in modern wine technology to produce some of the most highly awarded wines on the island. Their wines feature a wide variety of native grapes including, Assyrtiko, Athiri, Aidani, Mandilaria and Mavrotragano.

Wine Tip: In order to protect plants from strong winds and to limit their need for water, the vine growers of Santorini adapted and refined a primitive pruning technique, the “ambelia” or “kouloura”. The plants are pruned to form a low vegetable basket where grapes are protected and mature, without run the risk of being damaged by sand, which is carried by the wind.

 


 

July Wine Club All White SelectionAll White Selection No More Than $45 Wine Club Sign Up

2 Bottles of white wine (tax & shipping not included)

Henri Boillot, 2016, Burgundy, France

Grape Variety : 100 % Chardonnay, Origin : Burgundy, France

BURGHOUND - "Outstanding Top Value* (50% from Meursault vines and the rest from declassified St. Romain and Auxey-Duresses in equal proportions) A fresh and ripe nose of pear and orange peel exhibits touches of the exotic. There is excellent underlying tension to the punchy flavors that possess unusually good volume while delivering equally fine length. This is impressive for its level and highly recommended."

Hue: Pale yellow with hints of green

Nose: Peach aroma, fresh hazelnut

Palate: An energetic, well-balanced and full wine. Fruity with lovely mineral overtones.

Wine Tip: Henri Boillot vinifies the white while his son takes care of the reds. This winery is increasing in quality every year and their entry level cuvee is absolutely fantastic at that price.

Argyros 2016 Atlantic White, Greece

Grape variety : Assyrtico (90%) Aidani (5%)and Athiri (5%).
Origin : Santorini, Greece

The Argyros Estate, located on Santorini, is one of the best wineries in Greece. Their Atlantis white is made from the indigenous varietals Assyrtico (90%) Aidani (5%)and Athiri (5%). Delightful citrus aromas lead to fresh, dry citrus and mineral flavors and a crisp finish. The vineyard’s extremely low yield offers body, structure and substance. This is the perfect choice on a hot summer evening as an aperitif or to accompany seafood and fish dishes.

About the Winery: Argyros Estate, founded in 1903 by George Argyros, was transformed by his grandson, Yiannis into one of the largest estates on Santorini, with vineyards totaling 30 hectares today. Now his son Mathew, the 4th generation of Argyros, has taken over management of the winery and continues the family’s long tradition in winemaking. Argyros Estate combines the ancient traditions of Santorini together with the latest in modern wine technology to produce some of the most highly awarded wines on the island. Their wines feature a wide variety of native grapes including, Assyrtiko, Athiri, Aidani, Mandilaria and Mavrotragano.

Wine Tip: In order to protect plants from strong winds and to limit their need for water, the vine growers of Santorini adapted and refined a primitive pruning technique, the “ambelia” or “kouloura”. The plants are pruned to form a low vegetable basket where grapes are protected and mature, without run the risk of being damaged by sand, which is carried by the wind.

 


 

July Wine Club Champagne SelectionChampagne Selection No More Than $44.95 Wine Club Sign Up

1 Bottle of Champagne (tax & shipping not included)

ERIC RODEZ BRUT CUVEE CRAYERES

ORIGIN: CUISLES, VALLEE DE LA MARNE, FRANCE,
GRAPE VARIETY : 100% PINOT MEUNIER

IMPORTER'S NOTES - "I’m sure we’ll start referring to this as “Lord Eugene” at some point, we’re such wags. It replaces/updates the old NV (which was called “Noire Reserve); based on 2013 with a perpetual reserve going back to 2003, deg 12/2105, it’s 80% Meunier and 20% PN. The aroma is refined, friendly but not ingratiating; on the palate it’s a superb Blanc de Noirs, diligent, structured, fruity but not gushing, disciplined but not severe. I think and have always thought it’s the ideal for Meunier NV; thoroughly delicious but not an avalanche of chocolate and pumpernickel." —Terry Theise

Vinification: A perpetual reserve method is performed, using reserve wines from 2003 to 2015, refreshed every year with 50% of the new harvest. Malolactic Fermentation. Filtration with earth filters, no fining. Dosage : 7 g/l. Aged 24 Months on lattes.

Wine Tip: Cedric Mousse is definitely one of my favorite champagne winemakers. I had the chance to meet him when I was studying in Champagne and I kept a very good memory. This man does everything right, he is precise, creative and dedicated to the health of his soil and vineyards. A Master craft in the cellar and in the vineyards.