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January Wine Club Gold 1 SelectionGold Selection Plan 1 $24.95 Wine Club Sign Up

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

Chateau Pesquie 2019 Ventoux 1912 Rhone

Grape Variety: 70% grenache, 30% Syrah

Origin: Mont Ventoux, France

We just brought in an incredible value that is a great choice as a daily drinker and has been selected as our Wine of the Month. We were able to try the new vintage on this deeply fruited Rhone blend and loved it! Incredibly satisfying with its array of perfectly ripened fruit and a freshness that has us asking for more. This is yet another jewel from importer, Eric Solomon who specializes in sourcing amazing wines at reasonable prices. Rhone loving wine critic Jeb Dunnuck gave Chateau Pesquie Edition 1912 a score of 91 Points noting its "richness, terrific elegance on the palate, and outstanding length."

Named for the elevation of Mont Ventoux (1912 meters above sea level), Edition 1912M is a cuvée made from about 70% Grenache and 30% Syrah with small additions of Cinsault and Carignan. As with most of the southern Rhone, this area is bathed in intense sunshine which allows the grapes to achieve optimal ripeness. This wine demonstrates the freshness and vibrancy that Ventoux is capable of achieving due to its elevation and its unique microclimate provided by the nearby mountain. The result is a supple and rounded style that's ready to drink and so easy to like.

Chateau Pesquie's 1912 is a delicious wine and an amazing value. Buy this with confidence as an easygoing daily drinker to share with family and friends.

JEB DUNNUCK 91 POINTS - "Moving to the reds and starting with the 2019 Ventoux Edition 1912M, this Grenache-dominated red comes from higher elevation sites and always has a cooler climate, fresher, more lively style. Revealing a pretty nose of ripe cherries, sappy garrigue, and spring flowers, it has a wonderful sense of minerality, medium-bodied richness, terrific elegance on the palate, and outstanding length. It's well worth checking out. You can drink it today, but it will also evolve for a solid 8-9 years, if not longer, and I think this wine sells for a song, so that's saying something."

WINE ADVOCATE 90 POINTS - "A tank-aged blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Cinsault, the 2019 Ventoux Edition 1912M features bright, vibrant notes of cherries and hints of garrigue on the nose. It's medium to full-bodied in the mouth, supple and almost creamy in texture, then silky and mouthwatering on the finish. Drink this easy-drinking wine over the next few years."

Wine Tip: Mont ventoux is one the best location for value reds. The elevation ensures the freshness into the wines making them deliciously balanced. This is a perfect combination of ripe fruit and beautiful drinkability.

Ronan By Clinet 2016 Bordeaux

Grape Variety: 100% Merlot

Origin: Bordeaux, France

We are thrilled to have the delicious 2016 Ronan by Clinet from the team at Chateau Clinet! This sought-after entry-level Bordeaux reflects the excellent growing season and boasts impressive concentration of fruit in a full-bodied frame with silky smooth tannins. Critic Jeb Dunnuck agrees, giving this beauty a score of 91 Points and calling it “a charming, already delicious effort that gives up elegant notes of chocolate-laced plums and dark fruits.” He also named it as #14 in his Top 100 Red Wines of 2019.

Ronan by Clinet is made by the same 100 Point team behind the famed Chateau Clinet in Pomerol. Ronan Laborde, CEO of Clinet created this bottling as a way to showcase how excellent quality could be attained at a reasonable price. In 2015, the team constructed a new state of the art winery in the heart of Pomerol, dedicated entirely to Ronan by Clinet. Their aim is to manage every stage of production from farming to vinification of the grapes to aging in French oak barrels.
This terroir-driven wine is carefully sourced from selected properties situated close to the Pomerol winery in appellations that include Cotes de Castillon, Cotes de Bourg and Lussac St-Emilion. The result is an approachable wine that reflects the style and know-how of the prestigious Pomerol winery. Fresh and fruit-forward, this is exactly the kind of Bordeaux we love. This is a delicious drinking, crowd pleaser of a wine at a price that allows one to open it up any night of the week.

The 2016 Ronan by Clinet is an amazing value and a great way to enjoy the quality from the expert team at Clinet without breaking the bank. Their attention to detail and care are apparent and this wine is a total steal at under $11.00 per bottle. Enjoy!

JEB DUNNUCK 91 POINTS - "The Merlot-dominated 2016 By Clinet (there's 5% Cabernet Franc) is a charming, already delicious effort that gives up elegant notes of chocolate-laced plums and dark fruits, notes of leafy herbs and truffle, medium to full body, and a layered, charming mouthfeel. It's a terrific Bordeaux to drink over the coming 7-8 years or so."

Wine Tip: Chateau Clinet is one of the most famous winery in Pomerol, every year their wines rank amongst the best of the appellation. This savoir-faire has been used to craft Ronan by Clinet. Enjoy this incredible value.


January Wine Club 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)

Chateau Pesquie 2019 Ventoux 1912 Rhone

Grape Variety: 70% grenache, 30% Syrah

Origin: Mont Ventoux, France

We just brought in an incredible value that is a great choice as a daily drinker and has been selected as our Wine of the Month. We were able to try the new vintage on this deeply fruited Rhone blend and loved it! Incredibly satisfying with its array of perfectly ripened fruit and a freshness that has us asking for more. This is yet another jewel from importer, Eric Solomon who specializes in sourcing amazing wines at reasonable prices. Rhone loving wine critic Jeb Dunnuck gave Chateau Pesquie Edition 1912 a score of 91 Points noting its "richness, terrific elegance on the palate, and outstanding length."

Named for the elevation of Mont Ventoux (1912 meters above sea level), Edition 1912M is a cuvée made from about 70% Grenache and 30% Syrah with small additions of Cinsault and Carignan. As with most of the southern Rhone, this area is bathed in intense sunshine which allows the grapes to achieve optimal ripeness. This wine demonstrates the freshness and vibrancy that Ventoux is capable of achieving due to its elevation and its unique microclimate provided by the nearby mountain. The result is a supple and rounded style that's ready to drink and so easy to like.

Chateau Pesquie's 1912 is a delicious wine and an amazing value. Buy this with confidence as an easygoing daily drinker to share with family and friends.

JEB DUNNUCK 91 POINTS - "Moving to the reds and starting with the 2019 Ventoux Edition 1912M, this Grenache-dominated red comes from higher elevation sites and always has a cooler climate, fresher, more lively style. Revealing a pretty nose of ripe cherries, sappy garrigue, and spring flowers, it has a wonderful sense of minerality, medium-bodied richness, terrific elegance on the palate, and outstanding length. It's well worth checking out. You can drink it today, but it will also evolve for a solid 8-9 years, if not longer, and I think this wine sells for a song, so that's saying something."

WINE ADVOCATE 90 POINTS - "A tank-aged blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Cinsault, the 2019 Ventoux Edition 1912M features bright, vibrant notes of cherries and hints of garrigue on the nose. It's medium to full-bodied in the mouth, supple and almost creamy in texture, then silky and mouthwatering on the finish. Drink this easy-drinking wine over the next few years."

Wine Tip: Mont ventoux is one the best location for value reds. The elevation ensures the freshness into the wines making them deliciously balanced. This is a perfect combination of ripe fruit and beautiful drinkability.

Vourvoukeli 2018 Malagousia

Grape Variety: 100% Malagouzia

Origin: Thrace, Greece

Organically Farmed

An aromatic white wine variety, Malagousia, has been brought back to the center of attention by winemakers such as Vourvoukeli. This 100% Malagousia is well rounded and full of freshness and acidity. All Vourvoukeli wines are organically farmed. Global Wine Awards Double Gold Medal.

MALAGOUZI is the new label of the estate as regards the mono – varietal white wines of the Vourvoukelis estate. The wine displays the basic characteristics of the variety, which is an intense aromatic bouquet, moderate to high acidity . The ‘’wine body’’ is full and robust . The color appears white-yellow with golden reflections. Fragrances, white flowers, apricot and tropical fruits. Its finish is quite strong and last .

Wine Tip: The region of Thrace is located in the north of Greece, in the region of Thrace. A little bit south of Bulgary, a few miles away from the Mediterranean sea. A great value white, fresh and full at the same time for a very fair price. Greece has much more to offer than just Santorini wines.

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

Bernard Baudry 2018 Chinon

Grape Variety: Cabernet Franc

Origin: Chinon, Loire, France

Organic

Bernard Baudry winery is one the benchmark of the Chinon region. The vines are grown organically since 2006. The estate is producing 90% cabernet Franc and a little bit 10% of Chenin blanc. You can easily imagine that Cabernet Franc is their specialty.

The vineyards are located on very varied terroirs of gravel in the plain, limestone clay on coteaux and sandy limestones plateaus.

This diversity offers them the possibility of applying piecemeal winemaking. They express the difference of terroirs in many cuvees each with a very specific profile.

Wine Tip: We are tasting their entry level, 2018 was a warm vintage with a dry and hot late season. The result was an exceptionally high level of sugar in the grapes, some lots were harvested at 14.5 potential alcohol. It is not that impressive if you harvest in Chateauneuf du Pape or a very warm region, traditionally Chinon sees ripeness around 11 to 13. The acidity level held pretty well and although the wines if expressing loads of ripe fruit, the freshness is still there. On of the best Chinon producer in France.

Braida 2016 Montebruna Barbera

Grape Variety: 100% Barbera

Origin: Piedmonte, Italy

JAMES SUCKLING 91 POINTS - "Shows blackberries, balsamic and plenty of cloves, vanilla and roasted herbs. Full body, chewy tannins and a succulent finish."

We are excited to share our bounty of beautiful Barbera wines from Braida. This winery was founded over fifty years ago in Piedmont by Giacomo Bologna who realized the inherent potential of the Barbera grape. Up to that point, others were content to produce simple table wines, which lacked complexity or ageability. Controlling yields in the vineyard and employing strict winemaking practices in the cellar greatly improved the quality of the wine. Giacomo also began using French barriques to age his wine, which was a practice unknown at that time among Barbera winemakers.

Today, the third generation of the family continues their pursuit of elevating the Barbera grape to the status of noble grapes, which is normally reserved for other international varieties. Their efforts have paid off and are apparent in every sip you take. These are fantastic wines of purity and depth.

With strict attention to detail, Braida produces exceptional wines. The Bricco Dell'Uccellone and Ai Suma bottlings are serious wines, which demonstrate the heights which the Barbera grape can attain. The quality is outstanding with a textural mouth feel which is polished from start to finish.

Wine Tip: Barbera the 3rd most popular grape variety in Italy. Braida is one of the few wineries that always respected this amazing grape variety. They ferment the wine in Stainless Steel tanks to ensure a perfectly “clean” profile and they age it in large oak barrels in order to soften the tannins and bring more complexity.


January 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)

Bernard Baudry 2018 Chinon

Grape Variety: Cabernet Franc

Origin: Chinon, Loire, France

Organic

Bernard Baudry winery is one the benchmark of the Chinon region. The vines are grown organically since 2006. The estate is producing 90% cabernet Franc and a little bit 10% of Chenin blanc. You can easily imagine that Cabernet Franc is their specialty.

The vineyards are located on very varied terroirs of gravel in the plain, limestone clay on coteaux and sandy limestones plateaus.

This diversity offers them the possibility of applying piecemeal winemaking. They express the difference of terroirs in many cuvees each with a very specific profile.

Wine Tip: We are tasting their entry level, 2018 was a warm vintage with a dry and hot late season. The result was an exceptionally high level of sugar in the grapes, some lots were harvested at 14.5 potential alcohol. It is not that impressive if you harvest in Chateauneuf du Pape or a very warm region, traditionally Chinon sees ripeness around 11 to 13. The acidity level held pretty well and although the wines if expressing loads of ripe fruit, the freshness is still there. On of the best Chinon producer in France.

Ottella 2019 Lugana "Le Creete"

Grape Variety: 100% Turbiano (Trebbiano di Lugana)       

Origin: Lugana D.O.C, Lombardy and Veneto

The Lugana "Le Creete" is fresh, citrusy and mineral, with a rich and fruity profile. It is vinified and aged on the lees in steel tanks. The taste is smooth, fresh, well-balanced, harmonic and persistent, with intense nuances of citrus and exotic fruits.

Lugana lies south of Italy’s largest lake, Lago di Garda, partly in Veneto and partly in Lombardy. The denomination is of the few denominations that cross a regional border. It is defined by a fairly flat basin bounded on the north by Lake Garda and on the west, south, and east by low morainic hills that were formed by the southern push of the great Alpine glaciers of the Ice Age. The uniform clay soils, the temperature-moderating influences of the large lake, and the confining hills combine to create a clearly distinct terroir.

Wine Tip: The initial name of the Grape variety was Trebbiano di Soave (AKA  verdicchio in some regions), but recent studies showed that this is not the grape variety found in Lugana. The real name of the grape variety is Turbiano. This is a great example to showcase the complexity of the wines in Italy, and that the location matters as much or even more then the grape variety.


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

Ottella 2019 Lugana "Le Creete"

Grape Variety: 100% Turbiano (Trebbiano di Lugana)       

Origin: Lugana D.O.C, Lombardy and Veneto

The Lugana "Le Creete" is fresh, citrusy and mineral, with a rich and fruity profile. It is vinified and aged on the lees in steel tanks. The taste is smooth, fresh, well-balanced, harmonic and persistent, with intense nuances of citrus and exotic fruits.

Lugana lies south of Italy’s largest lake, Lago di Garda, partly in Veneto and partly in Lombardy. The denomination is of the few denominations that cross a regional border. It is defined by a fairly flat basin bounded on the north by Lake Garda and on the west, south, and east by low morainic hills that were formed by the southern push of the great Alpine glaciers of the Ice Age. The uniform clay soils, the temperature-moderating influences of the large lake, and the confining hills combine to create a clearly distinct terroir.

Wine Tip: The initial name of the Grape variety was Trebbiano di Soave (AKA  verdicchio in some regions), but recent studies showed that this is not the grape variety found in Lugana. The real name of the grape variety is Turbiano. This is a great example to showcase the complexity of the wines in Italy, and that the location matters as much or even more then the grape variety.

Brundlmayer 2019 Riesling

Grape Variety: 100% Riesling

Origin: Kamptaler Terrassen, Austria

JAMESSUCKLING 95 POINTS - "A very tight, composed white, showing dried-apple, lemon and spiced-pear character with heather and honeysuckle. It’s full-bodied with lots of lively fruit and a vivid finish. Structured. Super wine at this quality level from one of the legends. From organically grown grapes. Drink or hold. Screw cap."

A whole bouquet of white and yellow flowers (elder-acacia) rises immediately to the nose but also grapy flavors with a twist of lemon peel, followed by some mineral and yeasty tones, dry and lovely fresh on the palate, very pure, fragrant and again striking with its light fruit tones like fresh vineyard peaches, also a crisp acidity backbone that highlights some spice and minerals, elegant, slender, perfect in its youth for the summerly terraces but with potential for further maturing to a complete text book Riesling.

The terraces of the Kamptal are characterised by their barren primary rock soils (which, on the lower terraces, are covered with loess and loam), and the climate: the vineyards are located at an altitude of between 200 and 300 meters at the crossroads of the Danube valley and Kamptal. Due to the ample daily warmth, the grapes enjoy ripeness and fullness, while the suction effect of the Kamptal during the evening and night brings the cool air from the north - the Waldviertel - down into the the vineyards to preserve the freshness and fruitiness.

Wine Tip:  An incredible example of Riesling on the reductive style. This is extremely precise, fresh and elegant. Austrian Riesling are some of the best Rieslings in the world. This dry wine will pair beautifully with a chicken pie or creamy chicken.


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

1 Bottle of Champagne (tax & shipping not included)

Vilmart Brut Grande Reserve 1er Cru

Origin: Rilly La Montagne (1er Cru)

Grape Variety: 70% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay

Disgorgement Date: June 2019 Dosage: 9g/L

"Vilmart & Cie. traces its history back to 1890, when it was founded by Désiré Vilmart, and from the beginning, Vilmart & Cie. has always been a récoltant-manipulant, making champagne exclusively from estate-owned vines. Since 1989 the estate has been in the hands of Laurent Champs, the fifth generation of the family to take the helm of the house.

The majority of Vilmart’s 11 hectares of vines lie in Rilly-la-Montagne, although there are a few plots just over the border in the neighboring village of Villers-Allerand. Vilmart is a member of Ampelos, an organization that promotes organic and sustainable viticulture, and Champs has never used any herbicides or chemical fertilizers since taking over the estate. All of the vineyards are planted with cover crops and plowed, and Champs enjoys an additional advantage in that his parcels are relatively large—only 12 different parcels over 11 hectares—meaning that he is more protected from contamination by chemical treatments in neighboring plots.

Vilmart & Cie. is not only one of the greatest grower-estates in Champagne, but one of the finest champagne producers of any type in the region." - Peter Liem, Champagneguide.net