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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.

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November Taster's Advantage

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

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

Three Saints Pinot Noir Santa Maria Valley 2013

Grape Variety: 100 % Pinot Noir, Origin: Santa Maria Valley, California

We strive each year to find a wine for November that will both fit the changing weather patterns and have the ability to stand tall at the Thanksgiving table. Pinot Noir, generally, has enough fruit, acidity and the right temperament to stand up to the stronger flavors of Thanksgiving while not overpowering the bird. This Three Saints 2013 Pinot Noir, in particular, is an ideal wine for the month and the holiday.

Three Saints is named for the three most dynamic wine growing regions in Santa Barbara County: Maria, Rita and Ynez. This 2013 is predominately from their Santa Maria Valley vineyard and reflects the generous texture they’ve found often from that site.

The wine leads with a nose of sweet dark cherries, earthy spice and a touch of smoke. In the mouth, ripe cherries again take the lead, bolstered by a layer of fine acidity and overall smooth texture, light earthiness and a long, sweet finish. Soft tannins echo in the background and back-palate. This is definitely in the "pretty Pinot' category with elegance and lush fruit abounding; the light acidity and tannic structure will help to cut through the richness of the table, making it ideal for this month. Stock up and Reap the harvest!

Wine Tip: Santa Maria Valley is located in the north of Santa Barbara County and the south of San Luis Obispo County. The influence of the ocean helps to keep the temperature at a reasonable level to enhance flavors.

Sant'Antonio SCAIA Corvina 2015, Italy

Grape Variety: 100% Corvina, Origin: Veneto, Northern Italy

Tenuta Sant'Antonio is one of the emerging producers from the Veneto region in Northeastern Italy. Its "Scaia" wine is made from the Corvina grape, which is famously known as the principal grape in Valpolicella and Amarone wines. This particular bottling is exceptionally fresh, easy drinking and a great, "Everyday Drinker." It is secured with a glass VinoLok cork, which is simple to remove and looks nicer than a screwcap.

This wine is light/medium ruby in color. The nose is greeted with aromas of cherries, violets and light baking spices. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied with supple tannins and fresh fruit including cherries and redcurrants. Overall, this is a beautiful, high toned, lower alcohol wine which is a delight to drink by itself or with cheese, first courses, pasta, sausage or poultry.

Wine Tip: The wine from this region can be slightly bitter, it is part of the "Terroir" of this region and the Italians call that "Amarognolo". It is of course delicious and there is nothing to be afraid of. The taste reminds me Amaretto cherries, if you had the chance to try some in cocktails or cakes.

 


 

November 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)

Three Saints Pinot Noir Santa Maria Valley 2013

Grape Variety: 100 % Pinot Noir, Origin : Santa Maria Valley, California

We strive each year to find a wine for November that will both fit the changing weather patterns and have the ability to stand tall at the Thanksgiving table. Pinot Noir, generally, has enough fruit, acidity and the right temperament to stand up to the stronger flavors of Thanksgiving while not overpowering the bird. This Three Saints 2013 Pinot Noir, in particular, is an ideal wine for the month and the holiday.

Three Saints is named for the three most dynamic wine growing regions in Santa Barbara County: Maria, Rita and Ynez. This 2013 is predominately from their Santa Maria Valley vineyard and reflects the generous texture they’ve found often from that site.

The wine leads with a nose of sweet dark cherries, earthy spice and a touch of smoke. In the mouth, ripe cherries again take the lead, bolstered by a layer of fine acidity and overall smooth texture, light earthiness and a long, sweet finish. Soft tannins echo in the background and back-palate. This is definitely in the "pretty Pinot' category with elegance and lush fruit abounding; the light acidity and tannic structure will help to cut through the richness of the table, making it ideal for this month. Stock up and Reap the harvest!

Wine Tip: Santa Maria Valley is located in the north of Santa Barbara County and the south of San Luis Obispo County. The influence of the ocean helps to keep the temperature at a reasonable level to enhance flavors.

Pine Ridge Viognier/Chenin 2017

Grape Variety: Chenin and Viognier, Origin: Clarksburg for Chenin Blanc and Lodi for the Viognier

Pine Ridge has one of the most solid portfolios in California crafting flavorful Cabernets, Merlots, and Chardonnays; but what often strikes us most is their Chenin Blanc - Viognier blend! This wine has been one of our perennial favorites for years. It is a rather unconventional blend, but once you taste the flavors and the refreshing qualities of the wine, we know you’ll be hooked just as we have been!

Pine Ridge's winemaker Michael Beaulac likes the Chenin Blanc harvested early to maintain its bright acidity, while Viognier brings its signature fragrant bouquet. The 2017 bottling of this distinctive blend opens with a dazzling spectrum of fruit and floral aromas, from crisp white peach, honeyed pear and sweet mango, to touches of fresh jasmine blossom and white chai tea. Filled with bright and juicy fruits, the palate flaunts flavors of succulent white nectarine, candied pineapple, green fig and subtle grapefruit. The crisp and slightly off-dry flavor profile lasts well through the clean and refreshing finish.

In the early 1990s, Pine Ridge crafted this unusual and delectable blend as an experimental bottling, creating one of our most beloved and popular wines. This unique marriage of two varietals that would never share the same bottle in their native France unites the crisp, honeyed fruit of Chenin Blanc with the plush body and juicy stone fruit notes of Viognier, for a wine that is both sophisticated and easy to enjoy.

Wine Tip: It is slightly off-dry, it will pair beautifully with any spicy/asian food.

 


 

November Wine Club Platinum 1 SelectionPlatinum Selection Plan 1 $49.95 Wine Club Sign Up

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

Bourgogne Pinot Noir Remoissenet 2015

Grape Variety: 100% Pinot Noir, Origin: Bourgogne, France

In the glass, it's a deep, saturated ruby with hints of purple at the rim. Its aromas are bright and perfumed, headlined by ripe fraise des bois, red currant, and black cherry mixed with savory notes of underbrush, dried flowers, and baking spices. There's good mid-palate weight and silky tannins, with lots of acidity to drive the wine to a fruity, perfumed finish. Consider for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.

Wine Tip: 2015 vintage share many similarities with 2003 and 2009. The fruit was really ripe and the tannins extremely delicate. The wines are luscious, full and elegant. (for Burgundy pinot noir of course). Not a classic vintage but the wines are hard to resist.

Musella Valpolicella Superiore 2016

Grape Variety: Corvina 85%, Rondinella 10%, Barbera 5%, Origin: Veneto, Valpolicella, Italy

Demeter Certified since 2014, Biodynamic

From star-in-the-making Veneto estate Musella, Enrico Raber is the head winemaker on this tiny estate in Veneto and his small batch approach yields truly stunning results. It is a blend of Corvina e Corvinone 85%, Rondinella 10% and Barbera 5%. The 2016 is a fantastic vintage. This full bodied Valpolicella is incredible fresh and pure. Beautiful fruit and dried flowers on the palate. Great with nearly all Italian food, why not brighten up a pizza delivery with some exceptional vino.

2016 is THE VINTAGE! It happens every 10/12 years only. Very regular Winter and Spring, Summer gently hot with some regular and soft rains in the perfect moments. This great balance in the vineyards gave us the possibility to have one of the best wine we ever produced!

Wine Tip: Biodynamic, Very good vintage, awesome winemaker and an extremely reasonable price. That’s my definition of a value wine, and this one fills every aspect of it.

 


 

November 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)

Bourgogne Pinot Noir Remoissenet 2015

Grape Variety: 100% Pinot Noir, Origin: Bourgogne, France

In the glass, it's a deep, saturated ruby with hints of purple at the rim. Its aromas are bright and perfumed, headlined by ripe fraise des bois, red currant, and black cherry mixed with savory notes of underbrush, dried flowers, and baking spices. There's good mid-palate weight and silky tannins, with lots of acidity to drive the wine to a fruity, perfumed finish. Consider for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.

Wine Tip: 2015 vintage share many similarities with 2003 and 2009. The fruit was really ripe and the tannins extremely delicate. The wines are luscious, full and elegant. (for Burgundy pinot noir of course). Not a classic vintage but the wines are hard to resist.

Kabaj 2014 Rebula (Orange wine)

Grape variety: 100% Rebula, Origin: Slovenia

Thirty days skin contact(maceration)gives this white wine a golden yellow color. The bouquet is dominated by hints of vanilla and the aromas of white peach and grapes. The fruit flavors persist in the mouth and are balanced by good minerality. The finish is long and intense. It's full-bodied, so it's a perfect match for structured dishes, such as white meat and vegetables. Owner/winemaker Jean Michel Morel used no pesticides in the vineyards and no sulfur was added.

Wine Tip: Maybe you heard about "orange" wine. It has nothing to do with actual orange fruit, but the name has been given after the color produced during maceration of the grapes. In the case of Rebula, the grape is golden yellow. As a result, the wine remains slightly yellow and does not get that orange hue that you can find in more classic 'Orange wines' made out of Pinot Gris or Gewurztraminer (Their skin is definitely slightly pink).

 


 

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

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

San Salvatore Falanghina 2017, Italy

Grape Variety: Falanghina, Origin: Campania, Italy

Organic, Biodynamic, Sustainable
Pineapple, Grapefruit, White Flowers, Stone Minerals

San Salvatore takes a special interest in cultivating the vineyards without synthetic products or genetically modified organisms. It uses only biological processes and biodynamic preparations, all of their fertilizers are created in-house using natural methods. San Salvatore even has a photovoltaic plant that reduces CO2 pollution. Needless to say, they go above and beyond to protect our Earth and to assure you that the wine you drink, is nothing but natural.

This is a crisp, clean, and refreshing wine with great citrus and honey notes and lingering minerality on the finish. Very pleasant and easy drinking wine. Just sit back and enjoy.

Wine Tip: This wine is produced in the campania region. Next to Napoli and the impressive volcano Vesuvio. The soils as you can imagine, are from volcanic origin and gives the wines from this region a unique minerality.

Kabaj 2014 Rebula, Slovenia

Grape variety: 100% Rebula, Origin: Slovenia

Thirty days skin contact (maceration) gives this white wine a golden yellow color. The bouquet is dominated by hints of vanilla and the aromas of white peach and grapes. The fruit flavors persist in the mouth and are balanced by good minerality. The finish is long and intense. It's full-bodied, so it's a perfect match for structured dishes, such as white meat and vegetables. Owner/winemaker Jean Michel Morel used no pesticides in the vineyards and no sulfur was added.

Wine Tip: Maybe you heard about "orange" wine. It has nothing to do with actual orange fruit, but the name has been given after the color produced during maceration of the grapes. In the case of Rebula, the grape is golden yellow. As a result, the wine remains slightly yellow and does not get that orange hue that you can find in more classic 'Orange wines' made out of Pinot Gris or Gewurztraminer (Their skin is definitely slightly pink).

 


 

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

1 Bottle of Champagne (tax & shipping not included)

JM Labruyere Grand Cru "Prologue" Extra Brut

Origin: Verzenay, champagne, France (Grand Cru), Grape variety: 70% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay

J.M. Labruyere Champagne Grand Cru represents today almost 6 hectares (15 acres) located in Verzenay and Verzy. Vineyards are composed of 70% of Pinot Noir and 30% of Chardonnay.

In 1873, an unofficial ranking placed Verzenay among the top 3 Crus in Champagne and that is why the Labruyère Family chose this village on the glorious Montagne de Reims. It is a charming place steeped in history: its soils and vineyards are famed since Gallo-Roman times. In the ninth century, it was named Virdunacus from the Latin Viridium Sanum meaning "green area". Partially destroyed during World War I due to its proximity to the front, Verzenay managed to keep intact its two symbolic buildings: a windmill located on Mont-Boeuf and a famous lighthouse on Mont Rizan that is now a Museum of the Vine.

Out of the 320 grape-growing villages in Champagne only 17 are ranked Grand Cru for the quality of their grapes. Montagne de Reims (286 metres / 879 feet) influences and protects the terroir of Verzenay renowned for its Pinot Noir, endowing champagne with exceptional character, structure and ageing potential. The estate has the chance to own vineyards in some of the best "climats" of Montagne de Reims such as Les Rochelles, Les Champs Saint-Martin, Les Longues Raies, Les Champs Romés and Les Potences.

Edouard Labruyère chose to apply in Verzenay same techniques as in Meursault and in Pomerol, both in the cellar and in the vineyard. Since 2012 he is working together with Vincent Van Waesberghe, Chef de Cave and Chef de Vigne, and Nadine Gublin, oenologist from Domaine Jacques Prieur. In this new adventure, we pursue our philosophy: discovering and reviving mythical forgotten French terroirs. We believe that these Grand Cru vineyards have the potential to produce icon wines and only the best grapes from exclusive plots will be used to craft them.