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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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January Taster's Advantage

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

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

Piccini NV Memoro Rosso

Grape Variety: 40% Primitivo, 30% Montepulciano, 20% Nero d'Avola, 10% Merlot

Origin : Puglia, Italy

Like many of our customers, we love everyday wines; you can open and enjoy without too much thought...and when they're this good for the price, we're going to let you know! The Piccini wine family put together a unique blend they call "Memoro" from regions they represent around Italy. It works so well that it won a gold medal at the prestigious Decanter World Wine Awards with a score of 95 points!

For those interested in the wine's makeup, it's dominated by the sweetly-fruited Primitivo from Puglia and bright, brambly Montepulciano from Abruzzo; rounding it out is Nero d'Avola from Sicily with earthy licorice and tobacco notes, and a fresh Merlot from Veneto in the North.

Try a bottle with your next weekday night meal!

DECANTER GOLD 95 POINTS - "Intense nose of bramble fruits, licorice, leather and tobacco. Very nice palate, with smooth and elegant tannins, balanced residual sugar and lingering finish."

Winery Notes - Wine flows through the historical veins of every corner of Italy. We choose a compass rose for our label to send an invitation to experience in one bottle four different grape varietals, each typical expression of a distinct Italian region. Veneto, Abruzzo, Puglia and Sicily.

Wine Tip: It is extremely unusual to find wine blended from different region. This example is probably one of the best I ever tried. It is really hard to not like.

Crios 2017 Malbec

Grape Variety: 100% Malbec

Origin: Argentina

We have enjoyed Susana Balbo's Crios wines for years and it's easy to figure out why... These are very well made, immensely flavorful wines that showcase the terroir of their homeland while not costing a fortune-- bravo for this bang-for-a-buck beauty!

Susana Balbo not only became the first female enologist in Argentina after graduating with honors from Don Bosco University in Mendoza in 1981, but also was brave enough (or crazy enough as some would have thought at that time) to build an export category for Malbec when no one knew about this grape variety.

Crios is a brand that combines the sensibility of Susana's 30+ years of experience with her never-ending quest for innovation. Born in Argentina, a large country with a wide range of climates, soils and altitudes, Crios wines are harvested from specific areas in Mendoza and Salta where grapes are optimal for the fruit-forward style of the focus on for this brand.

DECANTER 93 POINTS - "Paz Levinson: What a cracking wine! Black plum and violet aromas lead to a fresh and crunchy palate, with balanced alcohol. Fresh, pure – and amazing value. Patricio Tapia: Incredible value here. This is a pure expression of Malbec, with aromas of violets and filled with cherry notes. An impressive expression of the grape. Drinking Window 2018 - 2020"

WINE ADVOCATE 90 POINTS - "The 2017 Críos Malbec saw a change in the range, where the oak staves have been discontinued and only 30% percentage of the wine aged in well-seasoned neutral oak barrels. This is perfumed and juicy, with nice ripeness and a tasty palate. It is very accessible and comes from a typical vintage in which the wine managed to maintain moderate alcohol. 2017 was a low-yielding year, the second shortest in the last few years."
Susana not only became the first female enologist in Argentina after graduating with honors from Don Bosco University in Mendoza in 1981, but also was brave enough (or crazy enough as some would have thought at that time) to build an export category for Malbec when no one knew about this grape variety. Susana elaborated this distinguished variety which stands out for its notes of black cherries, spices and violets. In a few words:
FRUITY WITH SPICY NOTES.

Wine Tip: This impressive bargain from Argentina is extremely well vinified. This is precise, sexy and complex

 


 

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)

Piccini NV Memoro Rosso

Grape Variety: 40% Primitivo, 30% Montepulciano, 20% Nero d'Avola, 10% Merlot

Origin: Puglia, Italy

Like many of our customers, we love everyday wines; you can open and enjoy without too much thought...and when they're this good for the price, we're going to let you know! The Piccini wine family put together a unique blend they call "Memoro" from regions they represent around Italy. It works so well that it won a gold medal at the prestigious Decanter World Wine Awards with a score of 95 points!

For those interested in the wine's makeup, it's dominated by the sweetly-fruited Primitivo from Puglia and bright, brambly Montepulciano from Abruzzo; rounding it out is Nero d'Avola from Sicily with earthy licorice and tobacco notes, and a fresh Merlot from Veneto in the North.

Try a bottle with your next weekday night meal!

DECANTER GOLD 95 POINTS - "Intense nose of bramble fruits, licorice, leather and tobacco. Very nice palate, with smooth and elegant tannins, balanced residual sugar and lingering finish."

Winery Notes - Wine flows through the historical veins of every corner of Italy. We choose a compass rose for our label to send an invitation to experience in one bottle four different grape varietals, each typical expression of a distinct Italian region. Veneto, Abruzzo, Puglia and Sicily.

Wine Tip: It is extremely unusual to find wine blended from different region. This example is probably one of the best I ever tried. It is really hard to not like.

Paco & Lola 2018 Albarino

Grape Variety: 100% Albarino

Origin: Spain

Appearance: attractive straw color with hints of green in the rim. Clean and brilliant.Nose: very expressive and harmonious nose. Fine notes of white fruit (green apples, pear) and lemony aromas. Hints of herbs (basil) and flower blossom base notes. Surprising aromatic intensity.Palate: Clean and textured. Seductive exotic palate of pineapple and mango intermingled with refreshing citrus flavors amplified by minerally accents. Silky but yet full bodied, with long lingering finish. Round and very tasty.

Wine Tip: Rias baixas gives birth of many exciting whites that will make everybody happy. It is always a pleasant time to drink one of these albarinos.

 


 

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

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

Chateau La Prade 2016 Cotes de Franc

Grape Variety: 100% Merlot

Origin: Cotes de Bordeaux Francs, France

The 2016 Chateau La Prade is a great way to start the year! Overflowing with rich, dark fruits enveloped in satiny smooth tannins, this is an easy wine to pick for your Tuesday night drinker. As you probably know by now, 2016 in Bordeaux was an exceptional vintage with well ripened fruit and exceptional balance and freshness. The beauty of the vintage is the quality extends from the higher priced Classified Growths and Grand Cru Classe's to the more reasonably priced wines. A perfect example is this wine from Chateau La Prade which received 92 Point scores from both Wine Advocate and Wine Spectator.

The review from the Wine Advocate calls this wine, "Full-bodied, rich and plushly textured, the decadent black fruit and spicy layers deliver a very long, impactful finish." This wine is every bit of that, delivering pleasure with every sip until the bottle is completely empty. The Wine Spectator notes, "The vibrant plum and blueberry fruit is rounded and generous in feel."

The tiny appellation of Cotes de Francs is located on the right bank of Bordeaux near its famous neighbors of St-Emilion and Pomerol. The terroir of Cotes de Francs consists of clay and limestone soil, perfectly suited to Merlot which makes up the majority of the blend augmented with Cabernet Franc adding freshness and floral notes.

Nicolas Thienpont whose family owns Vieux Chateau Certan and Le Pin has made improvements to the vineyards and cellar since purchasing the estate in 2000. The grapes are harvested by hand and aged in a combination of new and older French oak. The result is a satisfying wine that completely over-delivers for the price point. In fact, we have this at the lowest price in the country.
This is a great wine to stock up on while it is available. Enjoy!

WINE ADVOCATE 92+ POINTS - "The medium to deep garnet-purple colored 2016 La Prade bursts boldly from the glass with notions of chocolate-covered cherries, blueberry compote and plum preserves with suggestions of eucalyptus, espresso, licorice and cedar chest plus a waft of violets. Full-bodied, rich and plushly textured, the decadent black fruit and spicy layers deliver a very long, impactful finish. This is so tempting to drink right now, but it will age beautifully."

WINE SPECTATOR 92 POINTS - "The vibrant plum and blueberry fruit is rounded and generous in feel, with light spice and licorice notes on the back end. This will be a fun drink in the short term while you wait for the big boys to mature."

Wine Tip: Are you sure you don’t like Merlot?

Rostaing Puech Noble 2016 Languedoc

Grape Variety: Mostly Syrah little bit of Grenache, Mourvedre and Rolle,

Origin: Languedoc, France

In the late 1990s, René Rostaing, a great Northern Rhone wine maker, purchased a property in the Côteaux du Languedoc near Nîmes. Located in a relatively cool microclimate with limestone soils, grows Syrah with small amounts of Mourvèdre, Grenache, and Rolle. The terroir yields a slight garrique character. It may be the best example yet of the Rostaing's ethic: elegant, yet concentrated; expressive, but subtle; hedonistic, but cerebral.

Wine Tip:  Rostaing is a famous producer from the Northern Rhone region. Languedoc wines can be a little too rich and ripe but when you put those grapes in the hand of a Northern Rhone winemaker you know that something special will happen.


 

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)

Chateau La Prade 2016 Cotes de Franc

Grape Variety: 100% Merlot

Origin: Cotes de Bordeaux Francs, France

The 2016 Chateau La Prade is a great way to start the year! Overflowing with rich, dark fruits enveloped in satiny smooth tannins, this is an easy wine to pick for your Tuesday night drinker. As you probably know by now, 2016 in Bordeaux was an exceptional vintage with well ripened fruit and exceptional balance and freshness. The beauty of the vintage is the quality extends from the higher priced Classified Growths and Grand Cru Classe's to the more reasonably priced wines. A perfect example is this wine from Chateau La Prade which received 92 Point scores from both Wine Advocate and Wine Spectator.

The review from the Wine Advocate calls this wine, "Full-bodied, rich and plushly textured, the decadent black fruit and spicy layers deliver a very long, impactful finish." This wine is every bit of that, delivering pleasure with every sip until the bottle is completely empty. The Wine Spectator notes, "The vibrant plum and blueberry fruit is rounded and generous in feel."

The tiny appellation of Cotes de Francs is located on the right bank of Bordeaux near its famous neighbors of St-Emilion and Pomerol. The terroir of Cotes de Francs consists of clay and limestone soil, perfectly suited to Merlot which makes up the majority of the blend augmented with Cabernet Franc adding freshness and floral notes.

Nicolas Thienpont whose family owns Vieux Chateau Certan and Le Pin has made improvements to the vineyards and cellar since purchasing the estate in 2000. The grapes are harvested by hand and aged in a combination of new and older French oak. The result is a satisfying wine that completely over-delivers for the price point.

WINE ADVOCATE 92+ POINTS - "The medium to deep garnet-purple colored 2016 La Prade bursts boldly from the glass with notions of chocolate-covered cherries, blueberry compote and plum preserves with suggestions of eucalyptus, espresso, licorice and cedar chest plus a waft of violets. Full-bodied, rich and plushly textured, the decadent black fruit and spicy layers deliver a very long, impactful finish. This is so tempting to drink right now, but it will age beautifully."

WINE SPECTATOR 92 POINTS - "The vibrant plum and blueberry fruit is rounded and generous in feel, with light spice and licorice notes on the back end. This will be a fun drink in the short term while you wait for the big boys to mature."

Wine Tip: Are you sure you don’t like Merlot?

La Ferme Rouge 2018 Terres Blanches

Grape Variety: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier*

Origin: Morocco

The 2018 Terres Blanches from La Ferme Rouge is composed of organically farmed Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Vermentino*. The nose displays aromas of acacia flowers and citrus fruits, with a touch of apricot and white peaches. This aromatic complexity quickly gives way to a lively attack on the palate leading to round, mouthfilling flavors and a dry, elegant finish. *One source says the third grape is Vermentino, another says it is Viognier.

La Ferme Rouge was founded as a vineyard and olive orchard in 1908. The winery was started in 1933. Located in the Zaer region of Morocco, about 45 kilometers from the Atlantic ocean and at an elevation of 450 meters, the vineyards benefit from cool ocean breezes. Grapes are organically farmed, hand-picked, pressed gently and fermented in temperature-regulated concrete vats. Winemaker Jaques Poulain believes in farming harmoniously with nature.

Wine Tip: I picked a few wines from this winery in the past. This is why I was excited few weeks ago when I got the chance to put my hands on this gem. I was expecting a lot and I have not been disappointed. It is on the fuller side, a beautiful intense mid palate, very clean and a fresh finish that makes the wine very balanced. This is a not a monster of complexity but what a great bottle to share with friends.

 


 

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

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

Paco & Lola 2018 Albarino

Grape Variety: 100% Albarino

Origin: Spain

Appearance: attractive straw color with hints of green in the rim. Clean and brilliant.Nose: very expressive and harmonious nose. Fine notes of white fruit (green apples, pear) and lemony aromas. Hints of herbs (basil) and flower blossom base notes. Surprising aromatic intensity.Palate: Clean and textured. Seductive exotic palate of pineapple and mango intermingled with refreshing citrus flavors amplified by minerally accents. Silky but yet full bodied, with long lingering finish. Round and very tasty.

Wine Tip: Rias baixas gives birth of many exciting whites that will make everybody happy. It is always a pleasant time to drink one of these albarinos.

La Ferme Rouge 2018 Terres Blanches

Grape Variety: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier*

Origin: Morocco

The 2018 Terres Blanches from La Ferme Rouge is composed of organically farmed Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Vermentino*. The nose displays aromas of acacia flowers and citrus fruits, with a touch of apricot and white peaches. This aromatic complexity quickly gives way to a lively attack on the palate leading to round, mouthfilling flavors and a dry, elegant finish. *One source says the third grape is Vermentino, another says it is Viognier.

La Ferme Rouge was founded as a vineyard and olive orchard in 1908. The winery was started in 1933. Located in the Zaer region of Morocco, about 45 kilometers from the Atlantic ocean and at an elevation of 450 meters, the vineyards benefit from cool ocean breezes. Grapes are organically farmed, hand-picked, pressed gently and fermented in temperature-regulated concrete vats. Winemaker Jaques Poulain believes in farming harmoniously with nature.

Wine Tip: I picked a few wines from this winery in the past. This is why I was excited few weeks ago when I got the chance to put my hands on this gem. I was expecting a lot and I have not been disappointed. It is on the fuller side, a beautiful intense mid palate, very clean and a fresh finish that makes the wine very balanced. This is a not a monster of complexity but what a great bottle to share with friends.

 


 

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

1 Bottle of Champagne (tax & shipping not included)

Champagne Camille Saves "Carte Blanche" 1er Cru

Origin: Bouzy 1er Cru

Grape variety: 75% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay

Disgorgement date May 2019

Dosage: 9g/L

Most of the grapes of this wine comes from Grand Cru vineyards (all the Pinot Noir) from Bouzy, Ambonnay and Tours sur Marne. The rest comes from premier Cru vineyards in Tauxieres.

This is beautiful classic “aperitif” type of champagne. Well rounded, slightly high dosage with 9g to uplift the delicate flavors of acacia Blossom and red berries.

Traditional methods are combined with modern equipment which complies with current standards. The vats are thermoregulated to encourage a controlled, natural alcoholic fermentation and one cellar is used exclusively for vinifying single plot cuvées in vats and barrels.

Hervé and his wife Nathalie, alongside their son Arthur, currently work around ten hectares of vineyards with an average age of 35. The terroirs all have Grand Cru (Bouzy, Ambonnay and Tours-sur-Marne) or Premier Cru (Tauxières)